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    Friday, October 04 2013
    Mac and Anna visit Robert in Switzerland, Luke finds out why Jerry hasn't killed him, and Sabrina confronts Carlos.

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    Posted by Scrimmage at Friday, October 04 2013 07:34 PM

    There's an old saying (and a great song by Tower of Power) that says “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”

    I just did a little research, and if TPTB know what I just found out, there could be a few twists yet to come in this polonium storyline. Among other fascinating tidbits, I learned that Polonium (Po) is an extremely rare radioactive element found in uranium ore, that was discovered in 1898 by Madame Curie, the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize, who won the Award for Physics in 1903 for her pioneering research into radiation phenomena. She is more well known for discovering radium, but polonium was the first “radioactive” (a term she coined) element she isolated, and she named it after her native Poland, which did not exist as an independent country at the time. Forty-two years later, it was used as the initiator, or trigger for the plutonium nuclear reaction of the Fat Man atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki to end WWII, a fact that remained highly classified until the 1960's.

    Its most commonly produced isotope, polonium 210 (210Po), can only be created in a cyclotron, and it's so hot due to its extreme radioactivity, that it's used to power satellites and deep space probes. Polonium 210 is around 250,000 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide, meaning that the lethal dose for the average human would be less than 1 microgram, compared with about 250 milligrams for hydrogen cyanide. One gram of 210Po could in theory poison 20 million people of whom 10 million would die. Alpha particles emitted by polonium 210 do not penetrate the skin, but they will damage organic tissue easily if it is ingested, inhaled, or absorbed, like from Luke's earring.

    The good news for Luke and Jerry is that because 210Po so energetically sheds it's harmful radioactive particles like a stripper sheds her clothes at a bachelor party, it only has a half-life of 138.4 days; then it essentially runs out of juice and decays directly to its stable daughter isotope, 206Pb, otherwise know as Lead. Even better for our boys, the biological half-life of polonium in humans is 30 to 50 days, after which time it loses much of it's potency, and is metabolized and then expelled by the body, but by then the damage has already been done. The target organs for polonium in humans are the spleen and liver. If the polonium is concentrated in these vital organs, it is a greater threat to life than if it were spread evenly throughout the body, as is supposedly the case with both Luke and Jerry.

    The bottom line is, in real life, Luke and especially Jerry would've been dead men long ago, but for the purposes of a fictional TV soap opera, if they can survive as long and as well as Jerry has, then they're probably already in the clear. All Luke has to do is take whatever it is that's been keeping Jerry going, and make it past 50 days. If his organs haven't failed by then, he should be fine.

    Posted by poodles at Friday, October 04 2013 07:45 PM

    IMO - this regime continues to use the most negative stereotypes when addressing several groups. If one didn't know any better, after seeing Felix and Brad, they would think all gay men hit on straight guy's or we're sex addicts. I'm learning not to expect anything more or less from them.

    Bayou- sounds like good news for B.R. It seems kind of late In the season for this type of storm. I too wish for a clean, entertaining game of good football .

    Posted by Canadagirl17 at Friday, October 04 2013 08:02 PM

    Hello everyone:
    So happy to watch gh today. Love Luke/Jerry scenes today. I nearly cried with happy tears to see Robert awake and talking with Anna and Mac. I think Carlos is creepy. I hate the way he undermines Sabrina's relationship with Patrick. She mentions to him many times to back off and he doesn't. No way Carlos is charming. Boo on him. Robin was excellent today and if Dr Evil was around I bet he would love Dr O. Dr evil dream girl. LOL. I thought Dr. O was cruel to Robin.

    Posted by Canadagirl17 at Friday, October 04 2013 08:07 PM

    Hello to ransomha,poodles,lilyhunter,mamajj,cbru,fubu,4myJ
    beenaround,beancounter,aussie1,scrimmage,dubbs,midas,casey
    lovelymarlena,rainysmom bayboutr,4evergh,monkey,tipsytess and anyone else I miss a big hello.
    Hello to all gh posters.
    I am one big happy girl. My tiger cats won the game against their biggest rivals.

    Posted by JadeLola at Friday, October 04 2013 08:23 PM

    Friday cliffhanger Robers finish tell Anna that Robin is alive for me ending show.

    Posted by bayoubtr at Friday, October 04 2013 08:30 PM

    Canadagirl-- A big HELLO to you! So glad to see your post! And congrats to your team! It was a really good show today & glad you enjoyed. Please post more often.

    Poodles--Because of the potential storm, the Black & Gold left this afternoon are in the Windy City as we speak. They were not scheduled to leave until tomorrow, but they get a free night in ChiTown. Please treat them kindly.

    Posted by poodles at Friday, October 04 2013 08:33 PM

    Hi Canadagirl.

    Let's hope they continue to use the great cast of actor's we saw today. From what I have read on the board tonight, most everyone enjoyed this episode. Dr.O & DR.Evil would make a scary pair. I hope they don't drag this Robin S/L on forever. Hope all is well in your home, has the weather changed drastically yet? So far, so good with our BEARS head coach. What about your TIGER CATS?

    Posted by poodles at Friday, October 04 2013 08:38 PM

    Bayou, of course we will treat them kindly....that is until 12:00 noon on Sunday. LOL. Glad the game is here.

    Posted by 4evergh at Friday, October 04 2013 08:47 PM

    Frankie19 good post page 5 re:obrecht and Ben

    Posted by Scrimmage at Friday, October 04 2013 08:59 PM

    ***off topic NFL***

    Poodles – I've been wanting to mention how glad I am (mostly for you), that so far my dire predictions for the Bears season hasn't played out the way I expected. Their revamped O-line is exceeding everyone's expectations, which is giving Cutler more protection than he's had in years, and it's opening up the running game for Matt Forte, who seems to have regained his form. I was completely wrong that Cutler would not thrive in Marc Trestman's offense, and the defense is playing well with an infusion of some new young talent.

    Bayoubtr – Same to you and the undefeated Saints. I thought they'd take a step back this season, but I underestimated Sean Payton's abilities as a head coach. Drew Brees is once again, playing out of his mind, only this time he has a pretty good running game to take the pressure off his shoulders, and so far Rob Ryan's defense has been better than even HE could've hoped for. We're only four games into the season, but right now it looks good for both your teams, and I'm happy for you both that I was so mistaken... so far.

    After four games, teams now have plenty of film to study in preparation for their opponents, and they can make adjustments on how to counter new players, coaches, and schemes. There are fewer surprises as teams play to form, and things tend to even out. Injuries are already having a major impact on teams all over the league, and some are playing extremely well while others continue to struggle, but nothing has been settled yet.

    I've been glad to see that the Cowboys' rivals in the NFC East have played so poorly, but the Boys can't seem to take advantage of it, and just keep winning one, and losing one. They're a 2-2 football team coming off back to back 8-8 seasons, and they've posted an amazingly mediocre record of 130-130 in the last 260 games. On top of that, they're hosting the incredible Peyton Manning and his undefeated Broncos this Sunday.

    The Broncos are averaging 44.8 points per game, which is more than the Buccaneers or Jaguars have scored all season. Even though they aren't expected to win this game, it's still the ultimate test for the Cowboys, who will have the opportunity to measure themselves against the very best. This game should show us what this team is made of, one way or the other, and hopefully, they will rise to the challenge. A victory would be of course be sweet, but playing a competitive game until the last whistle would be the next best thing, even in a close loss. What this teams lacks more than anything is confidence, and as the old football coach once said...

    “Confidence is born of demonstrated ability.” Bill Parcells – 2013 NFL Hall of Fame Inductee.

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