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CDC Panel On “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation” Creates Leftist Meltdown

CDC Panel On “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation” Creates Leftist Meltdown

. . . that is not entirely unfounded. Note to CDC: images of mushroom clouds evoke panic.

When I saw the tweeted outrage from the perpetually outraged about the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s upcoming panel on the “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation,” I rolled my eyes and thought “here they go again.”

After all, earlier this week, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un threatened the U. S. with a nuclear strike on our “entire” mainland.  No one really knows how crazy Un is.  Unlike his grandfather and father before him, he’s never known a time when his family wasn’t ruling over North Korea with an iron fist.

He appears to believe the fawning “love” of his subjects is real, and he’s demonstrated considerable barbarity and expressed his belief that Americans think of nothing but destroying North Korea (when we’re not eating snow because we are so poverty-stricken).  Oh, and he “sentenced” President Trump to death for insulting North Korea.  Or something.

He’s unpredictable, full to the brim with hubris, and appears to be not only cruel but more than a bit unhinged.  While we would hope that he’s not so foolhardy as to follow through with his threat, we can’t know what is going on in his mind or how much of his own state’s propaganda he’s internalized about the “weakness” of the United States.

Setting up a briefing on public safety should there be a North Korean nuclear attack on America is just good sense. The CDC’s briefing is responsible and addresses something that—while a remote possibility—is at least in the realm of reality.

Remember the Obama-era DHS squandering taxpayer money on planning and preparation exercises for a zombie apocalypse? By contrast, the CDC’s conference on public safety in the event of a nuclear strike is reasonable and defensible.

CBS reports:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has scheduled a briefing for later this month to outline how the public can prepare for nuclear war.

“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness,” the notice about the Jan. 16 briefing says on the CDC’s website. . . .

. . . . The notice went on to say that most people don’t know that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is “crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation.”

Two of the people presenting at the briefing specialize in radiation studies. Robert Whitcomb is the chief of the radiation studies branch at the CDC’s National Center for Environment Health and Capt. Michael Noska is the radiation safety officer and senior advisor for health physics at the Food and Drug Administration.

This comes amid rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. President Trump tweeted Tuesday night, boasting about the size of his “nuclear button” and how it’s “much bigger & more powerful” than North Korea’s.

“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Mr. Trump tweeted.

Both former Vice President Joe Biden and Admiral Mike Mullen have said in recent days that they worry the U.S. has never been closer to nuclear war with North Korea.

In response to which, the left immediately went into meltdown mode on Twitter.

That mushroom cloud is ominous, and I thought it was another media ploy to create hysteria among the “resist we much” crowd.  But no.

Upon going to the CDC’s website to examine the announcement, I was horrified.  Not only is the announcement itself among the most poorly-written garbage I’ve seen on a government website (and that’s saying something), but there was a photo of a mushroom cloud accompanying the release.  I couldn’t believe my eyes, but yep, there it is, a mushroom cloud.

My degrees aren’t in communications or public relations, but common sense goes a long way.  Publishing that image along with the notice of the panel discussion on nuclear detonation was a mistake, one that should never have happened.

Let’s leave the fear-mongering to the left, please.  If nothing else, it is hard to revel in their meltdowns when they aren’t entirely alarmist lunacy.


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I really, truly don’t understand how a picture of a mushroom cloud constitutes fear mongering.

Snowflakes are sooooo tiresome.

Can we just *threaten* to round them all up for the labor camps? Pretty please? No harm done, and I guarantee they will surrender all three branches of government before they dive for the fainting couches.

Such an easy win.

More seriously, how can we count on these people to behave as our fellow countrymen before ever invaded or attacked again? They have no spine.

No one tell these idiots that 90% of Soviet nuclear targeting remains unchanged since the Cold War.

They’ve been living under a nuclear Armageddon strike for their entire lives and haven’t known it. China too.

Obviously this is just fake outrage because of Trump.

    Agreed for the most part, Fen. The X-factor here is Kim Jung Un. He’s a nutter, and I’m not sure even China can convince him of the horrible error of nuking any part of the U.S.

    On the bright side, Un is motivated by insanity and delusions of grandeur. But he may not be an imbecile and may understand that any attack on the U.S. (nuclear or otherwise) will result in . . . bad things for NoKo.

    Radical Islamist jihadis want to start Armageddon, it’s their ultimate goal. There is no bargaining, no threat, no nothing that will stop them should they decide to unleash nuclear weapons on the west (likely in Europe first). They WANT us to nuke the hell out of everywhere.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Fen. | January 7, 2018 at 3:37 am

    ….while Hillary sold the Russians MORE fissionable uranium, and 0bama dismantled every nuke he could negotiate!

Redmantrappedinbluestate | January 6, 2018 at 9:26 pm

“Let’s leave the fear-mongering to the left, please.”

How is CDC _not_ the left?

And they’re safer than they know. Woah Fat will target population centers, blue city states, and miss horribly. Well there’s a chance he’ll aim for Chicago and hit Detroit by mistake it’s more likely his nukes are going to affect rural folk the most.

America is woefully unprepared for even a single groundburst nuke, such as North Korea might pull off with a ship in a West coast harbor. Radiation would be a major issue, unable to be countered with existing medical antirad supplies, and the distribution of iodine pills would be pathetic. Even a small investment in ‘prepping’ for ordinary people and in hardening infrastructure such as generators for gas stations (shown to be a major hole in the recent hurricane evacuation scheme) and contingency evacuation planning would have the ability to pay back several thousandfold.

Sadly, any such investment in California would simply be tapped for other purposes.

