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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Erie County Community College gets $10M grant from Wolf

Posted by M. C. on December 26, 2020

A grant from Wolf! A Christmas gift! A bit misleading. A more accurate headline would be:

Governor Wolf allows Erie taxpayers to have a small portion of stolen dollars, theirs to begin with, back, instead of “redistributed” to someone else.

Matthew Rink Erie Times-News USA TODAY NETWORK

The Erie County Community College has received an early Christmas gift from Gov. Tom Wolf in the form of a $10 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project grant.

The grant money is the first funding allocated by the state to the new community college, which the Pennsylvania Board of Education approved in July. Plans call for the college to begin offering classes in the fall of 2021.

The community college was the largest project in Erie County to receive RACP funding. Nine other projects received a combined $13.5 million, of which $3 million was previously pledged.

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The community college money will be used for capital costs, including the “acquisition, construction, renovation of property and buildings where classes would be held, as well as the machinery and equipment necessary for the operation of the college and education of students.”

“That’s great, it’s great,” said Ron DiNicola, the chairman of the community college’s board of trustees, upon hearing that the funding had been awarded. “I see it as a powerful indicator of the governor’s commitment to workforce development in Pennsylvania and his confidence in Erie County’s initiative to establish this college.”

DiNicola said he was finalizing the college’s request to the state for operating funds when he learned about the RACP award. Wolf is likely to put out his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year sometime in February. He indicated in October 2019 that the state would fund a 15th community college.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper learned that the funding had come through around 3 p.m. Wednesday when she received a call from a member of Wolf’s staff. Wolf, she said, had told her prior to the state Board of Education approving the county’s request for a community college that he would provide extra funding through RACP.

“I’m obviously very grateful we have this funding and I’m just glad that the governor came through on his promise to me,” Dahlkemper said. “This is huge. This is money that’s going to allow for the eventual location of the community college to be purchased and for work to be done on that physical plant. It really helps make it a true reality for the Erie County community.”

The RACP funding was first included in the state budget in 2007 but like the county’s long-discussed plans for a community college, it sat idle. Erie County Council along with Dahlkemper agreed in 2017 to be the financial sponsor of the college and sent its proposal to the state for consideration.

The county will use its share of casino gaming revenue for the local funding requirement of the college. State funding and tuition and fees will also be primary sources of funding.

The projected budget submitted to the state Board of Education anticipated that a permanent facility would be established in the seventh year of the community college. The RACP funding was not included in those projections, meaning that it’s likely that a permanent home could be established much earlier than originally planned.

The college’s nine-member board recently established a committee to explore possible locations for the college. Though the funding can be used to buy property and build a new structure or renovate an existing one, it also can be used to purchase equipment that would be used by students.

“This is fantastic news for the people of Erie County,” Erie County Councilman Carl Anderson said. “Gov. Wolf really came through with his unwavering support for community college education and workforce development. And this puts Erie County’s Community College on a fast-tracked trajectory to get off the ground to a successful start. This will change the lives of young people in our community for generations to come.”

The Erie County Community College wasn’t the only project to receive the Redevelopment Capital Assistance grant funding Wednesday. Also included in the first round of funding were the following projects:

h Erie Events, UPMC Park clubhouse upgrades, $1.5 million.

The Erie Seawolves team clubhouse will be renovated and expanded to meet Major League Baseball standards. The clubhouse is located inside Erie Insurance Arena, which is attached to UPMC Park.

h Erie Events, UPMC Park, Phase III renovation, $3 million.

This funding is part of $12 million originally awarded in 2018. The state provided $3 million for four years for the project. The project includes significant renovations to nearly all areas of the park.

h Erie Events, Bayfront Place Market House Expansion II, $1 million.

Erie Events plans to construct a 22,000 square-foot market house and surface parking area along the west bayfront. The indoor market would operate year-round and feature a full-service grocery store as well as local vendors. Erie Events had requested $3.5 million for the project.

h Berry Global Group, warehouse and distribution facility, $2 million.

