Tunnel Vision Threatens Everything About Our World These Days

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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So many things happening right now illustrate an underlying problem in society at large and that is tunnel vision, especially on the part of our “experts.”

This WuFlu debacle has brought to the surface a growing issue that that threatens everything we value; tunnel vision. We’ve seen nations shut down on the advice of health experts using nothing but models while focusing their entire attention on their own narrow range of expertise to the exclusion of others. The models have, in retrospect, been so wide of the mark as to be worse than unusable. We have employed them to craft solutions worse than the problem and may yet lose civilization as we know it to some “new normal” utopian true believers and special interests ardently wish to impose on us. A “new normal” is, in fact, the last thing we need but it is most definitely being planned for us by our tunnel vision impaired experts.

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China Rare Earth Mineral Dominance Is A Dangerous Weapon

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Communist China and its dominance in rare earth minerals is the subject a second video by Mark Mathis at the Clear Energy Alliance. This is a must watch!

How would you feel if the United States was more than 90 percent on Iran for its oil supply? That’s the question Mark Mathis poses in this second video on our rare earth emergency. You would thank our nation would not tolerate that kind of extreme vulnerability. Why is it then we will accept being more than 90% dependent on Communist China for rare earth minerals and critical metals that power all of our modern technologies? Communist China has the ability to quickly strangle the U.S. and the rest of the western world with its near monopoly on rare earth minerals.

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Rare Earth Emergency? Yes, If We Want Independence from China!

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Mark Mathis, our friend at the Clear Energy Alliance, has just put out another great video that gets at a very real problem; our rare earth emergency.

Mark Mathis explains, in the way of an introduction to his latest video, that “COVID-19 has awakened the world to a dangerous dependence on Communist China for a wide variety of products. There is a call to ‘de-couple” from China. Unfortunately, for the U.S. and other free nations, that’s not going to happen anytime soon. The U.S. is almost completely dependent on other nations (mostly China) for products made with Rare Earth Minerals and Critical Metals.” Rare earth minerals “are in virtually all of our technological devices from phones to cars to fighter jets.” They are also key to any prospects at all for renewable energy. I might add.

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DRBC Case Judge Told to Reconsider Standing of Senators

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The Federal judge handling the Wayne Land and Mineral Group lawsuit against the DRBC has been overruled again. He must consider if PA Senators have standing.

The DRBC case has taken several interesting turns and this week produced another. Once again, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected one of District Judge Mariani’s decisions in the case. This time it was the latter’s refusal to allow three Pennsylvania State Senators to intervene in the case. It was the second time Mariani had denied Senators Scarnati, Baker and Yaw intervenor status, but the Senators appealed this one and the Third Circuit has said the Judge indeed acted too hastily.

The Third Circuit panel who reversed Mariani’s decision in this aspect of the DRBC case are absolutely correct. The question is why the Judge decided the way he did. He accepted the self-interested Delaware Riverkeeper as having legal standing. but then turned around and denied the same to three elected officials who represent over 768,000 Pennsylvania residents in the State Senate. How could this be?

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COVID Claptrap: Sorry, But, No, We’re NOT All in This Together

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Lots of well-meaning folks responding to the COVID-19 situation are fond of saying “we’re all in this together” but, sadly, that’s anything but true.

It’s easy to say the COVID-19 virus or, as I refer to it, the WuFlu, has wreaked havoc on our economy and, quite literally, our lives and that “we’re all in this together.” But, that’s not true, if we’re honest with each other. First, it’s not so much the virus but the response of our ruling elites that’s wreaked most of the havoc. We didn’t react this way during the Hong Kong Flu that killed more than 100,000 of us during the year of Woodstock. Secondly, the disparity with which different segments of our society are treated tells some folks, primarily the same ruling elites who are wreaking the havoc, are not even in it at all, let alone together with us.

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Severance Tax? Sure, Let’s Kill What’s Left of the Economy!

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Tom Wolf is a vindictive guy and his 20-21 budget for Pennsylvania once again includes a proposed severance tax that will kill the remnants of our economy.

Tom Wolf’s “2020-21 Budget in Brief” only mentions a severance tax once, with this paragraph (emphasis added):

Last year, the governor unveiled Restore Pennsylvania, his ambitious infrastructure improvement plan that would invest $4.5 billion over four years in projects that would increase high-speed internet access, combat blight, assist communities with storm preparedness and disaster recovery, eliminate contaminants, clean up brownfields, build green infrastructure, repair rural roadways and develop new business sites. Projects completed through Restore Pennsylvania will be funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax and will help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state for the strength of its technology, development, and infrastructure.

Given the WuFlu and the governor’s stunningly incompetent management of it, shutting down our economy, instead of protecting nursing homes, priorities may have now changed. Make no mistake, though. Wolf will only double-down on on the double-speak about a “commonsense severance tax.” And, that makes no sense.

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WuFlu Response Tells Us All We Need to Know About Tom Wolf

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The WuFlu crisis has shown us Tom Wolf is utterly incompetent and worse. His initial response seemed measured, but then he went completely off the tracks.

When the WuFlu hit Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf appeared to be taking a measured approach that addressed the areas of the Commonwealth that had real problems. He focused on more urban counties in the eastern part of Pennsylvania and only gradually imposed restrictions as needed, county by county.

The next thing we knew he was shutting down everything and every county, regardless of the threat. He adapted to being a tyrant easily, telling small businesses selling clothes, flowers and electronics they were non-essential while telling Wal-Mart it was essential and allowing it to sell everything. He forced nursing homes to take WuFlu patients, resulting in one of the highest proportions of nursing home deaths among the states. He then cocked his head back and started lecturing counties about when it was safe for them to open. He started holding a “sword of Damocles” over their heads, after previously telling them it was only about “flattening the curve,” an excuse he didn’t invent but happily propagated. Now, he’s in full dictator mode, deciding who wins and who loses.

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Wayne Land and Mineral Group Over the Target As NRDC Files Amicus Brief

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The Wayne Land and Mineral Group lawsuit against the DRBC has attracted attention from the Rockefellers a/k/a the NRDC gang. Landowners are over the target.

It’s been obvious from the beginning the DRBC is subservient to the special interests of Northeast elites, especially the Rockefeller and Haas families. The latter, acting in the name of the William Penn Foundation, has bought off the Delaware PovertyKeeper  and the DRBC itself. The Commission has dutifully stopped fracking in the Delaware Basin, as the same governing majority allows it in the Susquehanna River Basin with no discernible downsides. Meanwhile, the PovertyKeeper goes to court hand-in-hand with the DRBC to fight landowners both being paid simultaneously by the Foundation. Now, their partners in trying to make a wilderness out of the Upper Delaware region—the Rockefellers—are headed to court with them. It can only mean one thing; the Wayne Land and Mineral Group is right over the target with their lawsuit against the DRBC.

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