A Conversation w/ Joshua T Berglan & Jim Flynn gets into brain tumors being a launching pad for purpose, losing Jeopardy, money laundering, Bitcoin, willful blindness, deep fakes videos and much more!

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Meet Jim!

Jim Flynn writes Financial Thrillers that contain humor. Beneath the plot twists, humor, action, and suspense is a theme: Greed and how much is enough? Does unchecked greed lead to downfall?

He explores contemporary issues like Ponzi schemes, Cryptocurrency, Cyber Crime, and the general inflation of all things financial, thus the subtitle: Trillion is the New Billion.
Are things really different this time, or do financial markets eventually revert back to historical norms?

Flynn spent 35 years in the financial industry and tackles these issues through fiction where the themes are beneath the surface.

The three books in this continuing series are: Losing Lola, The Bitcoin Gambit, and Better Than Even. Losing Lola was awarded Best Thriller of 2019 by AudioBook Review. He is currently writing the fourth in the series, working title: Operation Baker Baker.

Jim has also written two standalone humor books, Be Sincere Even When You Don’t Mean It, a humorous fictional memoir, and Hit Your Second Shot First, which has proven to be a popular gift for golfers with a sense of humor.

Flynn lives on a farm in Northwest Connecticut. For more information, see the website: jimflynnsix.com

Be blessed,

Joshua T Berglan

 

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Joshua T Berglan, aka The World’s Mayor, is a voice for the voiceless and is driven to elevate the passion, purpose, and mission of those he serves. Joshua is the Chairman of the Live Mana Worldwide Foundation & Live Mana Network, Shock-Jock Evangelist, International #1 Best Selling Author for the Book “The Devil Inside Me“, a Producer, and Filmmaker. Joshua is an expert in the future of media and loves supporting others in helping make their dreams come true.

 

TRANSCRIPT

Joshua T Berglan
What’s up, everybody? Let’s see here. All right, my name is Joshua T Berglan. And we are live on the live mana Network. Thank you so much for being here. I am so excited about today’s guest. And the reason why is because I love stories that people go from what would normally be looked at as a death sentence or something that it’s like, oh, my gosh, what am I going to do this is going to alter my life forever. And they look at those challenges and they find purpose, I get excited about that. I love that kind of stuff that is really at the core of what all of our broadcasts are about, especially the old gratitude, unfiltered days. I love these stories. And why is because you know what, we all go through trouble. We all get dealt with hardships, and some feel more severe than others. Some feel that it’s not fair. And God doesn’t like me, and all of that stuff. And I’ve heard so many different stories. And you know, one of the things that I love to go back to, and I believe that this was training for what I get to do every single day was when I worked with complex disabilities. When I was growing up, it was my first job. I did it for 18 years and loved fighting on behalf of people that had complex disabilities. And one of the things that I always experienced and I think I’ve shared this story before, but I got to see quadriplegics, I got to see ALS, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, like I got to meet people when they were first diagnosed or right after their accident, or people that had been in their wheelchairs for a long period of time I saw it it’s all children, it’s all families. And here’s here’s a common thing. You had some people that took their accident, as a sign will now it’s time to start living. I knew a guy that became a quadriplegic. He was as he was a wild man, him and I had so much in common because I was a maniac and I was still doing a bunch of drugs and acting out but I you know, I still had a heart for you know, people that couldn’t fight for themselves. I don’t know how that worked out because I was still a junkie. The man this guy. He was incredible because we had so much in common. And he had a freak accident in a swimming pool ended up making him a quadriplegic. And long story short, instead of letting it destroy his life, one of the dreams that he always had a doing was becoming a professional skydiver, and not just a regular skydiver, a skydiving Elvis. That was his dream. Well, he didn’t become a regular skydiving Knight Elvis, he became a quadriplegic skydiving, Elvis impersonator. And he had the stories and it was just so inspiring. He got to travel all over the world, jumping out of an airplane in his wheelchair. So that’s one small example of many. And I’ve seen other cases where people just say a screw up, my life is over, and they give up and they become, you know, whether they were in an addiction before, and they go further in their addiction, or they start a new addiction. I’ve seen one extreme or the other. And the fact is, this Life is about choices. We get to choose to be happy, we get to choose to go for our dreams, we get to choose to not let the crap that knocks us down, keep us down. And so I’m really excited about our guests, because he’s going to, he’s got a pretty cool story and what he’s doing with a situation very similar. Of course, it’s not that kind of disability. But he’ll tell the story, not me. That said, the live mana network, thank you, to all of your support has been a lot of fun. As I’ve been building out the channels and just our network the last two weeks. It’s been quite the undertaking, but it’s been a lot of fun to see the little milestone. So I want to encourage you today. Those of you who like to watch us on social media, thank you for that. But one cool thing that we have added into the apps where if you go to Google Play, or the iTunes or whatever their app store is called there, you can find the live mana network there. And as part of that app, you’ll see a notepad you’ll see there’s a Bible in there now, and it’s got all of the different channels that we have. It’s all right there at your fingertips on your phone, but also on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. You can also download the lift mana app, I got to see it today. And you know what it’s it’s it’s we’ve had a network for a while but to see your own app there and to see what we’re building because of your support. It means so much so thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my Are it’s really cool. And the thing is, is that everything we’re doing, anyone else can do. We’re not trying to build a network that just swallows up a bunch of people like Disney. We’re trying to build something that inspires other people to go build their own Noah’s Ark because it’s going to be needed

and I won’t get into that right now but that said I just I just wanted to say again, thank you for your support from the bottom of my heart it means the world All right, folks, we’ll be right back after this short message.

