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April 18, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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Principal advises kids: ‘Do NOT tell on bullies’

NebraskaRulesWhen bullying in schools is such a hot topic, it’s easy to understand why a principal would tell 5th-graders what the “9 rules” are in the classroom or on the playground.

But parents in Lincoln, Neb., were shocked to read a flier that was slipped into the students’ folders and sent home on Tuesday, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

Moms and Dads were especially troubled two of the rules:

No. 7: Do not tell on bullies. The number one reason bullies hate their victims is because the victims tell on them. Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when a real injury or crime (theft of something valuable) has occurred. Would we keep our friends if we tattled on them?

No. 9: Learn to laugh at yourself and not get “hooked” by put-downs. Make a joke out of it or agree with the put-down. For example: ”If you think I’m ugly, you should see my sister!” “You’re right, and it’s going to get worse!: I’ve know [sic] that for a long time.” “Thanks for noticing!” “If you think I look like a nerd, you should see my dad!”

Parents with kids in Lincoln schools went ballistic on Facebook, and as word got out other parents chimed in.

The outrage was summed up by a guy from Los Angeles: “9 Rules for getting the crap kicked out of you,” he posted.

“If my kid came home with this tripe, I would be at the school the next morning. After beating up the principal in front of teachers and students, I would remind him to not be a sore loser, not to tell on me (nobody likes a tattletale), and to learn to laugh at himself,” a dad from Texas fumed in a post.

“1970 called, they want their flier back,” a mom joked.

By Wednesday, Lincoln Public Schools issued an apology and linked to “The Facts About Bullying,”  which includes more practical advice such as “teach  your child there is safety in numbers;”  ”do not minimize or make excuses for bullying behaviors;” and — shocker — “if bullying happens at school, contact a school staff member.”

h/t CBS News

April 18, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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New White House weapon: “stray voltage”

David Plouffe, who was instrumental in getting Barack Obama elected to two terms as president and later served as a presidential adviser, devised a way to draw attention to issues the White House cares about, Major Garret, CBS News correspondent, writes in the National Journal.

Dubbed “stray voltage,” the strategy aims to provoke controversy — over remarks made by President Obama, for example — sending an issue into social media orbit and landing it in the “public consciousness.”

“A top White House adviser told me last week’s pay-gap dustup was a ‘perfect’ example of stray voltage,” Garret writes.

Read more here.

April 17, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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Sea lion pup stranded 100 miles inland

HoppieMarineMammalCenterA hundred miles is quite a hop.

Well, 101 1/2 miles to be exact — and that’s as the crow flies (or the car drives) not as the sea lion swims. But that’s how far inland a sea lion pup was when ranch hands in a California almond orchard recently found him, disoriented and “emaciated.”

Sea lions are a common sight around the bays of San Francisco, lounging and chortling in the sun. Veterinary staffers at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito figure that the youngster might have gotten separated from his mother, taken a wrong turn into the San Joaquin River and then kept on going until he was eight miles west of Modesto late last month.


(Click on the map to see a larger image. (A) marks Modesto, not where Hoppie was found. But the map shows the scope of Hoppie’s amazing journey.)

The ranch hands were so stunned, they called their boss,  the Fresno Bee reports. Continue Reading →

April 16, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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SAT is revised. Take a sample test.

There is no doubt that Larry is a genuine [BLANK]; he excels at telling stories that fascinate his listeners.

A) braggart
B) dilettante
C) pilferer
D) prevaricator
E) raconteur

The SAT is evolving. No more will students get such a fill-in-the-blank sentence. That method of testing vocabulary isolates the word from its context, the College Board has decided.

Instead, high schoolers will read passages and answer questions based on them.

You can see how you’d do on a sample test here.

The sample test will even give you a score. The first section of questions relies on the opening remarks made by Democratic Rep. Barbara Jordan at the Watergate hearings, in which the Texan argues for the impeachment of President Nixon.

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April 15, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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Photos: Mitt Romney, Donald Rumsfeld pay their taxes


Take that, Harry!

Josh Romney jabs Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who taunted the GOP presidential candidate during the 2012 campaign, by tweeting a photo of his dad in line at the post office.

Meanwhile, the former secretary of Defense finds the confusing tax code “a sad commentary on governance in our nation’s capital.”


April 15, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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Video: The job from hell?

A company posted this ad then interviewed applicants online.

Wanted: Director of Operations

Position Type: Full-Time

Shift: Full-time, 24/7 on call

Requirements … Continue Reading →

April 10, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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Amazon offers workers $5,000 to quit

In Amazon’s letter to its shareholders, CEO Jeff Bezos explains why the company pays employees to quit:

Once a year, we offer to pay our associates to quit. The first year the offer is made, it’s for $2,000. Then it goes up $1,000 a year until it reaches $5,000. The headline on the offer is “Please Don’t Take This Offer.” We hope they don’t take the offer; we want them to stay. Why do we make this offer? The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want. In the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to be isn’t healthy for the employee or the company.

h/t Business Insider

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