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  • lewisclark commented on the blog post “The Sixties” Debate

    2011-05-22 13:45:01View | Delete

    Not to split hairs, but Steve Jobs (born 3/’55) and Tim Berner-Lee (born 6/’55) are a bit too young to have been bona fide hippies.

    Those two are roughly the same age as me, and like others of the late baby-boom generation such as Johnny Rotten; born 1956; Bill Maher (’56); Matt Groening (’54); Spike Lee (’57); to name but a few random notables, we experienced the historical events of the 1960′s second hand, mainly via television, and the stories told by our parents or older brothers and sisters.

    We certainly were (mostly) aware of or even influenced by those events and ideas, but we were still children when the Kennedy’s and M L KIng were assassinated. I was still in middle school when Kent State took place, and the war in Vietnam, as well as the draft, ended in 1973, before Jobs or myself turned 18.

    Personally, I admired the values of the counter-culture as a kid, and I certainly reaped many of the benefits of the progress made by those who envisioned and fought for those values, (not to mention the sex, drugs and rock and roll that trickled down to my younger generation by the mid 70′s).

    Similarly, I suspect that Steve Jobs, for example, would not have envisioned the personal computer as he did without influences popularized in the 1960′s such as Eastern philosophy and psychedelics. But these cultural innovations found their way to most of the young masses in the 1970′s, in wake of the battles of The Sixties.

    For what it’s worth, the internet and personal computers to a large degree sprung from the same generation that brought us Osama Bin Laden (born 1957) and punk rock.

  • I think you mean two *days* later, Teddy.

  • I’ve always thought it’s good to be skeptical about not just conspiracy theories, but about supposedly conclusive theories about the nature of reality in general.

    That said, clearly there *are* and have been conspiracies sometimes, especially when there’s been a lot of power and/or money at stake, and in fact they aren’t all that rare. From Julius Caesar and Richard III to Iran Contra and Wall Street Insider Trading, people who feel there is a great deal to win or lose do sometimes gather together to plan certain nefarious actions which they would prefer not to be traceable back to them.

    In fact, it’s interesting that the “rational” explanations for assassinations of very powerful people that can alter global political and economic realities are so often ascribed to single, motiveless lone individuals who supposedly go to all the risk and trouble to commit these crimes but never seem to have any particular rhyme or reason for doing so.

    And in the case of JFK, the fact that the accused assassin himself was also murdered within hours after being arrested is also eye-brow raising, to say the least.

    Anyway, the important thing about the Zapruder film is that a single viewing renders the “official” Warren Commission findings to be utterly nonsensical, prima facie. It’ss a sort of a test case for credulity because if after watching the Zapruder film you can still believe the official story instead of what you clearly see with your own eyes, well, you’ll pretty much believe anything, IMO.

    Even after 50 years the footage is gruesome and shocking, but watch it and think a bit about what you’re seeing.

    As the limo emerges from behind the sign JFK has been shot in the throat (supposedly by the same “Magic” bullet that somehow passed through the back of his jacket and also wounded John Connally in the back, chest, wrist and leg only to emerge pristine and unscratched on a stretcher in the hospital), and is slumping forward, clutching his throat. Then milliseconds later you can see a shot that seems to be to his front right temple. In any case, the President’s head is clearly thrown violently backward, sending a chunk of the back of his skull onto the trunk of the Lincoln Continental.

    Even with this small sized version you see very clearly that a bullet blew part of the back of JFK’s head onto the trunk of the limo, where Jackie (understandably in severe shock) famously crawled out to retrieve it (which by the way, she did successfully, tragically and pathetically clutching this piece of JFK’s skull in her hand even at Parkland Hospital).

    So, to buy into the Warren Commission/”Lee Harvey Oswald was the Motiveless Lone Killer” version, you have to accept that this shot at 00:54 came from *behind* JFK.

    And unless that bullet was indeed fired from behind JFK, just like the throat shot, there was more than one shooter. It’s just that simple, and obviously, more than one shooter equals that taboo word: “conspiracy”.

    Like I said, if someone can believe that shot comes from behind, they can believe anything.

    On this point, case closed. The Warren Commission explanation is an absurd fabrication. There are numerous other holes in the Warren Commission report, (and indeed the United States Senate did conduct hearings that in the late 1970′s that concluded there was a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy), but this is the easiest one to both see and grasp.

    Now, who exactly participated in the murder and or conspiracy is unclear. I’ve never seen any theory that seemed fully satisfactory. At this point, maybe it doesn’t even really matter.

    But the larger fact remains that a monumental and heinous crime was committed, i.e. the President of the United States was shot down in the street in broad daylight, and to cover it up a very large and obvious lie was perpetrated on the people of the United States.

    To me, that is still interesting.