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.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Ministry of Public Enlightenment

Taser International has some amazingly bizarre propaganda on their website.

One particularly hilarious page, recently referenced via the Wired article, is entitled "Why do certain anti-police groups blame Taser for injuries or death", written by Taser minion Mark W. Kroll.

First, note the old trick of the "injuriesanddeath" (essentially all one word) muddle. An intentional muddle I suspect. I've already discussed this immoral mixing in several previous posts.

One reason I find their webpage funny is that the title is obviously aimed at Amnesty International, which Kroll's propaganda price refers to as an "anti-police group". This is a sleazy and obvious 'It's us versus them" trick that would make Joseph Goebbels proud. And if you fall for it, then you are being played like a trumpet.

I guess they're not going to update the title to account for the fact that Amnesty International is not alone. The American Medical Association (AMA), the United Nations, the Canadian RCMP, and the recent Braidwood Inquiry - all of them - have issued formal acknowledgements that tasers are capable of causing death. The AMA even includes the phrase, "...directly or indirectly...".

So Kroll, are these additional groups also anti-police? The RCM Police are anti-police? The AMA?

And with respect to the Latin-laced logic, it's basically a taunt that the taser leaves little if any postmortem clues.

Too bad about the taser's "Curious Temporal Asymmetry".

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