DI reviews the history of a Soviet atomic weapon production facility: Damn Interesting: In Soviet Russia, Lake Contaminates You.
Millions poisoned. Everything secret. Mopping up plutonium.
The amazing part is that life expectancy fell by "only" 30% in the poisoned region. Humans are fairly radiation resistant.
Sigh. The Soviets made us look so good by comparison. China tries with its melamine poisoned infants, but, really, they don't have their heart in it.
Now, instead of feeling so much better than the Soviets, we contemplate the rule of President Palin.
One can almost feel a perverse nostalgia for the Soviets.