STOP CASSINI Newsletter #215 -- October 24th, 1999

Copyright (c) 1999

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To: Subscribers, government officials, members of the press

From: Russell David Hoffman, Founder and Editor (and not getting any younger)

Re: I seldom enjoy the British sense of humor: STOP CASSINI #215

Date: October 24th, 1999 -- 68 days before Y2K

This issue's subjects:

(1) Karl Grossman's presentation to the UN, October 21st, 1999:

Regular readers of this newsletter are familiar with award-winning journalist Karl Grossman, who first brought Cassini to my attention. -- rdh


Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 17:55:48 -0400
From: Karl Grossman
Subject: UN Presentation

Dear Russell,

Here's the presentation I made this week at the UN. I distributed a packet of material to the delegates and others at the talk containing the items referred to. If anyone wants the packet, they should e-mail me at with their snail-mail address and I will send it to them.


Karl Grossman
Professor, State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, Convenor, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Member, Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace of the International Association of University Presidents and the United Nations

Statement at the United Nations October 21, 1999

We have only a narrow window to prevent an arms race in space. The key is an international pact to ban all weapons in space, the original intent of the Outer Space Treaty. As Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Conference on Disarmament on January 26th of this year: space must be maintained "as a weapons-free environment."

We must all work together-and time is of the essence-to keep it that way.

The military of the United States of America is seeking-in the words of its Space Command-to "control space" and the Earth below. It desires to deploy weapons in space. The U.S. plans are explicitly laid out in various U.S. government documents.

These include the "Vision For 2020" report of the U.S. Space Command. Here's its cover depicting a laser weapon shooting a beam down from space zapping a target below.

And, the report proclaims in wording laid out like in the start of the Star Wars movies: "US Space Command-dominating the space dimension of military operations to protect US interests and investment. Integrating Space Forces into warfighting capabilities across the full spectrum of conflict."

"Vision for 2020" compares the U.S. effort to control space and the Earth below to how centuries ago "nations built navies to protect and enhance their commercial interests" by ruling the seas.

"Guardians of the High Frontier" calls space the "ultimate `high ground.'" It proudly displays a Space Command motto: "Master of Space."

"It's politically sensitive, but it's going to happen," General Joseph Ashy, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Space Command, has said. "Some people don't want to hear this, and it sure isn't in vogue, but-absolutely-we're going to fight in space. We're going to fight from space and we're going to fight into space….That's why the U.S. has development programs in directed energy and hit-to-kill mechanisms."

General Ashy spoke of "space control," the U.S. military's term for control of space, and "space force application," its definition of control of Earth from space. "We'll expand into these two missions," he said, "because they will become increasingly important. We will engage terrestrial targets someday-ships, airplanes, land targets-from space. We will engage targets in space, from space."

Far more than rhetoric is involved. Last year, a multi-million dollar contract was signed for a "Space-Based Laser Readiness Demonstrator." Here's the military's poster for this laser showing it firing its ray in space while a U.S. flag somehow waves in space above it.

Billions of dollars are being poured into what is now called U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense. Missile defense? In context, what the U.S. military appears to seek is largely to "control" and "dominate," not defend.

"With regard to space dominance, we have it, we like it, and we're going to keep it," Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Space Keith Hall, also director of the National Reconnaissance Office, has stated.

This article this month in the Albuquerque Journal begins: "U.S. military commanders are beginning to consider space as important an environment for war as they do land, sea and air."

"New World Vistas: Air And Space Power For The 2lst Century" states: "In the next two decades, new technologies will allow the fielding of space-based weapons of devastating effectiveness to be used to deliver energy and mass as force projection in tactical and strategic conflict…These advances will enable lasers with reasonable mass and cost to effect very many kills."

Such weapons will likely be nuclear-powered. Because "power limitations impose restrictions" on space weapons systems making them "relatively unfeasible….A natural technology to enable high power," New World Vistas says, "is nuclear power in space….Setting the emotional issues of nuclear power aside, this technology offers a viable alternative for large amounts of power in space."

The arming of the heavens is what we face-unless we stop it now.

Said Wang Xiaoyu, First Secretary of the Delegation of China to the Conference on Disarmament, at a seminar at the UN in Geneva on March 11 on "Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space" organized by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom:

"Outer space is the common heritage of human beings. It should be used entirely for peaceful purposes and for the economic, scientific, and cultural development of all countries as well as the well-being of mankind. It must not be weaponized and become another arena of the arms race."

