Below is the second email acor mailed to a number of people concerning their cancellation of the St. Louis edition of their ‘conferences’.
First off, let RK remind all calling acor or icoc a ‘conference’ is about as real as calling our elections in America a chance for the “people” to chose their leaders.
If anyone disbelieves the later of these two statements we suggest you take the blinders off your eyes and cotton wads out of your ears and do some serious study of the facts.
And by serious study RK does not mean watching Olbermann or Fox News.
As for the former please read on.
RK has already written quite a bit about what acor is and what it isn’t and we are not going to re-discuss what we have already written – go look through our ARCHIVES or use our SEARCH ENGINE to find those posts and read them, you’ll learn a lot.
As for what is happening now?
RK has decided we cannot sit by and allow the crapola bullshit the acor board is trying to float concerning their “decision” to postpone their affair scheduled for April 2009 in St Louis.
Perhaps the best idea is for RK to translate the acor speak contained in their email.
Our comments appear in bold type after those the acor pseudo-rug-honchos felt they needed to amend the first email they sent out.
By the way we have included that email below as well as our email that was sent to all those who have signed their names to this one, as well as to others like the publisher and editor of hali magazine and some of the heads of the “rug societies” who support acor, and who we felt were interested parties that need to have a major RK reality check.
Our announcement of ACOR 9's postponement was done in haste in order to reach you promptly, and we would like now to return with a more detailed explanation of the reasoning behind our decision.”
Please this is so ridiculous it doesn’t even bear our deciphering the stupidity behind it. Read their first email, which was sent out less than 10 days ago and why they couldn’t mouth the asinine excuses then, that they have now, is ludicrous.
But ludicrousness is the common denominator of almost everything that happens in rugDUMB.
Plus there is the unexplained certainty that acor received a bunch of pissed-off emails from those dealers and participants, who have not only had their plans disrupted but have also now lost monies they spent for airline tickets and other arrangements.
The feeble “we’re sorry” doesn’t go very far when many dealers have spent money and time to prepare their presentations and now realize they are in the hole, big time, thanks to the chicken-shit unilateral decision acor has taken.
RK will well explain why we are using chicken-shit to describe their decision, so read on.
“As you have probably surmised, revenue from Dealers' Row constitutes a major portion of the financing that makes an ACOR conference possible.”
Fact is the money raised from “dealers” is used to provide costly “perks”, gifts and freebees to a select group of rug arseholes whose bogus status in rugDUMB supposedly entitles them to treatment everyone else is prevented from enjoying.
Every acor and every icoc has provided free accommodations, free meals, etc. etc to these folks and quite frankly RK is sure many rug collectors now realize this and, like RK, are pissed about it – and by the way most of you have learned this only because RK has spoken up about it both privately and publicly for many years.
Let us also state our having exposed this insidious practice is not one of “sour grapes” because we have never bothered to get into the “in group” that rules acor or the icoc. Frankly, we wouldn’t sit next to these people, let alone break bread with them, so please all you RK haters don’t bother vomiting that bullshit here to try and sully our comments.
“So our concern grew month by month last fall as we watched dealer reservations trickle in at a slower pace than any previous conference.”
Fact is these acor people are too full of their own crapola to realize the reason their “reservations” were at a “slower pace” is because many of you are tired of supporting a group of freeloading rug luminaries while you pay for their perks and, of course, never receive any.
Plus there is another very important but s little known fact that has kept many dealers from signing up.
At the last acor, which was held in Boston, the acor board sold their mailing to michael grogan of grogan auction in Dedham,. Mass. for allegedly $5,000 and then allowed grogan to pull buses up to the conference hotel and take everybody off to his auction on the last day of the dealer’s fair.
Speak about biting the hands that feeds you and then sticking a sharp stick into their eyes, many dealers were livid and swore they would think long and hard about attending another acor.
What goes around comes around, and clearly the moron, stuffed shirt, arseholes who run acor figured they would get away with what they did –clearly they haven’t and the sluggish dealer reservations for the St Louis event can probably be securely attributed to the sellout that happened to them in Boston.
Let RK be the first to congratulate all you dealers who have decided enough is enough and were going to forgo paying thousands for another kick in the butt at the hands of these acor shits.
“Mid-January was our go-no/go point, because after that the financial penalty for cancellation of the conference under our contract with the Millennium Hotel would increase substantially.”
Duhhh, so instead of biting the bullet and trying to make the St Louis event happen, the acor board decided to save their bacon at the expense of assuring everyone else’s end up as charred, burnt pork.
Plus here’s another little known fact.
Many years ago the icoc in Hamburg was in a similar predicament and the only reason the show did go is because one of the organizers, Siawosch Azadi, personally opened his wallet and contributed a sizeable amount of money, and the show went on.
By the way in RK and many other collectors opinions that conference produced the best ever exhibition of Turkmen rugs and the accompanying “Blumen in der Wuste” catalog.
It is also worth mention that Azadi never got back one penny of the money he contributed.
