Gabatron Morning Briefing – 10-8-15: Bleak Financial Wasteland

According to a new survey, approximately 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts and 21% don’t even have a savings account. That’s certainly the case for me at the moment.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 2.8 percent. Cigarette shipments in the US are set to rise for the first time since 2006.

Have you ever used Waze? It’s a GPS app that also allows user to share information about things like traffic and speedtraps. A woman in Brazil was led by the Waze app to the wrong address where she was shot and killed.

An employee for the company working with Hillary Clinton on her double secret email server expressed concerns about what they were doing. One wrote to a coworker that he was, “Starting to think this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy (sic) s**t.”

In science news, it turns out there’s life on Mars, probably — the issue is that we may have put it there. At the 2011 launch of the Curiosity rover, there were an estimated 20,000 to 40,000 heat-resistant bacterial spores on the robot.

Plus, a South Carolina man called 911 early Wednesday morning to complain that his girlfriend would not have sex with him.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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