“Nobody’s creating jobs for fictional professors,” Professor Plum said as he entered the mail room. “It’s a war on me.”

He read the mail. (More)

Professor Plum then left with Ms. Scarlet to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”).

In the staff poker game, the Professor of Astrology Janitor was sure the poker gods were waging war on small pairs. He’d been dealt pairs of Nines, Sixes, and Tens on the past three hands. Each time he raised before the flop, and each time Chef and the Squirrel called. The Professor of Astrology Janitor was forced to fold when Chef hit an Ace on the first hand, when the Squirrel hit both an Ace and a Queen on the second hand, and when both Chef and the Squirrel hit Aces on the third hand. So when Chef raised and the Squirrel called on the next hand, the Professor of Astrology Janitor looked at his fourth consecutive pocket pair, black Deuces, he didn’t even bother to call.

And of course Ace and Deuce of Hearts and the Deuce of Diamonds fell on the flop.

The Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling and Chef went to the kitchen to make Easter Omelets, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

Did you see the news that jobs for women are growing but jobs for men are going away? It’s part of the War On Men, and notice that this isn’t presented as a crisis demanding immediate action, as it would be if the problem were reversed.

Glenn in TN

Dear Glenn,

We commend your capacity for whining. However, we note that this “War on Men” is being waged not by women, but by machines. Specifically, “jobs for men” are shrinking because agriculture and manufacturing are increasingly automated, while “jobs for women” are growing because machines can’t yet replace human interaction in health care and similar fields. We further note that it’s entirely possible for men to become occupational and physical therapists and aides, nurses and nurses aids, physician assistants, audiologists, phlebotomists, and personal care aides – all expanding career fields where women currently dominate the workforce. But many of those jobs don’t pay very well, and studies have found that’s largely because our society devalues work done by women. Simply, the more women gravitate to a career field, the less we think those jobs are worth … a pattern the researchers tracked in field after field since 1950.

We conclude that it’s easier to whine about the “War on Men” than to examine the reasons that traditionally ‘male’ jobs are drying up. And it’s far easier to whine about the “War on Men” than to tell men to train for jobs that are growing, rather than wishing for the return of Manly Man jobs now being done by Machinely Machines.

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

At least there are still plenty of Squirrely Squirrel jobs, for both males and females. Oh, how does Chef make Easter Omelets?

Grooming My Whiskers Before Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Squirrel,

She makes them just like regular omelets, but serves them with a side dish of jelly beans. Bon appétit!

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Glenn in TN; agriculture and manufacturing are increasingly automated … machines can’t yet replace human interaction in health care and similar fields; studies have found that’s largely because our society devalues work done by women.

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Happy Sunday!