Friday, May 25, 2012

The UN on Radiation: No Worries

"Studies indicate minimal health risks from radiation in the aftermath of Japan's nuclear disaster."
H/T: Satori at Silco

Radiation helps make you strong,
It won’t hurt or do anything wrong;
UN health groups agree
That there’s nothing to see—
That is all. Now please move along.

“Few people will develop cancer as a consequence of being exposed to ... Fukushima .... based on two ... independent assessments.... by a subcommittee of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)....[and] the World Health Organization (WHO)”  *

UN health experts agree,
And they give it their guarantee;
Based on separate sources,
The UN endorses:
It’s good for both you and for me.

“Experts agree that there is unlikely to be a detectable rise in thyroid cancer or leukaemia, the two cancers most likely to result from the accident. “There may be some increase in cancer risk that may not be detectable statistically,” says Kiyohiko Mabuchi, who heads Chernobyl studies at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland.”

When problems tend to go global,
State scientists may go ignoble:
Downplays pathology,
Pretty much like at Chernobyl.

“People are “utterly fearful and deeply angry. There’s nobody that they trust any more for information....People want to know whether what we say is true.”

Well, there’s a big fucking surprise!
So far there’s been nothing but lies;
It’s not easy deceiving
Those set on believing
What they see with their own lying eyes.

 “In the year since the accident, the plant has been stabilized, and radioactive emissions have largely stopped.”

At first, it seemed like we'd flop,
But of course we got it to stop;
Questions on cancer?
You’ll be fine, there’s your answer—
It’s fixed, so go out and shop.

*    “WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.”

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