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.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

"TASERS SAVE LIVES EVERYDAY" (sic)

A Taser fan-boy sockpuppet is spamming the comment sections of many on-line news outlets. Any news story appearing on-line that mentions the keyword 'taser' is immediately commented upon by someone using various names (most often 'Dave' or variations).

1) He almost always includes the Company slogan in ALL CAPS
2) He is most often the very first to comment (or close)
3) His position is taser fan-boy, even in clear cases of abuse
4) The number and quickness of the response are very telling
David E. Zuskin
I've tracked him down. Dave is a semi-retired older gentleman with almost unlimited free time. I assume that his motivation is that perhaps he's invested a great deal of money in TASR stock (probably near the peak) and is now scared he's going to lose part of his retirement funds. I feel sorry for him, but that won't stop the fight.

The other possibility is that some team of professional spam-monkeys have been hired to do this job and they've slyly assumed Dave's identity to throw off the investigators that might be trying to track them down. On-line news organizations may wish to check their comment sections for comments by Dave and then get their webmaster to check the records for the IP addressed used by 'Dave'. If it leads back to Hampton, VA (the location of Dave's ISP), then that's the real Dave. If it leads anywhere else, then it's professionals.


Alternative Company slogans would be the following:

TASERS ARE ABUSED EVERY DAY

Or

TASERS (X26) MIGHT BE RISKIER THAN WE SAID


Backup:

Link= Google Search for 'Dave' and Company slogan

163 Hits!!
Updates:
227 Hits as of 24 Feb 2008
289 Hits as of 24 March 2008


First 10 hits (as of now, these may change over time)
1) National Post, 1st comment, 'Dave Z', slogan
2) Croydon, 1st comment, 'Dave', slogan
3) The News Pictou, 1st comment, 'Dave from NS', slogan
4) NOW Magazine, 1st comment, 'Dave', slogan
5) MiamiHurricane, 2nd & 3rd comments (slow that time), 'Dave', response & slogan
6) TimesUK, 3rd comment (slow again), 'Dave', response & slogan
7) FortBendNow, 1st comment, 'Dave', slogan
8) ABC.au, 2nd comment, 'Dave' (is that you?), rant - no slogan
9) WashingtonPost, 8th comment (nap time?), 'Dave', slogan
10) The Lantern, 3rd comment, 'Dave', slogan

3 comments:

Michael said...

Or my personal slogan interpretation.

"Taser taking lives in a brutal way"

Yes, I like it also.

Nate said...

Wow. Dave really gets around on taser stories huh?

I wonder if the troll is frequenting those of us blogging about taser abuses.

Reality Chick said...

Another Dave sighting today:

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TASER SAVES LIVES EVERYDAY

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