STOP CASSINI Newsletter #94 -- February 14th, 1999

Copyright (c) 1999

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To: Subscribers, Press, Government Officials

Subject: Apologists, Cover-up artists, sycophants and other Government Toadies: STOP CASSINI #94

Date: February 14th, 1999 -- let's have WORLD PEACE for Valentine's Day!

Time Frame: There are 130 days left until the appropriate moment of redirection of the Cassini probe - the flyby of Venus, 7 weeks before the flyby of Earth.


Back to work, exposing frauds. This time it's Al Gore's turn. He's a fraud. For something his father did? No! For something his father did, and he continued, but in his capacity as the "environmentalist vice-president" it has a particularly flagrant and foul odor.

Russell D. Hoffman, Founder, Editor and U. S. Citizen

Today's subjects:

A $3 billion reminder that we are loosing the battle against space weapons

Laser weapons require enormous power sources. Nuclear options are practically the only possible solution! That would mean real orbiting Chernobyls and Three Mile Islands, not "just" the plutonium powerpacks Cassini contains!

There are already several dozen reactors in orbit right now, most of them old Russian models, some of which are leaking primary coolant at this time. The coolant debris fields represent "dead zones" for future space travelers, and are falling slowly to Earth, but falling very quickly compared to the radioactive life of the coolant...


Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 14:16:53 -0500
From: Larry Klaes
Subject: Defense awards part of $3 billion space contract

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Air Force and the Pentagon's ballistic missile defense shop announced Tuesday award of the first portion of a $3 billion contract to research whether space-based lasers can shoot down long-range enemy missiles.


The real reason I'm upset, is that I didn't get any of the money. I've programmed powerful lasers, presenting animated galloping horses, flying eagles and so on to thousands of people at a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert in Niagara Falls, NY, sponsored by Art Park, with Eric Kunzel conducting (this was some years ago -- perhaps someone who reads this was there). I can walk the laser-guided walk. I can guide a laser in circles around a space probe; I have written some of the most delicately timed Assembler Language laser control software available (100,000 lines of it), but did they ask ME to bid on this?


Of course, I didn't apply for it either.

Plutonium 238 Deposition by Orange Trees


From the scientific literature (12 years ago)

Health Phys 1987 Jun;52(6):707-15

The interception and retention of 238Pu deposition by orange trees. Pinder JE 3d, Adriano DC, Ciravolo TG, Doswell AC, Yehling DM Radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTG) transform the heat produced during the alpha decay of 238Pu into electrical energy for use by deep-space probes, such as the Voyager spacecraft, which have returned images and other data from Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Future missions involving RTGs may be launched aboard the space shuttle, and there is a remote possibility that an explosion of liquid-hydrogen and liquid-oxygen fuel could rupture the RTGs and disperse 238Pu into the atmosphere over central Florida. Research was performed to determine the potential transport to man of atmospherically dispersed Pu via contaminated orange fruits. The results indicate that the major contamination of oranges would result from the interception and retention of 238Pu deposition by fruits. The resulting surface contamination could enter human food chains through transfer to internal tissues during peeling or in the reconstituted juices and flavorings made from orange skins. The interception of 238Pu deposition by fruits is especially important because the results indicate no measurable loss of Pu from fruit surfaces through time or with washing. Approximately 1% of the 238Pu deposited onto an orange grove would be harvested in the year following deposition.

Ross Wilcock

Some Old Bull From the 50's

Radbull is the #1 anti-nuclear email news service, as far as I can tell. This came in yesterday:


Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 15:34:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Roger Herried
Subject: February 12th Radiation Bulletin

2/12/99 **** RADIATION BULLETIN(RADBULL) **** VOL 7.30


Pu-238 in clandestine earthbound applications--reliable rumor

From: "Greg Mello"

Pu-238 in clandestine earthbound applications--reliable rumor

Dear Cassini folks and others--

I hate to post rumors about things I barely understand but perhaps even a rumor could be helpful to more knowledgable people.

