Nuclear Power is Infinitely Safer than Bicycling, Backpacking

Here is a story about Bono, the lead singer from the rock group U2, from Foxnews.com:

NEW YORK – An injury to U2 singer Bono after what was described by the group as a “cycling spill” left him with multiple fractures that required him to undergo two surgeries … Bono was … trying to avoid another cyclist … tests …showed he had a facial fracture involving his left eye socket, his left shoulder blade fractured in three places and a left elbow fracture that went through the skin and left the bone in six pieces. … Bono underwent a five-hour surgery that included washing his elbow out, moving a trapped nerve and inserting three plates and 18 screws … Bono had another surgery to repair a fracture to his left little finger.

This was a simple bicycling accident in Central Park in New York City, and this stuff happens every single day and is often even more serious. It also happens every day among backpackers and rock climbers and kayakers and among runners who are injured or killed, or who keel over and even die during marathons.

Remember the famous running ‘guru’ Jim Fixx who collapsed and died after running? Or how about the hundreds of thousands of joggers who have destroyed their ankle and knee joints from years of pounding, and suffer pain and need to have them replaced?

My barber recently was hit by a truck while jogging. He broke his arm and was out of work for months. I personally know of two ladies just in my town who were killed while jogging.

The upshot is that bicycling and running and backpacking are all dangerous activities that are relentlessly promoted by the health fanatics on the socialist left. Then the same fanatics warn us over and over about the alleged dangers of nuclear power.

Friends, we are living in a media-dominated world with a small group of people telling us what to think and ignoring what they don’t want you to know. The average person would laugh if you told him that bicycling is dangerous while that same person would probably be frightened about nuclear power. Yet there is no proof or even evidence that nuclear power has ever killed or harmed one single American, or killed one single person even at the Fukushima site in Japan.

But the media hysteria over Fukushima would make you think that thousands or millions have died. Meanwhile the earthquake and tsunami that destabilized the Fukushima plant was a product of nature. It did $300 billion in damage and killed 18,000 people and undermined or destroyed one million structures. Yet environmentalists tell us how wonderful “mother” nature is. But that is a lie. Nature is the most brutal killer of all.

If nuclear power were really dangerous there would be endless studies all over the internet about thousands of nuclear power plant workers being sickened by radiation or dying of cancer. But there are no such reports since nuclear power is not dangerous. Yet you can read every day about people being killed or being injured, often permanently, when bicycling, backpacking, skiing, running, mountaineering, kayaking, etc.

During World War II the US military conducted open-air atomic bomb tests in Nevada, just over the horizon from Las Vegas. Yet there are no reports of cancer in Las Vegas from that radiation even though the radiation from those tests was vastly stronger and more direct than anything coming out of a nuclear reactor. There are no dangerous radiation zones in Nevada where people are banned from traveling.

At the same time millions of US military personnel have served on, around and near nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. Where are all the reports about their sickness and high death rate?

There are none since there is no high death rate. If there were it would be all over the news.

At the same time I suffered one substantial injury when I fell off of a bicycle and in another tumble easily could have been killed by passing cars. I personally know about bicyclists just in the last few years who have been killed, paralyzed, badly injured, suffered brain damage or almost died from over-exertion. These stories are in the news every day. And then these jerks on the $5,000 bicycles with their stupid spandex outfits not only get injured and killed themselves but they also cause tens of thousands of car accidents by hogging the road and acting like they are entitled to it. It almost happened to me.

Then we are supposed to be terrified of nuclear power. What a hoax.

In 2012 a total of 726 bicycle riders were reported killed in American bicycle/motor vehicle crashes while the number of reported bicyclist injuries in 2012 was 49,000. But analysts say that the number of injuries could be as high as 500,000, that most accidents are not officially reported. Those are huge numbers just for bicycling.

On the other hand I personally visited the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor zone within a few days of the famous 1979 accident there. It was called “the worst nuclear accident in history” and I got zapped by the radiation. I felt it very strongly and had never felt anything like it before. I was frightened at the time, but it never has affected me.

And it never has affected president Jimmy Carter who shortly after the accident went right inside the TMI plant, which ecologists were calling the most dangerous place in the world. Still Carter is alive in 2016 at age 91. Now look at this from iadweek.com, September 20, 2015:

President Barack Obama said Sunday he is “heartbroken” at the sudden death of one of his technology advisers, 34-year-old Jacob Thomas Brewer, in a bicycle accident during a charity ride for cancer treatment on Saturday.

