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Many of you remember a series I wrote earlier in the year entitled How To Kill a Bank (here's Part 1 and Part 2). It was supposed to be a 3-part series, but the first two parts generated so much hate mail that I never bothered to post the final part. You guys have been asking about it ever since.
For those who don't remember, I created a 10-step plan that enabled consumers to destroy one of the four major commercial/( , , , or ). I posted the actual plan on the site for about a half hour and then took it down because it got such a violent response. I was literally accused of economic terrorism.
Unbeknownst to me, the post got a lot of attention outside the site as well, and it wasn't long before I was contacted by Tim, a freelance writer in Tokyo, who convinced Playboy Magazine that it could be their financial story of the year. I'm pleased to present you with the end result, available on newsstands Friday, October 15:
It's been a surreal process guys, and Patrick and I really appreciate your patience. While I haven't seen the article itself yet, I'm confident the author did a great job and that it will be both entertaining and enlightening. My plan was presented to a wide range of experts (St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, former S&L regulator and current UMKC Economics and Law professor Bill Black, and others) and I'm anxious to read their input.
Not for nothing, but the November issue also boasts as cover girl MMA sweetheart Arianny Celeste and Playmate of the Month Shera Bechard(Safe for Work link). I have it on good authority that they might even be naked.
So get out there on Friday and pick up the November issue, or just go ahead and subscribe for a couple bucks more. I'm anxious to hear what you guys think.
By the way, 10 Silver Bananas to any monkey who submits a photo of himself (or herself) reading the November issue on their firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll put together a monkey Wall of Shame.floor or any other readily identifiable area of their firm (you prospective monkeys can submit a photo of yourself with the magazine in a bank to qualify - extra banana if the photo includes a hot teller). You can cover your face with the magazine if you're worried about anonymity. Submit photos to