The city of Erie-based company plans to build a 90,000 square-foot steel and masonry warehouse and distribution facility in the 1500 block of Myrtle Street.

h Erie Center for Arts & Technology, Wayne campus improvement project, $500,000.

The project will provide fully finished office and lab space to the newly created UPMC Jameson School of Nursing at UPMC Hamot on the second and third floors of the former Wayne Elementary School, 650 East Ave. ECAT, which purchased the building in 2019, began to renovate the building in August. ECAT had requested $751,675.

h Erie Zoo otter exhibit, $500,000.

According to the Erie Zoological Society’s request, the project will create a new state-of-the-art home for the zoo’s North American river otters, as well as new off-exhibit housing for the animals. There will be a large outdoor viewing area with a water feature. The zoo had asked for $1.5 million.

h Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority, Liberty Park expansion project, $2.5 million.

Liberty Park will be expanded to the area now occupied by boat storage by developing it with commercial venues, a grand entrance, an esplanade, a new playground, splash pad and picnic shelters. The project will include the installation of sanitary sewer, potable water, natural gas and electric utilities to the entire 12-acre site. The Port Authority had requested more than $4 million.

h Mercyhurst University, athletic and academic facilities renovation project, $2 million.

Mercyhurst University plans to significantly renovate the athletic center that is home to four indoor varsity sports. Playing surfaces, lighting, support spaces, and spectator viewing areas will be improved, as well as three classrooms used by the athletic training and sports medicine programs.

h City of Corry, regional firehouse project, $500,000.

The former Corry Public Works facility will be renovated for a new fire station. Work includes building out living quarters for firefighters. The city of Corry had requested $1.25 million.

Contact Matthew Rink at Follow him on Twitter at @ETNrink.

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Covid update: The grand Ohio legal case for our time, against kings on their thrones « Jon Rappoport’s Blog

Posted by M. C. on September 16, 2020

When a government declares an Emergency, it must explain and justify it on the facts, not on lies and deceptions. Otherwise…

The Constitution no longer exists.

The Law no longer exists.

In their place, there is a reversion to a time of arbitrary edicts, handed down from kings and their wise ones who must not be doubted or challenged.

On what rational basis has Governor Mike DeWine taken away the freedom of citizens? Where is his evidence? What is the quality of that evidence, beyond the mere claim that “experts are always right”?

by Jon Rappoport

The news is coming fast, the implications are titanic.

On Monday, I wrote about Thomas Renz, the Ohio lawyer who is taking on a case for a set of plaintiffs, against Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the state of Ohio.

The charge: DeWine has created massive damage through lockdowns and other “containment measures” designed to stop the spread of the purported coronavirus.

Against DeWine, attorney Renz has mounted a legal case to defeat both Constitutional violations AND gross scientific fraud.

(Attorney press release posted here; Attorney plaintiff document filed with court posted here.)

(‘Lawsuit’ article archive here)

Update: A crucial part of this case is the DISCOVERY process. Attorney Renz and his colleagues would have the opportunity to sit down with key players in the COVID operation and grill them, in great detail, on matters of fact and science.

Imagine Fauci, Birx, Redfield in the room having to answer very probing questions UNDER OATH.

And the discovery proceedings would be made public, as they happen. Renz would be filing periodic reports with the court.

Another factor. The Ohio court, as part of its verdict, could grant PERMANENT INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. This means it could order the governor of Ohio to cancel the State of Emergency—thereby ending all orders and “containment measures” connected with the Emergency. No lockdowns, no mandatory masks, no mandatory distancing.

Yes, I’m aware that nothing is a slam-dunk in the judicial system. Fingers crossed. But this is a chance, an opportunity, a ray of light, a practical and real possibility.

Further, attorney Renz’s case is a model and a template for other lawyers, in other states and countries, who want to file similar cases.

When a government declares an Emergency, it must explain and justify it on the facts, not on lies and deceptions. Otherwise…

The Constitution no longer exists.

The Law no longer exists.

In their place, there is a reversion to a time of arbitrary edicts, handed down from kings and their wise ones who must not be doubted or challenged.

