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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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In quantum physics. There is a concept of action at a distance. I had my doubts when I first encountered it 50 years ago. And I have waited to see a reliable test based on significant distances. Action at a distance deals with two atomic particles that are paired. Each has a spin that is the opposite of the other.... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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In both San Francisco and New York the use of horses to pull carriages is being banned. In both cities there is a concurrent effort to ban Uber, the marvelous smartphone taxi business. The same brain function applies to both, interestingly. Leftist sentimentality. Leftist look at the horses, working at a meaningless job and feel sorry for the horse. They... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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Questions people ask me often turn into blogs. I was recently asked about the particular innovation in government that I proposed 45 years ago. Random legislature. The question was, is a random legislature, particularly beneficial in coping with future generations. The questioner meant, would a random legislature be more adept at thinking about future generations than other forms of legislature?... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Charles Manson may be back. Charles Manson was the head of a late 1960s cult. Manson ordered other cult members to go to the home of Sharon Tate, a movie starlet and kill the people there as well as a few others. They did, and he is still in prison based on his sentencing in 1971. It has always been... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
From Marilyn Goldberg on Facebook: Since Hawking is a proponent of eugenics and I believe that it's little more than a thinly veiled racist pseudoscience, I agree that this sad shell of a man is mentally ill.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Stephen Hawking at Pro Commerce
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Stephen Hawking is an amazing human being because he is a talking brain in a zombie body. I am not surprised that his words are treated much like the Wizard of Oz. However, a few words of caution are worth considering regarding Dr. Hawking. I have never read his books and don't plan to. Nobody I have talked to who... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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We moderns are the result of tribal evolution. I think that there is a process in the functioning of human tribes that resembles Darwinian evolution with species. I'm not aware of much study that has been done along these lines. I have observed many tribal groups in Central America,the MiddleEast, Africa and India and it appears to me that they... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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In the early 90’s some wealthy New Age Texas environmental money, in magnitudes well over $100 million were poured into a 3 acre structure in Arizona that was to simulate the earth in a closed environment. It was called the Biosphere II as opposed to Biosphere I…. the earth. I knew some of the biologists and environmentalists who were working... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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My readers know that I have no sympathy for the New York Times or its Jew hate and its racist Obama left wing support. I wonder what goes into the mind of the NYTimes that that makes it so harmful. Large amounts of over-the-counter medicines will not kill you. Just add a little bit of arsenic and they will kill... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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The Finders were a middle class commune in Washington D.C. They were friends of mine. There is a description of them here and a story here. This is another story. The group had six or seven children from the women in the family. For my purposes, too many of the males were named Michael (my name). I only remember having... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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Do those two words have a meaning separately or together? There is a game on Android called “Words with Friends”; it is a variation of Scrabble. But it doesn’t use the Scrabble dictionary. It has an invisible dictionary. You only know what the game considers an English word by entering it. That means many words that have no English meaning... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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It is time for this blog. I regularly remind my readers that the term “capitalism” is Lefty nonsense. It is an empty term with no meaning. It is a term given respect by the world of commerce, lacking a better word. “Capitalism” is a term defined in opposition to “socialism” and “communism”. It is used by Marxists to define the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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The European parliament voted to authorize pursuit of the idea of breaking up Google and a few of the other ‘gafa’ (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) for antitrust reasons. I’ve explained here that none of these is a monopoly in the traditional 19th century sense where industry entry is too costly (no longer a possibility with the level of distributed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I written several blogs on the necessary minimal statistical knowledge needed for the modern world. I may have been writing for the visiting Martian aliens. One of my two oldest granddaughters was doing her 3rd year high school math for an IB class. IB is similar to AP advanced placement, except it is an international standard. She wanted my help... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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A friend recently sent me the URL for Tablet an online somewhat Jewish magazine. I read two articles that I liked. They were long and I didn’t like reading them online. I realized that I have online subscriptions to three or four magazines and the WSJ. I don’t look at the online magazines and only read the online WSJ when... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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In the most recent election, the 2014 midterm, a local San Franciscan named Tom Styer put nearly $60 million of his own money into supporting environmental candidates. I don't know who he actually supported. Nearly all environmentalists in the United States are lefty fundamentalists Democrats. It is a political religion for them, after all. What I do know is that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I never discuss relationships in this blog. It just isn't me. I have a good sized sample in my personal background but I rarely give it much thought. I was recently asked to deal with the issue in a family matter. The issue was whether a couple who were getting back together would stay together. I explained the metaphor I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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One of my friends has a phrase that is powerful: 'its the number'. He was a 'trader' in steel, chips and a few other products. Traders are rare people who can win and lose everyday and still keep on trading. What my friend is saying is that a trader will be hired by any company to sell anything if he/she... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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The photos on this page were taken at a Uniqlo store in San Francisco. I go to Japan every year so I saw the first Uniqlo store there, not too many years ago. I bought several long sleeve shirts because they were low priced and high quality. Uniqlo has grown to be a global retailing giant. It is now forth... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I know for a fact that money plays an insignificant role in electoral politics but I want to make two points in this blog. The first point is to reiterate that it is very rare when money can play a significant role in influencing the outcome of an election. Anyone in politics has watched hundreds of elections in which one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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My regular blog readers know that it is an article of faith for me that 99 out of 100 people, or some such number, never think again after age 23. Since I've actually seen a change in thinking in one person, I feel obligated to set the record straight. The person I have in mind was one of the leading... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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Once again it is my job to use common sense to dispute a popular meme. The Wall Street Journal recently picked up a meme that has been traveling around Western society for 200 years. Call it the Luddite Meme. The core meme is that: ‘technological innovation will result in degradation of the existing order’. Originally the technology came from the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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This is both a true story and a parable. What you need to know to understand this story is that Japanese, when they are eating noodles, which they do often, slurp the noodles. Picture yourself leaning over a plate of spaghetti and quietly sucking the spaghetti into your mouth. The Japanese don't do that quietly. They slurp. There is a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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Is the fertility rate of a nation a reliable indicator of the future population growth rate? The question came up in my mind when dealing with Japan which has had a low reproduction rate for decades. I expected the population to peak at 121 million but it definitely reached 123 million before starting a very slow decline. The United States... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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The sexual innuendo of my blog title is intentional. In sex, the position of 69 refers to mutual oral genital sex. As far as I can tell, the UN serves only one function, oral, ......talking. The U.N. was a dream of Woodrow Wilson and the subsequent Leftist State Department. At its founding it was still a Leftist dream for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Pro Commerce