Are we going out with just a whimper?; and, a good piece of journalism on corruption in the courts.

The July 13, 2020 Lost Horizons Newsletter

…where real knowledge– and actual solutions– intersect with real Americans!


HEY, People! Please don’t just read what I post here (or anywhere), and nod your head sagely or approvingly and then move on to other things. I don’t post in order to affirm your sense of things. I post in order to equip you with perspectives and arguments with which to educate others, and in the expectation that you will forward my posts to other people (or direct them to those posts). PLEASE do those things.

We won’t win by YOU knowing what I present. We will win by LOTS OF OTHERS knowing what I present.


Are We Really Going Out With Just A Whimper?

It appears so…

THERE’S NOTHING I HATE MORE than writing this kind of article (and I’m sure you are no more pleased to read them). But there’s also a point at which I can no longer tolerate the sensation of shouting in a dark room that is also proving to be empty. I’ve been feeling at that point a lot, lately.

In fact, every day for months I have felt like a ghost with something really important to say but unable to make myself heard no matter how loudly I yell.

It sucks.

THE TIPPING POINT TODAY is a new, enhanced assault on the rule of law by Michigan’s law-defying governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Recognizing the increasing fade-away of the C19 panic-spell under which the state executive branch has erected a ruinous despotism, here as in many other American states, Whitmer has doubled-down with a new “executive order” threatening all businesses in the state with punishment if they do provide services to anyone not wearing a mask.

The purpose (or at least, the effect) of this latest upgraded despotism is to compel everyone in Michigan to appear to be in terror of the C19 hobgoblin, through the wearing of a high-visibility shield against it everywhere they are seen (and are filmed by the complicit media). The price of refusing to climb on board the crazy-train and exhibit apparent agreement that C19 is the Black Death come again is the ability to enter a grocery store and buy food– a price very few will pay, or do so for very long.

And when nearly EVERYBODY appears to be of the one view, dissent from that view becomes ever-more difficult, even for those willing to dare the $500 fines now threatened for meaningful expression of that dissent.

Small minorities of dissenters are much more easily cowed into silence and conformity by public hate expressions from the majority who have either been brainwashed into the fear and convinced that dissenters are actual threats to their health, or those who have caved to the pressure and are accordingly shamed and made resentful by those who show more integrity. That’s what Whitmer wants.

THE SAD FACT IS, Whitmer made a bunch of ruinous and illegal policy calls early on, starting back in March. The Michigan economy and many lives have been destroyed as a result.

Now, to shield her from the political and legal fallout looming as a consequence of the bad policies, Whitmer, like her counterparts in many other states who followed the same incompetent and law-defying path, is desperate to generate a group-think sense that it really was all necessary (and therefore forgivable, or even laudable). The chosen method is a feedback effect, by which the imposition of a behavior makes the mind more impressionable with the sense that thing the behavior supposedly protects against really exists.

Thus, Michiganders are forced to walk around armored against a virus which, during a three-month period in which millions were infected (mid-December 2019 to mid-March) killed only 97 Americans. That rate never changed (except to the extent that Whitmer and a few other governors bumped it up a bit here and there by forcing infected elderly people into nursing homes full of vulnerable potential fatalities).

C19 only came to have larger rates of fatality ascribed to it once medical facilities learned they could make big money by calling any kind of illness “Covid-19”. The situation worsened when those facilities, which could make even more by administering highly dangerous, often fatal “treatment” protocols to those mislabeled patients, starting getting in big supplies of ventilators in late March.

The fatality-puffing fiction was worsened further still because nearly any death anywhere– whether in a nursing home or otherwise– from practically any cause short of manifest blunt-force trauma came to be called a “C19” death. This happened under the urging of the CDC (see here and here, for instance) which is itself among those needing cover for having helped spark a ruinous world-wide panic certain to kill hundreds of thousands and destroy prosperity over what had, by mid-March, proven to be another “crisis” dud much like the Swine Flu.

