The Data Examiner 06/11/2023


The shoplifting crisis plaguing the nation has become so bad that fed-up shoppers are now struggling to get their hands on even the most basic essentials – which are increasingly being stashed away under heavy lock-and-key. A $3.99 can of the cheap meat Spam was protected in plastic, anti-theft cases at a Duane Reade in Manhattan’s Port Authority last summer – and now even a lousy tin of tuna at half the price is getting the same treatment at one of the chain’s stores in Penn Station under Madison Square Garden.

Japan’s Birth Rate Hits Record Low; Fertility Rate Falls Seventh Straight Year:

The number of newborns in Japan fell to 77,747 babies in 2022, down 5% from 2021 and the lowest level on record. The fertility rate – the average number of children a woman gives birth to in a lifetime – fell to 1.26, the lowest since 2005. The population shrank for the 16th consecutive year, as the number of deaths rose 9% to 1.57 million.

Kids Don’t Know The Value Of Hard Work:

Anecdotal evidence as Gen Z enters the workforce suggests that these emerging adults struggle to interact productively with coworkers and clients in white-collar settings. According to a recent sample of 1,300 managers, one in eight has had to terminate a Gen Z employee after less than one week on the job. And real-world evidence confirms this concept even further: global accounting giants Deloitte and PwC reported spending valuable time and money to give recruits in Britain remedial lessons in in-person meetings and face-to-face presentations. Psychological markers indicate that Gen Z’s outward workplace difficulties are matched by inner turmoil. Between 2005 and 2017, when the oldest Zoomers turned 20, rates of anxiety and depression increased among American young adults by 63%. Now on the other side of a global pandemic that disrupted this cohort’s most formative years, more than half report having experienced such distress.

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** Certain black leaders do exactly what certain white leaders do who want to gather followers, money, and power: They find a scapegoat they can blame. They can’t blame others who are marginalized because of the color of their skin, like Latinx or Asian-Americans, so they go for the default villain of fascists and racists: Jews. What astounds me is not just the irrationality of it, but how self-destructive it is. Black people have to know that when they mouth antisemitism, they are using the exact same kind of reasoning that white supremacists use against blacks. They are enabling racism. Now they’ve aligned themselves with the very people who would choke out black people, drag them behind a truck, keep them from voting, and maintain systemic racism for another hundred years. They are literally making not only their lives worse, but their children’s lives. The fact that they can’t see that means the racists have won… —- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

** … the Air Force unveiled its first new strategic bomber in 34 years – a boomerang-shaped stealth plane called the B-21 Raider that may ultimately cost taxpayers some $200 billion – and the country barely noticed. Also … came reports that China’s nuclear warhead stockpile had doubled since 2020 and could reach 1,500 by the mid-2030s, closer to parity with the United States and Russia. This also went mostly unnoticed. Maybe we were too busy freaking out over Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. —- Bret Stephens

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** Quarterly earnings for Elon’s EV Tesla in, but they probably wish they weren’t – net income dropped 24% YoY.

** Since April 2021, the cost of food prepared at home has risen by almost 20%.

** Lyft layoffs could affect 1.2k+ jobs, or 30% of its workforce. New CEO David Risher wrote that the company needs to cut costs to “deliver affordable rides, compelling earnings for drivers, and profitable growth.” Lyft has fallen behind rival Uber.

** Someone stole ~$200k from a trailer parked in a Walmart lot in Philadelphia. The weirdest part? It was all in dimes, weighing ~10k pounds.

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** TikTok on the clock: an influencer agency is offering people $1k to spend 10 hours scrolling through the hyper-addictive app in search of new trends.

** 35% of Americans reported that they were worse off financially in 2022 than a year previously – a record high, according to a new Fed survey.

** A fake image of an “attack on the Pentagon” has been linked to a short but sharp drop in the S&P 500 Index, an occurrence that seems increasingly likely as AI-generated images improve.

** Black Lives Matter ended last year with a nearly $9 million deficit – while still paying out millions to organizers as well as relatives of controversial co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Tax documents posted online show that BLM’s Global Network Foundation ended the financial year in the red to the tune of $8,559,748. The filings show that the nonprofit recorded revenue of $8.5 million – roughly half of the more than $17 million it spent. That deficit is made even more extreme given that the previous year, it actually increased its piggybank, earning nearly $42 million after expenses.