On what rational basis has Governor Mike DeWine taken away the freedom of citizens? Where is his evidence? What is the quality of that evidence, beyond the mere claim that “experts are always right”?

In his law suit against Governor DeWine, attorney Renz takes up big questions:

What are the REAL COVID case and death numbers?

How much flim-flam has been deployed to cook those numbers?

What is the underhanded definition of a COVID case?

Why is the PCR test useless?

Can a strip of RNA stand in for a virus that isn’t defined?

Is this a pandemic or is it just “another flu season?”

These are just a few of the many questions attorney Renz raises in his lengthy Ohio court filing. He has shocking answers. They do not depend on the news or the assumed primacy of the Coronavirus Task Force or a sitting president or a presidential candidate or a political party or governors. The answers don’t depend on what Governor DeWine thinks or what he has been told.

You could compare this case to a proceeding in which the evidence of a law-enforcement lab is challenged purely on the merits of its findings. The name of the lab doesn’t matter. The government agency which houses the lab doesn’t matter. The so-called reputation of the lab doesn’t matter. What matters is a searchlight centering on fact and truth.

The serious nature of the Ohio proceeding is magnified, because at stake is the freedom of many, many citizens. Their liberty, as enshrined in basic Law, is on the line.

We’re at a crossroads. This case and what happens to it are of vital importance.

Attorney Renz is asking for a jury trial. Citizens would be empaneled to listen to a profound and detailed UNCOVERING of evidentiary fraud, on a truly massive scale. And then this jury would hear how the fraud is leveraging the lockdowns and the destruction of businesses and lives, and the removal of freedom.

This case puts its arms around the immediate future of the country, the Constitution, the basic concept of Law, the difference between a jury and a King, and whatever still remains of 1776.

This case dives into the difference between claims of science, and science, and who controls the distinction.

Winning this one would expose a scientific fraud so solid, so dense, the whole world would see an iron curtain of a century’s duration exploding in front of their eyes.

Victory requires one imperative: follow the Law.

CODA…BREAKING… More good news: federal judge declares Pennsylvania governor’s COVID restrictions unconstitutional.

Bricks are falling out of the walls of the American imprisonment—

CBS News, Pittsburgh: “U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, an appointee of President Donald Trump, sided with the plaintiffs. Stickman wrote in his ruling that the [Pennsylvania] Wolf administration’s pandemic policies have been overreaching, arbitrary and violated citizens’ constitutional rights…”

FOX News: “The ruling found that [Pennsylvania Governor] Wolf’s restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered ‘non-life-sustaining’ businesses to shut down were unconstitutional.”

In this case, the judge made his ruling strictly on Constitutional grounds. His conclusion is worth reading:

“…even in an emergency, the authority of the government is not unfettered. The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms — in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble. There is no question that this Country has faced, and will face, emergencies of every sort. But the solution to a national crisis can never be permitted to supersede the commitment to individual liberty that stands as the foundation of the American experiment. The Constitution cannot accept the concept of a ‘new normal’ where the basic liberties of the people can be subordinated to open-ended emergency mitigation measures. Rather, the Constitution sets certain lines that may not be crossed, even in an emergency. Action taken by Defendants [Governor Wolf] crossed those lines. It is the duty of the Court to declare those actions unconstitutional. Thus, consistent with the reasons set forth above, the Court will enter judgement in favor of Plaintiffs.”

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, US District Judge William S Stickman IV, County of Butler et al v. [Governor] Thomas W Wolf et al.

NO emergency is so great that it supersedes individual liberty and freedom.

Even if the science underlying the official response to COVID were true (which it decidedly is NOT), it wouldn’t justify tearing away Constitutional and natural freedoms.

The resistance to tyranny is alive.

A million peaceful protestors in Berlin; 460,000 bikers riding into Sturgis, South Dakota, where Governor Kristi Noem has never locked down; numerous other protests the mainstream press refuses to cover; the new groundbreaking Ohio lawsuit filing I’ve been covering; untold millions of people who know what a sham and a crime the whole COVID operation really is…

Lights are coming on and the wind has changed direction.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

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Government, Death and Yoga

Posted by M. C. on August 18, 2020

When reading of yet another business struggling to avoid complete closure, a beloved establishment in Crawford county PA in this case, a few things come to mind.