    We’re unprepared for clean-up, but we’re prepared for swift and decisive retaliation. That is ultimately all that matters. If some fool loon decides to nuke any part of the U. S. we’ll take heavy losses, but Trump will wipe their entire population off the map. We’re not talking about “I have a red line, oh never mind” Obama, here.

    This country is huge, and as long as any of us survive, NoKo goes down. Our best hope is that they hit the coasts where all the snowflake commies live. 😛 Heh, just kidding. You know, mostly.

    Barry in reply to georgfelis. | January 6, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    ” such as generators for gas stations”

    Ain’t it the truth. A supply of gas at hand for the generator and pumps that require very minor electrical current. Less than a $2000 bucks will do it. really <1000.

      snopercod in reply to Barry. | January 7, 2018 at 8:26 am

      If a gas station hooks up a generator to pump gas during an emergency, they will be accused of “price gouging”.

Anytime you can tweak the SJW snowflakes is a good time to be alive. It should be interesting watching their standards for Political Correctness with their enrollment in the regional re-education/work camps that spring up in the next few years.

Everyday we get closer to a nuclear war with either North Korea (or Iran)

So, you’re saying we should NOT consider what to do in case of a nuclear strike? And even if we do, we shouldn’t show pictures of what it would look like because, fear, or something?

Ridiculous Fuzzy. You blew this one completely.

    Irv, as I stated in my post, I think the panel is responsible and a smart move. Posting the mushroom cloud pic was stupid. Of course it stokes fear and of course the left will seize on that and run with it. Why do something that will have predictable and negative results?

    Here’s the deal with “shock” imagery: It has no effect in most instances, and in this instance created unnecessary fear and outrage. How many images of black lungs and patients with tubes in their throats stopped one person from smoking? How many pictures of bloodied dead teens stopped one person from drinking and driving? Why do something that will feed the “resistance” while having exactly no positive impact? It’s stupid and was a dumb move by the CDC.

    We can agree to disagree about this, but I do not feel that I blew this one at all, let alone completely.

Modern liberalism is devoted to the pursuit of the lowest common denominator—that is, all facets of liberal society are in a race to the bottom.

And that’s good enough for liberals, but mature adults can’t go through life avoiding everything which might give six-year-old snowflakes conniption fits.

Any useful information about public health response to nuclear anything—wars, accidents, terrorist atrocities, medical treatments gone wrong, etc—should include relevant visuals. Maps of fallout plumes, isotope decay curves, photos of blast damage, studies of patients suffering various forms of radiation sickness … all perfectly legit grist for the information mill. We can’t expect everybody to absorb all that information … just as we can’t expect everybody to survive a disaster. Well, too bad for them; we can’t all be expected to dive after that lowest denominator.

Talk about denial.

Snowflakes have been blessed without exposure to a war.

However, that’s proving to be not much of a blessing: they’re gonna get the rest of us killed along with them.

Bring back the draft for EVERYONE turning 18. No exceptions. No better way to unify the nation, and no better way to shape young adults than 2 years of military service – instead of two years being turned into lunatics by leftist colleges.

Orc, I read Fuzzy as saying the mushroom cloud was not necessary as a pic from CDC – imagine them using a corpse with lesions and boils from some biological weapon, more for a site like Huffpo to get clicks, not the professionality one expects from the CDC.

Even worse considering CDC knows half the country is hallucinating the rise of the 4th Reich under Herr Trump. Someone didn’t think this through, someone who *should* be up to speed on the danger of public panic re NBC attacks.

If you recall, they went too far in the other direction during the Ebola outbreak by downplaying the threat, insisting it wasn’t airborne (technically it’s not) when civilians meant the term loosely as in “if the guy next to me sneezes” (which can infect you via air).

In the age where the NBC threat is rising, CDC needs to improve their game at every level.

Irv not Orc. LOL sorry damn phone again.

Please no draft. Our NCOs have more important things to do than babysit brats who don’t want to be there.

Good book to pick up – A Stillness At Appomattox by Bruce Caton. Details how northern units were ravaged by their own mercenaries. Destroyed morale and espirit de corps, things you don’t miss until they are gone.

    Neo in reply to Fen. | January 7, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Most of the big demonstrations against the VietNam War ended with the draft even though the war continued for a couple more years.

Perspective – it would be like forcing every Squad to take in a Rags 😉

Their missile guidance is either GPS or something inaccurate. How about we shutdown GPS if they launch, then turn it back on to destroy them?

    davod in reply to EricG. | January 7, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Guidance could also be using Inertial Navigation System. Mind you. You don’t need precise navigation for a nuclear missile. In the vicinity is good enough.

GW Bush really missed an opportunity after 9-11 to revive the old state and local Civil Defense Programs. But no, he had to nationalize everything…

Bill Clinton gave North Korea the bomb, and he gave China the ICBM – who gave it to North Korea. Barack Obama gave Iran the bomb, and North Korea is giving/selling the mullahs missle tech with the money Obama released to the mullahs who have been chanting “death to the USA” for almost 40 years. And now the snowflakes are terrified that Trump will start a nuclear war???
If there is an exchange of nukes, it will be the decades long efforts of Barry and Billy Jeff’s that is responsible.

Paul In Sweden | January 7, 2018 at 11:11 am

The CDC is still headed by and populated with Obama appointees. Remember the fuss about not using certain words anymore on CDC budget reports? The Obama CDC management suggested not using leftist SJW buzzwords on budget reports so that with a GOP house, senate and Whitehouse appropriations could still be obtained for their leftist playground projects. I have no doubt this Nuke detonation exercise created by the same architects of the Zombie apocalypse was designed to be somewhat incendiary.

What, no trigger warning???

Good Lord. This is a subject we should take seriously. We used to deal with it in grade school now it’s too scary for adults.