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LIONEL PODCAST: ShotSpotter, Gunshot Detection and Other Unbelievable Scheiße You’re Expected to Believe

You’re not falling for this I hope. It sounds at first so incredibly beneficial and even admirable. New York City’s getting ShotStopper. Here’s how it’s supposed to work. Microphones secreted about town whose sole purpose is to identify and triangulate gunshots in order to zero in on crime and make us all safe from the dastards who prey on the innocent. And without so much as questioning a single aspect of the plan or showing just a speck of well-earned incredulity, citizens in addition to the overpriced robots of the Jurassic mainstream media nod in polite Pavlovian obeisance to the latest in high-tech law-enforcement. They ooh and aah over this latest weapon and hi-tech promise to address the scourge of criminal vermin. They do not research, they investigate nothing further and, per usual, they accept the promises of law-enforcement hook line and stinker. So is this even plausible much less effective? Glad you asked?

According to statistics, in 75 percent of cases when people hear a gun shot sound, they do not report it to the police. The ShotSpotter is aimed at fixing that. Its sensors are connected to thousands of cameras set up around the city as part of the its Domain Awareness System, an all-seeing intelligence-analysis complex that collects and analyzes data captured by surveillance cameras, gunshot detectors, license plate readers, Geographic Information Systems mapping and social media feeds. [RT]

But does it work? So, what’s the track record so far? From November 2014, let’s review the following piece from Mikael Thalen.

Although the technology has had some success, multiple police departments across the country have gone as far as completely removing the system due to its multitude of problems.

Police in Oakland, who spent more than $264,000 on ShotSpotter, announced earlier this year that the system would likely be scrapped, calling it expensive and redundant.

In 2012, police in Troy, New York discontinued their system after several years of false alarms, many of which were triggered by firecrackers and squealing car brakes.

That same year, police in Trenton, New Jersey refused a ShotSpotter expansion after the system failed to alert officers to a shooting that left a man dead in the street for hours.

Even ignoring the failures, Seattle residents are unlikely to support the system’s instillation given the city’s involvement with surveillance. Whether it be their controversial mesh network or their secret participation in the TrapWire facial recognition program, the city of Seattle has long traded its residents privacy for alleged security.

Today’s podcast. It’s a surveillance tutorial. The basics, the rudiments the abecedarian fundamentals. Slowly but surely by virtue of our newfangled technology we are consenting to surveillance via the corporate structure versus the government per se. Gone are the Orwellian nightmares of Stasi-like invaders in the middle of the night, planting mics and wiring a room for illegal sound and voice capture. The ultimate goal is your being on a 24 hour real-time panopticon worldview matrix. The nefarious and awful grid. Through keyless entry, cashless bank cards, auto key fobs, and the ubiquitous RFID chip, through everything you do, every step you take not only will Sting be following and watching you but so will Big Brother. Your car will be susceptible to takeover and, in essence, hijacking. Especially after the notion of the driverless car becomes more accepted and cool to the unsuspecting sheeple masses. Since everything you do will be monitored and watched, you will be easily subject to carbon taxes by virtue of the mysterious and magical carbon footprint that you will be leaving and that will be well documented thanks to an intrusive surveillance grid that you allowed to occur when you bought those cool items with cool gadgets and cool features whose dangers you ignored when people like me warned you of what they ultimately meant. How do you feel now?

LIONEL PODCAST: Halloween’s for Crypto Serial Killers and Trollop Wannabes

Halloween. When it comes to pathetic, nothing brings it out of the woodwork like Halloween. And I’m talking “adults.” You see, Halloween isn’t a national holiday with religious or patriotic overtones. It’s vestigial and allows adult babies the chance to channel their inner freak. What’s more important is the subliminal trollop who lets it all hang out, who uses the allegedly sexy costume as camouflage, allowing her the cover to claim that she’s merely enjoying the festivities of the event when in fact she’s really telling you this is how she sees herself. Remember, we live in the era of fishlip selfies and social media narcissism. As for the men, look for the juvenile dork who talks about Halloween for weeks or even months in advance. Who details daily the travails of finding the best costume and who will bore the living shite out of you with his excruciating excitement over this annual nonevent. Herein I explain.

