This blog has been largely silent about Karl Clinger and his association with Brio Birth. There have been a few different reasons for that over time. One was mixed feelings that did include an element of compassion for him as a victim of the Thomases' scamming. One was a hope, for a brief, shining time last spring, that he would do the right thing on his own and shut Brio down for good. And one was that, as evinced by the lawsuit that he is still waging against Melissa (for you newbies, she was the author of Brio Vent, a previous blog dedicated to exposing the truth about Brio / Kyle and Naomi Thomas and their scams), he is not above bullying, including by abuse of the legal system. Now, however, I feel compelled to break that silence.
Coming soon from the Clingers: OVO Birth. It appears that this is to be a replacement for Brio Birth. So first we had Brio - the name of Kyle Thomas' little proposed empire, which purported to mean so many things, while making people think of toy trains. When he started exploiting the birth community, he also claimed it as related to the Greek word embrion, which is the basis of embryo, meaning life within. When he started having to run from federal judgments and mountains of other debt and threatened or pending litigation, along came Karl, the attempted human reputation shield, with Embrion Group, Inc - a Nevada corporation, which was never fully legally incorporated, and after a time of waiting for the steps to be completed, had its status revoked. Now there is to be OVO Birth - OVO, obviously, from the Latin for egg. Ivy has protested to sources who wish to remain anonymous that it is solely her project, that Karl is not involved. A simple whois lookup of the domain, however, tells a different story. From an outside perspective, Karl seems to be as uninvolved with OVO Birth as he was with Brio Birth.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
At the same time, an anonymous source has revealed that Karl is attempting to sell Brio Birth... to the Hathaways! Points for brass cojones, anyway. He put himself forth as a continuation of Brio Birth, using most of the same principals in the company, collecting money on behalf of Brio Birth, even doing a foreign entry into CO as "Brio Birth", meaning he has assumed successor liability for all of Brio Birth's debts, including a $140,000 judgement against Brio for the Hathaways, and he turns around and offers to sell Brio's assets to them. Apparently, this package is supposed to be worth a lot of money:
- A broken website containing outdated and recycled blog posts, a lot of bad links, and an inaccurate list of educators, many of whom have publicly denounced Brio Birth
- Over 20,000 likes on Facebook, many of which are poor quality - based on information and belief, they are either bought or they are the result of memes, many of them stolen, going viral - in other words, likes that will not be likely to convert into any kind of paying customer, and even ad revenue on a monetized site would be questionable
- A large amount of intellectual property stolen from a yahoogroup that was created by educators, for educators
- A workbook that contains a great deal of intellectual property that Brio itself doesn't have the rights to, and multiple cease and desist notices sent against it
This anonymous source reports that the Clingers' plan is to use Brio to drive traffic to OVO, then post all the stolen IP publicly, claiming that they are "giving it back to the birth community". It is unclear whether Kylomi will be involved in any way with this new project, or whether they will be profiting in any way from it.