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LIONEL PODCAST: Xmas Mythology, Crypto-Pagan Worship, Media Nescience and News Puerility

Gone are the dreams of a sentient people. From the way we bow before dead trees refusing to acknowledge the ceremony’s pagan antecedents to how we’ve handed the keys of our news collection agencies to children, this once proud yet jejune people (a mere 239 years) now grovels in a detached cluelessness unrivaled in modern time. And with that I wish you a Merry Christmas.

Reduced to awestruck. And as for the story that not only the media but society as a whole refuses to acknowledge – at least in this country – I give you the Watergate of the millennia (as spake Stanton Friedman).

LIONEL PODCAST: The Brutal Truth About the San Bernardino Massacre the Politically Correct Media Pray You’ll Never Hear

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.

Mencken said it best. But herein, I may just have said it better. I will discuss a variety of specious arguments being made from various groups and collect the points of view. As I’ve stated innumerably, the ability to critically think appears to be a lost art. But as lost artists, we will slog ahead nonetheless. And please note the actual reality and horror supra. That’s what needs to be told. The truth. Reality.

I call America’s approach and analysis of gun violence as the Chauncey Gardner Effect. Say the most base and simplistic truisms and vapid pronouncements and you will be met with wild applause.
 
To wit.
 
“Guns kill.”
“If there were no guns there would be no one killed by guns.”
“Terrorists shouldn’t have guns.”
 
Nothing’s too base or obviously silly. You’ll be lauded as a hero.
 
It’s the same as with death penalty arguments. “Of course it’s a deterrent, the executed will never kill again.” Simple. Unicellular. One-dimensional.
 
The problem is that while the country focuses on guns, it misses the issue of ISIS and how POTUS and NATO are avoiding the complicity of Erdoğan and Davutoğlu and ignoring the imperative of cutting the ISIS supply lines coming through the Jarablus Corridor, the 60 mile area stretching west from the Euphrates River towards the town of Kilis.
 
“Terrorism is bad.” “Murder is bad.”
 
Thank you, Mr. Gardner.

LIONEL PODCAST: America’s Suicide Pact

Why are you so worried about “debates.” They’re not debates. They’re beauty pageants. Mindless media diversions. Psychotic interludes. Charm school rejects and sleight of hand. Bought and paid for political hacks playing the ol’ switcheroo. Just look at the topics that seem to command so much of our collective attention. Look at what we find interesting, critical and what we ignore and reject altogether. Look at the attention that our media will pay to underinflated footballs and other pseudo-controversies; it is beyond my comprehension. We have sealed our fate and guaranteed are doom. If this country fails it will not be because of invading Visigoths over the horizon but because of the collective collapse of our society due to our profound nescience and intellectual torpor. Or something.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Systematic Devolution of Human Culture and the Rise of the Poseur

This is what we’ve become. Lost. Disconnected. Narcissistic beyond any realm of comprehension. And it’s posh and cool to be profoundly nescient. Mention TPP and watch the vapid look . . . from the Ted Baxter sock puppet media. Just keep us amused. Give us surface level stories. Nothing too deep or profound.

On Putin. Borrowing from the US’s history, Putin may now blame ISIS for the downed plane and invade and take over any country (teeming with natural resources and energy wealth) that he wants so long as he makes a tenuous connection between it and “training” or support. He can then say the smoking gun could be a mushroom cloud. Or, better to strike them there than they strike us here. And we can’t say anything.

Who said bacon? Watch for yourself.

LIONEL PODCAST: If You Vote You Can’t Complain

George Carlin, America’s prophet said it best. He speaks to the futility and illusion of choice and substantive differences.

I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,’ but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote – who did not even leave the house on Election Day – am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.

Unavoidable verity. It is tragically true. But we love the game, the pageantry, the pro forma exercise in the noble pursuit of the belief that today, choice exists and choice is targeted. Emma Goldman said that if voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. (In fact, may have been attributed to that quote.)

The abecedarian fundamentals. Lionel’s Manifesto.

LIONEL PODCAST: Media Distortion, Factual Contortion, Reality Abortion

I want you to imagine. Imagine you are in the position of the country you’re now bombing or whose bombing you’re supporting. How would you feel about us? Good, start with that position and move accordingly.

LIONEL PODCAST: Drones, GMOs, Syria, Putin, Assad, ISIS and the Magic Mirror

This makes no sense. And therein lies the theme to today’s show. Enjoy.

LIONEL PODCAST: Silly Gun Talk. Keep Issues Simple and Base.

Would that. I wish we simply had the guts and the courage to admit freely that we simply have no interest in finding solutions to problems but would rather just respond reflexively. Guns are a wedge issue. They’re a part of a political cycle that’s since closed. Guns, God, Gays. The main issue is economics. Focus accordingly. Don’t be led by the ponderous forces seeking to distract and divert. Look to putting on the agenda forces that matter. Obama and the Dems seek to have gun control provide a refurbishment of their left cover. With killer drones, the debacle of ISIS and Syria, his left wing sheen has dulled. Gun control burnishes the sullied image. Guns are a wedge issue. Democrats want gun control hysteria to provide left cover. Don’t be duped. The human toll of the global financial oligarchs makes this pale my comparison. Focus on proxy wars and mass annihilation via drone strikes. Focus.

LIONEL PODCAST: Hollywood Has Absolutely No Duty to Be “Diverse.” So What?

di·ver·si·ty

  • the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.
  • the state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization
  • perhaps the most overused term to inartfully and irrationally suggest that the world is considerate, sapient, fair and/or rational. [I added that.]

I got your diversity right here! According to the data collectors at Lee & Low Books who crafted the disturbing but hardly surprising infographic supra, it’s abundantly clear that the Oscars may just be the hoariest, whitest old boys club there is in these parts. But so what? It’s not the government or the military or a public school. We’re not talking juries or electors or School Boards. It’s Hollywood and diversity appears not to be its number one priority. Neither does the NBA, Junior League, Skull and Bones, the Medal of Honor Society, or Who’s Who in Paducah. Private organizations and ensembles and industries have no allegiance to anyone save its own members or shareholders. And while that may royally suck and make absolutely no sense, while you and I might find it reprehensible causing us to boycott and rant and rave, so what? Herein I describe the pitfalls of diversity as a goal in certain cases, and the rudiments of reality.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Elections Are Over. The Democrats Have No Message. The GOP Has Better Slogans.

Nothing to see here. Stop the caterwauling, the high fives, the sturm und drank, just stop. There’s nothing to see here. It’s as Professor Quiqley noted, they threw the bums out only to have the latest contingent of bums jettisoned later.

“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. 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” (Georgetown University Professor Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope, 1966.)

For Chrissakes, just get over it. Because neither party is able to answer my concerns and interests over a host of issues, viz. war, Wall Street predation, the derivatives bubble, 1033 hyper-militarization of police, the eroding Second Amendment, NSA and repressive surveillance, GMO proliferation . . . shall I go on?

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