Posts tagged london
5:44 pm - Wed, Jul 11, 2012
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shiracoffee:

boston:

Mitt Romney reveals London fund-raising events 
On the eve of the Olympics, Romney is planning two separate fund-raising events in central London hosted by banking industry officials.
(RICK WILKING/REUTERS)

OK, NOW I’m confused. I get the idea that “money is speech”. (I don’t agree, but I get it.) But how do foreign bankers get to use their “speech” to influence US elections? 
This is a serious question. Can someone explain to me why this is legal or sensible?

shiracoffee:

boston:

Mitt Romney reveals London fund-raising events

On the eve of the Olympics, Romney is planning two separate fund-raising events in central London hosted by banking industry officials.

(RICK WILKING/REUTERS)

OK, NOW I’m confused. I get the idea that “money is speech”. (I don’t agree, but I get it.) But how do foreign bankers get to use their “speech” to influence US elections? 

This is a serious question. Can someone explain to me why this is legal or sensible?

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10:28 am - Mon, Aug 15, 2011
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Why am I surprised that these young people behave destructively, “mindlessly”, motivated only by self-interest? How should we describe the actions of the city bankers who brought our economy to its knees in 2010? Altruistic? Mindful? Kind? But then again, they do wear suits, so they deserve to be bailed out, perhaps that’s why not one of them has been imprisoned. And they got away with a lot more than a few fucking pairs of trainers.

— Russell Brand, about the UK Riots

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So it’s official. Russel Brand is my celebrity crush forever.

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1:35 pm - Thu, Aug 11, 2011
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A few well-placed rifle rounds, and the rioting would end in an instant. A more sustained attack on the rampaging mob might save England from itself, finally removing shaved-head, drunken parasites from the benefits rolls that Britain can’t find the will to abolish on moral or utilitarian grounds. We can be sure there’s no danger of killing off the next Winston Churchill or Edmund Burke in these crowds.

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You know, it’s hateful, despicable people like this cockroach that makes me want to believe in karmic retribution.  The idea that she can be so unrelentingly evil and not have to pay for it somewhere down the line just isn’t fair.

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11:34 am
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titusandtheraindrops:

This joint: Massive Attack on the London riots

mehreenkasana:

amodernmanifesto:

“In context with the complicit support of the government, the banks looted the nation’s wealth while destroying countless small businesses and brought the whole economy to its knees in a covert, clean manner, rather like organised crime. Our reaction was to march and wave banners and then bail them out. These kids would have to riot and steal every night for a year to run up a bill equivalent to the value of the non-paid tax big business has ‘avoided’ out of the economy this year alone. They may not articulate their grievances like the politicians that condemn them, but this is absolutely political. As for the ‘mindless violence’, is there anything more mindless than the British taxpayer quietly paying back the debts of others while contributing bullets to conflicts that we have absolutely no understanding of? It’s mad, sad and scary when we have to take to the streets to defend our homes and businesses from angry, thieving kids, but where are the police and what justice is ever done when the mob is dressed in pin-stripe?” - Massive Attack

One of my favorite musicians with an opinion on the riots.

Wow.

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10:26 am
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jonathan-cunningham:

Britain: Cameron plots social media crackdown

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

The government is considering whether social media services should be shut off at times of disorder, the British prime minister, David Cameron, has told parliament.

Cameron’s comments were made in a speech to the House of Commons on Thursday. Parliament has been recalled from its summer recess to respond to the violent disorder that has affected London, Manchester, Birmingham and other UK cities. 

“Mr Speaker, everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck by how they were organised via social media,” Cameron said. “Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill.

“When people are using social media for violence we need to stop them,” he added in a statement.

To that end, the government is working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to cut people off from social media when they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality, he said.

This is how it starts. “Ideas are dangerous,” they’ll say. “This is for your own protection”.

5:17 pm - Wed, Aug 10, 2011
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In the UK, since 1998 there have been 333 deaths in police custody and not one officer convicted. 73% of those killed were black.

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1:37 pm
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I feel like I’m stating the obvious here (although this idea appears to be anything but obvious virtually everywhere the riots are being discussed), but “hundreds of youths” don’t go on a “rampage” without any reason, even if that reason is simply having no incentive not to. And, truly, feeling utterly devoid of any reason to not take to the streets of your community and destroy it is a profound injustice.

That sort of collective apathy, or antipathy, particularly when marked by a stark generational divide, is indicative of a cultural failure to provide something to young people worth personally investing in. Most observers claim to see no connection between black Londoners rioting against police oppression and white Mancunian teens “rampaging for no reason,” but there is an overwhelming—and evident—plume of dispossession, neglect, marginalization, purposelessness, voicelessness, disconnection from the life that Britons are supposed to have, and supposed to want, emanating from every street upon which are running rioters dismissed as incomprehensible animals.
11:46 am
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Months of conjecture will follow these riots. Already, the internet is teeming with racist vitriol and wild speculation. The truth is that very few people know why this is happening. They don’t know, because they were not watching these communities. Nobody has been watching Tottenham since the television cameras drifted away after the Broadwater Farm riots of 1985.

Most of the people who will be writing, speaking and pontificating about the disorder this weekend have absolutely no idea what it is like to grow up in a community where there are no jobs, no space to live or move, and the police are on the streets stopping-and-searching you as you come home from school. The people who do will be waking up this week in the sure and certain knowledge that after decades of being ignored and marginalised and harassed by the police, after months of not seeing any conceivable hope of a better future confiscated, they are finally on the news.

Laurie Penny’s eloquent take on why the riots in London happened. On Al Jazeera (via plasticlain)

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11:13 am
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Walk on the estate stairwells with your baby in a buggy manoeuvring past the condoms, the needles, into the lift where the best outcome is that you will survive the urine stench and the worst is that you will be raped … It’s not one occasional attack on dignity, it’s a repeated humiliation, being continuously dispossessed in a society rich with possession. Young, intelligent citizens of the ghetto seek an explanation for why they are at the receiving end of bleak Britain, condemned to a darkness where their humanity is not even valued enough to be helped. Savagery is a possibility within us all. Some of us have been lucky enough not to have to call upon it for our survival.
Camila Batmanghelidjh, “Caring costs — but so do riots,” The Independent, August 9, 2011 (via invertebrate-party)

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9:17 pm - Tue, Aug 9, 2011
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A police commission has concluded that Mark Duggan did not fire at police. All firearms shot were police issued. R.I.P Mark Duggan.

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