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How Private Contractors Disguise the Real Costs of War – Inkstick

Posted by M. C. on January 15, 2022

Beyond wasting billions, private contractors are enablers of war.

https://inkstickmedia.com/how-private-contractors-disguise-the-real-costs-of-war/

Words: William D. Hartung

Pictures: Tapio Haaja

It’s well known that waste, fraud, and abuse were widespread among contractors working for the US government in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the negative consequences of the heavy reliance on contractors to help wage wars go well beyond that to the question of whether and how the United States wages war.  

The issue of waste in America’s endless wars should certainly not be ignored, given its immense costs to taxpayers. As early as 2011 — ten years into the Afghan war — the congressionally-mandated Commission on Wartime Contracting estimated that there had already been between $31 billion and $60 billion in waste related to contracting in the two war zones. There has been no comparable analysis since, but it’s safe to say that there have been tens of billions more in waste — including criminal fraud — in the most recent ten years of war. The Special Investigator General for Afghan Reconstruction has produced scores of reports documenting waste in Afghanistan, even as it has helped convict 160 companies and individuals of fraud and saved taxpayers $3.8 billion in the process.

Hiding the full costs of war, from the number of casualties to the true size of the force, makes unnecessary conflicts more sustainable.

All of this occurred in the context of the record surge in Pentagon spending that accompanied and was publicly justified by what was originally known as the Global War on Terror. As I noted in a joint report of the Center for International Policy and the Brown Costs of War Project published in September 2021, the post-9/11 surge in Pentagon spending resulted in $14 trillion in Pentagon spending from 2001 to 2020, up to half of which went to contractors. Among the report’s findings were that the biggest beneficiaries by far were the top five weapons contractors, namely Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman. These five companies alone have split $2.1 trillion in contracts since 2001. To give some sense of scale, Lockheed Martin alone received $75 billion in Pentagon contracts in 2020, which was more than one and one-half times the combined budgets of the State Department and the Agency for International Development. If the Biden administration is truly to put diplomacy first, this extreme militarization of our budget must be corrected.

So, war and preparations for war are big business, on an almost unimaginable scale.  But the use of contractors has an even more pernicious effect: It makes war more likely and makes it easier to extend wars long beyond the point at which they should have been ended. In short, the use of private contractors enables war.

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Supreme Court rules: here’s the good news and the bad news

Posted by M. C. on January 15, 2022

vaccination requirement for health-care workers as a condition for receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds.

Opinions like this one are maddening to read, because they confine themselves to questions such as whether the Secretary of Health and Human Services exceeded his congressionally granted authority when imposing this requirement. The Court then proceeds to explain that the Secretary has been understood to enjoy a very broad authority when it comes to imposing requirements regarding the administration of Medicare and Medicaid.

Not considered is where the federal government’s authority to intervene in matters involving health, whether or not given statutory expression by Congress or delegated to a health bureaucrat, derives from or how it can be justified.

https://mailchi.mp/tomwoods/scmandates?e=fa1aba8cd8

Tom Woods

First, the bad news.

The Supreme Court has upheld the vaccination requirement for health-care workers as a condition for receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds.

Opinions like this one are maddening to read, because they confine themselves to questions such as whether the Secretary of Health and Human Services exceeded his congressionally granted authority when imposing this requirement. The Court then proceeds to explain that the Secretary has been understood to enjoy a very broad authority when it comes to imposing requirements regarding the administration of Medicare and Medicaid.

Not considered is where the federal government’s authority to intervene in matters involving health, whether or not given statutory expression by Congress or delegated to a health bureaucrat, derives from or how it can be justified.

Perhaps this ruling will lead to further growth in direct primary care practices, which accept neither Medicare nor Medicaid, nor even traditional insurance. That is another question.

The good news is very good: the OSHA vaccine mandate for employees of businesses with 100 or more workers has been blocked.

Such a measure, the Court says, constitutes a vast overreach by OSHA into the more general field of public health, where it has not been granted authority.

It would have been nicer to hear an opinion based on the nature of what was being demanded as opposed to whether the institution doing the demanding was the correct one.

But I’ll take what I can get.

I pulled out some relevant passages from the opinion of the Court:

“Although COVID– 19 is a risk that occurs in many workplaces, it is not an occupational hazard in most. COVID–19 can and does spread at home, in schools, during sporting events, and everywhere else that people gather. That kind of universal risk is no different from the day-to-day dangers that all face from crime, air pollution, or any number of communicable diseases. Permitting OSHA to regulate the hazards of daily life—simply because most Americans have jobs and face those same risks while on the clock—would significantly expand OSHA’s regulatory authority without clear congressional authorization….

