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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cardboard and Bullshit, Part Two - Misalignment






A Kinesiologist  will be able to assess the possibilities and difficulties associated with the many specific actions claimed to have occurred during the fight GZ asserts.  For example,  the speed and distance studies already done by blog analysts can provide substantial clues as to Trayvon's likely speed of travel and strength.  While the matter of GZ's gun draw and aim from the positions he claims,  may reveal to the expert analyst certain difficulties that make it less likely to impossible.   Videos of how each participant moved are available,  and expert study can reveal the amount of muscle strength each was able to apply.
So this field of study can reveal much by giving limits and ranges that the narratives had to stay within.
--Lonnie Starr



 Kinesiology is the study of human and animal movement, performance, and function by applying the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology, and neuroscience. Applications of kinesiology in human health include physical education teacher, the rehabilitation professions, such as physical and occupational therapy, as well as applications in the sport and exercise industries. Kinesiology is a field of scientific study, and does not prepare individuals for clinical practice. A bachelor's degree in kinesiology can provide strong preparation for graduate study in biomedical research, as well as in professional programs, such as allied health and medicine.

Whereas the term "kinesiologist" is neither a licensed nor professional designation in the United States nor most countries (with the exception of Canada), individuals with training in this area can teach physical education, provide consulting services, conduct research and develop policies related to rehabilitation, human motor performance, ergonomics, and occupational health and safety. In North America, kinesiologists may study to earn a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, or Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Kinesiology or a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree, while in Australia or New Zealand, they are often conferred an Applied Science (Human Movement) degree (or higher). Many doctoral level faculty in North American kinesiology programs received their doctoral training in related disciplines, such as neuroscience, mechanical engineering, psychology, and physiology.

The world's first kinesiology department was launched in 1967 at the University of Waterloo, Canada.   READ MORE


 Here's a database of kinesiologists,  but it will require a wiki read to determine exactly which field of kinesiology is applicable,  if someone wishes to query them for an opinion on this case.  THE DOK a searchable kinesiology database.

There's also a mention I found,  of a kinesiologist who spoke at a Trayvon event,  I don't know if his field is applicable to a study but here's the excerpt,  in case anyone wants to search for him.

  Damion Thomas, a panelist and an assistant professor of kinesiology who works with a program in Physical Cultural studies, stressed the importance of maintaining a movement beyond this incident so that the issues will not be forgotten.

Happy hunting.


Papantonio: Zimmerman Charge Should Be Premeditated Murder

Friday, March 1, 2013

An Open Letter to Beth Kassab, Orlando Sentinel Reporter

February 27, 2013

On 2/24/2013, Beth Kassab, Orlando Sentinel reporter, published a story “What we know one year after Trayvon Martin shooting.”

Ms. Kassab,

Re: What we know one year after Trayvon Martin shooting

In short, “we” know a hell of a lot more than you seem to as reflected in your piece.

These “the truth is somewhere in the middle” pieces are so devoid of thoughtfulness and actual understanding of the facts that have been released in the wake of the tragedy, all I can say is that your piece was LAZY and intellectually incurious.

What we now know about you as a writer….

1) You don’t know the difference between race and ethnicity.
Zimmerman IS white, being ½ Hispanic doesn’t change that, & even if it did, that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be racist against blacks.

2) You’re ignorant about how racism manifests itself

Serino asking “You got any problems with black people?” does not mean the SPD adequately considered racial motivation.

3) This case DOES fit many of the molds of a racially motivated crime. Unfortunately someone like Zimmerman is not unique and neither is the victimology of Trayvon.

Zimmerman’s behavior was SOOoo prosaic anyone should’ve been able to see this coming. The truth is, someone devoid of racist thoughts, wouldn’t have seen Trayvon as being suspicious. Not to the degree where they’d feel justified calling the police and stalking and pursuing another human being in the menacing manner and to the degree Zimmerman did Trayvon. It was Zimmerman’s surety of Trayvon’s “type” that gave him the hubris to behave so aggressively It doesn’t take a social genius to see what was at play there. And writers like you have a duty not to be so obtuse about it.

