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The Price We Pay

A thought occurred to me when I saw the BBC headline this morning of the Queen and Prince William visiting the area of the Grenfell tower fire. A fire that has left 17 people confirmed dead with 76 missing.

Buckingham Palace: Receives £370m for refurbishment.

Grenfell Tower: Doesn’t receive £300,000 for a sprinkler system.

As pointed out by numerous voices, one example being Aamer Anwar, these people died because they were poor. They continually raised awareness that fire alarms didn’t work and lifts repeatedly stopped.

People jumped.

People who were on the lower floors hurled whatever they could at windows to try and wake people up. They are at outside the incident now wondering whether they should have bothered as they think it would have been better if their neighbours had died from smoke inhalation in their sleep rather than in a panic to escape.

Aamer Anwar, human rights lawyer and current rector of Glasgow University, has said that a government inquiry is not good enough as it allows the government to set the parameters. He pointed out examples like the Hillsborough disaster and Bloody Sunday and how the government continually white washes these to make no one, especially the government, look at fault.

He wants an independent inquiry and a criminal investigation. This happened as a result of Tory austerity and cuts to both social housing and to the emergency services. That blood is on their hands.

When Boris Johnson was mayor of London he oversaw the closures of dozens of fire stations. We had Labour leader to Tony Blair, John McTernan, saying that ‘Only 2% of a fireman’s time is spent fighting fires.’ You cannot afford to cut emergency services to save a quick buck. Austerity does not work.

According to Akala, rapper and poet, rich people living nearby complained that the tower block was an eyesore and urged a refurbishment. This refurbishment results in 'pretty panels’ being placed on the outside, according to Aamer Anwar these panels assisted the fire.

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/akala-grenfell-tower-fire-people-died-poor-london-rapper-block-flats-deaths-kensington-a7790906.html%3Famp

This is an absolute tragedy and it exposes the utter corruption at the heart of government and in Tory austerity policy. Like Anwar, we fucking hope it ends in criminal charges.

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Update: 7 people killed in terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market

  • Police say seven people are dead and more than 40 are injured after a terror attack Saturday on London Bridge and at Borough Market, BBC reported. Three suspects were also shot and killed, police saidRead more (6/4/17 10 AM)

Trump uses out-of-context quote to berate London Mayor Sadiq Khan following terrorist attack

  • Trump went after London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a Sunday morning tweet, saying “At least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’" 
  • The president also tweeted "we must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people.”
  • However, Trump’s take on Khan’s statement is wildly out of context. 
  • In a press conference, Khan said, “Londoners will see an increased police presence today [Sunday] and over the course of the next few days. No reason to be alarmed.”  Read more (6/4/17 10 AM) 
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Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan has said he believes the threat of terror attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city” and encouraged Londoners to be vigilant to combat dangers.

Originally posted by samisoffthewall

Perhaps the London mayor is correct in a gun-free society….bring that shit to Texas and see what happens.  #lonestarstate  #WeHaveGuns

What measure is a non-humanoid?


I’ve written before about how omnics are treated in-universe, and without meaning to Blizzard brought up a good question, which is the difference between humanoid omnics like Zenyatta and the Shambali monks and the decidedly more alien omnics like those affiliated with Null Sector. 

On one hand we have the human-omnic audience during Mondatta’s speech about unity, all omnics which have some semblance of a face.

Whenever the focus is on the omnics’ fight for their rights, they’re at the forefront, the sympathetic metal-humans who just want to live their lives. 
Compare them to Null Sector.

No faces, different legs, non-human proportions. They’re the evil ones, the extremists, the terrorists who’d rather blow all King’s Row to hell than enter in a civilised dialogue about their rights. 

They hold several humans hostage but they also have Mondatta, who you’d think should be on their side if not approving of their methods. But to them he and the mayor of London are one and the same. What did Mondatta do to earn their ire?
Why aren’t there non-humanoid omnics in the audience at his speech? Why is the first time we see a significant non-humanoid omnic presence when they’re threatening to blow up the city?

