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LIONEL PODCAST: Why Did Robin Williams Hang Himself?

The most stupid yet oft asked question of the day. Truly amazing if you think of it. Let me clear this up. NOBODY KNOWS! There was no note and even if there was, suicide is not susceptible to rational explication because by definition it’s a direct and unnatural violation of the instinct of self-preservation and that doesn’t mean crazy, America’s favorite word for anything we can’t understand, grasp or explain. Thought and destructive thought can be potentiated by alcohol, drugs, depression, mania and various lethal tinctures thereof. There’s no apodictic explanation. Nothing black and white. There’s a multiplicity of gray. Manichaean dualistic cosmology doesn’t exist. You can’t apportion right or wrong or the sinful or pure. Lose the numinous appraisal. Suicide is awful and horrible and those who must live in a home where a loved one died and stiffened and decomposed is inexplicable. Accept the complexity of it. Embrace it.

Depression is a quaint term for mental hijacking. It’s a misnomer. Imagine inertia, being stuck, no happiness, sourceless despair, fugacious moments of just normal. Anhedonia. Serotonin and dopamine askew. Vicissitudinal emotion. You’re a prisoner of your brain. And what word do we use? Depression. The term used when the Mets lose. Sad. Down in the dumps. That doesn’t even approximate the hell the clinically depressed experience.

Everything you think and feel is brought to you synaptically through a series of carbon-based neurotransmitters. Everything. And with that comes the concomitant concern that Big Pharma and its SSRIs and psychmed witches brew, admittedly a life savior to so many, may tamper with and tweak the critically sensitive balance of the mind. After all, why is there literature that warns against suicide in cases where people seek the very medication to stave off and prevent suicide? Can you say irony?

If you ever doubted Twitter, Monday night should have dispelled such. It was a nuclear blast of data. Plain and simple. And by the time the Ted Baxter sockpuppet media even cobbled together their first inane response of schmaltzy graphic or package, the world was already off and reading and reacting and digesting the loss. And that’s why, as Mubarak proved, Twitter will be the first to be shut down in the case of societal calamity and revolution. Gawd forbid.

LIONEL PODCAST: Aren’t We the Good Guys?

The genius of daring to buck convention.

it’s anything but logolalia. In this my latest audio disquisition I wax prophetic and vatic as to the vagaries and idiosyncrasies and vicissitudes that make this insane salad bowl we live in even more insane. One must know when to be the microscope and when to be a telescope. When to focus in and close, when to back up and get the full picture. The depths of social media narcissism have been potentiated through the seemingly innocuous self-absorption spectacle known as the selfie. It’s a reintroduction of us to and with our infantile self.

Remember when it was good? Terrestrial and conventional spoken word and talk are the constant subject of industry investigation and analysis. Consultants make collective millions nationally dissecting and parsing the minutiae of stop sets, inventory, commercial and spot loads but never talk about the vapid product itself. The need for a revitalized, reenergized excitement to the medium. I’ve been fascinating by the notion of how to get millennials to the show. The one subject that’s oft-forgotten: exciting talk radio.

What fascinates me is what scares you. Herein I provide another disquisition and journey into the parallel universe that most news and talk and information media never venture in our towards, in a medium of podcasting that I’ve been at for lo these seemingly many years. And that now, as you can see, is invariably more available and profitable. Enjoy within reason.

C-SPAN and Richard Gage: The Glaring Inconsistencies and Impossibilities of the 9/11 Official Story

History was made this week. Mainstream media dared broach the subject of 9/11 examination. Not by and from truthers or conspiratoids but esteemed experts. My heart leapt; my soul wept. Could this mean that finally, at long last, we’d be willing to scrap the official story and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and take our time and carefully exact and parse the truth.

 What’s wrong with the official story? It’s official, right? Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard anyone question the official story of 9/11, viz. that three steel structures imploded into their own footprints at freefall speed, all falling symmetrically and perfectly, mimicking a controlled demolition that we’ve seen so many times. And don’t feel bad if you’re not really use what the official story is. Join the proverbial club.

It’s magic. How was it that WTC 7 or Building 7 likewise fell perfectly, symmetrically and into its own footprint when it wasn’t hit by anything but allegedly collapsed via fire alone? You’ve heard folks immediately make excuses when challenged as to this. My favorite: The “debris” of the other towers caused structural integrity. This is a common reflex. When folks are challenged as to their beliefs they pull hypotheses and conjecture and theories out if their civilian arses. You hear this all the time.

