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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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There is no need to comment on the preposterous Lefty meme that has been making the rounds in the past few weeks. People certainly do not become terrorists because they are a marginalized part of the population. What I want to comment on is my own experiments in the field of employment. I was manager of a major church, foundation... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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Karl Marx and modern Lefties are dealing with a problem that disappeared, in many parts of the world, without their even noticing it. They are responding to a condition of life and political conditions that precede the founding of the United States. Marx and the modern Left were concerned that the emerging industrial commercial world would allocate all of its... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
Michael: To put up this link would be a huge help to me and the FixYourCongress movement. www.fixyourcongress.org. Thanks Sandy
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The following is the first part of Article 1 section 2: “The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature. "No Person shall be a Representative who... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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There was a recent announcement by a Canadian food lab that they are producing genetically engineered apples. These new apples do not turn brown on the interior surface when they are cut open. This is done by turning off the genes that allow the fruit to ripen and decay. There usually must be such genes in fruits because fruits are... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
At the point that the cell is fertilized both the nucleus and the many mitochondria must split and duplicate themselves at the same time. There needs to be a common signal throughout the cell.
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I want to call my readers attention to the fact that Coca Cola has introduced a new premium drink called ‘milk’. This new product is specially designed for the one third of the people in the world who cannot digest the lactose in ordinary milk. I am fascinated by this piece of marketing imagination. Here is a company that is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
When you consider how much the species that are made up of these cells have changed in time, it is worth wondering whether there is any interaction. Grifo et al, assume that 1.5 billion years has not resulted in an interaction. I would like to see some evidence.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Three parents at Pro Commerce
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In just the past few decades we have seen Wal-Mart (Sam Walton), Microsoft (Bill Gates), Google (Brin and Page), Facebook (Zuckerberg), Ikea (Kamprad), Apple(Jobs) and Starbucks (Howard Schultz) become global companies. GE (Jack Welch) invented the cumulative conglomerate, Warren Buffett created the perennial high return stock portfolio, Fidelity (Ed Johnson III) grew mutual funds to gigantic size, John Bogle created... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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A beloved friend of mine is currently reading a book that she recommended to me about the era at the beginning of the last millenium: 100 CE. The characters, in her book, deal with arguments between traditional Jewish learning and Greek rationality. The Stoics and Skeptics are also in the argument. We are still struggling with this issue today. There... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
I changed the weapons to M-16. Phil is absolutely right.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2015 on Israel at Pro Commerce
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I have been going to Israel pretty regularly in the past 15 years. I don't have any plans to go in the immediate future. I’m waiting until the nest of evil Gazan cretans with their rockets are cleaned out of their nest. I have very little interest in seeing the inside of a dozen bomb shelters. The most startling thing... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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This blog concerns two subjects. First is the issue of three parents and the second is the issue of fraudulent science. In the early 1990s when I organized a group calling for the labeling of genetically altered food, I became an activists in the general issue of genetic engineering. That included genetic engineering of humans. I became aware of two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Is American non-Orthodox Jewry coming to an end? Since the publication, a few years ago, of a highly reliable Pew study of Jews in America, there has been minimal discussion of the problem facing non-Orthodox American Jewry as defined by the Pew study. The Pew research shows that close to half of all Conservative and Reform Jews married a non-Jew... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Among the four ministers that were brought to revitalize San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Methodist Church, the last one was Cecil Williams, a black minister. Cecil was selected for his skin color. This was in the early days when civil rights laws were being passed. Cecil was brought in to handle the need for the church to have a functioning congregation.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Northern California is currently experiencing a drought. I could go into the details about how poorly our water planning is done, how dependant our water supply is on snowmelt and dam control but that is irrelevant. The main areas hit by a drought are the counties that depend on rainfall directly into their reservoirs. Farmers are also restricted from drawing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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My regular readers know that I frequently complain about the low quality of government at the local level. I not only complain about the political absurdity of a socialist San Francisco city government that tries to run our individual lives as a parent rather than as a competent government. I complain that the government is incompetent at doing things that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I recently had a two week screaming fit. My computer was infected by a virus that put advertising on nearly every page I regularly viewed. I tried half a dozen Google Chrome ad blockers and pop-up blockers, none of which worked. There is no way to describe the level of my frustration with ads and pop-ups on nearly everything I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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This blog is in memory of Carl Djerassi who died recently. Djerassi is generally given credit for the invention of the oral contraceptive pill. This is a man who has changed the experiences of every person in the modern world. The contraceptive pill for women allowed aggressive entry into the workplace for women without a national war footing. It also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Pro Commerce
Kat: How could you have a workable bureaucracy? MP: The U.S. Army model works. 'Three reviews without a promotion and you're out.' But 'out' would mean no future reviews and only a modest cost of living increase. At and above a certain level of management, say GS14, you could be fired. Special routes for science and engineering.
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on Bureaucratic appeal at Pro Commerce
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My readers know that I have contempt for bureaucracy and bureaucrats. Bureaucracy is an institution that rewards seniority and punishes merit and ambition. Bureaucracies cannot be inventive or customer responsive. But they can maintain a status quo. The question that many people ask me is: ‘why does someone become a bureaucrat?’ The answer is they lack ambition, they have no... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I was thinking recently about the way that warfare has propelled the development of commerce in many ways. Warfare developed the production line with interchangeable parts for rifles and other weapons. It developed airplanes and railroads and gasoline engines. It developed innumerable technologies as well as medical advances that were adopted by the commercial society and became modernity. Most importantly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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It is beginning to look like the preeminent American film is a proto-comedy and a proto-philosophical work. It is Groundhog Day with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. The actual story everyone knows. Interestingly the story is resolved in a somewhat romantic form. Murray is propelled by a desire to attract the interest of MacDowell by improving himself. He becomes so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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The Wall Street Journal has a section on Saturdays that is intended to be intellectually provocative. I appreciate that. They are picking intelligent people with interesting ideas as opposed to the New York Times that is simply publishing ideologues of the Time’s own cant regardless of their intelligence. I wrote a blog on the erroneous ideas of Peter Thiel written... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I have had a policy throughout my entire adult life to never see a movie or read a book about a prominent person whom I've known. (Like Jim Jones or Harvey Milk). The same is true for movies or books about people whom I know to be very bright or extraordinary in some way that I understand.(Like Alan Turing). My... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Pro Commerce