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He’s a naive person’s idea of what a businessman looks like

The title of this blog post is a little quip I came up with (1). People seem to like it. [OK, I’m not keeping up this blog. I should keep on using it as a place for thoughts and fun.] … Continue reading

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I’ll Take the Guaranteed Loss Please

I’ve said for years that you could sum up the motivations of many mainland Chinese buyers of U.S. assets – in particular residential real estate – as “if you could provide a guaranteed 10% loss they’d invest in a heartbeat”. … Continue reading

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Testimony Redaction

Count me as surprised that judges in a criminal case can order the redaction of witness testimony because it includes “offensive and inflammatory” language. The Ninth Circuit recently confirmed this practice even when the omitted language reflected a possible witness … Continue reading

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Adam Smith, TMS on parenting, school of hard knocks edition

A social media acquaintance recently posted an article The One Question Every Parent Should Quit Asking. The article is an objection to competitive parenting and over-programming with constant expectations of excellence. Instead the writer wants us to encourage the kids … Continue reading

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Making An Honest Profit Is Not Easy

The little publishing house that gave us advice on decorative gourd season is changing its corporate form to non-profit. Most businesses operate in competitive markets subject to all kinds of uncertainties, risks, and grinding challenges. Book publishing has been under … Continue reading

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Hey Ladies! …The Lord Will Provide

No, that title isn’t a snippet from a Beastie Boys revival. It’s paraphrasing the CEO of Microsoft. “It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise… That, … Continue reading

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A Call For Profiling, Martyrdom Prevention Edition

CNN brings us the tale of four young UK citizens, three brothers and a friend, who went off to Syria to fight for the “Muslim nation”. One brother and the friend are already dead. The article describes the mother of … Continue reading

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