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(Opposing Views)   Swiss scientists have peeked into the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat's underwear. Okay, we'll stop right there. But actually, what they found is pretty interesting   (opposingviews.com) divider line 58
    More: Scary, Yasser Arafat, Palestinian Liberation Organization, Switzerland, Palestinians, Arab-Israeli, Pravda  
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2013-10-16 01:57:34 AM  

error 303: rpm: Half-life of Polonium-210 is 138 days. That means approximately .000006% polonium is remaining, that's pretty damn sensitive.

Given that the spy used as the poster child for polonium poisoning left radioactive trails all over town, this doesn't seem particularly reasonable.

I actually did the back calc on this a bit ago.

At 180 mBq/L, a half life of 138 days, and 2920 days since his assasination, 21 half lives would have passed, meaning there would have been 2^21 (~2,100,000) times more polonium in his system when he died. Which would mean there would ~17,000,000 Bq of Po-210 in his system (assuming 40 L of blood in the human body). Which translates to about 0.1 micrograms of Polonium. The LD50 for Polonium is about 1 microgram, so this is about a factor of 10 low for a would be assassain.

Additionally, radon plate out leaves behind Pol-210, which would adhere to surfaces, especially with static build up. If he was weary something that generates a lot of static, or that particles adhere to, or was a smoker (did Arafat smoke?), Po-210 daughters could easily create those kind of readings on clothing.

So he was either very unlucky to have died from such a "small" dose of Polonium from an inept assasin, or those who did the investigation don't know a thing about radon.

I highly doubt he was killed by polonium. If you saw how Litvinenko died it should be pretty clear that radiation poisoning is fairly obvious. A horrible way to die.


You meant 4L of blood and not 40, right?
 
2013-10-16 03:13:05 AM  
Yes. They have the means, they have the technology. At last scientists will be able to clone Arafat's beard from a stray bawhair they found in his breeks.
 
2013-10-16 04:15:01 AM  
Did they find any of the billion+ dollars he stole from his own people ? i believe his dear wife is currently binge shopping in Paris on whatever they are paying her to keep her mouth shut on his cause of death and to continue with the arab tradition of blame the jews.
Any med student who took a look at him when he was taken to his death in France could tell you what was the cause of death which was obviously not radiation related. Hint: not poisoning.
 
2013-10-16 08:29:56 AM  
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2013-10-16 10:28:11 AM  

Vectron: mcreadyblue: Most likely Hamas did him in.


Because we know it is unlikely the Israelis would assassinate anyone.

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2013-10-16 11:39:22 AM  

ransack.: error 303: rpm: Half-life of Polonium-210 is 138 days. That means approximately .000006% polonium is remaining, that's pretty damn sensitive.

Given that the spy used as the poster child for polonium poisoning left radioactive trails all over town, this doesn't seem particularly reasonable.

I actually did the back calc on this a bit ago.

At 180 mBq/L, a half life of 138 days, and 2920 days since his assasination, 21 half lives would have passed, meaning there would have been 2^21 (~2,100,000) times more polonium in his system when he died. Which would mean there would ~17,000,000 Bq of Po-210 in his system (assuming 40 L of blood in the human body). Which translates to about 0.1 micrograms of Polonium. The LD50 for Polonium is about 1 microgram, so this is about a factor of 10 low for a would be assassain.

Additionally, radon plate out leaves behind Pol-210, which would adhere to surfaces, especially with static build up. If he was weary something that generates a lot of static, or that particles adhere to, or was a smoker (did Arafat smoke?), Po-210 daughters could easily create those kind of readings on clothing.

So he was either very unlucky to have died from such a "small" dose of Polonium from an inept assasin, or those who did the investigation don't know a thing about radon.

I highly doubt he was killed by polonium. If you saw how Litvinenko died it should be pretty clear that radiation poisoning is fairly obvious. A horrible way to die.

You meant 4L of blood and not 40, right?


Oh hey, yeah. Mental error or just spreadsheet error, I don't know. So that drops it down to 10 nanograms.

I'm just not convinced that you could kill some one with that much polonium. And in radiation to polonium 210 being a radon daughter, polonium accumulates in the body of smokers. I just don't know if Arafat smoked or not? But if he did, the elevated readings seem like they would be much more indicative of cigarette smoke than poisoning.
 
2013-10-16 01:00:25 PM  
Terrorist Arafat running guns from Russia behind the backs of governments involved in his peace talks. He ends up dead from Polonium, a KGB style method. I'll bet he didnt pay his weapons bills.
 
2013-10-16 03:35:09 PM  
It's not like Iran the Russian ally with a nuclear program and support of Arafat enemy Hamas could possibly be involved in any way. Had to be the jews who had Arafat blockaded in his own compound who wanted a stealth death cause all the shooting didn't work.
 
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