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Expert witness in nearly all areas of business: finance, marketing, management, compensation, ethics...Author of 11 books on money and commerce
Interests: Licensed Pilot Single Engine Sailor Skier Welder Chinese Martial Arts student Motorcycles
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This is an article by Scott Phillips, a truly world renowned martial artist, who went to a training by another martial artist. The man whose class he attended actually uses martial arts to hurt and disable bad people. The fellow recovers kidnap victims. Phillips’ was reminded in the class that we are heavily trained to resist our own violent capabilities.... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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We have a new environmentally perfect building in San Francisco. It is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold star perfect model. The ratepayers of San Francisco paid for it. Me, included. Only three or four minor problems. It cost three times what an ordinary office building of the same footage would have cost. The wind generators on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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Last week I saw a study widely published that e-cigarettes are recommended for smoking cessation by the main British Medical societies. First, this material will be ignored by every relevant researcher and legislator in America as they merrily outlaw e-cigarettes on the basis, they say, of ‘science’. America is a strongly Puritan society and strongly opposed to anyone finding enjoyment... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I don’t have any reliable data on the extent to which Barack Obama has personally increased the black-white division in the United States. There has been an horrific and dramatic increase in division. I have my own personal experience to report. I did a study in the early 1970’s that is reported in yesterday’s blog. It applies to the current... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I searched my earlier blogs to see if I ever wrote a blog about my living room test of ‘stranger interaction’. Apparently I only included it as part of a longer blog. My study occurred in the very early 1970’s when I wanted to use some of my marketing research technologies on general human questions. I worked with my close... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I can recommend an interesting Gizmodo article to you. It tells about a large data study of the changes to Wikipedia and to the Wikipedia handbook since its founding fifteen years ago. What the article says is that the original people established the core values of the organization and they remain core values. It claims the study finds that over... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I ask the question about one hypothetical entrepreneur who gives millions of dollars to the anti-commerce Democrats. There are hundreds of people who fit this category. One reason is Trump’s reason. ‘I play both sides so no one goes after me.’ This historic tragedy (rich successful people giving to Democrats) is probably influenced by the most common reason people align... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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By now we all know that the face of Alexander Hamilton was slated by Obama and the Democrat Party for elimination from our paper currency. He was saved by the brilliant Hamilton book by Ron Chernow, which I reviewed and praised highly, and the astounding Broadway musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda and most of the actors are black which... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Getting off the airplane in Tokyo I found a 7/11 ATM machine that promised to give me yen to be charged to my credit card. I didn’t use it at the airport because I had plenty of Japanese yen from earlier trips. There are thousands of 7/11s in Tokyo. When I next needed cash I used one. To my great... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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I’m constantly asking myself how much abuse can commerce in America take before it stops working or is so degraded as to be minimal? I am first looking at Britain after WWII. Led brilliantly by Winston Churchill during the war, the nation immediately elected a pure socialist government led by Clement Attlee and Aneurin Bevan in 1945. England immediately bought... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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If you think the American justice system is somehow decent and respects the Bill of Rights you will not find me sympathetic to your position. My three obvious points have all been to the Supreme Court and found Constitutional. But anyone with 51% of a brain can see that they aren’t. One is the RICO laws that allow special punishment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Do you know about ‘Operation Choke Point’? I’ll discuss it in tomorrow’s blog. It is a federal campaign to keep banks from providing banking services to any business that Lefties don’t like. It is intended to put them out of business. One of the businesses on the target list are payday lenders. These are businesses that make small loans to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Pro Commerce
That is she. Or that is her,
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2016 on San Francisco business licenses at Pro Commerce
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I wrote this blog before I saw some stunning recent data that suicides are increasing among white Americans. From the Centers for Disease Control. Nobody really has an intelligent or an empirically backed idea of why people commit suicide. I don’t claim to either. I just have an observation. I have personally dealt with several suicides. I’ve dealt with them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to require that casual drivers for Uber and Lyft are required to pay $91 and get a business permit. I have mixed feelings about this. The idiots on the Board (and I am giving them too much credit for intelligence) are doing it out of malice because they hate new businesses and they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Three of my oldest granddaughters joined me in Tokyo this year. They marvelled at how clean and safe this city of 40 million is. I responded that I always feel, on my return to the U.S., that I live in a third world country. They jumped on me. ‘Ridiculous’ they said. They had spent a few summers in Mexico where... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Last year I brought back from Japan two metal cups. They are like Bodum glass cups, with a vacuum in an inner layer so the outside is room temperature while inside of the cup with fluid is another. Except these two cups are made of hand pounded titanium. Light, rust proof and beautiful. This year I brought home a trivet.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Pro Commerce
Stormy is the perfect example of my argument.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2016 on I feel like Darwin at Pro Commerce
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Muji is the Japanese global retailer that opened a premier store on Park Avenue in New York recently. It has always been called ‘No brand’ because the products don’t display a brand name and are made of cotton, wool, wood and other no frills components. I advised the Muji creators back in 1982 when they were just getting started with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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I’m on my way home from Tokyo today. The biggest surprise of this year’s trip were the robots. First was Pepper made by Softbank. In Japan, Pepper is just another walking talking robot, like many others. What I saw was a classroom full of artists designing programs for Pepper. Years ago before Segway became a marketing failure, I suggested that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Vladimir Putin is becoming a more important world leader. The American media seems to be stuck in its love affair with the half-black Obama who has turned America into a global pariah and ignored the man who has gained the influence left by the American vacuum. Not only is Putin a man who ignores bobbles and luxury, living a simple... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Pro Commerce
The dairy man wouldn't tell me. My friends in farming say its corn that is the primary chicken feed. Imported. So they don't like using it.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2016 on Redskins and eggs at Pro Commerce
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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to require that casual drivers for Uber and Lyft are required to pay $91 and get a business permit. I have mixed feelings about this. The idiots on the Board (and I am giving them too much credit for intelligence) are doing it out of malice because they hate new businesses and they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Pro Commerce
Phil, I don't buy your arguement. It it were just a matter of greens, many traditional people would be producing them, like the Mong in Fresno. The Japanese in the U.S. would also be a market for them if any farmer cared. Plenty of specialize foods are grown for immigrant populations. Look at the Chinese and other Asian markets.
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2016 on Redskins and eggs at Pro Commerce
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Now that title should be intriguing. It relates to a little story. A few years ago I returned home from Japan determined to get eggs in the U.S. that are as good as the ones I eat in Tokyo for breakfast. The Japanese eat great bright orange yolk eggs. They also eat eggs raw all the time. That part I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Pro Commerce