stratocasterca Monday, 05/08/06 01:08:29 PM Re: None Post # of 24183 Lucky Luciano quote Asked to reflect on his life as a swindler and a mobster, Charles "Lucky" Luciano confessed that, if he could, he would change just one thing: "I'd do it legal," he said. "I learned too late that you need just as good a brain to make a crooked million as an honest million. These days, you apply for a license to steal from the public," Luciano said. "If I had my time again, I'd make sure I got that license first." Recipe for legal 'harvesting' of $$$ from public: 1) Get a good idea or create a new widget. 2) Buy a shell company w/ a ticker symbol and offer shares in your company. 3) Set it up so you control the company and can issue new shares. 4) Keep finding ways to make your idea/widget relevant to a hot topic. 5) Learn public relations to maintain interest in your company w/o committing outright fraud. 6) Pay yourself handsomely w/ shareholder investments. 7) go to #4, repeat. Now, none of us has ever donated to such a thing, have we? "If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you"