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Was It All Hype?

… it seems so.

Way to Hammer Out a Good Deal Over Global Warming:

“Under the deal, developed and developing nations agree to limit global warming to no more than a 2 degree Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) increase within the next decade. Richer nations would also provide $30 billion over the next three years — eventually scaling up to $100 billion a year by 2020 — to help poorer nations cope with climate change, Obama administration officials said.”

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121600755

Way to Deal with the Greedy Banks:

Oh wait, he has done nothing but give them free money and put a few Citigroup / Goldman Sachs executives in his administration  and basically told Wall Street “Hey guys let’s not do the bonuses right now ok? And, hey don’t worry if I thought what you did was wrong or wanted to protect the tax payer I would have introduced legislation to reform and regulate Wall Street.”

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/31234647/obamas_big_sellout/1

Health Care :

This new plan is a joke written by Liz Fowler the ex-vice president for public policy and external affairs at WellPoint, one of the nation’s largest health-insurance corporations. I suppose its better than nothing, but I’m sure her buddies back in the insurance industry aren’t going to be disappointed and will make a good deal off of the tax payer.

http://harpers.org/archive/2009/12/0082740

Obama Loves Big Business:

Obama has the same interests as any politician… big business.

It’s awesome to see all the ambassadors he appointed to Western Europe are just businessmen that donated to his campaign, instead of giving these positions to distinguished  foreign service officers that might have earned their jobs. I’m sure the guy that started CNET will be a far better ambassador than a man who has worked as an FSO for thirty years. Starting a website is far more important than having actual experience representing our nation and dealing with political affairs.

Why can’t we elect a person who actually cares about the middle class. Maybe a middle class American would be able to do something for us, as he would at least understand our troubles.

Why I Love Industrial

The top 10 things I love about Industrial (besides their awesome store front).

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1. They fired a bunch of employees for skating in the store. Skate shops are a place of business; it is unacceptable to skate in the store after closing.

2. A few rogue employees covered a local shop’s store front in Industrial stickers. Competition and local shops suck. I’m glad Industrial helped put this store out of business, and then stole the store’s two best riders.  I mean with if I had choices it’d just be confusing, it’s much more fun when there is just one store in town.

3. They don’t show videos in the store. The store is simply a place to consume, why waste your time watching skate videos? I know I don’t have time to watch a video. I can’t get distracted, I need to buy these DVS shoes, get to the food court, and make it to Hollister before they close.

4. Industrial doesn’t hire people that actually skateboard. It’s great to see that the store is managed by a 19 year old girl or a “cool guy.”  I mean it would be terrible if the sales person actually knew something about skateboarding and could competently sell me a skateboard.  But that would probably take away from the important sales: watches, sunglasses, and shoes. Also hiring these people that don’t know anything keeps costs down, they don’t need decent wages since they don’t have any specialized knowledge.  Which means more profit in Doug’s pocket and less money in the skate community.

5.  I love that they are located online and in the mall. Nothing makes my life easier. When I’m at home watching “Rob and Black” or the XGames I can just get on the computer and I’m a click away from buying some new lifestyle products. Or when I’m at the mall I can hit up Zumiez, Pac Sun, and Industrial all at once. I gotta compare prices on the D3 you know.

6. I love how they only sponsor kids who are already a big deal. It is much easier to let someone else take a chance on someone. I mean it’s a pretty big risk to support the local kid who’s coming up, it is better to only help those who have already had a small shop bring them up.

7. The selection is top notch at Industrial. I never have to worry about getting confused with what company to buy. Why support the small companies when we are focused on what the main stream wants. (Yes, I know Industrial carries Brimley, but one small company doesn’t mean they are supporting the scene.) And honestly where else could I buy the Kawasaki x DC motocross shoe? I mean if Doug loved skateboarding or small companies we’d never get the chance to purchase this awesome moto shoe.

