STOP CASSINI Newsletter #211 -- October 20th, 1999

Copyright (c) 1999

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To: Subscribers, government officials, members of the press

From: Russell David Hoffman, deeply concerned citizen

Re: I'd rather watch baseball: STOP CASSINI #211

Date: October 20th, 1999 -- 72 days before Y2K

This issue's subjects:

(1) Bill Smirnow -- seven worries, one very positive step:

These comments were originally addressed to Mary Olson and Scott Portzline and were posted on the Y2K-Nuclear forum.


Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 17:33:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [y2k-nuclear] MESSAGE FOR MARY & SCOTT RE Y2K/NUKES
Dear Mary & Scott,
I just got off the phone with John Stephenson of the Senate Y2K committee who's in touch with Senators Dodd & Bennett every day & is the lead person on Y2K electrical issues. He or anyone else on the Senate Y2K committee can be reached at: 202-224-5224. I passed along both your phone #s to him suggesting that he contact you & pointed out:

1. EDG failure rates since January 1, 1999 in the USA at:

2.The fact that NRC only mandates a 7 day back up supply of fuel for their reactors [he sounded surprised & a little alarmed]

3.CRAC-2 which I will be mailing a copy of to him at: ATTENTION: MR JOHN STEPHENSON
U.S. Senate
Dirksen Senate Office Building
Year 2000 Committee
B 40 Suite 3
Dirksen Building
Washington., D.C. 20510

4. The fact that Japan and the UK are at greater risk than most if not all countries because of their heavy dependence on digital technology

5. I forgot to mention the fact that the spent fuel pools are as much if not more of a danger than the reactors themselves & that they contain 400-500 [I previously, erroneously stated 4-5 times] the amount of radiation than do the reactors.

6. Also, that the reactors and spent fuel pools will meltdown and boil -off in periods as early as 40 minutes to 2 hours after loss of coolant in the case of reactors and anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks in the case of the fuel pools.

7. That BOTH reactors & spent fuel polls need constant cooling after any shutdown or meltdown or boil-off will result.

Anyone, and I'd suggest we ALL do call, that wants to call John Stephenson to express our STRONG CONCERN about this entire PRE- CHERNOBYL scenario can reach him at: 202-224-5224. In particular from the conversation I think we can at least get them to stoke up on the back up fuel and hopefully much more.

-Bill Smirnow
Was the salesman clueless?
Productopia has the answers. home: - Simplifying group communications


(2) Comments about THE EFFECT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS from Bob Tiller, PSR:

Bill Smirnow has regularly sent out to world leaders, in the hope that they will listen (and quickly), the article originally published in STOP CASSINI newsletter #123 called THE EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. We also believe that article is very important and mention it regularly in the newsletters.

Bill recently sent a copy of the article to Bob Tiller, of Physicians for Social Responsibility. We received the following letter from Mr. Tiller:


At 12:40 PM 10/20/99 -0400, Bob Tiller wrote:

Thank you very much for your posting about the effects of nuclear war. This type of information is very important, and we need to keep publicizing it, both to ourselves and to the general public. I appreciate the fact that you are circulating this.

May I inquire about the sources used for the first half, i.e. the section on health, radiation, blast and so forth? You mentioned some sources related to EMP, and you mentioned the 1962 AEC booklet. Are there other sources that you used relating to health and radiation?

Bob Tiller


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

To: Bob Tiller
cc: Bill Smirnow
From: Russell Hoffman
Re: The Effects of Nuclear Weapons
Date: October 20th,1999

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your kind words [shown above].

What were my sources besides those listed? As I submitted to you recently [in a formal resume for the position he posted on the Internet, which we presented in newsletter #199], I have studied many things, and work professionally writing educational software. In that capacity I have studied the human heart for one tutorial, and mechanical pumps of all sorts for another. A third one is a first semester statistics course, soon to be released (my father wrote it, while I programmed it). I have also studied computer hardware including everything from lasers to printers, all manners of electronics and mechanics, energy waves and pulses, rise time, fall time, leading edge and other things. For example I have studied, albeit on my own, all the way through graduate-level electronics for scientists, including the use of electronics in medicine, as for prosthetic devices, for example. The electronics was studied specifically because I wanted to understand how the machine that ran the software I was writing actually performed its part of the operation. Now I know.

