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‘Because they’ve got nothing to lose’: One voice from the London Riots

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‘Because they’ve got nothing to lose.’ One man’s view of the London riots.
 

 

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Sales of aluminum baseball bats up 52,211% on Amazon UK
08.09.2011
05:38 pm

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According to The Guardian’s live blog covering the rioting in Britain, sales of aluminum baseball bats have risen dramatically in the days since the riots began, but clearly it’s not the rioters who are buying them—they’d just nick them, of course—but the shopkeepers.

One thing that’s frightening to contemplate is how much worse this would all be if firearms were legal in Britain. It’s one thing for rioters and looters to improvise clubs, quite another with an army of wild boys armed to the teeth moving through the nation’s city centers.

Thank you Chris Campion of Berlin, Germany!

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Evocative film footage of The Lower East Side in 1967
08.09.2011
02:28 pm

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New York City’s Lower East Side filmed in 1967/68.

I visited the East Village in 1967 and when I moved there 10 years later not much had changed. The East Village, Tompkins Square and Alphabet City were in decay, whole areas were virtual urban wastelands. But, out of the ruins great things were rising in the arts and culture. During the mid-70s through the 1980s, the area was vibrant with a bohemian vibe. Then came gentrification and many of us were pushed out, along with the poor and elderly. The area is thriving now with fine restaurants, fashion boutiques and trendy bar after bar after bar. It’s still a wasteland - an expensive, well-maintained, cultural wasteland. Where once were bookstores, rock clubs and shops filled with hip affordable clothing there are now fast food chains, designer brand boutiques and banks popping up like a bad case of corporate herpes. Yes, I know I sound like a disgruntled ex-New Yorker. I am one.

The soundtrack is “All Tomorrow’s Parties” by The Velvet Underground.
 

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Banner flown over NYC: ‘THANKS FOR THE DOWNGRADE. YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED’
08.09.2011
02:18 pm

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Economy

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capitalism
S&P downgrade


A long-distance photo of the plane and banner

By now you’ve probably heard about the plane that was flown over NYC today with a flowing banner behind it reading: “THANKS FOR THE DOWNGRADE. YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED.”

Fortune magazine’s Dan Primack learned who flew the plane: It was a Lucy Nobbe, a vice president with Wedbush Morgan Securities. Nobbe is a single mother from St. Louis who is angry with Wall Street and Washington and wanted to vent her frustration:

“I originally wanted to fly it over Washington, D.C., but learned that you can’t do that,” says the banker, who asked to remain anonymous for job security reasons [She revealed herself subsequently—RM]. “So I chose Wall Street instead, but didn’t specifically intend it to fly over S&P. I’m just a mother from St. Louis who feels the only reason we got downgraded was people in politics.”

More from Foster Kamer at The Observer:

A friend of the woman who flew the plane who requested anonymity spoke to the Observer by phone, confirming that her friend is in fact a single mother of two from St. Louis. We were told she is an investment banker (Fortune noted her as a “broker”) and as her friend explained to us, “she woke up pissed about everything in Washington, especially now with the downgrade.” She wanted to fly it over D.C. but she couldn’t because of the restricted airspace; her original intent wasn’t to fly the plane “at” Wall Street, per se.

“She’s not mad at S & P, she’s mad at Washington D.C. She called me up to have me talk her out of it, and of course, I didn’t,” her friend noted, “because I think it’s funnier than shit.” According to her friend, the woman “does not have a lot of discretionary cash as others are saying. She’s a single mother of two. She’s been working and paying taxes since she was 16 years old.”

Is she of any particular political persuasion? “Nope,” her friend notes. “Not really. It’s directed at Washington. The Republicans, Democrats, President. Not at S & P.” We noted—as we’ve heard from friends, colleagues, and sources that the banner is likely making quite a few people smile.

“I think she’d be happy to hear that. She can’t reveal herself because she doesn’t want to lose her job, obviously,” her friend noted, “but I think she’d be happy to hear that.”

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Inspired by the Riots: Photoshop Looters
08.09.2011
01:55 pm

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Current Events
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After the UK riots, a little light relief with Photoshop Looters, a Tumblr site dedicated to photo-shopped pix of rioters, looters and other hooded marauders.

View more here, or you can submit your pix at photoshoplooter at gmail dot com
 
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More photo-shop looters, after the jump…
 

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Everything about this video is a 10
08.09.2011
11:23 am

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ice cream
John
Edy's


 
Edy’s ice cream expert and taste-tester, John, demonstrates how to savor the vanilla bean.

As one YouTuber points out, “If I remember correctly, this guy was featured on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and his tongue alone was insured for millions of dollars.”
 

 
(via Cynical-C)

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You’re my obsession…
08.09.2011
10:39 am

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Kooks

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Twilight
Robert Pattinson


 
I think this woman may want to get a restraining order against Twilight actor Robert Pattinson. He seems a little creepy.
 
(via reddit)

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Dangerous Minds Radio Hour Episode 26 With Guest Nate Cimmino
08.09.2011
09:42 am

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Music

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Dangerous Minds Radio Hour
Nate Cimmino


 
Another fantabulous Dangerous Minds Radio Hour from Nate Cimmino. These radio shows from this guy turn up here almost like an abandoned child left in a basket on our digital doorstep. Richard Metzger claims to have met Mr. Cimmino once, and not even in a past life. It’s disturbing, but they’re so good.

So, once again, Dangerous Minds invites you for another aural excursion with our host, Nate Cimmino, who as best we can tell is wandering around blissfully, sending this offering to us while he was on vacation.

Playlist:

01. Demon Fuzz- Past Present & Future (under intro)
02. Dusty Springfield- Spooky (mono 45 mix)
03. Carole Pope- All Touch/No Contact
04. Johnny Cash- Folsom Prison Blues
05. Gordon Jenkins- Crescfent City Blues
06. Hetten Des- Ace Of Spades
07. Moby Grape- Soul Stew
08. Mars Bonfire- Born To Be Wild
09. Dennis Coffee- It’s Your Thang
10. Dennis Coffee- Sodomy
11. Edison Electric Band- Smokehouse
12. GHP-Rolling Confusion
13. Black Nasty- We’re Doin’ Our Thing
14. Aaron Neville- Mojo Hannah
15- Exuma- Exuma, The Obeah Man
16- Moondog- Moondog Monologue
 

 
Download this week’s episode
 
Subscribe to the Dangerous Minds Radio Hour podcast at iTunes
 

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London Riots: Don’t expect the BBC to replay this clip!


 
Darcus Howe, well-respected West Indian-born intellectual, New Statesman columnist, TV host and political activist, is interviewed on the BBC about last night’s rioting and he eloquently states what a lot of people in the country must be thinking right about now.

“I don’t call it rioting. I call it an insurrection of the masses of the people. It is happening in Syria, it is happening in Clapham, it is happening in Liverpool, it is happening in Port of Spain, Trinidad.”

Instead of listening, the BBC newsreader keeps interrupting him with nonsense until, in the end, he just goes off on her in the most hilarious way. This clip needs to be passed around, please tweet and share.
 

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Great picture of London’s clean up operation
08.09.2011
07:18 am

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London
riots
clean up


 
Among all the pictures of burning cars, buses, warehouses and shops coming from the UK’s capital right now, here’s something from the other end of the spectrum - a great image from Operation Clapham Clean Up (#riotcleanup) proving that Londoners can come together to do something other than destroy.

Via Lawcol888 on YFrog.

 

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