RK has also heard the Milan icoc faced a similar short fall and one of the Italian organizers opened his wallet to make sure it went off. But in this case, as we have also heard it, he was paid back.
Regardless of the fact many of those involved with the St Louis acor, and acor board are wealthy men and women, they too could have contributed but they didn’t.
Honestly, these rug-poseur douche-bags couldn’t lick the boots of a man like Azadi, and therefore they selfishly chose to save themselves and screw everyone else. It’s no wonder RK has such contempt for these shit-head rug suckers.
“In early January we debated whether to contact those dealers whom we hadn't heard from to determine their plans. But our calculations showed it was not a workable solution.”
Bullshit says RK and, although we do not know for sure, we are quite sure when dealers were contacted they told these acor people to stuff it, and with good reason considering what was done to them in Boston.
“Paid commitments were so few that even if we were able to double that number by persuading more dealers to commit without delay, we would still not reach the target number needed to justify an economically-feasible conference.”
Again acor speak is full of crap and RK is sure had they gone on with the show many would have signed up at the last minute and, at the worst, the “shortfall” of revenue would not have been as drastic as these acor rug-sucking slobs are making it out to be.
And, of course, a number of them could have chipped in to make sure the show would have gone on – and had they, it would have.
“Added to that, registrations for conference attendance were the slowest in our experience, running far below our targets.”
Once again collectors and dealers are disgusted with the mediocrity of these acor and icoc events and it is no wonder they sat on their hands rather than write checks to allow more of the same to happen.
“We faced three choices. First, significantly slash conference costs by eliminating some exhibitions, cutting back food and entertainment expenses, and offering dealers rooms with no display boards or lighting, all of which obviously would have worked against us by making ACOR far less attractive to everyone.”
If you can swallow this bullshit without choking or laughing you probably still believe our new president, mr barrack obama, is for change.
RK says Bullshit to all three ideas.
First of all, the food served at any icoc or acor has been revolting and not only would RK not touch it with gloves on but we wouldn’t feed such cheap slop to our dog.
Eliminating some exhibitions? What the freak are these creeps talking about? At St Louis there was going to be NO museum show, nor does RK believe the “collectors” show would have been anything other than a circle-jerk for a bunch of acor honchos to show their own mediocre ‘collections’.
Plus since there were not going to be a lot of dealers, and charles lave who did most if not all of the work to set the dealer rooms up has died, we believe their statement is just another mealy-mouth bunch of specious bullshit – and so should you.
“Second, (to)sic keep going despite increased penalty commitments, hope for a turnaround, and risk the inevitability of totally bankrupting ACOR if we didn't make our numbers.”
Well first off let RK opine if acor went bankrupt and disappeared the only ones who would be worse for it would be the rug-sucker and board members who have gotten far more out of these events than anyone else.
“Third, postpone the conference, take a substantial monetary hit in penalties, face the displeasure of some participants, and sustain enough cash after expenses to assure the viability of ACOR's future.”
Whatever “hit” acor took is small compared to the “hits” a lot of you have suffered and did suffer by supporting other acor and icoc events.
Plus, as RK stated, by biting the bullet it is very probable the shortfall would have been less than the cancellation hit acor took.
“Clearly the #3 choice was the one that made sense, since it promised to keep ACOR alive for the better times ahead.”
All RK can say is FUCK ACOR, its board and the pompous rug-ignorant arseholes who have sucking gravy off of everyone else’s plates.
“We should explain here that ACOR, unlike ICOC, manages its finances to emerge from each conference with a fiscal surplus sufficient to carry it through the planning stages of the next one. If we lose that "nut", ACOR's future is cloudy at best.”
Here’s about he only truthful statement these acor clowns have made – too bad the “nut” they mention would be more akin to describing how “nut”s anyone would have to be to believe the duplicitous, self-serving shit this email dishes out.
“We are painfully aware of the loss faced by those who purchased non-refundable tickets and we feel extremely badly about it.”
“We feel extremely bad about it”?
This is typical piss down my back and tell me it’s raining garbage those who lead always mouth to justify their selfish actions.
“But we did not find it a sufficient reason to keep charging ahead and running the risk of destroying all that we've built.”
Freakin’shit what is wrong with these dumb bastard acor honchos?
What the hell have they built other than an icoc-lite organization, made up of similar rug-suckers and sycophants, that benefits a small group of equally bogus rug-arseholes??
“And please understand that ACOR is sharing the pain: the amount that we will lose in accordance with our contractual obligations is equally dismaying to contemplate.”
This is perhaps the most disgusting, specious and revolting statement contained in this used toilet paper email.
Not one of the acor board members has suffered even a penny of loss – but all those of you who made plans, bought airline tickets, etc have personally lost your money.
But pompous, conceited crapola bloated “leaders”, like the group of pseudo-rugDUMBers who run acor and icoc, always try, and often succeed, in getting away with such statements.
Again RK says good riddance to them, acor and icoc and their perks, gifts and freebees.
