“Information is the currency of the 21st century.” – Lionel, 2010 CE

Lionel on House of Cards Season Four

SPOILER ALERT
Netflix Season 4: Episode 11: Chapter 50

Lionel, as talk show host, interviews FLOTUS Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) as to POTUS Frank and FU2016.

Lionel is “[a]n intellectual known for his irreverent political and social humor.” (Newsweek)

“He wears the mantle of Lenny Bruce, with Lenny’s own tropisms: The Oblique, The Irreverent, The Tangential, The Concupiscent, The Polymorphous Perverse, The Arcane, The Numinous. And yet Lionel brings to the table his own savory: A love of the mother tongue and a gonzo vocabulary that puts his logo on all his works, whether talk-show hosting, standup-comic spritzing, or hanging out – with himself a minor art form.” (Jerry Wexler)

Lionel is an Emmy® Award winner and is fond of speaking of himself in the third person.

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LIONEL PODCAST: America’s Thirst for Ignorance Is Unquenchable

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, the Mother Church of the Paulist Fathers in Hell’s Kitchen, proudly celebrated diversity in this post-Orlando exhibition of solidarity.

America. The republic, usually misunderstood as a democracy. Where anyone with a pair of neurons and a functioning synapse can vote. Or not. We love the simple issue. Basic. Tissue thin and unidimensional. Trite and uncomplicated. The meme, the phrase. The ribbon, the hashtag the filter. The rote, the memorized, the patellar and Pavlovian. The rehearsed but never researched. Revisionist history and popular culture. Overarching themes. A country that confuses religious faith and piety with mythology and superstition. Uneducated, uncultured and uncouth. America loves to hate, its public and loud alleged aversion to hate notwithstanding. We love to hate the candidates, the networks, the talk radio loudmouths, the other side. We hate them, the opposition. We hate the Bible thumper and leftie loon. We hate the gun owner and gun advocate and gun fanatic. N.B. The fanatic. Translation: someone who expresses a belief or penchant for an idea or practice that we don’t understand or agree with. The other guy. Terrorist = the other guy. Impuissant and gutless leftie and liberal = the other guy. Right wing lunatic = the other guy. Hillary and Trump are both “presumptive” candidates and code words and attack commands, signaling the recitation of the usual statements from the usual suspects. We delude ourselves into thinking that our debates are rational and comprehensive and fact-based and well-thought. It’s not so much that we have a position, it’s that we loathe and detest the proponents of the other side, the other position. America loves to coopt issues that redefine vagueness and make it an art form. One faction has taken as its own the fight against gun violence, as though anyone could possibly be in favor of it. Another faction wraps itself in the Constitutional without so much as a correspondence course in basic historical precepts and rudiments. Doesn’t mater, I seized the image first, it’s mine. Out of a republic with 319 million people we have as presumptive candidates two of the most vile, despicable and unworthy kakistocrats that central casting could have ever created if not hatched. We get what we deserve. And though our republic will endure and survive – after all, we came through the Franklin Pierce years relatively unscathed – prospering and advancing are another issue altogether. These are dark days for Americans but an absolute gold mine for those of us who make our living through political commentary and analysis.

Orlando Was the Site of Terrorism. Not Homophobia or Failed Gun Laws.

Remember that at the time of 9/11 the meme the government wanted to forge was that it was the work of terrorists who were part of an international (dare I say) conspiracy to attack this country and our beloved freedom. No one dared focus solely on airport security or cockpit door reinforcement. No, the message was it’s international and therefore wars with natural resources and asset-rich countries like Iraq and Afghanistan were necessary. Had you dared suggest that these hijackers were lone wolves or self-radicalized (we can obviously eliminate homegrown as a descriptive) you would have been pilloried. The Orlando message is different. You are to focus solely and particularly on the role of firearms and not any terrorist network that may have contributed and you absolutely are not to so much as mention in any wise whatsoever the shooter’s father’s connection to the nameless Afghan satellite channel, Payam Afghan, said to be widely-known in Southwest Asia as a CIA-Pakistani ISI construct. These messages are not constructed by accident. They are scripted and you are members of the choir.