Therefore, for anyone such as myself, the fact that, for example, those who are very close to "ground zero" won't have time to "know what hit them" by the radiation blast was self-evident. They are truly the lucky ones -- but they are also the ones we all think we will be, and it just isn't going to be like that (I don't say "if it happens" anymore; with the current world policies, a nuclear war, however limited, in inevitable, As surely as accidents just happen, so do misunderstandings that lead to war. Too many people have nuclear weapons, and they have been told the damages are about one hundredth of what they really are, making "use" seem like a better option than it really is. So I don't say "if" anymore, I say "when".)

Many of the particulars for that article on the delayed radiation effects on human health were developed during and from conversations with Pamela Blockey-O'Brien, who seems to know just about everything, and writes extremely well about it (and passionately, too!) and much of my best stuff has had her mark on it the past few years and she has, in effect, trained me. But there were a number of ways I cross-checked even her awesome knowledge base. I have read countless books myself over the past 25 or 28 years or so that I have been concerned about the issue (since I was about 14 or 15), unfortunately most of them 20 years ago or more, which discussed, at least in laymen's terms, the medical aspects of radiation ("Irrevy", by Gofman, is still on my bookshelf, but there were many others -- We Almost Lost Detroit was one. I forget all the titles. I think I had access to a copy of the government report (The Effects of Nuclear Weapons) when I was a kid, too, but I purchased my copy a few years ago just because I saw it in a used bookstore and it had a "nuclear bomb effects computer" in the back (actually sort of a circular slide rule sort of thing). I bought it for the toy inside, in other words. I was not deeply involved in the nuclear debate at the time, although I had regularly sent letters to my local papers whenever the opportunity arose. [)]

After getting interested in the Cassini debate subsequent to getting a letter from Karl Grossman about the problem, I had a number of conversations with Dr. Gofman, the late Dr. Karl Z. Morgan, Dr. Ernest Sternglass, Dr. Jay Gould, and others. These conversations were sometimes quite extensive and total several of the most interesting hours of my life. I have also spoken once or twice with Dr. Caldicott, Dr. Kaku, and also with many others. These all occurred prior to writing that article. I also have done a lot more reading since joining the Cassini battle, mostly on the Internet and through emails sent me. Dr. Rosalie Bertell, whom I have never worked with, wrote some excellent documents I recall seeing early on in my Cassini battle.

So it's hard to say where exactly any of the knowledge came from, but it was read to Pamela prior to publication although she may not have seen the very latest version, and anyway any errors are regrettably and without doubt, mine.

The Government publication is quite specific and should be required to be in every school library in the country, although obviously, it doesn't adequately address the serious issues of the political uselessness of these weapons, the way they have destroyed our democracy, bankrupted us, and have not stopped war, and perhaps worst of all, have not eliminated the threat that they will some day be used against us, or by us.

Thanks again for your letter and I hope this satisfactorily answers your question. If not, feel free to inquire about a specific fact and I'll try to document the source more exactly.


Russell Hoffman
The Effects of Nuclear Weapons

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

The world can be divided into two kinds of people: Those who have read The Effects of Nuclear Weapons, understand it, and also understand that their role, however small and insignificant it might appear, is important, and those who either haven't read it, or don't understand it, or don't believe it. Of those who have not read it, grasped it, and grasped their own importance, I would bet that there are ten thousand who have not read it for every one who does not believe it, and I tried to write it so there would be as few who don't understand it as possible. But as to how important the reader is, that is up to them to judge for themselves. I would be willing to bet that Richard Greenberg never read "The Effects of Nuclear Weapons". He certainly never called and said they want to turn it into a 60 Minutes special edition. -- rdh

(3) Unsubscribe "STOP Y2K" newsletter? No such animal:


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To: "Russell D. Hoffman"
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1999 -- 75 days before Y2K
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----- MY RESPONSE: -----


You're funny in an abusive sort of way, Mr. Doody. The majority of issue #209 was very space-related, which you would know if you had read it more carefully.

The newsletters remain extremely relevant to the dastardly deeds you commit. Your request is denied.

