There are political echoes ringing in the Universe these days — louder than usual, seems to me, especially under an eclipsed Moon — and as those still ringing from the 60s reflect my own personal déjà vu, as well as spark an earlier version of the revolutionary energy we’re feeling these days, you’ll find a couple of interesting reads on that topic here.
The first is self-explanatory, 50 years later let’s agree on the fact that JFK was taken down, not by one disenchanted little guy with a rifle but by a conspiracy of murderers. The topic should no longer be hallowed ground. Like grown ups talking about sex, can’t we finally have a candid conversation? Do we still have to whisper? Besides, we’ve all seen the Zapruder footage and now — after over a decade of televised forensics — most of us can see how Jack’s head was repositioned by the impacts. We’re not disbelieving innocents any more.
The next is an interview with Robert Reich about why he won’t give up on populism, why he’s made his new movie and why events long behind him drive him forward. Do watch the YouTube to get a sense of the big chill that turned him toward activism, a reminder that nothing happens in a vacuum and we never know how our life … or death … will impact others.
The farther we get from the past, the more it intrudes and maybe that’s a good thing, the Cosmos giving us another chance to get the point of what happened long ago, in order to inform a more productive present and future.
Surgeon in ER insists 2 gunmen shot JFK
Doctor first to see Kennedy’s wound
by Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 18, 2013
A surgeon who half a century ago was among the doctors who tried to save President John F. Kennedy’s life said Thursday that the Warren Commission got it wrong in determining a lone gunman assassinated JFK in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
Speaking via teleconference to a Duquesne University symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination, Robert N. McClelland said he was the first doctor in Parkland Hospital’s Trauma Room One to notice the massive wound in the back of Kennedy’s skull and that a trauma of that size had to be an exit wound.
“The whole right side of his skull was gone. I could look inside his skull cavity. Obviously, it was a mortal wound,” he told a spellbound audience of legal, medical, forensic and investigative experts and the public who packed the university’s Power Ballroom.
Dr. McClelland, now 83 and professor emeritus at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said that because it was an exit wound, it logically followed that it had been fired from in front of the president’s limousine. And, in turn, that meant a second gunman was involved in the assassination, contradicting the Warren Commission’s finding that there was but one assassin.
The Warren Commission determined that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he fired three times with a high-powered rifle on the president’s motorcade in Dealey Plaza from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. The commission said that one bullet missed, another went through the president’s neck and also wounded Texas Gov. John Connolly — the so-called “single bullet theory” — and the third caused the fatal head wound.