America. The republic, usually misunderstood as a democracy. Where anyone with a pair of neurons and a functioning synapse can vote. Or not. We love the simple issue. Basic. Tissue thin and unidimensional. Trite and uncomplicated. The meme, the phrase. The ribbon, the hashtag the filter. The rote, the memorized, the patellar and Pavlovian. The rehearsed but never researched. Revisionist history and popular culture. Overarching themes. A country that confuses religious faith and piety with mythology and superstition. Uneducated, uncultured and uncouth. America loves to hate, its public and loud alleged aversion to hate notwithstanding. We love to hate the candidates, the networks, the talk radio loudmouths, the other side. We hate them, the opposition. We hate the Bible thumper and leftie loon. We hate the gun owner and gun advocate and gun fanatic. N.B. The fanatic. Translation: someone who expresses a belief or penchant for an idea or practice that we don’t understand or agree with. The other guy. Terrorist = the other guy. Impuissant and gutless leftie and liberal = the other guy. Right wing lunatic = the other guy. Hillary and Trump are both “presumptive” candidates and code words and attack commands, signaling the recitation of the usual statements from the usual suspects. We delude ourselves into thinking that our debates are rational and comprehensive and fact-based and well-thought. It’s not so much that we have a position, it’s that we loathe and detest the proponents of the other side, the other position. America loves to coopt issues that redefine vagueness and make it an art form. One faction has taken as its own the fight against gun violence, as though anyone could possibly be in favor of it. Another faction wraps itself in the Constitutional without so much as a correspondence course in basic historical precepts and rudiments. Doesn’t mater, I seized the image first, it’s mine. Out of a republic with 319 million people we have as presumptive candidates two of the most vile, despicable and unworthy kakistocrats that central casting could have ever created if not hatched. We get what we deserve. And though our republic will endure and survive – after all, we came through the Franklin Pierce years relatively unscathed – prospering and advancing are another issue altogether. These are dark days for Americans but an absolute gold mine for those of us who make our living through political commentary and analysis.

Remember the rules of terror. When there’s a Democratic administration, terrorism is domestic, considered lone wolf, homegrown, self-radicalizing. Think Ruby Ridge and Waco. That enables them to seize weapons, guns, infiltrate militia groups and constitutionalist Tea Party types. When Republicans are in office terrorism’s foreign, Islamist, al Qaeda-esque. Think UBL. Both permit the disintegration of constitutional freedoms and attacks privacy with heightened surveillance and full spectrum panopticon control.

Rule. We are a country of clichés. Trite and hackneyed phrases. Kneejerk and patellar Pavlovian responses. Rote, rank and repetitious.

Please focus carefully on the words of Obama and Hillary. If you don’t know what they mean, you’ll miss their import. Obama referred to “homegrown terrorism.” That implies a local, non-systemic, non-international, non-Islamic form of organized terrorism. It’s just like the term “lone wolf” that Hillary used. Be very familiar with the particularity of language. These words mean something. They will avoid at all costs Islamic terrorism as the cause. If they do, they then plead guilty to an impuissant policy against such. Especially when they keep cozying up to Saudi Arabia, the Al Sharpton of the Middle East. Nothing sticks to them.

Americans, especially those who focus solely on our pathetic mainstream media have no conversance with history or issues especially regarding their beloved Obama. Operation Fast and Furious was launched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The gunrunning operation, which lasted from 2009 to 2011, resulted in the ATF losing over a thousand firearms. Two of those weapons were linked to the 2010 murder of a Border Patrol agent in Arizona and many of the weapons are suspected to have landed in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. When this was brought up to the Obama administration, who rails against gun violence and crime, the crickets sounded and not a peep was mentioned by the media. This shows the schizophrenic mindset of an administration and a public who’s frankly too busy apply he latest hostage or Facebook filter to read and research and care.

Don’t fall into the trap of dismissing Pulse as just a gay bar. It was more than that. It was a source of communal meeting and celebration. A town hall of sorts. Think Stonewall. It’s where the LGBT community felt safe and merely wanted to have fun and enjoy their life. And be not mistake, their lifestyle and sexuality were the subject and target of this terrorist’s targeting.

We are becoming soft. We’ve been lucky enough to exist for 240 years in relative peace save 9/11 and now this. You’re not used to war or having an avowed enemy. You think you can get all squishy and send prayers and love and remind us constantly how your heart is broken and how we have to get along and love and trust and reach out and sing Kumbaya. You’ll flash the de rigueur Orlando filter or the latest pithy hash tag. You pray for Orlando, stand with Orlando and miss the point altogether. For such a supposed tough country we’re apparently unable to really understand what’s happening. This is war. And that means getting surgical. And precise. And the first thing you’re going to have to do is read and explore and research and unearth the unspeakable truth of who our enemies are and what your government has done to hide, deflect and distract your attention from what needs to be done. Look to foreign and alternative media. Turn this mindless pro-Hillary dreck off and grow a pair, America.

