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A school in Lincoln, Neb. is under fire after sending fifth graders home with a pamphlet for how to deal with bullies. It was obviously well-intentioned, but it'd be difficult to dream up worse advice. For example:

Treat the person who is being mean as if he is trying to help you: No matter how insulting or mean they may sound, be grateful and think they really care about you.

Do not verbally defend yourself.

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?

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!"

Yikes. The school has apologized for the flyer, but parents are asking for more—including the job termination for whoever wrote the flyer and an explanation to children that the "rules" were out of line. Hopefully, the school remembers to not verbally defend themselves ... Discuss

 

Wildlife photographer Marc Mol was at a river in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park when he captured something surely wrought by the blood moon: a stand-off between armies of hippos and crocodiles. A massive herd of hippos stumbled upon over a hundred sunbathing crocodiles, and it resulted in a battle for the very heart and soul of the animal kingdom. Although the action was a little hard to track, Mol reported only one fatality—a hippo who lost his life protecting his hippo brothers. His hippobrotamuses, if you will ... Discuss

 

It’s been a really good week for pizza. Boston Pizza—paradoxically, a chain based in Canada—has announced a new online promotion that may just revolutionize the world of the pizza. As part of its “Game Changers” initiative, they’ve posted a series of potential pizza innovations (a gas-powered pizza slicer, a pizza pocket dress shirt, a pizza car freshener and more), and are asking users to go and vote for their favorite. In return, they’re team of pizza scientists are promising to turn the highest vote-getter into an actual creation. Currently, this pizza cake, a carefully layered mound of confectionary genius, is (rightfully) dominating the competition. Boston Pizza is also using the opportunity to introduce some current innovative menu items (pizza sliders, Sriracha chicken pizza, the pizza taco and more), but this cake pizza has stolen the show. America was once engaged in the space race. Now, a new noble quest to reinvent the pizza has captured the public imagination. If Canada is able to make this pizza cake dream into reality, than pizza race will have been deservingly won by our neighbors to the north ... Discuss

 

Very scary, very sad news out of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which has been taken over by pro-Russian militants. Reports are saying that Jews are being forced to register with their government, provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated." The information was printed on leaflets and distributed to the city's synagogue, all bearing the name of Denis Pushilin, who's styling himself as the chairman of Donetsk's interim (maybe) government. The leaflet said the registration was necessitated by leaders in the local Jewish community who supported Stepan Bandera, who fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II. "We don't know if these notifications were distributed by pro-Russian activists or someone else, but it's serious that it exists," Olga Reznikova, a 32-year-old Jewish resident of Donetsk, told USA Today. "The text reminds of the fascists in 1941" ...

Update: Pushilin has denied any connection with the flyers. Whether they were distributed by a rogue faction of his government, a pro-Russia splinter group or someone else altogether remains unclear. Secretary of State John Kerry says that his department is taking the leaflets seriously, saying "In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable—it's grotesque. It is beyond unacceptable." Discuss