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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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Hep C is the colloquial name for hepatitis C. Hep C is a viral liver disease that is spread by blood and is very debilitating. It robs you of your energy. It often requires a liver transplant. For people who are weak or old or have other serious problems, the main treatment, Interferon, is much too strong and not sufficiently... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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Do you get frustrated when you realize that most of your life you have been carrying around a lie that was given to you by your society and you found that lie constantly reinforced by text books and repetition? I first faced this perennial lie problem with the Rosenbergs. They were an accused pair of husband-and-wife spies. In the early... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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For nearly a decade I worked with the largest bureaucracy in America. While I worked with only a tiny sucker on one of many giant tentacles, every beneficial change I wrought was like a sandcastle on the beach as the tide swept in. The bureaucracy I was working with was the San Francisco public schools. What I was doing was... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Many people who know me believe I am either conservative or Republican or Tea Party or some combination. I am not any one of those. Pro-commerce is a position that stands alone and it is only a partial component of any one of the above categories. The reason pro-commerce is an uncomfortable position for both conservatives and the Republican Party... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I have discussed in an earlier blog the battle between modernity and tribalism. In my own society, the U.S., where modernity is ascendent, I must still ask the question of modernity’s future. ‘What is the future of rationality?’ is a fundamental question. Rationality is in fact, at the core of modernity and modernity’s doppelgänger: commerce. To be able to survive... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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In our era there is an ongoing debate about the relationship between democracy and commerce. We have three locations that raise the question. Singapore is a socialist country with thriving commerce. Hong Kong was a free market, now a pseudo-democracy with thriving commerce and then there is China, a country with thriving commerce and not a shred of democracy. I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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The issue of free speech has come up for me because of the current political environment: Israeli cities are being targeted by an Arab Islamic tribe. I read on my social media comments from Jew haters and friends of Zyklon B who don't even know what Zyklon B is because they don't know history (it was the gas used to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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In the 20th century the battle was between the slowly emerging world of commerce and the well-established ideological world of human perfectibility. The German government was based on a human perfectibility derived from ‘Aryan blood and soil’ in contrast to the evil ‘Jewish rationality’. The Communists had a perfectibility of humans based on rational control by social experts in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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If you can't guess my position on business censorship I would be surprised. I am pro-commerce. I love the moral and social benefits of commerce. So what would be my position on business self-censorship? There are no circumstances in which a sensible business should actively censor anything unless it is forced to by a government or some other power wielding... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I recently bought my second vape device. The first was a pseudo-pack of cigarettes manufactured in China and sold in Japan. It had one cigarette with a battery in the main body, a dozen fluid filled tips and a rechargeable battery in the cigarette pack. I bought it in Tokyo about six years ago. The vape machine in the photo... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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Imagine the wonderful surprise. One of my granddaughters had made a piece of pottery that was to be the Castle of Presbyter John. I could not believe that my granddaughter was so well educated. She knew who Presbyter John was. She credits her knowledge to a high school advanced placement class on world history. So how do I know who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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In the early 1980s I was a hot topic in Sweden. My friend Sven Atterhed had been paying attention to the Briarpatch and my business following in the hippie world. He realized that my approach had generated hundreds of new startup businesses. He promoted me in the Swedish business world where he was a respected consultant. It was Sven’s promotion... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I try to avoid politics in these blogs but I notice a significant omission in the political discussions in my country that I believe should be highlighted. The current Obama presidency resembles, in its last 2 1/2 years, the final one and half years of the Woodrow Wilson presidency. This parallel should not be ignored. President Obama throughout his administration... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I try to avoid politics in these blogs but I notice a significant omission in the political discussions in my country that I believe should be highlighted. The current Obama presidency resembles, in its last 2 1/2 years, the final one and half years of the Woodrow Wilson presidency. This parallel should not be ignored. President Obama throughout his administration... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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My son looked at the word homophobia and concluded that it refers to the passing of an era. The Christian Biblical Era seems to have ended a few decades ago and its passing is signified by the word ‘homophobia’. Dislike of homosexual activity for religious reasons is dismissed by the very word homophobia. It simultaneously dismisses the entire logic of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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There is a perpetual discussion in the United States about the role of soccer as an American sport. I have voiced my opinion on this issue in the past. (here and here) There is a new factor to consider. It has now entered the popular domain that girls face three times the concussion risks of boys when playing soccer. From... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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The field of nutrition is notoriously outside the realm of science. For most of my life, nutritionists have argued that eating ice cream and other high sugar foods will make children excited. That eating eggs will raise blood cholesterol. Among the many nutritional pieces of nonsense I cite only these two because each one of them was testable since 1950... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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In a recent Facebook comment I found myself responding to anti-Israel hatred by a person who claimed to be a Jew with my statement that this person, a stranger to me, “is not a Jew”. I said “Swedes do not attack Sweden, Danes do not attack Denmark. Real Jews do not attack Israel”. This is a new insight for me.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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In a recent Facebook comment I found myself responding to anti-Israel hatred by a person who claimed to be a Jew with my statement that this person, a stranger to me, “is not a Jew”. I said “Swedes do not attack Sweden, Danes do not attack Denmark. Real Jews do not attack Israel”. This is a new insight for me.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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In four earlier blogs (this is the 4th blog) I discussed the problem of raising the minimum wage by 40% in San Francisco. This is going to happen over a 3 to 4 year period. I discussed the enormous damage this will do to the city. We will become a sad declining city; we will be using Detroit style self... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Pro Commerce
You need a sample of adult males who have a before and after circumcision basis for comparison.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2014 on Circumcision at Pro Commerce
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Robert, BankAmericard Japan was a client of mine. After the debacle of issuing credit cards to young people who had no idea about consumer credit.... they only issue cards to businesses. It is hard to imagine that learning to control consumer credit is so difficult, but Americans are uniquely good at it. In Japan the home mortgage is well understood, but it is really different.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2014 on Japanese crowdfunding at Pro Commerce
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A few days ago I saw an article that described a significant and reliable research project that had been carried out in Kenya. Over a three-year period, men had been divided into two groups of three thousand each: one group was circumcised as adults, the other was the control group. The intention was to test the medical success of circumcision... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Pro Commerce
My data is from Detroit Metropolitan area which includes adjacent Dearborn. I have no way of knowing which Arabs have which religion. I can only find the Muslim category.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2014 on Detroit revival at Pro Commerce
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The Presbyterian Church (PCUSA see comment below) has returned to the Christian ways of the past 2000 years: it has become a fount of Jew hate. Jew hate has never had anything to do with Jews. Jews are merely the bogeyman, the scapegoats, in the internal Christian ideological battles. I would guess there are no more than four Jews on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Pro Commerce