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Banished to Bradenton, FL

  Written with a sense of terminal doom… I drove around one night just to introduce myself to the neighborhood, paying attention to the gut impressions – those instincts that keep you alive when things get hazy. During the last 6 months, I have migrated around South Florida, choosing to hide out like so many Italian gangsters and their Jewish accountants, finding refuge in…a great escape plan, evading prosecution and the endless deluge of federal and state subpoenas. Florida is the nation’s “rip-cord,” a means to bail-out and find a piece of “paradise” for the right price – a community of runaways…in a state which looks, on a map, like a pistol. Florida is the all-American retirement state. Like any red-blooded citizen, most people carry some kind of firearm on their hip or on their ankle…P-A-R-A-N-O-I-A…all of these dingbats pretending to have something to guard. The white people fear a coup on their investment accounts, some kind of financial jihad seeking revenge for Malcolm X, growing the white man’s bond with the NRA and the …

Don’t Cross the Streams

“Don’t Cross the Streams” The Entrepreneur Chronicles Dylan talks to his roommate about an idea for a new product… DYLAN I want to sit at my desk and pee without ever getting up! JORDAN There’s something wrong with you! DYLAN No, listen! This is the future. In the old days, people had to get up to change the television channel. Now, they can change the channel with their cell phone – anywhere in the house, even outside…You can be mowing the lawn and turn up the volume – whatever you want. JORDAN Right… (Hesitating) but that doesn’t mean that the next evolution in human efficiency will be urinating at your desk. DYLAN Why? Do you think that HR would have a problem with it? JORDAN Umm, Yeah! Or the cleaning staff. DYLAN Nonsense! The cleaning staff would love it. The bathrooms would be cleaner, less work for Lupe and her family. I have it all figured out… think of the time you could save. JORDAN Yeah, but is that worth it? DYLAN Yes! For entrepreneurs …