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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 often meet people who think American Jews, as a whole, have always supported Israel. Completely false. I know it personally. Most American Jews didn’t support the founding of Israel. And didn’t support Israel for many years afterward. I remember my arguments with the mother of my closest friend, David Stern, at their summer house on Puget Sound where David... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at Pro Commerce
I would like to see your data. It confirms everything I said in this blog. The correlation you have found is nothing more than the proportion of blacks, non-black criminals and other general bottom feeders in the society. The United States has a greater share of these people than any other so called 'advanced nation'. Raising our Gini. Thanks. I stand by my material, emphatically.
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When I put down Michael Oren’s Ally, I had a heavy heart. A short aside to remind my readers that fear is created by dark shadows and blowing curtains, not by showing the actual monster. Fear is even greater when the audience sees an innocent child at play in the path of the monster. The contrast of horror and delight.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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Hundreds of cities around the world already are part of the apps Uber and Airbnb. Uber is a ride-sharing service that allows ordinary people to use their own cars, on their own work schedule, to pick-up passengers based on their smartphone location and charge online to their credit card. Airbnb lets ordinary people rent space in their own property, sometimes... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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If you want to build a residential structure in San Francisco you have to do one of two things. Either (a) build exactly to the building code with every detail compliant and no variations. If you need a single variation the Planning Department will require a ‘variance’ which will require notification of neighbors for several blocks in every direction and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
Three cheers. The revolution is on.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on The Civil War at Pro Commerce
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Definitely reserve a bomb for Seattle if the money ever goes to new radicals. Money to Democrat politics doesn't bother me, it always has an opposing donor.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Sean’s charity at Pro Commerce
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Last week, while the Supreme Court was making several monumental decisions that were fundamentally about the role of the Court in America, the press debate was about a Civil War battle flag. First, it is hard to ignore the Court ruling on Obamacare where the plain English reading of a Congressional Act was overruled to support the ‘overall intent of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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The Sean in my blog title is Sean Parker, a tech prodigy. In this article he explains how he plans to use his $billions to change philanthropy. Sean, you are a fool. Back in 1972 when Stewart Brand received well over $1 million from the publication of the Last Whole Earth Catalog, he chose to put it into a foundation.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I know of two big Lefty political movements that were (are) funded entirely from San Francisco. One was the protests of the WTO in Seattle in 1999 that helped promote the Anti-globalization Movement. It was run from San Francisco by Jerry Mander with money from Doug Tompkins a co-founder of Esprit Clothing. The other is the current anti-oil-gas transport from... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I have posted this image on my Facebook page. I created it in hopes of entering the idea into the 2016 presidential race. Copy it freely. The issue was first raised by Ann Coulter in her book Mugged: Racial Demagoguery. She starts with the case of Al Sharpton accusing whites of raping Tawana Brawley in 1987 and supporting her with... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I have gone out of my way to publish two manifestos. The first was by the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, who wreaked havoc between 1978 and 1995 by mailing bombs. He had written a manifesto that the FBI had found in an undisclosed source and published to use in its attempt to capture him. I made many copies in fear that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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My Buddhist training has me ‘being present’ all the time. The real world is perceived by ‘being present’ and it is a wonderful world when we are ‘immediate’ and immersed in it. Many other trainings teach the same discipline, whether martial arts, military flight school or the police academy. So what about taking photos? That is clearly taking me out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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We all know that leaving a voicemail is a waste of time. Most people don’t listen anymore. They check their text messages. Of course there are many complaints about this abrupt world and abbreviated communication. Certainly I miss the manners and propriety involved in ‘ Hi Mike, this is Marty, is this a good time to talk?” What I don’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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It happened again last week. When the World Trade Organization was being formed and voted on by the U.S. Congress in 1994, I found myself arguing with everyone. I understood what the WTO was and how great it was for free trade. No one else around me did. So I had to go out and give public talks on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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A recent entrant to the U.S. Democrat presidential race, former governor O’Malley, has proposed a new measure of domestic American output, the GPI, Genuine Progress Indicator. There are many GPIs proposed and being measured around the world, with many names. The concept is always the same. Start with the gross domestic income then add improvements in health, welfare and education... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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We get to watch the power of democracy after 90 years in Turkey. (Yesterday’s blog). We get to watch a second case. We have a two hundred year old democracy in America that has been challenged by an undemocratic president and his party. His party passed unpopular tyrannical healthcare legislation without a single opposition party vote. That lead to an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I am now toying with the idea that democratic values can become part of a national consciousness over time. I don't know the amount of time, which is the subject of this blog. We know from Weimar Germany that 15 years of democracy is not enough. We got Hitler. Similarly, ten years after the fall of the Soviet Union was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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When the president of the United States affronts allies of long standing such as Israel, Saudi Arabia, England, Poland, Egypt and Japan and seeks alliances with enemies such as Iran, Syria and the Palestinians, other nations in the world have good reason to lose trust in the United States. Furthermore when the same president draws a ‘red line’ about the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I’ve announced once before that I had taken the tapes from my nine years of public radio, the half hour interviews with over 300 people, and put them on the Internet in an MP3 format that you can download. This is the site with a new page where you can see all the 300+ guests listed in alphabetical order. As... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Pro Commerce
Three cheers for Phil.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on Commencement speakers and anger at Pro Commerce
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I don't disagree. However, the world outside our brain impacts our brain when we bump into a wall or do the equivalent in an argument. Innovation is often just coming to terms with the world outside our brain.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on Japanese and argument at Pro Commerce
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In recent years there has been increasing publicity about non-Lefty speakers being barred from University and College campuses including at commencement addresses because of student protests. If you want to keep track of these go to Cinnamon Stillwell’s site. Much of the commentary I see on this outrage has been about students not understanding the issues of ‘free speech’. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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In the late 1990s I was invited to be one of the judges in a Japanese debate contest. Japanese debate contest? “That was the idea of Matsumoto, Michihiro who was a TV commentator and avid fan of America. It was his belief that the success of American business comes from our ability to argue with each other, in a business... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Quiz. What is the object in the photo? Telling you that it is: a maglula, probably doesn’t help. It is a hard plastic device for quickly loading bullets into magazines used in pistols and rifles. This particular one is for 9mm rounds and 45s. It makes the job of pushing down a strong spring in the magazine, to put in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Pro Commerce