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.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wired blog on 'excited delirium'

Wired.com "Does ‘Excited Delirium’ Kill Taser Victims?"

Excited delirium "...has always been hugely controversial since it was described in 1985. It is not recognized by the American Medical Association, and some critics, like the Excited Delirium blog, regard it as a 'flimsy excuse' used to cover up police brutality." [LINK]

That's not exactly my position.

Excited delirium is not as much used to cover up police brutality, as it is used by Taser International, who actively promote this oh-so-convenient excuse, to explain away taser deaths.

For example, when Mr. Dziekanski was killed at Vancouver Airport in late-2007, Taser International inserted a fresh set of batteries into their not-so-swift Tuttle spokespuppet and wheeled him out to proclaim that Mr. Dziekanski 'obviously' died of "excited delirium". The short and tight tasered-then-died timing in that Mr. Dziekanski decided to wait until that precise moment of the endless 31s taser hits to choose to die is not to be acknowledged.

Taser International minions are well trained to maintain a straight face when presented with endless examples of the taser's "Curious Temporal Asymmetry" (google it). Each individual case viewed on its own reveals little, but the pattern is clear to any honest observer that is paying attention.

Police brutality, or often simply sheer taser brainwashed stupidity, is (believe it or not) a secondary issue that depends, to some degree, on the main issue (taser-death causality). If we could somehow get the message out to ALL taser-equipped police that tasers can sometimes, randomly, cause death, then perhaps their residual common sense would create a sense of caution and they'd stop using the taser on runaway little girls and elderly men.

The whole taser issue is mulifaceted and just a nit more complicated than some people are able to follow. So it's not surprising that subtle details get mixed up sometimes.

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