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Archive for January, 2008

Enzyte implodes

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

From the Enzyte junk enbiggener ads it was clear the whole thing was a scam. Apparently it has gone to federal court in Cincinnati:

Cincinnati Enquirer article

James Teegarden Jr., the former vice president of operations at Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, explained Tuesday in U.S. District Court how he and others at the company made up much of the content that appeared in Enzyte ads.

He said employees of the Forest Park company created fictitious doctors to endorse the pills, fabricated a customer satisfaction survey and made up numbers to back up claims about Enzyte’s effectiveness.

“So all this is a fiction?” Judge S. Arthur Spiegel asked about some of the claims.
“That’s correct, your honor,” Teegarden said.

Here’s the funniest part:

If customers complained, he said, employees were instructed to “make it as difficult as possible” for them to get their money back. In some cases, Teegarden said, Warshak required customers to produce a notarized statement from a doctor certifying Enzyte did not work.

“He said it was extremely unlikely someone would get anything notarized saying they had a small penis,” Teegarden said.

I wonder who will end up with Enzyte’s list of men who think their junk is too small. The article calls it a $100 million fraud which would imply at least hundreds of thousands of customers!

Cool blog

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Ran across an interesting blog, Robert Palmer is literate. Smoetimes.. Has some interesting posts and a clean design.


Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Here’s a video that describes what Republicans mean when they call for bipartisanship:

This is not what all Republicans want from bipartisanship. Grover Norquist, a leader of the conservative movement, thinks of it this way: “Bipartisanship is another name for date rape.” (May, 2003)

College endowments

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Total US university endowments are $411 billion a year and earn very well as investments (17.2% in 2007. So let’s say $40 billion a year is made. There were 10.8 million college students in 2005, let’s estimate 12 million in 2008. The yearly investment earnings of university endowments could pay for college for 1 in 6 college students.

Bad people doing bad things (to you)

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

TPMmuckraker had a story on a push-poll company running ads for Huckabee. What caught my eye is the company:

The calls are actually made by a company called ccAdvertising — a favorite company for shadowy third-party groups in the 2006 elections. The company can make at least 3.5 million calls per day.

That’s right, this company can bother 2% of Americans *every day*! Sure, they don’t always run at full capacity. I had never heard of this company but they have been there, in the background, existing only to use annoying, deceptive phone calls to influence elections.