Science asks questions, remember? These questions were asked by Richard Gage and AE911Truth and 2219 architects, engineers, structural engineers, physicists, metallurgists, demolitions experts, just to name a few. All with significant pedigrees and an impeccable provenance. And while they never reach or seek to reach any conclusion as to who was behind this horror, who benefited and the like, they merely asked the question of how could this have happened as NIST suggested.

Your NIST is on my list. And what was the most critical of this event is that mainstream media and a respected institution such as C-SPAN dared and deigned to invite Mr. Gage to speak. He was allowed to present his case cogently and clearly while the moderator, Peter Sien, the host of Washington Journal, presented the NIST perspective whilst citing with particularity its findings and refutations. Callers weighed in and with unanimity applauded Mr. Gage for asking those questions — again, only as to the physical evidence.

We distort, you decide. There was not the obligatory lip service to the dread conspiracy theory. Remember, as I importune you: be a conspiracy analyst, not theorist. In my almost 13 years of obsessive study as to that horrible day, this aspect of the official story is but a part of the endless questions that have been raised by countless experts and civilians and citizen journalists alike and remain heretofore unanswered.

I’ve never been harmed by the truth. The lies will kill me. I will never apologize to or ask permission to inquire as to what happened on that day. Five specific events (North Tower, South Tower, Shanksville, Pentagon – and Building 7) occurred that day and as is usually the case the American people trusted their government and media to ask every pertinent question and only give it the coast’s clear when all valid inquiry was made.

Nothing to see here, move on. But the Ted Baxter media never cared or cares about the truth. They don’t want to make waves or ruffle feathers. They want to play it safe and dumb. No hits, no runs, no errors. Watch the ratings and revenue. The truth sleeps during sweeps. Quiet, kids. Jiggle the car keys in front of the crying baby. Talk about Cronuts and the latest viral video of a duck playing the piano. Keep ’em sedated and glued. Win the quarter hour. Watch the competition and mimic and mirror. Woodward and Bernstein are dead. So’s Murrow.

The brave new world of the truth vigilantes. Enter citizen journalism and the like. The new breed of information gatherers. There’s no need for J-School degrees. As one media said, you only need a license to cut hair. And with C-SPAN and the great Brian Lamb stewarding the helm, there’s hope. Because nothing’s more fascinating and profitable and wonderful as truth. Brave, intrepid and ballsy truth.

Carry on. Remember: Never be afraid to ask questions. Never apologize for your skepticism and believe nothing until it’s officially denied.



LIONEL PODCAST: It All Began As A Twisted Dream.

Do you want to go faster? This week I happened to focus in again on the amazing potentiator known as social media, a pressure valve into man’s idiosyncratic and charming lunacy. Every day someone’s writing a dead relative who believes that the hereafter connects to Wi-Fi. The usual procession of pets and children, both interchangeable as chattel. Idiotic anti-Israel chimings from the professional left who always seem to keep from mentioning anything about he culpability if Hamas. And assorted miscellany, too disgustingly period to mention.

‘Twas a great week for truth. Richard Gage on C-SPAN addressing certain aspects of the fantastic and mind-boggling mythology of the 9/11 mythology. More amazing insipidity the intellectual nullity of the Ted Baxter sockpuppet, bumper sticker, playbook, echo chamber mainstream media.
They encourage intellectual torpor and ennui. Asking too many questions especially when you question the official story will get you labeled a conspiracy nut. Asking too few questions will win you high journalistic praise as caution and control are rewarded and heralded.

Let me remind you, this is a paid podcast subscription. It’s been like that since I started, balling the trail. A pioneer. A trailblazer.

I could go on. And I have. In this latest rendition of my sonic thought.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Clueless Keith Olbermann

A challenge for Der Keith.

It all begin with a twisted dream.  I don’t know what got into him, the obstreperous Mr. O. I’m a fan of his style, raucous and confrontational if for no other reason than he’s not boring and I simply can’t take any more boring. Boring contaminates the Ted Baxter media. In fact were it not for boring there’d be nothing to hold it up. But Keef just went buggy on Matt Drudge and the ineffable Paul Joseph Watson, whose piece is contained infra for your perusal.

