LIONEL PODCAST: The Jurassic News Industry Just Got Their Wakeup Call. Again!

Nothing’s changed. Nothing. The anchor. The “news.” Staid, starched and stiff. Your dad’s news. Rehashed and invariably irrelevant by the time it hits your brain at 6:30 PM. Dank, dreary and devoid. Devoid of “new” as news guarantees. Jon Stewart is a revolutionary. Bri-Wi wasn’t and isn’t. And what was and is the subject of the revolution? Stewart mocked the pretentious nature of the news, and its haughtiness; he cut through the dreck. It in fact was the news, not fake news. Just like the editorial cartoon often speaks more to the issue than the editorial. Stewart did more to revitalize a natural interest in the topics than any of the hoary Ted Baxters ever did. And that’s just a fact. Much was made over the fact that many younger demos took their news from Stewart. And wouldn’t or shouldn’t they? Somewhere along the line the myth was created that you had to be of a certain stripe to deliver fact. That you needed a degree or, Gawd forbid, a license. As one great newsman said, “You only need a license to cut hair.” News is sexy, fascinating and fun. After all, new is information and data. And whether it’s biased, I’ll let others debate that one. Bias is in the eye of the beholder. Or something.

The irony of ironies. When all is said and done, the most critical point to take away from this is that Brian Williams is the only person to have been penalized for lying about the Iraq War. True and sad. Williams was sacked over years of bloviating and resentment. He just wasn’t liked by colleagues. Too cool for school. The man who couldn’t decide if he wanted to be Cronkite or a Kardashian. Sadly, you apparently can’t be both. But in any event, when you embellish war records, nobody and I mean, nobody can forgive that. the braggart and bigmouth is universally loathed. That’s really what this is about. It has nothing to do with news. It never did. And enough can’t be said that Bri-Wi embellished his own mythical derring-do. He never inflated or undersold troop casualties like Westmoreland did. His puffery was about himself. Plain and not so simple. So he takes a powder for six months. With no pay, mind you. All the while to allow the biggest return in the history of second acts and chances or the resounding din of crickets to a people who’ve forgotten who their Daddy once was.

First printed in 1985 in the San Francisco Examiner and later in 1988 in “Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ’80’s” by Hunter S. Thompson

Etymology, anyone? And let’s put this myth to bed, shall we? The word news can be traced back to late Middle English around the 14th century as a plural for the adjective “new” or “new thing.” And, incidentally, the word news has been claimed to be an acronym of the four cardinal directions (North, East, West, and South). Nonsense.

LIONEL PODCAST: (TV News) The Perception of What’s Relevant Is What’s Relevant

Perception. Versus truth. Versus reality. It’s perception. Perception as to what’s critical and valid. The Brian Williams fiasco has hit critical mass and, frankly, my interest level has vanished altogether. What still is amazing to me is how politicians’ lies mean absolutely nothing. In the scheme of things, that is. In this podcast is a pastiche of subject matter that I trust you can follow with no difficulty. Confuse it not for desultory, it’s varied and winding. Stream of (un)consciousness. A thought collective. And psychically troubling. That’s the point. You’re welcome.

LIONEL PODCAST: The United States of Surveillance

How cool is this, right? Samsung blues. (Apologies for the bad Neil Diamond pun.) Thanks again to the thorough research and journalism of Paul Joseph Watson. It seems a story of inconceivable importance has been issued yet it seems that all we apparently care about are trifling miscellany. As I’ve said before: beware of anything called Smart or Green. Why?

Smart?! Exhibit A: “In responding to privacy concerns over their Smart TVs recording private conversations and sending them to a third party, Samsung admitted that voice data is ‘sent to a server’ during the process.” What?! Oh, it gets better; it seems that Samsung’s global privacy policy advises its consumers to, “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.” As Rockwell intoned, “Someone’s watching me.”

Your dishwasher’s listening. In 2012 CIA Director David Petraeus mused about ‘the emergence of an ‘Internet of Things’ — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm.

“‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.

“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said, “the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.”

Petraeus allowed that these household spy devices “change our notions of secrecy” and prompt a rethink of “our notions of identity and secrecy.” All of which is true — if convenient for a CIA director.

So, the question remains. Whither the mainstream media? We’re being swallowed in a 24/7 full-spectrum panopticon. Strike that. Correction: we’ve already been swallowed. It’s happened. And this surveillance Goliath we’ve acceded to unwittingly and, frankly, nonchalantly.

LIONEL PODCAST: When Politicians Lie People Die.

