The Data Examiner 02/12/2023

The Data Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** China’s pressure on Hollywood and its own entertainment industry has the potential to challenge the American film industry as the chief narrator of this next century. In considering the fight for the upcoming generation of hearts and minds, look beyond movie theaters in the U.S. and China. Look to all those places on the frontlines of the fight for democracy – starting with Taiwan. Top Gun: Maverick has made about $8 million in the country, a pittance for Paramount. But according to reports from auditoriums there, audiences in Taipei are greeting the Maverick bomber scene differently than in America and certainly China. They are bursting into applause. —- Erich Schwartzel, writer and author of Red Carpet

** We need a committee that will be focused not on the specific actions of this or that individual but on the broad social conditions that threaten to bring American democracy to its knees. —- David Brooks

** If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. —- Stephen King

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** The percentage of U.S. workers who are members of a union is now at an all-time low of 10.1%, compared to a high of 20.1% in 1983. READ

** A 1920s diamond cross pendant once worn by Princess Diana sells for $202,492 at auction – to Kim Kardashian. READ

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Every Bite Of Junk Food Increases The Risk Of Dying From Cancer

Eating junk food – which scientists often call ultra-processed foods – including sugary drinks, sliced bread, and ready-made meals may be increasing your risk of cancer with every bite. A new study warns that these foods are generally high in salt, fat, sugar, and contain artificial additives and can also lead to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. They are often cheaper, more convenient to buy, and heavily marketed in comparison to other, healthier options. Now, researchers say they can increase a person’s risk of death from cancer – especially among women. “The average person in the UK consumes more than half of their daily energy intake from ultra-processed foods. This is exceptionally high and concerning as ultra-processed foods are produced with industrially derived ingredients and often use food additives to adjust color, flavor, consistency, texture, or extend shelf life,” says study first author Dr. Kiara Chang from Imperial College London’s School of Public Health in a media release.

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