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Dept. of Uh Oh


From Foreign Policy Magazine:

Every day, U.S. doctors perform more than 50,000 state-of-the-art procedures using a radioactive isotope called technetium-99. … Most patients take for granted their ability to undergo these procedures. But they might be surprised to learn that nuclear medicine in the United States is dependent on one 52-year-old, leak-prone nuclear reactor that is currently offline, should have been shut down for safety reasons a decade ago, and moreover, undermines international nuclear nonproliferation goals.

You know where this is going:

How did we get into this predicament? In short: Blame Canada.

I remember back when we were so far under their radar:


Dept. of Uh Oh

  1. Back from the bathroom?

    • it might be premature to leave the washroom right now.

  2. Maybe Ken Taylor can help Harper escape Copenhagen, certainly there's good feelings from Canada's diplomats towards its political masters…

  3. On the bright side, nobody's going to buy that line about "Canada's secret nuke program" anymore.

  4. Nice touch with the Youtube, Potter. So…2.0.

    From the article:

    "The Canadian government always gets up and says, 'We're a leader on nonproliferation,'" U.T. Austin's Kuperman says. "But they're also the country in the world using the largest amount of bomb-grade uranium for civilian purposes. You can't have it both ways."

    Make up your minds, hysterics. Having WMD's scares the living daylights out of you only slightly less than not having them.

  5. Heh. If we weren't on their radar before, I doubt that a potential technetium-99 shortage will change that. How many Americans are actually aware of this, even after the FP writeup? One in ten thousand?

    • you don't think it will garner when 50,000 procedures a day are being delayed canceled?

    • Unfortunatley for Canada, which has been at the forefront of nuclear medicine for six decades, the 535 Americans in the US Congress are really interested in this. So much so that they're preparing to spend a whack of money figuring out how NOT to do nuclear medicine business with Canada. This is not tiny issue, as baby boomers are balooning the "living longer population" (a euphamism for those living with heart disease and cancer) — and have some cash to toss around on their healthcare — nuclear medicine is something of a growth industry. It's really important to the 35 millin members of AARP. Harper's unilateral declaration that Canada won't be in the nuclear medicine industry seems about as wise as were his predictions on deficits. Let's hear it for small ball. The CPC, chipping away since 2006.

    • It does not really matter HOW MANY Americans are aware of this, it matters much more WHICH American's are aware of this – like the educated, policy makers, and powerful – whom are probably a disproportionately high percentage of FPs readership.

  6. We're back baby!

  7. I'm pretty sure this will not change the conversations I have with Americans upon their realization of my nationality.

    "So you're from Canada?"
    "Where in Canada?"
    "Oh, I hear its really nice there. My _____ visited, and they/we said it was really nice. So how do you like the weather down here?"
    [down here = Southern Indiana]
    "Actually it is pretty similar to the weather in Toronto."

    I live in a very liberal town (Obama beat McCain 2-1 in the county), so there is usually approving mention of healthcare as well.