02mytwi01: RT @mosabou - There is a c... There is a context to London's riots that can't be ignored | Nina Power. Police in riot gear in Enfield, north London, on Sunday night. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters Since the coalition came to power just over a year ago, the country has seen multiple student protests, occupations of dozens of universities, several strikes, a half-a-million-strong trade union march and now unrest on the streets of the capital (preceded by clashes with Bristol police in Stokes Croft earlier in the year). Each of these events was sparked by a different cause, yet all take place against a backdrop of brutal cuts and enforced austerity measures. The government knows very well that it is taking a gamble, and that its policies run the risk of sparking mass unrest on a scale we haven't seen since the early 1980s.
The policies of the past year may have clarified the division between the entitled and the dispossessed in extreme terms, but the context for social unrest cuts much deeper. ...., data and maps (with links) from the #Londonriots. Here are a few of the data stories that caught my attention this week: Twitter's coming Storm In a blog post late last week, Twitter announced that it plans to open source Storm, its Hadoop-like data processing tool. Storm was developed by BackType, the social media analytics company that Twitter acquired last month. Several of BackType's other technologies, including ElephantDB, have already been open sourced, and Storm will join them this fall, according to Nathan Marz, formerly of BackType now of Twitter.
Marz's post digs into how Storm works as well as how it can be applied. He notes that a Storm cluster is only "superficially similar" to a Hadoop cluster. Instead of running MapReduce "jobs," Storm runs "topologies. " Touting the technology's ease-of-use, Marz lists the following complexities "under the hood: guaranteed message processing, robust process management, fault detection and automatic reassignment, efficient message passing, and local mode and distributed mode.
Strata Week: Twitter's coming Storm, data and maps from the London riots. Here are a few of the data stories that caught my attention this week: Twitter’s coming Storm In a blog post late last week, Twitter announced that it plans to open source Storm, its Hadoop-like data processing tool. Storm was developed by BackType, the social media analytics company that Twitter acquired last month. Several of BackType’s other technologies, including ElephantDB, have already been open sourced, and Storm will join them this fall, according to Nathan Marz, formerly of BackType now of Twitter.
Marz’s post digs into how Storm works as well as how it can be applied. Touting the technology’s ease-of-use, Marz lists the following complexities “under the hood: guaranteed message processing, robust process management, fault detection and automatic reassignment, efficient message passing, and local mode and distributed mode. Mapping the London riots Using real-time social streams and mapping tools in a crisis situation is hardly new. When data disappears Got data news?
#UK #riots 2011 #aftermath - 02mySocDev01-2011Aug. Tottenham / Riots UK. London Riots. UK-Riots august2011. London Riots august 11. I depict a riot | Art and design. Mob captured ... an engraving of the Gordon riots of 1780. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images These are the worst social upheavals in London in living memory, say police. What about beyond living memory? The capital has seen some spectacular riots and rebellions. In an illumination from a medieval manuscript of Froissart's Chronicles, the king and his lords in their pageantry confront an army of poor men in front of the towers and spires of London. King Charles I was not so lucky in the 1640s, as his quarrel with parliament degenerated into war. Neither the 1381 peasants' revolt nor the English civil war have much in common with the rioting and looting in London in August 2011, but there is far more of a parallel with the Gordon riots in 18th-century London.
The Gordon riots were not pretty. The Gordon riots surely were the biggest in London's history to date. Looking at prints of the capital in flames in 1780 the contemporary parallels are striking. The UK Riots Update. After three days of chaos in London things were relatively quiet there last night. Not so in other UK cities. Rioting and looting were going on in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham to name but three major cities. Millions of pounds worth of damage to public and private property have been done, but the biggest cost is probably Britain’s image in the rest of the world. Let’s hope the culprits get what is coming to them soon.
Join TotallyCoolPix on Facebook and Twitter or join our Flickr Group. 1 A police officers stands near a burnt out shop in Clapham Junction, in south London August 9, 2011. 2 A council worker clears the remains of destroyed vehicles in Hackney, north London August 9, 2011. 3 Part of a group of about 300 volunteers help clear the remains of destroyed vehicles in Hackney, north London August 9, 2011. 4 Police officers stand near a burnt out shop in Clapham Junction, in south London August 9, 2011. 24 Riot police wait in an estate in east London August 9, 2011.
