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    Re: Are you buying Iodine?

    Having read "On the Beach" a long time ago, I would spend my money on a plane ticket to Australia and cyanide capsules if there was a serious threat of nuclear fallout.

    Currently there is no threat.
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    Re: Are you buying Iodine?

    Considering that no one in Japan is yet displaying any signs of radiation poisoning, and how there is no evidence of any actual contamination of any soil or water there, I think we're safe. Especially since I'm on the East Coast and am on the exact other side of the planet. But no one in the US is in any danger, and most people in Japan aren't even in any danger.
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    Re: Are you buying Iodine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Considering that no one in Japan is yet displaying any signs of radiation poisoning, and how there is no evidence of any actual contamination of any soil or water there, I think we're safe. Especially since I'm on the East Coast and am on the exact other side of the planet. But no one in the US is in any danger, and most people in Japan aren't even in any danger.


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    If I was in California, if I didn't already own iodine pills in my survival kit, I'd be getting some. just like I keep a rotating stock of things like cipro, Iodine tablets, food, water, shelter, etc, I would and do, have iodine tablets...


    If the reactors melt down and release enough radiation, and Japan is not as forthcoming with the issue as France has accused them of, there is a strong potential for the possibility of black rain on the west coast.

    Probably won't happen unless japan is lying thier asses off, if they are and you have mutliple meltdowns and radiation releases, the jet stream is just right, along with the correct weather system, well, it will suck to be the west coast....

    we just don't know.
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    Re: Are you buying Iodine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    Having read "On the Beach" a long time ago, I would spend my money on a plane ticket to Australia and cyanide capsules if there was a serious threat of nuclear fallout.

    Currently there is no threat.
    I imagine that was tongue in cheek, but let me address that anyway...

    "On the Beach", "Catch-22" and so forth... not a lot of realism there. In most instances of fallout and common radioactive contamination, the radiation declines (decays) very rapidly. Deadly levels of radioactivity commonly decline within hours to only moderately dangerous, and within a couple weeks to "nearly harmless". The only exception is long-lived isotopes which are relatively uncommon in most situations where radiation is a threat.

    So for the cost of a plane ticket to Austrialia, or so, you could have a small home-made underground shelter and week or two worth of food and water to allow you ride out almost any fallout situation. Cyanide capsules would be a slight over-reaction.

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    Re: Are you buying Iodine?

    No such plans. As pointed out, this stuff isn't aspirin and according to the news it only protects for 48 hours, so you have to time it so that you take it at about the same time you're being exposed.

    The Japan nuclear thing is getting serious. The IAEA has upgraded it to a #6 disaster, with Chernobyl being highest at #7. I think the experts are realizing there is no way out of this.

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    Re: Are you buying Iodine?

    Of course not. Actually, as I approach the age of seventy and consider the government's track record on accurately inspiring hysteria, I do the opposite of whatever the government says. I lived through the the inevitable nuclear holocaust with a nuclear winter, I lived through the swine flu and DDT spraying, I lived through Y2K and the killer apples. I lived through the dreaded Clinton egg hysteria. Oh, and fire ants and killer bees. I lived through both of those, too. Oh, and my personal favorite...steaks cooked on a charcoal grill cause cancer. I doubled my intake of charcoaled steaks. No, I was trying CFL in my home until the government said they were going to be mandatory. Then I bought a lifetime supply of incandescent bulbs. Hey, I am almost seventy. A lifetime supply isn't that many and they're cheap.

    But, if you want to have fun, go right now to Google and search for "List of carcinogens".
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    Re: Are you buying Iodine?

    Im currently researching on what to buy and storage lengths just in case.

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    Re: Are you buying Iodine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I imagine that was tongue in cheek, but let me address that anyway...

    "On the Beach", "Catch-22" and so forth... not a lot of realism there. In most instances of fallout and common radioactive contamination, the radiation declines (decays) very rapidly. Deadly levels of radioactivity commonly decline within hours to only moderately dangerous, and within a couple weeks to "nearly harmless". The only exception is long-lived isotopes which are relatively uncommon in most situations where radiation is a threat.



    So for the cost of a plane ticket to Austrialia, or so, you could have a small home-made underground shelter and week or two worth of food and water to allow you ride out almost any fallout situation. Cyanide capsules would be a slight over-reaction.
    Well sure, it was a fictional story about a fictional war between Russia and China where many atomic bombs were released on both countries simultaneously. What reminded me of the book was all the talk about the winds coming to the west coast.

    If radioactivity dies out so fast, why can't anyone use the Chernobyl lands even today? That place is still a fenced in wasteland of radioactivity.
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    Re: Are you buying Iodine?

    It would only really protect your thyroid. I'm not buying iodine. It's a lot of hype and the market is making a killing off of people's fears.
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    Re: Are you buying Iodine?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBook View Post
    Even though my state is somewhat close to Japan I don't have plans to buy any. If it is confirmed that the reactor has melted down and we start getting reports of radiation coming this way, then we'll see.
    Washington State is "somewhat close to Japan"????

    I knew that the earthquake had moved Japan a little, but didn't realize it was now just off of our west coast.

    How much radiation is really dangerous? Check out the figures, then decide whether those nuclear plants are any threat to anyone not spending a lot of time at ground zero.
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