STOP CASSINI Newsletter #221 -- November 3rd, 1999

Copyright (c) 1999

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To: Subscribers, government officials, members of the press

From: Russell David Hoffman, wondering why the world is so crazy

Re: The secret war against humanity and democracy: STOP CASSINI #221

Date: November 3rd, 1999 -- less than two months to go before Y2K-day

This issue's subjects:

(1) A deadly vision for 2020 (a response to Andrejs Jansons):

This letter is a followup to the discussion presented in newsletter #218.


Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999 01:58:04 -0500
From: Maggie Mandzuk
To: Andrejs Jansons,
"Russell D. Hoffman"

Subject: Deadly Vision for 2020


I have read your correspondence with Russell D. Hoffman ( Stop Cassini #218, etc.), and am particularly disturbed by your unwillingness to question how benign NASA's methods of space exploration really are (not). You seem to be three feet from gold in your intelligent writings about NASA's recent work, as in RDH's questions about plutonium & Cassini. I too love science and technology & am curious about the mysteries of the universe. I also love the mysteries of Life, and I have a great respect for the mystery that created my own life. I have no formal education in science, but I consider myself to be self-taught in many subjects to a level of being able to understand that much of science is over-mystified, most probably to keep the truth from those who would expose the 1 or 2% who are so intensely greedy &/or violent that they will go to any lengths...... My former husband designed/built a dozen solar-heated residential buildings here in frigid Canada, with no formal training in solar tech nology or architecture. He had passion and a belief in the power in us to connect with the natural world.

I am attaching a document that I think you should read. It describes the U.S. Space Command's Vision for 2020, in a color brochure no less. Their vision is totally at odds with any human being who is peace-loving. Their vision has nothing to do with a love of learning. Their vision has everything to do with their psychosis of greed & violence. They are using the tax dollars of Americans and money gained by promising the sky to tech/science corporations. (Many of these corporations are international, which places many other countries in collusion by default - until they become aware of the facts.) If Russell Hoffman sounds too strident to you, then you must remember that a science that wants to own all of space and the earth (ownership with no responsibility to Life), is exactly what they are about. They are using dollars that could be used to feed, clothe & house (very comfortably) the millions of people living in poverty in the United States at this very moment. It costs LOTS to support war. Even as a non-scientist I know that NASA could have fun in space for less money in a peaceable way, and life on earth would stay healthy and happy. It's good that you were willing to dialogue about this issue. It's difficult to find truth when it's hidden for evil purposes, and we need to help each other. I hope you continue to try to find it, because I think you're close, but no cigar. Yet.

Maggie Mandzuk, Canada


We greatly appreciate Ms Mandzuk's contribution to this important discussion. The document she attached was the speech to the United Nations by Karl Grossman, which we published in newsletter #215.

However, these are "grand themes". Andrejs Jansons' letter discusses specific missions the space community want to use nuclear energy for, and those specific missions need to be STOPPED. Any readers who have not yet contacted NASA in opposition to Europa Orbiter and Pluto-Kuiper Express should use the email addresses shown below in the Government contacts list included in this newsletter to do so!

-- rdh

(2) What we could do with the money we waste on war:


From: "Eric Grebs"
Subject: My contribution!!
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999 13:37:07 PST

Hey Rus,

Here is a little contribution for an upcoming newsletter...I'm sure it will find a relevant spot somewhere :-)


Have you ever wondered how much is a TRILLION DOLLARS? The following was prepared by the anti-war organization SANE-FREEZE.

The U.S. government spent $1.4 trillion on the military from 1984 to 1987.

For $1 trillion: You could build a $75,000 house, place it on $5,000 worth of land, furnish it with $10,000 worth of furniture, put a $10,000 car in the garage and give this to every family in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado and Iowa.

HAVING DONE THAT: You would still have enough money left to build a $10 million hospital and a $10 million library in EACH of the 250 cities and towns in that six-state region.

HAVING DONE THAT: You would still have enough money left to build 500 schools at $10 million each for the communities in the region.

HAVING DONE THAT: You would still have enough left of the original trillion dollars to put aside, at 10% annual interest, enough money to pay a salary of $25,000 per year for 10,000 nurses and 10,000 teachers, and an annual cash allowance of $5,000 for every family in the six-state region forever.

Why is there poverty?


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Eric "THE MADMAN" Grebs


We haven't checked the math, but it sounds good! -- rdh

(3) Stupidity wins out in the United Nations, 138-0 with 2 abstentions:

It is clear that the 138 parties to this latest U.N. space resolution are being led by fools. I suspect many of these fools, such as Bruce Gagnon and his allies, are frauds. These foul frauds, fiendish fools and fake freaks have led the world down a dangerous path. The world thinks they have condemned what they perceive as the Evil Twins -- America, with Israel in close partnership. But in fact they have accomplished NOTHING, except to help doom to cancerous deaths, those living on this planet.

The U. N. Resolution shown below, and it's sister statement published in newsletter #220, and even Karl Grossman's speech at the United Nations which preceded these resolutions (and which we published in newsletter #215), are all utterly useless because they ignore the real issue -- which is to save lives, in this case, by making warriors and their weapons suppliers accountable for ALL the deaths they cause. By acknowledging those deaths. This resolution doesn't deal with the real issues. It's a political maneuver and a red herring. No wonder that spook from Florida likes it! The only question is, why do otherwise-sane people -- like Hans Karow and Karl Grossman -- buy into this crap? -- rdh


Re: below:

Why in heaven is the USA always against global common sense resolutions? ...because of $$$ and power!

It must not be so easy to be a proud American!