Keith Olbermann Trash Talks Drudge, Infowars In Bizarre Twitter Rant – July 30th, 2014

The truth is that the State is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit, but above all to corrupt its citizens … Henceforth, I shall never serve any government anywhere. (Leo Tolstoy)

The feller went plumb crazy on us, Sparky. It seems that he went ballistic over the notion that Messrs. Drudge and Watson along with me were conspiracy loons. “Tinfoil asshattery” if you will. And as I’ve explained, it’s not tinfoil. It’s aluminum foil. Not to mention the “PsychoLympics.” Oh, and he mentioned Mr. Drudge. Scattershot, shotgun, one size fits all ad hominem and pejorative.

But again, what’s critical is that he used the “conspiracy theory” pejorative. Which triggers the instant cessation to and of all discussion. Translation: lunacy.

Here Mr. Watson dissects and disassembles the fray with surgical precision and a smile.

“Sure he’s crazy, but what if he’s right?”

“At Current, television is all we do – that’s our business. We don’t have amusement parks I have to worry about, we don’t have environmental cases against us, we don’t have a series of outdoor-advertising companies.” (Keith Olbermann)


LIONEL PODCAST: What the Putrescent Ted Baxter Media Don’t Want You to Know About Putin and MH17

“Now look, Big Ange, let’s get real. We just opened up the BRICS Bank. As in a $100B un-USD alternative to the IMF and Wold Bank. You need us, babe. You’ve got over 3K corporations already doing business with us. Not to mention Obama’s been spaying on you, my little schnitzel. Come to Daddy Vlad. And about that WWII bit, that was a long time ago. Whattaya say, Ange, my little liebchen?”

The back story. The brilliant Paul Joseph Watson refers to Greg Hunter’s piece cites financial newsletter writer Jim Willie.

And a word about Watson. Everything he says or writes or opines is based on information and data that he retrieves from the internet in addition to alternative and foreign media. It’s not a hunch of a guess; it’s documented fact. And you’d think that some industrious Ted Baxter would at least take his lead, piggyback on his research. That’s the problem. You think.

Financial newsletter writer Jim Willie says no matter who shot down the Malaysian commercial jet over Ukraine recently, there is going to be massive fallout. Willie contends, “Here’s the big, big consequence. The U.S. is basically telling Europe you have two choices here. Join us with the war against Russia. Join us with the sanctions against Russia. Join us in constant war and conflicts, isolation and destruction to your economy and denial of your energy supply and removal of contracts. Join us with this war and sanctions because we’d really like you to keep the dollar regime going. They are going to say were tired of the dollar. . . . We are pushing Germany. Don’t worry about France, don’t worry about England, worry about Germany. Germany has 3,000 companies doing active business right now. They are not going to join the sanctions—period.”

Willie goes on to say, “It’s a war game and Europe is sick of U.S. war games. The defense of the dollar has come to war versus trade. Are you with us or are you against us?” As far as the NSA spying on Germany, Willie says, “I think they are looking for details on assisting Russia on dumping the dollar. I think they are looking for details for a secret movement for Germany to get away from the dollar and join the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.) This is exactly what I think they are going to do.”

Willie thinks as countries move away from the U.S. dollar, the money printing (quantitative easing, QE) increases, and the economy gets worse. Willie calls this a “feedback loop” that he contends, “You get the feedback loop from the damage of lost income that comes from the higher costs that comes from QE. It’s not stimulus, people. It’s a back door Wall Street bailout that degrades, deteriorates and damages the economy in a feedback vicious system. . . . You are seeing the free-fall and acceleration of the damage; and, so now, you get even more cost damage. QE didn’t happen by accident. Foreigners didn’t want to buy the Treasuries anymore. They don’t want to buy a bond where the same central bank is printing money to buy the bond! QE raises the cost structure and brings about shrinkage and disappearance of profits. QE is not stimulus. It’s capital destruction. ”

On the so-called “recovery” the mainstream media has been harping on for years, Willie says, “I believe the U.S. has gone into a recession that it is not going to get out of until the dollar is gone. When you factor inflation in properly . . . we got a monster recession of -6% or -7% right now. I don’t think it will get better until the dollar is disposed of. So, we’re entering the final phase of the dollar.”

In closing, Willie says, “You want to get rid of political obstacles? Go straight to commerce and trade. Why is it that Exxon Mobil is still doing projects in the Artic and still doing projects in the Black Sea, which is Crimea, with the Russians and their energy companies? We already got the U.S. energy companies defying our own sanctions, and yet we are prosecuting French banks for doing the same thing. This is insane. We are losing control.

