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Activist: Fight nuclear power-Helen Caldicott(old Nuclear Freezer) Says Hershey Chocolate Carcinogen
Bloomington(Illinois) Pantagraph ^ | October 8, 2004 | Michele Steinbacher

Posted on 10/08/2004 12:00:24 PM PDT by Tom Pain

Activist: Fight nuclear power

Disarmament advocate talks at IWU, ISU

By Michele Steinbacher msteinbacher@pantagraph.com

BLOOMINGTON -- Nuclear arsenals still point at the world's cities more than a decade after the Cold War, and atomic power plants like the one in Clinton dot the nation's landscape. That should terrify Americans into action, one of the world's leading advocates for nuclear disarmament told Central Illinois residents Thursday.

"Why do you have all these missiles if Russia is now your best friend?" Dr. Helen Caldicott asked a crowd gathered at an Illinois Wesleyan University lecture hall Thursday. Later that night she spoke at Illinois State University.

Caldicott, founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Nuclear Policy Research Institute, also urged her audience to consider the medical hazards associated with so-called clean nuclear energy -- and to fight plans to build a second nuclear reactor in Clinton.

"It would be the 14th reactor in this state, a state that already has the most in the nation," she said.

"You live in a very, very dangerous area," she added.

The pediatrician told the afternoon crowd that as a physician she knows the effects of nuclear energy and radiation.

Born and raised in Australia, she also knows it firsthand as a melanoma survivor.

The Earth's ozone layer, which filters out harmful solar radiation, has developed a hole over the Southern Hemisphere. That has led to a melanoma epidemic there, she said.

Chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons eat away the ozone layer. Aerosol propellants and refrigerants played a role, but so do the gases produced when uranium is enriched for nuclear fuel, she said.

"This planet is in the intensive care unit. It's an acute clinical emergency on our hands -- and its not physics or biology that's caused this, but men's minds."

Citing nuclear disasters from Pennsylvania's Three-Mile Island in the 1970s to Ukraine's Chernobyl in the 1980s, Caldicott told the audience Americans need to work to close the nation's 103 nuclear power plants.

"If one of them blows, the consequences would be devastating," she said. She lamented U.S. reluctance to study the long-term effects of Three-Mile Island. She said she believes nearby dairy cows provided milk to the Hershey chocolate factory just 13 miles away, resulting in carcinogenic chocolates. And the physician called Chernobyl a "catastrophe of unknown proportions."

The U.S. military has built 77,000 nuclear weapons, she added. Russia and the United States house about 97 percent of the nuclear weapons in the world, she said, but those nations take a microscope to countries, such as North Korea, with only a handful of them.

She described a what-if situation involving Russian missiles hitting Bloomington.

The IWU lecture hall and people in a five-mile radius would be disintegrated. The blast would create a crater three-quarters of a mile wide, she said.

A nuclear war would throw so much dust in the atmosphere, sunlight would be blocked out for nearly a year.

Referring to Chechen rebels' massacre of Russian schoolchildren last month, Caldicott said people should consider the horror that would come from such terrorists reaching the Russian nuclear missiles.

She also worries about the safety of radioactive waste at U.S. reactors.

"A terrorist could fly a plane into a cooling pool," she said, referring to the water reservoirs where spent fuel is stored.

Caldicott co-founded Physicians for Social Responsibility. The 23,000-member organization works to educate colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling nominated Caldicott for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

The author of five books, Caldicott is best-known for her 1979-published "Nuclear Madness." Her most recent work is "The New Nuclear Danger: George Bush's Military Industrial Complex."

Caldecott's institute is co-sponsoring a public symposium on "Nuclear Power and Children's Health" Oct. 15 and 16 in Chicago. For more information, see the institute's Web site, www.nuclearpolicy.org


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KEYWORDS: bloomington; caldicott; chocolate; energy; environment; helen; hershey; illinois; illinoisstate; illinoiswesleyan; isu; iwu; normal; nucleardisarmament; nuclearfreeze
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Remember Dr. Helen Caldicott from the 1980's Nuclear Freeze movement? Well, she's still out there, scaring college kids.

