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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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Bungie wields a dual-edged sword by sponsoring its community of crackhead gamers for the crack that is Destiny. Recently, one of the designers of the newest announce release 'The Taken King' has said that they have created player emotes that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cobb
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A couple years ago, when I was absorbing the wit and wisdom of Nutnfancy and developing my Peasant Theory (now mostly complete), I started The Downside Blog. The Downside Blog was kind of a prepperish journal of observing things that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cobb
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First Take So I hear that some 3-5% of Americans are now have legal blessing and sanction to do what they've been doing all of their lives. This is good news, presuming what they've been doing is good. I think... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Cobb
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When Nelson Mandela came to Los Angeles in the summer of 1990, I didn't go to see him at the Coliseum. But I do recall a couple things. The first was that all of the black gangs, the Bloods, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Cobb
I'm not sure I have a point. I starting poking atheists with a stick a year ago because I was trying to find their soft chewy moral center and the result of my poking was that there was no center. So first of all this is a post that is actually from the archives and not representative of my front of mind. Nevertheless, I'm wanting to post to the blog more frequently these days so I'm repurposing stuff from Quora and cross-posting in here and at Facebook. So currently i use the term 'Small 'a' atheists' because I am convinced that the cult around Dawkins is small and unrepresentative. Most atheists I've encountered are lazy and have no philosophy and think of their atheism rather like one considers a tattoo, ie not indicative of anything but 'personal passion'. My original question was whether or not 'Atheists' would leave Christianity for the same reason they leave Buddhism, which is a question that nobody seems to consider. IE a disciplined rationale for debunking all religion on a similar basis. Nobody does that. Nobody even knows anybody who does. So atheism is rather like fashion, an off the shelf selection done in isolation. I expected more people to be as reasonable as Hitchens in their atheism. No such luck. Hitchens' atheism makes sense to me. The atheism I encounter in American conversation does not. I have particular reasons to consider the wisdom of theologists who at least have theology. But there is no parallel on the other side of the road, and this is what gives me fits - the total ignorance of theology by these small 'a' atheists and their consequent inability to make rational statements about religion (while they simultaneously claim to not be evangelistic about their cynicism).
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2015 on Ten Atheist Fallacies at Cobb
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People tend to be unanimously favorable towards Bend, OR as well. Perhaps I conflate that with Eastern Washington.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2015 on Obligatory Seriousness on Charleston at Cobb
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1. The entire validity of a religion is premised on its ability to prove the existence of, and/or accurately describe God. 2. The dysfunction of any particular sect of a religion should affect one's perception of the entire religion. 3.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Cobb
Much appreciated.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2015 on Obligatory Seriousness on Charleston at Cobb
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Dominance, competence & prestige. I'm going to use that. Interesting parallels to the Peasant Theory. Prestige augurs to the peasant class, honored citizens of America. Prestige invokes prestidigitation, and thus Magic Negroes. That's golden.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2015 on Take Me For Granted and Smile at Cobb
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Charleston, South Carolina has existed in my mind as an ideal city for a couple years now. I've been thinking about places to live in my retirement, old age and dotage and the place comes up often. In fact, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Cobb
Black nationalist identity was a solution in time to a problem in time. It was a solution that has been overplayed. My brother T, whose PhD is in Africana Studies (not quite sure, but that's what he teaches) is running through that theory now. Essentially it is that third parties in the US are shallowly and falsely appropriating the moral agency of black liberation struggles by aping its methodologies, cultural signifiers and heroics. It's a complicated way (and it has to be) of shaming the culture vultures. But there are a lot of interesting qualifications that need to be made. I myself have a good sense of the limits of the practicality of black identity and I think I have successfully negotiated the boundaries of what DQ and Smergol recognize as the universal lessons. This makes me a black power and black identity skeptic. There's too much laziness in the practice by black Americans, and there's too much lazy rejection and lazy acceptance of that half-assing by other Americans. So it is only in the theory of the Black man as in the Oxford man, that I bother with the capitalization. The orthodoxy of Blackness is lost. This loss puts black Americans at a certain disadvantage because America and the world still expect the Black man, and he is rather scarce. Clearly Obama has reaped the upside of that whirlwind and I say he qualifies, mostly, but he's no Denzel Washington. I myself would qualify but I have abdicated the kingdom of Blackness, which I find lazy and sadly corrupted with the NAACP as a case in point. Nevertheless black Americans do in fact find universal nobility well within their cultural ambit and they tend to discipline themselves in Christian terms, although you can still get a good debate on Dubois and in fact, James Baldwin. I would emphasize the distinction between the authenticity and authority of the black experience in America. Many black Americans still suffer the contradictions of what Gerald Early calls the Lure and Loathing of American success. So they are motivated to search for liberty and equality in the spirit of the best traditions. However simply because one lives under the effects of gravity one's entire life does not make one a particle physicist. (Feynman). Simply because one suffers the deprivations of racism and poverty does not make one expert in understanding their binding powers nor in puzzling a way free. The existential model is insufficient. Role models do not gentrify. Lots of people are authentically black. The great problem is that we mistake that authenticity for authority, and that is precisely the case here. Dolezal is as authentically put upon and dysfunctionalized by her racial identity as anyone might possibly be. Her response to that has destroyed (evidently) her character and career, and all it took was a little piss and vinegar from her parents to kick off a racial shitstorm of the sort America is uniquely capable of sustaining. There is a right and proper way to avoid all of this. It's called virtue. And then I quote Dex Quire precisely: Yes, Black identity is a big thing but must include integrity, self-relflection, striving and liberty with responsibility -- and -- because it is a big thing -- it cannot only be defined by the accident of genetic code -- it must include culture -- a willingness to embrace freedom, identity and lack of fear (of the other) -- that is the culture of Black identity must be an open culture an embraceable culture if it is to claim authenticity and authority...
