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Smirking pharmabro Martin Shkreli to employee's wife: "I hope to see you and your four children homeless"

Martin Shkreli is the smirking, remorseless poster child for trumpism: a serial fraudster who leavened his ponzi schemes by presiding over pharmaceutical price-gouging. Read the rest

After Twitter ban, Pharma bro Martin Shkreli boasts about his new account, which is immediately banned

Martin Shkreli was suspended from Twitter in January after harassing reporter Lauren Duca there, and reported being permanently banned Thursday. He boasted about setting up a new Twitter account to circumvent the ban, but @TrashyTheCat has now been banned too.

Shkreli is most famous for hiking the cost of the HIV drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill, but he’s also well known for being incredibly obnoxious. After he paid $2 million for the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin he set up a YouTube live stream of him sitting, doing nothing, and teasing that he would play the album. He did not play it at that time, but later streamed clips of it to celebrate Donald Trump being elected as president.
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Martin Shkreli buying domain names of people who write about him

Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli became famous for hitting AIDS patients with a price hike in a life-saving drug—and then for the fraud charges for which he awaits his day in court. But he's also a bit of an odd duck, eating shit on campus and getting kicked off Twitter for harassment. Now he's been noticed snapping up web domains that include critics' and enemies' names.

Maxwell Tani at Business Insider:

Over the past five months, Shkreli has purchased domains associated with writers from Vice, Vanity Fair, AOL, Bloomberg, Dealbreaker, and Gizmodo, along with others associated with other individuals critical of Shkreli on social media.

Shkreli didn't appear to be too happy when Noisey reporter Phil Witmer published a story ... "Can I buy philwitmer.com right now? Yes I can, and yes I will," he said to whoever was watching his livestream. ...

In the weeks after Shkreli's Twitter account was suspended in January for harassing Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca, the former exec started buying up domain names for journalists, snagging "marrymelauren.com" on the day he was suspended.

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Dollar-a-dose, off-patent drug being marketed in the US for $89,000 as a muscular dystrophy treatment

Deflazacort, a steroid, can be purchased online from non-US sources for $1.00, but now it's being marketed by Illinois's Marathon Pharmaceuticals for $89,000 as Emflaza, to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which predominantly affects men in their 20s. Read the rest

How to agree with something Trump does without endorsing trumpism

When Donald Trump killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a "trade deal" that had been negotiated by representatives of multinational corporations and government bureaucrats in utmost secrecy in order to give corporations the power to decide which labor, environmental and safety laws they'd obey, I started to hear from "progressives" who had suddenly discovered the deal, and decided that if Trump was against it, they should be for it. Read the rest

Pharma bro Martin Shkreli suspended from Twitter after harassing reporter

Lauren Duca, a writer for Teen Vogue, recently penned a popular opinion piece about president-elect Donald Trump's constant lying. Martin Shkreli is a disgraced pharmaceutical executive who famously hiked the price of a lifesaving drug before being charged with fraud. A Trump fan, he started tweeting about wanting to date her, despite her clearly finding it unwelcome and ultimately harassing, then took his remarks to direct messages. When she finally, publicly told him to get lost, he downloaded a photo of her, photoshopped his own head onto that of her partner, and made it his Twitter background. Then Twitter itself finally got sick of his shit and suspended him. Read the rest

Children synthesize $2 version of Martin Shkreli's $750 malaria drug

The smirking, villainous pharma-hedge-douche-bro Martin Shkreli (previously) bought the rights to the anti-parasitic drug Daraprim -- used to treat malaria, a disease that disproportionately affects the poorest people in the world -- and jacked the price from $13.50/dose to $750/dose. Read the rest

Martin Shkreli offers a bailout to ailing 4chan

Meme factory/Anonymous birthplace/alt-right breeding ground 4chan is facing challenges similar to those plaguing all ad-supported sites, but as with all things channish, 4chan's problems have their own unique and grotesque wrinkles. Read the rest

Walmart heiress donated $378,400 to Hillary Clinton campaign and PACs

Alice Walton, heiress to the Walmart fortune, donated $353,400 to Hillary Clinton's "Victory Fund" and another $25,000 to the Ready for Hillary PAC. Read the rest

