An old friend who is unnerved by the work I do recently asked “How do you know you are right?” (when I challenge “authority”). Well, I don’t know that I am right.
It is because I have faith in you to correct me when I get really off-base, as I did with the polonium / plutonium in the email sent 10/26/2010, that I can nonetheless put forth the information. My apologies for getting it wrong – – it is impossible to retrieve inaccurate words, and it undermines credibility generally. Sorry. I deleted the misinformation from the master copy of the email.
I doubt you know how thankful I am for your contributions and concerns that the material put out is accurate. I am fortunate to be able to work with you.
THE OFFENDING PARAGRAPH, FOLLOWED BY THE CORRECTIONS:
Plutonium is the most deadly substance on the planet – – remember the Soviet former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service that was killed by getting a little of it in his tea? (Wikipedia) “On 1 November 2006, Litvinenko suddenly fell ill and was hospitalized. He died three weeks later, becoming the first confirmed victim of lethal polonium-210-induced acute radiation syndrome. According to doctors, “Litvinenko’s murder represents an ominous landmark: the beginning of an era of nuclear terrorism”. (1) MARK WRITES:
Sandra – That incident involved a radioisotope of polonium, not plutonium. Different stuff. Plutonium would have been just as fatal, though, assuming it can be got into a tea-soluble form. Though of course the really big danger with plutonium is that someone will use it to make nuclear weapons.
Polonium-210 is in the radioactive decay series that starts with uranium-238. Hence it is found in uranium ores, and (because of its short half-life) nowhere else. Though the stuff which killed Litvinenko may have been produced artificially by neutron-bombardment of bismuth-209.
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(2) JOHN WRITES (in response to my statement, “There is good information in the following.”):
There was also bad information in your email. You’ve confused Po with Pu. I hope a correction is forthcoming in a future email.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polonium is not Plutonium, although it’s dangerous too, and much more natural.
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(3) CATHIE WRITES:
I was forwarded an email from you with information on Nuclear Waste etc. It started with information on Plutonium and indicated that a Russian Spy was killed with plutonium. It was, as you correctly quoted later in the paragraph, Polonium 210. There is nothing that the pro-nukes like more than to catch us out on errors so I thought you might want to send out a correction on this. Cathie