 

Oh man, I love that video. My wife is very very talented. Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, welcome back. My name is Joshua T Bergland. We are on a conversation with Joshua T Berglund on the live mana network. Again, so blessed to have you here. And let’s let’s get into it. Ladies and gentlemen, I am really honored and excited this guy. Got it. I’ll give you you know, you guys know the drill by now I don’t really do a lot of research and all that I just love to learn about people. And I love inspiring stories. I love people that take hardship and say screw it, we’re gonna go live my dreams anyway. But I This gift is just from the subject matter of his books. He’s my kind of guy. But he also is very, very funny, and has some very interesting books. And he reminds me of a little bit of Tim Dorsey. And if you don’t know who Tim Dorsey is, he wrote a book series called Well, one of the books is called triggerfish twist. It’s literally the funniest book you could ever read about a serial killer. And for some reason, the subject matter. This is what our guest reminds me of, but he is covering all the bases, he gets into some subjects that I’m personally very, very passionate about. A little bit on the conspiracy side of things. And but anyway, very well rounded, has a really cool website. I cannot wait for you guys to see. And these books, I’m telling you, I wish I had the chance to read all of them ahead of time. So I can tell you more, but they sound freaking awesome. And they’re timely, and just on the money. So ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Jim Flynn. Hello, Mr. Flynn. How you doing, sir?

Jim Flynn
Well, thanks. Great. That’s a great intro. Thanks for having me on.

Joshua T Berglan
Well, I’m really excited because again, you get into some subjects that are really well, they’re just timely, and they’re but they’re going places that I think a lot of make a lot of people uncomfortable. And unfortunately, well not I don’t believe or not, unfortunately, I think but I believe with all my heart that being uncomfortable is a good place to be. Because that’s where you get to see what’s really true for you. And also, you get to challenge your faith a bit too. So I love books like this before we before we get into all that. What are you grateful for today and why sir?

Jim Flynn
That’s a great question. You know, I went out and played golf this morning and I was not thinking about This interview, I was not thinking about this question. I’m an old guy playing this nine hole League and we’re on the eighth hole. I live in Connecticut. It’s been a cold spring here. And today was the first beautiful day. And I was on the eighth hole. And I was just looking at beautiful course. And I was looking around thinking, Boy, am I lucky to be standing here playing golf, in this beautiful place. And I’m just thankful after what I went through, just to be walking around, just and to be able to do what I do. I really had a thankful moment. And just out of nothing, I was just standing there waiting for somebody else had a shot. And it was it was a moment of appreciating my life.

Joshua T Berglan
You Yeah, that that reminds me the immediate thought and of course, I know the diagnosis that you got. And I’ll let you tell the audience but it reminds me of my father, who had melanoma but the melanoma got into his brain, his lymph nodes and all over his body. Until his very last days he was going to the golf course. And because that’s what he loved to do. And so I admire that a great deal. But what was it that for you what, like what to want you to tell the audience a little bit about what happened and why this moment was so special for you?

Jim Flynn
Well, almost six years ago, now I was happened to be on a golf course again. And I was playing up in Vermont. I was partnered with a friend of a friend, the guy I was with didn’t really no me, I was driving the golf cart out to the first Hall in the parking lot. And for some reason, I chose to stop the cart stand up, fall out on my head. And I woke up in an emergency room couple hours later. And the doctor said, Well, you have broken arm, you have a broken vertebrae, broken skull. And all that was caused by having a seizure, because you have an undiagnosed brain tumor. And he’s shown me the picture. That’s what that’s what caused you to have that seizure and fall. And I fell out like a sack of the poor guy who was sitting there with me didn’t couldn’t figure out what’s going on. Why is this guy standing up, boom, fell out in the parking lot. And, and then they show you the picture. See that white spot? That’s that’s your brain tumor. And I really this shows kind of guy him this is really a true story. So he he listed off this list of injuries and maladies and I said, Yeah, but other than that, how am I doing? And, and, well, the things happened after that you end up having brain surgery. And that was another talking about moments of appreciating your life. So I ended up I live in Connecticut ended up being operated at Yale New Haven, which is one of the best brain surgery centers in the world. I was at the neuro ICU, which is like Star Trek, very, very high tech, you have your own room, they have all these computers and it was time for me to go home. They said you have to prove the are ambulatory. So the neuro ICU is an oval. You can’t see in any of the I hadn’t seen any of the other patients because there’s glass wall to the hallway. But between rooms, there’s a opaque wall so you don’t see any other patients. So I hadn’t seen any of the other patients until I walked out of my room and I had a nurse on my elbow and I had to walk around this pretty big oval, maybe there were 15 rooms. And I looked around and there were people crying and people have in prayer vigils and priests, rabbis and all kinds of denominations. And I thought I might just be the only guy walking out of here. That was a moment of extreme gratitude. Like why am I so lucky? And at that time, I was still doing open waters. I’m a while I was a competitive swimmer into my 60s and I was still doing open water swims, you go on to swim five miles and awake. And if I had had that seizure when Swimming, I would definitely be dead, I would have definitely drowned. Or even if I was driving, I would have been dead. So just all those circumstances to happen, and I had a great surgeon, because I know other people have had the same thing as me. And they, they’re not walking around a golf course today. They have regular seizures, they have all kinds of problems, they can’t be on their own. And I’m, I can drive I, I’m, I can fake being normal. People, people think I’m normal. I have a pretty normal life after what I went through. And believe me, I’m grateful for all those things.

