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Posting this interesting article here because I am curious about why the author chose to relate radiation data as an expression of annual dose. I find it somewhat misleading, or "watered down" for presenting actual, in the moment, data. 

In Fukushima, A Bitter Legacy Of Radiation, Trauma and Fear by Fred Pearce e360.yale.edu/feature/fukushima_bitter_legacy_of_radiation_trauma_fear/3035/

Excerpts:

"At times, the radiation levels seemed scarily high – still too high for permanent occupation. But radiation was just the start.

As we climbed into the mountains, the radiation measurements on the Geiger counter increased.

More worrying, I discovered, was the psychological and political fallout from the accident. While the radiation – most of it now from caesium-137, a radioactive isotope with a half-life of 30 years – is decaying, dispersing, or being cleaned up, it is far from clear that this wider trauma has yet peaked. Fukushima is going to be in rehab for decades."

"I began my journey with Baba, a small bustling man of 72 years, at Kawamata, a town on Highway 114 that is a gateway to the mountains beyond. These mountains are where the fallout was greatest, and the forests that cover most of their slopes have retained the most radioactivity. The mountains make up most of the government-designated “red zone,” where radiation doses exceed 50 millisieverts a year and which are likely to remain uninhabited for many years.

A second “yellow zone” has doses of 20-50 millisieverts, where returning may soon be possible; and a third “green zone,” with less than 20 millisieverts, is deemed safe to live in, and an organized return is under way or planned. Zones are re-categorized as radioactivity decays and hotspots are decontaminated.

To check progress, I took with me a Geiger counter that measured gamma radiation, the main source of radiation for anyone not eating contaminated food."

"I checked my meter. It read 26 millisieverts per year in the hay shed, but shot up to an alarming 80 in undergrowth outside. That was four times the safe level for habitation. No wonder Baba had no plans to return. “I am just the son of a farmer. I wonder who has a right to destroy our home and my livelihood,” he mused bitterly. “Please tell the world: No Nukes.”

At his local post office, an official monitor by the road measured 56 millisieverts. Mine agreed, but when we pointed it close to a sprig of moss pushing through the tarmac, it went off the scale. “They measured 500 millisieverts here last week,” Baba said. “Moss accumulates radioactivity.”"
A measured dose; an annual dose; but don't test for all the radioisotopes in the dust and bio-accumulating in life. I agree with the son of a farmer: “I am just the son of a farmer. I wonder who has a right to destroy our home and my livelihood,” he mused bitterly. “Please tell the world: No Nukes.” Media reporting is made difficult by the lack of scientific rigor. Science lumps all radiation together and a few readings don't make me feel safe. It seems more like a radioactive mine field, where the next inhalation might blow apart a DNA strand.
(09-21-2016, 06:45 AM)Horse Wrote: [ -> ]A measured dose; an annual dose; but don't test for all the radioisotopes in the dust and bio-accumulating in life.  I agree with the son of a farmer:  “I am just the son of a farmer. I wonder who has a right to destroy our home and my livelihood,” he mused bitterly. “Please tell the world: No Nukes.”  Media reporting is made difficult by the lack of scientific rigor.  Science lumps all radiation together and a few readings don't make me feel safe.  It seems more like a radioactive mine field, where the next inhalation might blow apart a DNA strand.

Indeed. Yes, you pulled out the pertinent points (I highlighted/made bold). The overall equation designed by the military nuclear industrial complex and disseminated by colluding mainstream media has most people falling in line with the rhetoric (propaganda, mind wash, allusion of safety). 

I sent an email to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe congratulating them on their organizing success re: No DAPL mass repsonse and Chairman Archambault Address to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva. 

I suggested we could use leadership like theirs in the no nukes movement. I feel like we have weighted boots on as we trudge through radioactive cement.