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LIONEL PODCAST: Orwell Couldn’t Believe This!

Facebook was indirectly funded by the CIA with the goal of learning and storing everything there is to know about you. Why? To monitor and ultimately control.  – Sandeep Parwaga, (February 17, 2011)

Did you hear the latest? From Liberty Blitzkrieg, the following amazing news and reportage. It’s been reported that Facebook will be hosting mainstream and other media coverage and content on Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site, thus depriving them of the ability to track user demographics and data. And this can’t be emphasized enough. Or in the case of the Jurassic mainstream media, mentioned at all. It’s a story that was reported without delving into its implications, into the dark interstitial message that the implications portend. Because when you control the news, you control perception. And when you control the ability to profit from news reporting, you control everything. It’s been reported of Facebook’s plan to cut out the middle man, explaining how it might work and why publishers would feel compelled to participate.

Am I making any sense?

What this means. This mind-boggling proposal by Facebook carries yet another risk for publishers: the loss of incredibly valuable consumer data and demographic metrics.  When readers click on a specific article or feature, an array of tracking tools and devices allow the host site to collect valuable data and demo information on who they are, how often they visit and what else they have done on the web. This information and data are critical, more important than the information being referenced itself.This is in fact the heart and soul of the Internet media display. Remember, it’s not about the information provided in the article, it’s about the information provided on the consumer of the article who visits the site. That is the bread and butter of today’s news propagation and media industry. “But in the short term,” said Alan D. Mutter, a newspaper consultant who writes a blog called Reflections of a Newsosaur, “it’s a scary proposition because publishers want to control their brand, and their audience and their advertising dollars.”

Two Internets. And if Facebook indeed pushes beyond the experimental stage and makes content hosted on the site commonplace, those who do not participate in the program could lose substantial viewer and commercial and consumer traffic — a factor that, sources provide, has played into the thinking of many media sources and publishers. Their articles might load more slowly than their competitors’, and over time readers might avoid those sites altogether.

OMG, indeed. This would make the harshest of Machiavellian business models pale by comparison. This is now, not the future. This poses an existential threat to mainstream media as we knew it heretofore. The potential for retooling and re-fabricating the information delivery platforms is beyond comprehension. And yet, the MSM, who are in the cross-hairs of this new and bold feature, rather than reporting on it as a threat blink their eyes and suck their thumbs and detail the augury of their ultimate demise. Amazing.

Today’s podcast. Myriad miscellany. My convergence and conversion. Pass it on.

LIONEL PODCAST: It’s All Propaganda and Lies and Deception!

“Whatever of social importance is done today, whether in politics, finance, manufacture, agriculture, charity, education, or other fields, must be done with the help of propaganda.” ― Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

It’s all propaganda. Propaganda derives from a new administrative body of the Catholic Church created in 1622, called the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (Congregation for Propagating the Faith), or informally simply Propaganda. Its goal was aimed at “propagating” the Catholic faith in non-Catholic countries, and you know how well that went. And with propaganda comes perception and awareness. How you see something and it registers. Based on your framework, vantage, ken, experience, frame of reference, history, experience, bias and predilection. If politics is ever to resonate it must register with the perception and awareness of the target. And with that comes the symbolism that is used with a particular ideology or persuasion or direction. If talk radio had been around in the 60s it would’ve been primarily “liberal.” The reason why is that it was the liberal who was angry and felt disenfranchised.

Days of yore. It was the liberal who fought against the Vietnam War, who supported women’s rights and civil rights and the environment. It was a liberal who was angry. It was the liberal who had a passel of symbols, semiotics. But then the worst thing happened for liberalism. Liberals won. And with that came the diffusion and dilution of what was once its collective passion. In the 80s with the advent of Rush Limbaugh it was the angry white man and conservative who dominated talk radio because they were the ones who felt alienated and castigated and left out. Their symbols are still seen today: the flag, God, the family, Ronald Reagan and a series of syrupy, sappy, saccharine imagery that replaces well thought and well formed ideology. Let me repeat, it’s all about perception and awareness which are crafted and channeled and directed to the artful use of and deft application of surgical propaganda.

LIONEL PODCAST: Vaccines Fascists & Martial Law For Starters

North who? NORTHCOM. “Created in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) is charged with responsibility for overall military defense of the U.S. homeland and defense support of civil authorities (DSCA).” Those simple words belie the potential for incomprehensible and inconceivable excess. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Bless him. He called the feds a “sock puppet” for the vaccine industry, Robert Kennedy Jr. spoke out Monday against making it harder for parents to exempt their children from vaccinations. “All of the studies show the primary reason people don’t vaccinate — the primary reason — is mistrust of the regulators. The solution to this problem, to the extent that it’s a problem in New Jersey, is to restore the regulatory process, not to compel people to do something that they may feel they have very good reason not to do.”