The following day, at the plenary meeting of the Conference on Disarmament, Li Changhe, Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs of China, formally proposed reactivation of the ad hoc committee on Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space and having it "negotiate and conclude an international legal instrument banning the test, deployment and use of any weapons, weapon system and their components in outer space, with a view to preventing the weaponization of outer space."

China received wide support from other nations on the motion. I am embarrassed and chagrined to say that then and since, the U.S. has been blocking the call to activate the committee on PAROS.

Having space weapons-free was, in fact, the original intent of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, says Craig R. Eisendrath, a former U.S. State Department official who helped create the treaty.

Dr. Eisendrath told a workshop I led on weapons-in-space issues at the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference this June that it was in the wake of the Soviet launching of its Sputnik satellite in 1957 that the U.S. sought to "de-weaponize" space-before it got weaponized. The State Department, he explained, used the Antarctica Treaty as a model for the Outer Space Treaty.

The Outer Space Treaty, the fundamental international law on space, initiated by the U.S., United Kingdom and former Soviet Union and now signed by 91 nations, declaring that space shall be used "for peaceful purposes" and the "exploration and use of outer space…shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interest of all countries," ended up banning "nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction" in space.

It's high time we return to its original intent.

We have only a brief span of time to do so.

For if the U.S. moves forward with its military plans for space, other nations will follow. George Friedman, co-author of this book, "The Future of War: Power, Technology & American World Dominance in the 2lst Century"-yes, "American World Dominance in the 2lst Century"-claims that the U.S. can control the Earth for many years ahead because of its technological space prowess. Other nations-he names Russia, Japan and China-are just "passing blips," he says, "to compete with the U.S."

I've been to Russia; I've been to Japan; I've been to China. They are not passing technological "blips." If the United States moves to utilize space as the "ultimate high ground" militarily, to weaponize the heavens, other nations will follow-leading to a new arms race and ultimately war in space.

The people of the world must join with U.S. citizens to stop this move and all of us, together, work-as Secretary-General Annan said in January-"to codify principles which can ensure that outer space remains weapons-free."


Karl Grossman, full professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, has specialized in investigative reporting for 30 years. Books he has authored include "The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program's Nuclear Threat To Our Planet" (Common Courage Press). He is writer and narrator of the video documentaries "Nukes In Space: The Nuclearization and Weaponization of the Heavens" and "Nukes In Space 2: Unacceptable Risks" (EnviroVideo, Box 311, Fort Tilden, N.Y. 11965). He is a charter member of the Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace. He is convenor as well as a founder of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. Address: Karl Grossman, Box 1680, Sag Harbor, N.Y. 11963 (516) 725-2858 Fax: (516) 725-9338 E-Mail:

To reach the Global Network, telephone (352) 337-9274 or E-Mail: Its Web Site is:


These global issues are serious concerns, not only from the "world domination by a small group is a bad thing" point of view, but also from the point of view that this "war in space" is not really a war in space like you think of when you think of science fiction battles, so much as it is a war with incredibly deadly poisons which will occur a short distance above our heads. Gravity will bring the results of any war or war effort in space back down to Earth in a few year's time, and the results also spoil the area in space around Earth with "orbital debris". Nuclear waste from this warfront will poison our lands and our seas. The real war is not one nation against another, but both militaries -- all militaries -- united against the ecology of the Earth and the vast majority of the people on the Earth. We ALL lose by letting the world's military powers play this game, whether they actually fight it out some day or not. In poisoning space, Russia is probably slightly more evil than America. In writing treaties that work, the United Nations is inept. In protecting the health of the world by stopping the spread of the "demon hot atom" the United Nations in inept.

I would like to note that although Karl is a computer user, he is not a computer programmer or computer expert of any sort. It's too bad, because we really could use his help in the Y2K-nuclear battle. -- rdh

(2) NBC made-for-TV-addled-brains-disaster-movie to focus on Y2K issues -- or will it?:

There is an upcoming made-for-TV movie from NBC. First we present an article about it, and then our response. We are sorry that the spooksperson -- er, I mean spokesperson for one of the Nuclear Propaganda Institutes -- oops, I mean the electric generating stations' trade organization -- claims the trying to get people concerned about Y2K is like "yelling fire in a crowded theater".

