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LIONEL PODCAST: Do Not Adjust Your Set.

Losing their decoder ring.

It’s not so much the instrument per se that’s the problem but the drivel and dreck that’s programmed into it, the lies and distortions and untruths that spew and ooze from its “news” format and mode. And you can see it yet again when it comes to the issue of military intervention in Syria. Like clockwork and in lockstep, the mynah bird apparatchiks from the propagandist Ted Baxter sockuppet media report on cue and as rehearsed without so much as reference to prior lies and distortions or, better yet, countervailing and contraindications of invasion. They couldn’t care less. For they’d lose their membership card and decoder ring in the Obama acolyte parade.

Gazprom?

We’re witnessing the reconfiguration of a globalist banking and geopolitical latticework and power frame. It’s the decline and eclipse of OPEC and sayonara to the petrodollar. The emergence of the Open Joint Stock Company Gazprom as the largest extractor of natural gas and one of the largest companies in the world, headquartered and run ostensibly by Vlad Bad and the Russkies. Wow. And there it is, the gravamen of the issue. Not despotic tyrants and the like but the destabilization of an age-old system. The Eastern Alliance with Syria being the end port to the Mediterranean. Don’t feel bad if this is new to you. If you’ve listened to anchorbots on the telly, you’ve learned nothing as you’ve heard nothing.

LIONEL PODCAST: Here We Go Again. Not!

Sound familiar?

The conversational presentation (admittedly most one-sided) of this podcast does not necessarily deal with the absolutely mind-boggling rhetoric that our great country engages in yet again. No, in fact it addresses per usual some of the more mundane yet equally fascinating aspects of the human condition.

But this Sunday morn I’m watching our POTUS and his Corsican brother Cameron in the UK and the wax figurine John Kerry pound the proverbial podium in a ham-fisted absolutely enraged sense of urgency for us to attack militarily – albeit limited, whatever the hell that means – Syria. My God have we learned nothing? Wait, I’ve answered myself.

I’m still waiting for a cogent casus belli. That which would justify and rally this country to attack Syria. But dig this, my friend, Syria ain’t Libya. Syria has the BRIC folks standing by in the wings and they’re none too pleased.

 Listen to this dude.

Generals by their very nature live for war. They live to kill and blow stuff up real good. That’s how they’re elevated and promoted and that’s not meant to seem cruel, it’s a fact. Surgeons cut, painters paint and talk radio PD’s destroy the very essence of what was vibrant and useful.

Is there a doctor in the house?

Gawd, I love this guy. Oh, he’s far from perfect, believe me. His Austrian school economics theories leave a lot to be desired. The Mont Pelerine Society won’t be entertaining my inclusion for membership any time soon. But that being said, Dr. Paul brings up the notion of false flag and I respectfully submit that the phase often is misinterpreted. War is deception. War is confusion. Sun Tzu made that point most clear. So, can we absolutely rule out the FSA as being responsible in gas attacks? Has Assad’s complicity been absolutely determined? And if so, is war the way to handle that? I thinketh not. Yet. If at all.

LIONEL PODCAST: The A-Word

You know when tides have turned. This is almost axiomatic historically but Vietnam War
protestors and activists noted that the zeitgeist had shifted when moms and grandmothers and nuns and the more non-traditional protestors lent their name any faces to the movement. What we’re seeing globally is a most vociferous and active protest faction against austerity from non-traditional protestors. Austerity. Remember the word and the conceit. Familiarize yourself with what it connotes. It’s a term of art that denotes draconian penury.

Sadly, Americans have not a clue for the most part of what austerity even connotes, but as is so and too often the case, they will. How do you explain the goings-on in Egypt? Egypt with a 3000 year history, a proud and noble people. Double-crossed by Morsi and now Sisi.

The greatest speech ever. And oddly from Chaplin. It’s simply beauteous and perfect. Too bad an enterprising pol doesn’t adopt it. But that would never work. Not in this climate. Not in a world that’s run by a kleptocratic ruling class.

LIONEL PODCAST: You Must Believe in the Illusion of Choice

Deconstructing the illusion of the left-right paradigm. If you understand one thing, this better be it.

“When the business interests … pushed through the first installment of civil service reform in 1883, they expected that they would be able to control both political parties equally,” wrote Professor Carroll Quigley in his book, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time. “Indeed, some of them intended to contribute to both and to allow an alternation of the two parties in public office in order to conceal their own influence, inhibit any exhibition of independence of politicians, and allow the electorate to believe that they were exercising their own free choice.”

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers,” he wrote. “Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”

The UK beta-tests everything. Lest you not believe my assertion that the UK is the Petri dish for hyper-surveillance and draconian eavesdropping and monitoring, look no further than this.

Can you hear me now? The NSA is turning the internet into a total surveillance system. Thus is the title of Alexander Abdo and Patrick Toomey’s piece in The Guardian. Remember, what you read about in the Ted Baxter MSM is old, dated and irrelevant. It’s always worse than you think. It’s already beyond horrid. What will you do? What will you say about this?