“OSHA’s indiscriminate approach fails to account for this crucial distinction— between occupational risk and risk more generally—and accordingly the mandate takes on the character of a general public health measure, rather than an ‘occupational safety or health standard….’

Justice Gorsuch concurred with the Court, and was joined by Justices Thomas and Alito in a concurring opinion from which I draw the following passages (internal footnotes omitted):

“I start with this Court’s precedents. There is no question that state and local authorities possess considerable power to regulate public health. They enjoy the ‘general power of governing,’ including all sovereign powers envisioned by the Constitution and not specifically vested in the federal government.

“The federal government’s powers, however, are not general but limited and divided. Not only must the federal government properly invoke a constitutionally enumerated source of authority to regulate in this area or any other. It must also act consistently with the Constitution’s separation of powers. And when it comes to that obligation, this Court has established at least one firm rule: ‘We expect Congress to speak clearly’ if it wishes to assign to an executive agency decisions ‘of vast economic and political significance.’ We sometimes call this the major questions doctrine. OSHA’s mandate fails that doctrine’s test. The agency claims the power to force 84 million Americans to receive a vaccine or undergo regular testing. By any measure, that is a claim of power to resolve a question of vast national significance. Yet Congress has nowhere clearly assigned so much power to OSHA….

“The question before us is not how to respond to the pandemic, but who holds the power to do so. The answer is clear: Under the law as it stands today, that power rests with the States and Congress, not OSHA. In saying this much, we do not impugn the intentions behind the agency’s mandate. Instead, we only discharge our duty to enforce the law’s demands when it comes to the question who may govern the lives of 84 million Americans. Respecting those demands may be trying in times of stress. But if this Court were to abide them only in more tranquil conditions, declarations of emergencies would never end and the liberties our Constitution’s separation of powers seeks to preserve would amount to little.”

This does not solve all problems, obviously. Some private entities will persist in vaccine mandates despite their injustice, irrationality, and general uselessness. Other problems, like vaccine passports, are occurring at the local level and must be dealt with at the local level — though we can hope they will resolve themselves as they destroy business and tourism.

But it is a start.

Just yesterday on the Tom Woods Show I spoke to the owner of an art gallery in New York City who is refusing to demand proof of vaccination from his patrons.

He’s a lifelong Democrat and his parents are civil-rights lawyers.

He feels like he is carrying on their tradition.

We can hope that more such people will be emboldened to speak out.

In the meantime, you will enjoy this important conversation:
  https://tomwoods.com/ep-2042-i-wont-comply-manhattan-business-owner-refuses-to-demand-vaccination-proof/
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The New Deal and the Emergence of the Old Right | Mises Institute

Posted by M. C. on January 15, 2022

https://mises.org/library/new-deal-and-emergence-old-right

Murray N. Rothbard

[This article is taken from chapter 4 of The Betrayal of the American Right.]

During the 1920s, the emerging individualists and libertarians — the Menckens, the Nocks, the Villards, and their followers — were generally considered Men of the Left; like the Left generally, they bitterly opposed the emergence of Big Government in twentieth-century America, a government allied with Big Business in a network of special privilege, a government dictating the personal drinking habits of the citizenry and repressing civil liberties, a government that had enlisted as a junior partner to British imperialism to push around nations across the globe. The individualists were opposed to this burgeoning of State monopoly, opposed to imperialism and militarism and foreign wars, opposed to the Western-imposed Versailles Treaty and League of Nations, and they were generally allied with socialists and progressives in this opposition.

All this changed, and changed drastically, however, with the advent of the New Deal. For the individualists saw the New Deal quite clearly as merely the logical extension of Hooverism and World War I: as the imposition of a fascistic government upon the economy and society, with a Bigness far worse than Theodore Roosevelt (“Roosevelt I” in Mencken’s label) or Wilson or Hoover had ever been able to achieve. The New Deal, with its burgeoning corporate state, run by Big Business and Big Unions as its junior partner, allied with corporate liberal intellectuals and using welfarist rhetoric, was perceived by these libertarians as fascism come to America. And so their astonishment and bitterness were great when they discovered that their former, and supposedly knowledgeable, allies, the socialists and progressives, instead of joining in with this insight, had rushed to embrace and even deify the New Deal, and to form its vanguard of intellectual apologists. This embrace by the Left was rapidly made unanimous when the Communist Party and its allies joined the parade with the advent of the Popular Front in 1935. And the younger generation of intellectuals, many of whom had been followers of Mencken and Villard, cast aside their individualism to join the “working class” and to take their part as Brain Trusters and planners of the seemingly new Utopia taking shape in America. The spirit of technocratic dictation over the American citizen was best expressed in the famous poem of Rex Tugwell, whose words were to be engraved in horror on all “right-wing” hearts throughout the country:

I have gathered my tools and my charts,

My plans are finished and practical.

