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Which Road to Follow?

We all have a path to follow. 

Is your path calm and serene?  Or is it stuck in a traffic jam with a hurricane approach?

ft myers news-press

Evacuation from Irma in Southwest Florida (Ft. Myers News-Press image).

Merri and I lived in Naples for over 20 years.  Our house was less than a minutes walk to the beach (9 inches above sea level) so we know what it’s like to evacuate and wonder… “Will there be a home on our return”?

Today we are concerned about our children and grandchildren who are sitting in the storm, but there is a certain comfort knowing we are safe here in the mountains, able to help evacuees and in a position to help rebuild after any losses.

This message had been posted before Irma arose.

The timing could not be better because… sometimes we cannot avoid hurricanes and disasters in our lives.

The consequences of storms, earthquakes and disasters are some times hard to avoid.  This will create stress but there are ways to make sure that such tension does not become a habit.


The road to our North Carolina Farm.

Should life cause unrelenting stress?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the U.S. has a mental-health condition.

Take for example, the case of Madalyn Parker, a 26 years old web designer who has been living with depression and anxiety.  When she had panic attacks during business meetings she excused herself just long enough to go to the bathroom, take a Xanax and return to the gathering.

Really… do we have to take Xanex breaks just to get by?

There are better ways to spend our days.


Avoiding stress is one reason to live in Smalltown USA.  I know.  Here is the entrance to our house.

The story of  Madalyn Parker comes from a Wall Street Journal article, “Some Companies Want You to Take a Mental-Health Day” (1).

Big business knows how bad they are to their employees. Some are trying to help.

According to the article: Ernst & Young, has an initiative called “r u ok?” that encourages workers to check in with each other and offer support to those who might be struggling.

Boston software company HubSpot Inc. has taken a different tack. It offers its roughly 1,800 employees flexible hours and unlimited vacations so they can take time off without feeling forced to explain why, says Katie Burke, the company’s chief people officer.

Give me a break!

Business are so bad to their employees that they are now forced to provide staff with mental health breaks?

No wonder there is an opioid crisis.

I come across so many examples… of how big business treats its staff inhumanely.  I was recently talking to the employee of a large automaker.  He started with the firm right out of college.  After 40 years of work he feels like he has a target on his back, because of his age.  The company can plug in a younger employee at half the wage.

An employee of a big environmental firm told me, “You always feel like you are standing on a trap door.”

One friend who is high up in a huge chemical concern said that he tells all new employees, “Plan to be here three years. Build your CV and then move on”.

What happened to loyalty?

Companies chew up employees.  They discard  people the second they find a cheaper deal.  Employees watch their back instead of having the company’s back.

In-depth research by the Rand Corp., UCLA and Harvard Medical School found that nearly one in five workers face a hostile or threatening environment at work including bullying and sexual harassment.  The study called the percentage of workers who found the workplace grueling and stressful, “disturbingly high”.

No wonder the Dilbert comic strip has had such success online and in 2,000 newspapers.

These problems go beyond the job.  

Work may be a rat race.  Getting to that stress and back can cause as much stress as the work.

Merri and I figured this out long ago and started living in small towns.  After living in a couple of the most crowded cities in the world- Hong Kong and London, we used technology to help us move to Smalltown USA.


Road leading to my Hong Kong home.  “Bye Bye island’, I said.


Road leading to our London house.  “Sorry old chaps, we are outta there”.

First, we made Naples, Florida our base…  when it was a small town, but as it grew we left for North Carolina.


Highway to our Naples, Florida house.


Road leading to our North Carolina home.

Advances in broadband and cell phones allowed us to make this move.  Our fiber optics connection here is better than in most cities.

We spent winters in uncrowded villages in Ecuador.

Finally, we traded Ecuador for Mount Dora in Central Florida and can have just about anything that urban city dwellers have even though we live in secluded nature.


X marks the rooftop of our Florida home.

Our website and messages are about how we live, what we do and how you can benefit from our experience.  We live where our environments reduce rather than add to stress.

You can live without the traffic, the hectic pace, filthy air and the noise.

City living simply can change you… for the worse.

A Times article “Stressed in the City: How Urban Life May Change Your Brain” explains.

The article says: City dwellers tend to be more stressed and have higher levels of mood disorders and psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia than those living in rural or suburban areas. And now researchers say they have uncovered certain changes in brain activity that could potentially help explain why.

In an international study, researchers at University of Heidelberg and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute at McGill University report in the journal Nature that people who live or were raised in cities show distinct differences in activity in certain brain regions than those who aren’t city dwellers.