Another burst of sunlight permeated the National Security Agency’s black box of domestic surveillance last week.

According to the New York Times, the NSA is searching the content of virtually every email that comes into or goes out of the United States without a warrant. To accomplish this astonishing invasion of Americans’ privacy, the NSA reportedly is making a copy of nearly every international email. It then searches that cloned data, keeping all of the emails containing certain keywords and deleting the rest – all in a matter of seconds.

If you emailed a friend, family member or colleague overseas today (or if, from abroad, you emailed someone in the US), chances are that the NSA made a copy of that email and searched it for suspicious information.

The NSA appears to believe this general monitoring of our electronic communications is justified because the entire process takes, in one official’s words, “a small number of seconds”. Translation: the NSA thinks it can intercept and then read Americans’ emails so long as the intrusion is swift, efficient and silent.

That is not how the fourth amendment works.

LIONEL PODCAST: Are You Sure You’re Ready For This?

“What so fascinates you with the infraordinary?” What so captivates the American people with the base, plain, vanilla and hypointeresting? Their news, views, politics — seems, I’m sorry to say, is so incredibly bland. Pabulum. At best. I respectfully submit that there’s so much out there that would freak out Citizen X if only it was presented cogently. And it’s fascinating stuff. Terrifyingly fascinating at times. Why? Because it’s like the first human(s) learning that there exit fish and marine life below the surface of the ocean in a medium you can’t sea and rarely. They never knew they were there the whole time whilst seemingly invisible. But so much of the MSM Ted Baxter news is at best (or worst) anodyne: not likely to provoke dissent or offense; innocuous, uncontentious or inoffensive. News that doesn’t offend someone isn’t possibly worth knowing. How could it be?

Building a better mousetrap doesn’t make the mice better. Look how we tell kids to stop daydreaming. Stop letting your minds wander. Pay attention. Stay on task. Sit up, sit straight and learn! Learn to be obeisant. If there’s one thing this world needs more of it’s pure and unbridled imagination. Reverie. Musing. Supposing. Dreaming. Thinking of crazy stuff just for the sake of thinking.

Wake the Sheeple. This should be the motto of the information biz. Wake them up. Scare them. Complacency’s not good. Copacetic, no good. Ennui Christian soldiers. Incuriosity killed the cat.

Waiter! Check! Let’s get started. Are you sure you’re ready for his?

And one more thing, Sparky. Dan Aykroyd is a hero of mine. He just may be the guy to break open the mind-prison that so many of us are in when it comes to EBEs, UFOs, ETs and critters from elsewhere. We’re “this” close to once and for all acting like adults about a subject that when finally revealed will be the Watergate of the millennium. Thirty-six percent of Americans think aliens have visited Earth, and almost 80 percent believe the government has kept information about UFOs a secret from the public, one survey finds. And I haven’t even brought up the Vatican. They believe.

 

LIONEL PODCAST: Here’s Why Zimmerman Will Be Acquitted. Step By Step Analysis. And Keep This Away From Nancy Grace And Her Pro-Prosecution HLN Sockpuppets.

This man just sealed Zimmerman’s acquittal. This guy. Jonathan Good. Johnny Be Good for the defense. I could not and still can’t believe what I saw and heard. He absolutely cinched the case for the defense and he’s a prosecution witness. Repeat: HE’S A PROSECUTION WITNESS! And please don’t let Nancy Grace and her yammering nabobs in on the blaring facts of reality. What parallel universe they live in I’d love to visit.

Don’t take my word for it. Read the words of the prosecution’s witness. Repeat: the prosecution’s witness. And the denouement and climax came when defense lawyer Mark O’Mara held a copy of Good’s initial statement to then-lead Investigator Chris Serino. Translation: This was the prosecution’s own witness. They knew of this report yet they called Good anyway, thus saving O’Mara the necessity to pay for a process server to have him served with a trial subpoena. Imagine what Bernie de la Rionda must have been thinking. Or, apparently, not thinking.

O’Mara: Just to clarify what was actually talked about with Chris Serino, Investigator Serino, during this, we’re going to call it for the moment the Ground-and-Pound conversation. We have a rule called completeness, so what I want to do is put it in context for you, ask you if this is what you said to Chris Serino. OK?

“Yeah I pretty much heard somebody yelling outside. I wasn’t sure if it was, you know, a fight or something going wrong. So I opened my blinds and I see kind of like a person out there. I didn’t know if it was a dog attack or something. So I open my door. It was a black man with a black hoodie on top of the other, either a white guy or now I found out I think it was a Hispanic guy with a red sweatshirt on the ground yelling out help! And I tried to tell them, get out of here, you know, stop or whatever, and then one guy on top in the black hoodie was pretty much just throwing down blows on the guy kind of MMA-style.”

Is that the context in which that happened?

Good: Yes.

