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LIONEL PODCAST: The Meaningless and Breathless Search for Healing and Diversity

Adios, flag. Fine. Good riddance. Now, let’s get back to work. And worry about the issues that really matter. Like institutional racism in the criminal justice system, like serious and borderline genocidal dietary and foodborne pathogens that are killing the African-American community. And a President who is responsible for the reckless and indiscriminate killing of innocent Yemenis via Hellfire missile and drone attacks. Yeah, let’s talk about that. What do you say? Unless, this distraction called the Confederate flag and armchair amateur vexillology is more fun. An as far as Herr Trump goes, the man’s a genius. Sometimes.

LIONEL PODCAST: Confederate Flag Vexillology & American Media Idiocy

Et tu, Kanye? So, is Mr. west a bigot or a rube? Wait, let me rephrase that. No, on second thought, let it stand. Confederate flag talk is a waste of time and a perennial diversion. Let me explicate further herein. Or, rather, let me try to wade through the hyperbole and misinformation and distraction and obfuscation and deliberate propaganda. The subject matter enjoys the trivialization of pop media simplicity. Remember, we are a country that has been for days enthralled and caught in a transcendental rapture over the President use of the dread N-word. Behold our jejune appreciation of and for the irrelevant. Our appreciation for racial matters is unicellular and one-dimensional. And I’m being kind. We prefer the ideological low hanging fruit and issues that require little to no heavy lifting intellectually. As is usually the case, when we know nothing of history for perspective we make it up on the spot and dig our heels in. As Tolstoy reminds us, “History would be a wonderful thing if only it were true.”

LIONEL PODCAST: Bullets and Pills, Psych Meds and Causation and What the Media Refuse to Report

“Nearly every mass shooting incident in the last twenty years, and multiple other instances of suicide and isolated shootings all share one thing in common, and its not the weapons used.” Dan Roberts in Ammoland reports. (What, doesn’t everyone read Ammoland?)

The overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.

Multiple credible scientific studies going back more than a decade, as well as internal documents from certain pharmaceutical companies that suppressed the information show that SSRI drugs (Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors) have well known, but unreported side effects, including but not limited to suicide and other violent behavior. One need only Google relevant key words or phrases to see for themselves.

Medication Madness: How Psychiatric Drugs Cause Violence, Suicide, and Crime

Over the years as a psychiatrist I’ve evaluated innumerable cases of individuals who have been driven over the edge by psychiatric drugs. Many of these men, women and children were evaluated for legal cases but others were not. When I was re-evaluating about a hundred of these real-life stories for my latest book, Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime, I began to see a pattern that I call medication spellbinding. Technically, the new scientific concept is called intoxication anosognosia: not knowing that you are intoxicated.

But wait, there’s more.

Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Roof was reportedly taking a drug that has been linked with sudden outbursts of violence, fitting the pattern of innumerable other mass shooters who were on or had recently come off pharmaceutical drugs linked to aggression.

According to a CBS News report, earlier this year when cops searched Roof after he was acting suspiciously inside a Bath and Body Works store, they found “orange strips” that Roof told officers was suboxone, a narcotic that is used to treat opiate addiction.

Suboxone is a habit-forming drug that has been connected with sudden outbursts of aggression.

Whither mainstream media? Oh, why even bother?

LIONEL PODCAST: Church Shootings, Brian Williams and Hate Crimes. Oh My!

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Hate crime? “[P]olice on Thursday hunted for a white gunman who killed nine people at a prayer meeting in one of the nation’s oldest black churches in Charleston, as federal authorities opened a hate crimes probe.” That’s the news. Why?  Here’s what this sick monster said: “I have to do it,” the gunman was quoted as saying. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” What does this even mean? The FBI has identified the suspect in the deadly shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, as 21-year-old Dylann Roof from Columbia, according to reports. A Facebook search showed a picture of Roof with the Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and the South African apartheid flags pinned on his jacket. So there you have it. A hate crime. OK, fine.

Let’s just call it murder. I explain why.

18 U.S. Code § 249 – Hate crime acts

(a) In General.—

(1) Offenses involving actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin.— Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin of any person— (A) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and (B) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if — (i) death results from the offense; or (ii) the offense includes kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.

(2) Offenses involving actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.—(A) In general.— Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, in any circumstance described in subparagraph (B) or paragraph (3), willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person—(i) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and (ii) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if—(I) death results from the offense; or (II) the offense includes kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.

 

Bring BriWi back. Bob Lefsetz wrote this great piece. I cite much of it in toto.

The future of news is the irreverent Vice. Maybe even Buzzfeed. Something instantly accessible that lives online. To think a nightly newscast at one appointed time has any future is to believe cable will remain unbundled and movies in theatres will make a comeback. Things change, and only in America do we maintain they haven’t.