Joshua T Berglan
Man, I, you know, I not to compare at all, because it’s not the same thing. But I had two back surgeries back to back. The first one failed. And like literally a year later had another one. And I was I was mentioned in the opening, I worked with complex disabilities for 18 years. So I got to see people that have had back surgeries that ended up in wheelchairs that didn’t addicted to pain pills, all the things. And I am so grateful that my surgeon was awesome. The second one, because, you know, I started racing mountain bikes after and like I didn’t miss a beat because of him. And and of course I did the work to rehabilitate also. So I but I know what you mean by other people having similar surgeries and having way different results. What do you think the key to your success in your recovery was?

Jim Flynn
Well, I can’t claim that it was rehab because I’ve had 10 knee surgeries. I know what rehab is. When you have brain surgery, there’s no rehab, you either get better or you don’t. There’s you can’t do an exercise for your brain. And the key honestly, the key for me is I had a great, great surgeon, the guy actually invented the procedure. He’s since retired, but he was one of the best brain surgeons in the world. And that’s honestly that’s the key wasn’t me. I just was lucky.

Joshua T Berglan
How long did it take you to to feel normal or feel good again?

Jim Flynn
Normal? I don’t feel normal yet.

Joshua T Berglan
Okay. Fair enough. Feel good

Unknown Speaker
again, oh, five, six weeks. But I’ll tell you another funny story. I was a Jeopardy contestant way back when. And I I love Jeopardy. I watch Jeopardy every night. And nobody believes this. But this is also true. I had brain surgery in the morning. And that night I was in my room. And the nurse came and said, Do you want to watch TV? I said, Yeah, what time is it said, told me and I said, Well, Jeopardy is on put Jeopardy on. And I got the Final Jeopardy question, right. I said, I got it right, she was a little surprised because you’re kind of goofy. At that point. I said the surgery must have worked. So although many functions of my brain, like my memory are fine, some of the functions aren’t the same and are never going to be the same. And that’s one of the reasons I’m wearing the sunglasses. I have to have the light because we’re doing a webcast here. So I can’t tolerate bright lights. That’s why I’m wearing sunglasses. I also I have visual. I have they can never predict these things before the surgery. But I haven’t problem taking in symbols visually and translating them in my brain. So for example, I have a hard time reading, which people think is a joke, because here is my last book 108,000 words. They said, Well, you wrote a book that’s 108,000 words and you can’t read. I said, Well, it’s not that I can’t read but I read slow. And I zone out. I read a page or two and I end up looking at the car. I can’t do it. I also I’m a you know, crummy amateur guitar player. But I was good enough to I taught adult ed guitar so I’m not that bad. But I can’t learn any new songs. Because I can’t read music or tab anymore. I look at it. It’s just like hieroglyphics. It doesn’t make any sense to me. So although I can fake it. People who didn’t know I had brain surgery, think I’m the same but I’m really not the same. Wow.

Joshua T Berglan
So you have so many books that look Interesting. And, and I first of all, I admire the diversity of your books. I that part stuck out to me, I was like, wow, this is an interesting dude because the subjects really kind of stand on their own as separate entities. And then so I don’t know where to start because I haven’t had the opportunity to read any of them. But actually, the first thing that comes to mind is the Bitcoin. illusia Bitcoin Gambit. Yeah, Bitcoin Gambit.

Unknown Speaker
Let’s not start with that one. Okay, because that’s kind of in the middle. I can we start with where I started writing, and then I’ll tell you how I got to that stage. Sure. As I said, I was a Jeopardy contestant, I was a stockbroker. They don’t call them stockbrokers anymore. But I was in the financial business for 35 years. And during that time, I had always wanted to be a writer when I was a kid, but never did it and got a real big boy job. And that was good job. And I had three kids to raise and a wife to feed and all that stuff. And while I was doing that I was a contestant on Jeopardy. And before you raise your hand, I will tell you that I lost because that’s the first question. Everybody said, Hey, how’d you do I have lost? I bet it all on the last question, got it wrong. It really feels terrible. It’s it’s awful to go on Jeopardy and lose. But on the way home on the plane, I wrote an article of what is it like to be a Jeopardy contestant, literally on a napkin or an envelope. And when I got home, I called the editor of The Hartford current Sunday magazine, and got his secretary. And she said, Hey, we get 100 unsolicited manuscripts every week. What’s the article about? I set out to about Jeopardy data? And she basically told me Get lost. I had no chance. Five minutes later, a guy called me back said I’d love Jeopardy. Do you have a rough draft? I said, Sure. I was lying. I didn’t ever. So I spent all night writing a rough draft. And it was so long ago that I printed it on a dot matrix. Remember the old dot matrix printers?

Joshua T Berglan
Were early? He was yes. Yeah. Well, you’re younger than me.

