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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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America is an aggregated society. The American exists as an individual, but the nation has become rather indifferent to the individual and the common man. America may be too large for it to be any other way. Earlier this week... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cobb
Not 'have', 'had'. It was Black Power that owned redistricting in the 70s. That is no longer the case. That was a conversation started right after the end of the War and Thurgood Marshall settled the question once and for all. MLK and the rest simply followed on with rhetoric at full tilt. The rhetoric got louder and more shrilly demanding as time went on, perhaps in inverse proportion to the respect due the work and stature of Marshall in the first place. You simply don't have men who even consider filling Marshall's shoes these days. The full context was here: http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2014/11/black-mind-control.html. I'll fix the link in the post text. I agree with what you say about Pajama Boy and his ilk. The 'Hispanics' and the 'Asians' don't really have anything new to say that wasn't said by Marshall.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Because Winston Churchill at Cobb
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Not because Colonel Blimp. But as my father used to love to say "y'all forget". I am in receipt of a missive from somejoint called 'CodeSwitch' which is a quite 1991 term, but y'all forget. It occurred to me that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cobb
Why diversity? The simple fact of the matter is that during the 1950s and 60s, angry black Americans, especially those men who served in WW2, were just about fed up with foot-dragging on the Civil Rights front. And even though... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cobb
It's because we make life easy and convenient. For stupid people. And we do a good job. And we have more people. So we get better at it. Imagine a country where you don't get a chance to drive a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cobb
Anybody else want to talk about Haiti?
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2014 on Utah Republican at Cobb
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Somebody passed me an article about women in STEM. I've been thinking about this, just a little bit, recently. But only from having been provoked by a lot of the squishy soundbites about 'women in politics' in the just-ending campaign... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Cobb
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I don't know much about Tim Scott, but I'm not surprised that he exists. I'm glad he won. Yay. Then again, I told you so at least ten years ago. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Cobb
Somewhere in my garage, I swear to God, is a part of an original manuscript written by Sanyika Shakur, aka Monster Kody. I got this from his wife some 20 years ago. It may or may not have been part... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Cobb
A lot has changed in 7 years. I'm not doing much on race at all, nor have I cared much for politics. I've gotten deep into my technologies primarily, and work is basically very satisfying and exciting. Cloud stuff, you know. Best work ever. Primarily my writing is subsiding, although I still maintain interests in my Peasant Theory. I've been something more of a philosophical prepper. I've really started focusing on literal and figurative disaster recovery, security, military history, martial arts and that sort of thing. I'm basically answering the questions in my life - what do you do if society fails? What skills should every free man have? It's not so paranoid as it sounds, but my parents are about to enter their 80s and I'm being very practical and proactive about death and destruction, much of which we avoid thinking about all of our lives. Some of it makes me hard-eyed but not callous, yet I am a great deal more indifferent to what passes for debate and discussion these days. Since I have become a fairly proficient pistol shooter, I have been fascinated by how guns, gunfighting and gun rights are portrayed by the media and Hollywood and what the reality of that stuff is according to the training I'm getting. Radically different worlds - but it gives an interesting perspective on action movies, situational awareness portrayals etc. On the daily, I'm over at Quora, but that's getting a bit tiresome too.I've upped my Twitter game marginally... What's new with you?
