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Sometimes there is justice for alties

Posted in Denialism by Skepdude on September 2, 2008

Yes, there is. This time for maker of an “all natural” penis enhancer Steve Warshak (and some family members as well) who was sentenced for 25 years!

Steve Warshak, 42, founder of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, also was ordered to pay $93,000 in fines. He was convicted in February on 93 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.Federal prosecutors accused the company of bilking customers out of $100 million through a series of deceptive ads, manipulated credit card transactions and refusal to accept returns or cancel orders.

U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel ordered the company, along with other defendants, to forfeit more than $500 million. He said it was impossible to calculate exactly how much money was lost by customers, so he accepted a figure based on how much Warshak and the company took in.

Berkeley distributes various products alleged to boost energy, manage weight, reduce memory loss and aid sleep. The company’s main product, Enzyte, which promises sexual enhancement, has ads featuring “Smiling Bob,” a happy man with an exaggerated smile.

“This is a case about greed,” Spiegel said as he reviewed the case. “Steven Warshak preyed on perceived sexual inadequacies of customers.”

With any luck I’ll never have to see another one of those goddamn ads again. But really, 500 million? It’s sad to think of how many people are (1) feel so inadequate they would feel the need to buy the product (2) be so foolish as to think that magic penis pills work, (3) think the ad featuring “Enzyte Bob” was anything but an outrageous scam. It is sad to see the power wishful thinking has over basic rationality, and sadder still that there is scum like Warshak who will exploit such feelings to steal money from people.

Thanks Ed


Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on August 1, 2008

This is the 21st century; it’s time to abandon wishful thinking and embrace rationality, despite the pain that some folks feel when forced to think. It’s encouraging to me to see that scientific and medical authorities, as well as the media, are actively moving to have the claims of the homeopaths properly – extensively and scientifically – evaluated, though those practitioners dread such investigations, and prefer to mumble that they’d like to remain adamant in their self-delusion. The notion that literally nothing – just some sort of mystical “memory vibration” – can have any effect on a patient, needs to be relegated away, along with phlogiston and blood-letting. The sole real effect of the interference of a homeopath appears to be that an ugly lump in the patient’s wallet is significantly reduced. (emphasis added)

James Randi, SWIFT July 31, 2008.