The Daily Populous

Wednesday November 28th, 2018 night edition

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Should you express sympathy, downplay the situation, say you know how they feel, or something else entirely?

Shawna Tanner at Wayne State University and her colleagues propose that in all likelihood trying too hard to say the right thing could actually lead you to make “clumsy statements that do more harm than good”.

They advise that as long as your friend or relative sees you as supportive, then your “mere presence and sympathy is likely enough”.

Tanner’s team first re-analysed data published in 2008 that involved nearly 300 schoolchildren (aged 10 to 15) rating the supportiveness of six statements.

The six statements represented different supportive strategies such as offering sympathy, being optimistic or minimising the seriousness of the situation.

There was barely any agreement between the children in their ratings of the supportiveness of the statements.

Instead, more relevant were participants’ own idiosyncrasies – how they happened to like some supportive statements but not others. »

House Democrats Who Haven’t Supported Net Neutrality Yet Have All Taken Money from Telecoms

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The Democratic members of Congress staying mum on net neutrality have all taken campaign contributions from major telecom companies, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

The Dems have until December 10 to get 218 signatures, which would require every Democrat and a few Republicans.

To be clear, getting a campaign contribution from a telecom company does not preclude one from supporting net neutrality regulations. »

Poo found on every McDonald’s touchscreen tested

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Every McDonald’s screen that was swabbed was found to have poo bacteria on them (Picture: Susannah Ireland for

A screen at one branch was found to have staphylococcus, a bacteria that can cause blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.

McDonald’s, Seven Sisters Road, where bacteria was found on the touchscreen machines (Picture: Susannah Ireland for »

Google employees: We no longer believe the company places values over profits

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Google employees are calling on the company to cancel Project Dragonfly, an effort to create a censored search engine in China.

"Many of us accepted employment at Google with the company's values in mind, including its previous position on Chinese censorship and surveillance, and an understanding that Google was a company willing to place its values above its profits," an open letter signed by Google employees published Tuesday on Medium says.

"After a year of disappointments including Project Maven, Dragonfly, and Google's support for abusers, we no longer believe this is the case.". »

Trump retweets image of US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein behind bars 'for treason'

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Donald Trump has retweeted a mocked up image of a range of people the president considers enemies behind bars, including the US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

Minutes earlier, Mr Trump posted on the social media platform to attack the mainstream media and Mr Mueller's investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

One particularly inflammatory tweet Mr Trump shared said: "Illegals can get up to $3,874 a month under Federal Assistance program. »