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Taiwan police department unveils Special Forces' scary new Stormtrooper look

Taiwanese Special Forces

Taiwanese police officers
With the increase toward further "security" and consequential police militarization, law enforcement officers have recently more often resembled soldiers or stormtroopers instead of the peace keepers that the people of their communities, or nation, would expect them to be.

With the ever expanding usage of drones, armored vehicles, and high-capacity automatic weapons, it's no wonder that there is growing paranoia and fear toward those who sport a shiny badge and uniform, and other authority figures who carry out the will of the government. Taiwan has taken their special forces gear to a whole new level of scary. The uniforms, recently unveiled by the Taiwanese government, feature bullet-proof armor and a terrifying and extremely concealing ballistic face mask.

The armor is designed to protect the wearer from close range shots, but critics have said that they more closely resemble something from a horror movie than they do any sort of police officer or soldier. They may not have any peripheral vision, but they successfully achieve the intended intimidation factor. It is alleged that the masks can shield the soldiers from close-range shots from a .44 magnum, and that the mask distributes the impact of the bullet over a condensed surface area. One has to wonder what the restricted vision will do for their combat effectiveness though, or how it might hold up against a molotov cocktail, which currently seems to be the weapon of choice by violent demonstrators.

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Paris gun attacks: TV station, Liberation newspaper and Societe Generale bank hit


Footage of the suspected gunman at the offices of BFMTV on Friday
A manhunt is continuing in Paris after a gunman attacked offices of the newspaper Liberation and fired outside the HQ of the Societe Generale bank.

A photographer, 27, was critically hurt at Liberation. The gunman later forced a motorist to drive him to the Champs Elysees before allowing him to go.

Police are looking for the same man who broke into the Paris offices of the 24-hour news channel BFMTV on Friday.

Police have now been stationed outside all the main media offices in Paris.

At a news conference, investigators held up two images, one of the suspect in a street and another taken from BFMTV surveillance cameras on Friday.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the "most likely possibility" was that a lone gunman was behind the three attacks and the hijacking. He said the suspect had not yet been identified and the motive was still unclear.

The man is said to be between 35 and 45 years old, between 1.7m and 1.8m tall (5ft 6" and 5ft 10"), with stubble and greying hair.

Mr Molins said the suspect was wearing a black vest, a cap and white-soled green shoes.

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Video shows mother and police put van full of kids in harm's way

Taos - A New Mexico State Police dash-cam video released on Friday to KQRE News Channel 13 shows a bizarre incident that occurred on Oct. 28 outside of Taos, NM.

According to a KQRE News report, a State Police officer (whose name has not been released pending an internal investigation) pulled over Oriana Farrell for speeding; she was allegedly going 71 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Inside Farrell's minivan were her five children, ages 6 to 18. The dash-cam's audio and video shows the officer instructed Farrell to turn off her vehicle and wait while the officer returned to his patrol car to write the citation.

That is when Farrell sped away, only to be chased down by the same officer.


Over 2K trucks block French highways in protest

© AP Photo/Claude Paris
Between 2,000 and 4,000 freight trucks closed off major French highways and slowed traffic to a crawl on nine roadways to protest a proposed environmental tax on heavy loads.

France's Socialist government in late October suspended the tax, which initially was the focus of sometimes violent demonstrations in the region of Brittany, where opponents donned red caps and torched the still-unused payment kiosks.

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Is a Snowden effect stalking US telecom sales?

© Sunshinepress | Getty Images
Is there a Snowden effect on American business?

Ever since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed elaborate cooperation between U.S. Internet and telecommunications firms and the nation's intelligence service, Washington has been watching to see whether the companies involved would be hurt.

Cisco this week became the one of the first companies to say publicly that its sales were down as a direct result of the NSA disclosures. The issue is whether overseas clients are reluctant to buy Cisco's telecommunications equipment for fear that the organization would gain access to their systems.

On an investor conference call Wednesday, Benjamin Reitzes of Barclays Capital asked Cisco CEO John Chambers whether the allegations had caused a slump in Cisco's emerging market business, adding, "It is an impact in China."

"I think we're all aware of that." said Robert Lloyd, Cisco's president of development and sales. "It's not having material impact, but it's certainly causing people to stop and then rethink decisions. And that is, I think, reflected in our results."


Lion kills lioness as Dallas zoo visitors watch

Lion Kills Lioness
A lion at Dallas Zoo in the US has turned on a lioness it shared its enclosure with and killed her in front of horrified visitors.

The male wrapped his jaws around the neck of five-year-old Johari and within minutes she was dead. The Texas zoo said the pride of five - two brothers and three sisters - had lived together "peacefully" for years without incident and they have no idea what caused the attack.