I shall roll up my sleeves — make America over.

Only the few laissez-faire liberals saw the direct filiation between Hoover’s cartelist program and the fascistic cartelization imposed by the New Deal’s NRA and AAA, and few realized that the origin of these programs was specifically such Big Business collectivist plans as the famous Swope Plan, spawned by Gerard Swope, head of General Electric in late 1931, and adopted by most big business groups in the following year. It was, in fact, when Hoover refused to go this far, denouncing the plan as “fascism” even though he had himself been tending in that direction for years, that Henry I. Harriman, head of the US Chamber of Commerce, warned Hoover that Big Business would throw its weight to Roosevelt, who had agreed to enact the plan, and indeed was to carry out his agreement. Swope himself, Harriman, and their powerful mentor, the financier Bernard M. Baruch, were indeed heavily involved both in drafting and administering the NRA and AAA.1

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It’s Time to Live

Posted by M. C. on January 15, 2022

It’s mid January, 2022. I wrote this column this week for one of Canada’s major newspapers, the National Post, and thought I’d read it for those of you who want to watch or listen. Link to National Post article: https://nationalpost.com/opinion/jord…

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Separate Yourselves From Those Lacking Courage, Group Yourself With The Courageous – LewRockwell LewRockwell.com

Posted by M. C. on January 15, 2022

It is a time to recognize your elite status. It is a time to honor that in you. It is a time to separate yourself.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2022/01/allan-stevo/separate-yourselves-from-those-lacking-courage-group-yourself-with-the-courageous/

By Allan Stevo

It has been said that “A bad apple ruins the barrel.” When putrefaction spreads, sometimes it gets the healthy tissue too.

The Bible advises repeatedly to separate yourselves from those who are not of high standards. It says this in many different ways. Separation seems to be so important that it even advises death — the ultimate separation of a person from society — for any number of aberrations from upstanding behavior.

Do I suggest going around killing people? No. But to separate yourself from those who are not to your standards makes a whole lot of sense at this stage in the trajectory of corona communism.

The Bible, an uncountable number of times, references people who are set apart rather than people who are not set apart. Sure, I have encountered a few cowardly readers of these pages in which I am writing, but overwhelmingly courageous lions come to this place.

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are one set apart. It may be time to start treating yourself like that. 

You are not a social pariah, no matter what some others may believe. You are not a second class citizen, no matter what some others may claim. You are the foundation upon which a new America will be built.

Stop accepting the negative narrative from those who want to demoralize you. Stop letting those who are not set apart from speaking into your life. Stop letting the dribbles of discouragement fall upon your ears, your mind, your heart, your soul.

This discouragement can come from friend or foe alike. It may even be far easier to accept coming from a friend, though the 24-7 news cycle, social media, and streaming movie services being so central in the lives of so many make the harmful, discouraging narratives so present on the ears.

There was a time in which marketers at Coca-Cola understood that it would take about 14 “touches” to get a person to drink a Coke. Today that number is higher and a qualitative factor plays a role. The marketplace is flooded with people vying for your attention and trying to influence your thoughts and behavior. You are in the midst of a Great War for your mind. It is a war for you, your home, and your family. Your enemy knows those can be won by winning on the battlefield of your mind.

Some say China is the pivotal front line of our era. The Chinese Communist Party may be part of it, but they are a small player in it. The flesh and blood you are fighting all wave the American flag when convenient. They have their homes on US soil when convenient. They send their kids, if they have kids, to US schools when convenient. But even these people of influence I mention may be mere pawns, subject to the spiritual battle.

Our opponents in the war recognize that it can all be conquered through you. Everyone has a breaking point. Everyone. This, then, begs the question — how many “touches” does it take to discourage you? How many touches does it take to change your mind? How many touches does it take to shift your opinion? What toxins can they inject into discussion to turn your thinking toxic?

We are each guilty of it. We are each imperfect. I doubt a single person reading this is without a few moments, from time to time, in which a news story knocks him back, in which a news story gets in his head, in which a news story gets him to say, even if just for a moment, “All is lost.”