Unknown Speaker
Continuous paper, you know. So I showed up in this guy’s office with like, 400 feet of continuous paper the next day, and ended up getting published as a cover story in the Hartford current Sunday magazine, which was, which was much better than being a Jeopardy contestant. It was really great. And I got fan mail, I got people call me up saying, oh, you should be a writer, you’re really funny, and so on. So I put that off, said someday I’ll be a writer. I, I can’t afford to quit not make any money and be a starving artist. I’ll do it someday. What like a lot of people, Oh, I’ll do it someday. And just some vague someday in the future. So now I’m sitting in my hospital bed, and wondering have I can go back and do my job in the financial industry. And after five weeks, I could go back to work, I could drive to Hartford, put on a tie and go to my office. And I got there and realized I can’t do this. I’m just sitting here. I’ve just taken up space. I can’t make any decisions. I can’t do any math in my head. And I was on a team of people. And they said, hey, you know, you can just be like the senior statesman and greet people and take them, take them to lunch and stuff like that. And I did not want. Yeah, I don’t want yeah, I didn’t want to be the greeter at Walmart. Oh, it was a better paid position than that. But pretty much. That’s what I would be doing. I just said, That’s not me. I don’t want to do that. And fortunately, I was old and I could afford to retire. So I retired. And, okay, he retired. You always want to be a writer. There’s the computer. You’re looking at a blank page. What do you got? So that’s when I wrote my first book, which is called Be sincere even when you don’t mean it. And that came from Oh, I figured while I was successful writing the Jeopardy article. What else have I done in my life? That would be interesting to people. And the answer was nothing. Really, I was just a regular guy. So I made up a fictional character, who did a lot of sort of bucketlist thinks he was a college football player, ended up playing for the Oakland Raiders in the Superbowl, became an astronaut. And asked became an astrophysicist, played in the Masters tournament. Did the Hawaii Ironman bunch of stuff, other things as well? Well, not quite. But it wasn’t the most realistic book. But it was, it was my funniest book. If, if, if people want the funniest book, that’s it’s not the best book. But it’s the funniest book. And it’s is it’s laugh out, all my books made people laugh. And I didn’t know anything about publishing. I didn’t know. I knew you could put a book on Amazon. So, but I thought you had to do a Kindle, you know, like the electronic books, right? I didn’t know you could publish a paperback. So I put it on as a Kindle. And it was selling zero copies. So I looked into Oh, you can print a paperback. In the old days self published meant, you went to these vanity printing houses, and they would print 1000 copies of a book, and you’d pay him 10 grand and they’d send you the 1000 copies and boxes, then it was up to you to sell them. And I thought that was self publishing, I didn’t realize that Amazon has what’s called Print on demand. So

Unknown Speaker
I was looking today, 10 of my books sold today. So they’ll print 10 of my latest book and send that out to people. There’s no warehouse with a bunch of books in them. So it doesn’t cost you anything. Other than you have to design the cover, you have to edit it, you have to all those pre production things, but doesn’t cost you anything to print the book. So. So I did that with my first book. And it began to sell. And it did pretty well for a quirky little book. And even better, the best part of it was somehow serendipitously, it fell into the hands of people I consider real writers, professional writers, people will make a living out of writing. And they contact those few who contacted me and said, You’re really funny. And you should write more. So because because you’re funny, you could just keep doing that. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Because there’s a lot of really good writers who aren’t funny at all. Sure, do what you’re good at. And but a few one. Now, this book was one thing after another, it was just a guy telling you a story. Here’s I did this that I did this, I did this. It’s not a novel, you couldn’t classify this as a novel. It’s just one thing after another. It does have some fans, it has some people want me to write another one. The follow up to it. But my mentors, I have a little network of mentors talk about something to be grateful for. That just came out of nowhere. I’m talking about people in France and California and Texas. And people who you wouldn’t think would have liked my first book, including a woman writer who writes cozy romances, which is like the opposite. But she I said, why’d you like my book, she said, because it was funny. And there aren’t that many books are funny. So anyhow, they all said, Hey, if you want to grow your audience, you had to write a novel, it has to be a story. So that’s what I invented my character Jr. Johnson, who’s in my financial books. I’ve written three of those. The first one is called losing Lola. The second one is sequel. It’s called the Bitcoin Gambit. And the third one, the latest book is called better than even. And they all feature this character Jr. Johnson.

Joshua T Berglan
The so that what is the premise of the first book in that series? What’s that about?

Unknown Speaker
Well, each of them all the books, the theme of all the books is greed. How much greed well, because I’ve worked with money, I saw I saw it. That’s something that’s something I have experience with. And I saw people who are really greedy. Everybody’s greedy me you were all greedy for me money, success, fame, something. We’re all greedy. How much greed is enough? How much greed is too much? What causes people? The first book, The bad guy is running a Ponzi scheme. Similar to Bernie Madoff, the protagonist is working on. The protagonist is a money manager, his client, Lola, is the most beautiful movie star in the world. He’s afraid he’s and his lover. And he’s afraid he’s going to lose her to the bad guy who’s run the Ponzi scheme. And that’s when the fun begins. And this carrot, the character is based, the things this character did is based on Bernie Madoff, the way he ran the Ponzi scheme, as a character, he’s different, because Bernie Madoff acted like he was your uncle, a nice guy, and sure as he was as he was robbing you, but this guy is like a real Wall Street hotshot with the custom suit and the cutaway collar and all that stuff. And not a nice guy and doesn’t even act like he’s a nice guy, just act like, I’m so smart that you just, you have to be invited to give me your money. You know, there’s so many people are clamoring. And that’s what Bernie Madoff did that, you know, he acted like, you know, this is a very exclusive club, you’re getting into Just sign here and give me the billion dollars, you know, so that’s, so that book, The greed is based around the Ponzi scheme. The second book, The Bitcoin Gambit is based on cryptocurrency. And one thing as you, I’m sure have experienced as you’re out there on the internet, people aren’t shy about criticizing you. I’m sure you’ve gotten some emails. Now, I’m sure you’ve gotten some emails that are less than flattering, and fun, too. Yeah, there you go. Well, I’ll tell you what, you want to get some critical emails, start criticizing Bitcoin?