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** When we enter the waters of a Jacuzzi, whatever we have on our skin we deposit into the warm water swirling around us. This includes the 100mg or so of feces usually present between our buttock cheeks. This means that while you’re relaxing in the hot tub’s warm water, you’ll likely breathe in or swallow your Jacuzzi partner’s body’s bacteria, viruses and fungi. The more people in the Jacuzzi, the higher the levels of feces and sweat shed into the water (and urine if anyone has peed in the water). And these bodily deposits can be used by the bacteria as direct nutrients.

** Murder rates are still about 30% higher than they were in 2019. Other kinds of crime, including robberies and thefts, increased last year.

** Sneaky fees have become a big part of America’s consumer economy. Hertz charges almost $6 a day simply for using a toll transponder in a rental car. Marriott and Hilton add nightly “resort fees” to the bill even at hotels that nobody would consider to be resorts. American, Delta and United list one airfare when you first search for a seat – and then add charges for basic features like the ability to sit next to your spouse.

** A 37-year-old ABC News producer who was reported to have died of a heart attack last year actually died from choking while drunk, according to a medical examiner’s report. The death of Dax Tejera, the executive producer of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” was widely reported last Christmas after ABC News President Kim Goodwin said he died of a heart attack. But New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner said but the real cause of the young producer’s death was “asphyxia due to obstruction of airway by food bolus complicating acute alcohol intoxication.”

** President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address drew 27.3 million viewers, a 29% drop from 2022 and the lowest State of the Union audience in 30 years.

** Scientists find HIV may lay latent in the central nervous system, presenting a previously unknown challenge to treating patients.

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Love Addiction Is Hard To Pin Down

The definition of love addiction is hard to pin down. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous calls it an extreme dependency on one person whereby “relationships or sexual activities have become increasingly destructive to career, family and sense of self-respect.” Helen Fisher, a senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and a leading expert in romantic love, said it’s any relationship that leads to “obsessive craving and intrusive thinking,” meaning impulsive or unwanted thoughts. One meta-analysis looked at 83 studies and estimated that about 3% of the population has had a serious problem with love addiction over a given year. That number may be higher than 10% among young adults.

Silicon Valley Losing High-Earning Tech Workers To London:

Silicon Valley’s high-earning tech workers are increasingly opting to leave the U.S. for London – with Americans involved in half of all prime central property deals in the capital last year. Former Deputy Prime Minister leader turned Facebook executive Sir Nick Clegg, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri, billionaire J Russell DeLeon and Meta’s chief marketing officer Alex Schultz are among the San Francisco tech executives to have made the move within the last year. Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have also expanded in the UK within the last decade, while TikTok already has a big presence – with London having been named the official tech capital of the world this week.


The broken windows theory states that something as small and innocuous as a broken window does in fact send a signal to those who pass by every day. If it is left broken, the owner of the building isn’t paying attention and doesn’t care.

** Ram unveils 2025 electric pickup truck with a reported range of 500 miles, charging times of 110 miles per 10 minutes of charge.

** U.S. electric vehicles accounted for 7.1% of all new car sales in January, up from 4.3% during the same period last year.

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** Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, filed to run for the presidency in 2024. With this filing to the Federal Election Commission confirmed by Kennedy’s campaign treasurer, John E. Sullivan, the 69-year-old is seeking office as a Democrat.

** Brian Hood, mayor of Australia’s Hepburn Shire, may sue over ChatGPT saying he went to prison for bribery; he was the whistleblower in the scandal. ChatGPT also named a law professor in a sexual harassment scandal that never happened, citing a Washington Post article that didn’t exist.

** IMF boss Kristalina Georgieva expects slower growth rates for the global economy over the next five years – projecting a 3% growth rate, down from the 3.8% average of the last two decades – saying the “path back to robust growth is rough and foggy.”

** India will soon get its first Apple Store, with the retailer set to open in Mumbai. Apple’s investment in India is on the rise – last year saw a 65% increase in the number of iPhones made in the country. Still, iPhone’s market share in India is projected to reach just ~5% in 2023.

** Whoever is making investments for Girl Scouts USA is living up to the “Be prepared” motto – the org reported ~$62m in real estate assets in 2022, with most of its properties located in New York.


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