Monthly Archives: May 2012

LIONEL PODCAST: Whither Truth?

My friend, it is the truth we seek. No matter the cost. No matter the pain. Enjoy this, my latest. And thank you.

LIONEL PODCAST: Welcome to Flawda. Naked Zombies Ripped My Face.

Flawda, my Flawda. After all my native state’s been through now this. Flesh-eating crazed fiends. Losing face. Literally. I hear it tastes like chicken. Face it, a sandwich is a sandwich but a Manwich is a meal. (Baxendale 2012)

I’ve heard of sucking face but thus is ridiculous. ‘Tis sad. But what better state to mindlessly blame and attribute.

Now where was I? In this podcast installment I frankly can’t remember what the hell I said. But it was good based upon the amount of perspiration it inspired and the amount I’m shaking.

Let’s go to the videotape. And below, here’s a favorite from memory lane.

LIONEL PODCAST: Celebrate America’s Military Dead. Abolish War.

On this day of fetishized obeisance to war. As we pretend to care about those who “died for their country,” face it. To many it’s about the beach, traffic, barbecue and feigned patriotism. The flag-waving fool, the bumper sticker tool, the echo chamber, playbook patriot. Too many pay lip service to patriotism, the flag and now, the war on terrorism. I hate war. I’m not a pacifist. Wars can be necessary. I just don’t think we’ve seen one for over seventy (70) years.

Cicero said, “An unjust peace is better than a just war.”

George Herbert said, “War is death’s feast.”

And I say that any American who believes that wars are necessary and noble in all cases that we insinuate ourselves is an idiot.

LIONEL PODCAST: Ed Gein Remained a Virgin His Entire Life. Case Closed.

Ed Gein was reportedly a virgin his entire life. Case closed.

The reaction to my commentary infra was most varied. I’ve excerpted two email beauts.

The first is from, I swear, Cherry. A paronomasiac’s dream.

Like your opinion I am sure mine really doesn’t matter. However I have to say I disagree with your statement when did being a slut,whore, and or fornicator swapping juices with complete strangers become ok. Oh I remember when people like you decided that premarital sex which cause unwanted pregnancy, teen pregnancy abortions and stds is so beautiful and wonderful. Don’t get me wrong as a married mother of 3 with a 4th one on the way I am so glad I was a virgin until my wedding night at 20 yrs old. I am super happy that us weird virgins like my husband who waited until he was 25 yrs old and married to me to have sex. So if people want to use virginity as a publicity stunt I think wonderful because there is too much promotion of the beautiful wonderful sex before marriage in a day and age of 16 and pregnant. People need a positive role model because what is really weird is that majority of people seem to feel like you that is weird!!!

And this classic from June. It speaks for itself.

Lionel:  u made fun of virginity, but there are many I bet that wish they still had it for what its was worth to lose it, u don’t have your priories straight, it should be commended for anyone at that age to keep themselves for marriage which I guess u don’t believe in the 10 Commandments or there is a God or hell.

Get real Lionel find something more interesting to talk about, WPIX do have u on as a volunteer don’t they although I don’t see why, surly u can’t be getting paid.  u are the wrost of the show.

LIONEL PODCAST: Zuckerberg the Punk & Why Facebook Profoundly Sucks

CNBC provides the gory details. And I love it!

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s chairman said on Tuesday that regulators plan to review allegations that Morgan Stanley shared negative news before Facebook’s initial public offering with institutional investors.

“The allegations, if true, are a matter of regulatory concern” to FINRA and SEC, Ketchum told Reuters.

Ketchum made the remarks to Reuters in response to allegations that Morgan Stanley , the lead underwriter on the deal, unexpectedly delivered some negative news to major clients in the run-up to Facebook’s $16 billion IPO: The bank’s consumer Internet analyst, Scott Devitt, was reducing his revenue forecasts for the company.

Massachusetts Secretary of Commonwealth William Galvin has issued a subpoena to Morgan Stanley over the discussions with investors on Facebook.

It is unusual for analysts at lead underwriters to make such changes so close to the IPO, sources said. It is unclear whether Morgan Stanley only told its top clients about the revised view or spread the word more broadly.

