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Six days in Ferguson: Voices from the protests in US
A day-by-day chronology of what happened in Ferguson, drawn from the best reporting by journalists and witnesses on the ground 
 
 
On Saturday afternoon, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri (US) shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, 18-year-old Michael Brown. The killing sparked immediate protests in Ferguson which was followed by a heavily militarized police response that drew national condemnation.
 
Here is a day-by-day chronology of what happened in Ferguson, drawn from the best reporting by journalists and witnesses on the ground.
 

Saturday, August 9 

 

“I know they killed my son. This was wrong and it was cold-hearted… [He] doesn’t kill, steal or rob. He doesn’t do any of that.”
 
“Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!”
 
“Police have brought out the large gear in #Ferguson.”
 
“Don’t shoot me!”
 

Sunday, August 10 

 

“We want this to come to a conclusion quickly.”
 
“How can we protect our children?”
 
“Ferguson killed my son. Ferguson flat-out murdered my son in the street.”
 
“It’s bad… I don't blame the police, but they can’t keep up.”
 

Monday, August 11

 
“Michael Brown didn’t get due process. The still unnamed police officer who shot the 18-year-old black teenager dead in Ferguson will get plenty of it.”
 
“After that was done and people were leaving, I remember seeing him off to the side. He kind of just came up to me and said, ‘We made it.’”
 
“This is exactly what is supposed to be happening when an injustice is happening in your community. You have kids getting killed for nothing.”
 
“Look out here right now. The lack of black police officers either on the street or at the administrative level… This whole area, this city is a racial powder keg.”
 
“Fuck the police.”
 
“Insurance is high, gas is high, but that’s not why I get mad. At the end of the day, when I’m driving home, they ask me to pull over and get out of the car. No ‘license and registration, please.‘ Get out of the car. Lay on the ground. Put your hands on your head.”
 
“These are the next kids to get shot, right here.”
 
“These m———— came out of the cut and sprayed me in the face like this is a f—– video game or something.”
 
“You have a son, I have a daughter. Let’s go home now.” 
“No, I’m tired of putting up with this.” 
 

Tuesday, August 12

 

“He’d accomplished it. In the last two months, man, Mike was there every doggone day and he was giving it his full effort.”
 
“‘Get the f—k on the sidewalk.’ His exact words were get the f—k on the sidewalk.”
 
“This is how the boy died! With his hands up in the air!"
 
“See this dent? I got smacked in the head with a flashlight because I didn't say, ‘Yes, sir.’ I was 14 years old.”
 
“We’ve sold a variety of handguns, shotguns and AR-15s. All of the sales are having to do with home defense.”
 
“Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!” 
 

Wednesday, August 13

 
“Very shaken.”
 
“The clock is ticking and the time is late. This situation has been thirty years in the making.” 
 
“This story’s going to get out there. It’s going to be on the front page of The Washington Post tomorrow.” 
“Yeah, well, you’re going to be in my jail cell tonight.” 
 
“Oh, God.”
 

Thursday, August 14

 
“We have a right to protest 24 hours a day. Our constitutional rights don't expire at 9 p.m.”
 
“We are appalled.”
 
“We must demilitarize the police.” 
 
“The police response needs to be demilitarized.”
 
“There is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting. There’s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights… we’re all part of one American family.” 
 
“I don’t want to see tanks on American streets, period.”
 
“This is a place where people work, go to school, raise their families, and go to church… But lately it’s looked a little bit more like a war zone and that’s unacceptable.”
 
“I’m not afraid to be in this crowd.”
 
“Tell her Capt. Johnson is sorry and he apologizes.”
 
“Yes, that is Thomas the Train.”
 
“Weird party/protest vibe hard to explain, it's a Partest.” 
 
“I’m excited… relieved.”
 
“It is a celebration. Now, we can focus on Mike.”
 

Friday, August 15

 
“The officer who was involved in the shooting of Michael Brown was Darren Wilson.”
 
“Where’s the footage?”
 
“Stills from the convenience store.”
 
“After viewing Brown and reviewing this video, I was able to confirm that Brown is the primary suspect in this incident.”
 
Courtesy: ProPublica.org

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Triclosan is becoming the scourge of the month; Colgate defends it
According to ConsumerAffairs, a US-based consumer news and advocacy site, consumer groups putting pressure on retailers to dump products containing the chemical
 
The antibacterial triclosan has been around for years but has suddenly burst onto the scene as Public Enemy No. 1. It stands accused of promoting the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria and needlessly raising consumers' cancer risk.
 