"Johari was a remarkable animal, as are all of our lions," said Lynn Kramer, vice president of animal operations and welfare at the Dallas Zoo.

"This is a very rare and unfortunate occurrence. In my 35 years as a veterinarian in zoos, I've never seen this happen."

It is not rare for male lions to kill cubs in the wild. Families who had been watching the lions were moved away and a restaurant overlooking the enclosure was closed. Visitor Michael Henshaw described the shocking scene:
"At first you think they're playing; then you realise he's killing her ... and you're watching it," he told WFAA News. "You just can't believe your eyes."
Dallas Zoo tweeted that the remaining lions have been separated while the attack is investigated. A spokesperson added that it will "absolutely not" euthanise the killer lion.

It said: "Thank you, friends. It's a difficult day for us, but we're humbled by the outpouring of support."


John F. Kennedy and the Pigs of War

Comment: This is the eighth in a series of 12 articles written in 2006 commemorating (at the time) the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of JFK. This year, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of what can, in hindsight and in Truth, be called the Day America Died.

Anyone who has taken the time to study the facts about that fateful day in Dallas, TX, will already know that JFK was deliberately murdered by a cabal of psychopathic warmongers who were opposed to his plans for a more peaceful world. That same cabal is still in power today, and it has extended its reach across the globe.

We will be featuring one article per day between now and the anniversary.

You can find the rest of the JFK series on the right hand bar of Sott.net. You can also purchase a Kindle of the whole series on Amazon.

If you do nothing else, just take the time to watch the Sott.net/QFG produced version of 'Evidence of Revision', a three disc set that presents archive footage that will leave you in no doubt who killed JFK and why.

John F. Kennedy and the Pigs of War

President Kennedy receives the flag of the cuba exiles (Brigade 2506) in Miami in Dec. 29, 1962 and declares: "I promise to return this flag in a free Havana." Kennedy had been misinformed about the exact details of the planned Cuban invasion.

On November 18th, 1963, John F. Kennedy predicted that the month of April, 1964, would bring "the longest and strongest peacetime economic expansion in our Nation's entire history." And he added: "The steady conquest of the surely yielding enemies of misery and hopelessness, hunger, and injustice is the central task for the Americas in our time . . . 'Nothing is true except a man or men adhere to it -- to live for it, to spend themselves on it, to die for it . . . '"

Time was slipping through his hands . . . he had four days to live.

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Police warn of soul cleansing scam in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, N.M. - Santa Fe investigators are warning the community about an unusual scam.

One man thought he was getting his soul cleansed, but turned out, he just got cleaned out.

Police said the man was leaving a Walmart in Santa Fe when three women approached him. They told the man he had a dark spirit following him and offered to perform a cleanse.

"At one time or another we are all gullible, but that was a little over the top," said Walmart shopper Joy Dale.


New York man charged in firing of Civil War cannon replica at neighbor's property

Civil War Cannon
© The Buffalo News
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office confiscated this Civil War cannon replica that was fired in a dispute with a neighbor.
They were the shots heard 'round the world.

Even newspapers in Britain are picking up the story of the Chautauqua County man accused of dealing with a neighborly dispute by rattling nearby houses with blasts from his Civil War replica cannon.

The barrage, heard miles away, eventually led to an arrest and confiscation of the cannon, which apparently was firing charges but no cannon balls. Powder charges are held in place by wads of paper or foil.

"We had reports from people that had heard the cannon go off," explained County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace.

Wednesday, after several days of the racket, sheriff's deputies went to Brian J. Malta's home on Prosser Hill Road in Kiantone, south of Jamestown.

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Ohio Walmart held an employee food drive...for less fortunate employees

Food Donation
© The Consumerist

It's not unusual to have a food drive at work for the less fortunate during the holiday season. At one Walmart, donation bins appeared in an employees-only area, gathering food for people who are struggling to pay for a nice Thanksgiving dinner. The problem? Those struggling people are their Walmart colleagues.

Now, one should probably consider the source of this photo: OUR Walmart, an organization meant to mobilize Walmart workers for better pay and work conditions. It happens to be backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union, with access to some very smart public relations people. They know that most people would have a very visceral negative reaction to relatively low-paid Walmart workers being asked to help out their worse-off colleagues.

The store in question is in Canton, Ohio. If you ask Walmart, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer did, this food drive is just an indication that store employees take care of each other. "This is part of the company's culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships," the spokesman explained. The company also has staff-funded emergency assistance funds for colleagues.

Workers can have a nice holiday dinner if they work on Thanksgiving, but that doesn't help the families that they provide for.