The forgotten 'Ghost girls'

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The forgotten 'Ghost girls'

Postby FloridaPhil » Sun May 07, 2017 3:11 pm

Thought I'd share this fascinating and horrific story of the women who painted radium on watch dials during WW1. How the world has changed in just 100 years.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/authorkatemoore/the-light-that-does-not-lie?utm_term=.ry22KaEAkO#.fiXJdk6enr

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Re: The forgotten 'Ghost girls'

Postby kiter65 » Sun May 07, 2017 8:55 pm

Very interesting and unbelievable how large organisations behave
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Re: The forgotten 'Ghost girls'

Postby UncleDicky » Fri May 19, 2017 7:53 pm

scary stuff, posted a link on degenerated radium paint - given the half life of radium it's only 4% less radioactive than it was 100 years ago.

The designers of the first nuclear bomb estimated that most casualties would come from flying bricks and glass, radiation sickness was not considered a real risk.

This blasé attitude to radiation was evident post WW2 when MacArthur very nearly used nukes against the Chinese during the Korean war, fortunately Ike intervened and fired him. However, the command structure permitted generals in the field to deploy nukes until this was made an executive decision by Eisenhower.
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