(To its partial credit, the CDC quietly publishes acknowledgements available to those willing to look for them that the case fatality rate (CFR) from C19 for the vast majority of the population– 87%, in fact– is way below that of even a mild seasonal flu, and even for the 13% suffering the highest CFR the rate is still extremely low. See this acknowledgement, for instance, and the rate of CFR for various rankings of flu here. Nonetheless, the organization continues to announce the ridiculously-inflated, panic-supporting “C19 death toll” as reported by the medical community under the perverse incentives of the aforementioned payoff and mislabeling protocols.)



Other Voices

No Courts, No Freedom, No Rights: We Are Watching Protections Swirl Down The Toilet

Justice in the time of Coronavirus.

SOME GREAT JOURNALISM by Janet Phelan, including some coverage of an uplifting CtC-educated Tax Court situation, with 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.



And, of course, as always:

Illuminating Anniversaries For This Week!


“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


How to get in touch with me, and how to keep in touch with me.

Please don’t leave me just preaching to the choir!

We both want to restore liberty and the rule of law in our lifetime, so share, share, share!


Foods for Fighting Fatigue

Getting a Healthy Boost of Energy

Who couldn’t use more energy? Most of us don’t have enough, and when we’re feeling especially low, our go-to foods and drinks tend to be high in carbohydrates, especially from sugar and/or caffeine. Those things will give you a temporary boost, but it’s often followed by a crash.

So what should you eat to improve your energy? You have a lot of options that are healthier than what you’ll find in most vending machines, and the list probably includes a lot of foods you like but didn’t know could perk you up in the morning or during that mid-afternoon slump.

Fatigue-Fighting Nutrients

Couple eating breakfast
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You need certain nutrients to feel healthy and energized. That’s not because they’re stimulants, like caffeine, but because your body uses them to produce energy at the cellular level. That’s what really fuels you rather than just speeding things up artificially for a little while.

Some of these energy-producing nutrients include:

When looking at fatigue fighters, you also have to look at carbohydrates and protein. Carbs—which come from sugary foods and grains—give you quick energy, but then your tank runs dry again before long.

Protein and the other nutrients listed above, on the other hand, are better for endurance—long-lasting energy. So the best thing to do is combine carbs with these nutrients. That way, you get an immediate boost but can keep going for the long haul instead of plunging back into sleepiness once you burn off the carbs.

Remember the basic food groups you learned about in elementary school? Let’s take a look at each one and see which foods have high levels of the vitamins and minerals that give you energy so you know what the best options are, not just for afternoons when you’re fading, but to keep you from fading in the first place.

Protein: Animal-Based


Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman

Meat, fish, eggs, and dairy are all good sources of protein. Different foods contain different mixes of other energy-producing nutrients, though.

All of the foods in this category contain protein. Here are some of the other nutrients you can get from meat:

  • Beef (red meat): CoQ10, iron, carnitine, B vitamins, magnesium, creatine (in lean cuts)
  • Pork: CoQ10, iron, magnesium, potassium
  • Poultry (white meat): CoQ10, carnitine, B vitamins, magnesium

Here’s what’s in fish and seafood:

  • Halibut: magnesium, potassium
  • Herring: CoQ10, creatine
  • Mackerel: CoQ10
  • Salmon: magnesium, creatine
  • Sardines: CoQ10
  • Shellfish: B vitamins
  • Trout: CoQ10
  • Tuna: creatine

Other animal-based fatigue fighters include:

  • Eggs: CoQ10, B vitamins
  • Milk & other dairy products: B vitamins, magnesium

If you’re pregnant, have heart disease, or are at risk for heart disease, make sure you talk to your doctor about which types of meat and fish are best to include in your diet. You may need to monitor your diet for potential mercury contamination in fish or healthy levels of fat from animal products.

Protein: Non-Animal Based


Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman

If your diet doesn’t include a lot of meat or other animal products, you may need to increase your intake of plant-based proteins in order to avoid fatigue.

Sources of protein that don’t come from animals include nuts, seeds, and beans. They’re especially important for vegetarians and vegans, as well as people who are on other diets that limit how much meat they can eat.

