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Rahvin
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Message 24 of 219 (482524)
09-16-2008 10:22 PM
Reply to: Message 22 by Straggler
09-16-2008 8:15 PM


Re: Forum Oscars - The Rebirth?
D) Rampant atheist: Rahvin may disagree with this category description but his cutting, insightful, eloquent and utterly damning of the opposition posts are sometimes a joy to behold. As I have said before he causes me to think "I wish I could do that".
That's an incredible compliment, Straggler. Thanks!

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Rahvin
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Message 30 of 219 (538215)
12-04-2009 2:46 PM
Reply to: Message 29 by Straggler
12-04-2009 2:27 PM


Re: Forum Oscars - The Rebirth?
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Straggler in 2008 writes:
D) Rampant atheist: Rahvin may disagree with this category description but his cutting, insightful, eloquent and utterly damning of the opposition posts are sometimes a joy to behold. As I have said before he causes me to think "I wish I could do that".
Re-reading this thread I can only say that you have yet again taken this category in the past year for all of the same reasons previously specified.
lol...well, as with last year, thanks for the high praise

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Rahvin
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Message 32 of 219 (538220)
12-04-2009 3:13 PM
Reply to: Message 31 by Straggler
12-04-2009 2:53 PM


Re: Forum Oscars - The Rebirth?
Well frankly I find you scarey.
Ha! I'm just blunt and not afraid to make people feel uncomfortable. Works against me pretty often, actually, as it drives debates into off-topic discussionsof what made my opponent uncomfortable rather than the topc.
You seem to write everything that a more intelligent Straggler would have written if he had just thought of it first. There I am pondering away. Then all of a sudden: (**Lightbulb Moment**). And then just as I am writing my incredibly eloquent and oh so logical and evidenced argumant I look at what has been written in the meantime and.....Doh!! That blasted Rahvin has got there first.
I actually feel rather the same about you - your posts are often what a calmer, more focused me wishes I had said. And your patience in the RAZD debates has been nothing short of superhuman, while still holding to a logically consistent and well-written chain of responses.
I hate you
Keep up the good work.
Ditto

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Rahvin
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Message 45 of 219 (538916)
12-11-2009 2:30 PM
Reply to: Message 44 by Straggler
12-11-2009 2:03 PM


Re: Social Categories + General Banter
Loony Leftie: I am unaware of any hardcore socialist members but would love to hear from any who consider themselves as such.
I'm often considered to be one, though I don't necessarily see myself as one. Comes from being in America, where the right/left spectrum is significantly shifted rightwards compared to our neighbor to the North and Europe.
I favor lots of "socialist" policies like socialized police, socialized fire protection, socialized education, and socialized healthcare. I support welfare and unemployment protection such that, combined with the other socialist programs, every citizen is guaranteed at least a minimal standard of living and, while they would lose a fancy house or a nice car, unemployment would not mean life on teh streets and getting sick would never result in choosing between bankruptcy or death.
I favor government regulation but not control of industry, as I believe that Capitalism works best when given boundaries, because corporations and indeed regular folks are basically greedy little children looking for ways to cheat the rules to get more for themselves, and damn the consequences later. I think the government should have nationalized the worst offending banks, and divided up everything that was considered "too big to fail." Control of the nationalized banks could be transitioned back to private ownership after the economy stabilized.
I don't mind high taxes...so long as I believe the money is being spent wisely and efficiently.
These things tend to get me labeled as anything from a socialist to an outright communist or fascist, which amuses me to no end for the inherent contradiction in those terms.
The reason I don't see myself as so terribly "left-wing" is because I'm a realist - I favor those programs that work, and don't favor that which does not work. My goal is basically an increased standard of living for everyone, which is most effectively obtained by helping those who are in the most trouble. I support things that are very unpopular with many segments of the left, like nuclear power, which I see as the best and most effective solution to our environmental and energy concerns, if it's done correctly (the US currently doesn't allow "breeder" reactors, which means we don't reprocess our spent fuel. It's a gigantic waste of energy, and results in large amounts of unnecessary waste. We could also use Thorium rather than Uranium for the nuclear cycle as well - Thorium is much easier to acquire than Uranium, there's more of it, and it can't be directly weaponized, and it still supports fuel reprocessing).

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Rahvin
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Message 194 of 219 (659772)
04-18-2012 3:15 PM
Reply to: Message 191 by Straggler
04-17-2012 6:32 PM


Re: EvC Awards
On most subjects I'll read, enjoy and learn something from posts by Mod, Rahvin, Crashfrog, Rrhain, Dwise and a few others. But I would give the title of best overall poster to Mod. I've been inspired to investigate many philosophical issues as a result of his contributions and think that the epistemological areas he excels at underpin the entire EvC debate.
What Crash said. Being name-dropped in that company is an amazing compliment, and you and they are all on my must-read-posters list as well.
For funniest though...
Oni, Dr A. CS. Cavediver. Lyx2no. Oni on form still makes me spit beer all over my keyboard in a way nobody else does.
I have to disagree, only because I think Modulus won the prize for this year in the Republican primary thread, regarding Santorum's primary campaign:
Can we not force Santorum to carry his campaign to full term?

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it.
- Francis Bacon
"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs." - John Rogers
A world that can be explained even with bad reasons is a familiar world. But, on the other hand, in a universe suddenly divested of illusions and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger. His exile is without remedy since he is deprived of the memory of a lost home or the hope of a promised land. This divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, is properly the feeling of absurdity. — Albert Camus

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