Surgeon general to west coast: Hey, might be worth stocking up on iodide; Update: All Japanese workers evacuated after radiation levels rise

posted at 8:37 pm on March 15, 2011 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Surgeon general freaks out entire western half of the country.”

State and county officials spent much of Tuesday trying to keep people calm by saying that getting the pills wasn’t necessary, but then the United States surgeon general supported the idea as a worthy “precaution.”

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is in the Bay Area touring a peninsula hospital. NBC Bay Area reporter Damian Trujillo asked her about the run on tablets and Dr. Benjamin said although she wasn’t aware of people stocking up, she did not think that would be an overreaction. She said it was right to be prepared…

Santa Clara County’s public health officer Dr. Martin Fenstersheib told the Mercury News he also does not recommend getting the tablets, adding some people can be severely allergic to the iodine.

Much as there was with Cipro after the anthrax attacks in 2001, there’s now a full-fledged run on iodide tablets across the U.S. and online. One key difference, though: Anthrax was, at least, a genuine domestic problem for a few weeks. Energy secretary Steven Chu said at a hearing today that there’s “essentially no concern” about health risks to the west coast given how heavily dispersed any radioactive concentrations would be by the time they floated over from Japan. So confident is the White House about this, in fact, that The One himself insisted tonight on camera that both the west coast and Hawaii are in the clear. Think about that. Nowadays, the only topics about which he’s willing to offer a firm opinion are bullying (he’s against it) and the NCAA tournament (he’s in favor). If he’s willing to say out loud that there’ll be no death cloud descending upon Los Angeles, take it to the bank.

As I write this, the latest news from Japan is that reactor number four is once again on fire. As long as it burns, presumably two things are happening. The containment vessel is heating up and therefore turning sea water into steam even more rapidly than before, raising pressure inside the vessel. And, possibly, the spent fuel rods on the roof are in greater danger of boiling over and melting down, triggering a much greater release of radiation. Sounds like the latter, at least, hasn’t happened, as the LA Times claims radiation levels declined overnight after soaring earlier.

As for the 50 workers still on the scene still trying to shut Pandora’s box, it’s as bad as you think.

Update: The worst-case scenario might finally be upon us. News broke at around 10 p.m. ET of new smoke coming from Japan’s nuke plant. A Japanese official called a press briefing a few minutes and apparently said that they think it’s coming from … the containment vessel at reactor number three. If the vessel’s been breached then radiation levels should start rising — and sure enough:

Mr. Edano said radiation readings started rising rapidly Wednesday morning outside the front gate of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. “All the workers there have suspended their operations. We have urged them to evacuate, and they have,” he said, according to a translation by NHK television.

To make a terrible situation even worse, reactor number three is the one that uses “MOX” nuclear fuel, which includes reprocessed plutonium. According to a Times story published last night, “Any radioactive plume from that fuel would be more dangerous than ordinary nuclear fuel, experts say, because inhaling plutonium even in very small quantities is considered lethal.”

Update: A reporter for the Times says that a “core” group of workers is still at the plant. Read this story to understand what they’re facing right now.


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Is she wearing a men’s suit and tie?

jawkneemusic on March 15, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Jocelyn Elders relation perhaps……?

RealMc on March 15, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Morton Salt disappears from the shelves of California in 5…..4…..3….

PappyD61 on March 15, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Jocelyn’s daughter?

Valiant on March 15, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Send over Casey Da Punisha to body slam that reactor!

John the Libertarian on March 15, 2011 at 8:42 PM

and the NCAA tournament (he in favor).

Little grammar issue there AP :)

As for the 50: Praying hard.

WitchDoctor on March 15, 2011 at 8:44 PM

The left has always been hysterical over nuclear power – this is a brilliant piece of propaganda to kill building new powerplants for the next 50 years.

Rebar on March 15, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Is that our anti-obesity surgeon general?

ctmom on March 15, 2011 at 8:47 PM

I’m sailing to Hawaii tomorrow and I called CVS, Walgreen’s and half a dozen hospital pharmacies today. Not one single pharmacy in the Chicago area even has this stuff in stock and most of the pharmacy tech’s I talked to had never heard of it before.

One pharmacist I did speak with told me the side effects of the drug are horrible.