Governor Wolf and his health secretary issuing “mandates”, NOT voted on by any legislature. Obey or get your state license pulled.

Now that COVID deaths, real and fabricated, are dropping like a rock we now have “cases”. A spike of acquired immunity “cases” that are twisted by the state and media to feign illness and death, like the passenger list on a river Styx cruise ship. Immune people don’t need vaccines and passport tattoos. Bad for control.

There appears to be another outbreak prevalent among PA government and media.


In PA I have noticed that whenever Governor Wolf and his minion issue a ”mandate”, local government officials and media immediately strike the Cat Pose.

I suppose that explains Wolf’s Mona Lisa smile.


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The Shutdown May Soon Collapse in Pennsylvania Thanks to Local Resistance | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. on May 20, 2020

Pennsylvania has no shortage of problems and onerous laws and regulations, but we are very fortunate that our governance structure is decentralized to the extent that it is. With the third-highest number of local governments in the country, Pennsylvania is ideally suited for the kind of recalcitrance that is currently materializing against the centralized emergency decrees from the state government.

As in the rest of the country, life in Pennsylvania has been greatly disturbed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the chaos that has resulted from the state government’s attempts to handle the situation. On March 16, Governor Wolf ordered that all “nonessential” businesses be closed for at least two weeks. They are still closed today, and as a result, 1.8 million Pennsylvanians have filed for unemployment. At the end of December of last year, the state estimated that there were roughly 6 million employed persons in Pennsylvania. If we set aside all the workers whose incomes have been reduced through pay cuts or reduced hours, or who for various reasons have not filed for unemployment, still nearly a third of people who were working in December are now out of work.

Such an astounding figure is truly hard to comprehend, and its consequences likely haven’t been fully understood. It is therefore very understandable that Pennsylvanians around the commonwealth are eager to return to work and salvage the situation as much as possible before we are all left destitute. However, Governor Wolf, having assumed emergency powers, seems loathe to let that happen on anything other than his administration’s opaque and poorly understood timetable. Under the current plan, all counties are currently categorized as either red, yellow, or green, with red counties having the strictest restrictions and green ones allowing all businesses to reopen. By May 15, thirty-seven of Pennsylvania’s sixty-seven counties will officially become yellow zones. These counties will include nearly all of western and north-central Pennsylvania.

From the beginning, the entire shutdown process has been wracked with confusion over which businesses are essential and which ones need to apply for waivers to keep running. The waiver process has not been very transparent, and it is little wonder that the granting of a waiver to Wolf Home Products, the furniture manufacturer formerly owned by the governor, caused an uproar. As of May 10, the state had only processed 70 percent of the unemployment claims it had received.

There is not only confusion regarding the economic shutdown rules, but also over the public health approach as more and more data becomes available. On May 6, it was revealed to lawmakers during a phone briefing that of the roughly 3,100 virus deaths by that date, 68 percent had occurred in nursing homes and similar care facilities, that the average age of those who had passed was 79 (in a state where the average life expectancy is 78.5 years), and that 84.4 percent of the victims suffered from one to four comorbidities.

These shocking figures are even more tragic in light of the fact that the state’s aggressive plan for protecting nursing homes was never fully implemented. The state government’s incompetence is even more egregious considering the fact that the state health department issued a memo on March 18 stating that “Nursing care facilities must continue to accept new admissions and receive readmissions for current residents who have been discharged from the hospital who are stable….This may include stable patients who have had the COVID-19 virus.”

Although the administration apparently lacked the ability to enact their own plan for protecting nursing homes, Wolf did have the time to make sure to include radical progressive demands in his state recovery plan, such as an increase of the minimum wage to $12 which would be set to grow to $15 and an expansion of mandatory paid leave policies.

