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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 Freakonomics authors, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner wrote a book on how to think like a freak. I read it on a recent visit to my granddaughter in Los Angeles. The core argument is that a freak is always doing experiments to create data to evaluate the real world. I’ve been doing experiments as far back as... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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The Old Gray Lady is also a nasty bitch. The NYTimes published a long and mean spirited attack on the employment practices at Amazon. Like all reporters at the NYTimes the reporters who wrote this slash piece (Kantor and Streitfeld) knew the works of all the century old ’muckraking’ journalists like Lincoln Steffens and Ida Tarbell. These modern day buffoons... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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If you are interested in artificial intelligence and are young enough to want a $2000 scholarship for a brief essay on the subject, go to this website. I’m always willing to help someone get a scholarship. My problem is that I don’t believe in artificial intelligence. Call me a fool. I’ve visited the MIT lab several times and interviewed many... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I am regularly confronted with electronic devices and systems failing. The wifi goes off occasionally in my house. It is occasionally so slow in public as to be useless. The router goes down and the Internet connection sometimes comes to a complete standstill. The smartphone is known to slow down, occasionally stop and worst of all the programs can freeze... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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It has been two years since the TV program Breaking Bad was last on the air. Since then it has been on Netflix, a streaming video service. I find four business issues here. * First is that we have no idea how many people have watched this 42 hour Breaking Bad video. We know from some financial reports offered by... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I don’t like making enemies when I’m trying to build a political movement that is pro commerce. On one current issue, I have not choice. Many conservatives believe that religious values are in conflict with personal freedom when a business owner can not refuse to sell to a gay couple that wants a wedding cake, wedding flowers or wedding photos.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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One of my friends objected to the surge pricing that Uber and other free market transport systems use in their pricing. Surge pricing means on a rainy day or during heavy transport periods, such as a Friday afternoon rush hour, the prices can increase 1.5 times or 2 times. I’ve seen periods in San Francisco when a big outdoor concert... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I know my business cycle history. I know nearly all the cycles from the period before the Civil War until the present. The current expansion period is the longest and most steady in that entire period with the exception of the two business cycles from 1960 to 1969 and from 1901 to 2001. It is reasonable to ask why? I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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The Republican Party and the incumbent Democrats and their president have been fighting on the issue of immigration for the past six years. There have been three significant points in the immigration battle since the 1924 Alien Exclusion Act. First was the Kennedy immigration reform act of 1965. This opened immigration to all nations. Previous immigration favored only Northern Europe.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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We know that the pendulum of political affiliation swings on a regular basis in most democracies. I therefore conclude that with the presence of Trump on one side of the political alignment and Senator Sanders on the other, that we are at a major inflection point in the pendulum swing. These two are men of extreme politics. Trump has a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Like most people, I think about the education of my grandchildren. The only genuine model I have is my own life. I know from meeting the children of famous people, that their children seldom follow in the paths of their parents and often rebel. I don’t see that with grandchildren. On the other hand, each grandchild has several grandparents and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Occasionally I see a marketing campaign that is sheer stupidity. I’ve already pointed out that this is true for debit cards and the new chip embedded credit card. Plenti is a card and program for earning points at several notorious marketing losers: Macy’s, Exxon, AT&T, RiteAid and Alamo. At Macy’s, where I tried it, it was worth one point per... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I’ve been to Tel Aviv many times over the past 55 years. It has gone from a sleepy town where the main food was falafel, pita and eggplant sold from small windows to the most successful tech startup city in the world. Tel Aviv is a booming city which rivals San Francisco for the most tech start-ups, the best restaurants... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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The video material about Planned Parenthood selling fetal tissue from abortions is a strong indictment of Planned Parenthood. I don’t know if it will have any long term effects on Planned Parenthood. My problem, and the problem of 20 million people who feel the mainstream media are biased and holding back any material that harms their Leftist ideology, is that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Look at the world today with fresh eyes please. A third of the world’s population today is pre-modern and has nothing to do with the operation of the world. Another third is Indian, Islamic, Russian and Chinese; largely anti-American. When it came to a phony nuclear control treaty that threatens the U.S. and Israel with annihilation by Iran, all of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I have proposed several designs for San Francisco. I usually do a drawing with an explanation and send it to the Chamber of Commerce and a few political leaders. None of my suggestions have born fruit so far. I just want to point out that I always see the world around me with possibilities. Part of the repertoire of a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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My readers probably know a great deal about the history of San Francisco. The Chinese who settled San Francisco when it was a Spanish Franciscan outpost took over a French restaurant at Sacramento St and Wharf St. (originally Foundation St.) in about 1825, twenty five years before the Gold Rush. That restaurant is still the SW corner of Chinatown 190... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I have a brother who is deeply religious. He calls himself an outspoken atheist. How is this possible? Simple. His religion is environmentalism. How can I wantonly call environmentalism a religion? Simple: because it is wholly embraced by the most powerful church in the world. The Holy Roman Catholic Church which has a pope capable of reporting the direct message... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Pro Commerce
This is a wonderful video. Ronda makes it clear that women should consider the importance of their own strength and determination as desirable qualities. She denigrates the common view that women should use their bodies to marry rich men who will take care of them. I personally subscribe to both positions. Women should be proficient in weapons, especially handguns and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Pro Commerce
Sorry the single Navy Seal case was unique. An American flagged ship. In all the rest, Obama has drawn the wrong lesson that private ships can defend themselves. Absurd, but that is the Obama lesson. On commerce, didn't you notice that the overwhelming Democrat vote was AGAINST free trade. In both houses. And every Democrat city. As for SCOTUS, Obama, the idiot who attacked the Supreme Court to their face in the State of Union was wrong. Foreign money is not legal in campaign contributions.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2015 on New foreign policy at Pro Commerce
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The Basques are trouble makers, why doesn’t Spain give them their own autonomous region? Why don’t the Turks, Iraqis and Persians do the same with the Kurds? Why don’t the Chinese spin off Tibet and the rebellious Muslim regions? The same is true in nearly every part of the world. Rebellious regions could be split off as autonomous regions to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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A fellow named John Gable was disturbed by the social and political dichotomy that we are all immersed in, right now. He decided that the main problem is that we all create our own news universes which become echo chambers of homogeneous ideas and ideologies. We surround ourselves with people we agree with, in jobs, living locations and media sources.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Pro Commerce
Chick Callenbach and I did a test run of a random legislature in Berkeley. Ordinary people HATE government regulation. They were adamant about getting rid of laws.
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Josh, here is the book online. http://www.well.com/~mp/citleg.html
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Starting at $50,000 with a long summer to work another job, that should leave $1,600 a month for rent. A quick look at Craigslist.com in San Francisco, you'll find plenty of apartments. Not flats, and not with a view, but a kitchen and room for a big bed.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2015 on Where have all the teachers gone? at Pro Commerce
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