Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

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


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, June 28, 2009

More on The Significant Difference...

Further to previous post The significant difference [LINK]...

Upon further reflection it seems obvious that it is not feasible to reproduce the characteristics of the 'acutely agitated individuals' in a controlled environment.

Having someone perform some voluntary exercise until they consciously report that they're feeling a bit tired, and then tasering them to see if they die - although it is perhaps moving along the same 'Blood pH' axis, the magnitude of the parameter probably isn't even close (*).

(* Remember that, for example, 70% is ten times further away from 100% than is 97%. You need to measure the gap from 'the far end' of the scale. It's a common and despicable debating trick to measure the factor from the uninteresting 'zero' end of the scale to make the difference look much smaller.)

I don't think that any "studies" along these lines carry any weight whatsoever. The real world results cannot be reproduced in a lab environment - at least not in any civilized county.

1 comment:

Critical Mass said...

You now possess all the information you need to determine why tasers kill people. If you read the Scientific American article I linked, you now know that tasers will take a person who would normally be prevented from exercising beyond lethal PH and lactic acid levels, over the edge of death.

Tasers do not respect blood acidosis levels which will kill a person. Tasers just keep exercising muscles until lethal levels of lactic acid exceed the heart's ability to ignore or reject.

Tasers KILL. And now you know how they kill.

Good luck.