Monthly Archives: July 2015

LIONEL PODCAST: The United States of Misinformed, Addicted, Clueless, Biased, Uninformed, Addled, Chastened, Hateful, Frightened But Proud

The truth can be cruel.  You know it to be true.

Celebrating the 101st birthday of “The World’s Foremost Authority,” the ineffable Profesor Irwin Corey.

LIONEL PODCAST: Tears for a Lion But Nothing for Innocent Humans Killed by Drone

Felicide. Cecil the Lion, a much-loved lion who lived in a nature reserve in Zimbabwe, was recently killed by a human. That human is said to be Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota. Palmer is said to have paid $50,000 for the privilege of killing the big cat with a bow and arrow, reports the Telegraph.

Explain the mentality of grief. I wish I could figure out what actually makes people tick. And, more specifically, our schizophrenic relationship with animals. A lion is hunted by a psychopath dentist and the world goes nuts. His trophied carcass is displayed to the world and now there’s a bounty for Jerry Helper. Yet daily, our country and others involve themselves in behaviors that are beyond hideous. Women, children and old people killed via drone and hellfire missiles in Yemen. Not a peep.

Look around. Animal conditions at food processing plants and slaughterhouse. Not a word. Yet we connect in some weird anthropomorphic connection to a lion, the Twittervese explodes. Why? Why is that one example so horrible? Look at how we treat cetacean mammals at horror centers like Sea World. Whales, dolphins, and porpoises are cetaceans and we trap and imprison them for our amusement. These are truly magnificent animals with a paralimbic system that allows them to feel loss far greater than even humans. They are truly awesome, to borrow an overused word. But not a word or tweet. 

Anthropomorphic disconnect. But this lion, a tragedy to be sure, is just one example of daily atrocities that we either ignore, know nothing about or look the other way. Must we employ Ricky Gervais to point that human horrors exist as well?

It would be like killing our Lassie.  I’ve never hunted but am a lifelong supporter of the Second Amendment and an ardent carry permit advocate. I’ve been a plant-based vegan for years and I’m not one of those insane characters that normally come to mind when one hears the word vegan. Hunters I have found represent some of the most ardent defenders of ecosystems and normally evince a tremendous respect for natural habitat and resources. They are to be differentiated from those individuals who take some psychosexual pleasure out of the blood sport of deliberately destroying a beautiful creature just for the sake of its murder. This pathology enjoys the same framework is that of the serial killer. Gandhi said you can tell about a civilization by how it treats its animals. If that is true, we have a lot of ‘splaining do, Lucy.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Danger of Lauding Donald Trump Speaking His Mind

Imagine DT sitting across from Putin. There has been a constant refrain I would like to clarify.

One of the most ridiculous comments is that, like him or not, at least Donald Trump speaks his mind. At least he says what’s on his mind. This is not a reason to vote for anyone or marry someone or go into business with someone or even know someone. Because the inability to filter that which is “on one’s mind” aside from being in many instances a sign of mental illness is a lethal combination. Having an otherwise good president with Tourette’s is dangerous. I’m not suggesting Trump is mentally ill, but while I agree with much of what he says, there is no way that you can deal with the leader of a country with strategic much less tactical nuclear weapons and say anything that’s “on your mind.” Not only are human lives at stake but the future of the free world.

Samuel Butler said that it is tact that is golden, not silence.

Candor without tact is deadly. Great for pretend reality shows but not for international diplomacy especially during these perilous times.

LIONEL PODCASTS: Trump, Guns, Putin, Perception, Media, Lies, Hillary, MSNBC, Sharpton and Stuff

Your perception and awareness have nothing to do with reality. Rather than provide a prolegomenon of this podcast installment, just listen. And, better yet, send it and forwarded to someone you know. Illuminate them and enlighten them with a view of the world that nobody, and I mean nobody, possesses our exhibits. And perhaps for good reason.

Remember Lionel’s Law. The law always lags behind technology. This was one of the most important cases that was announced this week regarding Facebook and privacy. I know the two terms should not be used in the same sentence, but it never ceases to amaze me how many people do not understand that nothing on Facebook or social media can in any wise be construed as safe and beyond the prying eyes of the government.

LIONEL PODCAST: America Needs an Intellectual Makeover

What exactly is this podcast about anyway? That’s a great question. Have you ever listened to any Anthony Braxton? Well, if so, think that experience on anxiolytics. A frenetic calm. The antipodal opposites. Just listen. Oh, and guess who actually has the best plan and mode of approach in handling Putin, Russia and NATO? Are you sitting down?

LIONEL PODCAST: Donald Trump’s Huge Boner

This is worth stating. Boner is defined as a clumsy or stupid mistake. Inter alia, that is! And indubitably, Donald Trump pulled a boner. But let’s look at this further.

It’s not the first time. On “Face the Nation,” in 2010 retired Gen. Wesley Clark challenged John McCain’s “war hero status” as a qualification though, albeit, not as horribly tone deaf as DT’s.