Joshua T Berglan
Oh, I do, actually, pretty boldly,

Unknown Speaker
because the people who want that, you know, the people who believe in cryptocurrencies, it’s almost like a religion to them, they believe. And don’t tell them it’s not true. I am very skeptical on cryptocurrency, very skeptical on Bitcoin. Now, I invented a plot, which is definitely not the truth. But a very interesting twist that won’t ruin the book with of where Bitcoin really came from. It’s, you know, I just just just, it’s just one pot twist after another. But the serious my serious thought on cryptocurrency, when you’re in the financial business, you have to take a test every year, to be able to detect money laundering, and be able to recognize if your clients are money laundering, and there’s something that people have lost their license for something called willful blindness. Yeah. In other words, your client is doing things. They’re not telling you their money laundering. But anybody with half a brain would realize they’re transferring all this money for no reason you’re doing things that are just obviously laundering the money. You can lose your license if you don’t report that. Well, the first thing I thought of when I heard about Bitcoin was that’s, that’s, that’s a crooks dream. Because there’s no reporting. I don’t want crooks to be able to do things under the radar. I don’t want terrorists and money launderers and hackers to be able to steal people’s money and not have I mean, I have to pay my taxes. You cannot like them, you can talk to your politicians and try to elect somebody else. But when in the end, you got to pay him. I don’t want people to just put money into a system that nobody knows who it belongs to. And I think that the all the whole cryptocurrency thing is, is a crux dream. And I think the government should regulate cryptocurrency and if they do cryptocurrencies will collapse, because that’s, that’s really the basis of cryptocurrencies in my mind. And and then there’s some that are just ridiculous. I mean, they started was a joke. They, yeah, they started that as a joke, and now it’s worth a billion dollars or so they say, Come on, you know, you really think that’s real? Yeah. And then now there’s NF T’s you know, non fungible tokens which I call make believe art. Ba With make believe money. Yeah, and I don’t know if you saw it, you know, there was a LeBron James is first basket, which you can look on YouTube and see it when we stopped this thing you can go on YouTube and see this, see this video? Will somebody bought the original of it for like $5 million? And I said, well they’re buying make believe art with make believe money. But when the spam eventually hits the fan and they want to sell this thing to somebody with for actual money, I’m not so certain. Not so certainly gonna get any actual money. I think I don’t want to get too long winded on this answer. But being in the financial side of things, in 2009, the banking system almost collapsed. And not only the United States, but many of the developed nations had to what so called print money, create money out of nothing. And what that did is create excess money floating around, and it began chasing things, more and more speculative investments, so called investments. And one of those things is cryptocurrency. So there’s money floating around Wirecard YRP people by people don’t understand Bitcoin. If 90% of people on Bitcoin don’t have a clue of what it is, they’re just buying it because it’s going up. Well, when, when the game of musical chairs stops, who are they going to sell it to? So that’s, that runs all through the Bitcoin Gambit. And it has a very interesting plot twist, which definitely is just something I made up for fun. And definitely isn’t the truth of who really invented Bitcoin, but it is it people like it as a plot device. So

Joshua T Berglan
well, when people do find out who start created Bitcoin, they may not have the same opinions about it, that they do now. And I remember when I was first introduced to it, I was by I used to play around on the dark web. And you know, I was a criminal. You know, I mean, it was a lot of things. But the dark web was a place for me, it was a playground. Yeah. And I started, you know, discovering a lot of different things. And bitcoin is what you used to be able to purchase there. And it’s, listen, you know, governments get around sanctions by using Bitcoin. Bitcoin is used for human trafficking, the selling of children organ harvesting, and I’m not gonna go down the list.

Unknown Speaker
I don’t want people to be able to do that. I don’t want

Joshua T Berglan
people to be able to do it either. Yeah. And that’s what is done. But now, of course, I think the Bitcoin code is cracked. I don’t believe for a second that it’s security more, I think I don’t believe so. I think people are the everyone that’s investing in it and going crazy with it. It’s going to it, they’re going to regret it because the bottom is going to fall out. And I believe sooner than later. But we’ll see

Unknown Speaker
what what’s happened is like any investment, when you buy it with cash, it’s one thing, but now that it’s becoming more accepted, you can buy it with margin, in other words, borrowed money, when what that does is multiplies, moves in either direction. But, for example, the subprime loan crisis we had, that was all borrowed people, there were banks using 30 times leverage. So other words, for every million dollars of equity they had, they own $30 million of these subprime mortgages. That’s extreme margin. Well, what happens is, as soon as that goes down, 3% your million dollars is wiped out, your equity is wiped out. Now bitcoin is it that leveraged up yet, but it’s starting to be leveraged. People are taking their equity, and let’s say technology stocks, and using that money to go out and buy cryptocurrencies. So that’s sort of hidden leverage. And, and when you have leverage in a system, I’m a little, I’m a little afraid of it. I hope it blows up sooner than later. Because I don’t want them taking the rest of us with them. I just want them to blow up. But if if we let it pervade the system too much, I’m afraid they’ll it’ll be too entwined in the system. There’ll be too much borrowed money. And what are we going to do have another $5 trillion bailout? We can’t keep doing that. So