Breastfeeding. It’s beautiful! And when I read stories like this, I want to scream. If this looks seductive or sexy or scabrous to you, you’re beyond demented and need immediate psychiatric help. The human breast was never designed by nature to give some puerile punk a stiffy or to be filleted and packed with saline and silicone or to have mamillae pierced thus compromising breastfeeding. No, this is a pure example of natural beauty and we can’t handle it. We’re demented. Herein I explain.

Habituation to privacy loss. The dead horse is beaten again, but I repeat. Have you no sense of privacy? Will you ever stand up and complain and rail and voice any concerns as though you care? We’ve crops of Millennials who’ve never appreciated the warnings of Mr. Blair via 1984 and whose parents are none the better. It’s not inevitable, privacy loss, that is. Herein I explain.

Ebola ramifications. Beyond our pay grade. The issues are far more fascinating than that which is discussed in the media. Quarantine, incarceration, government exploitation of distress, mandatory vaccines, inter alia. Not to mention privacy and constitutional issues of grave magnitude. This is big stuff, Sparky. Herein I explain.

Information entertainment sucks. The perennial question. What happened to talk radio? Where are the numbers of yore? If you ask the question, you’ve apparently never listened to the dreck that passes for current and/or have no idea of modern electronic delivery systems. Herein I explain.

LIONEL PODCAST: Orwell Would Sh*t!

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.  — G. K. Chesterton

You’ll hear from time to time people referring to Orwell and “Nineteen Eighty-Four” (often written merely as 1984), most of whom, I assure you, never read it. They know the term as trivia and pop culture droplets. My friend, what we’re about to enter makes Oceania look like a retirement village. Let me explain. But first, some levity.

LIONEL AUDIO: Everybody’s Stupid At Me, Witchcraft & The Constitution

Give me a C. A bouncy C. (Irving Cohen, anyone?)

It’s witchcraft.

Thank you Coleman & Leigh. Herein you’ll find my discussion of the sorcerer’s apprentice, the fascinating Christine O’Donnell. I thank Zeus for her because (a) she infuriates the snarky, snotty, snooty lefty panjandrums and (b) equally infuriates the bloated, hoary, right-wing big shots like Karl Rove. So what if she’s against masturbation (or my favorite term “self-abuse’), dabbled in witchcraft and believe that human brains were transplanted into mice. Big whoop.

Those fingers in my hair.
That sly
Come hither stare
That strips my conscience bare

And now, a moment for incongruity. From O’Donnell to Holmes, my favorite justice whose writings were nonpareil in terms of clarity, lucidity and sheer brilliance. I provide to you a primer on SCOTUS basics and doublespeak, e.g. strict construction, originalism and the like. In a number of examples provided herein (as the post tags indicate), I describe to you how the Court is activist by nature, has indeed legislated from the bench and prays that you’ll never understand how it works.

LIONEL AUDIO: Nude Body Scanners, Kiddie Porn & We The Sheeple Nodding in Pavlovian Obeisance

New York airports will now have full body scanners the media report. There are cancer concerns over the devices as the Telegraph reports.

Dr David Brenner, head of the centre for radiological research at Columbia University in New York, said Government scientists had not taken into account the concentration of the radiation on the skin. He said it raised concerns about a potentially greater risk of cancer than previously realised.

And the vast majority of Americans are per usual nescient, clueless and with nary a concern. All that has to be mentioned is the shibboleth “9/11” and We the Sheeple go into a trance signing over full control to our government who, of course, has nothing but our best interest in mind. And guess what, Cochise, scanner images through an inversion process can be colorized to provide a pretty spiffy nudie shot. Wallet size available. See infra.

LIONEL AUDIO: Nude Body Scanners, Kiddie Porn & We The Sheeple Nodding in Pavlovian Obeisance (16:12)

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