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Croydon riots: Model Shonola Smith, 22, jailed for 6 months for looting Argos | Mail Online


The 22-year-old model, from South Norwood, was arrested at the scene in Church Street with her sister Alicia and their 22-year-old friend Donness Bissessar.

All three pleaded guilty at Croydon magistrates’ court to entering the store with intent to steal.
The trio, who had no previous convictions, broke down in tears as they were led to the cells

Suzanne Harrison, a senior female teacher, admits sexual activity with 15-year-old girl she taught – News – East Anglian Daily Times


She admitted two charges of sexually touching a female aged under 16, one count of sexual assault by penetration and engaging in sexual activity with the girl while in a position of trust.

London Riot: Scotland Yard-Metropolitan Police “Operation Withern” — Part 3

Wanted by Law Enforcement

From: Operation Withern’s priority is to bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts. If anyone recognises individuals in the photographs or has any information about the violence and disorder that has occurred they should contact the Major Investigation Team on 020 8345 4142. Alternatively anyone can report crime and provide information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Commentary: Our sick English society

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run for U.S. president

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potlatch: the rise of the ‘criminal-consumer’

Like the rest of the media, potlatch is on summer hiatus right now, occasionally stirring to wonder whether public life is really such a trivial thing that it makes sense for all of its key protagonists and main analysts to holiday simultaneously. Say what you like about the bond markets, but you can at least rely on them to still be steam-rollering national sovereignty, even in mid-August.

The police are also all in Tuscany at the moment, which is why there are so many televisions going cheap in Tottenham this week. Some of the media’s remaining members have picked up a social media angle to all of this: were the riots all a brilliantly coordinated ruse, based on innovations such as #meetoutsidedixonsat3am ? How long before the whole problem becomes framed in the rationalist, maximising terms of game-theory, and we discover that the modern state doesn’t actually work? I’ve wondered about this before, on hearing that Hackney has 900 policemen to cope with 350,000 residents.

New Labour gave us the ‘citizen-consumer’ as a new model of the individual public service user. This is a participating member of ‘the community’, who nevertheless holds preferences which they act upon rationally and self-interestedly. They operate on the border between public and private interest. Could we witness the rise of the ‘criminal-consumer’, who employs lawlessness as a strategy for their own consumer goals? This was ultimately what Gary Becker proposed over 50 years ago, when he applied neo-classical price theory to understand crime and other non-market activities. Michel Foucault described Becker’s version of neo-liberalism as follows:

Law enforcement is the set of instruments of action which, on the market for crime, opposes a negative demand to the supply of crime.

This is very close to what Jeremy Bentham had proposed in the late 18th century. Richard Posner has subsequently developed this approach, based on the notion that law’s sole function is to alter incentives. Some activities such as illegal downloading, where obedience to the law is simply not efficient enough, make such a perspective faintly plausible.

Should one adopt this rationalist account of crime and deviance, then throw in social media, things start to appear very scary indeed. The ‘criminal-consumer’ acquires the capacity for widespread, mass co-operation (as allegedly was facilitated by twitter during the Arab Spring), in a way that is compatible with individual preferences for more consumer goods.

This is a kind of post-Thatcherite, neo-classical variant of what Marxists have hoped for, namely that bringing the proletariat together in the factory and the city will eventually lead to the emergence of a reflexive class consciousness, in which individuals discover that co-operation is more rational than competition. Revolution would follow. Neo-classical economics famously lacks any theory of production, and so when homo economicus assembles en masse in the city, with the new capacity of social media, the only form of co-operation that can emerge is riotous consumption, otherwise known as looting. If socialism promised to democratise the means of production, social media might be democratising the means of consumption, with both omelettes requiring a few eggs to be broken along the way.

Under these circumstances, the role of the state becomes like that of the anti-trust authority. Crime, in the age of twitter, comes to appear as a form of cartel, that needs busting. Above all else, the state must prevent co-operation, and maintain homo economicus in the state of mutually suspicious individualism. In a bizarre new form of neo-classical performativity, the prisoners dilemma travels from the realm of scholarly game theory, to being a strategy for policing the city.

