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.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Flat-Earth, Moon Landing Hoax, and Tasers-R-Safe

Based on the news reports, the basic gist of Taser International's appeal of the conclusions of the Braidwood Inquiry regarding the capacity of tasers to cause or contribute to death is (if I understand it) that the Inquiry didn't provide redline corrections to all the flawed, misinterpreted, or misrepresented studies that Taser International claims prove that tasers-R-safe.

That's not his job.

As with the Flat-Earth and Moon Landing Hoax people, the ability to manufacture reams of paper doesn't necessarily prove anything. Especially when the real-world empirical evidence that tasers really can cause or contribute to death is so overwhelming and crystal clear.

I'm confident that the Braidwood Inquiry gave Taser International a more-than-fair hearing. He was actually very courteous and gentle with them. Reading some of the testimony, if I was in his position, I probably would have lost it.

But it's not Braidwood's mandate to individually categorize all the pro-taser "evidence" into neat piles marked as follows:

- Sample size too small to address the question
- Studies lumping injuries together with death
- Studies that excluded two taser-deaths (circular logic)
- Studies that even mention deceptive garbage such as "2mA average"
- Studies that also indicate tasers have no effect
- Studies from deceptive people
- Studies from those that misapply Latin language logic

Some of the studies that Taser International has held-up as evidence have been so utterly flawed that even I, an average Joe, can spot the errors instantly. Many of these have been reviewed on this blog.


What next?

Taser International, in reference to the nearly 500 people listed as dying after being tasered, issues a study that proves that these people are not actually dead.

There comes a point where the evidence is clear.

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