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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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This is a simple story with a powerful message. A few years ago there was a head-on crash on the Golden gate Bridge. This was the third in a decade. The Golden Gate Bridge is run by local Bay Area politicians, so they proceeded to look for a solution to a perceived problem. In the meantime, this six lane bridge,... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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My good friend Alex asked me to comment on the role of the Internet in producing greater efficiency. He points out that products we used to order took two weeks to be delivered, even across national boundaries; they now arrive in two or three days. We don't have any adequate measures of productivity. The productivity measure you see in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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I don't know what leads me to think about this subject on occasion. America plays a unique role in the world. First it is important to see the parts the world that are significantly different. Some categories overlap others. * Most of the world is tribal and that includes vast portions of the globe: India, Indonesia, Malaysia the Arab world,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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My wonderful friend Hans regularly suggests ideas for blogs. All my readers are encouraged to send me suggestions for my blogs. I don't promise to use the material suggested, except as one step on the ladder that I might use for climbing somewhere else. Hans was meditating on the relationship between cooperation and commerce. He meant cooperation as used in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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This blog is a continuation of my series on Glide Church in San Francisco. An unknown but significant institution in America. One of the original four ministers who came to Glide was Donald L. Kuhn. Don was free to act on any of his interests. His prime interest was in the politics and cultural vitality of San Francisco. He therefore... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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We recently got to see how the IRS reacted to a 3% budget cut built into the 2015 budget. The wily scoundrels at the IRS, who've already demonstrated that they are one of the most evil organizations on the planet, have announced that in response to the budget cut they will reduce services to taxpayers. They will stop advising ordinary... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I am in the middle of reading Joshua Muravchik’s book Making David into Goliath. You can read the critical chapter, 10, where it was reproduced in the Times of Israel. Muravchik has done a masterful piece of history and has come up with a conclusion that has convinced me. The great Leftist move to fight modernity and commerce originally took... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I have watched my close friend and partner for 45 years, Bob Gnaizda, as a legal public advocate. Aside from the four cases I cited in the last blog. All the effective legal public advocacy work that I have seen has been done on the basis of the following principles: The only time to go to court is to have... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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In my mature years, what I now refer to as my old age, I am beginning to see one last major project that is worthwhile. It has always been on my back burner but never promoted. I would like to see some form of legal public advocacy for a pro-commerce position. I have had more than 45 years experience with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Pro Commerce
Planetwide there are legal barriers being put up by governments to AirBnB and Uber. Unions want to protect hotel and taxi jobs. Lefties hate progress of any sort so they join with the unions.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2015 on Business start-ups at Pro Commerce
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For those of you who have not read every single blog I have written you may have missed the fact that I began my civil-rights-for-blacks activity in 1957 at the University of Chicago. I worked with a few black friends to integrate barbershops on 63rd St. I was active in black civil rights issues from that day until this day.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I saw this article recently about sea level rise. I have been carefully looking at the global warming thesis since roughly 1980 when Stewart Brand asked me to look into the issue. The most reliable data I could find then were ocean temperatures dating back to 1820. The noise to signal ratio in the data (variation) was so great that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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This graph says two things to me.: One advances the hypothesis that I have had for a long time. The second is an explanation for the current long economic doldrums. In 1974 I started an organization with several other people called the Briarpatch Network. This was a network of hundreds of small hippie startups in a nearly infinite range of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Most people have made some observation about the relationship between children and their parents. It is a periodic theme in literature and the arts. I have also observed, as many others have, that children are born with fairly distinct temperaments. These temperaments are often similar to their parents and equally often in conflict with their parents. How a child turns... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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This is a continuation of yesterday's blog about Glide church in San Francisco. The first of many. The first minister to arrive with a an appointment from the Methodist District Bishop was Lewis Durham. Lew played the role of chief executive and organizer throughout his career at Glide which lasted until roughly 1976. He was the glue that made the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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My wonderful friend, Alex, has suggested that I write some blogs about Glide. Glide is actually Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. Alex suggests that I write about it because I was there as business manager and treasurer from 1970 until 1981. During the most exciting years. Most of the influential participants are dead and the two remaining... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I have no idea how many of my readers are sophisticated in finance and economics. I assume it is a high proportion. We are currently experiencing one of the most dramatic change in oil prices in my lifetime. Crude barrels of Brent, (which is not a location, it is a class of light viscosity low sulphur oil) have dropped from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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This is a site where you can see one of the most interesting directions in retail brick stores. You can also read the page on my secondary Marketing blog here. I’ve seen the earlier model of this idea in the Tokyo Daikanyama bookstore. It is based on beautiful architecture by a brilliant young architectural group that I have been following... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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On my Facebook page. I decided to have a little fun. I commented on the frequency of posts about cats and dogs and said that I personally have strong positive feelings toward ants. I included this image of an ant. The reality is that I do enjoy watching ants go about their daily life in my house on my sink... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I have to confess to my readers, five months late. I was somewhat depressed during the Gaza war and for a few weeks after. No rational arguments mitigated my depression. I am always a cheerful, upbeat person. During that time I only expressed my depression to my very closest family and friends. What depressed me? It was an historic change... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Last week I wrote a blog about simple living. One of the main points I made in the blog is that our commercial world allows those of us with a clear and authentic identity and a clear understanding of what we want to do with our lives, the ability to use the simple lifestyle to do whatever we wish. That... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I am most comfortable when I have some data. For this blog I have used some media circulation data which is notoriously unreliable. So how big is the real Left in America? I would have to put the number somewhere around 30 to 40 million people. I base this on the perpetual 30% of survey respondents who say they support... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I am most comfortable when I have some data. For this blog I have used some media circulation data which is notoriously unreliable. So how big is the real Left in America? I would have to put the number somewhere around 30 to 40 million people. I base this on the perpetual 30% of survey respondents who say they support... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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This blog covers two subjects: the first deals with cash cows and the second deals with brick stores versus digital stores. The subject that got me inflamed was the cold weather in San Francisco, which led me to seek an electric mattress pad for my bed. I am wimpy enough to want to get into a warm bed. I went... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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More than 35 years ago I wrote a book on simple living. You can find an e-version here. It hasn't been updated so it has nothing up-to-date on social security or Obamacare. I saw a list of simple living blogs this morning and want to pass it on to those who might care. It comes from a Christian simple living... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Pro Commerce