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LIONEL PODCAST: Scientology, Cults & the Paralysis of Faith

A cult is defined as a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object or a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing. Any questions?

What is a cult? According to the HBO documentary “Going Clear” and Alex Gibney Scientology is. It’s not a religion, clearly. At least that’s what it suggests. And what’s a religion? Dunno. When is a faith system bogus? Not sure. How does Scientology compare with others? Hard to say. But don’t let these great questions get in the way of a mediocre documentary. You see, collectively we all agree that it’s OK to pile on these folks. And just for the record, yeah, I think they’re nuts. Not Scientologists, all religions. But nuts or not, it’s their right. And how the IRS is to apply a series of rational criteria to determine what is and isn’t valid is beyond me. Note how just some religions are mocked. Certainly never climate change fanaticism. And, yes, that’s a cult also.

Scientology allegedly makes its money as a nonprofit and not paying its workers a salary. Sound familiar?

Be very careful of the definition you craft.  The notion of compulsory behavior and brainwashing would apply to a host of behaviors and areas of our world, viz. the military. Look at a group of Marines at Parris Island. Heads shaved, dehumanized, broken down and built up. But that’s different, right? That’s for a noble cause. And speaking of draconian servitude, did anyone mention the NCAA? Be very careful when you a charismatic group or cause is labeled over-the-line. I would submit that under this very tenuous definition, more organizations, upon closer inspection, would qualify as cult.

What do you call this? Fealty, obeisance. The cult of personality. Devotion has no parameters or rules. It’s a wave that pours over people. There’s a collective mentality, an organic collective that absorbs people. And its been studied and perfected since time immemorial. What HBO did was chronicle the obvious, in all its no-scheiße splendor. But don’t expect anything similar to cover Muslims or the ultra-ultra-Orthodox Jews. Not on your life. Catholics, I submit, are always fair game, but I digrees.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Where have I heard that before?

Behold the psychology of the rally. Before Nuremberg and Goebbels, who said, ““The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.” It’s axiomatic. It takes people over. Why are churches en masse? There’s a Catholic pun there. It’s the psychology of the event. Sports, pep rallies, concerts. Are you seeing what’s happening here?

He is risen. Hat’s off to Obama’s people. Now compare this with that of Scientology. No difference. Not since the referenced infra can I remember an eye-fluttering swooning over a figure, political or otherwise. I mean, we’re talking Beatles quality vapors. And I still see it. And it shows you the brilliance of recruiting this man, in particular. It’s fanaticism, tribal. Leagues, factions, persuasions and demographics. Yankees, Manu, FOX, MSNBC, left-right. There’s nothing special about Scientology, there’s something special about our brain.

Fanaticism knows no party affiliation. And the professional Right is not off the hook. Their apotheosis and deification of St. Ronald of Reagan knows no equal. What we’re seeing here is the psychology of humans, not a cult or phony religion. Had we not the hardware intellectually and emotionally, it would have no success. With Reagan and Obama and God, not in that particular order, the human penchant for irrational belief, cultivated and developed through fear, indecision and a desire for the appropriate locus of control, is the foundation upon which everything is based. And the First Amendment is our attempt to codify and protect our unique penchant.

LIONEL AUDIO: A Free Xmas Podcast (How I Almost Died On A Driveway), Rogers Eulogium, Pedophile Literature & A Disquisition Anent Foot Worship Inter Alia