Gee, too bad Brewer was not visiting a nuclear power plant that day instead of riding his bicycle. But then again he was probably petrified of nuclear power, being one of Obama’s minions.

I once went rock climbing with a friend in college. He took me up a very steep climb and I was stuck on a cliff and couldn’t get up and it was getting dark and starting to rain. I finally got up, but I could have been stranded there all night. I could have died from exposure because it was Autumn. That same year a college classmate died in a fall while climbing nearby.

How about downhill skiing? Harmless, right? Wrong; 37 Americans are killed on average per year in downhill skiing. I know of many people who have broken bones and done other damage to themselves among just a small number of skiers whom I have been acquainted with in my lifetime.

Another gentleman I knew years ago was permanently brain-damaged in a skiing accident in Vermont. The world-famous Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher has been permanently brain-injured from a 2013 skiing accident in Switzerland.

I know personally of one elderly man in my town who was killed while skiing. Two famous entertainers, Sonny Bono (of Sonny & Cher) and the actress Natasha Richardson both died in skiing accidents. The retired ABC newsman John McWethy died in a skiing accident. Here’s more from Foxnews.com on January 5, 2015:

Two of America’s brightest young ski prospects were killed Monday when an avalanche struck the Austrian Alps slopes where they were training for an international competition. Ronnie Berlack, 20, of Franconia, N.H., and Bryce Astle, 19, of Sandy, Utah, died in the incident near the Rettenbach glacier near Soelden, the venue for the annual season-opening World Cup races. Four other skiers who were practicing with them managed to ski out of the massive slide and emerged unscathed.

Indeed many thousands of people worldwide are injured, and some even are killed, every year while skiing while only a tiny fraction of the world’s population are skiers in the first place. Thus skiing has a very high rate of injury and death. Yet you never hear the environmental fanatics warning about skiing. No, we are all supposed to be terrified of nuclear power.

A mountaineer friend of mine died years ago in an avalanche in Alaska. A famous environmentalist named Randy Udall died on a solo wilderness hike in 2013. Every year tens of thousands of people either die in the mountains or in the wilderness, or have to be rescued, or suffer injuries, some of them serious. The death rate among elite climbers in the Himalayas is astronomical. Here is Wikipedia.org reporting about one single mountain in Oregon, USA:

As of May 2002, more than 130 people have died climbing Mount Hood since records have been kept. One of the worst climbing accidents occurred in 1986, when seven teenagers and two school teachers froze to death while attempting to retreat from a storm.

At the same time these wilderness and mountain searches and rescues can be very expensive and sometimes have even led to the deaths of the rescuers. That is why Nikitas3.com is advocating that all mountaineers be required to have rescue insurance policies. Right now they are sticking the taxpayer with the bill for their rescues.

Then the environmentalists warn us hysterically, “Someday one of those nuclear power plants is going to blow up! Just like an atomic bomb! It hasn’t happened yet but it will! You just wait!”

But that can never happen since nuclear power plants and nuclear bombs are two separate and distinct technologies, which the ecologists conveniently ignore.

Indeed the world has had one nuclear power plant explosion but not like the ecologists warned about. The nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, in the old Soviet Union, blew up, but not like an atomic bomb. It blew up like a small industrial explosion. The unprotected uranium core then caught fire and the radioactive cloud spread as far as Germany. The environmentalists warned us that there were going to be millions of deaths and that hundreds of thousands of square miles of land around the plant would be uninhabitable for thousands of years from radioactive contamination.

Sorry, but no on every single count. First, you can actually go on tourist trips to Chernobyl today because the radiation that did spread was dissipated long ago. Second, only 31 people died in the accident itself and they were all firefighters who were up close trying to put out the reactor core fire. Such a fire cannot happen in US, European or Japanese reactors because of built-in safeguards like a solid steel reactor containment vessel.

Third, a 2011 documentary about Chernobyl has an interview with one of the firefighters who was still alive 25 years after massive radiation exposure. Fourth, there is no indication that the radioactive cloud harmed anyone in Europe, just like the radiation at Three Mile Island has never harmed me.

Here is another question: How can there be millions of people living today in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were obliterated by direct US atomic bomb blasts in 1945? Surely those cities were irradiated for 10,000 years, like the environmentalists claim, right?

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

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