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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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The photo shows an American smile. It can be even bigger with teeth showing most of the time.
Toggle Commented yesterday on American smile at Pro Commerce
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I went to a panel discussion of ‘5 powerful women’ who shaped the hippie era. It wasn’t true. The panel was put together by an academic who laid her Marxist nonsense on a great historical event. Only my co-author, Salli Rasberry who was one of the five, qualifies as a woman who was powerful and shaped the hippie era, on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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The probability that you have heard of this is effectively close to zero. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it myself. There is such a thing as an ‘American smile’. I learned this on my most recent trip to Tokyo. I was sitting, in the early evening, with a long time friend of mine who was playing his guitar... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake put together an equation to estimate the possibility of alien life in the universe. Here is his famous equation. Most people assume the solution to the equation is non-zero. They assume there is intelligent life somewhere in the universe. N = R* • fp • ne • fl • fi • fc • L N... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I get to write this on the way back to the U.S. before jet lag sets in. After a month in Japan talking to more than a dozen close friends in many levels of Japanese life, there is much to report. My first experience was explaining the Trump victory to my Japanese friends. Last year, in March, I told everyone... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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The photo on the right is the outside of a Starbucks Premium store in the Hatsudai part of Tokyo. It is the first anniversary of the store. I was at the opening a year ago. This store is the 8th in the new category which has a leisure interior, high prices, better coffee and pastrami sandwiches along with apple pie... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I have a connection to the current rioting at U.C Berkeley. A strong connection. There is nothing new going on here. Berkeley has been a haven for the communist Left my entire life, which began before WWII. When I was a graduate student in economics in 1962 to 1964 the faculty was almost wholly owned by the pro Castro faction.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I was invited to a northern Japan town to see the beautiful museum where a close friend has become the director. The town has built a lovely modern building with a great permanent collection. The theory is that support for the arts will revitalize this nearly dead town. I’ve heard similar ideas proposed for Detroit. Towns usually live, grow or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I don't want my brilliant readers to think I have a carte blanche hostility to unions. I don't I have great sympathy for police and prison unions. The public has an ill informed-sandbox view of the world. The evil people that the police and prison guards have to deal with daily are almost universally sub- human. The police and guards... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Pro Commerce
My only source is Wikipedia. Only one person was sucked out. Sadly. It was explosive decompression after a crack in one exterior plate. The entry says air escapes at 22,000 ft at 700 mph. Of of course oxygen was automatically deployed. Interestingly the cockpit door was blown off. 65 people were injured. How? Did any of them die. I based my entry solely on my memory of the news 30 years ago.
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2017 on Glaser bullets at Pro Commerce
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My book on the sources of modern commerce is still in the editing stage with many very helpful comments from family and friends. So far, I have not included material on the forces opposing modern commerce. But I think a lot about it. Most of Europe has gotten off the track to modern commerce which was thoroughly encouraged up until... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Pro Commerce
I have not forgotten the Hawaiian Air flight in which a small crack resulted in total decompression which swept 3 people out of the cabin at a fairly low altitude.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2017 on Glaser bullets at Pro Commerce
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I have been occasionally distressed in watching action films on TV to see gunfights on airplanes. I assumed that the bullets piercing the airliner hull would result in immediate decompression catastrophe. It never happens. I learned why, at a gun training session where I was introduced to Glaser bullets. Invented in the late 1970’s specifically to deal with the air... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I’m getting older these days. For those of my readers who aren’t there yet, many of my peers complain about every imaginable pain or physical disruption. I try not to complain. From my point of view, having read nearly every Stephen Jay Gould book on human evolution, most evolutionary forces don’t act on populations after reproduction age. The exception seems... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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Understanding 'culture' is very rare, though we use the word casually. My readers are smart so I expect many of you to understand what culture is the way I do. One of my daughters who is a biophysical chemist says I don’t understand science so I would guess my other daughter, a cultural anthropologist, would say I don’t understand culture.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I have been writing this blog every day for 5914 days in a row. Yesterday was the first day in 16 years that I didn’t write or post a blog. What is going on? It is not my health. I am healthy and still swim every week and still go to Tokyo for a month every year. Two things converged.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Pro Commerce
There is an interesting video on my Facebook by Dick Morris a former campaign manager on national campaigns. I’ve put it here but I don’t think you need to see it to get the point. Morris points out that the brilliant D.J.Trump has ended Obamacare already so a Congressional action is just superfluous. Just show boating. Trump signed an executive... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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In the days when I was a banker and head of marketing research I spent time with my outside survey research firms. One of them had a beer client. A standard taste test for beer was to start the test subjects off with their favorite beer. The subjects would then be given a subsequent series of different beers. All double... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I had a spectacular meal on Sunday evening. It was at Cotogna in San Francisco. The second time I have gone. I will go often. Maybe once a month, it is so good. After the French Laundry opened in 1994 I went every two months for Saturday lunch for five years. I could only get reservations 60 days from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I have sent out a monograph I have written to my son and several close friends. The monograph is, metaphorically, the top floor of the building I have been constructing about the the structure of modern commerce. You will get to read it soon. My son points out a key problem in explaining modern commerce: it is invisible. I am... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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A recent paper by Anne Case and Angus Deaton, two professors from Princeton, report on finding a startling rise in death and morbidity among among men and women in mid-life. This is associated with the overall decline in American lifespan. They put all the causes, liver damage, opioid deaths and suicide into one category: despair. The change is dramatic. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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It is hard to make out what is happening in this photo. A homeless man has broken open a street sign for access to a plug and plugged in his cell phone. It reminds me that in the 1980s when I had built a park for street people and was trying to find ways to make their lives more comfortable,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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Economics traces its history back to Adam Smith in the late 1700s. Business as an academic study can’t trace its history back at all. The first schools of business began appearing in the late 1800s. No two alike. I was a graduate student in economics and left when it became clear that the faculty of U.C. Berkeley was all pro-Fidel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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The photo on the right is a line, on a weekend mid-day, of people waiting to get into Zazie’s restaurant. Zazies’ is very popular. It has everything; petite tables with French decor and the scene where all the techies and foodies want to be seen. What I love is that the line on the left end is in front of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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Politics can be fun, sometimes. The City government of San Francisco was cutting the budget a few years ago to make more room for union pension payments. The cost of maintaining trees on public sidewalks stood out as a visible target. About $30 million in salaries to trim and care for street trees, became the target. So the City passed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Pro Commerce