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.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The taser's "Curious Temporal Asymmetry"

The stun-gun salesmen have repeatedly claimed or implied that there is absolutely "zero" cause-and-effect relationship between any given taser deployment and any apparently-associated death. They base this outrageous claim on a pyramid of mistakes, falsehoods and deceptions - as have been exposed one after the other on this blog, and by others examing the same topic.

The stun-gun salesmen have depended upon the unfortunate fact that any taser-associated death leaves few if any explicit postmortem clues. Individual deaths are therefore typically assigned to long-standing pre-existing medical or mental-health conditions. The typically very close temporal ordering between the taser application and the onset of death is explained away as "a mere coincidence".

Too bad for them that they overlooked the built-in experimental control: The time during every taser incident before the taser actually hits the subject. Or those taser incidents where the taser is displayed, but not actually fired. Or those taser incidents where the taser darts both miss the subject (and the circuit is not completed via alternate mode ground path).

The simple observation of the taser's "Curious Temporal Asymmetry" reveals that there obviously IS (in general) a cause-and-effect relationship between taser hits and the occasional onset of death.

See the taser's "Curious Temporal Asymmetry" for the detailed argument. [LINK]

Disclaimer: Now, to be fair, if they can pull-up several thousand police taser-use reports where the subjects fell over dead (of "excited delirium", LOL) at the pre-deployment verbal warning, "Taser, Taser, Taser!!", then I'll be more than happy to accept their position as being potentially valid. I'm not expecting them to be able to find very many such reports.

By the way, they've had about a year to publish a rebuttal to this simple observation. I'm not aware that they made any such rebuttal.

They certainly have the right to remain silent, but we have the right to draw our own conclusions about taser-death cause-and-effect.

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