Thursday, March 23, 2006
Lack of LANS board home purchases in Los Alamos
March 21, 2006
Lack of LANS board home purchases in Los Alamos
I have heard a rumor going around (maybe someone else can verify it) that most of the Los Alamos National Security, LLC executive team will be living in Santa Fe rather than Los Alamos. (I don't know the exact numbers, but that would probably be very telling to hear.) I certainly do not begrudge my coworkers who have made that decision. However, I think the message it sends from the executive team is that they really don't care about the average Los Alamos-based worker and what it is like to live in this town. I am sure their spouses, especially if they aren't going to work for the Lab, would probably prefer to live in more of a city environment like Santa Fe. Welcome to the club.
There are decisions made at the Lab that significantly impact life here in town. If you doubt that, just consider the impact that the new security posts will have, closing off access to the ski hill and the Jemez. By not living in this town, how could they possibly know what impacts their decisions will have on the community? They certainly won't have to live with the ramifications.
If this wasn't such a company town, this wouldn't be that big of a deal to me. However, I think this sends a message of indifference on the part of the Lab executive team for the community life of our little town. I believe it was Machiavelli who stated that the best way to lead your people is by living with them so you get to know and understand them. I am disappointed ... I guess I just expected better [from] our new management team.
Remember the good old days when AD positions were advertised? The new ADs are all appointees who, in many cases, would not have made the first cut in a competetive recruitment.
The poster is naive. Jobs (important and highly compensated) will be found for the spouses, kids, and cronies of these individuals.
Unlike Rich Marquez or Micheline Devaurs, for example.
So expect "substantially equivalent" equity in your homes in Los Alamos. The realtor-hoped-for influx of highly paid managers will line the pockets of their colleagues in SF.
This is an example of an outright lie on the part of the poster.
Where do you get this nonsense? Anastasio lived right down the road from me in good ole Livermore. George Miller also lives in Livermore.
Remember - if employees had followed safety and security rules as they should have, LANS would not be here. If you *must* complain about something, complain about your fellow employees not caring enough about their work environment.
Warfare..." -- nukedude2
Here we have another typical example of "Bush World" bullshit.
When arguing, dismiss the other side by screaming "you're just
resorting to class warfare!". Frankly, this country could use
a little MORE class warfare. Pensions and benefits for average
workers are quickly disappearing, while those at the very top are
pigging out on the spoils. You must like taking it up the ass,
nukedude2, but most middle-class Americans do not.
There is nothing shameful in Clair Sullivan's letter. He makes
some pertinent observations about our new LANS executive team
and their commitment, or lack of, to the local community.
Los Alamos? Anastasio and Mara have places in Santa Fe, Mitchell, Wallace and van Prooyen have houses in Los Alamos. For the ADs, Gibbs, Bishop, Seestrom, Neu, Phelps, McQuinn, Ethridge and Sowa all have homes in Los Alamos or are buying homes in Los Alamos. Most of the others apparently have not decided where to live. This information was gathered at an all hands meeting when the question of "Lack of LANS homes" was raised.
There are lots of issues about LANS that I don't like, but why make up things that are not issues?
intolerant bullshit is going to represent the prevailing attitude
of the staff remaining at LANL." -- Roderick Spode
God, now THAT is a truly depressing thought!
When arguing, dismiss the other side by screaming "'Bush World' bullshit!"
It's all substantially equivalent to bullshit, dude. Including this.
Now that is a truly depressing thought!
When right-wingers throw out the phrase "that's class warfare",
they are attempting to shut-down further argument with the implied
assumption that "class warfare" is a bad thing. It's much like
the way they have turned the word "liberal" into an implied evil
noun or adjective. That IS bullshit. It's an attempt to close
down further argument by assuming only derogative definitions for
various terms and ideas.
I feel America would benefit by having GREATER class warfare.
From where I stand, the only class warfare I see is coming from
the very top of society and directed at those below. The middle
class doesn't have to sit still and take whatever scraps are
dished down from on high. They have political power to shape
society however they deem fit, as long as it doesn't violate the
Constitution. It's not written in stone that things have to
stay a particular way because "that's just the way things are".
It's possible to create a better and more equitable America,
and doing so is a good and noble thing.
So far it seems as though all the LANL folks have done is squeak on this blog like little mice. "Oh please NNSA, don't hurt me!"
The victim mentality is exactly what management wants. Get off your collective asses and do something! Or is the mere idea too unseemly for "self-respecting scientists?"
I have no argument with your objective, as nobly stated in your closing sentence. I support it. My own comment, intended to elicit a response from you substantially equivalent to the one you provided, was based on Shakespeare's (Hamlet's), "Hoist by his own petard," wherein I used your own words to make the obvious observation that you sound similar to the right-wingers you are scolding. My own opinion is that no matter how noble the cause, an ignoble method will doom it.
I think Einstein would have approved of joining UPTE, based on this quote from Wikiquote:
I consider it important, indeed urgently necessary, for intellectual workers to get together, both to protect their own economic status and, also, generally speaking, to secure their influence in the political field.
In a comment explaining why he joined the American Federation of Teachers local number 552 as a charter member (1938)