It is much more like yelling "TURN OFF THE GAS, FOR GOD'S SAKES" in a room full of matches. -- rdh


Date: Sun, 24 Oct 1999 10:21:01 -0700
From: NHNE
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: [sedonay2k] Y2K: NEWS: TV movie to focus on Y2K problem

TV movie to focus on Y2K problem
The Kansas City Star
Date: 10/22/99 22:15,business/3773f278.a22,.html

On Jan. 1, 2000, computers malfunction in unexpected ways, causing global chaos, catapulting the Washington, D.C., Y2K crash team into a nonstop race to keep the most frightening consequences from happening...

Promos like that one began running this week for "Y2K," a Year 2000 suspense thriller on NBC. Unable to resist the temptation to exploit Y2K anxiety, NBC will air the made-for-TV movie on Sunday, Nov. 21, during ratings sweeps.

It has already alarmed some Y2K experts, whose greatest remaining fear is the potential for public panic in the weeks building up to Jan. 1, 2000.

"It's akin to yelling fire in a crowded theater," said John Castagna, spokesman for the Edison Electric Institute in Washington, a trade association of electric utilities that has spent billions fixing year 2000 problems. "It's absolutely the wrong thing to do."

Edison Electric has launched an aggressive letter-writing campaign to NBC affiliates -- including KSHB-TV Channel 41 in Kansas City -- urging them to either rethink airing the movie or provide free rebuttal time.

Relax, says NBC.

"If there is a concern, it's only because people haven't seen the movie yet," said Rosalyn Weinman, the network's executive vice president for broadcasting, who has seen rough cuts.

"I can assure you, it's a classic thriller. And if people in Y2K worry about this movie, it's like the transportation authority worried about the movie 'Speed' and what it says about buses."

KSHB-TV's programming director, Dana Boyd, said she wasn't aware of any controversy and would take the issue up with her boss. And Y2K planners with the Mid-America Regional Council also plan to discuss what they can do to ease the potential for panic.

The Warner Bros. studio had earlier rejected a similar Y2K project. In the NBC movie, actor Ken Olin ("L.A. Doctors") is crackerjack computer expert Nick Cromwell, who is recruited to work on the government's "Z2" (think zero-zero) project. And as the minutes tick down, he persuades his boss to ground all airplanes, just before the Eastern seaboard suffers a serious power outage. By using old-fashioned ingenuity, Cromwell saves the day. A happy ending. "Remember," one NBC spokeswoman says. "We work for General Electric, and they care very much about how this is perceived."

But the fear, the electric institute's Castagna said, is that "some audiences will not be able to separate fact and fiction." And without disclaimers running before the show airs, he envisions a "War of the Worlds" reaction in which some viewers will make bad decisions based on "bad television."

The North American Electric Reliability Council has added its own words of caution.

"We hope NBC will be a good corporate citizen and recognize the dangers involved in hyping a negative situation that could feed people's concerns," spokesman Eugene Gorzelnick said.

Don Meyer, spokesman for the Senate's Y2K committee, doesn't make too much of the movie, saying viewers are smart enough to separate fiction from fact. "The movie," he said, "is not likely to blur the lines anymore than the ripped-from-today's-headlines genre we see on 'Law & Order.' "

John Hall of the American Bankers Association, a group that in the past has been thin-skinned about Y2K, agreed.

"Of course, we would prefer the movie not be shown, but we're confident that people will see this as strictly entertainment," he said, "just as they did with 'Terminator II.' "


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

To: David Sunfellow, NHNE
cc: Y2K-nuclear list, Government Y2K authorities
From: Russell Hoffman, concerned citizen
Re: NBC Y2K disaster movie will be a disaster!
Date: Oct 24th, 1999

Dear David, others,

The same sort of hype surrounded NBC's last controversial production, called "Atomic Train", another made-for-tv-brains movie as is surrounding their upcoming "Y2K The Movie" production.

If you watched Atomic Train, you probably realized that in the end, the message was simply that emergency personnel had better do what they are told by the authorities above them, or things will go from bad to worse. DO NOT DISOBEY ORDERS! DO NOT ACT ON YOUR OWN INITIATIVE!

(There was a nice indication of the effects of the nuclear Electro-Magnetic Pulse for a blast close to the Earth, I'll say that, though.)

