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Cobb
LOS ANGELES, CA
Combat Epistemologist
Interests: literature, bourbon, vintage electronics, big data, hapkido, game theory, theology, political & analytic philosophy, computer augmented decision support, spycraft, creole cuisine, asian jazz fusion, bbq, electronica, historical fiction, beef cattle, fast cars, and anything that fits into a 19 inch rack.
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"So come. Take me by the hand. We'll leave this troubled land. I know we can." -- Maurice White, 1976 Somewhere around 1982 I encountered this geek word. I think it was coined by D.R. Hofstadter. It rhymes with puts.... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Cobb
I'm reflecting briefly on this today in consideration of 1. What Mark Blyth calls 'Trumpism' vis a vis Brexit and the future of currencies in the Eurozone. (here) https://youtu.be/3xq-gWv91WM 2. My extensive QA on the alleged racism of Breitbart readers. (here) https://www.evernote.com/l/AAaCP8pPlM9NDaS4_96mgyIJ0HJ2GUNJe84
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Breitbart at Cobb
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It turns out that Vinay Gupta is smarter than I thought he was, which is pretty goddamned smart. He points out something that excites me in a way I haven't been in a while. So let me tell you a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Cubegeek
On my way to becoming what I want to be, something of a kickass man in full, I have discovered that it's more difficult for me to actually reign in my ambition. I have been telling people for the past... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Cobb
Not the companies, the term. (somebody asked me if FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) should be the targets of anti-trust action.) FANG is, in the first case, only a term used by Wall Street traders and hedge fund managers to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Cubegeek
I hate emoticons, but I'm starting to use them with greater frequency. My gut tells me that visual communications of this sort are dumbing down literacy, and I'm trying to communicate that with regularity by expressing my distaste. But there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Cobb
I interpret the following. I have worked to understand and represent elements of the American Right. This American Right contains white supremacists. I have worked to separate myself from the prerogatives of the Talented Tenth. Therefore I have fulfilled the wishes of white supremacists by defeating my black identity. That argument subsumes the fiction that the only possible enemy of white supremacy is black identity - that otherwise moral people have no agency nor ability to recognize the depravity of white supremacy. So, if that's your thinking, you're incorrect. You depend too much on racial essentialism. In fact I think the life of both John Brown and William Wilberforce demonstrate that Christian ethics are sufficient to properly identify and defeat the purposes of white supremacy. In other words, there is nothing particularly radical required, and so I take none and seek no extraordinary recognition except for the writing I have done along the way.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2017 on Race Credits at Cobb
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Let me spell this out for you. I have a racial identity. That is what other people say about me. I decide how much what other people think about me means to me. Just like 'thordaddy' is your email identity. You decide how much of this identity is you. How much you respond to it, how much it carries your esteem / self-regard, whatever you mean to yourself. I am perfectly comfortable allowing people to use my racial identity to a certain extent, just as much as I might allow them to use my email address. But it's something I may change. You may have noticed that I've quoted Baldwin. Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self: in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which robes one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned. This trust in one's nakedness is all that gives one the power to change one's robes. -- James Baldwin I'm perfectly happy to change my robes. I am perfectly willing to undo my blackness, which is in fact, what reality has forced me to do on several occasions. Blackness is like an old suit that has become, 1 3, 4 , 8 sizes too small. Nevermind how long it was my favorite or the happy times I had while wearing it. It no longer fits, and I no longer miss it, although I keep some buttons for sentimental reasons. I am from a small town called 'black' and I have no use for going back and trying to sleep in the same house. I moved. Here's a partial map to 'truly epic separation' From 1997 http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2005/02/the_end_of_my_b.html From 2004 http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2004/11/the_end_of_my_b.html And a short anthology over various years redefining what my own blackness meant to me. http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2003/08/an_essay_on_my_.html So I do hope you can see that I have never given any serious consideration to racialism, and that blackness for me has always been a conscious political, cultural and philosophical position. Something which was something of what I once called 'identity gloves'. like those used to handle dainty objects in museums.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2017 on Race Credits at Cobb
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Once again, your strange terminology means nothing to me. I have no use for race. You don't seem to understand that. I have no idea what this 'Perfect Man' is you're talking about or you you came to the conclusion that it means something to my parents. "My race is my father' also means nothing to me. Nor have you seen me anywhere suggesting anything on rights other than civil rights where I have made it clear that there may be humanism but no international enforcement of 'human rights'. My 'trek' as you suggest is very little more than what I state at the outset, to mock and confound wishful thinkers and their racial theories including the half-assed theories of Peggy McIntosh. So I'm not quite sure what purpose your comments serve, since you're saying nothing about me, nor addressing the subjects of my writing.
