[ RadSafe ] German radiophobia
jjcohen at prodigy.net
jjcohen at prodigy.net
Thu Oct 13 12:30:07 CDT 2005
If you are looking for a substantial group of radiophobes, check out the
membership of the
U.S. Congress, particularly the democrats.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Jacobus" <crispy_bird at yahoo.com>
To: <Rainer.Facius at dlr.de>; <radsafe at radlab.nl>
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:26 AM
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] German radiophobia
> Thanks for the posting.
> What I was asking is do you know personally know of
> anyone who has a fear of chronic low level ionizing
> radiation. That is, a friend, family member, or
> I believe that we associate with people who are like
> ourselves. If you read, have a college education, and
> a good job, you will associate yourself with like
> individuals. I really do not know of anyone who truly
> fears radiation, but I read about them all the time.
> I wonder where they all are? In Germany?
> I assume that the article you quote from is not from a
> publication that you normally read. Of course we have
> similar publications in the United States. We are
> just more taken with celebrities
> --- Rainer.Facius at dlr.de wrote:
> > Some time ago John Jacobus asked me in the context
> > of Chernobyl's Reduced Impact:
> > "Do you know of anyone who has a fear of chronic low
> > level ionizing radiation exposure?"
> > Here is the n+1. example of (German) lunatic
> > radiophobia - or is it radiophobic lunacy? - again
> > in the context of Chernobyl:
> > "Flüchtlinge in Weißrussland: Asyl im verstrahlten
> > Niemandsland"
> > ("Refugees in Belorussia: Asylum in the
> > 'verstrahlten' No-man's-land")
> > As I stated previously, I know of no way to convey
> > the meaning of this word "verstrahlt" as a German
> > layman will absorb it. "Overexposed to radiation"
> > would be a phrase which approaches its technical
> > content to some extent. The German layman will more
> > likely assimilate this title as: Asylum in
> > Radiation-Death-Valley.
> > The story:
> > The Belorussian dictator Lukashenko plans to get rid
> > of unwanted refugees from Afghanistan by deporting
> > them to the Gomel district, a region which counts
> > among the areas most heavily contaminated by the
> > Chernobyl accident. Of cause, these poor people are
> > doomed.
> > The facts:
> > While it is true that the Gomel district belongs to
> > the three most heavily contaminated areas, the
> > remainder of the truth is that by the year 2000 the
> > total (external+internal) annual radiation exposure
> > of people living in the Gomel-Bryansk area was well
> > below 1 to 2 mSv, a fraction of the natural exposure
> > of people living in the Massif Central or in
> > Cornwall.
> > Hille R, Hill P, Heineman K, Ramzaev V, Barkovski A,
> > Konoplia V, Neth R, Current development of the human
> > and environmental contamination in the Bryansk-Gomel
> > spot after the Chernobyl accident. Radiation and
> > Environmental Biophysics 39(2000)99-109
> > Yet, who cares about facts. Phobia (Angst) sells!
> > Rainer
> On Oct. 5, 1947, in the first televised White House address, President
Truman asked Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry
on Thursdays to help stockpile grain for starving people in Europe.
> -- John
> John Jacobus, MS
> Certified Health Physicist
> e-mail: crispy_bird at yahoo.com
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