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The revolution begins at home What is occurring on Wall Street right now is truly remarkable. For more than two weeks, in the sanctum of the great cathedral of global capitalism, the dispossessed have liberated territory from the financial overlords and their police army. They have created a unique opportunity to shift the tides of history in the tradition of other great peaceful occupations from the sit-down strikes of the 1930s to the lunch-counter sit-ins of the 1960s to the democratic uprisings across the Arab world and Europe today. While the Wall Street occupation is growing, it needs an all-out commitment from everyone who cheered the Egyptians in Tahrir Square, said “We are all Wisconsin”, and stood in solidarity with the Greeks and Spaniards. This is a movement for anyone who lacks a job, housing or healthcare, or thinks they have no future. Our system is broken at every level.
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On the Verge of Chaos The core outlook of the righteously angry is strongly anti-banker, anti-rich and anti-corruption; it expresses a powerful sentiment against the system and the market. People are proclaiming that they are not commodities to be bought and sold. Theirs is a quest for change and transformation.
Topsy: Now Searching Tweets Back To May 2008 Looking for old tweets? Look to Topsy. The service has just expanded to have what it claims to be the largest searchable collection of past tweets, over 5 billion of them, stretching back to at least May 2008. That makes it more comprehensive than Google’s Twitter search or even Twitter’s own Twitter Search. Coding for Journalists 101 : A four-part series Photo by Nico Cavallotto on Flickr Update, January 2012: Everything…yes, everything, is superseded by my free online book, The Bastards Book of Ruby, which is a much more complete walkthrough of basic programming principles with far more practical and up-to-date examples and projects than what you’ll find here. I’m only keeping this old walkthrough up as a historical reference. I’m sure the code is so ugly that I’m not going to even try re-reading it.
Wither Wall Street: Challenge of the Occupy Movement Over the last three months New York City has been electrified by the Occupy Wall Street movement. Prachi Patankar and I have been participating in some of the actions. We have also been part of a number of discussions within the South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI) on how an organisation like ours can bring an internationalist perspective to this movement. Prachi is also on the board of the War Resisters League (WRL). Through such discussions SASI and WRL organised Empire on Wall Street actions.
Ten technical Twitter tips for journalists So you think you know Twitter? But do you know how to archive tweets, set up an RSS feed of a Twitter stream or have private group chat? Here are some practical, technical tips to help you: 1. Learn to love Twitter’s own advanced search. Since being updated earlier this year, Twitter’s search options have become much more powerful than they once were. What could a journalist do with ScraperWiki? A quick guide For non-programmers, a first look at ScraperWiki’s code could be a bit scary, but we want journalists and researchers to make use of the site, so we’ve set up a variety of initiatives to do that. Firstly, we’re setting up a number of Hacks and Hacker Days around the UK, with Liverpool as our first stop outside of London. You can follow this blog or visit our eventbrite page to find out more details. Secondly, our programmers are teaching ScraperWiki workshops and classes around the UK.