And what did you say about the news media? Howard Beale is my hero. And don’t tell me he’s not real. I’ll make a religious comment you won’t take kindly to. He is real. He speaks to today’s reality and enjoyed a prescient vatic message from the day of Paddy Chayefsky. He’s the counter to my other hero Ted Baxter. And you can watch Ted and Tedette every day. Their roles are critical. They obfuscate, distort fact and prevaricate. On cue and on time.

Howard Beale: [laughing to himself] But, man, you’re never going to get any truth from us. We’ll tell you anything you want to hear; we lie like hell. We’ll tell you that, uh, Kojak always gets the killer, or that nobody ever gets cancer at Archie Bunker’s house, and no matter how much trouble the hero is in, don’t worry, just look at your watch; at the end of the hour he’s going to win. We’ll tell you any shit you want to hear. We deal in *illusions*, man! None of it is true! But you people sit there, day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds… We’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here. You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality, and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you! You dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube, you even *think* like the tube! This is mass madness, you maniacs! In God’s name, you people are the real thing! *WE* are the illusion! So turn off your television sets. Turn them off now. Turn them off right now. Turn them off and leave them off! Turn them off right in the middle of the sentence I’m speaking to you now! TURN THEM OFF…

[collapses in a prophetic swoon as the audience erupts in thunderous applause]

The Mysterious Federal Reserve: As Federal As Federal Express

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” – Henry Ford

It’s a currency, banking bankster war. The issues? The USD, SDRs, fiat currency, petrodollars, the fal of the House of Saud, BRICS banks. That’s what it’s about. Can you believe this? How many in the Ted Baxter sockpuppet echo-chamber bumper sticker playbook media ever mentioned this?

While the world waits with baited breath on the Contrived Drama of the Debt Ceiling, the real show has already been played out,secretly and behind the scenes.

The first audit of the privately owned and foreign owned Federal Reserve by the GAO,has turned up $16 Trillion dollars of loans all over the world to prop up the global fiat empire. This massive money creation is over and above Hank Paulson’s $700 billion dollar heist of the American public. It is also in addition to QE1 and QE2 that resulted in an illusionary recovery of the economy.

All of this money printing has done nothing to create any economic growth and it never will. The scary part is that this was done with no oversight or accountability . [Source] The audit of the Fed’s emergency lending programs was scarcely reported by mainstream media – albeit the results are undoubtedly newsworthy.  It is the first audit of the Fed in United States history since its beginnings in 1913.  The findings verify that over $16 trillion was allocated to corporations and banks internationally, purportedly for “financial assistance” during and after the 2008 fiscal crisis. [Source]

And this mind-blower. I’ll never get over this. Just think about it. Imagine the enormity of the cash, shrink-wrapped on pallets.

The US flew nearly $12bn in shrink-wrapped $100 bills into Iraq, then distributed the cash with no proper control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent. The staggering scale of the biggest transfer of cash in the history of the Federal Reserve has been graphically laid bare by a US congressional committee. In the year after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 nearly 281 million notes, weighing 363 tonnes, were sent from New York to Baghdad for disbursement to Iraqi ministries and US contractors.

Using C-130 planes, the deliveries took place once or twice a month with the biggest of $2,401,600,000 on June 22 2004, six days before the handover. Details of the shipments have emerged in a memorandum prepared for the meeting of the House committee on oversight and government reform which is examining Iraqi reconstruction. Its chairman, Henry Waxman, a fierce critic of the war, said the way the cash had been handled was mind-boggling. “The numbers are so large that it doesn’t seem possible that they’re true. Who in their right mind would send 363 tonnes of cash into a war zone?”

The memorandum details the casual manner in which the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority disbursed the money, which came from Iraqi oil sales, surplus funds from the UN oil-for-food programme and seized Iraqi assets. “One CPA official described an environment awash in $100 bills,” the memorandum says. “One contractor received a $2m payment in a duffel bag stuffed with shrink-wrapped bundles of currency. Auditors discovered that the key to a vault was kept in an unsecured backpack. “They also found that $774,300 in cash had been stolen from one division’s vault.

