The Data Examiner 10/01/2023


For decades, the country powered its economy by investing in factories, skyscrapers and roads. The model sparked an extraordinary period of growth that lifted China out of poverty and turned it into a global giant whose export prowess washed across the globe. Now the model is broken, and signs of distress are everywhere. Some economists believe China’s slowdown could snowball. Rather than just a period of economic weakness, this could be the dimming of a long era.

Why Tribalism Took Over Our Politics:

“In the end, they’re not coming after me. They’re coming after you,” former President Donald Trump told a campaign rally ahead of his arrest – his latest invocation of group identity to rally his followers and entrench the nation’s partisan divide. More than 60% of Republicans and more than half of Democrats now view the other party “very unfavorably,” about three times the shares when Pew Research Center polled on it in the early 1990s. Social science offers an uncomfortable explanation for the split: The human brain is better suited to tribalism and conflict than to civility and reasoned debate.


Elon Musk at age 3.

Lululemon’s Secret Power – Even Mom Can’t Make It Uncool:

The athletic-apparel maker’s high prices and scant discounting have elevated its clothes to status symbols normally reserved for luxury goods – and made them coveted among children and moms alike. Lululemon Athletica’s sales and stock price have surged even as inflation-weary shoppers have cut back on clothing purchases in favor of travel and experiences. Much of its continued success will hinge on its ability to sustain the interest of young shoppers without turning off older ones, and fend off newcomers such as Alo Yoga and Vuori.


** A recent Gallup poll finds 47% of Americans identify as religious, 33% identify as spiritual, 2% identify as both, and 18% identify as neither.

** More than 700 animal skulls were seized in France’s largest airport in Paris from May through December last year.


** The world’s largest toothpaste collection – with wasabi and whiskey flavors. WATCH

** Tour a futuristic home in Malibu, California, with removable rooms. WATCH

** Iconic boy band NSYNC answers questions while eating spicy wings. WATCH


A neighborhood in Philadelphia has become notorious for its open-air drug market, where addicts consume narcotics freely.


** The Small Business Optimism Index fell last month to 89, its lowest level in over a decade. Labor shortages and inflation were the top challenges cited by small business owners.

** Victoria’s Secret will bring back its famous fashion show this fall – as a pre-produced, streaming feature-length film – for the first time since 2018.

** Europe’s new satellite snaps stunning photo of Earth.

** The McDonald’s app was downloaded 127 million times last year, more downloads than food delivery companies Uber Eats and DoorDash racked up together.

** Paramount Global shares dropped 28% on May 24, its worst day in over 3 years, after missing earning expectations.

** A Texas land developer has established a sprawling settlement north of Houston where thousands of illegal immigrants are believed to have settled, raising concerns among experts and elected officials that the development 400 miles in the interior of the United States could become a strategic asset for cartels. Located in Liberty County, Texas near the small town of Plum Grove, the Colony Ridge development is a sprawling community that, based on an analysis of publicly available information, is now over 60 square miles and nearly the size of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Its population is estimated to be anywhere between 50,000 to 75,000, and it is growing rapidly thanks to a marketing plan targeted at Texas’ hispanic population.

** Dealers of new cars are “far more positive about the current market” than dealers of used cars, according to the latest quarterly survey by Cox Automotive, which provides services and software to auto dealers. The sentiment index of new-vehicle dealers rose a point to 57 in the current quarter, while the index for used-vehicle dealers dropped a point to 41. Any figure below 50 means more dealers see the current market as weak than see it as strong. High interest rates on auto loans, among other factors, are felt more acutely by buyers of used vehicles.

** In the U.S., the supply of laxatives is a rising concern, with drugstores frequently having empty shelves. Although TikTok’s #GutTok has had over 1.1 billion views, a rise in youth popularity is more likely the No. 2 factor (behind increasing demand from an elderly population).

** Following a cyberattack in August, Clorox is having trouble getting its production operations back up and running. As a result, several of Clorox’s products will be in low supply for an unknown period of time, the company claims.

** New York is in a state of decline – with a worsening quality of life tied to sky high costs of housing, rampant crime and an unrelenting migrant crisis, according to a new poll. Fifty-seven percent of 804 registered voters who participated in the Siena College Poll said the quality of life in the Empire State is getting worse, while 27% said it was the same and just 14% said it was better. “A huge majority of Republicans, a large majority of independents and a plurality of Democrats all say the quality of life in New York is getting worse,” said Siena College poster Steven Greenberg said.

