If one year during the Toronto International Film Festival you’re engaging a Hollywood producer in conversation and have only a few seconds to pitch your action script before the bouncers drag you out from under the door of her bathroom stall, just fire off a three-word description of the two unlikely antagonists. Hollywood loves oddball enemies even more than unlikely buddy cops: cowboys versus aliens, mercenaries versus dinosaurs, Predators versus future governors of American states. Yet, inexplicably, no movie has been made of Toronto’s contribution to the genre: clowns versus firefighters.
East Texas town fights attempts to commemorate the 1910 Slocum Massacre.
Fort Worth writer E.R. Bills' book
on the Slocum Massacre adds momentum to the decades-long push by survivors to have it acknowledged and memorialized. [more inside]
Funeral: An oral history
of the remarkable behind-the-scenes effort to stage Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 funeral and keep peace in Atlanta while 110 other cities burned
. Memories from people who were directly involved, from Carl Sanders, the former governor of Georgia, and Xernona Clayton, who organized events for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), to Bernice or Bunny King, the youngest King child, and June Dobbs Butts, a friend of King's since childhood who flew home to Atlanta from New York to attend the funeral. (From Atlanta
magazine) [more inside]
Keene, New Hampshire tried to set a new world record for most pumpkins carved at their 2014 Pumpkin Festival
, but failed to reach their goal. Instead, the news coverage of the Pumpkin Festival is for the vaguely related mayhem that erupted in neighborhoods near Keene State campus
. It has been reported that the chaos was due to an influx of young people, up to 2,000 congregated in some areas, who threw billiard balls, rocks, debris and bottles full of liquor, and overturned at least one car. Police used tear gas and pepper balls to quell the crowds, and arrested 84 individuals
. There were dozens of injuries, but no fatalities. In the larger discussion of various group gatherings and actions and the police response to such events, comparisons have been made between the Keene "pumpkin riot" and Ferguson
. To which Luke O’Neil wrote Keene Is Not Ferguson—Despite the Police, Fires, and Tear Gas
. Jordan Lebeau responded with a piece titled Actually, Comparing Keene to Ferguson Is Precisely What You Should Do
(last two articles on Boston.com). [more inside]
A farewell to paws.
"The beloved Greek riot dog
is dead – and so is his revolution." [Previously]
The 1974 Cleveland Indians baseball team "were a smorgasbord of mediocre and forgettable talent playing in an open-air mausoleum
" where 85% of the seats at home games went unsold. So the Indians tried to drum up business with a "10-Cent Beer Night
" promotion. What could possibly go wrong? The final tally, 40 years ago this evening: 25,134 fans in attendance. 60,000 Genesee beers at 10¢ each. 50 cops. 19 streakers. 7 emergency room injuries. 9 arrests. 2 bare moons. 2 bouncing breasts and 1 sportswriter, punched in the jaw
. [more inside]
Students take over Taiwan's Legislature amid massive protests against a trade bill with China.
Student protesters stormed Taiwan's Legislative Yuan last week, overwhelming police, and have occupied it since as protests grew outside. Last night, another group of students stormed the Executive Yuan, but were removed, sometimes violently, by riot police. The Presidential Office is surrounded by barricades and police checkpoints.
The protests began after the ruling party, the Kuomintang, declared a review of a China trade pact to be concluded after months of wrangling between it and the opposition in the Legislature. The students originally wanted the review to continue, but they're now demanding that it be scrapped altogether.
This is The Big Picture, an official television report of the United States Army, produced for the armed forces and the American people. Now to show you part of The Big Picture here is Master Sargent Stuart Queen
The series consists of ~822 documentaries produced by the United States Army Signal Corps Army Pictorial Service from 1951 to 1971 to educate both soldiers in uniform and the American public about military concerns as well as things like historical battles, world geography, famous soldiers, the latest weapons, space exploration, strategic objectives, peaceful initiatives, and the life of a soldier. Being a product of the Federal Government it belongs to the the American people, and is thus freely available to all to copy and distribute. Most can now be viewed on archive.org [more inside]
A frightening and violent mob swept through the normally quiet seaside community of Huntington Beach last night following a surfing competition in the area. Businesses were vandalized and looted, portable toilets overturned, and brutal fistfights waged right out in the open. It was an ugly display and a sad day for California. But more than that, it was a reminder that we must begin to seriously consider the values of our thuggish white youth.