“The Securities Division has put out a subpoena to Morgan Stanley in connection with the analyst’s discussion with certain institutional investors about the revenue prospects for Facebook,” a spokesman for Galvin’s office said.

Morgan Stanley maintains that its handling of the Facebook IPO was in compliance with standard procedure.

“Morgan Stanley followed the same procedures for the Facebook offering that it follows for all IPOs. These procedures are in compliance with all applicable regulations,” the brokerage said in a statement to CNBC.

“After Facebook released a revised S-1 filing on May 9 providing additional guidance with respect to business trends, a copy of the amendment was forwarded to all of MS’s institutional and retail investors and the amendment was widely publicized in the press at the time.  In response to the information about business trends, a significant number of research analysts in the syndicate who were participating in investor education reduced their earnings views to reflect their estimate of the impact of the new information. These revised views were taken into account in the pricing of the IPO,” the statement said.

In a separate case, Nasdaq OMX Group has been sued by an investor who claimed the exchange operator was negligent in handling orders for Facebook shares following its IPO, causing losses for investors.

Phillip Goldberg, a Maryland resident, is seeking class-action status on behalf of all investors who lost money because Nasdaq delayed or otherwise mishandled their buy, sell or cancellation orders for Facebook stock on May 18, the day the social networking giant went public.

A senior Nasdaq official told CNBC the exchange would have addressed the issue had it known the extent of the technical problems.

“My intention was to make clear that we believed we had a good solution in place and that if we had known that our solution was inadequate, we would have fixed the issue with the right solution before going forward,” said Eric Noll, the head of transaction services at Nasdaq OMX Group.

LIONEL PODCAST: My Hero

In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, I give you this kid.

CRACKED

The Riot Kid photo has become an icon for resistance despite overwhelming odds. It’s easy to see why: This is a pure visual representation of the most powerful thing in the world – that unique slurry of bravery, fury and complete lack of self-preservation that can topple governments and tear down entire societies. The riot kid is simultaneously inspiring, funny, and awesome, and if you don’t want to whip a bottle into a corrupt wall of faceless facist automatons after seeing this, then congratulations on finding this website through the ReThink filter, worker #264XJ6, but authorities have been alerted and are on their way. Please remain calm and fill out form 27b stroke 6 while you await their arrival, to best facilitate your transition to the Purification Factories.

For the rest of us, Riot Kid is emblematic of every wandering fuck not given. He’s scrawny, alone, half the size of his enemies, and he just does not seem to care. Those cops are going to get their god damn heads bashed open, and that is just a fact; the sun rises in the east, sets in the west, and some motherfuckers are going to get their mullet-helmets caved in today.

Once again, this kind of photo doesn’t seem to need context, but context still changes everything. The picture originally comes from photographer Evandro Monteiro, and was taken during a police action in Sao Paulo, Brazil. And while we look at an image like this and recognize what it inspires in us all, we still kind of assume the kid was just joking around. The boy probably didn’t know what he was doing at the time; he was just making funny faces at the cops until his panicked mother could sprint in and sweep him away. But then here’s another image of the riot kid from Monteiro’s portfolio that implies otherwise:

So not only was he actually standing out in that street, alone, hurling rocks at the police (which is way more impetus than they need in Sao Paulo to beat some ghetto kid to death,) but he was so overcome with rage afterward that he stripped to the waist, slammed his jacket to the dirt, puffed out his chest and dared them to make a move. This was not a joke, or a childish prank. This was life or death.

Literally.

The photographer has this child tagged as a ‘street boy.’ That’s not a generic descriptor. In Sao Paulo ‘street child’ refers to a specific type of young homeless in the city. There are thousands, if not millions of them in Brazil, and they’re largely considered pests. Roughly 20% of police homicides in Sao Paulo are minors. In fact, the street children are so reviled that in some places, local shopkeepers and low-level politicians actually put out bounties on their heads to the tune of about $50 per kid. As a result, masked death squads rove the streets of Brazil at night, eliminating children.

And while that knowledge is incredibly awful, and gut-churning, and heart-dropping, and just makes you want to burn this whole miserable species to the ground and hope that nature knows enough to start from scratch this time, it also drastically magnifies the importance of this image.

