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Nun versus Nukes

Megan Rice

Just in case you missed it, a security contractor has been fired after an 82 year old nun and two other activists — a gardener and a housepainter — got past three fences at the government’s weapons grade uranium storage facility in Oak Ridge, TN.  Fortunately, all the protesters intended to do was bang on things with hammers and splash fake blood.  Thank goodness they didn’t have letter openers or anything like that.


  1. HUUFC
    October 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I hope the trespassers are still in jail.

  2. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    You know who should really be in jail? Whoever managed security at this weapons grade uranium storage facility in such a way that an 82 year old nun could get past three fences and right up to the building without being detected.

  3. Weed King
    October 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    It’s hilarious. The security contract has to be worth millions a year and they were defeated by an 82 year old nun. The security outfit is a huge national company too. This has to be bad for their business nationwide!

  4. What Now
    October 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Gotta’ hand it to dtermine gray panthers!
    I truly hope that there are more just like her coming ’round the corner…

  5. Ponder z
    October 4, 2012 at 6:19 am

    the bottom line is big government has failed again. Under BOs leadership, overpaid guards asleep at the wheel. Every time I have been to HBNPP. the guard, armed with a well used, M4 gave me the third degree and evil eye look over. Very serious and professional.

  6. October 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Ponder z,

    It’s a private security contractor… Wackenhut, I think. The government pays them, because it hoped they would provide security in a fair market exchange for payment. It discovered (as it should have discovered long ago) that the security contractor was not delivering on its side of the bargain.

    That’s the story of America for the last thirty years.

  7. Ponder z
    October 4, 2012 at 7:20 am

    But the big gov boys did not follow up very well. Every branch of gov I have ever had to deal with has been a bunch of overbearing incompetents, and this looks no different.

  8. October 4, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I’ve dealt with the public sector, the private sector (big and small), and the non-profit sector. I’ve found incompetence and competence in both.

    It’s true that in reasonably small businesses (under 500 employees, privately held), incompetents generally get fired as long as they aren’t friends or relatives of the boss. But in mega-businesses, it’s a lot more about your competence at office and board politics than about your value to the shareholders.

    As for government, I can understand why anyone whose primary example of government is the county would think it a disastrous waste of public funds. But government is NOT always like that. In particular, parts of the military — NOT all parts — are very, very competent.

    Non-profit sector… I confess I’ve rarely seen it functioning up to the standards of either government or private enterprise, but maybe I’ve missed the good parts of it.

  9. October 4, 2012 at 7:35 am

    One other thing, Ponder. When judging the performance of any group of people, whether in government, the private sector, or the non-profit sector, it’s not enough to look at results. You also have to look at the relative difficulty of the problems faced, the relative degree of control the organization has over the problem’s “universe,” and the resources that the organization can bring into play.

    The most competent fire-fighter will not succeed in putting out a three-alarm fire if offered a squirt gun. The most incompetent example of nepotism will look brilliant if he’s put in an office with twenty well-paid people whose job it is to make him look good.

    I’ve been fortunate. In my life experience, earning fairly big money has been easy. I just have to put my principles on the shelf for a while, or (more comfortably) agree to the necessity to work for a while on a project I don’t see as particularly useful to society. Earning “little” money has been hard, sometimes next to impossible, because of the roadblocks that I’ve found in my path. It’s been really, really hard to remember what’s important.

  10. firesidechet
    October 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    nail clippers would have been something to be concerned about.

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