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February 2019

"The Liberal Arts Weren’t Murdered — They Committed Suicide"

Victor Davis Hanson:

Yet if one walks through the local Barnes & Noble bookstore, reviews the non-fiction best-seller lists, scans Amazon’s most-read categories, or looks through book ads in popular magazines, one is struck how well biographies of Churchill and Grant sell, and how histories of war and peace, exploration, and political careers capture the public interest — reminding us that the fault of declining college interest in the liberal arts may be not in the stars of vocationalism or the wrong values of students but rather deep within the university faculty and administration themselves.

"The Cholesterol Controversy"

Calm, seemingly reasonable piece that explains in depth why, in spite of many objections raise over the years, lower (LDL) cholesterol does lower your risk of heart problems and stroke and why statins are probably worth it.  It even responds to a serious objection I had read, one that claimed if statins work it's not because they lower cholesterol but because they reduce inflammation.