Knucklehead on March 15, 2011 at 8:47 PM

For being the chief public health officer in an administration that preaches to us about obesity she looks like she’s packing a few too many pounds.

Mark1971 on March 15, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Anyone know what Anthony Weiner’s take on this is? I mean, you know he wants to defend the gubmint, but at the same time, isn’t he against fear mongering? And think about it. Who’s going to profit from the iodine rush?

MeatHeadinCA on March 15, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Is she wearing a men’s suit and tie?

jawkneemusic on March 15, 2011 at 8:40 PM

she wears the uniform of the Public Health Service, which is the same as Navy blues. Hard to tell them apart, aside from the fact that she does not *ahem* meet height/weight standards.

ted c on March 15, 2011 at 8:48 PM

For being the chief public health officer in an administration that preaches to us about obesity she looks like she’s packing a few too many pounds.

Mark1971 on March 15, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I didn’t realize Michelle was the SG.

MeatHeadinCA on March 15, 2011 at 8:48 PM

One pharmacist I did speak with told me the side effects of the drug are horrible.

Knucklehead on March 15, 2011 at 8:47 PM

They’re nothing compared to thyroid cancer.

amerpundit on March 15, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Morton Salt disappears from the shelves of California in 5…..4…..3….

PappyD61 on March 15, 2011 at 8:41 PM

I wonder what Mikey Bloomberg will think….

for shame.

ted c on March 15, 2011 at 8:49 PM

I’m sailing to Hawaii tomorrow and I called CVS, Walgreen’s and half a dozen hospital pharmacies today. Not one single pharmacy in the Chicago area even has this stuff in stock and most of the pharmacy tech’s I talked to had never heard of it before.

One pharmacist I did speak with told me the side effects of the drug are horrible.

Knucklehead on March 15, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Enjoy your trip… :)

MeatHeadinCA on March 15, 2011 at 8:49 PM

“We need safer bullets tablets” — whoever this chick is

Schadenfreude on March 15, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Most likely she was a 56er that was promoted to a 63er.

WoosterOh on March 15, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Others recognize the irony of a Surgeon General who’s overweight and causes panic amongst the population, right?

amerpundit on March 15, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Jocelyn Elders relation perhaps……?

RealMc on March 15, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Damn! Beat me to it.

churchill995 on March 15, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Wrath of Khan.

“The needs of the many…”

I don’t mind that sentiment when the few are making the choice on their own.

May God be with the 50.

karl9000 on March 15, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Would you already have yours, AP, if you lived on the Best Coast?

Christien on March 15, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Whats her qualifications to be surgeon general? Just curious as to what Mrs. Chewbac… er Obama thinks about that unhealthy weight and everything.

MadDogF on March 15, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Doing what the left, socialists, communists, fascists, etc. always does. Propagating ignorance then inducing panic based on that ignorance. All the while calling it “education”.

Caststeel on March 15, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Knucklehead on March 15, 2011 at 8:47 PM

If you really must buy into the hype, try military surplus stores.

Tuari on March 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Would you already have yours, AP, if you lived on the Best Coast?

No. If the situation gets so unbelievably bad that Californians need iodide, the feds will be sending in shipments. We’re a long way from that, even now.

And needless to say, if I were the surgeon general, I wouldn’t be saying anything to spark a panic at a moment when people are feeling anxious as is.

Allahpundit on March 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM

The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

Danger! Danger Will Robinson Danger!

Rovin on March 15, 2011 at 8:54 PM

9/11, Katrina, the Tsunami…she has all the buzz words down pat.

churchill995 on March 15, 2011 at 8:56 PM

And needless to say, if I were the surgeon general, I wouldn’t be saying anything to spark a panic at a moment when people are feeling anxious as is.

Allahpundit on March 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM

right, particularly because the next most logical question is “Where the hell do I get iodide tablets?”

I think you can get iodine in Morton’s iodized salt, so it may be all for naught.

ted c on March 15, 2011 at 8:56 PM

I was jut watching TBStv from Japan, I think the fact that they used time on their show to do reports on Bahrain and KSA troops rolling in, Libya, a violinist and Olympics in London

WoosterOh on March 15, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Did Barry Hussein appoint ANYONE who is not an overweight, ugly lesbian loser??????

