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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 09, 2011 at 06:47 PM (#3896382)
That's incredibly sad and depressing. I'm horrified, embarrassed, and scared for the country that means more to me than anything else in the world.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:01 PM (#3896389)
Wow. Astonishing link. Thank you.

There's something a bit amusingly discordant about acquiring blunt objects in a time of danger via the internet.
   3. Flynn Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:06 PM (#3896396)
Doesn't seem like they will get to use them, since tonight has been very quiet so far (and it was getting hairy by this point last night).

Manchester seems to have had some trouble though, and there are gangs of vigilantes everywhere, ranging from the fairly innocuous "Turkish shopkeepers with sticks" to the EDL in Eltham.
   4. asinwreck Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:06 PM (#3896397)
At a sporting goods store in Piccadilly Circus, a friend this morning reported a woman came in to purchase a baseball bat. The clerk responded that they were all out, but asked if she needed it for baseball or "something else." When she responded "something else" he led her to cricket bats that could be used for home defense against rioters.
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:07 PM (#3896398)
One thing that got burned in the riots was a warehouse in Enfield that contained much of the stock of CDs/LPs from many of the independent record labels in Britain. Chemikal Underground Records put out a statement today:

The destruction of the SONY/DADC warehouse in Enfield last night and with it, the stock belonging to dozens of great independent labels distributed by PIAS UK, represents a sad and frustratingly bitter blow to the music industry at a time when it can least afford it.

While we’ve lost a considerable chunk of our own back catalogue in addition to stock of our more recent titles, the repercussions of last night’s events will be felt by all labels and retailers up and down the country for months to come. We also have enormous sympathy for PIAS itself: a wonderful independent distributor and an unfailingly supportive partner for Chemikal Underground over the last twelve years.

Quantifying the financial impact this will have on labels will take time but one thing is becoming abundantly clear: the suggestion that people no longer value music or those who endeavour to make it is myth; the collective support and sympathy being offered online for artists and labels demonstrates that we have a uniquely passionate and proactive community of music fans throughout the UK and it’s this passion and support that can, and will, ultimately, sustain the labels currently under threat.

From Chemikal Underground’s point of view, we’d like to thank everyone who has got in touch to show their support, it means a lot. In terms of what you can do to help we suggest you scan the list of PIAS distributed labels listed below and purchase one of their albums. A small thing? Yes, but under the circumstances, the innocuous act of purchasing an album becomes a potent symbol of solidarity for independent music.

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   6. The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:12 PM (#3896401)
Hey, it can't hurt the sport any! Maybe after the riots are over and the bats show up in the mail post, the Brits will figure they might as well use them for something, and play some baseball.

("Sorry, the law requires a five-day waiting period." "Five days? But I'm mad now!")

I was more scared that it would be the Yankee batboy's book...
   7. PreservedFish Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:23 PM (#3896407)
I'm also glad to see that hammock sales are up.
   8. The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:28 PM (#3896411)
Do you know who invented the hammock?
   9. PreservedFish Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:33 PM (#3896416)
No.
   10. Dan The Mediocre Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:34 PM (#3896418)
Do you know who invented the hammock?


A native american?
   11. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:36 PM (#3896419)
Do you know who invented the hammock?

Abner Doubleday
   12. Cuban X Senators Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:39 PM (#3896420)
Now that we've established what this has to do with indy music, Frank Tanana anyone?
   13. The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:39 PM (#3896421)
No.
That's something for you to do. Find that out.
   14. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:44 PM (#3896424)
Do you know who invented the hammock?


Your mom.

Boom!
   15. smileyy Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:45 PM (#3896427)
Doubleday's other invention, the banana hammock would not catch on until after his death.
   16. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:50 PM (#3896429)
Now that we've established what this has to do with indy music, Frank Tanana anyone?


One of the labels affected was One Little Indian. On May 30, 1977, Frank Tanana induced Larvell Blanks, at the time the shortest member of the Cleveland Indians, at 5 foot 8, into an 0-3 performance that consisisted of one strikeout and two GIDP. Indians manager Frank Robinson removed Blanks from the game after the second GIDP, worsening an already fraught relationship. Robinson was fired less than a month later, partly because of his bad relationship with several players.
   17. Swedish Chef Posted: August 09, 2011 at 07:53 PM (#3896432)
Hey, it can't hurt the sport any! Maybe after the riots are over and the bats show up in the mail post, the Brits will figure they might as well use them for something, and play some baseball.

This will be the standard explanation when UK win the WBC in 2027.
   18. Zach Posted: August 09, 2011 at 08:27 PM (#3896457)
I stayed in a dorm at University College London last year, and the place was a fortress. You needed a magnetic swipe to get into the building and to leave the lobby. The manager looked at me like I was some sort of stupid bumpkin when I couldn't figure out why the door to the stairwell was locked. A few months earlier, somebody broke down the door of my boss's husband (a professor at Imperial College) and stole her handbag.

Basically, I get the idea that crime in London is really, really bad right now.
   19. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 09, 2011 at 08:48 PM (#3896472)
I stayed in a dorm at University College London last year, and the place was a fortress. You needed a magnetic swipe to get into the building and to leave the lobby. The manager looked at me like I was some sort of stupid bumpkin when I couldn't figure out why the door to the stairwell was locked.

Is this unusual? Harvard was the same way over a decade ago; I assume that most urban universities in the U.S. have a similar system.
   20. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: August 09, 2011 at 08:54 PM (#3896478)
Purdue has the same system and crime is very low in WLIN
   21. Flynn Posted: August 09, 2011 at 09:06 PM (#3896490)

Basically, I get the idea that crime in London is really, really bad right now.


