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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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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 12 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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On the same day in 2009, January 20th that he is inaugurated Barack Obama signs a presidential memo revoking all previous written agreements between President Bush and Israel. Obama is a man who, with his wife, sat through hundreds of sermons in his church where the minister poured hatred on Jews. His preacher expounded the same Jew hate that Louis... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I like to use 1812 as my year for making predictions. It is clearly a date before the industrial commercial revolution had begun. It is the year Charles Dickens was born. Dickens created the images on which the Left, for 150 years, has based its arguments. Dickens created our images of poverty and wealth and economic injustice. These Dickensian images... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I had a meal in Tokyo, cooked by a Zen monk, that is considered 'organic' in Japan. There is no way the food would even be recognizable to an 'organic' American. Start with the fact that Japanese cooking uses roughly 5,000 species, spices and herbs. American cooking seldom gets over 1,700. Add to that a wide range of ocean condiments... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Continuing on yesterday's theme, Japan, there are two interesting notes in the financial news that you may have missed. The first was noticed by nearly everyone in finance. The second reported a ten minute meeting. In recent weeks the Bank of Japan has announced its new policy of inflating the Yen again. Japan has already embarked on a 20 year... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I'm leaving Japan tomorrow, so this is a good time to write about Japan in the world today. In an earlier blog I described the newly nationalistic Yasukuni museum that reminded me what a powerful military Japan brought to the world at the beginning of the last century. The roots of that tree still survive. On every subway ride you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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During the Vietnam War I frequently heard the suggestion made to the anti-war protestors: 'love it or leave it.' The complaint was valid at the time but seemed a little harsh directed at the gentle hippies. Many decent people accepted the advice and went to Canada, a few others who really loved their country took conscientious objector status. A few... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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This is a blog on an institution. The U.S. State Department. I did a public radio program about the way institutions work. The program ran nine years on public radio stations for half an hour every week. I interviewed knowledgable thinkers on Social Thought, the issue is how institutions work. All institutions, including language and gender are organized around ideas,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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We are living today with two artifacts of previous history that few people are able to connect. It doesn't take much thinking to understand that foreign policy actions have repercussions. Sometimes longterm repercussions. As we say to one of my grandchildren:'that has consequences.' I wish to look at two historic actions that have severe consequences today. Both are consequences of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Pro Commerce
I don't see the term 'long'. I see 'full term'. All my data comes from the CDC. From here: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr63/nvsr63_05.pdf I am merely quoting them. Michael
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2014 on Is America really so bad? at Pro Commerce
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Thank you for your consideration. I listen to the Arab crap every day, so you can't expect me to believe the anti-Japanese stories automatically. Armies have always raped their victims and many still do. The Japanese took their prostitutes with them, more than half were Japanese. What did the Germans do? Japan and all of Asia were 'food poor' before the war. Do you expect them to feed POWs before their soldiers? I know POWs and their offspring. They suffered. But I also understand war. It is not a children's sandbox.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Honor and foreboding at Pro Commerce
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I don't favor C-sections. I don't know why long term pregnancy has any effect on mortality.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Is America really so bad? at Pro Commerce
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The anti-American anti-commerce folk really piss me off when they use statistics to prove how bad America is. Their two favorite pieces of evidence against America are infant mortality and lifespan. They think they're so smart. Lets begin with infant mortality. The U.S. ranks below 25th when compared to developed nations on infant mortality rate. We have a rate over... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Pro Commerce
The museum does not mention any atrocities. Most of which are as phony as the crap we get every single day from Gazan's and other Arabs. The Europeans would have no right to complain, in my mind, to a similar German museum. They were as culpable in the moral outrages of the Germans as the Germans. The Japanese didn't perpetrate a Holocaust. They were just like any other Army, like Napolean's and Eisenhower's. The Germans were more like the Turks, Mao's army and the USSR; genocide was their goal.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Honor and foreboding at Pro Commerce
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Ten years ago I went to the Yasukuni museum in Tokyo. It was in an old decrepit building and the collection looked worse than a box of junk in a musty corner of my garage. Two things to know. The Yasukuni museum in on the grounds of the beautiful Yasukuni Shrine. Because many important WWII military officers are buried there,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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My definition of real art is that "it changes the way we see the world". In my old age, which is where I am now, I have to ask myself whether my own creations fit my definition of art. My regular blog readers know that I spent my life giving credit for nearly everything I did to everyone else. A... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I have a unique advantage in surveying the contemporary American political scene. Unlike nearly everyone else I applied data-based history to the emergence of the Progressive Movement, and virtually no one else has. There was a baby boom after the Civil War, just as there was after WWII. Interestingly the same oddities flourished in the 1890's San Francisco as did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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David Brooks seems to have reintroduced the concept of character into the general political discussion. The way it gets to me, not being a reader of the New York Times, is that his book on character generated a secondary discussion about how political divisions of conservative and progressive have degenerated into character generalizations. Both sides view the other side as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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Did racism elect Barak Obama to his second term? There are several problems with making such a statement authoritatively. The first is that American English has reserved the word 'racism' solely for pro and anti-black sentiments. In England it includes anti-Indian sentiments. In Scandinavia it is almost entirely anti-Arab. In this case I mean by 'a racist election' black Americans... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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There has been recent discussion in France about the origins of modernity. There seems to be a great effort on the part of the French to give this honor to the Greeks. The main locus of their idea centers on the Greek polis, the Greek City, and how it was run, with diversity and focus on individuals. Pshaw. (That seems... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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No this blog is not about the extensive suppression of ideas and information by the mainstream media in the United States. The recent mid-term election proves, in powerful terms, that all necessary and relevant information gets to the citizenry via the Internet and talk radio. This blog is about the effective media suppression of anti-government news in Japan. First the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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Thanks to the Internet we are seeing the emerging 'sharing economy,' in the U.S. according to the cognoscenti of the digital world. Referring to Airbnb, Uber and many others. The perspective from Japan is that Americans are just learning to walk in this domain. The Japanese are 'running'. They have had a sharing economy for hundreds of year. And their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Pro Commerce