Monday, January 29, 2007
A general apathy, perhaps brought on by overstimulation
-Pat, the Apathetic Dog
Pat, the Dog,
At least you're a realist, like most people that I work with every day.
I think most will hang on until they can't take it anymore, for whatever reason. I see a general apathy, perhaps brought on by overstimulation. LANL appears much like someone who no longer responds to stimuli.
I hear comments like:
A: More funds coming.
B: That's good, need to keep the place going.
C: There's 9705 FTE's at LANL: 3593 are TSM/PD; 801 Mgt; 434 Students; 421 Contractors; 2521 Support; and 1935 Techs. Do you think there's an OH problem?
D: No. Don't worry about it, Pete will get us more money.
C: Sen Domenici isn't the head of the committee anymore.
D: Ok, then Jeff will get us more money. He'll say it's for the scientists and engineers. Stop worrying, you act like it's your money. LANL has always had a large OH and no one cares.
E: Think there'll be a RIF?
F1: Director said no RIF. I've got the emails from Beason and Wallace saying the same thing.
F2: Probably, just let me know when. Figure I'll need to look for a new job since I'm not in a protected class.
G: Number 2 guy at LANL left.
H: BFD. That means what to me?
I: Congressional hearings tomorrow about security.
J: Remember listening to Nanos talking about M for Moron as part of LANL CREM security?
K: Worried about drug testing?
L: I only do legal drugs and I've got a prescription.
M: You don't laugh and smile much anymore.
N: Really? Hadn't noticed.
O: Where do you think LANL is going?
P: Does it matter as long as we keep getting funding?
Q: Do you feel stressed?
R: Not really. I've always realized it's just a job. Besides, other than my job, I have no vested interest. I have no stake in any bonus.
S: Remember when our DDL in ESA had everyone print out "ESA is a Great Place to Work" on their computer and post it in their office to boost morale?
T: Still have it.
Los Alamos National Lab will always be a part of history. I’m not ready for it to be history!
Go ahead, be constructive. But I warn you, you had better be realistic too, or your suggestions will be rightfully ripped to shreds.
I will however bet that the rest of worlds scientific community is trying to divorce themselves from this fiasco as far as possible in hopes that corrective action will soon be taken even if it's not politically correct or necessarily the best avenue to take in order to bring all of this to a close. Quite frankly I'll tell you that LANL is the topic of discussion at the lunch table, and no one is sympathetic to your cause or illogical request. The term "problem children" is frequently used and they do not blame NNSA, DOE or the UC for your predicament. Most are hoping for a quick solution that will get rid of those who chose to squat on the floor and throw a temper tantrum because they can't have things their way. The realization is, it's never going to be the way it was before and you may as well get use to it, or leave. Times have changed and the need for most of what was the primary mission of the labs is a thing of the past.
Having seen the outcome of this new contract and the child like misbehavior at LANL from some full grown adults my only regret is that NNSA and DOE allowed the University of California to have any say so in what going on at all. Maybe once all of the non compliant personnel and whiners have been terminated and consequently replaced with those who are interested in doing a job, who are totally compliant to all of the new rules and regulations, should guidance under a University be reconsidered.
All I ask of NNSA and DOE is to please bring this to a close soon, and please get on with the mission at hand. Do what you have to do.
To poster 5:14pm, this is a "real" conversation about what is occurring at LANL. If you don't see it, I suspect you are either: (1) in the upper levels of management, isolated from the workforce, or (2) completely blind to what is occurring right before your eyes. Simply thinking happy thoughts is not the answer. And there have been some constructive ideas presented on this blog, such as merging SNL and LANL into a Mega-lab with more effective management and cost savings. What are your constructive ideas? Let's hear them. I'm waiting......
You are undoubtedly a neocon with an agenda; you are NOT from Los Alamos (unless you are originally from Bechtel); and you have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER about the "rest of the worlds [sic] scientific community." If you think scientists are "problem children," then you are probably also a theocon of the pseudo-Christian Taliban variety, and your "love" of science is limited to praising to Jesus the technology that allows Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh to spew their messages via hate-television and hate-radio. You will be a "compliant," "non-whiner" in any up-coming fascist regime. Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln wouldn't waste their spit on you.
I leave your post on this blog as a counter-example. And I don't waste my spit, either; dogs don't spit.
--Pat, the thoroughly disgusted Dog
Nope unfortunately many of these people were promoted to High-level program managers, GLS, DLs, ADs, PADs, etc. Dunno why, just the facts Ma'am...
Oh, by the way, Mr. Dog, are you any relation to a Thomas Dog-Ostino with whom some of us are acquainted?
The idea that SNL can manage LANL is a great
joke. Let me remind you of a couple of facts:
(1) LM would only bid on LANL if the NNSA would
raise the fee from 51 to 79 million. Yes, dear gentle LANL staff, LM was not willing to assume the risk without the chance to make a lot of profit. Bechtel is
money grubbing? LM is the same color folks.
(2) SNL has just as many or more "infractions". Read the paper this weekend. 300 k is potentially fraudulent changes on credit cards. Story buried in the middle of the paper. LANL has a TOTAL of 100 K quesitonable changes, and there are congressional hearings. Why? Despite what is written in this blog it is not because the SNL Public Relations Staff is really good. Nope, there is a strong hate of LANL in washington. This will not go away with a name change.
(3) Paul Robinson is the answer? This is the guy that takes a limo -- not a cab -- from National Airport to Forrestal.
I don't work at lanl -- I work and snl. No way
would Joan and al put up with the stuff that you complain about in this blog. Get a grip.
Finally, for all you LLNL people HOPING for a
Northrup victory....Steve Younger was even too
nasty for LANL!
Shut ALL the national nuke labs down!
Every single last one of them.
Do you really mean that? POGO and the Los Alamos Study Group would be ecstatic.
...and so at least would the Russians, Chinese, N.Koreans and Islamic fanatics be ecstatic.
...oh, and the French too.
Not exactly. Fearless DDL merely wrote 'Good Place'; some feral punk edited it to read 'GR8 Place', a homage to DDL's witty license plate.