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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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Yeah. People who keep wanting to spend money on public transit strike me as 19th century thinkers. Trains and trolleys. Really?
Toggle Commented yesterday on Death of the Sioux at Cobb
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Liberty will win. The perverted idea of equality (now expressed as 'equity') cannot triumph and this place still be true to the premise of individual liberty. It's going to take time for the groupthinkers to get it through their thick skulls that when they work towards their group empowerment, they will become equally trapped and bound by that group definition. If you keep saying 'As a black woman, I say...', people are eventually going to take you at your word, and then they will start 'As a black woman, you'll get...' And so people will be compelled to sacrifice their individuality. Nothing illustrates this so clearly as the backlash against Affirmative Action, which ain't over. The trend of identity politics is easy enough to avoid through the assertion of economic class. But I would also advise that it be done through a recognition of psychology. People who play skin games are all of a psychological type. It's easy to say that they deserve each other, but not very charitable. It should be obvious that people who play that game are just repeating the past because they insist on being defined by the past. So ask them about the nature of the racial endgame. They'll have no idea, because they refuse to think outside of the racial box. Their suffering will be inevitable because they will keep trying to define their future in racial terms. The great irony will be that the enitre purpose of anit-racism is to *not* take race into account. Such players will ultimately have to admit that they do want to be defined by race, and they'll have to admit that doing so stunts their growth. Let 'em go. The same thing is true for politics, and that's because all politics is middle class politics - a group of people trying to distinguish themselves by blatheration and oppositional tactics. It will always work more for those who don't succeed economically, because they will have no experience of digging their own way out of their holes. They then have no choice but to follow those who pander to them. Ultimately, it will take a revolution, and that is a long way off. Middle class Americans still live far too well to be ready for violent conflict in the streets. Short of that, it's all blather and rebellious counterculturalism. America will survive the drunks and the weed smokers - none of them will successfully operate heavy equipment (like raising families). So they will have to shuffle off to their non-competitive ghettoes and rock on their porches. The energy for that politics is already captured by the Left. It will become apparent that all they will do is leech. If they ever get consensus. The Right will grow increasingly reactionary without having anything useful to say, gawkers pointing at folks on their porches and hurling insults. Thin gruel for the economically challenged and co-dependent. What people need is sanity and withdrawal from oppositionalism. They will rediscover the Humanities in time, and Art will become real, rather than the random shallow signifying it is today.
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Crazy Horse and Custer by Stephen E. Ambrose My rating: 4 of 5 stars A very good look at the Sioux culture and the differences between it and that of the US at the time. I just finished this after... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Cobb
This week is the week of equating MAGA hats with Nazi armbands. Apparently I'm either misremembering my time at The Well or Godwin's Law has been sunsetted and replaced by a wacky doppelganger. These days mentioning Nazis does not end... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Cobb
Steve Fair, semi-nemesis observes the following: Cobb since I've known him has always tried to make the case that black people are these emotional sheep who have been indoctrinated to believe that conservatives were primarily greedy selfish racists when they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Cobb
Yeah I was not going to talk about Italians because everything I admire about them has nothing to do with work or productivity. Good stuff.
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Thanks. I have not looked at Wing Tsun, and I have never gone far enough in any of my styles to be considered particularly competent. I simply know enough to augment my street smarts and not be helpless. When I think about my fighting skill, it's almost always in the context of how I might protect myself during social unrest. Only secondarily is it about mastery of an art. To be honest, I'm pretty sure my trajectory now is going to be towards old man's Tai Chi and yoga. Thanks for the tip though.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2019 on Aikido Dancing at Cobb
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Men haze. Hazing is a sophisticated socialization men do to determine if newbs deserve to stay. The more dangerous the profession, the more severe the hazing. Because if you are going to have someone in your squad who has responsibility... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Cobb
This is how I usually work as a contributing manager. I have been technical lead on plenty of successful projects so my ego is not involved. The thing that matters most is that *everybody* understands what the system is supposed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at Cobb
I was just thinking about Aikido in my long journey to my martial education. I always loved it, but it was always too soft to be practical. I started studying Aikido when LA got its first important dojo in what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Cobb
Women listen to men all the time, deeply. They want nothing more than for a man to be 100% consistent all the time. That's why bad boys get more run - they never have to lie. The second a man... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Cobb
I think most critical theory generates praxis that cannot be organic, by definition. It can only work in an upscale bourgeios context, because it's essentially shopping research for ethical lifestyle choices. And still people don't know if red wine is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Cobb
This year I'm going to try to do some ridiculously ambitious things. I'm not ready to sit down and shutup. It's going to cause trouble, and I reckon it's about time. What I'm going to do is start talking about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at Cobb
(from the archives - Fall 1996) In my travels, I have just come upon a neat trick. I've never seen it posted anywhere and it solves a problem I remember being unable to solve a few years ago. Consider a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at Cubegeek
The civil rights movement provides a good example of this change in thought. In its early days almost all the significant leaders, in spite of tactical and temperamental differences, relied on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They could... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Cobb
This year I'm not going to use the term 'white' if I can help it. It turns out that there are any number of specific things to call so-called white people if I have reason to identify something stereotypical about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Cobb
My first car was a 68 VW Karmann Ghia. I drove it until it died. Had the engine rebuilt for 700 bucks. Drove it until it died a second time, gave it to my little sister. Probably the most unsafe... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Cobb
It's funny that I still find it interesting to quote Aldous Huxley on the dichotomy between sexual and intellectual pursuit. Somebody nominated me to become, in the place of retiring Rabbi Findley, the moderator of the Stoics of Los Angeles.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at Cobb
#1 They fit better than any other earplug, because they're not plugs. They don't stopper your ears, so they have the best of both worlds - audio transparency to the air, and good bass like an earplug. #2 Stereo mic.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at Cobb
You may be interested in the whole thing.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2018 on On Unregulated Sex at Cobb
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"Unregulated capitalism is good for the same reason unregulated sex is good." So what I'm saying is that neither is best unregulated. I thought of this matter when considering a complaint against my Catholic upbringing. I think that was inspired... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Cobb
The book is a long and sometimes tedious explanation of what we all know to be true - that undergraduates are slightly unhinged and that colleges treat them as a market, not as adults. A 10-30% minority of students who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at Cobb
For a number of reasons, I am finding my way to reading John Stuart Mill 'On Liberty' for the first time. It's lovely. I picked it up particularly to read its second chapter, the one on free speech. In those... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at Cobb
Q: How do I prove that my woman is wrong? A: The gun is always loaded. The wife is always right. If you want to prove one woman is wrong you simply find another woman who agrees with you. Of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at Cobb
From a Facebook conversation Here's the difference between 'racial' and 'racist'. Racial means you never ignore race. Race is always taken into consideration. If you are a racialist, like my dad, then you will always say "My friend Bill, a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Cobb