Childhood

I ain’t got a heart of stone
I’m hurting more now than I’ve ever known
If you mean the things you said
I’m gonna wind up out of my head

Can’t sleep alone at night
I just can’t seem to get it right
Damned if I do
Damned if I don’t
But I love you

I don’t wanna tie you down
Don’t need a reason to have you around
But each time you walk away
Don’t be surprised if I ask you to stay

Can’t sleep alone at night
I just can’t seem to get it right
Damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
But I love you

I ain’t got a heart of stone
You haven’t left me a mind of my own
But it’s got such a hold on me
I don’t think I could ever be free

How can I survive?
I’m fighting to keep myself alive
I’m damned if I do
Damned if I don’t
But I love you

Can’t seem to see the light
I’ve done everything but I can’t get it right
Damned if I do
Damned if I don’t
But I love you

End draft registration – Now!

“The draft is morally wrong: the State doesn’t own us – we own ourselves.

Conscription is un-American, unconstitutional, and inimical to the principles of a free society.

Under no circumstances is it ever justified, period.

If a nation cannot find enough volunteers to defend itself against foreign invasion, then this tells us something about the nature of the regime – that it has lost whatever legitimacy it once had, and therefore doesn’t deserve to exist.”

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/02/11/end-draft-registration-now/

Over 500 million people affected but no news coverage

Sometimes I wonder how research becomes newsworthy. I couldn’t find any news coverage of this 2015 Chinese rodent study which provided details of the effects of a gene for which:

“Over 500 million people worldwide carry a specific polymorphism.

Is a risk factor for liver cancer.”

1 out of every 15 people alive today has this condition, and can expect:

“Increased sensitivity to acute or chronic alcohol-induced toxicity

Higher risk for gastrointestinal cancers

Enzyme deficiency in the liver, leading to inefficient detoxification of aldehydes and accumulation of cancer-causing mutations.”

Was the lack of news coverage because 40% of East Asians are affected? Would this study become newsworthy if 40% of some other group was affected?

http://www.pnas.org/content/112/29/9088.full “ALDH2(E487K) mutation increases protein turnover and promotes murine hepatocarcinogenesis”