No, gagging over interracial marriage is not the ‘conventional view’ - “In his column Tuesday, Richard Cohen … writes … ‘about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children.’ Given the context of the column, I think that Cohen is using ‘conventional views’ to mean ‘culturally conservative views.’ But insofar as ‘conventional’ means ‘based on or in accordance with what is generally done or believed,’ acceptance of interracial marriage is overwhelmingly conventional. A July poll from Gallup finds that 87 percent of Americans approve — up from 4 percent in 1959.
Shift In Cholesterol Advice Could Double Statin Use – “… new guidelines published Tuesday afternoon throw out the notion that a specific blood cholesterol level should automatically trigger treatment with cholesterol-lowering drugs. Also out the window is any notion of treating patients with drugs until their so-called bad cholesterol hits a specific target – one that for most people is all but impossible to achieve by diet alone. Instead, the new guidelines groups adults into four categories most likely to benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs. They include people with heart disease and diabetes, as well as people with high levels of LDL cholesterol, the bad kind. The guidelines also explicitly tell doctors not to bother with drugs other than statins, saying they’re the only ones proven to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Climate Research: Lessons from Typhoon ‘Haiyan’ – “Many at the climate conference in Warsaw and around the world see a link between global warming and the devastating typhoon in the Philippines. But several studies point to other causes — and even more worrisome trends.”
The Uncertain Future of Central Bank Supremacy - ”Advanced countries’ central banks were among the first to warn that their ability to compensate for other policymakers’ inaction is neither endless nor risk-free. The trouble is that few outsiders seem to be listening, much less preparing to confront the limits of monetary policy’s effectiveness.”