The PJ Tatler

Radiation syndrome #1

It’s now clear that there is at least one pathology we’re seeing associated with Fukushima: the inability to make distinctions.

Examples we’ve seen so far:

“The UN found no long term health effects from Chernobyl; there were fewer than 100 deaths immediately and a pulse of pediatric thyroid cancer with a 99 percent survival; the 15 deaths from that group are part of the total.  But there are no other observable health effects except for  ” becomes “you’re saying Chernobyl wasn’t a bad accident.”

“It’s a bad accident but not Chernobyl” becomes “you’re saying everything is all hunky dory.”

“The situation is not stable yet” becomes “the situation is running out of control all is doomed.”

And — possibly my favorite — “The US Military will be assisting” becomes “Oh my God, they’re going to try to nuke the reactors!  What else could US military do to help?”

In the real world in the mean time, current information is:

Radiation readings at the Fukushima Daiichi site boundary were measured today at a lower level, between 2 and 3 millirem per hour.

That would be roughly 1/4 to 1/3 of a chest X-ray, 1/300th of a CT scan.