Therefore, herein the problems lie. Problems that are glaringly obvious to those of us in the business of constitutional conversance, know exactly what these issues convey and connote. But those are just a few of the issues addressed. And thus, this podcast.

LIONEL PODCAST: ShotSpotter, Gunshot Detection and Other Unbelievable Scheiße You’re Expected to Believe

You’re not falling for this I hope. It sounds at first so incredibly beneficial and even admirable. New York City’s getting ShotStopper. Here’s how it’s supposed to work. Microphones secreted about town whose sole purpose is to identify and triangulate gunshots in order to zero in on crime and make us all safe from the dastards who prey on the innocent. And without so much as questioning a single aspect of the plan or showing just a speck of well-earned incredulity, citizens in addition to the overpriced robots of the Jurassic mainstream media nod in polite Pavlovian obeisance to the latest in high-tech law-enforcement. They ooh and aah over this latest weapon and hi-tech promise to address the scourge of criminal vermin. They do not research, they investigate nothing further and, per usual, they accept the promises of law-enforcement hook line and stinker. So is this even plausible much less effective? Glad you asked?

According to statistics, in 75 percent of cases when people hear a gun shot sound, they do not report it to the police. The ShotSpotter is aimed at fixing that. Its sensors are connected to thousands of cameras set up around the city as part of the its Domain Awareness System, an all-seeing intelligence-analysis complex that collects and analyzes data captured by surveillance cameras, gunshot detectors, license plate readers, Geographic Information Systems mapping and social media feeds. [RT]

But does it work? So, what’s the track record so far? From November 2014, let’s review the following piece from Mikael Thalen.

Although the technology has had some success, multiple police departments across the country have gone as far as completely removing the system due to its multitude of problems.

Police in Oakland, who spent more than $264,000 on ShotSpotter, announced earlier this year that the system would likely be scrapped, calling it expensive and redundant.

In 2012, police in Troy, New York discontinued their system after several years of false alarms, many of which were triggered by firecrackers and squealing car brakes.

That same year, police in Trenton, New Jersey refused a ShotSpotter expansion after the system failed to alert officers to a shooting that left a man dead in the street for hours.

Even ignoring the failures, Seattle residents are unlikely to support the system’s instillation given the city’s involvement with surveillance. Whether it be their controversial mesh network or their secret participation in the TrapWire facial recognition program, the city of Seattle has long traded its residents privacy for alleged security.

Today’s podcast. It’s a surveillance tutorial. The basics, the rudiments the abecedarian fundamentals. Slowly but surely by virtue of our newfangled technology we are consenting to surveillance via the corporate structure versus the government per se. Gone are the Orwellian nightmares of Stasi-like invaders in the middle of the night, planting mics and wiring a room for illegal sound and voice capture. The ultimate goal is your being on a 24 hour real-time panopticon worldview matrix. The nefarious and awful grid. Through keyless entry, cashless bank cards, auto key fobs, and the ubiquitous RFID chip, through everything you do, every step you take not only will Sting be following and watching you but so will Big Brother. Your car will be susceptible to takeover and, in essence, hijacking. Especially after the notion of the driverless car becomes more accepted and cool to the unsuspecting sheeple masses. Since everything you do will be monitored and watched, you will be easily subject to carbon taxes by virtue of the mysterious and magical carbon footprint that you will be leaving and that will be well documented thanks to an intrusive surveillance grid that you allowed to occur when you bought those cool items with cool gadgets and cool features whose dangers you ignored when people like me warned you of what they ultimately meant. How do you feel now?

LIONEL PODCAST: A Ventilation Friday for the Ages

“I am the flail of god. Had you not created great sins, god would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” ― Genghis Khan, Genghis Khan’s Rules for (Warriors) Writers

I apologize in advance. There’s nothing I can write to properly prepare you for this word journey and salad. Nothing to explicate or limn today’s disquisition. Nothing. The streamiest of consciousness. Fluid, untethered, open, unpretentious, deconstructed and free. Enjoy.

LIONEL PODCAST: Amy Schumer’s “C**t”

The perfect word for perfect deception. That’s the truth. Bullshit, that is. All that you’re told is mendacious connivance. Period. Partly with the desire to confuse and distort but mostly out of laziness and intellectual torpor. No need to clarify or explain. No need to illuminate and counter the status quo. The Jurassic mainstream media in particular are mere trying to tread water, unaware that there’s a landslide upon them, nearing down and in its crosshairs. They’ve no interest in challenging convention or the status quo. No concerns either way about much of anything. You’re awash in an avalanche of bullshit. How’s that for imagery. And it’s not necessarily from the media front tier itself. Everything, repeat, everything is perfumed with the contaminant and taint of bovine egesta. Herein, today’s playlist inter alia.

