Thursday, February 27, 2014

Uncle Clep's Advice on Imaginary Friends.

I’ve been thinking.  Maybe I have this all wrong.  Maybe I need some imaginary friends too.  Look how well it works for Clean Line Energy Partners. 

I spent some time talking about this with Uncle Clep today.  For an old out of date dinosaur, he had some good advice.  Imaginary friends offer many benefits.  Uncle Clep is old fashion, and sometimes doesn’t think thing through to the fullest but he explained imaginary friends can be a real resume builder.  They offer legitimacy, especially if you’re looking to venture out into a new career you know nothing about. 

Uncle Clep and I sat and ate some of his roasted grouse.  We almost an Andy Griffith & Mayberry moment.  Uncle Clep explained imaginary friends can however be complicated.  First they have to be incorporated.  This gives an imaginary friend legal rights, just like a living breathing person.  Once your imaginary friend is incorporated, he needs a charitable side.  Make the imaginary friend a 501(c)(4). 

Maybe I haven’t thought this imaginary friend thing through all the way.  As we ate his turtle soup, I told Uncle Clep this sounds complicated and expensive.   He said it is both complicated and expensive, but if you want legitimacy and respect from the media, spending money on an imaginary friend is important. 

About this time his old friends Boris Ricl and Jimmy Gbe-felty (the “G” is silent) came over.  Back in the day, Uncle Clep, Boris Ricl, and Jimmy Gbe-felty (the “G” is silent) had this shell company scheme to develop a chain of fried prairie chicken restaurants across the Midwest.  Their speculation project never did get past the business plan stage.  They had hoped to sell their fried prairie chicken project to a real restaurant franchise with actual restaurants and for real customers, but that never happened. 

Together, Uncle Clep, Ricl, and Gbe-felty (the “G” is silent) had some great ideas on creating a successful imaginary friend.  A complete social media package is key.  Web site, Facebook page, and Twitter account are important.  Boris Ricl said the combination is what gives the imaginary friend legitimacy.  The complete social media package gives an imaginary friend a heart, soul, and just enough illusion of a brain. 

It took a while to understand, but Jimmy Gbe-felty (the “G” is silent) explained it best.  The complete social media package provides the imaginary friend enough of a background and cross reference material to make people believe the friend is for real.  I asked what about a blog.  Jimmy Gbe-felty discouraged the blog as unnecessary substance.  You don’t want to give your imaginary friend too much of an opinion.

When asked about just buying one of those existing imaginary-friend-for-hire, Boris Ricl said those really get expensive.  They keep coming back and wanting more money, but never really become the imaginary friend you want them to be.  It’s better to just find a good public relations firm who works extensively with politician and pay them to create your custom made imaginary friend with a complete social media package. 

Boris Ricl went on to explain if your hair looks like it was combed with an egg beater and you spit when you talk, a person can still score a good job if you let your imaginary friend speak for you.  Once you get the job, ditch the imaginary friend. Pretend he never existed. 

Perhaps Uncle Clep, Boris Ricl, and Jimmy Gbe-felty are old, move at the speed of dinosaurs, and one of them has a tendency to spit when he talks.  They do know a thing about developing an imaginary friend to create a successful shell company with someone else’s money.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

RICL and Their Imaginary and Real "Friends"

Clean Line Energy has a new friend, albeit an imaginary friend.  WindWard Iowa is the latest “organization” to support RICL.  As explained at STOPPATHWV, WindWar Iowa gives every indication to be a bogus front group of the Rock Island Clean Line.  Best guess, WindWar Iowa has three members, was created by a Des Moines pubic relation firm, and has a lawyer’s office for a mailing address.    

Clean Line Energy Partners has developed quite a portfolio of organizations no one has ever heard of or cared about. Besides WindWar Iowa, the Climate & Energy Project (CEP) in Kansas also is proud supporter of Clean Line Energy projects.  It’s probably not a coincidence CEP has Mark Lawlor, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line Director of Development.   Knowing Lawlor is a board member, it’s not surprising CEP supports HVDC for wind energy transmission projects. 

Clean Line’s other “friend” is the Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska.  Even before RICL, the Center for Rural Affairs has been questioned about its donor list and why they oppose landowner rights and protection from eminent domain abuses.    

So if you’re keeping score, RICL now has three friends.

            1.       WindWar Iowa
            2.       Climate & Energy Project in Kansas
            3.       Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska. 

None of these organizations provide RICL with legitimacy in farm communities or small towns and large urban centers don’t much care.  Creating and or supporting these organizations offer little benefit.  Perhaps these organizations offer sound bites and quotes for a willing media with implied legitimacy for RICL.   Makes me wonder how much it costs Clean Line Energy Partners to support these “rural” organizations.  

WindWar Iowa surely didn’t come cheap.  Looks like LS2 set up a website, Facebook page, and a twitter, the complete social media package.  

Creating your own imaginary friend sounds like an expensive date who quickly fades away when the money dries up.