STOP CASSINI Newsletter #202 -- October 5th, 1999

Copyright (c) 1999

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To: Subscribers, government officials, members of the press

From: Russell David Hoffman, very concerned citizen

Re: What does "sheesh" mean?: STOP CASSINI #202

Date: October 5th, 1999

"There can be no democracy without truth, no justice without mercy, and no nuclear dispersals without ill consequences."

This issue's subjects:

(1) Yes, that really happened -- they took off their clothes!


The last poem we sent out (this morning, in a separate emailing) included lines about Dr. Patch Adams (the REAL Dr. Adams) and Dr. Helen Caldicott (and scores of other people) doffing to the buff for the Y2K-nuclear cause. That really happened! It is utterly irresponsible of the major media not to cover this story -- lots of things are covered even though they are obvious publicity stunts. But this was really pretty amazing, yet it went virtually unnoticed! Of my two local papers, one did nothing (San Diego Union Tribune) and the other (North County Times) had two little paragraphs with no pictures, even from afar, even head shots.

But it *IS* news! It's a desperate act by some of the world's most-loved and respected people. It's amazing. It's filthy that TIME magazine doesn't put Dr. Caldicott on their cover in the next few weeks -- naked, clothed, whatever. Her message is vital.

The poem, titled NO TIME LEFT, which we sent out this morning to the regular STOP CASSINI list, is available online here:

-- Russell D. Hoffman

(2) Soldier of a non-violent revolution (A poem by Elena Baltzis):


From: "Elena Baltzis"
To: "Russell D. Hoffman"
Subject: a forgotten peace
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 1999 09:13:30 -0700

Who's to say we deserve to see tomorrow

or that it was the one sure thing to come.

Now so long lost from our long forgiving mother of the earth,

she has now grown old and tired.

All her children have cut her humble heart out and dragged it though the radiated wasteland

YOU did this, you hungry, greedy evil little human,

nature should have crushed you while she still could.

The war that never ended consumed our minds and bodies.

Our souls long since shattered, we've forgotten our god given right to emotion.

Cold and brittle, fueled by cancer and money and pain.

And the righteous few are subject to whatever miseries the powerful conjured up in their lost demented heads.

So after everything death is our reward. Fast asleep after being so abused buried in the comfort of contamination.

Thanks to all of our world leaders for rushing us along, thanks to all the simple people who need so badly to be governed.

You have taken everything from everything and left a barren rock covered in the bloody ashes of a time when life was a gift.


Soldier of a Non-Violent Revolution


Not crying for the loss of our planet yet? Not yet willing to fight (or at least strip naked) for the truth about radiation? Try this next item. -- rdh

(3) More comments on previous Y2K poetry:

This next letter refers to the poem Y2K IS COMING, located at this URL:


At 10:05 PM 10/4/99 -0700, Mona wrote:

You said I was the first to read your poem. After reading it I stepped
outside and cried.
Bouncing down lines of prose...reading the already-familiar
phrases and terms I felt almost numb~
Y2K is everywhere.(( shudders))
I should be doing more than I am....we all should.
It is very clear. ((hears a bell ring:::::::))
Nuclear power is bad.(feels the truth.)
Y2k is a mess. You and I talk about it all the time.
We are killing ourselves in this process we call life....ironic.
Russell, in our many discussions, you have told me, you believe that
some cancers are caused by the irresponsible people in charge of our
world...our planet. Your brother was a victim. We are all victims.
Everything is everything. You can study any life science and discover
this is an underlying fact....all things are connected. Everything is
relative....even our relatives. I haven't spoken to my sister in five
years. Our different opinions have kept a wedge between our
communications. I just found out she has cancer, like your brother.
Your poem just reminded me we are all mortal.
Less than 100 days to make amends.
Get things in order.

By the way, thanks for your passion in saving our planet.

Sincerely, your friend [...]


----- MY RESPONSE: -----

Oh, dear Mona, I'm so saddened to hear about your sister.

I was fighting with Randy when we found out he was sick... I just happened to write about it today, and I think you'll find something in here for you to think about, perhaps comfort or help you figure out what to do:


Hi Andy!

What I really hate about that "demon hot atom" is that it takes away people's loved ones. I still cry over losing my brother Randy, even though we had been fighting (and not speaking) for several years when he got sick, and even though the whole family saw him as damned near worthless at the time (other than being a great (in our eyes, at least) composer of "classical" music). A drunkard, a drug addict, a failure... a man after my own heart. Sure we fought, but even our younger brother Daniel never understood how little it mattered to Randy or I; what was important was that the contact we made -- even the anger, was genuine. Randy never denied I had good reasons to be mad at him. THAT's brotherly love, even at its worst, and I knew it, and he knew it, and oh, how sad it is to lose someone you are fighting with -- you can't make it all right ever. (Of course, we stopped fighting when he got sick, and I visited him in the hospital, and we hugged and talked, and had he lived, the fight would have been history).