Those who currently live in the city, for example, showed higher activation the amygdala, the brain region that regulates emotions such as anxiety and fear.  The amygdala is most often called into action under situations of stress or threat, and the data suggests that city dwellers’ brains have a more sensitive, hair-trigger response to such situations, at least when compared with those living in the suburbs or more rural areas.

A huge trend is snowballing, fueled by technology and by simple economics.

Big business knows that stress is costing them big time.  Policies to reduce stress in the world, don’t just reflect employer benevolence.  A 2015 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry showed that major depressive disorders alone cost companies $78 billion in lost productivity in one single year.

Businesses know that costs go up and profits go down if employees don’t show up to work because they struggle with depression, anxiety and stress.

Improved roads and especially great advances in rural broadband make it possible for businesses to develop work forces outside stress-filled cities.

The public is catching on as well.

One reader outlined the shift when he wrote me this note (before Irma).

Gary, I thought your letter, “How to Rise From the Fall” was spot on.  In it you mention the move toward Small Town America. I have written you in the past explaining my view that there will be a migration from coastal areas toward higher ground in the not too distant future, in particular out of South Florida.

We were in a small community a couple of weeks ago in preparation for our move there this coming November and spoke to a number of furniture sales/design consultants. They are all telling me that the migration out of South Florida has now begun in earnest. But rather than moving because of rising water levels the migration is due to congestion and crime. People want out of the jungle that South Florida has become. They are looking for just what you describe, a more peaceful life in a smaller community.  Keep up the good work, you remain ahead of the trend.

That’s what we need… a trend we can grab onto that provides opportunity and reduces stress.

Look for areas of opportunity as the maddened crowd and businesses move out of big cities into Smalltown USA.

Look for ways to gain the Smalltown benefits yourself.   Have a slower pace, eliminate traffic.  Breathe fresher air.  Drink purer water.

Live better, earn more, spend less.  That’s the essence of being a Pruppie.  See how to make your life better, in this way, below.


Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere

A huge economic struggle is taking place.

The hazard began with the Bayer Monsanto merger.   Recent verdicts against Roundup have accelerated the risk.

Bayer shares have fallen dramatically due to the merger especially after an award of more than $2 billion in damages to a couple who alleged that the company’s glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup caused their cancers.

This third loss-in-a-row by Bayer in U.S. courts and highest award to date has put the company in a tailspin. It 13,400 more such lawsuits and shareholders have rebuked Bayer’s top management over its handling of the Monsanto acquisition and this litigation.  The chart below shows how this has wiped over half of Bayer’s market value .


See up to date Bayer chart at www.finance.yahoo.com

Bayer’s struggle to protect itself can create disaster in almost every part of our lives, from food to our pets to our medicine.

The battle could destroy what’s left of our privacy, the safety of our food supply, the control over our health, the safety of our money and even the sanctity of our opinions and thoughts could be lost.

Markets and social order can collapse at any time.  Schools, businesses, post offices, any public place, are not safe from shooters on the rampage.  Streets are in danger of terrorists ramming their cars into riders on bikes.  We are no longer safe… in shopping centers, at festivals, even in church.

Yet the bigger danger grows and the struggle is taking place, right now.

You can read about tiny parts of this conflict daily in the news.   Most of the clash however is hidden from view.  There are horrible consequences hidden beneath the visible spin.

There is an association forming that can ruin our health care, nutrition and the environment.  This group an control what you read on the internet, see all the words in our phone calls, watch what we see on TV and slant the trends we learn about in social media.

Everything you write or say can be recorded and used  to control what you hear and read.

The warning shot, above the surface, was the merger between Bayer and Monsanto.

Bayer and Monsanto each have each developed poisons that are harsh on our ecosystem.

The merger of the two firms should have been stopped to ensure human and planetary survival.

But these massive companies have invested so much into lobbying and financing political campaigns that they have the ability to shape political systems to their own end.

Scientific studies found that neonicotinoid pesticides made by Bayer have almost eradicated some bird populations and flying insects.

These pesticides, along with Monsanto’s toxic herbicide Roundup, have delivered a one-two punch against  butterflies, honeybees and birds. Roundup has also been linked to over 40 human diseases, including cancer.

But both the US and the European Union approved the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto.  This union not only increases the potential of adding toxic poison to the environment but also gives this giant form control over genetically modified (GMO) seeds that have reduced seed diversity globally.

This union is horrible enough, yet it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Seven companies are involved in a more sinister plot.

The momentum of this dangerous alliance has picked up faster than anticipated.

