The Data Examiner 06/18/2023


Nearly 25% of high school students identify as something other than straight, more than double than previous years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s biennial Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Just 15% in 2017 answered that they were “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual,” “or questioning” their sexual preference, though the CDC notes that changes to how it states the questions could be responsible for the rise.

A Conference On Forgiveness Is Currently Under Review For Publication:

In the study, which was presented last week at an interdisciplinary conference on forgiveness at Harvard and is currently under review for publication, researchers randomly assigned 4,598 participants from five countries into groups. One set received a forgiveness workbook with exercises they completed on their own. (An example: Write the story of a specific hurt you want to forgive. Then write it again as more of an observer, without emphasizing how bad the wrongdoer was or how you felt victimized. Look for at least three differences between the two versions.) Those in the control group waited for two weeks before receiving the workbook. When the two weeks were up, researchers found that those participants who’d completed the workbook felt more forgiving than those in the control group – and had reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression. These findings jibe with other studies on forgiveness, which have found it can be a boon to mental health, helping to do things like lower stress and improve sleep.


** Voters preferred a candidate who was a teacher, construction worker, warehouse worker, doctor, or nurse. The least popular candidate professions were lawyer and corporate executive.

** Many effective messages involved jobs, including both moderate policies (like tax credits for training at small businesses) and progressive ones (like a federal jobs guarantee). “People are obviously interested in good-paying jobs,” said Bhaskar Sunkara, the founder of Jacobin, a leftist magazine that helped sponsor the project. “They have an identity that’s rooted in their work.”

** Voters liked Democrats who criticized both political parties as “out of touch.” There is real-world evidence to support this finding, too: Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona and Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio won close races last year while highlighting their differences with Democratic leaders, as Data for Progress, another research group, has noted.

** Moderate social policies fared better than more liberal ones. The single most effective message in the poll was a vow to “protect the border” decriminalization of the border was very unpopular.

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** Omega Speedmaster watch, sold for a record high $3.4M, turns out to be a fake.

** Family discovers at least 1 million copper pennies in crawlspace of basement.

** Sign of the times: a San Fran office block was worth $300 million in 2019, now it may fetch 80% less than that.


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** Relax with nature and these frogs in the dark. WATCH

** Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s speech prior to the D-Day invasion. WATCH


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** The pursuit to become more attractive is a $160 billion-a-year global industry that includes weight-loss programs, cosmetics, skin and hair care, perfumes, cosmetic surgery, health clubs, and hormone injections. Americans spend more money per year on beauty enhancements than they do on education.

** The blaster Harrison Ford’s Han Solo wielded in Star Wars IV: A New Hope sold for $1M+. Per Guinness World Records, that’s the most expensive prop gun ever auctioned.

** A House Democrat was assaulted in an elevator at her Washington, D.C., apartment building, according to her office. Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) “defended herself from the attacker and suffered bruising, but is otherwise physically okay,” said her chief of staff Nick Coe in a statement. The congresswoman’s office said Craig called 911 and the assailant fled the scene. “There is no evidence that the incident was politically motivated,” the statement added. The statement said Craig thanked the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for their quick response and noted the congresswoman “asks for privacy at this time.”

** Missouri’s attorney general announced that he has launched a multi-agency investigation into the Pediatric Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital after a whistleblower alleged that the facility’s practices are seriously harming children. Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey said that his office launched the probe into the “shocking allegations” from whistleblower Jamie Reed, a self-described “queer” leftist woman who worked as a case manager at the facility.

** Chick-fil-A will test its first plant-based sandwich in select markets next week. It replaces chicken with breaded cauliflower.

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No-Contact Boxing Training Has Grown More Popular

No-contact boxing training has grown more popular over the last decade or so, with 4,000 new gyms popping up before the pandemic hit and more than five million Americans strapping on gloves in 2020, even while the country loses interest in professional boxing. Boxing’s varied and high-intensity workouts offer a blend of strength and cardiovascular conditioning that improves agility, coordination and balance, and which may be especially beneficial for people with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. “If you train for boxing, you’ll see that your coordination is better, your agility is better, your balance is better,” said Mr. Trout, a former light middleweight world champion who has been teaching Rock Steady classes for four years. “This is a way to physically fight back against Parkinson’s.”

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** Small amounts of alcohol turn down stress in the brain, benefiting the heart, new study finds.

** Australia is having an intense flu season, and it could signal what’s to come in the U.S.

** FDA advisers vote that lecanemab shows benefit as an Alzheimer’s treatment.

** Reanimated hearts work as well for transplants and could make more organs available for patients in need, study finds.

** Multiple insomnia symptoms raise stroke risk in people under 50, study says.

** More than 90% of large U.S. cancer centers report shortage of life-saving chemotherapy drugs in new survey.

** FDA advisers endorse antibody therapy to protect against RSV in infants and some young toddlers.

** Study links taurine, a naturally occurring amino acid and a common ingredient in supplements and energy drinks, to a roughly 10%-12% increase in life span in animal studies; how the compound affects the aging process remains unclear.


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** The deaths of children – from guns, suicide and car crashes – are fueling America’s falling life expectancy.

** Swimming champ Riley Gaines spent a harrowing night barricaded in a safe room after radical transgender activists swarmed her when she visited San Francisco State University to advocate for the rights of female athletes. Gaines, a former University of Kentucky star who was deprived of an NCAA award by Lia Thomas, the University of Pennsylvania swimmer who claims to be female and competes against women, was at the school as part of a Turning Point USA event. Video on social media shows Gaines being hustled to safety by police officers as a mob of radical transgender activists follows her, shouting “Trans rights are human rights!”

** Global venture capital funding fell 53% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2023.

** Every check you take: Diddy claims he’s still paying Sting “$5k-a-day” for sampling The Police, 26 years later.

** Neighbors of former San Francisco Fire Commissioner Don Carmignani said “no one is safe” in the city after he was brutally attacked by a transient with a metal crowbar just steps away from his family’s front door. Carmignani was attacked a day after Cash App founder Bob Lee was stabbed to death.

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