I have been told by a very reliable source that DOE's Pu-238 program is a good deal more than meets the eye. That is the uses for Pu-238 significantly exceed those of NASA (space probe RTGs) and the nuclear weapons stockpile (warhead RTGs). I guess everybody probably has heard that the Navy has a worldwide network of ocean-floor sonar sensors powered by Pu-238. And I am told that at least some of the listening pods emplaced by U.S. submarines on Russian cables were Pu-238 -powered. I believe there are also other uses for RTGs in the spook business but I do not know exactly what (and where) they are. I gather (dimly) that DOE has a process in place for procuring more of the wicked stuff and somebody with an overview of these matters might want to add up all the known "needs" for Pu-238. I gather that DOE environmental management funds are being used to subsidize some of this "black" work. Still in the dark


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MY RESPONSE (slightly edited for brevity and clarity)

To: "Greg Mello"
Cc: Roger Herried
From: "Russell D. Hoffman"
re: That's old news!!!! (but thanks for sharing; here's more!!!)
Date: February 13th, 1999

Dear Mr. Mello,

You may be interested to learn that the Government has been dreaming up all sorts of terrestrial uses for radioactive thermocouples for decades! So none of what you report surprises me, unfortunately.

I have before me a U.S. Government printing office booklet from 1957 -- 42 years ago -- called OUTER SPACE PROPULSION BY NUCLEAR ENERGY which is subtitled HEARINGS BEFORE SUBCOMMITTEES OF THE JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE ON ATOMIC ENERGY CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES EIGHTY-FIFTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION ON OUTER SPACE PROPULSION BY NUCLEAR ENERGY. Found in an old bookstore, no public library would waste time with such dusty relics.

Anyway, great titles, these Gummint documents, eh?

Besides showing that the whole idea of using hot isotopes for thermocouples was taken from the Russians, from texts translated by none other than the Westinghouse Corporation, this booklet shows that they have been studying all along the other "wonders" of these deadly devices.

I'll quote from page 128. The "things" the speaker is talking about are "thermocouple conversion units" (radioactive, using various isotopes). Colonel Jack L. Armstrong was at the time Deputy Chief, Aircraft Reactors Branch (!!!), Division of Reactor Development, Atomic Energy Commission. Al Gore Sr., the Veep's dad, was on the subcommittee. Like father, like son? Has Al Gore Jr. tried to stop any of this, or even expose it? NO!!!!!!

(Colonel Armstrong speaking): "...we had this symposium, if you will. We invited people from industry, we invited everybody in the Army and Navy we could think of that were working on things like this, to see if we had some useful purpose for them, and these are just some of the things they came up with that they thought they would like to use these for.

"We have had inquiries from the meteorological people. They think it would be quite nice to have something like this scattered over the South Atlantic during the hurricane season which would report back automatically what types of pressures they were sensing so that you could forecast the buildup of hurricanes prior to the time they had actually built up into one.

"Where you have a cost of something like $26 a gallon for diesel fuel up on the DEW line and you have diesel engines running to power radars and like that, it might be cheaper to have this device sitting there by itself with no people attending it.

"The number of things people have thought of for us to use this for is far greater than this list."

He then explains that they feel it actually works BETTER in a gravity field (i.e., on Earth) that in outer space and concludes,

"But you have to let your imaginations roam and wherever you need electrical energy where it is difficult to get it, this is the way to do it."

So there you have it, Sir. They've probably been dropping little Pu-238 puke nukes on the sea bed for decades. Near the Earth's poles. Anywhere they like, frankly.

Please feel encouraged to pass this around. And please consider subscribing to my free newsletter too! Thanks!

Russell Hoffman
Founder and Editor
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Founder and Webmaster


Note that the book has many censored sections. It's time to lift the veil on 42 year-old lies!

From the mailbag: Personal advice for the editor

The editor of this newsletter is a fool -- all my readers know that. I was fooled for two years about what was happening, who was keeping the movement quiet, and why the media never paid any attention to the scientists or the real issues. There have been very few dropoffs recently (or ever, thank you very much, dear readers!!). I hope that is because most readers feel like Evelynn C. does about the whole affair.


Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 02:51:15 -0500
From: Evelynn C.
To: Russell Hoffman
Subject: Cassini Coverup

Dear Russell,

Don't let the apologists, cover-up artists, sycophants, and other government toadies get you down. The Nostradamus diversion is nothing more than a canard designed to invalidate the opposition. OK, I think it's fascinating but it hardly invalidates the weight of science and simple humanity that is behind the position you represent regarding the Cassini insanity.

