Thursday, April 4, 2019


What I Learned on Safari: Ignore the Fine Print
See the second Wall Street Journal article, below.

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See the first Wall Street Journal article, below.

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"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – 
which you can never afford to Lose – with the discipline to confront
the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."
        - VAdm James Stockdale, USN (1923-2005)

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (without permission)

What Causes Cancer? It’s Complicated

Each case of the disease is the result of several factors, and it’s usually hard to blame a specific exposure.

April 1, 2019 7:10 p.m. ET

A 3-D rendering of a cancer cell.
 Photo: Getty Images
A San Francisco jury decided last month that a plaintiff’s case of non-Hodgkin lymphoma was caused by Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller, which contains glyphosate, a probable carcinogen; last Wednesday the panel awarded him $80 million in damages. Less than a week before, a jury in Oakland, Calif., awarded $29 million to a woman who claimed her mesothelioma was caused by asbestos in Johnson & Johnson ’s talc powder. Last year in Missouri, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $4.7 billion to 22 plaintiffs who believed the powder caused ovarian cancer.
These decisions aren’t the win for consumers that they might seem to be. Instead, they represent a search for a scapegoat that distorts the science of cancer as well as society’s conception of the disease.
I study the molecular mechanisms of cancer,xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx and where things went wrong. In most cases this simply isn’t possible.
And so we are left to deal with the uncomfortable reality that although we have come far in our understanding of cancer, there is still so much that remains a mystery.
Mr. Lambert is a postdoctoral researcher at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.
Appeared in the April 2, 2019, print edition.

What I Learned on Safari: Ignore the Fine Print

How could my sister shop while I faced a lioness?

April 1, 2019 7:09 p.m. ET

Lions greet tourists on a safari in South Africa, April 2017.
 Photo: iStock/Getty Images
Conventional wisdom will tell you to read waivers carefully before signing your life away. Sometimes it’s better to jump blindly into adventure. Eleven years ago my friend Tuomo convinced me to tag along on a South African safari. I agreed, trusting he wouldn’t put me in danger.
On arrival to Balule Nature Reserve,xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxe massive beast. I was sure we’d be trampled to death, but the elephant broke off its charge at the last moment. Fear-induced adrenaline heightened my senses the whole trip and let me catch every magical detail. Sometimes it’s best not to read the fine print.
Ms. Siegel is a freelance journalist who covers international affairs, business and travel.
Appeared in the April 2, 2019, print edition.

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