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Justice Served?

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About 8 years ago, I started writing this blog when I was overwhelmed by the disgusting show of force demonstrated by security in BC when a Polish immigrant named Robert Dziekanski came to Canada and was killed in the Vancouver airport October 14, 2007.

He was assaulted with a taser weapon at least 5 times, despite being on the ground.

‘Experts’ claimed he died from ‘Excited Delirium’, a trumped up ‘medical condition’ used to defend the excessive use of taser weapons against their victims.  This defense has since been used to defend hundreds of deaths brought on by the abuse of stun and taser weapons used by police forces around the globe.

Coroners later ruled that the attack was a homicide.

For more on the timeline, visit this Wiki page.

Yesterday, courts declared that one of the accused – Monty Robinson – was found guilty of perjury and was sentenced to two years prison.  This is akin to charging Al Capone with tax evasion.

The case is being appealed.

Eight years ago, the world watched because we have the tools to monitor, share and discuss events that are designed to crush our liberties.

Today, Bill C-51 of the Stephen Harper Conservatives has taken away those tools and those rights.  To educate yourself about this abomination, see this Primer on Bill C-51.

Not since J Edgar Hoover and the East European Stasi has there been such a breach in private, personal information concerning law-abiding average citizens including you and me.

Oppose Bill C-51 today (and sign and share this petition) and ask the Liberals and Conservatives (if they give you an opportunity, which they won’t) why they would support such a tragic breach of democratic rights in Canada.

Excited Delirium Headlines, May 18, 2012

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A number of headlines related to Excited Delirium came to my attention today:

Hawaii Five-0 Teamsters Official Killed By Police
Hawaii Reporter
asphyxiated by police at his Nanakuli home in February and was in a “cocaine-induced excited delirium” when he died, according to the City Medical
Autopsy Report Released in Death of “Hawaii Five-0″ Driver
Hawaii Reporter
they were laying on the decedent while he was in a prone position and struggling during cocaine induced excited delirium,” Dr. Kanthi De Alwis wrote.
Protesters outside Onondaga County call for prosecution in 2010
Syracuse.com
The commission rejected the county medical examiner’s ruling that Pinet’s death was caused by Pinet being in a state of “excited delirium” caused by cocaine
CIT Training Helps Officers Handle Volatile People, Situations
KLAS-TV
CIT officers are among the first called when the mentally ill become unruly or show wild behavior such as a violent state known as excited delirium.
Shocker! Tasers May Cause Death
Huffington Post Canada
A number of medical examiners and Taser officials have concluded that in many Taser-related deaths, the cause of death was a case of “excited delirium,”

Stephen Harper, Fascist?

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Canadian Dimensions has an excellent review of the classic 14 traits of a fascist and the winner seems to be Stephen Harper.

While Nick Fillmore, the author of the article, is much more kind to Canada’s current Prime Minister, the comments seem to indicate that many of the categories under question crystallize the point of view that Stephen Harper’s idea of Canada just doesn’t match what the rest of us think it should be.

Do you own survey and post your own scale.  Let me know how it turns out.

Here’s mine:

