Sunday, Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Sunset Jackson" went up. I keep getting e-mail about my reviews and am I done for the year? If time permits, I will probably be doing two more pieces. One will be on a hits package that's all wrong. The other will be on an album that came out in October. I liked it but not enough to review it. Then I heard C.I. singing the songs (with earbuds in) and I realized the songs were a lot deeper than I had grasped. It's a rocking album and rocks good. But part of that pile driving rock overwhelms some of what is being said.
I thought C.I. was singing one of the best old folk songs in the world and I waived to her when she was done to find out what the song was. She said, "It's ____. From the new album." I was, "I have got to listen to it more closely."
KQED is my local NPR and Toni called me tonight to say, "Check your e-mail, I'm sending you two links you shouldn't miss." They were to stories in our area back home. This is from KQED (and there's audio at the link):
Marin County is already well-known for having breast cancer rates that are higher than the state average. But a new study shows that trend doesn't stop at the county's borders.
Researchers with the California Breast Cancer Mapping Project say they've also found a higher rate of breast cancer in parts of every Bay Area county except San Francisco -- 10 to 20 percent higher than the state average.
And here's some criticism of the study from Richard Halstead's report for the Marin Independent Journal:
Rochelle Ereman, an epidemiologist with the county of Marin, said, "All this study does is tell you about incident rates. It really doesn't tell you anything about risk factors and whether these areas have similar risk profiles. That would be a very good next step."
Both Clarke and Barlow also noted that the study fails to differentiate between the types of breast cancer the women in these areas of concern are contracting.
Clarke said, "This report treats breast cancer as one entity. All the cool, meaningful stuff that we're doing now splits breast cancer into molecularly different subtypes."
So keep that in mind and don't freak if you're in any of the mapped out areas. But we really need further studies and have needed them for some time. This was covered over 8 years ago by Mother Jones and even longer ago by PBS. It's really past time for them to stop doing clusters for mapping and start seriously exploring if there's anything in these areas that predisposes someone to breast cancer.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"