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It's not quite in the same context, but in her book, The Ultimate Terrorists Jessica Stern, PHD, bfierly discusses how humans are terrible at assessing risk when it has anything to with poisoning, including exposure to radiation. She discusses this in the context of terrorists using WMD's but I think it still applies. The radiation in Japan is being monitored by numerous groups, governments and private entities, and in this case the danger just isn't there. On a daily basis, all of us do things that are far more dangerous than going to Motegi (and at least speaking for myself, I'm not even a professional racer). Ultimately, I don't fault Rossi or anyone else for having this irrational fear, but I have a hard time sympathizing with it, because A) they are being paid so much precisely because their job is riskier than most, B) They race in a series that likely wouldn't exist if it weren't for the Japanese motorcycle industry, and C) it smacks of hypocrisy when they express solidar