Posted on: December 31, 2012 6:05 pm
 

Gotta try this coffee

If you live in Northern California or Nevada, you know all about Raley's. Now, they are featuring a fantastic new line of premium coffees. They are every bit as good as the national brands. They are also sending free samples for evaluation to their loyalty program members. I have been noted to rave about things that impress me, and this new coffee is really impressive.
Check out raleys.com for details.

Category: MLB
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:54 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 1:47 pm
 

The Man Behind the Syndicate

Randy Congdon, currently residing in Winnemucca, Nevada, is believed by Federal and State Authorities to be the head of the Green Marshmallow Syndicate. This organization specializes primarily in blackmail, computer fraud and industrial espionage. Moving from Elmira, New York in the late 1990's, ostensibly as a volunteer worker, it seems Congdon relocated to consolidate power in the Northern Nevada white-collar crime world.

Category: Fantasy Football
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:52 pm
 

Beware the Marshmallow Syndicate

The Marshmallow Syndicate

Those wondering about this organization and its methods need to realize that it seems to be
devoted to the ruin of the marshmallow industry, not the prosperity thereof. Many
of the Syndicate’s actions target production of the popular confection. Loss of
revenues has resulted to marshmallow manufacturers in the last few years due to
these shenanigans.

It’s first known attack, on the Just Born, Inc., a family-owned candy manufacturer famous for
its “Marshmallow Peeps”, gained the criminal organization its first nickname-
The GREEN Marshmallow Syndicate. The
reference to the verdant color has since been dropped by authorities. In late
January 2006, Just Born was in the process of producing its Easter run of
Marshmallow Peeps for their Texas/Louisiana markets. The typical combined sales
of the candies during the Easter months for these two states alone average
nearly 2 million dollars.

            Unbeknownst to the manufacturer a somewhat innocuous saboteur was at work.
 A factory worker, who has since disappeared and with apparent Syndicate ties,
surreptitiously added a catalyst to the vats producing the marshmallow filling
for the Peeps candies. While completely non-toxic, the substance produced a
disconcerting result noticed by quality control much too late. “It was a
dye-altering trigger “, replied the principal quality control inspector,” that
while initially invisible to the naked eye, turns green as the confection reach
a cool temperature. The problem was that we apply our colored sugar coating to
the candies while the marshmallow is still hot. The catalyst caused the color
change later, inside of the sugar coating. On the outside, the Peeps appeared
normal. Our quality control testers didn’t perform a “bite-test” until the next
morning in this instance. When they did, they immediately spotted the green
filling, but it was too late. It wasn’t even a remotely flattering shade of
green. It was a hideous grey-green that looked revolting. We had to scrap the
entire lot of candies. We make the candy as close to the holiday deadline as
possible to promote freshness. We were unable to catch-up in time for the
Texas/Louisiana markets and had to divert some candies that were headed
elsewhere. In the end, we had angry retailers with angry customers whose
children had no Peeps. We lost millions of dollars in sales.”

Another target of the Marshmallow Syndicate has been Kraft Foods, which manufactures,
among other things Marshmallows. The Syndicate has pulled costly pranks on
Kraft more than any other company. The apparent reason is that the alleged head
of the Syndicate, Randy Congdon of Northern Nevada,
is a fan of the Miami Dolphins football franchise. He erroneouslythat theKraft company is headed
by the owner of the New England Patriots football team, rivals of the Miami
Dolphins. Congdon has been described as a rabid fanatic in his sports viewing,
and seems to have this as his motive for targeting this particular candy maker.

            In late May 2008, Kraft was ramping up marshmallow production for the upcoming 4<sup>th</sup>
of July holiday. On order for the production of several tens of thousands of
bags of candy were a fleet of 8 tanker trucks filled with corn-syrup. These
trucks were dispatched 6 days beforehand and the candy factory was ready for
their arrival. When the tankers arrived, however, each was completely empty.
Apparently, the manifest had been altered by a member of the Syndicate,
identity unknown, to show that the tanker trucks had been filled by corn syrup
supplier, when in actuality, this filling had never taken place. Additionally,
records in the plant’s computers indicated that the specified volume had been
pumped into the trucks, but these later proved to be a forgery. The corn syrup
production plant carried on business as usual, workers and executives assuming
that the shipment had been properly sent. A panicked call from Kraft one week
later indicated otherwise.

Fortunately, Kraft was set-back, but not irretrievably so. “We had another shipment of syrup dispatched to one of
our other candy plants covertly”, said one Kraft authority, “Our workers at the
new plant performed valiantly to make the revised deadline and we are very
proud of them.”

The company still experienced loss, however, as candy meant for various markets had to be shipped from this much
more distant factory. Fuel costs for the extra fleet and later delivery trucks
as well as other unforeseen expenses made this a costly prank by the
Marshmallow Syndicate.

            As can be seen from the above, this organization has both resource and imagination
at its disposal. Candy companies nation wide move to high alert nowadays before
high profit events to avoid like instances of industrial sabotage. Business
owners refuse to take any chances and vow to stay hyper-vigilant and to have
contingency plan in place in the event they gain the attention of the
Marshmallow Syndicate.

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