枝野官房長官、菅首相の大嘘: 米「菅政権の反応が鈍い」…支援提供打診も

枝野官房長官が、『原発事故の初期段階でアメリカの支援申し出を断った。』という報道を記者会見で否定しました。しかしながら、この発言が大嘘であることが再確認された形です。訳の分からない過信と見通しの甘さ、そして自らの過失を隠すために大嘘。どうなっているんでしょうか、枝野と菅は。まあ、自民党の谷垣や石原幹事長にしたって、似たもの同士ですが。世界を知らないマルドメ政治家に判断をゆだねるのは国を滅ぼします。

「もっと我々を信用してほしい」福島第一原発事故への対応を巡り、米政府関係者は民主党幹部の一人に最近、こうもらした。米国は当初から強い危機感を持ち、原子炉冷却のための様々な機材や人員の提供を打診したが、米側は「官邸側の反応が鈍い」と感じ、「菅政権には米国への不信感がある」との臆測も呼んだ。29日付の米紙ニューヨーク・タイムズによると、米原発業界は極秘に発電機やポンプ、ホースなどの冷却機材一式を備蓄しており、いざというとき米空軍が全米どこでも運搬する態勢になっている。テロ攻撃などで機能不全に陥った原発の安全確保が目的で、2001年の米同時テロ以後に態勢が整えられたという。クリントン国務長官が地震直後、「在日米空軍の装備を使い、冷却材を日本の原発に運ばせた」と発言したのは、これに関連しているとみられる。しかし、日本側は「水なら海にいくらでもあるが……」(日本政府関係者)と危機意識が薄く、結局、この緊急計画は発動はされなかった。

Virgin Atlantic吸収合併か

(Reuters) – Virgin Atlantic may need to merge with a rival or join an airline alliance to survive in the increasingly competitive world of aviation, which has been changed by the advent of cross-border super carriers.

After falling behind in European consolidation following Air France‘s (AIRF.PA) merger with Dutch-based KLM, Lufthansa’s (LHAG.DE) recent tie-ups and last year’s BA-Iberia (ICAG.L) merger, Virgin needs a partner or else could be left behind.

The airline, formed in 1984 by British billionaire Richard Branson, who still owns a 51 percent stake through his Virgin Group, has attracted admiring glances from a number of rivals.

Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI) is looking to sell its 49 percent stake in Virgin, which has hired Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) to conduct a strategic review that could lead to a whole or partial sale or to Virgin joining an airline alliance.

Here are some scenarios for how events could unfold:

TAKEOVER

Virgin could face a takeover approach, with industry analysts seeing a bid as most likely to come from combination of Air France-KLM — Europe’s largest airline by revenue — and U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines (DAL.N), which has been working with Goldman Sachs to identify possible targets for several months.

Air France-KLM and Delta would be keen to get hold of Virgin’s 288 takeoff and landing slots at London’s Heathrow airport — 3 percent of the airport’s total — to help them add more services to the United States and Asia from Europe’s busiest hub.

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has also expressed interest, though European Union EU.L rules state the region’s carriers must be under European control, meaning any move for Virgin would have to involve an EU airline.

JOIN AN ALLIANCE

Virgin, the second-largest long-haul carrier at Heathrow, could also join a global alliance, a deal which would be attractive to Branson because it wouldn’t end his control. It has a choice of the three: SkyTeam, Star Alliance and oneworld.

Air France and Delta’s SkyTeam may be Virgin’s most likely alliance as it does not have a UK partner and holds just 5 percent of the slots at Heathrow, compared with oneworld’s 47 percent and Star Alliance’s 25 percent.

Virgin, which has no agreements in place with oneworld or SkyTeam members, already has codeshare agreements with Star Alliance members, including Air China, bmi and U.S. Airways.

Star also includes Air New Zealand, Virgin’s partner on trans-Tasman routes, and Singapore Airlines, its part owner.

Oneworld, which already has IAG-owned British Airways as a member, looks to be the least likely destination.

STAKE SALE

Virgin Group and Singapore are willing to sell at least part of their stakes, though Branson wants to retain an interest.

