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, January 11, 2008

How cozy - Taser and Toronto Police, lovey dovey

A Public Forum with Thomas P. Smith, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder, TASER International, Inc.
Hosted by The Toronto Police Services Board
Date: Thursday January 17, 2008
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
[He couldn't even answer just MY questions in 2 hours]
Place: Toronto Police Headquarters (WTF???)
40 College Street Auditorium, Toronto ON

Recent events have raised questions about the proper use, [ABUSE], effects, [DEATHS] and desirability, [frequent and clearly illegal use as a pain-compliance device] of the TASER as a tool for policing [and application as a TORTURE device in violation of 269.1]. This is your opportunity to hear directly from the Chairman of TASER International and to have your questions answered by him [THERE WOULDN'T BE ENOUGH TIME].

[And look for the 'bucket of turds'... (explained below)*]

Space is limited.

For further information, please call 416-808-8080.

Let's make a few predictions:
1) The limited space will be stacked with taser fan-boys.
2) There will be a few of those faked taser demos described below (leg, not heart).
3) No one will enforce Criminal Code 269.1 (re: item 2 above).
4) There will not be an across-the-chest, 2min 49sec tasering with a stock X26.
5) Anyone asking an endless series of tough questions will be tasered and thrown out.
6) Afterwards, senior police staff and Taser folks will go out for a lovely, and very expensive, dinner at a fine restaurant. Smith will pick-up the tab. Well, unless it is canceled due to people asking pesky questions.

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* 'Bucket of turds' explained:

Some people have an amazing skill. They can walk out onto a stage in front of a thousand people and in front of the world media, plop down a large bucket of turds, gently step into the bucket of turds with both feet, then make a one-hour speech and take one hour of questions, and somehow - throughout the entire event - never make any mention of, nor any reference to, the bucket of turds.

If any explicit or direct questions are asked about the bucket of turds, then a long-winded answer will ensue that inexplicably spins around and amazingly continues to avoid any mention of the bucket of turds.

Sometimes I think that the subsequent applause is for the actual skill involved; not for the typically inane position taken by such people on important issues.

'Bucket of turds' - once you know what it's called, then you can start to see it everywhere.

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