You are correct, it is almost impossible to distinguish reality from satire. I look up factual information on a subject when I am drafting a story and often find the facts are stranger than my story ideas!
I should have pointed out the story tags right away, since they are easy to miss.
I did like my analogy to a sinking ship, but apologize for directing it toward you. If you see my name on an article, it is most likely satire, humor or fiction (a few outside those categories) meant to get people thinking about the issues or provide a little respite humor from the insanity.
Thank You for your response. It is nice to know someone is writing from their factual research and not spouting off comments based on tweets or Farcebook (Yes, my spelling of it) comments.