Keep reading

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London mayor Sadiq Khan asks UK to rescind Donald Trump invite after London attack tweets

  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan has requested that the British government rescind its invitation for a state visit to Trump following his tweets criticizing Khan’s response to the London attack, the Guardian reports.
  • “At least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” Trump wrote on Twitter.
  • Khan did say there was “no reason to be alarmed” when speaking to Sky News, though he was speaking to Londoners about increased police presence following the attack, not about terrorism. 
  • In a television appearance on Monday, Khan said Trump was wrong about “many things” and indicated that his diplomatic visit should be cancelled. Read more (6/6/17)

London tower block fire: Flames engulf Grenfell Tower

14 June 2017 London

A huge fire has raged through the night at a tower block in Latimer Road, west London, with eyewitnesses claiming people are trapped in their homes.

The fire at Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate was reported at 00:54 BST and about 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze.

The Met Police said people were being treated for “a range of injuries”.

The BBC’s Andy Moore said the whole tower block had been alight and there were fears the building might collapse.

BBC correspondent Simon Lederman said he understood “a significant number of people” were unaccounted for.

The tower block contains 120 flats and is 24 storeys high.

Forty fire engines have been sent to the tower, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said a “major incident” had been declared.

At about 04:00 BST police said: “Residents continue to be evacuated from the tower block.

"Eyewitnesses said they have seen lights - thought to be mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats.

Others says residents - thought to be trapped inside - have been seen coming to their windows.

David Benjamin says he was woken by a neighbour banging on the door.

An unmanned hydraulic platform has been shooting water at the side of the building at about the 10th floor.

Simon Lederman said firefighters had not been able to tackle the flames on higher storeys.

He said the tower could be seen burning "from miles away”, adding that the building had been “burning out of control”, from the tenth floor onwards.

Andy Moore added: “We’ve seen debris falling from the building, we’ve heard explosions, we’ve heard the sound of glass breaking.

"The police keep pushing back their cordons, pushing back members of the public for fear the building might collapse.”

London Fire Brigade assistant commissioner Dan Daly said firefighters were “working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire”.

“This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances.”

London Ambulance Service medics specially trained in life-saving medical care in hazardous environments have also been sent to the fire.

London Underground said the Hammersmith and City and Circle lines have been closed between Edgware Road and Hammersmith because of the fire.

Image captionSmoke could be seen from miles away.

Police said the A40 Westway was closed in both directions.

One eyewitness, George Clarke, the presenter of Channel 4 TV programme Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live: “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is.”

Safety concerns
According to Kensington and Chelsea Council, the tower block contains 120 flats and is 24 storeys high.

It is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on behalf of the council and had undergone a two-year, £10m refurbishment that was completed last year.

The work included new exterior cladding and a communal heating system.

The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, while the refurbishment was ongoing, the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was “severely restricted”.

The BBC has been unable to contact the property’s management company in the hours since the fire.

He added: “It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out.”

Jody Martin said he ran towards the building to try and help when he saw the fire.

He said he was shouting at people to “get out, get out” but that residents were shouting back that they were stuck as corridors inside the building were filled with smoke.

‘Building crumbling’
Tim Downie, another eyewitness, told the BBC part of the building was “completely burned away”.

“It has burned through to its very core,” he said.

“It looks very bad, very very bad. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s just such a big fire.

"The whole building is just crumbling. It’s just billowing black smoke.”

Safiyah, who is about 500m away from the building, said: “There are lots of people gathered in the street. I just see more and more flames burning and tragically I hear people crying for help.

Jeremy Corbyn: Empty homes owned by rich should be 'requisitioned' for Grenfell Tower residents

Jeremy Corbyn has called for the empty homes of rich people in Kensington to be seized for Grenfell Tower residents who have been made homeless by the fire.

The Labour leader said that the London Borough was a “tale of two cities” between a wealthy south and a rich north. 