(Oddly enough, do make sure to read the comments, they're amazing.)
* gang rape of a student in Delhi on December
15 has ignited
the country. Youth and students from various cities raised their
a safer society for women
and an end
to violence in every form*
. From the capital*
city of Delhi
to Hyderabad and Guwahati, protesters turned up in large numbers to register their protest." (text via The Hindu's slideshow
) Women protesters were also
sexually harassed during these protests.
*may contain triggers
"I now have mixed feelings about this trial. On the one hand, we now expect a guilty verdict. Compared to the judicial machine, we are nobodies, and we have lost. On the other hand, we have won. Now the whole world sees that the criminal case against us has been fabricated. The system cannot conceal the repressive nature of this trial. Once again, Russia looks different in the eyes of the world from the way Putin tries to present it at daily international meetings. All the steps toward a state governed by the rule of law that he promised have obviously not been made. And his statement that the court in our case will be objective and make a fair decision is another deception of the entire country and the international community. That is all. Thank you." - Yekaterina Samutsevich: Closing Statement at the Pussy Riot Trial
On May 15, 1981, at The Ritz in New York City, Public Image Ltd.
performed as a last-minute replacement for Bow Wow Wow. It didn't end well
. (previously) [more inside]
Missing Foundation was
an underground industrial band formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1984 and year later, in 1985, the band relocated to New York City. Formed by Pete Missing
along with two members of KMFDM
and Florian Langmaack
they were known for their destructive shows. They were active in 1988 riot in Tompkins Square Park
(attempting to start another one in 1993
) and lighting the stage of CBGBs on fire
and destroying their sound system
. Other members include Vern Toulon
, the father of kid-punk band Old Skull
. One of the indelible and lasting marks of the group was their logo
: inverted martini over a three pronged tally
along with slogans such as "1988 - 1933" and "Your House Is Mine". The slogans were illusions to what founder Peter Missing described as society verge of collapse and that a police state was imminent. The years representative of the year the Nazi's overtook the Weimar Republic. The logo symbolized the bands personal slogan of "the party's over
". Founder Peter Missing
now lives in Berlin and his artwork has exhibited at The Whitney
, The Getty, MOMA
after riding out some tough times in the mid-aughts
A tragic fire in Honduras has claimed the lives of hundreds of inmates as a "hellish scene"
unfolded as hundreds of inmates were caught up in a prison fire in Comayagua
. [more inside]
, Head Coach of the Penn State football team, and Graham Spanier
, Penn State President, have been fired by the Penn State Board of Trustees
amid allegations that they did little to address the (alleged) sexual molestation of children at the hands of Jerry Sandusky
, the ex-defensive coach of the team. And as day follows night, Penn State students rioted
a news van
, shattering car windows, and tearing down street signs. Previously
Riots have broken out
in the Tottenham
area of London Saturday night after a protest over a fatal police shooting on Thursday. A double-decker bus
and several police cars
have been set on fire
, and one policeman is said to be in hospital. Shops have been looted
, and several buildings have been set on fire
BBC and Sky News camera crews have moved away from the scene for safety reasons, but LBC Radio is reporting live
30 years ago today, following the arrest of a motorcyclist, rioting erupted in Toxteth, Liverpool 8
, fueled by the mistreatment of the black community by police. The Guardian looks at the causes and consequences of the riots
. [more inside]
Vancouver lost twice
last night. Just over a year ago, Vancouver was the pride of Canada during the 2010 Olympics. This morning the people of Vancouver are waking up and wondering what the hell
? [more inside]
Atari Teenage Riot
is the sound of punk, breakbeat and glitchy electronics, with a message behind the noise
, something of the modern version of a riot set to music
. The German group was briefly associated with the Phonogram record label
back in 1993, but only long enough get a record deal with an unrecoupable advance
, piss off the label, cut those ties and form their own new label: Digital Hardcore Recordings
. From there, the group made three albums and about a dozen singles and EPs, toured the world, then went quiet in 2000. That is, until last year when the group reformed to tour
, and the revised cast of characters recorded a new album, which is streaming online
. Step inside for more history and noise. [more inside]
"By this point there was devastation everywhere. All junctions were blocked by overturned glass bottle dumpsters and makeshift neighbourhood roadblocks blocks."
