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The November 22, 2021 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge-- and actual solutions-- intersect with real Americans!

A Small But Bright Point Of Light
...that you've just got to love; along with a counterpoint of darkness to put it in perspective.

WHILE DOING SOME CLEAN-UP of the incredible tonnage of tax-related flotsam and jetsam that has washed up on my shores over the years, I came across a long-forgotten smile-inducing item I had found way back in the early "aughts" of this new century during what, despite the war of aggression against Iraq and the USA PATRIOT Act outrage, almost seem like "the good old days" compared to today's COVID coup and Brandon's Build Back Broken agenda. The pleasing find is a newsletter from a small outfit doing business as the United Methodist Federal Credit Union. Here's the masthead.

Nothing exciting in that little segment, of course, or in most of the rest of the two page newsletter, for that matter. But at the bottom of that first page we find this little gem:

Continued...

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Comments In Brief
Short takes on selected items lately in the news, such as the admirable Italian government revision of C19 fatality figures, the silver lining to Kyle Rittenhouse's terrible ordeal, a solution to the illegal border crossings in Texas, and more.

THE ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH has revised its official total C19 death toll from 130,468 to 3,783, finally acknowledging the difference between the irrelevant cases of death which was from other causes but in which C19 was alleged to be present (or had been purportedly detected sometime within a few weeks or a month of the death) and those actually brought about by C19 itself. See the report here.

Were US officials to be similarly honest, the official US death toll would drop from a frightening, any-port-in-a-storm-panic-inducing 762,929 to a much more rational-response-conducive 45,776. (See the analyses here, here and here.)

I wonder why US officials are NOT honest about this?

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ONE SILVER LINING to the dark cloud of Kyle Rittenhouse's outrageous ordeal is that after watching the trial, many people should be awakening to the quantity and quality of deception practiced by the MSM in service to their agenda. As details emerged during the courtroom proceedings, it became increasingly clear that not only was everything reported by the MSM and "official" voices over the last year and more about the events in Kenosha on August 25, 2020 misrepresented, but the misrepresentation was so thoroughly contrary to the facts that it had to be deliberate.

In light of that newly-and-vividly-revealed capacity-- even enthusiasm-- for corruption in the media (and amongst Democrats in office), the ability of many Americans to reflexively buy-in to other narrative threads promoted by these same mendacious voices has to be shaken. A lot of folks who previously had been dismissive of, for instance, assertions of impropriety in last year's election-- based on a refusal to look at evidence thereof, due to media and official declarations that there was nothing to see-- must now be open to second thoughts.

Then there's the C19 fairy tale... and the "climate emergency"... and systemic racism... and the Russian threat... and Iranian aggression... and "modern monetary theory"... and "income" meaning "all that comes in" in tax law... and so on, and so forth, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

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CROCODILES IN THE RIO GRANDE. How about it?

Not namby-pamby alligators or caimans. Crocs.

20 ft. long, 2,000 lb. crocodiles-- the kind that keep alligators as pets.

Don't you think that might help stem the flood of illegals pouring across what is supposed to be a border? I do.

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The Real Story Of Thanksgiving
Do yourself and society a favor-- read this to your kids.

THANKSGIVING DAY IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE special days of the year, and not because of the great food. The real virtues of this unique American celebration lie in the lessons in humility and maturity offered by its history.

The virtuous lessons to which I refer are offered only by Thanksgiving's true history, however. That true history is the exact opposite of the bogus, "Thank God (sorry... politically incorrect... make that, "Thank Fortuitous Random Chance") we were saved from starvation by the generosity of our neighbors-- see how wonderful socialism can be!" nonsense which too many Americans have been misled into imagining to be the truth.

In fact, the feast we commemorate on the fourth Thursday of November had nothing whatsoever to do with "generosity". What we actually commemorate on Thanksgiving is the Plymouth Rock colonists' recognition of the evils of socialism and the goodness of Adam Smith's "invisible hand" of profit-motivation unleashed by security in property rights.

It was that 11th-hour epiphany after a disastrous experiment with communitarian soulfulness that saved the colony from starvation. Thanks be to God, indeed, for that merciful and timely grant of wisdom.

IN VERY BRIEF SUMMARY, the Plymouth Rock colony began as a commune, organized under the principle that the proceeds of every individual's labors would be claimed of right by the community as a whole, and then redistributed in equal measure to every member. This system lasted for several years, during which the colony grew ever more hungry and impoverished.

Unable to keep the fruit of their labors for themselves, and with the unproductive receiving the same out of the communal resources as those who worked hard, soon no one worked hard. To do so was a fool's game.

The only competition un-smothered by the communitarian rule was the race to the bottom in the avoidance of labor. Every year the crops were thinner; every year the shares distributed to each colonist were more meager.

Finally, in 1623 and on the verge of the colony's failure (that is, the death of all the colonists), the feel-good socialist lunacy was recognized as the deadly mental virus that it is. The ruinous pretense that the community had a rightful claim on the food produced by each member was abandoned, and the colonist's rights to their own production was secured.

As it was recounted (in third-person format) in 1623 by William Bradford, Governor of the Colony:

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Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)

The First "Climate Change" Diagnosis Is Here. It Will Not Be The Last
A doctor in British Columbia has taken an unprecedented step, and actually diagnosed an elderly patient as “suffering from climate change”. But why? And what does that mean for the future?
by Kit Knightly

Doctor Kyle Merritt, an attending physician at an emergency department in Nelson BC, added “climate change” as a contributing factor to the medical issues of one of his patients. And, in so doing, has achieved a remarkable and troubling world first.

The first-ever medical diagnosis of “climate change”.

Dr Merritt said in an interview with Glacier Media:

"If we’re not looking at the underlying cause, and we’re just treating the symptoms, we’re just gonna keep falling further and further behind,” the emergency room doctor told Glacier Media. […] It’s me trying to just… process what I’m seeing.”

The entire situation raises some interesting questions.

Does it make medical sense?

Of course it doesn’t.

He diagnosed her as “suffering from climate change”. You can’t do that, it is insane.

That’s like diagnosing someone who was struck by lightning as “suffering from the effects of rain” or a person having a heart attack as “suffering from the effects of Mcdonald’s”.

…actually, it’s worse than that. At least my examples have a distinct cause-and-effect relationship, and there are no scientific papers suggesting Mcdonald’s doesn’t actually exist.

The patient in question is over 70, asthmatic, diabetic and suffering from heart failure. She’s very, very sick…no matter the climate.

Even if Dr Merritt can somehow trace a decline in her health due to the weather (and there’s no evidence at all that he can), actually diagnosing it is completely bonkers.

…so why do it?

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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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