Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Comments on Hook News Posts

People have been asking "Why are comments turned off on the Tommy Hook posts?"

The answer is that many of the comments were so crass and crude that I deleted many of them, and turned off the ability to add any additional comments. I will post any news regarding Hook as it becomes available, but providing a comment mechanism on this story has not been a good idea.

--Doug

Comments:
Doug, though some will claim that this action is censure I fully support your decision to turn off the comments. At this early stage of the investigation there's no real reason, in my opinion, to provide bandwidth or storage space for conjecture and promote confusion on this issue.
 
I visited my doctor (LAMC) yesterday. This professional, cool-headed, long time resident of Los Alamos apologized for his ruffled demeanor explaining only that he was "very disturbed" by the news of Tommy Hook's attack.
He mentioned that he knew Tony Andrade and Todd Kauppila. My point....the community of Los Alamos is also being affected by recent events.
 
What about all the other “crass and crude” comments regarding the LANL directors, managers, DOE, and so on? Will those also be removed? Or will only crass and crude comments you disagree with be removed?
 
Interesting 2000 news from LLNL - I understand the case is still unsolved. Don't know what really happened to Tommy Hook, but there seem to be similarities - maybe just coincidence.

Frustrated Livermore police detectives are accusing Lawrence Livermore Laboratory of stonewalling an investigation into the slaying of a reclusive designer who uncovered a serious flaw in the lab's troubled $1 billion weapons testing program.

Lee Scott Hall, 54, was discovered beaten and repeatedly stabbed in the bedroom of his Livermore home October 20 by two co-workers. Hall was a lead designer on the $1.2 billion National Ignition Facility, which when completed will monitor the nation's nuclear stockpile without the need for underground testing.

For a year, Hall had been trying to bring attention to a miscalculation in a multimillion-dollar installation of super laser beams that is part of the ignition facility. But only in the weeks leading up to his death had the laboratory acknowledged his findings and begun to deal with them.

Officials are searching for a motive in the crime. "Is it personally related?" asks Livermore Det. Sgt. Scott Robertson. "Family related? Job related? Or just some criminal? That's what we haven't been able to determine."
 
6/8/2005 11:14:03 AM Leave Doug alone, he took it upon himself to give life to this blog and has done a commendable job. He has carefully read and deleted comments on all the posts many I am sure he agreed with but thought the better of letting them post. I only have praise for him.
 
Good idea Doug. Lots of folks are sick of the filth expressed in some of these comments.
 
I would like to see all crass and crude comments removed. Picking and choosing which topics to remove crass and crude comments from is too much like the censorship that caused this blog to be started.

Personally, until we know more (the current articles seem to be changing every few hours!), I'd like to see this subject removed completely. It doesn't do much for our image no matter what really happened and the conjecture it produces is much worse.

Regardless of what happened, I do wish a speedy recovery for Mr. Hook.
 
This posting does not relate to the current string but I found it interesting watching C-Span today. Representative Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, made an impassioned speech proposing that a certain organization be prohibited from using Federal monies to investigate its scientists for the purpose of pressuring and prosecuting them for speaking out on important issues. One of Mr. Supak's supporter, Representative Rosa De Lauro, D-Conn, said that when all else fails we have to rely on the statements of scientists who must be free to speak up and give their assessments consistent with their professional training. Managers should not be permitted to interfere with scientists thus speaking out. The consensus that Supak and De Lauro were trying to develop was that the lives of Americans might be jeopardized by suppressing scientific inquiry and comment.

The organization that Stupak and Rosa De Lauro were speaking of was not Los Alamos National Laboratory upon which a significant fraction of our national security against nuclear threats and blackmail rests but the Food and Drug Administration. The irony is that we have heard Representative Stupak before. He was the same Congressman that supported our previous Director who used Federal funds to scapegoat, abuse and prosecute Los Alamos employees. Amazingly, Mr. Stupak berated the very scientists at Los Alamos who were concerned over the impact of programmatic and personnel actions on national security. They were the scientists who were concerned about their 63-year old institution and their professional careers both of which had been focused on achieving a safe and reliable nuclear deterrent and on preventing the ominous possibility of nuclear terrorism.

The good gentleperson from Michigan possibly forgot that this latter threat extends to the very Capitol where he spoke so eloquently in the defense of scientists in the FDA. He possibly forgot also that Los Alamos is engaged in expanding our understanding of the mysteries science and using the enormous possibilities of that understanding to address critical problems faced by our Nation and by our World.
 


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