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A nice suburban community in the San Francisco Bay area can't hide a broken family and the misery at home that pushes young Stanley Hall into gang life. The crazy and colorful cast of fellow gangsters, also from fatherless homes, wreak havoc with juvenile crime and needless suffering but sometimes hilarity!Later, after Stan attends UC Berkeley and begins a career as a Chemical Engineer, he's astounded to find that corruption in the nuclear weapons business at the Fairfield National Laboratory isso out of control as to make any crime he's commited seem literally like child's play. Does he dare object when virtually every person in Fairfield is involved in one way or another? Should he report what he sees at all? Can he risk becoming a whistleblower? Get ready for a wild ride that mirrors society in more ways than you'd think with a thrilling surprise ending!Curl up by the fire and savor every page as you experience Stanley's development, laugh at his adventures, and gain insight to a professional dilemma that may resonate with you. And...the ending might just contribute to your own liberation!
It's the story of a young whistleblower, Stanley Hall, who ends up changing "business as usual" at a nuclear weapons laboratory. His story, prior to being in the bomb business, includes periods of euphoria and recklessness followed by extreme grief and remorse. In his darkest hours he becomes concerned with greater moral good. At the Fairfield National Laboratory, he can either "play nice" or risk his career by reporting the fraud and abuse that is in front of him. His dilemma is further complicated by the close personal relationships that he has with some of the people he works with, whom he considers to be his friends.!Curl up by the fire and savor every page as you experience Stanley's development, laugh at his adventures, and gain insight to a professional dilemma that may resonate with you. And...the ending might just contribute to your own liberation!
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Exerpt from "The Experiment, pg. 57" The detonation was incredible--it truly scared us. I have never in my life seen Bart in such a panic either before or after. Not only was there an explosion at the location of the experiment--there was a second, small explosion in the air above the first one. It was not clear exactly what the second explosion was, so we just stood there staring, while all the lights in the Mountain View and Palo Alto area went out. It was complete blackness. The debris from the refrigerator had landed in the high-tension wires off to the side of the parking lot. The parking lot was at least the size of a football field, and we had not considered that this could have happened. But it did. A few more moments of shock passed. We heard alarms going off, and then sirens. It was time to go home.
At the Kozy house, I remember talking for a minute about the blast, and then each of us going our own separate ways very quickly. We had to get home--we had school the next day.
Exerpt from "Fairfield", pg. 123
Mark's group had dissolved and there were several PhDs looking for jobs. At the same time, P division, and the advanced warhead group in particular, were growing in size and in budget. They had apparently landed a new project that was reported in the Fairfield newspapers as the W911. It was also known by its nickname, ATUM, the "Advanced Tunneling Underground Munition."
To me, it simply seemed beyond belief that a new warhead would be designed so many years after the Cold War had ended, but lo and behold, there was a new nuke. The local townsfolk were chattering and the Oakland TV station carried a story on it. It seemed that there was a postulated threat of biological weapons facilities buried deeply underground in "rogue" nations. This ATUM could penetrate the earth nearby and actually tunnel its way down 100, even 200 or 300 feet underground before detonation. The blast yield on this item was tiny by nuclear standards, only 10 tons, with a correspondingly low release of radiation. The claim was that the yield was so small and the penetration so deep it would not release any radiation from the underground cavity where it detonated. It would be a nuke we could actually use if we had to.
I read the article over again and again and was bewildered and amazed by this thing. It seemed to me to be too good to be true. Why, we could knock out everything they had stored underground in North Korea without any fallout on South Korea or Japan. It also worried me somewhat in ways that I could not really put into words at that time. It was probably the idea of actually using nuclear weapons.
From "Quarks," pg 140 My ears cannot believe what they are hearing. There are sixty-five people attending a quark conference in Switzerland while charging their time to the NW 227 budget. That was the budget code for the ATUM penetrator calculations.
The next topic comes up.
"What about your fucking buddy?" says Getz.
"We cannot fire someone for having their own scientific opinion," Bruce said in a firm voice.
"You hired that bastard," says Getz and there is a tense chuckle.
"We'll see what we can do," says Bruce.
It sounded like the conversation was ending and I had a strong impulse to run away quickly. My fat body bounced down the stairs to the first floor and to the nearest exit. As I trudged across the parking lot, the old irony of the ATUM building changed to a new irony. They knew that the warhead would not even function as advertised, and they did not care in the slightest.
"I read the book last night -- I couldn't stop once I started! I truly enjoyed the read" - Brendalyn Batchelor, Former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee and DoD IG fraud, waste and abuse investigator.
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