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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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My friend Josh and I have spent much time working with climate data over several years. All of our math has been public on my blog sites. Josh just happened to look at the San Francisco rainfall going back to 1849 and sent me the chart with a long-term average and some rolling averages. (Click on it to increase the... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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Last week was a period of media and political insanity about foreign government interference in the American electoral process. I can’t help pointing out that Barack Obama openly interfered in the Israeli election against the incumbent whom he hates, Bibi Netanyahu. He used State Department money for his interference. He did it again in the British Brexit election where he... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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There is a reality about tariffs that few people know. The United States and every other country has hundreds, even thousands of tariffs and trade barriers that are in place and well defended by powerful political interests. The great value of the WTO was that it created a mechanism for any country or group of countries to protest specific offensive... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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There are several books and a long stream of online explanations for marketing on Twitter. I’ve never seen Twitter as an above average ad or marketing promotion tool. I do know people who have a following on Twitter and they regularly talk about issues related to their business. That is much like a blog that does the same thing. It... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I don’t write or talk much about this subject, poverty, I’m probably too moral a person. I tend to see a person’s life as the consequence of a series of decisions. I have always recommended simple living which is living on few resources but enjoying the benefits of making desirable choices about your time everyday and living fully. Nevertheless I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Today I talked to a 44 year old who didn’t know what the Whole Earth Catalog was. He knew that Kevin Kelly had something to do with it. He is a well educated Harvard and computer geek. I look at the past half century as a period of revolution and counter-revolution. The revolution was the hippies who rejected everything that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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From the late 1950’s to the early 1990’s I traveled the world. I went to the USSR in the early 1980’s and got to see the Soviet disaster up close. The same is true for Cuba in the late 1990’s. I got to Eastern Europe, The Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary as the Iron Curtain was falling. I was in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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This blog is not about the obvious power of the government to screw up the lives of individuals. That is obvious and criminal. That is the reason I consider the politicizing of the IRS to be the highest crime ever committed in America. Committed and approved by the most evil president to ever hold American office. Obama the arrogant. What... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
Anecdotes are fine. I prefer the San Francisco Bay Area Cost of Living that is used to adjust rent controlled apartment prices. http://sfrb.org/sites/default/files/FileCenter/Documents/1938-572%20Security%20Deposit%20Interest%20Rates%2015-16.pdf
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2017 on Why deflation? at Pro Commerce
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Economists seem to blithely go about their lives on the assumption that we are living in a period of very low inflation in the U.S. We aren’t. Take out healthcare, housing and education from the cost of living indicator and we have been in a deflationary period for roughly 25 years. Just like the Japanese. These three components of our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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A billion years before humans began carrying fire around with them to gain a dominant evolutionary position, the planet was inhabited by single cell and eukaryotic cell life. This life (and viruses) inhabited every niche on the planet. They still do and they are relatively invisible to humans as they have been for five centuries though we have the technology... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Pro Commerce
Brian, I know this material by heart. What you see is a mortality table. The first group of smokers from 21 to 35 cut their smoking in half. They aged ten years and the next cohort cut their own smoking in half. Slowly those over 35 have died off.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2017 on Advertising and cigarettes at Pro Commerce
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I have a giant vinyl record collection at home for two reasons. I have a 1938 Wurlitzer Jukebox which plays them, and a great deal of the best Jazz was recorded on vinyl. I also find that playing old records on the jukebox is the most authentic sound because the speaker is a heavy magnet about 30” in diameter, which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Pro Commerce
The CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/tables/trends/cig_smoking/
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2017 on Advertising and cigarettes at Pro Commerce
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Some institutions change and others don’t. Government institutions including most American agencies, education and others like agriculture and foreign service never change. They are malignant cancers. Some institutions like language, media, technology and modern commercial corporations are in constant flux and evolution. That is why modern commerce is beneficial for humans. It is evolutionary like biology. One exception has been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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This year is the 50th anniversary of the anti-smoking advertising campaign. My oldest daughter was born in that period and now she had children old enough to produce grandchildren. Three generations have been exposed to the 'smoking will kill you' advertising. Initially the percent of smokers in the U.S. dropped precipitously to about 20%. The drop was most significant among... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I was in Israel in 1959. Occasionally I would take a bus to Jerusalem. The road up the mountains had many burned out armored vehicles along the side. Reminders of the recent War of Independence. A few of these burned out reminders are still along the highway to Jerusalem. Once I got to Jerusalem and began walking I was confronted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I was asked to look at the future one day last week. I foresee a powerful America, Japan and Israel; the countries that have the skills and environment for innovation. I foresee the distance between these first three countries and the rest of the world growing. Then I said something that alarmed me and alarmed everyone else even more. They... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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The smaller room was empty. So the rabbi had me pull down my pants to see if I was circumcised. The word had not reached this group that nearly all male Americans of that era were circumcised. So we were allowed to fill out more papers and pay for a few stamps. We were nearly finished and ready to run... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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We were being allowed to sit down in the main office with about a dozen Orthodox men standing around. They had tentatively accepted me as a Jew after my father’s letter from some of his Orthodox rabbi friends. The oldest man was behind a desk with a paper form in front of him and an elegant Parker pen. He would... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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After spending a decade (the 1960’s) in active politics as a campaign manager, legislative analyst, presidential advance man and president of the local Young Republican (the largest one in America), as well as having several girl friends in elective office, I decided that I never wanted to hold an elective office. So I did the one thing I thought would... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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I told this story to a friend (Carol) and she immediately demanded that I put it in a blog. This is a slow time of the year for everything so I will. I had arrived in Israel in 1959 with a girl friend from college after travelling through Europe. We spent a few months on a kibbutz, a while in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Pro Commerce
The Irish are. The Scots definitely aren't. I know nothing of the Cornish. The simple test is whether the tribes can cooperate on anything. If they can't, good chance they are Celt.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2016 on Paris in 1957 at Pro Commerce
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I'm happy to accept your view. To me, the French are cowardly Jew haters; consistent with being Celts.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2016 on Paris in 1957 at Pro Commerce
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A few decades ago I saw a proposal for a National Observatory of the Social Sciences. The idea was to have a few thousand people at randomly selected locations reporting monthly on visible events in their lives and neighborhood. Examples would be: Number and models of cars on one side of your block. Number of people pushing strollers in one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Pro Commerce