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Cobb
LOS ANGELES, CA
Dad. Architect. Writer. Entrepreneur.
Interests: gaming, bourbon, gadgets, big data, multitouch interfaces, 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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I say 'I want' only figuratively. I have learned not do desire a better quality of public. The people are who they are, and there are no paths that are good for the people that are not better for those who build the paths.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Why Ferguson Means More than it Should at Cobb
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That dude has been banned from this website. The one, in 11 years. His blog has been quiet http://planeideas.blogspot.com/
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on The Intellectual One-Drop Rule at Cobb
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I just finished browsing a piece by Adam Serwer, a race man of some repute. His title, "80 Years of Fergusons" sounds about the right kind of intriguing. I happen to think that Ferguson represents a good deal of retro... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cobb
The election of Tom Bradley as mayor.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on 1973. Los Angeles. Democracy Works. at Cobb
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Posted 6 days ago at Cobb
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I'm attracted to spy stuff. So are you. We like James Bond 007 because he has a license to kill. He is intelligent, sophisticated, sexy, resourceful and dangerous. He lives outside of the law, and therefore is not protected by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Cobb
-- from the archives October 2012 -- This morning somebody wrote me about something I posted a decade ago on another website. It was a slanderous critique of Dinesh D'Souza describing his 'phoney half-breed superiority'. That's not an actual quote... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Cobb
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It occurred to me this morning that when I was a kid in elementary school that we used to be graded on a lot more than what we knew, but how we behaved. 'Makes good use of time' was the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Cobb
I am content to go with the metaphor of an occupying force, and stipulate that Ferguson's residents are citizens in name only. The civic process is broken and the civility is broken. I am unclear how the democratic process works from this point forward, I only know that it will be slow and we're going to hear a lot of "Don't tell me how to run my business - this is Ferguson". I'd say Ferguson loses its charter and gets incorporated into something else. Who is the Congresscritter for that area?
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I'm a little peeved and yet impressed if it is true he took himself out because of Parkinsons. Knowing your decline is inevitable and that people would break their necks to slow you down to the vegetable life and keep you alive as long as possible is something I personally would seek to avoid at any cost. To my reckoning that calls for a nice overdose - of course you can't be sure of such things, nor can you do much research without drawing attention. A bullet to the brain is crass under any condition. So given exactly this much thought, I find the act somewhat courageous given that he knew he would suffer a bit at the end.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on Robin Williams: Dead at Cobb
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I've never heard that argument before. Well done. I will be inclined to think about it in more depth at some point.
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Of course it would be bad. It would be horrible, but it would be a completely other kind of thing than this sideshow posing as something about the core values of America.
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Yeah, he needs to shutup, because the third time is the killer and he might as well wear the hoodie to the next press conference. He ain't saving lives. It's a damned shame.
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I cosign the presumption that many democratic institutions in America are unquestionably bankrupt. It is the failure of institutions such as these that led me to my Peasant Theory, which asks the ultimate question, Who is your Leviathan? When the Zombie Apocalypse comes in miniature to your neighborhood, do you really have a neighbor at your back? People seem to have it in the back of their head that it was black men back from WW2 who were the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement with the understanding that if they were not satisfied with how they were treated at home, they could cause a lot of problems. They didn't have to go there, but... Who goes to bat for this town? The black President?, (ha ha very funny).
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Appropos: http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2009/07/he-looked-just-like-you-redux.html
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You mean like the 5th award of Houston? Or does it have its own PD and city council? Sent from my iPad
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I think that if I never lived anywhere but LA, AND if I hadn't purposely found cops doing good when I spent days and days chasing them with my videocamera AND if my brother wasn't LAPD, I'd share a lot of that stomach feeling. I've been shocked by cops in Detroit and in Alpharetta GA who mistook me for a yokel, but I've found most of them, especially in Boston(!) to be very soft as compared to what we grew up with in LA. And of course I've always recognized the difference between LAPD and the CHP. I never met a CHP officer who was anything but a model professional genuinely concerned about my safety. But here's the thing, we've got a lot of people invested in oppositionalism, and that's a problem that keeps the exact wrong attitudes alive. Anyway I've said all this before but most people have no idea what a cop's job is like. Cops are obligated by law to vigilantly enforce the law. A cop that turns his back on violators is himself a violator, and people just don't get that. A sworn police officer *cannot* back down on the law, ever. We just have too many people who feel they don't need and don't need to appreciate police work, and that's the political force we have to reckon with.
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What matters is what the next President determines is important about making heads roll at NSA for their spying on Congress. The current Administration doesn't have the public's energy on any issue of consequence.
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I'm willing to stipulate there are plenty of towns in America 50 years behind the times. Hell, Indian Reservations are probably 75 back. I was thinking about the place having read https://medium.com/@byroncrawford/scenes-from-a-shanty-town-riot-d5f701cd722 Crawford's piece and getting the flavor of the joint. I simply can't think of a way to have it both ways, that is to say some genuine democratic self-rule and some genuine tribal honor. Even in mainstream black pop culture nobody gives shout outs to St. Louis. At least I've never heard any. I think it was a smart idea to outsource the law enforcement for the interim, but I think somebody trying some ward heeling come election day is going to have a hard time getting anybody there on city council. This is about a place where it takes years to correct a mistake. I think it's hopeless. My prescription is to get out of Dodge, but I think most folks will just hunker down. I get a weird sense of violation of the Prime Directive when it comes to stuff like this, and it's odd because I don't get it when I think about rescuing Hatians or Yazidis. The other thing that I can't stress enough is that smart people, the right people, are not motivated to go into small towns like this and fix them. That would be the one thing I would try to incent.
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I'm pretty sure I would get my fill of this kind of destruction in Sunset Overdrive.
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2014 on Die Another Way at Cobb
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(Still impregnable)
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2014 on Inverted Totalitarianism at Cobb
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So where did DHS get all of its people?
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2014 on Ten Things I Want From the Next President at Cobb
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I've read about 50 headlines and nothing more, but I already know the narrative. Ferguson, Missouri, a town I never heard of, is now the last stop on the Protest Train. All Aboard! It goes without saying, although people would... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Cobb
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In the first third of my life, before I was 30 and married with children, I took great pains to become an Organic. I didn't like crowds nor the things that motivated crowds, nor did I have much truck in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Cobb