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The GOOD Report Card: RuPaul Defends The LGBTQ Community, And 7 More News Essentials

There’s a lot of small stuff you may have missed this week. We’ve got you covered.

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Amber Rose’s talk show gets a promo

Muva Rose has spun an entrepreneurial career out of being “one of those rap guy’s girlfriends,” and now that she’s got a clothing line, a book and her own line of emojis, it’s only natural that she would get a talk show on Vh1, too.

RuPaul speaks fiercely on Orlando

In a surprise appearance at the third annual Logo Trailblazers Honors, RuPaul took to the stage to lead audience members in a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Orlando attack, and to deliver one very simple message: “Don’t fuck with my family.”

Samantha Bee takes on Native American rights

America’s most important late night host snuck a fantastic segment on the sovereignty of Native American tribal lands into a week of news dominated by gun control, the NBA finals and the Brexit vote. This feels like classic Daily Show field reporting from Bee, and we can’t get enough of her.

Bernie Sanders (almost) endorses Hillary Clinton

You’re so close, Bernie!  You’re so close! Just say it!

Selena Gomez gets down with a 7-year-old fan who has a rare bone marrow disease

Tiny hero Audrey Nethery suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anemia, but that doesn’t stop her from being a singing and dancing dynamo and overall American treasure. Nethery was profiled by the Today Show for her incredibly inspiring outlook on life despite confronting significant health problems, and earlier this week pop star Selena Gomez posted a video on her Instagram of the two busting a move in a meet-and-greet area on her Revival Tour. This isn’t Nethery’s first mega-star encounter, though, as she also previously met Taylor Swift. We suspect all three are wearing pieces of the same BFF necklace right now.  

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Rio de Janiero doping lab gets suspended in advance of Olympic Games

On Friday, the World Anti-Doping Agency announced it had suspended the accreditation of Rio de Janiero’s anti-doping laboratory. It did not give a reason why, but the WADA said in a statement, the suspension “prohibits the laboratory from carrying out all anti-doping analysis on urine and blood samples.” While the Rio lab is closed down, Olympic athlete samples will be sent to a certified testing facility in another country. The Agency said, “This will ensure that there are no gaps in the anti-doping sample analysis procedures; and that, the integrity of the samples is fully maintained.” At this point, the Rio Games has at least 99 problems, and this is a big one.

CNN hires Corey Lewandowski after he’s fired from Trump campaign

After Donald Trump fired Corey Lewandowski from his position as campaign manager, CNN invited him on for an interview and then offered him a job. This isn’t questionable because he was affiliated with Trump; It’s questionable because he was accused of physically confronting a female journalist on the campaign trail this spring. Was he really that essential of a hire, CNN? Seems like you could have snagged an insider for election season that hasn’t so publicly been involved in a light battery incident.

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Donald Trump gets his Brexit tweet about Scotland completely wrong

So Donald Trump showed up in Scotland to reopen his Trump Turnberry golf course and, upon landing, remarked upon the pro-Brexit frenzy he was witnessing on the ground. As Lily Allen helpfully pointed out, Scotland actually voted to stay in the European Union, and as such might be seeing another vote for Scottish independence on the horizon as Britain has voted to Leave. This is the exact kind of foreign policy awareness we’ve come to expect from Trump. It’s so nice when you can rely on people. If you want to read his complete Facebook post on the Brexit, you can see it here. But, do you want that?

UK Teacher Explains Bullying Using Two Apples

via Facebook

Bullying has a devastating effect on children and it’s not only the child being bullied who is affected. Bullying is a cycle that affects everyone involved from the bully him- or herself to those who want to help, but do nothing. By effectively explaining the negative effects of bullying to children, educators and parents can help break the cycle. Rosie Dutton, a teacher who visits schools in Birmingham, England to teach about mindfulness, found a fantastic way to demonstrate the effects of bullying by using two apples.

Dutton brought two identical-looking apples into her class and dropped one on the floor. She then decided she didn’t like it because it was “disgusting,” a “horrible colour” and “the stem was just too short.” Her students thought she was crazy, but she passed it around the class and the children derided the poor price of fruit saying “you’re a smelly apple,” “I don’t even know why you exist,” “you’ve probably got worms inside you,” and so forth.

Then Dutton brought out the other apple and decided that it was wonderful. She asked the children to say kind words to it such as, “you’re a lovely apple,” “your skin is beautiful,” “what a beautiful colour you are.” She then held up both apples showing that on the outside, they both looked the same. Then she cut the apples open. “The apple we’d been kind to was clear, fresh and juicy inside,” she wrote. “The apple we’d said unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside.”

After the big reveal, Dutton saw the lightbulbs go off in her students’ heads. “They really got it, what we saw inside that apple,” she wrote. “The bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions.” She then told the students about a time when her feelings were hurt by someone. She looked fine on the outside, but “on the inside someone had caused me a lot of pain with their words and I was hurting.”

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Today in one of our classes I introduced the children to two apples (the children didn't know this, but before the class I had repeatedly dropped one of the apples on the floor, you couldn't tell, both apples looked perfect). We talked about the apples and the children described how both apples looked the same; both were red, were of similar size and looked juicy enough to eat.

I picked up the apple I'd dropped on the floor and started to tell the children how I disliked this apple, that I thought it was disgusting, it was a horrible colour and the stem was just too short. I told them that because I didn’t like it, I didn’t want them to like it either, so they should call it names too. 

Some children looked at me like I was insane, but we passed the apple around the circle calling it names, 'you’re a smelly apple', 'I don't even know why you exist', 'you’ve probably got worms inside you’ etc.

