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Studies Show Tasers Have Harmful Effects on the Body and Mind
The harmful effects of Tasers are real—not just to the body, but to the mind. At the heels of yearlong study, Lauren Kirchner from Pacific Standard has compiled her data that questions the use of Tasers as a “safer” alternative to a firearm.
The harmful effects of Tasers are real—not just to the body, but to the mind. At the heels of yearlong study published by the Miami New Times, Lauren Kirchner from Pacific Standard has compiled a list of scientific studies that question the use of Tasers as a “safer” alternative to a firearm.
The report from the New Times shows the lethal effects of Tasers on an isolated population and how freely they're used by the police force of Miami-Dade—seemingly without thought of the repercussions. In less than eight years, the Miami-Dade Police has used their Tasers over 3,000 times. Eleven men have died in that time, and five within the past 16 months. What's more, there are documented cases where tasers have been used on unarmed, non-threatening pedestrians, citing several examples where police shocked a 12-year-old girl for skipping school and 6-year-old boy.
These abuses could be an isolated incident, but the threats Tasers pose to health, mental well-being, and civil rights are cause for concern. Kirchner references a study that shows how these shocks from Tasers can cause abnormal heart rhythms and have the potential to send people into a cardiac arrest. But the shock carries another caveat to people's mental well-being.
Those hit by a Taser suffer “significant reductions in several measures of cognitive functioning,” according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology. Researchers measured memory, leaning, and coordination three hours before new police recruits were tasered, and then five minutes after and 24 hours after. The researchers noted the participants seemed to be back to normal after 24 hours. However, they noted concern for what could happen if police decided to arrest an individual directly after they'd been tased--unable to fully waive or understand their Miranda rights.
It's important for officers to fully understand the repercussions a shock from a Taser can have. Especially, for officers that don't understand the weight of the weapon they carry that they feel they can use it on kids. Check out Kichner's full review on Pacific Standard.
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Frequent shopping for single items adds to our carbon footprint.
- A new study shows e-commerce sites like Amazon leave larger greenhouse gas footprints than retail stores.
- Ordering online from retail stores has an even smaller footprint than going to the store yourself.
- Greening efforts by major e-commerce sites won't curb wasteful consumer habits. Consolidating online orders can make a difference.
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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images<p>A large part of the reason is speed. In a competitive market, pure players use the equation, <em>speed + convenience</em>, to drive adoption. This is especially relevant to the "last mile" GHG footprint: the distance between the distribution center and the consumer.</p><p>Interestingly, the smallest GHG footprint occurs when you order directly from a physical store—even smaller than going there yourself. Pure players, such as Amazon, are the greatest offenders. Variables like geographic location matter; the team looked at shopping in the UK, the US, China, and the Netherlands. </p><p>Sadegh Shahmohammadi, a PhD student at the Netherlands' Radboud University and corresponding author of the paper, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/26/tech/greenhouse-gas-emissions-retail/index.html" target="_blank">says</a> the above "pattern holds true in countries where people mostly drive. It really depends on the country and consumer behavior there."</p><p>The researchers write that this year-and-a-half long study pushes back on previous research that claims online shopping to be better in terms of GHG footprints.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"They have, however, compared the GHG emissions per shopping event and did not consider the link between the retail channels and the basket size, which leads to a different conclusion than that of the current study."</p><p>Online retail is where convenience trumps environment: people tend to order one item at a time when shopping on pure player sites, whereas they stock up on multiple items when visiting a store. Consumers will sometimes order a number of separate items over the course of a week rather than making one trip to purchase everything they need. </p><p>While greening efforts by online retailers are important, until a shift in consumer attitude changes, the current carbon footprint will be a hard obstacle to overcome. Amazon is trying to have it both ways—carbon-free and convenience addicted—and the math isn't adding up. If you need to order things, do it online, but try to consolidate your purchases as much as possible.</p><p>--</p><p><em>Stay in touch with Derek on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/derekberes" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DerekBeresdotcom" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://derekberes.substack.com/" target="_blank">Substack</a>. His next book is</em> "<em>Hero's Dose: The Case For Psychedelics in Ritual and Therapy."</em></p>
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