O’Mara: And then Investigator Serino said, a word that I have, and the transcripts may differ, ground, couldn’t figure it, maybe he said Ground-and-Pound, and then you said:

“Yeah, like a Ground-and-Pound on the concrete at this point, so at this point I told him I’m calling 911.”

BDLR: Objection. Improper bolstering.

O’Mara: I’m at the end of it. Is that–

Judge: There’s an objection and the objection is . . .

BDLR: Hearsay and improper bolstering

O’Mara: I would suggest that rule 108, which is the rule of completeness, suggests that because they brought in part of it . . . and iI’m speaking, I apologize.

Judge: The objection as to hearsay is overruled. Bolstering is not the right objection either, so that’s OK.

BDLR: Beyond the scope of cross-examination to that point

Judge: I overrule on that objection, also, so go ahead.

O’Mara: That’s what you said.

Good: The whole thing, yes

O’Mara: And that was the context in which the words Ground-and-Pound came out.

Good: Yes, for more clarification.

O’Mara: OK. And do you stand by that today, that what you saw is was a Ground-and-Pound event?

Good: It looked like that position was a Ground-and-Pound type of position, but I couldn’t tell 100% that there were actually fists hitting faces.

O’Mara: But you did see [reading] “the guy in the top in the black hoodie pretty much just throwing down blows on the guy kind of MMA-style.”

Good: Meaning arm motions going down on the person on the bottom. Correct.

O’Mara: You’re’ not going to tell the jury here today that you saw fists hit flesh or face if you didn’t actually see it, right?

Good: I wouldn’t tell them that anyway, because i didn’t actually see it.

O’Mara: Great, thanks very much , no further questions.

BDLR: Not to elaborate but the thing that Mr. O’Mara said from the transcript, the bottom line, you needed to clarify after that to make sure that everybody understood that you did not hear or see fists the guy on the top hitting the guy on the bottom.

Good: Both sides made me clarify.

BDLR: Is that correct?

Good: That’s correct.

BDLR: You did not see blows on the guy on the bottom, correct?

Good: Correct

BDLR: Thank you, no further questions.

In conclusion. In peroration and as an apt valedictory, this might explain it best. Hit it, boys.

LIONEL PODCAST: Paula Deen. Greek Tragedy. Idiocy Incarnate. Tip of the Iceberg.

Paula Deen is not a racist. She’s an anachronism. From a time that’s since gone. She’s a relic of the South. I’ve met these people before. Listen to her infra. What planet is she on and from? Will Paula Deen seek absolution in an interview with Oprah? OWN wouldn’t mind the publicity, and Oprah has played this role before. The scary thing from a PR point of view is that Paula Deen has no filter. Many others subscribe to her views, but are smart enough not to put it out to a national audience. Who would have thought that the battle between the racially insensitive and the racially hypersensitive would play out in a national debate about a matronly TV cooking show host? And remember: She’s not alone.

And Deen watchers will find this most interesting.

LIONEL PODCAST: Logic’s Answer to the Bezoar. Are You a Sheeple?

The etymology. Sheeple: (a portmanteau of “sheep” and “people”) is a term in which people are likened to sheep, a herd animal. The term is used to describe those who voluntarily acquiesce to a suggestion without critical analysis or research. Describes a nation of blind conformity. Lemmings. A republic comprised of those exhibiting Pavlovian obeisance to everything and anything. Unquestioning and incurious.

Zimmerman’s acquittal. He’s walking, kids. Or maybe the jury will hit him with the lesser-included of manslaughter. But second degree murder?! You’ve got to be kidding. The only depraved mind involved is that of a prosecutor cowed by pressure. It’s a tragedy and sad and awful. That being said, it’s not M2.

LIONEL COMMENTARY: You Might As Well Laugh.

Life. It sure beats the alternative. After all, that’s all we know. Life. This thing. How’s that for profound? Sheer profundity to be sure. But there’s so much to celebrate as to our human condition. And that’s what I do. In part. Chronicling human behavior. And our reacting to it. cataloging the absurd. Cataloging that which we do. It’s more interesting than anything in politics. It’s default. It’s who we are.

Behold the podcast. The future is here.

LIONEL COMMENTARY: Mused Musings, Myriad Maundering Mental Machinations Inter Alia.

Thought for today. Behold today’s war. Latter day casus belli. War, what is it good for? Absolutely lithium. And what was Afghanistan about? Lithium, Sparky. Lithium. It’s only used to make batteries for everything from mobile phones, computers, to iPads, name it. And guess who wants it? Everyone. Not to mention $1 trillion of mineral wealth has been discovered Afghanistan. And note that lithium, gold, iron and copper are among the many minerals identified. And guess what? A de minimis quantity has been exploited because the country has been mired in conflict for three decades. But don’t be depressed. Be informed.

Pilger’s Law: “If it’s been officially denied, then it’s probably true.”

But fret not. There’s more in our world to absolute marvel at. And give me a minute and I’ll think of something.