Joshua T Berglan
no, no, especially with now that isn’t the is it the ruble, that Russia is Russia’s currency? Yes. And it’s backed by gold now. That’s going to change the financial system as we know it a little bit. I mean, I think we have some big change. changes on the horizon that a lot of people are not prepared for. But I’m not a financial expert. I just am a conspiracy theorist, and I do a lot of research, and I’m pretty good at connecting dots. But um, well, I think we’re about to have a really rude awakening, well, is what I believed,

Unknown Speaker
I hope the awakening is sooner than later. Because if it’s later, if it’s later, it’ll be more involved in the system, I don’t want to have the Great Depression all over again. And I don’t think that our country, for example, in 2009, if Ben Bernanke was the Federal Reserve Chairman, and I hear that famous statement, I’m going to just take a helicopter and throw money out the door. And if you remember that, they call it a helicopter money, he’s just kind of print money, throw it out. We, if, if that was 50 years ago, we would have just had a depression, the government would not have done that. But people don’t have that tolerance for pain anymore. So but if we have something even more serious than that, can we print enough money? Can people have any faith in the money? So I guess we’re both agreed on that point. Let’s have it happened sooner than later?

Joshua T Berglan
Well, I’m a believer in facing your giants and facing your fears and taking things head on. So if I’m an experienced pain, I’d rather get the damn pain over with. Yeah. And we it seems like I don’t know if it’s just the United States. So the rest of the world is guilty of this too. But it seems like we’re just trying to mask our problems with anything and everything possible. And that’s not a recipe for success.

Unknown Speaker
Well, I agree with you there. I’m not, I don’t have enough of a sense of the rest of the world, but it seems like our country, politicians just want to get reelected. So, you know, take take this drug of money, and just paper over all the problems and never solve the problems. And it’s not just one side or the other. It’s both sides.

Joshua T Berglan
You’re so right. So your third you, should

Jim Flynn
you but you should you should definitely read that. Well, you should read all the books because one leads into the other. But you will definitely like what I have postulated about Bitcoin, it just Just For Laughs I mean, it’s not claiming it’s true. But it’s, it’s surprising. And you will, you’ll definitely enjoy that. The third book is about hackers.

Joshua T Berglan
Ah, another subject I love.

Unknown Speaker
It starts better than even starts off the day after the Bitcoin Gambit ends. And the protagonist, Jared Johnson, is well, he got burned at the end of the Bitcoin Gambit. And he has to get even. And he ends up getting married to this very hotshot woman in Texas, who’s a oil oil heiress. And she thinks he’s rich, but he lost his money. And when she finds out, that he lost the money, she kicks him out and says, Don’t come back until you have the money. So that’s what better news but he’s got to get even. And I’m not gonna ruin the rest of the book for you. But there’s also somebody else, a world leader on named, who also got burned big time at the end of the Bitcoin Gambit, and he has to get even those two are after each other. Those two are opponents

Joshua T Berglan
in this book, these sound like great movies. Well, that’s

Jim Flynn
interesting. You say that, because everybody says that. And to get back to my brain for a second. I used to be a voracious reader. I love to read everything. And I was a really fast reader. And because of my brain surgery, I can’t read anymore. For enjoyment. I mean, I can, I can read a stop sign on. I can read a menu, but I can’t sit down to read a book for it without really hard work. So I ended up listening to books. And my favorite form of entertainment or long form TV shows, like Breaking Bad and the Americans and Dexter and Longmeyer and stuff like that. So when I wrote losing Lola, I thought I was writing a novel, and I was halfway through the Bitcoin Gambit before I realized what I’m really writing is a long form TV show. I think of my chapters as scenes, Steven kingsnakes tells you to do that. Picture a scene well What happened to the scene? Write it down. That’s what I do. Stephen King’s pretty successful. I listened to him. So I have scenes, almost all my scenes end up with a cliffhanger. And so if you read the reviews to my books, people say, hey, this would make a really great movie, this would make a really good one for TV show. I’m waiting for Hollywood to call. So if you know anybody, you know, I’ll take the call. And I’m working on a few things that I can’t really talk about right now. They would make great movies. And I think of I think of that, I don’t think of it as being a novel. I think of it as being a long form TV show. I’m writing a scene here are the characters, there’s a lot of dialogue in it. That that sort of thing. I’m not big on description. I’m pretty, I’m pretty, you know, that’s another thing Stephen King says, Don’t Don’t go on three pages to what some guy suit looks like, have the people use their imagination. And you’re gonna think, JR looks different than I think Jr. Looks. But as long as you build that up in your mind, that’s, that makes it successful.

Joshua T Berglan
I like that, too. I really do. I when we when I wrote our, my wife and I put together a project where we made a movie, an audio book, in a in a boy in a book too. And I wrote the book, she made the movie. And it’s, it’s about my life, but I wrote it, just like you’re speaking about. Because as much as I was about myself, I wanted people to be able to put themselves in the characters that were there. Yeah. And of course, it’s a different subject matter entirely. But I like that I’m not very descriptive. In my writing to like, I want to trigger your imagination, which actually can be the most frightening thing of all, when you let people use their own imagination to develop the character, or to give the details of the character, because our minds are crazy.

