Thursday, May 05, 2005
There was nobody to defend LANL or UC, and more to the point thre was nobody to defend the blog.
The blog was referenced several times, mostly by Rep. Bart Stupak of Mich and Rep. Diana DeGette of Colo., both Democrats, who pretty much used it as another stick to beat the lab with, a sign of the incorrigable culture.
While "it was about time" for the shutdown in July, said Stupack, "this action was controversial. Bloggers fulminated against Pete Nanos."
Colo. Congresswomen Diana DeGette was more explicit in placing the blame on the bloggers as representing the "culture of noncompliance." "Management gets it," she said. "I've got the blog right here. Page after page of anonymus people complaining like high school students. Gee, I don't like Nanos I wish he would go to hell.
So, prithee bloggers, now that you see even Congress paying attention, perhaps you could let them know, in a concise way they can understand, who is to blame. You? Manager(s)? UC? NNSA? DOE? Congress?
Are there substantive, qualitative contributions that are coming out of this discussion, or is it merely proving that all information that comes out of the lab has to be controlled or else it will be irresponsibly interpreted and used against even well-intentioned people?
I would strongly urge those of you who are prone to anonymously posting snide comments and personal attacks to stop and think a minute about what you are doing to your own lab.
And I would stongly urge those who have more mature and thoughtful and useful things to say to start posting them on this blog, if only to demonstrate that the lab really does have some top-level thinkers and is worth keeping open.
There have been several posts here by various people that have tried to point out the damage being done to the lab by the whining of a vocal minority of very naive malcontents.
Hope you are happy.
Shut down this discrace.
FACTS ... FACTS ... FACTS. There is
no culture of noncompliance. It has
been stated time and time again that
that LANL is the safest lab in the DOE
complex. We are also the most secure
when our numbers are compared againts
other labs. We produce more science and
have more impact than the other labs.
These are are facts and can be looked up.
There is no culture of noncomplince.
Why does Nanos not present the facts,
real numbers? Why? Why does not the
cogress ask for the facts. Why do they
not ask if LANL really has problems
in terms of security and saftey than
where are the real numbers.
Lets get the real numbers and the facts
Congress person Diana DeGette. If you
read this blog than do this. Get the
facts and than make a judgment. It is all
there. Our saftey record, our securty record, and our science record.
What continues to sadden me is the number of unnecessarily anonymous posts here. I can't count the number of comments I've read that in the end have left me wondering why it needed to be anonymous.
Are people really fearful that simply by posting here they'll "get in trouble"?
(As I've said before, sure, some posts need to be anonymous - but many don't.)
Seems like the pols use it as they see fit to their advantage. Either it's a few malcontents that should just be ignored, and everyone else "gets it" - or it's the whole Lab showing "they don't get it". No matter how you twist it, it can't be both.