Say that, and you lose. Say that, and you become part of the other team. Even if only for a few minutes, that is who you are, then, fighting for. If you go around speaking those words to others, you are that much more fighting on the side of the enemy. To win, you need to maintain faith that this will work. Such will get you through thick and thin. This is even more true in this psychological war, than it is in a kinetic war.

There are people who can fire a gun and kill an enemy from 50 feet. Sometimes that same person cannot look in the eye of another person in a role of presumed authority while telling him what he expects from that person in order to get through his day more enjoyably and more freely. Great valor is shown in times of war, but one must recognize that great valor also happens in daily life. That valor of daily life is the valor that matters so much, and it is the valor that prevents kinetic wars from ever taking place.

When you show that valor, you shift the boundaries of possibility in life and in the world around you. This 1.) faith to believe in a virtuous outcome, alongside 2.) this valor required to walk out this faith, are two of our most powerful weapons at a time like this.

But so many do not treat them as such. Many do not recognize that those who hold those weapons and have the ability to skillfully use them are more valuable than an elite Navy Seal team. They are more valuable than a high ranking politician. They are more valuable than CEOs, bishops, and media stars.

If they are the true treasures of this era, then why do we surround ourselves with people who actively spend their time discouraging those abilities in us, dulling the edges of our swords, offering us alluring touches from the enemy that eventually catch up with us?

Why do we not see ourselves for the elite warriors that we are? 

Maybe you are planning on becoming a second class citizen. Maybe you are planning on being locked into a FEMA camp. As for me and my house, we will walk out our values, we will live in our blessings both coming in and going out, we will walk in faith and not fear.

As for FEMA camps, I have no such intentions for myself and will not speak any such fear into the world around me. When I catch myself not guarding my words and joking around about such nonsense as FEMA camps or second class citizenship — putting that toxicity into the air, I immediately stop myself. Because you know what, it can happen. Mistakes happen all the time.

But at such a moment, we look around, we realize that we are rolling in the dust with the enemy, exactly where he wants us to be, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and ask 1.)What did I do right? 2.) What did I do wrong? 3.) What can I be doing better next time? Then we do it. We grow. We demand more of ourselves. We do better next time.

You can be forgiven for mistakes, just return to the touchstones that will get you to the victorious side of this battle. More important than any mistake is your recognition that you are better than that, your recognition that you set the trajectory of your life, your recognition that you set the pace for the world around you.

Because the truth is, you are better than that. If you are a person of valor, you are a one-percenter in the world around you. You may or may not be a one-percenter in terms of money or a one-percenter in terms of global power, you may, however, possess the one percent status that actually matters at a time like this.

Under the concept of generational theory, it is in fourth turnings, like this one, that people once called “average,” end up becoming the subject of text books that children study for the next 300 years.

Do you recognize the gift you have been given to be born in the most powerful country on earth, the freest country on earth, at a time of such global tyranny, and to be able to fight a battle in your own life, that can echo out into the world around you, with global ramifications, for centuries? If you did, you might treat yourself differently. If you did, you might weigh your every action more seriously. If you did, you might treat your elite status, your elite tools, your social circle you choose a bit differently.

You may be ready for your second class citizenship status. I am not. I have been treated like a VIP in virtually every store I have walked into since corona communism began. I have made sure others saw me as one set apart. I have made sure to pick myself up as soon as I realized I was rolling in the dust with the devil. I have made sure that I was not accepting any media narrative. That mostly has meant that I unplug from the narrative and base my understanding of reality on the world around me, and when I need data about the outside world, I seek out some narrative-free quality data sources.

Many who read these pages do the same. But I do not think many who read these pages recognize that they are the elites of society, that they are the foundations of the new America. If they realized that about themselves, I think they would much more enjoyably separate themselves out from the people who really are just average. Because the net effect of surrounding yourself with the average is to dull your sword, dull your senses, dull your elite advantage.

Far from deserving a response of whining, a person close to you showing his true colors and no longer wanting anything to do with you is a gift that offers you so much benefit as a refining fire — as it clarifies the values of those around you and focuses them into agreement with your own.

Now, more than ever, is a time to be in the midst of the iron that can sharpen iron, to be in the midst of those who you barely feel worthy of being around, to be in the midst of the elite of our day as much as possible and to let them demand high standards of you, for you to demand high standards of them, and for you to elevate each other as you go through daily life.

It is a time to recognize your elite status. It is a time to honor that in you. It is a time to separate yourself.