The latest national brand to be tarred with the triclosan brush is Colgate Total toothpaste, which contains the chemical that's also found in numerous soaps and cosmetics, where it acts as an antibacterial agent.
 
 
The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recommends that consumers avoid anything containing triclosan, saying it can "disrupt hormones and can encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria or 'superbugs.'"
 
A D.C.-based consumer group, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, is organizing local activists to persuade stores to remove products containing triclosan.
 
Colgate has defended the chemical's use in toothpaste, noting it went through a rigorous Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process before being approved as an over-the-counter drug in 1997.
 
"Uniquely formulated"
"Colgate Total toothpaste is uniquely formulated with 0.3% of the antibacterial ingredient triclosan to fight harmful plaque germs, which are the cause of most common oral health problems," Colgate said in a statement on its website. "Colgate Total is clinically proven to work better than other toothpastes in reducing the germs that can cause gum disease."
 
The company said Colgate Total is the only toothpaste on the market that has undergone the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's New Drug Application (NDA) review process for efficacy and safety.
 
"There are more published, peer-reviewed clinical studies of Colgate Total than of any other toothpaste in the world," Colgate said, adding that the "safety and efficacy of Colgate Total toothpaste is supported by more than 90 scientific studies, involving 20,000 people, as well as by a broad set of safety evaluations."
 
But Mike Schade of the Safer Chemicals group said the chemical is "hazardous at very low levels of exposure.” 
 
“We think that it’s critically important for retailers and for brands like Colgate to move swiftly in phasing out this unnecessary hazardous chemical once and for all,” Schade said in an interview published by Bloomberg News.
 
Riding the crest
Brands that don't use triclosan are losing no time publicizing that fact. Crest toothpastes "are 100% TRICLOSAN FREE," Crest said on its website aimed at dental professionals. "The active ingredient in Crest Pro-Health toothpastes is stannous fluoride. The stabilized form of stannous fluoride found in Crest Pro-Health is clinically proven to protect against gingivitis, plaque, tooth sensitivity and bad breath, while still providing the trusted cavity protection you expect from Crest."
 
While Crest may be seen as taking advantage of a competitor's misfortune, consumer and public-interest groups say they are looking out for the long-term health interest of all Americans.
 
The NRDC notes that surveys of the U.S. population from ages 6 to over 65 have found residues of triclosan in over three-quarters of people. 
 
"Though triclosan has been measured in house dust, most people are likely to be exposed by applying products that contain triclosan to their skin," the organization said. "One study of nursing mothers found higher levels of triclosan in blood and breast milk of women who used personal care products containing triclosan."
 
NRDC advises consumers to:
  • • Avoid anything labeled "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial" which contains triclosan or triclocarban, such as soaps, gels, cleansers, toothpaste, cosmetics and other personal care products. 
  • • Avoid other "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial" items such as cutting boards, towels, yoga mats, shoes, clothing and bedding. 
  • • Use regular soap and hot water to clean effectively. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when you don’t have access to running water.
 
(ConsumerAffairs' founder and editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated Press Broadcast News, directing coverage of major news events worldwide. He also served as Senior Vice President of United Press International and was the founder and editor of Zapnews, a newswire service for radio and television.) 
 
Courtesy: ConsumerAffairs'

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COMMENTS

Murphy

3 years ago

It all boils down to - taking second place to a bacteria or virus - to presume we should regard the life of bacteria and virus better than our own life. The fact is when you clean the floor its not always 100% clean therefore a residue if not well cleaned, yet to presume to encourage, if the discovery of a more resistant form is found - since the first antibiotic the was a resistant form of bacteria or pathogenic life.

Murphy

3 years ago

I can understand how foolish it is to give up on the well-being of ones health. There is a sub culture, that is foolish, anti-logic, not concerned about truth - therefore character assassination - misleading ideas to distort the truth, therefore regressive.

For example, if I am waiting in line to eat with others, I am told and pressured by a loved one, to go first, yet the crowd would disagree, or if I explain how difficult it would be to do something, yet later find its a success, how much I like it, and love it - its my success, as I explain how much I love it - I am told my problem is I am to learn to love it, I say I do, it becomes this argument - I try to explain the facts - yet I am accused of talking over them, accused of not allowing them to speak - to expect me to think of it as my shame for not starting to do it, yet I have stated the facts - I already did it, and love it, that keeps the argument going, they expect to control the conversation, I started - about my success, yet alter the facts, to control the conversation about how I explain my success. I could explain how effective sulfa drugs were, then how effective penicillin is, then how effective another anti-biotic is, yet they would complain its wrong to take a life or presume I should give up, because that minor amount was still there - to presume I would encourge its growth, I understand if you have a antibiotic that is more toxic than the cure - the need to find something better - they expect nothing to cure the problem - or presume it would encourage a problem.

