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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Any SPSE news?

Anonymously asked:

What was the outcome of the SPSE meeting for people who were laid off?
What there a basis for action?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tell us your story!

47 said:

One topic that would be of great interest, as well as therapeutic, would be for all people who have left LLNL voluntarily and involuntarily since LLNS, to tell their story (in a 100-200 words)and leaving out info that could identify who they are.

I'll volunteer mine as a starter:

A 200 series employee
Over 50 years old
Over 20 years service
LLNL only employer
Held many different positions including supervision and management
Managed multi-million $ projects
Always had above average reviews
Gave my all to LLNL as a dedicated employee. Loyalty used to be a value
Reason left: ISP
Why involuntary separated: My speculation, as no one has told me that my SKA's weren't adequate for the future LLNS, is wrong place at wrong time in wrong 'work unit'
Feeling about it all: I've grieved it and am now looking for a company that has hired the best and brightest into management!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Can you see the sun behind the clouds?

A commenter recently said:

"I would read this blog more often if there wasn't so much negativism here."

Nobody can prevent negativism. As a BLOG screener, I must accept all sort of opinions, negative, positive, sort of positive etc...
If I accepted only positive opinions and feedback, there would only be a handful of posts here.
That is why I count on you, positive, truthful people to tip the balance to the positive side. I hope you will take the challenge!

Can you see the sun behind the clouds?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Stop the virulence!

Enough bigotry on this BLOG!

I am assuming that many of the virulent comments from muslim-haters come from non-LLNL people. In that case, I look at such commenters as ignorant people that are still scared by the Bush propaganda.
These are the same people that despite the bad shape they are in economically still worship Bush. They really believe (honestly) that if Bush was not the president, we will have the terrorists roaming our airports!

In the event some of these anti-muslim comments are from LLNL employees, I have a message for them:
US citizenship, the right to life and the pursuit of happiness (and the right to have a Q clearance)are not the monopoly of any given race or religion.

As Anna Julian Cooper put it:
"The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class, it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity."

Friday, July 11, 2008

How do you feel?

Anonymously asked:
You don't have to give an elaborate answer; a yes or no will suffice.

Do you really care about LLNL futures?
Since the LLNS take-over is coming to work just a job that brings in a paycheck?
Since the LLNS take-over do you still feel you have a career worth investing more than eight hours a day for ?
Is LLNL still your life ?

Note from Scooby:
We had a poll In January asking similar questions and we got very few responses.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

CIA looking for Livermore BLOG?

Contributed by Frank Young:

Thought you might be interested, they were searching for "Livermore Blog".

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What happened to Betsy Mason?

Frank Young asked:
What happened to Betsy Mason?

The other next president of the United States


Berrylium exposure

Anonymously contributed:


Does anyone know more details about what really happened?
Specifically - what buildings and was there any chance people working in nearby areas could have been exposed

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Rumors of reorganization?

There are rumors floating around about the reorganization of Business Operations and the consolidation of certain Computations functions into Business Operations.
Can anyone confirm?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

So, how does Bechtel survive failures?

An article from

How much do you get paid?

Anonymously contributed:



During his five-year appointment as LANS President/LANL Director, will receive an
annual non-base building supplement in the amount of $100,000 in addition to his
base salary of $367,000 ($350,000 paid by LANS and $17,700 by the University).

Given this info, plus a possible 20% bonus, it looks like Mike could be making
the following:

$367 K + $100 K = $467 K

$467 K + 20% Bonus = $467 K +$93 K ===> $560 K

From a Congressional memo requesting this info back in '06 you'll find the

Anastasio, Michael - Laboratory Director:

$357,000 (base), $451,605 (base + UC fringe)

Again, adding in a 20% bonus would give:

$451 K + 20% Bonus = $451 K + $ 90 K ===> $541 K

This is far more than a recent "anonymous" poster stated, who would have you
believe that Mike only makes about $350 K.

I find it very interesting that Mike apparently seems to want to have the staff
believe that his salary isn't all that high.

It seems that Mike easily makes over half a million dollars per year. He also
gets a pension payout guarantee and a $743 monthly auto allowance to lease a nice
looking luxury sports car.

Of course, if Mike really wanted to come clean about his Director's salary, he
wouldn't be hiding it behind the flimsy excuse of LANS proprietary information. I
find it curious that LANL's Director appears to have a need to be disingenuous
about his salary.

Why all the phony posturing, Mike? Just throw the figures out to the public for
everyone to see along with the salaries of all the PADs and ADs.

It's time the workers get 20% after taxes to make up for what they're losing due
to higher fuel cost which affects eveything. It's ULM that should get a zero % '

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