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Cobb
LOS ANGELES, CA
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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I'm not closing myself, I'm simply moving to a location where I can eventually charge admission. Pretty sure that's going to be mdcbowen.substack.com.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2020 on Cobb Is Closed at Cobb
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Find me archived here (of course) but with new stuff at these other fine establishments. Patreon Substack Medium Sign Up Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at Cobb
Seventeen years of freedom. That's what I've put in here. I love you all, but I've got to go. Not going far though. Just to a platform that is going to get me some scratch. I calculate that I've put... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at Cobb
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Some time ago I wrote My Black Life Doesn't Matter. As the machinations and shenanigans associated with BLM continue to disturb my peace, I think I have come to an appropriate way to describe it. Having come to this realization,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at Cobb
I forgot to mention David Roediger.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2020 on Obligatory Seriousness on Whiteness at Cobb
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So a week ago, Amazon Prime started their "Black Lives Matter" advertising and put up a couple dozen black oriented films, offering a title called "Just Mercy" for free. (Discounted from 2.99). I cast it as a simple-minded commercial ploy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2020 at Cobb
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My father's superpower is his ability to illuminate the inner path. Illumination of the inner path means the ability to recognize that you have a mind, a mind that is something of a garden which needs tending. You could not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2020 at Cobb
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The other day I heard that Trump was planning to make a speech and rally in Tulsa OK, aimed at black Americans. People were aghast, as they tend to be whenever Trump does anything. His awfulness never gets dull. My... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at Cobb
I'm going to include some links here to Roland Freyer's research. First here is Heather Mac Donald, who generally speaks for me. https://www.evernote.com/l/AAbXLTDfyANGk7-ZekjtGfKo8wHAwsq6N-o Here is Fryers' paper: https://www.evernote.com/l/AAZcEgkdeTRA44KHPTXR_WuaZsFps9NkElA An Empirical Analysis of Racial Di↵erences in Police Use of Force⇤ Roland G. Fryer, Jr.† July 2017 Abstract This paper explores racial di↵erences in police use of force. On non-lethal uses of force, blacks and Hispanics are more than fifty percent more likely to experience some form of force in interactions with police. Adding controls that account for important context and civilian behavior reduces, but cannot fully explain, these disparities. On the most extreme use of force – ocer-involved shootings – we find no racial di↵erences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account. We argue that the patterns in the data are consistent with a model in which police ocers are utility maximizers, a fraction of which have a preference for discrimination, who incur relatively high expected costs of ocer-involved shootings.
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2020 on You People Don't Count at Cobb
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Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate it. I think I remember that song by Jiminy Cricket. I'm no fool, nosiree, I'm gonna live to 103. I hope you do.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2020 on On The Edge of the 60s at Cobb
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A while back, after some controversy involving the rap artist 50Cent, ideas of accountability shot through my head. His album was 'Get Rich or Die Trying' and somehow, despite his huge success with that album, he had somehow disappointed millions... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at Cobb
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Today is my birthday. I was born in 1961, on the edge of the 60s that dramatic moment in American history. They say that history doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. Can you hear it? When I remember being a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2020 at Cobb
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What I discovered as soon as I thought about this subject was that these are not the best books I've ever read. They are also not the most enjoyable books. They are simply the books that changed the way I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Cobb
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"The problem is the racism of your people" "Yes, the problem is the racism of my people" The above statements, largely accepted without question in America today, are racial accusations requiring a racial solution. That solution will never come. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Cobb
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There is a certain mentality that is as old as history but often forgotten in modern times. It the mindset of the farmer, of the hunter, of the warrior. It has an appreciation and respect for nature and the purposes... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at Cobb
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When I was a skinny kid, I learned one day at Susan Miller Dorsey Pool, how to do a 1 and a half. As soon as I write this, I am brought to mind of a girl who came there... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at Cobb
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So let’s start with giving an evaluation. A parcel of stones at VVG1 to VVG2 at an average size of .35 carats with F-G color will net out to about $3250 per carat. 1kg of such stones will be about... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at Cobb
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Q. Do you honestly feel that you have a genuine mission to help make the planet a better place to live, or one to just be a passive observer on it? A. There is something called Gall’s Law which I... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2020 at Cobb
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I seem to have lived more lives than I expected. These days I tell myself that in life there are two kinds of people, trees and monkeys. I'm a tree for my family, but out in the world I'm a... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2020 at Cobb
I discovered Urbit today. I have always been here. I have just discovered the other people who think like me. I'm not trying to be afraid that this is very much what I've been all about for quite some time,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Cubegeek
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"Your daddy's rich, and your ma is good looking. So hush little baby, don't you cry." Q: What is it like living in a majority black neighborhood? A: It’s kind of obvious to say they are all different, but I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at Cobb
l.a. riots myths and stereotypes (from deep in the boohabian archives - spring 1997) boohab - organic hiphop metaphysician boohab - 07:42am Apr 28, 1997 PST (#6 of 185) jesus christ. never have i seen such blatant revisionism. horowitz, you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Cobb
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A true Angeleno (from the archives April 2015) You have at least two favorite Mexican beers. 
Need I say more? Most people in the rest of the country only know Corona. You've been there, done that, gave it up, came... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at Cobb
Q: Is it ok for a left leaning person to be here? A: The point of the IDW for me and many others is that it truly has no use for those labels. In my view, we are mostly here... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at Cobb
I have written 8000 essays. I have 50 followers. I haven't wasted my life, but I have spent a lot of time doing exactly what I want to do regardless of it's apparent value to the rest of the world.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at Cobb