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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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Tipping seems to have orginated in the U.S. and spread to England and a few countries where Americans are regular visitors. (Canada and Mexico) It is not the tradition anywhere else. Slavery was unique in the U.S. where it was race based and consequently hereditary. In other parts of the world, with non-race based slavery, it wasn't.
Toggle Commented yesterday on Tips and tipping at Pro Commerce
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I wrote about tipping more than 30 years ago in several magazines and newsletters. I've written four blogs on the subject over the past 15 years. Nothing I said then has made a dent on any mind whatsoever (in case you want to point to several areas of my intellectual impotence). The subject has come up again. A good friend,... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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I'm in trouble because of a personal policy. More than 40 years ago I developed a policy to never read about or watch a film about someone I knew personally. The reason was simple and obvious: I knew that person on many dimensions that I can remember vividly, while the medium representation of that person is very limited and inadequate.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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I was a little shocked to learn yesterday that some American tourists I met had stayed in a luxury hotel and enjoyed their three days in Tokyo. Buffet: American breakfast. The first day was a bus tour of the city stopping at a few temples, including one really weird one near the Tsukiji fish market. They drove through and looked... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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This is a little long for a fortune cookie... it was on a piece of paper that came with a pedometer. This pedometer recommends, 'for a long life' 10,000 footsteps a day. This makes some sense. I exercised vigorously all my life, running five days a week for 30 years and it doesn't appear to have helped my heart or... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I was reading a book of old (early 1990's) George Will's articles and speeches. He was very concerned about the high crime rate and the rapidly growing number of children without a dad. He was right to be concerned. That was the peak of American crime. It was nearly a decade before Levitt and Donohue showed that the crime Will... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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My mother used to do something that was rude. I did something rude too. Both of our behaviors have a touch of reality. As my mother got older (she had white hair before she was 30) other old people would talk to her about their grandchildren and show her photos. They would ask my mother about her grandchildren. Her reply... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Vaclav Havel and a Polish leader of Solidarity, both former communists, wrote about their disappointment with the post revolutionary period that they had both helped to create. Both were saddened to see the rise of secularism and consumerism. They railed against the new 'credit card life'. Both had hoped for a society of 'truth'. That is sad. I wish I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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My son recently suggested that most people confuse modernity with commerce. I am trying to create an original connection between commerce and authenticity. 'Modernity' is confusing the issue. I think the confusion is real. But commerce is substantive and has distinct attributes. Modernity is a vague conception with no stable attributes. At best we can say that modernity is opposition... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I'm in a country where I have been served coffee that was too hot to drink and some wonderful mushrooms on top of veggies that I had to blow on to cool off. Japan is a country with few lawyers and little litigation. Is my new found pleasure, here in Japan, a good thing for a pro commerce policy? I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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It is not obvious to us old folks how much of a learning tool Google is. Not only does it answer our questions, which some may see as learning, it can and does lead us to new information that we weren't looking for. Much like browsing in an old fashioned library or just browsing in an old fashioned encyclopedia. What... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Pro Commerce
I've dealt with 6 prefab operations.They come in an infinite range of designs. One was for large golf course club houses, another was glass and steel cantilevered So. California style, still a third was craftsman style, complex wood details. The key ingredient was that major parts, like walls, kitchens, ceilings with all utilities built in, were made on an industrial production line. Nothing matters much because getting urban permits is extremely difficult if not impossible. Building military housing is easy but there isn't much.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2015 on New dryer at Pro Commerce
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Don't worry. I'm not going to write a Germanic philosophic piece to ruin your day. I had a period where I loved Hannah Arendt's work and that period has passed. That is the only time I paid attention to Heidegger. I always knew there was a deep connection of his work to Nazism. There would have to be. Politics is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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The word is clearly from the Latin for 'world'. If you are a Buddhist, a pro commerce person or you are in the tradition of 'aliveness'; then being part of 'this world'...'be here now' is to consider Mundo to be of the highest value in daily life. So how did 'mundane' get the terrible connotations that it has in our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I'm still focused on the Jan-Feb issue of Foreign Affairs that discussed 'entrepreneurs'. It just missed so much about reality When using examples of global innovations in technology, that changed lives, their examples seem to focus on Apple products, Google, and Facebook. That is just blindness I focus on three innovations that don't support the normative values of academia and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I was just reading the January-February edition of Foreign Affairs magazine which was focused on entrepreneurs and the national climate that encourages them. In general the articles were reliable and somewhat accurate within the domain of popular ideas. But my experience suggests it was off the mark because the entire subject is off the mark. Who am I to talk?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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The photo on this blog gives away some of the surprise I am going to tell you about. There is one thing to know and one thing to think about. To know: I am in Tokyo and will be here for awhile. To think about: new housing costs in America are high because local building codes make inexpensive pre-fab houses... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I've reached the age where a goodly number of my friends and associates have died. In another five years, half my friends will have died. I am seeing an interesting but unverifiable pattern. Many people seem to die when they no longer have a reason to live. That is most obvious in the case of couples who have been happily... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Pro Commerce
Katrina Qat Glerum I couldn't agree more. I've been theorizing about what "sustainable government" would be, and one piece is that most laws and regulations should have automatic sunset provisions. The constant accumulation of laws and regs means calcification of society and creation of inflexible bureaucracy.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2015 on Driving adaptation at Pro Commerce
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I'm beginning to think that we should have a cap on the number of laws passed each year by state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. Maybe a total of ten. I know California passes 500 laws per year. A farce by any definition. What brings this to mind is people talking on the phone while driving. When this became widespread... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I view the world through the concept of culture as understood in anthropology. I have spent 45 years visiting Japan to learn more about culture All of which led me to think about the recent historic confrontation between American president Obama and Israeli prime minister Netanyahu over giving Iran nuclear weaponry. We have Obama whose father was a second generation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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My definition of ‘heaven’ is the place where ghosts hang out together and enjoy each other's company. We are living in a world in which the number of ghosts is high and that number is rising rapidly. I think the most stunning creation of ghosts came with the Salk vaccine and infant child inoculations. Millions of people are alive because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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For all of us lovers of commerce, the removal of AT&T from the Dow Industrial Average of 30 top US corporations was a surprise. Its replacement with Apple, a major tech modern corporation is less of a surprise. It is only hoped that being put in the DJIA a does not have the same effect on Apple that it had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I continue to find friends who work 60 hours a week or more. That doesn't count the number of hours they spend looking at their e-mail the rest of the time. This is a fairly new phenomenon dating from the early 1980’s. It seems much more extensive now than it did then. What is going on? I see three interacting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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The Supreme Court recently took a case from Arizona in which a state initiative was used to create an independent commission for designing legislative district's. This is of concern to me because a similar initiative created a similar commission in California. Except that the California commission was made up of 15 randomly selected people from three categories of partisanship. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Pro Commerce