About Tasers

Lethal weapon
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Last evening, while watching the news, I heard about the mysterious death of a tasered guy.

Mysterious my foot. Tasers are dangerous electrocuting weapons.

With my thanks to Wikipedia, here is a definition and description of tasers: “A Taser or conducted electrical weapon is an electroshock weapon sold by Taser International. It fires two small dart-like electrodes, which stay connected to the main unit by conductors, to deliver electric current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles causing “neuromuscular incapacitation”. Someone struck by a Taser experiences over-stimulation of sensory nerves and motor nerves, resulting in strong involuntary muscle contractions.”

Sounds politically correct — you are bad, you get punished!

The problem stsrts when the “electrocuted person” decides that enough is enough and curles up and dies!

Why did he/she die? no beating was involved, no fire arms were fired — however, the victim is as dead as dead can be!


Did you ever hear that your heart is a muscle? A muscle that beats non-stop for the duration of your life? Your entire life?

If you are young and think yourself invincible (been there, done that), think a moment about your heart.
It too needs rest — not total and abso;ute, like in death, but with a bit of consideretion from us, rest from extreme effort and substance abuse (and you could include here a multitude of things, like tobacco, alcohol, drugs (legal or not)), and let’s not forget JUNK food! All these are adding on the stress we submit our hearts to but we do not think of it as something of importance until we get an electroshock. Lightning may be a source, or stepping on a live wire in the rain, or being tasered!

Let’s go back to the definition part that says: “A Taser delivers electric current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles causing “neuromuscular incapacitation”. Someone struck by a Taser experiences over-stimulation of sensory nerves and motor nerves, resulting in strong involuntary muscle contractions.”

We do not know what is happening inside our bodies, but all our actions have repercussion. Bad food, drugs, alcohol, nicotine, etc. add up and start making small deposits of gunk on the walls of our arteries. I know — I have them and I’m paying for my youthful excesses. So I took a course of “self defense” — how to protect myself against sudden death caused by heart failure.

I know, you are too young to think about such dire things, but, nevertheless, an ounce of prevention….

At this course, a doctor cardiologist came to explain to us what happens inside our arteries. So you think I’m changing subject? Not at all — arteries carry blood with Oxigen to the heart. Heart needs to eat and breath in order to function. Like a person. Cut the Oxigen and the blood supply and the heart dies, and you with your heart as well.

So, all the gunk we put into our bodies is carried by blood to the heart. When too much gunk, it starts being deposited in the arteries walls forming solid plaque. Its role is to protect the arteries, or at least that was their original role. In time, arteries become rigid and blood presure goes up when we make an effort that requires more blood to be pumped in the same amount of time. An involuntary contraction of the heart muscle will pump enormous amounts of blood all at once and the arteries may burst under presure, like an old, cracked hose, and here you have “unknown reason of deatr” in young tasered people!

Aside from bursting an important blood vessel, there is another way to find the way to heaven through tasering.

There is the hardening of arteries, and there is a soft plaque that nobody bothers to mention or measure. It is inside the artery, deposited directly from the blood flow overcharged with substance garbage. Did I say it is unstable?

Do you think the good policeman asks for your bill of health before tasering you? You get it and the same muscular spasm (involuntary, remember?) disturbs the gunk that explodes from its precarious place and travels through your body till it is too big Continue reading “About Tasers”

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5 Ideas of How We, Together With our Children, Can Bring Magic Into our Lives

Author Rocsanne Shields

I finished writing this book in early 2007, but I took my sweet time deciding what to do next.

In March 2010, I heard on the TV about a town (Detroit) in which the mayor had taken over the empty houses and the lots around them, to be used for the greater good of the town. There were too many empty houses left by their owners who could no more pay their dues. According to newsmax.com “city-hall takes over 23.000 abandoned houses.”

