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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: Ignorance Is Indeed Bliss and Prototypically American

America has always talked a great game when it comes to the military. Uncomfortable fact: 12% of US homeless adults are veterans with 50% having serious mental illness. Oh, there he goes again, ruining Memorial Day weekend barbecue and beach fun and frolic with the facts! Knowing, learning, reading and understanding puts folks into the unenviable position of knowing what’s true and what’s fiction. Our veterans, whom we proudly and publicly proclaim we love, need our immediate help. Platitudes and symbolic gestures are nice, it’s a start, but that’s not what is required. Mental health evaluation, outreach and treatment, especially, are critically needed. And in addition to honoring service nd those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice, stop the next war.

Don’t bother me, I’m too busy waving this flag. Ignorance is indeed bliss. It’s glorious. You don’t have to be concerned with pesky reality. Myth, fable, lies – who cares? Look, face it. Americans are busy with memes and perceptions and feelings. Not reality. And it’s a glorious weekend and there are barbecues to attend and melanomas to bake. Enough with the guilt! When it comes to waxing patriotic all you’re going to get is a pithy phrase, a snappy salute, a timely tweet and a “patriotic” post. Something about “never forget” or . . . something. And remember, you can’t forget something you don’t and didn’t know in the first place.

‘War is Terrorism with a Bigger Budget.’ There’s still a fetishization of war and combat. Layered with misplaced patriotism and statism. It’s by no means deliberate or negative in intent. It’s just the way we’ve been programmed. But even the best of programing can be upended.

LIONEL PODCAST: What Really Happened to Germanwings Kamikaze FLT 9525

A comparison. The mainstream media report on stories, detailing specific facts, and then ignore the skepticism that reading their stories would inspire! They don’t even follow up on facts they report. They ignore their own stories. Let that sink in as I provided this comparison.

Let’s look at the crash site and debris field. This is what was left of Germanwings FLT 9525, an Airbus A320. Notice the referenced graphic from BBC News. A significant debris field, to be sure.

Reference, anyone? Compare it with the remains of FLT 93, a Boeing 757–222, at the edge of a strip-mining quarry in rural Pennsylvania, about two miles due north of Shanksville, PA, in Stony Creek township, on September 11, 2011. Quite a difference in appearance, I must admit. And I always had questions about that since we’re on the subject of airline crashes. Where are the 6-ton Rolls-Royce Engines and 60-ton high grade aluminum/titanium alloy frame? That must have been some collision to completely destroy and atomize and disintegrate every scrap and fragment of the plane almost at the molecular level. And what’s more interesting to me is how many self-styled aviation collision experts will make up answers on the spot. I’ve been assured by these luminaries and aviation crash authorities that at the right speed a plane will disintegrate upon impact. Well, some. And even though this defies any and all logic. And for the life of me, after careful review and a scrupulous command of the facts, I cannot recall any representative of the lucid media asking about this much less noticing the obvious inconsistencies.

This isn’t a conspiracy theory. No accusations of inside jobs or cabals and corrupt covens. No criminal conclaves or consortia. This isn’t skepticism or a refutation of anything. This is just and merely a discussion of the patently obvious, the blatantly apparent. At least to you and me.

Didn’t someone mention this?  Yes. It was reported repeatedly but the gravamen of the story never stuck. CNN reported this and I reference it verbatim with emphasis added. Read this carefully.

Meanwhile, investigators say they’ve found debris from the crash at least eight miles away from the crash site.

A second debris field was around Indian Lake about 3 miles from the crash scene. Some debris was in the lake and some was adjacent to the lake.

More debris from the plane was found in New Baltimore, some 8 miles away from the crash.

State police and the FBI initially said they didn’t want to speculate whether the debris was from the crash, or if the plane could have broken up in midair.

Investigators later said the debris was all very light material, such as paper and thin nylon the wind would easily blow. The wind was blowing towards Indian Lake and New Baltimore at 9 knots. “According to the NTSB, it is not only possible that the debris is from the crash, it is probable,” Crowley said.

What?! Read that again. That must have been some wind. A mighty wind to reference Christopher Guest. Amazing, is it not, the differences in the crash sites? I’m sure there is a perfectly sound basis for the disparity in destruction.

Magic. Engines askew. Significant scattering. Fascinating stuff one would think. In fact, it was reported in PittsburghLive.com on Friday, September 14, 2001, “before it magically disappeared” sometime after October 20th or so from a website with articles from much earlier dates still archived, the following. Interesting. Anyhoo.