Separate yourself. Stop the mask nonsense. Tools available to you include “Face Masks in One Lesson”  which guides readers on how to never wear a mask again, “Face Masks Hurt Kids” a book on the science of mandatory masking, these LRC articles on the same, and some excellent videos and trainings made available to everyone who signs up at RealStevo.com. 

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Who Will Save You From This Insane Tyranny? Only You Have the Power To Save Yourself – LewRockwell LewRockwell.com

Posted by M. C. on January 15, 2022

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2022/01/gary-d-barnett/who-will-save-you-from-this-insane-tyranny-only-you-have-the-power-to-save-yourself/

By Gary D. Barnett

“In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the individual. This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations take place, and the whole future, the whole history of the world, ultimately springs as a gigantic summation from this hidden source in individuals.”

Carl Gustav Jung

Here we are in an age of fear and excuses; an age of collective madness that strives for the death of the individual. Little do the masses know, as the end of individuality is the end of man. The crowd can destroy us, but the individual can save us. The idea of self then is the savior of humanity, for all efforts that rely on the masses as a whole to awaken to the idea of freedom will fail, as the mass will never act to free itself until it is too late.

While this thinking may seem defeatist, it is not, it is simply the way of human nature to hide from the truth. The few can change the world, but the common man who simply exists in life instead of living beyond life, cannot even save himself. In order for any true awakening of mind and spirit to take place, a rebirth brought about by a deep understanding of the inner psyche is necessary; requiring a personal and visceral activation of individual consciousness. This is not a learned behavior, and it is does not come from any perceived physical or personal experience, it is innate. Rarely is this awareness of the subconscious self, experienced by the common man, as it is reserved for those who have the strength and courage to look deep inside and not only face themselves, but also to accept what they find. Once this occurs, truth becomes evident, and fear disappears.

Considering our current circumstances, the more who separate from the crowd in order to find self, the more who are likely to disobey and dissent. It does not take huge numbers for the fight for freedom to survive and prosper, it takes only a minority of very courageous individuals to turn this tide of tyranny. The masses collectively will not win this battle, and in fact will hamper all efforts due to their indifference, but the few awakened can move mountains. If the few become greater in number, the evil can be defeated.

The state’s answer to the strong and awake is to corrupt the minds and bodies of as many people as possible. By gaining the cooperation of the masses, the ruling monsters can pit them against the very individuals with the power to save them. Many tools are being used to accomplish this destruction of the individual psyche, not the least of which is this deadly, poisonous, and body and gene-altering bioweapon called the ‘Covid vaccine.’ Psychological torture is rampant, and has been extremely effective in gaining the acquiescence of the herd, due mostly to unfounded fear. Because of this, most have complied with very totalitarian orders and mandates meant to subdue that bulk of society too weak to fight against this obvious fraud.

Extreme propaganda, false flags, emergency declarations, lockdowns, social distancing, mandated mask wearing, threats, fearmongering, job loss, forced business closures, massive inflation, limitless intimidation, staged and allowed violence, sickness, and much death have been the result of the state’s efforts to repress and control this society. When stress due to fear reaches these levels, the people’s ability to fight back is not enhanced as might be expected, but is vastly weakened. This is known by those evil enough to pursue this agenda of gaining more power in order to subdue and control the majority. When this happens, the real enemy that is the state, pretends to become the savior, and all those attempting to refute the lies become the enemy of the people. This is a true inversion of reality, and controlled perception becomes a real-world media phenomenon, based only on the mass hypnosis of the crowd. As sad as it is, this has been a successful effort by the controlling element of society, and one that threatens the very essence of man.

Considering all that has happened, it is obvious that the deadly fake injection is the most sought-after control method being used by the evil ‘master’ class today. This is why in light of the fact that they are worthless in any effort to control any so-called sickness or disease, and that they are so gravely dangerous, that they are being forced on this and other populations with such vigor. The technology available to those making, administering, and demanding acceptance of these toxic concoctions, is at this point fantastical, and what is being told to the ‘public’ is only a minor snippet of the actual technology available. These are bioweapons meant to change the body, mind, and genetic structure of its victims, including injecting substances that allow for mind control, and can maim and kill as well.

