[ RadSafe ] Is it SAFE?
csmarcus at ucla.edu
Wed May 4 22:14:32 CDT 2011
Michael, you are a national resource! Strong work!
At 07:13 PM 5/4/2011, you wrote:
>I, of course, got Clay's joke immediately. If
>some took it seriously, they have proven these
>corollaries to the "there is no safe dose of radiation" assertion:
>- there is no safe level of internet humor.
>Someone out there with a sour puss will
>certainly flame you if you make a veiled attempt
>at humor, and, if they can afford a lawyer, they may also sue you.
>- there is no safe level of exposure to any
>chemical species on the planet. They mostly all
>cause cancer, and if this is true at high
>levels, it must also be true at trivially low
>levels. Has anyone on this list ever had a diet
>drink? If so, you are of course doomed.
>- there is no safe level of exposure to
>anti-nuclear extremists. As I pointed out in my
>1999 HP Newsletter article, Most antinuclear
>activists dont publicize this, but they are all
>secretly carrying around in their bodies on
>average about 180,000,000 atoms of
>plutonium! There is always a finite, if however
>small, chance that one of these activists could
>explode at any moment. If this were to happen,
>all of this plutonium could conceivably be
>spread across the entire United States. As it
>is well known that just a single decay of a
>radioactive atom can instantly induce cancer,
>considerably more than half of the US population
>would be immediately at risk. Should two
>activists explode, our country could be wiped
>out instantly. OK, this is an international
>list, chance US to planet if you wish, no
>need to send me nasty emails or put a bomb under
>my car (leave that to the animal rights whackos).
>- nothing at all, in any facet of this earthly
>existence, is safe. Do you take showers? I
>certainly hope so, for your familys and
>co-workers sake. If you do, your life is at
>constant risk; the number of people dying from
>falls in their showers each year is staggering.
>Do you drive a car? How many times a week do you
>drive past someone (or you) who just staggered
>out of a bar or restaurant after having a drink
>or two (if a 0.08 alcohol level is dangerous
>certainly 0.01 is 1/8 as dangerous, therefore
>potentially lethal). Anyone seen anyone using a
>cell phone while driving recently?
>- If you believe that there is no safe level of
>exposure to radiation, suicide may be your only
>option, as you are being bathed in showers of
>massively carcinogenic gamma rays and breathing
>lethal levels of radon as you read my various ramblings here.
>I hope many of you read the recent piece by
>myself and Dr. Siegel discussing the imposing figure of Sir
>Lawrence Olivier as Dr. Szell in the movie
>Marathon Manholding an implement of torture in one hand
>and a salve of numbing balm in the other, and
>asking with insistence IS IT SAFE? If not,
>heres your free download
>Is it too late to hope for the use of objective
>data in science, or will the NY Times,
>Caldicotts, Busbys, Goffmans and Sternglasses of
>this world determine for society what is allegedly safe?
>(yes, yes, my opinions only, blah freakin blah)
>Michael G. Stabin, PhD, CHP
>Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
>Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
>1161 21st Avenue South
>Nashville, TN 37232-2675
>Phone (615) 343-4628
>Fax (615) 322-3764
>e-mail michael.g.stabin at vanderbilt.edu
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