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。

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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。

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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.