Los Alamos National Laboratory: You know The Real Story. You know The Corporate Story. Now you'll know The Rest of the Story.
Gus, I enjoy the blog but you are revealing over and over again this week that you don't have a clue what the actual politics and dynamics are in this situation.From your absurd comment about GAO yesterday to your absolutely inane assertion that the existence of NREL (a lab that has had very few successes and does almost no basic research) somehow invalidates the need for basic research in energy at other institutions, you are showing your total lack of knowledge of what DOE actually does and how research is done. Even if NREL was the Harvard of renewable energy (which it isn't) does that suggest that no other Universities should be involved in any form of this research? Clearly not.Los Alamos still has many smart people. People who are doing interesting work despite being hobbled by bad managers and horrible overseers (DOE/NNSA/IG/Congress). The idea that these resources should be abandoned because someone else claims to already be working on what can only be described as the most pressing problem of our time, shows that you have lost your sense of perspective.
Well, the old adage is that "It takes one to know one," so posters to this entry must "be one."Oops, me too!For future posters who take retroactive offense because you think I mean you, apparently I do...
There is also the new adage "all old adages are wrong". So much for the 5:49pm poster! How easy they fall.
I don't think you are an idiot. Just predictable. You obviously have an axe to grind and you grind away. This blindness to your agenda leads you to post some strange assertions and connect dots that should not be connected. But,as you are grinding your axe, you also happen to provide some information that folks can use so long as they are smart enough to filter out your agenda along the way. Which I think most people are. The problem is with people that don't work here and don't know the full score that cannot filter this out, and draw erroneous conclusions from some of your, ah, comments.
This sums it up pretty nicely. Thank you 9:06PM
I like the blog but Gus has allowed some real crap about how all the people at Los Alamos evil, that scientists are worthless, how everyone in Los Alamos is racist, that the lab is filled with f*ing coneheads and that any person with a Ph.d is dumb. Most people can probably figure out that this junk comes from a few nut cases but some people will believe anything they read. I say that the blog is simply not representative of Los Alamos. Guss may say it is but unless there is proof I will not believe it. Still, I know that Guss and Pinky has to put in a lot of time to this blog and we should appreciate it.
I am responsible for the blog comment policy, not Gus. He would likely filter more comments were it not for me holding him back. The comments you get here are just one step away from unfiltered. We cannot edit your comments so please take a moment to proofread them. Each comment should be taken in context and viewed from your own perspective. Your mileage may vary.
A month or so ago, a comment of mine was filtered, and I have no idea why. It didn't seem to be as far off topic as some of the comments on that thread. But it's P and TB's blog, and s/he can filter what s/he wants, which apparently hasn't been much. Paine, Franklin, Twain/Clemens etc. would certainly approve of blogs, especially in view of big media's filtering and selection of information.
It could have been our mistake or it could also have been blogspot.com. Neither is perfect, but both are free.
Well, I can tell you this much. Gus may be an idiot, but he had enough smarts to get the hell out of LANL at about the best time that anyone could have picked.I hope the rest of you geniuses are enjoying yourselves at the new, improved LANL.
Gus is not an idiot, apparently more so Pinky and The Brain, where he (most likely he too is a man to 90 percent) confirms in his post 1/3/08 11:45 PM MT that Gus is a man.The name "Gussie Fink-Nottle," refers to:"Augustus ´Gussie´Fink-Nottle is a recurring fictional character in the ´Jeeves´novels of British comic writer P.G. Wodehouse, being a lifelong friend of Jeeve´s master Bertie Wooster (≈Pinky and The Brain), and a possible member of the Drones Club. Described as ´a teetotal bachelor with a face like a fish,´ he wears horn-rimmed spectacles, and devotes his life to the study of newts."(Source:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gussie_Fink-Nottle, 1st paragraph, 3p in total.)
At least Gus is a man who can put himself up for public scrutiny. Kudos Gus!
Gus is an idiot. I did not know what to do with this post untill I saw the header of this thread.
You know, in reading through this blog, it does not appear as if the moderators are the problem regarding the quality of the material presented; it is the anonymous commenters. The moderators are remarkably patient and even-handed, given some of the shit they have to deal with. If it were my blog I'd have chucked the whole lot of you anonymous fuckers months ago.However, I'm grateful that Gus and Pinky have tolerated the bullshit for as long as they have. If there is any good news related to the abysmal quality of many of the comments here it is that the rest of the nation gets an unfiltered view of the cross section of people that their tax dollars have been subsidizing.
"rest of the nation gets an unfiltered view of the cross section of people that their tax dollars have been subsidizing."No, it does not, never did, and never will. You sound like a troll.
2:53,Hold your breath and stomp your feet some. It will be more convincing.- A. Troll
Amazes me how some of you say Gus is so brave to hold him or herself up for public scrutiny. How? He or she is just as anonymous as the rest of us.
"2:53,Hold your breath and stomp your feet some. It will be more convincing.- A. Troll"Mr Troll the blog is free to spew off all the total nonsense you want, but no matter how many times your repeat your crap, it still will not be true. I know that "facts" are your mortal enemy but give them a try sometime. Maybe then it will down you just how utterly clueless your are. Facts baby.
Are you still here? Forget the stomping your feet part. Concentrate on holding your breath.
"Are you still here? Forget the stomping your feet part. Concentrate on holding your breath.1/5/08 11:04 PM"What is your point Mr Troll? Besides insults and vacuous statements do you have anything of substance to offer? Do you ever have any facts to offer? Do you have any evidence to offer? Just out of curiosity what is your motivation for posting on the blog? Is it to get attention? It seems as if you just have some sort of extreme blind hatred toward LANL, science, scientists, engineers and anybody with any kind of education. Where did your life go so sadly wrong? If you choose to answer than try to use facts and be honest about your real motivations.
Perhaps some JB Weld would help you stay focused.
Or maybe the famed Yak Trax trining?
Let's stick with the JB Weld.
Gus is not an idiot. I happen to know Gussie as well as Pinky&theBrain and Pat-the-Dog and Doug Roberts and Brad Holian and Eric Fairfield and Dr. Strangelove and surprisingly even young Calvin hisself.They are actually all quite intelligent and thoughtful people with the best of intentions. I happen not to agree with each of them on a number of specific details but they are all far from idiots.In fact, with my amateur textual analysis of the blog comments here, I'd say the idiots are only a few but very persistent. I get the sense that the inane comments come from on the order of a dozen individuals with two or three being very vocal and at least as predicatible as Gussie has been accused of.I've been quiet here for a while but I too took the separation incentive and am feeling nostalgic and wanting to use this brief pause between my LANL employment and whatever comes next to weigh in here.Let me repeat... "Gus is not an Idiot" (though he might play one on the blog from time to time).- Darko
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