-- Russell

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

What's really funny is while David Doody tries to "unsubscribe" because the newsletter is too Y2K-oriented (but he's not really a subscriber), Richard Greenberg (who is -- or rather, was) wishes to unsubscribe because Cassini is old news (that was his main complaint, anyway). (For other letters from/to David Doody, see newsletters #146, #170, and #202.) -- rdh

(4) Silenced at 60 Minutes (the saga continues):

The good news is, a member of the media broke their Code of Silence and actually CALLED YH&OS! Unfortunately the bad news is it was Richard Greenberg, Producer of 60 Minutes, just saying a third time what he had already put in writing twice (as published in newsletter #210) --"unsubscribe me".

After the call, which was fairly brief, I wrote him the following:


Dear Sir:

Regarding your phone call to me just a few minutes ago, you stated that you were offended by my tone, for some reason. You actually called me up to tell me what you had already made clear in your two letters, namely that you want to be "unsubscribed".

I believe if you want to make a formal complaint of some sort, you (or your lawyer) should contact my lawyer [gave him the name] but I am not interested in hearing your personal views about me. I have tried to inform you honestly and diligently about a crisis that is occurring in America and around the world, one that is just 73 days away. If you find me insulting, that is unfortunate, but utterly irrelevant. I find you downright gruesome and crude, but that doesn't mean you aren't important.

Considering it was also clear from your comments that you didn't even know that the main topic of my newsletter is now "Y2K" and not "Cassini, it's pretty clear how little of my newsletters you've actually read.

You said there are other people at CBS News who are handling Y2K, Cassini and space and nuclear issues, but you did not give me their names. CBS News cannot always decide what is news -- circumstances and events decide.

You said, "I don't really feel a great need to, to, to, you know, be reading your email at this point. Okay?"

No, it's not okay. It's insulting. And it's dangerous. As I described in my letter to you [previously published in newsletter #210], you have a duty to the public because the public has given you an important and coveted channel of communication. You say you don't feel a great need to be reading my email, yet clearly, you haven't been reading them anyway, so how would you know?

You accuse me of somehow insulting you? You call me up -- Richard Greenberg, Producer of 60 Minutes, hasn't had a thing to say to me, and has had nothing to ask me in two years, since before the launch of Cassini, but 73 days before Y2K he makes his stand against me! How timely. Why didn't you do a story about how Mars Climate Orbiter proved me right? Don't you correct your mistakes after subsequent events prove your kowtowing to NASA was wrong?

Instead, you accuse me of being insulting. Your desire to censor my words, which has been going on for more than two years now, is more insulting than anything I could ever say about you.

You will not be "unsubscribed" and please do not call me again unless it's for an interview. If you feel this policy is in error, I suggest you step down from your position as Producer of one of the most watched news shows in the world.


Russell Hoffman
Peace Activist
Carlsbad, CA


We then "unsubscribed him" after all, because when we checked the records we found that he had voluntarily subscribed prior to the Cassini launch and was NOT on our self-developed (and thus, unrequested) media distribution list. Although with media we really don't see what difference it makes right now, since these events (Cassini, MCO, Tokaimura, Chernobyl, TMI, bubbles in Hanford, seepage in Beatty Nevada, "The Effects of Nuclear Weapons", etc.) are all closely related and the absolute most dire threats to human health, and they far outweigh virtually every other threat to life on Earth. But since he was one of only a few media people at all who had subscribed. I decided to drop him as he desired, if only because he obviously doesn't like me will not be listening to anything with my name on it.

(Contrast this with Jeff Nyquist and his crowd, who were added after he pretended to debate me, so, that is to say, not simply for being a reporter but rather, for being both a reporter and a jerk at the same time. Greenberg only became a jerk when he actually had the nerve to call me, after not having done a thing one way or the other, through thick and thin (thick skulls, thinly veiled lies) in the last two years, when his two emails didn't work. It is clear, in fact unequivocal, that he called in order to intimidate me (which, as he could see, wasn't working one little bit in his emails). That made him the biggest jerk I've ever dealt with from any news media, ever in my life (and that's probably hundreds of people).

It's funny how the people at the top are always the biggest jerks. And it's funny how the guy in control of just about the biggest news organization in the world takes time out from his busy schedule to pick a fight with just about the smallest gnat on the planet -- YH&OS -- in order to tell me that not one word I've ever sent him has made a damned bit of difference to him. He's on to other matters, more pressing than his own planet's rape, strangulation and mutilation by unstoppable nuclear explosions big and small.) We live on the planet of the damned, thanks to small minds with big media control. What else is new?