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I've stumbled upon a new way to confound and mock wishful thinkers. This in the dimension of race. It began with a stab at the definition of 'white privilege' which I consider to be presumptuous, ill-defined and mostly insignificant. In... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Cobb
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The Kill Society by Richard Kadrey My rating: 4 of 5 stars Something sobering happened to Sandman Slim. He's dead and stuck in Hell. Here is a chapter in his existence that has him surviving in a minor key, forgetting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Cobb
Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov My rating: 3 of 5 stars I've recently started following Kasparov's Twitter feed. I like his style. But this book is a whole lot more about chess... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Cobb
You're starting to sound like a Ntozoke Shange bot. (if) I speak with (e)nuf crazyee splings that cryptoEncodify the mstrs' tongue, we could go all Neely Fuller in ths mfuker. It would be fun for about 5 minutes.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2017 on The Immorality of Infinite Regress at Cobb
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I want you to imagine that all the cotton ever produced in the USA was produced by slave labor. Imagine further that every bit of cotton clothing in the USA came from this domestic product. That would mean that everyone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Cobb
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We have a consumer economy funding a lot of crap retail of Americans in the 'middle class' who buy a lot of crap with their disposable income. All that's going on here is that the disposable income is drying up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Cobb
I'm not aiming for "universal equality". That's about groups (like races). I'm aiming for liberty. That's about individuals. Nationalism is about a social contract (citizenship) to be bound to the rules of law of a nation and not to subvert them. I'm not represented by today's American poltics and I don't care, because as an affluent individual, I can survive and thrive no matter which way legislation for the common man goes. I sympathize with the common man, and I want law to make sense, but I'm not depending on political pork to feed me. So I am disinvested in all the group politics and identity politics. I'm working to keep everything functioning for the liberty of individuals (as I aim to become a more powerful individual) so that the calls to steal from the rich are suppressed. Because if the rich are sick of living here, they'll split and leave nothing but a ghetto behind. The last thing America should ever do is chase its wealthy and talented people underground. Then the whole show implodes.
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How do you account for Colin Powell, the black man that ran the entire Armed Forces of the USA? That's nationalist.
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Here is the link to the direction, which is completely away from politics, in which I am heading now: http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2016/07/a-libertarian-stoic-principle-explained.html
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2017 on Ignoring the Present & PARC at Cobb
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Here's a long answer to the question of my politics, and my particular sojourn on the American Right. I became a Conservative somewhere around 2002. I was 41 years old. There were three significant parts. I was working a contract in Houston, TX the year that Enron crashed and burned. I read this book. Koba the Dread. I never had any idea how many people Stalin had murdered and how cruel the Soviets had been. It’s really not anything that’s taught. So while people were moaning about how evil it is for 20,000 employees to be laid off, I realized that Stalin murdered that many people every month for years. And I grew up thinking that racism was worse than Communism. Plus I learned that only about 3,500 people have ever been lynched in the history of the US. I became ‘rich’. I was a highly paid consultant and I remember what it was like living in TX, (while my home is in CA) and trying to get immediate credit for my first check of about 7500. I suddenly realized how average people (like bank clerks) hate rich people, and how back-stabby people become when they are in a position to hate and spread rumors. I started noticing that kind of talk more. I stood in line at Walmart to buy something and I witnessed about 6 completely different kinds of people buying very different things and even paying differently. And then I suddenly understood how markets create opportunity for everyone. I ended ‘being’ a Conservative somewhere around 2010. Maybe before. The dates aren’t so important. I primarily recognized how Republicans fight against being proper Conservatives (by which I mean Hayekian Conservatives). In that retrospective it helped me understand what was wrong with being a Progressive.[1] That writing brings more of the spirit of feeling to what I was going through. Footnotes http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2010/04/found-writings-liberal-narratives-a-strange-realization.html
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2017 on Ignoring the Present & PARC at Cobb
