(en) /RENEGADE/ #1: INTRO & INDEX [updated]

Robert Cherwink (rc@vom.com)
Sun, 24 Aug 1997 11:30:24 -0700


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[Note: /RENEGADE/ #1: was first released on 8/16/97; portions of this intro were updated on 8/23/97].

/RENEGADE/ Witness, Conscience, Action

/RENEGADE/ #1: NO NUKES

Next edition: "SAVE ANCIENT FORESTS"

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------ INTRODUCTION -------------- Greetings! Focus. Special Thanks! & EXTRA Special Thanks -------------- about /RENEGADE/ -------------- last minute news -------------- TOPICS of this edtion, and a few "Special Notes" -------------- including article: "Plutonium Russian Roulette" -------------- POST TO USENET - Request for Help -------------- WHATS UP AT "ROB'S PLACE" -------------- About Mailing Lists -------------- Abolition-Caucus Subscription Info ------ INDEX /RENEGADE/ #1: NO NUKES

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Greetings!

This is the INTRO & INDEX *only* of my first edition of "/RENEGADE/" - - -

Email Robert Cherwink <rc@vom.com> to receive any of the other 4 parts of /RENEGADE/ #1: "NO NUKES;" or if you would like to subscribe or sumbit articles; or offer any suggestions or critiques.

Please forward and post indescriminately, follow the links, make contacts, take action!

I had been thinking about starting up a newsletter for some time, and decided to devote my first edition to Nuclear Abolition. Nuclear weapons, nuclear waste, protests, legal actions, and "nukes in space" are addressed in the various materials which I have included. There could have been much more, but as you can see: its gotten pretty lengthy - sorry! Other relevant topics might have included indigenous rights, health hazards of low-level radiation, energy conservation and the development of alternative resources, etc., but this is it for now - I have to stop adding to it! An index to the articles follows below after "Topics" and a few "Special Notes," which includes my [updated] article about the Cassini Space Probe: "Plutonium Russian Roulette."

[Note: * * 8/23/97 * * NEW / IMPORTANT INFORMATION added since first released on 8/16/97 includes a link to an awesome Java animation on the decay pathway of radioactive substances, and: My comments regarding some common misundstandings in relation to basic chemistry which tend to consfuse the issue of what is Plutonium Dioxide, and on the Decay Pathways of radio-isotopes]

This first edition includes mail received through the "Abolition-Caucus" and a few other sources. Special thanks to IGC, Brian Rawson, Ak Malten, George Farebrother, Peace through Reason, Shundahai Network, Jane Prettyman, Fenton Communications, Robert Jefferson, the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice, Mark Elsis, Robert Sterling, and all you others who have contributed to the effort to end the nuclear madness *** And Extra Special Thanks to Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dr. Karl Grossman, Dr. Michio Kaku, and Mr. Russell Hoffman for their devoted efforts.

As Brian sez: "The following message[s] are forwarded from the address[es] below. Please send responses to [those] address[es] directly;" but you are more than welcome to contact me with your comments. Abolition-Caucus subscription info is included below.

About /RENEGADE/

A newsletter of Witness, Conscience, and Activism - Submissions, subscriptions, suggestions, donations, and critiques: All are welcome - Mailing lists are strictly confidential; individual subscribers are copied by Bcc: only.

Next edition: "SAVE ANCIENT FORESTS."

Future editions of /RENEGADE/ will be compiled as possible - no guarantees! Possible topics: Free Burma, Free Tibet, Close Down the School of Assassins... we'll see. Sorry for any duplications, errors, etc., as I'm just doing this all "on the fly" and as time allows, and there's no spell-checker here. My only hope is that you find the information useful, and that I can help to make a difference in this world of ours which verges on ecologic catastrophe. Please forward and post indescriminately, follow the links, make contacts, take action!

Peace!

