Monthly Archives: August 2013

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.