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 Post subject: The News, May 4, 2020
PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 3:09 pm 
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The May 4, 2020 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge intersects with real Americans!

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Hey, People!! Start making plans (and getting your RSVPs in) for the 13th (and perhaps last) Declaration Day Party, July 4, 2020!!

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The Jim Jones Syndrome
...or, why and how the Constitution is not a suicide pact.

I LED OFF THE LAST NEWSLETTER with a drill-down on the legal reasons for the invalidity of so-called "emergency" powers claimed by every autocrat from Donald Trump on down to even less-qualified political pip-squeaks like Gavin Newsom of California and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. Today I'm going to take a look at why free and sovereign people set things up that way.

As noted in the earlier article, the simple fact that a state is created by a sovereign people through the mechanism of a Constitution in which certain powers are expressly delegated imposes the prohibition on "emergency" powers. This is true due to the very nature of such a Constitutional structure.

But the prohibition of "emergency" powers is not just a fortuitous happenstance. Very explicit and positive interests  are protected by that particular aspect of Constitutional establishment.

BEYOND THE FACT THAT WHAT IS neither articulated nor anticipated cannot be delegated at all, one big reason we, the people never delegated "emergency-do-whatever-you-think-you-must" powers to our governments is simple self-interest. We wanted to protect ourselves from being forcibly afflicted with the consequences of bad decisions.

As sensible people, our Founders and Framers knew full well that "emergency" decisions are made either in panic, despair or hubris by incompetent or deluded leaders (the "Jim Jones" syndrome) or through political career-security calculations which naturally default to hyper-(and often paralytic)-caution (the "FDA approval process" effect) and/or produce the unwanted accretion of power in state offices.

Our Founders and Framers designed things so that wiser or more cool-headed (or even just foolhardy but nonetheless free and sovereign) individuals could never be lawfully compelled to drink the Kool-Aid or suffer harms from bad policy like livestock in a barn after the farmer drops a lit cigarette from shock-frozen fingers.

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Further C19-Hysteria Observations
...more or less related to, or riffing off, the foregoing "Jones Syndrome" commentary...

DOESN'T WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW in many places across America perfectly exemplify the wisdom in the cautionary observation that, "A state big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything away from you"?

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THE "NORMAL" INTO WHICH AMERICA should settle going forward is the one that has been typical during times of seasonal flu. That is to say, straight back to January 1, 2020 in every respect, legally and culturally, with one exception-- a dramatic downsizing of government, federal and state, in order to ensure that the American people are never again at the mercy of panic- or opportunism-prone political hacks with enough influence to carry others along with them over the cliff. There is only one way this can be accomplished; find it here.

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TESTING FOR C19 INFECTION CAN ONLY SERVE one valid purpose: keeping tabs on the case fatality rate (CFR). It has no virtue for any purpose of "wisely staging" the pace and manner in which Americans reclaim their liberties from the patchwork quilt of despotisms by which the country has been smothered during the last two months.

The odds are that WAY more Americans are infected with the virus than has been shown so far, as I anticipated long ago here, and testing would reveal that. But the appropriate take-away from that revelation is that C19-- already known to have a CFR at the no-big-deal level of a mild seasonal flu-- is even LESS significant than has already been shown, NOT that more or continued panic reactions (such as "immunity passports", "contact tracing" or any other liberty-compromising measures) are warranted.

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I Need Your Help, Friends...
...and the window for action is only briefly open...

PEOPLE, MANY OF THE RECENT POSTS I have made here contain the remedy to the ongoing destruction of the rule of law we are suffering right now (not to mention the ongoing destruction of our liberties and our prosperity). That remedy lies in the data proving that C19 is of no more dire significance than the common seasonal flu.

C19's relative insignificance is definitively shown by case fatality rates-- even in what are considered "hotspots" across the country-- of only .1% - .127% (a rate which itself is actually overstated). Another important fact is the existence of a proven-effective, inexpensive and easy cure for the disease.

The problem is that these facts that are NOT being shared with the American public by the MSM or by any official. This is because these facts knock the pins out from under the agenda-driven pretense that C19 is a unique threat in response to which "everything must change" (meaning, your liberties must be compromised and the state must have much more power going forward).