I began researching and preparing a report “Learn Anywhere, Earn Everywhere” when the Bayer-Monsanto merger was the big deal.   They were two of the seven firms involved in this almost invisible take-over of our food and medical services as well as the internet, cell phones and TV.

I started researching when I saw the hidden depths of this Bayer-Monsanto merger.  I was truly concerned and shocked because my research discovered that the consolidation of Bayer and Monsanto is not the biggest merger nor the most dangerous by far.

Due to the urgency created by the Roundup lawsuits I have miscalculated how much time we have.  I went to work on the report right away, taking my time to delve deeply, but even before I have finished the report, events have begun to heat up.   The pace of this hidden unification has increased.  Now another merger is taking place, far more destructive and the alliance has an incredible lobby program working to make sure that the deal goes through.

A triad of three huge concerns and four smaller ones with hundreds of billions of dollars have built one of the most formidable lobbying operations in Washington.  Nearly 100 registered lobbyists are already on retainer and they include former members of Congress.   One company in this heptagon is also the largest donor to federal lawmakers.

The donations we know of equal more than $11 million paid to 374 of the House’s 435 members and 85 of the Senate’s 100 members in this election cycle.

This deadly seven point affiliation is likely to snake into almost every part of our livelihood.

One part of the cartel will increase our dependence on modified food that can purposely increase our needs for pharmaceuticals manufactured and sold at outrageous prices by another arm of the group.

The organizations will know more about us than any other group in existence.  They will (in fact they already are) act as spies for the government.  This amalgamation will control what ads we see, the products we buy, listen into our phone calls and even monitor and influence what we see on TV.

Sadly most of the public will not even know that this fusion has taken place.  Life will appear to go on as normal.  They won’t even see the change as what’s left of their good life which could be drained away by corporate malfeasance.

This is why I am rushing a report to you so you can be one of the few who avoid the ruin of this alliance and gain rather than lose from the shift.

The report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” contains seven steps we can take to gain benefits and protection from this cartel.

Here is some background.  At the beginning of the 20th century, Carl Duisberg, the head of Bayer, created a profit sharing cartel from three firms BASF, Bayer and Agfa, called the Dreibund (Triple Alliance) or little IG.

This German chemical association dominated commerce everywhere under the name of IG Farben, the largest company in Europe, the 4th largest anywhere and the largest chemical company in the world.

Because “Power Corrupts” this company morphed into something truly evil before and during the Second World War.

After WWII IG Farben was considered so morally corrupt it could not be allowed to continue to exist and was split into its original constituent companies.  Today Agfa, BASF, Sanofi and Bayer (now expanded) remain.

This is where facts become truly scary.  Some of these very same companies have merged with other mega concerns to create a new American Dreibund (a Triple Alliance dominating the USA).   This new cartel has such power it can take control of your food, your medicine and even influence, if not control, what you read and the information you access for health and wealth.  Even worse, they can monitor everything you do and give it to others in government and business as well.

From a political point of view we cannot do much about this alliance.   The cartel has hundreds of billions of dollars and hundreds of lobbyists.  They are making their big move right now, to take advantage of the current political distraction.  They know that after an election politicians are willing to accept bad news because it will be forgotten in four years.

In addition their greatest enemy in the government has only a couple of months left as the head of the Federal agency that will fight this cartel.

Only a few people will know how to take advantage of the shifts created from the results of this alliance.

The sooner we act, the greater the benefits.   This is why I want to rush my newest report “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” to you.  This report shares how to protect what you have from this coalition that is taking over mainstream media, our food supply as well as our medical history, health care and communications.

Fortunately a loophole can set you free.  You can protect what you have and actually improve your situation, a lot.  Merri and I have already jumped though the loophole and want to share why and how you should too.

How to Gain Extra Freedom – While Almost Everyone Loses Theirs.  Become a Pruppie!

May I coin a new word, Pruppie?

We all know about preppers.  They believe that the world, as we know it, is about to end.  And we also know about Uppies, upward professionals as in Yuppies, young upward professionals.  Uppies expect their world to get better.

The reality is that our worlds have changed and for most of us, there is still great opportunity for a better lifestyle, yet the preppies could be right.

I invite you to join Merri and me as Pruppies, those who expect the world to get better and live and earn based on that expectation but enjoy a progressive lifestyle of freedom that also happens to prepare us for bad times as well as good.

Just in case… the world goes sideways… we will still survive and prosper anyway.  We do not give up anything much.  We can enjoy the good parts of the new economy, as we protect ourselves from what can be bad.

For example in this report, you’ll see how to make your dining room table bring you more control, more time, more income and more freedom.  After all, what can be more accessible than a dining room table?


