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Submitted by don on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 10:18am.

Dear Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks-

It has been more than a week since I requested that Seismic Testing be halted in Fort Worth until the public has proof that it is safe, legal and cost-free to all residents. However, testing is still underway and many of your District 8 constituents are concerned.

Our primary concern is that the City of Fort Worth relied too heavily on information provided by the drilling industry or one of its partners when issuing a testing permit to Dawson Geophysical. We are also concerned that because the City is in business with Chesapeake, XTO, etc. and depends on them for City revenue, a potential conflict of interest exists that may affect prudent decision making. read more of this posting »

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Submitted by don on Tue, 07/12/2011 - 11:57am.
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Mike Moncrief’s Legacy of Greed and Deception

Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief is hanging up his spurs. Those spurs that kicked the heart out of Fort Worth for the past eight years will now be fitted to new Mayor, Betsy Price, aka: Moncrief in a skirt. It is too early to tell if she will continue Moncrief's Nazi-like, mayoral style known as, The Fort Worth Way. Bets are, the spurs are a perfect fit. read more of this posting »

Submitted by don on Sat, 07/09/2011 - 12:55pm.

An open letter to City Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks-

Dear Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks-

Some of my neighbors and I are very concerned about a massive seismic testing operation/experiment currently underway in our neighborhoods. Dawson Geophysical is a subcontractor for the private, for-profit companies, Chesapeake and XTO Energy, using public streets and ROW's to gather seismic data from a vast area. read more of this posting »

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Submitted by don on Sun, 05/08/2011 - 10:07pm.
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Politics is not pretty and, for me, electing politicians is basically a, "hold your nose" exercise. Most everything about it runs counter to my idealistic nature. I tend to avoid it for my own health and well being.

But this year, I made an exception to my rule about installing yard signs for politicians and posted two signs supporting Cathy Hirt for Mayor of Fort Worth. Importantly, they are right next to my well worn, Just Say NO to Urban Gas Drilling sign. read more of this posting »

Submitted by don on Sun, 04/17/2011 - 5:10pm.

We all have personal reasons for getting involved in David vs. Goliath-type battles. Something or someone pushes our "button"; we become mad as hell and can't take it anymore; we reach our tipping point. Mine began, modestly enough, on a hot, summer day in 2004 when, an acquaintance pointed across the street from my house and said something like:

"Hey, I hear they're gonna put a gas well up on that hill."

Not just "any" hill, mind you, but one of "my" hills. Tandy Hills Natural Area (THNA), to be exact, a public park owned by the City of Fort Worth. My heart-rate jumped. I had a gut feeling my life was about to switch gears.

http://tandyhills.org/fort-worth-tandy-hills read more of this posting »

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Submitted by don on Wed, 03/09/2011 - 11:27am.

There is one trespasser you can't shoot.

It travels silently underground poisoning your water.
It floats invisibly above, polluting the air your children, animals and you breathe.
It contaminates the Earth beneath your feet.
It stalks the halls of the Texas State Capitol, greasing the palms of weak and greedy men and women.
They in turn have created a Free Pass for this trespasser.

It took me less than a minute to Take Action. (Texas residents, ONLY.) It's too easy.

Please take 1 minute, right now, to protect your family and Say No! to SB 875. See link below.

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/676/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY...

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Submitted by don on Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:18am.
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Frank Finan has filmed what may be the first infra-red video of natural gas well emissions, in living color. The images you are about to see may be mesmerizingly pretty but they are also toxic and deadly. As you read this, they are spewing into the air and lungs of all living beings in Dirty 'Ol Towns across the USA.

NOTE: The emissions seen in this video are NOT visible to the naked eye. Well done, Frank!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEoN-3A-zQ4&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

To better appreciate the previous infra-red video by Frank Finan, watch this video from the same location filmed with a standard camcorder. Same toxic emissions without the pretty colors:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDa_eMU-sU8&feature=BF&list=ULI0fXT8nxR_k... read more of this posting »

Submitted by don on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 9:01pm.

I used to be a huge Cowboy's fan before I got a life. Or, maybe it was after the Cowboys started losing. Whatever, one useless passion died but several useful ones sprang to life.

But I'm a changed man ever since the City of Pittsburgh, PA banned gas drilling in 2010. For that reason, alone, Pittsburgh deserves to be the NEW America's Team. Now, I'm talking like a Yinzer and dreaming of Lombardi trophies.

Thanks to my good Pitt friend and comrade Bob Donnan, I'm now a Citizen of Steelers Nation. Bob presented me the attached certificate which I have posted on my Wall of Honor above my computer along with my FW Weekly Best Rabblerouser Award of 2006 and Sagamore Hill Elementary Spelling Bee Champion of 1963. read more of this posting »

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Submitted by don on Tue, 01/25/2011 - 3:35pm.

You are looking at the first official flag of the City of Fort Worth created in 1912. This flag and other rarely seen, historic objects from the archives are now on display at the Fort Worth Public Central Library in an exhibit titled, Hidden Views.

http://www.fortworthgov.org/library/info/default.aspx?id=4172#

The exhibit was created by FW artist, Christopher Blay, who also participated in the Buzzworms in the Backyard exhibition in 2009. See his Buzzworm entry here:

http://fwcando.org/node/294

When trying to comprehend anything, context is everything, as they say. But take a look at the other photo below taken in 2010 and ask yourself if the City of Fort Worth has really changed that much in the past 99 years. read more of this posting »

Submitted by don on Tue, 01/25/2011 - 3:34pm.

You are looking at the first official flag of the City of Fort Worth created in 1912. This flag and other rarely seen, historic objects from the archives are now on display at the Fort Worth Public Central Library in an exhibit titled, Hidden Views.

http://www.fortworthgov.org/library/info/default.aspx?id=4172#

The exhibit was created by FW artist, Christopher Blay, who also participated in the Buzzworms in the Backyard exhibition in 2009. See his Buzzworm entry here:

http://fwcando.org/node/294

When trying to comprehend anything, context is everything, as they say. But take a look at the other photos below taken in 2009 and 2010 and ask yourself if the City of Fort Worth has really changed that much in the past 99 years. read more of this posting »

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