However, Singapore is keen to sell all of the stake it bought in 1999 for around 600 million pounds, according to an aviation banker who wished to remain nameless.

“There’s a book on it (Virgin Atlantic) … all (the stake) is worth is what they can sell it for because it’s not making them any money,” said the banker.

Ireland‘s Ryanair (RYA.I) and Dubai’s Emirates are also keen on buying a stake, according to UK press reports.

REVISIT LUFTHANSA DEAL

Another option for Virgin would be for it to get Lufthansa back to the table. Talks between the pair over the potential merger of Virgin with UK carrier bmi failed in 2009 with bmi being taken over by Lufthansa without Virgin’s involvement.

A merger would have helped Virgin better compete with its main rival BA, allowing it use bmi’s short-haul network and slots at Heathrow to further international expansion.

ビルゲイツとスティーブバルマーの本性 ー ポールアレンの暴露本から

マイクロソフトを数年前に引退して、綺麗ごとのような慈善団体を経営しているビルゲーツですが、卑しく、理不尽、そして独善的な人柄が垣間見えます。ステーブバルマーも独善性と理不尽では負けてはいません。ビルやステーブバルマーのような経営者は人心の掌握は難しいでしょう。類は友よ呼ぶ。近年のマイクロソフトの人材流失とジリ貧は、経営者の人間性を反映しています。

悪の帝国、いつかは滅びます。

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen tells all in new book

Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen tells all about his relationship with Bill Gates and starting Microsoft in a new book, “Idea Man,” that was excerpted in Vanity Fair Wednesday.

Here are some quick, juicy bits:

On Bill Gates’ ambitions at age 13 when the two met at Lakeside high school:

“One day he showed me the (Fortune) magazine’s special annual issue and asked me, ‘What do you think it’s like to run a Fortune 500 company?’ I said I had  no idea. And Bill said, ‘Maybe we’ll have our own company someday.’ He  was 13 years old and already a budding entrepreneur.”

On how Gates always wanted to be the smartest guy in the room:

“You could tell three things about Bill Gates pretty quickly. He was  really smart. He was really competitive; he wanted to show you how smart  he was. And he was really, really persistent.”

Allen said Gates whittled down Allen’s share in Microsoft from the beginning when the two started the company:

“From the time we’d started together in Massachusetts, I’d assumed that  our partnership would be a 50-50 proposition. But Bill had another idea. ‘It’s not right for you to get half,’ he said. ‘You had your salary at  MITS while I did almost everything on BASIC without one back in Boston. I  should get more. I think it should be 60-40.’ …

Bill’s intensity was nonstop, and when he asked me for a  walk-and-talk one day, I knew something was up. We’d gone a block when  he cut to the chase: ‘I’ve done most of the work on BASIC, and I gave up  a lot to leave Harvard,’ he said. ‘I deserve more than 60 percent.’

‘How much more?’

‘I was thinking 64-36.’ ”

On how Allen was mad that Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer received 8.75 percent of the company when he joined Microsoft:

“Bill had offered Steve 8.75 percent of the company, considerably more than what I’d agreed to.

It was bad enough that Bill had chosen to override me on a  partnership issue we’d specifically discussed. It was worse that he’d  waited till I was away to send the letter. I wrote him to set out what I  had learned, and concluded, ‘As a result of discovering these facts I  am no longer interested in employing Mr. Ballmer, and I consider the  above points a major breach of faith on your part.’ “

On how after Allen was diagnosed with cancer, he felt Gates and Ballmer felt he wasn’t productive enough:

“One evening in late December 1982, I heard Bill and Steve speaking  heatedly in Bill’s office and paused outside to listen in. It was easy  to get the gist of the conversation. They were bemoaning my recent lack  of production and discussing how they might dilute my Microsoft equity  by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders. It was clear  that they’d been thinking about this for some time.”

Update 11:32 a.m.:

Bill Gates released this statement in response to Allen’s book:

“While my recollection of many of these events may differ from Paul’s, I value his friendship and the important contributions he made to the world of technology and at Microsoft.”

Microsoft is not commenting on the book.

