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Fighting Fire With.... Twitter... London's Fire Brigade Goes 2.0

BBC, LONDON FIRE BRIGADE (UK)

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LONDON - Are you already getting Twitter alerts from the subway company? Football results? Movie listings ? Now it's your turn to do your city a favor. The London Fire Brigade is now recruiting the Twitter army to spread information on fires and incidents around the city.

Tweet your emergency: London Fire Brigade plans to accept callouts over Twitter tnw.to/k0YU9

— Matt Brian (@m4tt) December 18, 2012

The London Fire Brigade also announced today that it was thinking about setting up the world’s first 999 emergency Twitter feed.

"The Brigade was quick to point out that people should never tweet to report emergencies and should instead always dial 999. It said it has already experienced people tweeting it to report fires and strongly advised against this as its Twitter feed is not monitored round the clock. Fire chiefs said people should continue to dial 999 to report emergencies."

Meanwhile, the London Fire Brigade is asking Londoners to send in simple descriptions of fires and incidents, using – if possible – photos and videos @LondonFire.

With 30 million emergency calls a year, says the BBC: "It's time to look at new ways for people to report emergencies quickly and efficiently and social media could provide the answer in the future."

Firefighters are attending a fire at a pub on Balham High Road. A small amount of the first floor is alight. More soon.

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) December 18, 2012

Firefighters are attending a fire at building under construction on Allington Street in Victoria. More soon

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) Décembre 11, 2012

Flames might burn your scones. And ignite your homes. And we will try to #fixyou#foodfightclub

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) December 13, 2012

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Utter Pessimism, What Israelis And Palestinians Share In Common

Right now, according to a joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians, hopes for a peaceful solution of coexistence simply don't exist. The recent spate of violence is confirmation of the deepest kind of pessimism on both sides for any solution other than domination of the other.

An old Palestinian protester waves Palestinian flag while he confronts the Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan on Jan. 6.

Pierre Haski

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PARIS — Just before the latest outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a survey of public opinion among the two peoples provided a key to understanding the current situation unfolding before our eyes.

It was a joint study, entitled "Palestinian-Israeli Pulse", carried out by two research centers, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, which for years have been regularly asking the same questions to both sides.

The result is disastrous: not only is the support for the two-state solution — Israel and Palestine side by side — at its lowest point in two decades, but there is now a significant share of opinion on both sides that favors a "non-democratic" solution, i.e., a single state controlled by either the Israelis or Palestinians.

This captures the absolute sense of pessimism commonly felt regarding the chances of the two-state option ever being realized, which currently appears to be our grim reality today. But the results are also an expression of the growing acceptance on both sides that it is inconceivable for either state to live without dominating the other — and therefore impossible to live in peace.

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