Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Helen Caldicott -- currently visiting Kalgoorlie -- sound-bites were this afternoon featured on at least one Perth radio news broadcast. She raved, of course, about the "inevitable cancer epidemic" that will strike Australian children should uranium mining be allowed to proceed. Such scare-mongering from a trained medical practitioner is inexcusable.

Update: Included in The Sydney Morning Herald's Caldicott profile:
"I haven't retired, I think I never will," says Caldicott, who has been passionate about anti-nuclear issues since reading Neville Shute's novel On The Beach as a 15-year-old.
Wrong. On the Beach was published in 1957; Caldicott was born in 1938. Believe this woman at your peril.


Anonymous Corey said...

The woman is obviously insane and not to be trusted.

Well, at least you got that part right.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous J F Beck said...

Bridgit will be back any minute to refer us to proof uranium mining poses a cancer risk to the general population.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Bridgit was busy cyberstalking. Its a crime now you know Bridgit. I wouldnt repeat your behaviour.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Lattecat said...

In the above "siting" should be "citing" of course.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Bridgit Gread said...

No, I don't. What I know about uranium would barely fill one of Beck's 50-word blog posts. I believe in its raw state it's weakly radioactive and about as toxic as lead. I'm not informed enough to comment about the dangers of living next to a uranium mine, nor am I familiar with this woman's activism. As it stands now I'm inclined not to agree with her but I remain open-minded about it.

My point is that a 71-year-old woman being four years out about when she read a book as a teenager does not make her unreliable or dishonest. Beck seems to think it does, since he suffixed this oh-so-brilliant tidbit with "Believe this woman at your peril". That is little more than amateurish point-scoring - and not particularly clever, since it may well have been the reporter who made the error, not Caldicott herself.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Damian Lataan said...

Not good enough Lattecat. Beck was calling this woman a liar based on presumption. Regardless of Caldicotts argument, Beck is the one who has debased his cred.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Mehaul said...

The leaves shift as a slight breeze slips under the foliage on Damian's exposed stomach. He reacts to the freshness on his lower protrusion and wonders why he rises easily to consider anything. Immediately he stuns himself with a deft upper cut exclaiming 'Caldicott needs my support'. It's all he can do to muster energy as he slopes slowly towards the handle that suppports him at the oven edge. Verdun is warm with the fire reaching out through the little cottage that Damian uses while he studies his big books. The word is out that Helen is under threat and needs Damian's support. Bridgit washes dishes and thinks about vanity lost. She hopes Damian has his bus ticket to Littlehampton.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Damian Lataan said...

Unfortuunately, there's no bus to Littlehampton so I'll walk. Sounds like I need the exercise.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous ARIII said...

Personally, I first became aware of the threat of nuclear war while reading a novel at the age of 10 about mutant cannibals.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous pat said...

Lataan's criticism as usual stands with total disregard to the fact it was wrong, as was also the presumption behind it, & as also per usual also the behind who made it.

1:57 PM  

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