The NBC show will undoubtedly try to make clear the corporate-government-media view, that PANIC is the greatest danger to society surrounding Y2K. It isn't. The nuclear power industry is the greatest danger to society on Y2K or any day.

Prior to Atomic Train's release, there was much speculation about it discussing the dangers of radioactive meltdowns, spent fuel shipments and so forth, but that turned out to just be so much pre-release hype.

Atomic Train left a lot to be desired, but what would anyone expect from the media outlet owned and run by General Electric, who have built more nukes than anyone in America except, perhaps, Westinghouse?

And as for Y2K The Movie, it is clear that the hype is just to get people to turn on their sets, so they can watch another mind-controlling explanation of why rioting and "panic" is a bad idea. The movie may also be a preemptive strike against the other networks so that they won't want to produce Y2K movies, since the nuclear establishment doesn't have script-control over, say, FOX, or at least not nearly as much. Who wants to be second with a Y2K disaster movie?

What we will see from NBC will unquestionably be a whitewash, for, as the quote shown below from the article you presented shows, they are not about to say how dangerous the nuclear fuel cycle is. They are not about to explain why the nuclear power plants should be shut down TODAY (should have been shut down long ago). And it doesn't sound like it will discuss the de-alerting issue at all.

Everything nuclear will be running along just fine, and dollars-to-donuts says this show will be yet another attempt to tell the local police, firemen, EMT personnel, that they MUST DO WHAT THE BIG CHEESES IN WASHINGTON TELL THEM.

Y2K is all about de-alerting the nuclear weapons and shutting down the nuclear power plants. Every other issue is a red herring of one sort or another.


Russell Hoffman
peace activist
Carlsbad, CA

At 10:21 AM 10/24/99 -0700, the article NHNE sent stated (clip):

By using old-fashioned ingenuity, Cromwell saves the day. A happy ending.
"Remember," one NBC spokeswoman says. "We work for General Electric, and they care very much about how this is perceived."

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

I would like to add that the underlying plot in the Terminator movies was that the machines would sooner or later attack us, and that the way to win was to outsmart the machine before the main attack could take place. This is pretty much the situation we currently face in the Y2K-nuclear debate. It's too bad we don't have any friendly "Terminator" robots, so we have to do it ourselves! -- rdh

(3) Too many Y2K-nuclear emails? NO! Way too few! (+info on important Y2K video):

The following email exchange occurred on the Y2K-nuclear list recently -- rdh


At 11:24 AM 10/22/99 -0400, Alice Slater wrote the the Y2K-nuclear list:

Can I please be taken off this list? I'd like to access my mail on the web but do not want to receive notices by email. Can someone help me on this? Many thanks.

Alice Slater
Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE)
15 East 26th Street, Room 915
New York, NY 10010
tel: (212) 726-9161
fax: (212) 726-9160

GRACE is a member of Abolition 2000, a global network working for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons.

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

To: Alice Slater, those on the Y2K nuclear list,
cc: (others involved in topics discussed)
From: Russell Hoffman
re: Your desire to get off the Y2K-nuclear list,
Date: Oct 24th,1999

Dear All,

First off, Alice, I'm sure if you contact Paul Swann directly he will get you off the list if he has not done so already. Also, there were instructions included when you first subscribed. I'm sorry to see you go.

By the way, I checked my past emails, and found that it was apparently you who had (accidentally, I assume) slipped us all a virus not too long ago. I have to add that someone suggested we should be wary of you, and I said it could happen to any novice, and that, not knowing you, that's what I assumed had happened.

I was disappointed not to see a post of an apology and explanation, but I assume I missed it.

I just want you say that I am sorry to see you want to bow out of the Y2K-nuclear list. It is my opinion that there is not nearly enough traffic on it as it is. There should be a repository for everyone to publish everything that is happening in the Y2K-nuclear arenas, including from those who seek permanent closure of nuclear power plants and dismantling of nuclear weapons (such as myself, and I would guess from your affiliation title, such as you, too) and also those who only seek right now, a limited solution or temporary shutdown for Y2K -- it's all better than nothing, and I try to support it all. Email is a wonderful thing; the Y2K postings have been wonderful, I think. Having them all in our email allows us to sort through all the news that the New York Times, for example, seeks to omit. This list and RADBULL are my two single most important sources of news. I'm surprised anyone in a position such as yours would feel any other way.

