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Shkreli ordered to return $64M, is barred from drug industry

https://apnews.com/article/martin-shkreli-daraprim-profits-fb77aee9ed155f9a74204cfb13fc1130
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u/Helphaer Jan 14 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome

Don't forget too easily that while this guy is a good poster boy for bad behavior, he is the convenient scapegoat that everyone can point to as a distraction from their own issues.

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u/PrehistoricDawg69420 Jan 14 '22

He's the face of what everyone else is doing.

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u/jml011 Jan 14 '22 Wholesome

Hoarding the only copy of unreleased Wu Tang clan albums?

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u/righttoplay Jan 14 '22

It was auctioned off and now belongs to the PleasrDAO group

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u/BraveFencerMusashi Jan 14 '22

Who is working with GameStop and Loopring on something

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u/Loverboy_91 Jan 15 '22

Something something ape tits jacked something.

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u/youdubdub Jan 15 '22

Don’t you dare besmirch ape tits or their droopy name! I cry foul!

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u/dubadub Jan 15 '22

Bad form, bad form. Get those tits jacked back in shape, pronto!

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u/youdubdub Jan 15 '22

I approve of your username, u/dubadub

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u/MushroomAddict920 Jan 15 '22

Lol wow this simulation is getting strange....I want to go with dfv back to the future

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u/lowteq Jan 14 '22 edited Jan 15 '22

This is the kind of positive news I was looking for!

Edit: seems like the dudes that bought it are cut from the same cloth. Womp womp.

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u/StrangeShark408 Jan 15 '22

It's only positive if these dipshit NFT bros release it for the public. Anything short of that, fuck em.

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u/RamenJunkie Jan 15 '22

They will release it in 5 second snippets as NFTs for $50,000 each and make bank.

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u/bizzaro321 Jan 15 '22

Cool, a digital pirate would splice those together for the normal people who want to hear the album and some NFT jackasses will lose money.

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u/mollila Jan 15 '22

The original sale has clauses preventing monetization for, was it about 100 years.

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u/heyuwittheprettyface Jan 15 '22

TBH if they try to turn a profit by making it into something like the drawn NFTs where anyone can download the content without being the ‘owner’, I would be 100% be down with that.

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u/OffNos Jan 15 '22

Nah they're a shitty NFT group looking to profit off it. It went from one shithead owning it to some different shitheads owning it.

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u/ittozziloP Jan 14 '22

The original NFT

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u/MethodicMarshal Jan 15 '22

the only one with value

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u/Main_Store_9112 Jan 14 '22

It's only a model.

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u/Discreet_Deviancy Jan 14 '22

Think that album is worth about $64M to someone?

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u/CriticoolHit Jan 14 '22 edited Jan 14 '22

I can nearly guarantee it's worth much much more to several others.

Whether they can afford to pay for that assigned value or not is another issue entirely lol.

EDIT: Weird thing to downvote but ok. Being stupid isn't a crime.

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u/Viator_ Jan 14 '22

AFAIK it's not even a real album. It's just random verses that were recorded, not used, and then thrown over beats. They didn't go and make this album as a group without ever releasing it. Some producer or engineer spliced it together.

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u/CriticoolHit Jan 14 '22

Yeah but fans go absolute bonkers for that never-released stuff. Even if it's bad (sometimes especially if it's bad). They just want to hear it all.

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u/CbVdD Jan 14 '22

Wu Banga B-sides and remixes

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u/Obi_Wan_Benobi Jan 15 '22

I used to collect Nirvana bootlegs when I was younger and yeah I wanted everything. I mean, as a community we wanted everything, and did anything we could to surface it all (some still are: www.livenirvana.com).

Although you’re also a little more desperate when the artist doesn’t exist anymore. Not sure how it is with other scenes, Nirvana is pretty much the only one I got that far into.

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u/StrangeShark408 Jan 15 '22

some producer or engineer

Better put some respeck on tha gods name, RZA.

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u/iaskquestionslol Jan 15 '22

It’s not RZA he’s talking about. It’s Cilvaringz or however you spell it. The clan didn’t come together for an album. They talk about it in one of their documentaries. Maybe ‘Of Mics and Men’.

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u/slingbladegenetics Jan 15 '22

As much as I love Wu-tang, I hate to tell you they ran out of material a long time ago. I’m sure we’re not missing anything.

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u/Cant_Do_This12 Jan 15 '22

Lol the fact they only released one copy is their fault. I love Wu-Tang, but that was a dick move.

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u/jml011 Jan 15 '22

I mean, agreed, but every owner of the album has thus made the conscious decision to not release it (partially to preserve their investment but also for a misguided sense of pride in exclusivity) and are therefore also dicks.

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u/Smokester_ Jan 15 '22

Wu Tang is for the children

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u/ImpossibleParfait Jan 14 '22 edited Jan 14 '22 Gold

His problem was simply that he wasn't part of the club. The big market players all do what he did.

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u/Ph0X Jan 14 '22

Nah, the problem is that he craved attention, streamed and showed off publicly. Most people who do shit like this stay behind 10 layers of corporate structures and keep away from the light.

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u/Helenium_autumnale Jan 15 '22

It's LLCs all the way down...

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 14 '22 edited Jan 14 '22

His problem was simply that he wasn't part of the club

Wrong. His problem was being an unashamed asshole. People act like hating this guy is a distraction. No he's just the pimple with the most obvious head.

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u/Shillforbigusername Jan 15 '22

I think you’re misunderstanding the point. It’s not that anyone’s suggesting he did nothing wrong. They’re saying he was singled out amongst all the other douchebag crooks just like him that have often done the same horrible things on a grander scale because he’s not important enough to get the protection.

Other companies that do this kind of stuff systematically (like Valiant, for instance) just get a stern talking to by Congress - if that - then go about their business as usual.

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 15 '22

They’re saying he was singled out amongst all the other douchebag crooks just like him that have often done the same horrible things on a grander scale because he’s not important enough to get the protection.

He was literally in the damn club what are you talking about?

He got kicked out of the club because turns out being evil AND pompous is a bridge too far

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u/Shillforbigusername Jan 15 '22

Shkrelli was a little fish. He was not one of them. Just big enough to warrant attention, not big enough to have real influence where it mattered. Yes, being pompous helped put the target there, but nothing the original commenter you replied to said was wrong. If you think the only thing stopping the government from going after the major players on Wall Street is their attitude, I don’t know what to tell you. Seems pretty pompous to me anyways to just keep on doing business as usual after being dragged into Congress and dressed down or having to pay out large settlements, but they don’t put see jail time.

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 15 '22

Well we can agree on one thing, he is a "little" fish. Guy can't be more than 5'8"

And the people here who are caught up with the systemic problems-- I agree.

There are issues and we should filet all the bastards starting with Shkreli (figuratively speaking).

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u/Shillforbigusername Jan 15 '22

Shoulda just stayed in his Hobbit hole.

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 15 '22

He was so rich and all he had to do was stick to his business, now he's public enemy number 1

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u/IttyBittyTittyMouse Jan 15 '22

Which is what he was trying to do. Instead of getting mad at pimples, we need to focus on all the greasy food and unwashed pillowcases in government that causes the zits!!!

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u/RevieweiveR Jan 15 '22

unwashed pillow cases? that's new to me. I wash my bedding very frequently but didn't think of it like a grease sponge for my face until now.

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u/IttyBittyTittyMouse Jan 15 '22

For sure it is! I had pretty bad acne and a fresh pillowcase every night helped me get rid of it.

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 15 '22

Which is what he was trying to do.

What are you even talking about here

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u/IttyBittyTittyMouse Jan 15 '22

I think he was trolling

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 15 '22

At a certain point, trolling becomes who you are

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u/IttyBittyTittyMouse Jan 15 '22

Ultimately YUP. He made a show of it and it pissed people off.

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u/Dads101 Jan 15 '22

I disagree. He didn’t play by the rules. The real problem is he didn’t shut his fucking mouth. You’re literally rich off other peoples suffering. You are selling medicine for Christ sake.

The whole pharmaceutical industry went after this dude with the might of the oligarchs. It’s okay to be wealthy in this country and take advantage of others. But you don’t bring attention to yourself while doing it. Every rich person knows this unspoken rule.

Driving your luxury/super car is how you flex. You don’t say shit online or to the news etc. If he had just kept his head down and his ego in check we wouldn’t even know this guy exists

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u/MultiRachel Jan 14 '22

He is the reason most people know that term hahaha

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u/MultiRachel Jan 15 '22

Yes but ajit was after, no?

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u/ericlarsen2 Jan 15 '22

Ajit was after pie. Damn fat kids

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u/ericlarsen2 Jan 15 '22

Oh man, fuck you, I forgot all about his idiot face! Ugh that guy is litterally (figuratively) the worst!

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u/jedi-son Jan 14 '22

He's the face of, "wherever there is a loophole there is a piece of shit to exploit it". Patch the loopholes. There will always be pieces of shit.

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u/comradecosmetics Jan 14 '22

They only went after him because he was vocal about the practices of the pharmaceutical industry. They made an example out of him, nothing to do with justice. Other pharmaceutical and medical device companies have knowingly put products out there and kept them out there with internal data showing it was injuring/killing people and no one gets charged.

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u/dray1214 Jan 15 '22

He’s a humongous part of it and the biggest culprit. Certainly way more justice needs to be done, but this was a huge score.

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u/realSatanAMA Jan 15 '22

The issue is that they are going to punish him to make it look like they are doing something while letting hundreds of other drug industry people keep doing the same thing.

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u/TerryFGM Jan 15 '22

tbh id never do anyone with that face

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u/drdfrster64 Jan 15 '22

I remember at the height of his infamy, other pharma companies were using him as an example of bad behavior. They tried to call him out and criticize him as advertisement. Every time they did, someone on Twitter was quick to post an article directly citing them for doing the same bullshit. It was unbelievable.

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u/am0x Jan 15 '22

Is t that what he said he was doing to begin with? He was blatantly cheating the system to show how they all do it.