September 22, 2017

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092217)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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  1. The duplicity of the French:

    Rouhani visited France in 2016, when Macron was finance minister. In that capacity he oversaw the contracts signed with Iran.

    Hussein Salimi, a representative of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, also took part in those meetings, and wrote later on its website that because of Macron’s involvement, Iran had welcomed his election as president last May.

    “Macron has stressed the importance of having commercial ties with Iran during his speeches,” Salimi wrote. “In fact, he is the supporter of French companies’ investments in Iran.”

    The deals signed between Iran and France during that 2016 visit were worth between $36 billion and $48 billion, according to expert estimates.

    In recent weeks, French companies have reached further important deals with Iran that could be jeopardized if political uncertainty begins to undermine business confidence.

    In July, French energy giant Total and China’s state-run China National Petroleum Corporation signed a 880 million euro ($1 billion) agreement to develop Iran’s South Pars gas field, as part of a 20-year project in which the French firm is expected to inject some $5 billion.

    French transportation company Alstom has also signed a major joint-venture agreement to produce subway carriages in Iran, and French car maker Renault concluded a long-awaited contract to build cars in Iran.

    For France, Iran is a cornerstone market, a rare situation in which French companies enjoy market-leading positions in strategic sectors.

    However, French and European companies willing to do business with Tehran have to be cautious about investing, due to continuing U.S. sanctions not related to the nuclear program.

    This reminds me of the quote by Vladimir Lenin: “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

    In this case the foolish Europeans and I include the Germans, consistently make the mistake of enabling their enemies. They believe that feeding others to the crocodile will save them to last. The stupidity of such a short term strategy is to chose their destructor.

    It should be noted that the Europeans by their short sighted self serving actions make them enablers of virtually every rogue nation, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, formerly Iraq… In this sense, the EU are equally to be countered like Russia and China due to their trouble making. Attempting to moderate an enemy’s agenda via economic trade is in the end a self defeating strategy. China is not working out as well as hoped.

    Comment by dscott — September 22, 2017 @ 8:01 am

  2. Feminist group admits ‘pay gap’ is caused by women’s choices

    In a recent article on the gender pay gap, AAUW Senior Researcher Kevin Miller concedes that the pay disparity between women and men isn’t caused primarily by discrimination, but rather by the personal and professional choices that women make.

    The group still asserts that discrimination accounts for about half of the gender pay gap. But, to acknowledge that discrimination isn’t the primary reason, especially after arguing that it is, is surprising.

    The AAUW, which celebrates seven different equal pay days, has campaigned relentlessly over the past few years to argue that the gender pay gap is due to discrimination,

    Comment by Par for the Course — September 22, 2017 @ 11:55 am

  3. PFTC, I’ve seen evidence of a Google internal study that the there is NO gender-based pay discrimination within the company — all can be explained away by skills comparison, background, duties, etc.

    My reading at the link says that AAUW owns up to “only about 7% of the observed pay gap can be attributed to discrimination, with simple economic factors accounting for the remainder.” (in subheadline).

    Comment by Tom — September 23, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

  4. dscott, there is apparently no one to whom the French won’t sell out — except a few genuine democracies, I suppose.

    Comment by Tom — September 23, 2017 @ 4:16 pm

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