So when you sent me the letter from Leslie Brown, my heart split apart. I know no one can stop death, but we can often easily delay it, and that is a very worthy goal. A lifetime together is better than an early death for one member of a team because some military jackasses couldn't stop setting off their radioactive explosions and some nuclear industrial madmen couldn't stop spewing out they're radioactive poisons.

I will be doing more reports on thyroid cancer and the connection to the "demon hot atom" soon.




Love to you and your family and I wish the best for your sister,




Losing a loved one to cancer, leukemia, or losing a child, infant, or fetus to birth defects, is no fun. Those interested in reading more about Randy's last days can visit this URL, where I wrote about it around the time he died:

(4) A question to Donald Kerr from Pamela Blockey-O'Brien:

I read to Pamela the "Who's Who" list of spooks who run SAIC which I published in the last newsletter (#201). That is the same company which Woody Smith, Curator of the Internet for NASA works for. Pamela asked me to pass a question on to one of those people, whom she had met some time ago, Donald Kerr, former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Since there is little question that staff members of SAIC read this stuff (if for no other reason than so that Dr. Planarian can ask me what I know about nuclear reactors near D. C.) here is the question:


To: Donald Kerr
From: Pamela Blockey-O'Brien
Date: October 4th, 1999

Do you remember, in the 80's, when a small group of U. S. citizens, using their own savings and limited resources, walked from California to Moscow? (Unfortunately, the last section, they had to fly in.) Do you remember how they came to Los Alamos? Do you remember how they prayed for peace there? Do you remember how they presented documents showing that it was the will of the peoples of the world that there be complete nuclear disarmament and abolition, and the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction and the upholding of human rights and protection of the environment everywhere? Do you remember it was called A WALK OF THE PEOPLE: A PILGRIMAGE FOR LIFE? Do you remember it met with Reagan's disarmament advisors, Thatcher's disarmament advisors, Mitterands' disarmament advisors? Do you remember it finally got to Moscow? Do you remember it carried letters from ordinary people along the route, and the support of 14 U. S. governors from the south and southeast, and the support of many world and religious leaders? Do you remember that every secret service organization in the world was watching this walk? Do you remember Andy Rictor, the social worker from North Carolina, who was a teacher at a school for retarded children in Mobile, Alabama, and who was legally blind, who walked that route? Well, Andy is dead of radiation poisoning from the radiation-induced illnesses he got, protesting outside all your lousy facilities, Donald Kerr. Did you know that? Do you remember? Because thousands of people remember this small, brave groups. And do you remember that when Andy Rictor walked through Scotland, it was the coldest winter on record in years, and he had bleeding blood blisters on his feet, and the people in all the towns welcomed him with open arms? Do your remember, as they struggled across Scotland in the cold, one day covering 28 miles, arriving in a small hamlet, a bagpiper, who normally plays for the queen, standing at the outskirts in full ceremonial dress, to "pipe" them into town? Do you remember, when they arrived on French soil, the French press hailed them, as the twelve apostles of peace? Do you remember how they carried the hopes of the world to the governments, because the governments were doing nothing, just as they are today? If you remember, let us sit on international television and discuss what the peoples of the earth wanted, again. Where is your conscience? Those walkers repeated countless times, the Bibilical injunction to "choose life that thou and thy children may live", which was also the prevailing motif when over a million people marched past the U.N. on June 12th, 1982, demanding the same thing.

If you have forgotten, and if you have lost the button that said on it, 'A walk of the people -- A pilgrimage for life, California to Moscow' that the walkers left for you as a gift and a reminder at Los Alamos, I will send you another one, in memory of Andrew Rector and every other person or living thing in this world that has died or become ill as a result of the radioactive poisoning of the planet.

--Pamela Blockey-O'Brien. (Former International Coordinator and one of the main organizers of A Walk of the People -- A Pilgrimage for Life, California to Moscow, as told to Russell Hoffman October 4th,1999.)


(5) Getting all the grandmothers together (great way to tell the authorities what you think):

This item picks up after I sent a letter saying, in short, that one more web site won't change things right now. We pick up the discussion where "Karin" responds, with my most recent letter imbedded:


At 06:49 PM 10/5/99 -0700, you wrote:

Subject: [y2k-nuclear] Re: new site:

Sara's "co-conspirator" Karin is responding...

