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  •  I'm very sorry to inform you, because you're... (2+ / 0-)
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    billmosby, alain2112

    ...apparently a very glib and indifferent type, that thyroid cancer, more than half a decade into the industrial practice of the nuclear enterprise, is a completely trivial risk on this planet.

    It is not thyroid cancer that is a risk to children - it's fear, ignorance and superstition that's a risk to them.

    I am fucking sick to death of the airheads who have come, this late in the game to make insipid statements that "I don't hate nuclear power" and then proceed to list insipid objections to it.

    I'm glad to see, now that the fucking planet's atmosphere is irreversibly destroyed, almost certainly for ever, that a pro forma statement that "I don't hate nuclear energy" is the only way to salvage a mote of intellectual or moral respect, but the fact remains...that there are zero such anti-nukes who claim to worry about the effect of nuclear energy on children who give a rat's ass about children.

    Right now bub, this year, and every year for the past several decades and for the next several decades to come - because of ignorance, fear, and superstition - 3.3 million people die each year from air pollution..   Half of those people are children under the age of 5.

    That's 9,000 people - 4,500 children under 5 - every damn day.

    That's 350 to 400 people every hour, 6 people - 3 children - every minute.

    There is no doubt that you have no fucking idea how many thyroid cancer cases there on this whole fucking planet, but let me assure you that thyroid cancer deaths on this planet will not amount to even one week of air pollution deaths.

    If in fact, you can show as many deaths from the 50 year operations of all nuclear reactors, including the Chernobyl and Fukushima - as will take place in the next five days from air pollution, be my guest at trying to prove it.

    Any such attempt of course, will not involve any reference to the primary scientific literature, but will consist wholly and totally of googled links to the vast stupid circle jerk of scientifically illiterate anti-nukes.

    Don't fucking tell me you care about children.   I have to face my boys every damn morning in the knowledge that the fear, ignorance and superstition - the dis tractability and selective attention of my insipid self absorbed and badly educated generation is giving them a planet that is irreversibly destroyed.

    Congratulations on your concern with your fucking thyroid.   For the record, not that it fucking matters on a dying planet, thyroid cancer is one of the most curable cancers there is.   Usually it is treated with a large dose of radioactive I-131, where after the patient can live for decades with synthroid.    But it is, again, a trivial cancer but no so trivial and your insipid remarks.

    •  For those who like to cite the slowly warmed (2+ / 0-)
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      FishOutofWater, alain2112

      frog as an example of death by stealth (or climate change), air pollution is another similar case. We don't notice slow, steady, "background noise" events like the deaths from air pollution. It's just not dramatic, like some other events that do get noticed.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:47:24 PM PST

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