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Yet another weird SF fan

Monday, October 02, 2006

This Is Embarrassing

First, the Libertarians nomimated an anti-vaccination activist, Dawn Winkler, for governor of Colorado (seen via Orac). Now, I find that John Clifton, the Libertarian nominee for governor of New York, wants a state investigation of depleted uranium. (I discussed depleted uranium long ago.) The major fact mentioned in the more detailed link on the 12 Point Agenda page is that

A Japanese professor, Dr. K. Yagasaki, has calculated that in terms of the atomicity, (the amount of radiation produced), a ton of DU used on the battlefield releases the equivalent of 100 Hiroshima bombs worth of radiation released into the atmosphere.
I found the term “atomicity” completely unfamiliar and was unsurprised when it turned out to be utter bullbleep. (It's supposed to be the number of radioactive atoms.)

Interesting fact: The potassium-40 in the foods consumed by Americans has approximately the same “atomicity” as half a ton of depleted uranium. On a second thought, that might be the start of the next set of investigations…


Blogger Vader said...

Interesting fact: The potassium-40 in the foods consumed by Americans has approximately the same “atomicity” as half a ton of depleted uranium.

Don't encourage them.

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