[OM] Effects of irradation

Subject: [OM] Effects of irradation
From: Joe Gwinn <joegwinn@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 21:26:51 -0500
At 1:37 AM +0000 2/11/02, olympus-digest wrote:
>Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 15:04:05 -0700
>From: "James N. McBride" <jnmcbr@xxxxxxx>
>Subject: RE: [OM] PO zapping mail, follow up
>The news media is almost always wrong when they talk about radiation so why
>should this be any exception. /jim
>  -----Original Message-----
>  From: owner-olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:owner-olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of ClassicVW@xxxxxxx
>  Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 2:01 PM
>  To: olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>  Subject: Re: [OM] PO zapping mail, follow up
>  wincros@xxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
>    Since the irradiation leaves no residue or residual radiation this
>    seems to be a hysterical illness based on bad information.
>  That's what i thought a week ago, when they were saying it was just due to
>flu season. Yesterday it sounds like they are definitely blaming the
>irradiation. I'm not saying they're correct, just reporting the news...

It *is* hysterical nonsense.  There is no residual radiation, and even if there 
were it takes twenty years for low-level anything to cause cancer et al.

The irradation is done with a very powerful electron beam, giving a dose of 
something like 30,000 Rads.  It takes only 500 or 600 Rads to kill humans; 
bacteria are far more durable, taking thousands of Rads.  There is no residual 
radiation, but irradiated mail becomes dry and brown, as if it were very old.  
Plastic windows are melted into whatever they were touching, etc.  Modern 
electronic devices are destroyed.  Film is totally ruined, of course.  This is 
no wimpy airport baggage scanner.

Joe Gwinn

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