Sunday, June 24, 2007

Give 'Em An Inch.

When your mission is saving the planet from ecological catastrophe no sacrifice is too large, no behavior is too small, and nothing is ever enough. Is it any wonder that Big Green is finding willing allies in governments all over the world? The planet's salvation demands that experts and public officials tell us how to live every single aspect of our lives.

For instance, there's this story from the United Kingdom:
"Recycling rates have risen, and the UK is on schedule to meet EU targets, but the key to dealing with our escalating waste problem lies in changing our buying habits and our attitudes to consumption, according to the authors of a new Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) publication." (Here.)
Recycling isn't enough, you see, there's too much consuming going on out there. How do these experts propose to get us to change our bad habits of buying too much stuff? By using commercial marketing techniques to convince us that doing without is good for us.
"[Professor] Ken Peattie explains that social marketing can be successful because it focuses on the target audience's point of view, taking account of any emotional or physical barriers that may prevent people from changing their behaviour. 'Guilt messages are ineffective. A focus on the benefits of a greener lifestyle has been shown to be a better way to encourage people to reduce their consumption,' the report says."
If that fails, they can always force us to comply.

From San Francisco comes this story about Mayor Gavin Newsom's latest executive order. No water bottles for city departments. That's right. No water bottles.
"In a decision announced Thursday, Newsom said the ban will go into effect July 1 and extend to all city and county water coolers by Dec. 1. The decision will save taxpayer money and fight global warming, the mayor's spokesman said." (Here, third story down.)
Some cities just can't be satirized. You think bottled water is expensive now? Wait until you have to buy your water bottles on the black market. When bottled water is outlawed, only outlaws will sell water bottles.


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This is good. Now the government officials and agencies who legislate fluoride into the water supply will be forced to drink it themselves.

Fluoride is added to San Francisco’s water supply (and 2/3 of US public water supplies), not to purify it, but to prevent tooth decay in tap water drinkers. Modern science shows it is ineffective, harmful to health and a waste of tax dollars.

Fluoride chemicals are silicofluorides - waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry. They are dumped unpurified into the water supply. They are allowed to have trace amounts of lead, arsenic, mercury and other contaminants.


Studies link silicofluorides to children’s higher blood lead levels which, in turn, are linked to higher rates of tooth decay.

The statistics prove that tooth decay is on the rise along with fluoride over dose symptoms - dental fluorosis

So drink up San Francisco government officials and make sure your kids do, too. If you are buying bottled water at home to protect your family, you should be protecting all San Franciscans by ending water fluoridation.

For more info:

Fluoridation 101

Fluoridation News Releases

Tooth Decay Crises in Fluoridated Areas

Fluoride Action Network http://www.FluorideAction.Net

Fluoride Journal http://www.FluorideResearch.Org
I found your blog tonight researching water fluoridation, and the harmful effects it actually has on the people exposed to it. I am a resident of San Diego and have learned that San Diego has been fluoride free for a long time. I also discovered that the city of San Diego is planning to begin fluoridating the water on October 1st 2007. I see that as a fellow San Diegan, that you have at least some familiarity with the subject as well. I thought I would give it a shot and ask you if you could help me prevent this from happening. We don't have much time. The city council will be meeting about this very subject on July 18th. If we can create a good enough case by creating doubt in the safety of water fluoridation, then maybe we can stop it from happening. If you are interested, please email me at

Thank you,

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