Remember, ask about the #Orlando shooter’s psych background. This is a tricky thing. Why? Hillary and Trump want to avoid any insanity and psyched connection. Hillary has Big Pharma to placate and that means avoiding any connection whatsoever to adverse reactions and side effects. Trump wants an ISIS Islamic terrorism connection and having a lunatic versus a terrorist scotches those plans. But, mark my words. Scratch the surface and you’ll see indicia of mental illness.

History. When Rudy Giuliani and others targeted the Mafia and LCN they didn’t in an effort to seem fair and even-handed start targeting Swedes. And no one objected. They never called organized crime hate. They called it crime and focused on Italian-Americans who happened to inhabit the ranks. In fact it was a known requisite. No one suggested that all Italian-Americans were connected, just that the Mafia as we call it had very few Cambodians among its ranks.

Experience and verity. As anyone who’s ever worked around criminal savagery will tell you, it is often the case when deranged and mentally ill people commit heinous crimes they say a number of things that accompany or precede the behavior. They might cite the Bible, Qur’an, Ozzy Osborne, a dog as David Berkowitz first suggested, name it. Or they might reference Rush Limbaugh or conservative writers. Violent movies, suggestive lyrics, domestic violence, his list is endless. And in the case of a shooting the issue remains had they not possessed the weapon the shooting would and could not have occurred. This is obvious and a matter of fact. What we instinctively look for is the cause. That causal connection. What made someone do it. We often confuse cause with correlation. Or motivation: why some one did it versus what caused and produced the behavior. What’s more distressing and frustrating to many who’ve never encountered it is that mental illness is often the cause, the correlation and the motivation. While mental illness – which covers a range of behaviors – is usually benign as to victimization of others, in some it manifests itself terribly. If I could only ask one question, I’d ask if the Orlando shooter was either taking psych meds or recently discontinued them. It is all too often that connection that is never addressed for a host of reasons including the death grip that Big Pharma has on Washington and lawmakers. But that is for another time. Simply put, this horror was caused by a deranged and mentally ill person. It’s that simple. And that complicated.

How America Handles Terror Versus Israel – A Thought Experiment

This photo has absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter of this piece.

If Bibi Netanyahu dispatched a contingent of Shin Bet agents to assist American law enforcement types in investigating the Orlando terror horror, they would invariably and most assuredly ask inter alia who the shooter was, his ties to terrorist organizations, his travels, his family, his writings, FBI and CIA monitoring and who handlers were if any, his social media accounts, passport and credit card activity along with banking and the like. Also psychiatric history along with all medications prescribed, taken or stopped. Prior criminal history, job and employment affiliations, peer and employer reviews. Interviews with immediate family and religious and clerical connections. In short, a full spectrum analysis of the shooter.

Here’s what Americans and their social and mainstream media would provide. A legislative history of firearms legislation, anti-NRA memes and postings. A series of hashtag selfies. Social media filters. Late night comedian rants. A misapplication of terms assault weapons and the ubiquitous and dread AR-15. Ribbons, phrases and more memes. The discussion of the abrogation and repeal of the Second Amendment. Calling into question the psychosexual behaviors of gun owners, with a recurring theme of penis envy, penis size and penis referencing in general all sublimated through weapons purchase along with the attribution of homophobia as the sole motivation for the carnage.

That’s how we handle terror.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Most Thorough Analysis of the Orlando Massacre You’ll Ever Hear

That about sums up my feelings. I will not try and compete with your own disgust or claim that I’ve somehow tapped into a greater appreciation of the horror than you have. I’m not for pithy hashtags or filters. I don’t send thoughts and prayers out as I’ve never understood what that even mean. What I do is try and dissect the issues and apply a healthy dose of critical thinking to a horror that’s been coopted by every faction and ideological mob. the usual suspects.

The gravamen. This disquisition addresses the following 20 questions that comprise the usual, the rehashed, the misunderstood and the regurgitated. I commend to you this systematic approach and trust that you will forward same to that pesky thickheaded friend who seems to not grasp a clue of this post complicated and tragic story.

1. Why did Orlando happen?
2. What caused it?
3. Who’s responsible?
4. Explaining correlation versus cause versus motivation.
5. Did gun laws fail?
6. Is it a matter radical Islam?
7. Is it homophobia?
8. How will Trump and Hillary play it out?
9. Why do we need assault weapons?
10. What are they exactly?
11. Can guns ever be eliminated?
12. What does the Second Amendment have to say about this?
13. The goal of governments: disarmament.
14. Why mental illness and the role of psychmeds are never discussed out of fear of Big Pharma.
15. Why won’t Hillary or Obama call it radical Islamist terrorism?
16. Explain the social media reaction.
17. Explain the mainstream media’s reaction?
18. How can we prevent this from happening?
19. Premises liability and security failures.
20. Beware of the conspiracists who allege false flag, crisis actors and staging without any evidence.