--- "Russell D. Hoffman" wrote:
Dear Sara,

Begging your pardon, but I think we need more naked truth! This is not the place or the time for "let's build a web site and see who visits".

We are not waiting to see who visits it. We are actively marketing it to a specific population believing that one mother or grandmother or some-other "other" will pass it on via cyberspace to others who will pass it on. The internet we believe is the quickest and most expedient way to reach people. We have made it very easy for a person to spend about two minutes to sign a petition and email it to their governor, another half minute to sign the WASH petition, and a way that people can easily email every head-of-state on the planet. We know it is less than 3 months away and that is why we are in a hurry. We ask only that you send it out to your lists. Some will not pay attention but some will and they will see the opportunity of being heard and will send to others, and so on. If you can send it out to your lists, it can only be helpful -- a special personal blurb might help even more -- or if you are too busy, you can go to the bottom of the main page and click on recommend a site. If you are too busy to send to all on your list, pick those most likely to respond -- mothers, grandmothers, people who would most likely post to their lists.

What there aren't enough of, besides mass media attention, is enough of us getting that one other person to be active TODAY so that one becomes two, two becomes four, and four becomes eight (the opposite of a half-life).

THAT is exactly what we are trying to do.

I stand by my opinion that there are plenty of good web sites, and that Marvin's idea that sending out stuff (pulled from the Y2K-Nuclear list, for instance, as I often do) to your own set of contacts is more important than another web sit is correct (of course, I've got one, but then, so do you!)

We need to do all of it! Whatever we can. If you wish to send out stuff off the web to people that is great. A packet would be terrific. We could even refer those responding to MothersAlert to you for those wanting hard copy information. [Note: NOT a good idea! Generally, I don't do paper and haven't in years! My standard M.O. (as my readers may know) is emailing this newsletter, and a personal web site ( ) which has had over 5,000,000 "hits" since 1995. -- rdh]

That's why I've switched to poetry -- one good poem can get more attention that 201 dreary issues of my newsletters, I've discovered (all posted online). I have another one which I'll post on the list in a minute, written by someone else (not me) but at least as good as any of mine. Why poetry? Because web sites don't work! Maybe poetry will -- it's something else to try.

Why not post the poetry so that others can share it - perhaps linked to web sites. We can link it to Mothers Alert.

It takes a long time to build a high-quality web site. Not something that is likely to be done in less than three months, but good luck.

The web site is done, though we are adding daily to news briefs.

Here's two web sites I personally have nothing to do with but which I admire, that we should all send everyone we know to:

Thanks for the tips. We will link them.

or we can all write to President Clinton:

You can do this right from Mothers Alert website

or write to the Veep:

This too!

But the main thing is, get out and make contact with -- and lead -- PEOPLE. Lead your friends, neighbors, and your collection of Internet contacts (we all have them).

But it is too late, I'm afraid, for passively

We are not being passive. We are marketing it via webrings, forums, contacting other web sites, search engines, directories - but the most important is getting people to send out to their lists (that is how we gather those numbers.)

carrying electronic signs. That's my opinion, but if after this letter, you still are sure that your best contribution is another web site (yours IS very beautiful,

Thank You.

as I recall when I visited it a few months ago),

Visit it again. It was very much in its draft and infancy stage only about a month ago

then by all means do it. But afterwards, send your own letters to your congresspersons, and to the president and to everyone you know! Web sites are passive, emails are active.

That is what the whole web site is about -- emails!

It is a time for action. Talk to people. Mention Y2K in every conversation you can. Every mindless sales call. You can wake them up by telling them, "I'm naked right now to protest

The "naked not nukes" idea is actually an excellent one which WOULD get media attention!

We will win this battle only when everyone believes it can be done. We have 87 days and a few hours. Sincerely,

Russell Hoffman
Fully clothed (at the moment) in Carlsbad, California

Believe in miracles. 87 days is more than enough time to save a world that only took 7 days to create.


----- MY RESPONSE: -----


Great answer, Karin! I'll repost your web address in my next newsletter (#202) and suggest everyone (not just Grandmothers) use it to convey their message.

By the way, in an act of desperation (we are all somewhat desperate now, I think) I just asked my friend Robert Sterling of what he would do if he wanted to save the world (which he said he didn't want to do). He said, "I'd get a bunch of grandmothers together and whatever thing I was trying to stop, I'd have them rush the headquarters or whatever it was, and REFUSE to leave until they get to speak to the administrator or whatever they want to do to embarrass them or heighten the cause, that's what they should do. Nobody wants to beat up grandmothers. It's one thing to beat up smart-assed punks like myself, it's another thing to beat the sh&t out of granny!"

