Another example of the Hiroshima Syndrome, which confuses reactors with bombs...in this case, speculation that Fukushima residents will become the new Hibakusha.
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Wishing and hoping for a phantom cancer epidemic is the sign of sick minds.
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Saying it is understandable why the public would assume something, is far, far, far from an admission. But, this antinuclear rag makes that false assumption.
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Shut them down because some people are afraid of radiation below anything that ever hurt anyone. Yeah...that makes sense! Right!!! Run from the radiation bogeyman...
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Everyone is overlooking the fact that the NRA would not let Tepco freeze the entire periphery! It would likely become watertight if not for the NRA.
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Weapon's Grade does not mean weapons! The stuff is more than five times less concentrated than the minimum concentration for a bomb core. And, reactor recycled plutonium is absolute JUNK for bombs. Too many neutron-sucking, non-fissioning isotopes of Plutonium. Greenpeace just wants to scare people with a gross exaggeration, and a decades-long lie about making weapons out of reactor-recycled Plutonium. They say these things because there is a numerically-significant, and ignorant public out there that trusts them as if they are god-like. They are just the opposite. They should be summarily spanked for their grossly misleading, headline-grabbing garbage!
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Oh...for the love of Pete...knock it off! This is crap...now, check out the truth... http://www.jaif.or.jp/en/fukushimas-image-being-warped-by-search-engines-a-recipe-to-battle-against-the-deficiency-of-information/
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Calling Grennpeace's Burnie a nuclear expert is a complete farce. He's clearly a bigot and should be completely ignored. He's making totally unfounded predictions. Jan Vande Putte is almost as bad...but not quite. Your newspaper should be ashamed!!
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Gundersen and company exaggerate to the point of abject confabulation. For example, Gundersen's 14,000 Hiroshimas refers to cesium isotopes only. Cesium is one of the smallest isotopic yields from a nuclear weapon detonation spawning hundreds of others in much higher amounts...not zero Cesium, but relatively miniscule. 14,000 times nearly nothing is...well...not nearly as bad as he wants everyone to think. Sounds good, but it is an empty threat. Weapon's fallout's lethal punch comes from the vast majority of the other isotopes. The Cesium itself from a bomb blast never hurt anyone. The rest of the claims made by those cited in this article are just as vacuous. These people are expert at only one thing...rhetorical terrorism! Why? It's how they make a name for themselves, and in most cases it has become lucrative. They are no better than mere street-corner prophets, but articles like this give them credibility none of them deserve. And just because something was mentioned in the American congress means almost nothing. Many unfounded things get said in those hallowed halls. Articles like this only further scares people who are already needlessly frightened...and for what reason? Is Japan Today so low on income that they need to pose rhetorical terrorism as fact?
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What independent panel said Kan played a key role in preventing the crisis worsening further? Not the NAIIC! They took Kan to task for meddling in things he was ignorant about and making the crisis worse than it should have been. They also concluded Tepco had no plans to abandon F. Daiichi and Kan's allegation was totally unfounded. What experts said Kan kept the accident from spiraling out of control? I have been following this diligently for more than 2 years, and I know of no such experts. Nothing in the NAIIC report supports your statement. If there is some other independent panel that contradicts the NAIIC, please post who or what it is. State who these mysterious "experts" might be! Otherwise, all of it must be taken as a pure fabrication by Japan Today.
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Japan Today should be commended for posting this all-too-brief article. I'm not clear on one point...does the number of 305,000 remaining evacuees include those forced to leave the Fukushima no-go zones, or not?
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Japan's national standards for radiation exposure are 10 times lower than the rest of the world. Tokyo caters to fear of radiation...no doubt about it. If they are allowing people to go home for six days, then it must necessarily be ultra safe. It shows that they should let the people go home now. It suggests they should never have been forced to evacuate in the first place. If Kan's cabinet had used SPEEDI like they were supposed to, this political disaster would never have had to happen.
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The reason there have been no blackouts is because of the two Oi restarts, not in spite of it. Hatoyama is twisting the truth. As for T. Anderson's naive apocalyptic fantasy, all speculations of "it could have been worse" are gross exaggerations, at best. Luck had nothing to do with it. A personal mortal fear of radiation is no reason to make such ridiculous things.
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While releasing this story tends to aggravate those already gripped by mortal fear of radiation (radiophobia), it is something that recieves Press-pop from other media outlets. Thus, Japan Today is merely doing what is good for business. However, it should be noted that 6 Becquerels/meter is about half the radioactivity in one banana, a bag of potato chips or a helping of broccoli from naturally-occurring potassium-40. K-40 is also a so-called bone-seeker. The bottom line is this...just because Sr-90 is detectable, does not mean "dangerous". In fact, 6 Bq/m wouldn't hurt a bacterium. This is a detectable, but biologically innocuous level.
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There is no such thing as tritium radiation. Tritium releases Beta radiation, which is actually a free electron stream. Betas cannot penetrate the skin (or a piece of tissue paper, for that matter). The outer layers of skin are dead, so most of the "exposure" is inconsequential. It takes many, many times the conservative international Beta skin limits to cause superficial reddening. At 10-25% of the limit for Beta skin dose, there is absolutely no health hazard. Anyone who says Tritium is extremely dangerous doesn't know what they are talking about. It is a naturally-occurring isotope found in all waters of the world. If a person really believes tritium is extremely dangerous, they should stop drinking water. If biologically-minutial skin absorbtion is such a hazard, then stop taking showers and baths.
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