Not that there is anything wrong with that….

How long until he finds Janet Reno and reappoints her to something…..

SDarchitect on March 15, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Considering the death radius of the infamous Chernobyl disaster was 2 miles and the distance from Japan to the Pacific Coast is 5500+ miles, I can fully understand the concern. 5,498 miles is a razor thin margin.

MaiDee on March 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Harmful levels of radiation spread by air over thousands of miles? REALLY?? (hat tip: SNL)

Paul-Cincy on March 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Isn’t there an app for that?

Sharke on March 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM

And needless to say, if I were the surgeon general, I wouldn’t be saying anything to spark a panic at a moment when people are feeling anxious as is.

Allahpundit on March 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Well, “Inside Edition” and “The View” disagree with you.

Paul-Cincy on March 15, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Is there an actual competent member of this administration?

Or, rather, does this clown car ever run out of clowns?

chimney sweep on March 15, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Are these over-the-counter iodide pills? Because if so, your HSA won’t cover it. And has Dr.Benjamin consulted with HHS on whether this would still be a prudent treatment? I mean, at some point you’ve got to consider the cost of such things and potentially sacrifice yourself for the good of the rest of us. Maybe Pb clothing would be a better alternative. Safe, effective, and can be recycled into dental vests when they’re no longer needed.

Cost curve, everyone. Bending? Downward? Come on! In the name of equality!

BKeyser on March 15, 2011 at 9:00 PM

No. If the situation gets so unbelievably bad that Californians need iodide, the feds will be sending in shipments. We’re a long way from that, even now.

And needless to say, if I were the surgeon general, I wouldn’t be saying anything to spark a panic at a moment when people are feeling anxious as is.

Allahpundit on March 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM

I’m sorry. You’re a 20 or 30-something single white male and you think the federal government would get you a dose of potassium iodide in time?

We’re clear on the fact you should take it within 3 to 4 hours of exposure, right? And that the FDA admits it would prioritize children, infants, pregnant women, nursing women, etc. in the event of an emergency?

amerpundit on March 15, 2011 at 9:00 PM

If you really must buy into the hype, try military surplus stores.

Tuari on March 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM

I was told a prescription was needed. What alarmed me more was all of the hospitals not having it in stock.

Knucklehead on March 15, 2011 at 9:01 PM

President Present has been playing Chauncey Gardner long enough. This may be enough to wake even the 40 something percent who still approve of his dithering.

pedestrian on March 15, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Alternate headline: “Surgeon general freaks out entire western half of the country.”

You got that right… The radio stations out here have been sending mixed messages as well.

While I was in Whole Foods on the coast I happened to talk to a couple of “nutritionists” just to get the scoop on the extent of the iodide “panic”.

And yes, there has been a pretty big run on potassium iodide supplements. The shelves are almost bare. I suppose it could be called an irrational fear but others might call it just being cautious.

Geochelone on March 15, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Others recognize the irony of a Surgeon General who’s overweight and causes panic amongst the population, right?

amerpundit on March 15, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Heh, good points. Channeling Michelle Antoinette, the other larder.

Schadenfreude on March 15, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Alternate headline: “Surgeon general freaks out entire western half of the country.”

Great …after I’ve spending part of my day making fun of my panicky friends & co-workers.

Think I’ll call in sick tomorrow just to stoke the flames ….LOL

The Ugly American on March 15, 2011 at 9:04 PM

A little bit OT…but this is so sad…

Family in Tohoku unearths bodies of woman and grandson in her arms
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110315p2a00m0na021000c.html

Deanna on March 15, 2011 at 9:05 PM

No. If the situation gets so unbelievably bad that Californians need iodide, the feds will be sending in shipments. We’re a long way from that, even now.

Allahpundit on March 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Tomorrow’s headline:

“Republican budget cuts threaten Nation’s Iodide Supply”

pedestrian on March 15, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Jay Lehr of the Heartland Institute has been on Fox News sharing information on Chernobyl that seems to debunk the current radiation fear mongering. You can watch the video clips here.

Terrie on March 15, 2011 at 9:06 PM

And needless to say, if I were the surgeon general, I wouldn’t be saying anything to spark a panic at a moment when people are feeling anxious as is.

