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Why this story isn't getting more press coverage is baffling: #Russia just buried 5 nuclear scientists killed in a nuclear blast in the Arctic. There is of course a radiation cloud. - BBC News bbc.com/news/world-eur…
#Russia explosion: Village on-again off-again evacuation cancelled after suspected nuclear missile accident in the Arctic - CNN cnn.com/2019/08/13/eur…
#Russia's got a pretty astounding record of irresponsible dishonesty when it comes to catastrophic events that impact people lives. Everyone's heard of #Chernobyl. Few know about #Chelyabinsk—the most polluted place on the planet. I wrote about it in 2016. eastwestblog.net/2016/04/26/ukr…
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OK, it looks like this is the time to do a #DemDebate2 candidates as #Chernobyl characters thread...
You are all delusional, this is nothing but Cherenkov effect.
We must ask ourselves, would Vladimir I. Lenin be proud of us tonight?
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So, I binge-watched @HBO's #Chernobyl this weekend, and I have a few thoughts about nuclear (surprise!).

First off, I strongly recommend watching it. It is thrilling and terrifying, well acted and shot, and overall an excellent miniseries.

Short thread!

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Watching the horrific nature of the accident and its aftermath, it doesn't take much imagination to see why people who lived through the event still have an innate fear of nuclear power.

Of course the show is dramatized, but its easy to appreciate the fear avg citizens felt

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Thousands of people died, hundreds of thousands displaced, and millions more spent weeks to months in fear of the possible impacts of Chernobyl.

Further, scary tail risks like nuclear play into exaggerated expectation cognitive biases.

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J'ai identifié un bon moyen de confirmer que la série #Chernobyl de HBO est assez fidèle à la réalité (sans l'avoir regardée, arrêtez de me demander 😣) :
Constater le silence des antinucléaires à son sujet depuis sa sortie...
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Watched episode 2 of #Chernobyl last night, where the three brave men return to the radioactive death zone to open the sluice valves.

And now, with no protective clothing whatsoever, I am on my way to Boris Johnson’s campaign launch.
Wasn’t expecting it to be even hotter and even sweatier than an exploded nuclear reactor but it is.

There’s radioactive material absolutely everywhere. Baker, Dorries, IDS...a veritable who’s who of the abysmal, lining up to turn the country into an international embarrassment.
One or two overheard words at the @BackBoris launch:

“I’ve never been in a room with more a*seholes in my life.”

*I typed out a couple more but have now decided against it.*
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Hi, newish writers who love horror and are trying to figure out how to write great horror. I have a rec for you this morning. #Chernobyl is one of the greatest, most terrifying horror stories I’ve ever seen. The reason why is simple so I thought I’d share in case it helps!
A good portion of you will know this already but I’m sharing as someone who got hired on a horror show and then had to have this explained to me. I figure I can’t be the only one out there. :)
Obviously the miniseries is great for a large number of reasons to do with people’s talent. The actors, director, DP, PD, and MAN the writing in those monologues about truth. Also that shit really happened. Recently.
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A raiz de la serie #Chenobyl seguro que muchos os habéis preguntado de qué están hechos los trajes que se usan en las zonas con altos niveles de radiactividad.
Para eso hay que conocer la diferencia entre radiación y contaminación radiactivas.
¡Abro hilo!
Los isótopos radiactivos inestables emiten principalmente estos tipos de radiaciones: alfa, beta, gamma y neutrones.
Como puede verse, las alfas y betas se paran fácilmente en pocos centímetros de aire o con un tejido fino.
Hay muy pocos (y son raros) que emitan neutrones.
Así que debemos preocuparnos especialmente de los emisores gamma. Protejernos de ellos requiere blindajes gruesos y pesados. Así pues, ponerse ropa, guantes o máscaras no es para protegerse de la radiación, ya que las gammas la traspasan.
Es para protegerse de la contaminación.
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У меня папа ликвидатор. И ликвидатор реальный. Начальник смены 3-4-го реакторного блока. Поговорил с ним про аварию. Кто хочет могу рассказать подробнее. Как обычно, один лайк, один факт об аварии и ликвидации. #Chernobyl
Итак, папа в ночь 26го апреля был выходной. Поэтому в ту смену его не было. 3й и 4й блок объединены. Там много общих систем.
Уже утром 26го апреля поползли слухи в Припяти, что что-то на станции случилось.Папин друг из нашего Припятского дома работал судмедэкспертом. Он первый спросил отца что случилось. Но сам папа ничего не знал. Они пошли звонить с домашнего телефона на 4й блок.Никто не брал трубку.
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If those stats at the end of #Chernobyl made you angry, or sad.

Somewhere between 4,000 and 93,000 dead.

Consider this...
Ignoring Russia (which is pretty significant), c. 800,000 people have died on Europe's roads since Chernobyl.