I may only be a messenger, but the shear volume and passion in the letters I have received in the past two+ years proves beyond doubt that my message is one that touches many hearts and minds. True, my detractors are sometimes quite strident, almost always rich and powerful, and generally amply good at appearing to be many when in fact they are few, but still, I am only the messenger, and the message will be delivered by others if my channels are blocked. The message is as unstoppable as the deaths from the "demon hot atom" are. Sooner or later, the message will get through. The sooner the better. Maybe THAT is my message. Also, STAY HOME FOR Y2K, which as far as I know, I originated, and it's growing. Michael Jackson just cancelled a pair of concerts (he said he was upset about some family matters.) Numerous other events have been cancelled in the last few months. And many hotels are surprised to still have open slots this late (which they offer for princely sums nonetheless, knowing the slots will continue to fill (despite my suggestions). I warn not that the world is doomed, it may not be. But, on the other hand, Y2K may be one hell of a day of reckoning. It is surely 1000, and perhaps a 1,000,000 times more dangerous than your average day. Many near-meltdowns and several partial meltdowns have already happened. Near-nuclear wars have happened. All these things happening again, and worse, are daily dangers we do not need to face.

Even if only ONE nuclear war occurs, by accident or on purpose, it will mean American leaders, Russian leaders, and all other leaders have failed equally, and have committed a crime against the 6 billion. How many people REALLY support nuclear weapons, or nuclear power, or the fraud that goes with them, on this Earth?

Find me just one newborn infant, of the roughly billion born in the past decade, who would want to grow up on a post-nuclear war planet? A planet where the weapons-holders defy logic, and spend trillions building the weapons they then merely hold and never even use, possibly causing their own potential deaths and other catastrophes if anything goes wrong, and surely condemning their descendents to a financial and ecological burden of the worst sort? This isn't like leaving the family farm with a rusty car or two on it!

What infant would think that the current state of nuclear madness was in fact a sane option, if you could present the idea to the blessed darlings, in all their youthful innocence? Children don't like these things! But have the military allowed those 100 million children to vote on whether we build schools and technological bridges to the future, or instead build (and perhaps use) weapons of mass destruction and environmental degradation, which do not work anyway? Well no, of course not. We keep on building the weapons, as if we are going to use them, and so does everyone else. Utter lunacy without excuse. But that is NOT the worst of it! Just to prove they are in charge, they won't even let us pass the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty! They trot out Defense Secretary Cohen (who my understanding is, has about as much military acumen as a cow) who heartily endorsed the treaty (I wanted to hug him, myself), only to have it voted down. High drama? No, not at all. Vaudevillian, with the emphasis on "villian". But of course, the CTBT isn't even one thousandth of what we really need to do, as a species! Now who's acting like a child?

I "unsubscribed" Greenberg with the following letter, along with the 50 question-quiz as presented in newsletter #197. I didn't mention anything about how I bet he wouldn't try to "unsubscribe" from Gaddafi's newsletter (if he has one), or from Arafat's (if he has one). I'm just another peace-loving environmentalist, which makes me a terrorist as far as the United States Government is concerned, and as far as Mr. Greenberg is concerned, I'm not even worth that (whatever "that" is). But, at least reasonable people all over the world see through the cold shoulders of the mass-deception media, the government run-around with the EISs and so forth, and the way our democracy has been destroyed by the science of weapons, when the science of compassion was what was needed.

Greenberg's choosing to leave less than 80 days before Y2K, because "Cassini is over" is news. His having voluntarily subscribed was the determining factor by which I have decided to "unsubscribe" him, although for those media who want to subscribe just so they can unsubscribe after Y2K, all bets are officially off.

Besides, he's obviously deaf to anything we'll ever say, and has been for nearly two hundred issues of the STOP CASSINI newsletter. He had subscribed prior to launch, after he and this editor had talked once, and there has never been any further contact from him or from CBS news on any issue, ever.

We described CBS's one big report on Cassini as "a (brief) but well-balanced 60 Minutes piece featuring Dr. John Gofman" in newsletter #53 (October 6th, 1999) and in newsletter #60, October 30th, we added about the same show, "When CBS's 60 Minutes recently reported on Cassini as if it were a local debate centered around the launch, they were nearly as short-sighted as NASA itself."

