Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Don't Sell Them the Steak, Sell Them the Fizzle

I really, really don't want to step on the toes of the previous post, which is extremely revealing and important. But, I just can't help but take a quick moment to mock the latest from the Composites Technology Money Laundering Center. It makes so clear how bold they are - not in their thinking - but in being upfront about how much of a ripoff it is, and how incompetent they are.

Thus...

The CRTC, which created the world’s first scrap aerospace-quality carbon fiber pickleball paddle, is preparing for another “breakthrough” sporting product he said.

The pickleball paddle hasn’t sold as expected, he said, adding it is competing against 150 other paddles on the market.

Do I remember a booster or two of this lame, toxic waste receptacle of a scam taking issue with this blog taking issue with the wisdom of trying to market yet another pickleball paddle? One with a bigger than usual price tag? Don't I remember the sensible commenters on this blog saying that it wouldn't work? That it wouldn't fly off the shelves? In short, didn't many commenters here say that what has come to pass would come to pass?

AND YET...Here we are today, with one failed, high priced sporting good under the belt - and under the radar - and the bozos at the Composites Center are confidently trotting out...Another "breakthrough" sporting product.

Surely, yes surely, great days must lie ahead! Well, anyway, there's something or somebody lying...

Pixie Bob Larsen...
 
...and an X-Ray of Pixie Bob's head.
 


54 comments:

  1. But everyone involved is collecting their paychecks to continue with this scam. A tax payer funded company still looking for a successful product to get involved with.

    Of course, this is how successful enterprises are created, right? You lobby to get millions of dollars from the tax payers through backroom deals and meetings with little, if any public participation. Once you get the money, you create the senior administrative positions, to be able to make periodic public pronouncements to keep the money coming.

    Next you get a building, so it looks like you're actually doing something. Then you order some expensive equipment, and hire a couple employees.

    After more thought, you come up with *something* only slightly plausible to actually MAKE. Do market research before you create the company to determine if there is viability for the product?? Only chumps do that. Good Ole Boy projects don't need to do that.

    Next? Toxic waste hoola hoops they will try to sell to our children.

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    1. I think the low-functioning "market research" they did went something like this:

      "Say! There are a LOT of people manufacturing pickleball rackets! I mean a LOT! Gosh, they must be very popular. Let's make those, too!"

      Which is to say...DUH. But you've encapsulated the whole life-cycle very well in your comments. I'm sure we're all staying tuned for the next...exciting...product.

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    2. OMG! What happened to the 10,000 park bench?I thought they were just waiting for a 20,000 consult on a new park bench design. Please god ! tell me they have not cancelled the 10,000 park bench?

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    3. Your x-ray shows a pickle on the brain, when it should have been shit for brains!

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  2. How many "breakthroughs" can they take before breaking the bank?

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  3. If it sounds like a scam, looks like a scam, and walks like a scam, it probably is a scam.

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  4. You can't really blame the scam artists when your elected council and county commissioners enable them with graft, then come back at you wanting a new tax. People, this is your own fault.

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  5. What they need is a "brake" through and "stop" the bullshit. Imagine if these morons had do be personally responsible for this failure.

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  6. What does anyone expect. This is all The whistleblower could come up with after all her claims of criminal activity by JRobb. She has become nothing more than The others that promise reform only to slump into sty and wallow in the mud.

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  7. My impression upon reading the article? Even the PDN can't manage to put lipstick on this pig.

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    1. Lipstick...But for pigs! Say! Can that lipstick come in a tube made out of recycled composites?!? Get me Pixie Bob on line one - NOW!

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    2. Thank you. This is the loudest and longest I've laughed all week! I think I peed my pants...Im still laughing.

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  8. This town is just such an amazing collection of idiots, neanderthals, and scamsters.

    No, I'm not surprised the unemployment rate stays high for decades, the drug and crime rates stay high for decades, and property values stay low, year after year. That the population doesn't grow, year after year.

