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.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Taser's Black Swan

Before European explorers reached Australia, a 'Black Swan' was thought to represent something that did not exist; an unreal impossibility which could only exist in one's imagination.

But once the European explorers reached Australia, there they were: black swans.

So then the meaning of Black Swan was shifted to represent something that was previously unimaginable, but was subsequently found to be real. It can also be used in the future sense of something that some people cannot imagine, but others can seen coming.

The taser safety issue is Taser's (and Kroll's) Black Swan.

Black Swan Theory (Nassim Nicholas Taleb) on Wiki [LINK]

Related post on the safety margin of the Space Shuttle [LINK]

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