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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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Running a country may be a complicated affair, but considering the state of many countries it is not beyond the ken of several thousand above average individuals. The most important aspect is the sort of institutions at the center of power and the integrity its leadership and bureaucracy. With sovereignty comes the disappearance of accountability. A sovereign power doesn't need to be *good*, merely coherent. Black Americans can create that coherence by acclamation. Hell, Dave Chappelle could do it single-handedly. Your analogy is like asking if black Americans are not running the editorial board of the New York Times, are they really speaking English? If they had actual mastery of the skill, they would be running things. That's not the question. The question is not whether they can run the USA, but a country. I think a better question would be to ask, given no oversight, would somebody like Maxine Waters be running shit into the ground, not if she would be running shit. The latter is unquestioned. I have no doubts whatsoever that a gangsta cabal would extend their tentacles and create all the wealth necessary. I mean how long would it take for Presnit Chappelle to offer a 10 year lease to Jamaica to handle the aluminum smelting industry in New Africa? There's 2 billion right there. How long before Commissioner Jordan sells international TV rights for the NABA? It's interesting to speculate all of this in every industry and domain of known black American expertise - it might even be fun if I knew more. But I can't tell who might be the female propaganda poster girl to get men up to do the work they never expected to get paid to do. Angela Bassett? She still got pull? Where do we put Sam Jackson to work? I think he'd be a kickass press secretary. Ask me 'what?' again muthafuka! More seriously. Harold Ford? Google doesn't have much more than pathetic lists that are 7 years old. I wonder if Obama exhausted the list and actually knows who could be counted on. There would need to be a hell of a lot of butchers, bakers and candlestick makers we don't EVEN have. Probably need a lot of Mexicans.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on The Black Country at Cobb
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..or an Oval Office, or the Joint Chiefs, or a Supreme Court Seat, or American Express.. It's a crazy hypothetical, rather like the song Ruben Ruben ( But the fact remains that black Americans are not desirous of a new country, and therefore have not developed the skills required. But these 42 million people *could* create a country at least as viable as Costa Rica or the Dominican Republic.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The Black Country at Cobb
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The way I look at history, there was a period in time over which the way Westerners changed the way they looked at all people. That was the birth of ‘modernism’. Modernism builds upon the premise, long established in monotheism,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Cobb
Yes. We ignore Liberia. It's a rule. Funny, even back in the Black Nationalist days, there was a kind of ambiguity in picking out Marcus Garvey as a model, except to say that the white man cheated him.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2018 on The Black Country at Cobb
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In all these years I did not know that about you. My son plays trumpet and flute.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2018 on The Return of Cosmopolitan EDC at Cobb
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Q: Can the blacks in America create a country? A: Blacks in America are not interested in creating a country. The most intense period I was able to witness, during the late 1960s, demonstrated interest in emigration from America to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Cobb
The problem of income inequality is mostly a problem of crowding out working class and middle class people. In other words, it's a cultural idea with economic consequences. The primary problem with the cultural idea is that we have adopted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Cobb
I've started thinking about the old Cosmopolitan EDC again. Spontaneously I just threw together a couple amateurish videos. What's interesting when looking at these in retrospect is a couple things. Firstly I think from this point forward, I'm going to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Cobb
It’s a bad idea. Trust me, I’ve been there. For anything you don’t know now and haven’t experienced personally, ‘so what’ is the appropriate attitude. That simply assumes that you are a decent human being. The overwhelming majority of people... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Cobb
Borky's Beach is my second novel. It is a near-future post-apocalyptic utopia set in Los Angeles 2060 or so. I've never described it that way before, but this new context gives me the reason. I hope to get it published... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Cobb
Yeah I know I said that Huxley was a dweeb, and he yet might be, but there's something to say about the moral courage it takes to write up such a book. It's the biggest subject in the world.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2018 on The Perennial Philosophy at Cobb
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The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a book that I think I will be referencing back to for the rest of my life. If you basically want to understand the entire perspective... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Cobb
The biggest difficulty of my life is knowing when, where and how I'm going to retire. Like most Americans, I've inherited the idea that the privilege is something I should expect. But like most of the haggard detectives in police... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Cobb
'1982' is a barcade in DTLA. I just assume that it's all about 1982, so I put on a white shirt, skinny black tie and my clubmans Falling Down style and headed to the bar EightyTwo in DTLA. I got... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Cobb
So profoundly true. H/T Schneier Here's some interesting research about how we perceive threats. Basically, as the environment becomes safer we basically manufacture new threats. From an essay about the research: To study how concepts change when they become less... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Cobb
I don't know much about politics. Don't know parliamentary dirty tricks. Don't know much about NBC. That's not how I view society. But I do know that I love books. And if you do to we could exchange looks. What... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Cobb
This is one of my first public declarations with the implication of my following of Jordan B Peterson. I got a little giddy, but this is sort of the direction in 2018. Q: Is it possible for society to completely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Cobb
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Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2018 on I'm Glad He Wasn't Black at Cobb
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This particularly struck me today: This is one of the most important topics, right? Well, here is a new and quite thorough paper by Jonathan Schulz, Duman Bahrami-Rad, Jonathan Beauchamp, and Joseph Henrich. Here is the abstract: Recent research not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Cobb
Q: Do you notice the American society changing? A: Yes. I think it is inevitable that American society changes. What is most important, I think, is what parents expect of their children with regard to the amount of responsibility they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Cobb
"When you vote, you are exercising political authority, you're using force. And force, my friends, is violence. The supreme authority from which all other authorities are derived." -- Robert Heinlein People guess my politics. I have none. What I have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Cobb
This morning I read part of an article in which Jordan Peterson is reported to be caught off-guard in a equivalency test between the principle of selling gays wedding cakes and serving blacks wedding cakes. I cranked through this a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Cobb
A couple years ago, I rented a new Corvette and took it up the Angeles Crest. I wanted to find out if I just liked fast cars or rather if I just liked driving fast. It turned out and it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Cobb
Alright we are really getting down to it aren’t we? I’m going to tell two (and a half) stories that I recall from personal experience. But I need to qualify it in the following way, seriously. There’s a very big... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Cobb
It didn't begin well. Alexa awoke me from a deep sleep that began somewhere around 1:30 AM. It was only 5 1/2 hours later, and I sweated through my blankets. That feels ok underneath them, but when you pull them... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Cobb