Depopulation is a large part of the state’s agenda, but the submission of the rest is necessary as well in order for long term control of large populations. The proposed injection attack planned for all children is vitally important to the ruling class, because if the injection of these bioweapons into the majority of children from the very young through adolescence can be accomplished, the future belongs to the state. The push to inject the children will not go away on its own, because that is the most important aspect of the plan for future control of humanity. Innocent children and the old and weak are the most vulnerable among us. Should this conspiratorial plot continue to gain success, many of the old will be killed or will die due to the shots, and the young can be fully restrained, supervised, and dominated through artificial methods for many years to come. This is what we face, and why it is so imperative that we stand against the tyranny as aware individuals, never allowing this takeover of mankind to see the light of day.

“No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Reference links:

Trauma-based mind control

The ‘Covid’ silent weapon injection

Herd Stupidity and the controlling gene-based “Covid’ injections

The m-RNA-Experiment Gene-altering Poisonous Jabs

“Covid’ Bioweapon shot designed for control and depopulation

Eugenics Is Alive and Well, and the ‘Covid-19’ Scam is the Engine for Accomplishing Depopulation and Mind control

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“In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the individual. This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations take place, and the whole future, the whole history of the world, ultimately springs as a gigantic summation from this hidden source in individuals.”

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Covid infections and deaths SOAR after the first vaccine dose

Posted by M. C. on January 14, 2022

https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/covid-infections-and-deaths-soar?r=iw8dv&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email

Alex Berenson

The Covid vaccines look worse and worse.

A reader has pointed out an amazing dataset from the province of Alberta, Canada which reports Covid cases, hospitalizations, and deaths by day after the first and second vaccine doses.

Infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from Covid all soar in the days and weeks after people receive their first vaccine dose.

Hospitalizations:

Deaths:

SOURCE: https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm#vaccine-outcomes

Alberta has about 4.4 million people, so this sample is not small. The vast majority of vaccines given in the province are the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, though about 10 percent are the DNA/AAV vaccines, mostly from AstraZeneca, which is not used in the United States.

The figures further support the national-level data from Israel and Britain, which last year saw Covid deaths hit all-time highs just after they began mass vaccination campaigns.

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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Times-News to transition to digital distribution for Saturdays

Posted by M. C. on January 14, 2022

“Responding to continued rapid shifts toward digital news consumption, the Erie Times-News is announcing a change in print frequency starting March 5.”

Combined with yet another try at making the Erie paper about Erie by presenting fewer national columnists I am guessing this is more a response to falling revenue.

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=542f5748f_13482f5

Erie Times-News USA TODAY NETWORK

Responding to continued rapid shifts toward digital news consumption, the Erie Times-News is announcing a change in print frequency starting March 5.

The Times-News will cease home delivery on Saturdays and instead will provide subscribers with a full digital replica of the newspaper that day, filled with local news, advertising and features such as comics and puzzles. The new model means subscribers will get newspapers delivered to their home six days a week, with a digital newspaper available every day.

“Our commitment to local news remains steadfast, but the platforms on which people are consuming news continue to evolve. What was once solely a daily newspaper has transformed to include a digital site, mobile app, social media platforms, multimedia and more,”

See SATURDAYS, Page 2A

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executive editor Matt Martin said. “Our print newspapers remain a vital and important part of our strategy, but we are making a change this year in response to subscriber and advertising trends.”

The Saturday digital replica, or e-edition, will have the same look and news as a printed newspaper. The digital format also offer some additional features, such as the ability to clip articles and share them with friends and family, and adjust the text size.

In addition, subscribers of the Times-News will now have access to the USA TODAY Network’s full suite of e-editions from newsgathering organizations across the country, as well as ad-free access to the USA TODAY Crossword puzzle. The Times-News is part of the USA TODAY Network, and the change being announced Wednesday also is taking place at numerous other publications in the network.

All print subscribers of the Times-News have full digital access, meaning they have the ability to read news updates throughout the day and enjoy subscriber- only stories and video features, among other benefits. Subscribers also have 24/7 access to obituaries, legal notices and classifieds on our website, GoErie.com.

News and sales staffing at the Times-News will not change as a result of this. However, those staffs will be even better aligned toward digital news delivery.

Delivery times for the other days of the week will remain unchanged.

The Times-News has been part of the Erie community since 1888, when the first edition of the Erie Daily Times was published. Since then the Times-News has continually evolved, including launching the region’s leading news web site, GoErie.com, more than 25 years ago.

“We will continue to strategically evolve our business model, while making decisions that keep our loyal subscribers at the forefront,” Martin said. “Our newspaper is a vital part of the fabric of our community. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to support local news with subscriptions and advertising.”

Anyone with questions about the change can access their account at help.goerie.com or call customer service at 800-352-0043.

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