Jim Flynn
That’s one of the things that has evolved in writing. If you go back and look at the writing of 19th century, I had one. I don’t want to say, well, I can’t read your book right now, because I’m reading a book by Anthony Trollope. I don’t know if you ever heard of Anthony Trollope. But he’s, if you’re if you have insomnia, I would definitely anti Trump was a 18 hundred’s English writer wrote these boring books. And I said, Well, I’ll go out and study Anthony Trollope. And I turned to a page, and he wrote 500 words about what a guy’s suit was. Tweed and a button and 500 words and 500 words. I can kill two people and be in a new city. And, but just think when people wrote that kind of descriptive language, there wasn’t TV, there weren’t movies. It was a different world, then. But the world is evolving there. And am I starting a new art form of writing? Long Form TV shows the form book, I don’t know. But that’s what I do. And people seem to like it. So

Joshua T Berglan
that’s an that’s the same thing for me too. I would almost I used to want to do movies, and make movies and we do but really, I love series. And my wife and I both get bored as creators, where we’ll create something and then it’s like, okay, well, we’ve done that. So now let’s go do something else. Like, I don’t want to keep doing the same thing and make it some really long drawn out thing. I like the doing series and being done with it. I do that with my all the shows that we create, too. They’re not meant to run forever. It’s just like, Okay, well, hey, we’re gonna change things now. And just create something new. But now, we have that opportunity. Like, I don’t believe that stuff was available back then you’re right about the book publishing. Now, it’s easier to do than ever, even creating your own media organization, your own Broadcasting Network, all these things because the technology can be done from a phone or laptop. You don’t need giant cell towers, you don’t need giant anything, you just can do it. So as a creator, as an author, as a filmmaker, as a producer, whatever it may be, you have it anyone can do it. Now, if you will take the time and learn very basic fundamentals of technology. You can create anything you want now, you don’t even need money to do half of it. That’s the most amazing thing about the time we live it.

Jim Flynn
Well yeah, it really is amazing and and, like any technological change It has its pluses and minuses. If you get into the book business, there’s like 1000 books that hit Amazon every day. And most of them sell 10 copies. And it’s to relatives and they never write another book. And but they’re out there, and they’re competing with you. So it’s, it’s not all, it’s doesn’t necessarily make everything easy. But the world is really changing. It’s like, it’s like you’re standing there in front of the skyline. You’re probably not really standing in front of a skyline.

Joshua T Berglan
No, I’m not.

Jim Flynn
And could you have done that 10 years ago?

Joshua T Berglan
No, five years ago.

Jim Flynn
It’s a tremendous, it’s a tremendous image. And, and if I was younger, I have a podcast anyhow. But I’m writing the books. I’m really enjoying it. I’m working on some things that I can’t talk about yet, but may move along what you’ve suggested to me.

Joshua T Berglan
Well, I think I because I’d be excited to do excited to see it. But I’m really excited to read it because I do enjoy reading. And I enjoy reading books like this. I love to laugh. When I was talking about I don’t know if you know who Tim Dorsey is, but yeah, at the very beginning, he, I mean, he’s talking about serial killers. And it’s the funniest freakin books I’ve ever read. And and you’re getting a history lesson on Florida while you’re reading them. And it’s just, it’s unexpected. It’s hilarious. And like your books, kind of give me that same vibe. It’s not about serial killers. But when you can put humor in these situations that are relatively well. I mean, they’re traumatizing for some people. They’re historic their their crime novels, but at the same time, you can laugh at the same time I find that to be that’s the kind of book I want to read. So I cannot wait to get your books. Oh,

Jim Flynn
great. You’re my, you’re my perfect reader. You know, I have one of the women who got in touch with me after reading my book, as become a real good friend of mine. And I consider her a mentor. I’ve never met her. She’s a American expat lives in France. And she’s reading my books and helping me with a few things that I said I can’t talk about. But she says all of your books now the first book was this humorous, fictional memoir. I have three books in this series. I also wrote a golf book. Just I’ll explain why I did that later. But she said all of your books, the common thread is dark humor. You know, so you’re not writing thrillers, you’re writing dark humor, crime books, your first book, laugh out loud, funny, but it’s dark humor. That’s you just keep being you. And you’ll catch on. So my golf book is, is called hate your second shot first. It’s 100 pages long. It sells every day. It’s a little book. And I think it’ll do great on Father’s Day. But it’s dark humor. You know, she says how many golf books? Does it say it’s okay to kill your partner with a putter? You know, if he’s a jerk. It’s okay to beat him to death with a putter if he if he’s a real jerk. So, yeah, that’s me. And I’m gonna be me. Because I tried to be, you know, the guy who wrote Jack Reacher, I would just be a want to be, I wouldn’t be good at it. I’m going to be in May. And I’m pretty funny. So I’m going to do

Joshua T Berglan
and I like dark humor, too. Um, well, Jim, I listen, I I can’t wait to read your books. And I think the audience because you know, the nature of most of our shows, cover human trafficking, and we get into some really heavy subjects, addiction and all that. But with that, in the personalities that watch our program from around the world. They’ve been through some stuff. So the stuff they’ve been through is kind of given them a dark sense of humor. So I think the audience is going to fall in love with your books as well. So why don’t you tell everybody where they can find you where they can support you, and also, more importantly, where they can buy your books?

