Friday, 15 October 2010

This rain map is better.


The reason why there is more lung cancer where it rains is because non-smokers prefer to live where it does not rain so much. Smokers love living where it rains a lot. What we need to do is explain to both smokers and non-smokers that rain does not matter and then lung cancer can be evenly ditributed across time and space.


  1. That lung cancer peak down in the south of Nevada is immediately southeast of the weapons test site. Prevailing winds will probably be from the west, so that's the direction they'd go.

    If nothing else it suggests very strongly that weapons tests are responsible for the lung cancer peak southeast of the Nevada test site. So why not elsewhere? Atmospheric tests put most of the radioactive materials into the atmosphere, and it's going to fall to earth somewhere.

    The test ban treaty of 1963, signed by JFK, banned atmospheric tests.

    The US Surgeon General's report that linked smoking and lung cancer came out in 1964.

    I think I might write another blog post about this.


  2. Any idea where the proving grounds for the anti tank rounds are ? They are invariably DU (DEPLETED URANIUM) tipped and transfer into aerosols after burning their way through tank armour.They are also used on the combat aircraft.

  3. Fredrik, you must read this (if you haven't already). It's a long, long article in American Scientist about the dangers of fallout:

    Sample quote:

    Following the deposition of fallout on the ground, local human populations are exposed to external and internal irradiation. External irradiation exposure is mainly from penetrating gamma rays emitted by particles on the ground. Shielding by buildings reduces exposure, and thus doses to people are influenced by how much time one spends outdoors.

    Internal irradiation exposures can arise from inhaling fallout and absorbing it through intact or injured skin, but the main exposure route is from consumption of contaminated food.

    It mentions rainfall too.

    Rainfall can cause localized concentrations far from the test site.

    I'm still reading it.


  4. Is this of any value?

    International Mortality And Smoking Statistics

    IMASS v4.05 Full Version (8th February 2010)

    Population and mortality data updated from the World Health Organization (WHO) as of 1st December 2009.

    Updated smoking statistics and sales data from ISS3 (Web edition) France and Sweden chapters and the ISS3 Supplement 1 update