From article in Bloomington(ILLINOIS) Pantagraph: "She(Helen Caldicott) lamented U.S. reluctance to study the long-term effects of Three-Mile Island. She said she believes nearby dairy cows provided milk to the Hershey chocolate factory just 13 miles away, resulting in carcinogenic chocolates. "

1 posted on 10/08/2004 12:00:24 PM PDT by Tom Pain
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To: Tom Pain

Caldicott was a nutter even 20 years ago. She predicted in 1984 that if Reagan was re-elected, nuclear war was inevitable. She's been even more wrong since then.


2 posted on 10/08/2004 12:02:20 PM PDT by Numbers Guy
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To: Numbers Guy

Agreed. I had to watch a video of her in a college class. She's a first class lunatic.


3 posted on 10/08/2004 12:04:45 PM PDT by B Knotts ("John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.")
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To: Tom Pain
"Why do you have all these missiles if Russia is now your best friend?" Dr. Helen Caldicott

CHINA

I'm amazed this old fraud is still alive, much less still talking the same trash.

4 posted on 10/08/2004 12:06:30 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Tom Pain

STFU, you old bat!

5 posted on 10/08/2004 12:08:24 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Pay no attention to the Nattering Newbies of Negativism)
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To: Numbers Guy
In her books, she is obsessed with implying that nuclear power is a threat to life everywhere only because if hypothetically the plutonium were spread evenly over the earth everyone would get cancer.

She loves non-sequitars and insane threat scenarios.
6 posted on 10/08/2004 12:09:02 PM PDT by TFine80 (DK'S)
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To: Tom Pain

I'm a goner then! I'm a chocoholic -- love Hershey's semi-sweet chocolate!


7 posted on 10/08/2004 12:11:08 PM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: Tom Pain

Note to self...

Find good message that resonates with leftist crowd. No matter what the news of the day, recycle it for the times --this is a surefire way to remain important and to have good benefactors.


8 posted on 10/08/2004 12:11:34 PM PDT by andie74 (W stands for Women)
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To: B Knotts
I had to watch a video of her in a college class. She's a first class lunatic.

I had the "privilege" of attending a speech of hers. It was actually pretty entertaining once I stopped taking her seriously. A bunch of lily white upper-class lefties listening to someone endorsing all their worst fantasies.

9 posted on 10/08/2004 12:12:13 PM PDT by Numbers Guy
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To: Argus

Yes, and it is wrong for her to mention Three Mile Island and Chernobyl in the same sentence. They are so very different.

Maybe she has a quack's model showing a nuclear war's dust blocking the Sun out for a year but other models show no such thing. Nobody says even a limitied Nuclear exchange would be without far reaching fallout consequences but this Lady is just agenda driven and not science driven.


10 posted on 10/08/2004 12:12:55 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (France kicked Germany's teeth out at Verdun among other places.)
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To: Numbers Guy

I predict ...death and taxes


11 posted on 10/08/2004 12:13:00 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Argus

Another answer: Russia is NOT our best friend.


12 posted on 10/08/2004 12:14:41 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Tom Pain

I'm a goner...I think I'll have another Hershey's Nugget, get a cup of coffee..It's too late now.


13 posted on 10/08/2004 12:16:04 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL on issues of national security for two decades)
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To: Tom Pain

My eating chocolate saves lives (just ask my family)


14 posted on 10/08/2004 12:17:36 PM PDT by najida (There is nothing friendlier than a wet dog, except for maybe a 100 pound wet dog.)
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To: najida

Just bring it on Hershey!! And Nestle, Cadbury, and anyone else....


15 posted on 10/08/2004 12:19:31 PM PDT by applpie
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To: Polyxene

Yep, your a girl. Most men prefer Milk Chocolate.


16 posted on 10/08/2004 12:19:51 PM PDT by fritzz
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To: Monterrosa-24
Nobody says even a limitied Nuclear exchange would be without far reaching fallout consequences

General "Buck" Turgidson : Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks.

17 posted on 10/08/2004 12:25:51 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (If they couldn't stand up to ...Howard Dean..., how can we expect them to stand up to Al Queda?)
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To: Tom Pain

If so, I am already dead....so I guess I will have another.