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Early Lab Tests Suggest New COVID-19 Variant May Be Less Contagious And Less Immune-Evasive Than Feared:

Scientists around the world are fast-tracking lab experiments to try to understand the highly mutated BA.2.86 variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. Results just beginning to emerge are offering some reassurance, experts say. Researchers in China, Sweden and the United States have reported results from lab tests using blood samples from both mice and humans. They found that BA.2.86 is less immune-evasive and less contagious than originally feared. BA.2.86, also known by the nickname Pirola, has spread to at least 11 countries, including the U.S. “My friends, this is not the second coming of Omicron. If it were, it is safe to say we would know by now,” Dr. Bill Hanage, an epidemiologist who is co-director of Harvard University’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, said in a social media post.

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** More and more companies are calling time on the phone business: nearly 500 brands exited the smartphone market between 2017-2023.

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** Ethiopian runner Tigist Assefa ran the Berlin Marathon yesterday in 2 hours 11 minutes 53 seconds, smashing the women’s record time in new $500 super-shoes.

** Victoria, the 120-year old red carpet company used by the British royal family, has seen its shares tumble as fears rise over “risk of material fraud.”

20 Million

The number of AR-15 rifles that gunmakers and their private-equity owners have sold after turning a once-disdained product into a cultural icon.


Pieces Of Life-Long Wisdom In An Age Of Nonsense


** In a phenomenon that continues to grow every year, the number of mass shootings in the United States reached 501. The latest data, as compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, show the current state of gun violence in America. The 500th mass shooting incident of 2023 unfolded in Denver, Colorado, where five individuals were wounded.

** People or states should take Disney’s appeasement to ESG scores, and as a result, their falling stock price, as a warning not to invest, member of the Senate Budget Committee Mike Braun, R-Ind., said. Since last year, Disney’s stock has fallen. When it comes to “woke” investing, Braun said that’s “called environmental, social and governance.” The senator’s comment refers to ESG scores, which calculate how ethically a company conducts itself arbitrarily.

** Illegal crossings along the Southern border have reached levels not seen for several months, straining government resources and taxing some local communities where large numbers of migrants have been released from federal custody. Such high numbers haven’t been seen since a surge in early May brought the daily number to nearly 10,000, and they are far higher than in mid-April, when there were about 4,900 illegal crossings a day.

** A jaw-dropping 3.8 million people have entered the United States through its borders since President Joe Biden took office in 2021 – nearly half of whom slipped into the country illegally and were never caught. Over the last three years, 2,345,600 people have been granted Notices to Appear (NTAs) before an immigration court, according to figures compiled by Syracuse University’s TRAC immigration database.

** A poll found one in four Gen Zers hope to become influencers, with 20% of men and 13% of women saying it was their only intended career path.

** A 2019 survey found that YouTuber was the most popular dream job among U.S. and UK tweens, outweighing China’s top choice of astronaut.

** Crayola is entering the flower biz. The company, a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, announced the launch of an online flower shop called Crayola Flowers where 10%-50% of every sale will be donated to a charity.

** The teen boy who filmed his friend driving into a retired police chief, killing him, was arrested, Las Vegas officials said. The passenger and teen driver are both facing murder charges after the disturbing video of the killing came to light, officials said. The 17-year-old who was driving the car was previously arrested last month.

** The razor manufacturing company Braun is being slammed for a “shockingly immoral” promo featuring a shirtless woman who identifies as transgender and has visible mastectomy scars. The Telegraph reported on Monday that the U.K. branch of the grooming company has featured a woman identifying as a man to model the company’s Series X hybrid trimmers. The female model appears to have undergone a double mastectomy, a procedure frequently done when women who identify as men have their breasts removed to look less feminine.

** San Francisco, which announced support for defunding the police after the death of George Floyd, is now trying to recruit cops – from Texas. In July 2020, Mayor London Breed announced that $120 million would be cut from the police and sheriff’s departments. “Reforming our criminal justice system must go hand-in-hand with policy changes and budget investments to make our city more equitable,” she said. “By redirecting funding from law enforcement agencies back into the African American community, we are putting our words into action, and we are doing it by listening to a community that for too long has been unheard and underserved.”

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The Data Examiner – Update:

The charges were dropped against the N.Y. parking garage attendant mentioned in a previous story.


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