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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
26th April 1986: Chernobyl
The disaster began during a systems test on 26 April 1986 at reactor number four of the Chernobyl plant, which is near the city of Pripyat and in proximity to the administrative border with Belarus and the Dnieper River. There was a sudden and unexpected power surge, and when an emergency shutdown was attempted, an exponentially larger spike in power output occurred, which led to a reactor vessel rupture and a series of steam explosions. These events exposed the graphite moderator of the reactor to air, causing it to ignite. The resulting fire sent a plume of highly radioactive fallout into the atmosphere and over an extensive geographical area, including Pripyat, which was permanently evacuated. The plume drifted over large parts of the western Soviet Union and Europe. From 1986 to 2000, 350,400 people were evacuated and resettled from the most severely contaminated areas of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. According to official post-Soviet data, about 60% of the fallout landed in Belarus.
Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus have been burdened with the continuing and substantial decontamination and health care costs of the Chernobyl accident. A global collective dose of radiation exposure from the accident was received equivalent on average to 21 additional days of world exposure to natural background radiation. Local individual doses were far higher than the global, especially the 530,000 local recovery workers who averaged an effective dose equivalent to an extra 50 years of typical natural background radiation exposure each.
Thirty-one deaths are directly attributed to the accident, all among the reactor staff and emergency workers. An UNSCEAR report places the total confirmed deaths from radiation at 64 as of 2008. The Chernobyl Forum predicts the eventual death toll could reach 4,000 among those exposed to the highest levels of radiation (200,000 emergency workers, 116,000 evacuees and 270,000 residents of the most contaminated areas); this figure is a total causal death toll prediction, combining the deaths of approximately 50 emergency workers who died soon after the accident from acute radiation syndrome, nine children who have died of thyroid cancer and a future predicted total of 3940 deaths from radiation-induced cancer and leukemia.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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4am waking continues! Nothing I can really do about it other than go with it. Otherwise, it's another day in Shangri-La, life going smoothly.
I can't begin to describe the bliss of an empty mind, none of that STUFF going round it. It's how I envisage being high on heroin would feel. This bliss is the result of a combination of benign circumstances and good mental discipline. Even when circumstances eventually decline, I expect to retain a focused mind.
I can barely believe my good fortune, better than any amount of wealth, fame or power, PEACE OF MIND, life's greatest prize, is mine! Right in the midst of "ordinary life" there is an internal paradise. Not that everyone sees it! Some see a classic middle-aged grumpy old man. This suits me! It deters predators.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you pleased and content with yourself?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cloudy and cold in the morning, showers in the afternoon
1007 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I danced like no one was watching, but someone was watching, thought I was having a seizure and called an ambulance :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Bill Burr on marriage and women
Nearly 2,000 years ago, a Chinese astronomer named Zhang Heng (A.D. 78-139) invented the world’s first earthquake detector, that used a system of metal balls. It could detect earthquakes more than 370 miles (600 km) away and tell you in which direction the earthquake occurred.
9. ZEN WISDOM
We are not merely passive pawns of historical forces nor victims of the past. You can shape and direct history.