  • Amy Schumer. She’s box office and boffo. Without a doubt. And one more thing. Profoundly unfunny and ordinary. Pedestrian humor. And that’s a compliment. White trash and been there, done that. Bowling alley. The message is the shock, the words used, the unabashed scabrous delivery. Unimaginative. “I’m gonna get it tattooed on my clit.” Feminism, that is. Wow, cutting edge. Bravo, Amy! Brilliant! And her deep thoughts on feminism. “I don’t think people know what the word feminism means: a social and political equality for women. I think if you’re against that, you’re a crazy person, or you don’t know what it means, and that we don’t actually have it is a bummer. It feels like we should be further along.” Double wow. This is her attempt at latching on to the meme, the idea, the label. Bumper sticker and playbook. Echo chamber and cookie-cutter. Feminism for dummies. Titular and scripted.
  • The human self has five components. Machines now have three of them. How far away is artificial consciousness – and what does it tell us about ourselves? This is very bad news. As I describe herein, when warfare was made impersonal and separate and far apart the frequency of war increased. When you dehumanize the contact and separate the context, you ensure that more wars will follow. With drones, satellites and a deadly telemetry, add to the list the robot two completely separate us from the heart and soul of devastation. Throw into the mix a concept that is never referred to by the Jurassic mainstream media, transhumanism (the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology), and hang on for your dear life.
  • The brilliance of “Schitt’s Creek,” cheap humor and feigned reluctance to pronounce the word. Amen.
  • Charlie Sheen joins the racist league. The most overused word next to awesome, hilarious and epic. Charlie refers to Obama’s admitted provenance and his stepfather’s surname and the knee-jerk, Pavlovian obeisant usual suspects weigh in with pitchforks and torches aloft, screaming racist!
  • GMOs at SXSW. The most misunderstood threat to humanity in years. And you would think with all of the counterfeit healthy types with their yoga mats and smoothies and cleansings and detoxifiers and purgings, you would think they would know a thing or two about GMOs. Critical concepts: you would think.
  • The Obama-Bibi “work.” You should not expect the professional left to have a clue as to what the reason Israeli elections were all about. But in what could be one of the greatest examples of Machiavellian conspiracies, wouldn’t it be interesting if Obama and Bibi contrived and constructed the entire event for the latter’s benefit?
  • Feckless news media. Admittedly a fixation of mine. In view of the hubris and self-styled expertise that these autodidacts and children purport to evince, I must enjoy the topic because it consumes me daily.
  • The five shits. Bull, horse, ape, bat and chicken. The scatological quintet. Now, while I’m not wont to wax profane I do love eloquence and breviloquence in particular. But bullshit and horseshit connote falsity. Apeshit and batshit indicate becoming over-enthused and losing one’s mind. And chickenshit is the ultimate in de minimis.

LIONEL PODCAST: Ashley Judd Needs a Lesson in Criminal Law

This is not in any way a crime. Ashley Judd says that she intends to press charges against those who have been harassing her on Twitter with threats of sexual violence. Threats of sexual violence. I’m not too sure about that. Long-distance, ethereal “threats.” And I’m not being too priggish as it comes to her allegations. They are severe and demand scrupulous deconstruction. She wades into March Madness nonsense with mouth-breathers and knuckle-draggers and is surprised when monosyllabic rubes weigh in. Puh-leeze, Ms. Judd. “The amount of gender violence I experience is absolutely extraordinary,” she told the Today show, “and a significant part of my day today will be spent filing police reports at home about gender violence that’s directed at me on social media.” [e.s.] Gender violence. Whoa! But here’s my favorite part. Though she tells Today that she doesn’t expect anything to come of the police reports, she still wants to send a message by filing them. [e.s.] So, does that mean she’s filing a false police report if she knows it has no merit? It gets worse. She adds: “Everyone needs to take personal responsibility for what they write,” she tells MSNBC, also calling out the need to fight against the practice of shaming others on social media. Shaming?! Are you reading this? Shaming?!

Assault at common law involves a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the immediate harm.