Those deception-favoring interests understand that when enough Americans have seen these facts about the perfectly normal virulence of C19 (and more, learn of our unusual ability to actually cure this one, rather than helplessly suffer losses at its hands, as we have always done with every seasonal iteration of influenza), some of them, at least, will wake up to the fact the "cost-benefit" analysis of the virtues of "lockdowns" and all the rest has always been: HUGE cost; no meaningful benefit.

The tolerance of those folks for each additional day of ruinous oppression will drop fast, and their susceptibility to the argument that it was the oppressive measures that saved their lives, and that therefore those oppressive measures must become the "new normal", will also evaporate. Only these changes in perception amongst enough of our fellows will spare us that "new normal".

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Will German Courts Now Seek The Extradition Of Gina Haspel?
Invoking a concept called "universal jurisdiction", Germany is trying Syrian officials for alleged torture of prisoners. Why stop there?

ACCORDING TO A DOCTRINE embraced in Europe a number of years ago, "crimes against humanity" are subject to the jurisdiction of any court, even one foreign to the geographical locus of the alleged events or the citizenship of the alleged perpetrators. Under the auspices of this doctrine, a court in Germany is putting on trial two Syrians arrested in Germany last year who are accused of being in positions of responsibility in a Syrian detention center in which torture was conducted.

I offer a qualified "Hooray!" Torture is a heinous crime, and those who can be proven to have conducted it, and those who can be proven to have authorized or encouraged it should be punished severely-- severely enough to scare everyone in the future away from ever even thinking of committing this despicable offense.

I qualify my "Hooray!" only in regard to the "universal jurisdiction" doctrine, which, if confined exclusively to crimes like torture, the initiation of wars of aggression (whether by military or economic means), assassinations and other forms of terrorism, and fomenting the overthrow of democratically-elected government is likely a blessing for the world, but which bears the risk of being subverted into a political tool and/or a weapon of aggression if extended to any other alleged offenses.

Continued...

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Other Voices
The Biological War Against China
An echo of one of my early C19-Craziness posts by Lew Rockwell and Ron Unz, followed by a very important afterword by Yours Truly.

DON'T MISS ANY OF THIS, friends. We are not in a time suited to surfing-- this is a time calling for serious intake, serious resolution and serious follow-through.

Read carefully, share widely, and stand tall.

Continued...

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

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"I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves...too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: 'Our country, right or wrong!' They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: 'Our country--when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'"
-Senator Carl Schurz, October 17, 1899


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 5:03 pm 
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This is a comment to the Maestro's urge for an investigation of "the who" who set up and caused the recent mystery lockdown disease (MLD), causing massive shutdown and loss of livelihood to the point of death for hundreds of thousands across the world. Most are aware of Event 201, set up in October 2019, to be a simulation--likely a preplanning effort--for the MLD at Johns Hopkins University under auspices of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In any case, I would like to see the body doing the investigating and indicting to petit jury trial be a simulacrum of First Principles' independent people's grand juries, where 25 informed world residents (non-government employees) of 'good character' and knowledge of the US Constitution and American First Principles--enunciated in the "We hold these truths to be self-evident..." paragraph do the work. Ref. my pamphlet http://bit.ly/2xTkPX7_First_Principles_Brochure. Grand jurors would be selected by public lottery of qualified candidates.

The grand jury investigation phase would probably take six months to a year, I'd pay the jurors via lottery up to $100,000 for their time, as well as provide funding for hiring investigators and private litigators and other expenses. The grand jury foreman would be selected by the jurors and would serve as the focal point for ordering the criminal justice authorities--judges, prosecutors, police, military, political officials--to obtain testimony of suspected corrupt public officials, corporate accomplices, and witnesses.

The grand jury would conduct the investigation, then deliberate, and hold over for trial those whom sufficient evidence was produced to secure indictments that a probable cause exists for trying said suspects for constitutional violations and crimes against humanity. If such suspects are found guilty of causing or being vitally complicit in capital crimes, the penalty for any United States citizen or resident would consist of a public hanging... possibly a 'mass hanging' in Washington D.C. via gallows constructed on the Capitol steps.

Just an idea. I can live without the hanging, making it life imprisonment in club fed.


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