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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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Q: What's all this I hear about 'colonization'? When I used to employ this jargon, for me it was about a 'decolonized mind'. When you are *outside* of the 'system' as many people from enclaves are, you identify with your... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cobb
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My brother Doc told me something in a common sense way that I never quite understood so clearly before. This was some time ago, shortly after he joined the LAPD. He said people expect too much - like a divine... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cobb
Update for reference - the verbatim interview at Polytechnic as transcribed by the students. https://www.evernote.com/l/AAZqyuXG2IROJIGRYQeU5kvnmButNsVAinI
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Overpoliced: Remembering the LA Riots at Cobb
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Follow up 16 years later: https://quillette.com/2019/05/06/the-iraq-war-was-not-about-oil/ Despite the presence of 200,000 U.S. troops and mercenaries, and despite the American taxpayer subsidising the war to the tune of $1 trillion at this point, only one U.S. company (Exxon-Mobil) walked away with a contract. Such “winnings” were no more impressive than the deals done by Russia’s Lukoil, Norway’s Statoil, Malaysia’s Petronas or Japan’s Japex. Were the bids any better for the Brits? Shell won the development rights of the billion-barrel Majnoon near Basra but this was a joint venture with Petronas. Similarly, BP was only able to secure a successful bid by partnering with the Chinese CNPC. The poor profitability of such deals is demonstrated by how Shell has since sold its stakes and Exxon-Mobil has allegedly sought to do the same. The biggest beneficiary of the post-war contracts has been China, emerging as the largest buyer of Iraqi oil in 2013. The state-run China National Petroleum Company was awarded the first post-war oil license, the lion’s share of contracts at the auctions and has since acquired additional contracts with the Ministry of Oil. The absurdity of the “war for oil” argument was best articulated by Michael Makovsky, a former Defense Department official in the Bush administration. “The Chinese had nothing to do with the war but from an economic standpoint they are benefitting from it, and our Fifth Fleet and air forces are helping to assure their supply,” he said.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2019 on Crude Calculations at Cobb
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This note is to remind myself that in fact, what Nietzsche calls himself 'The First Immoralist' is the gateway through which I'm prepared to leap in following up this. So long as I'm reading other people's work, that is.
Toggle Commented May 3, 2019 on Sociology's Red Pill at Cobb
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(from the Quora Archives - Feb 2016) Q: Do they mostly live in DC and ATL? A: It's more or less true. Among my peers who generally have graduate degrees, there are a handful of cities that are considered when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Cobb
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Get a pencil and three pieces of paper. On the first piece of paper write NEVER. On the second piece of paper write PROBLY NOT. On the third piece of paper write. MAYBE. Now plop down in front of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Cobb
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Q: Why is America infatuated with reality TV shows, and is it effecting society? A: I’m going to change what I say when I answer questions like this and remind people that their distaste with ‘American culture’ is actually distaste... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Cobb
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Stereotypes exist because human beings need to generalize. We are always guessing what might happen next according to our expectations which in turn are formed by experience. A prejudice, is technically, any presumption. Or if we decide to let the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Cobb
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This isn't about them being a trashman, it's about me being a trashman. You see I didn't call Republic Services to come pick up my icky unwanteds, I called them to find out where I could dump them myself. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at Cobb
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There is a significant difference between the defense of free speech, and the empowerment of random speech. I was listening to the Joe Rogan podcast with Nicholas Christakis and they briefly discussed his problems with Yale's Halloween debacle. As soon... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Cobb
In a modern consumer society, I can think of two personal shortcomings of being rich. They have to do with one’s ability to answer these two questions which are somewhat related. how many mistakes is failure? how much pain is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at Cobb
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The following is one of my favorite Peanuts cartoons ever. It's basically all I have to say about the Trump investigation. Lucy, having character and realizing that Linus is, after all, her only brother, walks away mad. But she shuts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Cobb
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This is essentially what I've been saying. Read Dave Burton's answer to Did 30,000 scientists declare that climate change is a hoax? on Quora One of my favorite excerpts. Sea-level rise is supposedly the worst of the negative effects of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Cobb
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I can remember back in 92 or so when I discovered the Cult. They were definitely cool, and surely punk. I was just around that time getting more interested in the lo-fi of UNIX, but not deeply. (Damn you Xerox!)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Cobb
Read Chuck Coker's answer to If the economy of the United States is so great, why do so many people still seem to be struggling? on Quora Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at Cobb
Did Amerindians get reparations for the attrocities committed on them by European Americans and African Americans(Buffalo Soldiers)? No. Each of these tribal groups can be thought of as something akin to small nations that ultimately made war with each other... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at Cobb
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The primary social problem in our society is that we are too emotionally engaged with the productions of journalists and political activists. These two groups, more than any other media producers have captured the attention of many Americans and are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at Cobb
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Have people in your church started arguing about the nature of God? Probably not. This is not about America per se, it is about the devolution of the domain of news and popular culture. We are reaping the seeds of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2019 at Cobb
Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America by Ioan Grillo My rating: 3 of 5 stars Informative in the best kind of 'journalism for the good folks at home' way. The book is full... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Cobb
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Q: Why are intellectuals judgmental and elitist? A:Because that is the point of disciplined intellectual discovery, to know with certainty that X is right and Y is wrong and to know all the reasons for that to be the case.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Cobb
Mission Critical by Mark Greaney My rating: 4 of 5 stars An excellent Gray Man book, one of the best. This one captures a sense of duplicity and partial knowledge with deft sensibilities. Superbly memorable characters in this one. Sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2019 at Cobb
Ahahahahhahaha. Damn. You went there.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2019 on Obligatory Seriousness on J. Smollett at Cobb
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Some soap opera actor faked a hate crime. The crowd went bananas. Presidential candidate Kamala Harris stood on her hind legs to make a statement about it. John McWhorter said: So why in the world would he fake something like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2019 at Cobb