Rich Engle

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  1. Nick got temporarily hijacked onto the Bitter Bus: Delete serious posts that hit too hard and may offend someone. Leave the frivolous ones. Yes, that's what we can do. NIck, wasn't that a bit catty, stretchy, and off-thread? Sheesh!
  2. Rich Engle

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    Paul: "Consciousness should find order and flow through the structure of Objectivist principles, not be restricted and confined by the rigidity of Objectivist commandments. We should be ego's striving for integration and self-actualization, not ego's choosing a new program for our superego so we can release previously contained id impulses in Objectivist rage. " It is the same when you look at covenant-based (as in the first part of your first sentence) vs. creed-based spiritual practices. The second part of what you say (integration, etc.) is a very good observation of what goes on, I think.
  3. James, Just a quck note to say I really enjoy this piece. It makes a nice companion to BB's, IMHO... Wonderful!
  4. I hope you're catching the Dissent thread, and I really hope you notice the distinction. You really want to smell some stink, look at what Dragonfly dug up- it smells like a ham and feet sandwich. And it is the free market, just like Ethan says over there. And it is for the owner to make the call, on his private property. What it says about ideological leadership, leadership in general, is clear as the driven snow. Joe used to simply suggest that people take things over to the dissent forum- now he has decided to mandate it. Viva la difference, not. And trust me, you're very likely one of th
  5. Rich Engle

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    "He is being segregated based on the evaluation of his actions." Actions, schmactions. Poppycock. He is being segregated because of his thoughts, in a convenient area where other not-right-thinkers are located, as well. And, segregation is segregation, whether it's a restroom, a forum, or a leper colony, the last of which is what it most resembles, but for the fact that the leper colony, crude and wrong as it was, actually had some kind of survival reasoning in back of it. "The reason they are not banned or completely moderated is that some people can learn from engaging them." Engaging "the
  6. Rich Engle

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    And yes, I second the welcome back. Why not? A little more to say on this... Being put in a "special place" sends a message from management to the minions. It says "these are not really our people." You know what might have been an even better idea? Why not give them all special-colored avatars, or put a big "D" on them? Then, maybe one could, with confidence, let them post wherever they want, since the de-credibility label would show loud and clear. But that wouldn't really speak to the actual purpose behind this, would it? These people aren't trolls or flamers- those are people you kick off
  7. Rich Engle

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    Key word being "categorized," Ethan. On a forum, you are either excommunicated, or put on moderation, or you or not. What happened to Dragonfly is pseudo-moderation, and, let's be honest- what it really resembles is segregation. Back of the bus, baby. I've always found it condescending, if not flat out hypocritical. But I suppose some people buy into the theory, so it keeps management looking progressive.
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    I agree. The only thing I ever heard over there (mostly from members) as to the why was along the lines of how it is a by Objectivists/for Objectivists kind of line... I was often asked why I bothered being there. Anyone that has ever read me on the forums would find that ridiculous- I've read and reread practically everything that Rand ever wrote, most all of NB's work, and even did some relatively meaningful projects with him (like converting the "The Benefits and Hazards of the Philsophy of Ayn Rand" and "Love and Sex in the Novels of Ayn Rand" to high-quality audio format, as well as a num
  9. Rich Engle

