Principles for liberals, to get what you want.

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Liberals and conservatives are fundamentally different from each other, and the discrepancies between their personalities make it difficult for the two to intercommunicate; indeed, whereas liberals tend to be more open and concerned with feelings (and as such tend to use more abstract, emotional language, which conservatives tend not to understand), conservatives tend to be more conscientious and concerned with facts (and as such tend to use more concrete, practical language, which liberals tend not to like). However, understanding how each type thinks and speaks, and respecting the differences between them, may enable both to communicate more effectively.

What follows is advice for liberals — principles that, if applied, will enable you to communicate effectively with conservatives such that you improve the probability of getting what you want. Since, presently, liberals want things from conservatives (and not the other way around), the burden of diplomacy is liberals’ to bear, as is the responsibility of communicating effectively. Further, the current liberal methods of screaming, demanding, intimidating, silencing, and imposing are ineffective at generating conservative support for liberal causes as well as for promoting general positivity, health, and wellbeing; in fact, these methods are making everything worse for everyone. So I hope this article provides you with a better method. …


Thoughts on manufactured bias and freedom of speech.

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Photo by Judeus Samson on Unsplash

It’s crazy that Parler was removed from the internet; a billion-dollar company, gone, just like that. And although the reasons for its removal are understandable (and maybe even valid), its removal is nevertheless troubling: this event confirms the godly (but unholy) powers of tech companies to control information, businesses, and lives, and it sets a precedent for intervention that should disquiet all of us as participants in and contributors to the global digital enterprise; indeed, that Google, Apple, and Amazon maintain the beliefs and values that they do is arbitrary, and although they may have our backs now (if they have our backs), there’s no guarantee that they will have our backs on the next issues, or that the companies that replace them after winning lawsuits against them will have our backs, especially if such companies are led by people who were previously removed from the internet. …


Detailed, high-resolution images of the Red Planet.

On August 12, 2005, NASA launched the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter — a spacecraft designed to study the climate and geology of Mars, map the planet’s surface, and survey for potential rover landing sites. The spacecraft orbits Mars at an average distance of 287 kilometers (178 miles), scanning, probing, and photographing the planet in exquisite, unprecedented detail. What follows are images captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, one of the Orbiter’s six science instruments. …


A line-by-line edit of an excerpt from the script.

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Screenshot by the author. © Warner Bros.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring tells the story of Frodo Baggins and company as they begin their quest through Middle Earth to destroy the One Ring. The script was written by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien.

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INT. BRIDGE OF KHAZAD-DÛM, MORIA …


A line-by-line edit of a scene from the script.

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Bright Star tells the true story of nineteenth-century English romantic poet John Keats and his three-year love affair with his muse, Fanny Brawne. The script was written by Jane Campion.

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EXT. HAMPSTEAD HEATH - DAYFanny and Mr Brown cross the road onto the Heath, where Keats leads them down an AVENUE OF TREES, then across a FROST SCORCHED MEADOW to a COPSE of WINTER ELMS. …


A line-by-line edit of the first 160 words of the script.

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The Social Network tells the true(-ish) story of computer programmer and social-media mogul Mark Zuckerberg as he navigates the situations, relationships, and lawsuits that were the founding of Facebook. The script was written by Aaron Sorkin, based on The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich.

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FROM THE BLACK WE HEAR--MARK (V.O.)
Did you know there are more people with genius IQ’s living in China than there are people of any kind living in the United States? …

A line-by-line edit of an excerpt from the script.

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The Imitation Game tells the true story of mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing as he leads a group of cryptanalysts in deciphering Nazi communication codes during WWII. The script was written by Graham Moore, based on Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.

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INT. BLETCHLEY PARK - DAY - LATERANGLE ON: A machine. It looks like a typewriter that got left on the set of Blade Runner. Wires running all over it. Extra gears sticking out of the sides. Blinking lights that reveal German characters. Half electrical, half mechanical. …


A line-by-line edit of the first 272 words of the script.

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Credit: DreamWorks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox

Lincoln tells the true story of Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to procure support for and ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which amendment abolished slavery and effectively ended the American Civil War. The script was written by Tony Kushner, based in part on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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A line-by-line edit of the first 167 words of the script.

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A Quiet Place tells the story of a family, who, in a post-apocalyptic world terrorized by monsters with hypersensitive hearing, attempt to survive — and thrive — in silence. The script was written by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, from a story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck.

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BLACKWe hear, very clearly, the sound of light wind.EXT. TOWN — MAIN ST. — LATE AFTERNOONWe come up on... a streetlight. There is no illumination... and no movement. We hold on it for a long moment when suddenly... The streetlight bobs... and then begins to sway. We slowly begin to rise up on the streetlight to reveal... a small bird has landed on it. We continue to rise to reveal, behind the bird... …


Late-night, unfiltered thoughts about the state of things.

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You know what frustrates me most about all of this? I can’t stop it. If this were a room full of twelve people, I could do something about it. I could reason with everyone individually, and we could all come to an agreement. But this isn’t a room full of twelve people; this is Whac-A-Mole with a billion moles, and every mole is operating in different time zones, and it’s just impossible to keep up.

If I could say anything to the world and have it listen, I would say “Stop.” I would tell everyone to stop moving and be quiet for a few seconds, take a few deep breaths, and just relax. I would have everyone look at everyone else in the face and just think about what they see, instead of hiding behind the noise of their speech. …

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