Sunday, 23 October 2011

RADIOACTIVE SOIL: DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS


Our Man was on his way to a Halloween Party for 40 little devils this morning, when he noticed the kids' football club was playing a tournament at his local primary school. Nothing odd there. Except this is the schoolyard they are digging up next month because it's too radioactive for kids to play on.

Right.

So why are kids playing an officially sanctioned footy tournament on the grounds? Our Man is not good at logic when he is sober, but all he can come up with is the following:
  1. It's not really dangerous. If so, why are they digging up the topsoil from next month?
  2. It is dangerous. So why encourage kids to play football?     
Our Man can only conclude that, logically speaking, a) the authorities want all future footballers to die, or b) a city councillor has just gone into the soil removal business. 

(There is a Third Way: nobody has a clue what they are doing. Perhaps you should consider that, logically speaking - ed.) 

5 comments:

Janne Morén said...

Or d) It is not dangerous, but digging up the field is a very public way for the local council to show voters that Things Are Being Done.

You know, like putting your liquids in a plastic bag when you fly. Containers too big or not sufficiently bagified get tossed into a large bin by the checkpoint. If they really were potentially explosive or dangerous that'd be an incredibly stupid way to dispose of them. If they're not dangerous then why not let people keep them?

Because the security theater reassures travelers and voters that the "authorities" are on top of things.

Our Man in Abiko said...

Hah. "Security theatre." Our Man likes that term. Wonder where they will put the top soil? I must ask the director.

Janne Morén said...

Not my term, unfortunately. Bruce Schneier coined it a few years ago:

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/11/beyond_security.html

It's a good read.

James said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts in this insightful post. Actually, I think that nobody has a clue - it is the third way, yes.

mkv to avi converter said...

hard to judge really.
but i wouldn't let my kid go anywhere near that place ever again.
we're given only 1 life you know.
one healthy body