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(Telegraph)   There is a woman currently living in Chernobyl's toxic wasteland happily munching on a fist-sized hunk of raw pig fat. "Today I command the parade"   ( divider line
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2012-11-10 09:50:39 AM  
4 votes:
I visited Chernobyl last month. We had two geiger counters with us. We saw several of these babushkas while we were there. It's not a "wasteland". The village of Chernobyl itself has normal radiation levels and we had lunch there. In fact, the only place radiation levels were elevated at all were within site of the reactor and even those levels weren't dangerous. According to the security engineer that was with us (he was owner of one of the geiger counters and part of our group and not associated with the Chernobyl site) we didn't reach levels above what is allowed for an x-ray tech all day. It's not really dangerous there anymore. By the way, our guide for the day also lived in Chernobyl but he was one of the official residents allowed by the government rather than a squatter like those in the article.

This is the pic I took of the reactor. Tourism is a growing industry at Chernobyl.
2012-11-10 09:45:19 AM  
2 votes:
Wow, what lives these women have lived - surviving Stalin's genocidal Holodomor, rapacious Nazi invasion, the Commies, and Chernobyl?


And where are the men? Apparently radiation is unkind to those with testicles.

Rascuache: Fascinating points about the psychological fall out left in the wake of Chernobyl's meltdown. No one seems to be talking about this sort of thing.

Indeed. Perhaps there is a greater lesson to be learned from the comparative fates.

/Psychological impacts are underrated
//I need to rethink the way I think
///I think
2012-11-10 08:51:29 AM  
2 votes:
I loved this bit from the article:

Nadejda Tislenko, 71. When this widow met up with the reporter and photographer she immediately called a neighbour, saying, 'Hurry, quick, come over. There's interesting people here, and they're not missionaries!'
2012-11-10 12:27:45 PM  
1 vote:
As one very dear Russian friend said to me a few weeks ago with tears in her eyes "Why in hell was I ever born here."

Hospital doctor, 20 years, monthly salary $390.

Supports herself, a daughter and 2 grandaughters.

You bet that babushka is plenty tough.
2012-11-10 12:04:20 PM  
1 vote:
Radiation will kill you but it takes a long time.

Old people can stand a much higher dose than young people can. In this case, people are better off doing for themselves than trusting the government to do for them. Things always go better when the bureaucrats get out from underfoot.

Definite lesson the old USSR can teach the new USSA.
2012-11-10 11:39:13 AM  
1 vote:

HotIgneous Intruder: Amos Quito: Indeed. Perhaps there is a greater lesson to be learned from the comparative fates.

/Psychological impacts are underrated
//I need to rethink the way I think
///I think

Not exactly.
Russian history is a study in post-traumatic stress and its repercussions.

Russians are sufferiingest people in history and they will suffer again unless they let Ivan the Terrible/Nicholas II/Lenin/Stalin/Brezhnev/Putin/Next Good Czar do what they want to do save them
2012-11-10 10:46:28 AM  
1 vote:

Amos Quito: Of all the vicious, cruel, genocidal episodes in history, Holodomor stands out as being exceptionally horrifying - to me, at least.

Yeah it definitely stands out as one of the more horrifying genocides in history.
2012-11-10 09:48:24 AM  
1 vote:
Not seen by the reporter:

After she left, the babushka's cabin got up on its chicken legs and danced a little jig.

I fly like a falcon

Only in your mortar, Baba Yaga.
2012-11-10 09:09:34 AM  
1 vote:

publikenemy: These are some strong women. Talk about boot-strappy..we can sure use some of these people with self-reliant attitudes like this in America.

If by "self-reliant" you mean "casual disregard for radiation and no common sense" then they may be just what the GOP is looking for. America however, not so much.
2012-11-10 06:34:37 AM  
1 vote:
Real journalism for once. Bravo. Deserves sharing.
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