    Seriously. The population of Port Angeles 17 years ago, in 2000 was 18,430. As of last year? Only 600 more people! 19,030.

    That is pathetic, especially when nearby Seattle is the nations fastest growing city. Across the water, only 15 miles away, Victoria is the world's second most desirable destination.

    But Port Angeles? You gotta have a really bad reputation to be doing so poorly, for so long, when everyone around you is doing so well.

    And we see it every day. One pathetic story and circumstance after another.

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    1. You know, it's tricky to read too much into just one aspect, just one statistic, to judge a town. But, the fact that, given the enormous growth in the area (Seattle, Victoria, Sequim for crying out loud) and the unique (though degraded) natural setting...It is INCREDIBLY revealing that the population of Port Angeles is, essentially, stuck. It is a people repellant. I moved there, then left. Of all the people I knew who moved there while I was there, well, they've all left, as did some longer-term local folks.

      I'm reminded of Fred Allen's quote about Philadelphia: "I have just returned from Philadelphia. It's the only thing to do if you find yourself there."

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    2. More like a moral-compass repellent!

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    3. You're right. I know a lot of people how moved to PA, got involved in things, saw what the realities are, and moved away.

      I know I've spent the last couple days thinking about how to move. It is complicated, but nonetheless, I'm trying to work it out.

      Yes, I could do like so many here, stay home, binge-watch on TV, and just pretend all the craziness that is Port Angeles doesn't affect me. But then my kid comes home from school to tell me one of his school mates ODed the other day.

      I, like others I see here say, gave up on reading the Peninsula Daily News a while ago. Just too depressing a reminder of how screwed up things are around here, and how complicit in it all that paper is.

      The Port o Call has been a great lighthouse for me. I love seeing the independent voices, and the interesting topics. It just existing is like a rose blooming in a pile of trash.

      I saw a new lot of moving trucks out by the Deer Park movie theater.

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    4. And. I have to pick up my daughter at Seatac. Two and a half hours drive there, and two and a half back. 6 hours out of my day to have my daughter visit me for a few days.

      Then, after a couple days of visit, another 6 hours to take her back to SeaTac to get out of this dive.

      Yeah, she could take one of the shuttles, if their schedule matches. Otherwise, even more hours for her, in transit.

      Real incentive to visit Port Angeles. As if anyone does.

      As we see, they drive right on by. Only the Safeway downtown really benefits, as travelers stock up for their drives.

      Maybe toxic waste composites signs to show travelers the fastest way out of Port Angeles?

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    5. Hey Anonymous 2:05 PM...If you'll recall when the hot shot architects from "outside" came to do their grant-funded assessment of the town about a decade ago, the first thing they noticed - pretty much the first thing - was that ALL the signage in Port Angeles directed you...Out of town.

      And Anonymous 9:18 AM...I'm sorry that your kid had/has to face dark stuff like that. Best of luck with moving forward. Life is too short to live in Port Angeles - especially if you've got kids. Good luck.

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    6. Every time a new child is born a man has to leave town...

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  9. ...And where can you sell that fizzle? Why, at a supermarket, of course. Hmmm...Like, say, in the old Haggen building, the one that's for sale...

    "The company did not pay the second half of its property taxes for 2016 and owes the county $59,306.10, which includes $27,109.40 for the second half of this year’s taxes that aren’t due until Oct 31."

    Yep. That's about right. A big, empty white elephant burdened with back taxes...Another Port Angeles success story. Maybe O-Hole can turn it into a bowling alley!

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    1. I hadn't seen that. Gee, is this a familiar pattern in Port Angeles, or what?

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    2. What are the chances of the county foreclosing the tax lien?

      But then they'd just give it away to a crony to re-sell for the profit.

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    3. The Country Aire people wanted to buy that building after Haggen's closed down.

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    4. Because, what, they don't have enough unused space and debt as is???

