The Data Examiner 07/23/2023


If it isn’t shabby rooms from projects put off during the pandemic, it’s fewer amenities or lackluster service. Hotel problems are particularly frustrating because guests are paying more for rooms on business trips and vacations, with rates in the top 25 U.S. markets up 9% this year through May from the year-earlier period, according to hospitality analytics firm STR.

Europeans Are Becoming Poorer:

An aging population with a preference for free time and job security over earnings ushered in years of lackluster economic and productivity growth. That has left the average EU country poorer per head than every U.S. state except Idaho and Mississippi, according to a report this month by the European Centre for International Political Economy, a Brussels-based independent think tank. European governments find the old recipes for fixing the problem are either becoming unaffordable or have stopped working.


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“Sleep-Divorce” In The USA:

More than a third of Americans say they occasionally or consistently sleep in another room from their partner, according to a survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The practice of sleeping separately is known as a “sleep divorce,” and is meant to help you fall asleep and stay asleep without disruptions such as snoring, stolen covers or early alarms.

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** Survey finds 34% of student loan borrowers spent money they thought was going to be forgiven under the debt relief program blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court.

** Rare first edition of The Hobbit sells for $13K on eBay after being found by a thrift store manager who was organizing stock.


** Tornado forms over Chicago’s O’Hare airport. WATCH

** The two questions to ask to repair a relationship. WATCH

** Why Barcelona’s beaches are disappearing. WATCH

** Inside an abandoned Gilded Age mansion. WATCH

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** Electric flying car company Alef Aeronautics has received approval to start testing by the FAA – pre-orders start at $300,000.

** Taylor Swift is bringing in $13 million a night on her tour, which could total $1.3 billion to become the highest-grossing ever.

** The U.S. Department of State is currently issuing 500,000 new passports a week, putting them on track to top last year’s record of 22 million.

** Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny is struggling at the box office, with Harrison Ford’s finale only opening to $82 million domestically.


** Shoplifting has become so rampant that one of the Big Apple’s busiest commercial districts is turning to “man’s best friend” to sniff out thieves. The 34th Street Partnership – the trade group serving the neighborhood that includes Macy’s Herald Square, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden – is contracting with a firm that provides K-9 units. It launched this month at the CVS at Eighth Avenue and West 34th Street in the heart of the district that has been plagued with thefts.

** When a child goes missing, families expect authorities to use every resource to find them. That expectation often includes an Amber Alert, lighting up smart phones for miles around with details about the missing child. But Amber Alerts are extremely rare and, even when deployed, an analysis found it’s unclear how much they help bring children home safe.

** Bill Gates says he isn’t a “big beer drinker,” but nonetheless bought a 3.76% stake in Heineken’s parent company.

** One year after Russia invaded Ukraine, more than 113,000 refugees have come to the U.S.

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** Drug-addled streets are becoming more commonplace in major liberal U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Portland. In Seattle, scenes of addiction have spread to neighborhoods where children must walk to school every day.

** A UK fire chief has been accused of “wokeism gone mad” after banning the terms “fireman” and “firemen” – calling them “sexist, exclusionary” and a “micro-aggression that is damaging to our culture.”

** Russia has suffered on the world stage, with over 1,000 companies announcing voluntary withdrawals from the country. Politically, sanctions of varying severity have been the medium of choice for many countries to exert pressure. In 2022, more than 11,000 new sanctions were implemented, leaving Russia as the most heavily-sanctioned country on Earth, causing its economy to shrink 3% last year.

** Watchfinder, a second-hand watch market place, is slashing prices 15% as values of luxury brands like Rolex continue to slide.

** Los Angeles County’s woke District Attorney George Gascón has reportedly suspended the lead attorney who prosecuted a trans woman convicted of molesting a 10-year-old girl. Deputy District Attorney Shea Sanna, 34, was slapped with the suspension after he argued that jailhouse phone calls showed the convicted molester Hannah Tubbs, 26, was trying to use gender identity to manipulate the justice system – making people in Gascón’s office uncomfortable.

** In San Francisco last summer, the on-time rate for BART trains dropped to less than two-thirds, putting BART in its worst situation in decades.

** Two lucky guests will win a ~$39 Airbnb stay in an opulent box-turned-bedroom at the Palais Garnier, the Parisian opera house that inspired The Phantom of the Opera.

