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Re: “Allegheny County 2016 budget proposed; council approves vehicle registration fee increase

Budget story with no information about the budget - like what's the total amount budgeted. It's $854 Million.

Posted by Doug Shields on 11/21/2015 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Doug Shields returns to council as 'consultant' for Darlene Harris…

5 Weird Facts About Kim Jong-Un

Published on Dec 2, 2013
5 Weird Facts About Kim Jong-Un. Kim Jong-Un is a special guy. You probably didn't know these 5 weirds facts about North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un yet. Good luck North Korea...

Posted by Doug Shields on 07/12/2014 at 7:39 PM

Re: “On the Record: A conversation with Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department

"There's the public health benefit of natural gas ... But I think here there is certainly financial benefit, absolutely. Right now, the health costs of fracking – it's very amorphous.” Dr. Karen Hacker, Director, Allegheny County Health Department.

Dear Friends:
I take issue with everything Dr. Hacker has said in her interview. “[R]esearch that we've looked at...” What, indeed, has she been "looking at?” More importantly, what didn’t she look at? What did she miss? There is a wealth of peer reviewed, published scientific papers and a record of countless public health issues to consult and consider. Her remarks in response to this significant body of scientific work illustrating the clear threats to the Public’s health from Fracking? “Oh, it isn’t all that bad.” "Amorphous?” That doesn’t sound very scientific to me and does not square up at all with the science or the stats.

She also states, "There's a lot of storytelling, a lot of hearsay.” I agree, and the Oil & Gas industry writes the story line that Dr. Hacker so aptly, without foundation, tells.

What I “looked at,” in print, was Dr. Hacker parroting the same scripted talking points spouted by ACE Rich “Frack’n Fitz” Fitzgerald, provided to him by friendly fracking industry lobbyists, lawyers and corporate officers.

If Dr. Hacker continues to spout such talking-point baloney, she certainly runs the risk of becoming known as “Dr. Karen ‘The Political Hack' Hacker” in political pundit and blogger circles.

So, Dr. Hacker, our Allegheny County Minister of Deciding How Much Poison Corporations Can Shove Up Our Butts & County Economic Development Amorphous Weights & Measures Bureau Chief, has made her position known as to any concern for the impacts of Fracking on the Public’s Health; sadly, not much.

I am sure that Dr. Hacker's boss, ACE Frackin Fitz, was quite pleased with her nakedly ludicrous comments in her interview in City Paper (i.e., "a very progressive executive”).


Just as much as Frack’n Fitz wasn’t pleased with former ACHD director, the late Dr. Bruce Dixon, "who had served in the post for 20 years and subsequently filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful termination."

"Dr. Dixon was fired by the County Board of Health, which acted at the request of [ACE, Frackin Fitz], in March 2012”. (P-G, Dixon Obit; 2/20/13)

That’s newspaper-speak that means in politics-speak: "Frackin Fitz leaned hard on the “independent” board to be rid of Dr. Dixon."

"Mr. Fitzgerald reportedly wasn't happy with how Dr. Dixon handled grading of restaurants, diesel-idling regulations and permits for air pollution, among other issues."(P-G Dixon Obit; 2/20/13).

Dr. Dixon, who had the nerve to look solely to the Public’s health, unencumbered by benefits, outweighing any costs, that might flow to Frack’n Fitz’s “job-creator-class” and very “progressive” friends. Dr. Dixon and the Public’s health was getting in the way of power and money; irritating the ruling oligarchy and contributors alike. For that, Dr. Dixon’s directorship under Frack’n Fitz was doomed.

So, to usher in this “new day” at the Allegheny County Department of Health & Happy, Amorphous Talk, I heard rumors on Grant Street that they are coming up with a new motto to be carved in stone over the ACHD’s front door:

"We Guard the Public’s Health in an Amorphous Way or, Not at All, Should It Get In the Way of Political Power, Private Wealth, Job Creators and/or the Barest Hint of Some Amorphous Economic Benefit.”

The ACHD’s new motto is supposedly to commemorate ACE Frackin Fitz's conformity with his equally politically progressive Fracking ally, Gov. Tom Corbett, and his PA Dept. of Health’s new standard of care; don’t take calls from people who were sickened by drilling operations.


Hmmm. I wonder if ACHD Director, Dr. Karen Hacker, might have a pre-signed resignation letter stashed away in Frack’n Fitz’s desk drawer? You know, just in case she should she change her tune? The way she was being so amorphous in the CP interview one would think it a strong possibility.

If any ACHD employees would be interested, in the strictest of confidence, in leaking any suppressed public health information, my transom is always open.

Douglas Shields

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Posted by Doug Shields on 06/20/2014 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Doug Shields returns to council as 'consultant' for Darlene Harris

Kimmy-Fresh does not pay very well and, in my interview, I found his bodyguards to be a bit menacing. Then there were the communication issues. I figure if something was lost in translation I might get shot.

I had the same feeling when I was interviewed by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald when I applied for the job the Allegheny County Department of Health as an Air Quality Enforcement Inspector.

So, while seeking employment, I thought it best to avoid such situations.

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Posted by Doug Shields on 06/14/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Lost Bill: As a city councilor, Bill Peduto fired a shot for gun control. Was he shooting blanks?

By the way, The Brady Center for Gun Control offered to defend the city and did all the way through the the victory in PA Commonwealth Court on the fist challenge by the NRA. There would not be any cost to the city to go to Court.

Posted by Doug Shields on 06/05/2014 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Lost Bill: As a city councilor, Bill Peduto fired a shot for gun control. Was he shooting blanks?

read the comments and it has affirmed my belief that that there are a lot of silly people out there. Thank you.

Posted by Doug Shields on 05/26/2014 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Proposal to drill beneath Deer Lakes Park raises questions of safety, government procedure

Over 3,000 of your friends, neighbors and family have signed.



Call or write to County Executive Rich Fitzgerald - leave the message. Stop Fracking Our Parks! Now.

436 Grant Street Room 101
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 350-6500 Fax: (412) 350-6512

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Posted by Doug Shields on 11/16/2013 at 9:08 AM

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