Posts Tagged ‘News’

Tasers For Self Defence – Coming To a Store Near You?

January 13, 2008

Recently, I read that the good people at the company that makes the Taser, those adamant deniers that their product is a potentially lethal weapon, are planning to introduce Tasers for self defence.  Specifically, they will be targeting women with ‘female friendly’ Tasers.  They’ll be available in pink and other nice, bright colours, so they can do double duty as fashion accessories.  I guess if you make something pretty enough, it ceases to be a weapon.  So, a gun with a mother-of-pearl inlaid handle isn’t a gun and a jewel encrusted dagger isn’t a knife.

Maybe this is already a reality in the U.S. but, apparently, they want to bring it here, too.  Just what we need, a readily available weapon that criminals can get their hands on to use against their victims.  An easy way to immobilize someone before you rob, beat, or rape them.  What?  Criminals getting them?  But they’re for self defence, aren’t they?  Sure they are – just like all the guns that are used by criminals.  Another American import.

No doubt they will roll out some veneer-thin security system that will ‘ensure’ that only law-abiding potential victims can get them, but we’ve seen how easy these are to get around.  Just off the top of my head, for instance, since women are the target market, any woman would probably be able to get one.  But are women always victims?  Violent crimes by women and girls seems to be much more common these days.

And what about male criminals’ girlfriends?  They could walk in, declare their fear of being raped, walk out with a Taser, and hand it to their mugger boyfriend.

Then there’s the Tasers that will fall into the hands of criminals because the victims didn’t get them out fast enough, and they were stolen along with the rest of the contents of her bag.

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of foresight being exercised on their part.  Or maybe they just don’t care.  For the moment, it’s a tough sell in Canada, company executives say.  Some high profile deaths, including that of Robert Dziekanski, will prevent approval by the government, in the short term.  But they plan to “re-educate” the Canadian public on Tasers.  How Maoist.  Get ready for the bombardment.

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A Blast From the Past, Indeed

January 5, 2008

I was listening to Talking Heads for a blast from the past.  The track ‘Listening Wind’ was playing.  It’s one of those songs that makes my skin tingle because it seems so true – it cuts through all the bullshit and tells you what’s what and tells it like it is.  It’s also very unique and, hence, ‘cool’.

But, it also got to me for another reason.  It got to me because it’s STILL true, about twenty-five years after its release.  It’s just as relevant and, in fact, could have been written yesterday.  Aside from the fact that I used to have hair down to my ass when I listened in the past and, well, now I don’t, nothing has changed.  Not a thing.  A quarter of a century.  More than a generation.  The middle east is still a mess with American foreign policy still fuelling resentment and making things worse rather than better.  And the news stories still invade my home.

 This may seem a bit callous, but I actually feel a certain resentment.  For my entire life, the middle east has dominated the foreign news.  Ever since I was old enough to notice the news the middle east has been the big story, with wars, bombs, civil wars, terrorists, religious nuts, revolutions, hardliners, and the rest getting in my face every day.  I feel imposed upon.   How dare they come into my home and dump their stupid hatred and arguments on me.  And all because they insist on a religious based state of one kind or another.

When will these idiots realise that religion and government are a terrible combination?  Religion is fuel for fires started by heated political debates or situations.  So, two peoples need water in an arid region?  A skirmish over control of the source of the only two rivers in the region grows into an extended, decades long religious conflict encompassing ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ wars.

Do you think people would want or support half the wars if they were presented with the facts – that they are about water, oil, resources, or land and, ultimately, money rather than religion or “To protect/defend our values/way of life”, as they’re told?  I doubt it.  There are lies, damned lies, and then there’s politics or business masquerading as religion.

“The wind in my heart

The dust in my head”