He suggested that “requisitioning” expensive vacant properties could help ensure that residents are housed locally.

The Government has committed to rehousing all those who lost their homes in the fire in the local area.

However Mr Corbyn said: “Kensington is a tale of two cities. The south part of Kensington is incredibly wealthy, it’s the wealthiest part of the whole country.

Sadiq Khan confronted by residents at Grenfell Tower

“The ward where this fire took place is, I think, the poorest ward in the whole country and properties must be found - requisitioned if necessary - to make sure those residents do get re-housed locally.

“It can’t be acceptable that in London we have luxury buildings and luxury flats left empty as land banking for the future while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to live. We have to address these issues.”

It came as Theresa May announced a public inquiry into the blaze but faced questions over why she did not meet with residents, in contrast with Mr Cobryn.

Asked why she had not met survivors and those who lost loved ones, Mrs May replied: “Well, I visited the scene of this terrible fire this morning. 

"I wanted a briefing from the emergency services. They’ve been working tirelessly in horrific conditions and I have been overwhelmed by their professionalism and their bravery. 

"I heard stories of firefighters running into the building being protected from the falling debris by police officers using their riot shields. And we thank all our emergency services for the incredible work that they have done.”

Sadiq Khan, the Labour Mayor of London, faced an angry crowd as he was visited the scene of the fire.

He was confronted by a young boy who asked “how many children have died?” as he talked to an angry crowd at Grenfell Tower today.

The boy added: “What are you going to do about it?” The Mayor replied: “People are justifiably angry and I share their anger and I share their demand for answers.”

He was also heckled by a supporter of Mr Corbyn about his failure to back the Labour leader and there were suggestions that a bottle was thrown at him. More than 20 police officers rushed in to calm the crowd.  

Nick Hurd, the fire minister, said that the fire was a “national tragedy” and no moment for “cool plodding democracy” as he vowed to leave “no stone unturned”.

It came as a new poll found that Theresa May’s poll ratings are now lower than Jeremy Corbyn’s were before the General Election. 

A survey by Yougov found that the Prime Minister’s “favourability score” has fallen from plus 10 to minus 34. In the meantime Mr Corbyn’s popularity rating has climbed by 42 points.

It came as John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, urged the unions to mobilise more than a million people to protest in London on July 1 in a bid to pressure Mrs May into standing down.

  • If you are saying #PrayForLondon and then insulting Muslims, we don't want your prayers.
  • If you think Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, doesn't care about the fact his city was attacked because he's Muslim and some article took his words out of context, then you're a moron.
  • If you're saying that this is why restrictive gun laws don't work you should probably be informed that the only gunfire was from police officers. The attacker had a knife.
  • If you're posting gruesome images of the victims online, exposing their identity, you're disgusting.
  • If you fall into any of these categories, London wants to distance itself from your hatred and idiocy.
bzfd.it
Donald Trump Has Criticised Sadiq Khan Over The London Bridge Terror Attack (Again)
The mayor of London previously said he was too busy to reply to the US President's "ill-informed" tweets.
By Jim Waterson

Donald Trump has once again decided to comment on the London Bridge terror attack, which resulted in the deaths of seven individuals, by criticising Sadiq Khan.

The US President accused Khan of having “to think fast” after the mayor of London said there was no reason for Londoners to be alarmed following the terror attack, which appears to have been conducted by Islamist extremists.

Trump also said the mainstream media was spinning the story on the mayor’s behalf and implied Khan, one of the only Muslim mayors of a major Western city, had to come up with an explanation for his comments after the event.

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Acting US ambassador to China quits over Trump’s Paris agreement decision

  • David Rank, the acting U.S. ambassador to China, has stepped down from his post following President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement, the Guardian reported.
  • A state department spokeswoman confirmed Rank’s departure to multiple outlets, including the Guardian and CNN, but did not cite the Paris climate agreement as the reason behind his decision.
  • Rank has been working as a foreign service officer since 1990. (CNN)
  • As CNN noted, Rank isn’t the only foreign official to publicly disagree with Trump in the past few days. Lewis Lukens, the acting U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, defiantly tweeted his support for the mayor of London. Read more (6/6/17)

On this day in history, 26th of May 1465, Elizabeth Woodville crowned queen of England In Westminster Abbey.