History, however it turns out, will judge the people behind the Cassini mission as the callous fools that they are. Concentrate on putting the truth out there and providing a forum for discussion and dissemination. Ignore ad hominem attacks, they will come as they are a familiar tactic of those who fear the truth.

As for me, I doubt they will agree to drive the mission into the sun in August so I'll make a few prudent preparations this summer. I'm consulting with some NBC warfare people regarding dispersal, decontamination, etc. Think positive.

Evelynn C.




Thanks for your wonderful, encouraging letter! Can I publish it with your name, the NEW standard policy (not that it matters too much, it's just better now if I can).


P.S. We're trying to concentrate on the JUNE 24 Venus flyby, trying now to get UN action before then, since Kaku says that is the best time for redirection.

By August, it will be pretty clear that we will be missed (or not). It's really the Venus flyby, I think, when things can go seriously wrong the easiest. A little miscalculation there, and the world might get to know for 7 weeks that Cassini is aimed wrong!

Of course, they wouldn't admit it. No way. They would just hope that when it hits, no one notices -- which COULD HAPPEN! Scary thought, but the probe can kill millions and no one could prove a thing.

Thanks again!


I should note something that Robert Sterling has pointed out. Mr. Sterling is one of the most respected e-zine conspiracy theorists around (far more respected than Matt Drudge, but that's not saying anything) and a terrific writer, besides. He is Editor of The Konformist ( Mr. Sterling, aka Robalini ( has suggested that the Nostradamus timing is utterly intentional on NASA's part. I say, considering how vague old man Nose's prediction was in the first place, Cassini could be planned to come back a week from last Tuesday or two years from next Wednesday, and James Randi would probably still be able to "prove" (to NASA's utter delight) that Nostradamus said it would happen then, and then NASA would say that that is why everyone's in a huff.

Actually, we're in a huff because NASA is nuts, ignores leading scientists, and is being led around by an American military gone even madder still, at the peril of tens of thousands or even millions of lives. Slight difference in focus.

But Cassini can kill either way. If it comes back and Nostradamus gets all the credit for predicting it, it will kill just as many people as if it's all looked at very scientifically, and NASA gets all the blame for risking it in the first place.

And you can't identify random cancer deaths spread throughout the environment. The U. S. Military loves that fact more than anyone, even more than NASA (but not much more.)


From: Evelynn C.
To: Russell D. Hoffman
Subject: Re: Cassini Coverup

Sure it's OK to print my letter......If there is advanced notice of Cassini flyby error there will be signs of it. I will keep my ear to the ground around that time as we all should. Some things just can't remain secret. Personally, I think the NASA whiz kids are already scared to death. They may be able to exert undue influence over the corporate press in the U.S. but the foreign press will eviscerate NASA and it's partners if they smell a close call.

Perhaps a new tack would be to open channels to the foreign press for your insights. They may be starving for detailed information. America isn't alone in this but will certainly stand to take the fall.

Evelynn C.


THANK YOU [etc.]



Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 15:34:02 -0500
From: Evelynn C.
To: Russell Hoffman
Subject: UN thoughts


I'm just remembering your frustration with the seeming lack of response at the UN. Well, perhaps you should take it upon yourself to see that they are kept up-to-date with the basic facts and current developments. You are assuming that someone is doing this. Furthermore, I suspect that many consulates have E-mail addresses. Give them access to the same information. They may not react publicly but privately you can bet our representatives will get an earful.

Evelynn C.


Anyone with good, qualified U.N., consulate, foreign embassy, or International Press email lists that they think I should be using, PLEASE forward them to me!

Jim Britell's generic suggestions which some might find relevant

Jim Britell is a brilliant environmentalist, movement organizer, and computer geek. Anyone interested in organizing a movement of their own to help with Cassini in an ad hoc way, or for whatever other purpose, should visit his web site! Here, he too gives me some excellent advice, other than using Clinton as a role model (but hey, he WAS acquitted!):


Here is what I have learned from these situations and believe me they are more common than you may suppose, in fact going back through history I think it is more common than not. Act as if the bastards aren't getting to you - watch Clinton for a master - he acts as if nothing gets to him and his enemies cannot stand it. It drives them to do crazy wild things.

