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  •  It's still regarded as a fringe theory. (0+ / 0-)

    Even if true, for it to be genuinely useful you'd have to limit the exposure to a maximum dose. The Real World doesn't allow that option.

    Since thousands of open-air tests have left their stuff (and now called part of the "normal" background), and people get other exposures in various settings (bananas and spinach, x-rays, flights, going into radon-heavy basements and rooms, security scanners, the continuing emissions from Fukushima and Chernobyl, the daily release of "safe amounts" from every other plant which exists, etc)

    But Anne Coulter thinks the theory is great, so that's on the plus side.

    The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

    by Jim P on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 02:03:48 PM PDT

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    •  Don't forget living on the surface (0+ / 0-)

      Courtesy of a certain uncontained fusion reactor, there's just about no way to escape minimal doses of radiation.

      Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

      by fearlessfred14 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:36:06 PM PDT

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      •  And living in Denver... (0+ / 0-)

        Which has higher levels of radiation exposure due to being in mountains with lots of granite which has Uranium which produces Radon. On top of the extra cosmic radiation dose from being at a higher altitude.

        I need better confirming evidence, but apparently the .1 rem/year excess dose criteria for Fukushima evacuation would call for the evacuation of Denver.

        On top of that there are the high levels of self exposure that smokers do to themselves which is several times the increase of just living in Denver.

        Spreading bio-accumulative radioactive isotopes is a different creature, and has an additional set of problems.

        Basically, it is not as simple as saying radiation BAD.

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