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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The good, the bad and the uglyyy!

Asked about the persistence of the Los Alamos lab’s problems, former NNSA director Miller smiled and said her colleagues at the nuclear oversight agency sometimes told the following joke: If Washington sent all three of America’s nuclear weapons labs an order to study how to “jump,” they would all respond differently. Lawrence Livermore, she said, would convene a conference and produce a three-inch stack of reports about “jumping.” Officials at Sandia would simply jump.

But at Los Alamos, she said, officials would instinctively respond with a “**** you, we’re not jumping.
June 21, 2017 at 10:35 AM
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Yep. Los Alamos would instinctively know that there is zero value in DOE directed "jumping" studies.
June 21, 2017 at 5:55 PM
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
I first heard that joke in 1980 as a postdoc at Los Alamos. It was old then.
June 21, 2017 at 6:49 PM
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Given the response of the three Labs, it is interesting that NNSA would install former and current LANL managers (Younger, Girrens, Burns, etc.) at Sandia. Just goes to show how much thought NNSA gave to award the selection to (NTESS). It appears Sandia will now be responding to NNSA with a **ck you now. Good luck NNSA, you deserve it!
June 21, 2017 at 7:26 PM
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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

1980? What is the half-life of this joke?

Anonymous said...


This joke did not make sense than and still makes no sense now. LLNL is in great danger of being closed, Sandia is now run by former LANL people, and LANL still has the largest budget. As for Miller... well we all saw how well than went over. Reality > narrative.

Anonymous said...



I think NNSA is one of the last places that has credibility to criticizes others.

Anonymous said...

LANL best understands it's customer. Dont waste time humoring incompetence.

Anonymous said...

Sandia's budget is larger than LANL's, $2.4B to $2.2B.

Lots of grammatical errors in the last 3 posts too. "than" -> "then", "criticizes" -> "criticize", "it's" -> "its", and "dont" -> "don't".

Accuracy counts. Let's make an effort here.

Anonymous said...

The folks at LANL are gnawing off the arm that feeds them. The only reason that the current contract is still in place is because of Miller. She, and she alone, reversed a decision to terminate the contract and instead added another year onto the current one.

Anonymous said...

The only reason that the current contract is still in place is because of Miller. She, and she alone, reversed a decision to terminate the contract and instead added another year onto the current one.

June 22, 2017 at 9:16 AM

And we all wonder what she got in return.

Anonymous said...

The contract was terminated, even with the extension. September 2018 is when the contract ends. Benefits will be decimated, many workers will retire, the old management will leave and new managers from elsewhere will arrive and we start again.

How many contracts at LANL? I am betting that production is separated to a new contract from the science part of LANL.

Anonymous said...

For anyone that knew Miller, understands why LANL was telling her **ck you. This lady is "bad news"!

Anonymous said...

For anyone that knew Miller, understands why LANL was telling her **ck you. This lady is "bad news"!

June 23, 2017 at 8:59 AM

It was very very personal with Miller when in came to LANL, very personal. But hey what are the NNSA labs for but to make good money. Miller played the game made out well and said **ck you to the world.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Miller is not competent nor up to the task. Like so many in government bureaucrats she is less than worthless, she actively aids the enemy by destroying the US stockpile with girly jibberish.

Shipped something slightly incorrectly? WTF? Lady Miller, the Iranians, Russians or he Korean mobster are going to nuke us and your "Pussy-sense" is missing it. Maybe the kitchen is the right place for you? No?

Anonymous said...

Its pretty logical for any American to tell Washington bureaucrats to piss off.

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