So what! Big deal. He lied, fibbed, whatever. Fine. Big deal! Stars and Stripes reported “NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.” Hillary Clinton “misspoke” about being targeted by sniper fire in Bosnia. So what! Are you suggesting that this surprises you? Tell me you’re not seriously saying that. Look, BW handled this miserably. True, he should have never said this. Fine. But with all of the lies that we’re immersed in daily and continuously by the government, this little whopper is de minimis to say the least. So what. He’s not an elected official. Not POTUS. No one died over his lies and misrepresentation. It was malignant puffery, wild exaggeration, so what. It’s Thursday, by tomorrow night, it’ll be over. America has the attention span of a gnat.

His lies never killed anyone. He should have been more up front and not alleged “mistake.” This wasn’t an oops moment. No slip of the tongue. It was contrived and manufactured and repeated and so what! Brian Williams never lied about

  • the role of Iraq and Afghanistan in 9/11
  • there being no doubt that Saddam Hussein has WMDs
  • the safety of GMOs
  • yellowcake from Niger
  • Benghazi
  • “[n]obody in our government, at least, and I don’t think the prior government, could envision flying airplanes into buildings on such a massive scale.”
  • having “ha(d) no hard evidence connecting” 9/11 to bin Laden as the FBI admitted
  • Americans on hit lists
  • vaccination research and data
  • actual unemployment numbers
  • the subjugation of the US as world power to that of NATO enforcer
  • the smoking gun turning into a mushroom cloud
  • American military torturing “enemy combatants”
  • Saudi Arabia’s complicity in 9/11
  • 9/11 first responders being told it was safe to enter the area that was a witches brew of deadly contamination
  • promising to stop using signing statements
  • the militarization of the police via 1033 programs
  • Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch
  • those responsible for the assassination of JFK
  • the Gulf of Tonkin incident
  • Operations Gladio, Ajax, Mockingbird, COINTELPRO and Fast and Furious
  • NSA spying and mass surveillance
  • CIA drug trafficking
  • personally witnessing Iraqi soldiers invade Kuwaiti hospitals and taking newborns out of their incubators and throwing them onto the cold floor to freeze to death.

Your anger is misdirected. Stop the contrived Sturm und Drang, gnashing of teeth. No one died. It’s the presstitute media. Animate teleprompters. Be angry over the complicity of media as administration apparatchiks who bleat and howl and clap like barking seals over wars that kill brave American men and women. Leave Brian Williams alone.

LIONEL PODCAST: Scientific Illiterates Yell the Loudest

This is MRT. Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy. And believe you me, the voices will rise in objection with nary a clue as to what this even envisages or implies. And that’s the theme of today’s discourse. It works like this: I don’t like you or the main proponent of an idea who’s been attached and tethered to an idea. Or I will refer to you as a Truther, Birther, Deather, Climate Change Denier and now a Vaxxer. Or anti-Vaxxer. Or I’ll dredge up Jenny McCarthy as an example of the lunacy of the idea. Funny, Bobby Kennedy Jr.’s a different story. Anyhoo. But that’s it; you’re a loon. Insane. And then you’ll meet the folks who opine loudly yet have no idea of what the science involves or the like. This goes back to the Scopes Trial in 1925, where people were up in arms over Darwinian Mechanics and evolution and natural selection despite knowing nothing of how it even works.

Be chary, Mary. You’re probably not a physician or immunologist or autism expert. But I am an expert in civil liberties and how they devolve. And, by the by, I addressed this very topic of MRT a year ago. See infra. Can you say prescient? Vatic? Pythonic? And relevant? Enjoy.

LIONEL PODCAST: Measles or Autism

Oh, really? How much say do you have over your children’s health? If you fear that vaccines cause autism, if you believe that certain drugs affect our child negatively, right or wrong, what power do you have? That’s the issue. Not Chris Christie or Rand Paul. Those aren’t the issues. The issue, as I explain herein, is your child. The issue has been personalized beyond all reason. The message is the same. The refrain never changes. The issue is whether you as a parent, who may believe that a vaccine as tested is dangerous and should be avoided, do you have the right to say no? I’m not a physician or an immunologist and have studied not autism and the like, but I will tell you anecdotally that virtually every parent I meet or know seems to have a child on psychmeds or who suffers from ADD, ADDHD or autism. I’m not exaggerating, this isn’t hyperbole, it’s true. And that in no wise means that vaccines are the reason, but as a parent aren’t you and should you be able to decide? Without being called a lunatic, that is.