アメリカの通勤地獄、渋滞高速道路 ランキング

アメリカの雑誌や新聞はランキングが大好きです。経営大学院のランキング、良い耳鼻咽喉科ランキング、脳神経外科のランキング、すし屋のランキング、住み良い町のランキング。金のかかる町のランキング、空気がきれいな町のランキングきりがありません。
通勤地獄ランキング、ベルビューの私の家のすぐそばの405(部屋の窓から毎晩、渋滞が見えますが、本当に、毎日毎日、気の毒になるくらい大渋滞しています。)、それに私の第2の故郷シカゴのJFK(ジョン エフ ケネディー) エクスプレスウエーが入選しました。シカゴに住んでいたころは、毎朝、テレビでJFKエクスプレス ウエーの渋滞のニュースでした。懐かしいです。
#1, Riverside Freeway/CA-91 Eastbound, Los Angeles
Worst corridor: Costa Mesa Freeway exit through McKinley St. exit
Length of worst corridor: 20.7 miles
Rush hour travel time tax on worst
corridor
: 183%
Longest rush hour travel time on worst corridor 57 minutes
Time per mile during longest rush hour travel period 2.73 minutes
Commuter Buzz: It’s an “absolute nightmare,” said Dijana Vandenheuvel, who uses the freeway to make deliveries. “I always try to avoid the 91, no matter what. The new lane [that was recently added] may help a little bit, but I personally don’t think it will solve the problem because it’s so congested.”
#2, Lunalilo Freeway/I-1 Eastbound, Honolulu
Worst corridor: HI-92 exit through S Vineyard Blvd./Ward Ave.
Length of worst corridor: 3.9 miles
Rush hour travel time tax on worst corridor: 244%
Longest rush hour travel time on worst corridor 21 minutes
Time per mile during longest rush hour travel period 4.08 minutes
Commuter Buzz: “We’ve got too many cars at this one location coming onto the freeway trying to go west, and we’ve got too many cars at the same time at the same location trying to get off going in the west direction,” said Department of Transportation director Brennon Morioka last year, describing the freeway area around the Lunalilo. “So you get all this weaving and people merging left and right, and that’s the reason why people slow down. And that’s how you create that bottleneck. … Because people slow down when they’re merging.”
#3, California Delta Highway/CA-4 Westbound, San Francisco
Worst corridor: Hillcrest Ave. through Somersville Rd.
Length of worst corridor: 3 miles
Rush hour travel time tax on worst corridor: 318%
Longest rush hour travel time on worst corridor 11 minutes
Time per mile during longest rush hour travel period 3.76 minutes
Commuter Buzz: Hillcrest Ave. may eventually get improved public train access, and $500 million will go toward widening CA-4—but work won’t be completed until 2014. “We’ve been very successful in applying those dollars to Highway 4,” said Susan Miller, director of projects for Contra Costa Transportation Authority . “We’ve leveraged a lot of state and federal funds.”
#4, I-95 Southbound, Washington, D.C.
Worst corridor: I-395 through Russell Rd./Exit 148
Length of worst corridor: 23.9 miles
Rush hour travel time tax on worst corridor: 129%
Longest rush hour travel time on worst corridor 52 minutes
Time per mile during longest rush hour travel period 2.18 minutes
Commuter Buzz: The commute from Prince William County into D.C. is supposed to take around 30 minutes, however “with all the construction going on, you can throw those times out the window,” said AAA spokesman John Townsend last summer. Updated estimates added at least another half-hour traveling time.
#5, Bruckner/Cross Bronx Expressways (I-95 Southbound), New York
Worst corridor: Conner St/Exit 13 through Hudson Terrace
Length of worst corridor: 11.3 miles
Rush hour travel time tax on worst corridor: 231%
Longest rush hour travel time on worst corridor 43 minutes
Time per mile during longest rush hour travel period 3.76 minutes
Commuter Buzz: “Long portions of the expressway have no shoulder, so even minor accidents can snarl traffic for miles,” wrote Sam Dolnick of The New York Times. “The lighting is poor, and exit and entrance ramps are too short. Most of the road sits inside a trench, leaving commuters to stare at concrete walls, longing for the distraction of scenery. After too long the trench can feel like a crowded coffin.”