  1. Nationalism: (Excited Delirium: 8).  During the elections and other events, Stephen Harper has put everything and anything he could into Canada winning and winning again.  His constant leveraging of the military and defense spending increases all point to fervent nationalism.
  2. Human Rights: (Excited Delirium: 6).  The G8/G20 fiasco was just a start. Watch what happens under Steve’s watch when the crime bill starts putting Canadians in jail by the thousands.  The main reason this isn’t higher is that Stephen Harper actually did initiate the Truth and Reconciliation process Canada’s First Nations People.
  3. Enemies as scapegoats: (Excited Delirium: 10).  As he climbed the ladder, it was on the backs of Liberals, Socialists and everyone else that he could turn into a scapegoat.  Harper is an expert at blaming others while failing to take accountability for anything except his own aggrandizement.  Look at the low-level hack with the robo-call scandal as a perfect example of failure to take responsibility.
  4. Supremacy of the Military: (Excited Delirium: 10).  Canada is becoming a ‘one-trick’ pony, with defense spending going through the roof.
  5. Rampant Sexism: (Excited Delirium: 7).  While he’s not overt about sexist views, the policies of the Conservatives reflect a ‘women should be in the kitchen’ attitude. Read the fine print on a lot of their platform.  You’ll be surprised.
  6. Controlled Mass Media: (Excited Delirium: 10).  Harper has the mainstream media locked under his thumb, through the combination of subsidies, advertising close personal connections.  Even the CBC has become a wash-out under his leadership.
  7. Obsession with National Security: (Excited Delirium: 10).  Four words:  Vic Toews Surveillance State.
  8. Religion and Ruling Elite tied together: (Excited Delirium: 10).  It’s been common knowledge that Harper and his crew get considerable backing from the religious right not only in Canada, but from the US as well.  I’m surprised that Fillmore suggests there isn’t a connection.  I suggest you read Armageddon Factor to kick-start your research.
  9. Power of Corporations protected: (Excited Delirium: 10).  The power of corporations in Canada is now an absolute.  Harper would sooner have our parents eating Alpo than retire in dignity while corporate tax cuts continue.
  10. Power of Labour supressed/eliminated: (Excited Delirium: 10).  The death of labour in Canada is a done deal.
  11. Disdain/suppression of Intellectuals: (Excited Delirium: 10).  Two words:  Stockwell Day.
  12. Obsession with crime/punishment: (Excited Delirium: 10).  Three words:  Omnibus Crime Bill.  We are either with them or we are pedophiles (or environmental ‘terrorists’).
  13. Rampant cronyism/corruption: (Excited Delirium: 8).   Eight words:  Tony Clement’s Gazebo and the Economic Action Plan.
  14. Fraudulent Elections: (Excited Delirium: 10).  While Canadian elections have not been fraudulent per se, Harper’s cynicism towards democracy is more than abundant when we look at the leveraging of vote-splitting, pocket-book politics and other schemes to shift the attention of voters from the real issues.  I originally had this as an 8, but along came the robo-call scandal to remind us that there should be no confidence in this government because they stole the election.

Total score:  129 out of 140.

Excited Delirium News Summary – January 2012

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‘Excited Delirium’ was a busy topic in January, this time with some people questioning the wacky science behind it.  Here are some of the headlines:

Excited delirium‘ finding in custody death angers parents
The Guardian
Despite not being listed by either the Department of Health or the World Health Organisation as a recognised cause of death, excited delirium has been cited
Nadeem Khan: A case of excited delirium?
Bureau of Investigative Journalism
I don’t think it was ‘Excited Delirium‘ something else happened and contributed to his death. I understand that he needed to be restrained but not in the
How ‘excited delirium‘ is being used to explain unexpected deaths
100gf | Politics and Computers
But while some experts warn that ‘excited delirium‘ is not a satisfactory explanation for a death, it seems the term is becoming increasingly common in both
Unproven science used to ‘explain’ deaths in police custody
Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Excited delirium‘ or ‘sudden-in-custody-death-syndrome’ is a niche diagnosis He said: ‘Excited delirium is a way of offering an excuse on behalf of the
Analysis: Too many deaths, too little accountability
Bureau of Investigative Journalism
The untimely death is explained in ill-defined medical terms – the prisoner was suffering from ‘excited delirium‘ – a term that the World Health
Eight cops cleared in death of man at Denver Zoo
Denver Post
Ashley likely had used cocaine within the previous 24 hours and could explain why his behavior exhibited behavior consistent with “excited delirium.
Pathologist, autopsy report shine light on jail deaths
Monitor
Many forensic experts classify Palomo’s mental state as excited delirium, a state of mind brought about by the use of cocaine in which the person feels

Davos 2012: You’ve Been Warned

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It looks like Davos 2012 – a massive meeting of the world’s ‘official’ leaders – will test the waters with reforms of ‘outdated’ capitalism.

Is this an admission of the failure of the world’s economic intellectual ‘powerhouses’ to develop a real and functional economic system that doesn’t pit man against man, man against nature, and so on?

Pundit George Soros has already called it and you can now consider yourself warned:

  • As he sees it, the world faces one of the most dangerous periods of modern history—a period of “evil.”
  • In America he predicts riots on the streets that will lead to a brutal clampdown that will dramatically curtail civil liberties.
  • The global economic system could even collapse altogether.
  • We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression.

Socialism, then?

Fascism, more likely.