LIONEL PODCAST: Anti-Vaxxers Are the New Crop of Hated Conspiracy Theorists

Argot. An anti-vaxxer is a derogatory slang term for an anti-vaccinationist or one who opposes vaccinations. They join the list of truthers, birthers, deathers and climate change deniers as the latest crop of paranoid, baseless, tinfoil hat conspiracy theory loons. It’s the latest attempt to demonize and ridicule an entire group and class of individuals.

This is the anti-vaxxer message. In a nutshell, this is their position. That kids are being forced to endure a host of untested, thimerosal and mercury-tainted poisons that cause or are linked to autism and a host of behavioral disorders. That it’s all a part of a grand new world order, globalist, UN-based, psychotic eugenic Malthusian nightmare to sterilize, castrate, lobotomize depopulate a sheeple society. Bill Gates is its master and your children are his slaves. And do you think that the autism pandemic is coincidental? Wake up! The sheer number and frequency of vaccines are unbelievable and if you can’t see that, you’re nuts. Medicine and pharmacology have made mistakes throughout history. can you say thalidomide? Lobotomies were once the rage. And must I remind you that Ignaz Semmelweis, the 19th century Hungarian physician, thought it peachy for doctors to wash their hands in obstetrical clinics. They thought he was a kook! Wake up!

The vaxxer message. Do you want polio and smallpox again? Fine. Ask the kid on the left what he thinks about vaccines. So if you don’t care to join the 21st century, then move to a desert island. There’s nothing wrong with vaccines and if there was, the government would stop it. What are you, some conspiracy theory lunatic? You think the CDC is a conspiracy? My pediatrician, whom I trust, knows what’s best for my kids and his kids and she wouldn’t suggest some poison for her own kids if here was a reasonable risk of harm. Vaccines should be mandatory. Period. No questions asked.

Enter Chris Christie. While in England, Double-C said “there has to be a balance and it depends on what the vaccine is, what the disease type is, and all the rest.” He added, “Not every vaccine is created equal and not every disease type is as great a public health threat as others.” Uh oh. He’s officially thrown down the gauntlet. And in the UK no less, he crucible of globalist groupthink. Wow. Sit back and watch the fireworks now.

This podcast. Herein I explain how the anti-vaxxers are immediately being marginalized and labeled as the newest crop of loons. Exhibit A: Jenny McCarthy. Remember you always attach someone who attracts derision to a cause you loathe. I describe the memes, the theories and what you should pay attention to to form your own opinion and worldview.

Why You Should Give a Damn About Greece and Syriza

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Syriza

Who? This is Alexis Tsipras, the 40 year-old 186th Prime Minister of Greece since 26 January 2015, and the Leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left also known as Syriza since 2009.

Radical left?! Now, right away when many robotized and media lobotomized Americans hear not only “left” but “radical left” they react predictably patellar, in a hardwired obeisance and hypnotic reflex. The ardent right holds their noses, the professional left claps and bleats like a barking seal. Both seizing upon a morsel of data. A word, a code, a meme. And having not the faintest or foggiest idea why. It’s the script, the playbook. The directional messaging has always been the source of confounded interpretations. American global news referencing is nonexistent. And while I neither endorse nor declaim Syriza, I’m fascinated by what this means for the EU and austerity, in particular.

Well I never been to Spain but I kinda like the music. Gracias, Señor Axton. The anti-austerity movement fortified by Syriza is now seen in Spain’s Podemos (“We can”) movement. Somewhat reminiscent of Sí, se puede, used by that leftie rabble-rouser Cesar Chavez and his equally leftist, crypto-Commie UFW. Oh, yeah, and Barack Obama too. Ahem. Podemos, led by a ponytailed Pablo Iglesias, 36, the movement to reverse austerity and tackle corruption has struck a decisive chord.

Less than a week after Greece elected an aggressively anti-austerity government, the leaders of Spain’s own insurgent force, Podemos (We Can), urged supporters to take to the streets in a show of strength as it embarks on a tumultuous electoral campaign. “Tick tock, tick tock,” chanted thousands as they occupied the broad avenues of central Madrid, counting down to a year packed with municipal, regional and general elections. Just a year since its creation, Podemos has vaulted to the top of opinion polls, threatening to bring an end to the bipartisan political system that has governed Spain since the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975. [Source]

Pablo Iglesias of Podemos

Are you paying attention? No, what this means is something much deeper. A full frontal attack against globalist banksterism and asset-stripping financial terrorism. And that still won’t get folks’ attention. And mention austerity and you’ll get that blank and vapid and comatose look. Austerity is defined quaintly as “official actions taken by the government, during a period of adverse economic conditions, to reduce its budget deficit using a combination of spending cuts or tax rises.” Greek and Spanish austerity opponents would beg to differ and refer you instead to persistent unemployment, evictions and growing inequality and the contamination of systemic corruption. Pay attention. This is happening worldwide. And while we end to think of ourselves as being inoculated from worldwide calamity, we’re anything but. When Europe sneezes, we catch cold, as someone said.