“He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee. And he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn’t held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded — that wasn’t a wartime squadron,” Clark said.

“I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.”

In fact, Chris Rock may have authored Trump’s line. The comparison value is subject to debate. One’s a retired General, the other a comic. But the meme that’s being presented is that it’s part of the social intercourse, er, conversation.

The line referenced may have originated in Obama-supporting comedian Chris Rock’s HBO special during the 2008 election.

“He a war hero. He a war hero,” Rock said of McCain. “He a war hero that got CAPTURED. There’s a lot of guys in jail that got captured. I don’t want to vote for nobody that got captured. I want to vote for the motherfucker that got away.” 

But they say a picture’s worth a thousand words. I say a million words. Why has DT missed completely this connection? How, in the name of Zeus, did he miss this mention?

ISIS claims some of the Jihadists in this photo are members. The man on the far left is FSA Khalid al-Hamad, the notorious “Cannibal Jihadist” who had himself videotaped eating a human heart. It has also been reported that Khalid al-Hamad called his unit the “Osama Bin Laden Brigade.” Address that, DT!

LIONEL PODCAST: The Insatiable Human Trait of Being Weird

Often quoted, rarely understood. Niels Henrik David Bohr. Love the guy. How great is this quote? Seriously. Just let it marinate.

We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.

– Said to Wolfgang Pauli after his presentation of Heisenberg‘s and Pauli’s nonlinear field theory of elementary particles, at Columbia University (1958), as reported by F.J. Dyson in his paper “Innovation in Physics” (Scientific American, 199, No. 3, September 1958, pp. 74-82 – reprinted in “JingShin Theoretical Physics Symposium in Honor of Professor Ta-You Wu,” edited by Jong-Ping Hsu & Leonardo Hsu, Singapore ; River Edge, NJ : World Scientific, 1998, pp. 73-90, here: p. 84).

And this beaut. Shout out to Max.

An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning. 
— Max Planck, Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, trans. F. Gaynor (1950), 97. Quoted in David L. Hull, Science as a Process (1990), 379.

LIONEL PODCAST: Jade Helm Is Real and Should Scare the Hell Out of You

This is not hyperbole. Why this country is tentatively enjoys history as exemplified by it in your new concern with the Confederate flag, it knows absolutely nothing about the perils and dangers of martial law.

Martial law?! You betcha. The esteemed and estimable Paul Joseph Watson notes the following background information that your MSM will never so much as hint at.

Despite assurances that the training is to prepare troops for overseas missions, Army documents in the past have made clear that plans for martial law are in place for within the Continental United States (CONUS).

leaked 2012 US Army Military Police training manual, entitled “Civil Disturbance Operations,” described how soldiers would be ordered to confiscate firearms and kill American “dissidents.” The manual also revealed that prisoners would be detained in temporary internment camps and “re-educated” to gain a new appreciation of “U.S. policies,” in accordance with U.S. Army FM 3-19.40 Internment/Resettlement Operations.

Jade Helm has also drawn comparisons to a 2012 scenario outlined by retired Army colonel Kevin Benson, in which the U.S. Military is used to crush an insurgent rebellion overseen by Tea Party militia members who take over the city of Darlington, South Carolina.

LIONEL PODCAST: Cosmic Thinking and Brobdingnagian Perspectives. Or Something.

Behold. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. They’re beautiful.

Wow, man. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc. Abstract fractals – such as the Mandelbrot Set – can be generated by a computer calculating a simple equation over and over. I could stare at them forever.

Alas. This has really nothing to do with today’s offering. Then again, it has everything to do with it.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Eric Garner Wrongful Death Settlement Travesty

This is all that the public saw and ostensibly needed to know. “New York City reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner on Monday, agreeing to pay $5.9 million to resolve a wrongful-death claim over his killing by the police on Staten Island last July, the city comptroller and a lawyer for the family said.”  [NYT]

This was the wrong case to focus on. They saw what they considered and construed to be a choke hold, though it wasn’t, and further assumed perhaps that an arrestee may respectfully decline an arrest and that’s the end of it. And despite the fact that many Americans are under the deluded belief that they are experts in forensic pathology after having watched Quincy and the CSI for years, these particular facts undoubtedly confound them. Mr. Garner died tragically while he was arresting a legal and lawful arrest. His poor health and myriad medical maladies undoubtedly contributed to his demise when he was pronounced dead an hour later. In fact, as today’s settlement indicates, the emergency response team was certainly culpable. This may also surprise people that you cannot respectfully or violently decline being arrested.

“You can beat the rap but you can’t beat the ride.” And as you now know well the factor that made this case different from all the others was that it was recorded in real time on social media. Were it not for these particular scenes, it is hard to tell what would be the disposition of this case. The point has been repeatedly made over the fact that the medical examiner ruled this case a homicide. As I’m sure you are aware, homicide does not necessarily mean criminal negligence or culpability. It means that his death was not natural, accidental, suicide or undetermined.