Did NBC’s viewers reject Williams? That’d be like teens rejecting Taylor Swift, they love her and the alta kachers who tuned in at 6:30 loved Williams. By taking him off the air NBC did its audience a disservice, playing to an entrenched infrastructure that no one really cares about, the insider media business and Washington, D.C., two entities so out of touch the public has rejected them. And the public runs this world, to believe we live in a top-down society is to reject the entire twenty first century. At least techies know it’s all about adoption and stickiness. Williams made a mistake, so what.

Furthermore, the movie of his decline is better than anything he said on air. It’s a national soap opera, a story the media loves, because after all, that’s what they sell, stories, and the public doesn’t want to delve into the real issues, for fear of further disillusionment.

The vaunted Fox News? The ratings king?

Numbers are anemic but even more importantly the audience is aged. The influence of the station is nearly nil. It’s an echo chamber and Roger Ailes laughs every time the left wing takes the bait.

News is so up for grabs it’s ridiculous.

The papers still think it’s about filling a set amount of space.

And TV believes it’s all about camera appeal.

And the empty calories contribute to America’s obesity problem. We grow fatter and fatter on irrelevant info while those without names pull the strings behind the scenes.

Just like their brethren in Hollywood, Williams and his overpaid ilk love hanging with the heavies, they’ve got no backbone, they think they’re important, and if you believe they’re leaders, you’re watching the parking meters.

So now our long national nightmare is over. We can stop focusing on Brian Williams and get back to pressing issues, like the 2016 Presidential election!

A horse race the media stokes because it’s a long running film they can sell and sell.

Blockbusters exit the multiplex in weeks, but we’ve got to hear the bloviating of political non-winners for years.

Welcome to America, where the sideshow is the real show.

NBC is selling entertainment. They’ve eviscerated reporting down to the bone. Give them their star, let Williams play to the audience who loves him, the same way kids pay fealty to one dimensional pop stars.

The truth is change is happening.

But it’s too rarely on television.

Let Brian Williams have his pomp and circumstance.

And if it’s necessary to bring Andy Lack back to fix NBC News, we might as well bring Strauss Zelnick back to fix Sony Music.

Come on folks. This is much ado about nothing. Overpaid people playacting at importance while the proletariat shoots itself and votes against its interest.

Welcome to America.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Video Execution of Walter Scott

Walter Scott is seen here being executed for having the unmitigated audacity to disrespect a cop who was going to arrest him by running away. Who knew that nonpayment of child support was a capital offense in South Carolina?

Forget anything and everything you’ve heard or thought about police shootings. This isn’t Ferguson or Michael Brown or Eric Garner or Tamir Rice or even Akai Gurley. Those cases involved at least the initial argument that a suspect/perp did something that might have warranted an officer’s activities. Michael Brown menaced Officer Darren Wilson. Eric Garner resisted arrest and died from the rigors of the arrest process and not being shot or beaten. This case is different. Drastically. Walter Scott was executed by an officer who never apparently thought of giving chase. Who shot Scott, as many have stated, like a deer. For sport. Sick sport. No argument could be made that this man posed a threat as he merely ran away and never even looked back, nothing furtive or threatening in the least. No feasible and available argument to explicate why this officer summarily dispatched this man. None.

We don’t need no stinkin’ grand jury. This North Charleston police officer, now charged with murder, decided he wasn’t going to give chase to a 50 year-old, out of shape traffic and child support miscreant. No, siree! Give chase?! Are you kidding? This cop violated every known rule of police pursuit known to mankind without exception. “When you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said, announcing the arrest. “When you make a bad decision, I don’t care if you’re behind the shield or a citizen on the street, you have to live with that decision.” It will be a tutorial in police academies (I hope) for generations to come.

Michael Slager (CREDIT: Charleston Police Department)

This is the judge and executioner of Walter Scott. Add to the mix his cockamamie story about having Scott trying to wrest his Taser away from him — a Taser that he’s seen apparently dropping next to the dead, limp and bullet-riddled Scott — and there’s your opening for some serious Justice Department investigation. Notice also this mindless cop SOP thing about insisting that everyone be handcuffed behind their back even after they’ve clearly and absolutely are immobilized after HAVING BEEN SHOT IN THE BACK FIVE TIMES! His insistence upon protocol apparently didn’t include a cognizance of even determining whether he had probable cause or justification to use deadly force. Thank Gawd there was a video and thank Zeus the videographer who was in proximity wasn’t roughed or even worse. The fact that Scott was shot in the back as verified by a coroner’s report wouldn’t necessarily have provided his guilt for he could have alleged a furtive or quick or sinister move that precipitated such. No, thanks to Little Brother, Big Brother was nabbed in the act. And emphasis cannot be made enough as to the rarity of a cop charged with murder. Bravo!