Joseph Korah

3 years ago

Most toothpastes in India contain Triclosan. Can we get some info on any toothpaste not containing Triclosan.

REPLY

Narendra Doshi

In Reply to Joseph Korah 3 years ago

Dear Joseph,
I could find the following:
1 Himalaya - Complete Care Toothpaste
2 Colgate- Herbal
3 Colgate - Active Salt
Am trying to locate few more.

Joseph Korah

In Reply to Narendra Doshi 3 years ago

Thanks Mr. Doshi. I too found out 3 more - Close Up-Deep Action & Pepsodent -Germi Check + with Whitening and Sensodyne .This is based on what is written on the Pack. Pepsodent Germi Check + contains Triclosan but the one with Whitening does not mention it on the Pack. But can we be so sure just by what is mentioned on the Pack. Is any Authority checking into this in India?

Narendra Doshi

In Reply to Joseph Korah 3 years ago

Dear Joseph sir,
Tks. u r quite right that the names of ingredients printed on the pack cannot be taken for granted. I also think they are never verified for correctness, by ANY agency.

Narendra Doshi

3 years ago

Could you please name which soaps in India contain triclosan or triclocarban ?

REPLY

M S Prabhakar

In Reply to Narendra Doshi 3 years ago

India does not have a searchable regulatory database in public domain. You need to check the labels (back panel) individually at the time of purchase. For example, SAVLON soap and SAVLON liquid handwash (both marketed by Johnson & Johnson) have triclosan in them. See following images:
http://cdn.firstcry.com/brainbees/images...
http://cdn.firstcry.com/brainbees/images...
http://smartkaufer.com/s/image/cache/dat...
http://smartkaufer.com/s/image/cache/dat...

Narendra Doshi

In Reply to M S Prabhakar 3 years ago

Thanks a lot Shri Prabhakar for your reply.

M S Prabhakar

In Reply to Narendra Doshi 3 years ago

You are most welcome. As the old Sanskrit saying goes: नास्ति विद्यासमं चक्षुर्नास्ति सत्यसमं तपः [There is no eye (vision) equal to learning (knowledge); there is no penance equal to truth]. Keeping our eyes, ears and all five senses alive will automatically open our sixth sense (our mind) to reason.

Joseph Korah

3 years ago

Thanks to MoneyLife Foundation for bringing up this matter to the public domain. It is so important that the public are made aware of the risks involved in using a toothpaste having Triclosan.

shadi katyal

3 years ago

There is no such agitation or any writing against Colgate Total and Triclosan in USA or any Western nations.
How is that a US based firm has decided to use India as a base. Does the firm think that Indians will take their cause and fight for them.
Being in DC, the firm can go to FDA and ask why it has approve.
What is the true goal of this //

REPLY

M S Prabhakar

In Reply to shadi katyal 3 years ago

Colgate 'Total' application included several pages summarizing toxicology studies on triclosan, which the FDA withheld from view. The agency released the pages earlier this year in response to a lawsuit over a Freedom of Information Act (the US equivalent of Indian RTI Act) request. Copies of the originally submitted documents can be accessed from FDA's website at: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda...

Among the pages were studies showing fetal bone malformations in mice and rats. Viewed through the prism of today’s science, such malformations look more like a signal that triclosan is disrupting the endocrine system and throwing off hormonal functioning, according to several scientists.

MDT

In Reply to shadi katyal 3 years ago

Thanks for your comment.
The article is taken under common share license from US-based consumer news and advocacy site, ConsumerAffairs.com, with due credit.
There is no mention of India in the entire article, so kindly desist from drawing conclusion.
There are enough and appropriate links provided in the article. Also request you to kindly check the links to verify.
Thanks again,
Regards,
MDT

M S Prabhakar

3 years ago

Use of triclosan beyond surgical skin (hands and full body) disinfection is never a good idea. The only reason why triclosan is more preferred over other agents is its superior activity against antibiotic-resistant strains of some organisms (for example, MRSA), besides its superior in-formulation compatibility and stability.

Triclosan is structurally similar to thyroid hormones and reductions in serum thyroid hormone levels have been observed in animal studies following oral administration of triclosan. Compromising the permanent long-term health risks associated with thyroid disorders against the benefits associated with plaque and gingivitis prevention appears very short-sighted.

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