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.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

How appropriate...

A recent post at the Truth ... Not Tasers blog here [LINK] included images of the logos for the USA "Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths" and the "Canadian Centre for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths". The two logos are very nearly identical.

[Fair Use / Fair Dealing for logo extract is righteously claimed.]



Both of these logos include features from the symbol for medicine, the Caduceus [WIKI].



Wiki: "The caduceus is typically depicted as a short herald's staff entwined by two serpents in the form of a double helix, and sometimes is surmounted by wings."

Neither of these two so-called 'organizations' are really morally entitled to use key style elements from a symbol of medicine. The US outfit is basically Dr. John G. Peters, but he is not a medical doctor. His PhD was in 'Applied Management and Decision Sciences'. His C.V. indicates that he started out as a patrol officer (a key indicator of pro-Taser views). And the 'Canadian' (?) outfit is basically a Guelph Police Constable named Gary Mulder doing some after-hours freelancing. I'll go out on a limb here and assume that he also lacks a medical degree (corrections welcomed, LOL).

In both of these logos (one is basically a direct copy of the other), the herald's staff has been replaced with what appears to be a law enforcement officer, taking the position of Jesus on The Cross (oh, puhleeze...), holding the Scales of Justice (which is just plain wrong), and the officer is entwined by two serpents. The serpents are depicted in black, which I assume represents the nifty black turtleneck shirts often worn by the Taser Smith-for-brains brothers.

So there you have it. Lady Justice [WIKI] has been kicked aside. The Scales of Justice are now held by an ugly and balding, yet strangely beef-cake law enforcement officer. And the officer is completely entwined by a pair of Satan's own black serpents; does this representing control by something evil and sinister?

You certainly can't accuse these folks of false advertising. Their logos are exactly correct.

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