Friday, July 6, 2012

Bumbling hoaxers can't google "polonium"

Pallywood has come up with another laughable faux blockbuster. Where before, they relied on staged photos and video, they are now borrowing from Russian (alleged) practice, and claiming that Yassar Arafish was poisoned by Little Satan with polonium, this being the true cause of his death back on Armistice Day, in the year of our Lord 2 double aught and 4. Al Jazeera, being tipped off by Pallywood,dutifully reports that 'high levels' of the substance were just recently found on the belongings of the dead terrorist, belongings that have been in the possession of his wife since that dark day nearly 8 years ago. (Won't be linking to the story here). This 'blockbuster bounces around the inter-tubes, along with rumors that the dead fish is going to be exhumed to see if there is any similar level of polonium. Hey, I'll link to the J-Post stories:HERE and HERE

Arafat's widow provided Al Jazeera with his clothing and toothbrush for laboratory testing at the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland. “I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr. Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids,” Al Jazeera quoted Dr. Francois Bochud, the director of the institute as saying. According to the report, Russian spy-turned-dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006 under suspicious circumstances, was found to have been poisoned with polonium slipped into his tea. Arafat suffered similar symptoms to Litvinenko prior to his death - severe diarrhea, weight loss, and vomiting, according to the report. Palestinians and Arabs have charged in the past that Israel poisoned Arafat. Some PA leaders have suggested that former Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan assisted Israel in the poisoning. The Al Jazeera commissioned study of Arafat's belongings did not reveal any traces of common heavy metals or conventional poisons, so they turned their attention to more obscure elements, discovering the high levels of polonium, according to the report.
Notice though, that Arafish's wife, who has presumably lived in proximity to the poisoned Geiger pinging stuff for nigh on eight years, is still very much alive and well. Should this fact, along with her suddenly approaching the crack journos at AJ with the poisoned stuff, EIGHT year later raise any suspicions? From the second story above:

Responding to an Al Jazeera report published Wednesday – which said that researchers at the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland, discovered abnormally high levels of polonium on Arafat’s belongings – Karmon said that the half-life of the substance would make it impossible for polonium to have been discovered at such high levels if it had been used to kill Arafat eight years ago. According to the Al Jazeera report, polonium has a half-life of 138 days, “meaning that half of the substance decays roughly every four-and-a-half months.” And yet, eight years after Arafat’s death, the Swiss scientists reported finding polonium levels of 54 millibecquerels (mBq) and 180 millibecquerels on his belonging, considered to be high levels. “If it had been used for poisoning, minimal levels should be seen now. Yet much higher levels were found. Someone planted the polonium much later,” Karmon said.
Of course the conspiratorially minded will dismiss this. After all, the expert here is Israeli. He's in on the plot. Yet, the reported levels were reported by the decidedly non-Israeli Swiss researchers and the crack squad of journos at AJ were they not? Seems to me a basic attempt at appearing plausible was not even considered by Suha et al. Shouldn't the widow Arafish or her Pallywood cohorts have done an elementary google search on polonium-210 before they set out for their friends at AJ? If they did, their crack team of researchers would have found this TABLE and this info from that very table (it appears here as a list):

210Po, Radium F, 84, 126, 209.9828737, 138.376(2) d

(that last one is the half life. Also, they would have found it emits alpha radiation at extremely high levels:

"A milligram of 210Po emits as many alpha particles per second as 4.215 grams of 226Ra. A few curies (1 curie equals 37 gigabecquerels) of 210Po emit a blue glow which is caused by excitation of surrounding air. A single gram of 210Po generates 140 watts of power."
140 watts. All of that being alpha radiation, which can kill. Gotta love the research ineptitude from Suha et al. Karmon notes:
“If Suha Arafat safeguarded these contaminated materials, why, after seven years, was she not poisoned too? She touched these things and Arafat in hospital.”
Indeed. Time to break out an oldie but goodie. Meme on meme crime: "All Your Fakes are Belong to Us"