Rob, Sector Air Raid Warden at Rob's Place A SITE DEDICATED TO SPIRIT, TRUTH, PEACE, JUSTICE, AND FREEDOM http://www.vom.com/rc/home.htm

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NEWS: [last minute before "send" on this transmission, and relating to the "No Nukes" focus of this edition]:

Please note that the latest reports re the Australian Pilgrimage to "Stop Uranium, Recliam the Future" are on the Pilgrimage website at: http://www.wt.com.au/~gdaniell/pnd/surf16m/pilgrim.htm

It includes diary entries from the Pilgrims on the road, and photos of thier activities visiting aboriginal communities and uranium deposits, uranium mines around Australia, to stop the "poison fire".

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TOPICS & Special Notes -----------------

TOPICS /RENEGADE/ #1: "NO NUKES

GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION - Canberra Commission: Eliminate nuclear weapons with all due speed / U.S. submarine-lauched ballistic missile replacement warhead / Demonstration/Oppose Pentagon's New Nuclear Threats / UN and Corporate Welfare / NUKE WASTE, NO WAY / Shundahai Network: NEW WEB SITE! / JURY TRIAL at READING CROWN COURT / RAINBOW KEEPERS FIGHT AGAINST ROSTOV NUCLEAR POWER PLANT - SO FAR THE BIG BROTHER WINS / Newsday article on nuke fuel storage / Actions in France / Re: Potential Legal use of Citizens' Summons / JAPANESE HIGH LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE HEADING TO LA HAGUE & SELLAFIE / Russia nuclear weapon risk / "Loose Nukes" movie with George Clooney opens Sept. / Grossman's Book "the Wrong Stuff" now available / THE REAL NEWS PAGE announces a special subsite: "Where's the News on Cassini?" / Cassini Hits Jefferson Report / CANCEL CASSINI UPDATES & ACTION ALERT - - DO THESE THINGS / POST TO USENET (Request for help) / GERMAN LANGUAGE CASSINI SITE / SUBSCRIBE TO THE STOP CASSIN NEWSLETTER / LOVEARTH Actions & Calendar / LINKS

----------------- Special Notes: Forest Action & Cassini [including updateed article: "Plutonium Russian Roulette"]

----------------- SAVE ANCIENT FORESTS! [Focus next issue of /RENEGADE/] -----------------

Don't forget: HEADWATERS ACTION - September 14. Contact: Call or email Susan at Headwaters Sanctuary Project (510-444-4710, susans@nextgeneration.org) or call Marika at Rainforest Action Network (415-398-4404) for more information. RAN website address is: www.ran.org

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-------- "Plutonium Russian Roulette" by Robert Cherwink -------- * * 8/23/97 * * NEW / IMPORTANT [added since first released on 8/16/97] -

I M P O R T A N T: I have been provided some very interesting information and an *important_weblink* since /RENEGADE/ #1: was first released on 8/16/97 - (these follow "Plutonium Russian Roulette" below): 1. Subject: decay pathway of Pu238 [JAVA Animation] THIS IS A *MUST_SEE* 2. Subject: Plutonium in the Environment 3. Mail From: Ross Wilcock

More on Cassini in Part 4 of this issue

Plutonium Russian Roulette ---------------------------------------- Robert Cherwink August 23, 1997

The Cassini Space Probe is scheduled for launch this October 6, perched atop a Titan IV rocket. 72 pounds of Plutonium Dioxide, the deadliest substance known by science will be onboard. NASA maintains that the chances of a mishap are minuscule, but is it worth the risk? And should we trust NASA's numbers? Karl Grossman's article, "Risking The World: Nuclear Proliferation in Space," has been voted #1 Censored story of 1996 by Sonoma State University's PROJECT CENSORED.

The launch itself has definite risks. Titan IV's have (so far) only a 95% success rate (19 launches, one spectacular failure). But get this: The plan is to have Cassini orbit Venus a few times and then "sling- shot" around the Earth towards Saturn. An accidental re-entry of Cassini into the Earth's atmosphere during the "fly-by" threatens the Bioshphere with the catastrophic and virtually world-wide dispersal of vaporized Plutonium in the upper atmosphere. It is obvious that something could go wrong, and the investigation of the atmosphere of Titan (one of Saturn's moons) is *not* a critical issue!

The proposed mission cannot possibly be worth the risk of contaminating our entire planet, or even part of it, with deadly Plutonium. According to Dr. Helen Caldicott: "one pound of Plutonium, evenly distributed, is theoretically enough to give every person on the planet lung cancer." One inhaled particle of Plutonium Dioxide is a potentially lethal dose.

