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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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The Socialist Republic of San Francisco has recently set a precedent for much of the world. The San Francisco City government, last year, passed a law putting Airbnb and similar popular home and couch rental Internet services under strict City controls. Airbnb cooperated in its emasculation because top management are wimps and foolish rich Lefties. The law was so poorly... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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For those of you not following the current business news, Comcast CMCSA was trying to buy and merge with Time Warner Cable TWC. Yesterday they pulled out of the deal after the FCC scheduled public hearings on the merger. I was following the issue because the California Public Utilities Commission, where I am an expert witness, had decided that it... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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There seems to be some exaggerated enthusiasm in the Internet investment world these days about home delivery of meals. I can see that the field of home and office delivery to busy people is growing. The Internet is helpful in the delivery of many goods and services including dry cleaning, groceries and meals. 'Helpful' but not a billion dollar valuation.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Both my parents were Lefty fundamentalists. In discussing this with some people the other day I made the excuse for my parents that intelligent people in their day were Lefties. They had nowhere else to look for intelligent leadership. That is very clear. There are no good intellectuals from the era before 1950 when my parents were in college.. There... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Lets start with the facts. Fifty members of the House of Congress boycotted the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Of that 50, all were Democrats and 26 were Blacks. Half. The blacks were all members of the black caucus. They were more than half of the 46 members of the Congressional black caucus. More than half. Israeli Prime... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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In the late 1970’s after studying Japanese Tea Ceremony for a few years I decided to build a Tea house. I became so enamored of the beauty of the whole practice and its emphasis on seasons, simplicity and conversation that I wanted my own innovative environment. I decided on using a 20 foot shipping container. I bought two for about... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I was a long time subscriber to BusinessWeek. I gave it up when it finally annoyed me too much. What was annoying? Many of the op-eds and editorials were anti-commerce. I can’t read anything that is intended to provide business information that his produced by people who are anti-commerce. At the same time, the Wall Street Journal got better and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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I am fortunate to live in a world where these academic terms are never heard. My son who lives near a university is less fortunate. I happened to see a light melanin woman's video on Facebook ranting on the subject of black music being 'appropriated' but that black people's behaviors are not welcomed. No comment needed on her idiocy, unless... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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You will have to believe me, if it matters. The public has recently begun to notice that police seizure of the property of people accused of crime seems a little unfair. These people need their bank accounts to hire legal defense. It also seems unfair because they are being treated as guilty of a crime before there is a trial.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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The photo on the right is the Emperor and Empress bowing in memory of the 2,000 Japanese soldiers lost in a battle on Palau to an American force of 20,000. Trouble is, there is no Empress. She is merely the wife of the Emperor. When he dies the locus will move to his son the crown prince. There are plenty... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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It is clear to me that the revolutions in medicine and surgery in the past century are entirely the by-product of commerce. Demonstrating this is a different matter. Therefore I ask the question: in a century of communism, has any communist country ever developed a significant medical or surgical innovation? The Russian communist revolution was nearly 100 years ago. Over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Commerce is fundamentally about meritocracy and diversity. Meritocracy is about individuals. No one can do a particular job better because they are a member of a 'protected victim class'. That goes for teaching black history or being a professional football player. Merit goes only to individuals not to tribes, families or class. That is even more true of diversity. Diversity... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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The hippy world brought chaos to all American norms. The hippies searched the world for new perspectives and new ways of living. In San Francisco they found a Zen priest, Shunryu Suzuki san, who had come to America particularly to teach Zen to the people whom he viewed as open and curious. By 1971, when I found his disciples, he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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During the time I spent in Kyoto many years ago, I was impressed with the civilizing properties of old trees that give gravity to a city. I vowed to help the tree planting programs in San Francisco when I could. A few years later, while sitting in the window of coffee shop in North Beach, a friend came by (Charlie... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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After about six years of successfully creating a network of small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, with over 600 members, at the time, I was invited to Sweden to help Sweden get new businesses started. Sweden had a poor record for start-up businesses. It was common to build housing projects with several thousand housing units and not even... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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My trip to Kyoto, a few days ago, reminded me of the two vows I made 35 years ago to help my San Francisco. The first was based on the reliable bus service that was ubiquitous and prompt in Kyoto. Bus schedules were timed perfectly to the minute. Buses were frequent and exactly on the minute. I vowed to bring... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I am in Japan, and I announced it in this blog. Years ago, I put a Tokyo by-line on the blog and watched the readership drop every day. On a much lower readership base, today, I'm still seeing the readership drop because I am writing from Tokyo Actually today, I'm writing from Kyoto. An ancient city I visit once every... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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In the early 1970's when I was simultaneously the treasurer of one foundation and president of another, I was an early activist in the 'Corporate Social Responsibility' movement. I made face to face calls on all the major New York foundation treasurers to encourage them to use their portfolios for social activism. That included pressuring corporations to put women and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I am a strong advocate of simple living. I am on several simple living mailing lists. All of them are religious in nature, which becomes clear this time of year, Easter My book, Simple Living Investments for Old Age points out that American simple living has many parents ranging from the military to the Quakers to the Bohemians. My support... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Pro Commerce
The video is a rough welded version of a grandfather clock with a screen on the front where the clock face would be. A video cuckoo is on the top. As the minute hand and the hour hand change you see a pair of fingers erase the existing hands and then use a magic marking pen to put in new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Yesterday I ate in a sushi restaurant that personifies why Japan became one of the great commercial societies on the planet. Those of you who are up-to-date on Japan, sushi or interesting films already know the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Jiro owns a sushi shop in the Ginza that got 3 Michelin stars. Considering that it only has 10... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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There is and always has been a high level of sentimentality about anthropology. I don't object to saving old languages, I agree, that someday they may provide useful information. What concerns me is that it goes with a blindness to saving the artifacts and institutions of still living ancient human societies. It wasn't anthropologists who brought back a language that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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Since the early 1970's I have left San Francisco to travel regularly. More than a month at a time and more than once a year. That continues to this day, 45 years later I've noticed two important changes over that period. When I first started this extended traveling I had to allow nearly an extra month to straighten out the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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I've written about how I tried to save the Japanese dolphin hunting villages from the ravages of environmental hate, with an article I wrote in 1978. I wrote about the village I visited on the North Sea. More recently, I've written about being interviewed and videoed on this subject as it concerns the village of Taiji from the movie The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Pro Commerce
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There are two parts of this blog. One is on commerce and democracy the other deals with current democracy politics. What is the relationship of commerce and democracy? I have no final answer. It is historically too early to tell. We have seen an explosion of democracy in my lifetime. From four dozen democracies before WWII, to four score today.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Pro Commerce