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911 clicks; posted to Geek » on 15 Apr 2019 at 7:50 AM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2019-04-15 03:39:44 AM  
What could possibly go wrong?
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2019-04-15 07:59:15 AM  
This is not the worst timeline.

Not even *CLOSE*.

Don't listen to hyperbolic panty-wetters.

Also, the amount of fallout coming out of the glaciers is going to be so minuscule that it can be effectively ignored from a practical standpoint.
 
2019-04-15 08:08:36 AM  
Don't eat the glowing snow.
 
2019-04-15 08:12:02 AM  
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2019-04-15 09:18:01 AM  

dittybopper: This is not the worst timeline.

Not even *CLOSE*.

Don't listen to hyperbolic panty-wetters.

Also, the amount of fallout coming out of the glaciers is going to be so minuscule that it can be effectively ignored from a practical standpoint.


Stop thinking logically and making sense. You're not helping.
 
2019-04-15 09:46:27 AM  

dittybopper: This is not the worst timeline.

Not even *CLOSE*.

Don't listen to hyperbolic panty-wetters.

Also, the amount of fallout coming out of the glaciers is going to be so minuscule that it can be effectively ignored from a practical standpoint.


honk pilling on fark?

what a time to be alive

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2019-04-15 10:36:32 AM  
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnd......everythin​g will be ok.
 
2019-04-15 10:37:56 AM  

dittybopper: This is not the worst timeline.

Not even *CLOSE*.

Don't listen to hyperbolic panty-wetters.

Also, the amount of fallout coming out of the glaciers is going to be so minuscule that it can be effectively ignored from a practical standpoint.


Have you been to a wide variety of different timelines to be able to compare?
 
2019-04-15 10:41:37 AM  
There is another issue at play as well. All the trees that absorbed some of the fallout concentrated it and that is resulting in fireplaces are now more radioactive that older smoke alarms.

After Chernobyl, Sweden bought a bunch of radiation monitors for the Eastern Bloc and poorer European countries and those have been recording year on year increases in radiation without any clear source.
 
2019-04-15 12:13:44 PM  

dittybopper: This is not the worst timeline.

Not even *CLOSE*.

Don't listen to hyperbolic panty-wetters.

Also, the amount of fallout coming out of the glaciers is going to be so minuscule that it can be effectively ignored from a practical standpoint.


You're not working the anti-science crowd properly.  Radiation is the biggest boogeyman.  Play this up and maybe we'll finally get some action on climate change.

While we're at it, tell the anti-vaxxers that vaccines protect against radiation  They'll get vaccinated every year.
 
2019-04-15 12:30:32 PM  

Geotpf: dittybopper: This is not the worst timeline.

Not even *CLOSE*.

Don't listen to hyperbolic panty-wetters.

Also, the amount of fallout coming out of the glaciers is going to be so minuscule that it can be effectively ignored from a practical standpoint.

Have you been to a wide variety of different timelines to be able to compare?


I have. This one isn't too bad. There are ones that don't have any life. Some anti-time anomaly disaster happened.
 
2019-04-16 06:19:24 AM  

Geotpf: dittybopper: This is not the worst timeline.

Not even *CLOSE*.

Don't listen to hyperbolic panty-wetters.

Also, the amount of fallout coming out of the glaciers is going to be so minuscule that it can be effectively ignored from a practical standpoint.

Have you been to a wide variety of different timelines to be able to compare?


Yes, actually. Next question.
 
2019-04-16 06:40:35 AM  

dittybopper: This is not the worst timeline.

Not even *CLOSE*.

Don't listen to hyperbolic panty-wetters.

Also, the amount of fallout coming out of the glaciers is going to be so minuscule that it can be effectively ignored from a practical standpoint.


Also: All of the really horrendous isotopes have already been through several half-lives. That's the thing with nuclear radiation: the candle that burns twice as bright actually burns ln(time) as long.

The fallout products that should scare the bejesus you are Tritium and Iodine-131. Tritium behaves chemically like hydrogen (mostly) has a half-life of ~12 years. The atmosphere actually makes fresh Tritium all the time, because of cosmic rays smacking the atmosphere, so there's a natural level already in the environment. A few atoms diluted over a glass of water won't harm you any worse than the radioactive potassium in a banana. Drink an entire glass of it... well weird things start happening, chemically. Replace a good chunk of the light water in your body with heavy water (either Tritium or Deuterium) and cells stop dividing.

I-131's half life is 8 days. You have to be on-site in the weeks after a nuclear incident to be exposed to it.

Just about everything left is a long lived isotope of Carbon or Oxygen. And while detectible (and annoying for sciences like radio-carbon dating) It's hardly Armageddon.
 
2019-04-16 10:50:29 AM  

Evil Twin Skippy: dittybopper: This is not the worst timeline.

Not even *CLOSE*.

Don't listen to hyperbolic panty-wetters.

Also, the amount of fallout coming out of the glaciers is going to be so minuscule that it can be effectively ignored from a practical standpoint.

Also: All of the really horrendous isotopes have already been through several half-lives. That's the thing with nuclear radiation: the candle that burns twice as bright actually burns ln(time) as long.

The fallout products that should scare the bejesus you are Tritium and Iodine-131. Tritium behaves chemically like hydrogen (mostly) has a half-life of ~12 years. The atmosphere actually makes fresh Tritium all the time, because of cosmic rays smacking the atmosphere, so there's a natural level already in the environment. A few atoms diluted over a glass of water won't harm you any worse than the radioactive potassium in a banana. Drink an entire glass of it... well weird things start happening, chemically. Replace a good chunk of the light water in your body with heavy water (either Tritium or Deuterium) and cells stop dividing.

I-131's half life is 8 days. You have to be on-site in the weeks after a nuclear incident to be exposed to it.

Just about everything left is a long lived isotope of Carbon or Oxygen. And while detectible (and annoying for sciences like radio-carbon dating) It's hardly Armageddon.



Also, Iodine-131 isn't *THAT* bad.  It'll give you thyroid cancer, sure, but if you have to get cancer, thyroid cancer is the kind you want to get (unless it's anaplastic, but that's just like 2 or 3% of cases).

Treatment is removal of the thyroid, as Iodine (both radioactive and non-radioactive isotopes) is only taken up by the thyroid,  And in the greatest of ironies, you'll be subsequently given a dose of Iodine-131 to burn out the rest of the thyroid tissue.  No chemotherapy, no getting zapped with radiation (other than the I-131), no losing your hair, etc.  And the replacement hormone you need to take after suppresses recurrence of thyroid cancer.

How do I know all this?  Went through it with the distaffbopper.  Been about 12 years that she's been cancer free now.
 
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