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States sue the Trump administration again, this time about the environment; Hong Kong protesters shut down the airport for the second day in a row.
States fight to keep an Obama-era climate rule
- A coalition of 22 states and cities, including California and New York, have sued the Trump administration for rolling back an Obama-era regulation that was the first to set national limits on carbon dioxide pollution from power plants. [NYT / Lisa Friedman]
- The issue at hand: The EPA replaced Obama’s Clean Power Plan — which ordered states to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, ultimately forcing them to switch from coal to natural gas and renewable energy — with the Affordable Clean Energy rule. The new rule would allow power plants to remain in operation if they developed more efficient technology. [Politico / Alex Guillén]
- The lawsuit claims the EPA is neglecting its duty to limit greenhouse gases, which is directly tied to the well-being of the people. They state that the new rule would simply extend the life of power plants, which would increase pollution and accelerate climate change. [HuffPost / Alexander C. Kaufman]
- The Trump administration has argued in the past that Obama’s regulation allowed the EPA to overstep its boundaries. Businesses that legally challenged the plan in 2015 made similar arguments, along with the concerns of the cost of compliance. [WSJ / Timothy Puko]
- Trump had promised to revive the dying coal industry while he was campaigning, and many suspect that the Affordable Clean Energy rule is his effort to keep his promise. [USA Today / Gabrielle Canon]
- A legal challenge to the rule was to be expected, as this isn’t the first time Democratic states have challenged his policies in courts. California has filed more than 50 lawsuits against the administration on a variety of issues. [LA Times / Phil Willon]
- This lawsuit could potentially go to the Supreme Court, and the justices’ decision could ultimately impact the government’s ability to tackle global warming if they side with the Trump administration. [NYT / Lisa Friedman]
Hong Kong protesters take over the airport
- Thousands of protesters have taken over the Hong Kong airport, and people are worried about a potential showdown between China and the pro-democracy supporters. [AP / Yanan Wang and Katie Tam]
- For the second day in a row, protesters shut down the airport, one of the world’s busiest, leading to more than 160 flight cancellations. [BBC]
- Tension peaked late Tuesday night when protesters clashed with riot police that were trying to disperse the demonstrations. Although the sit-ins were peaceful until then, a viral video showed protesters swarming a police officer following the escalation. [NYT / Mike Ives, Ezra Cheung, and Elsie Chen]
- The demonstrators’ demands are clear: the resignation of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam; the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill; retraction of the word “riot” to describe the protests; an unconditional release of all arrested protesters with all charges dropped; an independent inquiry into police violence; and a free election via universal suffrage. [Guardian / Alison Rourke]
- China is starting to ramp up pressure on the protesters by describing the demonstrations in harsher terms. On Monday, it went as far as to say that the “first signs of terrorism” are starting to show. [WSJ / Chun Han Wong]
- All eyes are now on China for what happens next: Although Beijing has yet to deploy the army, it’s been conducting military practices near the border, which many see as a threat that could have deadly consequences. [Vox / Jen Kirby]
- Holiday spirit: After pressure from businesses, President Trump has delayed tariffs on popular Chinese-made holiday gift items like cellphones, laptops, and toys until December 15. [NYT / Ana Swanson]
- Bananas are at risk of disappearing now that a deadly fungus that ruined plantations in the Eastern Hemisphere has arrived in the Americas. And it doesn’t seem like scientists have found a replacement for the beloved fruit yet either. [National Geographic / Myles Karp]
- Be careful where you take your dog swimming: Blue-green algae can fatally poison dogs, as it did to three pups when they were playing in a contaminated pond. Look out for odorous or murky waters to avoid the toxic algae. [CNN / Scottie Andrew and Melissa Gray]
- South Korean is extremely online — and now some parents are sending teens to “digital detox” camps in hopes of getting them unhooked from their smartphones. [NPR / Michael Sullivan]
- Julián Castro wants to send a message to President Trump condemning him for his rhetoric that fueled the El Paso attack. His strategy: releasing an ad during Fox & Friends. [The Hill / Justin Wise]
“California doesn’t have time for flimsy fake substitutes to clean power. Our health, our economy, our future as the engine of prosperity and innovation in America are at stake.” [California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on the Trump adminstration’s attempt to roll back the Clean Power Plan]
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People From Different Professions Showed How Special Their Workdays Can Be
Everyone knows that we spend half of our lives at work, where we are surrounded by a special world that has room for pleasant surprises, funny situations, and outside-the-box solutions for difficult tasks. For these reasons, people really like learning interesting things about different professions.
We at Bright Side love doing everything we can to broaden our outlook and we love seeing someone else’s photos that show an interesting fact or a funny situation that happened at the workplace.
“Hey! I’m volunteering in a bear refuge in Croatia and I felt like sharing a photo of this chillaxing fellow with you guys.”
Summer in Yamal: a worker wears a special suit that protects him from mosquitoes.
“I made a garbage cover to hide stuff in my van.”
