Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Okie Medical Examiner stuns Philosophers

PRYOR, Okla. (AP) - Mayes County Sheriff Frank Cantey says the death of a county jail inmate was not related to the inmate being shot twice with a Taser. Cantey says the state medical examiner's office has not determined the cause of death of inmate Barron Davis but has found the death isn't related to the Taser. ...

This is incredible news. Philosophers have struggled with the fundamental issue in basic logic that it has long been considered to be impossible to prove a negative. But now an amateur philosopher and professional Medical Examiner in Oklahoma has achieved the feat that has stymied philosophers for untold generations. He has, apparently in the absence of evidence, proven a negative!! Wow.

[Sarcasm off]

As discussed previously (LINK), there wouldn't be anything to see if the Instrument of Death in question is just on the hairy edge of being risky. It's not going to leave a smoldering crater of burnt flesh.

In fact, the lack of evidence ("...has not determined the cause of death...") might be considered to be pretty good evidence in and of itself.

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