Cash payments were made from the back of a pickup truck, and cash was stored in unguarded sacks in Iraqi ministry offices. One official was given $6.75m in cash, and was ordered to spend it in one week before the interim Iraqi government took control of Iraqi funds.” The minutes from a May 2004 CPA meeting reveal “a single disbursement of $500m in security funding labelled merely ‘TBD’, meaning ‘to be determined’.”

The memorandum concludes: “Many of the funds appear to have been lost to corruption and waste … thousands of ‘ghost employees’ were receiving pay cheques from Iraqi ministries under the CPA’s control. Some of the funds could have enriched both criminals and insurgents fighting the United States.” [Source]

The Brilliance of Sports Talk

It’s really quite simple. I’ve no interest in sports other than an almost anthropological fascination into man’s tribal behavior. It’s atavistic, primordial and laughable. Grown men and women giving a hoot as to a sports performer’s stats is beyond me. A grown man wearing a jersey with JETER emblazoned on the back. What, are you Jeter? No? Then why are you telling me you are? You’re 46 years-old and you think you’re someone else? You’re a baby. Or at least, you wear another man’s name on the back of a shirt. Does he wear your name on his shirt? I think not.

But it’s a free country. And it is what it is. But this isn’t about the idiocy of professional game watching, it’s about how sports analysts address what amounts to a game. They’re brilliant.

But the analysis is brilliant. In order to weigh in on a sports show you must understand the game, the rules and its history. If not, you’ll be summarily dismissed. You can’t claim mindless allegiance as a substitute for knowledge of the game and its mechanics.

Political talk has nothing to do with facts, history or knowledge. You speak from your heart and arse. When you dare to declaim something your government’s done, proponents of the administration party call you un-American. If you’re disgusted with the Mets management, you’re not called un-Mets. You’re called an astute observer of the game. And there’s no sports version of flag waving. Some dolt standing with a foam finger Number One and his face painted team colors is not given a pass if she knows nothing about the game or the rules.

The War on Drugs Is Insane

Facts, anyone? Let the statistics speak for themselves. Look at the cold, stark numbers and ask yourself whether continued pretend wars on drugs even warrant a second more of our time and limited resources.

Did you know …

Amount spent annually in the U.S. on the war on drugs: More than $51,000,000,000

Number of people arrested in 2012 in the U.S. on nonviolent drug charges: 1.55 million

Number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation in 2012: 749,825

Number of those charged with marijuana law violations who were arrested for possession only: 658,231 (88 percent)

Number of Americans incarcerated in 2012 in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,228,400 or 1 in every 108 adults, the highest incarceration rate in the world

Proportion of people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison that are black or Hispanic, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites: 61 percent

Number of states that allow the medical use of marijuana: 23 + District of Columbia

Estimated annual revenue that California would raise if it taxed and regulated the sale of marijuana: $1,400,000,000

Number of people killed in Mexico’s drug war since 2006: 70,000+

Number of students who have lost federal financial aid eligibility because of a drug conviction: 200,000+

Number of people in the U.S. that died from a drug overdose in 2010: 38,329 (None for marijuana)

Tax revenue that drug legalization would yield annually, if currently-illegal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco: $46.7 billion

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that syringe access programs lower HIV incidence among people who inject drugs by: 80 percent

One-third of all AIDS cases in the U.S. have been caused by syringe sharing: 354,000 people

U.S. federal government support for syringe access programs: $0.00, thanks to a federal ban reinstated by Congress in 2011 that prohibits any federal assistance for them

Any questions?

LIONEL PODCAST: The United States of the Easily Offended

The choke pear or pear of anguish is the modern name for a type of instrument displayed in museums, consisting of a metal body (usually pear-shaped) divided into spoon-like segments that could be spread apart by turning a screw. The museum descriptions and some recent sources assert that the devices were used either as a gag, to prevent people from speaking, or internally (let that marinate in your head for a while) as an instrument of unspeakable torture. Today, censorship from thought vigilantes has replaced this instrument.

It’s not the opinion but who says it. First, conventional geriatric, Jurassic, ossified and fossilized news media better realize that there’s a news explosion. And if you want to stick to the Cronkite model and that Berlin Wall of news versus commentary approach, you’re toast. Besides it’s not that commentary is verboten in news, it’s what and which commentary. To wit, if a reporter opines that a shooting was the result of yet another failure in gun laws or mindlessly trumpets bogus war data as the New York Times did anent Iraq, no sweat, no problem. It’s farcical to think that either a rhyme or reason exists to explain these rules.