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  • RufusTFirefly (2725 posts)
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    Please join me in bidding Nichomachus goodbye

    For those who haven’t already heard, Nichomachus passed away on Feb. 24.

    Nichomachus was a friend of mine. Although we originally met in person more than 15 years ago and would occasionally meet for a meal or for a hockey game that involved his beloved Bruins (even though he lived hundreds of miles away), our friendship was primarily nurtured and strengthened online and in e-mail. More than 12 years ago when I revealed something personal on the Smirking Chimp that he was already aware of, he quickly sent me an e-mail headed “Busted!” Not long after our covers were blown, we both fled to SV, where it took us longer than it should have to realize that we weren’t welcome there and that our shared antipathy toward neoliberalism was construed as a fault rather than as an advantage. And so, like many others, we both wound up here (although, unlike me, he stubbornly maintained a presence at that Other Place, mainly, I suspect, to cause trouble.)

    Nicho was a skeptic and a scholar, he was arguably a curmudgeon, he could be hilarious often, but fundamentally  he was a deeply caring person, who had the misfortune of remembering, asking questions, and of actually paying attention, attributes that are generally frowned upon today. Is it any surprise that he was a big fan of H.L. Mencken and George Carlin?

    It was a rare day when I didn’t receive at least a half dozen e-mails from him. Even though we were on the same time zone and I am an early riser, his were often the first in my inbox every morning. Although his messages covered a variety of topics, everything from hockey to science and, of course, to current events, there were a few subject headings that he often repeated. One was “Tell me again why you haven’t moved to Canada?!” (through the luck of birth, I qualify for dual citizenship) and the other, my favorite, was “Why aren’t we rioting in the streets?”

    Why indeed?

    So long, Nichomachus. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who misses you. Nor am I the only one who will never forget you.




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    • ThouArtThat (6114 posts)
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      1. Condolences – Saddness When Good Men Are No More


      "In America Today, Power Corrupts and Money Corrupts Absolutely" - Anonymous  
    • MannyGoldstein (2342 posts)
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      2. I'm sorry for your loss, our loss

      He was a very thoughtful poster.

      Peace to you, to him, and to all of us.

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it" - Upton Sinclair
    • Passionate Progressive (1705 posts)
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      3. Farewell Nichomauchus

      You will be missed.

    • RufusTFirefly (2725 posts)
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      4. Thank you all!

      I really feel like dropping Nicho a line to tell him that his thread already has 15 recs.

      But alas, I can’t.

    • Piperay (671 posts)
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      5. Much sympathy to all who will be missing him…

      R-I-P Nichomachus

    • glinda (2325 posts)
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      6. I did not know him but I admire him through your tribute and

      heartfelt post. Wish I had known him. Sorry for your loss. RIP Nichomachus.

      Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
      • no retreat no surrender (1052 posts)
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        19. I'm with you

        You said what I was going to say. I too wish I had known him. RIP Nichomachus.

        It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in the minds of men - Samuel Adams
        It's the height of privilege to win a primary rigged by your elite cronies, then act entitled to the votes of people you cheated - Jill Stein
    • Colors of the Rainbow (1636 posts)
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      7. I am sorry

      Rest In Peace, Nichomachus!

    • A little weird (700 posts)
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      8. I'm sorry

      I remember seeing his posts but I regret I didn’t have the honor of knowing him personally. Condolences to his family and friends.

    • WillyT (10683 posts)
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      9. Beautiful Testament Rufus…



    • Marym625 (28359 posts)
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      10. I'm so sorry for your loss.

      A loss we will all feel.

      I wasn’t lucky enough to know him outside of his posts.  But his loss will be felt everywhere.

      Thank you for your tribute

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    • closeupready (2011 posts)
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      11. I remember him from SV – very sad. It can be tempting to forget

      in the furious back-and-forth that goes on sometimes, that there are real people behind the screen names.  RIP.

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    • Silver Witch (5913 posts)
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      12. Travel well Nicho.

      Your presence will be sorely missed.

    • SurrealAmerican (1039 posts)
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      13. I'm sorry for your loss.

      It’s our loss too.

    • senz (5378 posts)
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      14. It's hard to lose a friend.

      Condolences to you, Rufus, and may he rest in peace.

    • Octafish (3771 posts)
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      15. Hasta siempre, Hermano.

      Please accept my deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of our colleague and friend, RufusTFirefly.

      A patriot, Nichomacus knew right from wrong and wasn’t afraid to say what is what.



      “Get the truth and print it.” -- John S. Knight
    • Cleita (2768 posts)
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      16. Rest in peace Nichomachus.

      Condolences to his family and friends.

    • VoiceOfReason (985 posts)
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      17. my favorite poem dedicated to Nichomachus

      I did not know him well but now I know about him.

      May he rest in peace.

      "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
    • roguevalley (2342 posts)
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      18. my condolences. I hate losing good people, though we never met. you make

      this person live for us. Thank you and may you have peace in time. -RV

      Be love. Be light. Fear is the only darkness. Love is the only light.
    • RufusTFirefly (2725 posts)
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      20. Thank you all for your wonderful demonstrations of support

      I will endeavor to pass on your tributes to his loved ones.

      Meanwhile, I still find myself constantly resisting the temptation to e-mail Nicho with the latest article or outrage. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

      One thing does make me smile: Although I’m not really a fan of the “Broons” (sorry Nicho!), I noticed that Boston’s Brad Marchand is currently leading the league in both goals and points.

      That would normally be more than enough to prompt Nichomachus to don his “Don’t poke the Bear” t-shirt.

    • hopemountain (2342 posts)
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      21. i am sorry ~

      may your affection for your dear friend and remembrance of your times together offer you comfort.

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    • Major Hogwash (3055 posts)
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      22. Wow, that is bad news.

      You were lucky to have known him for so long. He sounds like a cool guy.

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    • slipslidingaway (194 posts)
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    • slipslidingaway (194 posts)
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      24. I remember him and can hope his family and friends let the best memories

      rise to the surface.



    • Mac1949 (6 posts)
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      25. Sympathy to all his friends and family

      I did not know him directly, but have always found his posts interesting and generally spot-on.  He will be missed.

      A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyrannyAleksandr Solzhenitsyn