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NY Times: Resistance to Gas Drilling Rises on Unlikely Soil (North Texas!)

FORT WORTH — Texans pride themselves on being the heart of the nation’s oil and gas business. But even here, public concern about natural gas drilling is growing.

 

Stuart Palley for The Texas Tribune

Opposition has also grown in Southlake.

On Wednesday, several dozen protesters marched through downtown Fort Worth, waving signs and chanting anti-drilling slogans that reflected concern over air and water pollution.

The anxiety centers on a recently expanded drilling method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which is now used in more than half of new gas wells drilled in Texas. This practice — which involves blasting water, sand and chemicals far underground to break up rock and extract gas — is common in the Barnett Shale, a major shale-gas field around Fort Worth.

“It’s our health that’s at stake,” said Dana Schultes, who lives in south Fort Worth and worries about the impact of the drilling on her young daughter.

The protest, organized by the group Rising Tide North Texas, is the latest sign of a backlash against drilling in Texas. Yard signs saying “Get the Frack Out of Here” and “Protect Our Kids/No Drilling” have appeared in some yards in Southlake, a Dallas suburb. A few communities have declared a temporary moratorium on drilling permits, and Dallas set up a task force last week to examine drilling regulations within its city limits.

Analysts say the discontent appears to be partly inspired by highly publicized concerns in Pennsylvania, a state unaccustomed to drilling and where fracking has recently increased. The federal government is also raising concerns: the Environmental Protection Agency is beginning a study about the method’s effect on groundwater, and a report for Congressional Democrats released last week detailed the quantity of chemicals that gas companies are putting into the ground.

Lease payments by gas companies have also dropped significantly in Texas since natural gas prices hit highs in 2008, said Mike Slattery, the director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Texas Christian University — even as gas production rises in the state.

Gas companies say fracking is safe, but some acknowledge that changes are needed.

“For the most part, I would view these as self-inflicted wounds,” said Matt Pitzarella, a spokesman for Range Resources, a drilling company, speaking about the industry generally.

Gas companies, Mr. Pitzarella said, have existed under the radar for a long time but now need to be more responsive to public concerns.

The Fort Worth protesters ended up at Range Resources’ offices. The company was singled out, an organizer said, partly because it is one of the drillers with headquarters in the city.

Range Resources is also the subject of a battle between the E.P.A. and the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas operations in the state. In December the E.P.A. accused the company of contaminating two water wells in Parker County, west of Fort Worth. The driller denied the accusations, and the Railroad Commission investigated and cleared it. But the E.P.A. case is continuing.

City governments are getting more involved, too. Fort Worth, which has just under 2,000 gas wells within its city limits, expects to complete a study this summer of drilling’s impact on air quality. Dallas, on the edge of the Barnett Shale, has no wells so far, but gas companies are keen to drill — hence the establishment of the task force, which may deliver recommendations to the City Council this fall.

Gas drillers are also facing extra scrutiny in Austin, where lawmakers are considering whether to reduce a tax break for “high cost” natural gas drilling, like hydraulic fracturing. The break cuts the amount of severance tax paid by many gas companies.

 

In Stark Reversal, Obama Abandons Civilian Trials for 9/11 Suspects

 

Complaint Alleges Army Psychologist Advised Interrogators in Torture Techniques

 

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Fukushima Disaster Unknowns Could Mean Years Until Nuclear Crisis Ends

 

