The Data Examiner 02/19/2023

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Job Scams By Quarter

Job fraudsters are luring laid-off workers into offering up money or sensitive personal information with phony companies, job postings, websites, and interviews, per The Wall Street Journal. Many of those being targeted are unemployed tech workers. The broader tech industry experienced a jump in layoffs throughout 2022, totaling ~154K, and has already seen 21K+ layoffs this year, according to LinkedIn claims it blocked 20M+ fake accounts in the first half of 2022, up 33% from 2021. The volume and economic impact of these scams have skyrocketed. In 2021, the Federal Trade Commission reported U.S. workers lost more than $209M from job opportunity fraud, up from $118M in 2018. In just the first three quarters of 2022, workers lost $250M.

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Starbucks Just Passed 30M U.S. Users

Free drinks, queue-skipping privileges, bonus days and even a birthday treat have kept the Starbucks Rewards members engaged, as it’s grown into one of the largest loyalty programs in the country. Indeed, since Starbucks started rewarding dollars spent in 2016 (rather than visits accrued) membership for the Starbucks Rewards program has rocketed. The coffee giant now counts some 30.4 million active members for the program in the U.S., meaning that ~12%, or nearly one-in-eight, American adults are loyal members of the club.

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Wikipedia Fundraising By Year

“Please don’t scroll past this one-minute read.” If you go to Wikipedia this month, you may be served a mildly urgent-sounding appeal for money that begins something like that. With 16B monthly visits, most people scroll past these notes without blinking twice. Yet, interestingly, their wording was recently the subject of intense debate among Wikipedia’s volunteer contributors. Many felt the message’s original language, which supposedly gave off the impression that Wikipedia was on the verge of utter financial doom, was unethical given the reality of Wikipedia’s strong financial situation, per Slate. The messages are crafted by the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, which, in the fiscal year 2022 alone, has raised $165.2M across ~13M+ donations. Between 2004 and 2020, the assets on its balance sheet grew from $57K to $180M. In the end, the foundation and contributors were able to find common ground. In part, one of the notes now reads, “If you can comfortably afford it this year, please join the readers who donate.”

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General Electric Rose And Then Fell In Three Stages

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Terrorism As A Share Of Total Deaths

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** 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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