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.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

If you ignore the time axis, then all things are possible...

I read somewhere that the Smith-4-brains children (-of-the-corn) were fans of the TV series Star Trek. I've seen more than a few episodes of that Sci-Fi series myself. One thing that I found amusing about Star Trek was that, when presented with an impossible situation, Capt Kirk would order the ship to skirt around the nearest star at Warp Factor 9 and 'therefore' [?] go back in time to fix the situation before it even started. But the very next episode, when presented with another opportunity to use the same trick, it was never even mentioned as a possibility.

The point is that if you can ignore the axis of time, then all things are possible. You enter a world of magic and mysticism.

In the case of Steve Butler [LINK] [LINK], he was tasered three times in the chest, totaling 18 seconds, and at the end of that sequence he was "unresponsive" due to cardiac arrest. [LINK] Based on my reading of the reports, the entire sequence from being repeatedly tasered in the chest to being in cardiac arrest probably fits comfortably within a single minute of time.

Taser International would like to make the case that the cardiac arrest "...was caused by his pre-existing cardiac condition, exacerbated by acute upon chronic alcohol abuse, agitated state, and other factors." [ref. Taser International propaganda]

For the purposes of this post, let's assume that these accusations are true.

A pre-existing cardiac condition would presumably have existed for at least several years (months? decades?) prior to the incident.

Chronic alcohol abuse (being chronic) would also have had to exist for months or years prior to the incident. And the acute alcohol consumption that day might presumably also be something that had occurred previously on more than one occasion.

(I'll leave "agitated state" to a bit later.)

Compare these proposed "causes" to the immediate time sequence of tasered-tasered-tasered-in_cardiac_arrest. Years or months, as compared to probably a single minute.

If you look at the time axis, the cause and effect are clear.

God gave us time (the time axis) so that everything doesn't happen at once.

Ignoring the time axis is a sign of insanity.

Agitated state... Is Taser International now adopting the obvious-to-everyone-else truth that tasers bring an even higher risk of death on those that are in an agitated state? Even the RCMP already figured that one out.

So tasers should only be used on calm people?


For more on the importance of the time axis, and the obvious clues that it reveals, look up the taser's 'Curious Temporal Asymmetry' [LINK].

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