With such chaos, confusion, and incompetence in the background, it is little wonder that there is a growing sense of rebellion among both the inhabitants and local government officials throughout the state. All of southwestern Pennsylvania was declared free to move from red- to yellow-level restrictions on May 15 except for Beaver County. This exception, the county government believes, is largely due to the county’s stats being skewed due to a particularly lethal outbreak at a nursing home in the county that killed at least seventy-one residents. As a result, they declared that as far as the county government and law enforcement were concerned the county would be moving to yellow-level restrictions along with all of its neighbors on May 15. Local officials also pointed out that many residents who work in the surrounding counties will be free to travel in and out of Beaver to work, defeating the entire purpose of keeping the county locked down. This is not an insignificant number of people given that Beaver is part of the greater Pittsburgh area. What’s more, the district attorney announced that his office would not be prosecuting any violations of the shutdown orders and had advised all local police departments to not get involved in state enforcement orders.

This defiance was echoed by two other counties in the central part of the state, including Dauphin County, where the state capital of Harrisburg is located, whose officials released statements effectively saying that they would no longer participate in the enforcement of the red-level shutdown orders. The county sheriffs of two additional central counties also released statements saying that their offices would not participate in any enforcement activities. A few days later, these counties have been joined by an additional eight counties that are variously demanding that the state let them move on to the yellow phase or simply declaring that they are planning to do so. With nearly a third of the state now out of work, such rebellion is not surprising in the least.

Of course, Governor Wolf did not take such defiance lightly and unleashed a torrent of threats and abuse on the recalcitrant offenders, declaring that they had “decided to surrender to the enemy” and that they were “choosing to desert in the face of the enemy, in the middle of a war.” He then threatened to withhold any discretionary federal funds from any counties that rebelled, and then went even further, warning businesses that he would unleash the regulatory goons on them to make them bend the knee. Restaurants’ liquor licenses would be suspended, any business that reopened in defiance would no longer have business liability insurance, and they could risk losing certificates of occupancy and health certificates.

However, having already pushed thousands of businesses to the brink of extinction, it seems unlikely that Wolf’s threats have much persuasive power. The state simply doesn’t have the resources to hunt down every rebellious business owner, so at the worst, an owner is taking a gamble between going out of business for sure if the shutdown continues and facing regulatory headaches in the event that the state authorities actually manage to find out about it. Although the state department of health has set up a complaint form for people to inform on businesses, even state lawmakers have likened it to the East German secret police, and the form has reportedly been inundated with online trolls submitting bogus reports.

The situation in Pennsylvania is continuing to evolve, but it seems clear that Governor Wolf’s authority is collapsing by the day. The whole affair serves as an important reminder of the lesson at the heart of Étienne de la Boétie’s short book The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude: all political authority in rulers is, in the end, derived from the ruled. When such power is withdrawn, political authority is revealed to be impotent.

The governor may issue all the orders he desires, but without the cooperation of the lower levels of government and the people themselves, they are toothless. In the unlikely event that he desired to escalate the situation to enforce his emergency decrees, he would lack the resources to realistically do so, having only forty-seven hundred state police under his control who could not hope to replace the local police across the nearly forty-five thousand square miles that make up the state. Even if he tried, local district attorneys have already indicated that they will not prosecute such cases.

Pennsylvania has no shortage of problems and onerous laws and regulations, but we are very fortunate that our governance structure is decentralized to the extent that it is. With the third-highest number of local governments in the country, Pennsylvania is ideally suited for the kind of recalcitrance that is currently materializing against the centralized emergency decrees from the state government. Hopefully such resistance will lead not to chaos, but to more realistic policymaking that recognizes that disemploying a third of the workforce by decree is not a sustainable solution to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bread and Circuses in Pennsylvania

Posted by M. C. on April 23, 2020


While I believe all businesses are important, one has to wonder at Governor Wolf’s logic in deciding what is essential.

While people are unemployed, idled and wondering whether they will have a job when this is over, ice cream stands are opening in Pennsylvania.

Ice cream is the bread in bread and circuses.

Bread and circuses” (or bread and games; from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metonymic phrase referring to superficial appeasement. It is attributed to Juvenal, a Roman poet active in the late first and early second century AD — and is used commonly in cultural, particularly political, contexts. – Wikipedia

We are being played.