8. The store isn’t owned by skateboarders. Why shop somewhere where the person loves and cares about skateboarding? That will just get in the way. He might make a decision that is good for the community and not about the bottom line. And it’s close enough to looking like a real shop, I mean Industrial, Active, and Zumiez are all close enough.

9. I love autograph signings! There is nothing more exciting than waiting in line for hours and hours so I can fan out on Corey Duffel and his awesome pants! And I love that I know the signing will always be at Industrial, I’d be confused if it happened at a local shop. I mean if it’s not in the mall how would I ever find it?

10. I simply hate the local store. I mean at the local store the employee turnover is low (so we can assume the employee is happy). The employees at the local shop actually skateboard, and can help recommend things for experience. That pisses me off, I just want a sales pitch don’t inform me about the product. The local shop supports local skaters, and actually contributes to the community (more than just an autograph signing or demo). Also I hate seeing variety when I shop, the local shop carries brands I might not have heard of yet. Listen? Instant Winner what’s that? The local shop has videos from all over the place, and allows me to be exposed to more than just the mainstream skateboard stuff. Once again that is just confusing. Really there is nothing good about the local shop, thank you Industrial, if you weren’t around I’d have to shop at a legit store, with legit employees, ugh that’d be awful.

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… so uhhh Sharon what do you like better the Bones Street Tech Formula or the Spitfire Streetburners? Oh you’ve never riden either? You coulda fooled me you look like your way into skateboarding.

Fuck Rasa X Sharp Gain Profits Ltd.

Rasa’s newest partner Pony has recently been bought by Sharp Gain Profits Ltd. Sharp Gains is owned by Symphony Holdings, a Hong Kong based company that owns ‘core companies like Speedo…

And don’t think Pony was any more legit before these assholes bought it. Prior to that it was run by Global Brand Marketing, which the “The Firm,” an entertainment management company that managed such amazing acts as Limp Bizkit, and the BackStreet Boys had the majority stake in the company.

PONY X RASA POSTER

nice shoes matt/rasa… skateboard gets a little less ‘core everyday.

Arizona State University…

…is a terrible place. 

 

Dean Crow... sucks

Dean Crow... sucks

 

1. The school denied President Obama an honorary degree. Really?

2. The school is only worried about money. “Publish or Perish” isn’t the Dean’s motto, I think something he would be happier with would be “get a grant or get out.”

3. The school is trying to get rid of tenure… hell if i went to school for 4 for the B.S., then 2 for the M.A., then 3-5 more for a PhD. (not to mention the people that do another 2-3 for a post doc), then killed myself for another 5 years to get tenure… I’d think I had earned a little job security. 

4. If the dean can’t take away an established professors tenure away, he has increased teaching loads for full professors in hopes of getting them to retire.

5. The freshman MUST live on campus and buy a meal plan… another good way to make money (I’m very glad I went there when I could live at home otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to afford a degree from ASU)

6. The size of the classes are going to be huge, while not up to a 1,000 students in a class room yet, some NON-freshman classes will have over 500 people.

7. Finally for a school that is trying to make… errr save money maybe we can cut the Deans salary that is nearly $700,000 per year.

Active Mail Order Files Bankruptcy…

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http://business.transworld.net/2009/03/23/active-ride-shop-filed-for-chapter-11/

I wonder if Industrial is worried that they will be the next mail order to lose ground. Or is FootLocker second guessing their purchase of CCS?

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I dunno, I have no sympathy for mail order/mall shops that steal business from real skateshops. Doug and Aaron and the rest of them at Industrial suck and don’t care about skateboarding. Yea, it’s cute they bring demo’s and signings to AZ/Texas/Nevada but what the hell do they actually do for the local people that actually skateboard? NOTHING.

The scene would be 100 times better in AZ if every single Industrial shut down, and an independent neighborhood skateshop opened. One that would employ people that know about and love skateboarding, and sponsor kids who are coming up.

Mail order/mall stores suck.