#6, I-35 Southbound, Austin-Round Rock
Worst corridor: US-183/Exit 239-240 through Woodland Ave.
Length of worst corridor: 6.7 miles
Rush hour travel time tax on worst corridor: 226%
Longest rush hour travel time on worst corridor 36 minutes
Time per mile during longest rush hour travel period 3.32 minutes
Commuter Buzz: “It’s time we look to try out-of-the-box, innovative solutions to address our congestion short-term and long-term,” said Bob Daigh, former district engineer for Austin’s Department of Transportation and member of the committee that authored a state-commission report on Interstate 35, released earlier this year.
#7, Connecticut Turnpike (1-95 Northbound),Bridgeport
Worst corridor: Filed Point Rd. through Mill Plain Rd./Exit 21
Length of worst corridor: 22.2 miles
Rush hour travel time tax on worst corridor: 44 minutes
Longest rush hour travel time on worst corridor 104%
Time per mile during longest rush hour travel period 1.97 minutes
Commuter Buzz: Stamford-Bridgeport “is a lot more congested than Hartford and New Haven,” Tim Lomax told the Connecticut Post Online in July of 2009. Lomax co-authored a study of traffic congestion across 9 cities in which the Bridgeport area ranked among the top ten.
#8, 1-405 Southbound, Seattle
Worst corridor: NE 14th Street/Exit 14 through SE Coal Creek Parkway/Exit 10
Length of worst corridor: 4.5 miles
Rush hour travel time tax on worst corridor: 183%
Longest rush hour travel time on worst corridor 13 minutes
Time per mile during longest rush hour travel period 2.81 minutes
Commuter Buzz: According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, “Nearly half of respondents to a recent Washington state Department of Transportation survey rated I-405 traffic congestion as very serious; about half also said they regularly change their plans or go out of their way to avoid I-405.”
#9, Bayshore Freeway (US-101 Southbound), San Jose
Worst corridor: Fair Oaks Ave. through De La Cruz Blvd.
Length of worst corridor: 4.2 miles
Rush hour travel time tax on worst corridor: 172%
Longest rush hour travel time on worst corridor 11 minutes
Time per mile during longest rush hour travel period 2.56 minutes
Commuter Buzz: “The interchange causes a lot of problems, and I’ve even seen people, while just driving it myself, jump from one lane to another just to get on the highway, and that’s very, very dangerous,” Scot Vandenberg, who works in the area, told the San Jose Mercury News last August.
#10, Kennedy/Dan Ryan Expressways (I-90/I-94 Eastbound), Chicago
Worst corridor: I-294/Tri State Tollway through Ruble St./Exit 52B
Length of worst corridor: 15.9 miles
Rush hour travel time tax on worst corridor: 195%
Longest rush hour travel time on worst corridor 49 minutes
Time per mile during longest rush hour travel period 3.08 minutes
Commuter Buzz: “There’s nothing more frustrating than dealing with traffic,”said resident Mario Reed, in response to the suggestion of congestion pricing on Chicago expressways. “Whatever that cost would be, I would be happy to pay. It would make the quality of my life much better.”

雨の一日

今日はベルビューのオフィスで一日働きました。外は雨、天気はさえないです。そうは言っても、桜は咲き、ダフォディルは黄色い花を咲かせ、春のいい気候になってきました。

今日は、東京の中野区の実家にスカイプに電話をしました。結構、長時間(30-40分)話をしましたが、かかった費用は50セント(日本円で約40円)私が、以前、アメリカに留学していたころとは隔世の感がある安さです。

桜桜桜 シアトル、ベルビュー

東京もソメイヨシノが開花したそうですが、ここ、シアトルでも濃いピンク色の別の品種の桜が綺麗に満開を迎えています。今日は朝からまじめに会社で働きました。夕方はベルビューーのSushiyaというレストランで寿司定食を食べました。ここは韓国人シェフの寿司でしたが、やはり、日本人が握る、銀座レストランの方がいいですね。

やはり、握りが違うんですよね。後、魚の選び方とか切り方も。