"I'm not covering Y2K" is what the producer of 60 Minutes had to say, 73 days before Y2K.

That's about the same as saying, "I'm not covering any issues concerning America going to war" on December 6th, 1941, a day that will live in near-irrelevancy. True, the machines might not bite on Y2K-day. Nevertheless, the dangers from nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants persist day after day after day because the media, the government, and the public allow it. There is NO technological reason these things need to exist on Earth. And it deserves far, far more than 60 minutes of everyone's time right now. And each of us has both a right and a duty to endeavor to tell every other person about what the dangers are which we face. And media have a greater burden, which came when the people granted them by their operating licenses to inform the public. -- rdh


From: "Russell D. Hoffman"
Re: Your request to unsubscribe


You have been "unsubscribed" from the STOP CASSINI newsletter list effective with newsletter #210 sent out yesterday. Further comments about why you are being "unsubscribed" are included in newsletter #211 which will be available online shortly after publication.

In any event thank you for having subscribed in the past, even though there is little doubt you have barely read, and haven't trusted at all, my words, since surely you would have acted upon them at some point, or at least would have realized they went way beyond "Cassini" in relevance to modern technological wonders and dangers and what we can and should do about them.

I am, of course, sorry to see you go and am offended that you would do this 73 days before Y2K, just because "Cassini" is over. Besides, "Cassini ain't "over" till it's over" -- until it circles Saturn, sends back useful data, then crashes "harmlessly" into Saturn or one of its moons (or whatever its final destination might be), and the data is considered precious even decades later, and other nuclear launches have been stopped or not, as mankind will decide its fate. And, will God watch us be fools? So far, that is practically all He has seen.

Cassini could go dead tomorrow. Will you "resubscribe" then?

There is so much you can do to serve humanity: I hope you will work to oppose nuclear launches and other nuclear horrors in your own way, because they are crimes against humanity, pure and simple, and I hope you will learn about these issues in all their dreadful complexity from someone, if you will not learn it from me. What, that I have written, can you disprove? Can you even prove to me that MCO was real?

If it's not too much trouble, please take the time to answer The Cassini Quiz, shown below, and return it to me, so that I can gauge the effectiveness of my presentation these past several hundred issues, though I guess in your case, the answer is already obvious (with all due respect).

Thank you in advance.


Russell Hoffman
Founder & Editor
STOP CASSINI newsletter


[FIFTY CASSINI QUESTIONS as seen in newsletter #197 was also included]


In the words of many a famous warrior, PYB. Pick Your Battles. This one isn't worth fighting, since I have mixed emotions anyway, because he actually subscribed a long time ago. But I hope he doesn't think he made me a fan of 60 Minutes! I'd rather watch baseball. (It has occurred to me that the timing of Mr. Greenberg's "unsubscribe" email might simply indicate he's a Red Sox fan.) -- rdh

(5) 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:


NASA should never have been allowed to launch monstrosities like Cassini and Galileo (which recently suffered a nine-hour "lost in space" anomoly (NASA calls it "safe mode" which is the opposite of what it really is) just before it did a flyby of Io), but the next breed -- such as Europa Orbiter and Pluto-Kuiper Express are not much better and the policy is being set for greatly increased rates of missions! The danger continues! To complain to NASA about their future nuclear space probes, here are two addresses you can use:

For Europa Orbiter:
Europa Orbiter comments"

For Pluto-Kuiper Express:
"Pluto-Kuiper Express comments"

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
Phone -- (202) 456-1111
Fax -- (202) 456-2461
e-mail --

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

Secretary William Cohen
1000 Defense
The Pentagon
Washington D.C. 20301
Phone -- (703) 695-6352

Secretary Bill Richardson
Department of Energy (DoE)
1000 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C. 20585
Phone -- (202) 586-6210
fax -- (202) 586-4403

Always include your full name and postal address in all correspondence to any Government official of any country, because otherwise they will throw it out unread, or hand it directly to their police force to try to identify the author. (Thus, nothing good will come of it.) Also, ALWAYS include a personal message of some sort, indicating YOUR OWN VIEWS, even if you include a lot of material written by other people (me, for instance).

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(7) 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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