The Shortwave Report 04/22/11 Listen Globally

Dear Radio Friend, The latest Shortwave Report (April 22) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml in both broadcast quality (15.1MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59) (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&) This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and The Voice of Russia. From JAPAN- French President Sarkozy has promised Libyan rebels more intense airstrikes against Gaddafi forces. The Japan earthquake toll continues to rise and 133,000 are still living in evacuation centers. Schoolchildren in Fukushima must not touch the soil because of radiation levels. A French company will build a facility to decontaminate radioactive water at the Fukushima plant. The Italian government has frozen nuclear power plant development due to public opinion. Indian police opened fire on anti-nuclear demonstrators. From GERMANY- This month is the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster- the containment structure is beginning to fail and vast dangers still exist at the site. The head of the Greek Bank does not want the nation's debt restructured. Britain, France and Italy are sending military advisers to Libya, while Germany opposes sending any NATO ground troops. From CUBA- Greenpeace reports worldwide increases in radiation levels since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Evidence has been released showing Britain discussing selling Iraq oil 5 months before the 2003 invasion. A Wikileaks release shows the Obama administration leading a campaign to sabotage a UN investigation into possible war crimes committed by Israel in the Gaza attack of 2008 and 2009. New figures were released about the casualties in the Egyptian revolt, and torture continues under the current authorities. Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested more than 160 peaceful dissidents since February, though the Western media is not mentioning it. From RUSSIA- In Libya, the delivery of humanitarian aid may lead to the deployment of NATO ground troops, according to Phyllis Bennis from the Institute of Policy Studies. There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line - http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PDST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org > There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PST) NEWLY CORRECTED!!! The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://radio.indymedia.org/en/podcast?keys=shortwave++ Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org > And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org > I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) link for broadcast edition- < http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/swr_04_22_11.mp3 >(15MB) link for smaller file and streaming- < http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml > ¡FurthuR! Dan Roberts --"How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?" --Howard Zinn

Author Kasbarian Rekindles Past

 

Join the May Delegation to the Border!: Austin Tan Cerca de La Frontera

 

Sounding The Trumpet

 

About Flor de Caña Boycott: ANAIRC’s Disinformation on Nicaragua Sugar and CKD

 

Haiti's President-Elect Linked to Coup Plotters and Death Squads

 

Calls Grow for Government to Account for "Mistreatment" of Accused WikiLeaks Source Bradley Manning

 Calls Grow for Government to Account for "Mistreatment" of Accused WikiLeaks Source Bradley Manning

Interview with Bruce Ackerman, Yale law professor, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

As accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Army Specialist Pfc. Bradley Manning spends his tenth month in solitary confinement at the Marine brig in Quantico, Va., his treatment has aroused opposition on many fronts. Bloggers at FireDogLake.com, have taken up his cause, and author Greg Mitchell just published a book about Manning, whose trial date has not yet been set. And in the April 28 issue of The New York Review of Books, Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman and Harvard law professor Yochai Benkler published a letter of concern that has already been signed by 300 academics, mostly law professors, calling on the Obama administration to end the military's abusive treatment of Manning -- or justify its conduct, which many experts say amounts to torture. 

Story continues
http://www.btlonline.org/2011/seg/110422bf-btl-ackerman.html
 

One different Easter

 

I am asking of God only one thing: Does not exist anymore the mining company Barrick in my continent

 

I was at the top of my town, with my people, with the children ... We were watching to the horizon, looking with tenderness all the mountains that lie far away with their white color on their laps. And the cold wind of those giants was broken in our faces. They looked so far away but they were always in our life and we always loved them. And I remembered the song about the cardboard houses.

Watching them my tears runs away ... Like small pearls, when I still seeing over our mountain's peaks with all respect that they deserve. I am crying, because of the future that waits to my people, I am crying for the hundreds of children who roam the city streets aimlessly with the faces of hunger, with empty stomachs, staring the showcases full of shiny malls.

 

Those indigenous children haven't a future ... But they have schools that teach them to be westerners and consumers. It's necessary for not seeing them, that all of them will not have a future:  Their farms infected by cyanide that destroys everything green that exist in our Mother the Earth. She gave to Us to eat we a rich fruits before, but now She languishes every one moment during our existence - with hers snow and glaciers that die each day and we can not to do anything, because the enemies took away our souls in more than five hundred years! 

 

We were subjected to torture to stop being we Indigenous People: Huamanchucos, Chachapoyas, Cañares, Chancas Now I see those kids all pale as the white of our snow peaks, shivering in a cardboard house in the high hills of the big city, with the light of a candle that must be purchased with the sweat of their parents - slaves on the plantations of new bosses, which are the same as yesterday. 

 

And also I see: all my years of struggle, there I were left my youth. I were fighting for my people all my life, and now in my years of old man, without almost forces I still fighting like yesterday... even though my feet were flying before as the condor in the sky's height, now my feet are heavy as the stone of Icchal.

I wanted to go to renew my promise that I made many years ago, but my feets just drag and my spirit feel so horrible pain. I want to rebel but my tired body is unresponsive. Because so many years, I was being arrested by the enemies of my nation.

