Archive for the 'Mind Blowing' Category

02
Mar
09

Dig that crazy frog

Then HIT THE DECK!

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21
Jun
08

Update on Enzyte

The biggest irony here is that despite all that has purportedly transpired, as detailed below, the Enzyte “male enhancement” infomercials are still running on late-night TV here in the U.S. The shitbag shysters must be trying to raise money to pay the $100 million scam-judgement against them.

Only in America.

Via AHN

February 29, 2008

Jury Forfeits $33 Million Assets Of Execs Convicted In Enzyte Scam

Windsor Genova – AHN News Writer

Cincinnati, OH (AHN) – A U.S. District Court jury has ordered the forfeiture of over $33 million worth of assets of four people convicted for duping hundreds of customers into buying a herbal dietary supplement that purportedly enlarges the male organ.

Ordered to pay the estimated proceeds from their conspiracy, fraud and money laundering crimes were Steven E. Warshak, 42, president and owner of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals and TCI Media Inc.; his mother, Harriet, 75; Paul J. Kellogg, 41, in-house lawyer of Berkeley; and Steven P. Pugh, 38, a warehouse manager of Berkeley.

The jury convicted the four on Feb. 22 after finding them guilty of illegally earning millions of dollars from the sale of Enzyte over a five-year period. According to a press statement of the Justice Department, the four shipped the dietary supplements to customers who did not order the product, billed customers through their credit cards without authorization, misrepresented their business activities to their customers and the merchant banks they worked with, and laundered their earnings through personal bank and investment accounts.

The jury also found that Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals and TCI Media posted false advertising on Enzyte and money-back guarantees as well as prevented customers from canceling orders and getting refunds.

Aside from the $33 million restitution, the four executives are facing a monetary judgment of $100 million in their final sentence.

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Update: All four of the aformentioned Enzyte executives are now serving jail sentences, while Enzyte’s production facilities were acquired December of 2008 by a third party, who continues to manufacture and advertise this worthless product. Wikipedia writes:

The conviction threw the company into bankruptcy. In December 2008 the assets were acquired from bankruptcy court for $2.75 million by Pristine Bay, affiliated with Cincinnati developer Chuck Kubicki who said he wanted to keep the company’s 200 employees in one of his property buildings in suburban Cincinnati at Forest Park, Ohio. Pristine Bay LLC has the same mailing address as Kubicki’s Cincinnati United Contractors. Pristine Bay’s statutory agent, Chance Truemper, is a property-development coordinator for CUC. Kubiciki said he would change the company name but would keep the brand.


21
Apr
08

The Humbling Universe

Can you slow down, and consider the dimensions of the universe of which you are a citizen?
21
Apr
08

Google Moon

In case you’ve never checked out Google Moon or don’t even know about it, it’s a lot of fun if that sort of thing interests you. To me, this little world in a gravitational dance with the Earth, about which so much is still not known, is a mysterious and fascinating place, and perusing its surface via Google Earth is almost addictive.

Here’s a site with extensive lists of named lunar features, which you may utilize in Google Moon to explore the surface of our satellite.

13
Apr
08

Millions and Millions of Pennies

From one penny to one quintillion pennies: The MegaPenny Project

This is what one million pennies look like–

23
Mar
08

“Tesser, Sir, Tesser!”

That’s a handy ability to have in case you get locked out of your house/car. This bit of sage advice comes to us from the late Madeline L’Engles A Wrinkle in Time. If I recall correctly (not having a copy of the book on hand), Mr. Murray, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin were in the grip of “IT” on Camezotz, and “Tesser, Sir, Tesser!” was Calvin’s anguished cry to Mr. Murray. After which they ended up on another planet in the Camezotz system, with Meg in tough shape for having tessered through the darkness, but in the able hands of her impromptu furry nursemaid, Aunt Beast.

A Wrinkle in TimeTesseractThis is a four-dimensional construct, a tesseract, or “hypercube.” More accurately, it’s the shadow of a tesseract, because we can’t directly perceive the fourth dimension, being three dimensional beings. The impossible (from our 3-d view) rotation you see here is a simulation of a tesseract. As the “inner” nested cube perpetually becomes the outer cube – that is the fourth dimension. It is the transitional space-time of getting from one state to the next. The “nesting” of one cube within another is an illusion devised to illustrate the four dimensional nature of a hypercube; there is only one cube, here, moving through spacetime.

If you could directly perceive the fourth dimension, all things would take on a “smeared out” quality. Not only would you see a person walking down the street, but you would see that person at every point along the “line” he follows through space and time.

This has important implications. Supposing you could move out of the third dimension, into the fourth at will, and back into the third, you could intersect the path of this individual at any point: when he was far down the street, when he was in front of your house, when he was far across town.

His perception would be that you popped out of nowhere.

So, once again, if you get locked out of your car or house, just slip into the fourth dimension, and “walk” to the spot in spacetime where your car or house wasn’t locked. It’s not far.

One more thing. All of this is grossly oversimplified, as there would be a lot more going on in the fourth dimension than just a guy walking down the street Everything is moving through spacetime, including the the earth, the sun, the galaxy. Our hypothetical person out for his morning constitutional is only moving in a smooth, straight line from our limited perspective.

As a 3-d being, I can’t even imagine, let alone describe, how jumbled and confusing the fourth dimension must be.

 

10
Mar
08

The “Red Square”

The Red Square

This image announces a new arrival in the pantheon of exotically beautiful celestial objects. We have christened this startlingly symmetrical nebula “The Red Square” for its color and form, and also in recognition of its close cousin – the celebrated Red Rectangle nebula.

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