The story is not short, but very sad and very true — there were 33,000 abandoned houses, out of which 10,000 were too decrepit to be repaired and were to be demolished, the rest of 23,000 to be taken over by the city and used to produce income and save the city.  Aside from the houses there were 91,000 urban lots abandoned and polluted by trash.  The population had declined from 2 mill. in its days of glory, to less than one mill. in 2010.

How close to my story! It is frightening to know that fantasy walks so close to reality.  Though the process had started some time before the recession, it became accelerated by the closure of the automotive factories in Detroit, Michigan USA. Detroit’s magic will be provided by the government in the guise of loans and grants for the beautification of the city and advertising for new businesses to come and bring much needed jobs with them (50% of population was unemployed in 2010, at the time the article was written).

I think that people can do a lot to improve their lot, and their children are a major factor in implementing any plan.  It is their future they should fight for.  Here are the ideas I suggest for bringing the magic back in our lives:

1. Organize teams to keep the city clean.

Many a time I come home to find somebody had thrown empty cans of pop on the side of the street, coming to roost in the side ditch.  Children and young adults can help.  They are the next generation of workers, thinkers, and artists.  It is our duty to help them understand that if we destroy the environment, there will be nothing left to save in next decades.  They may organise through school, church, or just plain by neighbourhood, and help keep streets clean and green.

2. Start buying “Made in Canada”.

Once I heard President Obama say “Buy American”.  He was right but, not politically correct!  He changed the music to “buy global”.  But he was right.  Buy Canadian and support the Canadian economy.  Without our support, it is going the way of the Do-Do bird…

Parents and children together, by buying only local products will contribute to reinforce the local agriculture and the small entrepreneurs.  There is strength in numbers. This may preserve jobs from disappearing.

3. Encourage the farmers’ markets.

If we use all arable land to build houses and malls, we’ll be always buying our food from outside our country.  Already the Canadian agriculture is suffering.  We need to encourage the farmers markets, and teach all our friends and family members of all ages to do the same.

4. Follow the example of other children.

We hear all the time about children of ten or twelve who have already started to organize their friends, and gather money to help those in need.  It is very important to support their actions and encourage others to do the same, and not only for places struck by disasters.  The way the economy is oriented, we’ll have financial disasters like the banking one in USA, or the automotive crisis in North America and Europe in their generation as well.

Children can do lots to save a community.  “Canadian children help earthquake victims” is the story of Bilaal Rajan who started his crusade of helping children in need from the age of four, when he sold clementine oranges door to door. The $350 he raised was to help the 2001 earthquake victims in Gujarat, India…  After the hurricane of 2004 that ravaged Haiti, he formed a team of 12 other children to help sell the cookies his father’s company donated for this effort.  In October 2004, Bilaal and his team-mates presented UNICEF with a cheque for $6,387 from cookies sold by them door-to-door.  He was seven. By the time of the article, in 2007, he was eleven, and had already gathered $50,000 by himself. You can read more at http://www.bilaalrajan.com/about_bilaal.html :

“What a legacy Bilaal has begun– and in 2007 he’s only now 11 years of age! Your partnering with this visionary young man will make it possible for him to raise the consciousness of even the youngest of souls on the planet, and instill in them the purpose that so many of our lives lack today. In so doing, they will learn the importance of being of service to others, and will be primed to continue this work in brilliant ways in the future, leaving the world a better place than they found it, and keeping Bilaal’s dream alive…”  He also set up a dedicated website, ( www.handsforhelp.org ) to raise awareness for children in need.

5. Children should be exposed to good examples on the media.

If we start asking for such programmes, I’m sure the TV producers will listen to our voices and will find ideas for a series of shows to encourage good deeds among children and young adults.  Today Facebook is almost more important than TV.  Let’s have short movies taken while working for a good cause, instead of movies of kids beating kids.

I like to think that young people can get organized for good just as they get organized for crime.  Instead of choosing the easiest way to obtain satisfaction, they should help each other to better themselves, not to beat or bully the weaker among them.  This is our true magic.  Together we can change the conditions — locally and globally.