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Desc:Idiot
Category:News & Politics
Tags:idiot, Nuclear, surgeon general, panic, regina benjamin
Submitted:Caminante Nocturno
Date:03/16/11
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Tom Collins
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Tom Collins
"Don't Panic"

Riskbreaker
Jesus, there was no need for that close up.
Smellvin
In other news, the US Surgeon General has sold all of her stock in a the company that produces anti-radiation medication after a miraculous 20% jump over the last week...
chumbucket
she's working on how to lobotomize America without surgical tools
Lurchi
You can get some from Vance in Old Town.
oddeye
No need for the rad-x or rad-away if your endurance is high enough, you take the right perks and you carry around an (advanced) radiation suit with you.

Iron Xides
character resources are too limited to use them on minor obstacles like radiation. drugs and money are good enough to counter radiation; perks and stats should be evaluated based on combat utility.

this is basic stuff man come on.

Hammer Falls
You can keep all the stockpiled pills next to the piles of duct tape you stockpiled after 9/11...
The surgeon general position is now the Ronald McDonald of the government.
Corpus Delectable
Seriously. Anyone old enough to remember C. Everett Koop? Was he this loony?

RomancingTrain
No, Koop was alright. He was the first one in the Reagan administration to take the HIV epidemic seriously while his colleagues were still calling it GRIDS.

SteamPoweredKleenex
Koop was a conservative, but unlike today's crop, he was willing to let his views be molded by data instead of 'teh bibble tells me sexings is BAAAAD' and so on.

And it's no wonder we don't get better candidates. The nominee has to be confirmed by the Senate, and the derp-a-derps who think every nomination is a chance to rail against abortion or ask for tax cuts will only let someone through who has no chance of actually forming a coherent medical policy... just like them.

Hammer Falls
I don't remember Koop being loopy. Now, he advertises for the "I've fallen and can't get up" company.

James Woods
wtf?
RockBolt
Ka ching
pineapplejuicer
i actually have a stash of anti radiation drugs one of my friends gave me as a joke after fallout 3 came out. who's laughing now, suckers?!
TeenerTot
A disaster in Japan? How can we, as Americans, make it about us?
spikestoyiu
Just wait a couple of months until there's minor flooding somewhere so that we can call it "our tsunami". Again.

jangbones
are other industrialized countries this stupid?
Aoi
Sadly, some of the people in Canada seem to be.

But then a representative from Health Canada went on the news yesterday to tell people not to panic, that there was extremely minimal risk, that rushing to pharmacies to buy anti-radiation drugs was stupid, etc.

That was nice to see, at least.

Hammer Falls
I live near a nuclear power plant. After 9/11, they were handing out these pills to anyone, and there was plenty of people lining up for them, just in case a power plant in south eastern PA was a prime target for terrorists.

jangbones
you live near Limerick?

pretty country out there...foothills of Pennsyl-tucky

gmol
I was so ready to type

"Sanjay would have never have done this."

but after listening to the interview, *she doesn't actually tell people to go out and buy iodine*

The reporter asks her about people stalking up on iodine at about 1:11, and she seems a little confused about the question and responds by saying it's a precaution, and then clarifies to ask if the reporter means in the US (as opposed to Japan). It'd be nice if she said "no need to buy iodine here, it's very unlikely that any radiation fallout will come to the west coast of the US", but she really just seemed to brush off the question.

I still haven't seen any real evidence of people raiding the iodine shelves in the US.
Ursa_minor
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gmol
Fair enough. My point still stands as far as I can tell. I think she misspoke in a fashion that is pretty understandable; she didn't "tell people to stock up on anti-radiation drugs".

phalsebob
I hope she misspoke. If not, I wouldn't call a surgeon general an idiot... crazy yes.

Jet Bin Fever
I don't think she's really recommending it. I've worked in public health for a long time, and she's just covering the basic "be prepared" motto. She's not saying, "GO OUT AND BUY IODINE NOW!" I think she realizes that some nutjob will still want to buy tons of potassium iodide. So, at least it won't hurt them, other than financially.
Syd Midnight
Well as long as she doesn't say it's okay for teenagers to masturbate, her job should be safe
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