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Yes. I am denying biological and Biblical 'facts'. I don't give racial theories power over my thinking. I know my father better than anybody knows my father, and I know precisely how he was involved in the invention of the Black Man as something different from the Negro. I understand how such theories work to give people meaning, and I know how such theories can languish and how they can be countermanded. In otherwords, my predispostion at a deeper level is to say 'so-called Negro', 'so-called Black Man' and 'so-called White Man'. I'm ready willing and able to bring all of those things into question as well as the loyalties people presume. There is no higher self with a racial identity that I am annihilating. And if I already have, well then i'm ready for my fall from Black Heaven into Hell. it doesn't concern me. I can negotiate any level of racination any third party is willing to attribute to me, but it doesn't get into my head, because I've always known it to be the construction of a theory, a theory that has been proven incomplete and woefully inadequate. Perhaps you could understand if I put it to you this way. It was a clever trick to convince you, when you were an illiterate slave, that your gods had forsaken you because you were 'black'. As soon as to admitted that to yourself, that you were Biblically and biologically 'black', you accepted the noose, the whip and the shackles of your slave mentality. And until you can reject that racial theory that you were ever black in the first place, then you will live and die a slave. I have been free so long, that I forgot people believed in racial essentialism as a 'biological and Biblical fact'.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2017 on Ignoring the Present & PARC at Cobb
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I don't understand your fascination with the alt-right and why you think I have anything to do with it, whatever it is. If you're going to be silly, this is not the place.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2017 on Ignoring the Present & PARC at Cobb
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I don't particularly care about white supremacy. Like I said before, all racial constructs are dead networks. White supremacy is roaches. I don't have to be the Orkin man, all I need is a little bug spray and some thick boots. If somebody somewhere has an infestation of roaches, let them find the Orkin man. I'm not studying insects.
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2017 on Ignoring the Present & PARC at Cobb
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For the time being, Cobb will serve as the host for American Wag, which is an upcoming podcast and series of discussions between myself and Marc Danziger. It will be a vehicle for most of my discussions of current events... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Cobb
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Well, I leave it to you. That is to say, I give you 5 years to identify 3 professors at US universities and an organization with a 20 million dollar budget to get your name on a website which is demonstrably the number one foe of white supremacy worldwide. You get to pick everything. You send your professors to speak at the UN or whatever forum you think is best suited to spread the word to the world. I predict you will fail precisely because you cannot get 20 million dollars of agreement as to what the problem is. In other words, white supremacy is so vague and diffuse, so abstract and undefinable, that you will not even be able to identify what its evils do who who's in charge of its agency. I say you will be shadowboxing, and even if you put together a collection of riflemen, you won't be able to direct them at whom to shoot. That will be your problem. And any day of the year I can find thousands of black men and women in the US Armed Forces who will be better equipped to fight any foe for the sake of 'patriotic duty', than you can against 'white supremacy'. So which concept is more real? If you think you have an institutional foe, then supply yourself an institutional army. You won't be the first or the last to try. I'll pay attention when buildings are on fire. Until then, remember of all things, BLM disavowed itself of the Dallas Sniper. The biggest anti-white suprmacy movement of the past 20 years couldn't find one warrior to defend. That's shadowboxing. I here they do it very well at Evergreen State. There is no black collective necessary. Human beings reject evil every day. One more thing. I remember when folks who remind me of you were calling the entire Internet a white man's domain. What happened with that?
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2017 on Ignoring the Present & PARC at Cobb
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You sound like Fisher. http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2014/10/the-white-supremacy-debate-cobb-v-fisher.html And I do not concede in any way that white supremacy is a proper separation of hostile peoples, in 1) that I believe that hostile people will inevitably conflict violently. 1a. Black and white Americans are not that hostile and so their violent conflict is minimal, so much so that it is an identifiable, real difference that most people can see. 2) that the spoils of white supremacy itself are practically non-existent.
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2017 on Ignoring the Present & PARC at Cobb
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