This is not the same as a white, English-speaking child playing at revolutionary because he’s got the implied protection of society. This boy is not joking, and he is not safe. If he’s really a ‘street child,’ then those cops he’s challenging are the men that might make half a week’s pay for murdering him, and would face little to no reprisal for it. And if he really is a ‘street child,’ then he is utterly alone up there: It’s unlikely any of the other people in those photos have a vested interest in whether he lives or dies.

And he simply does.

Not.

Care.

Because there is nothing on this earth – not overwhelming odds, nor brutal police states, nor fear, nor violence, nor the kind of horrible, devouring apathy that makes things like death squads for children possible – that will ever, from now until the heat death of this whole screwed universe, force this kid to sit down and put his fucking shirt back on.

LIONEL PODCAST: Tell Me What You Don’t Want to Know and I’ll Show You the Truth.

You and I live in an amazing world. Or rather, what’s interesting is how it’s perceived. I see a world run by the most nefarious of governments. Horrible people. Others eschew that worldview preferring instead a nicey-nicey vision. A view through reality’s windshield. When I mention concerns I have of, say, chemtrails, people laugh.Me? I’m all ears. And eyes. It’s my nature. Said the scorpion.

And as folks go nuts over the announced death today of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, if you believe for a second the story, you’re beyond delusional. Here’s a commentary I did last August. It says it all.

LIONEL PODCAST: Eating, Breathing & Thinking

In this podcast, I let it all hang out anent topics and subjects that, frankly, get overlooked by not just the Ted Baxter mainstream folks but I mean everyone. I also have some harsh words for Kennedy Klan worshipers and address the tragedy and unnatural aspects of suicide. You’ll dig this. And here’s a piece from Wednesday night.

LIONEL PODCAST: Tyranny Is Free. So Is Imprisonment.

A clearer picture of nothing. I so love the message of this message. Technology has made the scheiße clearer but it’s still scheiße. How beautiful, apt and so incredibly poignant. The emphasis has been on the technology of the delivery system but in no wise its content and coverage. The limpidity of this is just beautiful.

Keeping abreast of the titters from the Milky Way. Notwithstanding last week’s nonsensical coverage of the narcissistic poster child, the lactating mom and her future psychoanalysis lifer kid, I provided a more sober view of the issue infra.

LIONEL FREE PODCAST: A Gratis Introductory Lesson in Legal Mind Expansion and Controlled-Contained Jocosity

The ultimate tautology: a free gift. The following podcast is gratis. Free. On the house. You’re welcome.

The intellectual buzzkill. The best way to get folks to look the other way is to refer to their ideas and thoughts as conspiracy theories. It’s a deal breaker and means nothing actually.

“In the United States today, the phrase ‘conspiracy theory’ functions as a sort of giant cudgel, used to scare us out of talking openly about a broad (and ever-growing) range of scandals that the powerful cannot afford to let the people comprehend.” — Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Culture and Communication, New York University

“Apparently, ‘conspiracy stuff’ is now shorthand for unspeakable truth.” — Gore Vidal

“I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I’m a conspiracy analyst.” — Gore Vidal

“‘It is an article of faith that there are no conspiracies in American life.” — Gore Vidal

The most dangerous man you’ve never heard of. And then there’s this beaut. Commit this guy’s name to memory, Google it. Never forget it. It’s by that lover of liberty Cass Sunstein, Sam the Sham Powers’s old man.

What can government do about conspiracy theories? Among the things it can do, what should it do? We can readily imagine a series of possible responses. (1) Government might ban conspiracy theorizing. (2) Government might impose some kind of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories. (3) Government might itself engage in counterspeech, marshaling arguments to discredit conspiracy theories. (4) Government might formally hire credible private parties to engage in counterspeech. (5) Government might engage in informal communication with such parties, encouraging them to help. Each instrument has a distinctive set of potential effects, or costs and benefits, and each will have a place under imaginable conditions. However, our main policy idea is that government should engage in cognitive infiltration of the groups that produce conspiracy theories, which involves a mix of (3), (4) and (5).

Sunstein, Cass R. and Vermeule, Adrian, Conspiracy Theories (January 15, 2008). Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 08-03; U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 199; U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 387. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1084585

Weather I’m right … . You want to predict the weather; I’d rather control it.