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 Post subject: The News, May 24, 2021
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The May 24, 2021 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge-- and actual solutions-- intersect with real Americans!

Clinton, Bush, Obama And Trump All Committed This Crime; Will Biden Do The Same?
Current events make the otherwise predictable "Yes" a little less certain.

THE RECENTLY RENEWED STATE-SANCTIONED attempts to dispossess Palestinian homeowners in East Jerusalem and turn their property over to Jewish squatters-- just the latest in a long series of such abusive assaults, all illegal under international law (and all morally wrong without regard to the ethnicity or religion of any party involved)-- prompted understandable but ineffectual militant responses from previously-dispossessed Palestinians in the open-air prison of Gaza. This fierce-looking but nearly harmless barrage of what appear to be glorified fireworks (~4,000 rockets fired over ten days, causing only 13 casualties) was used as the excuse for a devastating series of attacks on the blockaded and impoverished Gazans by the vastly better-armed Israeli Defense Force, leaving hundreds dead amidst massive property devastation.

Much of the latest death and destruction in Gaza was carried out with weapons made, supplied, or subsidized by the US through annual handouts to Israel of military and cash aid. All of that aid-- since 1977, or at least since 1986 when details of Israel's nuclear weapons program were revealed-- has been illegal under the clear and plain language of the nuclear non-proliferation controls codified at 22 U.S.C. §§ 2799aa and 2799aa-1.

Nonetheless, a long succession of US presidents have systematically violated the law, and been allowed to get away with it unscathed. It's unlikely, but perhaps this latest widely-observed abuse of that aid by Israel against an essentially helpless and long-suffering Palestinian population will prompt Joe Biden to finally put an end to this corrupt tradition.

The Law

22 U.S.C. §§ 2799aa AND 2799aa-1 REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT to determine when any country is in possession of nuclear weapons and/or has acquired nuclear-weapons-related technology or shared nuclear-weapons-related technology, while having not subjected itself to International Atomic Energy Agency oversight and controls. Upon the dutiful making of this determination, all United States foreign aid to the errant country-- economic and military-- must cease.

Here is the language of 22 U.S.C. § 2799aa:

Continued...

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A Few Thoughts On Selected Current Events
Challenges, really...

WHY IS IT THAT EVERY UFO VIDEO of all those lately being released in great numbers by the Defense Department (along with assertions that UFOs have been seen on a daily basis near military installations for years) looks like it was filmed on a 1950s black-and-white hand-held Super 8? No color (unless it's the green of night vision equipment); blurry; static (no zoom)-- these things look like the reason every previous presentation of supposed UFO video was so easily dismissed as fake.

Supposedly these films are being shot from million-dollar military equipment, which must be assumed to have decent-quality cameras. Why are they not a tenth the quality my cheap little smart-phone would produce?

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WHY IS IT THAT NO ONE has produced a comparative analysis of the net carbon footprint (or environmental impact) of the full-charge production (and pro-rated battery disposal) for an electric vehicle versus a tankful of gasoline (with maybe a sidebar detailing the footprint/impact of the necessary support infrastructure-- that is, charging stations-- build-out for EVs)?

Isn't that comparison a highly relevant issue, in light of the push in some quarters for not only a roll-out of EVs, but the ambition of replacing all gasoline-powered equipment with these electrics?

Continued...

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It's Time To Celebrate Some More CtC Victories!
Leavening the all-too pervasive grim with some uplifting good.

IT IS WITH PLEASURE that I share the first victory in recovering taxes taken during 2020 today. This first victory of the season was a long time coming, compared to all of the previous 18 years-- the destabilization "lockdowns" predicated on the C19 story served to inject more than a few months-worth of molasses into even the tax agencies. Most everything is running late, and refund claims are no exception.

But we've finally gotten to that happy milestone, as will be seen.

First, though, let's enjoy a few other newly-shared and mostly just-won victories, albeit concerning 2019 and thus reflecting the aforementioned delays afflicting all things in America except the profits of vaccine makers and giant Silicon Valley corporations.

Jamie & Leslie Jaseph

JAMIE & LESLIE HAVE SECURED a fine victory recovering everything withheld from them and given over to the feds during 2019 against the possibility of an income tax liability-- plus interest. There having been no federal-connection involved in Jamie & Leslie's economic activities, no tax liability arose, and so:

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The Ignorant World And What To Do About It
by Joakim Book

A spectre is haunting the Western world – the spectre of a grossly mistaken understanding of the world.

British kids have nightmares about the climate. Half of French respondents think it likely that climate change will cause “the extinction of the human race.” American teachers coddle students who have panic attacks when wildfires rage somewhere on the planet. Eco-anxiety has clearly gripped the Western world, but what’s worse is that most people have a dismal outlook on all of humanity’s progress, not just climate change.

Because slow changes don’t get noticed, and because humans use mental shortcuts to understand the world, we end up with a grossly misinformed view of what is. The late Hans Rosling, the Swedish professor of international health that most of us know as the excited man on YouTube (the one who explains the progress of the world with bubbles and giant blocks), dedicated his life to dispelling these misperceptions. The Gapminder Foundation that now carries on his legacy writes,

“Our ignorance surveys have shown that the general public is misguided about many basic global facts. Reliable global statistics exist for nearly every aspect of global development, but these numbers are not transformed into popular understanding because using and teaching statistics is still too difficult.”

Gapminder routinely asks 12 questions (sometimes with a thirteenth question on global temperatures, which most people tend to get right) about basic, uncontroversial, changes in global development – multiple-choice questions on things like demographic change, how many girls in poor countries finish primary school, and what’s happened to extreme poverty in the last twenty years.

Continued (and with an important afterword by Yours Truly)...

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Plus,
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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