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James Pribram Eco-Warrior Project: Dead On Arrival

Sponsor Xs® Energy Drink David Vanderveen Filed For Divorce in mid-November: Another “Hollywood Marriage” Kaput in 2011.

James Pribram
Lame-o and Vander-vain: Starry-eyed at the engagement party. They'd only just begun... to fleece the unsuspecting!

(LAGUNA BEACH) -  OK, cue up Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust,” another phony enviro-venue that ironically died just before Thanksgiving Day 2011---So I’ll give THANKS today from not only myself, not only Laguna and knowledgeable industry surfies, but from the other legitimate eco-groups infinitely more deserving of support which suffered donation drainage.

 We’ll never know how much money found its way into the Eco-Warrior Project (E-WP) personal, non-tax deductible contribution coffers. Why? Because it never became a 501 c 3, in spite of it’s stated intention to do so ASAP at birth some 6 years ago.

 The E-WP also siphoned off public attention, and in the non-profit realm there’s a simple formula: “Acknowledgement=Empowerment=Long Term Sustainable Funding.” The E-WP, by its very existence, pushed real non-governmental groups (NGOs) aside via its self-promoting marketing canards, including the unabashed feel good saturation in local media----And achieved basically none of its own stated goals.

 Those of us who saw this scampaign as just another marketing ploy by a lazy, shiftless, never-had-a-real-job local beach bum are laughing our asses off….We thought that the public, targeted groupies and  “guppies” (gullibles) would continue to be the suckers born every minute that PT Barnum classically noted.

 The E-WP kept posing, reinventing itself, even manufactured bogus product or piled onto other’s successes to no avail. Apparently a rift occurred between the co-founders, or maybe it just plain ran out of gas, made zero $$$ for its millionaire sponsor Xs® Energy Drink aristocrat David Vander-vain? Perhaps Vander-vain was exasperated and horrified by his own Frankenstein, finally realized the embarrassment of the E-WP’s never fulfilled mission, goals, revenue model or all three?

 This is the way the James (Lame-o) Pribram Eco-Warrior world ends, not with a bang but a whimper. And its self-proclaimed hero certainly went out that way, sniveling, pissing, moaning and bellyaching to all within earshot. Shooting himself in the mouth and any possibility of future sponsor ducats, Lame-o went weeping in public via his FACEBOOK® account.

 One door closes, another opens: That door reads EXIT STAGE LEFT, carry this dead body out before it stinks even worse, as in left out, hung out to dry by his primary pimp daddy, Vander-vain.

 If there’s ever a coroner’s report, a cause of death certificate from the post-mortem autopsy, perhaps it would read: “Died of self-indulgence, possibly self-inflicted wounds after the onset of acute egotism and exacerbated by alcoholism.” How else to explain the endgame?

Fecal Warrior's X-mas 2011 Posting on FACEBOOK®
Expensive champagne no longer affordable?

 Readers might want to refresh their respective memories by browsing my previous  8/14/2011 column on this subject, and personally I hope that I helped in some way to push this thing closer to the graveyard gates:

“James Pribram's Eco-Warrior Project: A Corporate Scampaign manipulated by David Vanderveen of Xs Blast Energy Drinks?”

While we’re all trying to come to grips with Kim Kardashian’s breakup, with Demi and Ashton, with Chaz Bono, Kat Von D, J-Lo, Maria Shriver, or Sinead O’Connor’s 18 day whirlwind tour of her 4th marriage, the metrosexual couple formerly known as THE ECO-WARRIOR PROJECT seemed to have joined the crowded termination docket this year.

 All of the similar broken vows and dreams of endless marital bliss gone astray, never realized beyond the lip service of those heady wedding nuptials when launched by these two starry-eyed scammers about 6 years ago: The feature length, Sundance or Academy Award quality documentary never produced, the 501 c 3 non-profit status never even applied for let alone achieved, the book never written, few if any ecological enrichments acquired.

 And added to the list of “nevers” might be “Never really made much of a difference.” Oh, they DID make a difference to their checkbooks, although Lame-o seems to have assumed the winner’s role there in spite of his disclaimers. He always got the male superior, the top position, he got his ya-yas during the fiscal adventure of their stormy relationship.

 Here’s the “Ego-Warrior’s” announcement and initial responses to crying sycophants mourning his abject failure from the Ego-warrior’s FACEBOOK account, and hey, don’t blame his grammar or whining, rejected tone on me. Note that even though he didn’t pop for the $$$ and everyone knows it, he’s trying to claim it was a heartfelt investment. He pats himself on the back, he alleges his own nobility, and has the gall to compare himself to Hunter S. Thompson: Shouldn’t THAT kind of braggadocio have been a clue as to his agenda all along?

Lame-o actually posted this CGI on his own
FACEBOOK account. Always, it's about booze
and good times, huh?

