Ich dachte ja zuerst an einen Hoax, mit dem die BBC ihre Erfolgsserie EastEnders selbstbeweihraeuchern wollte, aber in Grossbritannien gibt es offenbar ein besonderes Phaenomen, das es anderswo nicht so gibt: TV Pickup.
As the British public tend to watch the same TV programmes and take advantage of breaks in these programmes to operate electrical appliances (particularly kettles) they cause large, synchronised surges in electricity consumption. National Grid staff devote considerable resources to predicting and providing electricity supply for these events
Die Richter in England sind offenbar der Ansicht, die mutmaßlichen Hacktivisten ihren teils in der Szene äußerst bekannten Nicknames zugeordnet zu haben, und wollen ihnen verbieten, unter diesen Nicknames weiterhin aufzutreten.
Noch kurioser ist der Fall des 22-jährigen Studenten Peter David Gibson: diesem ist ab sofort verboten, sich online „Peter“ zu nennen.
In one NBC report, a young man in Tottenham was asked if rioting really achieved anything: „Yes,“ said the young man. „You wouldn’t be talking to me now if we didn’t riot, would you?“ „Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. Last night a bit of rioting and looting and look around you.“
Noone expected this. The so-called leaders who have taken three solid days to return from their foreign holidays to a country in flames did not anticipate this. The people running Britain had absolutely no clue how desperate things had become. They thought that after thirty years of soaring inequality, in the middle of a recession, they could take away the last little things that gave people hope, the benefits, the jobs, the possibility of higher education, the support structures, and nothing would happen. They were wrong. And now my city is burning, and it will continue to burn until we stop the blanket condemnations and blind conjecture and try to understand just what has brought viral civil unrest to Britain. Let me give you a hint: it ain’t Twitter.