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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

2mA "average"

This classic propaganda graphic was copied from the infamous IEEE Spectrum article (puff-piece) written by Kroll et al. I've added the large "?".


Puff-piece: [LINK]
Graphic: [LINK]

In this graphic, they indicate how the X26 taser output current is only 2mA (average) and such a low current obviously just barely "induces pain" (just barely! LOL), and is also much less (??!!??) than would be required to "locks up muscles". Right? Hey! Stop laughing, this is serious!

The caption for the image attempts to explain that the taser has a 'special waveform' and it captures muscle while bypassing other effects. But we know the taser is far beyond excruciatingly painful, and we know that it locks up muscles, and even Taser was forced to admit that the taser can interfere with breathing. So it hasn't actually skipped a damn thing, and is right next door to affecting the heart.

All of these plain and simple facts casts a huge shadow of doubt on the preposterous claim that the appropriate measurement technique is "average" as opposed to RMS. The human symptoms being expressed certainly didn't get the memo about their appropriate degree of reaction to the 2mA average, or 150+ mA RMS, waveform.

Perhaps the effective current is above the average value and below the RMS value. The above evidence certainly suggests that the human body does not react as if the current was just 2mA.

PS: Another possible smoking gun suggestion is available upon request to those that I determine are qualified. See [LINK] for details.

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