The Data Examiner 07/09/2023


The risk of getting sick from E. coli, salmonella, listeria and other foodborne germs rose to pre-pandemic levels in 2022, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Progress in reducing (intestinal) infection incidence was not observed during 2022, as influences of the COVID-19 pandemic subsided,” the CDC said in its weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “Collaboration among food growers, processors, retail stores, restaurants, and regulators is needed to reduce pathogen contamination during poultry slaughter and to prevent contamination of leafy greens.” Each year, approximately 9 million Americans are sickened by pathogens in food, according to the CDC’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network. Also known as FoodNet, it monitors diagnosed infections caused by eight common foodborne pathogens at 10 sites in the United States. Among the millions of illnesses, about 56,000 people are admitted to hospitals and 1,350 die every year. Thoroughly washing and drying your hands is the most important factor in preventing the spread of gastrointestinal infections, experts say. Other key tips include not leaving your food out at room temperature for hours at a time, washing your hands when handling raw meat, avoiding contamination of surfaces with raw meat and thoroughly washing your leafy greens and other fruit and vegetables.

Landmark Study Shows Suicide, Psychiatric Conditions Much Higher In Transgender People:

A new Danish landmark study finds that suicide rates and psychiatric conditions are much higher among trans-identifying people. Trans-identifying people in Denmark had a suicide death rate 3.5 times higher and a suicide attempt rate 7.7 times higher than people who did not identify as transgender, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. There were 92 suicide attempts and 12 suicide deaths among the study’s 3,759 trans-identifying people between 1980 and 2021. The study analyzed the medical and legal gender change records of nearly seven million people in Denmark, including almost 3,800 transgender people, over the last four decades. Trans-identifying people also tended to die younger overall, whether, by suicide or something else, the study found.

Even Veterans Don’t Want Their Children To Sign Up:

Most new recruits are children of military families, but that pipeline is now under threat – bad news for the Pentagon, given already acute recruitment problems, and for U.S. military readiness. Since 9/11 gave recruiting a patriotic boost, the military has endured 20 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan with no decisive victories, scandals over shoddy military housing and healthcare, poor pay for lower ranks and rising rates of post-traumatic stress and suicide. And in a tight labor market, young people have plenty of options.

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** Microscopic handbag smaller than a grain of salt sells for $63,750 at auction.

** Pickleball injuries may cost Americans up to $500M in medical expenses in 2023.

** AAA projected a record 50.7 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more over Fourth of July weekend.


** How flight attendants rebelled and changed the airline industry. WATCH

** French firefighter runs 893 feet while on fire, breaks two world records. WATCH

** Extreme macro footage of stinkbugs hatching. WATCH


Almost 10,000 new citizens pledge allegiance to the United States of America during a naturalization ceremony at Miami’s Orange Bowl Stadium.

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** Red wine sales within France have halved since the 1990s, according to the latest figures from the AAWE.

** YouTube is keen not to be denied its advertising revenue, as the video platform experiments with cutting off access for people using an ad blocker.

** An Italian teacher who was fired for being absent from work for 20 years has vowed to defend herself, condemning the ruling from Italy’s highest court.


** In just 48 hours, 1m+ people signed up for Microsoft’s new AI-powered Bing.

** Toyota is recalling 16.6k+ RAV4 Primes over a software glitch that can cause its lithium-ion battery to shut down in cold weather.

** An estimated 9.9 million people have lost a loved one to COVID-19 in the U.S.

** Subway confirmed it’s exploring a sale. The chain, with 37k+ stores across 100+ countries, could be worth $10B+.

** Ranked one of America’s best Social Media companies —-

** Airbnb said 2022 was its first profitable year. The company grew revenue 40% to $8.4B and its listings 16% to 6.6m.

** Girls, as well as lesbian, gay or bisexual adolescents, reported high levels of sadness and suicidal thoughts in 2021.

** Pew Research shows that 47% of Americans get at least some of their news from radio.

** A Miami actress paid $100 for headshots, not realizing the photographer’s contract let him sell them as stock images – which is how she wound up on the cover of the erotic novel His Big Childhood Sweetheart.

** Shake Shack will pay $20k to settle a former California employee’s complaint that he was misgendered and harassed by co-workers.

** Federal debt projections have grown by several trillion dollars since last year, largely because of new veterans’ benefits and Fed rate hikes.

** Narcan, the overdose-reversing nasal spray, could soon be available over the counter.

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Amid San Francisco’s Woes, Elon Musk Is Playing The Role Of Critic

Since becoming one of city’s highest-profile employers, the Twitter owner has had a lot to say about the state of things in the City by the Bay, raising questions about whether the social media company’s headquarters would remain there. The billionaire has described it as “post-apocalyptic,” claimed many Twitter employees “feel unsafe” coming to work in the city’s downtown and suggested “you could literally film a Walking Dead episode in downtown SF.” City leaders say critics are unfairly portraying San Francisco as unsafe, citing statistics that show a violent crime rate lower than many large cities.

