STOP CASSINI Newsletter #201 -- October 3rd, 1999

Copyright (c) 1999

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To: Subscribers, government officials, members of the press

From: Russell David Hoffman, very concerned citizen

Re: Clinton is doing way too little, way too late: STOP CASSINI #201

Date: October 3rd, 1999

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

This issue's subjects:

(1) Another report is too little, too late, Mr. President:


Date:October 3rd, 1999

Dear Mr. President:

I agree with what others are saying, that the chemical companies normally take major holidays off, and thus the recent "major" announcement that they will be closing for Y2K was probably done as a publicity move on their part, therefore, one should look not so much at what they did but rather at when they did it.

I took a swipe at them in my STOP CASSINI newsletter #196, September 26th, 1999, where (in the midst of condemning what I called the "nuclear mafia" I wrote the following:

" ... Last week, realizing that public opinion is swaying, a chemical industry multi-billionaire announced he was giving a billion dollars to fund "cancer research". That amount would barely clean up one chemical superfund site (let alone a nuclear one, or a nuclear/chemical one!) yet he was given front page news in countless papers."

Since they have taken this step, they are out of my sights for the moment. Anyway, regardless of the timing of the announcement, which was rather delightful for me even if totally coincidental, the question still remains: by making such an announcement at this time, who would this allow them to distance themselves from?

Well, the nuke-nuts at Tokaimura, of course! The entire nuclear industry! AND the entire Y2K debate. A brilliant move, well executed. It may even signify that the chemical companies have finally realized that the nuclear Mafia and their deadly toy the "demon hot atom" are not their friends.

In light of Tokaimura, President Clinton, you announced that you want yet another study, this time of the fuel reprocessing facilities -- which have had NUMEROUS accidents and near-catastrophes (and numerous studies done about those accidents and near-catastrophes, no doubt). Yet you want yet another study!

That is less than useless, Mr. President! Our fuel reprocessing facilities are NOT protected from an accident similar to (or even far worse) than the recent accident in Japan because ours are generally not "geometry safe" designs. (See next item to learn what "geometry safe" means.) The short of it is this: Humans can make mistakes in our plants just like they did in Japan -- and if you think OUR humans are any better than THEIR humans, then the first thing you better do is FIRE the THOUSANDS of workers of Japanese descent who are currently employed among the hundreds of thousands of lemmings who are employed in weapons of death and the "demon hot atom"!

Nobody's perfect. What happened there can happen here. We don't need another study to tell us that.

Today there are but 89 days left until Y2K, and our time is short.

EVERYONE who doesn't have enough sense to be closed and peacefully partying in small bunches among neighbors, friends and family that day is an idiot. All companies that will not shut down better have very good excuses. We may need the energy they are using in order close down the nukes.

Russell D. Hoffman
Peace Activist
Carlsbad, CA


(2) Saving Energy for Y2K: Some things America should do:

Here is a list of a dozen things America should start doing immediately in order to prepare for Y2K:


Date: Sun, 03 Oct 1999 09:44:10 -0700
From: "Russell D. Hoffman"


Here is a list of some things we can cut to save energy for Y2K:

1) Stand down NASA (their nuclear madness needs to be reviewed anyway).

2) Stand down all long-term military projects (their nuclear madness needs to be reviewed anyway).

3) Stand down Boeing (the world needs to switch to ground-based mass-transit systems anyway).

4) Stand down the large chemical manufacturers during the Y2K transition (Glory be! Many of them are already planing to do this!)

5) Cancel all flights of all airlines which have not proven to experts that they are Y2K-compatible. Right now, only about 1500 of the 3300 airlines in the world have reported to the FAA on their Y2K status.

6) Close all fast-food restaurants. The savings in energy would be tremendous and the health benefits likewise would be substantial.

7) Redesign all global communications to a ground-based, fiber-optic system, which can transmit far more data at far cheaper energy costs than the satellite-based systems being designed as quick alternatives for rich people.

8) Add a "luxury tax" to all CDs, Videos, Movies, etc. unless they are distributed electronically.

9) Close all nuclear reprocessing facilities and all nuclear power plants including research reactors, linear accelerators, etc. which often consume enormous amounts of electricity.

10) Adopt work hours which allow the most people to get up at the crack of dawn.

11) Cancel all national professional sports for the next three months. Use the athletes who have thus become unemployed as spokespersons for the various Y2K-preparedness teams that need to be drawn up.

12) Triple or quadruple the tax on all aviation gas sales. "AVGAS" is one of the most expensive to create and requires enormous amounts of energy to produce. It's full cost to the environment should be more carefully considered.

These are for starters, of course. Next we redistribute the wealth, nationalize health care (for those not in the military, who have had nationalized health care for years), throw all the bums out of office, and live in peace and harmony for ever more.

We have just under 90 days to do all this, as I write this.


