[ RadSafe ] Security theatre- was: Dry Cask Spent Fuel Storage -was: Re: Belgium
Ted de Castro
tdc at xrayted.com
Mon Mar 28 21:02:45 CDT 2016
Thank-you for your input - its good to get occasional observational
input from a "radiation outsider" - way better than all of us guessing
what everyone else is thinking!
Thanks for sharing your GPS coordinates: Aptly named town ..... is that
white structure a geodesic? Interesting.
On 3/28/2016 6:55 PM, Jay Cafasso wrote:
> In my opinion as a radiation outsider that is... I agree with Dr. Karam as
> far as a dirty bomb is concerned.
> No matter the media outreach once the R word is used and the media frenzy
> starts all bets are off and you can bet that within 10 minutes of that R
> word being used a person will be able to leave downtown NYC walking on the
> tops of cars until their over the Brooklyn bridge.
> As far as the backscatters are concerned. It was never an issue of doses.
> It was bad tradescraft to have them out in public view at airports. The
> first time I saw this placed in an airport i thought. I guess we did not
> learn our lesson from Buster Brown and Thom McAn? The R word scares the
> devil out of the hell out of most people... In my opinion..
> Jay Cafasso
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> On Mar 28, 2016 5:05 PM, "Brennan, Mike (DOH)" <Mike.Brennan at doh.wa.gov>
>> I agree. There actually seems to be a fair number of journalist that also
>> understand this, and make a point of saying that the radioactive material
>> would not add to the destruction, but just increase the reaction.
>> Personally, I would rather have The Bad Guys try to make dirty bombs than
>> some of the other things they could spend their resources on.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:
>> radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Bradt, Clayton (HEALTH)
>> Sent: Monday, March 28, 2016 10:51 AM
>> To: sandyfl at cox.net; RADSAFE <radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu>
>> Subject: [ RadSafe ] Security theatre- was: Dry Cask Spent Fuel Storage
>> -was: Re: Belgium
>> Sandy wrote:
>> "More likely that a dirty bomb would contain medical isotopes or other
>> small sources where the emotional impact even without physical damage would
>> be catastrophic. A small Cobalt-60 source or other source would be
>> problematic as well."
>> The greatest threat from the explosion of a dirty bomb is to the careers
>> of politicians and high-ranking bureaucrats. Thus the disproportionate
>> concern over "nuclear terrorism" among our homeland security professionals
>> - and their bosses. I for one have never accepted the trope that the
>> American people are too ignorant and faint-hearted to understand just what
>> small potatoes a "dirty bomb" really is.
>> Clayton Bradt
>> Principal Radiophysicist
>> NYS Dept. of Health
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