AW: [ RadSafe ] Jeff Purcell Cornell Article ..

Franz Schönhofer franz.schoenhofer at
Mon Apr 23 17:35:57 CDT 2007


I do not understand, what is so exiting about this article of an "africana
student" about Iraq and DU. He just made a "literature survey" about this
topic in the US (!!) newspapers. He furthermore added some comments about
the Iraq war and related issues about the US arsenal of nuclear bombs (to be
separated from the DU issue), which can be read at least in those US (!!)
newspapers I use to read on the internet and which I regard as being right
on the topic of the war in Iraq. 

Any student, whether "africana", "philology", "egyptiology" etc. can make
such a compilation. Greenpeace shows us, how easily their "expertises" can
be distributed on the mass media. We have in Austria obviously hundreds of
Greenpeace "experts" ranging from "Greenpeace expert on whaling" (very
important for the huge fleet of Austrian whaling boats!), Greenpeace experts
on seals hunting, Greenpeace experts on genetically modified plants,
Greenpeace experts on kloning technologies, Greenpeace experts on renewable
energy and of course Greenpeace experts on nuclear energy as well as on
radiation protection. On the other hand Greenpeace Austria is complaining
about a lack of about 600 kEuro (approximately 1 million US$) already in
this year. Those experts are usually young persons, who have studied one or
two years in a "relevant field" and then dropped out. Mass media do not
question their expertise - because mass media simply need the news to raise
the adrenaline level of readers in order to raise their sales. 

To complain about those obvious nonsensical news on massmedia is in my
opinion not enough. To use the ridiculous term of "educating the public",
preferably by sending answers to papers etc. is of no use.

Having been for an unfortunate and unsatisfying five-years period a
"regulator" in Austria and having been involved actually decades before that
in the debate on nuclear power in Austria I can only say that any "education
of the public" could only occur by the government. Political considerations
are opposed to such activities in most countries and in my own country
(Austria) the relevant webpage of my former Ministry deals with the
"anti-nuclear politics of Austria". Sorry to say, but it might be necessary
that electricity supply would have to break down in order to demonstrate the
dependency on electricity - sorry, not correct, this would be reported in
the news media as blackmail of the Nuclear Lobby. 

Once again, what is so annoying of this article? We face similar ones every
day. I hope I do not need to mentions persons like Rokke, etc. etc. m

Best regards,


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Franz Schoenhofer, PhD
MinRat i.R.
Habicherg. 31/7
A-1160 Wien/Vienna

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