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Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid scrutiny over Epstein deal; France plans to tax tech giants — many of which are American.
- Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has resigned amid growing criticism of his handling of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s case in 2008. [Washington Post / John Wagner, Ashley Parker, and Josh Dawsey]
- Calls for Acosta’s resignation had been mounting after Epstein was arrested on charges related to sex crimes involving minors. With Epstein’s indictment, people began to re-scrutinize the role Acosta, who was formerly US attorney for Miami, played in arranging a 2008 sweetheart deal for Epstein when he was convicted of similar crimes in Florida. [CNN / Maegan Vazquez and Jim Acosta]
- Despite being accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen minors, Epstein served just 13 months in jail. In a press conference on Wednesday, Acosta defended his deal, saying that it was the best way to ensure Epstein would be put in jail and be labeled a sex offender. [Vox / Anna North]
- The press conference didn’t do much to curb criticism, though, and on Friday, Acosta appeared in front of the press alongside President Donald Trump to publicly announce his resignation. He said he was leaving Trump’s Cabinet because he did not want the Epstein case to distract people from the administration’s achievements. [AP / Darlene Superville and Jill Colvin]
- Trump made it clear that it was Acosta’s decision to resign and that there were no hard feelings between the two, saying, “I’m with him.” [CNBC / Kevin Breuninger and Valerie Block]
- The president’s comments point to a larger, troubling pattern: Trump has continued to defend men in his administration who have been accused of serious misconduct against women. In the past, he’s stood up for former staff secretary Rob Porter, who was accused of domestic abuse, and current Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford. [Vox / Anna North]
- With Acosta’s departure on July 19, the White House is facing another problem: a historic number of departments being led by acting officials, including Defense and Homeland Security — which simply makes it impossible for them to do their jobs consistently. [NPR / Arnie Seipel]
US tech giants to be taxed in France
- France plans to implement a 3 percent tax on the revenue of companies that provide digital service, a move that will largely affect US tech giants. [CNBC / Elizabeth Schulze]
- The tax would be applied to companies that provide digital services to French users and make a global revenue of more than €750 million (about $840 million) and a French revenue of €25 million (about $28 million). It’s expected to raise €500 million (about $563 million). [AP]
- Until now, digital countries have mostly declared their profit from where they are headquartered, while paying low to no corporate taxes in countries where they have little physical presence. Although the European Union tried to change that — and failed — France is still moving forward with the tax on its own. [BBC]
- Many of the companies that will be affected by the tax are American, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft. The US has announced it will launch an investigation into whether these taxes unfairly target US companies. [The Verge / Colin Lecher]
- This opens up the possibility of retaliatory tariffs if the US is unhappy with the results of the investigation. The Treasury Department has already announced it would review the option of doubling taxes on French companies and citizens in the US. [Politico EU / Nicholas Vinocur and Annabelle Dickson]
- France, however, doesn’t look likely to back down — partially because it needs the money. The government has spent large sums to appease the “yellow vest” protesters, putting a strain on the country’s budget. [NYT / Liz Alderman]
- As the BBC’s Dave Lee points out, no matter what people think of the tax, both sides can agree that a tax change that reflects our new modern, digital economy is long overdue. [BBC / Dave Lee]
- “Let’s see them aliens”: 400,000-plus people have RSVPd to a Facebook event that’s organizing an Area 51 raid. The highly classified facility has been linked to alien conspiracy theories for decades. [Fox News / Paulina Dedaj]
- News of a Facebook group in which Border Patrol members shared cruel and vulgar content about immigrants made headlines earlier this month. Turns out the current Border Patrol chief was also a member of the group. [The Intercept / Ryan Devereaux]
- Hunter S. Thompson’s cabin is now offered as an Airbnb site. Perks include proximity to the pen that holds his beloved (and incredibly loud) peacocks, supervision by his widow, who “does own a weapons permit,” and a price tag of $550 per night. [Vice / Drew Schwartz]
- Experts think there might be more tigers in US captivity than roaming free in the wild worldwide. Their living conditions, however, aren’t closely inspected by officials. [Washington Post / Karin Brulliard]
