Regarding the Speedi data fiasco, Prof. Lenz has some useful comments. It’s a short blog entry and I’ll re-post it in its entirety.

But it comes close. The irrational fear crowd just got big play in the New York Times.

They make a lot of noise about the fact that the SPEEDI computer simulation data was not released in early days. This is of course old news, and the idea that the Japanese government is in the business of hiding facts about radiation was not convincing when that particular story came up earlier.

What makes this whole article so extraordinarily stupid is the fact that they spend four pages writing on the evil information hiding policy of the Japanese government, and how lots of people were irradiated because of that, without ever bothering to tell us what level of radiation actually was released in the places and times in question.

I assume with four people researching this story and several months of time they might be able to find out. But no, they hide this vital fact.

Without that, no one can fact check their accusation of “additional damage”. Maybe that is the point.

They also mention that Prof. Kosako wanted the unreliable computer simulation data published immediately. The thing one needs to remember about him is that he resigned from his post as a government advisor because no one listened to his idea that 1 millisievert per year was the right standard to act on in this crisis.

Since that standard is wrong by about three orders of magnitude, I for one think it is a good thing that no one listened to him and that he is out of the way right now.

via Not the dumbest NYT article ever | Lenz Blog.