So here is what I tell people to do in these situations.

Don't react, don't defend, don't respond.

Never complain; never explain.

Take my board away, I get a new board,

Betray me, shame on you. I get new folks.

Steal my funds, fine, keep them, I will get new funds.

Take away my big platform - I continue to work from a small platform.

Steal my troops - I move forward with three or two or maybe just one.

NEVER let them know they got to you no matter how much it hurts.

In the words of William James, "Stop your Sniveling, roll up your sleeves and get down to work like men."

Your friend,


Jim Britell P.O. Box 1349 Port Orford, OR 97465
Archive of my writing is at:


From the mailbag: NASA's wet dream

At 05:15 PM 2/8/99 -0500, a new subscriber wrote:


I was skimming an article on Clinton's recent concessions to Republican policy in a local paper, where I read of "This horrifying NASA wet dream... known as Cassini." While only a synopsis of the potential disastrous consequences of this ill intentioned mission, it spurned my interest, and a healthy skepticism of NASA's agenda and methodology. I'd like to keep abreast of the situation that develops in the next few months, and how to prevent similar environmentally devastating launches from occurring. Bravo on supplying this service to the public.


And speaking of... James Randi update -- no response yet

We have not heard back from James Randi, whose disgusting and inaccurate misrepresentation of the anti-Cassini movement was published in newsletter #93. We don't have James Randi's email address. Any reader of this newsletter who does, should feel encouraged to contact him and try to pressure him into amending his statement! If ANYONE who reads these newsletters knows him, PLEASE forward newsletter #93 to him!!! I hope he is working on a public apology to the scientists in Darmstalt and the vast majority of the people in opposition to Cassini, who have studied hard the facts, and not the fiction.

Quote of the day

"Whatever you do may seem very small but it is very important that you do it."

-- Mohandas Gandhi


CANCEL CASSINI by JUNE 24th, 1999!!!!

To Cancel Cassini start by asking NASA for the 1995 Environmental Impact Statement for the Cassini Mission and all subsequent related documents (on paper, please!). Tell them you need it IMMEDIATELY (members of the world press should do this too). All citizens of the world are ENTITLED to these documents because of the global threat Cassini poses. Here's where to get information:

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

Tell them Russell Hoffman, founder and editor of the STOP CASSINI newsletter, sent you. I bet they love to hear that!

NASA states that they do not have the resources anymore to answer most emails they receive. Liars! They have $13 billion dollars to play with. They can answer the public's questions. At least, ask them one specific question: How many letters did they get opposing Cassini today? (And tell them you oppose it too!) If each reader asks them that...

Here's NASA's email address:

Here's the NASA URL to find additional addresses to submit written questions to:

(Note that it looks like possibly a temporary URL assignment, but you can always start at

They imply at the web site that written comments are more likely to get answered -- quicker than emailed comments! Someone should welcome them to the 1990's before it's too late.

Long-time readers know lots of questions to ask them; BE SPECIFIC! Ask why they misused the D. E. Rockey report in the 1995 EIS. Ask them why they reduced the EXPECTED plutonium release percentage from 33% or more to just 3% with no change in technology from the 1995 EIS to the 1997 Supplemental EIS, while claiming they have 25+ years's experience with these things! Ask them why they thought there was a Nostradamus connection among the anti-Cassini crowd, which is actually almost entirely scientists, and their supporters like myself. (See newsletters #92 and #93). Ask them when they last launched plutonium from the Cape -- attempted or completed, civilian or military. Ask them how they know Cassini's software is Y2K compliant. And when the next plutonium launch will be. Ask them everything; you have a right to know. Ask them why they won't spend enough money to answer people's emails, if they are a civilian agency whose #1 purpose, according to their own charter, is "the expansion of human knowledge". Ask them why Dan Goldin is still their boss. Ask them why he won't invite me or better yet, the scientists who have appeared in my newsletter for a presentation of our concerns to their staff, followed by whatever questions they can muster, all presented live on the Internet (they have the technology, they used it for Sojourner videos, remember?).

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

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


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Thanks for reading,

Russell D. Hoffman

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