“Higher Education Hucksters” Book Announced

Dissatisfied college graduate Joe Ohler was a cheese packer with a master’s degree. Being under-employed -wasn’t- his choice — instead, it was the cumulative decisions of many hiring managers, who collectively deemed him to be nothing more than an unskilled peon with a piece of paper. (Or few, in Mr. Ohler’s case.)

However, Ohler is fighting back against his market-destined fate: By becoming a thought leader!

And not just a social media star with more “hidden” followers than openly admitted, but a published presence whose insights send chills of uncertainty into the higher-education establishment.

“I wasn’t about to let the opinions of clueless human resources people determine my future,” Ohler said.

“I decided that given how few books there are warning about the dangers of higher education, my main idea makes me a thought leader. And that premise is: More higher education is often worse!”

The lack of constructive feedback from hiring managers has meant there are no guideposts to becoming best-qualified for any role he pursues. Some assume the panacea is to “get more experience,” while no one will hire you to get that first experience.

The dictum, “Get more experience,” seems unevenly applied, when less-experienced peers have been offered jobs better than the one Ohler has and comparable to the ones for which he interviews. So, only people similar to Mr. Ohler must overcome the additional odds of lacking experience, while others different from him are given a “free pass.”

Such differential outcomes motivated Mr. Ohler to write a book about his experiences as an unwanted, under-valued baccalaureate college grad.

He believes that by sharing his insights, he can help the untallied others who earned their credentials but remain cast-off from those opportunities towards which their formal education had been advertised as “advancing one’s career.” (As opposed to being an expensive detour without a so-called “college wage premium” to show for it all.)

Mr. Ohler also aspires to discourage strong-headed “preppies” from their tentative goals of a liberal-arts university.

“Just because you might self-identify as college-bound, doesn’t mean you’re obligated to enroll. Don’t let parents, peers, or teachers pressure you into the toxic investment of a college education! A bachelor’s degree can be the worst waste of your time and money, even if you choose a major that’s allegedly in-demand.”

Mr. Ohler will entitle his book, “Higher Education Hucksters: When More Education Is Worse.”

Some say, “Why not call it, ‘University scam exposed?'”

Joe Ohler says, “Because that title would be more generic, and therefore less memorable, than my title, ‘Higher Education Hucksters.'”

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16 Leading Causes of Death in Wisconsin (Pain Pills are Dead-Last)

To directly rebuff the claim of a “prescription-opioid death epidemic,” I demonstrate such deaths are -not- even in the Top 15 causes of death in Wisconsin:

16 Leading Causes of Death in Wisconsin[1]

1st Place – Heart Disease: 11,471 = 22.3% of Total Deaths[2]

2nd Place – Cancer: 11,424 = 22.3% of Total Deaths

3rd Place – Unintentional Injuries: 3,186 = 6.2% of Total Deaths

4th Place – Chronic Lower-Respiratory Disease: 2,841 = 5.5% of Total Deaths

5th Place – Cerebro-Vascular Disease: 2,616 = 5.1% of Total Deaths

6th Place – Alzheimer’s Disease: 2,616 = 5.1% of Total Deaths

7th Place – Diabetes: 1,382 = 2.7% of Total Deaths

8th Place – Pneumonia or Influenza: 1,051 = 2% of Total Deaths

9th Place – Nephritis: 995 = 1.9% of Total Deaths

10th Place – Suicide: 874 = 1.7% of Total Deaths

NOTE: Although the 11th- Through 16th-Ranked Causes of Death were not copied directly (due to being outside the top ten of the WisDHS mortality report), they -were- imputed from official data within that same report.

11th Place – All Drug Overdoses:[3] 873 = 1.7% of Total Deaths

12th Place – Parkinson’s Disease: 587[4] = 1.1% of Total Deaths

13th Place – Prescription Drug Overdoses:[5] 349 = 0.7% of Total Deaths

14th Place – Heroin Overdoses:[6] 299 = 0.6% of Total Deaths

15th Place – Homicide:[7] 183 = 0.3% of Total Deaths

16th Place – Prescription Opioid Overdoses:[8] 174 = 0.3% of Total Deaths

—References—
[1] These totals are taken directly from, “Table 2: Leading causes of death by age groups, 2015, Wisconsin,” on page 6 of, “Annual Wisconsin Death Report, 2015.” Office of Health Informatics, within WisDHS. Released September 2016. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p01170-16.pdf
[2] Total deaths in Wisconsin were 51,251 in 2015, taken directly from “Key Findings” on page 2 of, “Annual Wisconsin Death Report, 2015.” Office of Health Informatics, within WisDHS. Released September 2016. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p01129.pdf
[3] Calculated from prevalence rates identified within the section, “Other drug-related deaths,” on page 37 of, “Wisconsin Epidemiological Profile on Alcohol and Other Drugs, 2016.” Joint publication of WisDHS and UW-Madison Population Health Institute. Released November 2016. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p4/p45718-16.pdf
-Calculation: (5,700,000 population / 100,000 incidence) * 15.3 per 100K = 57 * 15.3 = 872.1 (round down) = 872 Wisconsinites died from drug complications or overdose in 2015.
[4] Sum of the prevalences among age groups. Refer to “Table 2” within Citation 1.
[5] Calculated from respective prevalence rates from, “Figure 16: Distribution of drug overdose by drug type, 2015, Wisconsin,” on page 25 of, “Annual Wisconsin Death Report, 2015.” Office of Health Informatics, within WisDHS. Released September 2016. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p01170-16.pdf
-Calculation: 873 drug deaths * (0.2 RX opioids + 0.05 RX benzos + 0.15 combination of RX and other drugs) = 873 * 0.4 = 349 deaths from prescription drugs
[6] “Wisconsin Heroin Brief, 2007-2014.” Office of Health Informatics, within WisDHS. Released March 2016. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p01238.pdf
2015 was extrapolated from 2014 data, by using a highly conservative estimate of 12-percent heroin-mortality growth.
-Calculation: 267 base year (2014) * 1.12 change = 299 (2015)
[7] Sum of the prevalences among age groups. Refer to “Table 2” within Citation 1.
[8] Calculated from a 20-percent prevalence rate from, “Figure 16: Distribution of drug overdose by drug type, 2015, Wisconsin,” on page 25 of, “Annual Wisconsin Death Report, 2015.” Office of Health Informatics, within WisDHS. Released September 2016. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p01170-16.pdf
-Calculation: 873 drug deaths * 0.2 RX opioids = 174 deaths from prescription opioids

NOTE: It has come to my attention that the website “World Life Expectancy” shows an unranked list of Wisconsin mortality, saying only, “These are the top 15 causes [in no particular order].” [No link shall be provided, due to not wanting to promote a “competitor” in this policy sphere.]

Furthermore, its map-oriented interface is less straightforward than just giving the absolute and relative numbers. By contrast, I rank these causes numerically; show my calculations; and use terms that align with Health Department reports. -JPO