[State police Maj. Lyle] Szupinka said investigators also will be searching a pond behind the crash site looking for the other recorder and other debris. If necessary, divers may be brought in to assist search teams, or the pond may be drained, he said.


“It appears to be the whole engine,” he added.

Szupinka said most of the remaining debris, scattered over a perimeter that stretches for several miles, are in pieces no bigger than a “briefcase.” [Source]

Here we go again. And enter those pesky conspiracy theorists again. In 2002 The Independent reported that some “will say that the plane was shot down by a missile, perhaps a heat-seeking missile that honed in on one of the plane’s engines – a theory possibly substantiated by the 2,000yd flight of the 1,000lb engine part, but arguably refuted by consistent eye-witness accounts, including Lee Purbaugh’s, that when last sighted the plane was not emitting smoke.” How have the media missed that which they reported. How weren’t and aren’t curiosities piqued?

So, what does all this mean, Alfie? It means that I find these stories fascinating, truly fascinating. As well as the media’s organic sense of incuriosity. I’m no aviation crash expert nor do I play one on TV, but I do know rudimentary laws of physics and that debris fields of plane crashes eight miles away likely don’t involve gusts and zephyrs causing engines to waft through the air. It’s evidence again of why I believe absolutely nothing in the ossified American mainstream media.

Today’s podcast subjects. Glad you asked. Take note.

  • The lack of interest on the part of the Jurassic mainstream media in the psychiatric treatment of Andreas Lubitz, specifically what psych meds (if any) he was on or coming off of. Read this wonderful disquisition on the subject from Paul Joseph Watson. But why should they be intrigued by this aspect of the case when they’ve missed so much about other cases?
  • The difference in coverage if Andreas Lubitz had been Muhammad bin Whatever. The obvious discrepancy should be glaring.
  • The remote control capabilities of today’s planes. This is most interesting, I believe.
  • A comparison to FLT 93 near Shanksville as indicated supra.
  • The horrid coverage in general of the incident.
  • And stuff.

LIONEL PODCAST: Humanizing and Destigmatizing Mental Illness

We’re medieval. In our appreciation for and of mental illness, MI hereinafter. MI also tends to destigmatize. I respectfully submit that confusion and an almost criminal nescience are really the underlying bases for such profound misunderstanding as to MI. And nowhere is this seen better than in the courtroom via the astigmatic lens of criminal jurisprudence. In the matters of the insanity defense and NGRI courts have adopted and applied four — you heard me, four — essential standards and rules, all described herein. The M’Naghten Test, Durham Rule, Irresistible Impulse Test and Model Penal Code Test. In this podcast I attempt to explain how these tests seem quite different and easily accessible and applicable, but they fail to address the issues that are present in many crimes. In addition, I discuss what has to be done to change the way the law and psychiatry meet and merge and meld.

Scary doesn’t inspire empathic. In the case of those suffering from MI who’ve been incarcerated and have long criminal records and especially those who’ve exhibited violent traits and behaviors, empathy and sympathy are hard to come by. And one of the reasons is the very heart of the psychiatric diagnosis — it’s not tangible, readable, replicable, obvious and/or universally recognized. It’s not like a shattered femur, easily seen on X-ray, or the image of a tumor that a radiologist can easily and immediately read and, moreover, will be acknowledged and verified and agreed with by other radiologists. Psychiatric diagnoses don’t lend themselves to such uniform and accepted certainty. Perhaps until now. Enter imagery, PET scans and watch the explosion and evolution in the science of MI.

Advocacy angels. There are so many incredible individuals and organizations and efforts to address MI issues and remove the stigma that is so often associated it.

  • The incredible work of my dear friend and esteemed jurist Judge Sol Wachtler and The North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Foundation and Law & Psychiatry Institute.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro), a grassroots organization providing support, education and advocacy for individuals and their families of all ethnic and socioeconomic strata who live with MI.
  • May I also commend to you the work of Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, the Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He’s the author of Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry that “traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science through its adolescence as a cult of “shrinks” to its late blooming maturity.”
  • Dr. Eric Kandel and Charlie Rose for the Brain Series. Bravo!
  • Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Volkow pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs.  Her studies have documented changes in the dopamine system affecting, among others, the functions of frontal brain regions involved with motivation, drive, and pleasure in addiction.
  • And no list of estimable contributions to the field would be complete without mention of a personal favorite of mine, James Fallon, author of The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain. It details how Fallon, while studying brain scans to search for patterns that correlated with psychopathic behavior, found that his own brain fit the profile like the proverbial glove. One of the most frightening Eureka! moments in the history of science.


