Quickies: Cleaner air leads to cancer decline, assisted suicide in California, and the racist myth of alcoholism
- California sees a 76 percent decline in cancer risks, thanks to cleaner air – “These reductions have been credited to statewide air pollution rules that were established in the 1980s and have subsequently led to reductions in the amount of diesel soot, benzene, and other cancer-causing air pollutants emitted in the state.” From Amy.
- California approves assisted suicide – Governor Brown said, “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.” From Amy.
- I tried to say “yes” to every creepy guy who approached me on the street for two weeks – From Mary.
- No, Native Americans are not genetically more susceptible to alcoholism – “Rates of all types of addiction — not just alcohol — are elevated in aboriginal peoples around the world, not only in America. It’s unlikely that these scattered groups randomly happen to share more vulnerability genes for addiction than any other similarly dispersed people. But what they clearly do have in common is an ongoing multi-generational experience of trauma.”