Naturally all of the above is a nonsense. Co-operation happens for reasons other than strategy and shared preference, and strategy and share preference are seldom enough to generate co-operation. The law remains tinged with a metaphysical authority, that is not reducible to its effects on incentives. In any case, behavioural ‘nudges’, brains and ‘choice architectures’ have knocked the Benthamites and neo-classical dogmatists out of the policy limelight. But perhaps that’s just as well. If the lessons of Becker, Bentham et al were learnt too closely, attaining law and order on the streets of the digitally-enabled city might soon come to appear tougher than a Nash equilibrium.

Papers sue state to get spending records – Burbank Leader


The Times, which owns the Pasadena Sun, La Cañada Valley Sun, Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press, filed suit in Sacramento County Superior Court, arguing the budget figures should be a matter of public record. McClatchy Newspapers, owners of the Sacramento Bee, is a co-plaintiff in the case.

“The notion that the Legislature can keep secret information about how tax dollars are being spent is completely contrary to the law,” said Kelli Sager, an attorney representing The Times. “These kinds of records are precisely what the Legislative Open Records Act covers.”

The lawsuit seeks disclosure of annual Assembly member budget allowances for 2010 and 2011, including additional allowances for committee assignments, and any orders from the Rules Committee or Speaker’s Office ordering changes to member budgets. The suit names as defendants the California Legislature, the California Assembly Committee on Rules and Rules Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley).

Bar Refaeli in bikini slathers on Dead Sea mud in Twitter photos | Mail Online

Facebook, Zuckerberg Say Alleged Ownership Contract Forged

Twitter refuses to close accounts of rioters to protect their ‘freedom of expression”

Twitter has refused to close the accounts of London rioters who used the service to spread unrest and insisted that Tweets must ‘continue to flow’.

The US-based company said that ‘freedom of expression’ was essential and that information would be ‘kept flowing’.

Social networks have faced criticism for allowing rioters and looters to incite violence and public disorder across the country since riots began last Saturday in Tottenham.

UK Riots: The twins who told their mother they were going to the gym – but joined the mob | Mail Online

UK riots 2011: Broom armies reclaim London, Birmingham, and Manchester streets | Mail Online

London and UK riots: the clean-up operation in pictures – Telegraph

New Statesman – Our streets are aflame. Now black Britain will be allowed its say

And as our streets burn, what plans are afoot to address this political gagging of black Briton? None. Our selection processes are geared exclusively to tackling the under-representation of women. Our policy agenda to addressing the plight of the squeezed middle, not those at the economic margins. Our entire political narrative built around an appeal to the White Working Class.

And so there is silence. About the appalling levels of educational attainment by black male youth. About the scourge of gang culture that blights black communities. Or if there is not silence, the voices that are raised are not strong enough to force these issues to the top of the political agenda.

But we’ve had our riot. So now we can have our debate. And once again, for as long as the flames continue to flicker, black Britain will be allowed to have its say.

British society could learn a lot from the Turks of Dalston – Telegraph Blogs

British people have mostly internalised this fear, usually adopting a Stockholm Syndrome liberalism; for example, I believe that the reason so many young teachers in inner cities are textbook liberals who blame various institutions and authorities for the bad behaviour of their pupils is because they physically fear those kids, and it is easier to side with the one you fear. In contrast the kids do not fear anyone in authority – not teachers, not churchmen, not policemen or army officers, and especially not fathers. That is because, in essence, the people in authority in Britain have abandoned that authority, for various psycho-political reasons (just look through any John Lennon or Pink Floyd lyrics for a better understanding of babyboomer thinking).

The result is that Britain has among the most unpleasant adolescent population in the world (with all due respects to the majority who aren’t); I have never been anywhere in the world with such problems, and it’s actually embarrassing. For a society that was remarkably well-ordered and peaceful until the 1960s our speedy breakdown is a remarkable achievement.

A New Google Group Uses Facial Recognition Technology To Out Looters

London riots: primary school worker admits burglary – Telegraph

London riots: Mother condemns ‘feral rats’ who attacked Ealing store – Telegraph

London Riot: Scotland Yard-Metropolitan Police “Operation Withern” — Part 2

London Riot -- Withern

From: Operation Withern’s priority is to bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts. If anyone recognises individuals in the photographs or has any information about the violence and disorder that has occurred they should contact the Major Investigation Team on 020 8345 4142. Alternatively anyone can report crime and provide information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

As London cleans up from riots, residents fume

As London cleans up from riots, residents fume.

