Mistakes Will Happen

Propublica Says There Are Bombs In Our Backyards
Investigative journalism site www.Propublica.org/ recently posted a piece that says that nationwide, the military has high risk sites that hold bombs or toxic waste. New York alone has 32 high risk and medium risk sites. California holds the most medium and high risk bomb sites at 131. In addition, the piece names military bases that have high and medium risk sites. The United States Military Academy at West Point has 14 such sites, for example. To access the interactive map and to determine the time line for site remediation, visit https://projects.propublica.org/bombs/. Another ProPublica site provides tips journalists can use to cover the story in their areas. To learn more about this aspect, visit https://www.propublica.org/article/reporting-recipe-bombs-in-your-backyard?. Happy sleuthing. The sites shown on the interactive map are color-coded to indicate High risk down to Response completed sites.

Answers To Give After You Have Lost Your Chance To Deliver A Zinger
When I am in social situations and can’t think of a snappy comeback until hours later at home, I fantasize about the snarky retorts I might have used. This website, has many famous responses that more quick-witted individuals have used. For example, Oscar Wilde once remarked, “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they leave.” Another example comes from Dorothy Parker, “That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can’t say NO in any of them” To chuckle over many more examples, surf over to https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/classic-insults. Enjoy.

Mistakes Will Happen
The Huffington Post recently reported that supporters of President Donald Trump mistook actor Levar Burton for sports father Levar Ball. For 23 years, Levar Burton taught the joys of reading to kids on the PBS series “Reading Rainbow.” Mr. Ball is the father of UCLA basketball player Lonzo Ball who was arrested in China for shoplifting. President Trump interceded on his behalf and engineered his release only to opine later that he (Trump) should have left the kid in jail. The father responded by criticizing the president. To enjoy this rather minor kerfluffle, visit https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/levar-burton-lavar-ball-not-same_us_5a14b2f3e4b025f8e9325669.

Some Advice For Students Deciding On A College Major
The New York Times recently published a story on career earnings for twelve college major career areas. According to the article, students who choose careers based starting salaries may be making a mistake. When evaluating lifetime earnings, students need to really do their homework. According to the Times, in a lifetime career, an English major in the highest quartile will earn more money than a chemical engineer whose earnings fall just over the median for chemical engineers. The English major in the highest quartile is estimated to earn between $4 and $5 million working over a lifetime. A chemical engineer falling just over the median salary for the field is estimated to earn over his/her lifetime $4 million. So, some careers pay off in the short run while others pay off over the long haul. To find out more, click on www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/education/edlife/choosing-a-college-major/

How To Avoid An Unexpected Hospital Bill
An investigative reporting site recently posted a story about people who experienced unexpected high medical costs. According to the report, a doctor offered to add an ear piercing for a young girl’s ear as part of a scheduled surgical procedure. The hospital then charged the parents a whopping $1.877 for the ear-piercing procedure. Ouch! There are steps that patients can take to avoid such unexpected surprises. For example, make sure the proposed test or treatment is necessary. Ask the cost of the test or the treatment before having it done. To learn more about how to protect yourself from unexpected medical bills, log on to https://www.propublica.org/article/seven-ways-patients-can-protect-themselves-from-outrageous-medical-bills?utm/.

‘Tis The Season, The Shopping Season
The Internet has become the preferred way to shop, and Black Friday sales figures indicate that more shopping occurred online than in brick and mortar stores. The following website will provide you with sale products, deals, coupons and more to make your holiday shopping as easy as possible. To find this treasure, click on https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/910-best-shopping-apps.html. And so it goes.

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