18 posted on 10/08/2004 12:27:39 PM PDT by Corporate Law (<>< -- Xavier Basketball - Perennial Slayer of #1 Ranked Teams)
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To: Numbers Guy

I howled with laughter at the anti-nuke freeks in France, protesting the DESTRUCTION of nuclear weapons. Apparently, the lunatics failed to understand that when you remove the radioactive materials from a nuclear warhead, you still have radioactive materials to process!


19 posted on 10/08/2004 12:28:23 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Tom Pain

Nuckin' Futs, I tell ya.


20 posted on 10/08/2004 12:28:54 PM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Bolster your vote for W with prayer.....Let's see Kerry top THAT!!)
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To: Polyxene

Don't worry... moderate doses of radiation help immunize you against cancer. Apparently the body's genes recognize the threat and step up their caution levels in reproducing your genes, making mutation less likely.


21 posted on 10/08/2004 12:29:55 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Tom Pain

Ms Caldicott knows so many things that aren't so.


22 posted on 10/08/2004 12:29:58 PM PDT by Casloy
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To: B Knotts

She must be smokin' the cheap stuff today! Are all these idiots on drugs themselves or what??????


23 posted on 10/08/2004 12:30:04 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (What goes around, comes around!)
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To: applpie

No, Nestle is owned by a certain nuclear-fuel-dependent anti-American, pacifistic NATO dependency in North Central Europe. So, even though they use FAR more nuclear fuel than us, they automatically good guys with the anti-Americans.


24 posted on 10/08/2004 12:32:08 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Tom Pain
"Why do you have all these missiles if Russia is now your best friend?"

Good to see she still keeps up on current events.
25 posted on 10/08/2004 12:32:56 PM PDT by Mike Fieschko ("Daddy, are there bad men on your planes?")
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To: fritzz

Milk Chocolate is for sissies.


26 posted on 10/08/2004 12:33:34 PM PDT by dangus
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To: fritzz
Most men prefer Milk Chocolate.

But some don't ...

If you want to serve an impressive dessert, www.americastestkitchen.com has a flourless chocolate cake - 8 eggs, pound of good bittersweet chocolate, a cup or so of butter - and not much else. Since you only heat it enough to make it set, rather than really bake it til done, they recommend using gourmet chocolate as the expensive differences do NOT get lost in the heat.

If Atkins doesn't approve it, me and my family and everyone else we've offered it to do approve!

27 posted on 10/08/2004 12:33:46 PM PDT by slowhandluke
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To: rockabyebaby

Do you want to tell her that the weeds she smokes regularly are essentially the Earth's best radioactivity concentrators? Or shall I?


28 posted on 10/08/2004 12:34:25 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Tijeras_Slim

LOL! That was on tv just last night. I skipped Silky's introduction and just tuned into enjoy the flick.

Prairie


29 posted on 10/08/2004 12:36:01 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (John F. Kerry. Wrong war? WRONG MAN!!)
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To: Tom Pain
In 84' my High School invited Ms Caldicott to speak, and she had the school break out in to discussion groups to determine the best way to deal with the nuclear threat. While all of the other groups came back with a variety of disarmament proposals, I and a friend of mine managed to push our group to a proposal of Mutally Assured Destruction. And that the best way to ensure the peace was by build up.

I'll never forget the look on her face when we presented that...

30 posted on 10/08/2004 12:38:46 PM PDT by skikvt
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To: KarlInOhio

Nobody says even a limitied Nuclear exchange would be without far reaching fallout consequences

General "Buck" Turgidson : Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed...."

Ha !

But nowadays the nuclear exchange could be between India and Pakistan or amount to a terrorist attack on a U.S. city with a Mecca response. It is not like those nostaligic multi H-bomb days.

And yes I think Mecca has to be put on the table as the proper response to a major attack upon the USA linked to Moslem terrorists.


31 posted on 10/08/2004 12:45:42 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (France kicked Germany's teeth out at Verdun among other places.)
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To: Tom Pain

Helen Caldicott's thoughts, (using the term thought very loosely), are carcinogenic.


32 posted on 10/08/2004 12:50:43 PM PDT by Busywhiskers (Non entia multiplicandia sunt prater necessetatum. William Occam)
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To: Tom Pain

The rediation level in the Congressional hearing room where the testimony on Three Mile Island was given was higher than outside the containment building while the meltdown was going on! Granite and marble has a high background radiation level.


