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Gaddafi’s Son, toured U.S. in weeks before Libya conflict

A son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi toured U.S. ports and military facilities just weeks before he helped lead deadly attacks on rebels protesting his father’s authoritarian regime.

Khamis Gaddafi, 27, spent four weeks in the U.S. as part of an internship with AECOM, a global infrastructure company with deep business interests in Libya, according to Paul Gennaro, AECOM’s Senior Vice President for Global Communications. The trip was to include visits to the Port of Houston, Air Force Academy, National War College and West Point, Gennaro said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/25/khamis-gaddafi-toured-us-internship_n_840905.html

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I’m VERY SURPRISED it was AECOM and not GE; I mean considering how well the Gaddafi family is at squirrelin’ money away.

General ‘imagination at work’ Electric; Paid NO FEDERAL TAXES in 2010′

GE’s success at avoiding taxes is nothing short of extraordinary.

– The company, led by Immelt, earned $14.2 billion in profits in 2010, but it paid not a penny in taxes because the bulk of those profits, some $9 billion, were offshore.

– In fact, GE got a $3.2 billion tax benefit.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/general-electric-paid-federal-taxes-2010/story?id=13224558

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IF you want to close the deficit, and who doesn’t; STOP the corporate tax loopholes!

 

 

March 26, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Fukushima Daiichi – Indian Point

Fukushima Daiichi power plant

‘Japan Encourages a Wider Evacuation From Reactor Area’

TOKYO — new signs emerged Friday that parts of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were so damaged and contaminated that it would be even harder to bring the plant under control soon.

At the same time, Japanese officials began encouraging people to evacuate a larger band of territory around the complex.

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“The situation still requires caution,” Mr. Kan, grave and tired-looking, told the nation. “Our measures are aimed at preventing the circumstances from getting worse.” The authorities said that they would now assist people who wanted to leave the area from 12 to 19 miles outside the plant, and that they were now encouraging “voluntary evacuation” from the area.

Those people had been advised March 15 to remain indoors, while those within a 12-mile radius of the plant had been ordered to evacuate. The United States has recommended that its citizens stay at least 50 miles away.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/world/asia/26japan.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=world

 

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Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) is a THREE-unit nuclear power plant station located in Buchanan, New York just south of Peekskill. It sits on the east bank of the Hudson River, 38 miles north of New York City. The power plant provides up to 30% of the electricity used by New York City and Westchester County.

Unit 1 – It was a small 275-megawatt PWR reactor which was issued an operating license on March 26 1962; and was shut down on Halloween, October 31, 1974.

Unit 2 & 3 – The two additional reactors, Indian Point 2 and 3, were built in 1974 and 1976. Together they generate up to 30% of the electricity used in New York City, depending on a variety of conditions.

On May 2, 2007, the NRC announced that the “License Renewal Application for Indian Point Nuclear Plant is available for Public Inspection”. This initiated Entergy’s effort to extend the operating licenses of each unit by 20 years.

2007 + 20 = 53 years / 51 years

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Point_Energy_Center

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FACT: At 38-miles from New York City, ‘Indian Point 1, 2, and 3’ are well within the 50-mile range recommended by the U.S. government for Fukushima Daiichi.

Gawd forbid, IPEC will not have a MAJOR problem/disaster, but I would like to know two things:

1. Will the NRC issue a ‘voluntary evacuation’ for Metropolitan New York (estimated 2008 +18million population)?

2. MANY, perhaps millions, will choose to ignore the ‘voluntarily evacuation’; so might the NRC then issue a ‘mandatory evacuation’ for +18 million?

March 26, 2011 Posted by | nuclear disaster, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment