back to article Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

Martin Shkreli, the obnoxious smirking hedge fund manager nicknamed Pharma Bro, is going to jail after a series of Facebook posts convinced a judge that he's a menace to society. No, he wasn't extolling the joys of raising prices on AIDS drugs by 5,000 per cent, or talking about his conviction last month for multiple counts of …

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Could not have happened to a nicer chap.

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one smirk down . . . thousands to go . . . persevere!

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"Could not have happened to a nicer chap".

^ Absolutely this +100!

As the saying says: "What goes around comes around".

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> As the saying says: "What goes around comes around".

Sadly, this is not true, hence the happiness when it actually does.

Now, some Pharma karma would be great to add to said happiness.

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"Could not have happened to a nicer chap."

Apart from Trump, Assange and Farage ...

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You would need a heart of stone not to laugh

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"Apart from Trump, Assange and Farage ..."

Yes yes, insert despised political figure here, we get it.

But you don't. What's going on here is we're verbally ripping apart a fellow human who righteously deserves to be so ripped. We worked out the method a few hundred thousand years ago, living in small tribes of under 150. Back then tho, it was up close and personal.

This cyber-shaming thing seems, I don't know, kinda tame. Yeah okay, millions are doing it, but so what? HE probably could not give a fig about that, as long as he has at least some fans.

I suppose being modren and all, we must allow that judge to be our surrogate in this matter. Sigh.

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There are plenty who have done worse and got away with it. And for far less reward. Shkreli's great sin, is to be publically unapologetic and say if people didn't like what he did then they should make it illegal. He doesn't understand the vital role that hypocrisy plays in wrong-doing.

From the moment he smiled on camera and said he didn't care, it was inevitable he'd be put away for something and no jury in the land would acquit him. You can care about money more than people all you like... but you shouldn't say it!

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" You would need a heart of stone not to laugh"

And I am not that man either.

He looks (and sounds) like a real poster boy for the "I'm so entitled, taxes are for the little people" sub 1% of US society that he so deserves a good slap.

But remember, just because others like him don't come across as obvious Aholes does not mean they aren't even bigger ones.

They are just quieter about it.

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Re: " You would need a heart of stone not to laugh"

Yeah I think if he'd made that apology immediately the judge would have left him out on bail, but when he had that "come at me, you can't touch me" attitude at first until his lawyers talked some sense into him the judge knew his apology was not even a little bit sincere.

Nice to see his douchiness suitably rewarded for once!

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oh dear, there always has to be one

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Hey! Calling him Pharma Bro is a slap in the face to all bros everywhere. The proper term is pharmadouche.

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Even douches would be offended by the association with him.

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Will he be allowed to keep up his chemistry pursuits inside? I don't think the prison should intervene if he really wants to engage in cell pharm.

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I'd almost say let his name become a term in itself for what he is, but he'd probably get off on the infamy.

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cell pharm

I saw what you did there.

:)

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I'm sure he'll be too enthralled at the prospect of hourly cavity searches (and penetration testing) courtesy of his cellmate, Bubba.

Chemistry will come a distant second.

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@Triggerfish; "he'd probably get off on the infamy"

You mean he'd tell everyone he was only there because the judge and jury all had it in for him?

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Pharmatwat?

Might work.

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Federal prison is a piece of cake though by comparison to the state systems.

There will be no Bubba, just a James or a Jack perhaps.

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"Come at me with your hardest because I haven't seen anything impressive yet."

And Bubba is only going to see this as an invitation...

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" Hey! Calling him Pharma Bro is a slap in the face to all bros everywhere. The proper term is pharmadouche. "

I find that people who refer to themselves/each other as "bros" are likely to be referred to by others as "douches" anyway.

And to localise that into en_GB, people who refer to themselves/each other as "lads" are likely to be referred to by others as "twats".

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It's called deflection

He's trying to move his case from one of lying/stealing/raping to some un-prosecutable case of "just being a jerk".

It's very simple and the public consumers will eat it up. I hope the prosecutors send his tight little ass to jail for all the right reasons. Since he's into personal growth, he'll enjoy the friendly prodding.

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Re: It's called deflection

@elDog - "It's called deflection"

Occam's Razor - no, he really is just an arsehole

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Re: It's called deflection

He's just wants to meet new friends who'll widen his circles.

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Re: It's called deflection

>>He's trying to move his case from one of lying/stealing/raping to some un-prosecutable case of "just being a jerk".

Couldn't be bothered to look up what he was charged with, then. Raping? :/ He was sentenced for two counts of security fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit security fraud. He was found not guilty on five other counts of security fraud in the same case. His investors - who the state was acting on behalf of - actually made quite a lot of money from the investments so the case would probably never have come to trial if the State hadn't wanted to find him guilty of something. And this is accurate whether you like the guy or not. If the criminal actually gives you a three-fold return on your investment, you're unlikely to sue him and it never came up until he came to public attention and became a hated public figure. (The charges related to his career as a hedge-fund manager a couple of years before the drug price furore).

The fundamental rule of the rich is to pretend to care about the poor. It's the thing that stops outright revolution! And Skkreli broke that rule.

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Re: It's called deflection

"His investors made quite a lot of money" - fine, but that doesn't actually indemnify you from what you did to make it.

If I take your $100,000, invest it on an inside tip, and return $200,000 to you - that was still insider trading, it was still illegal, and now I've implicated you in that. So even though you've done well out of it, you might reasonably feel aggrieved at me.

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Club Fed

My experience with Club Fed is NO electronic devices whatsoever. One might use one to record some of the many lies told by the people in charge.

Plus they want complete control over who an inmate contacts and they record all communications, so no email or cell phones.

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Re: Club Fed

This sounds like the plan for all of us non-inmates...

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Re: Club Fed

What makes you think you're not an inmate? You're just in the lowest security part of the penal system.

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"What makes you think you're not an inmate? You're just in the lowest security part of the penal system."

I was hoping for something that looks more like Portmeirion. And perhaps a single-digit number.

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Menace to society? I think not.

I've certainly never been afraid of people like that.

Probably a menace to himself, though. The batshit crazy usually are. Should have committed himself (a psychiatric hold), he'd have been out in 72 hours.

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Re: Menace to society? I think not.

@Jake - "Menace to society? I think not...I've certainly never been afraid of people like that."

But he hasn't offered to buy *your* mutilation, so why would *you* worry?

It's not him specifically that the Secret Service are concerned about, so much as the crazy people who will do something because of him.

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Re: Menace to society? I think not.

You're not on the medication he has made prohibitively expensive, then.

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Re: Menace to society? I think not.

Funny how nobody complained when the Chaos Computer Club were asking for DNA samples of prominent politicians.

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Re: Menace to society? I think not.

" Funny how nobody complained when the Chaos Computer Club were asking for DNA samples of prominent politicians. "

Were the members of the Chaos Computer Club up for bail hearings on felony charges?

This didn't happen because he was some kind of special case -- we heard about it because he's some kind of special case.

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Lovely, lovely man

There are assholes in this world. There are sniveling dickheads. There are embarrassments to humanity. There are worthless wastes of eons of human evolution. There are puke-inducing turdmen who make reasonable folks weep to be members of their species.

And then there's Martin Shkreli ...

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Re: Lovely, lovely man

Not even Hermes could limbo dance under the bar this guy sets.

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Re: Lovely, lovely man

Not even Hermes could limbo dance under the bar this guy sets.

He'd probably think the winged rod was something else anyway ..

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Re: Lovely, lovely man

> Not even Hermes could limbo dance under the bar this guy sets.

And some of us thought Twitler had already set the bar too low for that.

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Re: Lovely, lovely man

"He'd probably think the winged rod was something else anyway ."

That might have been a tangential comment, but just in case: I was referring to the character in Futurama, not the ancient alien who introduced alchemy to the world :)

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Re: Lovely, lovely man

What's the difference between a Catfish and Martin Shkreli?

Ones a scum-sucking bottom feeder... and the other is a fish.

boom boom.

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Re: Lovely, lovely man

That was my first guess too - "wait, maybe they're talking about the deity?" was only the distant second...

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Re: Lovely, lovely man

hmm, One's a ...

Being a grammar Nazi has its risks.

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Re: Lovely, lovely man

I was referring to the character in Futurama, not the ancient alien who introduced alchemy to the world :)

Ah, you think I misunderstood by accident? You have much to learn, grasshopper :)

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I honestly have trouble believing this guy is real and not a character sometimes.

Doesn't make me not want to grab popcorn whenever the subject comes up though.

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I only wish...

...that the judge would appoint me to give Shkreli a little private one-on-one 'spiritual counseling' for about 15-20 minutes. I honestly believe I could make him see the error of his ways. But even if he still chose to not see the light, I would walk away with a permanent grin knowing that I wiped that disgusting smirk off of the little prick's face, at least for a little while.

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Re: I only wish...

I'll crowdfund you.

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Re: I only wish...

It would be ironic for him to get septicemia and suddenly find he couldn't afford the medication to treat it.

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Re: I only wish...

It would be ironic for him to get septicemia and suddenly find he couldn't afford the medication to treat it.

The problem is that even identity thieves would not want to fake his identity. They'll easily rob a pensioner blind, but pretending to be Shkreli, no.

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