I would: like the condor at the end of his years, I want to fly to the highest cliff, and to jump almost no forces and die! But after I've expulsed the idea of dying! I have to die with my face to my village.

I still want to fight to the moment of my death, I want to be a ray of fire - generated from Katequil and I will become to make fire all the steppes and to the highlands of hills, I will lift all stones and they too will follow me: We will evict the invader who enslaves and kills five hundred so long years to my people! My indigenous people who doesn't understood that their chains have even stronger then ever.

 

I see their faces, in my eyes and they say to me: "Tata Tupac, because it's so far the horizon, where you want to take us right now?" I answer: "Doesn't matter the time we will get there, you are the strength that I lost so many years ago!”

 

And I look back and I look for the huge hole. Our enemies turned in this hole so much people of my nation. The greedy interests of a handful of people who came to us from the north, they are not from our country. I see how the invasion would cheat to my people with a new glass bead: which were called schools of clay with beautiful stained glass windows. They make it while still burrowing and destroying to our Mother Earth! Before we loved our Mother Earth, and she gave us, all that we needed to live.

 

And I see my brothers who sold our people to the enemy. Those misery brothers all around with the alcohol, they say it gives them pleasure, others like fools wearing the clothes of mistis. The clothes, of the enemy who throw us away from our land.

The enemies say: "We are preaching the truth!"

But the only truth is: day after day we were nowhere to live. And we wonder: "Where will I die?"

 

Time ago this land was ours, but the Europeans took it from us and we have no where to go. My Mother Earth has wired now. I remember my childhood: I walked on this land with my feet or some times on my Moor horse, which tata Noah gave me. But now I can not go there and a sign says: "Private property! Forbidden to enter! Here has order: To shoot! "

 

I can not enter in my country to make my ritual offering by my lakes. Many times ago my Mother Water gives life to Mother Earth, which irrigate the fields where we played with my ayitos - guardians in that my childhood.

Just I found one of them engulfed in alcohol on a fork-lift He stop me and still recognize me ... He said: My boy, where you go? Where is yours mother Herlinda? I look in his eyes the sadness, which the European culture brought here to us. I saw his misery: his children crying for bread that the father will not give them. And I turned around; I just grabbed his tanned hands, his hands so sad and crumpled by the pain. Those hands now have not, a plantation there they working before. They have no running waters...

 

During my childhood, He looked after me, and in there lands we together saw a abundance of running waters!  And now? My sadness now turns sadder.

 

And I see his children as slacker, they crouched in the corners of the streets, hoping to steal, because at home no food to eat. This is the only thing which the "European civilization" gave them.

 

And I remember those words, which the mining company told him: Barrick promise them that the indigenous people will have much money for their lands and thus will take them a progress.

 

They sold the piece of land that tata Noah was left at them. And after reached to the coast where they spent those little money. After looking for work they no found other: only a pawn for one person.

Then they wanted to return to his people and found no place to live. All the earth barbed with wire that was brought from the progress of the gringos. And there working like guardians - those brothers - who once told him: "Do not be goofy! Sale all the land of tata Noah and will see your life will change for better."

 

Now he has nothing and I ask him: "Where you live?” Because I know: if I give him some money, He only will consume it for alcohol. He did not tell me, but I do know where he lives, there, where all my brothers search refuge in the big city:

Behind the hills of sand with their cardboard houses, this can not keep them from the light and from the rains of the summers, and never can save them from the freezing of the winters. My brothers shivering without shelter, they will all be near the fire of newspapers, because they want to try a piece of his warm glow.

 

I tell my ayita-guardian to my childhood:" I see you soon". And now I have to fulfill my promise that I made yesterday. I am walking with pain burthen; because I see my brothers now suffer so much because they do not have anything today.

 

Túpac Isaac II

Juan Esteban Yupanqui Villalobos.

http://juanestebanyupanqui.blogspot.com 

Care to offer your opinion?

