Friday, July 4, 2014
Happy Independence Day!
I spent the day watching and commenting on Gerrie Nel chewing up and spitting out Dr. Wayne Derman, Oscar Pistorius’s sports medicine doctor.
He testified that people with disabilities are 50% more likely to be assaulted than people without disabilities. As a result, they are more likely to fear being assaulted and more likely to startle and fight rather than flee (i.e., flight) since their disability prevents them from escaping.
His testimony is setting up the defense argument that Pistorius fired his gun without thinking after being startled by three sounds:
(1) the bathroom window opening and banging against the casement,
(2) the toilet room door closing, and
(3) someone hitting the magazine rack.
The problem with Dr. Derman’s testimony is that Pistorius fired four shots through a closed door when he was not actually threatened with harm by anyone and his conduct shows evidence that he was thinking rather than reacting automatically.
The Theodore Wafer trial is scheduled to start on July 21st.
Detroit may blow-up before then over the water and sewage shutdowns for delinquent users.
Since this is Independence Day, thoughts of revolution are in the air and on my mind. Here is an article by a billionaire, Nick Hanauer, titled, The Pitchforks Are Coming . . . For Us Plutocrats.
What’s on your mind tonight?
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