Monthly Archives: May 2012 - Page 2

LIONEL PODCAST: Information Weapons

Nothing like information, I always say. This is a most delightful podcast. I trust you’ll find it interesting and piquant.

The “evolution” of a guy who finally grew a pair. This is the biggest laugh of them all. Hopey evolved. He must really think you’re stupid.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Greats. And They Actually Existed.

What a crew! Feast your eyes. Galileo Galilei, Marie Curie, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan, Thomas Edison, Aristotle, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins and finally Charles Darwin. They actually existed. You don’t have to pore over the Book of Fellatio or Gawd knows what. They observed and looked and saw and marveled. And, yes, at God’s handiwork, sure.  I’ve a friend who works for a crypto-Nazi radio group masquerading behind a conservative bulwark. There’s not a religious story too specious for this poor doltish soul. He looks at this, I know, and curses my certitude. And his superstitious obeisance.

No one cares! This is actually the refrain of most of our news today. No one cares. Why bother reporting? Enjoy. watch, listen and think.

LIONEL PODCAST: This Drives My Friend Nuts.

I’ve a friend. A nice enough feller. Claims to be Christian but is most upset whenever anything is questioned about his faith. Not because it calls into question its validity, he’s just embarrassed he didn’t know this stuff. But I love him nonetheless. Call me whacky, but I want to know everything.

LIONEL PODCAST: I’m Back from the Dead! Hallelujah! I’m Alive!

Back from the dead. You have no idea how sick I was since Thursday. A tsunami flu. A Fukushima flu. Chernobyl. Full-tilt febrility. Death. Morbidity. It was horrid. The worst I have experienced in my life. I apologize for the confusion with the last podcast; it died at 20 minutes. As I almost did. But that’s behind me. It’s a new day! So thanks.

A classic. Well, at least in my book. This presentation is from the first month of this year. So apropos, I do declare.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Fascinating Draw of Political Myth

NOTE: For reasons I’ll never understand this podcast is cropped at roughly 20 minutes. Were I not awash in febrility I’d do something. But I’m in the midst of a flu coma and will correct this with a new version. A thousand pardons.

As you will hear halfway through this latest podcast, I’m hit with some kind of mung that rendered me febrile and barely lucid. Which means great podcasting. Enjoy, lovers of liberty.

LIONEL PODCAST: UBL Whacked by Seal Team Six Ninjas? Who Needs Evidence, Right? Me, That’s Who!

The Telegraph ran a story with this headline. Did you see it?

By Steven Swinford
10:25PM BST
04 May 2011

Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off.

A photograph released by the White House appeared to show President Barack Obama and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound.

[e.s.] And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information.

“We had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.”Mr Panetta also told the network that the US Navy Seals, rather than Mr Obama, made the final decision to kill bin Laden.

He said: “The authority here was to kill bin Laden. And obviously, under the rules of engagement, if he had in fact thrown up his hands, surrendered and didn’t appear to be representing any kind of threat, then they were to capture him. But they had full authority to kill him.

“To be frank, I don’t think he had a lot of time to say anything. It was a firefight going up that compound. And by the time they got to the third floor and found bin Laden, I think it – this was all split-second action on the part of the Seals.”

The President only knew the mission was successful after the Navy Seals commander heard the word “Geronimo” on the radio, a code word from commandos reporting that they had killed bin Laden.

The absence of footage of the raid has led to conflicting reports about what happened in the compound. According to Pakistani authorities one of bin Laden’s daughter’s, who was present during the raid, claimed that her father was captured alive before he was killed.

There was also growing doubt about the US claims that Pakistan’s intelligence agencies involved in the raid.

Lieutenant General Asad Durrani, former head of the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence service, said it was “inconceivable” that his government was unaware of the US raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound.

He claimed his country was forced to deny any knowledge of the raid to avoid a domestic backlash. The ISI’s official line has been that bin Laden’s compound had “slipped off our radar” after it raided the building in 2003 while hunting for another senior al-Qaeda operative.The agency claims it was unaware that bin Laden was hiding there.

Lieutenant General Durrani, however, said that the denial was a “political” maneuver by the intelligence services to avoid claims that they were working too closely with the US.

He said: “It is more likely that they did know [about the raid]. It is not conceivable that it was done without the involvement of Pakistani security forces at some stage. They were involved and they were told they were in position.

“The army chief was in his office, the cordons had been thrown around that particular place. The Pakistani helicopters were also in the air so that indicates that it was involved.

“[There are] political implications back home. If you say that you are involved there is a large, vocal faction of Pakistani society that will get very upset because we are carrying out repeatedly these operations with the Americans.”

And from a year ago, this video commentary.