Breathing the fresh mountain air
I really have to admire their ingenuity.
Their first attempt was many years ago when they persuaded the world that smoking a single cigarette would cause instant death from cancer.
Then they broadened their scope by declaring that merely passing a smoker in the open air meant instant and excruciating death. That one really worked and they realised that yes, it is possible to scare the shite out of an entire population. They were on a roll.
Next they tried food, alcohol, salt, fat and God knows what else, but the Plain People of Ireland were getting tired of this instant death lark and the vast majority did the sensible thing and ignored them.
They decided to switch tack. If people are tired of predictions of cancer then try something else. A Virus! Yes, that worked perfectly and the Plain People were terrified again.
And along came Monkeypox, but people just yawned and declared they had had enough of viruses. Time to change tack again.
Their latest claim is that the ground we live on is killing us. They did try this one before with little effect so they are bumping up their figures and adding 170,000 homes to the list of death traps where Radon will surely kill us. And if you smoke and breath Radon then you are truly fucked. In fact you are so fucked that you were probably dead before you were born.
They have stuck up an interactive map which of course doesn’t work. This of course convinces people that if they could only see the map that they would be in a Radiation Hazard Death Zone. Maybe they’ll get around to fixing the map but the damage [hopefully] will be done by then. I’m not going to panic as I know I’m in a high risk area [lots of lovely Granite under me] which just adds a bit of zest to life
So if I have to live long and prosper I have to give up smoking [and so will Herself], stop eating, wear a mask and keep washing my hands and now I have to fork out a couple of grand to take Radon out of the air and pump it … into the air. Or stop breathing?
Fuck it. I’ll take my chances.
Haha, the map is likely down because the fearmongering eedjits have generated so much fearful reaction to their simplistic claims…
“EPA MAPS is currently down (27/5/2022) Due to a high number of visitors today, the new Radon Map may not load for you. If so, please try again later.
Our apologies for any inconvenience this causes and we appreciate your patience. “
Whereas elsewhere in the real world, it appears that people living in areas with high natural background radioactivity seem to live longer…
A random search on say long life areas of natural radiation threw up a few more scientific studies showing similar beneficial effects.
Heck, you can even buy uranium beads … ;=})
I managed to get the map to load but that’s all. Just a map of Ireland. I can find alternatives anywhere….
That’s interesting about the radiation levels. Maybe that explains my devilishly handsome youthful looks?
I thought that was because you have a painting in the attic!?
Cop yourself on: the dangers of accumulation in radon in confined spaces, especially houses, have been proved, known about, and publicized for many decades. If you want to ignore the risk that’s your lookout, but these paranoid conspiracy theories of yours are pretty silly. In incidentally it would cost about €50 to find out whether or not you have a problem.
The list of everyday things that are radioactive is amazing.Take Baked beans and Brazil nuts as two examples.Getting out of bed is dangerous and so is staying in bed. Think of all those people who die in bed.
General consensus following meta analyses of radiation leaks over the last 50 years is that people who are subject to low radiation doses appear to be somewhat protected against the same cancers caused by large radiation doses.
Hence cancer death rates near leak sites often being LOWER than background rates nearby.
If I were you, I’d live a long and happy life, and not give radon a second thought.
My mother lived in Cornwall, in a house built directly onto granite. Before it could be sold, radon detection was required: the level found made sub-floor ventilation mandatory.
Radon allegedly accumulates at low levels in basements etc., which is a bit surprising as it’s seeped upwards out of the rock.
Ireland is all reds and yellows and I too am in a red, deep as all scarlet, literally dripping crimson zone. Well, that’s me dooomed!
Two kilometres up the road is an ugly light yellowish brown. Tell me, are these colours designed to spread fear and alarm?
We’ve just had the floors re-done and there’s an underfloor Radon ventilation pipe to let the gas out, for all the good that will do, so that ‘risk’ gets a big fat ‘meh’ from me.