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Combat Epistemologist
Interests: gaming, bourbon, gadgets, 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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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 one's nakedness can... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cobb
You try to bite lines, but rhymes are mine Youse a sucker MC in a pair of Calvin Klein Comin from the wackest, part of town Tryin to rap up but you can't get down You don't even know your... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cobb
Eli was not a prophet. He was a soldier. His duty was to his mission, but that mission was not to evangelize or gather a following. He did not want company, but he took pity. He was a courier, a messenger, a means to an end. A sojourner in truth, with the blessing of his faith, but a traveler nonetheless. I think Eli had great faith in his mission, surely he had to succeed or die trying. Did he risk both for the life of the girl? Probably so. Because he didn't have a map. He didn't seem knowledgeable but only faithful that somewhere West there was an outpost of civilization, somewhere his message would be received in the proper spirit. He realized, I think, that the lessons of his message were expressed in his will and demeanor. So he could stare down the bald man who might have shot him, and perhaps he figured out that might be all he could be, the silent martyr. Having fulfilled his mission, I can't see it otherwise than that Eli would share his warrior's way with his young charge and with the Alcatraz monastery. Thus he could die happy. But I think he never took it upon himself to be a priest.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on A Libertarian Stoic Principle Explained at Cobb
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Eli was a man in possession of a sacred truth, which lying dormant in his mind he was singularly unable to share with anyone and effect change. He was a monk without a monastery.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on A Libertarian Stoic Principle Explained at Cobb
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One of the most frustrating things about being a race man is that most of America is primarily educated and convinced about comparative racial statistics based upon a theory of proportional representation. It is a fallacious line of thinking that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cobb
People have been telling me today about a guy named Tim Scott who has presented some confession in the context of all the deadly lynch mobs roaming America looking for black flesh to char under the color of authority. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Cobb
That history was a narrative invented by the first generation of blacks to establish Black Studies in American universities. But people who don't know it are under no obligation to believe it. Everybody has a theory. I'm avoiding theory.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2016 on Obligatory Seriousness on Dallas Snipers at Cobb
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The Guild of Alcatraz in what Eli was seeking. It survived the holocaust. It wasn't the government, it wasn't the random tyrant. It had nothing to do with the prior government. It wasn't a church.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2016 on A Libertarian Stoic Principle Explained at Cobb
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I sense that many Americans are really looking for a revolution, that they cannot find society worth investing in and protecting. We can only hope their homes spontaneously combust before their neighbors come with torches, it seems they can only... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Cobb
Once again, I have ingested a nugget of wisdom that somehow has failed to get published on my blog. Let me do so now. Robin Hanson drops this excellent pearl. A simple moral principle: when a future change is framed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Cobb
Not long ago I reconnected with a childhood friend whose formative years were rugged, but TC transformed and survived. Better than that he thrived.When he left my neighborhood, he got 'caught up' with Crips in Compton. The turning point came,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Cobb
Yes there is something profoundly wrong with American primary and secondary education, it is that they don't provide anything substantial to those who are not interested in post-secondary (undergraduate college) education. And the economy has moved through the inflection point at which high school ed is marginal. However there are millions of jobs for which high schoolers are unprepared precisely because people (meaning teachers and administrators) actually expect nothing from high school only educated Americans. There very own academic backgrounds reflect scholarly values contrary to practical living.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2016 on Dear Occupant at Cobb
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Once upon a time, I asked if you were a Jew, why would you ever drive a German car? Then I thought about blackfolks. If you are the descendant of American slaves, why would you ever wear cotton? Moreover, why... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Cobb
I've been thinking of a scenario in which the West calls Muslims by faith to make hard choices. But it seems to me that the choice must be by nation, and that it must be agreements by nation that all are bound. We are to late to stop Russia from owning Syria from this point forwards. And does the US care enough about Libya or Lebanon to stop a Russian settled Syria? Only wars will draw new lines, and it is something no American seems to be considering.
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I do have the T-shirt.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2016 on The Orlando Blip vs The Civil Right at Cobb
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It's awfully strange how difficult it must be for a genuine Islamicist to defend acts of terror on American citizens. They're either straight crazy or are playing a longer game than anyone considers possible. But let us presume that both... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Cobb
Where in the name of common-sense, are our fears to end if we may not trust our sons, our brothers, our neighbors, our fellow-citizens? What shadow of danger can there be from men who are daily mingling with the rest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Cobb
What is a community? I think this is a (New York) city dynamic that resonates far less elsewhere. I remember when I moved to Prospect Heights from LA, I was supposed to have an opinion about Crown Heights and that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Cobb
We actually connected. He's alive and well. I had to remember all that I remember about him because of the profound effect he had on my childhood.
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2016 on TC Remembered at Cobb
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TC was, in my childhood, one of the best friends I ever had. I found him again this morning, 45 years later. He was the first kid and only kid in my neighborhood where I could sleep over. He lived... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Cobb
Yeah I thought about that word for quite a while after I wrote it. But then I liked the way it suggests that she keeps me off balance and disturbs me, which puts her in a different country than just a pretty smile. Hers is a devastating smile, something to be wary of in the way that in animals a smile is the same as baring of fangs. So I decided to leave it.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2016 on Fifty Five at Cobb
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This is not an essay about Donald Trump. But I can think of no better illustration in one picture that is evocative of the core lesson of this essay than a picture of Trump arguing. Trump arguing is America arguing,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Cobb
My grey surprises me. I cut my hair down to the minimum and it changes a few things, but not a lot. I'll be getting a new pair of glasses soon. This is the 55th and it seems like it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Cobb
At some point I may end up making the practical project of figuring out how to map the laws. That is to say let’s call this project ‘Law Map’. Law Map would be a system of identifying every law on... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Cobb
Back in 1980, when the world was turning to morning in America, and I first began to understand what inflation was and why I couldn't afford an apartment in Los Angeles, there was a small miracle called MICR. MICR (magnetic... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Cobb