Tear gas is banned for use in warfare by the Geneva Convention. It's allowed, however, to be used by police as "domestic riot control," as seen in protests in Turkey, Bahrain, and now Ferguson, Missouri. Here's what you need to know about tear gas: What it is, and what it does to the human body.
Whether the Mayans were right or not, the world is quickly going to hell in a hand basket—rioting across the globe, from the middle East to the middle of London. Be prepared to defend you and yours with the "In Case of Riot" coffee table.
Paranoid about future unrest after this summer's riots in the UK, the British went and developed a laser rifle which can project a wall of light and temporarily blind a pack of rioters.
While the behavior of riot police may not have become any more sophisticated since they were cracking skulls during the '60s, their equipment has.
It's Polish Independence Day, and like in any other country, the youngins love celebrating liberty by destroying things. German (?) and Polish "youths" butted heads with (and threw things at) riot cops in Warsaw. Check out the view from above.
Americans are occupying more than Wall Street, and some cops are clamping down way harder than those in Manhattan. In Oakland, riot police attacked with tear gas, rubber bullets, and, most vividly—flash bangs. Meet the M84 stun grenade.
If you're rioting/looting/celebrating the victory of your local ballgame squad, and you see a cop with one of these—run in the opposite direction. The Crowd Buster is well-named, firing five gallons of pepper spray up to 150 feet.
As the saga of London rioting and social media blocking continues, the British government is calling in the spooks. They're now summoning MI5 and GCHQ to help not block but track the messages that might be the root of the trouble. Christ.
We recently talked about how facial recognition technology was taking a turn for the scary and was being used to identify people in real life. That terrifying tech has already been used by cops and others in the London riots.
Just in case you were thinking of buying one of those 40 iPhone 4s that were most likely looted in the UK riots and put on Craigslist, don't—UK networks are blocking all stolen phones, so they'll be worthless.
As mobs run the streets of London (and elsewhere) breaking glass, faces, and other various objects, Google might for some time be the best image of the pre-rampage city. Street View provides this incredibly striking comparison.
Aluminium baseball bats aren't the only weapon of defence that's proven popular on Amazon UK—wooden baseball bats are also up by 3,600 per cent; military police batons up by 5,000 per cent and the Zumba DVD workout set is up 342 per cent, which probably isn't related to the UK riots of the last few days. [Amazon UK…
While the majority of the damage caused by rioters and looters was contained to London, the madness spread to Liverpool, Birmingham and other English cities, with electronics chains being the worst hit.
Bad things are happening in England. Angry kids are smashing, burning, and bottle-throwin' their way through London and its suburbs. Right now. Are you in London? Are you near London? Are you worried about London? See where the trouble's percolating.