175,000 of those deaths were pedestrians.

Now consider this...
66% of driven journeys are under 5 miles, overwhelmingly those journeys could be on foot or by bike.

Let's be generous.

25% of driven journeys are under 1 mile, those journeys really did not need to be by car.

So consider this...
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As we wrap up on the brilliant #Chernobyl. We'll leave you with further facts from the disaster:
1. Chernobyl released at least 100 times more radiation than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
2. The United Nations-backed Chernobyl Forum predicted that the accident would claim up to 4,000 lives in total, whereas Greenpeace put the number at 93,000. The official Soviet death toll is 31.
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Ok, so #ChernobylHBO is over. Let's talk reactor kinematics! This will be a summary of the INSAG report, the most authoritative work on the matter.

So, let us start with the beginning. #Chernobyl is unlike many reactors. It uses both graphite AND water.
In a nuclear reactor, we need neutrons to cause a chain reaction. When born from fission, neutrons are going way to fast for low enriched uranium to handle. We have to slow them down. This is done with water for most modern reactors, but sometimes also graphite.
The first reactors ever made used graphite because it is easy to pile up. It isn't easy, however, to extract heat from this system. This is where the water comes in. Water in most reactors is used both to slow down neutrons AND remove heat from the system.
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THREAD: another astonishing story about #Chernobyl

48 hrs after the disaster a huge fallout cloud, 10 miles wide, began drifting towards Moscow. The Soviet air force were sent up to chase it.
Kate Brown's Manual For Survival, says they flew after the "inky black billows of radioactive waste" and shot at it with silver iodide.
This is known as "cloud seeding" and the effect is to make the targeted clouds rain. The Soviet Air Force were skilled at manipulating the weather in this way, having began studying "cloud physics" during the war.
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After seeing @michaelbierut's post uncovering the name of the gorgeous typeface (Журнальная рубленая / Zhurnalnaya Roublennaya / Magazine Sans) used in @HBO #Chernobyl, I was inspired to do a deeper dive into Soviet typography.

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The story of Zhurnalnaya itself is pretty interesting. Released in the 60s, it took inspiration from 30s typefaces like Erbar-Grotesk and Berhtold-Grotesk. Aside from #HBOChernobyl's custom cut, it has also been resurrected by @grillitype as GT Eesti.

fontsinuse.com/uses/12774/zhu…
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Contrary to popular belief, there was more than one typeface allowed in the USSR. There were actually 39, all conveniently documented in ГОСТ 3489 «Шрифты типографские» - Government Standard 3489 "Fonts, Typographical" - first set in 1946.
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People in need of help probably deserve your energy and attention more than whoever you're told to be angry with. A lot of anger these days is warranted, but speaking up for the voiceless will always matter more than shouting down shitty people.
The same execs forcing folks to ration insulin because they can't afford it anymore are spending big money on the dem primary too. If any of the candidates who accepted that money win the primary, sick ppl will die whether or not Trump wins.

One day we're gonna look back at our politicians' lack of urgency on climate change like how we watch the #Chernobyl series.