If the anti-nuclear cannot convene, 68 days before Y2K, and say what they need to -- all of it and any of it -- on the Y2K-nuclear list, then where can they?

Shortly after the list was formed, we are asked by a number of people complaining of the traffic, not to post "personal" discussions. That cut down on conversations a lot and reduced our discussion level on important issues. Some tried to spin off a spent-fuel group, but that seems to have fizzled. Then lately, the answer-back function has been set to "reply-sender" from "reply-y2k-nuclear-forum" (a move I actually agreed with, but now think was a mistake). And now, you want to get off the list entirely -- this just a few weeks after sending us all a virus! Do you understand the connection between computer viruses, other computer failures, and Y2K? I think not!

To all, I must ask: Why are we not reaching a person like Ms Slater? What is qualitatively missing in our postings here, that would make her want to get off the list? I dare to say: Nothing; she is making a mistake. Keep up the good work, folks.

Personally, it is the lack of traffic on the Y2K-nuclear list since these things have happened that I find distressing. I get more Y2K-nuclear news from elsewhere, and that's a shame -- I appreciate what the mighty few are doing here -- Paul Swann, John Hallam, Bill Smirnow, Marvin Lewis, Carol Moore and several others -- and I wouldn't want to get of this list for all the money in the world.

But why are we failing to reach novice computer users like Alice Slater? (We pretty well know she is a novice because of the virus thing.)

68 days and a few hours to go, and the world is actually LOOSING INTEREST to what is happening here, on the Y2K-nuclear list, especially someone who was just recently severely bitten by the same basic technological problems that we who understand, are suggesting can happen in less than 10 weeks? Computer viruses and computer bugs can have equally devastating effects, and both are possible.

So I find Slater's desire to get off this list utterly frightening. My plea to all is that you continue to post everything of the slightest interest to those of us who need an endless stream of facts to send out to others.

My advice to Alice? Get a faster modem, a bigger hard drive, a better email software program, and realize that every little bit helps push the mighty rock that, if overturned, will allow us to protect ourselves from Y2K. The rock that holds back the truth from getting out and exposing the nuclear lies which hide behind the rock.

This is the battle of the day. It is the battle of the year, the decade, the century and well, what else, the millennium.

If the Y2K-nuclear group fails, and a nuclear war happens, or those 50 rusting nuclear subs in Russia that need constant electrical power not to melt down don't have their power from the grid, or if any spent fuel pools melt down from power failures, or if any meltdowns occur, then all the other attempts at abolition will be too late. This is where the battle is, today, Alice. The people on this group are leaders. Paul, Bill, John, Marvin, Carol and the others are being watched and listened to. It helps if you appear to be listening too. It hurts if you appear not to be.

If everything goes wrong on Y2K, then only by the GRACE of God, will your soul be saved in Heaven, because one thing's for sure: Your body will be in a living HELL here on earth, a hell we all could have stopped. We CAN stop this monster, but not be disintegrating ourselves first.


Russell Hoffman
Peace Activist
Carlsbad, CA

Scared #&$^less of Y2K, perhaps because last night I got a chance to watch the video NUCLEAR Y2K COUNTDOWN, available for $20.00 from:

Robert Ridgeway
541 Rockmont Rd.
Greenville, SC 29615 USA

Here's what everyone should do: Order the video, watch it and copy it (they permit this for non-profit purposes), then give the copy to your local library. If you don't have the facilities to make copies, you can give them the original after you've viewed it. Next, and this is the most important step: write a letter to your local paper and tell them you have placed the video in the library, describing the video in 300 words or less.

If everyone does this today, perhaps by December the world will have started to wake up!

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

Perhaps by January, the world will wake up to scene they WISH was from a movie. -- rdh

(4) Electro-Magnetic Pulse: Safe and Happy in your missile silo:

Deja Vu all over again? -- rdh


Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 21:00:33 -0800
Subject: FW: EMPs & Your missile silo can now be your Luxury Home
From: "bluespin"
To: "\"Russell Hoffman >\" <\"Russell D. Hoffman\""
:hey Russell,
check out this dark sounding msg.
Scott Hess
From: ike
Subject: EMPs & Your missile silo can now be your Luxury Home
Date: Fri, Oct 22, 1999, 7:06 PM

Your missile silo can now be your Luxury Home.

