Martin Shkreli Is Officially The Most Hated Man On The Internet

Martin Shkreli is a 32 year old man that is the chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals. Recently, his company acquired the rights to Daraprim, an HIV medication as to which he elevated the price of it by 5000%. As a result of this, social media has been in an uproar, so much so that he has been officially named the most hated man on the internet.

Before Mr. Shkreli acquired the ownership of Daraprim, a single dose of the drug went for $13.50. However, after he acquired the company he elevated the price to $750 per pill. And while it may be true that the pharmaceuticals industry tend to elevate the prices for certain products, in general most companies tend to do this quietly due to a fear of public outcry and legal backlash. Mr. Shkreli on the other hand, has been quite outspoken and unapologetic.

The drug that he raised the price of is utilized to treat toxoplasmosis which is a parasitic food-borne affliction that affects individuals who have immune systems that have been compromised. As such, many individuals who have HIV/AIDS depend on this drug in order for them to survive. As a result of this, social media has been ranting about the fact that Mr. Shkrelie would raise the price of a drug that literally saves people's lives.

However, Shkreli has been attempting to defend himself by going on financial networks and social media sites such as Twitter. He proclaims in his defense that the price of the drug as it stands at the elevated price, is still significantly lower than its true value and that the reason for the price hike was primarily due to a need for research and development. However, whenever Shkreli is confronted through his social media profile on Twitter, he responds to the criticism by making disdainful remarks. For example, one individual proclaimed that the price hike would essentially kill people and put thousands of middle class people into debt. His response to that particular statement was, "Ain’t my problem."

As a result of this, social media has been taunting him by harassing and threatening him on his social media profiles and circulating hilarious memes about him in an attempt to show him how much he is hated for the decision that he made. Not only is social media buzzing about their level of hatred for the most hated man on the internet. Some of the most prominent blogs such as Unilad, The Daily Beast, and ATTN have made an abundance of posts criticizing the actions of the most hated man on the internet.

Revealed: Stampede Kills Hundreds At Hajj

A stampede has occurred in Saudi Arabia today during one of the last rituals of the Hajj season (the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) killing more than 717 people and injuring 805 others. The stampede occurred during the ritual widely referred to as “Stoning the devil’ in the tent city of Mina –about 2 miles from Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. While hundreds have been killed in past years during the same ceremony, today’s tragic events come less than two weeks after a crane collapse killing more than a hundred people at another of Islam’s holy sites, the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

In the ritual, pilgrims throw stones at three pillars in a reenactment of Muslim traditions when Abraham stoned the devil and rejected his temptations. During the stampede, pilgrims were making their way towards the largest of the pillars at about 9 a.m. local time when there was a sudden surge in the crowd causing a large number of people to fall, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency. However, information on what exactly led to the surge was not immediately available.

Today’s ceremony was at the scene of previous stampedes which resulted in hundreds of deaths in the 1980s and 1990s as pilgrims made their way past a crowded bottleneck area leading to the small pillars on the ground. In fact, a 2006 stampede at the same location resulted in the deaths of at least 363 people forcing the Saudi government to erect three massive pillars as well as completing a $1.2 billion, five-storey bridge where pilgrims could toss stones from. This was meant to provide a roomier atmosphere and a more efficient way of accommodating the faithful who make this annual pilgrimage.

The stoning ritual is performed over the course of two days, where pilgrims stone the three pillars at Mina, a location believed to be where Abraham stoned the devil when the latter tried to dissuade him from obeying God’s orders to slaughter his son. According to tradition, this was a test from God and when Abraham passed the test, he was instead given a ram to slaughter.

Today was the third day of the Hajj season. On September 11, just days before the commencement of the Hajj, a construction crane crashed through the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca (another eminent Hajj destination) killing 107 people and injuring 238 others when a powerful storm topple the crane.

Many devout Muslims consider losing one’s life during the Hajj season as a direct entry to heaven.