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, January 3, 2008

Taser misses the point...

Read this very carefully and then come back here and we will review.

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Okay, this is a little bit subtle so you'll need to pay attention.

Ruggieri ... bets a pacemaker only heightens the intensity of a Taser shock. "The pacemaker acts like an antenna ready to receive any kind of electrical current," Ruggieri said. "I don't think they've ever tested it."

Taser spokesman Steve Tuttle said there's no need to test it, because modern pacemakers are designed to withstand a cardiac defibrillator. He said a Taser puts out 1/1000th the energy of a defibrillator. "Mr. Ruggieri is peddling junk science," Tuttle said. "He keeps rearing his ugly head, and we keep having to dispel him."

Did you see what happened there?

Ruggiere was referring to the taser shock being directed by the artificial pacemaker hardware (conductors connected directly to the natural pacemaker centers on the heart). What he is saying is that, perhaps, maybe, the taser shock passing through the human body is picked-up by the pacemaker wiring and ends up being directed directly into the most sensitive part of the heart. This is a perfectly reasonable point and he is probably correct that Taser has never considered the point.

Now the Taser-wank Tuttle says that artificial pacemakers are designed to survive defibrillator shocks that are much higher.

Ah, excuse me Steve. YOU'VE MISSED THE POINT.

The point is NOT about damaging the artificial pacemakers.


Ruggieri is pointing out that the artificial pacemaker hardware is conductive, is connected directly to the most sensitive part of the human heart, and that Taser probably didn't consider this little detail.

Ruggieri's point is perfectly valid and we are still waiting for an answer.

Tuttle missed the point. His ears are plugged-up with hubris.

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