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2 Impending Disaster—A Brief History of Rocky Flats

Kim Cameron Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF


Impending Disaster—A Brief

History of Rocky Flats

Rocky Flats had a history of excellent production-performance during its years of operation. The workers involved in production were considered the best in the world, and the site never missed a production goal. However, because of the extraordinary security and secrecy required at the site, the public tended to hear about Rocky

Flats only when problems occurred. Unfortunately, some of the largest and most serious environmental and industrial accidents in

U.S. history occurred at Rocky Flats, so it became a focal point of activism against the dangers of radioactive emissions as well as nuclear proliferation in general.

The public’s image of Rocky Flats was based largely on trepidation and controversy. These perceptions came to a head when the site was raided in 1989, and the active mission of the facility was abruptly halted due to alleged environmental law violations. Internally, the climate at Rocky Flats deteriorated substantially because employees were no longer permitted to do the work they were trained to do, even though the site continued to operate over the next six years until a closure agreement was reached. During this time, the site functioned without a clear mission, and no progress was made toward cleanup or finding a transitional use for the facilities. Neither the public nor employees were satisfied with what had become of

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CHAPTER 5: Results of Vitamin Treatment

Hoffer M.D. Ph.D., Abram Basic Health Publications ePub

Bill W. (William Griffith Wilson), cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), was the first person to test the value of niacin (vitamin B3) in the treatment of AA members. This treatment had been developed by Dr. Humphry Osmond and I (A.H.) in our work with schizophrenics in Saskatchewan, Canada. During early pilot studies, we observed that patients with the double diagnosis—schizophrenia and alcoholism—responded well to treatment with vitamin B3, especially niacin. I had already become convinced from my clinical studies that to help the schizophrenic component of the double disease would be very helpful, simply because this removes one of the major stressors from these patients.

One of my patients was both alcoholic and schizophrenic, but whenever she stopped drinking with the help of AA, she began to suffer violent auditory hallucinations. When she began to drink again, the voices disappeared. She was faced with a terrible dilemma: she would either have to remain alcoholic, with all that entailed, but free of voices, or she would have to remain abstinent but suffering from these voices. She tried abstention several times with no luck. I started her on niacin (1,000 mg after each of three meals), and within a few months, when she stopped drinking, the voices did not come back. After that, she became a valued member of the first Schizophrenics Anonymous group I organized in Saskatoon, Canada.

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2 The Courage to Make the Change

Robert Lebow Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Kip continued relating his story because he felt he had to. “My brother, who was an alcoholic, hit rock bottom in the late seventies,” he said in a matter-of-fact voice. “I remember the call from my older sister that one cold fall night. She said he’d wrapped his car around a tree. That was his wake-up call. He joined AA shortly after.

“Alcoholics Anonymous was the best thing that ever happened to him and his family. The lessons my brother learned and that I learned after my heart attack were similar. First, admit you have a problem, then accept the fact that it’s within your power to make the changes you need to make.

“Sure, you’ll need help. No one can do it all by himself. But you must take the first step.” Kip was trying to be direct but respectful with his fellow CEO.

“When I admitted to my staff that I had a problem, I gave myself choices, and that was a great gift. Believe me, Pete, you have lots of alternatives, and I don’t mean fancy programs or silver bullets.”

Pete was intrigued. In fact, he was moved. “I can pretty much guess the changes you made in your personal life, but what alternatives did you explore at work?” he asked.

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5. Authorization Controls

Daniel J. Barrett O'Reilly Media ePub

Authorization means deciding what a user may or may not do on a computer: for example, reading particular files, running particular programs, or connecting to particular network ports. Typically, permission is granted based on a credential such as a password or cryptographic key.

The superuser root, with uid 0, has full control over every file, directory, port, and dust particle on the computer. Therefore, your big, security-related authorization questions are:

Who has root privileges on my computer?

How are these privileges bestowed?

Most commonly, anyone knowing your root password has superuser powers, which are granted with the su command:

This technique is probably fine for a single person with one computer. But if youre a superuser on multiple machines, or if you have several superusers, things get more complicated. What if you want to give temporary or limited root privileges to a user? What if one of your superusers goes berserk: can you revoke his root privileges without impacting other superusers? If these tasks seem inconvenient or difficult, your system might benefit from additional infrastructure for authorization.

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Chapter 11 KICKS Get Some

Beverly Kaye Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

My boss held the “all work, no play” philosophy. Work was simply not the place for fun.


How do you feel about fun at work? Do you believe in it? Have it? Support it? Make it happen? Discourage it? Evaluate your own assumptions about fun at work. Then consider creating and supporting kicks in the workplace as one way to keep your best people.

Research shows that a fun-filled workplace generates enthusiasm— and that enthusiasm leads to increased productivity, better customer service, a positive attitude about the company, and higher odds that your talent will stay.

In today’s uncertain work environment, humor isn’t an option, it’s a necessary way to boost morale. When employees clown around, they’re not wasting valuable time, they’re making use of one of the few tools available to increase and maintain their esprit de corps. Laughter may not change the external reality, but it can certainly help people survive it. 42

When was the last time you had a good laugh at work?

Last year?

Last month?

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