In Lancaster, Calif., Section 8 Renters Encounter Resistance


Civil rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit accusing Lancaster, Calif., above, and the neighboring city of Palmdale of unfairly singling out Latino and black residents who use Section 8 vouchers to help pay rent.

Scotland Yard / Metropolitan Police Commence “Operation Withern”



Operation Withern’s priority is to bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts. If anyone recognises individuals in the photographs or has any information about the violence and disorder that has occurred they should contact the Major Investigation Team on 020 8345 4142. Alternatively anyone can report crime and provide information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

UK riots 2011: Liberal dogma has spawned a generation of brutalised youths | Mail Online

London riots: ‘People are fighting back. It’s their neighbourhoods at stake’ | UK news | The Guardian

On Green Street in East Ham a similar-sized group of rioters was chased away by several hundred Asian residents. And in Bethnal Green, also attacked, local shopkeepers came out to defend their property.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that in other cities hit by Monday night’s violence, communities were last night preparing to defend themselves. On Amazon sales of baseball bats and truncheons rocketed overnight. Sales of one aluminium bat increased 65-fold in a day, albeit from low initial sales, while a truncheon jumped from a sales rank of 5,973 to 136

London riots 2011: Where were police? Shopkeepers mystified as they’re left defenceless | Mail Online

Violence moves north as police lock down London – The Irish Times – Wed, Aug 10, 2011

EJP | News | UK | Jews in London advised to be careful as riots spread throughout British capital

Pinoys worry about safety amid London riots | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

Many of them witnessed the attacks in the borough that happened late in the afternoon on Monday or around 2 a.m. Tuesday in the Philippines.

A Filipina who doesn’t want to be named said she was alone in her flat when rioters and looters raided grocery shops located on the ground floor of their building and across the road.

“Many looters are wearing hoodies. They were taking out lots of groceries from the shop while bystanders were just watching. It was scary,” she said.

She also noticed that while the shops were raided, the police were nowhere in sight.

As London burns, riots spread to Jewish communities | JTA – Jewish & Israel News

Fighting back with brooms: London citizens clean up after the riots | The Observers

SOUTH LONDON PRESS TODAY | NEWS | Hundreds help with looting clean-up | 2011

London riots 2011: Croydon’s House of Reeves razed to the ground | Mail Online

Hundreds join London clean-up as shock turns to anger

Crime After Crime Screening with Wendy Levy and Joshua Safran | Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)


38 days – The calm before the storm or deafening silence? « Judicial Council Watcher

Since the day San Francisco Superior Court (and others) issued layoff notices to employees, we’ve counted down the days until these notices are to take effect. Today marks 38 days left in that countdown. Today also happens to be the deadline for the SEC committee survey and their push questions that assume the AOC must continue to exist but be reorganized to serve you better.

Next Monday, the state legislature goes back into session and there remains an eerie calm of insignificant news  – mostly comprised of a carefully orchestrated effort of the AOC’s office of communications to work with local supporters – judges – to push the CCMS agenda as a way to save money when it won’t and to push back on the state legislature on judicial branch spending cuts, while ignoring the boondoggles and misplaced priorities. To support this endeavor, they’re turning detractors of the AOC into sound bites to promote their own self-preservation agenda.

We don’t believe that the Alliance of California Judges desire to dismantle the Center for Judicial Education & Research and have deep cuts in the Executive Office Programs and Information Services as purely coincidental. These are the three main groups that represent what we all affectionately know as pravda – the AOC media machine that promotes disinformation. 

We’re left to wonder what other individuals and groups are doing and what general direction they’re headed in. Coming as somewhat of a surprise to us was finding out that reserves over at San Francisco Superior Court are actually higher at the start of this fiscal year than they were at the start of last fiscal year. That does not win them brownie points in the public relations department nor the employee relations department. It also doesn’t sit well to discover that these cuts don’t hit management ranks but strongly hit those who serve the public.

Meanwhile, we continue to receive reports about bundling service work orders as to conceal the true costs of doing maintenance projects and to run the maintenance operation, while also continuing to receive reports indicating that preventive maintenance, such as changing filters and decontaminating chiller tower water has fallen by the wayside for over a year now. We’re left wondering – do a bunch of court workers and the public have to be exposed to or die from legionnaires disease before the Facilities Management Unit of the Office of Court Construction & Management re-establishes preventive maintenance in buildings to protect the health and safety of workers and the public?