- Detained migrant children drew pictures of what looks like people locked up in cages. These drawings could end up in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. [NYT / Jacey Fortin]
“I don’t think it is right and fair for this administration’s Labor Department to have Epstein as the focus rather than the incredible economy we have today. It would be selfish for me to stay in the position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old.” [Labor Secretary Alex Acosta during his resignation speech on Friday]
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Komünist Başkan, Aldığı Kararla Sosyal Medyada Trend Topic Oldu
Mehmet Fatih Maçoğlu’nun belediye başkanı olduğu Tunceli Belediyesi Meclisi, ‘Tunceli’ yazan belediye tabelasının ‘Dersim’ olarak değiştirilmesine karar verdi. Bu karar sonrası Maçoğlu, sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
Tunceli Belediye Başkanı TKP’li Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu başkanlığında belediye meclis üyeleri toplantısında alınan kararla Tunceli Belediyesi tabelasının ‘Dersim Belediyesi’ olarak değiştirilmesi kararı alındı. Karar tartışma yaratırken ‘DersimdeğilTunceli’ etiketi sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
BELEDİYEDEN AÇIKLAMA YAPILDI
Belediyeden yapılan açıklamada Dersim ibaresiyle birlikte Zazaca ve Türkçe beleriye hizmetleri verileceği duyuruldu. Açıklamada şöyle denildi: “Kentimizin kültürü, tarihi ve inanç biçimini yaşatmak adına belediyemiz hizmet binasında bulunan tabelada yazılı ‘Tunceli’ ibaresinin değiştirilerek yerine ‘Dersim’ ibaresinin yazılması oy çokluğuyla kabul edildi. Haber
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
Research Says That People Who Blush Are More Generous and Trustworthy
Some people feel uncomfortable when they blush, because they believe that this reaction of their body makes them appear timid and insecure. However, the reality is very different, because blushing can make us look more sincere and trustworthy to other people.
Today, we at Bright Side would like to tell you why blushing is not a sign of weakness, as many used to think.
Humans are the only ones that blush.
Humans are the only species known to blush, according to the findings of Darwin. After observing the gestures of monkeys, while conducting his studies on evolution — he defined this reaction as “the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions,” that probably happens because of a social defense mechanism that humans create against feelings like guilt or shame.
It makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.
The truth is that, although it could be a social defense mechanism that speaks to our discomfort, we are more attractive when our cheeks begin to turn pink. This gesture reflects a bit of vulnerability, and it’s for that very reason that it also creates a sense of intimacy that is striking to the opposite sex. In addition, it makes us look radiant, which is why, when putting on makeup, we apply pink powder on our cheeks.
People who blush are more trustworthy.
According to a study that has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who blush easily are people who are considered to be trustworthy and more generous, compared to those who don’t react in the same way. The researchers of this study also claim that other forms of moderately expressing embarrassment and social vulnerability are true signs of virtue, since it’s not possible to reproduce these reactions voluntarily.
Other gestures that reveal our emotional state
In a series of experiments, 60 college students were videotaped recounting embarrassing moments. The results indicated that blushing generates trust in other people and that’s why we shouldn’t try to hide it. This investigation includes people who react with gestures like a downward gaze, covering their face, laughing involuntarily, and blushing at the slightest provocation.
Why we blush when we feel embarrassed
Our face turns red because when we are in an embarrassing situation, the body releases adrenaline, which is what causes the redness of the skin, as it increases the blood flow to the blood vessels. This process is linked to our sympathetic nervous system and, for this reason, we can’t control it. We can also feel our heart rate speed up, our breathing increase its frequency, and in some people it can cause them to start sweating.
When it comes to blushing, it’s impossible to lie.
Blushing is something that we, human beings, are unable to avoid. It’s a set of involuntary bodily functions that are unleashed when we are exposed to a situation that embarrasses us, although not always in an unpleasant way. But it always shows that something matters to us and that, if we’ve done something wrong, we do have the desire to fix it. Because of this, this reaction is linked to honesty. So, if you see your partner blushing, you should believe in what your eyes are seeing.
Do you blush very often? Do you find it embarrassing or is it something that doesn’t worry you too much? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
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