Complexity is painful. Europe and the world and the EU in particular are beta tests for a new world configuration. Let me try to be clear(er). My friend, Webser Tarpley, makes this point and I want you to imagine anything like it being made or published in our MSM. Especially his reference to the “Troika of International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank/Bundesbank, and the Juncker-Moscovici European Commission.” And imagine the reference being sandwiched between the latest viral video of a duck playing the piano and Bruce Jenner’s sex change operation. Oh, I almost forgot, and The Stupid Bowl. And remember, anything with foreign names proves soporific. Unless, of course, it’s the latest man-made and manufactured terrorist group. And while we’re at it, RT has been exemplary in its coverage of the Greek elections. Truly superb. Now, as for Mr. Tarpley … .

The ability of Alexis Tsipras and Syriza to win an election and form a government within hours has stunned the Berlin neo-Brüning austerity clique dominated by the vindictive German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, Merkel’s grey eminence.

Tsipras has wisely formed a principled coalition with the conservative anti-austerity Independent Greeks of Panos Kammenos, who is now Defense Minister, showing that he is not a prisoner of the absurd left-right schema, and does not intend to let ethnocultural wedge issues block the immediate measures for economic recovery without which no problems can be solved. According to Athens political observer Michael Chiotinis, Tsipras would now be well advised to back another conservative, Kostas Karamanlis, for President of Greece — as another step towards a de facto national unity government to strengthen the hand of Athens in the coming clashes with the infamous Troika of International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank/Bundesbank, and the Juncker-Moscovici European Commission. [Source]

“If it’s not about American Sniper or Bruce Jenner or DeflateGate, I’m not interested.” I fully expect the following to be absolutely and completely missed in toto by the usual suspects but I love a challenge. What is so significant about Greece and Syriza is the following.

  • The movement involves a mass-traction economic policy. Not the vague platitudes and incoherent policy prattle of the hashtag activist dupes and dolts.
  • It’s seen as pro-worker, pro-labor and pro-infrastructure. Wow, how’s that for subversive?
  • It destroys completely the myth of the left-right paradigm and for that reason alone, sadly, will remain most cryptic and beyond the reach of many.
  • It doesn’t waste time with silly arguments about the pseudoscientific fraud of anthropogenic global warming and climate change which do more to harm the worker than anything can imagine.
  • It is not as one commentator suggested, the OWS of Greece. It’s anything but that. In fact, it’s the opposite. Antipodal.
  • It’s New Deal in spades. (When was the last time you heard that term used remotely favorably?)
  • It’s fundamentally anti-Malthusian.
  • It builds upon the notion of principled alliances.
  • It provides a firm focus on power, which (again), runs counter to the incoherent and synthetic argument of the hipster anarchist.
  • And you have two global charismatic leaders, 40 and 36 years old, respectively. While we keep rehashing and recirculating the same sorry, sallow faces.

This is know joke. Greece and Spain and anti-austerity measures and the like are not parlor talk for the Europhile or practitioner of global obscurantism. This is not to be dismissed as a rehash of the new world order argument. And, incidentally, why NWO mention inspires the eye-roll is beyond me. No, this is about a world depression resulting in large art from reckless deregulated and globalized financial speculation, especially the $1.5 quadrillion! world derivatives bubble. Greece and Spain are models, templates and indicia of a worldwide condition that you must be conversant with.

After, of course, you tackle Bruce Jenner’s transsexualism and download that “hilarious” viral video of that duck playing the piano.

