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  •  But that's wrong. (1+ / 0-)
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    And it's really obviously wrong.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 08:48:12 PM PDT

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    •  What's wrong. People make that claim? (1+ / 0-)
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      Just Bob

      The most vociferous defenders of nukes have made that claim over and over. And they are widely backed by mainstream media as a google search shows

      But I think it is that widespread claim of "nothing bad happened" which you say is wrong.

      If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

      by Jim P on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 09:41:34 PM PDT

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    •  Tell that to Judge Rambo (3+ / 0-)
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      OllieGarkey, Just Bob, KenBee

      (that's really her name!). Who did her duty to dismiss the claims of more than 2,000 residents who lived in the TMI-2 plume and who developed radio-specific cancers. And/or their surviving relatives. Whole families and communities devastated by radiation-caused ugly death.

      Because, Rambo claimed, the plaintiffs could not be allowed to submit any evidence in support of their claims, because the gub'ment had decided that no one got enough radiation to cause harm. To do that they drew a 50-mile radius circle around TMI to include more than 4 million people who weren't exposed to any of the emissions, divvied up the ridiculous amount of one isotope (iodine-131) they admitted to releasing evenly amongst all those people, and voila! Nobody got enough to harm them!

      That Chernobyl's little nastiness established empirically that contamination does in fact move in plumes - just like bomb fallout does - made no difference for TMI's claimants, because TMI's contamination was magical fairy contamination that didn't move in plumes. The NRC did not admit to plume behavior until they started mapping plumes from Fukushima, more than 30 years too late for everyone who died due to TMI. They absolutely savaged Steve Wing when his epidemiological investigation demonstrated most graphically that the cancers occurred in a well-defined plume path. If he hadn't had tenure he'd probably be driving a ski shuttle these days...

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