[LMB] Flowers of Vashnoi.... and so it begins

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Mon Oct 21 00:54:38 BST 2019


After 1945 a lot of people became panic-scared of any radiation at all.
I'd go further into this, but that would lead us into modern politics,
where I am forbidden to tread.

On Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 6:11 PM Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
wrote:

> From: Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com>
>
> >> On Oct 20, 2019, at 7:05 AM, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
> >> It begins with one of the deepest fears we have: radiation.
>
> Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
> > I understand *them* having that as a deep fear.?? But is it a common
> fear on Earth?
>
> I certainly have that impression.  Any time I encounter reporting that
> mentions the word "radiation" or "radioactive", that's immediately
> followed by elaborate reassurance when it isn't a real hazard (which
> is almost always the case in such reporting).  "Magnetic Resonance
> Imaging" AKA "MRI" has that name instead of anything like "Nuclear
> Magnetic Resonance", the term that's used in chemistry/physics,
> because of the scary word "nuclear".
> Joel
>
> Gwynne: Remember the hysteria about Chernobyl, and the reactor in Japan?
> Any time there's a problem with a nuclear reactor it causes widespread
> fear.
> Three Mile Island?
>
> There were huge protests against the French nuclear tests in the Pacific,
> British tests in the Australian outback, and US tests in the US (which are
> blamed for killing John Wayne!) And a lot of pushback against the idea
> of nuclear reactors in general.
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