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Monthly Archives: May 2014
After 9 months in jail Kelli Stapleton, the blogger who attempted to kill her daughter and herself, is said to be going to trial July 16th. In anticipation of this the “Friends of Kelli” are trying to raise money yet again – this time to finance the testimony of an expert witness on Kelli’s behalf:
Right now we are seeking funds to hire an expert witness we believe will give important insight to the judge and jury at her trial. Currently, Kelli has no assets to speak of and we are growing extremely concerned about her future without this expert witness. The charges against Kelli hold a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Kelli’s camp previously raised almost $17,000 dollars back in September, but Kelli’s supporters say they now need more – they “currently need to raise funds in EXCESS of $20,000 for an expert witness crucial to Kelli’s defense”.
I know it’s normal to compensate experts who provide testimony, but is $20k the norm for such a thing? Anyway, if this is something you want to support you can donate via paypal or by mailing a written check – and they assure you that all the money will “go to Kelli’s personal account”.
Becky Harks, the human carnival who runs the blog “Mommy Wants Vodka” and an abuse/assault survivor site called Band Back Together, has been claiming for a while now that some stranger has been physically assaulting her. The first post apparently appeared in early May.
Now it seems Becky is claiming the police do not believe her multiple reports of these phantom men attacking her, informing facebook tonight:
Going to turn myself into the cops tonight who claim I filed a false report.
She has evidently again updated facebook, saying only:
In response to all this…whatever is going on, her “Pranksters” have started – you guessed it – a fundraiser!
This money will go to purchase video surveillance, mace and whatever else Aunt Becky needs to be safe!
She posted pics of herself with unexplained black eyes in April before going on to post pics of her bruised face on facebook in May, claiming she was being randomly assaulted. On May 8th she started calling herself “The Face of Assault”. According to sources, she has told multiple versions of the alleged assaults, and after comparing notes no one is sure what the real story is. The only thing we know for certain is that all of her posts about these events are not public on facebook, despite the fact that making this alleged travesty of justice public would probably produce an instant viral story, and probably help vindicate her as the public put pressure on the police to investigate the alleged assaults.
Who knows what is actually going on. This is some internets wtf if I ever saw it, though. Hooray, Friday mystery!
Update: From the court website search of her name:
Jordan Reid, has the hardest working agent/manager ever, has been waiting patiently for her first book to make some kind of ripple. As of May 19th, however, her Amazon listing only had 14 reviews, most of them obviously from personal friends or fangirls – though there were two 1 star reviews.
Strangely as of today Jordan’s book only has 12 reviews – and the two 1 star ratings seem to have ramshackle vanished.
With Jordan working on her second book it would obviously help her a lot if her first literary attempt had a solid 5 star rating. Is it possible someone in Jordacted’s camp had her Amazon listing scrubbed? Or did Amazon just take pity on the pretty white lady and try to do her a solid all of their own free will? It is a mystery.
Type-A Parent, arranges a bunch of conferences for mommy bloggers, revealed last month that mommy bloggers don’t actually make squat. Now AdWeek has provided a more in-depth breakdown of the responses, and it’s pretty eye opening.
It seems most respondents invest more in premium blog themes and conferences than in actual advertising, and “product reviews” are number two in the list of covered topics with “causes” coming in dead last. The survey also reports that the “most despised job title by far is mommy blogger, with two out of three respondents saying they either hate it or never use it” – “blogger” or “writer” are the most popular job descriptions.
Most surprising of all is the news that only 5% of mommy bloggers actually earn enough to possibly make it worth a full time job. Most mommy bloggers report earning less than $100 per month, and around 20% earn $500-2500 a month, mostly from sponsored posts.
So for those of you aspiring to become the next Dooce, good luck. It sounds like you won’t be making much, and you’ll be spending most of it on business cards and attending conferences to convince other mommy bloggers to read your mommy blog. Sounds like a super awesome career.
With questions beginning to be raised about the #StyleForJustice trip, Noonday is apparently circling wagons. Their non-response after ignoring and allegedly deleting comments asking what percentage of the money actually goes to the artisans has caused some former supporters to lose patience.
International Justice Mission is changing the conversation around poverty and I wanted the women in our Noonday community to join in that conversation…We are going to CONNECT. We are connecting with the talented men and women Noonday relies on to bring amazing products to our customers.
Since the comments on the rambling ‘we are like, super nice people, so like, whatever we do is awesome’ post were disabled, folks attempted to ask Noonday some direct questions on the previous post. One asked:
Straightforward question. If you can’t answer this clearly and without beating around the bush, you should not be in business. Ready? What is the $ figure or percentage that you pay the men and women who make your products?
While another said:
By evading the simplest questions with wordy “non-answers,” you are making yourselves completely transparent to the awful motives you have previously concealed behind a lovely, whitewashed version of poverty tourism.
So far Noonday does not seem to have addressed these questions or statements, and continues to appear either evasive or confused. Is repeating over and over that they are starting conversations and sharing stories and saying “but, job creation!” supposed to make everyone nod and cheer without further probing? Because I don’t think that’s going to work.
Ben, a travel blogger, is proud of his crowning achievement.
Through the use of miles and points I’ve been the only independent reviewer to publish reports on every single A380 first class product currently in service.
Well now Etihad Airways has introduced what is essentially a flying hotel room. Called “Residences”, the ultra first class option includes three rooms and a butler. Off course, since the one way ticket for this pointless display of wealth is around $20,000, poor Ben needs the internet to fund his experience:
With only one “Residence” per flight, this may very well be the first A380 premium cabin product for which you can’t redeem miles. This may change over time, but with only one “cabin” per flight it’s highly unlikely.
As a result, it may be a long time before we get an independent review of Etihad’s A380 Residences.
What I propose is flying the Residences product within the first week it’s in service, so I can report on all aspects of the experience. Chances are it would otherwise be a long time before we get an unbiased review of Etihad’s new product.
Because obviously this product needs to be reviewed by some travel blogging scrub who can’t even afford the fare. How else will incredibly filthy rich people ever know whether the fare is worth it!
I don’t really follow travel bloggers but is it pretty standard to have other people pay for your ridonkulous travel dreams under the guise of public service? And who are the idiots who have already raised over $13k for this stunt?
Babble, nobody cares anymore but I sort of feel like I need to finish out this storyline, has returned after being offline for over half a month. Apparently now on a WordPress platform, the site went live with a bunch of crap still not working (author pages display posts from the wrong contributors).
Babble overlords have still not satisfactorily explained why they needed to be offline, though writers are hearing through the grapevine they will be paid their April earnings “next week”. One source who wishes to remain anonymous claims employees are basically bound by contract to remain publicly silent on what’s happening at Babble, so we may never know wtf is really going on over there.
But does anyone really care anymore at this point? Thought so. This may as well just be an open post.
Update/correction: DadCamp says Babble has been on WordPress for at least 2 years. So now I have no idea wtf they’ve been doing all this time.