What country is going to win the award for being the stupidest in their response to the events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant?�� Could it be Australia, where ignoramuses who were more than 75 miles from the plant are whining about possible radiation poisoning?�� Could it be the United States, where idiots are frantically calling government officials to ask if its safe to go outdoors?�� How about China, where morons are buying salt thinking it will protect them from radioactive iodine?
Excuse my name calling, but the sheer stupidity of this is starting to really get to me.�� It seems that South Korea is now vying for the title of being the most radiophobic nation of complete and utter idiots by closing schools out of fear of radiation.
SEOUL, South Korea â€” More than 100 South Korean schools have cancelled or shortened classes over fears that rain falling across the country may include radiation from Japan’s stricken nuclear plant.
The Education Office of Gyeonggi province said it allowed schools to decide whether to open Thursday.
The prime minister’s office said radiation levels in the rain were low and posed no health threat.
Still, officials said that 126 schools in Gyeonggi province, near the capital, Seoul, shut down and 43 others shortened class hours as a precaution.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said only a few schools outside Gyeonggi cancelled classes Thursday.
Radiation levels fall quickly as you move away from the source, and officials have cleared the 12-mile (20-kilometre) radius around Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex.
Recent progress at the plant — which was damaged by a March 11 tsunami — appears to have slowed the release of radiation into the ocean. This week, technicians there plugged a crack that had been gushing contaminated water into the Pacific. Contamination in waters off the coast has fallen dramatically since then.
The sheer stupidity that accompanies the rampant radiophobia that has gripped modern society is breathtaking. Ionizing radiation is easy to detect. You only need simple, cheap equipment and it can be detected right away. In other words, there’s no mystery as to whether rainwater is radioactive to the point of being dangerous. You don’t have to fear or guess. You can know right away.
The level of radiation that a person would be exposed to right outside the nuclear plant at Fukushima is perfectly safe. Although there have been a few high spikes, in general, it’s not high enough to be dangerous. A person would be absolutely fine a mile away from the plant. A person ten miles away has zero possibility of being in danger. Yet these idiots seem to think it’s prudent to close schools that are all the way in Korea.
Finally, let me ask an obvious question: If there were dangerous radiation in South Korea, how in the hell does sending kids home early from school protect them? What, does the radiation just target schools? The way some anti-nuclear groups talk, you might think it does. I could see how canceling school might prevent kids from going out doors (assuming they don’t use their day off to go out and play), but closing early? Are you stupid? Oh, sorry, we already established that, didn’t we.
I should warn the South Koreans though, they are in for some big competition when it comes to claiming the prize for stupidity. Never under estimate the ability of the United States to overtake all others in terms of sheer idiocy. We’re the country that brought you Intelligent Design and chiropractic medicine. We’re the nation of Paris Hilton and Sarah Palin, and goddamnit, nobody is going to take the stupid crown from us without a fight.
Then again, South Korea does have fan death, and that’s pretty damn stupid.
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