[ RadSafe ] End Of An Era

Michael LaFontaine, P. Phys. LCS at golden.net
Sun Jun 13 18:47:06 CDT 2010

Dear Franz,

I respect your physics opinions, but cannot come to terms with your 
penchant for denigrating the United States. I'm not sure what your metric 
is for  this current missive. Contrary to what you believe, the US is 3rd 
in overall land area at 9.6 million km^2 (just behind Canada and Russia), 
this is more than double the EU's combined land area of 4.3 million km^2 
(most of the EU could fit into the six largest US states with room to 
spare). Population wise, the 300+ million of the US compares quite 
favourably with the combined 500 million of the combined EU, and vastly 
outnumbers the population of any individual EU country.

Like it or not, the US, despite the global recession, is still one of the 
economic power-houses of the world; and remains the only super-power in 
more than the military sense of the term.


Michael LaFontaine, P.Phys.

At 09:24 PM 13/06/2010 +0200, franz.schoenhofer at chello.at wrote:
>Thank you Terry to give me the explanation and parallel the enlightment 
>that Wikipedia which anyway has to be used very sceptical is very 
>different in different languages. This explains why I did not find CP-5 by 
>my search in the German version. The only explanation - shocking for some 
>US hardliners like Mr. Koff - is that in the "rest of the world" this 
>seems to be of no real importance. Sorry Mr. Koff (he sent a message to me 
>personally, which was intended to insult me) but the "rest of the world" 
>outside the USA has not the obligation of knowing any abbreviation in 
>whatever country of this world, including the USA with its minor 
>contribution to population and surface area. Mr Koff, you still do not 
>The more important reason I contact you directly, Terry, is that  during 
>the last few days at least two of my messages have been distributed, but 
>with the label, that they might be SPAM. They were not rejected. Could you 
>please check this?
> From my own experience of the South West I can tell you that your wish to 
> experience temperatures exceeding 100 F will be met without any doubt! On 
> many days you will long for the "cool" 100F! Anyway I envy you to go to 
> NM, I have been there last time in October two years ago. I also envy you 
> for the possibility to meet Dan, because I have not managed to meet him 
> yet and he seems to be one of the really knowledgable people in many 
> different fields.
>With my best regards and wishes
>--- Jeff Terry <terryj at iit.edu> schrieb:
> > Hi Franz,
> >
> > CP-5 is Chicago Pile-5:
> >
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Pile_5
> >
> > It was the first reactor built on the Argonne East (Lemont IL) site.
> >
> > The naming convention started with CP-1, the first man-made nuclear
> > reactor built on the campus of the University of Chicago.
> >
> > 40 C is very nice. I hope to see it when I go to New Mexico in a few
> > weeks.
> >
> > Jeff
> >
> > Jeff Terry
> > Asst. Professor of Physics
> > Life Science Bldg Rm 166
> > Illinois Institute of Technology
> > 3101 S. Dearborn St.
> > Chicago IL 60616
> > 630-252-9708
> > terryj at iit.edu
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Jun 7, 2010, at 4:41 PM, franz.schoenhofer at chello.at wrote:
> >
> > > ---- Jeff Terry <terryj at iit.edu> schrieb:
> > >> Good bye CP-5. Sorry, all I had was a cell phone camera.
> > >>
> > >> Jeff
> > >
> > >
> > > Dear Jeff,
> > >
> > > Please excuse my obvious ignorance - What is CP-5? Since I very
> > > often recommend to persons seeking information on RADSAFE to consult
> > > first Google I tried it myself. - no satisfying result, no one
> > > linked to "reactors" or "radioactivity". Could you please enlighten
> > > those Europeans, Asians, Africans, Australians who dwell unknowingly
> > > in the shadow of the great USA? You cannot  seriously  expect that
> > > everbody on RADSAFE knows what CP-5 is.
> > >
> > > Best regards from +40 degree Celsius (+100 Farenheit) in Sevilla,
> > > Spain!
> > >
> > > Franz
> >
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