Amended Chinese Espionage Law Raises Risks For American Businesses In China:

A bulletin being issued Friday by U.S. counterintelligence officials warns that the revised law defines espionage vaguely and gives Beijing greater access to and control over companies’ data, potentially turning what would be considered normal business activities into criminal acts. Chinese authorities accompanied the revisions’ publication this spring with raids, inspections and other acts against foreign – chiefly American – businesses, as tense U.S.-China relations deteriorated further. Beijing has said foreign businesses’ rights are protected under Chinese law.


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** Researchers discover new coronavirus strains – some related to SARS-CoV-2 – in bats found in the United Kingdom; viruses do not currently pose a threat to humans, findings inform monitoring for future pandemic risks.

** Study pinpoints a genetic variation linked to accelerated progression of multiple sclerosis; the first-ever observation may help find new therapies for the neurodegenerative disease.

** Xylazine is present in more than 1 in 10 fentanyl overdose deaths in the U.S.

** New weight-loss drug from Eli Lilly shows an average drop of 24% body weight over 48 weeks in phase 2 clinical study, the most effective results to date for the new class of drugs known as semaglutides.

** Scientists develop repellant that deters 99% of mosquitoes.

** Nearly 6% of American teens and adults have cannabis use disorder.

** Fourteen cancer drugs have been in shortage recently, primarily because of supply chain issues. Those in the shortest supply include cisplatin and carboplatin, platinum-based medicines used to treat gynecologic, breast, testicular, bladder, head and neck, and non-small cell lung cancers. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has been working to resolve the shortage and saw the first glimmers of hope last week after a nationwide delivery of carboplatin, which has been in shortage for a month.

** A new study out of Germany details the elevated CO2 levels in the air a masked person breathes, levels that are actually harmful if you’re pregnant. Citing CO2 safety standards set by the Navy, the scientists find that while masked, someone is breathing extremely toxic levels of CO2. And in fact, the authors postulate: this might be why some mask-mandate countries saw an increase in stillbirths and a drop in childhood test scores during the pandemic, while COVID-chillaxed Sweden did not.

** Neuroscientists identify cluster of brain cells responsible for food-seeking behavior when the body is low on nutrients, may play a role in the feeling of crankiness when hungry.


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** Older members of Congress are notorious for their lack of familiarity with modern technology. Late last month, at least three different representatives in a hearing on TikTok called the popular app “Tic Tac,” a breath mint available in many store checkout lines. This is only the latest in a long line of amusing tech-related congressional miscues: Back in 2006, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens described the internet as “a series of tubes,” and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer copped to his struggles when in 2022 he held up his flip phone and said he was “not very tech-oriented” during a speech on the Senate floor.

** Amazon now charges $1 for returns made to UPS Stores if a free option, such as Whole Foods, is as close or closer than the delivery address. Recently, Amazon added a label to warn customers off frequently returned items.

** The cost of a first-class USPS postage stamp will increase from 63 cents to 66 cents in July. USPS is on a decade-long mission to wipe out a $160B shortfall and hopes to break even this year.

** Anheuser-Busch distributors in the South were “spooked” by the widespread backlash Bud Light received after teaming up with transgender social media star Dylan Mulvaney. The intense opposition to Mulvaney promoting the beer has been alarming to Anheuser-Busch distributors, which placed fewer orders after the partnership sparked outrage from conservatives who argued the company is pushing “gender propaganda.”

** The Biden administration’s drug czar today announced illicit fentanyl spiked with the animal tranquilizer xylazine is an “emerging threat,” a designation that will allow the federal government to marshal resources to counteract the street drug combination found in most states.

** Inflation slowed for a ninth straight month in March amid drops in both gasoline and grocery prices. But an underlying inflation measure that better reflects long-term trends accelerated on another surge in rent. Consumer prices overall increased 5% from a year earlier, down from 6% in February and a 40-year high of 9.1% last June, according to the Labor Department’s consumer price index.

** Elon Musk pointed to Wikipedia as the basis for Twitter’s “Government Funded Media” labels, which upset the likes of NPR, PBS, and BBC.

** The FTC ordered The Bountiful Company, which produced Nature’s Bounty vitamins, to pay $600k over deceptive Amazon reviews. The company is accused of merging product reviews to boost ratings.

** The federal deficit topped $1 trillion in the first six months of fiscal 2023 (October through March). This was despite the fact that federal tax revenues in the first six months of this fiscal year were $2,048,196,000,000, which was the second highest in nation’s history (when compared to the inflation-adjusted numbers for the tax revenues collected in the first six months of previous fiscal years).

** A proposal from President Biden would require 67% of new passenger cars and 25% of new heavy trucks sold in the U.S. to be all-electric by 2032.


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