The Data Examiner 03/05/2023

The Data Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** If you’re going to die on the street, San Francisco is not a bad place to do it. The fog keeps things temperate. There’s nowhere in the world with more beautiful views. City workers and volunteers bring you food and blankets, needles and tents. Doctors come to see how the fentanyl is progressing, and to make sure the rest of you is all right as you go. —- Nellie Bowles

** In this atmosphere a normal upstanding Republican or a normal accomplished conservative would beat whatever the Democratic ticket is. It is only Mr. Trump who would surely lose. He lost in 2020 by seven million votes with a growing economy and no inflation – and that was before the events of 1/6. America isn’t going to elect him again. They’re not going to let that guy back in that house. Because everyone knows it: Let Donald Trump back there and he’ll do a 1/6 again. Because while his followers love America, he doesn’t. He likes it as far as it goes, appreciates it as the stage for his greatness, but beyond that … Trump voters: Call an audible again. Look at the field and the facts, be strategic. Donald Trump, in the 2016 primaries, tended to win with about a third of the vote. In a field of 17 that was enough. It’s looking like the GOP field could be larger than expected in 2024, and of course Mr. Trump could run again and win the nomination again. It will be easier for him if past Trump voters fail to think strategically, and if donors big and small don’t move early to winnow the field. —- Peggy Noonan

** Raising interest rates sharply to cool demand for goods and services could very well cause a recession. If the Fed were to stop at this rate increase, the risk would be small, but that’s not the plan: According to projections released on Wednesday, the median expectation among members of the Federal Open Market Committee is for the top end of the target range for the federal funds rate to reach nearly 3.5% by the end of this year, up from 1.75% now and 0.25% when the year started. Investors are clearly worried. For most of the period since the global financial crisis of 2007 to 2009, stocks tended to rise, on average, when interest rates went up. Why? One theory is that inflation was a distant concern and higher rates tended to reflect optimism about economic growth. —- Peter Coy

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The Data Examiner – Bookkeeping:

** Remote work is costing Manhattan more than $12B per year, according to a study. READ

** Michael Jordan donates $10M to Make-A-Wish foundation, the largest donation ever from an individual in the organization’s 43-year history. READ

** Kitchen appliances brand Cosori recalls 2 million air fryers over fire hazard. READ

** East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment toxins killed 43,000 fish and animals. READ

** Welsh family’s 14.21-pound sunflower head breaks their own world record. READ

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Junk Fees Explained

Junk fees “add up to hundreds of dollars a month,” President Joe Biden said in his State of the Union address. A Junk Fee Prevention Act would ban or reduce several of them – but what are they? Ever book a hotel at what seems like a decent price, only to realize there’s also a “resort fee”? That’s a junk fee – an added cost that pops up when it’s time to pay. Some other examples: 1. Service fees when buying event tickets; one review found that sports tickets can rack up service, delivery, and other fees that amount to 50% of their face value. 2. Fees airlines charge for families to sit together. 3. Early termination fees for TV, internet, and phone services, which can exceed $200. 4. Hotel resort fees, which average ~$42 per night, cover amenities like Wi-Fi, gyms, and pools – even if you don’t use them. It’s often hard to avoid these fees because they’re not included in the upfront price, and in some cases – like when buying event tickets – buyers have few alternatives.


Whatever else social media may do, it makes nearly everything performative. Of course, not all of us with Twitter, Instagram or TikTok accounts are there to perform. Yet the truth of Marshall McLuhan’s famous dictum “The medium is the message” seems unavoidable. The medium trumps our personal intentions.

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