Archive for the ‘death’ Category

Here’s second life for op-ed news that matters:

WSJ: Watchdog Planned for Online Privacy

Surveillance State USA; Wholesale War on Dissent In America
— Rob Kall, Editor in chief at OpEd news dumps on “right wing” think tanks for playing an intelligence   role in PA activist surveillance.  I just wished he named names.

MORE Penn State drama: Big Brother caught surveilling tweets
[Ok. But is it still surveillance when your frenemies do it?]

POST MORTEM: Using RFID to honor the dead?
Whatever – if it’s really RFID and bluetooth it will track the living making visits to the gravesite.
It’s sad… so sad.

Operation Defuse featured on Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory on TruTV
*check your local listings!*

“Police State” – NEW!

Premieres Fri, November 12 at 10 PM

It’s been said the government has a plan to declare martial law and round up millions of United State citizens into concentration camps. Jesse may have found a conspiracy in plain sight as he investigates the proliferation of law enforcement Fusion Centers around the country. And they may be connected to hundreds of detention centers ready to accept prisoners at the stroke of a Presidential pen. TV-PG-L

HHS says patient database centered on “Public choice”

Taser officials say the new recommendation is designed only to “avoid any potential controversy on this topic.”

Grits For Breakfast>>AP

PHOENIX — Stun-gun maker Taser International has started telling police agencies to avoid firing the devices at suspects’ chests, explaining that there’s an “extremely low” risk of ill effects on the heart and that doing so will make defending lawsuits easier.

The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company made the recommendation in an Oct. 12 revised training manual, saying it “has less to do with safety and more to do with effective risk management for law enforcement agencies.”

The manual also includes a lengthy explanation about deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest.

“Should sudden cardiac arrest occur in a scenario involving a Taser discharge to the chest area, it would place the law enforcement agency, the officer, and Taser International in the difficult situation of trying to ascertain what role, if any, (the device) could have played,” according to the manual.

The manual includes a graphic displaying the human body and “preferred target areas.” The company recommends firing Tasers anywhere but at the head, neck and chest. The manual says to avoid chest shots “when possible” and “unless legally justified.”

Taser critics call the company’s new recommendation an admission that the devices can cause heart attacks.

“It’s a sea change, a passive acknowledgment that Taser has indeed been overconfident about its claims of safety,” said Mark Silverstein, legal director of the ACLU of Colorado. “It underscores the question marks that have been adding up along with hundreds of bodies.”

Amnesty International says more than 350 people in the U.S. died after they were shocked with Tasers, and that in 50 of those cases, medical examiners cited a link between Taser shocks and death. ::: MORE HERE:::