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Anti-Nuclear Quote of the Day.

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“Once presented, the facts will speak for themselves.” — Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Madness

Written by Luke Weston

September 3, 2007 at 7:59 am

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  1. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day…

    DV82XL

    September 3, 2007 at 4:07 pm

  2. … unless it’s a digital clock.

    Brian

    September 5, 2007 at 10:17 am

  3. Caldicott relies on the public’s ignorance of what I call the “half-life myth”. The public rarely understands the relationship of quantity (# of atoms) and half-life. If there are only 5 atoms of a very long lived nuclide in your body, then the odds are extremely high that they will not emit any radiation in your lifetime. Though few will admit it, this is the basis for rad waste disposal – if a site “leaks”, the subsequent molecular dispersion would mean that very few atoms would get to any one person with essentially a zero risk that those atoms would emit anything in the person’s lifetime. -lg

    Larry Grimm

    September 10, 2007 at 10:54 pm


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