We really pulled this poor apple apart. I actually started to feel sorry for the little guy.

We then passed another apple around and started to say kind words to it, ‘You’re a lovely apple’, ‘Your skin is beautiful’, ‘What a beautiful colour you are’ etc.

I then held up both apples, and again, we talked about the similarities and differences, there was no change, both apples still looked the same.

I then cut the apples open. The apple we’d been kind to was clear, fresh and juicy inside.

The apple we’d said unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside.

I think there was a lightbulb moment for the children immediately. They really got it, what we saw inside that apple, the bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions. 

When people are bullied, especially children, they feel horrible inside and sometimes don't show or tell others how they are feeling. If we hadn't have cut that apple open, we would never have known how much pain we had caused it.

I shared my own experience of suffering someone's unkind words last week. On the outside I looked OK, I was still smiling. But, on the inside someone had caused me a lot of pain with their words and I was hurting.

Unlike an apple, we have the ability to stop this from happening. We can teach children that it's not ok to say unkind things to each other and discuss how it makes others feel. We can teach our children to stand up for each other and to stop any form of bullying, just as one little girl did today when she refused to say unkind words to the apple. 

More and more hurt and damage happens inside if nobody does anything to stop the bullying. Let's create a generation of kind, caring children.

The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words.

 

Donald Trump’s Ridiculous Brexit Tweet Is Getting Some Amazing Replies

After the surprising results of the ‘Brexit’ results out of the U.K., a very not surprising thing occurred on Twitter: Donald Trump posted something ridiculous. 

There are many things that make his comment silly (like the potentially devastating effects on the global economy), but it’s the reference to Scotland’s supposed rejoicing the vote that’s got tweeters across the pond in such a tizzie. Apparently, nobody told Trump that Scotland actually voted 62% to 38% to remain in the European Union. Here are some of Twitter’s most brilliant (and very British) responses to the presumptive Republican nominee.

Here’s All Of Human Existence Explained In A Simple Cartoon

If you’ve ever wanted to feel really, really, small think of this: Your time on Earth represents just 0.001 percent of human history.

Stop for a minute and name your parents. Now your grandparents. Impress us even further; What were your great grandparents names? Great-great grand parents?  

If you can toss out even those names we’d be shocked. We’d be even more so if you could name the 125,000 generations of humans it took to make you. 

In a new video by YouTuber Kurzgesagt we are introduced to the whole of humanity in just 10 short minutes. 

From the earliest humans, through the birth of agriculture and civilization, all the way to the modern internet age, a lot has had to happen for you to become you. Sit back, relax and appreciate your ancestor’s ability to hunt, gather, create fire, discover planets, build factories and bring you the latest iPhone. 

New Video Shows Why We Need New Gun Laws

AR-15-type assault rifles are a popular choice for those looking to maximize the amount of people they slaughter in the fastest time possible. The Orlando, San Bernardino, Aurora, and Newtown mass murderers all used similar assault-style rifles to accomplish their heinous acts. But this isn’t a recent phenomenon, over the past decade they’ve been used in 14 public mass shootings. Despite the death toll racked up by these machines of death, they’ve been available to the general public since the assault weapons ban expired in 2004.

Americans’ access to high-powered assault rifles is a right guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But being that it was written at a time when its framers couldn’t imagine the amount of firepower available 225 years in the future, isn’t it time we reevaluate the amendment’s original intentions? In the video above, we see just how hard it would be to pull off a mass shooting with a typical Revolutionary-era musket available when the Second Amendment was written. 

Editor’s note: There were rudimentary assault-style guns available in 1791 such as the Giardoni air rifle, puckle guns, and nock volley guns. But, it’s fair to say these guns pale in comparison to the accuracy and fire power available through modern weaponry.  

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Here’s Why Pink Snow Is Much More Sinister Than It Looks

With names like “watermelon” and “strawberry” snow, one may assume the pink-hued flakes found in the arctic are simply adorable. But don’t let its cuteness fool you, this pink snow is downright evil. 

The rapidly growing baby pink arctic snow is actually due to a massive red algae bloom in the frozen water. 

In a newly released study, researchers found this brightly colored algae in 40 samples from 16 separate glaciers from Norway, Greenland, Iceland, and Sweden, is actually causing the ice to melt faster. In turn, this is making the algae expand quicker, thus creating a vicious cycle born out of global warming. 

Steffi Lutz, lead author of the study, explains to Gizmodo, “The algae need liquid water in order to bloom. Therefore the melting of snow and ice surfaces controls the abundance of the algae. The more melting, the more algae. With temperatures rising globally, the snow algae phenomenon will likely also increase leading to an even higher bio-albedo effect.”

The study found the presence of the algae reduces the snow’s albedo, which is its ability to reflect light, by up to 20 percent. Instead, the algae’s darker color causes the light to be absorbed accelerates melting. 

The researchers note in their findings, “...as we infer from our data, melting is one major driver for snow algal growth. Extreme melt events like that in 2012, when 97 percent of the entire Greenland Ice Sheet was affected by surface melting, are likely to re-occur with increasing frequency in the near future as a consequence of global/ Moreover, such extreme melting events are likely to even further intensify the effect of snow algae on surface albedo, and in turn melting rates.”

Thanks to global warming and an increase in carbon emissions, we humans are creating the perfect environment for these tiny red predators to grow and reduce the arctic’s ability to reflect light and keep our planet cool. 

What Does Brexit Mean For Tech Companies? Lots Of Friction

The firms that are more likely to suffer are tech companies and startups based in Europe.

The U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union not only has major implications for the world economy, but will undoubtedly have a negative impact on the tech sector around the globe, say experts and analysts.

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