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Monday, March 21, 2011

Japanese nuke cloud makes it to East Coast

But don't worry -- it can't hurt you. Honest.

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"This is going to hurt us more than it hurts you. Quit your whining and lighten up." -- Tokyo Electrick Co.

Yes, and the helicopter pilots dropping boron and sand on Chernobyl died! And they knew they were going to die.


(According to a 2007 story broadcast on 60 Minutes)
"Today we stock containers of waste because currently scientists don't know how to reduce or eliminate the toxicity, but maybe in 100 years perhaps scientists will... Nuclear waste is an enormously difficult political problem which to date no country has solved.

A difficult political problem??

In my view, a difficult physical problem for all life on our planet.

The helicopter pilots dropping [bismuth] and sand on Chernobyl died, because they were exposed to multiple sieverts of radiation, not millisieverts.

There's a massive difference in scale here.

Getting back to the topic, how many sources need to say that North America is in very little danger before you believe it?

Here's the transcript of an NPR interview with a retired head of the Radiation Dosimetry Unit at the National Cancer Institute: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=134633201

A story about warnings:

There was a group of people heading out to an important meeting. The meeting is at 8, the driving time one hour.

By the time the party got under way, it was almost 7:30. One of the people in the car started getting very excited, after all they were now almost 1/2hr late. A fellow in the back seat said "we're not late" to which she responded yes we are!! This continued, with every 5 minutes or so until the clock hit 8 at which time the fellow in the back said "Ok, now we are late"!

Moral: Don't cross the bridge until you come to it, yet be aware it is there.

Nuclear Energy Advocates Insist U.S. Reactors Completely Safe Unless Something Bad Happens, The Onion, ISSUE 47•11, March 17, 2011

WASHINGTON — Responding to the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sought Thursday to reassure nervous Americans that U.S. reactors were 100 percent safe and posed absolutely no threat to the public health as long as no unforeseeable system failure or sudden accident were to occur. ...

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