He continued, "Basically, everything you try to oppose, you link to pure evil, like recently I wrote an article about the Barbie Doll, and where I linked it to Satanism, Nazism, and the CIA."

I then asked Mr. Sterling if he believed what he was writing. "Like that matters?" he asked.

Many thanks for your answer and your web site, Sara and Karin!

Russell Hoffman

----- END OF MY RESPONSE -----

Mr. Sterling currently has the 38th most popular home page on the hot 100 chart run by: where it is his fifth week in the top 100 and his first week in the "top 40".

My own web site ( ) is currently #108,836 according to data shown with Netscape's "What's Related" button, with 427 pages and 766 links to the site from elsewhere on the web. It say's is around 77,000, and is around 11,000 (with 727 links to it on the web). For comparison, the Netscape "What's Related" button currently lists as the 2356th most popular web site. NASA's web site is thus only about 46.2 times more popular than mine (108,836 / 2356 = 46.195246...)!

Robert Sterling, a master of non-konformity, has promised to work on additional concepts for how to get the Y2K-nuclear agenda to the forefront of the media. I promised him the dictatorship of a small country in return. -- rdh

(6) DOE Nuclear Infrastructure scoping meeting rescheduled:

We received another postcard from the United States Department of Energy, Germantown, MD, 20874-1290. It tells us the October 26, 1999 scoping meeting has been rescheduled for October 27th, 1999, 2-5 pm, as The Marriot at Metro Center, 775 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC (phone (202) 737-2200).

Jonathan Mark prepared an excellent statement which we will present in the next newsletter along with our own additional comments, which we sent to DoE (the Death of the Earth Squad).

(7) David Doody's solemn duty now includes telling me what "sheesh" means:

It appears that David F. Doody, Operations Lead, Cassini Mission Support & Service Office, NASA, ( ) is not one to miss a trick. A planet, maybe, but not a trick. He evidently noticed that the word "Cassini" did not appear in the poem we sent out this morning and by the end of the day had sent in the following email:


Date: Tue, 5 Oct 1999 14:28:00 -0700
To: "Russell D. Hoffman"
From: David F Doody
Subject: Re: There's no time ( a poem by Russell D. Hoffman, October 5th, 1999



----- MY RESPONSE: -----

Dear Sir,

Do you really think that there are some portions of the nuclear issue to which your beloved Cassini is not related? Do you really think your 400,000 Curies of hot mutant death are somehow unrelated to Trinity, Alamagordo, Bikini, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokaimura, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Hanford's latest bubble, and the idle hands that do the work that comes from your own complacency?

Any word yet on when you'll have the answers to those questions I asked you before? How about the 50-question quiz? Surely you are aware of the deaths you have risked foisting on people? Surely you are aware that nobody buys the "one in one million" figure anymore? When you heard about MCO, what were your first thoughts? Were they anything like what a reporter told me Mary Beth Murrill said everyone else at NASA's first thoughts were?

And how about an official apology from you, now that MCO proved you and all the others there are human after all, and not the Gods you think yourselves to be? I mean, saying "sheesh" is the closest to acting human you've come to yet (as far as I know)!

And it's really not very close. Downright uncivilized, if you ask me.

Russell D. Hoffman
Founder and Editor
STOP CASSINI newsletter

P.S. Please define "sheesh" as it is officially used at NASA. Thank you in advance.

----- END OF MY RESPONSE -----

We apologize to Mr. Doody if he thinks the poem was off-topic, but it really wasn't. It's all the same nightmare and he's deeply involved in it. -- rdh

(8) An apology to Dwayne Allen Day on behalf of the STOP CASSINI newsletter:

It seems that Jim Spellman, quite apologetically, did indeed feed us some bad information, and it was NOT Dwayne Allen Day who said the things attributed to him in newsletter #193 and discussed also in several later issues, and we have made corrections to those issues to indicate who really said what. We also sent, after a variety of "back and forths" he begs (he calls it demands) that we not publish, the following letter to Mr. Day:


To: Dwayne Allen Day
From: Russell D. Hoffman
cc: Jim Spellman
re: your many emails to me
Date: October 2nd, 1999 (third letter of today)

Dear Mr. Day,

I have made several corrective notes to newsletters #193, #194 and #199 and to the newsletter indexes. I hope you feel these corrections make it impossible for anyone to mis-attribute your words for anyone else's, or vice-versa.