LIONEL PODCAST: A Boorish and Logorrheic Trump vs. A Corrupt and Criminal Hillary

If you wanted a thoughtful and intelligent race, pick another one. This isn’t the one. This is about yelling and screaming and irrelevancies. Inapposite and inconsequential nonissues that mimic relevant considerations. Too much heavy lifting. Beyond our pay grade. Too deep and complicated. We’re done with it. We’re through. We like easy topics and stories and issues. Like Chewbacca Mom or the plight of elegant and majestic apes that we’ve penned and caged for our amusement that are gunned down while unattended kids enter prohibited regions. Pick northern election. Change the channel. As Chauncey Gardiner said, “I like to watch.”

LIONEL PODCAST: Americans Hate the Truth As They’ve Never Known It

Class, what do we do when we’re presented with something that doesn’t jibe or comport with our limited and heavily-propagandized worldview of history and current events? That’s right we cover our heads and scream “CONSPIRACY THEORY!”

The neocons provide the feeder system for military cemeteries and Memorial Day grief. Too many tragic military deaths occurred in theaters and battlefields and conflicts that never threatened our freedom or flag. Death does not justify or elevate imperialism and globalist asset-stripping to the noble pursuit. Say no to war, honor those who’ve served and redirect you attention to what patriotism actually connotes.

All American war is noble and to be encouraged, applauded and celebrated without question. As we speak some very despicable but brilliant folks are carefully writing the back story of our next military adventure – how it threatens our freedom and is sourced in a hatred for our American way of life. Or something. The theme really isn’t important, your perfervid acceptance as fact is. Count on the theater being Africa. The story will contain graphic depictions of bloodthirsty foreign types with names you can’t pronounce. The scripts will be distributed to the American mainstream media who will dutifully repeat and not report the threats and horrors as specifically written. And it’s off to fighting we go. And, again, you will have questioned nothing.

The lithographic print above is one of the earliest forms of WWI propaganda usage in the United States in 1917. The print was called “Destroy This Mad Brute – Enlist,” designed by H.R. Hopps and printed by Carlisle & Co. It has a dribbling, mustachioed ape wielding a club bearing the German word “kultur,” wearing a pickelhaube helmet with the word “militarism” and is walking onto the shore of America while holding a half-naked woman in his grasp (possibly meant to depict Liberty).

 

LIONEL PODCAST: Our Counterfeit, Manufactured, Imaginary and Synthetic American Propaganda Yarn Disguised as History

Tertius gaudens. Motive. Explication. The concept and doctrine (translated as rejoicing third in English) refers to a situation in which one party benefits from a conflict among two others. The term is often attributed to the German sociologist Georg Simmel and is provided by some enlightened historians as a motivation of sorts of the “provocation” of Pearl Harbor. It’s a patented protocol of inciting and inviting dissent and battle. (Perhaps for another time.)

Was Hiroshima necessary? Imagine even asking the question. Of course it was, hat’s what we were told. But was it? What did Eisenhower think? (Not exactly a shrinking violet and pacifist in his own right.)

“…in [July] 1945… Secretary of War Stimson, visiting my headquarters in Germany, informed me that our government was preparing to drop an atomic bomb on Japan. I was one of those who felt that there were a number of cogent reasons to question the wisdom of such an act. …the Secretary, upon giving me the news of the successful bomb test in New Mexico, and of the plan for using it, asked for my reaction, apparently expecting a vigorous assent.

“During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of ‘face’. The Secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude…”

– Dwight Eisenhower, Mandate For Change, pg. 380

In a Newsweek interview, Eisenhower again recalled the meeting with Stimson:

“…the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing.”

– Ike on Ike, Newsweek, 11/11/63

When war was and is warranted and the theories lyrical in brilliance and clarity. 

December 23, 1776 – “The American Crisis” by Thomas Paine

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Insanity of Queen Hillary – The Inanity of Herr Trump

Let’s look at this latest snafu from the Entitled One. #Hillary has made the same mistake that others have made anent #Trump’s bankruptcies. He never went bankrupt, his companies did. In Atlantic City! Caesars, The Atlantic Club, Showboat, Revel – even Atlantic City all went under. Just to name a few. She now must realize that because she brings these subjects up, Trump is forced to bring up #Whitewater, which was a monumental collapse with criminal implications. Does Mrs. Clinton have any idea what she’s doing and the can of worms she’s opening? But she’s nothing to fear. The in-the-bag and bought-off mainstream media will report nothing of this and will instead make the mistake that Trump’s tax returns indicate net worth and yet ignore Hillary’s speeches and their subject matter.

