A Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) report contain a check-list to help determine if you have a cult on your hands. [LINK] Let's see how the Taser Fan-boy club stacks up against this list.
(Extracts, see complete list at [LINK])
Characteristics of Cults:
Apocalyptic Beliefs - Without tasers, we would have to shoot to kill many more people.
Dualism - "good versus evil" Black and white - no shades of gray. They claim that Tasers are (essentially) perfectly safe. In their minds, there is no room for any doubt whatsoever.
The persecuted chosen - The recent Kaye & Momy Show [LINK] had overtones that they thought they were being unfairly persecuted. [LINK]
Imminence - The end of the world is nigh.
Salvation through conflict - Must... taser... anyone...
Charismatic Leadership - the High Priests of the taser world. Nifty black turtlenecks and cool sunglasses. Weilding nifty taser toys; pointing them at the camera. Looking a bit like Satan's foot soldiers (oh, that part is arguably true). [LINK] [Goofy twits.]
Weapons Acquisition - Must have more tasers. "All officers need tasers." [LINK]
Institutional Infiltration - Do I even need to provide examples? CPRC tried to put out a pro-taser report sans peer review. [LINK] [LINK] [LINK] [LINK] Toronto Police holding hands with Taser. [LINK] Pro-taser studies packed with pro-Taser insiders like Dr. J. Ho [LINK] [LINK] [LINK] [LINK] and many others [LINK]. The NIJ panel has unmitigated pro-Taser fan-boy, Billo the blogger [LINK], sitting on the panel (!) who exaggerates and twists the NIJ findings. Coroners and police officers [LINK] [LINK] in apparent conflicts of interest. Strange links from Taser to the IPICD. [LINK] It goes on and on and on and on and on...
Criminal Activity - Bernie Kerik, former Taser High Priest (Board of Directors), made $6M from Taser, now facing 142 years on unrelated charges [update: now facing only 28 years]. Taser's distributor in France arrested. Other very serious accusations (not proven).
Early warning signs:
Humiliating circumstances - LOL. See [LINK] and many others...
It's obvious that The Church of The Taser shares some characteristics of a cult.
"Cult" - it's just a label.
But it sort-of helps to explain some of the otherwise-inexplicable behaviour by some of the more rabid pro-taser fan-boys.
It also helps to justify the requirement for some serious intervention and deprogramming of the cult members.
In other words, a taser moratorium.
At least long enough to press the reset button and start all over again from the opposite premise - that tasers are potentially lethal. Then build up from that new starting point.
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