July 10, 2009

IS YOUR CITY PREPARED FOR A HOMEMADE NUKE? “For many people, the safest option would be to seek shelter in buildings or underground. Just staying inside could slash the immediate death toll from radiation by up to a factor of 100, or even 1000, Mettler says. However, people must be told this in advance. ‘Without prior education, it would be a horrible issue,’ he says.” I was discussing fallout in Administrative Law class — talking about Gott v. Walters, the radiation-vets case — and realized that today’s law students have virtually no understanding of things that were common knowledge in my Cold War childhood. I suppose that’s a good sign overall, but . . . .

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