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    5. We don't need no supermarket. We're number one per capita road kill salvage permits!!! Seems like great photo op for City Council out on 101 though may be difficult to distinguish between council and roadkill. Name tags, perhaps?

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  10. Hey Shit-for-Brains want to make a friendly wager?

    I bet the mill is reopened before the proposed time and that when they do they will be employing more workers than before the sale.

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    1. And? Your point is? Please do write again and tell us all how two dozen (stinky) jobs turning out cardboard will BE THE SALVATION OF THE TOWN.

      I eagerly await your fleshing this plotline out for us.

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    2. I'll take the friendly wager. The new company has no intention of operating. It'll sell off the co-generation assets (the only thing that's worth anything), then abandon the property because for years the Port has dumped toxic waste next door that leeched into that lot. Then the county will have to foreclose the tax liens and auction it off.

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    3. Don't forget the INCREDIBLY VALUABLE - and transferable - water rights connected with that place...

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    4. Yeah, and AUTOMATED kraft mill, that just takes cardboard and recycles it -- with great stench, and that nice prevailing wind from West to East all summer.

      Yes, lets have rotting cabbage smells to go with a "4 star" hotel. Kraft mills STINK.

      rewrite of an old joke: She said "oh honey, kiss me where it smells" So, I took her to Port Angeles.

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    5. Selling the assets and walking away. I've heard this from more than a dozen different sources now.
      Of course, the PDN won't write about it, now will they?

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    6. And we're still waiting to hear about the coming Cardboard Salvation...

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    7. Ship the scrap cardboard to Port Angeles to be processed, and then ship the finished cardboard to.. anywhere but here. Sure, with energy costs being what they are, most industrial operations look for remote areas, far away from any customers. That's how America stays competitive with all those countries with labor rates a small fraction of our minimum wages. Right?

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  11. I'm feeling fizzled! Was looking for a bit of sizzle, but in Port Angeles, that doesn't happen.

    I came to Port Angeles full of expectations. Went to a PABA meeting, and the leader, Andrew May, made everything sound so great and wonderful. I had hope. Seemed like I made the right decision to move here.

    That was two years ago. Then I saw the City Council meeting about the fluoride, with the Mayor lady shutting down the meeting so the public couldn't speak their concerns. What an eye opener!

    Since then, it has been one problem after another. It seems like this town has a curse on it. Now I wonder if it will ever get better.

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    1. Yes, there is a curse, and Andrew May is a blowhard. (Among other things he blows...) I'm sorry you got stuck, but, it's never too late to simply GET OUT.

      Like you, I moved there thinking Port Angeles had so much potential. But, after a few years, it dawned on me that the town has had all the ingredients to realize that potential for decades - and hadn't made ANYTHING out of those ingredients.

      Now, things are undeniably even worse. The population is stagnant, in every sense of the word. The political corruption is endemic. The economy is seemingly permanently lagging, if not dying. There are fewer ferry trips bringing people through town, and more people bringing drugs into town. I could go on and on, but you get the picture.

      And once you get the picture, you need to do the next step and GET OUT. Life is too short to live in Port Angeles. Good intentions will not help you there. Education will not save you. The entrenched locals will just hate you all the more for trying to change things.

      Sad, pathetic, really, but true. Good luck to you.

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    2. Aw come on, CK, there's still receivership as an option. LOL

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  12. "The Washington State Recycling Association will host a workshop, “The Waste Stream of the Future: Innovation in Composite Recycling,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Thursday.

    Registration for the event at The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., costs $75 for members of the Washington State Recycling Association, $95 for nonmembers and $35 for students with valid ID."

    Because there are just SO MANY members of the public waiting and willing (and able) to shell out $95 bucks to go to a...Recycling workshop. Get there early, folks - it's gonna be SRO!