“But we hope our decision will preserve what it takes to bring another conference into being when the time is right.”
Who needs acor or icoc?
Clearly, only those who RK has called out and accused of selfishness and stupidity, and self-interest that’s who.
“These are difficult times, and the tough decisions they require spare few from feeling the effects.”
Again what have any of the shit-head signatories to this piece of crap email suffered?
Don’t make RK laugh any harder, these shitheads are so full of crap that not only are their back teeth brown but their front ones are as well.
“We hope this helps you understand why we feel that postponing ACOR 9 was the right decision despite the impact that some will experience.”
Substitute the word “some” for “you” and you get the picture loud and clear.
“Meanwhile, thanks as always for your support of ACOR; we couldn't do it without you.”
Gee, aren’t you all glad for that patronizing nod from the high and mighty rug shitheads like hopkins, riseman, hubbard, silverman, etc?
All RK can say is FUCK them, their mediocre “collections”, their rug-ignorance, self-serving bullshit and the holier than thou beliefs they carry around like they really are something special.
“Here's to better times in what lies ahead. With best wishes from the Board of Directors:
As we promised, here is the first email they sent out and below that in bold the one we sent out to them and others we mentioned.
Just for drill we are including the one we sent to mark hopkins, who is in our opinion one of the dumbest arseholes in rugDUMB. But, that said, we must also say that schmuck hopkins has a lot of company.
”Thursday, January 22, 2009
The ACOR Board of Directors has announced that the 9th American Conference on Oriental Rugs (ACOR 9), scheduled for 30 April-3 May 2009 in St Louis, MO, USA, has been postponed to a later year.
Board President Sharon Fenlon explained: "While we deplore this decision immensley, it became apparent in early January that incoming registrations for both conference and dealers' fair participants were falling so short of their pre-determined targets that ACOR could run the risk of not meeting its contractual agreements with its vendors, making this postponement inevitable. For those who have already registered to attend ACOR 9, we sincerely regret any inconvenience this might cause."
"Despite careful fiscal management on our part," Ms Fenlon added, "prevailing market conditions have forced ACOR to join the wide ranks of volunteer-run, non-profit organisations severely affected by the complications of today's economic slowdown. However, please know that ACOR is fully committed to sustaining the viability of its future conferences, and we look forward to announcing the next conference at such time as an economic turnaround makes the prospect feasible."
ACOR is assuring those already registered that it will fully reimburse all registration fees and/or dealer fees, hotel room payments and any other prepaid ACOR charges either by cheque or credit card refund by 1 March, if not before. Questions regarding reimbursement can be addressed to Annie Linville Grinstead at email@example.com”
Here is our email:
Cancellation, No Hopefully an Obituary
As one who never beats around any bush let me be the first and probably only person who is glad this has happened.
Well as someone who has been intimately involved in the rug world since the late 1960's, and has "seen it
all" I can genuinely say ACOR is a worthless
organization that has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to truly raise appreciation for this art area.
It has however, like the ICOC, raised the personal profiles of a number of greedy, stupid and rug ignorant individuals to unwarranted heights.
Frankly it and the ICOC have been used as their personal playgrounds and it is nice to see the fact that regardless of how much they have already personally gained from their "associations" with these organizations, their selfishness and greed prevents them from backing an affair that might not turn out to be as personally profitable as past events were.
Should this information shock you I welcome your reply and I can easily prove my statements with ease.
WEAVING ART MUSEUM
a nonprofit art organization
OY HOPKINS: YOU FOURFLUSHING ARSEHOLE
WE KNEW WHAT AN IGNORANT POMPOUS PIECE OF SHIT YOU WERE WHEN WE MISTAKENLY SHOWED YOU THAT GENIUS BELOUCH PRAYER RUG THOSE LONG YEARS AGO
THE WAY YOU KICKED IT AROUND ON THE DIRTY FLOOR OF YOUR MUD ROOM DEMONSTRATED WHAT A REAL KNOW NOTHING AND NOBODY YOU ARE AND WERE
HOPEFULLY YOU AND ACOR BE GONE SOONER THAN LATER
AND GOOD RIDDENCE TO YOU ALL
PS: THAT BELOUCH PRAYER RUG WAS SOLD FOR ABOUT 20% THAN I OFFERED IT TO YOU FOR AND BY THE WAY A FAMOUS DEALER BOUGHT IT AND MARKED IT UP 100 PERCENT
SHOWS WHAT YOU KNOW
AND BY THE WAY TAKE YOUR NAME OFF YOUR "COLLECTION"
IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN A YEAR SINCE MICHAEL BLACK FROM NEW YORK BOUGHT IT FOR THE PITTANCE OF $125K
YESSHHH, EVEN A JERK LIKE YOU COULD HAVE PUT THOSE RUGS ON rugraBid.com AND GOTTEN FAR MORE
BUT mr hopkins, ONCE A SCHMUCK ALWAYS A SCHMUCK