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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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The financial press has written the obituary for brick and mortar retail. Macy’s and Nordstrom are gone along with many others. These failures are blamed on Amazon and other on-line sellers. Bookstores were the first to face this issue with early Amazon that only sold books and Barnes & Noble. I had several bookstore clients. I also had tea house... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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Our new president has saved the world. Interestingly, in thinking about this I realize that Americans have saved the very world we created in the first place; and for the same reasons. In several long blogs I have made the point that is in the title of this blog, that modern commerce is built on meritocracy, diversity and openness. That... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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A few blogs back, I pointed out that Google is thriving because it is not based on advertising, it is a listing. Google lets viewers know about a good or service that is directly related to something they are interested in or searching for. That is not advertising which is a scatter shot of information at anyone in the target... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I have several issues of a glossy covered hippie publication called ‘Place’. 1972. The theme was geographic locations and the importance of those locations to the life and flora associated with it. One of the things hippies found credible were ‘ley lines’. These were supposed ancient culture’s notion of spiritual and magnetic forces on the surface of the earth that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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This blog repeats several earlier themes. It is hard to remember how exceptional American life is. Virtually no one living in our modern world, who is not tribal themselves, has any conception of life in the tribal world. Tribal people constitute nearly 6/7ths of the worlds population.. That includes India, China, Africa and Arabia as populations that are nearly all... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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There are two issues that I never made any effort to focus on in influencing my children. Judaism and politics. As it turns out one child is strongly pro commerce and loves Israel. The other two are pro Israel and one observes the Jewish holidays with her children. Unfortunately two are Democrats. One over the abortion issue and the other... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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The first chapter in my highly successful Marketing Without Advertising (co-author Salli Rasberry) is about the public distrust of advertising. I give many examples of misleading or openly dishonest advertising. The examples show that the public distrust of advertising is warranted. There seems to have been a few decades where there was less false advertising. Maybe as more people used... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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‘Traffic calming’ is a Lefty euphemism for ‘we hate cars and an efficient society’. San Francisco may be the big city with the worst case of ‘traffic calming’. Nearly every street in the City now has an asphalt hump in the middle of both lanes. The ostensible purpose is to slow cars down to the same speed as bicycles. If... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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My wife, riding BART from the airport, noticed that the name on the Fruitvale Station in Oakland on the map in the train had been changed to ‘Oscar Grant’. This was an issue that came up last Summer, six months ago. Lefties of the Black Lives persuasion didn’t get the BART Board to change the name of the station. So... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Pro Commerce
All true. When the sex case, which occurred at Tassajara, was being reviewed, several high ranking women came forward with similar stories.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2017 on More on zazen at Pro Commerce
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Over the past 18 years of writing this blog I’ve occasionally mentioned my connection to Zen Buddhism. I am a Jew and like many Jews I saw an intellectual side to Zen that I found interesting. I was a close friend of the Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, Dick Baker. Founded by Shunryu Suzuki whose talks were incorporated into... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I said in yesterday’s blog that the East Asian board game of Go was the oldest known board game. It is mentioned in the earliest Chinese writing which dates back 3,000 years. We have an historical bias toward history that is recorded. That bias apparently infuses me too, though I made an offer to my editor at Random House to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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The board game played in China, Korea and Japan called ‘go’ is certainly the oldest board game in the world. It was mentioned in Chinese literature 3,000 years ago. The game is one of territorial conquest played by two people on a board with 361 squares. The pieces are usually black and white stones. Stones can be placed anywhere by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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The peninsula of San Francisco has produced another hero than Jane Stanford. (See an earlier blog.) Quentin Kopp. What did Quentin do? (I know Quentin Kopp.) First it has to be understood that the main subsurface rail line in the San Francisco area is BART the Bay Area Rapid Transit. It covers only San Francisco and the two counties of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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My wonderful friend Per has been asking me my opinion about ‘big data’. I have two responses. One response is to the strident talk about its novelty. As computers get faster and handle more data the data sets can get larger. Nevertheless I have only seen one statistical technique to examine the data. It is to observe the ‘variance’ in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Pro Commerce
Interesting speech. The current Congress doesn't serve as an example of what America wants.
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2017 on Stanford and California at Pro Commerce
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Part of any explanation of politics in America has to deal with the concentration of Lefties in the big coastal cities. This has given the Left immense power with its connection to labor unions and its large homogeneous populations. Also, the end of the Cold War has allowed the Democrat Party to become unhinged and the heir to the great... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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In a recent discussion about taking California out of the United States (obviously a bunch of idiot lefties in the conversation) the point was made about how rich California is. I found myself saying the reason for the financial success of California was one sexy woman, Jane Stanford. Nearly all the wealth of California comes from the San Francisco peninsula... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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You can read yesterday’s blog to learn about a grant I made to a group of women to start a low cost abortion clinic. (Jerry Mander, a fellow board member, joined me in making the grant.) About half a year later a group of women, including some from the earlier low cost abortion clinic group, visited me at my house.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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Don’t tell me you know what it is. It is a narrow flexible tube used in early stage abortion, as part of a vacuum aspiration. It came to me when I was on the board of Point Foundation, the foundation created with the money from Stewart Brand’s Last Whole Earth Catalog. I later became president of the board when Stewart... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Pro Commerce
You are right about the earlier elections of Obama II and Clinton I and II. Quite a surprise to me. All three of them were irregular lines while Trump's was a straight line which is why I was so wrong.
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2017 on The NY stock market at Pro Commerce
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Using the same periods from the election to the inaugural I don't find the same pattern in any of the past four elections. Nor in the three before those. The DJIA went straight up from the election to the inaugural for Trump. Straight.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2017 on The NY stock market at Pro Commerce
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Using the same periods from the election to the inaugural I don't find the same pattern in any of the past four elections. Or the three before that. For Trump the DJIA went straight up.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2017 on The NY stock market at Pro Commerce
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This is so much better than the homeless. Based on the past week, we now have a permanent class of protesters. While the homeless are the same size and mostly the same people who have been on the sidewalks for the past 35 years, big cities now have permanent protesters to pay attention to. We actually had permanent protesters in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Pro Commerce
I am writing based solely on hope and optimism. I have absolutely no futuristic talents.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2017 on Dividing the electorate at Pro Commerce
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