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 Post subject: The News, April 11, 2022
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The April 11, 2022 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge-- and actual solutions-- intersect with real Americans!

Narrative Management
The American people are awash in spin-- so thoroughly and so relentlessly that the response to the latest output of the propaganda machine is often reflexive, Pavlovian buy-in-- a profoundly unhealthy thing. Let's look closely and correctively at two of the current storylines, concerning events in Ukraine and in the 2020 election. As a bonus, we'll wrap up with a few words correcting misperceptions of FRPs, the favorite IRS gimmick in its efforts to discourage inconvenient refund claims.

The Russian Action In Ukraine Is An Intervention, And Brings To Mind The Alamo

TWO THINGS HAVE BEEN CONSISTENTLY OMITTED from reporting in the West on the Russian Special Military Operation (SMO) which began in February, closely preceded by Russia's formal recognition of the Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Both are highly dangerous to the Manichean propaganda flood with which the West has been steadily inundated for the last six weeks.

The first omitted fact is that both of these former provinces of Ukraine had seceded in the face of a relentless, murderous offensive against their populations by the usurping "government" in Kiev after the US-engineered coup in 2014 which overthrew the legitimately-elected government of Viktor Yanukovych-- an aggression which had continued for eight long years. See the reporting on all this by an American journalist who has been living in the Donbass for the last eight years:

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Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)

The Magic Kingdom Is Coming For Your Kids
Disney's goal, backed by hundreds of billions of dollars and foisted on a captive market, is the goal of all social progressivism: the erasure of sacred boundaries.
by Declan Leary

This past Monday, March 28, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida signed into law H.B. 1557, Parental Rights in Education. The measure, which prohibits employees of the state’s public schools from teaching children in third grade and below about sexuality and gender ideology in the classroom, has sparked controversy. Critics of the bill, while insisting that no instruction about such matters is given to begin with and therefore need not be outlawed, frantically predicted that the prohibition will have disastrous consequences.

In the not-at-all-hysterical framing of Chasten Buttigieg, “This will kill kids.” Imagine the tidal wave of suicides that will certainly ensue now that some left-wing midwit with a B.A. in psychology cannot tell other people’s six-year-olds about habitual male-on-male sodomy. What if some poor kid’s second-grade teacher never gets to tell him that boys can actually be girls if they feel like girls—that he, despite all contrary indications, might even be a girl himself? Who could possibly survive such deprivation? Who, if not taxpayer-funded educators, will teach the youth of America the ins and outs of queerness?

Disney, thank heavens, has stepped into the breach. The children’s entertainment behemoth—after a round condemnation from some more radical employees for failure to oppose the Florida bill enthusiastically enough—has been running round-the-clock damage control. Statements have been issued condemning the bill, criticizing the governor, and reaffirming the $200-billion company’s absolute commitment to its LGBTQIA employees. Though late to the game, Disney has become by far the loudest institutional voice against Florida’s anti-grooming bill, and earned the scorn of conservatives for 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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