Thursday, March 09, 2006

Rich people. Or, I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.

From Anonymous:
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Doug,

I saw a TV news report on the world's billionaires. They focused on a
few; Gates, Trump, etc. What's interesting is others on this list.
When they showed Donald Trump at #276 (or thereabouts) right below "the
Donald"'s name was someone named "Bechtel". Can we assume this is the
person who owns Bechtel Corp.?

If you think this is worth posting to the blog go ahead.

[And sure enough, from http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/03/11/FORBES.TMP

Top 20 Bay Area billionaires

Here's a list of the top 20 Bay Area billionaires and where they place on Forbes' worldwide list

Name Rank Net worth Source

Larry Ellison 9 $18.4 billion Oracle

Sergey Brin 55 7.2 billion Google

Larry Page 55 7.2 billion Google

Gordon Moore 122 4.3 billion Intel

Charles Johnson 164 3.3 billion Franklin Resources

Charles Schwab 170 3.2 billion Charles Schwab Corp.

David Filo 188 3.1 billion Yahoo

Steve Jobs 194 3 billion Apple Computer

George Lucas 194 3 billion Lucasfilm Ltd.

Eric Schmidt 210 2.8 billion Google

Jerry Yang 228 2.6 billion Yahoo

Riley Bechtel 258 2.4 billion Bechtel Group Inc.

[...]

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Comments:
Gee.

You don't think the Bechtel family's wealth had anything to do with the LANL contract selection process, do you?

Nah, I didn't think so either.

Nothing.

Whatsoever.
 
I am not sure what the point of this post is. Bechtel knows how to pour concrete, build large civil structures, and does a pretty good job at project management. If that is what you need, then they are a good choice. The fact that they have made money doing it seems to underpin the American dream.

Arcs_n_Sparks
 
They sure know how to buy the contract for a national laboratory, I'll give them that. Your basic American Dream, indeed! They will turn LANL into a fine pit manufacturing facility, what with all their construction engineering experience.
 
"Bechtel knows how to pour concrete, build large civil structures,
and does a pretty good job at project management. If that is what
you need, then they are a good choice." -- Arcs_n_sparks

It may have been unintentional, but the Bechtel qualities you list
pretty much sum up the future at LANL under LANS. We'll build
lots of shiny new buildings, poor tons of fresh concrete, and spend
oodles and oodles on expensive project management efforts in support
of our new Plutonium Pit Factory. Seen in that light, Bechtel was
the perfect choice. DOE knew exactly what they were doing when
they announced their decision to privatize LANL management.

Within the span of 10 years, you won't be able to recognize this
place as a beacon of scientific research in America. But does
anyone really think that DOE cares about that? They just want to
get their frig'n 40 pits out the front door each year, and no more.
That should be extremely clear to most of the technical staff
by now.
 
At yesterday's all hands if you noticed the first vu-graph header it showed the 4 partner logos..

going from left to right it was Bechtel, UC, BWXT, WGI.

Shows who's in charge!
 
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