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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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At some point we will have to confront and discuss the issue of average national and ethnic IQs. People who don't know me will find this blog a good time to call me a racist. I'm anti-Democrat so that alone qualifies me as a racist. Charles Murray is not the only one to raise the subject of IQ in a... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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Galileo Galili lived in Florence at the same time as Shakespeare lived in England. Both his names are the same and refer to the Galilee in the Torah. I lived there on a kibbutz for a few months in 1959. Galileo was given credit for 32 feet per second per second when I was an undergraduate. It refers to the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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The following article from the Wall Street Journal is too important for public dialog to be hidden behind a pay wall. Here it is: A study shows the 2016 electorate was more socially than economically conservative. By F.H. Buckley Before the arrival of Donald Trump, the Republican establishment tended to define politics along a one-dimensional economic axis. Their Democratic opponents... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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In the late 1970’s I created the world’s first and last park for street people (later called ‘homeless') in San Francisco. During the time the park was open, I was constantly under pressure to close it for no apparent reason. The Mayor, Dianne Feinstein, was embarrassed by the park. The major newspaper wrote a multi-series article about the misery of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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Bill Graham already had a reputation when the first Trips Festival occurred at Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco in early 1966. He was connected to the Mime Troupe. I was there at the gate taking the money on the first night at the request of Stewart Brand, one of the three organizers of the Festival ( the others were Ken... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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Jerry came to my house in the early 1970’s. He had a beautiful psychotherapist with him. It was a meeting of about 7 people, mostly leaders of the hippie world associated with me and Glide Memorial Church. I was also president of Point Foundation at the time so, I assume he wanted money for his project. I followed him for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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Some friends of Abbie's asked me to put on an evening talk for him. I expected about 1,500 and hired a hall that later became a cooking school on Polk and Turk. This was sometime in the mid 1970’s. I mark time by the main girl friend of the time. Since the one at that time lived in Marin, Annie,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I knew Jim Jones for about 5 years. Rev. Jones first came to San Francisco from Ukiah in Northern California sometime between 1972 and 1974. He brought much of his church with him. He came to visit Glide Memorial United Methodist Church where I was the business manager and treasurer to meet and extend a hand to the local power,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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There are vast numbers of new architectural uses for shipping containers. I see new uses everyday even in ‘hate change’ San Francisco. This is now 40 years after I first used a container for a Tea house. Containers come in two sizes. 20 feet and 40 feet. The number of containers a ship holds is measured in the number of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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This fact is a horrible reality that I am forced to confront nearly every day. The Left is always hurting the poor. People who know demographic data know this. What got me so steamed up recently is that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have banned the sale of flavored tobacco in San Francisco. That impacts menthol cigarettes. Who smokes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I am enlightened and disappointed with enlightenment. For nearly 40 years I have sat zazen, which is the Zen Buddhist practice of sitting on a pillow (zafu) cross legged, without moving, for 40 minutes every morning with eyes slightly open. There are many variations on this in Buddhism and several major categories of Buddhism. I became enlightened within the first... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Pro Commerce
The photo shows an American smile. It can be even bigger with teeth showing most of the time.
Toggle Commented May 28, 2017 on American smile at Pro Commerce
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I went to a panel discussion of ‘5 powerful women’ who shaped the hippie era. It wasn’t true. The panel was put together by an academic who laid her Marxist nonsense on a great historical event. Only my co-author, Salli Rasberry who was one of the five, qualifies as a woman who was powerful and shaped the hippie era, on... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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The probability that you have heard of this is effectively close to zero. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it myself. There is such a thing as an ‘American smile’. I learned this on my most recent trip to Tokyo. I was sitting, in the early evening, with a long time friend of mine who was playing his guitar... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake put together an equation to estimate the possibility of alien life in the universe. Here is his famous equation. Most people assume the solution to the equation is non-zero. They assume there is intelligent life somewhere in the universe. N = R* • fp • ne • fl • fi • fc • L N... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I get to write this on the way back to the U.S. before jet lag sets in. After a month in Japan talking to more than a dozen close friends in many levels of Japanese life, there is much to report. My first experience was explaining the Trump victory to my Japanese friends. Last year, in March, I told everyone... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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The photo on the right is the outside of a Starbucks Premium store in the Hatsudai part of Tokyo. It is the first anniversary of the store. I was at the opening a year ago. This store is the 8th in the new category which has a leisure interior, high prices, better coffee and pastrami sandwiches along with apple pie... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I have a connection to the current rioting at U.C Berkeley. A strong connection. There is nothing new going on here. Berkeley has been a haven for the communist Left my entire life, which began before WWII. When I was a graduate student in economics in 1962 to 1964 the faculty was almost wholly owned by the pro Castro faction.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I was invited to a northern Japan town to see the beautiful museum where a close friend has become the director. The town has built a lovely modern building with a great permanent collection. The theory is that support for the arts will revitalize this nearly dead town. I’ve heard similar ideas proposed for Detroit. Towns usually live, grow or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I don't want my brilliant readers to think I have a carte blanche hostility to unions. I don't I have great sympathy for police and prison unions. The public has an ill informed-sandbox view of the world. The evil people that the police and prison guards have to deal with daily are almost universally sub- human. The police and guards... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Pro Commerce
My only source is Wikipedia. Only one person was sucked out. Sadly. It was explosive decompression after a crack in one exterior plate. The entry says air escapes at 22,000 ft at 700 mph. Of of course oxygen was automatically deployed. Interestingly the cockpit door was blown off. 65 people were injured. How? Did any of them die. I based my entry solely on my memory of the news 30 years ago.
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My book on the sources of modern commerce is still in the editing stage with many very helpful comments from family and friends. So far, I have not included material on the forces opposing modern commerce. But I think a lot about it. Most of Europe has gotten off the track to modern commerce which was thoroughly encouraged up until... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Pro Commerce
I have not forgotten the Hawaiian Air flight in which a small crack resulted in total decompression which swept 3 people out of the cabin at a fairly low altitude.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2017 on Glaser bullets at Pro Commerce
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I have been occasionally distressed in watching action films on TV to see gunfights on airplanes. I assumed that the bullets piercing the airliner hull would result in immediate decompression catastrophe. It never happens. I learned why, at a gun training session where I was introduced to Glaser bullets. Invented in the late 1970’s specifically to deal with the air... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Pro Commerce
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I’m getting older these days. For those of my readers who aren’t there yet, many of my peers complain about every imaginable pain or physical disruption. I try not to complain. From my point of view, having read nearly every Stephen Jay Gould book on human evolution, most evolutionary forces don’t act on populations after reproduction age. The exception seems... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Pro Commerce