Like the magician making you look here when the real trick is sneaking up on you from there.

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The Govt. Wants to Decide What Items Are Essential Purchases

Posted by M. C. on April 7, 2020

Vermont has decided to choose for you what is essential and what is not, banning the sale of non-essential items at stores like Target, Walmart, and Costco.

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) is directing large “big box” retailers, such as Walmart, Target and Costco, with in-store sales of food, beverage and pharmacy, as well as electronics, toys, clothing, and the like to cease in-person sales of non-essential items in order to reduce the number of people coming into the stores.

I fail to see how this is going to stop the spread of a coronavirus if the shopper is already at the store and the employees are also already at the store.

In Erie PA you can shop at Lowes but you can’t buy seeds.

Lowes, grabbing its ankles for Governor Wolf.

Why don’t I feel safer?

by Daisy Luther

Living under lockdown restrictions, prevalent in nearly every state, is about to get a whole lot worse. The government in the United States and Canada has decided to take away the guesswork in the stores that are still open and decide for you what’s “essential” and what’s not.

When I have gone to the store to pick up groceries (I’m still getting fresh produce while I can), I also like to pick up a couple of things that are pleasant diversions: magazines, a crossword puzzle book, coloring pencils, some craft supplies. It’s nice to have some things that are enjoyable on hand to keep lockdown from feeling so grim and torturous. If the store is already open, getting a sunny yellow pillow for the living room is a pick-me-up, not a frivolous jaunt to a place I wasn’t already going. When we had a birthday in the family, we even picked up a few small gifts on our regular trip to the grocery store to provide a sense of normalcy.

But the days of getting a random item to brighten a family member’s day may be numbered. The government (at least in some places) wants to make this already unpleasant time as dismal as possible for us all.

Vermont has started a worrisome trend.

Vermont has decided to choose for you what is essential and what is not, banning the sale of non-essential items at stores like Target, Walmart, and Costco.

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) is directing large “big box” retailers, such as Walmart, Target and Costco, with in-store sales of food, beverage and pharmacy, as well as electronics, toys, clothing, and the like to cease in-person sales of non-essential items in order to reduce the number of people coming into the stores.

“Large ‘big box’ retailers generate significant shopping traffic by virtue of their size and the variety of goods offered in a single location,” said Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lindsay Kurrle.  “This volume of shopping traffic significantly increases the risk of further spread of this dangerous virus to Vermonters and the viability of Vermont’s health care system. We are directing these stores to put public health first and help us reduce the number of shoppers by requiring on-line ordering, delivery and curbside pickup whenever possible, and by stopping the sale of non-essential items.” (source)

Retailers are asked to close certain areas of the stores, rope them off to deny access, or pull non-essentials from their shelves.

What’s considered non-essential?

The Burlington Free Press reports the following items have been deemed non-essential purchases:

  • Arts and crafts items.
  • Beauty supplies.
  • Carpet and flooring.
  • Clothes.
  • Consumer electronics.
  • Entertainment (books, music, movies).
  • Furniture.
  • Home and garden.
  • Jewelry.
  • Paint.
  • Photo services.
  • Sports equipment.
  • Toys.

So a store you’re already at is telling you that grabbing some hand lotion to soothe your dry, cracked skin from the constant application of hand sanitizer is non-essential? Getting a book to read while you’re locked down is against the rules? You can’t do a home improvement project while you’re stuck at home?

I fail to see how this is going to stop the spread of a coronavirus if the shopper is already at the store and the employees are also already at the store.

In fact, it seems to me that this would be helpful to our gasping and dying economy. But what would I know? Dinesh Iyer, Assistant Professor of Management at Rutgers School of Business-Camden, says the stores don’t need our frivolous little purchases.

“I think the economy can wait,” he said. “Most corporations have access to debt and finances that are not available to the common folk.”

Corporations can “leverage their assets and tide through difficult times” by borrowing larger sums of money at lower interest rates and more frequently than you or I can,” he said.

“We have an opportunity to do all the things around the house that we have been putting off, spend time with family, learn a new skill,” Iyer said.