  • Neil Rogers is dead. 68. Here’s a guy who came out when being gay was anything but accepted. “In 1976, when gay homophobia in South Florida was running rampant with the Orange Juice Queen, Anita Bryant, Neil came out on the air.” [Source] But I will remember him for being one of the sadly few talk radio hosts who reinvented the medium and defied description. Sui generis. Nonpareil. Talk radio today is stilted, homogenized and filled with angry white men trying to out-Rush Rush or a handful of clowns trying the progressive-lib label with equally horrid results. Start with talent, the audience will follow you. Not your label. What’s even more sad is that the climate that allowed a Neil to exist has been replaced by a Wall Street, number-crunching bottom-line world. Podcasting, the internet, broadband WiFi, maybe FM talk — that’s the future of spoken word.
  • The idiocy of ceremony, rite, celebrations and holidays. They’re all insane save the anniversary or birthday. That is unique. Collective contrived benevolence is madness.
  • Foot worship, Rex Ryan and the hyper-prude MSM. Get over it. How the local media got all over a man who loves his wife and possesses an imagination. How pathetically pathetic. Per usual.
  • No labels?! I’ve been advocating that for years. But slightly differently.
  • The year in Flawda as Santa how I almost died, bloodied on a driveway all for my sister. (Isn’t that a Johnny Cash song?)
  • Santa myths are critical in child neurological and brain development. Object permanence, Piaget. God without the crumbs.
  • Instruction manuals for pedophiles are protected by the First Amendment. It’s called a thought. It’s called an idea. This drives some folks crazy. (And that’s not a very long ride.)

And if that’s not enough. The WPIX Yule Log. PIX 11 News, the finest bunch of folks I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. The Yule Log was created in 1966 by Fred M. Thrower, President and CEO of WPIX, Inc. and has been repeated for years by numerous stations. But it all started here. It remains today one of the greatest indicia of man’s genius next to the guitar string winder.

LIONEL AUDIO: Ambiguous Genitalia, In Utero Selection Against Being Gay & Sexual Orientation Engineering

The L.A. Times reports that a prenatal treatment for congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) to prevent ambiguous genitalia may reduce the chance that a female with the disorder will be gay. Critics as you can imagine call it sexual orientation engineering.

The condition causes an accumulation of male hormones and can, in females, lead to genitals so masculinized that it can be difficult at birth to determine the baby’s gender.

A hormonal treatment to prevent ambiguous genitalia can now be offered to women who may be carrying such infants. It’s not without health risks, but to its critics those are of small consequence compared with this notable side effect: The treatment might reduce the likelihood that a female with the condition will be homosexual. Further, it seems to increase the chances that she will have what are considered more feminine behavioral traits. [Id.]

We remember Caster Semenya (supra), the world champion South African middle-distance runner, who was subjected to gender verification tests and later cleared. Genital and gender ambiguity had never been so clinically analyzed and discussed in public fora. The closest we had come was the “trailblazing” efforts of SNL character Pat whose sexual ambiguity was reclassified to the more artful androgynous.

The issues and topics I address that are inspired by this article are inter alia:

  • Whether homosexuality is a pathology that should be selected out in utero, if possible;
  • Whether discussions anent sexual orientation causation create the aura of pathology;
  • The homologous nature of genitalia and pudenda;
  • Gender versus sexual orientation identity and reference;
  • The bioethical considerations in sexual orientation “tinkering”; and
  • Bioethical considerations and issues in selecting out and against myriad congenital conditions that may not be pathological or deleterious to a child’s health but may be nothing more than cosmetic variations.

The Mindless Rote Recitation of SCOTUS Commentary

With Elena Kagan’s nomination to SCOTUS, a phenomenon is taking place: AUTO EXPERT. Auto Expert is an almost Pavlovian reflex that involves average citizens, well-intended and good-hearted, with nary a clue as to the processes involved in a Supreme Court nomination but they swear they’re experts on the subject.

The country is divided into two factions. The first is the group that has no earthly idea or concern about the Court or how it works. It’s enormous in size and embodies the prototypical American, clueless and devoid of the slightest interest in anything other than the obvious. They think SCOTUS is pudendal. The latter group is that of the delusional know-it-all. The boorish and ham-fisted expert wallowing in nescience. They watch either Fox or MSNBC exclusively and have succumbed to the belief that they’re in touch. They fancy themselves as “news junkies” and are quick to slap a label on any topic or subject of political discussion. And God bless them. They’re the mainstay of 24/7 cable news shows. Much like the prison doc is the mainstay of weekend MSNBC programming.

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