Knowing just one gay person can shift people’s attitudes about same-sex marriage

A new study suggests knowing just one gay person can change people’s prejudices. Using survey data, a sociologist at Penn State University found that having a gay acquaintance can change people’s opinions on same-sex marriage. The relationship doesn’t have to be a deep connection, either. The “contact effect” is when our relationships with people change our attitudes. In this intance, the effect is larger when people have a low probability of having a gay or lesbian acquaintance in the first place. Even the most fleeting of social interactions can have an impact on someone’s perceptions, according to a new sociological study from Penn State University. Daniel DellaPosta, assistant professor of… Read More

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2 prominent Conservative MPs want Theresa May to work with Jeremy Corbyn to deliver Brexit

Theresa May should seek cross-party discussions and work with the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to deliver Brexit, senior Tories say. Labour won’t reportedly be keen to hold talks. This is because the opposition is seemingly split between wanting to call a no-confidence vote in the government, and waiting for May’s Brexit deal to fail by itself. Theresa May must work with Jeremy Corbyn if the Prime Minister is to get Parliament’s support for her Brexit deal. That is according to senior Conservative MPs, who have said “cross-party” discussions will be needed to ensure Britain does not end up with a delayed Brexit, or leave the European Union with no deal.… Read More

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Conor McGregor’s coach says the UFC star doesn’t actually spend much money because his expensive clothes and cars are ‘given to him’

Conor McGregor furnishes his Instagram with photos of him wearing expensive suits and driving fast cars. But his head coach John Kavanagh has said the UFC fighter doesn’t actually spend much money. In a recent interview, Kavanagh said McGregor is paid to wear the suits and is given the cars. McGregor’s net worth is approximately $99 million, according to Forbes. Conor McGregor may be known for his flashy lifestyle, but his head coach John Kavanagh has said he doesn’t actually spend much money. This is because he is given the fast cars that he drives and is paid to wear the expensive suits he dons at media events and post-fight… Read More

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Linear TV consumption has fallen off a cliff — here’s how media companies are staying alive

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. US consumers have been “cord-cutting” — or canceling their pay-TV subscriptions in favor of internet-delivered alternatives — since 2010. The number of pay-TV subscribers dropped a record 3.4% year-over-year (YoY) in 2017, and the rate of decline is expected to accelerate further in the coming years. As a result, traditional media companies will continue to see their most important revenue stream erode. To compete in the shifting media landscape, traditional media companies’ business strategies must satisfy two goals: extract as much revenue from pay-TV… Read More

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Blue 42: Seahawks will have to account for 49ers rising star

The Seahawks may have won their last showdown with the San Francisco 49ers handily, but they’ll still have their work cut out for them on Sunday, going up against one of the NFL’s rising stars in tight end George Kittle. “George Kittle is right there with Travis Kelce, with Gronk, as being one of the best tight ends in the game,” 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard said in this week’s Blue 42 segment. Kittle is currently Pro Football Focus’s third-ranked tight end in all of football, and is fresh off of a career game, where he torched the Denver Broncos for 210 yards on 7 catches in just the first… Read More

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 15 Dec 2018

Amber Rudd warns that Brexit could ‘get stuck’ Brexit is “in danger of getting stuck” and MPs of all parties should “abandon outrage” and attempt to “forge a consensus” over the matter, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Meanwhile, the FT says Theresa May has threatened to “crash” her Brexit deal unless fellow European leaders agreed to discuss changes to the withdrawal package to help her sell it at Westminster. Fraud connected to Grenfell disaster fund ‘is unprecedented’ Fraud in the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster was unprecedented in British history with more than £1m of public funds thought to have been stolen, reports The Times. So far,… Read More

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Oilers’ Alex Chiasson has earned his place on Connor McDavid’s wing

EDMONTON — There are 13 pay periods inside a National Hockey League season. When Alex Chiasson got off the plane in Edmonton back in September, he was just trying to get to one of them. He came out west on a professional tryout — a PTO — the second year in a row that he had gone through the summer unsigned and hungry for work. “Not the position you want to be as a player,” the 28-year-old Montrealer said in his second language, only a hint of an accent left after seven NHL seasons, a couple of years in the minors, and three seasons at Boston University. “But for me,… Read More

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Trump’s newest chief of staff called him a ‘terrible human being’ days before winning presidency

In 2016, Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s acting White House chief of staff, called then-presidential candidate Donald Trump “flawed” and said he was going to support him “despite the fact that I think he’s a terrible human being.” The comments were made six days before the 2016 presidential election. Footage of comments made by Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s pick for acting White House chief of staff, began circulating on the internet hours after the Office of Management and Budget director was selected to serve on an interim basis. Six days before the 2016 presidential election, the former Republican representative debated against his Democratic opponent, Fran Person, for the state’s… Read More

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How crowdsourcing shipping through technology will make last mile delivery cheaper (AMZN)

The proliferation of e-commerce has transformed free shipping and same-day delivery from perks to table stakes — and retailers are paying the price. With daily parcel volumes surging and customers increasingly unlikely to foot the bill, companies have been tasked with finding new ways to offer speedy shipments without eating costs. Among the most popular strategies is crowdsourced delivery, the Uber model helping online shops solve the most expensive part of shipping: the last mile problem. Like Uber and other ride hailing apps, a number of crowdsourced delivery solutions have been cropping up over the past few years to ease these pains by connecting customers directly with local couriers. And… Read More

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