The Data Examiner 02/19/2023

The Data Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned. —- Richard Feynman, theoretical physicist and recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics in 1965

** What would it have been like to live in Babel in the days after its destruction? In the Book of Genesis, we are told that the descendants of Noah built a great city in the land of Shinar. They built a tower “with its top in the heavens” to “make a name” for themselves. God was offended by the hubris of humanity and said: Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech. The text does not say that God destroyed the tower, but in many popular renderings of the story he does, so let’s hold that dramatic image in our minds: people wandering amid the ruins, unable to communicate, condemned to mutual incomprehension. The story of Babel is the best metaphor I have found for what happened to America in the 2010s, and for the fractured country we now inhabit. Something went terribly wrong, very suddenly. We are disoriented, unable to speak the same language or recognize the same truth. We are cut off from one another and from the past. It’s been clear for quite a while now that red America and blue America are becoming like two different countries claiming the same territory, with two different versions of the Constitution, economics, and American history. But Babel is not a story about tribalism; it’s a story about the fragmentation of everything. It’s about the shattering of all that had seemed solid, the scattering of people who had been a community. It’s a metaphor for what is happening not only between red and blue, but within the left and within the right, as well as within universities, companies, professional associations, museums, and even families. —- Jonathan Haidt

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The Data Examiner – Facts:

** Mattress review site Sleep Junkie is hiring five “dairy dreamers” to record the impact of eating various cheeses before bed on sleep quality and dreams. The three-month assignment pays $1K and, of course, cheese.

** The average paperback costs about $18 and takes about five hours to read. That’s $3.60 per hour.

** Tesla reported record Q4 earnings of ~$3.7B, up 59% YoY, despite flagging delivery growth. READ

** The Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos, laid off 20 journalists and shuttered its gaming vertical. READ

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Drivers Crash Into 7-Elevens Daily

This isn’t strictly a 7-Eleven problem. The Storefront Safety Council, a group of volunteers who raise awareness about vehicle-in-building crashes, maintains a database of them. It found: Each day, 100+ drivers crash into storefronts nationwide. Every year, 16K people are injured and 2.6K are killed. 9% were “ram raids” – when someone crashes into a store on purpose to rob it. Some stores, including the Bensenville 7-Eleven, have been hit multiple times. A Portland, Oregon, 7-Eleven has been hit 13 times.


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