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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 is the strategy of Americans to contain Chinese influence in the world markets? A: I think the world markets are going to teach China lessons in capitalism. I have some suspicions that China, as a command culture, will... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cobb
Also I wanted to share this interesting data on global tourism. You can check the relative popularity of the seven nations. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fqtdrng-_g_vl4wLmCW1hILxGai4N7_sxnWidPArZeo/edit?usp=sharing
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Seven Non-Grata at Cobb
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I made a survey. Here are the results: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-V3RGKYJJ7/
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on The Bomb Drops at Cobb
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I put together a survey partly because it's fun and I haven't done it in a long time, and partly because I'm really not interested in people taking tangents outside of my own concerns. When it closes I will paste... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cobb
https://youtu.be/HOQt_mP6Pgg
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2019 on Eric Holder Blasted at Cobb
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The ages have taught humanity, and we have learned well, how to deal with the consequences of our nature. And they are manifest in the stories and legends, in the fables and sacred texts, in the shared wisdom of our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Cobb
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Somebody told me that Chappelle is like Pryor. I disagree that Chappelle is like Pryor. I think he's more like Carlin. He's focused on observing the contradictory stuff that people do. DC is very precise with his words, but he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Cobb
I am cut off on the right. That's just bad framing on my part.
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2019 on American Wag 019 - White Supremacy at Cobb
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I had something of a difficult conversation the other day with one of my friends from the Breakfast Club. I introduced him, rather clumsily, to the Intellectual Dark Web, which he immediately conflated with the Dark Web, meaning probably 4chan... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Cobb
This guy gets it. https://www.tristanharris.com/
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2019 on The Logos Project at Cobb
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I am encouraged by every good word.
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2019 on The Logos Project at Cobb
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Some Follow Up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13769
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2019 on Seven Non-Grata at Cobb
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For about 20 years I have been saying that I have 2 or 3 original ideas. Today I'm going to share them in one giant tarball. I'm going to call it the Logos Project. The reason I'm calling it the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Cobb
It has been mentioned too many times in my life for me not to have read it. I'll have it done next week or so. It may give me more footing than I have.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2019 on The Axis of Magic at Cobb
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There is something which unites magic and applied science [=technology] while separating both from the “wisdom” of earlier ages. For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at Cobb
Everyone is greedy. The ancients said that there are three motivators that describe all man's desires. Fear, Greed and Glory. To look at 'big business' and assume its benefits do not appeal to its constituents' motivations is to take 'big business' too seriously.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2019 on A Libertarian Stoic Principle Explained at Cobb
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So it looks like I'm going to go back to heads down. That's a good thing, I suppose. The reason is that I get to learn something new. Yay. The thing I will be learning is Kafka streaming and all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Cubegeek
I suppose it goes without saying that Kipling nailed it. If If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with triumph and disaster And treat those two imposters just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools; If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breath a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on"; If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run - Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2019 on Mike's Manly Man Checklist at Cobb
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Mike's Manly Man Checklist 1. Ride a horse 2. Ride a motorcycle 3. Shoot a gun 4. Rope a steer 5. Tune a car 6. Hang a door 7. Use a chainsaw 8. Quote the Three Stooges 9. Set a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Cobb
I don't know. A 15k 10 year old Cayman that may need a 6K engine doesn't give me any confidence. But I might consider that over the Miata. I honestly don't like the look of the 986 and 987, so that's my hangup right now. Plus I'm not so sure I don't need it as a daily driver. Job situation is in flux.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2019 on The Uncle Bunny Scenario at Cobb
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For about 20 years I have been saying that I have 2 or 3 original ideas. Today I'm going to share them in one giant tarball. I'm going to call it the Logos Project. The reason I'm calling it the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at Cubegeek
American Wag is my new production, a long form multimedia podcast. This blog will be where we keep show notes and other referential documents. Right now the design isn't settled but that will come in time. Welcome aboard. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2019 at American Wag
Primarily the fact that I want to keep my truck and I haven't fully decided if I want one that I can smash up without it breaking my heart and my bank. I know I want to drive fast, I just don't know how fast I want to drive. So I'm kind of having to decide between a strictly track car and a strictly cool show-off car. I don't think I can do both. So part of me is saying: A. Sell the truck: Buy a motorcycle and take it to the track and drive fast, and buy the slick Porsche (new Spyder). B. Keep the truck: Buy an f'd up Miata on a trailer that's barely street legal, take it to the track and get good. Thrash it to bits. C: Maybe sell the truck: Buy an old Cayman and tart it up for the street, take it up Hwy 2 every Sunday morning. I really really cannot decide to commit any funds to get serious about this because I don't have enough to make it a no brainer.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2019 on The Uncle Bunny Scenario at Cobb
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Far more details in this and much more 'jointness'. There's no one agency with the super guy, that's now played out. This is much more 'Game of Thrones' in terms of the scopes of the various actors on the global stage making decisions on the fronts and in the rear.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2019 on Red Metal at Cobb
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American Wag now has a bit of momentum. Here we are discussing current events, tribalism, cops busting minorities, identity and racial representation and a couple dozen other things related to the current buzz and fears about America falling off an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Cobb