Also in about 38 days – the previous contractors AGS and Jacobs will be out of a job and there appears almost intentionally, no continuity or coordination between the outgoing contractors and the incoming contractors for building maintenance. There appears to be no formal turnovers, no knowledge transfers, no interviews of current employees that might already know the systems and the buildings. Does this mean that Pride Industries and Enovity, who currently appear to enjoy no continuity of operations from the old contractor to the new contractor, will walk in to court buildings cold turkey with no knowledge base to rely upon? Southern Regional Office won’t experience such a disruption as all current Jacobs workers in the southern regional office courts get their pay checks from ABM. If there is any doubt about this, go ask them. They will just change shirts.

We think a clean formal transfer and the ability of the new operating entities to interview current employees attached to buildings is really important. It is in the courts best interests, it is in the AOC’s best interests, yet we’re not hearing that any of this is happening as of yet. We think it is in the best interests for each court to question the facilities management unit, the old contractors currently in the buildings and the new contractors inheriting the buildings about their planned transitions, formal turnovers and knowledge transfers.

There’s lots of eerie silence out there and even more things to be concerned about on top of the budgetary challenges. Budgetary challenges that nearly everyone expects to get worse – not better.

Yet, unlike other judicial branches across the country, in California the money already exists in the judicial branch to solve most judicial branch problems. At the beginning of the last legislative session, we heard Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher (D) San Diego, indicate that the AOC would be getting extra attention from the committee on accountability and administrative review. We heard Assemblymember Calderon ask for a statewide investigation of AOC spending. We hear of back room discussions, yet we haven’t heard anyone go public with any plans and by now, it should be obvious to all that AB1208, while it is an important step, it does not go far enough in protecting the trial courts from the reckless decisions of the Judicial Council and the AOC.


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    It is my understanding that at least some of the people who work at court facilities doing building maintenence will transition over to the new providers, so at least in those instances an interview process, formal transition, etc. would likely not be necessary.

Attorneys’ Ouster From Fla. AG’s Office Stirs Controversy

Attorneys’ Ouster From Fla. AG’s Office Stirs Controversy

Since leaving the attorney general’s office, Clarkson and Edwards have started their own firm and plan to represent homeowners in foreclosure defense

Vice President of State Bar of California William “BIll” Gailey Honored by California Senate Resolution No. 946


William “BIll” Gailey a California Private Investigator is recognized in California Senate Resolution No. 946 Gailey currently serves as chairman of Gailey Associates, Inc. From 1968 to 1991, he worked as a detective for the Los Angeles Police Department. Gailey is a decorated Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army; 173rd Airborne Brigade, and the 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as a sergeant E-5 paratrooper from 1965 to 1968. Mr. Gailey currently serves as the Vice President of the California State Bar, Board of Governors.

Senate resolution number 946 was presented to Mr. Gailey by the Honorable Tom Harmon of the 35th Senatorial District in California. The resolution was passed on July 21st, 2011 in recognition of Mr. Gailey’s leadership while serving on the California State Bar Board of Governors.

Pictured above (from left) is Hon. Andrew Guilford, Joseph Chairez, California State Bar President Bill Hebert, and Mr. Gailey

London riots: the expat view – Telegraph

Home | Mail Online

UK riots 2011: Twitter #RiotWombles clean-up march after yobs devastate London | Mail Online

UK riots 2011: London and Birmingham people forced to strip naked in the street | Mail Online

Jamie calls for rioters to get ‘a good beating’ | Eleven UK

Jamie Oliver has made a career out of helping disaffected youths through his restaurants and TV shows, but he’s taking a tough line after rioters trashed his restaurant in Birmingham.

The celeb chef tweeted: “very simple now guys tear gas,rubber bullets, cannons & a good beating,community service organised by the community effected”

London riots: Celebrities unite on Twitter to condemn riots –

A fifth of all Congressmen taking paid-for holidays to Israel this summer

Burka Barbie to raise funds for Save the Children

Looting ‘fuelled by social exclusion’ | UK news | The Guardian


Young looters from poor estates have nothing to lose and no reason to obey social norms, say experts

Should Boris Johnson return from holiday to deal with London rioting? | Poll | Comment is free |

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