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    1. ONCE AGAIN!

      you miss the big story of the extension of sewer services to Blyn and the potential that presents for expansion of the Jamestown operations.

      you are so blinded by your rage

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    2. Has this been put together by Colleen McAleer's "Washington Business Alliance"? Will they have Pixie Bob as their featured speaker, telling the assembled crowds what great succeses they've had making paddles?

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    3. If Bob's gonna be there, someone bring a portable x-ray machine to fact-check this article.

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    4. Dear Anonymous 6:11 AM: Please do forgive me for being just ever SO blinded by my rage (which I didn't even know I had!) that I missed this whole terribly important sewer/Jamestown...Whatever that's got you so excited. Darn this rage anyhow! But feel free to enlighten us...

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    5. Anon @6:11 am - Ummmm....because the Jamestown tribe connecting to the Sequim sewer has WHAT to do with the inadequacies and ignorance going on in Port Angeles how? Nobody here has been complaining about Sequim.

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    6. Stop with the rage already!!!

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    7. Small mind from the small head Anon@1:23

      just because you can't drive from port angeles to Sequim for work doesn'tmean able bodied people can't commute.

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    8. Gee. The Elwha connected to the Port Angeles sewer. Are we supposed to get in a rage about that, too?

      Oh, the rage of it all...

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    9. Anon @ 8:42 You miss the point again. Or, maybe you make exactky the whole point of this blog. Port Angeles is dying a long slow death. Sequim has growth and opportunity. Too bad people have to leave PA in order to find work. Use your words and try to string some thoughts together in a coherent way will you?

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  13. CK, note the Letter to the Editor at Port O Call regarding Jake.

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    1. YES! And those comments! Wow! I read it all earlier today, and can't wait to hear more. I did a little poking around online, and folks should perhaps be wondering about the multiple LLCs that O-Hole has established in the last few years...Check those partners, too. Thanks, Google!

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    2. Just know that when researching companies, even though our Washington Secretary of State has a right to refuse faulty documents for filing, it has a bad habit of accepting incomplete and erroneous filings, just to get the filing fee. So many of the public documents you see of record were not properly filled in, parties required to be identified are not, or have information missing that is actually required by law to be on it. Nefarious people who know this take advantage of it.

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    3. heard that O-Hole sent a 'surrogate' to a candidates debate at a club event. Is this true? Who was his stand-in? If he can't be bothered to show up for a candidates debate, will he show up for council meetings?

      Also note ...for being the "proud father" at the League of Women's event --- didn't mention if it was a new boy or girl, and didn't mention a name. Odd for a new father. Strange disconnected and creepy. "11 day old baby" is hardly what a gushing father says.

      Not to mention what I overheard when someone said "you look really well rested for having an 11 day old" (after the event) Silence was the reply.

      Like no new-father I've ever met.

      So, what's the deal? Is he just spreading his seed, like a Johnny Appleseed?

      The detachment, the goofy answers, the evading the truth...and the smugness and over-confident EGO---for a painting contractor and bar owner--- made ME think "psychopath".

      Haven't we had enough of those on the council?

      Anyone else get this vibe?

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  14. Glad to see Mr. Wilson has appealed that crazy ruling. I just saw it over on the Port O Call site.

    Couldn't help thinking that Chelsea, Madam Chamberlin and their supporters seem to stay up late figuring out ways to make themselves and our town look as bad as possible.

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  15. This from KONP this morning:

    The FBI will help the city of Port Angeles investigate a possible breach in the city's utility payment system. Yesterday, the city began getting reports from customers of possible credit card compromise. The city has launched an investigation to determine if there has been a compromise. The city is using external resources to assist in the investigation and the FBI says it will be assisting as well.

    Right. Do you really think the city of PA is remotely capable of "investigating" anything?

    As long as the FBI is there, they should have a good look around.

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    1. The folks at Public Works must be nervous!

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  16. newsflash....the head scam con guy is "retiring" -- and the next guy in line is taking over both jobs. So, the fix is in. When the head rat deserts the sinking ship.....
    Watch how this ship sinks!

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