Last night, a huge clash
between protestors and the police kicked off in the colourful Stokes Croft area of Bristol. The cause? A recently-opened Tesco Express supermarket
In 1972, with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning in the last game the Washington Senators played before moving to Texas, the crowd flooded onto the field
, ruining a thrilling late-game comeback over the Yankees. In 1974, the Cleveland Indians tripled attendance by offering Ten Cent Beer Night, but ended up wielding bats against their own fans
to protect the visiting Rangers. In 1979, the plan to blow up disco records on the field between the two games of a double-header in Chicago led to riots and fires
. And Rusty Torres
was on the field all three times.
Oakland, California, is bracing
for a possible repeat of the 2009 riot
] once a verdict
in the trial of former BART
cop Johannes Mehserle for the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant
] comes in. [more inside]
Proposed austerity measures
in response to Greece's economic crisis
have led to riots and three deaths
. However, this isn't the first time
that riots have shaken Greece in response to the economic turmoil. One dog has seen them all
Flash Mobs Take Violent Turn in Philadelphia
[H]undreds of teenagers have been converging downtown for a ritual that is part bullying, part running of the bulls: sprinting down the block, the teenagers sometimes pause to brawl with one another, assault pedestrians or vandalize property. . . .
The flash mobs have raised questions about race and class.
Most of the teenagers who have taken part in them are black and from poor neighborhoods. Most of the areas hit have been predominantly white business districts.
In the flash mob on Saturday, groups of teenagers were chanting “black boys” and “burn the city,” bystanders said.
is not proud.
It was one of the biggest riots in the nation's history.
An estimated four thousand sailors and locals -- an unlikely alliance of the young and unemployed, the gay community, the rockers -- fought with police, threw rocks and burned cars. [more inside]
has the story of a circulation promotion gimmick that runs awry.
On February 19, Armenia hosted a presidential election. The winner with 52% of the vote was (as expected), current Prime Minister and BFF to the current president, Serge Sargsyan
. The runner-up with 21.5% of the vote was former president (taken out by the current president in 1997), Levon Ter-Petrossian
. The elections were flawed, lots of people protested over the past week, the protests have gotten violent, LTP is under house arrest and the government has issued a 20 day state of emergency. At least 3 (including a police officer) have been killed. [more inside]
overreact, and attack bikers
with no provocation
at Minneapolis Critical Mass
from witnesses tell one picture of what happened, but local news
says "nobody was hurt" despite squad cars knocking bicyclists from their bikes. What gives?
It's been 40 years since the 1967 Detroit riot. The Detroit News remembers. Where we stand, four decades after that fateful summer.
Extensive coverage including galleries, video, audio, and articles.
Three days of rioting and protest across Denmark,
fueled by an influx of supporters from outside the country
, was the result of the Danish police's sudden eviction
of long-standing squat Ungdomshuset
). It was the last such social centre in Denmark, whose self-governed municipality of Christiana
also began as a squat
(though its future remains in question
, the act of taking over abandoned property (sometimes surreptitiously as a way to secure housing for the homeless, sometimes publically
as a way to exert political pressure) has a long history, and often meets with intense repression, though has sometimes been instrumental in city-building. In New York City's early days, homesteading
was how many neighbourhoods began, and the squat movement
which birthed the now-legal ABC No Rio
community centre is linked to the city's community gardens
, as well as its independent arts culture through publications such as World War 3
. (WW3's co-founder Seth Tobocman receives continued attention
for his graphic novel War In The Neighbourhood
has already begun.
Chinese students riot in Jiangxi province
after being told that their diplomas would not be recognized by the government. Riot police and soldiers had to be brought in to stop the riots, reportedly under the pretext that Ethnic Muslim Uighurs were causing the riot.
In May 1968 a general strike broke out across France.
The strike started at the University of Nanterre and spread to the streets as 80,000 students, teachers and workers
demanded the fall of Charles de Gaulle
's government, and they were joined by many other people protesting the brutality of the police. Timeline. Reports shown in cinemas. An eyewitness account from Solidarity.
