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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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Excuse me but if you were the chief of police and expected a riot, how long would you give the men and women on riot duty time to prepare for it?
Toggle Commented 10 hours ago on Ferguson Burning at Cobb
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I find it impossible to believe that what happened in Ferguson, MO could happen anywhere. What happened there has everything to do with the cause and effect of the people and processes in place and the discipline or lack thereof applied. In other words, if you think democracy is working is Ferguson, you have a lot of explaining to do. Democracy is NOT working in Ferguson. It is a town ruled by mobs. Just because ISIS had courts and judges doesn't mean they provide justice. By what standard are you saying the Ferguson system works?
Toggle Commented 10 hours ago on Ferguson Burning at Cobb
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It doesn't particularly benefit me. It matters where I live and with whom I associate. Just because Ferguson fails doesn't mean Los Angeles fails. Just because Compton fails doesn't mean Koreatown fails. Just because Compton failed yesterday doesn't mean it fails tomorrow. I have the benefit of seeing Ferguson as an isolated whatever. No matter what extremity is revealed there, it doesn't make me believe that the sky is falling. I can accept without hesitation that it is what it is, because nothing exactly like it is happening elsewhere. So fine. Let it be what it is. I don't pretend to be affected when I'm not. I just see what I see. My preparation is necessary for me because I understand how cheesy the digital world can become and has become in certain areas. It is a kind of cheese that is easily spread and I am particularly loathe of that kind of dishonesty. So I am finding (whilst being honest in the digital realm) alternative ways to express contributions to society, particularly in emergency services. I'm the guy who knows firemen and cops and Boy Scout leaders in his city. I know what they do because I have been trained to do some of their work. I suspect I'll get on with nurses and air traffic controllers next. Quite basically, I am separating myself out of the bullshit job economy. People keep complaining about how hard it is to get 'a job' while so many skills are lacking. These are the jobs and skills that can never be outsourced and never go away. You can call that survivalist training. I ask everybody with a keyboard and an opinion, "Who is your Leviathan". Everybody on the internet thinks they can say something, wish something, vote something into being if their meme is virulent enough. I call bullshit on that. I look at what it actually takes to pull levers, cut steel, lay bricks, stop bad guys, put out fires, pour cement, fly planes, set broken bones, grow crops, tend herds. That's a very different business than retweeting, posting, coding, voting, critiquing cultural productions, socializing concepts, raising awareness, supporting causes. Hard physical skills vs soft verbal skills. Whether or not democratic institutions fail, the former are more important than the latter. I spent the first 50 years of my life feeding myself with the latter, and it's important that I get busy with the former. I'm thrilled. Just thrilled to find so much satisfaction in learningthe hard physical skills, having sufficiently mastered the soft ones. It is the corruption of the soft skills that make democratic institutions fail. Dishonesty. And millions of Americans are just helpless suckers because they have no hard skills and expect the soft ones to have integrity automatically. It's a great deception which is part and parcel of the Digiital era. And most people do not have the mental discipline to work that soft verbal properly. So we have expanded markets into the territory of bullshit. Once upon a time, it took Stan Lee and a couple of his co-workers all of their imagination to come up with Spiderman comics, and that was pure gold. Now in America you have a billion dollars worth of Spiderman multimedia which is mostly bullshit. Once upon a time you had Paley and Friendly at CBS who made one national news channel worth watching. Now you have 1000 channels and bullshitters like Jon Stewart 'informing' the masses. When you build a bullshit dike, a hurricane will make it fail and people will drown. When you build a bullshit network, it too will be compromised. Except that people don't drown. The soft bullshit is sustained, like all the meaningless conversations and viral memes around Ferguson which fund millions of dollars of pop-up ads. When all those ideas fail, people will stop thinking they are pundits and experts. They'll realize they don't have the skill, and they'll try something simpler. They'll realize that they can't express themselves in any meaningful way. Hmm. Maybe they'll burn shit down. I have lived among the effete wordsmiths who cannot function in the physical world. They expect that MLK speeches will turn people's actions, decades after MLK is dead. They cannot deal with violence or physical hard skills - they are poets, priests and politicians. I see millions of common folk helpless to their charms. And those phonies were and probably still are in authority over the democratic institutions of Ferguson. In the moment of violence, when the bullshit words and institutions built on bullshit words crumble, when the wolves come out, every human being looks to the sheepdog. I'm not under any illusion that the bullshit can continue indefinitely. I know human beings too well. I've watched the blogosphere rise and then disintegrate. Compare the comments here to those at the Huffington Post. You already know. I'm not going to be Digital forever. I don't need society to fail, it fails in tiny parts every day. One tiny part is Ferguson. It's just another lesson I'm ready for.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Ferguson Burning at Cobb
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Ferguson burning is a good thing. They say that good fences make good neighbors. I say that anger and frustration are just like farts in the wind. Nothing political really matters until people are ready to burn things down. It... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cobb
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I make the distinction between the simplification of the common man of himself owing to the fact that the simple is all that is presented to him as acceptable to his fate in society, and the inability of the common man to be self-sustaining owing to the overcomplication of that which allows him greater personal freedom.
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The night that Los Angeles burned, I walked the streets of Brooklyn alone. The next day was what I called White Flight Friday. I was a young man on the way to all the answers I now possess holding but... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cobb
No my point is that we make life simple for the common man, and thus the common man becomes simple. Simple to the point of avoiding understanding the sophistication that makes his simple life possible. This contradiction drawn to political conclusions is that the common man will over-assert the value of simplicity, and upon reaching those limits will demand more of their superiors against the interests of those superiors. The common man becomes a barbarian and undercuts his own civilization. I suppose that I have always underestimated the sheer perversity of the species. Yes. That's it. We have moved from diversity to perversity.
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So you asked me: "Why would a civilian living peacefully need a semi automatic gun?" So we're going to play a game of reason. You first need to ask me a question and then I will answer. Then we will... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cobb
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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 6 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 7 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 Nov 18, 2014 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 Nov 18, 2014 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 Nov 17, 2014 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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