Subject: The Most Dreadful Weapon -- A CONTEST -- STOP CASSINI #131
Date: May 27th, 1999
Time Frame: There are 28 days left to demand that NASA smash Cassini into Venus. Today's subjects:
The next selection is publicly available, vitally important, historic and a little bit hard to find. So, we are making a contest out of naming the source of the document shown below. Here are the questions:
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The point one must get from this document we are about to quote from -- and it's old, from before space travel was a reality -- is that people who are writing today, wasting precious time and sucking the energy of our activists with reams of glowing global-realization statements about how we must end war completely, and then all will be well, ought to reflect back on where we are TODAY. The document you are about to read is over 50 years old. It reads just like today's statements from people who want you to "follow them" but then lead you nowhere, or worse -- they lead you to an early grave.
Consider this: If we stop Cassini, that will be a BELL-RINGER to NASA and the European Space Agency. A warning, that the world has awoken to their madness, their ecological damage, their piss-on-you and piss-on-the-planet attitude towards the 6 billion of us who are allowed to be only dimly aware of what is happening, whose cries and pleas are ignored -- why? Why are we being utterly, totally ignored?
We are being ignored precisely because in reality, we are winning. What time can you recall, when one mad scientist project has stirred up so much trouble for an agency? Is it not time for CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS and U.N. DISCUSSIONS, and quickly? All the moral strength we had before the launch -- and now, we have numerous additional documents to back our position, numerous rocket failures to prove our suspicions of NASA's goofy "odds" -- Cassini pretends to be good science but is in reality merely a military front -- there is NO civilian space agency in America! And many people know this -- I am not alone! In a word, what project would we have a better chance of stopping? The NEXT nuclear rocket? We can barely even identify it. (Those who know, prefer to keep the information close to their vests.)
Here are today's real issues:
1) THE PETITION AND RESOLUTION (See URLs, below)
2) THE VENUS FLYBY (June 24th, 1999, 28 days from now)
Enough with distant statements, I hope everyone in this movement will work on TODAY'S ISSUES and not distract us with yesterday's or tomorrow's.
The next item is as fine a "distant statement" as any I've read from any of those "peace and love" groupie-gatherers who accomplish nothing, on purpose. Back then, this was new, and the author was earnest. But now, it's old hat. The battle to be joined TODAY is the battle against the Cassini flyby. The time to join it is now. The result of a failure to join is both suicide and genocide, if not from Cassini, then from the next one, or the next.
Note: The figure referenced is of a man "Igniting a piece of wood using a concave mirror."
THE MOST DREADFUL WEAPON
But like any other technical achievement the space mirror could also be employed for military purposes and, furthermore, it would be a most horrible weapon, far surpassing all previous weapons. It is well known that fairly significant temperatures can be generated by concentrating the sun's rays using a concave mirror (in a manner similar to using a so-called "burning glass"). Even when a mirror has only the size of the human hand, it is possible to ignite a handheld piece of paper or even wood shavings very simply in its focus (Figure 95).
Imagine that the diameter of a mirror of this type is not just 10 cm, but rather several hundreds or even thousands of meters, as would be the case for a space mirror. Then, even steel would have to melt and refractory materials would hardly be able to withstand the heat over longer periods of time, if they were exposed to solar radiation of such an enormous concentration.
Now, if we visualize that the observer in the space station using his powerful telescope can see the entire combat area spread out before him like a giant plan showing even the smallest details, including the staging areas and the enemy's hinterland with all his access routes by land and sea, then we can envision what a tremendous weapon a space mirror of this type, controlled by the observer in orbit, would be!
It would be easy to detonate the enemy's munitions dumps, to ignite his war material storage area, to melt cannons, tank turrets, iron bridges, the tracks of important war factories, entire industrial areas and large cities could be set ablaze. Marching troops or ones in camp would simply be charred when the beams of this concentrated solar light were passed over them. And nothing would be able to protect the enemy's ships from being destroyed or burned out, like bugs are exterminated in their hiding place with a torch, regardless of how powerful the ships may be even if they sought refuge in the strongest sea fortifications.
They would really be death rays! And yet they are no different from this life-giving radiation that we welcome everyday from the sun; only a little "too much of a good thing." However, all these horrible things may never happen, because a power would hardly dare to start a war with a country that controls weapons of this dreadful nature.
To: Robert Sterling, Editor, Konformist
cc: Robert Cherwink (email@example.com)
From: Russell David Hoffman
Re: This country was founded on Truth.
Date: May 26th, 1999
Hello Mr. Sterling!