 

The Shortwave Report 04/15/11 Listen Globally

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (April 15) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (15.1MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)
 
     This week's show features stories from China Radio International, NHK Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and The Voice of Russia.
    From CHINA- The 5 emerging nations that compose BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) are having a summit in China. All these countries have experienced economic growth in the past year and are on track to continue.
    From JAPAN- Leaders at the BRICS summit in China have called for controls on speculative money entering their economies and causing inflation- they also condemned the multinational bombing in Libya. The Fukushima nuclear accident is now being classified as the worst nuclear disaster in history- and the US is upset by a lack of transparent information from Japan. Meanwhile large amounts of radiation are being released into the Pacific Ocean and being taken by currents in multiple directions.
   From GERMANY-  An analysis of why Japan has decided to raise the danger level of the radiation leaking from the destroyed nuclear power plants- it appears that public and international pressure is forcing the government to report honestly on the severity of the situation.
   From CUBA- The acquittal in Texas of international terrorist and former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles has caused outrage in many nations. The Miami mafia held a fundraising banquet and celebration for the release of Carriles. Workers are striking in Honduras over rising food and fuel prices and the increase in violence. India is producing its own military drones capable of firing bombs and missiles. A new relief flotilla representing 50 nations is sailing to Palestine next month despite direct threats from Israel.
    From RUSSIA- A former member of the European Parliament and Italian journalist claims that there were no mass killings in Libya which was one of the reasons given for the US/NATO bombings of Gaddafi forces in Libya. Last week the US State Department criticized Russian and Chinese human rights standards, resulting in accusations of double-standards with details of US human rights violations both globally and domestically.
 
There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line -
 
I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 
 
  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PDST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >
There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PST)
NEWLY CORRECTED!!!  The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://radio.indymedia.org/en/podcast?keys=shortwave++
Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org > 
And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org > 
 
I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
link for broadcast edition- 
link for smaller file and streaming- 
       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts
 

--"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group know what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses."

 

Ending Tax Giveaways to the Rich is Key to Reducing U.S. Deficit

 

Skillshare Austin Seeks Submissions for Free Workshops!

 Save the date: Saturday, May 14th, at Space 12 in East Austin....more details to come soon!

Submit proposals at:

skillshareaustin.org

Reviewing the Tumblr Themes Article Source

Tumblr has found appeal among bloggers and netizens in general because more than 11 million Tumblogs have received more than billion views. With the rising popularity, there is so much talk about their various features. However I wish to discuss one of the really unique feature i.e. the Tumblr themes.

Tumblr has very fascinating themes in various categories like art, animal print, black and white, collage, checkered themes, emothemes, color layouts, pop art, vintage, hearts, girls, guys and much more stylish themes which are being used by more than 3 million user. These backgrounds have the finesse, a touch of suave excellence and completion to them. That's why they are so popular and appealing to the bloggers. The process to select themes, backgrounds and layouts without tampering the look of the content is extreme easy and handy for the bloggers looking for more efficient and attractive themes to be customized for their own blogs. Some themes like tumbledesk, redux, fluid, penguin and perfs are very well stylized and must-check-out themes for the bloggers.

The layouts available in Tumblr are pretty much ready to use. Yet mere selection of the layout wouldn't really make your blog impressive enough for your visitors to stay. It would probably make your blog one of the various blogs using same layout. However, for the man with the plan, this layout can be found useful to customize it as per your and your viewers needs. The Tumblr designers have created these layouts with a clear thought of providing custom-made theme layouts in mind that can help your blog to stand out as a memorable one with the individualistic character of its own.

If you have seen the wide array of Tumblr themes and liked a particular one, the follow the following process for getting it on your blog.

1. Log in your Tumblr account.
2. Select the "customize" link.
3. Go into the themes section,
4. In the themes section, click on the 'Use custom HTML' and paste the code of your stat counter before the code of the closing body HTML tag.
5. Click on the 'save changes' to confirm the update of the theme of your account.

This process is really simple and clear. The best part is as long as you know the theme and you have a vision for your blog, it would give and excellent background and layout to your blog that would promote your blog among the visitors significantly.

With the blogging platform as effective and beneficial as Tumblr, people are not only applying these themes to their WordPress blogs but also using the Tumblogs for the rest of the features that add the edge and appeal to the blogs. There are so many powerful aspects of the Tumblogs that this space isn't really enough.

 

 

 

Vermont Moves Closer to Establishing Nation's First Single-Payer Health Care System

 

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