You’ll even learn how to turn dining room tables into income and tax deductions as we have with these dining room tables we build out of local wood.

Let me be clear.  I expect that the world will get better, at least for the few who adapt and avoid the dangers the American Dreibund has planned for the public.  The wealth of the world, albeit with inequality, has continued to grow.  There is an incredible new economy that’s opening for those who know what to do.  There are great new opportunities and many of them offer enormous income potential and they even work well in disaster scenarios.

Let me provide one simple, concrete example.  Ginseng.

This is a great health root.  The demand is growing especially in China.  At times good dried Ginseng sells for $1,000 a pound!  This is an incredible and easy crop to grow.   The less care you give it, the more valuable it can become.  Yet if everything goes south, the health qualities will be good to have and make it an excellent barter item.  Once you know what to do with ginseng, it’s easy to grow in your back yard.

Even better one of the best kept secrets is that ginseng and 125 other medicinal crops that are currently unsustainable but can be grown on land  that is extraordinarily cheap.

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Ginseng growing in our back yard.  I know about growing ginseng through experience and explain why and how in the report.

There are are specific places that reduce your living expenses, easily increase your income, make you smarter, healthier and provide tax benefits as well. 

Learn about these specific places.  More important learn what makes these places special and seven freedom producing steps that you can use to find other similar spots of opportunity.

Here are some of the experiences this report shares:

The report includes a tax and career plan broken into four age groups, before you finish school, from age 25 to 50 – age 50-to 65 and what to do when you reach the age where tradition wants you to re-tire.  (Another clue-you do not need to retire and probably should not).

The report is very specific because it is about what Merri and I, our children and even my sister and thousands of our readers have done and are doing.

Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere focuses on a system that takes advantage of living in Smalltown USA, but earning globally.

  • Learn about the magic of the north facing slope.   This is where Merri and I live almost half of our time.  North facing mountain land is some of the least expensive in the world but has hidden values that the report reveals.  There is a lot of this land and a lot of hidden value that you can tap.   When we bought our Blue Ridge farm (252 acres) I mentioned this to my Swiss banking friend.  “That’s bigger than the entire village where I live!” was his response.  Smalltown USA offers a last chance at having a lot of space.  By living in two Smalltown places there are enormous tax advantages as well.  One step in the system saves Merri and me over $28,345 in taxes a year.

The report shows how to buy cheap north facing slopes and create an income producing tiny home for $29,000 or less.

If you lack the $29,000 to invest, a start up using tents is even less.  These are tipis we put up at our farm before we built our first tiny home.  Learn how they can create tens of thousands of dollars in income for you.

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  • See ways that small businesses like Tipi rentals can create BIG tax savings as well as extra income.  For more than 30 years Merri and I have enjoyed a strong six figure income, some years more, in the millions.  Yet there have been very few years when we had to pay federal income tax.  The report lays out a three structure program and how it is used when you are in school (up to age 30), then from 25 to 50, 50 to 70  and beyond 70.   Learn why Chapter C corporations and pensions can be better than the normally recommended Chapter S.  See how new mileage log rules gives you a possible opportunity to increase your tax deductions using IRS Form 4562.  Using a two-vehicle strategy you can gain $12,976 in new deductions even if you do not have to drive one mile further or spend one additional penny on your car.
  • See how a greenhouse can help you eat better and be healthier, plus provide income and a tax deduction and be funded by a government grant.


Our North Carolina greenhouse.

gary scott greenhouse

Our Florida greenhouse.

  • There are similar benefits from having a second home office defined in IRS publication 463 and IRS publication 587, even if your desk is a dining room table.  The report also shows how your dining room table can become an actual income producer as its creates a huge tax deduction at the same time, not to mention a great place to eat, work and lay out plans for a brighter, safer more lucrative and enjoyable future.
  • Living in this environment is also healthier, economically as well as physically.  You’ll see in the report how researchers at Harvard found an amazing correlation between living in conditions found on north facing slopes, longevity and mental health.  The researchers were quite surprised by this strong correlation that also extended into mental health.  In addition to feeling better, reducing stress and having more Joie de Vivre the places outlined in “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” can help you avoid hospitals, high cost disease management (aka health care) and BIG pharma while providing an investment opportunity in three plants that have some of the fastest growing demand in natural health care.  These three plants are just one of seven business opportunities that can create multiple streams of income.
  • How changes in cell phone and internet technology eliminated the need to be in one place.   An old law that creates new opportunity for small business in small towns is available to everyone.
  • Use the specific search and purchase guide.  Construction plans are included that show how to generate first tier income that leads to five, second tier avenues of earnings.
  • How to pay off old debt and avoid new debt by avoiding spurts and embracing value. 
  • Learn seven skills that will always have value.  See how to turn First Aid, medicinal plants, hospitality, food, trees, alternate energy and writing to sell into everlasting, low stress wealth.

