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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.
Recent Activity
No my point was that Colombia survived a criminal enterprise that cowed the government into submission for a decade, that descended to a level of corruption so deep that the Supreme Court building was bombed and the criminals who did so burned all of the government evidence against them. If a country can survive that and ultimately have a civilization that outlasts that of Venezuela, then there is hope for democracy under the worst of circumstances. We are suffering a society so impoverished that the average man is afraid to speak up for and elect decent politicians. I don't believe we will succumb to corruption at the level of Venezuelan government or of Colombian narcoterrorism, but I see suffering ahead. I see suffering now. But I think there is also a reasonable adjustment in our standards of living that are commensurate with our standards of working and thinking. We dont' want to work hard, we don't want to think hard, then we will lose the two bathroom houses, and we will deserve to. We are seeing the winnowing of the easy careers. The hungry programmers will indeed replace the retail clerks, cashiers, accountants and real estate agents. Robots will drive semis. There is no more low hanging economic fruit for America only. The post war Western standard of living is ubiquitous and it is now static. Two cars are not better than one. Two cars are a luxury. So get used to one, or a smaller one and a bus pass, like they do in Bogota. We will fail, build, fail again and rebuild. But we will only build to the 20th century standard. There will never ever be flying cars. The upper classes who didn't migrate are no great shakes. They are simply the educated and the prudent. They don't get paradise. They get security.
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2016 on Bogotanos at Cobb
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I don't know much about Bogotanos or Bogota, but I like what I know. Then again I don't generally take much time to get to know what I don't like. But I have reignited some thinking about South America and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Cobb
(A Chinese gent asks Cobb how is it that Americans get used to seeing people of different colors and backgrounds all as Americans.) There is a great book by Thomas Sowell called Ethnic America. (Ethnic America ) It describes how,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Cobb
I used to be a big fan of Tracy Chapman for more than one reason. Everybody liked the songs. Some people liked the lyrics. I liked both, and sometimes the lyrics more than the songs. While apparently there's no end... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Cobb
The other day two DJs on the radio were talking about John Wayne in service to the obligatory trashing of his memory prompted by his daughter's endorsement of Donald Trump. After much head shaking and poo pooing, one of them asks, literally "Why do we have to be trashing John Wayne like this?". But he himself didn't have an answer. The basic reason is because most people are convinced that we are ethically advanced from where we were 40 years ago at the time John Wayne made his comments. In fact we are not, but we didn't have "promote diversity in Hollywood" as a watchword.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2016 on The Problem With Multiculturalism at Cobb
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The last article was a response to the question: "How can people believe that all opinions are equal?" And essentially I'm saying that's just the IIWI crowd.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2016 on The Problem With Multiculturalism at Cobb
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The problem with today's multiculturalism is that it is different than pluralism. Pluralism is the proper ethos for America, multiculturalism is not. The difference can be explained simply by assuming Americans can be divided into two tribes: Ideological Tribe A... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at Cobb
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Opinions are all of equal value when you have: No understanding of the game. No skin in the game. No agency in the game. Only when you have a rational investment in the outcome and understand something about the process... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Cobb
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Own the dimensions of your assholiness. Understand that you have to speak the truth as you see it, period. To hell with whomever doesn't like it. "Look if you want to talk baseball, I'm like whatever. But if you're going... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Cobb
I just did something remarkably easy that reminds me about why Amazon is winning and will continue to win. I started up three different databases and then threw them away. For anyone who has worked in the Amazon ecosystem, this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Cubegeek
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For many many years, I have had an abiding interest in the brutality and lethality of law enforcement. I have a number of experiences... Today the subject is 'unarmed black men'. There is nothing more that needs to be done... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Cobb
Forget the analogy. Nobody ever will solve racism. The question is whether or not people believe a law that says citizens' rights are to be defended *without* regard to race are actually enforceable. I think I made that clear at the Beer Summit. http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2009/07/the-racial-purpose-driven-life.html
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2016 on Dumbing Down Racism at Cobb
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Of course I'm not going to list them, and quite frankly I think anyone capable of hating this film has got to be too dainty to sustain any of my well-considered backhands. But there were people who found Indiana Jones... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Cobb
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It has been about two months since I finished Darth Plagueis, and something about the depth at which its author, James Luceno, has considered the Star Wars galaxy has faded a bit from memory. Today I am about 27 hours... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Cobb
The deliberate attempt to redefine racism is done in order to sustain the fiction that there is more that can be done politically, beyond a reasonable guarantee of civil equality, to alleviate racism. The direction in the US is to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Cobb
Author Stephen Pinker makes the most sense to me. He says that most people in the world are socially functioning as societies of law or as societies of honor. Where you have legal codes, people are systemically equal as the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at Cobb
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Well the answer, obviously, is Muslims. I'm thinking about the difference between Serbs and Croats. The overwhelming majority of Americans, when we got involved in the Croatian war, could not tell the difference between a Serb and a Croat. Since... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Cobb
Life is great. I'm enjoying different parts these days, and I endeavor to be ever more social and historical and much less political. Philosophical, I still cant let go of, but with any luck I can turn it into poetry. The scrappy runts pop their heads in every once in a while. It's awesome fun for me to go back and say "I told you so" with a lot of stuff I wrote. But on the whole I don't get much pleasure out of being right. In fact, it's weirdly isolatingly difficult to even engage people. The good news is that I have a gang of close friends that don't need a lot of explaining and kids that are just starting to distinguish themselves in the real world. I think I still have a good chance of becoming rich and building that system I've always wanted. I started writing my book and then that kinda died of boredom. I really got in shape this year, but also recognized some hard limits. So next year... Hmm. I think I'll put together some resollutions.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2015 on Think About the Future at Cobb
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Today I purchased three movies for 35 bucks. They are episodes 1,2,3 from Star Wars in the Blu-Ray format. I'm going to play them on my HDTV via my XBox One. And yes I do have studio monitors and a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Cobb
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There's a great spreadsheet here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Cobb
Why don't you try arguing from a principled understanding of Chesterton's conservatism, or Oakshott's conservatism or Hayek's conservatism or Strauss' conservatism. Maybe some words out of their own writings instead of your slippery attributions.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2015 on How Phil Agre Was Wrong About Conservatism at Cobb
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A: 'Conservatives' are not such a monolithic composition so that the terms 'resisted change (end to slavery)' can be applied broadly to them. B: Social evolution and enlightenment never reached a tipping point in the 60s. The 60s was a downhill slope of reactionary loudmouths incapable of articulating the victory of Brown vs Board of Education which took place a decade earlier after years of preparation. C: Conservatism has very little to do with quoting scripture. D: Conservatism has never been at odds with 'notions' of justice. Conservatives may seem to you to be on the 'wrong side of history' but you simply have got history wrong.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2015 on How Phil Agre Was Wrong About Conservatism at Cobb
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That's funny. What would be interesting is seeing the transition in my writing and finding out the point at which I basically stopped defending all affirmative actions. I know I had a disagreement with the guy at discriminations.us .. I'll look
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2015 on Diversity IS Good at Cobb
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Yes, and there will always be a level of human animal that will be subject to the dictates of race on their identity, just as there will always be a deceived religious class, and a deceived political class. These are ways to corral humans and they work. They are not as coercive as slavery and war, but they are as inevitable. it takes energy, brains, and luck to escape these methods and forces of domination. Consequently, one must be wary of those self-congratulatory efforts to overcome racial, religious, and political deceptions.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2015 on Diversity IS Good at Cobb
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