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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 saw a book review recently on a book about a British member of Parliament a century ago nick named Red Ellen. I didn’t read the review. Every red in history was a type of fool. Before the experiments in red governance in Germany, Russia and China a red could be a thrill seeking rebel, dissenter following foolish ideas because... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Pro Commerce
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Most people assume because Stephen Hawking is unable to speak, is in a wheelchair and is recognized as a physicist that he is super smart. I know that we have a ‘wounded bird’ syndrome because I worked for years with Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann founders of the disability rights community. I learned that we make extraordinary exceptions for the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pro Commerce
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I have a strong recommendation for my friends and readers. I read somewhere that James Dyson always carries a toothgel, Livionex, when he travels. He is an engineer whom I respect, so I decided to do an experiment with the product. I changed my regular dental hygiene appointment from every three months to every six months. Immediately after my appointment... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pro Commerce
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As the Christmas season approaches I want to remind all my Jewish readers to be understanding about this Christian holiday. There is nothing actually related to Christianity about this holiday, or date, which is why different sects of Christianity celebrate this holiday at different times and different ways. The current celebration began in the U.S. just before the Civil War... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Back in 2011 the Department of Education sent out a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter ordering every school subject to Title IX, meaning every school that gets Federal dollars, to create an internal program to punish every male who accidentally touches a female breast, to be drawn, quartered and kicked out of school summarily. This is a correction for the new Trump... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pro Commerce
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There has been a lot of talk about a California independent state lately since the Democrats lost the recent election. The poor losers are actually talking about a statewide initiative, without knowing how often that idea has been defeated by the electorate, how unfeasible it is legally and most importantly, as the article by the brilliant Dan Walters points out,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pro Commerce
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Read yesterday’s blog about one of the most important human experiments in history. Tribes we consider ‘primitive’ aren’t. We, and I mean nearly everyone in the U.S. and Europe, believes in an hierarchy of social evolution. At the bottom are tribes that are barefoot, hunt for much of their food and live in huts. At the top are people who... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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One of the most important human experiments in history is going on now. Indian tribes are getting vast troves of money from gambling casinos. The issue came up because a few blogs back I brought up the fact that the homeless refuse to join our society and should be treated the way we treat our American Indians. Put them somewhere... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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For Thanksgiving I stayed in a ‘tiny house’ on wheels in the Colorado town of Lyons. It is a good idea for its location. More than a dozen tiny houses rented as hotel rooms on a flood plain. The whole town flooded three years ago. However I doubt the rising rivers give enough warning for all of tiny units to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Over the decades I have been flying. Flying too often and too far. If the person next to me wants to talk, I’m usually willing. I learn a great deal. Once on a trip from San Francisco to D.C. I was sitting next to a lovely debutante (I know, real ones don’t exist anymore). There was no way to discuss... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Just four days after the election of Donald Trump I received an audit letter from the IRS. My first suspicion was that is was a vendetta for having written my earlier blog suggesting to our new President that the entire IRS be moved to Detroit. I consider the IRS to be the most powerful and corrupt agency in the government.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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I’m on the board of a restaurant in San Francisco. The restaurant has been astoundingly successful. I was a key founder many decades ago. San Francisco has a minimum wage with no exception for tip based jobs. An average server in my restaurant can earn over $70,000 a year, two-thirds are from tips. As the wage component has gone from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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It is customary these days to talk about the need for a reformation of Islam similar to the Protestant Reformation. I'm not hoping for this. The Protestant rebellion against the Roman Catholic Church led both groups to drive the Jews out of Europe as scapegoats for their Christian theological weakness. Thanks to the Trump victory two weeks ago in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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I often comment on the sad state of the GDP which has not really grown for the past 9 years. I have suggested that a real deflation which is covered up by increasing college expenses, health costs and new housing construction (all areas where imports can not drive down costs) should be added to the GDP calculation the same way... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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I'm travelling to and from the family Thanksgiving gathering. So I am replaying a three year old blog that continues to be relevant. "I have on occasion mentioned the fact that movies have no impact on society. No impact or very little impact. (Except for the money the Hollywood pedants give to incompetent Union-Democrats.) There is one slight exception to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Call me nuts. I’ve published a few of my weird behaviors and was surprised to find some of my readers didn’t consider me nuts. Or maybe me and my readers are nuts together. I eat salad for breakfast. I also have a Peet’s cappuccino separately. In a 'Pro Commerce' labeled cup. So of course I notice that the standard American... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Earlier this year I wrote a blog about Japanese eggs upon my return from my annual Tokyo visit. I am always stunned by the beauty of the bright orange Japanese egg yolks. I learned from a man in the egg business that the color of the yolks was based on the feed the chickens were given. The Japanese had experimented... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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How does a blog about pro commerce deal with the issues of family, which is the core of Thanksgiving. Pro commerce is about meritocracy. Family in the traditional meaning is tribal. They are classic opposites. Loyalty to family is supposed to trump merit. In tribal societies, which still prevail in most of the world, the family would hire a family... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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On every trip to Tokyo for the past 25 years, since global obesity has been an issue, I have counted the number of people on a full subway car who are clearly obese. The number has barely changed over the 25 year period. There can be roughly 60 people in a subway car at any time of day, any day... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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Another issue my son brought up. Essentialism defines the brain dead idea that two weeks ago lost the Democrats the election, up and down the ticket. Here is the way wikipedia defines it. “In social and political debate, the critique of essentialism arose from post-modernist theory, according to which the essentialist view on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, or other group... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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I struggle to communicate my ideas. People usually close their ears the minute I try to offer anything new about commerce, human sexuality or street people, areas where I have years of experience. So please excuse me as I try to refine my material in old age. Street people don’t want to join our society. No matter how compassionate the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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I read an article recently on designers who are trying to redesign everything important and rarely finding a new design that replaces a powerful existing design. One failure reported was a re-design of the MasterCard logo. The designers succeeded in changing some element of one of the colors and using lines in the overlapping circles for low grade reproduction circumstances.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Pro Commerce
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What I have to say about the new media landscape is not the least bit original. It is obvious that the vast print media has been in decline for decades. I have followed the influence for over half a century, during which time I spent many decades in active politics. Local newspapers never once had any impact on an election.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Pro Commerce
I checked again on Google. My Pacific Coast time zone shows 6am when UTC shows 1400. Which reflects the 8 hours difference between San Francisco and London.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2016 on Hanke-Henry after 60 years at Pro Commerce
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In the past election Wikileaks produced over 2,000 emails from John Podesta concerning the Clinton Foundation, the sitting Secretary of State and the Democrat Party. The level of corruption in the two Clinton Foundations is a subject I have treated before as a former manager of several 501.c3 foundations. I am opposed to any Trump legal campaigns against Hillary Clinton.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Pro Commerce