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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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I have felt guilty for my efforts and the efforts of my friends in the 1970’s to get blacks on the police force. Now that the Democrat Party is running a war on the police, these hundreds of thousands of good, honorable decent black police officers are being badly mistreated. The only way I can imagine redressing this political evil... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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Our society has a terrible problem making the distinction between people who don’t want to work and those who can’t work. It is a regular conversation I hear so often that I no longer listen. ‘All those poor people living on the streets, we need to take care of them.’ Having dealt extensively with both populations, that statement is sheer... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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A few blogs back I pointed out that crime is rising rapidly in America for two main reasons. Smart phones allow better ‘lookout’ protection for criminals and the Democrat Party war on police means less police efforts. I got flack about my data from a good friend. This is the formerly private email I sent him: I personally hate working... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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A friend just drove to San Francisco to visit me. He drove from San Jose. He asked how it was possible to see so many construction cranes. The answer is straightforward. We have four revolutions going on here, in this locale. The global Internet brings in $billions; with Google at the top of the pyramid for earning power. Others include... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I have two issues of interest to me when it comes to robot surgery. The first is the lack of good medical care that goes with socialized medicine The second is the role of robots in our lives. I argue that socialized medical systems under invest in equipment. The consequence is that, with most of the world in the thrall... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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There is a big sign on the wall of one of the local grocery chains proclaiming ‘locally owned’. The chain is privately held (Mollie Stone’s). I have no idea who owns it. The ownership is not public. It was founded thirty years ago by two local men. If that were still the case the question of ‘local’ would be subject... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I played a role in several race issues that bother me now. I’ve already apologized for my role in public school integration via busing. It destroyed urban public schools. I played a role in integration of the San Francisco Police Department and helped an important leader of the Black Police Officer’s Assn. I also put pressure on, as a big... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
There are five articles here with the data. http://www.manhattan-institute.org/expert/heather-mac-donald
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2016 on Crime is rising at Pro Commerce
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A few blogs back I mentioned that I invite Jehovah’s Witnesses who call at the front door to come in and visit. One thing I point out to them is that they have a major religious competitor who is way ahead of them. The Jehovah's Witnesses are proselytizing around the world, warning that since 1914 we are in the ‘end... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I have regularly observed that during a protracted war both sides adopt some of the issues that drive the other side. During the Cold War, America in reaction to Soviet and the Chinese atheism and hatred of commerce absorbed more religion into our society and more appreciation for free markets. We also absorbed both the atheism and anti-commerce positions in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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The woman I live with, thinks it is strange that I invite the Jehovah’s Witnesses that come to the front door to come in and visit. First, one of the Witnesses was a beautiful second generation Ethiopian woman. That is my first motivation. Second, they are good listeners and polite. Third, this is a chance to try out my rhetoric... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Pro Commerce
The FBI data is too old. The reliable data for 2015 comes from the Wall Street Journal via articles by the Manhattan Institute.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2016 on Crime is rising at Pro Commerce
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I have traveled most of the world. I started in my early teens. On my own. I would say that no travel had any impact on me until I was past 30. My readers know that I don’t believe that humans are capable of important new thought after age 23. Only about one out of 200 people are different from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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My wonderful blog readers know I have been frustrated by a website I created that is getting no attention. I am trying a new approach. A free sample. The most powerful marketing approach I find used in Japan. Whenever you buy something at a department store, you are given a small gift of something related to the object you bought.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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You can laugh at me for this one. My father wanted to have his ashes scattered over the San Francisco Bay. A pretty simple request of me, a private pilot. The day came to carry the box of his ashes up in a small two seat Cessna. The windows open easily and it is safe to do it at 70... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Few things are as irrational as the American banking system. This chart shows consolidation over the past half century. Our banking system has been a political football from our founding days. Alexander Hamilton, the true genius of the American Republic and the author of nearly all the Federalist papers was also the creator of our pro commerce financial system. Nearly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Crime has been falling steadily since the peak in 1991, a 21 year steady decline. Now it is rising. Rising rapidly. In San Francisco, it started with car break-ins in 2011. Car break-ins have risen from 10k to 26k, a 260% increase in four years. Car thefts in that time have risen 65%. Except for murder all other crime rates... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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We have always had the poor, the indigent and hobos. Cities in the U.S. have always tried to provide housing and simple shelter. There was an explosion of street people at the end of the 1970's as the hippies made living on the streets socially acceptable. The number of people living on the streets also began rising in the late... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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I have regular Friday evening Sabbath candle lightings and invite a few friends. We often eat afterwards. Why would this be of interest to any of my readers? Jews have been doing it for several thousand years, weekly. Primarily because my friends, Jew and non-Jew have come to enjoy the Sabbath ceremony. I use it as a way to have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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It is time to look back on the last century and the state of the visual arts. I have argued about art that there are two points of significance. The first is the ability to change the vocabulary of everyone, visual as well as other vocabularies. Edvard Munch did that with his ‘The Scream’ and Marcel Duchamp did it with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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There have been a steady stream of solid retail businesses closing in San Francisco and Oakland. Oakland has a minimum wage of $12.25 in force now. That is where San Francisco’s is now too, on its way to $15.00. In Oakland, Walmart has closed. In San Francisco, two McDonald’s have closed. Because of the minimum wage. There are two problems.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Pro Commerce
Thank you. Each of you.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2016 on Academia as a calling at Pro Commerce
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I find people everywhere preferring an airbnb lodging to a hotel. Money is seldom the issue because it is often cheaper to go to the hotel. When I talk to these airbnb users I get many reasons and I see a few more. The most common reason given is the desire to be in a real neighborhood. Followed by the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Every day we get more evidence of the contraction of retail businesses. The biggest and most surprising to me is Walmart. But Walmart explains their behavior as a switch to online selling. Walmart is reducing its number of stores most in urban areas where wages are going up and Target is making inroads. Unions in big cities create hostility toward... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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My perspective on religion is heavily shaped by the fact that I am a Jew and consider myself a part of the Jewish peoples. That means Israel is now and always has been part of my life. I look at the religions of the world with that lens. I feel comfortable with Buddhism in its many forms, Daoism and Shintoism,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Pro Commerce