The STOP CASSINI newsletter editor relies on the honesty, integrity, and careful attention to detail of its sources, as does any newspaper or electronic newsletter or anyone else, and we believe Jim Spellman made an honest error, and so on his behalf and on behalf of the STOP CASSINI newsletter, we regret the error and extend our apologies. However, your comments made in the public forum from which the errant items were clipped from, in and around the same items, wherein you refer to "MCO and the Cassini nuts" (which comments, were admittedly discovered in the course of correcting this mistake) we believe are unfair, inflammatory, politically-motivated and rude, and have also been noted.

Additionally, I reserve the right to publish anything else you have already sent me or ever send me, as well as anything I find of yours (or anyone else's) which you (or anyone else) has legitimately posted on any public forum, anywhere in the world, about any subject.

I will, however, (at least for the moment) refrain from publishing anything additional on the subject except this letter of apology, which will appear in a STOP CASSINI newsletter some time next week.

We hope you feel this closes the matter entirely. We also hope you will refrain from referring to the hard-working, honest, and dedicated activists who oppose Cassini as "nuts" unless you think you can prove it, in which case we invite your best efforts.


Russell D. Hoffman
Founder and Editor
STOP CASSINI newsletter


As of the publication date of this newsletter (October 5th, 1999) Mr. Day has evidently chosen not to defend his real -- and really outrageous -- remarks. -- rdh

(9) Nyquist runs, but he can't hide any more than anyone else can:

Jeff Nyquist, world famous writer for World Net Daily ( wrote the following letter to us recently:


At 10:42 AM 9/26/99 -0700, Jeff Nyquist ( ) wrote:

please don't send me emails any more. Take me off your list.



----- MY RESPONSE: -----

Dear Mr. Nyquist:

Regarding your email [shown above]:

Well, if that isn't admitting total, utter defeat I don't know what is! Thanks for not wanting to waste any more of my time with your inane and unfair insults and schoolyard barbs. There are facts to be discussed, and if you can't discuss them, it is undoubtedly best that you go away and not bother anyone.

Have a nice 93 days left to the millennium. I suspect even your apologies, should they ever come, will be utterly worthless after that.

-- rdh

----- END OF MY RESPONSE -----

I will be quite content to never hear from that lying scoundrel again. -- rdh

(10) United States Government official contact points:

NASA needs to be told in no uncertain terms they have lied too often to the public and we want a SEA CHANGE away from their nuclear policies!

To learn about the absurd excuses NASA used to launch Cassini and its 72.3 pounds of plutonium in 1997, ask them for the 1995 Environmental Impact Statement for the Cassini mission, and all subsequent documentation. At the same time, be sure to ask them for ANY and ALL documentation available on future uses of plutonium in space, including MILITARY, CIVILIAN, or "OTHER" (just in case they make a new category somehow!). To get this information, contact:

Cassini Public Information
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena CA 91109
(818) 354-5011 or
(818) 354-6478

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:


Be sure to "cc" the president and VP and your senators and congresspeople, too.

President Bill Clinton
White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20500; Ph. (202) 456-1111, Fax (202) 456-2461;
e-mail --

Vice President Albert Gore
White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,
N.W.,Washington, D.C. 20500;Ph. (202) 456-1414, Fax (202)
456-2461; e-mail --

Secretary William Cohen
1000 Defense
The Pentagon
Washington D.C. 20301

Secretary Bill Richardson
Department of Energy (DoE)
1000 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C. 20585
fax: 202-586-4403

Always include your full name and postal address in all correspondence to any Government official of any country.

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(12) Authorship notes and associated links:


Many of the issues presented by Russell Hoffman in this letter are based on conversations with Dr. John W. Gofman (who isolated the first working quantities of plutonium), the late Dr. Karl Z. Morgan (who was known as the "father of health physics"), Dr. Ernest Sternglass (who has done statistical studies about LLR), Dr. Jay Gould (ditto), Dr. Horst Poehler, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dr. Ross Wilcock and dozens of activists, as well as many others on both sides of the nuclear debates, including ex military nuke expert Jack Shannon (responsible for the design of the D2G Navy reactor, the most widely used reactor in the U. S. navy), award-winning investigative reporter Karl Grossman, ecologist and human rights advocate Pamela Blockey-O'Brien, etc. Also, I've read a few dozen books on the various subjects. And scads of government documents purporting to explain how something so dangerous can be safe. Professionally, my pump training software is used throughout the pump industry and even in some nuclear power plants around the world to train their staff about mechanical pumps. Any errors herein are regrettably my own, but I believe it would take an extremely unlikely preponderance of errors to invalidate my basic position on these issues.

Russell D. Hoffman, Carlsbad, California, Peace Activist, Environmentalist, High Tech Guru:

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