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    Well, I guess anyone that puts up with being sent to a place that got called "Siberia" would kind of deserve it anyway... rde Gulag, Scmulag
  10. For the record, Nick, I thought Bridget was not behaving all that well. And it's easy to slide down into that if someone's going at you. You blinked a few times, but clearly, I thought, you kept the higher ground, between the two of you. She was just doing the standard ortho-O holier than thou crap.
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    I would've expected more out of Robert than that. I don't know him at all, but I've read a ton of his stuff. Butt-kissing? That's pretty nasty if you think about it- letting people into a forum, but putting them in a gulag. What do they do next- stand around and poke at the cage with sharp sticks? But that's Joe's choice. Site owners have to make choices that not everyone will agree with. Least of all you in this case! What the heck did you do? r
  12. Barbara- I hope you got the thank you email I sent the day you posted this article. You made something very important happen for me. best, rde
  13. I'm throwing down on this one, one time. You know what, Nick? You seem like a decent guy, and you have a lot of ideas you want to chew on. You clearly have more than reasonable schooling. It should be a helluva lot easier for you to do your thing on forums than you make it. I read your stuff pretty regularly, because it looks like you're trying, you're pushing the thoughts, trying to develop. A good deal of interesting stuff comes out of you. But, you've got some kind of thing going on where you want the game to always go your way. Something like that. And, if it doesn't, you get all jacked,
  14. Whether you're on OL or SOLOP has something to do with how you view Objectivism, and more to do with temperament. The prevailing sentiments over there regarding the usefulness of anger are telling. The way Barbara is talked about is telling. It just wasn't the right place for you, Victor. As far as the scuttlebutt about you, do you really give an eff? I never get gunned over there, but they could do it everyday and it just wouldn't matter to me, because I find the meanness to be harmful only to the person who tries to dish it out. It's like Nathaniel B. when he talks about how we can't contr
  15. Our beloved maestro has developed a tragic case of water-on-the-brain: "Well, I'm getting a swelled head from all the attention again. Time for more of Dragonfly's art: No, it doesn't look too good." I can't believe how much you resemble Jason Alexander, or at least what I'd imagine his evil twin might look like. And this girlfriend-cross-species-cloning thing! What on God's earth is going on over at your Zen Love Nest? These bizarre medical experiments have to stop, Michael, and they must stop now! Even an atheist should know that these things, if they do not go against God<tm>, they s
  16. It's kind of nice that all the sourpusses are confined to one location- they can enjoy one another, just like we do. Well, not just like... "Participatory Dynamics." That got pulled out of somewhere dark, deep, and slightly musty-smelling.
  17. Good Lordy, Jonathan- what a nasty logo. I can't imagine where you got an idea like that,,, The interface is fine, just different. The italic/bold/underscore thing works kind of funk, from what I can see...brings up a little screen to use? I hope the filthy animal that conducted this attack someday will learn about malevolence, and why it's not good for the soul. In the meantime, we can only hope for them contracting an itchy, weepy rash in the most secret and dark of all their places. rde
  18. Tantra Chair update. First off, for those who lost it: www.tantrachair.com. Enjoy the graphics. Sadly, we are in delay on building our replica. Oddly enough, this is because our furniture builder has gotten caught up in a heavy romance that my associate/roomie and I both see as destined for failure. But, he is amok, and there is no talking to him. The prototype drawings and specs are complete, we just can't get him to pay attention to anything right now.
  19. Maestro MSK says we need to go shopping at Akia, Pier 1, or somewhere: "You all are going to have to do something about the furniture." I agree with Angie that truly, this thread might've been the greatest loss of all. Metaphysics, schmetaphysics-it could never compare to a night of dining, drinking, and the Horizontal Tango. Furniture? Well, first purchases are important, esp. for playboys and playgirls on a budget. But, it might be so that 1000.00 US is worth throwing down for a Tantra Chair www.tantrachair.com . If not, here is a brief instructional. I just went through it, having been re
  20. I figure since OL is back up, and I was trolling around for a quick topic, I'd pick on my beloved James Valliant, author of PARC. Today he threw up a rather lengthy blast about the Mel Gibson fiasco, it is here: http://www.solopassion.com/node/1338 I'm not (yet) going to get into what I find to be his rather, er, broad approach to hermenutics, because it really doesn't cut to the bone as far what it takes to locate motivation. Were he to challenge me, I might, but I am considering a pretty sweet offer I was just pitched to sportswrite boxing matches, and, honestly, that would be more fun than
  21. You really should take care of that, Victor. Maybe email her privately, too? I got the impression that you said a lot of what you said because you got caught up in the poison. That happens to people, and it's certainly forgiveable- but there's definitely apology involved. You can't expect that Barbara would engage in dialogue with you until you have put out the olive branch, and say what you did was, er, unfortunate and suboptimal. If you've truly had a change of heart (I think you might have), it will show through.
  22. Oh yes, indeedy, MSK, I always pack- what do you expect out of a guy that works in East Cleveland six days a week? 8) I think I am satisfied that I can at least for awhile scale back on the fly-over grenade droppings; because it perpetuates itself so well anyhow. Un-freaking believable. The latest comment about the Perigo on the Mount sermon: "In all candor, this could be one of the best speeches made by a human being in recent years. Out of curiosity, was every word written in advance, or was it ad libbed? In either case, bravo!" Oh, my... that just... And I wonder what he thinks the best
  23. Well, Jonathan, I'd like to say that with passive-aggressives you can't always predict when they do their switching, but I don't think that's the problem, as much as it might look that way. Too much windmill-lancing and strawman-burning for that diagnosis. And then there's this thing Brant Gaede (who for the likes of me I can never get a bead on, the way he moves to and fro) shoved up there on passionate_curmudgeons-dot-com: What, because Michael went to the Borders thing and recounted what a goofy-ass non-event it was? It clearly was less-than-regal. If you ever saw the movie Spinal Tap, it
  24. I wish someone like Perigo could be sent to his room, but, alas, he is (at least on paper, and in addition to being a curmudgeon) a legal adult. Ignoring him and his like is certainly an attractive option; "I don't think of you." But, oh, I do. I think of him whenever I see a shiny new young O-ist-to-be pull into the cyber parking lot. There aren't that many choices, you know, and Perigo's site might as well be called abduction van dot-com. Like church congregations, new members are important. Impressionable ones are even more important for guys like him, what with all the bridge burning, an