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The December 30, 2019 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge intersects with real Americans!

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The Cowbird State
Guess whose baby you've been feeding...

SO, I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU to one of the more unlovely creatures vying with all the others for a place in the sun at the expense of the rest. I speak of the parasite known as the "cowbird".

The cowbird is an avian unremarkable in appearance. But this bird's behavior is truly out of the ordinary.

You see, during the nesting season, the cowbird watches other birds build their nests and lay their eggs. When it sees a suitable nest left unattended by hardworking parents who have gone off for food, the cowbird sneaks in, tumbles out one or more of the existing eggs and lays its own egg in that nest, repeating this with several host nests in the immediate neighborhood.

The idea is that the nest builders will be deceived (or at least sufficiently uncertain as to what's what). These "host" victims end up incubating the cowbird's chicks.

This behavior by the cowbird is not mere mindless instinct at work. The parasitic program is so deliberate and vicious that the cowbird will even watch the host nests to see that things go as planned. If victims detect the deception and tumble out an alien egg, the cowbird is known to then sneak in and destroy remaining native eggs, apparently to discourage further removals.

When the brood begins to hatch, the cowbird chicks are first to emerge. Thus, the alien invaders get the first meals brought to the nest by the hosts.

The cowbird chicks continue their optimized exploitation going forward. As part of the program, cowbirds choose small songbirds as their prey, meaning the cowbird chicks are bigger than any surviving nestmates. The cowbird chicks are aggressive, as well. For both reasons, the aliens continue to get the lion's share of the food throughout the nesting period.

The cowbirds thrive, while their victims do all the work and yet see their own offspring wither and die.

Continued...

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A Nice Victory For A New Warrior
Nick Audette shares a fine video testimonial and unambiguous documentation of the truth about the tax!

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The Virtual Certainty Of Foreign Interference In The 2020 Elections
...thanks to a decades-long corruption of America's political class.

GEORGE WASHINGTON FAMOUSLY WARNED AMERICA against harboring affections for any foreign state-- even going so far as to disparage actual alliances if for more than the brief duration of hot conflict. Steeped in the wisdom of long experience, and with no personal agenda to promote, Washington used his last address to the American people at the end of his presidency to advise his heirs as to a prudent, productive, and liberty-protective foreign policy.

Washington warned against both affections for other nations and animosity towards other nations (the entire text of his warning can be seen here). For purposes of this article I am going to editorially consolidate and focus solely on the "affection" part:

"Nothing is more essential than that passionate attachments for particular Nations should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The Nation, which indulges towards another an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its affection, which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.

"A passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite Nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest, in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite Nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the Nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained; and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens, (who devote themselves to the favorite nation,) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation."

I need hardly spend the pixels to name Israel as the nation on behalf of which America's political class has subjected the rest of us to the "variety of evils" against which George Washington warns us.

IT IS TRUE THAT BRITAIN shares with us most closely our cultural background, and is viewed with affection by many Americans for that reason. But in practical terms Britain is held in contempt and treated as a U.S. poodle. The same is true of the other Anglophone nations.

Similarly, United States policy toward Saudi Arabia and Egypt can be criticized as overly forgiving. George W. Bush was famously photographed walking hand in hand with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah in 2005. Donald Trump has been known to go dancing with Abdullah's brethren, and heaps praise upon Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who seized power in Egypt in a coup overthrowing the popularly-elected government of Mohamed Morsi and featuring the murder of thousands of protestors.

But while some with interests in the benefitting industries self-servingly appreciate Saudi Arabia's arms purchases, and both Saudi Arabia and Egypt are viewed with some favor due to their (often) sotto voce cooperation with (or perhaps, subordination to) Israel, to the leadership of neither are invitations to address Congress extended.

Likewise, to neither Saudi Arabia, nor Egypt-- nor Britain, for that matter-- do most members of Congress make pilgrimages upon taking office, as they do to Israel. On behalf of none of these others are there measures introduced in Congress, with the support of the White House, to punish criticism of their policies and practices. Only Israel is treated to these extraordinary forelock tugs.

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Other Voices

'On Rogues And Rogue States'
Old, New, and Improved.

An insightful and important commentary by Fred Reed with an equally important afterword by Yours Truly.

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And, of course, as always: Illuminating Anniversaries For This Week!


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