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The mythbusters demonstrate that a frozen gelatine bullet fired from a high-powered rifle at short range would only cause a very shallow wound. The relevant part starts at about 23:00.

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1 hour ago, Mathias Baumann said:

The mythbusters demonstrate that a frozen gelatine bullet fired from a high-powered rifle at short range would only cause a very shallow wound. The relevant part starts at about 23:00.

The CIA didn't use frozen gelatine bullets.

https://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/church/reports/vol1/pdf/ChurchV1_6_Senseney.pdf

From the Church Comm. testimony of CIA Director William Colby (pg 17)

http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/church/reports/vol1/pdf/ChurchV1_1_Colby.pdf

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Mr. CHAIRMAN: Is it not true, too, that the effort not only involved not only designing a gun that could strike at a human target without knowledge of the person who had been struck, but the toxin itself would not appear in the autopsy?

Mr. COLBY: Well, there was an attempt—

Mr. CHAIRMAN: Or the dart.

Mr. COLBY: Yes; so there was no way of perceiving that the target was hit.

Mr. CHAIRMAN: As a murder instrument, that is about as efficient as you can get, is it not?

Mr. COLBY: It is a weapon, a very serious weapon.

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The entry wound in the throat. Best explanation. From where and by whom in your opinion?

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56 minutes ago, Cliff Varnell said:

The CIA didn't use frozen gelatine bullets.

https://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/church/reports/vol1/pdf/ChurchV1_6_Senseney.pdf

From the Church Comm. testimony of CIA Director William Colby (pg 17)

http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/church/reports/vol1/pdf/ChurchV1_1_Colby.pdf

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Mr. CHAIRMAN: Is it not true, too, that the effort not only involved not only designing a gun that could strike at a human target without knowledge of the person who had been struck, but the toxin itself would not appear in the autopsy?

Mr. COLBY: Well, there was an attempt—

Mr. CHAIRMAN: Or the dart.

Mr. COLBY: Yes; so there was no way of perceiving that the target was hit.

Mr. CHAIRMAN: As a murder instrument, that is about as efficient as you can get, is it not?

Mr. COLBY: It is a weapon, a very serious weapon.

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The Salandria quote on your page bears repeating often. 

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22 hours ago, Cliff Varnell said:
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The Chairman: Were you aware of the amount of shellfish toxin belonging to the CIA [...]?

Shellfish toxin can cause what is called paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).

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PSP is caused by potent neurotoxins that can pose a severe and urgent health threat. A typical progression of clinical signs and symptoms is outlined below.4

Onset of clinical signs typically begins between 30 minutes and 3 hours after ingestion of the contaminated food, but symptoms have been reported less than one minute after food consumption.7 The progression of paralysis may be rapid in severe cases. The intensity and

progression of the symptoms are dependent on the type, dose, and concentration of the toxin ingested in the shellfish.

The first symptom is often paresthesia (i.e., sensation of tingling or numbness) around the lips or mouth, which spreads to the face and neck. Other early symptoms may include tingling or numbness in the fingertips/toes; dizziness or a "floating" sensation; headache; diaphoresis (i.e., sweating) or excess saliva production. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain may or may not occur.

Typically, the next symptoms to develop are generalized paresthesia (i.e., numbness), descending paralysis/weakness of the extremities (i.e., arms and legs), and ataxia (i.e., lack of coordination/balance). Incoherent speech and dysphagia (e.g., difficulty swallowing) have also been reported. Individuals remain conscious and alert throughout.

In severe cases, rapid progression to respiratory muscle paralysis and respiratory failure may occur. This can lead to respiratory arrest and death. Most deaths occur within 12 hours of ingestion. In mild cases, symptoms usually resolve completely within a few hours to a few days. Symptoms in individuals with moderate to severe illness resolve over two to three days. Individuals with severe PSP illness who survive beyond 24 to 48 hours usually recover without long-term complications.1, 2, 3, 5

Source: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/oph_standards/docs/psp_chapter.pdf

Could that explain Kennedy's grasping at his throat?

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No.  A hole in his trachea is what caused him grasping at his throat.  You don't have to look for some James Bond type weapon when it comes to JFK's assassination.  

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12 minutes ago, Rich Pope said:

No.  A hole in his trachea is what caused him grasping at his throat.  You don't have to look for some James Bond type weapon when it comes to JFK's assassination.  

But in the Zapruder film it appears as if his hands never actually touch his throat. I think it was Robert Harris (but I could be wrong) who's argued that this was some kind of neurological reaction to being hit in the back.

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No.  JFK brought both fists to his throat while struggling to breath.  He had no idea what was going on.  His lack of movement was caused by a back brace he was wearing that day.  There was no neurological agent used in the assassination, no matter what anyone says.  Keep in mind most of these guys are just trying to sell books.  

 

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1 hour ago, Rich Pope said:

No.  JFK brought both fists to his throat while struggling to breath.  He had no idea what was going on.  His lack of movement was caused by a back brace he was wearing that day.

He always wore a back brace.  He always lacked movement?

1 hour ago, Rich Pope said:

 

  There was no neurological agent used in the assassination, no matter what anyone says. 

You don't know that, no matter what you say.

1 hour ago, Rich Pope said:

 

Keep in mind most of these guys are just trying to sell books.  

 

The autopsists were trying to sell books?

What "guys" are you talking about?

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His arms look frozen to me, and his hands never reach his throat. 

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Right fist reaches throat, left fist just below.

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Defensive posture.

He holds his fists in a manner to prevent getting hit from the same location.

Occam's Razor -- what's the most likely explanation for a man acting paralyzed?

He's paralyzed.

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30 minutes ago, Cliff Varnell said:

Defensive posture.

He holds his fists in a manner to prevent getting hit from the same location.

Occam's Razor -- what's the most likely explanation for a man acting paralyzed?

He's paralyzed.

No one can be certain of anything being discussed in this thread.  No certainty.

 

Having said that, the frame pictured always seemed to me to be the back shot.  Hands were coming up, back shot impacts, elbows raise. 

 

I'm not certain of that of course.  Best guess.

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2 minutes ago, Michael Cross said:

No one can be certain of anything being discussed in this thread.  No certainty.

Agreed.

2 minutes ago, Michael Cross said:

 

Having said that, the frame pictured always seemed to me to be the back shot.  Hands were coming up, back shot impacts, elbows raise.

His hands were coming up before "the back shot"?

2 minutes ago, Michael Cross said:

I'm not certain of that of course.  Best guess.

Michael, my rule of thumb is to rely on the historical record.  Secret Service SA Glenn Bennett wrote contemporaneous notes which are corroborated by the photographic and physical evidence.  Bennett said he was looking to the front when he heard the first shot; the Willis 5 (Z202) photo shows him facing to the right in the follow-up car.  He said he then turned to look at "the Boss"; Altgens 6 (Z255) shows his features blurred, consistent with movement.  He said he saw JFK hit in the back "four inches down from the shoulder"; the bullet defects in JFK's clothes are four inches below the collars.  The back shot occurred right before the head shot, Bennett stated.

Contemporaneous written statement by a professional with 3 points of corroboration.

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