Bus driver buys homeless rider dinner, lets him stay on warm bus all night

Bus driver buys homeless rider dinner, lets him stay on warm bus all night

On a recent chilly night in Wisconsin, a Milwaukee bus driver extended an act of kindness to a homeless rider — and it was all caught on camera. Now, that gesture is being heralded as humanity at its best. Natalie Barnes was driving her usual route when a man named Richard, who boards her bus about once a month, got on and told her that he had just lost his home. "I've been out on the streets for a week," he said. "I am officially homeless."

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New research finds there is no “right thing” to say when you want to be supportive

New research finds there is no “right thing” to say when you want to be supportive

It feels selfish to fret – it’s the other person who is suffering – but agonising over what to say to a friend in need can be incredibly anxiety provoking. If you want to be supportive (and not make matters worse), what are the right words to say to someone who has experienced a relationship break-up, for instance, or lost their job?

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Republicans keep misunderstanding the law that protects internet platforms

Republicans keep misunderstanding the law that protects internet platforms

Today I come bearing a treat: a guest post from The Verge’s editor-in-chief, Nilay Patel. Nilay took note of comments made Tuesday by Josh Hawley, the incoming Republican senator from Missouri, about an issue we’ll be watching closely here next year: efforts on both on the left and the right to curtail Section 230, the portion of the Communications Decency Act that in most cases exempts internet platforms from liability for what their users publish.

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Tim Cook may get that US privacy legislation he’s expecting in 2019

Tim Cook may get that US privacy legislation he's expecting in 2019

A subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee discussed a potential bill on Tuesday, one which could allow the Federal Trade Commission the ability to enforce and produce regulations that telecommunications firms should abide by, as well as levying civil penalties, in order to help protect the personal data of consumers.

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The Deep End of SpongeBob SquarePants

The Deep End of SpongeBob SquarePants

There’s no shortage of wonderful episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants—but anyone trying to pick their top three is almost guaranteed to cite “Band Geeks,” from Season 2. It’s a classic: Squidward pulls together a band at the last minute in an attempt to impress a former classmate from band camp, the intimidating Squilliam Fancyson.

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