It’s time to retire the mensroom attendant. Let me say unequivocally that the archaic and hoary practice of men’s room attendants must stop anon and immediately. I don’t know what benefit this serves, how it connotes or suggests panache and posh. It’s some poor soul, relegated to the head, who dutifully turns the facet on for you and stands sadly with a paper towel as you do a quick once over of his assortment and display bad mints, lousy after shave and (my favorite) deodorant. Am I supposed to take my shirt off or directly apply the aerosol through my chemise? And I’m supposed to cough up a couple of bucks each time I micturate or for the evening or can I get an evening pass? And, please, why am I paying him to turn on the faucet again? Enough. Basta!

An evening overheard. My wife and I were seated for dinner last eve next to a family who was attempting to discuss “conspiracy theories” anent 9/11. My ears perked, my interest piqued and my impeccable hearing was radar-locked and loaded, homing in, catching every phoneme and morpheme uttered. As you know, New York restaurants will often dump you on top of contiguous dining mates so I was front row to a celebration of sheer lunacy that was about to commence. The young man, the quintessential dweeb and twerp (dwerp or tweeb, perhaps), apparently was accompanied by his gal and her parents. First, the culinary Steichen had to memorialize everyone’s plated order with an obnoxious and obtrusive photo snap. Next, he had that 20-something Brooklyn hipster wannabe monotonal drone, minus inflection and intonation and emotion and feeling and any semblance of humanity. What he proceeded to describe, ostensibly to impress the parents of the lass whose knickers he cared to continue invading, was a pageant of misstatement, revisionist history, sheer and unadulterated ignorance and the most tenuous of synthetic reasoning and critical thinking I’ve even had the displeasure of experiencing. My wife was trying to calm me but I was quite under control. But the moral of the story is that (a) this waste of flesh is and will always be a Boeotian, (b) America’s future is doomed if mooncalves like this are stewarding the helm of public perception and (c) America simply and organically has no desire to know the truth about the day it swears it will never forget but will clutch with all its might to the lulling and saccharine official story.

LIONEL PODCAST: Subway Frottage, Autoplushophilia, Extreme Shuffleboard, Brooklyn Boors and Transgender Loo High Jinks

Warning. Lionel Podcasts have in double blind tests been linked to causing uncontrollable urges to eat, gamble, shop and have unprotected sex with carnival midway ride operators named “Buddy” sporting maroon rags in their back pockets. They have also been associated with dizziness, weakness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, tiredness, excess saliva or drooling, choking or trouble swallowing, blurred vision, headache, anxiety, weight gain, drowsiness, sleep problems (insomnia), and constipation. Other side excepts are listed infra.

More common:

  • Difficulty with speaking
  • drooling
  • loss of balance control
  • muscle trembling, jerking, or stiffness
  • restlessness
  • shuffling walk
  • stiffness of the limbs
  • twisting movements of the body
  • uncontrolled movements, especially of the face, neck, and back

Less common:

  • Blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • inability to move the eyes
  • increased blinking or spasms of the eyelid
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • sticking out the tongue
  • trouble with breathing or swallowing
  • unusual facial expressions

Rare:

  • Convulsions
  • fast heartbeat
  • high fever
  • high or low blood pressure
  • increased sweating
  • lip smacking or puckering
  • loss of bladder control
  • muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
  • puffing of the cheeks
  • rapid or worm-like movements of the tongue
  • severe muscle stiffness
  • sudden loss of consciousness
  • tiredness
  • uncontrolled chewing movements
  • uncontrolled movements of the arms and legs
  • unusually pale skin

LIONEL PODCAST: What Do You Expect From A Country That Stopped Asking Questions Decades Ago?

Stratospheric Welsbach seeding for reduction of global warming 
US 5003186 A

ABSTRACT

A method is described for reducing atmospheric or global warming resulting from the presence of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, i.e., from the greenhouse effect. Such gases are relatively transparent to sunshine, but absorb strongly the long-wavelength infrared radiation released by the earth. The method incudes the step of seeding the layer of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere with particles of materials characterized by wavelength-dependent emissivity. Such materials include Welsbach materials and the oxides of metals which have high emissivity (and thus low reflectivities) in the visible and 8-12 micron infrared wavelength regions.

You’re kidding, right? What do you expect from a country that never asks questions about the most obvious events and questions that appear before its very eyes? In its skies. Why would you think that it would be up on critical issues of governance? It never asks or inquires. About anything. No critical thinking skills are employed or even in possession.