NASA's argument that nuclear power is required for the mission only proves that they are willing to proceed with a program that is risky and unsupportable except through "bad science." NASA claims that the use of solar panels instead of nuclear generators is not possible for this mission (as so certainly do the nuclear contractors!), while solar power is considered by some experts to be a viable alternative. Cassini should be canceled, or at least postponed and redesigned so that its scientific mission can be completed without the use of Plutonium. Taking such chances with our environment and the health of the Biosphere is simply unacceptable.

Please do what you can to NOT permit Cassini to be launched, and to stop the continuation of a Space Program which relies on nuclear power with its inherent risk of radioactive contamination of our planet.

* * Contacts, Internet Resources, and Actions you can take:

"Plutonium Russian Roulette" CANCEL CASSINI at Rob's Place http://www.vom.com/rc/cassini.htm Robert Cherwink <rc@vom.com>

"Stop Cassini Homepage" and "Stop Cassini Newsletter" http://www.animatedsoftware.com/cassini/index.htm Russell D. Hoffman, Webmaster and Editor <rhoffman@animatedsoftware.com>

Lovearth http://www.lovearth.org

Florida Coalition For Peace & Justice http://www.afn.org/~fcpj/space <fcpj@afn.org>

DO THESE THINGS:

* SAY NO TO CASSINI - CALL 1 888 NO CASSINI SEND 3 WESTERN UNION LETTERS TO STOP CASSINI

* Send a FREE FAX to NASA - go to: http://www.interactivism.com/act2/cassini/intro.shtml

* Sign a petetion - go to: http://www.panix.com/~levner/nygreens/issues/nukes/cassini/

* Send an email message to the following (or write to The White House and NASA via conventional mail): <BEVERLY.COOK@hq.doe.gov>, <mary.b.murrill@jpl.nasa.gov>, <newsdesk@jpl.nasa.gov>, <president@whitehouse.gov>, <Vice.President@whitehouse.gov>, <First.Lady@whitehouse.gov>

Subject: CANCEL CASSINI Suggested Body text: The proposed mission cannot possibly be worth the risk of contaminating our entire planet, or even part of it, with deadly Plutonium. It is my opinion that Cassini must be cancelled, or at least postponed and redesigned to use solar panels rather than nuclear generators. [please include: Name, Mailing Address, Daytime Telephone Number]

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* * 8/23/97 * * NEW / IMPORTANT INFORMATION [added since first released on 8/16/97]

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IMPORTANT: I have been provided some very interesting information and an *important_weblink*

Ellen said: >We received the following message from Kathie Spallone on the "Campus
>Outreach" thread.
>Is she right? And what does this mean?
>>Hi,
>>I think your questions are right on target. For future printings, may I
>>suggest a small correction? Where you have 72.3 lbs. of "plutonium", it
>>should be changed to "plutonium dioxide". This is a very common error.
>>Part of the 72 pounds is actually oxygen.

Greetings. Yes - Kathie is right. But: Some common misundstandings in relation to basic chemistry tend to consfuse the issue. I've seen arguments before which try to use the fact that there is an oxygen component in trying to say that there is actully "less plutonium." I hope that this is helpful / further discussion welcomed!

<<< Chemistry >>>

Very simply: You cannot separate out the oxygen atoms to somehow say there is "less plutonium." The oxygen atoms are part of the molecules; the particluar combinations of Plutionium and Oxygen atoms are in fact part of what makes it Plutonium Dioxide - the deadliest substance know to science. Without the Oxygen atoms it would simply be a different substance. You cannot discount or subtract out any percentage of anything by weight or volume.

<<< Decay Pathways >>>

As for the radio-isotopes: It is important to note that when Plutonium Dioxide or any other radioactive material breaks down it does *not* just disappear, but becomes something else.

The molecules are "hot" - they discharge portions of their atomic makeup and thus become different types of molecules which may in fact *also* be radioactive. These new molecules, if radioactive, continue to break down into other types of molecules which may *also* be radioactive... etc.