LIONEL AUDIO: Electroejaculation & Stuff

I’m not making this up. A New York widow has persuaded a court to issue an order for the posthumous retrieval of her deceased (via suicide) husband’s sperm that will, via IVF, fertilize an egg to be implanted in a surrogate, the late husband’s girlfriend. You can’t make this up.

Watch my PIX 11 Commentary on the subject. This had the folks scratching their heads.

Messrs. Jagger and Richards even dedicated a musical paean of sorts to the subject.

Sperm can be retrieved using various methods including surgical excision of the epididymis, irrigation or aspiration of the vas deferens, rectal probe electroejaculation and orchidectomy. [Source]

Electroejaculation?! Wow. Makes the Taser pale by comparison, don’t you think?

LIONEL AUDIO: Mental Illness, Brain vs. Mind, Psychiatric Nescience and The Wonderful World of Whacky

Crazy, nuts, psycho, mental. (And those are my friends on Facebook.) Since time immemorial we’ve enjoyed a concomitant fascination with and by mental illness and diseases of the mind and a complete demonization of mental disease victims. Next to why Carrot Top hasn’t been indicted so far, nothing fascinates me more than the subject of mental illness. In this most reasoned disquisition, if I may say so myself (and I believe I did), I discuss a panoply of subjects anent the broad rubric mental illness or as I prefer, waxing nutso.

  • Reality and consciousness
  • Dopamine, serotonin and a dog named Boo
  • Psychopathy and the appreciation of consequence
  • Neurological versus psychiatric pathologies
  • The brain versus the mind vis-à-vis Joe versus the volcano
  • OCD, addiction matrices and Bea Arthur’s mannish features
  • Phobias, irrational fears and rational dread
  • SSRI, MMPI and the initializing of everything
  • Neurological pathologies and the uniqueness of dysfunction
  • Psychosis versus neurosis
  • The quiddity of insanity
  • Reality show concomitant exploitation and exposure

Neurological disorders and pathologies have no natural counterpart. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s chorea are the product disruptions and damage to the brain. The symptomatology knows no counterpart in normal behavior spectra. Psychiatric disorders are distorted variations of behaviors that are “normally” observed and experienced: depression, schizophrenia, mania and the darling of reality TV, OCD. Psychiatric maladies are exaggerations and distortions of behaviors and phenomena that are normal. When you see things and hear voices and you’re asleep it’s called dreaming. When you see things and hear voices and you’re in the express line at Whole Foods, you’re having a schizophrenic episode. Fascinating.

Our collective nescience of the brain and mind seems to be getting greater and worse. We’ve almost the same medieval frame of reference as to “crazy” folks as we did a century ago. In fact, when we disagree with someone and find her argument or reasoning specious, we call her crazy. How many times have you heard someone quip that someone exhibiting psychotic behavior must be off their Prozac? Depression, SSRI’s, Thorazine . . . aw, who cares? We warehouse the mentally ill in prisons where they receive no psych care whatsoever. Their illnesses exacerbate, they become more violent because they’ve been ignored or incorrectly mediated and their prison sentences are lengthened as a result. They’ve no advocates, no colored ribbons, they’re all but forgotten.

“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'” Matthew 25:45

It’s Official. Stanley’s Crazy.

Without exception, everyone I spoke with today to a person commented that McChrystal was crazy. He had to be, right? What else could explain his boneheaded and self-destructive move?

Mental illness fascinates me. Almost as much as the folks who swear they’re sane. Or that sanity exists in a pure sense. Like incest, sanity is relative. What provided McChrystal with the drive and indefatigable ambition to excel as fast and far as he did may in effect be a form of mental illness. Think a focused and productive mania. The bold and gung-ho spirit that propelled him to generalhood (?) may have also had a component that was negative and surfaced most inauspiciously.

So let’s take the underpinning of mental illness, a mild version, that is, that enables McChrystal to charge ahead undaunted by the fear of failure and then allow its evil counterpart to seep through, viz. an untethered recklessness, and voila! There you have it.

Or not.