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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
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This blog was hard to write. The subject makes me mad. When I talk to the swarm of San Francisco Lefties around me, I find that they refuse to look at an abundance of national data (1)(2)(3) collected regularly for 50 years that explains clearly the effect of a rising minimum wage. For a retailer, doing business in America, the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Glide is in the news these days and I have a unique vantage point. Glide is Glide Memorial United Methodist Church of San Francisco with its most famous minister, Cecil Williams and his wife Jan Mirikitani. Cecil and Jan are in a head butting fight with the Bishop of the United Methodist California-Nevada Annual Conference, Minerva Carcaño. The history: Three... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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The Darwinian model of random variation with selective application of survival, works fairly well in commerce. If we look at a shopping street with large buildings that have offices in them, we will see a steady change over time as the foot traffic changes, as the demographics change and as tastes replace one type of business with another. Technological change... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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When I look around me at the triumphal world, I don’t see ‘capitalism’. It is not just the wrong word, it is the wrong imagery for the world I see. I’m not a Marxist. The world I see is not shaped by Marx’s ideas of class warfare and proletarian rebellion. Marx and his followers see a world where the owners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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In 1896 Adolph Ochs bought The New York Times for $75,000 of borrowed money. Circulation was below 25,000. In 1935 Ochs died and his daughter, Iphigene’s, husband Arthur Sulzberger became the publisher. It is well known that both Ochs and Sulzberger, both Jews, considered themselves the elite of New York City. They ardently sought to be included in ‘respectable’ New... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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I’ve taken an unusual tack. I assume that all the Lefties that surround me and promote white privilege are people of good will with a tired 170 year old ideology that hates commerce and lives in a zero sum world of class hatred. They don't have anything better. No ideas. What they need is a clear path to a pro... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Pro Commerce
Josh, I used several census tables. None of them actually make sense when I've gone back and checked them. Somewhere between 100K and 300k women report rape or sexual assault to the police. There are 80 million women in the U.S. over 14. That is about 1, one, per 100k. pretty small number.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2018 on Women and rape #metoo at Pro Commerce
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The overwhelming qualities that dominate the categories of conservative and progressive are ones I don’t adhere to or frankly detest. I am a pure pro-commerce person which is incompatible with both. Commerce, has its conservative component. The category of trade is very conservative. It thrives in a stable world with stable horizons, but is capable of doing well in anarchic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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There is a reason the judicial system doesn't pay attention to women who have been raped. We are in the clutches of an hysteria about women and sex called the #metoo movement. It is in some ways connected to rape but the connection is tenuous. In most public cases, of which there have been nearly 50, as I write this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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I have found smell to be the most powerful sense that registers in my memory. When I walked to middle school in San Francisco, in the Richmond District, more than half a century ago, I passed a wall of shrubs. On mornings when the fog was heavy, about ten days a year during school, the wall of shrubs had a... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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Everyone appears to have an internal dialog. Many mistake this for consciousness; others have a range of explanations. Including paranoid ‘voices’, superego, devil, god and stern parent. My internal voice is benign, even friendly, most of the time. I often think of my internal voice as a guardian angel. Most recently my guardian angel has played an ironic joke on... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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The Wall Street Journal of May 12th had two articles that made me sad. Sad because I am getting old and my importance as a thinker and as a writer about commerce is so little appreciated. The first article is about the cause of the 2008 financial crash. The article is about Gary Gorton, currently a finance professor at the... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Pro Commerce
You clearly understand the issue. Sure, a greenhouse farm would be a business if the product had a pre-arranged buyer, like flowers, pot or some large package buyer. Animals would have to have the same conditions such as veal, chicken parts or foie gras.
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It is hard for most Lefties to see how virulent the hatred of Trump is. And how it leads to the vicious lying and distortions the press reports about him. I have the most visible and blatant case for my readers. It makes me angry to see such evil and blatant lying in a major American newspaper. This horrible example... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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My coauthor, Salli Rasberry, asked me that question. She knew I had a unique opinion based on working with over 2,000 businesses over 45 years. There are several types of people who appear to be business people but aren't. The one that I first understood was not a business person is a farmer. Try being a business consultant when hired... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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I have been visiting Japan every year since 1971. For many decades I wrote a report to friends but have been negligent for the past few years. Most recently, I stayed in Tokyo with little travel outside. Each year I visit with about 20 friends over a meal. The friends are not a cross section of Tokyo. They include several... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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I'm in Tokyo where my opinion is greatly respected because I predicted Trump's victory two years ago with certainty. Now I have to explain the current American cultural civil war. I realize that we had a similar earlier cultural civil war (not the slavery-states-rights one) that began in the late 1800's. This last civil war is now referred to as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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The National Rifle Association used to send me a dozen pieces of mail a month, including a magazine, for my trivial $35 annual membership. I told them to stop wasting money, and they did. Never-the-less, I think the NRA has been a failure recently. Mike Bloom, George Soros and the Obama Team successfully orchestrated a march and full on campaign... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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Old age (I'm about to turn 80) gives a few people a chance for historical insight. I don't claim to have any accurate vision of the future because of my age. I can merely see where we are with a unique perspective. During the Cold War, the United States with a small amount of support from a few other nations... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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This blog has three parts. It is about Penny Patterson, who as a graduate student at Stanford in 1972, began working with one-year-old Koko, a western lowland gorilla. I met Penny a few years later when she had trained Koko to use American Sign Language and a specialized computer to communicate nearly 400 words. The story is here. Part of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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I have no way of knowing whether Dr. Hawking’s contributions to cosmology and astronomy were as important as he is given credit for. I only want to comment on three elements of the late scholar-celebrity’s life. First, I suspect that a great deal of his notoriety was due to his ALS. There is something about a disabled man with a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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I happened to be in all the right places in the development of the modern food palate. I knew nearly all the people involved. It bothers me to see the history of modern cuisine written, incorrectly. Hippies started the revolution that led to modern cuisine. They started it with the communes they were living in that needed to be supplied... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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Occasionally I remember some contribution I made to society, a long time ago. I write about it on this blog, which I assume will someday be the reference source for my biographers. (I’m too old to be humble any more.) A friend recently described a deposition of some women I knew to speak only Spanish. I asked how they were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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My regular readers know that I have a generally rosy view of life especially since Trump arrived to save the world of modern commerce. However since my beat is commerce I need a pragmatic view of the world to understand commerce. That pragmatic view also shaped my experiences in politics. The question arises: how was rampant violence in America kept... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Pro Commerce
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Four blogs I didn't get around to writing: *Cultural appropriation is not possible The whole idea is absurd and comes from a failure to understand 'culture'. A culture is cohesive. It includes family structure, language, hierarchy, judicial systems, expressions, emotional ties, daily behavior. Cohesive and deeply integrated from millennia of evolution. You can copy any part of another culture and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Pro Commerce