[ RadSafe ] Fwd: ruling out uranium vapor with x-rays

Peter Bossew peter.bossew at jrc.it
Thu Apr 17 02:27:46 CDT 2008

Sorry but that reply proves that THERE IS emotion on both sides. One may 
think differently about the tactics of using pseudonyms, but Salsman / 
Blane has put forward his points in a quiet and polite tone; he may be 
wrong but this is certainly not obvious at first glance (at least not 
for somebody who is not engaged in U research) and disproving him 
requires arguments, but not polemic.

Arguing in the DU case may already be boring to US scientists, 
understandably given the ideologically loaded debate which often appears 
inaccessible to rational arguments, but as far as I can see from a 
distance Salsman / Blane tries to defend his position in a civilized and 
rational manner. That should be appreciated.
For those in other parts of the world who have not been "blessed" (yet 
?) with the DU debate, at least not in a similarly ideological / 
emotional / hysterical way, the discussion is quite instructive.

Reserving the claim of science to oneself (while maybe true in this 
particular case) is highly ideological, and not good style, I think.


Brent Rogers wrote:
> "Dave Blane (or was it Blaine)" wrote:
> ****
> James Salsman, as Dave Blane pseudonomously
> P.S.  About pseudonyms:  The DU controversy evokes strong emotions on both
> sides of the debate. It is often useful to have a clean emotional state when
> addressing the issue with people who have formed preconceptions about the
> issue or the people discussing it in the past.
> ****
> ...or simply to allow those who have been discredited in the past to further
> argue a point without the baggage.  The emotion is not on both sides of the
> debate, only one of them.  The other side employs science.
> Brent Rogers
> Sydney Australia
> _______________________________________________
> You are currently subscribed to the RadSafe mailing list
> Before posting a message to RadSafe be sure to have read and understood the RadSafe rules. These can be found at: http://radlab.nl/radsafe/radsaferules.html
> For information on how to subscribe or unsubscribe and other settings visit: http://radlab.nl/radsafe/


Peter Bossew 

European Commission (EC) 
Joint Research Centre (JRC) 
Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) 

TP 441, Via Fermi 1 
21020 Ispra (VA) 
Tel. +39 0332 78 9109 
Fax. +39 0332 78 5466 
Email: peter.bossew at jrc.it 

WWW: http://rem.jrc.cec.eu.int 
"The views expressed are purely those of the writer and may not in any
circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European

More information about the RadSafe mailing list