STRANGE DAYS: MARTINEZ BLAMES STRANGER’S OUTBURST ON FFA’S LINDA GREENE; YOUTUBE CENSORS CLIP OF INCIDENT (BUT YOU CAN STILL SEE IT)

                                                  
                                                         “Good job, Ms. Greene. He represents you well.”

I guess we’ve finally made the big time!  YouTube has seen fit to censor a 90-second videoclip I uploaded this morning- almost immediately. The clip, which was within the public domain, caught City Council Public Health and Human Services Committee chairman Mike Martinez sarcastically comparing Fluoride Free Austin co-founder Linda Greene to a stranger who wandered into the meeting apparently at random, suffered a panic attack, and was made to leave. It’s nice to know the higher-ups are paying attention.

The date was this past Tuesday, June 19.   Greene and I attended the Austin City Council

TWO RADIO SHOWS TO CATCH: TOMORROW (6-13) AND THURSDAY (6-14)



                                                                



Hear Fluoride Free Austin activists discuss the health, environmental and political aspects of water fluoridation.  The programs will later be archived on their respective websites.


Tomorrow, Wed. the 13th
, John Bush will interview Dr. Neil Carman and Rae Nadler-Olenick on his 7-10 a.m. Rise Up Radio Show (listening details here:   Our segment will come on at 9:15 a.m.

Then, on Thursday, the 14th, Stacy Guidry will interview Drs. Griffin Cole and Laura Pressley on the Shades of Green radio show on 91.7, at 1-2 p.m.

 

 



 

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DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE! KEYE-TV TRIES TO DISAPPEAR ITS OWN FLUORIDE SURVEY: CALL TO NEWSROOM CONFIRMS “ALMOST 50-50″ RESULTS





In the last few days, Austin KEYE-TV has made serious efforts to obliterate all traces of its recent poll showing that nearly half of Austinites think fluoridating our drinking water is a waste of money. Their website now offers a transcript from which all reference to the survey has been removed along with assurances that it contains the “text content” of the now-deleted video.  Luckily, on June 1, we made a call to the station: 
   
                                                                                         

The unedited videoclip is still available – for a price – from Teleclip, Inc. of Austin.

 

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KEYE-TV: IT’S OFFICIAL – HALF OF AUSTINITES DON’T WANT FLUORIDE


                             
 

On Tuesday, May 22, ABC’s local KEYE-TV broke a startling piece of news: nearly half of Austinites consider community water fluoridation to be a waste of money. The announcement by respected anchor Judy Maggio aired at 10 p.m. during the “Waste Watch” segment – following a telephone survey commissioned by the station itself – and was billed as a Top Story.  Then it proceeded to disappear.

The saga really began back in early April, when a KEYE reporter contacted me for an interview.  The reporter, who also interviewed a local dentist with a fluoride-free practice, was well aware of the health hazards of fluoride and strongly committed to doing the piece. I was glad to be part of it, though privately I had my doubts that such a story would ever air in Austin.  I suspected it would be spiked – old timey newspaper parlance for forgotten, buried, killed, kaput – somewhere along the way to the broadcast studio. 

I was told only that it would run “some time” in May.  Weeks went by. Then, on 5/22, a day when I happened to be out of the country, it finally came up on the 10 p.m. news. By the time I reached an Internet cafe, the survey results had been edited out of the videoclip.  Within the next day or two, the clip itself vanished, replaced by a still shot of giant teeth:

                                      

As of today, we have been informed that the original video was “deleted” and is no longer available! A most extraordinary step for KEYE to take.

Clearly someone (or more than one) in a position of power did not want that information out there. But the genie of truth, once released, is not easily put back in the bottle. It exists in KEYE’s chart  – captured in a screen shot (top) and the edited transcript, still available online (below):
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Fluoridated City Water: Is It Worth The Added Expense?        K-EYE Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Every time you take a drink of city water, or eat vegetables rinsed off in your kitchen sink, or eat pasta boiled in city water, you