Not really. It's not great, but probably on par with a lot of American cities. New York and London are pretty close to the same size, so you can compare stats fairly easily (New York's about 10% bigger). London is probably twice as bad with robberies, but five times better at murders (the lack of guns on the street being a big factor). But New York is a model American city for crime these days. London's robbery rate is slightly better than San Francisco's, for example, and while many people indeed think San Francisco has a crime problem, it's not the kind of place where you live in terror.

That said, the Met is a truly dysfunctional police organization and people have been calling it to reform NYC-style for years with limited success. There is very little appetite to jail people for long periods like in America and so only serious crimes are prosecuted, which lets a lot of small time offenders back on the street with minimal supervision.

Nonetheless, I would put your experience at UCL as more of an example of the UK's love affair with security apparatus (CCTVs rampant and virtually every college in the country, even in rural parts, has swipe card entry) than anything else.
   22. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 09, 2011 at 09:19 PM (#3896498)
Davidson College has that swipe card entry too. You need it to use the elevator in the dorms for God's sake. And everyone else who lives in that town is either a senior citizen or works at some tourist shop.
   23. Perry Posted: August 09, 2011 at 09:33 PM (#3896503)
the EDL in Eltham


####, really? My SO's parents live in Eltham, just off the High Street. I emailed them a couple of hours ago, haven't received a reply yet. And her sister lives in Camberwell, about a mile from Brixton which had trouble last night.
   24. A triple short of the cycle Posted: August 09, 2011 at 10:01 PM (#3896514)
and while many people indeed think San Francisco has a crime problem, it's not the kind of place where you live in terror.

Oakland, on the other hand...
   25. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 09, 2011 at 10:09 PM (#3896516)
I've been away from news for a few days so forgive my ignorance, but what prompted all the rioting in London? I've seen a bunch of pictures and descriptions, but not much about why this is happening.
   26. Perry Posted: August 09, 2011 at 10:16 PM (#3896518)
I've been away from news for a few days so forgive my ignorance, but what prompted all the rioting in London? I've seen a bunch of pictures and descriptions, but not much about why this is happening.
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29-year-old black man, father of four, gunned down by cops in disputed circumstances a few days ago.
   27. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 09, 2011 at 10:37 PM (#3896528)
29-year-old black man, father of four, gunned down by cops in disputed circumstances a few days ago.


Got it. Makes a little more sense now.
   28. Flynn Posted: August 09, 2011 at 10:48 PM (#3896533)
Well, that explained the original riots in Tottenham, but the ones that went on last night had very little to do with it.
   29. BFFB Posted: August 09, 2011 at 10:52 PM (#3896537)
I've been away from news for a few days so forgive my ignorance, but what prompted all the rioting in London? I've seen a bunch of pictures and descriptions, but not much about why this is happening.


Timeline roughly as follows:-

1. Known criminal and suspected gang 'elder' shot by police during a botched arrest
2. Police then release a bunch of sketch conflicting information trying to cover their own arses (and comes off very like the Jean Charles de Menezes debacle)
3. Family questions Police, they don't like the answers so hold a peaceful protest outside the local station and get ignored for five hours
4. Criminal friends of the guy killed decided to start a riot in Tottenham and go looting, other people join in as the community vents its anger at Police
5. Police response to the initial very localized riot is piss poor (mostly they just stand off and let the rioters throw rocks at them / watch them steal stuff)
6. Thanks to 24hr news channels, facebook and blackberry messenger lots of other feckless petty criminals and juvenile delinquents see the Police's impotence and lose the "fear"
7. This leads to violent "flash mobs" springing up all over London co-ordinated through Facebook and Blackberry which the undermanned and disorganized Met cannot respond to adequately and it snowballs.
8. Completely unprepared citizenry conditioned to rely on the state for everything won't do anything to stop them so they carry on unmolested while curiously avoiding the Asian and Turkish areas where they are likely to get their arses beaten by angry men with beards.
9. Everybody decides to buy baseball bats and other makeshift weapons as they realize the Police can't or wont do squat to protect them.

Guy in my office spent all of Monday night helping to man a makeshift barricade outside their street to stop any rioters and his friend had his cellphone store cleaned out and then torched - insurance won't cover loss of earnings so that's him out of business as he won't be able to afford to reopen. There was also a restaurant in Notting Hill where all the patrons were locked into the bathrooms by the staff for safety who then stood outside the main entrance and beat off the rioters with kitchen knives, frying pans and chairs.
   30. smileyy Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:02 PM (#3896543)

7. This leads to violent "flash mobs" springing up all over London co-ordinated through Facebook and Blackberry which the undermanned and disorganized Met cannot respond to adequately and it snowballs.


Is this actually the case?
   31. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:08 PM (#3896546)
Is this actually the case?


Yes
   32. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:30 PM (#3896561)
I thought this was going to be about a baseball book.
   33. PreservedFish Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:39 PM (#3896566)
This will be the standard explanation when UK win the WBC in 2027.


I don't remember seeing this item before, but baseballs (actual baseballs) are now #7 on the list.
   34. JE (Jason) Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:42 PM (#3896570)
Eh, never mind.
   35. scareduck Posted: August 10, 2011 at 12:21 AM (#3896600)
The News Corp. wiretapping scandal decapitated the London Police Department, which left it leaderless at an unfortunate time.
   36. steagles Posted: August 10, 2011 at 03:06 AM (#3896829)
user review on the 8th ranked item in the link:

If you are a skinny/weak guy like me, the best advice in self-defence I can give is: learn to run faster, scream louder and avoid leaving your home.
   37. Jick Posted: August 10, 2011 at 04:20 AM (#3896887)
Davidson College has that swipe card entry too. You need it to use the elevator in the dorms for God's sake. And everyone else who lives in that town is either a senior citizen or works at some tourist shop.


That's to keep the gnome store guy out, I'm sure.

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