During test detonations of atomic bombs during WWII, scientists encountered the electronics-destroying effects of EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse). Soon, it was discovered that EMPs can be generated without nuclear weapons. Everything you memepool-reading terrorists ever wanted to know about flux-compression generators and E-bombs (Electromagnetic bombs) can be found here:

The above appear in .


Note: The above item was accidentally included at the bottom of yesterday's newsletter. It did no harm there, but has been reproduced here so that it can be properly added to the index. -- rdh

(5) You gotta love that British sense of humor

Some time before the flyby of Cassini earlier this year, we received a list of British MP (Member of Parliament) email addresses and have been using it consistently ever since. We published a couple of "unsubscribes" we have received (and our disappointed letters in response) but thankfully, for some reason (hopefully because they find them interesting) not many have actually tried to get off the list. By the same token, nor have they asked for more information, but hopefully they are contacting other experts regarding the things I write about. This morning, there were five letters from one of these people. Here they are, with my responses to each one. All were "one-liners" which appeared in the "subject" area of the email. They are in the order I looked at them and replied to them; that is probably why the third is the fourth (I read my email "backwards" most days): -- rdh

At 05:19 PM 10/24/99 +0100, wrote:
My response:
What did you do to save Britian from Y2K today besides send me four emails? Anything productive? -- rdh

At 05:19 PM 10/24/99 +0100, wrote:
Re: I'd rather watch baseball than get these unwanted messages
My response:
I bet you don't even know how many players are on a baseball team, or what my "message" is! -- rdh

At 05:19 PM 10/24/99 +0100, wrote:
Re: Please take my name off your mailing list - please!!
My response:
You could give me one GOOD reason! -- rdh

At 05:19 PM 10/24/99 +0100, wrote:
Re: Please take my name off your mailing list No 3

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

You would think the third time would be a charm...

Here's a quiz to see if you've learned anything about radiation and human health: I'd bet you haven't:

[[[ 50-question quiz as published in newsletter #197 was also included. -- rdh ]]]

P. S. Because you were so nice about it, I have unsubscribed you. I hope you realize that if you had any questions, legitimate, stupid, naive, or whatever, I would have gladly answered them. I hope you realize also, that these issues will play a greater and greater part in YOUR life and some day, hopefully, you will wish you had paid more attention. Right now, you could do something to help, but what you've done instead doesn't help anybody. -- rdh

P.P.S. If you would like a free CD-ROM of my educational software products, please feel free to ask. The disk teaches you all about mechanical pumps, and the human heart. It is used in universities around the world including in England.


And last but not least (or perhaps least):

At 04:08 PM 10/24/99 +0100, wrote:



A fifth email! Mustn't leave this one unanswered either!

As you can see, I am here to answer all your emails. Yet you have had not a single question.

Blindly, you go into the new millennium. Blindly, you seal your fate and the fate of how many millions of others?

We shall see.


May God Save Britain! I hope he read newsletter #208, which about Britain specifically (methinks he might have seen it). -- rdh

(6) Woody Smith: Gone but not forgotten (I wonder if the feeling's mutual?):

We wonder where he will creep up next? Woody Smith, whom we have (all evidence suggests) received letters from as Dr. Planarian, and who was/is? the Curator for the Internet at NASA, and who sent a couple of emails to Evelyn Culver regarding Cassini which were full of lies, and who said (as Dr. Planarian) that if he told me where he worked, he would have to kill me (and who, last we heard, works for SAIC, Science Applications International Corporation, at NASA HQ) has dropped off our email list. THAT Woody Smith, whom we had two email addresses for. I wonder if we should add his Dr. Planarian address to our subscriber list? I wonder if that's what he's hoping I'll do?

I wonder where he will turn up next, now that he has threatened me, has proven that he is "after me" and wishes to destroy my reputation by any means possible, and now that he has also proven he is willing to lie to destroy me and the truth, and to support the nuclear fuel cycle at every step, in any way -- where will the Woody come up again? Neither of the the following email addresses work anymore:

Woody Smith (Returned mail: User unknown) (unrecoverable error)

But what about this one? (???????)

I hope the fact that the NASA email addresses don't work means Woody Smith has resigned (as we suggested he do), but I suspect he's just been reassigned to another position on the NASA merry-go-round. Like Mary Beth Murrill and others, they come and go, but never learn. -- rdh

(7) 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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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.

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