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Women across Turkey are posting photos of themselves laughing and smiling on social media. Why?
Women should not laugh in public. So said Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc in a speech on Monday about “moral corruption” in Turkey. “Chastity is so important,” he said. “She will not laugh in public.”
His comments have prompted a big backlash from women on social media in Turkey, with thousands posting photos of themselves laughing and smiling on Twitter and Instagram. There have been more than 300,000 tweets using the term “kahkaha” – the Turkish word for “laughter” – and on the hashtags “Resist Laughter” (#direnkahkaha) and “Resist Woman” (#direnkadin).
Many suggested the government should focus on issues like rape, domestic violence and the marriage of girls at a young age – rather than women laughing in public.
On Instagram it was a similar story. “I’m free and whether I laugh or not is my decision,” says 23-year-old Hazal Naz Besleyici who posted a photo of herself with a broad grin in response to the comments. “They should not interfere in our life,” she told BBC Trending.
Many men in Turkey have joined in the criticism of the deputy prime minister. “Oh God, let this be just a joke,” tweeted Fatih Portakal, a famous Turkish TV presenter. “If women can’t laugh in public, then men should not cry in public,” he added – a reference to the deputy prime minister’s reputed propensity to shed a tear when listening to speeches by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The National Science Foundation is on a mission to find out why posts at Wikipedia seem so sexist in content and tone — and they’re willing to spend up to $200,000 in tax dollars to uncover the mystery.
The recipients have been tasked with rooting out the reasons for, and examples of, “systematic gender bias” at the online encyclopedic site.
“Wikipedia was launched in 2001 and has since become the world’s single most important reference tool and information clearinghouse,” the text of the grant stated, according to the Free Beacon. “Unlike traditional encyclopedias, which are controlled by experts, Wikipedia was supposed to have democratized knowledge. Yet an emerging body of research indicates Wikipedia suffers from systematic gender bias with respect to both contributors and content. How and why is this bias produced?”
A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest Friday to a charge that he signed a local tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.
Prosecutors charged Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen earlier this month with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a computerized communication system…
The charge stems from a feud between Kelemen and tea party leader Greg Luce. It began last fall when the tea party began holding protests on an interstate overpass in Campbell. Concerned the protests were distracting drivers, Kelemen persuaded the town board to ban signs on the bridge.
Kelemen told investigators Luce urged tea party supporters across the U.S. to bombard his department with harassing phone calls and threats in retaliation for the ordinance.
Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion.
That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md.
The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel at the facility last month – just before the start of Ramadan – advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues.
“This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I’m asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action.”
“I respect the intention behind this email, but note that there is no similar call honoring other faiths,” one Marine told me. “There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent.”
The entire incident smells of political correctness, the Marine told me.
“Our veterans have sacrificed too much blood, sweat and tears to have their own rights and freedoms be sacrificed on the altar of progressive political correctness,” the Marine said.
Gov. Jerry Brown, who begins his first full day of meetings here on Monday, wasted no time setting lofty goals for his trade mission to Mexico during a reception on Sunday night.
Speaking in a hotel banquet room to scores of delegates who are traveling with the governor, Brown said his trip “is not your ordinary trade mission.”
“This is serious,” he said. “There’s a lot we can do on some of the most important issues the world faces.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Fusion TV’s Jorge Ramos that part of the reason Hamas hides rockets in schools and civilian areas is “Gaza is small.”
“I’m not a military planner but Hamas puts it’s missiles, it’s rockets in civilian areas, part of it is Gaza is pretty small and its densely populated,” she said as neglecting the question of whether or not Hamas should have rockets in area to begin with.
New House GOP Whip Steve Scalise called President Obama’s extended discourse on his own impeachment nothing but a political game, noting this “might be the first White House in history trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president.”
“You’re already suing the president for overreach,” Wallace noted, asking if House Republicans will consider impeachment should the White House move around Congress on yet another major issue.
“You know what, this might be the first White House in history that’s trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president,” Scalise said incredulously. “Ultimately, what we want to do is see the president follow the laws.”
“We’ve made it clear we’re going to put options on the table to allow the House to take legal action against the president when he overreaches his authority,” he continued, noting the Supreme Court and others have routinely found against President Obama’s expansive view of his own powers.
“But impeachment is off the table?” Wallace pressed.
“Well, the White House wants to talk about impeachment,” Scalise replied. “Ironically, they’re going out and trying to fundraise off of that too.”
In making the case for closing tax loopholes used by corporations, President Obama says in his weekly address that the American people “don’t get to pick which rules you play by.” Neither should corporations, Obama argues.
“Even as corporate profits are as high as ever, a small but growing group of big corporations are fleeing the country to get out of paying taxes. They’re keeping most of their business inside the United States, but they’re basically renouncing their citizenship and declaring that they’re based somewhere else, just to avoid paying their fair share,” Obama says.
“I want to be clear: this is only a few big corporations so far. The vast majority of American businesses pay their taxes right here in the United States. But when some companies cherrypick their taxes, it damages the country’s finances. It adds to the deficit. It makes it harder to invest in the things that will keep America strong, and it sticks you with the tab for what they stash offshore. Right now, a loophole in our tax laws makes this totally legal – and I think that’s totally wrong. You don’t get to pick which rules you play by, or which tax rate you pay, and neither should these companies.”
The irony of President Obama — who has been criticized for governing by interpreting laws however he says fit and by executive order–was not lost on everyone.
Don Stewart, a communications aide to Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, tweeted, “Pres. Obama actually said this today: “You don’t get to pick which rules you play by” 1.usa.gov/1rHufLS #SelfAwareness.”