  I'm sorry to announce that The ECO-Warrior Project has come to an end and would like to thank everyone for their support...  November 15 at 1:38pm 

My main sponsor dropped out this morning and I have already gone through my life savings trying to keep the project alive... " November 15 at 1:45pm

 It will only take one good company that believe's in the project and our environment to keep it alive...

November 15 at 6:02pm

 I was informed that my main sponsoring wouldn't be picking up my deal for next year…... November 16 at 9:53am 

 "Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?” 
― Hunter S. Thompson

 The warrior knows that a great dream is made up of many different things, just as the light from the sun is the sum of a million rays...”

Will another fool please step up and support this bozo in the style to which he’s become rapidly accustomed?  Don't bet against some other corporation(s) wanting to pull the same wool over unknowing eyes and unsuspecting ears. And after all, what will those empty-headed celebutard beotches in Hollywood do without the Fecal Warrior, without his ego, shaved manscape and fading looks by their side?

 James, referred to as the Fecal Warrior due to the large mound of BS he’s piled up on the public, gives no explicit explanation for the partnership breakup. Two failed, dead end attempts last year might hold a clue:

He was financed to do a ride along seeking the South Atlantic Trash Gyre---In this case that ocean vortex (gyre) was to have purported enormous, concentrated mounds of debris spinning around in it---Except not only did the boat he travelled on never find such a singular trash dump, but FACEBOOK browsers had to read his constant complaints about living conditions, his problems with communal sharing, yet how bravely he ventured forth while his denigrated veteran shipmates failed, blah blah blah.

 These "garbage patches" DO exist, don't get me wrong, there's a humongous one out in the North Pacific that's been widely covered. It's just another example of Lame-o, lacking imagination or originality, piggybacking some cause already heavily progressed by others. In a sense, maybe the folks he sailed with were, like the Ancient Mariner, cursed as he was their in-house albatross.

He was then financed by Xs® for a 2 week trip to Uluwatu/Bali, a beautiful Indonesian spot that was (you guessed it) also supposedly becoming polluted and getting physically trashed. Except after 2 weeks of binge drinking, not one concerned person other than the stoner guy who originally contacted him showed up for gatherings. Then our sweet warrior whined about lack of respect, as if all he had to do was show up and BINGO! Problem solved. His exaggerated, self-promoted subsequent interviews with media claimed that he'd planted an eco-stewardship flag when all he really did was surf, eat and drink on his contributor's funds---When those rupiahs ran out, he flew out a failure.

Vander-vain is filthy rich, can’t be about money. But David is of the uptight, religiously conservative right wing ilk and Lame-o’s image has slipped of his own doing. His bros in Laguna knew he was just a leech, a guy who never grew up or wanted to hold a real job, not to mention his every-night-of-the- week pub crawling.

 David is as self-absorbed as James is, that’s why this WAS a marriage made in heaven---- Total lack of product in its 6 years of existence, lack of real eco-substance or standing among the enviro-community, and probably an over-abundance of alcoholic adventures by James might help explain most of the separation. 

 Maybe, Lame-o, you should look no further than your own blogs for how and why you got dumped: Heavy on the drinking stuff and just how cool it is, always encouraging or enticing over-consumption at any hour. You exhibited corporate-sponsored self-indulgence with pictures of your self boozing it almost anywhere. Or vivid descriptions of trendy places where you got smashed, like 1st class seats on airlines or bars of exotic foreign hotels.

 “Res Ipsa Loquitor” (The thing reveals itself)…..The E-WP did that alright, it was an Xs-sive PR ruse bent on promoting itself first, second and third. It was never about enviro-improvement, and it also died from hyper-egotism, from inflated empty heads that took oodles of cash but gave back only empty promises---Oh, it also sold tons of those X-pensive, crappy-tasting Xs® slurpies to unsuspecting youth.

 As I cautioned in my 8/14/2011 column, readers need to do some homework, thoroughly research someone and/or their group affiliation, plus their board membership configuration and staff credentials before handing over money naively to con artists.

 One good way to start is by going to your state’s online business portal, this enables you to remove SOME, but not all of the veils of transparency. This helps you determine if it’s really a non-profit or scammers hiding behind the intentionally obfuscating verbiage “Not-For-Profit.”

 There IS a legal difference between that phrase and a 501 c 3, “caveat emptor,” let the buyer beware, these dudes for example were never the real deal. Here in California the link will give you the legal agent's name, address and other status info regarding any corporation, be it non-profit, LLC, etc.: 

GUIDESTAR is an excellent resource, there’s lots of information to help you determine the truthiness, the veracity, the accountability and especially the income tax records:

FYI: If a project near you has some interesting enviro-aspect(s) that you think is/are worthy of coverage and our readers attention, feel free to contact me with a very brief synopsis. Water-related “Blue Interventions” are my specialty!


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