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.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The normal sequence, never the opposite

Mindless taser fan-boy website: [Mr. Cardell] "...was [1] hit with a taser, [2] lost consciousness, and [3] died almost immediately."

There are many examples of such a sequence. Hundreds.

Now taser fan-boys, show me the following sequence:

"...was ALMOST hit with a taser, lost consciousness, and died immediately."

If there is nothing to the taser's Curious Temporal Asymmetry [LINK], then there should be MORE such non-taser-hit but taser-drawn and reported incidents since they outnumber the taser-hit incidents by about ten-to-one.

So, show us the THOUSANDS of such reports. Not just two or three, but THOUSANDS.

I agree - 'A' occurring proximal to 'B' proves nothing about causality.

But when the sequence is ALWAYS 'A' first, then followed by 'B', and it happens hundreds of times, then it actually is clear-cut proof of causality via simple inductive reasoning.

If there was no 'A'->'B' causality, then you'd expect to see similar rates of death per unit time in the interval after a taser incident begins (taser drawn, MARK!) and up to when (or if) the taser darts actually hit the subject. That period provides the built-in experimental control for the great taser experiment being conducted on the people of North America.

See the linked page for more details that extinguish your anticipated rebuttals.

Leaving nothing but the 'completely inexplicable' Curious Temporal Asymmetry.

Of course, there is a very simple proposed explanation available for your consideration.

That taser can (and do) sometimes CAUSE DEATH. Via any of several perfectly reasonable taser-death mechanisms.

And this is infinitely more often than is admitted by the manufacturer (they admit nothing except external risk factors and ill-defined 'individual susceptibilities'). They do not accept any inherent internal risk factors that could lead to death.

Many people feel that Taser International is wrong about these risks. And in Canada (at least in B.C., the taser hot-spot in Canada no less), it's now official.

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