Facts released have shown that Zimmerman has had issues with racism in his past. It may be difficult to prove racism that reaches a level of being prosecutable, but that does not mean that his racism is no longer self-evident when examining what led to the tragedy on 2/26/2012

The problem is, there are a lot of “marginally” racist guys like Zimmerman out there, and the failure of shallow thinkers/writers to see that even “mild racism” is inherently dangerous, as it was to Trayvon, is a serious negligence in journalism today. Writers like you have a higher duty than to write pieces that put forth such false equivalences & feigned “moderation”, as you did with this one.

The truth is, among other things this case really IS “about a black teen who was shot and killed for no reason except that a Neighborhood Watch volunteer who presumed all black teens were inherently suspicious” & as more evidence comes out, Wolfinger in particular WAS “either apathetic or bigoted Sanford SA who told cops to sit on their hands instead of arresting the known killer—and they did. For God’s sake, they never even bothered to impound Zimmerman’s truck and collect evidence from it.



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sanford Police Department Neighborhood Watch

The following documents and manuals were released by the Sanford, Florida government and illustrate policy and procedures used in the neighborhood watch program.  George Zimmerman has been described as a self-appointed captain in the program.


The Facts and Zimmerman’s Story

Trayvon Martin family attends star-studded New York vigil

Demonstrators symbolically wearing hoodies gathered in New York
and Florida on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the shooting death
of unarmed black teenager Martin.

  Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were joined by actor Jamie Foxx and a crowd of about 200 people on Tuesday evening in Manhattan’s Union Square Park. The 17-year-old unarmed Martin, who had been wearing a hooded sweatshirt, was killed by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman last year in a gated community in Florida.

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Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were joined by actor Jamie Foxx and a crowd of about 200 people on Tuesday evening in Manhattan’s Union Square Park. They lit candles and held a moment of silence at 7:17 p.m., the time Martin was fatally shot on Feb. 26, 2012.

“I’m the mother of two boys,” Fulton said. “I have one son on earth and one son in heaven.”

The 17-year-old unarmed black teenager, who had been wearing a hooded sweatshirt, was killed by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman after the two got into a confrontation in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Civil rights leaders said that if Martin had been white, Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother is Hispanic, would have been arrested immediately instead of weeks later.
Jacksonville prosecutor Angela Corey took over the investigation and filed second-degree murder charges against Zimmerman a month and a half after Martin’s shooting. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense, and his trial is set for June.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mark O’Mara redefines ‘Stand your ground’

Mark O’Mara and George Zimmerman (Joe Burbank/AP)
Mark O’Mara summed it up best during our 42-minute conversation on Wednesday: “This is an academic argument over the semantics of words.”

The words in question are “stand your ground” (SYG). The argument is over whether Florida’s insane law applies to O’Mara’s client George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin.

In a post earlier this week, I wrote about how “‘[s]tand your ground’ eludes Robert Zimmerman.” George’s older brother has aggressively defended him on television and on Twitter. And I tartly declared, “For Robert Zimmerman to say SYG is not a factor in his brother’s case against the second-degree murder charge shows how little he knows about the law and his brother’s defense.”

In fact, Zimmerman knows all about his brother’s defense, twisted though it may be. Last August, O’Mara announced that he would not argue a “stand your ground” defense, using the same curious logic he used with me earlier this week.

What’s problematic is that O’Mara is engaging in semantic gymnastics to avoid using the words “stand your ground” while availing himself of the law’s most generous provision, the immunity hearing. No such thing existed for self-defense cases before SYG became law in 2005.

 With a major push from the National Rifle Association (NRA), Florida amended its self-defense statute to allow potential victims to stand their ground against an assailant by removing the duty to retreat and permitting them to meet force with force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it is necessary to save their life. It also granted immunity from prosecution. Because of this, SYG has been called a “license to kill” and the “shoot-first” law.  READ MORE