Politics

In mid-2018, there were a series of resignations and appointments for the Auditor position in my township. First in May (link), then again in October (link).

Watching this transpire, I decided to throw my hat in the ring:  

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October 16, 2018
To the Supervisors:
By way of this letter, I am hereby expressing my interest in the open auditor position.  
Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
Nathan Covington

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I was first appointed October 24, 2018 by the Township Board of Supervisors

AUTHOR’S NOTE: There is no single “reason” why farmers are being forced to dump their milk and why stores are largely still limiting the amount that consumers can purchase this week. The situation is complex, and two rumors are confirmed to be untrue. First, there is no health problem or health-related plant closure, nor is there a shortage of gallon jugs, according to Department of Agriculture sources. And no, milk jugs are NOT made in China. Most milk processing plants have their own plastic blow-molds and U.S. companies produce them as well.

Now that a few rumors are out of the way…  Here is the industry narrative for plunging farm-level milk prices and reports of farms being forced to dump their milk. It goes something like this: Schools are closed, foodservice demand is stalled and exports are drying up. The first two weeks of so-called “panic buying” at supermarkets settled into a third week into the COVID-19 national emergency finding consumers continuing to ‘buy’ more milk and dairy products, but “not buying enough to overcome” the aforementioned sales losses… 

The coronavirus is sending everyone into a frenzy. Some people are going to the store and making panic purchases by the cartload. Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne seem to be doing just fine on Browsey Acres.

The Baddest Woman On The Planet uploaded a video to Instagram showing off their doomsday preppers stash. They’re good on meat, veggies, water, and fruit. It seems like they have quite a set-up going on.

Our coronavirus panic shopping list is:
Nonexistent.
It’s no secret I’ve been a proud preppier for years- but let’s all learn from this pandemic panic and be a little more self sufficient and prepared in the future. Taking steps to live sustainably takes time but ultimately saves money, permanently eliminates water and power bills, reduces our carbon footprint, and is just plain healthier. We started @browsey_acres with just a compost bin and a few boxes of @soylent, which then became just a small herb garden, then a full garden (admittedly still under construction) then a few chickens, then a few more chickens (and ducks!), then a whole steer, then a solar roof, then a water catchment system. Start small! Just start! Let’s stop panicking and start preparing! Stay safe out there and #StayRowdyMyFriends!

You can check out the video to see Ronda Rousey’s video. She might be set to board herself up at home for a while. It looks like she’s plenty prepared for anything that’s coming.

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Update 4/10/20

Trump vs. Gates, Fed Gone Wild, Barr Prosecutes Coup?

 

 

 

 

Update 4/1/20

March 2020 in Precious Metals, by Stephen Cochran

 

 

Update 3/31/20:

Will the Dollar Always Rule? Ask the Archduke

 

Not many main-stream news outlets are discussing this, but the COVID-19 / Coronavirus lockdown in putting the US economy in an an unprecedented position: a simultaneous shutdown of both "wall street and main street" across the country.  Since the "great recession" of 2009, I believe that the US economy has not properly recovered.  Instead, concepts like Quantitative Easing and Zero Percent Interest Rates came into play.  These policies sound great when first introduced, but they only debase the currency further and further, eroding people's hard-earned savings and purchasing power. 

The history can be traced back to 1933 when they confiscated gold from private citizens.  In 1932, Gold was equal to $20 US.  In 1933, they changed it to be worth $32.  In 1970, when Gold was worth $34 per ounce, President Nixon stopped allowing for gold to be exchanged for Dollars.  In 2009 Gold was over $1000 and today is over $1500!  

Here are some links, videos, and other resources, to help illustrate my point.  

Since Governor Wolf’s virtual press conference on March 16, 2020, there has been a lot of confusion about what, exactly, “nonessential” business are, whether he could shut them down, and speculation on whether he might seek to seize firearms and ammunition.

During the press conference, he declared that “effective at midnight all nonessential stores are to close in Pennsylvania as well as bars and restaurants, except for takeout . . .” He also stated that he “anticipates” that the closure will remain in effect for two weeks but would not commit to it ending after those two weeks.

On March 25, 2020, researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks issued the final report of a four-year computer modeling study on the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7.

The 47-story WTC 7 was the third skyscraper to be completely destroyed on September 11, 2001, collapsing rapidly and symmetrically into its footprint at 5:20 PM. Seven years later, investigators at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) concluded that WTC 7 was the first steel-framed high-rise ever to have collapsed solely as a result of normal office fires.

Contrary to the conclusions of NIST, the UAF research team finds that the collapse of WTC 7 on 9/11 was not caused by fires but instead was caused by the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building.

Gerald Celente, a top trends researcher and Publisher of The Trends Journal, says the world is already in an economic depression. Celente explains, “Never in the history of the world has the whole world, or most of the world, been shut down by politicians destroying people’s lives and their businesses. People are going to go bankrupt. You are going to see suicide rates increase. You are going to see crime escalate and people OD’ing on drugs because of depression. . . . Our leaders are totally closing down the economy. Again, this has never been done before. It’s not only Wall Street going down, Main Street went down simultaneously. That is unprecedented. Usually, the markets go down and then the ripple effects start hitting Main Street. This time–boom, they are both down. . . . It’s going to be worse than the Great Depression. It’s going to be the Greatest Depression.”

Latest Action: March 10, 2020

To end the epidemic of gun violence and build safer communities by strengthening Federal firearms laws and supporting gun violence research, intervention, and prevention initiatives.

Read the full text:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5717/text?r=1&s=1

Note: This article was originally posted on BarrettCommunity.com

 

This article features a question & answer between myself and Judy Linder, Barrett Tax Collector, regarding the 2020 millage and how it fits into the county-wide reassessment.

QUESTION (Nate)
I'm confused about the property reassessment and the millage. It looks like the millage went from 20 down to 2.5, the millage numbers were roughly divided by 10. Monroe County is switching the property valuations from 25% value up to 100%. Perhaps I'm totally lost here but one set of numbers is divided by 10 and the other multiplied by 4, it doesn't add up to me. Can you let me know what I'm missing, here?

Note: This article was originally posted on BarrettCommunity.com

 

A few months ago, I filed a right-to-know request asking for an asset inventory of the township maintenance department of any item valued at $500 or above. 

I reached out to York Rake, the manufacturer, asking for information about our town’s 1987 HTR Street Broom.  

One would be forgiven for thinking our town's equipment being too old to get parts for anymore, or that we loaned it to another township.  I learned not only does Barrett Township actually own a street sweeper, but it’s even a current model.  Below is a transcript of my email thread with York Rake.

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