Yeah, but you’re not smart enough to work in this administration. Where the hell do they get these people?

CTSherman on March 15, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Watching live video of Reactor 4, it has a lot of smoke billowing into the sky

WoosterOh on March 15, 2011 at 9:06 PM

From the last line of the piece AllahPundit links to

it’s as bad as you think
:

Keep in mind they’d be volunteering to head into a place so potentially dangerous, that anyone within 20 miles of it was just asked to evacuate.

Cough. Excuse me. They were asked to stay in their homes and keep the windows sealed. I’d be shocked if they ordered evacuations from a 20 mile radius. And this from a CBS News website??

Paul-Cincy on March 15, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Does anyone in the media or the present clueless administration have any idea how many nuclear weapons were tested in the South Pacific after the end of WW2 until about the Sixties?

HUNDREDS!!

(At least the ones that have been declassified…)

Where do they think all the radiation from these went??

Panicky little morons!!

CurtZHP on March 15, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Is she wearing a men’s suit and tie?

jawkneemusic on March 15, 2011 at 8:40 PM

she wears the uniform of the Public Health Service, which is the same as Navy blues. Hard to tell them apart, aside from the fact that she does not *ahem* meet height/weight standards.

ted c on March 15, 2011 at 8:48 PM

The only reason she’s even SG is because she’s FOB…Friend of Barry.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Surgeon General needs a diet by Michelle O

Wade on March 15, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Considering the death radius of the infamous Chernobyl disaster was 2 miles and the distance from Japan to the Pacific Coast is 5500+ miles, I can fully understand the concern. 5,498 miles is a razor thin margin.

MaiDee on March 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I agree the threat to the US from Japan is overblown but there are still hundreds of farms in the UK under restrictions and monitoring because of contamination from Chernobyl. Hopefully this is not going to be as bad but this has escalated beyond what was deemed possible already. Nobody will die in Santa Barbara but the fishing industry might suffer the Alaskan banks are somehow contaminated. Sure… that’s a long shot but this is not over yet.

lexhamfox on March 15, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Great. Another over-paid bureaucrat who is spouting off at the mouth. O sure knows how to pick them.

Beaglemom on March 15, 2011 at 9:09 PM

AP,

Thanks. I thought you might already have some after 9/11. Agree about SG hype in an already fear-driven situation.

Christien on March 15, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Pretty sure that there’s worse things in the Seattle air than nuclear radiation… I’ll take my chances. But hey, a high sodium diet probably has some upsides to it anyway!

Jeddite on March 15, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Bloomberg hardest hit.

clement on March 15, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Queen Latifah is the United States Surgeon General? I did not know that.

Rational Thought on March 15, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Is there an actual competent member of this administration?

Or, rather, does this clown car ever run out of clowns?

chimney sweep on March 15, 2011 at 8:59 PM

They’re all thoughtful and well-spoken, just like the President who selected them. /

churchill995 on March 15, 2011 at 9:10 PM

We fell asleep and some kids took over control of the country! LOL

This is hilarious.

But not as hilarious as Californians in a panic to pick up iodine tablets!

Seriously – Chernobyl …

EXPLODED when it experienced a power excursion only 2 minutes after a reactor test was initiated. Let me repeat that – within 2 minutes of developing a casualty condition – the reactor experienced a steam explosion which exposed the core to the atmosphere and sent radioactive parts of the reactor and other debris into the atmosphere.

Additionally – a Graphite Fire dispersed radionuclides high into the atmosphere – which then travelled all around the globe. Wind patterns and storms sent this stuff all over the Northern hemisphere – but the dispersion made this amount insignificant for everyone save the Baltic states and parts of Scandinavia. And I don’t think they really experienced any real significant “issues” from it.

So all this Radioactive Graphite that everyone on the planet was breathing – really had no impact on us. And graphite is a particulate – and subject to the laws of gravity – it travels until it runs out of steam and falls – ON PEOPLE.

So it’s highly doubtful that a dispersal of, essentially – gaseous radioactivity would do anything to anyone. Especially the relatively low releases we’ve seen so far in Japan.

HondaV65 on March 15, 2011 at 9:11 PM

It looks like steam, because it disappears fast.