He even cautions against online shopping.

“The online shopping can wait,” Iyer said. “But if you must, you can always add the items of interest to your wish-list. And after the crisis, if you still need it, go for it. In the meantime, conserve the resources. You will be saving lives.” (source)

It’s rather curious how Iyer thinks us “common folk” will be able to do those things around the house and learn new skills without the supplies to do so.

One of the most alarming things is that garden supplies are considered non-essential.

Of all the times in the world you need most to plant a garden, now is the time. But in Vermont’s directive, even the sale of garden supplies is non-essential.

…showrooms and garden sections of large home improvement centers should be closed.  (source)

And readers shared this photo from a store in Vermont.

The government of Vermont says that it isn’t really accurate.

 Recent pictures circulating on social media appear to be from a box store which has roped off access to “non-essential” areas of the store, per guidance from ACCD, with various seed packets behind the roped-off section.  As stated above, agricultural seeds have been deemed “essential” in Vermont per the Governor’s executive order, however a homeowner’s access to seeds has been modified to meet the Governor’s executive order.

We’re hoping that retailers and consumers alike restrict in-person shopping to items that need to be purchased in-person and are of a time sensitive nature. While the state recognizes the importance of gardening as a source of food for many Vermonters, the ability to browse for seeds and purchase them in person doesn’t outweigh the risk of spreading the virus. Retailers can continue to make seeds available online, delivery and curbside. (source)

Okay. You can just buy them online…or can you?

Buying seeds online isn’t an option either.

Almost every seed company readers in the preparedness community have tried to make purchases from has said, sorry, but we’re just selling to commercial operations this year.

Johnny’s Select Seeds has the following announcement on their home page:

Here’s what you can expect as of March 31st, 2020:

  • At this time, we are accepting new orders only from commercial farmers shipping to the U.S. and Canada and international wholesale customers. We plan to resume taking orders from all customers on April 14th. This restriction applies to all orders placed via our website, phone, and email. This was a difficult decision and we apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Commercial Farmers only: Please login to your website account before placing your order or call our contact center at 1-877-564-6697 for assistance. If you have forgotten your password, you can find information on resetting your password here.
  • Orders placed with our standard shipping option prior to March 31st, 2020 may experience a shipment delay of 5–10 days. Commercial orders placed on or after March 31st, 2020 may experience a shipment delay of 1–2 days.
  • You may experience a longer than usual response time when you phone in your order, call on us to answer growing questions, or email us to make inquiries.
  • We have closed our retail store in Winslow, Maine, and will not be hosting farm tours until further notice.

We remain honored that you have chosen Johnny’s. Whether you have been buying from Johnny’s for 25 years or this is your first order, please know that we care deeply about helping you through the challenges of this coronavirus outbreak. Call or email us if you need growing advice or help finding products. (source)

So…you can’t get seeds from your local Walmart garden center if you’re in Vermont and you can’t order seeds from seed stores. Good luck with that garden you were hoping would help see you through this disaster unless you’ve already got seeds put back from previous years.

What can we expect?

I think it’s extremely likely that Vermont’s idea will catch on and spread across the country. Just like lockdowns began in a couple of areas then spread state by state, don’t be surprised when this trend does also. The province of Ontario in Canada has just closed all their hardware stores and is limiting purchases only to curbside pick-up. Here’s what you need to be prepared to see:

  • Don’t expect that you’re going to be able to pop over to Lowes or Home Depot to pick up seedlings – or even seeds – for your summer garden.
  • Don’t expect that you’ll be able to replace your children’s flipflops or sandals for the summer regardless of the growth of their feet – this could be considered “non-essential.”
  • Don’t expect to be able to replace clothing for growing children – at least not in person.
  • Don’t expect to get any summer toys for the kids to play with while they’re in the back-yard – non-essential.
  • Don’t expect to be able to buy a bigger size of pants because you ate all your quarantine candy. You’re going to have to squeeze yourself into your old pants.
  • Don’t expect to be able to get the fabric to make masks – remember? Craft supplies are non-essential.

