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The Loose Nukes is an attempt (by people who should probably be under 24 hour supervised psychiatric care) to bring attention to somewhat serious issues like nuclear weapons, militarism and other seemingly random, unrelated issues through vain attempts at social satire and other futile gestures of total contempt for a fading empire that continues to employ nuclear weapons, the ultimate instruments of an erectile dysfunctional national security state, as instruments of foreign policy. OK, you probably get the idea by now. We are obsessed by run-on sentences, peace and justice, having fun, and don't know when to quit. At any rate, we don't think nuclear weapons are a very good idea, and are most definitely unhealthy for living things. We also think the folks running this Empire should just get over it.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Radiation is like an angry wife!

For those of you who don't have a degree in nuclear physics, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has finally translated the lofty science of radiation health physics into terms that the rest of us can understand.  Allow me to summarize:
  1. Radiation = "Wife's screaming to her husband"
  2. Radioactivity = Wife's "agitated state"
  3. Radioactive Material = "the wife herself"
Can you believe these guys (they must be men; who else would come up with such an absurd analogy???)???
Cartoon originally at Japanese Atomic Energy Agency Website
So now you know everything you need to know about Radioactivity; and you didn't have to spend years in graduate school.  What's more - Radiation must not be that bad for us if it's just like my wife screaming at me.  It might actually be therapeutic.  One might wonder, however, how women got the rap for that nasty radioactive stuff.  Read the article below to find out. 


Radiation: Shall I compare thee to an angry Japanese wife?

By Miki Kayaoka
TOKYO | Tue Jun 5, 2012 4:42am EDT

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese research agency has dropped a controversial public relations campaign aimed at educating women about nuclear safety that compared radiation to the screaming voice of an angry wife.

The Japanese Atomic Energy Agency devoted a page on its website to an effort to "make the hard words used in the nuclear power industry" more easy to understand, particularly for women.

The page, which included a cartoon of an angry, fist-waving wife and her cowering husband, compared the wife's yell to radiation. It continued the metaphor by saying that the women's increasing agitation could be compared to "radioactivity", while claiming the wife herself was comparable to "radioactive material".

The webpage, first published in 2010, was dropped on Monday after the agency received dozens of complaints.

"I have no idea why this page suddenly attracted people's attention, but we would have deleted it earlier had we known about this page," said Yusuke Uehara, a spokesman for the government-affiliated agency which conducts nuclear research, including work on safety.

"This discriminates against women, which is inappropriate."

All 50 of Japan's operable nuclear reactors remain offline after a series of meltdowns and hydrogen explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant forced evacuations and renewed scrutiny of Japan's policy towards atomic energy.

Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the Fukushima plant, said last month that the radiation released in the first days of the Fukushima disaster was almost 2-1/2 times the amount first estimated by safety regulators.

The accident was the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

The "radioactive wife" cartoon had been created by a group of six women who live near Tokaimura, site of a 1999 nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing plant.

(Reporting by Miki Kayaoka; Editing by Elaine Lies and Nick Macfie)


Source URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/05/us-japan-radioactivewife-idUSBRE8540CX20120605

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