Riots in London - Alan Taylor - In Focus. Riots that erupted in London neighborhoods over the weekend spread to four other cities yesterday, as hundreds were arrested and at least one person was killed. What began as a protest against the police shooting of Tottenham resident Mark Duggan spread quickly into general rioting and opportunistic looting -- what Prime Minister David Cameron has called "criminality pure and simple. " For three days now, buildings and vehicles have been smashed and set on fire, while stores and warehouses were looted. Police have been unable to do much to slow the mayhem. Tonight, some 16,000 police officers will be deployed to London's streets in an effort to quash the worst unrest in the city in decades. Collected here are images of the violence in the U.K. from the past several days. [41 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: A hooded youth walks past a burning vehicle in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England.
Riot police face a mob in Hackney, north London on August 8, 2011. I depict a riot. Ignore headlines about squatters, government proposals target Gypsies and travellers. Ignore headlines about squatters, government proposals target Gypsies and travellers | Giles Peaker | Law. The prime minister's confirmation that the government will be bringing forward legislation for the criminalisation of trespass and the proposed removal of removal of legal aid from trespassers in the legal aid, sentencing and punishment of offenders bill amount to the most significant changes to the law of trespass in England and Wales for generations. The media response, carefully directed by spin, has been to focus on squatting and, all too predictably, on "protecting homeowners" from squatters. That this response is wholly and perhaps wilfully inaccurate about the current law is something we've addressed before.
Of course, squatting is threatened by the proposals, but the ramifications run deeper and wider. The law of trespass to land has a long and deeply political history, too long to be examined here. But it has always been at the stress points of social history that it has come to the fore, where access to land and a place to live have been at stake. "[...]We are all consumers now, consumers first and foremost, consumers by rig..." The London Riots – On Consumerism coming Home to Roost. Krawalle in England: "Diese Regierung hat die Zivilgesellschaft zerstört" | SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Kultur - 2011-08-11. Krawalle in England: "Diese Regierung hat die Zivilgesellschaft zerstört" - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Kultur. "Riots are about power, and they are about catharsis. They are not about poor ..." Panic on the streets of London. I’m huddled in the front room with some shell-shocked friends, watching my city burn. The BBC is interchanging footage of blazing cars and running street battles in Hackney, of police horses lining up in Lewisham, of roiling infernos that were once shops and houses in Croydon and in Peckham.
Last night, Enfield, Walthamstow, Brixton and Wood Green were looted; there have been hundreds of arrests and dozens of serious injuries, and it will be a miracle if nobody dies tonight. This is the third consecutive night of rioting in London, and the disorder has now spread to Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Birmingham. Politicians and police officers who only hours ago were making stony-faced statements about criminality are now simply begging the young people of Britain’s inner cities to go home. Britain is a tinderbox, and on Friday, somebody lit a match. How the hell did this happen? And what are we going to do now? Violence is rarely mindless. Months of conjecture will follow these riots. (25) Twitter / Search - Panic on the streets of London... Mark Duggan hat nicht auf Polizisten geschossen. Mark Duggan starb durch eine Polizeikugel, sein Tod löste die Gewalt in London aus.
Nun ergab eine Untersuchung, dass der 29-Jährige selbst nicht geschossen hat - was die Polizei zunächst behauptet hatte. Am vergangenen Donnerstag sah alles noch ganz anders aus: Die Polizei behauptete, Mark Duggan habe das Feuer auf die Beamten eröffnet, als diese ihn festnehmen wollten. Daraufhin habe einer der Polizisten dem 29-Jährigen in die Brust geschossen - aus Notwehr. Nun hat Scotland Yard diese Version revidiert. Duggans Familie hatte am Samstag zu einer Demonstration gegen die Polizei aufgerufen. Die Polizei ermittelte wegen organisierter Bandenkriminalität gegen Duggan. Laut der ersten Darstellung der Polizei feuerte Duggan zuerst auf die Polizei, ein Beamter überlebte angeblich nur durch Glück, weil die Kugel von seinem Funkgerät aufgehalten wurde. Etwas mehr als zehn Kilometer von der Londoner Innenstadt entfernt, zählt Tottenham zu den ärmsten Gegenden Großbritanniens. Scotland-Yard-Bericht: Mark Duggan hat nicht auf Polizisten geschossen - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Panorama.