Russell Hoffman
Peace Activist
Carlsbad, CA


(3) "Geometry Safe": What it means and what it means not to have it:

We first introduced Jack Shannon, Major USMC (Retired) to our readers shortly after we met him, in STOP CASSINI newsletter #156:

His own web site is available here:


Date: Sat, 2 Oct 1999 10:44:37 EDT
Subject: Re: Y2K is coming (a poem by Russell Hoffman)

Good poem Russ:

Nuclear Criticality Safety was my "profession" for years and I would bet that the Japanese have zero Nuclear Safety people in their country. I know we don't have any in this country. Hanford keeps trying to hire them but they don't exist. It's the kind of business where "you are damned if you do and damned if you don't". Try to build a geometry safe system and management doesn't want to spend the money, if it's not geometry safe we have accidents like the Japanese. I know that not a single DOE processing facility is geometry safe. But the DOE will lie and say they are, because no one can inspect the DOE.

Keep up the good work

Jack Shannon


The entire nuclear industry rests on a few sacred tenants, things which are either already proven to be untrue, or which are unknowns (but looking very grim for everyone).

One tenant is that a little radiation might even be good for you. This allows the pro-nuclear people to think that there is always a "dilution solution to pollution". While it is true that sunlight is good for you, that is not the same as radioactive particles inside your body irradiating the cells around them with tens of thousands of RADs of radiation -- which kills the cells nearest the radioactive particle, and can cause cancer, leukemia, and birth defects in those cells further away which it damages but does not kill. If the particle is moving inside the body, it can irradiate millions or even hundreds of millions of individual cells as it travels.

Another tenant the nuclear industry lives by is that the waste problem will be solved somehow, or has been solved but the solutions have not been implemented, or that there is no waste problem because of the first tenant, namely, that a little radiation is good for you.

But the truth is, NOT ONE PLAN for the waste problem has been successfully implemented. And the latest plans are little more than crude experiments in "out of sight, out of mind" technology, burying the stuff in salt mines and such, and hoping nothing goes wrong while we try to think of something better.

And EVEN IF the solution were miraculously found to the problem of long-term storage of nuclear waste, there would still be another problem -- getting the nuclear waste there in the first place! Leaks, spills, collisions, terrorism (blowing it up or stealing it for later use) are all frightening possibilities ANY TIME RADIOACTIVE WASTE IS MOVED. Many of them are threats day in and day out.

The nuclear waste issue is not solved, and if the cost of disposal were properly applied to those making the mess, it would be a fiscal death blow to nuclear power as a reasonable capitalist investment. (As if other things had not already dealt several "death blows" but still the snarling dragon remains standing, dispersing its tiny fireballs throughout the land (they come out its smokestacks on a daily basis, and when things go wrong, they come out everywhere else).)

We asked Mr. Shannon to clarify what "geometry safe" meant, fearing the worst, which, in fact, is what it means:


Date: Sun, 3 Oct 1999 12:16:19 EDT
Subject: Re: Y2K is coming/ "geometry safe"

A geometry safe vessel is one that is safe for the highest concentration of the material that is going to be processed in that container. I always did my studies and designs to be safe for the highest possible density of material that would be available in any part of a process, i.e., if the highest possible density of material in the liquid part of a system was 1.0 kilogram per liter, but there was some place in the system liquid or solid I would always determine the highest density possible liquid or not say 2.0 Kilograms per liter the studies would be done for the 2.0 kilograms per liter even if it was only remotely possible for that density to be available in the process.

I always got a lot of flak from the committees, because it was too costly or whatever, but I always won.

I was asked to review the Savannah River processing plant, which is not geometry safe and I was told that my way was certainly conservative, but they were going to stay with the present design.

I suspect that the Japanese had a process that would be geometry controlled [safe for the densities of material that were intended to be processed], but not for all possible densities. The system designed for the low density material was used for a much higher density material and "bango". The trouble with geometry controlled systems as opposed to geometry safe systems is that the former relies on people following procedures. I don't like depending on people [always] following procedures.

So the Japanese now have a deadly building in the middle of a city and I don't think they have a clue of what to do now. The fission products are contained in the building, all over walls, ceilings. What a disaster.



This means that all Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing plants in the United States (and probably elsewhere) should be SHUT DOWN IMMEDIATELY.

A TRUTH COMMISSION is clearly needed. Nothing less will do. Not another hearing and another report -- we don't want that anymore. We want a stand-down and a reassessment of the dangers. We want the public to be told the whole truth about the nuclear demon -- from the "black helicopters" to the Internet manipulation which blocks activists' efforts to organize, to the lie that "a little increase in the background radiation via particles dispersed from a million separate accidents from the nuclear industry is good for you". We want it ALL stopped! -- rdh

(4) Reaction to the poem "Y2K IS COMING" has been very favorable:

Poetry and song shall do their utmost to unite the masses
Even as stupid superpowers spread radioactive gasses.