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As promised, I will recap Episode 4 of #ChernobylHBO in the thread below. Recaps of episodes 1-3 are in the pinned thread on my feed. This one was... special. Until this morning, I didn't know it would be. Allow me to proceed in the the order I choose and see where it takes me.
Today was my step-father's 71st birthday. I was visiting him in Rochester, NY. We aren't what you'd call extremely close, but we aren't on bad terms, either. It's just... complicated. Anyway, he watches a lot of crappy Russian TV so I recommended he tries Chernobyl. He said no...
"No, I won't", he said. "Don't want to."
"Why not? It's very well made and you can get the dubbed Russian version online..."
"Because I was there, that's why. And I don't need this again."
Turns out, my step-father, then Captain Veytsman, was sent to the Exclusion Zone in 1986...
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I have finished watching the 3rd episode of @HBO's #Chernobyl. The second ended on a cliffhanger, so I kept on through midnight, which, in retrospect, was a bold decision... Well, "every generation must have its sacrifice." I will review it in the thread below...
I'll do something different here and start by answering the question I get a lot: how is this series perceived in Russia. It is perceived surprisingly well, in fact. The general tone is exactly of what I said in my original thread: "It's something we should have made, but won't"
But, of course, there is grumbling, too. As @clmazin has mentioned in his podcast, Russia is a country obsessed with not being humiliated. More broadly, it's obsessed with what foreigners think of it while also being utterly convinced that no foreigner could ever "get our soul"
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Every year, my dad used remind us that #MemorialDay was *not* about him bc he didn’t die in the service. Nevertheless, when people saw him in his Vietnam Vets hat, they thanked him for his service.
My dad died earlier this year. This year, I’m honoring him anyway. This is why 🧵
My dad, Michael C Bartha, enlisted in the Army right out of HS at age 18 in 1968. He served on US nuclear bases & in #Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1973, at age 23. He died in January of this year, at age 70... several decades after his service.2/
His first posting was at the then-top-secret Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. (1968 or 69) He served in the Army Air Defense Artillery as a Nike Hercules Launcher Crewman. He was given no protective gear when he was tasked w/breaking down a nuclear warhead. 3/
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Since my thread on #Chernobyl went viral for some reason, I think I will review Episode 2 as I watch it, paying particular attention to details of Soviet life. If it's interesting to anyone, I mean.
And it gets me right off the bat, with the very first shot. The poem "Do you remember, Alyosha..." by Konstantin Simonov, written in 1941. Perfectly chosen, since it's about death, unthinking sacrifice for the greater good and the sheer tragedy of merely being Russian...
This mural, of course, is everything. "Peaceful atom", made in the Socialist Realism style, aggrandizing the Soviet exploration of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.
After Chernobyl, Russians came up a joking rhyme: "Peaceful atom into every house we will bring on our shoes"
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#Chernobil en la vida real un helicoptero intenta descargar arena en la zona del desastre. Esto es lo que pasó 👇☢️
Primera foto de la zona del desastre que se obtuvo desde un helicoptero a horas de la explosión #Chernobyl 👇☢️
El fotografo que tomo esa vista aerea al revisar los negativos noto que los colores estaban muy apagados, luego entendería que tanto el como su cámara habían sido alcanzados por la radioactividad de #Chernobyl
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on the topic of narrative, gaze, and accents: a thread!
let’s start with the self-evident. in any type of media that deals in fictional storytelling (including fictionalized narratives ‘based on true events’), SOME type of artistic convention is employed.
another definition might be “a way of telling the story that is consistent with itself”. von trier’s shaky camerawork, for example, while it makes me a weird combo of pukey & ragey, is one simple & clear cinematic convention
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EVACUATION
L'évacuation a commencé un jour et demi après l'accident et s'est poursuivie jusqu'à la mi-mai. Prípyat sera la première ville à être évacuée, a priori pour seulement 3 jours.
Après l'accident, la ville n'a pas été contaminée car la direction du vent allait dans une autre direction, mais l'incendie de graphite a duré des jours et il est devenu évident que la ville serait inhabitable.
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This past Friday marked 33 years since the #Chernobyl disaster. The podcast Today in Focus with @GuardianAnushka from @guardian chose to mark the occasion by uncritically reporting on the extraordinary claims of @katebrownumbc about the health impacts of the disaster. Thread 👇
@GuardianAnushka @guardian @katebrownumbc 1. It is said that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" but @guardian now joins @sciencemagazine, @nature, @TheEconomist, @thesundaytimes and others in providing a platform for Brown's radical claims with a remarkable lack of critique.
theguardian.com/global/audio/2…
@GuardianAnushka @guardian @katebrownumbc @sciencemagazine @nature @TheEconomist @thesundaytimes 2. Historian @katebrownumbc alleges that several intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations such as @UN, @WHO, @IAEA, @iaeaorg, @RedCrossEU and the UNSCEAR have conspired to cover up tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of casualties resulting from the accident.
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#Tchernobyl : dans la nuit du 25 au 26 avril 1986, une série d’erreurs pendant un essai de sécurité entraînent l’explosion du réacteur n°4 et la fusion du cœur. La plus grave catastrophe nucléaire, longtemps la seule classée au niveau 7 sur l’échelle #INES, avant #Fukushima
#Tchernobyl, 2019, 33 ans depuis l’accident. Dites 33 : retour sur le rôle déterminant des #satellites d’observation dans le suivi de la #catastrophe : comme les nuages radioactifs, les satellites ne sont pas arrêtés par les frontières. Un #thread à dérouler… #space #nucléaire
En 2019, il semble facile d’avoir rapidement une image de n’importe quelle région du monde. Ici, la région et la centrale de #Tchernobyl , près de Prypiat, vue le 13/04/19 par le satellite européen #Sentinel2 (#Copernicus). Les images n’ont pas toujours été aussi disponibles…
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I have hundreds of pictures I would have liked to include in “Midnight In Chernobyl” but only limited space. So I’ll post a few of them here, starting with images from before the accident.
The book is out today: bit.ly/2GngnVa #Chernobyl @sovietvisuals Chernobyl Unit 4, photographed around the time it first came online, in December 1983. (Petr Vyhovsky/Pripyat-city.ru)
Here's the infamous Ferris wheel in Pripyat, due to open for the first time as part of the celebrations for the May holidays in 1986. (Petr Vyhovsky/Pripyat-city.ru)
Here's a view of the city of Pripyat from the river, showing the white sand beaches and the Rakete hydrofoil, which provided daily service to and from Kiev (Vitaly Kozlov/Pripyat-city.ru)
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