"The thing I admire about the rat tail is that it takes commitment. It's not like one day you just decide you want one, you have to grow out that bad boy and you have to repeatedly convince the hairdresser to trust you because it's a great idea."
Let's have a little perspective.
The nukes dropped on Japan resulted in 100,000 contaminated surviors. Of that number, 500 will die prematurely for that exposure.
Of the 800,000 people effected by Chernobyl, WHO estimates that 4,000 will die from cancer due to radiation.
It is estimated that 250,000 will die in the U.S. along each year from air pollution and particulates, 20-30,000 from fossil fuel-based pollutants.
Is Japan a concern? Yes. Is it the worst disaster ever? Not even close.
There is a huge problem here though. Radiation travels in a straight line unless acted upon. It would have to go through the earth to get here. Three things that reduce exposure, time, distance and shielding. The earth is a good shield. The distance is huge, and while I have a surveyl meter that can detect 0.1 micromem, this is way smaller than that.
Our only possible threat is from air born contamination and chernobyl didn't give us anything to worry about here, or from the bombs dropped in Japan.
Last edited by gsc; 03-15-2011 at 02:52 PM.
FUKUSHIMA, Japan ó Workers at a quake-damaged atomic power plant suspended operations and evacuated Wednesday after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous to remain there, dealing a setback to Japanís frantic efforts to stem a nuclear crisis.
"All the workers there have suspended their operations. We have urged them to evacuate, and they have," Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano said, according to a translation by NHK television.
Edano said that a surge in radiation Wednesday meant workers were unable to continue even minimal efforts at the stricken nuclear plant.
Earlier Wednesday, a fire broke out anew at one damaged nuclear reactor, a day after the power plant emitted a burst of radiation that panicked an already edgy Japan.
This doesn't sound good at all
In the coverage I've seen on TV talking about the spent fuel rod pools, I have not seen any cutaway drawings of the plant. Thought I'd throw one up here to help folks visualize. These are cutaways of the actual GE Mark I designs.
The new and spent fuel rods are kept in the swimming pool looking things toward the top of the drawing.
Last edited by Buzz; 03-16-2011 at 10:22 AM.
"For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required." -- Luke 12:48
Raven - Moneybird's Black Magic Marker***
(Esprit's Power Play x Trumarc's Lean Cuisine)
Mick - Moneybird's Jumpin' Jack Flash***
(Clubmead's Road Warrior x Oakdale Whitewater Devil Dog)
Peerless - Moneybird's Sole Survivor
(Two River's Lucky Willie x Moneybird's Black Magic Marker)
Two weeks and it doesn't look like the situation is any better.
How bad could the contamination get?
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us to no end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
C S Lewis