33 posted on 10/08/2004 12:55:26 PM PDT by Wacka
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To: slowhandluke
If Atkins doesn't approve it, ....

Have a recipie for old fashioned date pudding I fix on holidays. Two cups sugar, eleven egg whites, dates, nuts mmmmmmmmmm it is sooooooo good. Recipe is so old it talks about baking the pudding in a wood stove.

34 posted on 10/08/2004 1:00:46 PM PDT by barker (I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, Zell Miller on GWBush)
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To: slowhandluke

I'm sold


35 posted on 10/08/2004 1:04:03 PM PDT by fritzz
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To: Tom Pain; Admin Moderator
POst under the correct title.

"Activist: Fight nuclear power"

36 posted on 10/08/2004 1:04:29 PM PDT by Nov3 (They knifed babies, They raped girls, They forced children to drink their own urine)
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To: dangus
I was quoting a thread on FR the last couple of weeks ago.

So, find someone else to 'sissify'. I haven't got enough interest in any kind of chocolate to get charged up about.

38 posted on 10/08/2004 1:11:41 PM PDT by fritzz
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To: dangus

"Do you want to tell her that the weeds she smokes regularly are essentially the Earth's best radioactivity concentrators? Or shall I?"

Heeheee, I say don't tell her at all, it'll be our little secret!!


39 posted on 10/08/2004 1:11:50 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (What goes around, comes around!)
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To: Tom Pain

The last time I asked an Australian couple about Caldicott, which was about five years ago, they had no idea who I was talking about. She has made a (modest) career literally selling left-wing lunatic fringe causes around the U.S. by telling 'rats how she represents main-stream Australia. In fact, as of about five years ago, no one in Australia has ever heard of her. I started asking about her after I heard her on NPR stating that "in Australia we do blah, blah, blah, and we never put up with blah, blah, blah," and when, a few weeks later, I asked two Australian physicians from Melbourne about her, I got the blankest look you can imagine. "Neavah 'eard'v 'er."


40 posted on 10/08/2004 1:15:01 PM PDT by Ironclad (O Tempora! O Mores!)
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To: masher
You shamed me. Which means you made a valid point.

Born and raised in Australia, she also knows it firsthand as a melanoma survivor.

Melanoma survivor may make for a sympathetic story, but this is one cancer that is not attributed to radiation. Lung Cancer, Leukemia yes, but Melanoma, no.

41 posted on 10/08/2004 1:23:08 PM PDT by fritzz
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To: fritzz

You need more candy in your diet. You're taking me WAAAAAYYY to seriesly.


43 posted on 10/08/2004 1:54:21 PM PDT by dangus
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You need more candy in your diet. You're taking me WAAAAAYYY to seriesly.

I do that sometimes.

45 posted on 10/08/2004 3:54:40 PM PDT by fritzz
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I wasn't aware there was a connection between the ozone and uranium processing. Does she suggest we should not use radiation even for piece time uses. She probably had radiation treatment for her cancer along with a million other patients.


46 posted on 10/08/2004 4:03:31 PM PDT by fritzz
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To: Monterrosa-24
Maybe she has a quack's model showing a nuclear war's dust blocking the Sun out for a year but other models show no such thing. Nobody says even a limitied Nuclear exchange would be without far reaching fallout consequences but this Lady is just agenda driven and not science driven.

Agreed except for one small point: Can Communist Propagandists from the Ministry of Truth even BE Ladies?

Current Communist Goals (1958) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1272893/posts
48 posted on 04/09/2005 8:49:09 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: MEG33
I'm a goner...I think I'll have another Hershey's Nugget, get a cup of coffee..It's too late now.

Well, be sure those Hershey's McNuggets are from Free Range Hens Chocolate Easter Bunnies! LOL
49 posted on 04/09/2005 8:51:36 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: fritzz; MEG33; Liz

"Most men prefer Milk Chocolate."

You've been deceived by Stealth Chocolate Liberals. REAL men eat the cacao beans unprocessed and unsweetened, right off the harvest truck, dirt and all. MILK is for infants and calves. LOL


50 posted on 04/09/2005 8:55:05 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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