The Data Examiner 07/30/2023


A new survey finds that two in five young adults think marriage is an outdated tradition. Moreover, a staggering 85% don’t think you need to get married to have a fulfilling and committed relationship. Interestingly, the poll, commissioned by the Thriving Center Of Psychology, found that more women (52%) than men (41%) have this view of marriage. Over the last 50 years, the marriage rate in the U.S. has dropped by nearly 60%. What’s happening: Taxes and some other legal structures still give an advantage to married couples, but the formal benefits of marriage are diminishing, said Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins. And the societal pressure to marry has eroded dramatically.

There’s A Hidden Career Cost To Being Overweight:

Studies show heavier people are paid and promoted less than thinner colleagues and are often stereotyped as lazy or undisciplined. As New York City and some states move to outlaw weight discrimination at work, advocates for the laws say many managers are unprepared for the wave of complaints the legislation could bring.


Chaotic fun: At a monthly party in New York, guests bring a Tinder match they’ve never met.

Some Parents Pay Consultants $4,000 To Help Their Daughters During Sorority Rush:

Getting into sororities has become nearly as competitive as acceptance to top universities. An emerging industry sells tips and emotional support to women who want to avoid missteps that threaten first impressions.

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** Medical misdiagnoses lead to 795,000 Americans per year being killed or permanently disabled.

** Ticket sales for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand break record with nearly 1.4 million tickets sold, surpassing record in 2015.

** Tennis player Novak Djokovic has been fined $8K for smashing his racket during the men’s singles final at Wimbledon.


** Drone footage captures Iceland’s volcanic eruption. WATCH

** Why discovering your hidden character strengths can impact your life. WATCH

** How U.S. train travel went from excellent to mediocre. WATCH

** A golden retriever protests leaving a brewery parking lot. WATCH

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** Amazon plans to expand to 150+ same-day delivery centers in the coming years, which focus on delivering the site’s top 100k items.

** Facts tell. Stories sell. —-

** A hiker’s SOS signal has cost him $300,000 after starting a wildfire spanning 230-acres in Arizona.

** Megyn Kelly slammed Sally Field after the actress apologized for being white during her acceptance speech for a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards. During Sirius XM’s “The Megyn Kelly Show” podcast, the host spoke with guests Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky about what Field said at the SAG Awards – and asked why the star felt the need to say she was “sorry for being a little white girl with privilege.”

** Elon Musk is seeking to enlist the help of artificial intelligence experts in order to create a rival to OpenAI’s ChatGPT bot which the tech mogul believes has gone “woke,” according to a report. Musk has approached several AI researchers, including Igor Babuschkin, who recently departed Alphabet’s DeepMind AI unit, according to the news site The Information. A new, AI-center project that would feature a chatbot with fewer speech restrictions could be integrated into Twitter.

** Eli Lilly and Co. said it will cut prices of its most commonly prescribed insulins up to 70% and expand a program that limits out-of-pocket monthly costs for some consumers. The Indianapolis drugmaker’s price cuts and discounts for insulin come as federal and state lawmakers and patient advocates pressure drug companies and health insurers to improve affordability for the life-saving medication used by millions of Americans.

** Ford apparently applied to patent a system that would enable its vehicles to repossess themselves by driving automatically to easy tow areas, repo agencies, or junkyards.

** Inflation drove consumers to purchase private-label brands. Now, 73% of shoppers intend to keep it that way even when things turn around.

** Crime in Chicago has surged since the pandemic began, with the number of major crimes 33% higher last year than in 2019. The murder rate has fallen from its 2021 peak but only modestly, and robberies and car thefts have kept rising recently. In a recent poll, nearly two-thirds of Chicago residents said that they felt unsafe.

** A Muslim progressive activist who has allegedly been lying for years about her ethnic identify, claiming to be a woman of color, has resigned from her position as senior inclusion officer of a Philadelphia-based social justice group. “Raquel Saraswati, who is facing public allegations that she misrepresented her background and past associations, has informed us of her intention to separate from the organization,” American Friends Service Committee rep Layne Mullett said.

** Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blamed racism and her gender for her landslide defeat in her re-election bid, as Chicagoans weary of the rising crime on her watch celebrated her fall from “political rock star to rock bottom.”

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Americans’ Confidence in Higher Education Continues to Fall.