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2014 on John Wick at Cobb
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My friends EC Hopkins and Craig Nulan moderated a three day debate between myself and Michael Fisher back in 2007. Although it was probably my coverage of Candidate Obama that won me the Aaron Hawkins Award for top Black Blog... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Cobb
Just wow. Gotta post that…
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2014 on John Wick at Cobb
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John Wick is the most stylish action flick I've seen in a long time, and I watch just about all of them. It's not a surprise that Keanu Reaves can do action, it's a surprise that he works so well... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Cobb
As an adjunct to my Peasant Theory, I need to flesh out a couple things that are brought to mind by the phrases 'It's a big country' & 'It's a free country'. These items mostly arise was I get rather... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Cobb
And yet we keep beating everyone in the Olympic Games and we do triathlons for fun. It's a big country.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2014 on Denzel's Cold Warrior at Cobb
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Interesting you mention that considering the guys from the Apollo program remain sharp but are dying. I cannot believe this speech (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl_8fha_BEw) is scripted, yet I know he knows it by heart, probably having to repeat it for so many. That there is a smart old dog who must be feeling lonely.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2014 on Denzel's Cold Warrior at Cobb
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No doubt this is definitely a young man's game, there's certainly a small window (as I've come to respect more and more) where you can have the youth and connections and power to actually become a superstar of any sort. It explains a lot with regards to inheritance of power and the limits of meritocracy. Also the potential power of crowdsourcing - not the power of crowds so much as the opening of information which only a few in the crowd could actually exploit. Creasy still has that number one spot, although I have to watch Safe House again. I also did notice in one of the scenes, the takedown in the shipyard in the dark, that was clearly Mr Washington's stunt double. Nevertheless the patriot force is amplified by the sheepdog mentality in actuality. Although I doubt any American militias are going to do justice, the idea of an American militia remains powerful enough to dissuade much. I'm too busy to say how much or exemplify, but I have a hard time believing that all of the cops and ex-military in this country could not be effective. I'm thinking of the flag of Mozambique.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2014 on Denzel's Cold Warrior at Cobb
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The Equalizer is Denzel Washington's latest movie, and it is a stunning meditation on the will to do damage when damage has been done. It's the story of a man who defies the notion of standing silent when corruption is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Cobb
Ron Dimon asked me, why is 'How?' the most important question. I posted 'The most important question is 'how' on my Facebook page. So how and when am I going to publish what's going on behind that? I can't answer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Cubegeek
At the margins are people who keep the factories producing aircraft, gasoline and detergent. Those CEOs don’t think small and they still produce for global markets. Parsons Engineering is not going out of business, neither is McKinsey. I don’t worry about that America at all.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2014 on The Ethiopian Sea Cliff at Cobb
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We would definitely expand our recreation here in So Cal with a few more lakes. Salton Sea and Lake Elsinore are right now metaphors for trailer park ghettoes. If they were full and deep and environmentally cheap then it would still take some doing to get over the cultural stigma. However it wouldn't take long for the right marketing to fix all that. Tahoe can't be matched, but it is a hike. It would be nice to have a big huge lake down here in So Cal. The few reservoirs we have are too crowded. But we'll all pee our pants for a real river.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on The Ethiopian Sea Cliff at Cobb
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What if you were able to take pictures of people but then the Recognizer steps in? The Recognizer is a system of mutual privacy which does 'give to get' permission negotiations and allows people to establish and maintain circles of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Cubegeek
Well, actually it's part of a larger plan I had in mind, as President. Firstly, I wanted to essentially build new cities in the Southwest and upgrade other cities. That would work in cooperation with my plans to build what I call the 'internal empire'. So the primary rule of this empire is that with some English proficiency requirements, I would open up the borders. People who can work would be put to work on the new rail lines, the pipeline and all that construction and ancilliary services. Part of the difficulty would be a need for police, fire, medical and other municipal services for the new influx, but I would basically declare open season on the desert Southwest. I would call it the New West, and invite people from all over the world to come to America as we build smart new towns and cities. As part of our foreign policy, we would fast-track the targets of genocide into American citizenship. What I would expect to happen is that an influx of Third Worlders would get lazy Americans into a very harsh realization of what's up and why we cannot head into a welfare state future. I think it would kill the idea of $15 burger flippers rather quickly. We need to get back to advanced basics in construction, infrastructure and urban planning. I think it would work wonders for the nation.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2014 on The Ethiopian Sea Cliff at Cobb
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Only politically.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on The Ethiopian Sea Cliff at Cobb
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Maybe for the average American. But I'm having the time of my life. I can fix all the food I eat, and it's exactly what I like to eat. So far so good. Who needs potatoes?
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on The Peasant Epicurean Diet at Cobb
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