Asian lady on NHK English has a British accent. Kind of freaky.

WoosterOh on March 15, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Shouldn’t we be quarantining Nevada for like about a million years for all of those above ground tests?
As far as that dude in the picture, anyone saying anything from the Obama administration make me want to do the opposite so I’m dumping all of my Iodine.

jjshaka on March 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM

We are truly being led by a pack of fools. Exhibit A.

ted c on March 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM

. Agree about SG hype in an already fear-driven situation.

Christien on March 15, 2011 at 9:09 PM

And I’m watching Hannity right now, and he’s in hype overdrive.

Sheesh.

Knucklehead on March 15, 2011 at 9:14 PM

D

oes anyone in the media or the present clueless administration have any idea how many nuclear weapons were tested in the South Pacific after the end of WW2 until about the Sixties? CurtZHP on March 15, 2011 at 9:07 PM

South Pacific? True what about Las Vegas? The area near Vegas used to be lit up by things other than neon lights.

chimney sweep on March 15, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Another of the “Incredible Incompetents” speaks up.

Hey Barry! Why are you headed for Rio? What’s the matter with Hawaii?

GarandFan on March 15, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Seems to me, the SG should lay off the twinkies before dispensing anymore medical advice. In other words….shaddup Doc, and heal thyself.

capejasmine on March 15, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Knucklehead on March 15, 2011 at 9:14 PM

What gets me is that most of these MSM chumps have ZERO kin living in Japan, yet they’re the ones freaking out. I got family over there, sure I’m worried, but come on…

Christien on March 15, 2011 at 9:17 PM

I caught a smattering of a Michael Savage interview with someone quite conversant about nuclear radiation and the events in Japan. The upshot of some of their points is that the radiation will be largely dissipated once it reaches our shores, that potassium iodide can be dangerously poisonous if not carefully administered, and that exposure to the Japanese radiation here is much less than one gets from a CAT scan or an airplane flight since the toxicity is worse at higher elevations.

Taking potassium iodide poses a lot of dangers if misused or overused.

Does this administration have the lock on inept people? (Remember how we all almost died of swine flu?)

onlineanalyst on March 15, 2011 at 9:20 PM

The only reason she’s even SG is because she’s FOB…Friend of Barry.
 
annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2011 at 9:07 PM

 
It looks like there are two other teensy-weensy little reasons, too.

rogerb on March 15, 2011 at 9:21 PM

The SG is a complete idiot. I’m a Polish-American and as a kid I lived through the Chernobyl catastrophe. A friend of mine had a Geiger counter and in fact there was some increased radiation at that time. Bear in mind that Poland borders directly with Ukraine.

We are thousands of miles away from the reactors and even if there is some radiation coming, it is nothing. There is background radiation around us… Your frickin. bananas are radioactive as they contain a lot of potassium which is a radioactive element itself.

Peter_P on March 15, 2011 at 9:24 PM

It looks like there are two other teensy-weensy little reasons, too.

rogerb on March 15, 2011 at 9:21 PM

I was going to mention one of them-but don’t want the ban hammer coming down on me.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Alternate alternate headline…

Horse $hit!!

BigWyo on March 15, 2011 at 9:26 PM

What gets me is that most of these MSM chumps have ZERO kin living in Japan, yet they’re the ones freaking out. I got family over there, sure I’m worried, but come on…

Christien on March 15, 2011 at 9:17 PM

No what gets me is how every single one of these gasbags have totally forgotten about the humanitarian aspect of this story.
There are parts of the country that are still under water and God only knows what will be found when the water recedes.

Prayers to your family.

Knucklehead on March 15, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Or, rather, does this clown car ever run out of clowns?

chimney sweep on March 15, 2011 at 8:59 PM

No.

paragon27x on March 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Good grief. Is anyone in the clown car we call a government not a total idiot?

dogsoldier on March 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Good grief. Is anyone in the clown car we call a government not a total idiot?

dogsoldier on March 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM

No…

paragon27x on March 15, 2011 at 9:31 PM

She looks retarded.

logis on March 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM

The next story will someone gets sent to ICU or the morgue from the toxicity overdose from taking a the recommend dose for a years amount of iodide in two days.

tjexcite on March 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Watching live video of Reactor 4, it has a lot of smoke billowing into the sky

WoosterOh on March 15, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Yeah, good thing it was defueled about three months ago isn’t it.