This great country was founded on Truth. But things have gone wrong.
It is time to replace not just this leader or that leader who does not tell the truth, but the INSTITUTIONS which do not tell the truth to the American people.
We need to replace the leaders of the following federal agencies, or replace the whole institution:
The CIA abuses its vast power. From training right-wing militants in Latin American countries, to arranging (by accident? I doubt it!) the bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade by NATO forces, to spying on U.S. citizens, to infiltrating U. S. citizens' environmental groups... there is little doubt this whole organization has got to go! Every member should be publicly exposed and given their pension! Sent out to pasture! I don't favor witch-hunts, even for real witches. We will need to forgive and forget. But not before the truth is out and justice has once again seen the light of day in America and around the world. CIA tactics are out of style. This country was founded on THE PEOPLE KNOWING THE TRUTH and the CIA prevents that. That is their downfall. That is why they must go. That is where they overstep their mission.
The FBI likewise. Their part in the phoney, fruitless and painful Drug War is worse than their part in Prohibition, the Red Scare, or any other fiasco they have played a part in. We need a crime lab based on science, not politics.
The NTSB? Commander William Donaldson's comments during his TWA flight 800 testimony suggest they too are incapable of providing for the public safety if a political agenda is in the way, and I believe him.
Nobody trusts NASA -- and why should we? Their blatant lies about the safety of Cassini's 72.3 pounds of plutonium, their numerous unexplained rocket failures, their assistance to and public relations front-man role for the U. S. military -- all these things destroy the public trust. Dump NASA, build a regulatory agency with the health and well-being of 6 billion Earthlings as their primary objective, and let all other space ventures be privately funded, including, if desired, University-sponsored deep space exploration.
EPA is a joke. It's teeth have been pulled by the courts, it's objectives twisted by double-talking, corrupt leaders. When is the Hanford cleanup going to start? Beatty, Nevada's? Moab, Utah's uranium slag heaps are still leaking into the Colorado River, causing scattered cancers, leukemias and birth defects among 20 million+ people who live downstream. It seems like all we ever get out of EPA is yet another study of the problems. Stop studying and start cleaning!
The IRS is so corrupt no one even talks about it anymore. Their computer system is so archaic I wouldn't be surprised if they will have to process 1999 returns by hand in 2000.
The NRC hides and quietly writes more permits for nuclear poison, and will do so until another Three Mile Island happens. They are the supreme leader when it comes to knowing how to write propaganda and it will take more than one full-blown meltdown to cause them to panic (though in fact, we should all panic NOW so we don't have to panic LATER). Right now the NRC is mentally "preparing the country" for a couple of meltdowns around Y2K. This doesn't mean stocking Iodine tablets for everyone or anything like that, it means pre-writing propaganda statements for later distribution to the media. Of course, instead, they should be preparing the nuclear power plants to be shut down forever, now, before there is a Y2K or other problem. (The AEC was so corrupt they had to change its name to NRC several decades ago. The corruption lingers on, like a radiation-induced cancer.)
The Pentagon? They wouldn't know how to tell the truth if the Commander-in-Chief demanded it of them (which of course, he would never do)! Everyone forgives them, since they have defended the country once or twice in our history, but U. S. civilians actually act as though the war guys can give a valid, useful press briefing. CNN reports The News That Isn't for them. (I believe that CNN is highly infiltrated by CIA operatives and retirees, thus it too is little more than a Government institution that is failing to fulfill its promises.)
What other Government Agencies aren't performing honest and useful work for the country?
Please email me any suggestions.
What we need, believe it or not, is ANOTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY.
It is a TRUTH AGENCY. All the above problems are not the only problems America faces, but they all involve a lack of honesty towards the American people -- the very people these institutions are meant to serve!
Americans need a government agency whose sole job is to ensure that the other government agencies are honest.
Oh yeah, that's the Justice Department, isn't it? Fat lot of good they've done us over all this mess!
Democracy cannot function in America today. Not just because of the crimes being actually committed by the above agencies against the people of the United States, but also because of the concomitant crime that THE PEOPLE ARE BEING LIED TO! Democracy demands truth above all.
But what good would truth be, if no one could understand it? Therein is the second reason democracy cannot function in America today. Because Americans are not being properly educated, and haven't been for decades. Schools are a shambles, and all we want to do is put metal detectors in! Instead, we must put MONEY into them. VAST QUANTITIES OF MONEY! Let the next generation have a chance to solve its problems (many of which, we will hand them because we were too lazy or too stupid to solve them ourselves). Give them the one tool that might let them survive -- a good education. Public schools should be so well funded, that private institutions would be HARD PRESSED to keep up.