Untitled, unknown, chalk, 2019
A colleague from Houston
A policeman’s partner that has finally passed all his exams and is ready to start work
The level of trust between the shop and its customers
What a plumber sees when he needs to change the pipes that were used to supply a building with cold water
Locals were alarmed and called the police when a monster climbed out of Kamogawa River in Kyoto. It was actually a giant salamander.
A delivery guy talks about one of his orders
This fireman is proposing to his girlfriend in the most fireman way possible. And his colleagues are helping!
Here’s what a selfie at your workplace looks like if you are a sailor.
This is a lens for people with really bad eyesight.
The roads in this small town are being fixed, so some delivery people are using alternative modes of transportation.
When you love your work and it loves you back:
This real gold FedEx ring for being a safe driver
A girl that works at a center of wildlife protection with her “pet”
Do any funny things happen at your work? Share your photos or just show us what your workplace looks like.
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7 Hidden Messages in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” That Weren’t Meant for Kids
Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had an amazing influence on cinema, literature, and even psychology: movies and ballets were based on it, sequels and remakes were written. There is even a psychological disorder named after the main character: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS). This seemingly innocent children’s story was the subject of heated discussions by scientists of the 20th century and even Freud talked about it. The point of the discussions was simple: was the tale written for children or for adults?
Bright Side has read the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded” and tried to figure out which parts of the story can only be understood by adults.
1. Alice’s shrinking and growing is a sign of puberty.
When Alice ate a cake or drank a certain mixture, Alice would shrink or grow, and she was scared that she would disappear completely. While there were no actual reasons for the changes in her body in the text, scientists have 3 versions of what could have been the hidden meaning behind that episode:
- Alice’s body changes in a similar way to how it would change as a teenager during puberty. Many people think that Carroll showed the puberty of the character. But why this idea may also be wrong is because Alice is only 7 years old and it is too young to be a teenager.
- Astronomers link the character with the expanding Universe. According to one of the theories, the amount of matter in the Universe is constantly decreasing which will ultimately lead to its disappearance. Obviously, this is why the character was worried about shrinking so much that she would vanish.
- Other people see an indication of hallucinogenic substances, which make people completely disoriented, just like Alice.
2. The pig the character has is an English King.
It is believed that the tale is an allusion to the War of the Roses that took place in England in the 15th century. This time period was full of scheming, betrayal, and there were a lot of chopped heads — just like in the tale.
Assuming the guess is correct, then baby that turned into the pig is a member of the White Rose. And more specifically, it was Richard III who had a sigil with a white boar. Shakespeare even wrote a play about it where he presented Richard in a very bad light.
3. The smell of pepper in the house of the Duchess hides the smell of bad food.
The tale casually mentions that the house of the Duchess smells a lot like pepper because the scullery was adding pepper to the soup. But it may have been a hint at the problem that the food at the time was peppered a lot, to kill the smell of rotten ingredients.
4. Alice is Eve, who becomes a sinner.
The adventures of Alice starts in a quiet garden. It was an idyllic place, green and quiet, and that’s why it reminds many people the Garden of Eden. But Alice doesn’t take an apple, she goes down the rabbit hole and goes into a world that gives rise to incredible changes in her. This theory seems to be pretty logical: children are innocent but when Alice went into the hole (took the apple), she entered the world of puberty, adult life, and became a sinner.
5. Keys, doors, and caterpillars are Freudian symbols.
When Freudian theories became very popular around the world, the tale of Alice turned out to be full of gynecological symbols. The fans of Freud managed to see the symbols in the doors that were hidden behind the curtains, and keys that open these doors. Of course, they couldn’t have missed Absolem — the giant caterpillar that looks like a you know what.
Even though this theory has life, it is not very believable, because people can see these symbols everywhere if they really want to.
6. Walrus and Carpenter are actually Buddha and Jesus.
This is the name of the poem that the twin brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum read to Alice. The poem tells the story about Walrus and Carpenter, that walk on the beach and call out for oysters to walk with them. The oysters go to the shore and Walrus and Carpenter eat them. Walrus then cries at the end.
There are several interpretations:
- Walrus is a caricature of Buddha, and Carpenter is Jesus. For example, the character Loki from Dogma believes this. The logic is simple: Walrus is fat and happy, so he is Buddha or elephant Ganesha, and Carpenter is the direct reference to the profession of the father of Jesus.
- J. Priestly is convinced that the poem is the story of England’s (Walrus) colonization of America (Carpenter).
- There is a more violent interpretation. Some people believe that Walrus and Carpenter are politicians that kill the masses — the oysters.
7. The poem about the White Rabbit in chapter 12 uncovers the love mystery of Carroll himself.
Some researchers see the reference to the unusual connection between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell that was the prototype of the main character. Here are the lines we are talking about:
He sent them word I had not gone
(We know it to be true):
If she should push the matter on,
What would become of you?
This is one of the most sensitive moments in the interpretation of the tale. Some people think that when the girl was supposed to come of age, the writer was going to marry her, but for some reason he had an argument with Mrs. Liddell and he never saw the members of the family since.
Do you want to read the tale now that you have some new knowledge about it in order to find some new hidden meaning? If yes, you can read the original manuscript written by Carroll himself here.
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