The Data Examiner 04/02/2023

The Data Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Imagine there’s a small fire in your kitchen. Your fire alarm goes off, warning everyone nearby about the danger. Someone calls 911. You try to put the fire out yourself–maybe you even have a fire extinguisher under the sink. If that doesn’t work, you know how to safely evacuate. By the time you get outside, the fire truck is already pulling up. Firefighters use the hydrant in front of your house to extinguish the flames before any of your neighbors’ homes are ever at risk of catching fire. We need to prepare to fight disease outbreaks just as we prepare to fight fires. If it is left to burn out of control, a fire poses a threat not only to one home, but to an entire community. The same is true for infectious diseases, except on a much bigger scale. As we know all too well from COVID, an outbreak in one town can quickly spread across an entire country and then around the world. —- Bill Gates

** One of the reasons people are reluctant to talk to strangers on a train or plane is they don’t think it will be enjoyable. They believe it will be awkward, dull and tiring. In an online survey only 7% of people said they would talk to a stranger in a waiting room. Only 24% said they would talk to a stranger on a train. —- David Brooks

** Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money. —- Virginia Woolf

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The Data Examiner – Facts:

** Oops: A 6-year-old Michigan boy used his dad’s phone to order $1K in food from Grubhub, including a $183 order of jumbo shrimp.

** 7-Eleven and Serve Robotics are testing their delivery bots in West Hollywood, California. They can carry four pizzas at once. READ

** Sally Field revealed that she shot down two iconic romance films over the course of her career–and she has no regrets. The “Steel Magnolias” star, 76, was almost going to appear in the 1996 comedy “The First Wives Club” and 1984’s “Romancing the Stone.” The Oscar winner revealed recently how “The First Wives Club” star Goldie Hawn begged her to be a part of the cast. “Goldie really wanted me to do it,” she said. “Maybe it would have been fun, but they were all so musical, and I’m not.” Field added: “And the movie wouldn’t have been the same.”

** The New York City Police Department needed +1,200 new recruits to reach the current budgeted headcount, or 2,500 to get back to 2019 staffing levels. They recently got 543.

** U.S. credit card debt jumps 18.5% to record $930.6B in the fourth quarter of 2022. READ

** Food blogger fined $18,500 for cooking and eating a great white shark. READ

California Population Dropped By 500,000 In Two Years As Exodus Continues:

The California exodus has shown no sign of slowing down as the state’s population dropped by more than 500,000 people between April 2020 and July 2022, with the number of residents leaving surpassing those moving in by nearly 700,000.

The Data Examiner – Bookkeeping:

** The 2023 Oscar gift bag is valued at approximately $125K. See what’s inside it. READ

** The odds of having a perfect NCAA bracket is 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 if you choose winners at random and 1 in 120.2 billion if you have some knowledge. READ

** Young boy sets world record for fastest average time to solve a standard Rubik’s cube, securing an average time of 4.69 seconds. WATCH

** Three years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 47% of Americans believe pre-pandemic normalcy is unattainable for them. READ

The Data Examiner:

‘Dystopian’ Homeless Encampments Overtake Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has turned into a sprawling, “dystopian” encampment for the Windy City’s rising homeless population–sparking serious safety concerns among staff and passengers, who say they’ve been followed and harassed. Shocking photos show filthy makeshift shelters set up inside the major travel hub’s terminals. One photo even shows a vagrant collapsed and asleep inside a terminal vestibule. “It’s out of control. None of us feel safe,” Vonkisha Chatman, a custodian who works the overnight shift in Terminal 1 and 2, said. Chatman said she and her co-workers have been harassed by the unwelcome guests, who leave litter behind and trash the bathrooms. “They will come up behind you. This one man followed us last night,” said another airport worker, Catherine Thompson.

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