This revolt also gave rise to some amazing posters
, printed by the 'Popular Workshop'
at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Also of note was the graffiti
sprayed about the city, many taken from Guy Debord
's Society of the Spectacle
and the Situationalist International
, it seems, was an interesting time to be around.
Boredom is counterrevolutionary.
The Riot of Spring.
, Paris, May 29, 1913. Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Proust, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy are among those present at the premiere of The Rite of Spring
(the score is here
), written by Igor Stravinsky
and choreographed by the great Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky
The music and the choreography shocked the audience with its daring modernism, ripping up the rulebook of classical ballet with its heavy, savage movements. Many in the audience promptly booed, then yelled, insulting the performers and each other. Then fistfights broke out. The police was summoned, but was unable to stop an all-out riot
Now the BBC has made a TV movie about that night
. More inside.
"Oh, Detroit! Detroit, how hast thou fallen!
No power in noonday to defend the helpless women and children from outlaws, till they have fully glutted their hellish appetites on the weak and defenseless." This full-text version of A Thrilling Narrative From the Lips of the Sufferers of the Late Detroit Riot, March 6, 1863, with the Hair Breadth Escapes of Men, Women and Children, and Destruction of Colored Men's Property, Not Less Than $15,000
contains firsthand testimonies from African American victims of this forgotten race/draft riot, which was overshadowed by a much larger one in New York City
. [more inside]
In the Czech Republic
over the weekend a free and legal techno party
was stormed by heavily-armed riot police. One person died and dozens of participants were injured. The unprecedented attack has been heavily condemned by the League of Human Rights
and the Czech Shadow Minister claiming it was politically motivated. See also 1
Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek (Social Democrats, CSSD) defended the action stating: The core of the techno enthusiasts is made up of "obsessed people with anarchist proclivities and international links," who "provoke massive violent demonstrations, fuelled by alcohol and drugs, against the peaceful society"
Videos: 1 2 3 4
25 years ago
a Chicago radio disc jockey had an idea for a promotional event. Steve Dahl
invited his listeners to bring a disco record to a double-header White Sox game. Between games he was going to blow them up. What happened was a full scale riot
that caused the White Sox to forfeit and disco to die.
Food Fight - When the Food Workers Union stages an impromptu walkout at the U.N., the diplomats start looting for lunch and booze. Disgusting
. Delegates and patronage employees show their civility by looting the cafeterias, stealing everything not nailed down. I will remember this the next time anybody proposes the UN as a solution to world problems. Swine.
Vancouver Police turn to internet for help with Guns N' Roses riot.
"Police have had little luck busting any of the riot ringleaders, so yesterday they unveiled an online picture gallery in the hope that someone will identify people photographed at the scene."
"It wasn't pleasant, but it wasn't World War III"
Watch the Browns/Jaguars game? Maybe it was a bad call, but throwing plastic bottles full of beer
? Anybody who knows me knows I speak out loudly and firmly against the ridiculous sports culture we have in this country. This incident makes me ashamed to be a Clevelander, even a transplanted one. What is it that gets people this riled up and stupid?
I live in Bradford.
This summer we had a series of riots
which tarnished the image of a city which, whilst I might love the place, didn't exactly have a sparkling reputation in the first place. A major reason cited
for the riots was the devisiveness in the local community of schools that cater only to one community, typically of course the community in which any given school happens to reside.
The UK government today announced that it would be basing the future of British schools
on the successes of the Bradford model. The future is single faith schools.
When I was 13 and choosing which lessons I was to take from that point up until I was 16 I made all the wrong choices, had others imposed upon me, and screwed up pretty badly ending up leaving at 15 with no qualifications at all (this is why I write '15' instead of 'fifteen' BTW). The future is also, apparantly, specialisation.
PNG Students' Anti-IMF Protests End in Riots, 3 Dead
University of Papua New Guinea students were petitioning the Prime Minister to stop economic reforms, and PNG's reliance on World Bank and IMF funds. Here's another report
The protests started in the capital, Port Moresby on June 25th.
And the Peace Corps evacuated the other day
. But that doesn't have anything to do with anything.
I guess even recognized peoples have their problems too...