Boston IMC has a good story on the background of PepperBall technology. Of particular interest are the two fairly academic overviews of less-lethal-weaponry and it's application as a political deterrent that are linked at the end of the article.
But according to studies of some police departments, more than half of the people who end up on the business end of non-lethal weapons are not criminals, and over 80% are not threatening officers or the public with weapons of their own.FSRN reported today:
Non-Lethal Crowd Control Kills
The Seattle Police Department announced they will stop using a particular piece of equipment referred to as non-lethal crowd control while investigations are pending into the death of a Boston Red Sox fan. According to a report released yesterday the officers in Boston who used the pepper pellet guns, killing one woman, were untrained in its proper usage.
Folks are gearing up for nationwide actions against Stolen Elections on November 3rd. http://www.nov3.us/ seems to be the central clearing house for information on this developing movement.
"I remember the stolen presidential election of 2000 and I am willing to take action in 2004 if the election is stolen again. I support efforts to protect the right to vote leading up to and on Election Day, November 2nd. If that right is systematically violated, I pledge to join nationwide protests starting on November 3rd, either in my community, in the states where the fraud occurred, or in Washington DC."One of the things they'll be doing is using http://txtmob.com which was very effective during RNC for keeping decemtralized protests in sync with breaking information:
Get Text Messaging - One way we'll get the word out on November 2nd will be via text messaging. Please sign up to receive the word via your cell phone. Simply: (1) Go to http://www.txtmob.com, (2) Create an account (click on login), (3) Click on Join More Groups, and (4) Select NOV3.I've heard this quote more times in the last week than I previously had in all my life:
"This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." ~ Frederick Douglass, 1857