Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Nuclear Radiation: No News is Good News

Nuclear radiation and the end of the world is all the rage. 


Immediately after the nuclear accident at Fukushima, many people were claiming that the government and TEPCO were lying and that there was a coverup. 

Well, I've written before - many more times than I care to count - that you can't believe anything the government says... But I've also written just as many times that the government is totally and completely incompetent. I have a hard time believing that such an inept group of people could possibly be so cunning and organized as to plan out a massive coverup and keep it going without being discovered. Think about that. These clowns can't even patch up holes in the road on time and under budget and people think they can pull off massive worldwide conspiracies?  

I do believe that the government makes lots of mistakes. It's akin to a guitarist attempting a "Stairway to Heaven" guitar solo and tumbling down a darkened stairwell. Then trying to cover up for their a*s anyway that they can and just shooting from the hip as they go. 

Yes. I believe that.

The folks who keep claiming a government coverup sometimes really surprise me. Remember a few weeks ago when the Japanese government decided to give out over 34,000 geiger counters to school children in Fukushima? Yeah. The anti-nuclear crowd (without thinking this through, I'm sure) were claiming that as proof that they were right all along and that this event proved that things were worse than the government reported.

If that is proof that things are worse than the Japanese government has reported, then I have a few questions: 

For one, what good does it do to give a Geiger counter to a school child? It's not going to protect them at all and are they trained to use one correctly? Just asking. 

Two, if the government were lying and covering up the levels of radiation, then why in the world would they give out Geiger counters to over 34,000 kids and have them all walking around with a method to prove that the government is lying? 

And three, if the radiation is so bad, and having these Geiger counters will prove it, then why haven't we heard even one report of a kid finding alarmingly high radiation levels in those areas near Fukushima? 

Like I said, when it comes to nuclear radiation, no news is good news.

But, on that note, a while back, some hysterical "scientists" claimed that the radiation we are being bombarded with "cannot be detected with a Geiger counter" (Seriously, if you use your brain for even a half a second, the concept of "dangerous radiation that cannot be detected by a Geiger counter" is just laughable). In Radioactive Air Filters in Cars, I quoted and commented on a ridiculous article from Al Jazeera: 

According to Gundersen, the exposed reactors and fuel cores are continuing to release microns of caesium, strontium, and plutonium isotopes. The hot particles on them can eventually lead to cancer.

"We are discovering hot particles everywhere in Japan, even in Tokyo," he said. "Scientists are finding these everywhere. Over the last 90 days these hot particles have continued to fall and are being deposited in high concentrations. A lot of people are picking these up in car engine air filters."

The hot particles on them can eventually lead to cancer.

"These get stuck in your lungs or GI tract, and they are a constant irritant," he explained, "One cigarette doesn't get you, but over time they do. These [hot particles] can cause cancer, but you can't measure them with a Geiger counter. 

Wait a minute, Grandpa! You just put your foot in your mouth again... What's this? You are quoted as saying at least three stupid things in one breath here: 

In one part you say about "Hot particles" that:

"Scientists are finding these everywhere."

Yet, you do not name these scientists. All the while you say that these "Hot Particles" are dangerous you also claim: 

"...you can't measure them (hot particles) with a Geiger counter."

Riiiiiiight. They are radioactive and dangerous but we can't measure them witha Geiger counter!? Earth to Gundersen! Earth to Gundersen! According to Wikipedia about "Hot Particles", under the heading "Attributes" it clearly states:

Hot particles can be identified by a Geiger counter, or by autoradiography. Their age and origin can be determined by their isotopic signature.

Now, I see where certain restaurants and food producers are using Geiger Counters to show that their food is safe and it is really boosting business. Fools! Don't they know that the really dangerous radiation cannot be detected by Geiger Counters? (EXTREMELY HEAVY SARCASM).

Chen Lu was Radiation Man and Marvel Comic. It wasn't
popular as a comic, but sure does great as the news!

As an aside, the pumps at Fukushima have been started up and, after some hiccups, are running as planned. But "as planned" is not usually newsworthy. Not running as planned is.

It's good that people are unaware of the real problem that earth faces and that is deadly mega radiation from Mars (as reported in Space Radiation Too Deadly for Mars Mission*)... Now there's a real problem for humanity! Oh? You don't know about it? That's because it cannot be detected by Geiger counters or other earthly devices. 

If you fear this scourge, then go home and cover yourselves under your blankets as that's the only safe place left. As for me, I'm going outside and enjoying what's left of my short life on this wonderful planet. 

I hope you do the same. It's going to be a wonderful day if you make it that way!


*= Wait a minute! If the radiation is too deadly for a Mars mission, thenhow did they go to the moon? Is radiation from the sun different on the moon as opposed to on Mars? Just asking.

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