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Eric D. Dixon
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"Science can be an important tool for effective public policy, but if it is not tempered by skepticism and an unfailing respect for individual rights, then it can become a mask for deplorable policies."
On the morning of October 19, 1927, the Commonwealth of Virginia sterilized Carrie Buck. Dr. John Bell — whose name woul…
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"A murder will always be news. The people who didn’t get killed this year, but may have in a more violent era, obviously don’t make the news. People will always get a skewed reality that makes them feel less safe than they are, even in an era of unprecedented safety."
Despite claims to the contrary, 2015 will have been a historically safe year in the United States -- for cops and for everyone else.
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Just the latest reminder that the people who keep smugly asserting that there's no such thing as non-celiac gluten sensitivity are indulging in an anti-scientific prejudice:

"In our study, gluten-sensitive individuals who responded to a gluten-free diet had a genetic predisposition to celiac disease. They had no evidence of celiac, but they did have the vulnerable genes that put a person at risk of celiac."
Some people who don't have celiac disease say they feel better on a gluten-free diet. Researchers have long been puzzled as to why. A study suggests it could be because of a protein called zonulin.
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"Charting public health from the mid-Victorian era, our worldview changes dramatically. Mid-Victorians lived without modern diagnostics, drugs, surgery or contraception. Despite that, and because of the high nutrient density of their diet, their life spans were as good as ours and their health spans significantly longer. The dietary advantages of the mid-Victorian period have been lost to us because of our more sedentary lifestyles and over-consumption of processed and nutrient-depleted foods and beverages."
If you were to ask a member of the public to name a particularly healthy cuisine they might say the…
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A crowd of audience members leaving the theater after a screening of the film aren't shy to express how they felt about the film, though. Some found the film to be brilliant, while others found it to be a waste of time. Lynch doesn't seem to care what they think. He just cares that they thought something.
Interview from 1979 with the then 33 year old Lynch, about the making of Eraserhead. The video was shot for a television-production class at UCLA.
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The anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is coming up soon, so I wrote a little something about it today:
For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall stood as one of the world’s most forbidding symbols of oppression. After years of losing a steady stream of defectors to the West, in 1961 the communist-controlled government of East Germany constructed a heavily guarded barrier that divided an entire city — all in order to prevent their own citizens from escaping to freedom.
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"Members of a homogeneous group rest somewhat assured that they will agree with one another; that they will understand one another's perspectives and beliefs; that they will be able to easily come to a consensus. But when members of a group notice that they are socially different from one another, they change their expectations. They anticipate differences of opinion and perspective. They assume they will need to work harder to come to a consensus. This logic helps to explain both the upside and the downside of social diversity: people work harder in diverse environments both cognitively and socially. They might not like it, but the hard work can lead to better outcomes."
Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working
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As both a long-time comedy and SF geek, few cultural phenomena hit the sweet spot where those intersect the way that MST3K did for me. I've always been an enormous fan (literally and figuratively), of both this show and spinoff projects like RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic, and couldn't be happier that the brand is being re-launched. The #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter campaign is now in its final few hours, the original goal has been reached, and an entire new season of shows will be produced. If they hit the last stretch goal, they'll set a new crowdfunding world record and there'll even be a Christmas special.

It's not too late to join the party!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mst3k/bringbackmst3k
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"The growing left-wing critique of zoning is particularly significant because the most liberal cities also tend to be ones with the most restrictive zoning laws, and the highest housing costs. In an earlier post on this subject, I have argued that this tendency is probably the result of voters’ ignorance of the effects of zoning, rather than callous indifference to the needs of the poor. Nonetheless, it would be good if more politically influential liberals become aware of the problem, and began advocate measures to curb zoning."
Numerous economists and public policy experts across the political spectrum now agree that restrictive zoning is a major obstacle affordable housing and economic opportunity for the poor and lower middle class.
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"Periodic blazes that destroy sections of the Beltway region are a natural part of the political cycle and play a key role in maintaining democratic balance."
WASHINGTON—Calling the process essential to preventing overgrowth and promoting renewal, a study released Tuesday by researchers at American University found that regular, controlled Washington, D.C. wildfires are crucial to the restoration of a healthy political environment.
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"The voice of Frederick Douglass echoed through his time and beyond, changing the public view of the South’s 'peculiar institution' of slavery so that it became universally recongnized as evil.

"Yeonmi Park has the same potential to turn the attention of those who cherish freedom toward the plight of the victims of the Kim regime in North Korea. If Douglass was right that the limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress, Kim Jong-un may have met his match in Yeonmi Park, now living in New York City and serving as a fellow of the Human Rights Foundation. The implied message of her book is that it is now up to all of us to spread her message of freedom, and to end the world’s complacency over the plight of North Koreans."
“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” This is a quote by Frederick Douglass, but you would be forgiven for thinking it belonged to Yeonmi Park, whose remarkable book In Order to Live is both a riveting and important read. In telling her life story, the 22-year-old North Korean refugee reveals an ability to endure countless abuses and finds purpose as a truth-telling menace to the totalitarian Kim regi...
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  • Libertarian National Committee
    Editor / Technology Developer, 2012 - 2014
  • Show-Me Institute
    Editor, 2007 - 2011
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Eric D. Dixon holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Brigham Young University, and although he originally planned to pursue a life in newspapers, he never got over his 1997 internship at the Cato Institute. He has since kept a foot in both journalism and public policy, working for the Show-Me Institute, U.S. Term Limits, Americans for Limited Government, the Cascade Policy Institute, Liberty magazine, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Idaho Press-Tribune.
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    Journalism, 1990 - 1997
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