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pro commerce
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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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Many of us joke that LBGT is really LBGTQRSTUV. In some ways it is not a joke. I write this blog because I see that the level of sexual confusion in the society around me is at a very high level and many young people have a justifiable fear of sex. I have particular concern for my grandchildren. Sex education... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pro Commerce
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This is a problem for many who see the world through data and original documents. A great deal of the Lefty world around us is in a state of sheer paranoia. A giant paranoid bubble. How do we know where the paranoia ends? The data-documents-people of the world are not paranoid about major issues. We know from much data there... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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This blog is about the labor market which is different from what we imagine. Healthy economic growth is possible with fewer workers in the labor force. My title comes from the English usage which I find in the Cambridge Dictionary. “redundancy noun (Not employed) a situation in which someone loses their job because their employer does not need them: [The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pro Commerce
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You can tell if a nation has real democracy: its a democracy if the broadcast media is divisive hostile to strong leaders. We know how divisive the current broadcast media is in the U.S. and we know about 'Yellow journalism' a century ago, including the hatred of Corporations. Broadcast media has always been divisive in a democracy. Usually the divisiveness... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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Most religions focus on suffering. Christianity and Buddhism for sure. I have people come to me for advice and some complain that all the 'spiritual practices' focus on suffering that is not relevant to them, while others complain that their suffering is not the kind religion or 'spiritual practices' address. Modern suffering is largely from stress, insomnia, depression and anxiety.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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I am uniquely qualified to write this blog. In 1978 I created a park in San Francisco at 5th St. and Minna, for 'street people'. Also called 'homeless,' 'winos' and 'bums'. The park had grass, toilets, a basketball hoop, benches to sleep on and large beautiful boulders next to the street to keep the park residents from begging from pedestrians.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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Nobody could be a greater advertisement for modern commerce than my new hero. The man who did this: No government and no socialist country could or would ever put a sports car in orbit. The orbit is similar to earth's but reaches out to Mars. Only commerce could make enough men rich enough to have one of them be a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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Two good friends died last week. I want to share my experiences with both. Bill was William English. He is the real father of the modern computer. But New York is so arrogant and blind to the rest of the world, his obit could never convey that reality. Bill and I served on the Board of the Point Foundation for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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None of this material is secret and none of it comes from secret sources. I have concluded that the major militaries of the world the, U.S., Russia, China, Europe and Israel in the past few decades have developed a marking-pen sized nuke. Other belligerent nations are not currently able to make these weapons, but they might be able to steal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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In an earlier blog about why so many retail outlets are empty I explained how ordinances and regulations kept a wide range of businesses from opening and made survival impossible for many others. It is worthwhile reading the earlier blog first in order to see the connection between ordinances and commerce. In this blog I make recommendations on the type... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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It is hard to see how modern commerce will survive more than a few decades. Modern commerce is only alive in the U.S., Japan and Israel. For the entire post-WWII era these are the only places that have provided the vital innovation that is the root of modern commerce. For Japan, innovation was greatest in the early post war period... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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My wonderful friend, Bob Gnaizda, died last week. Bob and I had drinks together every week for 50 years; we were each other's closest friends. My other close friends who have died were Salli Razberry, Ernest 'Chick' Callenbach and Peter Sherrill. Raz and I did three books together, Chick and I did one. (Photos of all four) Here is one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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No one who has read my material would assume I have something positive to say about Noam Chomsky. He is a died-in-the-wool Marxist. Not me. I love modern commerce and especially our American commercial society. Chomsky made a major contribution to linguistics. He argued in Syntactic Structures that modern humans had a unique brain structure that made the formation of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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My knowledge is unique. Few if any people have been a business consultant to nearly two thousand businesses of which more than one thousand were start-ups in the most innovative business environment in history. (Read about the Briarpatch). I have written in many places about the ingredients of successful business start-ups and the historically extraordinary environment in the San Francisco... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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This blog is my attempt to understand why the American news media is deliberately divisive. It has been since the founding of our country. See my earlier blog when I recognized this. First, I can understand part of it. Almost any collection of people with a strong attachment to a leader will be attacked by the news media. This has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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I can't find the original blog in the blog search so I am repeating it. Tracy's current name is Tamam Tracy Moncur. I just found her book and ordered it at this site. Here is the original blog: On the right is a picture of Tracy Sims. This picture is from the early 1960s when I was actively participating in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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At 82 years of age, I am opening my eyes for the first time. While describing my personal relations with Jim Jones to close friends, I realized that the media drove him out of the U.S. I arranged for some of his most influential friends to explain to him how important it is to not fight with or respond to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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My highest value has been meritocracy which in itself is the highest value in a world of modern commerce. Meritocracy and commerce have become primary values in America since the 1950s. At the same time we have watched the core tendrils of cohesion disintegrate. While our commerce has been thriving, the Politically Correct culture has exploded. The cohesive institutions were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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My recent work has been on the origins of the modern world. I published on this subject in my book ​The Most Important Book in Human History. I have worked to promote this insight for the past several years. The sources of the modern world can be easily lost and we would revert to a static world. The static world... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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I have no technical training in the first three of these fields. I have a great deal of doubt about two parts of the field of medicine. I have great confidence in one part of it, My personal experience comes from my paternal grandparents. My grandmother got her medical degree, MD from U.C. SF in two years. My grandfather got... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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I am indebted to Allen C. Guelzo for his review of Bradley C.S. Watson's book Progressivism: The Strange History of a Radical Idea in the Spring 2020 edition of the Claremont Review of Books. I have been struggling for two decades to understand the origins of Political Correctness which has taken over a major section of American society today. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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Our language has many subsets. We use one subset to speak to infants (kichi-koo) and another to children (little angel, look at grandpa). Still another to talk to pets. One subset to talk to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, another to talk to someone who doesn't speak our language (me no bring wheels). And many others --... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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In the previous blog, I mentioned sleeping through a graduate economics seminar and still being selected by the professor to do research for him. I couldn't find an illustrative image online. This is the current me showing my napping position. It is not obvious that I am half asleep. Out of the hundreds of times when I napped, there are... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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I look back at my experience in college and I have no explanation of what happened. At roughly age 20 I returned from a year in Israel, determined to become an economist and study Wesley Mitchell's business cycles. The U. of Calif, Berkeley looked at my U. of Chicago 3 years, minus one language course for graduation, and applied most... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at Pro Commerce
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I have a rice cooker in my kitchen. I've had one for a long time. Rice cookers were invented in Japan in 1955 by members of the Minami family in Tokyo. Later marketed by Toshiba. The members of the family made many traditional iron pots of rice every day over a charcoal flame and measured the temperature of the water... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at Pro Commerce