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Quote: "When a journalist puts pen to paper, they are also putting a dagger close to their heart. One slip, one wrong word, is all that it takes to realise the mortality of their career"

- Christopher Silverthorne

News items on the subject of water fluoridation may not be so common in the UK. In fact, whenever the subject is raised with news editors, it appears to leave them distinctly cold. Unless there is a disaster on a major scale (heaven forbid), it is difficult to find anything which inspires the reader (or listener) to take a greater interest in the topic.

But news on water fluoridation is perhaps more conspicuous by it's absence. Being a very emotive subject, for those with an informed knowledge, news editors leave themselves open for criticism from either side if they perceived to be favouring one argument above another. Regardless of this, it is necessary for editors everywhere to 'bite the bullet' and start to cover the issue of water fluoridation more effectively. Why? It is because the principal of water fluoridation raises very serious questions about the value of democracy, medical ethics, politics, scientific integrity, the environment, etc. More than enough for any editor to 'get their teeth into'.

However, regardless of the seeming indifference by newspaper editors towards the subject of water fluoridation, there may also be other reasons why it is not treated as seriously as it should be.

The following text is taken from various internet sources. It concerns a speech made by the almost mythical John Swinton.

One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the pre-eminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.

There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job.

If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.

You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men.

We are intellectual prostitutes."

(Source: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.)

Whether or not you choose to believe this, there is no real dispute this was said (at least in context). The question is this : If it was true then, is it still relevent today? It really depends how good a journalist is, how far he, or she, is prepared to dig for the truth, and whether or not they are allowed to publish their findings. There is no doubt that there are situations where the truth is concealed, either because it is 'not in the public interest', or because it may not stand up in a court of law if the subject of an article feels they have been libelled (or slandered).

So, essentially, the media is not always a reliable source of information. It can also be asked how information is gathered and presented. In the modern world, it is easy to edit a photo, or to tap into someone's cellphone. The scandal involving the News of the World (former UK newspaper) has proven the latter, and the press have been guilty of altering photos to make it appear that something is other than it really is.

The conclusion is that not only will the media distort the truth once in a while, it will also conceal it or restrict the facts surrounding it. But most of us have heard of the old adage, 'never let the truth get in the way of a good story'. After all, people like sensationalism, and it's better to create a fairytale scenario than just report simple facts. This is what sells more newspapers, gains more TV viewers, etc.

The Emperor's Clothes

There is a third element. That is when enough people with power, authority and / or money, come together and decide that a myth has to be created to achieve an objective. The story of the 'Emperor's Clothes' is one that I learned in school. Perhaps it is still taught. Essentially, it is when someone wishes to create an ideology or belief that has no, or virtually no substance. It is when something is backed up only by lies, half-truths, deceptions, etc.

Based on Sufi wisdom, Hans Christian Andersen tells the tale in his "The Emperor's New Clothes", the story this expression derives from. In it. there existed an Emperor who loved wearing fine clothes and spent all of his people's money on them. He had a different set for each hour and was, without doubt, the finest dressed man in the land.

One day, two swindlers claiming to be weavers entered the Emperor's city and proclaimed they were capable of making the finest, lightest, most magnificent cloth the world has ever seen. So extraordinary was this cloth, it was invisible to anyone who was incompetent or stupid.

Hearing of the weaver's amazing "talent", the foolish Emperor thought he could use such cloth to weed out undesirables in his city. He paid the swindlers an enormous sum & they set out to "create" the clothes; knowing they would only need go through the motions.

The Emperor sent several advisors to guage their progress and all the advisors reported the cloth magnificent, not wanting to appear unworthy for seeing nothing at all; the cloth didn't exist!

Finally the clothes were "finished", the swindlers already having counted the gold and jewels they had received. A procession was arranged to show off the Emperor's new clothes and the entire city gathered in the center to view them. Having been "dressed" by the swindlers, who remarked how wonderful he looked, and how light the cloth appeared on him, he appeared before his people.

The people, having heard of the weaver's abilities and the cloth's fictious properties, were amazed and offered thunderous applause to the now beaming Emperor. None of them were willing to admit that they hadn't seen a thing; for if anyone did, then he was either stupid or unfit for the job he held. Never before had the Emperor's clothes been such a success.

While expressing admiration at their Emperor's new "invisible" clothes, a small boy cried out... "But the Emperor has no clothes!"

Original Story

The story continues when first a few, then more, of the people begin to agree. Soon, everyone was laughing at the Emperor and shouting that he was naked.

The same principle applies to water fluoridation. The 'fine new clothes' are the bits and pieces of contrived evidence. But because of the importance of those who promote the clothes (the tailors), they are not challenged. So, the 'Emperor' (the establishment) shows the new clothes to the greater masses, and then says anyone who says they are not indeed 'fine clothes', then they must be either 'stupid' or 'unfit'.

And so the bandwagon rolls on. These fine clothes (water fluoridation) are still promoted by the establishment, and anyone who challenges the illusion is discredited.

In other words, this is how water fluoridation is promoted - on the back of vested interests and empty propaganda. Water fluoridation is an anachronism, a myth that belongs to the spin-merchants of the mid-1900s and deserves to remain there. It has no place in a modern society, but is kept on 'artificial life-support' by the real criminals and idiots. The only advantage we have today is that we have the internet. We can research subjects more intensely, and given the effort to discern the truth, we can see that water fluoridation is something that has no moral, legal or ethical substance. It is a con perpetrated by a minority for the benefit of a privileged minority. Thank God we now have the power to see this. It just takes enough decent and honest people to understand how the establishment wants to dupe them, and to react accordingly.

The last few words - A Closed Universe

We are all free to write what we like - within reason. But what we write is not always free for others to read. Journalists can report the truth, when it is not going to cause so many political shockwaves that it has to be censored without delay. This is the closed universe in which we all live. Stay within limits and you can do as you please. Try to break away from the environment created for you and you will find that you are on your own.

The really big question is this: How much truth is 'out there' that we should know of, but never experience? Do we care? For many people, they do not. That is the sad endictment of humanity - that it rarely has the courage to challenge those things they doubt. it is usually just those brave few souls who do make the effort to learn the truth and stand up for it.

We at fluoride.website do not believe in boundaries. And while this attitude may some times feel as though we live an isolated existence, it is one with a clear conscience. That is something money can never buy.

In the famous Beatles song, they sing about the 'Fool on the Hill'. Foolish I may be. But as the song goes, I do see the world spinning around (that is, I see the bigger picture).

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