Eohiguma linked to a “dog bites man” story, of sorts. Some people who lived close to Fukushima now have elevated amounts of radioactive material in their bodies. That’s not good, of course. But how bad is it?
“Out of 10,000 people with a dose of 1 millisievert, the radiation would cause two to get cancer during their lifetimes, but about 3,500 would get cancer also without any radiation,”
How do the Japanese assign dose based on body burden? Frankly, I don’t really care. Plus the moron’s name is Roy Shore. That’s Nipponese, right? I knew it. Can even translate from the Japanese: Assumeth Out Of Butthole.
Thanks for this head’s-up, edo. But, as always, “journalism” gives more questions than answers. “One millisievert” (100 millirem). Roy “Assumeth” Shore neglected the time variable. Is that important? Not to Roy, evidently. Picosecond, aeon, what’s the diff?
To us? The generic “you” picks up about 3.5 millisieverts per year. Now, when professionals assign body burden due to ingested Cs-137 (or any other isotope), we don’t assign it year-by-year. We calculate your dose from that burden for a 50-year period…then assign you the whole dose immediately. Because it’s the most conservative assumption.
Is that what Assumeth is doing? If so, 100/50 works out to an additional 2 millirem per year…or flying one-way from LA to NY every year, then driving back because of radiophobia.
Or maybe, incompetent that he his, Roy meant about one mSv (100 millirem) per year for fifty years. Neat trick, though, when Cs-137′s half-life is about 29 years.
Did I mention that this expert is an idiot? Because it’s important to your understanding that this expert is an idiot.
And of course thousands of flight attendants get three to four times more additional radiation than these victims. Apparently this radio-retard believes that people in Denver get cancer at the rate of exactly 3,514 per 10,000, as apart from the precise cancer rate of 3,507 for Generic Persons and 3,502 for the lucky people who get the very least dose on Earth.
Gaaah. It’s past bedtime. Do you know when human beings will have sufficient understanding of biology to equate one millisievert of radiation to an exact risk?
Never. Whatever can do that, isn’t human. And guess what? Assumeth is actually aware that other factors exist. To his shame.
But he said radiation is not the only health risk after the accident. “The psychological impact has been very great and has caused a lot of anxiety,” he said.
Yeah. The Placebo Effect is a lot better quantified than environmental-level fluctuations in ionizing radiation. So congrats, Butthole.
You’ve just killed more people than Fukushima ever will.