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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Copper thief got probation

A former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory worker was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $40,000 for stealing more than 40 tons of copper from his employers over a three-year period.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mercurynews.com/2019/10/24/feds-man-stole-43000-pounds-of-copper-over-three-years/amp/

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Trump is going to build a wall in Colorado

Trump just gave away New Mexico to Mexico! and said that he is going to build a wall in Colorado!!! Mexico has nukes now! This changes everything. I know you have no idea that New Mexico is part of the United States but please it is not 1912 anymore.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Whistleblower retaliation lawsuit: the Rivera case

LAW OFFICES OF A. P. X. BOTHWELL

October 12, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEDERAL COURTS MUST SAFEGUARD WHISTLEBLOWER'S RIGHTS,
SAN FRANCISCO LAWYER SAYS IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS LAB CASE 

(San Francisco, Oct. 12, 2019) -- Atty. Tony Bothwell today told the U.S. District Court 
for the Northern District of California that "the government must be required to protect 
whistleblowers [who] have the courage to disclose practices that harm workers, the public and the nation." Defending a nuclear weapons lab engineer against the Department of Energy, Bothwell added, "It is the proper role of the court to overturn decisions of the 
Executive Branch that otherwise obscure the truth, chill the workforce, and disserve the law"

The San Francisco attorney represents Anthony Rivera, who was fired by Lawrence 
Livermore National Security LLC in 2013 after he disclosed "serious safety violations" 
in the lab's High Explosives Test Facility and the Mechanical Engineering Division. A 
Department of Energy administrative judge in 2017 decided that the lab intentionally 
retaliated against Rivera for having blown the whistle on safety concerns. But the DOE judge also decided that the lab would have fired Rivera anyway because he told coworkers about being harassed by management following his safety complaints. 
Bothwell, in a motion for summary judgment filed with the federal court in Oakland, said 
the Constitution protects a Livermore lab employee's right to tell coworkers how he was treated by management. The First Amendment applies, he said, because the nuclear weapons lab performs "government functions" and is managed by a joint venture in which the University of California is the "founding partner." Thus Rivera's employer was a "state actor".

Bothwell was the public affairs director of the Livermore lab in the 1980s when he stopped the Physics Department from firing Hugh DeWitt, a physicist who often spoke publicly against U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Bothwell later resigned from the lab. As a lawyer for more than 20 years he has represented Livermore scientists, engineers, and security officers who have blown the whistle on unsafe practices
For more info, read plaintiff motion below:


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Perry is in trouble

Rick Perry Subpoenaed In House’s Trump Impeachment Probe


https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5d9f9226e4b06ddfc5165763

Reinstating Superfund Site Corporate Taxes

Warren Proposes Reinstating Superfund Site Corporate Taxes

"U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), seeking her party’s nomination for president, on Wednesday proposed reinstating corporate taxes to pay for cleanup of Superfund sites contaminated by hazardous wastes."

https://www.exchangemonitor.com/warren-proposes-reinstating-superfund-site-taxes/

Monday, October 7, 2019

Senate Appropriations Panel Wants DOE Data on Livermore Excess Facilities

Senate Appropriations Panel Wants DOE Data on Livermore Excess Facilities

"The Senate Appropriations Committee wants a report from the U.S. Energy Department on what it will take to decommission excess facilities at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California over the next 10 years."

https://www.exchangemonitor.com/senate-appropriations-panel-looks-data-livermore-excess-facilities/?printmode=1

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Trump: I called Ukraine because Perry asked me to 😀

Trump told House Republicans that he made Ukraine call because of Perry: Report

"According to Axios, President Trump told House Republicans that he was urged by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to make his July 25 phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky...Trump told fellow party members "not a lot of people know this but, I didn't even want to make the call," a source who was on the call told the news outlet...The only reason I made the call was because Rick asked me to. Something about an LNG [liquified natural gas] plant," Trump added"

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/464518-trump-told-house-republicans-that-he-made-ukraine-call-because-of

Friday, October 4, 2019

Fentanyl?

Fentanyl? Really LANL?

https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2019/10/f67/DOE-OIG-19-54.pdf

Perry is leaving the D... (Memory lapse) oops!

Energy Secretary Rick Perry eyeing exit in November

"Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette is expected to replace Perry...Brouillette has been filling in for Perry at Cabinet meetings for the past few months, one source added. Many of Perry’s former DOE staff members — including chief of staff Brian McCormack and special assistant Luke Wallwork — have all left DOE in recent weeks, a source said."

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/03/rick-perry-expected-to-resign-000189

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Staggering NNSA Hiring Goals!

Energy Secretary Advisory Board Briefed on ‘Staggering’ NNSA Hiring Goals

"The No. 2 official at the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) on Wednesday briefed members of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board on the “staggering goal” of swelling the nuclear-weapon steward’s workforce by about 20,000 heads over the…"

https://www.exchangemonitor.com/bookless-briefs-advisory-board-staggering-nnsa-hiring-goals/

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