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April 19, 2014
17:15 // 4 months ago
December 19, 2013
In my time as a fire officer I’ve never seen an incident like this. I imagine lots of people were out enjoying the show in the run-up to Christmas.
London senior firefighter Nick Harding • Discussing the collapse of the ceiling at the city’s iconic Apollo Theatre, which was packed for a performance of ”The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.” At least 88 of the 720 people in the audience were injured by the ornate masonry that fell on their heads—so many that rescuers had to commander three double-decker buses to get the injured to a local hospital.
19:49 // 8 months ago
16:15 // 8 months ago
November 21, 2013
15:14 // 9 months ago
August 18, 2013
This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism. It’s bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It’s worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.
Glenn Greenwald • In a column discussing the detention of his partner, David Miranda, by British authorities. Greenwald hasn’t talked directly to Miranda since the incident—mainly because the authorities took Miranda’s communication devices—but he says that Miranda is reportedly in good spirits and “defiant” about what’s happened to him.
23:03 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2013
This is undoubtedly an amusing headline, but it actually touches on a serious issue in democracies: How can policymakers sell and implement necessarily policy when the general public is almost comedically misinformed about what policy is needed? The poll cited showed that Britons believe that 24% of jobless benefits are fraudulently claimed (the actual number is .7%); that violent crime is rising (it’s falling); that immigrants comprise 1/3 of the population (more like 13%); and that teen pregnancy is roughly 26 times higher than it actually is. “Politicians need to be better at talking about the real state of affairs of the country, rather than spinning the numbers,” said one of the pollsters involved. In addition, “the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise.” So, in other words, the incentives structure of politics and the media needs to do a complete 180 from where they are now. Awesome, that should be a quick fix. source

This is undoubtedly an amusing headline, but it actually touches on a serious issue in democracies: How can policymakers sell and implement necessarily policy when the general public is almost comedically misinformed about what policy is needed? The poll cited showed that Britons believe that 24% of jobless benefits are fraudulently claimed (the actual number is .7%); that violent crime is rising (it’s falling); that immigrants comprise 1/3 of the population (more like 13%); and that teen pregnancy is roughly 26 times higher than it actually is. “Politicians need to be better at talking about the real state of affairs of the country, rather than spinning the numbers,” said one of the pollsters involved. In addition, “the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise.” So, in other words, the incentives structure of politics and the media needs to do a complete 180 from where they are now. Awesome, that should be a quick fix. source

20:22 // 1 year ago
May 24, 2013
We landed safely and then he announced that they had some kind of threat from someone and that’s why he landed the plane.
A passenger on Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK709 • Discussing the reason the flight was diverted to an airport near London, rather than landing at its expected destination of Manchester, England. Fighter jets guided the plane to safety, and two men were arrested for endangering an aircraft Friday. Despite the nature of the incident, officials are treating the incident as criminal, not terror.
14:41 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2013
Imagine an industry where every single opponent worked in the same street, competing with each other by day—drinking, brawling, fornicating, night clubbing and cocaine-snorting with each other by night. A street full of the most ruthless and amoral people in the world existed, and it was called Fleet Street.
Piers Morgan • Discussing his new Starz TV show, Fleet Street, a new dramatic series about his time working the tabloid journalism circuit in the ’70s. It’s a lot like working on ShortFormBlog now.
18:55 // 1 year ago
April 21, 2013
We have confidence in London. We put on the Olympics, so we can do this.
London Marathon observer Nicola Selwood • Discussing the London Marathon, taking place less than a week after the Boston Marathon bombing incident. Despite this, the incident is going on as planned, though with higher security. As part of the event, a campaign among runners is picking up steam, recommending that, as runners cross the finish line, they put their hands over their hearts.
11:13 // 1 year ago
March 11, 2013

Falkland Islands to world: We love being British!

  • 99.8% the percentage of Falkland Islanders that voted to keep their status as a British island, rather than agree that the islands should be controlled by Argentina, which has longed claimed the island was theirs. (Argentina declared the vote a farce and publicity stunt.) To give you an idea of how dramatic this vote is, let’s put it another way—just three people voted against British rule. The island’s inhabitants are hoping to sway countries who have stayed neutral on the sovereignty issue, including the U.S., to take a stance on the issue favoring their interests. Argentina claims that the islands were illegally taken from them by British forces in 1833. source
23:07 // 1 year ago