Are Right Wingers REQUIRED To Be 'Science Ignorant' Or Is This Just An 'Ann Coulter' Thing?
Right wing world view, for many, seems to require believing that the Earth is only 6000 years old AND that climate change is not impacting us. But now we have another example of how Right Wingers are completely ignorant when it comes to matters of 'science'. Here we have the Diva of the Right, proclaiming that exposure to radiation isn't so bad .. in fact, radiation may actually be GOOD for you!
"With the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami that have devastated Japan, the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer.
This only seems counter intuitive because of media hysteria for the past 20 years trying to convince Americans that radiation at any dose is bad. There is, however, burgeoning evidence that excess radiation operates as a sort of cancer vaccine.
As The New York Times science section reported in 2001, an increasing number of scientists believe that at some level -- much higher than the minimums set by the U.S. government -- radiation is good for you. "They theorize," the Times said, that "these doses protect against cancer by activating cells' natural defense mechanisms.
Among the studies mentioned by the Times was one in Canada finding that tuberculosis patients subjected to multiple chest X-rays had much lower rates of breast cancer than the general population."
Ann Coulter the scientist