AW: AW: [ RadSafe ] Jeff Purcell Cornell Article ..

Franz Schönhofer franz.schoenhofer at
Thu Apr 26 11:00:24 CDT 2007



Thank you for the information. My question was rather directed to the
distribution of the newspaper within the USA – probably compared to the
distribution of other newspapers like USA-Today, the various LA, NY etc
Times and Posts and others. I still believe that the number of readers must
be marginal compared to the population of the USA. Not surprisingly I do not
know any of the names mentioned in the link, but even this is no hint for
distribution and quality – how many books of Nobel-Prize winners has the
average RADSAFEr read????? 


This message was sent at 6pm European Summer Time. 


Best regards,






Franz Schoenhofer, PhD

MinRat i.R.

Habicherg. 31/7

A-1160 Wien/Vienna



-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Jim Hardeman [mailto:Jim_Hardeman at] 
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 26. April 2007 15:26
An: 'Roger Helbig'; Franz Schönhofer; 'radsafelist'
Betreff: Re: AW: [ RadSafe ] Jeff Purcell Cornell Article ..


Franz et al. --


The Cornell Daily Sun ( is an independent, student-run
newpaper at Cornell University ( in Ithaca, New York, US.
Cornell is not reputed to be a bastion of conservative thought ...


>From the Sun's "about the Sun" link on their website --


"Founded in 1880, The Cornell Daily Sun, one of the nation's oldest daily
college newspapers and one of the strongest organizations on campus, is and
always has been completely independent from Cornell University. The
newspaper serves the Cornell campus and its surrounding community in Ithaca,
New York.The Sun is entirely student-run, publishing Monday through Friday
during the academic year, with special Graduation and Freshman issues during
the summer. In the 121 years that The Sun has been publishing, some famous
names have graced its pages, including Editors-in-Chief E.B.White '21 and
Dick Schaap '55; Associate Editor Kurt Vonnegut '44; Business Manager Oscar
Mayer '34; and business board member Frank Gannett 1898. In 1912, The Sun
became the first collegiate member of the Associated Press."


Jim Hardeman

Jim_Hardeman at

>>> Franz Schönhofer <franz.schoenhofer at> 4/23/2007 18:46 >>>

Sorry, I forgot to add the following nasty question: What kind of newspaper
is the Cornell Daily Sun? What is their distribution? What is its influence?
I would believe that its relative distribution on an US scale is very close
to zero as well as its influence. So what to worry about? 


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

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: radsafe-bounces at [mailto:radsafe-bounces at] Im Auftrag
von Roger Helbig
Gesendet: Montag, 23. April 2007 11:24
An: radsafelist
Betreff: [ RadSafe ] Jeff Purcell Cornell Article ..

Sorry I sent this is less easy to read form .. I wanted any of you who chose
to comment about the innacuracies in this article to know how to address the
Editorial Board

The U.S. scares the planet with its arsenal. Right now, we're sitting on top
of almost 10,000 nuclear bombs. One of the byproducts of making these
weapons is depleted uranium. U238 is extremely dense, so dense that it can
pierce armored tanks. It also bursts into flames while traveling through the
armor. UMass and Tufts scientists estimate that between 10 and 35 percent,
but sometimes up to 70 percent, of the depleted uranium is aerosolized on
impact - it turns into particles 5 microlitres wide, small enough to be
inhaled and scatter for miles.

In March 2003, the Army released data on the amount of D.U. dropped on Iraq
during the First Gulf War: between 320 and 390 tons. Let's be conservative -
320 tons at 10 percent is 64,000 lbs.

Radioactive material is all around us - in water, soil, bananas - but in
very small quantities. The difference between bananas and Basra, however, is
about 1,000 times more radiation. Because U238 doesn't decay for about 5
billion years, every shell we fire at Iraq will stay there forever. The U.S.
isn't releasing data on the number of shells fired in this war, but consider
the amount fired in the First Gulf War (64,000 lbs) at 5 billion years - and
America has done more to depopulate Iraq than Saddam Hussein has.

Five years ago, the Seattle Post Intelligencer investigated a highway that
was bombed in 1991: they concluded it was still a "radioactive toxic
wasteland." And in May 2003, when Americans were celebrating the Mission
Accomplished, Christian Science Monitor writer Scott Peterson recorded
radioactive levels 1,900 times the normal background rate in Baghdad.

