Anarchy in the U.K.:
Great Britain, historical home of the stiff upper lip and “Keep Calm and Carry On,” exploded with rioting, looting and general civil unrest in the past week. After Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old man, was fatally shot in Tottenham, an area of London, on August 4, rioting broke out in the area on August 6. Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have helped to spread riots across the country and, as of press time, disturbances had been reported in several cities across England, including Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Some of the rioters have compared this uprising to the protests in Egypt earlier this year, but let’s remember that the protestors in Egypt were rioting for democracy, not for a freshly looted 42-inch plasma TV.
Warren Jeffs jailed!
Birmingham has more money troubles:
This time they don’t come from our local government though. That’s a shocker. No, this time it’s the residents of Birmingham that are having money troubles. According to information released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Birmingham has the lowest percent gains in personal income between 2009 and 2010. So what does that mean? The Birmingham Metro Area’s total personal income rose by 1.8 percent last year. Mobile’s rose by 3.8 percent. Tuscaloosa’s rose by 3.7 percent. The nationwide average was 2.9 percent. So we’re not doing too hot. In fact, Birmingham was among the lowest quintile in the country for personal income gains. So not only are we facing one of the largest municipal bankruptcies in U.S. history, but we’re also making less than the rest of the country.
The tornados that tore Alabama apart back in April represented a low point for our state, but there’s one good thing about hitting a low point: there’s nowhere to go but up from there. We are rebuilding and, although the state will never be the same as it was before the storms, life is starting to return to normal. According to The Birmingham News, keepsakes that were mixed in with debris during the storm are being sifted out of recyclable materials like brick or concrete and placed on display for their owners to identify. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, also said that the city is prepared for football season and to “please spend a lot of money.”