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teetwoohsix
03-29-2011, 01:53 PM
I understand we all come to this site to sort of "escape" and enjoy a shared love of pre war cards and memorabilia, so this topic may not gather much attention. But there are so many things going on in the world today, I thought it would be interesting to start a thread on world news/events.........good or bad, whatever is going on.

The horrible tragedy that happened in Japan is one of the things I have been paying attention to in the news. It is hard to imagine the magnitude of what has happened over there.

My wife's sister had sent us an email regarding protecting ourselves from radiation by taking iodine pills. I discussed this with a co-worker who said "There is no way the radiation could make it to the U.S. from Japan".......then yesterday morning on the news they say they've found small traces of radiation in Las Vegas and California !!! They also said the amounts were miniscule and harmless.....but it is a bit alarming to me.

Anyone else care to discuss world news?

Sincerely, Clayton

4815162342
03-29-2011, 03:19 PM
I would love to, but I can't discuss current world events without discussing politics and the Bible.

Leon
03-29-2011, 04:20 PM
ON the radiation issue I have been watching it too. This morning they said it was coming from the west and moving east, from CA to MA. They also said we get more radiation from eating a banana so I am not too worried at this point. I am watching it closely though. It is very sad. And as bad as it is for humans, their pets are fairing even worse. :(

teetwoohsix
03-29-2011, 08:14 PM
I would love to, but I can't discuss current world events without discussing politics and the Bible.

This was actually a concern of mine before starting the thread, because one of the topics I wanted to discuss had to do with the Middle East and Libya.....but I thought it would possibly lead into politics and religion (for the record, discussing these topics does not bother me- but I understand there are rules).

Leon- I am glad I am not the only one paying attention to this. We have an issue in Nevada with Yucca Mountain, and I am strongly opposed to the Nations nuclear waste being deposited here,,,,I don't care how "safe" they think it is.

I'm sure they felt (in Japan) that their reactors were safe.....but guess what? Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with :eek:

I hope the people of Japan can eventually recover from this. If I remember correctly, we had a board member in Japan who collects T205's ? If you are reading this, I hope you and yours are OK.

Sincerely, Clayton

barrysloate
03-29-2011, 08:29 PM
There are even traces of radiation in the New York area, but they are infinitesimal. The Japanese who live remotely near the damaged reactor may be facing serious health issues for many years to come. It's a terribly tragic situation. There has even been plutonium found in the soil, which is extremely dangerous and usually lethal. It makes you wonder about our own nuclear plants.

Ease
03-30-2011, 08:24 PM
We as a nation (and the world) really need to step back and look at our energy situation. People want cheap energy, and a helluva lot of it, but its just not possible without nuclear. Solar and wind are not the answer right now. Nuclear disasters WILL happen as the plants get older, etc; cutting way back on usage is the key, but it ain't gonna happen. I really don't know a viable solution...

teetwoohsix
03-31-2011, 06:21 AM
So today I heard on the news that the people who are directly involved on the front lines of the clean up have accepted the fact that they are sacrificing their lives to do this to try to save the rest of the people in the country !!! This is very honorable of them.

I agree Eric, there is definatley an advantage to use nuclear energy and I suppose that's where we will end up.......just don't feel too well about the nuclear weapons.

Barry- Also in the news it said they are finding large amounts of radiation in the ocean around Japan (something to that effect).

Clayton

pariah1107
03-31-2011, 11:50 AM
Iodine pills are flying off the shelves in the Pacific Northwest. Why? It protects against only one type of radioactive isotope affecting the pituatary. In many cases the iodine is more dangerous than any trace elements found in the air. We in Eastern Washington have been living with the Hanford Nuclear Site in our back yards since 1944. Anyone who has done a bit of homework can find the cancerous side effects of living downwind from the plant. But the government claims it is coincidental... I'm afraid the Japanese will never get the straight story.

As to alternative energy Kittitas County, Washington has been putting up windmills left and right (I feel like Don Quixote) because the wind always blows, but it blows too damn hard so they remain tied down, not spinning at all. But as long as the government keeps subsidizing this waste they will continue to build them. Hydroelectricity is the best option in this area, but it destroys the salmon runs. So pick your poison, sometimes literally.

slidekellyslide
03-31-2011, 02:58 PM
There are even traces of radiation in the New York area, but they are infinitesimal. The Japanese who live remotely near the damaged reactor may be facing serious health issues for many years to come. It's a terribly tragic situation. There has even been plutonium found in the soil, which is extremely dangerous and usually lethal. It makes you wonder about our own nuclear plants.

I am "lucky" enough to live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant that is the same kind that melted down in Japan...and I believe one of only a handful in the United States with that same type of reactor. To top it off it sits at the top of the Humboldt Fault Line and it's possible a large earthquake could hit this area.