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Pussy riot and the dose meters

Dear Reader,

The women who are alleged to be part of the punk band in Russia are still in trouble, I saw alleged because the punk band wear masks when then appear in public and at least one of the women who were arrested has claimed that she is not part of the band. I predict that this case will be an interesting one which we should keep an eye on.

A second thing which I have noticed is that a claim has been made that workers at the Fukushima site were told to tamper with their dosemeters to reduce the dose that they recorded. I do not want to sit in judgement on the matter as the full story has not been gathered. I think that guilt by accusation is deeply wrong.

Imagine a world where I could accuse TEPCO, Greenpeace or even you of being “in league with evil aliens from Mars who are planning to poison the school meals in Göteborg with mind distorting drugs” and then these companies or you are then punished based simply because I have made this accusation. Such a world would be a deeply wrong place, and I have to confess that I could not keep a straight face while typing that nonsense about aliens.

If you read the IAEA book (Lessons Learned from Accidents in Industrial Radiography) you will read about the dire actions of the small minority of bad industrial radiographic workers. One common bad behaviour is that some of the radiographic workers remove their dosemeters before they enter a high radiation area to do a source recovery operation, this is a behaviour which is calculated to hide an accident from the radiation protection authorities and also from their supervisor. I wholeheartedly condemn these attempts to sweep accidents under the rug, and I am displeased at the idea that the employers would encourage such a behaviour.

I hope that I am merely being “angry in the abstract” rather than being displeased by a real case of a employer trying to make false measurements.

I worry that in todays climate that some people will say or write anything to blacken the name of some unpopular person. I think that testilying is wrong. For example while Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read has done some rather unspeakable deeds, it would be wrong for me to make a false claim that he murdered ten policemen using a toothpick and a bag of dog treats. Just because someone like Al Capone has done many bad things it does not make dishonesty right.

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