The effects of aerosolized depleted uranium in your lungs, kidneys and liver
are a host of horrors. One of the most frightening, however, is what D.U.
can do to your children. Pediatricians and obstetricians in Basra found the
rate of serious birth defects more than quadrupled after the city was
inundated with D.U. in 1991. These birth defects include multiple congenital
malformations, congenital heart diseases, cleft lip and palate, unusual
skeletal malformation and hydrocephalus - a condition that prevents
cerebrospinal fluid from draining normally, causing comas, dementia,
incontinence and a deformed skull.

That this happens to the same newborns whose right to life the President
passionately defends should raise overwhelming contradictions. If only Focus
on the Family cared our bombs were deforming Iraqi, Afghani and Kosovar
children, perhaps the crocodile tears they shed for the unborn would be more
credible. A Canadian research team found Afghani residents near Jalalabad,
Tora Bora and Mazar-e-Sharif had an average of 315.5 nanograms of
radioactive isotopes in their urine; one boy in Kabul had 2,031 nanograms in
his urine. Current regulations in America state the maximum safe level is 12
nanograms for a year. It is a bizarre statement of America that poisoned
12-year olds are less interesting than fetuses.

Outside the White House, sanity prevails. In 1999, a U.N. subcommittee
decided D.U. was dangerous enough to merit a worldwide ban. Testifying to
the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in 2003, international lawyer Karen
Parker stated that D.U. fails all four humanitarian laws regarding weapons:
because D.U. will continue to poison people and cause cancers and birth
defects for thousands of years, because of its horrible effects off the
battle-field, because it is unduly inhumane, and because it has an unduly
negative effect on the environment - D.U. violates the rules of war.

After it's incinerated on impact, D.U. dust settles in lungs, deserts,
rivers and animals. Considering food and water, even the U.S. Army field
manual states that anything within 25 meters of D.U. is "unsafe for
consumption." Moreover, affected persons should wear respiratory and skin
protection to prevent poisoning. The Pentagon, however, maintains that D.U.
is not conclusively proven to cause cancers or birth defects. But this is
the same Pentagon that didn't put armor on Hummers or soldiers and did such
a bangup job caring for amputees at Walter Reed.

One Army physician disagrees with his former superiors. Dr. Doug Rokke
served in the 12th Preventive Medicine Command and 3rd U.S. Army Medical
Command. Rokke was sent to Iraq in 1991 to oversee D.U. cleanup. Now, he
says more than 30 members of his team are dead. He told journalists,
"Verified diverse health effects from personal experience, physicians and
from personal reports from individuals with known D/U. exposures include
reactive airway disease, neurological abnormalities . vision degradation .
uranium in semen . and birth defects in offspring."

He continued, "This whole thing is a crime against God and humanity."

Vets from the first Gulf War still show the isotopic signature in their
urine. D.U. swims through their reproductive organs and skeletal tissues,
stalking their future and their children's lives. As if serving under a
monstrous commander in an unjust war were not painful enough, current and
future vets are haunted by fear of giving birth to children with horrible
physical and mental disabilities.

Rokke insists that the Pentagon isn't honest: "Since 1991, numerous U.S.
Department of Defense reports have said that the consequences of D.U. were
unknown. That is a lie. We warned them in 1991 after the Gulf War, but
because of liability issues, they continue to ignore the problem."

To recap, then, we know that the U.S. invaded and occupied Iraq to "find
WMDs," but instead, turned the country into an experiment worthy of
Auschwitz's Dr. Mengele. The Association of Birth Defects Children has found
that Goldenhar Syndrome - eye, ear, facial and spine malformations in
newborns - is more prevalent in 1991 Gulf War veterans. In Iraq, birth
defects have risen 10-fold between 1989 and 2001, according to Baghdad
University's Dr. Nawar Ali in a report to the U.N.'s Integrated Regional
Information Network. Childhood cancer also rose by 242 percent in the same
period. Dr. Janan Hassan of the Basra Maternity and Children's Hospital told
the U.N. that more than 56 percent of cancer patients in Iraq were under 5
years old.

The conditions of life in Iraq are imperiled by American lies and brutality.
And the lives and families of servicemembers are, again, wasted by the
criminals at the helm.

Jeff Purcell is a graduate student in Africana Studies. He can be reached at
jlp56 at Brutal Honesty appears Mondays.

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