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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

Toronto G20 Use of Agent Provocateurs

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This goes in the ‘no s7!t’ pile of obvious conclusions about what happened last year during the G20 conference in Toronto, but it’s still worth reporting to the general public that what went down last year was just plain wrong.

Once again, we see that fascism is alive and well in Canada and 40% of our fellow citizens voted for this!

MayDay 2011: Another Day, Another Conservative Scandal

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Today, it’s just a reminder of how the Stephen Harper Conservatives have done their best to hide the history related to the war in Afghanistan and the torture of detainees.

As it stands, the records related to the Afghan detainee issue will be withheld until after the election.

So … Canadians have an option.  They can choose to get rid of Stephen Harper and help Canada save face on the international scene (and amongst its own citizens) or we can have many years of burying the facts.

Must See: CBC “You Should Have Stayed At Home”

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On most occasions, it’s hard for me to take sides with the CBC – what with the constant injections of pop-polls from loaded organizations like the QMI Agency and interviews with hacks from the Globe or elsewhere – but on Friday night, they nailed it.

Their Fifth Estate show ‘You Should Have Stayed At Home‘ showcases the brutality and stupidity of Canada’s security and police state and demonstrates that Canada – yes, Canada – is not alone in the battle to win democracy for its citizens.

Yes, it is that basic.

We have lost the right to assembly and innocent people are being held in jail to this day simply because they exposed the billions of waste that went into the G20 summit.

And this is under a Conservative minority.  I shudder to think of what life would be like with a majority.

It took Egyptians 3 decades and Libyans more than 4 decades to get rid of their dictator.

How long before we get rid of ours?

Israel War Crimes, Canadian Cowardice

Israel has finally been condemned for the acts of violence and cruelty against a humanitarian flotilla in the Mediterranean this past summer.

A summary of the conclusions:

  • Grave violations of human rights law.
  • Clear evidence to support prosecutions for ”wilful killing” and ”torture”.
  • IDF used ”totally unnecessary and incredible violence”.
  • Blockade of Gaza is ”illegal”.
  • Israel dismissed the report as ”one-sided” and ”extremist”.

Canada’s response?  It’s Israel.  We’ve got their back.

Unfortunately, our government’s complacency and failure to be politically objective has made us all complicit in crimes against humanity.

So now what?