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LIONEL PODCAST: Bread & Circuses – America Must Remain Distracted at All Times

The etymology. Bread and Circus, is defined as “something, as extravagant entertainment, offered as an expedient means of pacifying discontent or diverting attention from a source of grievance.” Whether it’s the media coverage of Letterman’s agonizing and seemingly interminable valedictory or #Deflategate or the series finale of “Mad Men” – which, interestingly enough, was eclipsed in ratings 2:1 by a 60 year-old colorized rerun of “I Love Lucy” – bread and circuses denote “the generation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace.” A “superficial means of appeasement.” Behold our society. And know it’s not a matter of accident, it’s deliberate.

Ah, to be mindless. It’s a national pastime. ‘Neath the heft of statism and nationalism and a emerged set of disconnected connectivity. Who cares? Not I. I’m too busy. But I will feign and pretend and act as though I’m a part and involved. But who can be too connected with all this distraction going on? There’s David Letterman’s valedictory. This pretend sadness over the end of a successful television reign of a weird misanthrope and human mystery. Distraction. Diversion. Sleight of mind. Look, a puppy! The attention span of a gnat we have. Evanescence of interest. Poof! Gone. Disappeared. Abracadabra and film at 11. News, sports and weather.  Traffic on the 5’s. We’re doomed, kids. Doomed. 

LIONEL PODCAST: Listen to This Podcast or Die

A veritable of disquisition. Discussed herein please note the following inter alia.

  • Bread and circuses originates from from a remark by the first and second century CE Roman poet and satirist Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis (Juvenal) on the limited desires of the Roman populace and it denotes something, as extravagant entertainment, offered as an expedient means of pacifying discontent or diverting attention from a source of grievance. It’s a distraction of the masses away from that which matters and counts. It’s nonsense. #DeflateGate and Belichick mean nada. Niente. Nihil. And those who eschew the notion of conspiracy theories have no problem in conspiring away to analyze this insignificant moment of inconsequential nothing.
  • The Shelly Silver indictment and my road trip to Albany. The parlors of power and how the mighty have fallen as well as the rise of Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Today’s Tom Dewey and neo-Giuliani.
  • Chemtrails and geoengineering versus contrails. Despite my eyewitness testimony, the detractors love to detract and distract.
  • Alan Dershowitz fights back in a most fascinating legal gambit. I also discuss the inherent evul of the Royals and monarchists.
  • The significance of the latest UFO docs released and the Watergate of the Millenium.

You’re welcome.