“Arrangements for Elizabeth’s coronation began as soon as the Christmas festivities were over, In January the King sent envoys to Philip, Duke of Burgundy, inviting him to send an appropriate delegation (and particularly his wife’s uncle, Jacques de Luxembourg, Seigneur de Richebourg) to represent him at the ceremony planned for Sunday before Pentecost, 26 May 1465. On 14 April 1465 Edward wrote to the Mayor of London to inform him that ” we have certainly appointed and concluded the coronation of our most dear and most entirely beloved wife the Queen to be in our palace at Westminster” and that the Mercers and other city companies should begin to prepare to receive her in an appropriate manner.

What were Elizabeth’s feelings at that great moment? We can only speculate but it is likely that foremost among them would have been apprehension, an apprehension stiffened by determination to fulfill her new role as England’s first lady . Perhaps now, for the first time, she sensed the reality, and the enormity of the task facing her, and the finality of the process which had begun with her simple, private wedding…she was acutely conscious that some thought her unsuitable and unworthy. Were they perhaps hoping for some lapse, some indication that she lacked the “queenliness” of a lady born into purple, and were they relieved or disappointed when everything ran smoothly? It was an exiting, almost dreamlike experience"

-  “Elizabeth Woodville: Mother of the Princes in the Tower” by David Baldwin

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“You say to youngsters you can be British, Muslim and successful. You point to successful British role models. The biggest export we’ve got is (former One Direction singer) Zayn Malik. The most successful British sports person ever is Mohammed Farah, a double Olympic champion and a world record holder. Who won the Great British Bake Off? Nadiya Hussain.”

Read the rest of his interview here:

http://time.com/4322562/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-donald-trump/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter

Reasons to Play Fallen London

Free. So there.

Social interaction! Give gifts, swap items!

Friendly, classy playerbase. No git gud, no griefers.

Gay. So gay. No gender limits on romance or marriage. Cute girls! Marry a face-stealing monster spy who is A Cute. Date a razor-witted suffregist. Canon gay romances! Between famous NPCs! Including a Bishop! Nad no one in London has a problem!

Soooo funny. Want a threesome on Queen Victorias throne? You can do it!

Badass women like whoa. The Mayor of London is a woman (also a nun, madam, and teacher). One of the most brutal crime lords is a little old lady.

You can throw a sexist doctor out a window for talking about hysteria and uterine vapors.

You can learn a language that has a symbol that means “The act of kidnapping a new friend,” how cool is that?

It’s like Terry Pratchett and H.P Lovecraft had a whimsical goth phase, just play it.

London Attacks

My gratitude goes to the police, doctors, hospital receptionists, ambulance drivers, and all other workers who stepped up after yesterday’s terrorist attacks.

I don’t like debating about the existence of non-extremist Muslims in the face of terrorist attacks at all, but, sadly, it’s come to that. I think this article (hyperlinked) gets the point across well:

“A crowdfunding campaign started by a Muslim man who witnessed the Westminster attack has raised more than £17,000 in just a day for victims of the atrocity and their families.

The Muslims United for London page passed the £3,000 mark within an hour of going live and surpassed £10,000 over the next 15 hours as hundreds of people rushed to donate.”

“A minute’s silence was held for his victims as faith leaders, the Home Secretary and Mayor of London joined thousands of Londoners at a memorial held in Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening.

Among the attendees was the head of the Muslim Council of Britain, Harun Khan, who condemned the “cowardly and depraved” terror attack.

‘There is no justification for this act whatsoever,’ he added.”

Please spread this, especially if you know people who are misled. I’m seeing so much hate on Twitter, and that’s not what should be going around at a time like this.