Like meats, many nuts and seeds have nutrients other than protein that can help give you more energy. These include:

  • Almonds: iron, magnesium, potassium
  • Amaranth (a grain-like seed): B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, protein
  • Cashews: magnesium, potassium
  • Chia seeds: magnesium, potassium
  • Peanuts: CoQ10, magnesium
  • Pistachio nuts: CoQ10, iron, magnesium, potassium
  • Pumpkin seeds: magnesium, potassium
  • Quinoa (a grain-like seed): iron, magnesium, potassium
  • Sesame seeds: CoQ10, iron, magnesium, potassium
  • Walnuts: iron, magnesium, potassium

Beans that are good for a boost of energy include:

  • Black beans: iron, magnesium, potassium
  • Edamame: CoQ10, potassium
  • Soybeans: CoQ10, iron, magnesium, potassium

Remember that protein helps with endurance and that coupling it with carbohydrates can give you both immediate and sustained energy.



Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman

Fruit can be an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including those that help your body produce energy. Fresh, whole fruit is best, since it can lose vital nutrients as it gets older or as it’s dried. (Dried fruits and juices tend to be much higher in sugar than fresh fruits, as well.)

Some good choices when it comes to fatigue-fighting fruit include:

  • Apples: CoQ10, magnesium
  • Bananas: magnesium, potassium
  • Blueberries: magnesium, potassium
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  • Goji berries: iron, potassium
  • Cantaloupemagnesium, potassium
  • Lemons: magnesium, potassium
  • Oranges: CoQ10, magnesium, potassium
  • Raisins: iron, magnesium, potassium
  • Strawberries: CoQ10, magnesium, potassium

Fruits are also high in natural sugars (carbohydrates), so choosing the ones above may help you get both short-term and long-term energy.


Sweet potato

Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman

Vegetables contain multiple energy-producing nutrients, and some will even give you a little bit of protein (although not nearly as much as sources like meat, eggs, dairy, nuts, and beans).

Here are several that can help eliminate your fatigue:

  • Asparagus: magnesium, potassium, protein
  • Avacoados: potassium, magnesium, protein
  • Broccoli: CoQ10, magnesium, potassium, protein
  • Carrot: magnesium, potassium
  • Cauliflower: CoQ10, magnesium, potassium
  • Spinach: iron, magnesium, potassium, protein
  • Squash: magnesium, potassium, protein
  • Sweet potatoes: magnesium, potassium, protein

Like fruit, vegetables do contain carbohydrates, but generally less than fruit has.



Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman

Grains are a source of carbohydrates for quick energy as well as some nutrients for sustained energy. Some good choices are:

  • Brown Rice: iron, magnesium, potassium, protein
  • Oatmeal: iron, magnesium, potassium, protein
  • Whole wheat: iron, magnesium, potassium, protein
  • White rice: iron, magnesium, potassium, protein

Many breakfast cereals contain these grains and also are fortified with vitamins and minerals, so they can be good sources of fatigue fighters, as well.

A Note on Milk Substitutes

Popular substitutes for milk contain some energy-producing nutrients, either naturally or through fortification.

However, these beverages may be less similar to their primary ingredients than you might think. That’s due to substances being lost during processing or because of added water or other ingredients. Here’s how some of them stack up:

  • Almond milk: high levels of potassium but small amounts of iron, magnesium, and protein
  • Rice milk: small amounts of B vitamins and protein
  • Soy milk: moderate levels of riboflavin (a B vitamin), magnesium, and protein; high levels of potassium

The exact amounts of these nutrients varies by brand and recipe, and some kinds may be fortified and thus provide more than others. The best way to know exactly what you’re getting is to read the labels.

A Note on Caffeine


Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman

Caffeine gives you quick energy, but it’s a stimulant, which means it speeds up your body’s processes rather than nourishing your cells. It’s not an inherently bad thing—in fact, coffee and tea both have some health benefits.

However, caffeine can cause some problems. You probably know it can make you jittery and disrupt your sleep, especially if you have a lot or consume it late in the day.