Oldnuke on March 15, 2011 at 9:41 PM

I’d give a buck for someone, anyone, to ask “New Guy, not Gibbs” at tomorrows presser why we have an overweight surgeon general. Does this not conflict with madame co-president’s agenda? And as a follow up, “Does the President go out of his way to find the dumbest cabinet members he can? Is this in an effort to elevate his own intellect?”

If I were in CA, I’d be a lot more concerned about the quake that’s coming vs. the radiation.

anniekc on March 15, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Isn’t she also from New Orleans like Lisa Jackson?

Kermit on March 15, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Radiation rising!

Japan TV

http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv43386411
==================================

Reuters Live

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Japan_earthquake2

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Isn’t she also from New Orleans like Lisa Jackson? Nah just went to college there.

Kermit on March 15, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Putting the radiation levels at Fukushima into perspective

http://twitpic.com/49mm4l

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 9:47 PM

The SG is a complete idiot. I’m a Polish-American and as a kid I lived through the Chernobyl catastrophe. A friend of mine had a Geiger counter and in fact there was some increased radiation at that time. Bear in mind that Poland borders directly with Ukraine.

We are thousands of miles away from the reactors and even if there is some radiation coming, it is nothing. There is background radiation around us… Your frickin. bananas are radioactive as they contain a lot of potassium which is a radioactive element itself.

Peter_P on March 15, 2011 at 9:24 PM

The banana metric: Going Bananas Over Radiation

slickwillie2001 on March 15, 2011 at 9:49 PM

We are truly being led by a pack of fools. Exhibit A.

ted c on March 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Maybe she bought a bunch of stock in one of the companies that make the stuff before coming out with this nonsense.

Asher on March 15, 2011 at 9:50 PM

I am watching NHK english and they reported that currently the radiation levels are at 200 microsieverts an hour at a town a couple of kilometers away. To give you an example of what that radiation is, you could be exposed to that for an entire year and you would have been exposed to 1.75 Sieverts of radiation, meaning:

1–3 Sv: Mild to severe nausea, loss of appetite, infection; more severe bone marrow, lymph node, spleen damage; recovery probable, not assured.

That is for an ENTIRE YEAR of exposure. I really don’t think there is any risk to people in the US after it disperses across the entire pacific ocean.

thphilli on March 15, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Knucklehead on March 15, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Thanks.

Christien on March 15, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I can see it now, plain as day:
“Hey, I get it, here is a way to poke the economy up a notch, pretend their is a disaster, then in a fit of panic declare something like, “Buy iodine”, and instantly we have a spike in sells.”
“If every week we come up with something else, like “Polio is striking again, get your shots”…or “brocoli, known to cure cancer, but must be eaten this week”…

right2bright on March 15, 2011 at 9:55 PM

right2bright on March 15, 2011 at 9:55 PM

GM cars, now with radiationblock technology.

thphilli on March 15, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Well, I’m confused…is this a reaction to events in Japan or is it Obama’s Iran policy?

AUINSC on March 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Anti-nuclear media put Japanese lives at risk.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/262210/anti-nuclear-press-puts-japanese-lives-risk-robert-zubrin?page=1

onlineanalyst on March 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Is it time for us to all light our hair afire and run around outside like the media wants us to?

Kermit on March 15, 2011 at 10:06 PM

onlineanalyst on March 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Zubrin has some dangerously ignorant ideas, but he and I are on the same side in this case.

Kermit on March 15, 2011 at 10:07 PM

If you really want to freak out your co-workers, download the fake Geiger-counter Iphone app and set it on “armageddon”.

Just kidding. I invented that app in my mind. But it would work.

And needless to say, if I were the surgeon general, I wouldn’t be saying anything to spark a panic at a moment when people are feeling anxious as is.

Allahpundit on March 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Unless you were Joe Biden. I can’t believe you didn’t tie in that little episode.

TexasDan on March 15, 2011 at 10:15 PM

It was irresponsible for Drudge to headline this.

keebs on March 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM

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