Sorry, Ashley. Would his horrid speech be assault if it were said in front of Ms. Judd? No. So, how is it a crime when Tweeted to her and for the world to see? I loathe these coward trolls as much as anyone, but this is simply not a crime. Nor should it be. It is certainly offensive, troublesome and most problematic. It absolutely causes concern and rational fear especially among those who by virtue of their status are all too often subjected to such insanity. But as is usually the case, the question to ask is how do you draft a statute that protects your right to speak yet exposes me to criminal liability by virtue of a subjective sense of alarm or being offended? If I were to walk up to a complete stranger and utter a series of vile and scabrous rants, unless I directly threaten someone, which involves a real and immediate promise to do physical violence, most would say that your best reaction is to retreat. That is not to say that harassment or stalking charges would not be available depending upon the duration and severity of the conduct.

The social media are different kettles of fish. I have the ability to mute or block offensive speech. I also, by virtue of participating in these verbal scrums, could be seen as consenting to the behavior at hand. Let me reiterate, I in no wise countenance or approve of this horrible behavior. But what concerns me even more is a poorly drafted statute that subjects the proponents of free speech to criminal sanctions because I were to feel uneasy or offended or somehow the victim of gender violence via words alone. Without getting too graphic, it is common in our American parlance to tell people to kiss our arse, suck a host of appendages or worse. The expressions are certainly crude and boorish but they do not necessarily constitute a threat of imminent violence or harm. Sorry, Ashley. You’ve got the attention, your PR folks have succeeded, but you’re traipsing potentially on my beloved First Amendment. And that dog don’t hunt. As I have said for years, no one will take our freedom of speech from us; we will give it away gladly. Because we will confuse that which is bothersome with that which is subject to criminal sanction and penalty. We will take every bit of noisome speech, everything that is annoying, that which is hurtful and mean spirited, and we will almost reflexively and through a Pavlovian obeisance demand the criminal sanctions be applied. We are the First Amendment’s worst enemy. We are.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Mysterious Madame Defarge Interview

“It does not take a long time,” said madame, “for an earthquake to swallow a town. Eh well! Tell me how long it takes to prepare the earthquake?” A Tale of Two Cities. Book 2, Chapter 16: Still Knitting: Page 3

The vatic tricoteuse. It took years of cajoling and wheedling for me to bring to the mic the observations and opinions of this most mysterious and amazing woman, schooled in matters entertainment and the like. Vatic and pythonic. Brutally prescient as to the state of the media. She’s the Ray Donovan of media and entertainment netherworld. The fixer who knows where the bodies are buried. ‘Nuff said.

The litany. She delivers a scathing indictment and thorough review of all topics under the proverbial sun: the Kardashians, multiple media platforms in the history of media, Starbucks insanity and race trivialization inter alia.

Editor Note: Please note that the podcast cuts out a tad early before the very conclusion. Damn NSA!

“People are sheep. TV is the shepherd.”
Jess C. Scott, Literary Heroin (Gluttony): A Twilight Parody

LIONEL PODCAST: Why I Hate St. Patrick’s Day

Is fearr Gaeilge briste, ná Béarla clíste.

Especially how so many celebrate it. I hate the way the Irish are trivialized and mocked inadvertently. It’s downright demeaning, and I’m being kind. Even the ubiquitous image of the leprechaun transcends anything vaguely resembling decency. Patronized and treated like children they are. With references to their cute “brogues” and accents. In fact, I have it on good authority that the notion of the brogue was and in fact is a pejorative. It was hatefully suggested that the Irish were thought to speak as though they had a shoe or a brogue in their mouths. It was said that to “refined English ears, the Irish sound as if they have shoes in their mouths.”

But I will say that living in Ireland has changed the cadence and fullness of speech, since the Irish love words and use as many of them in a sentence as possible.
– Anne McCaffrey, 1926 – 2011

Manly, yes, but I like it too. But who cares about history or relevance or truth? By God, we’re going to party! Historical relevance be damned! How despicably cruel that is. And their accents. What accents?! Accents, like incest, are relative. You have an accent relative to someone from Muckanaghederdauhaulia. Irish-Americans should be proud. First, of being American and secondly, of their Irish stock. Faith and Begorrah! And lose that while you at it.

I can’t even tell if this is offensive. The leprechaun. Horrible. Irish Spring, Lucky Charms and Barry Fitzgerald. Bastardized and horridly offensive depictions. The history of Ireland is fascinating — the troubles and travails. Civil wars and factional unrest. It makes you redefine just who the “terrorist” is, a term that’s used to describe the other guy and other side. So, read up, my countrymen, and celebrate a proud and great people whose worth cannot be reduced to a parade route or oceans of verdure. Sláinte!