Between newsletter #200 and this one (#201) we sent out another Y2K poem. It is available here:

and has also been redistributed by Robert Sterling in his Konformist newsletter, and elsewhere. In fact, it has gotten more feedback than just about anything else I've written! Here are some of the comments:


Date: Sun, 03 Oct 1999 09:12:45 -0400
From: Carol Moore
To: "Russell D. Hoffman"
Subject: Y2K is coming (a poem by Russell Hoffman)

Or as I like to sing to the Xmas tune...
"Y2K is coming to town!"
:-) :-( Carol


I've been meaning to mention that Ms Moore had mentioned that she is not "affiliated" with NIRS as I (and perhaps others) had earlier reported, but is a "freelancer". Our apologies.


From: "Larry Kinney"
To: "Russell D. Hoffman"
Subject: Re: Y2K is coming (a poem by Russell Hoffman)
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 11:25:00 -0400

I liked your poem and have enjoyed keeping up with your animated activism. Your work inspired me to send a letter to the editor of our local sheet here in Syracuse, the Post Standard. Here's a copy FYI and feedback. Thanks for your excellent work and keep stirring the pot!

Double Speak

It is instructive to reflect on the latest version of the allegory of the tower of babble. A Mars probe went to a fiery death because Lockheed Martin's people used the inch-pound system while their colleagues at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory used the metric system. I'm sorry for the Martians; we didn't even file an environmental impact statement with their EPA before firing off a $125 megabuck probe in their direction.

I'm more disturbed that NASA put 78 (sic) pounds of plutonium on the Cassini space craft and slung it around earth in a slingshot maneuver to give it enough impetus to reach Uranus several years hence. Happily, the fly-by on August 17 was successful. However, a very tiny miscalculation could have poisoned hundreds of millions of us. Of course, NASA assured us that the odds against a calamity were enormous. I wonder if the odds makers worked for Lockheed Martin or JPL.

Are miscalculations whose consequences are enormous possible? As Aristotle pointed outówell before the age of nuclear madness--actuality entails possibility. The Martian failure was a rude awakening.

In the light of yet another nuclear accidentóthis one in Japanówe should set our sights on rebottling the nuclear genie altogether. In the meanwhile, we should stop military nuclear developments immediately and advocate for policies that keep nuclear materials out of space altogether.

Laurence F. Kinney, Ph.D.
Synertech Systems Corporation
118 Julian Place #216
Syracuse, New York 13210-3419
315.446.2153 (V) 315.446.8844 (F)


We deeply appreciate all who write to their local papers, the government -- everybody who does something positive is infinitely more useful than anyone who does nothing. We also note in passing that Cassini carried 72.3 lbs of Pu, not 78 lbs, and its final destination, after a December 2000 or January 2001 flyby of Jupiter, will be Saturn (although I would not be surprised if will have enough inertia when captured by Saturn to have made it out as far as Uranus had it been aimed a little differently).


"nice poem!" -- David Rovics (Mr. Rovics wrote some wonderful Y2K song lyrics which we published in newsletter #110. He is a folk musician. His web site can be found at: or

"Your poem on Y2K was great..." Rick

"Have you noticed this poem goes quite nicely with the tune of "Jingle Bells"? -- Beth

"Very to the point and quite rhythmically readable." -- My own mother!

"unsubscribe me please" -- Well, you can't win them all, but at least my mother loves me!


(5) Contact point for fair information about the accident in Japan:


Date: Sun, 3 Oct 1999 10:27:39 +0900
To: "Russell D. Hoffman"
From: Richard Wilcox
Subject: Japan's top nuke NGO (besides Greenpeace) as far as I know

Citizens' Nuclear Information Center
1-58-15-3F, Higashi-nakano, Nakano-ku,Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81-3-5330-9520 Fax: +81-3-5330-9530


Better than Greenpeace? That's great! Because speaking of Greenpeace, a Melissa Morgan , unsubscribed Greenpeace USA from this newsletter recently. The URL she was sending her request from was not the same as the one we were sending the newsletters to, and we could not find her name and title at their web site, so we asked her what her title was and if it was an official statement from Greenpeace USA stating they did not want our newsletter to be electronically delivered to them, but so far we have received no answer (it's been a couple of weeks -- more on this at a later date, probably). We hope the foreign Greenpeace organizations whom we send the newsletter to are actually getting it. They are:

We began sending all the Greenpeace addresses the STOP CASSINI newsletter well before the Cassini flyby. We hope they have been getting through since Greenpeace USA doesn't want us (or at least one person there with the power to stop it from getting on their hard drive had done so). -- rdh

(6) Oh yeah, something about Cassini (a reporter finally called!)

