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’s monthly PHHSC meeting and gave our separate 3-minute presentations during citizens communication.
Linda spoke second; her talk included a request to remove a flagrantly misleading statement from the city's "advisory" about mixing infant formula with tapwater that appears on WIC flyers and the annual Water Quality Report. As she returned to her seat a tall stranger standing at the back of the room asked her why Austin adds fluoride to its water, to which she replied, simplistically, “Greed.” At that, the man became agitated, breathing heavily and shouting for perhaps a minute until persuaded to leave.
It was then that Martinez made his outrageous remarks.
I uploaded the exchange to YouTube this morning and attempted to embed it in my blog. But within 10 minutes the video was gone, replaced by this:
Obviously, the only “user” with the power to remove someone else’s video that quickly is the YouTube management.
The exchange can still be viewed online here: It occurs within the first 90 seconds of Band 3, "Status Report on the Animal Shelter."
After the meeting, Greene approached Martinez privately. She told him it was wrong to tar her name and Fluoride Free Austin’s by falsely linking them the disruptive actions of an unknown non-member. But she received no apology.
As long as we insist on bringing up the subject of fluoridation, “This is what you’ll get,” he told her.
*NOTE: The sentence Greene requested be stricken appears in red, below:
Water that is fluoridated at a level optimal for oral health (as is used in Austin) poses no known health risks for infants. However, some children may develop enamel fluorosis, a cosmetic condition where faint white markings or streaks may appear on the teeth. Fluorosis can affect both baby teeth and permanent teeth while they're forming under the gums.
If you're concerned about fluorosis, you can minimize your baby's exposure to fluoride in several ways. Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for infants. If breastfeeding is not possible, you can minimize exposure to fluoride by using ready-to-feed formula. You can also alternate using tap water and non-fluoridated water for formula preparation or mix powdered or liquid infant formula concentrate with low fluoride water most or all of the time. However, if you use only non-fluoridated water--such as purified, de-mineralized, de-ionized, or distilled bottle water--to prepare your baby's formula, your baby's doctor may recommend fluoride supplements beginning at age six months.