LIONEL PODCAST: Our Psychotic Militarization of Law Enforcement

The increasing use of military-style tactics and weapons by police forces across the United States puts civilians at needless risk of death and injury, according to a strongly worded ACLU report slamming the development entitled “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing.”

So long Sheriff Andy. Hello, RobocopFirst, enough with the prayer vigils. Seriously, let me ask you a question. Where was the deity du jour that allowed the problems in the first place to exacerbate to such an extent that now requires a prayer vigil? Well, Billy Graham? Stop with the prayer and get down to business in addressing the problems most would rather avoid altogether. It’s about attitude, demographics and human interaction. And that means that we need to address why certain pockets, demos and groups of our country engage the police with greater frequency and why the police have forgotten their rolls as peace keepers and public servants. But that strains at the rules of the politically-correct legions of namby-pamby apologists and excusers who haven’t the intellectual consistency to address problems for what they really are.

When did it go wrong? Federal policies that allow and permit the military to distribute unwanted and inappropriate military hardware to local jurisdictions are a big part of the problem. In 2011 even the New York Times expressed alarm in When the Police Go Military and looked at the abandoning of civilian law enforcement and peace keeping and instead accepting law enforcement by without question.

The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 generally bars the military from law enforcement activities within the United States. But today, some local and city police forces have rendered the law rather moot. They have tanks — yes, tanks, often from military surplus, for use in hostage situations or drug raids — not to mention the sort of equipment and training one would need to deter a Mumbai-style guerrilla assault.

The enemy as citizen. The ACLU in The Militarization of Policing in America, spoke eloquently on the subject. This is not by accident. And with increased firepower is the concomitant bottom-down systematic attitudinal framing of the citizen and civilian via the cops’ worldview.

American neighborhoods are increasingly being policed by cops armed with the weapons and tactics of war. Federal funding in the billions of dollars has allowed state and local police departments to gain access to weapons and tactics created for overseas combat theaters – and yet very little is known about exactly how many police departments have military weapons and training, how militarized the police have become, and how extensively federal money is incentivizing this trend. It’s time to understand the true scope of the militarization of policing in America and the impact it is having in our neighborhoods. Since March 6th, ACLU affiliates in 25 states filed over 260 public records requests with law enforcement agencies and National Guard offices to determine the extent to which federal funding and support has fueled the militarization of state and local police departments.

The Lionel Plan. In December I published my nine-point plan to address the hypermilitarization of the police and it bears reminder. Law enforcement is not Hollywood, it’s not what the public thinks. It’s time for the Jurassic mainstream media to care as much about educating the public as it ostensibly does in providing interminable references to the perceived colors of dresses.

  • Mandatory special prosecutor assigned in police shootings. DA’s will be prohibited from handling prosecutions of police officer shootings and/or deaths within their jurisdiction regarding officers whom they must necessarily deal with on a daily basis.
  • Police union messaging. Police unions must not be viewed as adversarial to the public and must tailor their message and directives avoiding at all costs ostensible tone-deaf insensitivity.
  • Civilian ride-along programs. The public simply has no idea of what police do. Increased participation in ride-along programs and similar liaison programs will help dramatically especially when combined with media and social media outlets highlighting the efforts.
  • Media instruction and tutelage as to what police do. The public and media think that arrests are invitations to cooperate. They must understand the rather brusque process of surrender and the danger to police of “pretty please” seizure.
  • Education of public as to grand jury process. The ham sandwich myth must be forever corrected and eliminated altogether.
  • Reevaluation and ultimate reversal of 1033 programs. Programs providing for militarization of police agencies fuel subliminal antagonism and exacerbate the inherent problems.The historic firewall between civilian law enforcement and military operations as in Posse Comitatus must be enforced.
  • Mandatory camera programs. Cameras proved invaluable in establishing a level of transparency in the Eric Garner case. Without them, no facts would have been readily available. The ACLU has instituted programs allowing for citizens to download apps for smartphone use to document and record questionable and suspect police behavior.
  • Expansion of Citizen Complain Review Boards and CCRB-like programs. Civilian jurisdiction in reviewing police abuse claims creates the perception of cooperative involvement and community investment.
  • Police-civilian liaisons. Emphasis on community policing and symbiotic cooperation is encouraged versus antagonistic coexistence.

Enough with the mynah birds. The yammering and bleating and carping about race, race, race, albeit important in portions, misses altogether the severity and complexity of the problem. And enough with the breathy “conversations” on race. The problem transcends race. I and others have railed against the militarization of cops for years and there were no prayer vigils or a saccharine POTUS tweeting generically. We saw it in the cases of gate rape by “TSAholes,” federalized skycaps, who were given carte blanche to rough up innocent civilians. What took you so long?