By a vote of 138-0 (with two abstentions) the U.N. resolution entitled "Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space" passed the General Assembly on November 1, 1999.

The two nations that abstained were the United States and Israel.

The resolution reaffirmed that the "will of all States that the exploration and use of outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, shall be for peaceful purposes and shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interest of all countries...."

The passage of the resolution is significant because it reflects the growing consciousness that a global democratic debate must now ensue if we are to keep space from becoming the next area of military war fighting operations as the U.S. Space Command envisions.

The next step that is required from the U.N. is the strengthening of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. Please make an effort to urge the U.N. delegation from your nation to help make this happen.

Following is the list of all nations that voted for the resolution:

Algeria - Andorra - Argentina - Armenia - Australia - Austria - Azerbaijan - Bahrain - Bangladesh - Barbados - Belarus - Belgium - Bhutan - Bolivia - Bosnia/Herzeg - Botswana - Brazil - Brunei Dar-Salam - Bulgaria - Burkina Faso - Cambodia - Canada - Cape Verde - Chad - Chile - China - Colombia - Costa Rica - Cote D'Ivoire - Croatia - Cuba - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Dem PR of Korea - Denmark - Djibouti - Dominican Republic - Ecuador - Egypt - El Salvador - Eritrea - Estonia - Ethiopia - Fiji - Finland - France - Georgia - Germany - Ghana - Greece - Guatemala - Guinea - Guyana - Haiti - Hungary - Iceland - India - Indonesia - Iran - Ireland - Italy - Jamaica - Japan - Kazakhstan - Kenya - Lao Pdr - Latvia - Lebanon - Libyan AJ - Liechtenstein - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Madagascar - Malaysia - Maldives - Mali - Malta - Mauritius - Mexico - Monaco - Mongola - Morocco - Mozambique - Myanmar - Namibia - Nepal - Netherlands - New Zealand - Nicaragua - Nigeria - Norway - Oman - Pakistan - Panama - Papua N Guinea - Paraguay - Peru - Philippines - Poland - Portugal - Qatar - Rep of Korea - Rep of Moldova - Romania - Russian Federation - San Marino - Saudi Arabia - Senegal - Sierra Leone - Singapore - Slovakia - Slovenia - Solomon Islands - South Africa - Spain - Sri Lanka - Sudan - Swaziland - Sweden - Syrian AR - Thailand - Thefyr Macedonia - Togo - Trinidad-Tobago - Tunisia - Turkey - Turkmenistan - Uganda - Ukraine - U A Emirates - United Kingdom - Uruguay - Uzbekistan - Venezuela - Viet Nam - Yemen - Zimbabwe


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

I don't think this treaty does a thing to protect anybody. They want to stop war but they don't do a thing to stop the pollution from war and war preparations. And they don't make any effort to take the steps necessary to ensure peace in space, which starts with cooperation and openness. They just declare good intentions. Anyone can do that.

As Stop Cassini newsletter readers surely know, there are many things these days that make me ashamed to be an American, but that doesn't mean I'm not still proud to be one! If the world thinks this resolution will help anything, then the world is utterly mad. Certainly this resolution's reaffirmation of earlier treaties is just putting a new coat of whitewash on a growing disaster. If the resolution authors really cared about humanity, they would all decree that something be done about the radiological threats to Earthlings from the twin dangers of old nukes (mostly Russian) already in orbit about the Earth (both military and civilian) and current nuclear policies (both the U.S., Russian, and probably soon, others) which will place more and more nuclear space debris in Earth orbit, which, just a few generations later, will rain down on future inhabitants of Earth. Where is this fact addressed? Instead we get these useless Grand Pronouncements!

The current nuclear policies will kill millions of people. A war in outer space? That could kill millions more, it's true. The thing to stop is the actual tools of the trade. Global regulations are needed, with very limited amounts of poisons being lofted at a time. For example, .001 Curies of plutonium might be allowed, as suggested by Kai Petzke, and certainly NOT 400,000 Curies, as was on Cassini. By limiting nuclear material in space for human health reasons, a side benefit would be that, to some extent, you limit the military capabilities. Solar panels, non-nuclear fuel cells, and other methods of energy production create plenty of energy for most scientific and commercial needs, but space weapons generally need lots and lots of electrical power. By limiting the ability to have large amounts of power in space, space use will by default, have to be limited to peaceful purposes, plus communications and surveillance. Is surveillance less important than actually dropping the bombs? No, but none of these things are spelled out in detail in any of these Grand Prognostications.

Besides, this treaty tries to prevent a war America already won, doesn't it? What is needed is a treaty that actually protects life on Earth. All life. American citizens needs an environmentally friendly space treaty just as much as everyone else does.

But this Resolution is a fraud. it is a simple political move, done to make it look like the U.S.A. and Israel are the only "bad guys" around.

They aren't. Those who back this resolution are at least as bad as those who have chosen to abstain from voting. The winner? Big Business and military planners everywhere. The loser? Human health and dignity.

-- Russell Hoffman

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

(4) Religious writer Michael Hyatt says he's still worried about Y2K:

After we posted commentary (originally published on the NHNE Y2K list) in the previous newsletter (#220), showing that some prominent religious leaders and writers were now downplaying the Y2K dangers, where earlier they were quite vocal, one of them contacted NHNE to say he was still worried that there will be problems. However, we stand by our statement that Michael Hyatt is a false prophet who is warning about the wrong things. The real danger of Y2K is the threat of accidental nuclear war, intentional nuclear war, and the combined threats of nuclear meltdowns and chemical accidents. These dangers can significantly be reduced but only if action is taken BEFORE Y2K! -- 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, 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.

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