London - Am vergangenen Donnerstag sah alles noch ganz anders aus: Die Polizei behauptete, Mark Duggan habe das Feuer auf die Beamten eröffnet, als diese ihn festnehmen wollten. Daraufhin habe einer der Polizisten dem 29-Jährigen in die Brust geschossen - aus Notwehr. Nun hat Scotland Yard diese Version revidiert. Duggan habe nicht auf die Polizisten geschossen, so das Ergebnis einer Untersuchung der Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Am Tatort wurden keine Geschosse gefunden, die aus der Waffe des Mannes stammten. Duggans Familie hatte am Samstag zu einer Demonstration gegen die Polizei aufgerufen. Die Polizei ermittelte wegen organisierter Bandenkriminalität gegen Duggan. Laut der ersten Darstellung der Polizei feuerte Duggan zuerst auf die Polizei, ein Beamter überlebte angeblich nur durch Glück, weil die Kugel von seinem Funkgerät aufgehalten wurde. News verfolgen HilfeLassen Sie sich mit kostenlosen Diensten auf dem Laufenden halten: alles aus der Rubrik Panorama. Mosabou: Tottenham: Neoliberal Riot... Tottenham and Beyond: neoliberal riots and the possibility of politics. One of the many things that we hear repeated ad nauseam in the context of the present rioting in London is that the rioters are ‘feral’, ‘yobs’, ‘thugs’ or more generously ‘disaffected youth’.
All the talk from Cameron and his cohorts is of crime and punishment and ‘the full force of the law’ - as if these young people did not encounter the full force of the law on a daily basis. We are told variously that there is no political context, no political motive, no political enemy – it is ‘criminality pure and simple’. This is because violence against the police (and therefore the state) is not considered in itself to be political. It is because the envy of, the desire for and the acquisition of luxury goods such as plasma TVs and jewellery is not considered political.
On the other hand, the neoliberal state functions primarily as a way of facilitating the accumulation of wealth and hence luxury goods. So capitalism is looting the public sphere. A note on the Police Critical Legal Thinking. William Wall - Tottenham and Beyond: neoliberal riots and the possibility of politics | eircom.net - Ice Moon Blog - 2011-08-09 | offene Ablage: nothing to hide | oAnth-miscellaneous. "[...]Why social media bring democracy to developing countries and anarchy to ..."
Is a social media-fuelled uprising the worst case scenario? Elements for a sociology of UK riots. By Antonio A. Casilli & Paola Tubaro. French version provided by OWNI.fr. This is the first of a series of joint posts of Bodyspacesociety + Paola Tubaro’s Blog. You are kindly invited to visit both websites, featuring plenty of interesting stuff. Why social media bring democracy to developing countries and anarchy to rich ones? O sublime hypocrisy of European mainstream media! And, o! Fact is, moral panic about social media is the specular reflection of the acritical enthusiasm about these very same technologies.
The best approach is a more innovative one, relying on social simulation. Epstein’s civil violence model (revisited) Social scientists have been modelling civil violence via agent-based simulation for almost a decade now. Agent-based simulations are like games based on very simple rules – and bringing forth complex results. The agent’s behaviour is influenced by several variables. What we have done here is to modify the consequences of “vision”. Some concluding remarks. David Harvey: Feral Capitalism Hits The Streets. Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey » Blog Archive » Feral Capitalism Hits The Streets. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) Feral Capitalism Hits the Streets by David Harvey 11 August 2011 “Nihilistic and feral teenagers” the Daily Mail called them: the crazy youths from all walks of life who raced around the streets mindlessly and desperately hurling bricks, stones and bottles at the cops while looting here and setting bonfires there, leading the authorities on a merry chase of catch-as-catch-can as they tweeted their way from one strategic target to another.
The word “feral” pulled me up short. It reminded me of how the communards in Paris in 1871 were depicted as wild animals, as hyenas, that deserved to be (and often were) summarily executed in the name of the sanctity of private property, morality, religion, and the family. If we are lucky, we will have commissions and reports to say all over again what was said of Brixton and Toxteth in the Thatcher years. But the problem is that we live in a society where capitalism itself has become rampantly feral.