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This pond at our farm is a pleasure but also helps create a safe, healthy food supply and creates a tax deduction as well.

My Guarantee

This may be the most important report I have written in 50 years.  The information is certainly the most urgent.  Do not delay.  The risks are upon us right now and you’ll understand how the final steps of the alliance are taking place as you read the current news.

To take any risk out of gaining this urgent information with my full satisfaction or money back guarantee.  If you are not totally happy, simply let me know.  I guarantee you can ask for a full refund any time within 60 days and I’ll refund your payment in full, no questions asked.

You can keep the reports as my thanks for ordering it.

Buy Live Anywhere, Earn Everywhere Report  $39.99



(1) www.wsj.com/articles/why-some-companies-want-you-to-take-a-mental-health-day-1502789400?mod=itp&mod=djemITP_h

(2)  healthland.time.com/2011/06/22/stressed-in-the-city-how-urban-life-may-change-your-brain/

How to Survive Stock Trading Addictions

Michael Keppler made great comments at last weekend’s conference.  Two of them are extremely important:  Value Investing Seminar about how to survive stock trading addictions.  The first comment was when he pointed out how brokers want investors to trade regularly.  He explained that some brokers offer two hundred free trades in the first three months of an account.  “I have not made that many trades in my entire career,” Michael said.

There is no such thing as a free trade.  Believe me, Michael is spot on with that comment!

Secondly,  Michael noted how the headlines and information in the Financial Times (the most global economic newspaper in the world) was different in many of the countries he visited.  Years ago, the Financial Times was one paper sent everywhere.  Now it has 16 different editions.

What Michael has spotted is that economic news is no longer based on what’s happening, but on what the media thinks will sell through the most papers.  “Bad news sells more papers than good news”.  This has always been a publishing industry maxim, but now more than ever, publishers look for the stuff most likely to produce adrenaline in the readers.

The pressure by brokers to trade excessively and the media’s emphasis on the negative both take advantage of a little understood, insidious and painful addiction called “Adrenaline Addiction”. 

An article at Mental Health Daily entitled “How To Overcome Adrenaline Addiction”  gives us a clue when it says:  Overcoming adrenaline addiction can be among the most challenging psychological experiences a person has to deal with in their entire lifetime.

Another article at Psychology Today, “Can you be addicted to adrenaline?” explains why this addiction is so insidious.

The connection comes down to the dopamine, a chemical associated with the brain’s pleasure reward system.  High sensation-seekers may be over-stimulated by novel experiences because their brains release more dopamine during these events than those of low sensation-seekers.  The feeling of pleasure and satisfaction leads to the sensation-seeker coming back for more.

Reading bad news kicks adrenaline into our system.  Taking risks with stock market trading enhances that adrenaline rush.  Taking risks in the stock, bond, gold, currency or commodity markets is not an investing process.  It is feeding an addiction that is encouraged by a big part of the commercial world.

How to Stop Adrenaline Addictions

The recommendations on how to beat a dependence on adrenaline are remarkably similar to overcoming any addiction:

  • Understand your values, what’s important to you – the things that mean the most to you.
  • Yoga and meditation reduce stress and bring balance.
  • Listen to calming music.

An article at psycentral.com (3) says:  Set meaningful goals. Having goals to work toward and something to look forward to can be powerful antidotes to drug addiction. It doesn’t matter what the goals are—whether they involve your career, your personal life, or your health—just that they are important to you.

Such steps are all a part of Purposeful investing (Pi).  Pi is slow, low trading and investing aimed at profit and meaning rather than tracking and trading as  an entertainment or an addiction.

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.   Sometimes, however, repeating behavior that fails isn’t due to stupidity but due to dependence on Dopamine, caused when we have an adrenaline rush.  Turn off the negative news.  Stop being caught up in the doom and gloom and invest for purpose and profit instead of stimulation.  That’s the purpose of Purposeful investing!


Learn more about how to be a Purposeful investor here.

(1) http://mentalhealthdaily.com/2013/03/02/how-to-overcome-adrenaline-addiction-tips-from-a-former-addict/

(2) https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/science-choice/201508/can-you-be-addicted-adrenaline

(3) http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/06/05/12-ways-to-beat-addiction/