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I have been provided some very interesting information and an *important_weblink*

1. Subject: decay pathway of Pu238 THIS IS A *MUST_SEE*

<< You will be able to see how the "half life" of one isotope says but a little about the activity of the whole decay chain! >>

2. Subject: Plutonium in the Environment

3. Mail From: Ross Wilcock

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1. Subject: decay pathway of Pu238

JAVA simulation for the decay pathway of Pu238 if your browser does JAVA: http://www.pgs.ca/pages/radiation.htm

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2. Subject: Plutonium in the Environment

http://www.pgs.ca/pages/nlnucleg.htm SNAP-9A Satellite Launch Accident, 1964 of Transit 5BN-3 navigational sattelite burned up on launch over Mozambique Channel (Indian Ocean) releasing 2.1 lbs (1 kg) of Plutonium 238 intended for radioactive thermal electricity generation (RTG). The Pu238 dispersed worldwide especially in the Southern Hemisphere. This Pu238 incident is now recognised as a significant measurable fingerprint marker for global Plutonium pollution. (See Plutonium in the Environment, Ottawa 1994, Books and Journals). Pu238 and its daughter products break down relativly rapidly by alpha decay and it's biological hazard is more than the fissile Pu239 isotope.

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3. Mail From: Ross Wilcock

Return-Path: <RWILCOCK@EXECULINK.COM> From: Ross Wilcock <RWILCOCK@EXECULINK.COM> To: "'Robert Cherwink'" <rc@vom.com> Subject: Some information Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 00:29:12 -0400

Dear Robert,

You might find something useful in the Nuclear Legacy section at the url below either in the page or the references.

There is a JAVA simulation for the decay pathway of Pu238 if your browser does JAVA. If you want to quote it, ask Michio Kaku or another nuclear physicist to verify it. Pu238 seems to be significantly more biologically active than the other isotopes. You will be able to see how the "half life" of one isotope says but a little about the activity of the whole decay chain!

There is a very useful reference there for Plutonium in the Environment Ottawa 1994 - including data about the 1964 navigation satellite burn-up on launch over the Indian Ocean - (2.1 lbs of Pu238) can still be detected.

Ross Wilcock rwilcock@web.net http://www.pgs.ca/

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See especially: The Stop Cassini Homepage http://www.animatedsoftware.com/cassini/index.htm

My Cassini page, "Plutonium Russian Roulette" is found at: http://www.vom.com/rc/cassini.htm

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I could use some help in posting Cassini materials to Usenet - (Due to technical problems I am unable to do so myself. Please contact me if you can help: rc@vom.com) - especially important: sci.astro, sci.space.history, sci.space.policy, sci.space.tech, and talk.environment - Other newsgroup suggestions welcomed!

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Part 1

1. GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION - Canberra Commission: Eliminate nuclear weapons with all due speed 2. U.S. submarine-lauched ballistic missile replacement warhead 3. Demonstration/Oppose Pentagon's New Nuclear Threats

Part 2

4. UN and Corporate Welfare 5. NUKE WASTE, NO WAY! 6. Shundahai Network: NEW WEB SITE! 7. JURY TRIAL at READING CROWN COURT 8. RAINBOW KEEPERS FIGHT AGAINST ROSTOV NUCLEAR POWER PLANT - SO FAR THE BIG BROTHER WINS

Part 3

9. Newsday article on nuke fuel storage 10. Actions in France 11. Re: Potential Legal use of Citizens' Summons 12. JAPANESE HIGH LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE HEADING TO LA HAGUE & SELLAFIE 13. Russia nuclear weapon risk 14. "Loose Nukes" movie with George Clooney opens Sept. 15. Grossman's Book "the Wrong Stuff" now available

Part 4

16. THE REAL NEWS PAGE announces a special subsite: "Where's the News on Cassini?" 17. Cassini Hits Jefferson Report 18. CANCEL CASSINI UPDATES & ACTION ALERT - DO THESE THINGS / POST TO USENET (Request for help) / GERMAN LANGUAGE CASSINI SITE / SUBSCRIBE TO THE STOP CASSIN NEWSLETTER / LOVEARTH Actions & Calendar / LINKS

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