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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 12-21-15: Economic Hardship For Bullies

A new anti-bullying proposal in Oklahoma would fine students $50 for bullying, instead of suspending or expelling them. The idea is by hitting the child and parent right in the wallet, they’ll take a more hands on role in teaching their little tax break to treat people like human beings.

Interesting Stat of the Day: $238 million. It’s no exaggeration to say that EVERYBODY saw Star Wars The Force Awakens over the weekend.

Donald Trump is defending Vladimir Putin from accusations that he had journalists killed. Not only did he say that there isn’t proof that Putin had anyone killed, but he went a step further and said the United States has killed its share of people.

An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris had to be diverted to Kenya because of a device that was originally thought to be a bomb.

In Science news, the folks at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, the largest particle accelerator on Earth, say their machine might have produced a brand new particle that could send the laws of particle physics into a tizzy.

Plus, Max Temkin is a Chicago guy and the creator of Cards Against Humanity, a hugely successful card game and one of the first Kirkstarter projects. He and the rest of his company decided to give the Chinese company that does all of their printing a week’s vacation as a show of appreciation for all of their work. The problem is in China, there’s no such thing as a week’s vacation, so they had to get creative. They actually paid for a week’s worth of printing, and then told the employees they had nothing to print and they should go the next week traveling, or spending time with their families.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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