On top of that, though, it can be especially bad for people with certain conditions that feature impaired energy production, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Some experts on these illnesses call caffeine and other stimulants “checks your body can’t cash,” because they provide false energy and later leave the body even more drained than usual.

If you have a condition that features low energy and significant fatigue, be sure to ask your doctor about the possible negative repercussions of caffeine and other stimulants.

A Word From Verywell

If you seem to have chronically low energy, be sure to talk to your doctor about it. It may be due to lifestyle factors, such as high stress or inadequate sleep, but it may also stem from nutritional deficiencies or an undiagnosed illness. No matter the cause, improving your dietary choices is a good thing.

When choosing foods, you’re probably interested in more than just how much energy it can give you. Certainly, there’s a lot more to nutritional profiles than the vitamins and minerals discussed here. However, knowing these foods and what they contain can help you make smart choices about your diet. Eating for more energy may help you avoid reaching for unhealthy snacks or stimulants to get you through the day as well, which could lead to better overall health.

City of Seattle Sends Employees to Segregated ‘Undoing Your Own Whiteness’ Workshop

Jason Redmond / AFP via Getty Images

A woman is placed under arrest in Seattle last week as police finished clearing the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, an occupation of an area of the city that led to two deaths. The CHOP saga embarrassed the city nationally, but as it turns out, that was all that was going one that was shameful in Seattle. (Jason Redmond / AFP via Getty Images)

By Joe Saunders

Published July 8, 2020 at 2:52pm

Seattle has gone from a summer of love to a season of shame.

It was bad enough the city has been a national disgrace for the better of a month, ever since Black Lives Matter protests turned a six-square-block downtown area into their own squalid, anarchic territory.

The Capitol Hill Occupied Protest wasn’t over until July 1, when the city finally took action in force, but not before two young men had been shot to death — 19-year-old and a 16-year-old.

Both of them were black — an ugly irony in a “Black Lives Matter” event.

It was a far cry from what Mayor Jenny Durkan had once optimistically predicted could be a “summer of love.”

But that was only the Seattle better-known humiliation. It turns out, the Emerald City has also been forcing white employees to attend an instructional class officially aimed at “undoing your own whiteness” but what sounds a lot like inculcating self-loathing solely on the basis of skin color.

As Fox News reported, Christopher Rufo, an editor for the conservative, New York-based City Journal, has documented a training session Seattle held for white city employees  June 12 that would probably outrage a city that still had some sense of decency.

In a Twitter thread, Rufo wrote that he had done a public records request for the session on ““Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness.”

First there was an outline of what constituted “internalized racial oppression.” For whites, apparently, that included traits like perfectionism, arrogance and objectivity.

The clearly subjective nature of the material brought logical problems, Rufo noted.

That was probably dealt with by the employees then engaging in some self-indoctrination, Rufo wrote.

Then came the point where rubber of self-degradation hit the road of utter abasement – and employees were instructed to “let go” of apparently white expectations, including  “guaranteed physical safety” and “social niceties.” (Most people would probably think of those things as being part of “civilization,” but most people don’t live in Seattle.)

Here’s how Seattle pitched this Stockholm Syndrome workshop to its white employees:

And how would employees know that it worked?

When “white normative behavior” is out. (That presumably includes “perfectionism” and “objectivity,” so Seattle residents better hope the tax collector’s office wasn’t part of this. Or the engineering department. In fact, it’s hard to think where striving for accuracy and ojectivity wouldn’t come in handy in city government, but maybe Seattle knows better.)


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When “other white people may be angry.” (This seems like a moving target. As the session organizers should guess by now, white people can get angry at any number of things that have nothing to do with racism. Other white people not using their turn signals, for instance. Or black people, or Asian people not using their turn signals.)

If all of this sounds more than a little Maoist, if it seems more than a little alarming to think an American city is engaging in openly racist practices like this, it should and it is.

And a city that has already made a disgraceful name for itself on the national stage just lowered itself a step further.

A rainy climate might have given Seattle the nickname Emerald City, but its politics should be making it red with embarrassment.

The Western Journal reached out to the Seattle mayor’s office for comment Wednesday.