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Pollster explains how Chamber of Commerce can steamroller empathetic execs into opposing progressive policies

The US Chamber of Commerce is a business lobbying group that fights against paid family leave, increases in the minimum wage, rules protecting sick time and guaranteeing predictable work-times and hours. Read the rest

Pathetic, smirking attention-whore Martin Shkreli does something

He sent Kanye West a public offer of $10M for West's next studio album, which Shkreli alone would be able to listen to and enjoy. Read the rest

Pharma price-gouger Martin Shkreli smirks at Congress, refuses to answer questions

Summoned to a congressional hearing into price-gouging, entrepreneur Martin Shkreli smirked, dodged and insulted those before him, even when all they wanted to talk about was Wu-Tang Clan.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen the committee treated with such contempt,’’ Representative John Mica, a Florida Republican, said after Mr. Shkreli was excused and left the room. Mr. Mica asked if Mr. Shkreli could be held in contempt of Congress. The committee chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, said he did not intend to do so. The theatrics surrounding Mr. Shkreli’s appearance, which included his smirking at some remarks by committee members, overshadowed some of the more substantial discussion about huge overnight price increases in the prices of old drugs by Turing and another company, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

Shkreli famously raised the price of a cheap generic medication to $750 a pill, knowing that it would take years for other companies to get products approved. He was recently arrested on unrelated fraud charges and released on bond, thereby justifying his use of a phrase — "On the advice of councel… I respectfully decline" — used seemingly to mock his interrogators today.

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My Tinder date with ‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli

Jacklyn Collier was dubious that the man claiming to be Martin Shkreli really was Martin Shkreli. He convinced her by showing photos of his identification. Curious about the notorious HIV drug price-gouger, she went on a date with him and wrote about it for the Washington Post.

The waitress came over and made a few recommendations. Martin asked, “Is there a vegetarian menu? My assistant said there was a vegetarian menu. There’s a vegetarian menu, right?” He wasn’t being a jerk; it was more of an “I’m stressed because my date doesn’t put raw fish in her mouth” kind of comment. The waitress assured us that there was a vegetarian menu. We ordered a drink and Martin told me that he was a lightweight, something I’d never heard a man admit on a date (or ever).

The waitress also pointed out the list of Japanese teas on the menu. Most of the teas were priced between $8 to $13, but there was a “Gold Medal Sencha” for $120 a cup. Apparently it’s extremely rare and won an important tea competition in Japan. After the waitress left, we joked about paying $120 for a cup of tea. I thought about making a price-gouging joke, but couldn’t think fast enough.

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Infomercial for $90 "power" candles

Dr. Linda Salvin is a "spiritual doctor, famous psychic, healer, medium" who sells Wicks of Wisdom, $90 candle sets alleged to have special powers. The Rebound Power candle "reverses negativity to the sender" and the Sweetening Judgment Power candle is "excellent for court cases, legal issues and brings them in your favor." (Martin Shkreli should hock his Wu-Tang Clan album and load up on that one.)

"I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't believe in the power of Wicks of Wisdsom" says Salvin in her spectacularly avaricious infomercial. "I have testimony after testimony, and I would not be wasting my time, my energy, or my reputation on national TV. Wicks of Wisdom works, like a prescription for your soul."

The infomercial co-stars Kris Jenner (who she?) as product pitchman.

The YouTube comments on the video will have you weeping with shame for the human race.

Here comes JR "Bob" Dobbs to set things straight:

Slavin's retort:

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Martin Shkreli is right: fraud charges only arose because of pharma scumbaggery

Martin Shkreli, the notorious, most-hated-man-on-the-Internet pharma douchebro who was arrested last week for securities fraud, told the FBI that the only reason they bothered busting him for financial corruption is that he had made a spectacle out of himself with his pharma shenanigans. Read the rest

Best FOIA ever: Asking FBI to get that coveted Wu-Tang Clan LP from Martin Shkreli

Andrew Wiseman wins the day with this hilarious Freedom of Information Act Request.

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