LIONEL PODCAST: Humanizing and Destigmatizing Mental Illness

We’re medieval. In our appreciation for and of mental illness, MI hereinafter. MI also tends to destigmatize. I respectfully submit that confusion and an almost criminal nescience are really the underlying bases for such profound misunderstanding as to MI. And nowhere is this seen better than in the courtroom via the astigmatic lens of criminal jurisprudence. In the matters of the insanity defense and NGRI courts have adopted and applied four — you heard me, four — essential standards and rules, all described herein. The M’Naghten Test, Durham Rule, Irresistible Impulse Test and Model Penal Code Test. In this podcast I attempt to explain how these tests seem quite different and easily accessible and applicable, but they fail to address the issues that are present in many crimes. In addition, I discuss what has to be done to change the way the law and psychiatry meet and merge and meld.

Scary doesn’t inspire empathic. In the case of those suffering from MI who’ve been incarcerated and have long criminal records and especially those who’ve exhibited violent traits and behaviors, empathy and sympathy are hard to come by. And one of the reasons is the very heart of the psychiatric diagnosis — it’s not tangible, readable, replicable, obvious and/or universally recognized. It’s not like a shattered femur, easily seen on X-ray, or the image of a tumor that a radiologist can easily and immediately read and, moreover, will be acknowledged and verified and agreed with by other radiologists. Psychiatric diagnoses don’t lend themselves to such uniform and accepted certainty. Perhaps until now. Enter imagery, PET scans and watch the explosion and evolution in the science of MI.

Advocacy angels. There are so many incredible individuals and organizations and efforts to address MI issues and remove the stigma that is so often associated it.

  • The incredible work of my dear friend and esteemed jurist Judge Sol Wachtler and The North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Foundation and Law & Psychiatry Institute.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro), a grassroots organization providing support, education and advocacy for individuals and their families of all ethnic and socioeconomic strata who live with MI.
  • May I also commend to you the work of Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, the Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He’s the author of Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry that “traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science through its adolescence as a cult of “shrinks” to its late blooming maturity.”
  • Dr. Eric Kandel and Charlie Rose for the Brain Series. Bravo!
  • Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Volkow pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs.  Her studies have documented changes in the dopamine system affecting, among others, the functions of frontal brain regions involved with motivation, drive, and pleasure in addiction.
  • And no list of estimable contributions to the field would be complete without mention of a personal favorite of mine, James Fallon, author of The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain. It details how Fallon, while studying brain scans to search for patterns that correlated with psychopathic behavior, found that his own brain fit the profile like the proverbial glove. One of the most frightening Eureka! moments in the history of science.

 

LIONEL PODCAST: Destroying the Intellectually Pitiful Gun Control Traitors

My beliefs are simple. I am a proud American. I’ve adopted as the foundation of such belief the Constitution. Period. All of it. I’m unabashedly and unapologetically a patriot and lover of liberty. And I know full well that when (REPEAT: when) our freedoms and liberties are wrested from our control it will in fact occur as we politely and slavishly hand them off and over and give them away in toto under some psychotic theory and delusion of protection and safety. Good-natured yet intellectually pliable citizens  will be confounded and bamboozled by threat du jour of the new bogeyman: terrorists and Tea Partiers, the left and right and middle, the radical right and loony left, Bible thumpers and atheists, Koch Brothers acolytes and Soros minions. We’re awash in enemies. The fear merchants grind them out and lighting speed. There will be a label for everyone. But the one that will be forgotten deliberately is that of Constitutionalist. And at the heart of tyranny is the disarmament of a people. Thomas Jefferson made it clear: “No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” Freedom cannot coexist in a society where its people cannot defend it. It’s axiomatic and that simple. And let me introduce you to Mr. Coxe.

Perhaps my favorite Constitutional progenitor. Tench Coxe. As a member of the second rank of this nation’s Founders and a leading proponent of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, Coxe wrote prolifically about the right to keep and bear arms. A Philadelphian, Tench Coxe wrote numerous widely-circulated articles in favor of the new Constitution proposed in 1787 and, later, about the proposed Bill of Rights. He was appointed to subcabinet positions (just below a Cabinet Secretary) by Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. In the Jefferson administration, his duties included procuring firearms for militiamen who could not afford to purchase their own weapons. From his appearance on the national stage in the late 1780s until his death in 1824, Coxe wrote prolifically, with his work appearing in major newspapers, in lengthy reports for Presidents, and in personal correspondence with leading political figures. [Source. Please see Dave Kopel’s Website for a wonderful disquisition on the history of Coxe and other Constitutional luminaries. His video The Truth About Guns is worth a view, trust me.]

Mr. Coxe’s Encore. Read this selection at least twice and be amazed at the clarity of message. Profoundly pellucid!

“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”

(Tench Coxe in ‘Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution’ under the Pseudonym ‘A Pennsylvanian’ in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1)