The Data Examiner 04/09/2023

The Data Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** In the span of just a few decades, an astonishing, epochal revolution in human relations has occurred. Since the widespread adoption of agriculture, patriarchy has been the norm in human societies. No longer. Patriarchy has been effectively demolished in advanced economies. Women are no longer dependent on men for material resources. By tearing down barriers to education and the labor market, feminism has achieved a central goal of securing for women economic independence and power. In 1970, when these changes began gaining steam, women were locked out of many educational and professional opportunities. On American campuses males dominated. In undergraduate enrollment they were 58% of students to females’ 42%. Men got more than 85% of PhDs. In law schools, about 90% of students were men. —- Richard V. Reeves (Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of ‘Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It’)

** Corruption undermines society as surely as termites undermine houses. —- Peter Coy, New York Times

** Earlier this month, San Francisco Mayor London Breed was asked in an interview about her pledge to crack down on the crime, drugs and lawlessness that have plagued her city for the last several years. In her response to the question, Breed asked in exasperation, “Why do people who deal drugs have more rights than people who try to get up and go to work every day and take their children to school?” —- Leighton Woodhouse (Leighton is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker)

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The Data Examiner – Facts:

** Nearly a year into the invasion of Ukraine, almost 200,000 Russian troops have been killed or wounded, according to U.S. and other Western officials.

** State Democrats in Massachusetts want to offer prisoners reduced sentences for donating organs. Yes, I’m serious. In the new bill: If you, a prisoner, go under the knife to give up a kidney or some bone marrow, you could get up to a year of your prison sentence reduced. The lawmakers say the bill would “restore bodily autonomy.”

** 7 Super Bowls, 2 retirements and 89,214 passing yards: a statistical look at Tom Brady’s staggering career.

** Amazon’s drone fleet isn’t off to a flying start, delivering to fewer than 10 houses in its first month.

** Josephy Amosi Kamanga, who lives in Malawi, couldn’t afford to pay the examination fee for his eldest child, so she dropped out of school two years ago. She later got pregnant and is living at home. The fee that changed his daughter’s life? Just $4.98.

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Canada’s Drug Experiment

British Columbia, Canada, is conducting a three-year experiment with drugs. Starting today, small amounts of drugs are decriminalized, including hard drugs like cocaine and heroin (cannabis is already legal in Canada). Instead of facing criminal charges, people caught with less than 2.5 grams will receive info on treatment or other resources. Drug trafficking is still illegal. Will it be a successful social and economic decision? Decriminalization advocates … see substance use and addiction as a health issue, not a crime. People who fear punishment are less likely to seek help. Criminalizing drugs is also expensive and often doesn’t work: The U.S. has spent $1T+ on the war on drugs, largely considered a failure. But investing $1 in a syringe exchange program saves ~$6 in costs associated with HIV in the U.S., per The New York Times.

Has this been done? Yep. Portugal decriminalized drugs in 2001 and, aside from a brief uptick in experimentation, usage is down, although exactly why is unclear. So are opioid deaths, diseases associated with injection use, prison overcrowding, and drug-related crimes. Oregon also did this in 2020, but the state has been slow to fund services. Critics of Oregon’s policy have the same concerns about BC’s: decriminalization must be paired with treatment programs and resources, like Portugal’s.

AI – What Do You Think?

** 70% of respondents said brands should disclose when AI has been used to develop products, services, experiences, and content.

** 77% agreed that brands must monitor technology to ensure it doesn’t perpetuate existing biases and inequalities.

** 61% supported brands experimenting with generative AI.

** 42% said they prefer brands that are using AI vs. those that aren’t.

** 45% of Baby Boomers cited skepticism as their biggest reservation.

** 50% of Millennials cited enthusiasm about generative AI compared to 12% of Boomers and 29% of Gen Z.


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