Of course, what is happening instead is that we are descending into mob rule, and fascist rule is being used to slow that descent. We are one small step away from mob rule right now! So close in fact that Government agencies are RIGHT NOW designing vast internment camps to put people in, should Y2K or other social disturbances begin. (The author feels that reports of these things are too rampant to deny now.) So, open fascism is just a few steps away.
Any American who wants their democracy back had better wake up NOW, and get involved in ALL these issues. Or go and burn your copy of the Constitution; you won't be needing it anymore.
Russell D. Hoffman
Note: I forgot to mention the FDA's plan to institutionalize lying, specifically on food irradiation, or the FCC's attack on pirate radio stations which might broadcast the truth without permission. I'm sure I missed a few others, as well. -- rdh
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The following was received yesterday by Hans Karow. It indicates that anyone who cannot use a computer, travel to a NASA "reading room", or shell out their own hard-earned cash for a printed document, will NOT be informed about how NASA can kill them with cancer or leukemia, and can kill and deform their children through birth defects.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena California 91109-8099
May 26, 1999
Site 32, Compartment 6 RR 1
Oliver, BC, Canada
Fax No. 250 498/3135
Dear Mr. Karow:
I received your request today for environmental and safety analysis documentation regarding the Cassini mission to Saturn. The Cassini Environmental Impact Statement and supporting documentation is available in the reading rooms of all NASA Centers and is also on-line (in Adobe format) at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cassini/rtg/ . In addition, hard copies of the documentation can be obtained for a fee from:
NASA Center for Aerospace Information
800 Elkridge Landing Road
Linthicum Heights, MD 21050-2934
The Safety Evaluation Report is not a NASA document but was produced by the Interagency Nuclear Safety Review Panel. To find out about the availability of that document, you may wish to contact the NASA representative to that panel, John Lyver at NASA Headquarters, Office of Safety and Assurance, Washington, D. C., 202-358-1155.
Mary Beth Murrill
News Chief, Media Relations Office
I had wondered whatever happened to Mary Beth Murrill, who was the chief propagandist for Cassini prior to launch. Clearly, she got promoted for her efforts then! What a surprise.
I don't know how Ms Murrill can write such things without blinking. Has she no compassion for fellow humans, who have a right to know what kills them, and should NOT be required to shell out ANY money to find out the details of the dangers? Isn't NASA's main purpose to spread KNOWLEDGE throughout the universe? Earth would be a good place to start.
This newsletter has over 150 subscribers, plus half a dozen "movement leaders", plus a dozen or so NASA email addresses to which it is sent, and it is redistributed by several people -- some issues more than others. (Some MUCH more than others!) And of course, it is published online and we have occasionally posted (and will do so again) the download rates reported to us by our ISP (Internet Service Provider), which generally run to several hundred each week, totalled for the various issues. We also email the newsletter to about 50 to 100 (it varies from issue to issue) news media sources who have NOT told us not to.
Here's a letter to one that did so, today:
To: The National News Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From: Russell Hoffman, STOP CASSINI newsletter
Date: May 27th, 1999
Subject: You have been "unsubscribed"
You have been removed from the distribution list of the STOP CASSINI newsletter.
Sorry to see you go. These are issues of national importance and no one (especially, no one at the New York Times) is saying any of this. I wish I could feel that someone there was at least listening.
Russell D. Hoffman
To stop NASA's dangerous upcoming August 18th, 1999 flyby of Earth by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, with its deadly cargo of 72.3 pounds of plutonium 238 dioxide, arrogantly launched in 1997 amidst strong protests, please start by asking NASA for the 1995 Environmental Impact Statement for the Cassini Mission and all subsequent related documents. Tell them you need it IMMEDIATELY (members of the world press should do this too). All citizens of the world are ENTITLED to these documents because of the global threat Cassini poses. Here's where to get information:
Cassini Public Information
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena CA 91109
NASA states that they do not have the resources anymore to answer most emails they receive. Liars! They have $13 billion dollars to play with. They can answer the public's questions. At least, ask them one specific question: How many letters did they get opposing Cassini today? (And tell them you oppose it too!) If each reader asks them that...
Here's NASA's "comments" email address:
Daniel Goldin is the head of NASA. Here's his email address:
Here's the NASA URL to find additional addresses to submit written questions to:
YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT NASA IS DOING TO YOUR HEALTH.
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