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2015 on Take Me For Granted and Smile at Cobb
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It's interesting. If Christians in America come to feel besieged I fear that they will have few quite savvy enough to counter the onslaught. It seems to me that moderation in such matters is not likely. This is the fault of Karl Rove and billions of political dollars spent hyping the significance of the Christian Right and Moral Majority. It really didn't have to be all that, but I guess we're realizing the Culture War was really not in haitus.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2015 on Consuming Morality at Cobb
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The day that Lewis Hamilton won the world Formula One Driver's Championship last year, something else was brewing in the minds of many Americans that cast them far from that celebration. I must confess as I write this sentence I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Cobb
Good stuff. Hope you stick around here.
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Well that may the reality, but that reality does not express the principle. And if it continues to be that way, then those educated in public school will forget the principle, or call it into question. As in, "Only rich people that go to private schools don't need government. We need to fix that (with a sledgehammer)".
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I don't see how you don't see the basic Christian message in James Baldwin's demand for forgiveness of those who know not what they do. He asks for the embrace of those who suffer in ignorance of who they might be. I suspect that similar messages from Paul to Ephesians. They would sit, walk and stand. He gave them a prescription for girding their loins with truth, as we are seated together in heavenly places with Christ. It was about 'we' not 'other'.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Take Me For Granted and Smile at Cobb
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My first world problem. So AT&T screwed me out of 12 months of international wifi at 60 bucks a month. The best I can get is a 60 day refund under the normal policy, but I got 120 days. Big... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Cobb
I wouldn't expect to call James Baldwin Catholic, but what he wrote was indeed Progressive for 1963 and a high benchmark for tolerance that is missing today. Baldwin's "grouping" was not projecting, it was an accurate reflection of American society in 1963.
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2015 on Take Me For Granted and Smile at Cobb
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American universities get money because they are popular. They wanted to be popular, so they had to professionalize their institutions. They are now giant high schools, en loco parentis.
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(No pictures on Amazon). I could have gone through a bunch of examples better than that of nursing, including learning how to sing and play guitar instead of paying a 200 cable bill.
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I have no reason to assume that this woman has any integrity at all. If she's a fraud, she's a fraud. Does it matter if she's a racial fraud? If, in fact, she was genetically 'proper' would this inquiry have begun? Would it make national headlines if her family dysfunctions were 'black on black crimes'? I have no patience for race hustlers of any sort, they are all deluded or dishonest. The subtext here, of course, is that her victimhood and honorary blackness as an oppressed minority were manufactured, ie she's not an authentic victim because that is something one must be genetically proper to receive. The irony of course is that the more pathetic she is, the more actual victim she is, and the more salient her racial identity is with regards to her public sympathy. The point is to narrate her tale of woe, her family's tale of woe, her generation's tale of woe OUTSIDE of her own agency. Her predicament must be society's fault and therefore there must be corrective social action. Alas she's the wrong race for that, as her genes prove. It seems to me that if one were to (as most are) associate blackness with social dysfunction aside from genetic heritage, then Dolezal would be a fine candidate. Her life is a wreck because of specific racial stuff, and she's being hounded today because of her racial identity. Society says she can't be who she wants to be because she's the wrong race. Her case proves that this is not a two way street and indicts the very premise of evenhandedness race hustlers claim.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on Take Me For Granted and Smile at Cobb
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The last man in the world you want to deal with is a police officer. That is as it should be. I've been saying for several years now that the entire point of a free public education in this country... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Cobb
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Somebody left the eggs of identity politics out in the sunlight, and sunlight may be showing everyone what's going on but it certainly hasn't cleaned up the stink. There's something rotten in air. I know what it is. It's people... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Cobb
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Fifty Four I think I understand people. Most people. Some people are beyond my understanding, and I think it should stay that way. What I know is that life is like a series of mountains and gates. You become your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Cobb
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I'm unfollowing a lot of Faceboogers this week. I really don't have time for their creepy obsessions. Somebody named Jenner. Somebody named Hanks. Somebody named Clinton. Somebody named.. I don't remember. A lot of shit that passes for debate and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Cobb