Salary Data for the Nosey

Satire Requires Knowledge To Appreciate
Johnathon Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels in the early 18th Century. Today the four novels are read as elementary school level fiction. When originally written, the novels featured excoriating political attacks aimed at adults. Most contemporary readers do not know or appreciate the criticism. Similarly, The Onion publishes contemporary satire that only the knowledgeable really appreciate. For example, in a recent post The Onion reported that computer accessory manufacturer Logitech released a new keyboard with raised letter keys so that fitness-minded computer users can get a cardio-workout as they type. A second story says that Jared Kushner just added ‘Solve the Middle East Crisis’ to his to- do-list. This report says that Kushner will devote an hour or two to solve the Arab-Israeli issues as he attacks the to-do-list in his Daytimer day-planner. This site is a national treasure which must appeal to all who love Mad Magazine. But, you have to be in-the-know to see the humor and the criticism. To visit, click on–55639. Enjoy. To really appreciate the satire genre, find a copy of Swift’s ‘Modest Proposal’ which English professors say is one of the best examples of sustained irony in the English language, shocking though it is.

Salary Data for the Nosey
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released salary data for the construction and extraction industries. According to the Bureau, average wages in these industries fall just below the average wages for all workers: $48,900 for construction and extraction workers and $49, 630 for all occupations. To find out the average wages for carpenters, electricians and hazardous materials removal workers, surf over to These salaries are accurate as of May 2016. Now you know.

World War l Trivia On the 100th Anniversary of Our Entry In The War
The war effort produced many technical advances that are still in use today. For example, the invention of a cotton substitute for bandages called cellucotton proved effective in treating wounds previously treated by the use of cotton bandages. The highly absorbent material found a new use for women after the war when Kimberly Clark invented sanitary napkins under the Kotex brand. We also have modern equivalents of airplanes, submarines and trench coats: all used in World War l. To learn more click on The post also features vintage photos that are interesting as well.

CDC Reports Zika Virus Effects on Pregnant Women
Much has been learned over the last year about the Zika Virus and its effects on people. At first, doctors believed that only pregnant women faced risks. Today, doctors know that birth defects are only some of the problems produced by the virus suffered by members of both sexes. To learn more about the Zika Virus, visit Be careful where you travel. Zika patients live in 40 states. Additional Zika information may be accessed at

Newspaper Job Losses
As a high school student in the late 1950s, I considered a career in print journalism. Even then, 60+ years ago, pundits proclaimed the immenent demise of newspapers do to the increasing reliance on radio/TV newscasts by newspaper readers . Today, however, the chicken-little ‘the sky is falling’ pronouncements are taken seriously. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the situation today is different than the situation was seven decades ago. Newspapers, now, have lost nearly half of their employees in the period 2001 to 2016. Other media employment remains stagnant with the exception of internet publishing which has more than doubled employment numbers during the last ten years.
As one might expect, salaries in print journalism have suffered as well. Average salaries for internet publishing and web portals comes in at $197,549. Television broadcasting salaries come in second at $90.583. In contrast, newspaper salaries average $48,403. Even radio broadcasting salaries now average $56,382 or next to last. Sadly for journalism, my choice of an education career proved prescient. To find out more about this issue, click on And so it goes.

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