Earning it and earning popularity are two different things. Purchasing votes to win a fictional "Orbie" award celebration is never a good thing. So, over time we have just sat back, relaxed and watched this potential scam grow.
It's not personal, it's Paranormal.
The IPAA. org website so very trusting with that dot org after it huh? Almost makes one believe that the IPAA is some type of "non profit" organization. Well, the IPAA IS for profit.
Concept- As their NING community grows and nomination votes tally up the "who's who" in the paranormal field...well, we are now left wondering about the entire concept. Similar to the Ghost Divas Popularity contest we hosted, the IPAA is the same concept. Vote for those you feel are deserving in the field. Well, once you browse through the nominees, you might walk away feeling nauseas. From pink panty dropping skanks to no name yokels that are working to get a free trip to some "big city" to collect their "orbie" award. Orbie? Really? Anyway, these people have big dreams riding on this award. The coordinators of IPAA have a lot of planning to do with pulling this award ceremony off.
Cha-Ching! Money is the root of all evil. Money is also the root of the paranormal field. (well, to people that are wanting to win awards of course). The network is not just a network, it's a "send us your money" campaign because they need it ro run the NING website... which I will be generous, probably does not cost anymore than $75 a month to operate, that's with A LOT of bandwidth. The suggestion to "Dontate Money" now, is a joke. I have emailed Laura (operator) and have asked several times as to where the money goes. She has yet to respond. (will she ever?)
Big Dreams- It is also rumored that winners of IPAA awards will be flown in and put up, free of charge for their efforts, hard work and popularity in the paranormal field. Oh wait, is that a rumor or is that a fact? I have also heard rumors that winners are to pay for expenses on their own. IF they are able to arrive at the grand award ceremony (That has yet to be announced, right along with a date) they will have to pay for travel, lodging and probably a ticket. So, if you are an IPAA network member, FIND OUT what happens when you WIN your award. Will you really be treated like paranormal royalty? IPAA at this point is a nice little social network that is promising the world. If you are a member, find out where your money is going.
Cha-Ching Part 2- We are the "Ghost Divas". We have been asked to "host" the IPAA awards, will we? nope. Perhaps everyone should ask where their money is going... are they flying in big names, selling tickets at the door to meet and greet para-celebs? Are they flying in hosts and staff ? FIND OUT WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING. KEEP ASKING.
We are waiting for email responses concerning these issues.
Another "rumor" is that all your IPAA award ceremony donations have gone to build and fund the brand new Paranormal TV Network.
This brand new network is complete with "Pay per view" and places where you can purchase advertisements. $200 for one minute! What a Bargain for "internet" based bullshit that has the SMALLEST market in the WORLD aka "fans of paranormal shit".
Funny huh? When you click on the PAY PAL "Donate" now link to the Paranormal TV Network.. it takes you to the IPAA bank account.***scratches head**** It's the SAME pay Pal link as the IPAA site? WTF? Somethings... fishy!
PayPal securely processes donations for IPAA 2009. You can complete your payment with just a few clicks. "
Another funny thing is that Laura K, with the IPAA claims that she has no affiliation with the PTN. Well, she does. It's her baby, it's HERS.
So, I do need to ask EVERYONE that has joined the IPAA social network and those that have donated money or know of someone that has donated money to PLEASE contact Laura and FIND OUT where your money is going.
The IPAA awards ceremony has already been moved ONCE, it was supposed to have happened this September 2009. WILL it happen March 2010? Will YOU as a winner from bumbfuck nowhere get a plain ticket or will they pay Kristyn Panty Drop Gartlands way because she's WAS on TV. Will the entire butt kissing crew of Para-X radio get free tickets to wherever the hell it will be because they are "bff"?
YOU the investigator, YOU the ghost hunter, YOU the person that has paid your dues (literally) to win your spot in the IPAA Orbie award ceremony going to be treated as a winner or will you be asked to put MORE money forward so you can claim your BOGUS trophy?
FIND OUT and ASK QUESTIONS. If it were me, I would not donated a DIME until you find out, in writing where the money is going.
Speaking of dimes, the IPAA website states "Even if you give 1 dollar, it will help"... well, funny to me, you CAN NOT give ONE dollar, there is a $25 limit to donating.
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STOP FRAUD in the Paranormal. NOBODY should EVER have to buy kudos in this field.
Want recognized... contact one of the million radio shows (even the ghost divas) if you rock, we are happy to celebrate it with ya!