The Data Examiner 08/13/2023


The company’s warehouses, trucks and stores are regularly targeted by organized crime groups looking to steal and resell Air Jordans, which have become an easy way to make a profit. The thefts highlight how retail crime goes beyond shoplifting or smash-and-grab thefts in stores. Nike, which generates more than $50 billion in annual sales, declined to comment.

U.S.A. – Credit Downgrade:

Credit rating agency Fitch has lowered the United States’ perfect AAA rating by one level to an AA+, citing an expected fiscal deterioration over the next three years, rising government debt, and concerns about what it calls an erosion of governance. The decision comes two months after Fitch placed the U.S. on a negative watch as a result of delays in a debt-ceiling deal. Fitch is the second major agency to downgrade the U.S.; the S&P Global in 2011 was the first to strip the nation of its AAA rating. The ratings are an independent assessment of a government’s creditworthiness and ability to pay its financial obligations. Read an overview of credit ratings here. The U.S. government’s repeated standoffs and last-minute resolutions on debt and fiscal issues are one of the reasons for Fitch’s decision. The agency also noted the nation’s debt, which has swelled to a record $32.6T due to a number of factors, including tax cuts and spending initiatives. Fitch predicts the U.S. deficit will rise to 6.3% of gross domestic product in 2023 from 3.7% in 2022.


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The eight habits, listed in order, starting with the highest impact on lifespan, include:

  1. Exercising
  2. Not having an addiction to opioids
  3. Avoiding smoking
  4. Managing your stress levels
  5. Adhering to a healthy diet
  6. Not binge drinking
  7. Prioritizing good sleep
  8. Maintaining positive social relationships

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** Taylor Swift gave bonuses totaling $55M to every person on Eras Tour staff.

** Mattel is hiring a chief Uno player to earn up to $17K to test its new game.

** Become a pizza influencer and get paid up to $110K to eat pizza.


** Who does the United States owe debt to? WATCH

** How Lebanon’s oldest soap factory makes 30,000 olive oil bars. WATCH

** New Jersey teens build an illegal rollercoaster in their backyard. WATCH

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The Scents Of History

A look into a scent company that has created historically accurate scents – such as dinosaurs, mummies, vintage sweets, and more – for museums and home care centers. READ


** Los Angeles County announced they have finally removed 1,207,613 ineligible voters from its rolls since last year under the terms of a settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit filed in 2017 by the non-profit public interest law firm Judicial Watch.

** Kentucky’s John Calipari, 64, is far and away the highest-paid men’s college basketball coach in America this year, making north of $8.5 million during the 2022-23 season – $2.5 million more than any other Division I head coach.

** Americans on whether they consider it an insult to be described as “woke” – 40% calling it an insult and 32% calling it a compliment.

** American Airlines CEO Robert Isom announced that it will match Delta’s 40% pay bump for pilots. A pilot shortage has led to delays and cancellations across the industry.

** If you’re dining out or grabbing a cup of coffee, how do you know when or if to tip? According to a tipping culture survey, 73% of Americans tip at least 11% more when they pay digitally.

** The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to relinquish its oversight of pet pesticide products in the wake of criticism for its handling of Seresto, a popular flea and tick collar linked to more than 100,000 reports of pet injuries and death.

** Portland loses its last Walmart: This week Walmart announced that, as retail theft continues, they will close their last two Portland locations, which employ about 600 people.

** New York City rodents can carry the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 – and researchers fear it could be transmitted to humans, according to a new study. The new research, published in the American Society for Microbiology “mBio,” determined that the rats could be infected with the Alpha, Delta and Omicron variants. “Our findings highlight the need for further monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 in rat populations for potential secondary zoonotic transmission to humans,” Dr. Henry Wan, the study’s principal investigator, said in a statement.

** Car salespeople are more trusted than members of Congress.

** For pharmacists the 58% ethics ranking marks the lowest level in four decades.

** A majority of Americans are opposed to hiring new IRS agents.

** Over 2/3 of voters believe critical race theory in schools is further dividing American youth.

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Is There A Limit To Americans’ Self-Storage Addiction

There are self-storage facilities around the world, but nowhere are they more popular – and profitable – than in the U.S., thanks to Americans’ propensity to accumulate more stuff than they can squeeze into their homes. Shares of publicly traded storage companies have beat the broader market from the late 1990s through the end of last year.

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Union Membership in the Private Sector Has Plunged.

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Electric Bills Will Fall – But Not As Low As Before

Electricity prices vary wildly with seasons, location and weather, but Americans now pay an average of nearly 25% more than before the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Prices for natural gas and coal are falling, but retail rates typically lag six to nine months behind, partly because utilities often protect against price swings by buying in advance, Goldman Sachs economist Spencer Hill found. His modeling suggests cheaper fuels will drag down average electricity prices 3% to 4% from their peaks by fall.


** The weight loss drug Wegovy was shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke or heart disease-related death by 20% in a major clinical trial in people with cardiovascular disease, the first to show a weight loss drug alone can have such protective effects. Novo Nordisk studied Wegovy against placebo in addition to standard of care for prevention of major adverse cardiac events in 17,604 adults with heart disease and obesity or who were overweight, but who didn’t have diabetes. It called the five-year trial “Select.”

** New study suggests cancer-fighting immune cells lose effectiveness within hours of encountering cancer cells; findings may lead to new, long-lasting immunotherapies.

** Scientists find link between immune cells in the gut and glaucoma; T cells were reprogrammed in the gut to produce a protein that allowed them to access the retina and cause nerve damage.

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** Neuroscientists detect consciousness-like electrical signals in the brains of dying comatose patients; activity suggests a potential mechanism behind reports of near-death experiences.

** The U.S. Navy invited an active-duty drag queen to be a “Digital Ambassador” – as part of a recent drive “to attract the most talented and diverse workforce” and combat plunging recruitment. Yeoman 2nd Class Joshua Kelley, who identifies as non-binary, was appointed as the first of five Navy Digital Ambassadors in a pilot program that ran from October to March.

** Nordstrom has announced it is closing all of its San Francisco stores, blaming the “changed dynamics” of the city, which has seen numerous significant chains turn tail in the face of soaring crime. The retailer told employees it would not be renewing its leases at the Westfield Mall or at the Nordstrom Rack across the street. Nordstrom chief stores officer Jamie Nordstrom blamed the state of San Francisco in recent years for reducing foot traffic “and our ability to operate successfully.”

** A rare “wanted” poster offering a $50k reward for Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, sold for over $160k.

** Over 3 million Germans snapped up an all-inclusive public transport ticket for $54 a month after its launch.

** A fajita-craving North Carolina woman forgot tomatoes and seasoning mix, requiring a second errand that ended with a winning $250k lottery scratcher in hand.

** Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants is buying Ruth’s Chris Steak House, with 150+ locations and $860m+ in 2022 sales, for $715m.

** Marijuana may be driving a surge in schizophrenia cases among young men, a major government-funded study suggests. Researchers backed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimated 30% of schizophrenia cases in men aged 21 to 30 are linked to cannabis addiction. Overall across all age groups, the analysis of 6 million people found 15% of diagnoses in men and 4% in women could be attributed to the drug.

** “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson launched her first swimwear line yesterday. The partnership with Frankies Bikinis includes a high-cut red one-piece.

** Michelle Obama co-founded Plezi Nutrition, which offers healthier snacks for kids, starting with a nutrient-filled fruit drink with 75% less sugar than the average juice.

** King Charles III will oversee ~$42B in assets.


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