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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 weird tale of my advice first biting me in the ass and then becoming useful. The story begins in the mid-90s when I began advising both the Japanese government and the Israeli government to break through the global Japanese and Jew hatred that is built into the media bias. I suggested that both countries develop a proprietary... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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A month ago I wrote a blog bemoaning the horrible fate of a miracle cure, Sovaldi, that cures hep C but costs $100,000 for a course of treatment. The media, insurance companies and Medicare are screaming to try and force the developer, Gilead, to lower the price. I explained my outrage and my concern that cures for many diseases that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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Yes, there is a critical point at which you first think of buying something you need on the Internet before you think of looking for it at a retail outlet. I passed that point a few weeks ago and I was surprised. Whatever the object I was thinking about, I realized immediately that it would be outside the top five... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
From Jay: "The far left has shown there is no limit to their mean spirited BS. There is no law or institution that cannot be weaponized and used as a club to destroy people and institutions they've decided they dislike."
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on What is anti-commerce? at Pro Commerce
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If I am pro-commerce then what is everyone else? They are mixtures of anti-commerce. I will elucidate so you can see. Let's take the biggest category: environmentalists. Most of our environment has been cleaned up over the past forty years. More than a third of the United States is already preserved parkland. At this point further environmental policies, especially those... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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The map on the right shows the high-tech geography of the United States for a recent period. To me it is a map of the hippie distribution in the United States (I travelled to many hippy business events). There is a connection between hippie values and the development of high-tech. The first high-tech in the 80s and 90s was computer... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
The power play is the morning after sex. It is used for the few things a college girl wants: more sex, identity on Facebook as a girl friend, a present, anything that brings status. It is also for negatives: don't tell anyone, don't take the same class as me, don't go to the Union for coffee in the morning. Women are second class citizens as long as they 'can be raped'. Get pistol training, own a pistol, be able to hit and run (heels?) carry a knife. Any trained woman can do great bodily harm to a man, especially with a weapon. Running is the first choice, but killing is the second. When I meet a woman who is willing to kill to protect herself, I will have met a first class citizen.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Rape at Pro Commerce
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My blog is not just about commerce it is also about statistics and social process. I produced a public radio program for nearly a decade on the subject of social thought. I interviewed and recorded many hundreds of leading thinkers on the subject. What always catches my eye in the social realm is when politicians, the media and large groups... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Something happened that has shaped my view of movies and TV. On the insistent advice of many people I started watching Breaking Bad a TV series available on Netflix. I found it to be of such extraordinary quality that I re-watched it. On the second viewing I saw many details overlooked in the first viewing. I rank Breaking Bad somewhere... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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When I was growing up there were three major grand schemes that explained the entire world. I first explored the Marxist model, and thanks to George Orwell's Animal Farm and a few months on a kibbutz I realized it was inappropriate for real human beings. Just an ideological superstructure for people who needed a universal explanation. I next explored the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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In an earlier blog I discussed Thomas Piketty’s projections of a long-term division in our economic system with the growth of an even more powerful hereditary elite. I pointed out that this is not likely to be true for America which eliminated its hereditary elite in 1960. I have been asked by my readers and friends whether it is possible... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I interviewed Richard Saul Wurman a few years after he started TED. Because TED is so important there is no need to explain what it is. Richard Saul Wurman is a designer and has lived his life in the design world. He even did the trivial job of signage in the San Francisco airport parking structure. It is to Wurman... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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This is the time when we should be hearing from rabbis. The Jewish people are under an assault, everywhere that Christianty and Islam have found a home, which is of historic proportions. Elie Wiesel says there will not be Jews in Europe in the future. I live in the United States and I can feel the Jew hate among Lefties... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I have often joked that Europeans are rather sad because the highlight of European society was 1914. Unfortunately, my observation is tragically accurate as Europe grows to hate Jews more with the addition of their new Islamic citizens. Europe in 1914 was on a straight trajectory toward more and better art, music, theater, technology and cultural vitality. Europeans were happy,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Pro Commerce
I built a park for street people. I still know a few. Many have a place to sleep when they want a place. They don't want a phone, a job, to pay taxes or do what they are told to do. They usually like where they are and seldom move, over decades.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on Homeless and poor definition at Pro Commerce
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It would be rude for me to tell my intelligent readers that when the wrong word is connected to a real world attribute that the consequent understanding and policies will be wrong. If you think that a bee sting should be considered the same as a flu shot then you will not get protection from the flu come next winter.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I would like to make a contribution to our understanding of a political phenomenon: single women voting for Obama. The following three paragraphs summarize the data on single women voting. To these paragraphs we need to add that single women voted 67% for Obama in 2012. The unmarried women of the 2012 make up almost 40% of the African American... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I did something in 1971-72 that has had repercussions in American business. I have recently received my second appreciation (Blog on the first.) When I left the Bank of California as a vice president, I told top management that I would bring a legal case against the bank on the issue of its inadequate hiring of minorities and women. It... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I am interested in the way that a new product goes from inception to mass-market. Probably the most interesting case I know of is tofu. Tofu is fermented soybeans in a delicious edible form. I don't know the origins of tofu. I know the tofu I loved to eat from the early ‘70s when I first visited Japan. Much of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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Please don’t say I didn’t tell you. I sold 65% of my stock portfolio today. Now the money from the sale is all in cash. What triggered my action? I see from the Wall Street Journal that the Federal Reserve has been driving banks out of the repo market. Repos are funds created by bank loans for overnight or a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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Awhile back I described my effort find a hacker to search the IRS’ Exempt Division’s private emails and to publish them on the Internet. This publication is vital to expose the greatest case of government corruption in American history. It turned out that hackers are too young to make it possible for my contacts to work with them. Hackers can’t... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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Who is Herb Allen and why is he the subject of one of my blogs? Herb Allen is a genius whose role in American business deserves great respect. During the period of an hereditary elite in the United States, before 1960, that elite had their own private clubs where important information and deals were carried out in complete privacy. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I take the unusual global outpouring of appreciation of Robin Williams as a recognition of the present as the darkest period in the world since WWII. We see him as the single ray of sun through the storm clouds. He wasn't an actor, he wasn't a comedian.. he was a comic person to a global audience. This outpouring comes in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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I have recently read Thomas Piketty’s book Capital. It was a gift from a wonderful and generous friend. I wrote an earlier blog, over three months ago, about Piketty’s book based on reviews by Robert Solow and Gregory Mankiw. My blog three months ago was in perfect timing to coincide with the ideological scaffold of Lefty-union politics about income distribution... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Pro Commerce
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This is rather a black period for American commerce. We have a president of the United States who has never held a job in business in his life. In the past week we saw two severe consequences of this failure. The president attacked a practice that is gaining widespread popularity among major US corporations, it is called: ‘tax inversion’. Because... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Pro Commerce