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Ball State University Trans Ally Training Includes ‘Cisgender Privilege Checklist’

A transgender allyship training manual from Ball State University, located in Muncie, Indiana, includes a “cisgender privilege checklist,” as well as a list of recommended pronouns and “gender identity across cultures.” The training guide, created by the school’s counseling center, also features a section on “trans terminology” and a “Trans/Intersex Ally Quiz.” Called the “safezone and trans safezone training,” the program is a “voluntary network of faculty, staff, students, and community members” who are “especially committed to being allies to and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals.” The manual’s “abbreviated cisgender privilege checklist” argues that those who do not struggle with gender dysphoria enjoy certain privileges not afforded to those who identify as transgender. It lists examples of these supposed privileges while referring to individuals using pronouns like “ze” and “zir.” One example reads: “When initiating sex with someone, I do not have to worry that they will not be able to deal with my parts or that having sex with me will cause my partner to question zir own sexual orientation.”

Tucker Carlson Is Creating A New Media Company:

The former Fox News host and former White House adviser Neil Patel are seeking to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to start a company that would potentially use Twitter as its backbone, according to people familiar with the matter. Some also noted that it would be anchored by longer versions of the free videos that Carlson has been posting on Twitter since shortly after leaving Fox, but would ultimately be driven by subscriptions.


** The weight-loss space is quickly maturing into a booming pharmaceutical segment like those for cancer and heart disease. Investors are making bets on the next breakthrough product. Companies are racing to test dozens of new therapies. Others are developing diagnostic tests that could better match patients to drugs best suited for them.

** New study shows how hair begins to gray as melanocyte stem cells, which constantly move between two compartments in hair follicles to produce pigment proteins, become “stuck” and lose ability to regenerate into pigment cells.

** Los Angeles officials are sounding the alarm over the “concerning” spread of a “zombie drug” that can have gruesome effects on addicts including eating away at their flesh. Local street drug “tranq” – also known as the animal tranquilizer xylazine – can lead to horrifying results when mixed with other illegal drugs like heroin and fentanyl. L.A. authorities are in a race to track it as its use rapidly rises. It can lead to skin and muscle rotting away, according to reports.

** As legal marijuana expands, a record share of U.S. workers is testing positive for the substance in workplace drug screening. Overall drug use among workers tested by employers generally held steady last year, according to an annual tally from Quest Diagnostics, one of the country’s largest drug-testing laboratories. In drug tests given to workers after accidents on the job, marijuana positives rose sharply last year, hitting the highest level in a quarter-century. Of the more than six million general workforce tests that Quest screened for marijuana in 2022, 4.3% came back positive, up from 3.9% the prior year. That is the largest marijuana positivity rate since 1997. Positivity rates last year for certain classes of opioids and barbiturates declined.


** Pearl, a Florida chihuahua, was named the shortest dog alive by Guinness World Records. Pearl, at 3.59 inches tall, is actually taller than the shortest dog ever – a 2.8-inch-high Yorkie.

** Selling one-third of U.S. wedding dresses wasn’t enough to keep David’s Bridal from its second bankruptcy filing in just five years. Retail locations will stay open and orders will be fulfilled while the company’s assets get sorted.

** McDonald’s says it’s improving its burgers with “meltier” cheese, softer buns, more Big Mac sauce, and caramelized onions added to patties while still on the grill.

** Since 2020, the cost of food has risen 23%. The cost of gas has increased 40%.

** A 13-year-old North Carolina boy had a wild amusement park afternoon; he climbed inside a claw machine trying to score a plush prize and got stuck, requiring first responders to free him. For his crime, he received a yearlong park ban.

** Americans ended 2022 by hitting a record amount of credit card debt, setting a new high score at $986b – yes, nearly $1t.

** NYC has the world’s wealthiest population, thanks to its 340k millionaires. The Bay Area is the global leader in billionaire residents (63 of them).

** YouTube announced policies around eating disorders: Content featuring “imitable” behaviors, such as purging after eating, will be banned, videos discussing recovery may be age-restricted, and resources will be made available.

** For the first time in M.L.B.’s 148-year history, clocks in stadiums now count down between every pitch, forcing pitchers and batters into action. It’s a radical change for a sport defined by its leisurely pace – but one that league executives believed was necessary to grow baseball’s popularity.

** Volodymyr Zelensky banned Russian place names in Ukraine and made knowledge of Ukrainian language and history a requirement for citizenship.

** 11-Time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson says he doesn’t watch basketball anymore because it’s too political.

** The global population has steadily increased at a high rate for decades. For instance, in 2003 the population of the planet came in somewhere around 6.4 billion. Today, humanity has crossed the eight billion population mark. No shortage of studies and organizations attempt to predict what the future holds for humanity in terms of population statistics. Now, a new report states that if global society takes a “Giant Leap” in terms of investment in economic development, education, and health, the world population may peak at around 8.5 billion people by 2050.


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