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Cleaning Up ChatGPT’s Language Took A Heavy Toll On Human Workers

To keep the chatbot from spitting out offensive or grotesque statements, OpenAI first had to rely on humans to help build a safety filter. The company hired contractors in Kenya to review and categorize thousands of graphic text passages, many of which contained descriptions of violence, harassment, self-harm, rape, child sexual abuse and bestiality, documents reviewed by the Journal show. OpenAI’s general counsel said such work is important for making its systems safe for everyone who uses them. Several of the Kenya workers say they were traumatized by the effort. Some are asking the country’s lawmakers and courts to strengthen protections for AI workers and content moderators.

IRS Stopping Unannounced Home Audits:

The IRS announced that it will end its longstanding policy of making unannounced home and business visits, “except in a few unique circumstances.” The IRS currently makes tens of thousands of surprise visits a year. The agency says that it only made such visits after notifying taxpayers of unpaid taxes or unfiled returns. The agents involved in the visits are revenue officers, who are not armed. The change is intended to keep IRS agents safer. The agency has received more threats in recent years amid speculation that new funding for the IRS to better enforce tax collection would result in middle-income taxpayers being harassed. The shift is also intended to curb the rise of scams involving impersonations of revenue officers.


** New Alzheimer’s treatment shown to slow cognitive decline by 35% in clinical trials for patients with early stages of the disease; health regulators expected to decide on availability by end of year.

** Several studies have shown that chronic cannabis use is linked to a higher incidence of schizophrenia among men in their early 20s, the age when the disease is usually diagnosed. The first paper on the topic, a Swedish study published in 1997, found that heavy cannabis use was associated with a sixfold increase in schizophrenia risk. In the decades since, social scientists have unearthed a strong link between heavy cannabis use and other severe psychological illnesses, including clinical depression and bipolar disorder.


** Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) directed the state National Guard and California Highway Patrol to help in the fight against fentanyl trafficking in San Francisco. As part of a new partnership, the agencies are tasked with identifying personnel and resources to assist San Francisco following a 41% spike in fentanyl overdose deaths in the first few months of this year.

** With its prices up 16% overall, PepsiCo’s Q1 sales were up 10.2%. Meanwhile, Huggies and Kleenex-maker Kimberly-Clark’s sales jumped on 10% price hikes. McDonald’s also boosted sales 12%, partly through higher prices.

** Sales of Bud Light, the largest brand for Anheuser-Busch InBev, dropped 17% by value for the week ending April 15, compared with a year ago, according to one industry reporter.

** According to a 2021 survey conducted by Common Sense Media, which surveyed over 1,000 U.S. teens aged 14-17, the average 14-year-old American sends and receives about 67 text messages per day, which adds up to approximately 2,010 text messages per month. However, it’s worth noting that this number can vary depending on factors such as individual texting habits, access to technology, and cultural or regional differences.

** A Vermont elementary school says it will no longer use the words “male” or “female” when teaching fifth-grade students about puberty and human reproductive systems. Families of students at Founders Memorial School received a letter on April 20 informing them of the changes to the science and health curriculum. The changes reflect the district’s desire to use “gender inclusive language,” Principal Sara Jablonski wrote in the letter.

** San Francisco prosecutors have decided not to charge the transient accused of repeatedly bashing the city’s former fire commissioner in the skull with a crowbar – even after obtaining video of the man taking practice swings moments before the attack. The district attorney’s office dropped the case against Don Carmignani’s alleged assailant, Garrett Doty, after deciding the homeless man was acting in “self-defense,” sources close to Carmignani said.

** Searching for a second Squid Game? Netflix is planning to spend $2.5 billion on South Korean content over the next 4 years.

** The share of Americans feeling “very happy” has hit its lowest point since 1972 at 12%, according to a Wall Street Journal survey.

** America’s most sought-after student has received a record-breaking $9 million in scholarship offers from a whopping 125 colleges.

** What’s 3.75k lbs. and orange all over? The largest-ever gummy bear crafted by 20+ Dutch confectioners. The size of ~850k standard gummy bears, it took nine days for the over 8-foot-long candy colossus to solidify in its mold.

** Wendy’s has served chili in its restaurants since 1969. This spring, you’ll be able to buy it in a can at the grocery store for $4.49 thanks to a partnership with Slim Jims-maker Conagra.


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