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A bright point of light (and a dark one); Italy walks back its C19 fatality numbers, the Rittenhouse silver lining, crocs in the Rio Grande…; the REAL story of Thanksgiving; and a “climate change” medical diagnosis.

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:

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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 sometimes 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 into 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 keeps 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 uniquely 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 a 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 products were 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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IMAGINARY RIVALS

JanFeb 2015 Imaginary Rivals — Bible Study Magazine

The Corinthian church is ripping itself apart. The believers disagree on various issues and have sorted themselves into four schools of thought—each rallying around a different Christian leader. The four camps’ squabbling has grown so loud that Paul can hear it from Ephesus. 

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians addresses this issue right away:

It has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you … each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Cor 1:11–13)

So what was it about these figures that made the Corinthians rally around them? Let’s take a closer look at who these men were and why someone might have said, “I follow that leader.”  

Paul

Paul is a Pharisee—highly educated in Jewish law. He was a fierce persecutor of Christians until the risen Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him on the road to Damascus. Then Paul began planting churches across Asia Minor and Europe as an apostle of Jesus. Paul is the face of the church to the Gentile world.

Role: Apostle, missionary
From: Tarsus, Cilicia

Claims to fame:

  • He was the first to preach the gospel at Corinth (2 Cor 10:14).
  • He had lived in Corinth for more than 18 months (Acts 18:1118). 
  • His message is simple and powerful (1 Cor 2:2).
  • Jesus specifically appeared to him after the resurrection (Acts 9:3–5).

Cephas (Peter)

Peter had been with Jesus from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, and he remains the first among the apostles. He leads the Jewish church, and he is the apostle who shows the church at Jerusalem that salvation is for both Jews and Gentiles.

Role: Apostle
From: Bethsaida, Galilee 

Claims to fame:

  • He is first among the apostles and a pillar in the church (Matt 10:2Gal 2:9).
  • He spent three years with Jesus before the crucifixion.
  • He is the public face of the early church. 

Apollos

Apollos has style. He is an eloquent man, forging arguments that are both logical and compelling (Acts 18:24). He was mentored in the doctrine of the gospel by Paul’s friends Priscilla and Aquila, and went on to evangelize and debate in the Corinthian region. Apollos is the “apologetics guy” of the church
in that region.

Role: Missionary, teacher
From: Alexandria, Egypt

Claims to fame:

Christ

He is the Son of God. He is God-made flesh. He came to earth, died for the sins of the people, and then rose again—just like the Scriptures said he would. Now he is Lord of all and the King who is coming back soon. 

Role: Lord of all, head of the church

Claims to fame:

  • He is the center of Paul’s gospel (1 Cor 2:215:1–8).
  • He is the very foundation of the church (1 Cor 3:11).
  • He is the King the Corinthians should be loyal to.

 

Jeffrey Kranz writes, designs, and consults at OverviewBible.com. He’s bent on showing off the whole Bible for how interesting and applicable it is—and getting more people to study it themselves.

Jeffrey Kranz writes, designs, and consults at OverviewBible.com. He’s bent on showing off the whole Bible for how interesting and applicable it is—and getting more people to study it themselves.