Really, don’t expect anything. Because for some reason, it seems like governments want to make an already difficult and stressful time even worse by taking away the possibility for any kind of pleasant past-time unless you already have all the supplies you need for that.

This senseless crackdown not only makes things even more unpleasant, but it takes away even more streams of revenue for struggling businesses. And more than that, it’s limiting our ability to be as self-reliant as possible, leaving people to fight it out at the grocery store for dwindling resources with few options for creating our own food supplies.

Those living in Vermont have unfortunately missed their window for anything but mail order. For the rest of us, if there are some things you were hoping to get – be it new curtains, paint for the living room, tile for the bathroom, pots for your container garden, or the supplies to make a new chicken coop – you’d better get it now before your state follows the lead of Vermont.

What do you think?

Are these restrictions reasonable or some kind of power trip? What’s your advice to people who are new to preparedness and self-reliance? Share your thoughts in the comments section.





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Governor Wolf extends COVID-19 shutdown across Pennsylvania

Posted by M. C. on March 20, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf extended a shutdown order Monday to the entire state of Pennsylvania in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, although he also maintained that he would not send the National Guard or state police to force businesses to close or stop events…

Well, well fellow Pennsylvanians. That was Monday, this is Friday and Governor Wolf has shut just about everything down indefinitely and yes the Liquor Control Board (say what?), National Guard and state police will be arresting violators.

Martial law has arrived in PA.

Forget statistics as they are being manipulated (see my other posts today) but look at deaths compared to “flu” in a month. If you can find data from someone trustworthy which leaves out the WHO, CDC, governments.

Decide for yourself if this is manufactured hysteria and it is worth the misery we will see for years to come.

When your taxes have skyrocketed, government is openly spying on your every move, there are forced vaccinations, your company is forced out of business and you no longer have a job you can blame government, the media and we Pennsylvanians can thank Governor Wolf.

The effects of COVID-19 on our lives will pale in comparison to lying government and media.

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Pennsylvania’s Budget Struggle-Lost Cause-A Letter to The Erie Times-News

Posted by M. C. on October 22, 2017

Pennsylvania’s great hope Governor Wolf remains hopelessly hogtied by the legislature. His plan is to borrow against PA agencies and property. This just adds red to the PA balance sheet. What about next year when PA is in the same position?

People and business are leaving PA in droves due to an unfriendly business climate that includes taxes and regulation. There is a great rib place in Geneva Ohio that cooks ribs outdoors on grills. They told us PA regs would not allow them to cook on a grill. Who else has the legal backing to strong arm kids running the black market lemonade and hot dog stands? Read the rest of this entry »

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PA Budget-A Novel Approach

Posted by M. C. on February 19, 2017

Novel in several ways.

PA Governor Wolf wants to balance the state budget. Reduce spending here, increase spending there. Same for taxes. It will be interesting when we see what is finally underneath all the sliding shells. He wants to take a $200 million loan on the state fairground property. Now that is a novel way to reduce debt.

More novel is raising the minimum wage to generate more income tax. Here are some novel assumptions:

Employers are going to keep all the minimum wage employees that will suddenly cost 50% more to employ.

Hours per week will not drop. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Hit Show-Begging For Dollars In Pennsylvania

Posted by M. C. on October 25, 2015

The sight of the Erie school director begging governor Wolf for our money back should raise questions, but not about gridlock.

State and federal governments steal our money before we even have a chance to look at it. Then we have to beg to get just some of it back. There are always strings. Raise the drinking age for highway money. Implement common core or no child left behind for education money. In this case in PA agree to tax increases. The taxpayer must submit to extortion to get stolen money back. The US department of education was budgeted $68B in 2015. It inefficiently processes ineffective programs throwing dollars down the drain. Every year we hear how students in other countries outperform US students. Ask any old teaching hand if their work environment is better now than when they started.

Until we totally replace what we have now the next best thing is to eliminate “departments” that purport to help us. Let us keep our money to spend as we see fit.

I am coming to the conclusion that the best path to reining in the federal government is nullification.  The place to learn about it is the Tenth Amendment Center.

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