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The February 28, 2022 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge-- and actual solutions-- intersect with real Americans!

Cutting Through The Mind-Numbing War-Monger Drumbeat
...along with a salute to Greg Abbott of Texas, who, as is his occasional wont, did a very good thing last week; some housekeeping notes; and an early appearance of the Irish Letter.

I'M GOING TO BEGIN TODAY WITH THE EVENTS IN UKRAINE, the discussion of which, due to the efforts of war enthusiasts to poison the atmosphere against contrary views, might require frequently-repeated denials of being a Putin supporter or apologist throughout since what I have to say about it all is going to cut deeply against the narratives being churned out by Western media and officialdom. I ask you to simply assume and insert those denials as needed, so as to minimize what otherwise would be quite tedious for both of us.

I also ask you to remember that the folks I will be contradicting are the same folks that assured you it would just be "two weeks to flatten the curve" and served up all the other bs and associated dissent-repression that has followed for lo, these past two years and more. That says all that should need be said on the matter of whose motivations should be considered suspect.

(Finally, let me remind everyone that when links appear in my work, they are never software generated, or merely to definitions or such. Rather, they are to material supporting or expanding the statements in which they appear. Click on them all, please.)

NOW, DISCLAIMER DULY ISSUED, let's dive into the deep end: The Russian invasion is NOT unprovoked. Though it is now as memory-holed (and/or spun) fact as the court-stenographer-and-propaganda-engine Western media can make it, in 2014 the Obama administration engineered a coup in Ukraine, turning that country into a direct security threat-- both technically and viscerally-- to Russia.

The Russia-friendly, democratically-elected government of Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown by a violent mob of Ukrainian Nazis, fueled and guided by United States operatives with a $5 billion budget. In its place these operatives installed an unelected nest of rabid Russia-haters of and from Ukrainian collaborators with the German Nazi army which used Ukraine as a corridor in its invasion of Russia during World War II and left millions of dead Russians in its wake-- in fact, ~20 million-- and eager to become a home for NATO missiles 250 miles from Moscow.

Happily, the US-engineered coup is beyond dispute, as much as the presstitute media attempts to suggest otherwise by ignoring or pooh-poohing it: In a(n unfortunately) rare instance of such covert or heavily-spun malefaction being proven by hard evidence, a telephone call between US State Department operative Victoria Nuland and Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt was intercepted in which Nuland and Pyatt discuss who they would put in place as the US puppet government upon completion of the coup (if approved by Joe Biden, who had overall control of the operation). Listen to the call here (with subtitles onscreen).

Continued...

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Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)

It's Always About Fear
by Laura Williams

A National Terrorism Advisory Service bulletin released last week identified the number one terroristic threat to Americans as “the proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. Government institutions.”

Free speech, and specifically the right to criticize our government, is being reframed, in real time, as a threat to public health and safety. You are being primed to fear thought crimes, in which criticizing the US government is equal to a violent act. The federal government is creating a public health pretense for silencing those who tell the truth about the US government’s very real history of victimizing its own citizens.

To take away your most basic civil liberties, overzealous governments rely on your fear. They cultivate, stoke, and stimulate it. Then they demand new powers to fight it.

H.L. Mencken aptly observed in 1918, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

A population clamoring to be led to safety can easily be persuaded that some of its freedoms – even the most cherished ones – must be suspended until the danger has passed. A laundry list of supposedly civilization-shaking specters (the threat of Communists, of crack cocaine, of crime, of Islamic extremism, of Covid-19) has thus been presented to the public, to inspire their fear and ensure their continued willingness to cede Constitutionally guaranteed natural rights.

Each of the worst authoritarian abuses of the state can be traced to a particular enemy, conjured by fear in the public imagination. When we allow ourselves to be led in fear of such an enemy, we invite the full repeal of the Bill of Rights.

Drugs

Continued...

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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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