Jim Flynn
Well, it’s all one place. The easy place to do it is my website, Jim Flynn sex si x.com and it shows pictures of the books you can collect shows you where to click takes you right to where you can buy the book for the books are already audiobooks and I was smart enough not to narrate them. myself professional narration. And so Jim Flynn six.com Really easy to navigate and click. And

Joshua T Berglan
cool well.

Jim Flynn
Well, thanks for mice, I have a son, I have two sons, one of my sons runs a computer gaming company, and he helps me my website. He does all the website work. So I have a little labor just just to wet their whistle if people like dark humor, one of the things that happens in the latest book, is this evil politician who’s out to get them protagonist makes a deep fake video about him doing some really terrible stuff. Which is one of the things that’s out there. And you can you know, the power of deep fakes. I don’t know if you’ve explored that.

Joshua T Berglan
Oh, I a lot of what we see on TV is deep fake. Yeah, but that’s a whole other four hour long conversation. I’m very familiar with this technology.

Jim Flynn
Well wait to read it in the book. Oh, wait, do you see some of the deep fake videos? Also? Weed. Somebody in US government is a friend of his makes a reprisal video to get back at the guy who made the first video. Yeah, you don’t really like that one? It’s it’s pretty dark humor there. Yeah.

Joshua T Berglan
I can’t wait to check it out. Well, Jim, thank you so much for your time today. Sir, I look forward to when you write your next book, I look forward to having you on again. And anything we can do to support you please let us know.

Jim Flynn
Great. I love to be an on. I love your show. I love the backdrop. I love to tell your wife, she does a great job on the videos. And and thank you very much for having me.

Joshua T Berglan
Yes, sir. Thank you so much. I’ll

Jim Flynn
talk to you soon. Okay, bye. Bye.

Joshua T Berglan
Bye bye. Jim Flynn everyone. And by the way, you’ll be able to Jim Flynn, Jim Flynn six.com. It’s an amazing website. Like I really enjoyed navigating it. And it actually kind of helped me I was changing my website yesterday after I saw his because it inspired me to tinker around a little bit. It’s very well done. So a shout out to his son for doing his website. But I think you’ll enjoy it too. I know what he was saying about deep fake. It’s, it’s not like you don’t you guys have no idea how much it’s used. And it’s almost impossible to prove except for the fact every once in a while, you’ll see around the neck area, if they have an open shirt or a blouse because it happens with women too. You’ll see it pull up sometimes. And you have to be watching to pay attention. But if you’ve ever noticed, like, chi President looks different today, or such and such, they don’t look like themselves. But that’s their voice and they’re talking and and all that it’s a good indication that you could be dealing with a deep fake. But listen, there’s men inside of deep fake costumes that are women like you’re in all you’re looking at as they’ll have big breasts and whatever. And they’re dressed in a in a dress. And you can see it’s revealing it’s meant to distract you. But you’re looking at a man that and I’m telling you it the deep fake you can look it up online. This is not a joke. The technology has been around for a long time. So it just keeps getting better. I mean, I remember seeing the first video about it 12 years ago, and and that was in the infancy of it. What they can do now. It’s unbelievable. And now a lot of times they make jokes about it the way that they shoot commercials, he was commenting about the green screen. I don’t have the tech that Hollywood has. Imagine what they can do. It’s this whole the whole world is a stage. I swear to you, I think we’re all in a movie right now. I don’t even know if we may be in the metaverse. Now I’m not I’m not really sure. I just know that truth is stranger than fiction. And it’s really frickin weird and it’s about to get even more weird. I don’t like to talk about current events a whole lot necessarily, because I like to create evergreen content. But that said please be safe. If you are watching this live are watching it. We’re in May of 2022 Please be safe. Please don’t go out and join this protest. Not to sound like a weirdo But don’t go, don’t go it’s it’s it’s going to be bad. If you thought the George Floyd riots were bad. Stay tuned. And I think as of tomorrow that they’re probably going to start I know the Antifa has already started coming into Minneapolis. I know they’re in LA right now. And they’re going to set it off and I just please be careful. Don’t join. Listen, I love the right the fact that we have the right to protest. I don’t like tearing and destroying people’s property not for that. I’m for peaceful protest. And right now everything looks relatively peaceful. I’m telling you right now. Please don’t go out and march in the cities. It’s not going to end well. This weekend is going to be bad. Starting tomorrow night most likely from what I can tell. So with all that said, go check out Jim’s books they’re fast i Everything about him sounds so interesting. Sounds like the movie and TV shows I want to watch. But I’m definitely excited about reading the books. Thank you again for your support. Really quick want to announce my wife is starting to show started to show and this is her video

Jim Flynn
show me what it’s like to be circling among the clouds. Because without you by my side, I will be stuck here on the ground. You loud enough the way I can see the road ahead of me. I won’t be standing in your eyes a shine like this until you save me until you set me free. My eyes are closed. Now I see clean his day. And I just wanted to say that you can take me

Joshua T Berglan
Well, anyway, stay tuned. That’ll be on the live mana network really, really excited to just all the different channels, the different movies that we’re going to be bringing on. This has been a lot of fun and you guys have all made it possible. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you all and we’ll see you again.

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