[ RadSafe ] Excess relative risk: LNT "Shorthand"

John Jacobus crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 16 16:20:54 CST 2008

I may have overreached in my response, but I certainly did not get the humor in his comment.  Generally, I think that the bashing of bureaucrats, politicians, TV spokes-models, etc.,who are unable to respond is a bit low.  I know of regulators who personally believe that some of the rules they enforce are ill-defined, so put is lightly.  Nevertheless, we are a nation of laws and regulations.  Would it be better to a society where laws are inconsistently applied, or regulators could be bribed?

Steven Dapra <sjd at swcp.com> wrote:   Feb. 16

        Speaking only for myself, I can't cite any references, but I can cite some experiences.  Do experiences count for anything?  Continuing to speak only for myself, I suspect that Syd was speaking with tongue in cheek.  Besides, he specified two exceptions.

Steven Dapra

At 09:52 AM 2/16/08 -0800, John Jacobus wrote:
  Can you cite any references what conclude that bureaucrats are imbeciles?  The science and technology associated with the development of laws and regulations are reflects in only 20%(?) of the results. 

"Syd H. Levine" <syd.levine at mindspring.com> wrote:
  The good Dr. Howard is talking about the regulators, not the engineers and technical folks actually designing and building the NPP.

It is well understood after decades of unbiased research that a very high percentage of bureaucrats are imbeciles. Those on this list (and those who 
are personal friends) constitute the exception to the rule, of course.

As to the state of smarts in the EU as compared to the US...oh never mind.


"Part of human nature resents change, loves equilibrium, while another part welcomes novelty, loves the excitement of disequilibrium. There is no formula for the resolution of this tug-of-war, but it is obvious  that absolute surrender to either of them invites disaster."
-J. Bartlet Brebner 

-- John
John Jacobus, MS
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