A report finally called late last week and interviewed the STOP CASSINI newsletter editor. He asked me what proof I have that top government officials know who I am or anything about me, because I had said, in my last newsletter (#200) "and the Government knows this (specifically, people at NASA and the DOE). Some of your highest-ranking employees know this. (The latest details are shown below.)" But there were no such details, there was just a snooty letter to James Oberg and various other unrelated items.

I wonder what a reporter (or the world) would accept as proof? Nothing, I bet. The United States Government has "plausible deniability" that they have ever heard of me. Or do they? Is it possible that the mighty United States of America has stubbed its toe on a single citizen-activist and no one noticed? Who cares, as long as it's working! And after what happened in Tokaimura, Japan, we are certainly fearful to ask for any more "signs from God" anyway! And besides, internal NASA saboteurs could have planned and executed last week's destruction of the MARS CLIMATE OBSERVER just for a lark -- or to help me out (or for some other reason). Who knows what unknown helpers lurk to boost my efforts?

Anyway, the reporter (from a paper in the Southwestern United States) was actually surprised when I said that no MCO news reports I had seen so far had mentioned Cassini. (I referred him to my round-up of 5 major media Internet news reports in newsletter #199 (Item #3), and added that I knew of at least 3 newspapers which had put the story on the front page, but also not mentioned Cassini, and that other than his phone call, I didn't know of any reports or reporters who had connected the dots (besides Karl Grossman, of course) -- especially strange now that the cause has been isolated as a metric/English conversion error, since Cassini's Huygens probe was built by the ESA (European Space Agency) while Cassini itself was American-made.

The reporter told me (and I'll reveal his name (if I can find it) if I ever find out he lied) that Mary Beth Murrill of NASA said that the first thing the folks at NASA thought of when they learned about MCO was -- what else? -- Cassini. Yet it's funny how they forgot to mention the connection to all the cub reporters that ran to NASA for the MCO story! Or were the reporters all voluntarily keeping silent about the obvious connection? Or did their editors cut out that part of the story? What happened? Why is this all still silent? Is it because I (and nearly all the other activists) throw down the gauntlet on the health effects of Low Level Radiation, and not just on the odds-of-a-flyby-reentry-issue (after all, that battle's won now, anyway)? Is that why the public has not been issued an official apology by NASA for doing the Cassini flyby, despite the strong evidence that now shows they should not have done so? Is it because we won't call it a true victory or vindication until NASA admits that their "120 deaths" is probably way, way off too? Is that what NASA's still afraid of? Or are they just afraid the underhanded methods that were used to deny the opposition a chance to be heard might come out? Or is it all of the above?

I wonder if the world will ever know -- or care. -- rdh

(7) Who is Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC)?

One group which every reporter can be sure has no intention of helping my efforts is SAIC.

Unfortunately, SAIC owns about 45 percent of Network Solutions (according to an article in the San Diego Union Tribune today) and readers can deduce that that fact alone might spell trouble for YH&OS, and besides, Woody Smith now works for SAIC (as noted in newsletter #198, item #4)! These people are not friendly and do not fight a clean fight (whilst accusing me of same).

Who are they?

Here's a quote from a report from June, 1999 by Robert Sterling (available at his web site, ):


Officially, SAIC is a private company, a multi-billion dollar defense contractor. A scanning of the names of its past and present board of directors reveals the distinction of being a "private" company to be a sham. The list includes Admiral Bobby Ray Inman (former director of the NSA, deputy director of the CIA and a strong candidate for Watergate's Deep Throat), Robert Gates (the former CIA director under George Bush), John Deutch (Bill Clinton's former CIA director), William Perry (Clinton's secretary of defense), Donald Hicks (former R&D head for the Pentagon), Donald Kerr (former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory), Melvin Laird (defense secretary under Richard Nixon) and General Maxwell Thurman (the commander of the U.S. invasion of Panama.) Among the contracts that SAIC has received are for re-engineering the Pentagon's information systems, automating the FBI's computerized fingerprint identification system, and building a national criminal history information system. SAIC is widely rumored to be a CIA-military intelligence front: the facts suggest nothing otherwise."


I accuse SAIC, along with Boeing, other related corporations, NASA and other agencies of the United States Government, of willfully violating my civil liberties, of allowing a clear and present threat to our health to continue unabated despite five decades of indisputable scientific proof that it should be stopped, of making a variety of veiled and not-so-veiled threats in an effort to destroy my will, of placing people before me who act as though they are my friends but are actually sent to try to coerce me into various actions, of placing others in my path as antagonists, crazies, provocateurs, and other frauds, and of intimidating my friends and fellow activists, as they have attempted to do to me.

I love my country and pray for the day it is free again. Free to realize the mess it's in. -- rdh

(8) United States Government official contact points:

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

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

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

Here's NASA's "comments" email address:

Daniel Goldin is the head of NASA. Here's his email address:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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(10) 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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