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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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The Overview Watching people react to Trump is an exercise in people watching. Sometimes it's instructive to be in alien observation mode. Mostly it reminds the grown up in me exactly how petty people can be with their complaints. In... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cobb
I remember that incident.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on The Warning at Cobb
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I don't know how we are. What's important is how we think, what we believe and what we are willing to do. All of us. Any of us.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on The Warning at Cobb
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It has been a while since I've had a reason to consider my own Peasant Theory, but some of my best ideas come when washing dishes. I am thinking about how it is that the quality of our economy, as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Cobb
But they are our best source of fake news. More people will listen to the likes of Jon Stewart than the likes of Charles Osgood. it's a shame, but more people will listen to Chris Rock's commentary on whether or not Hollywood is doing its 'proper' job in cultural production...
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2017 on The Triumph of Market Culture at Cobb
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There used to be a thing call hiphop. There used to be a Grand Old Opry. There used to be folk music before there were such things as 'singer-songwriters'. There used to be organic politics and grass roots movements. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Cobb
Imagine that you were Borges and were dreaming a world into existence. Well if you were Borges, you would be delightful, humble and polite. Absentminded in the kindest way. But you're not Borges, and the world you are dreaming of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Cobb
Not at all. Aside from Gloria Aldanzua I've read a lot of Sowell including The Economics and Politics of Race: An International Perspective as well as his Race & Culture, both of which make international, historical comparisons. But what has gone on in the US is the growth in the influence of 'intersectionality' an idea made popular by Audre Lorde. The short form of it is that 'The personal is political' and the long term strategic effect of it is what we now know as the political reality of radical multiculturalism. Basically Lorde figured out the theoretical way to enable all the 'Others' in the world to make their case against Dead White European Males. And that is how the Black Studies departments and the Womens Studies Departments and the Chicano Studies departments all coalesced into the new American Studies departments on liberal college campuses across the country. It was complete before the Queer Studies departments got started, but this got established in the root of the Humanities, displacing Classics by and large. Your college may vary. Essentially the tactics of black radicals have all been adopted by all the multiculturalists. I think the consequence is that the resulting studies are not as rigorous, but the sound and fury is louder. Now we have "People of Color" which 'speaks' to a larger minority, but the fact is all that was really needed was to get more people trying to do what black Americans did successfully a generation ago. So intersectionality serves the purpose of establishing a narrative of critique, complaint and oppression across time and space, but primarily against America as the ultimate representation of Wester Capitalism against people of color, indigenous peoples, lesbian gays and all of the combinations you're familiar with now that didn't exist in the American consciousness of the post-war era when all the agitation for Civil Rights began. Now that everyone has their own special kind of Civil Right 'voices', the whole thing is on the verge of falling apart. That is primarily its own fault for trying to gangbang white males, and is patently evident in all the different flavors of feminism and the general resistance to all of this by various Asian groups. All of this is manifest in the politics of the Left which finds amply loud if not intellectually potent ammunition in this kind of thinking. That is why it is so important at this stage to get the interests of transgenders in under the wire before the entire edifice collapses. That is why we have the ghosts of Westboro Baptist Church and the personality of Donald Trump symbolizing everything wrong with America. So much of what so many have learned depends on it. All of it worth a parade or a march, but none of it worth a riot.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2017 on The Race Man's Library at Cobb
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This morning I am taking another large step to increase my focus and free up time. I examined my email feeds. The following entities have me subscribed to their news feeds. Basically, this is where I get my news and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Cobb
Somebody asked me which books I should read if I wanted to know how to think about race. It almost never occurred to me to put together that list. I think I know what books to list, but I cannot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Cobb
I am of stingy heart, know only love in passing Years ago at SFO left in lonely longing Felt the pain of loss but not of breaking Ecstasies not of joining but of taking. I am of turbid soul, desire... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Cobb
We all know that complaining about income inequality is one of those lovely woolgathering topics we love to use to signal our moral superiority. As I was sipping some Laphroiag with my golfing buddies over at the clubhouse the subject... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Cobb
Ian Welsh just wrote the best thing I ever read from him. How long has it been since I said in old bloggian, Read The Whole Thing. Then, in 2008, Obama won. He took some of our help, but he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Cobb
Mr. Trump on Friday signed an executive order that suspends entry into the U.S. of anyone from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days. The rule affects the seven Muslim-majority nations with a total... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Cobb
'We' will not realize anything. Now is the time for all good men to check who has their back. Hint: That person cannot be elected by any masses. If you can figure it out on your own, do so. No matter how unbelievable it makes you, even to your own family.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2017 on The Purpose & Future of Black Media at Cobb
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I think it's going to take a while for people to get ready for the new normal, and that really nobody who voted against Trump wants to understand him or those who voted for him. I was really surprised, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Cobb
Happy with revolution? You shouldn't be. If there’s a gripe I have with political activists, it’s that they think they can will people into submission with the sheer brilliance of their ideas and persistence of outspoken opinions. Not so. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Cobb
I think you're on to something. There can be a blending of media and information tech that serve 'information awareness'. My problem is that I'm rather prickly about it, due to a book I read called 'Innumeracy'. I have my gripes with 'data science' and I think advanced interpretation of complex data sets has its place, but I'm not sure people calling themselves 'data scientists' are all they appear to be. My bias is for the guys who did operations research during the cold war. They figured out a lot. I suspect, however that all journalists will begin to use more sophisticated tools and that a new generation of tech savvy editors will understand the possibilities. Remind me to write that letter to Jeff Bezos. It could happen at the WaPo. Well, maybe not a letter. Maybe this we are writing is part of the communication to Jeff Bezos.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2017 on Data Journalism at Cobb
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I noticed some folks reading through the Redshift category and noticed that I haven't written anything new for a while. So here's what's new: We see that Redshift has improved its vacuum capabilities and added more functionality all around. It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Cubegeek
My daughter walked into the room while I was looking up the Young Marquis in response to a Facebook friend's survey of favorite music albums of our teenaged years. Somebody reminded me of Rhino Records. So while she sat, remembering... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at Cobb
I grabbed up a modest 7 TB of 7200 RPM Hitachis. I'm thinking about reformating them to btrfs but I think ext4 will suffice for the moment. I can always change; that's the point. It took me a minute to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Cubegeek
What we need for government transparency and accountability is the ability to focus on systems of data, not just splashy stories. There is no such thing as data journalism, except that a select few people are already doing it. Let's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Cobb
Ten years ago, I believed in Santa Claus. Well not really, but I did make up a list. 1. A commitment to the destruction of Al Qaeda, a well-thought out strategy for an achievable victory in Iraq in-term and a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Cobb
#1. Everybody who was afraid of Reagan was wrong, except the Russians. I can remember all of the same accusations of stupidity hurled at Reagan and Bush, but none at Clinton. Look who turned out to be the rapist. Obama... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Cobb
(A dream. A parable) They are all light skinned blacks in America. They hold each other in social contempt. All they care about is power over each other. Two of them are behind the counter at the fast food restaurant.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Cobb