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Journal Journal: Ben's Rule of 5-scoring Slashdot Posts

While persusing my Slashdot Page under "antispam_ben's Latest 24 of 360 Comments" and shamelessly admiring the two comments scored at 5 (one Interesting and one Informative), I recalled that both of these comments incited posts with strongly opposing views (other posters flat out said I was wrong! How dare they!), unlike the lower-rated comments. Thus my rule:

The highest-scoring posts will receive by far the largest number of flames.

Copright 2005, Ben Bradley. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized Copying Prohibited. This Means You.


Journal Journal: Spam promoting johnkerry.com

I received this and three other identical spams promoting John Kerry for President and his website johnkerry.com.

Late note: This is a phishing expedition. This link claims to accept contributions through a "secure" website:
Any contributions through this link surely go to the spammer only.

Comments invited.

Technical note: I copy-pasted the spam with >-type quotemarks, and despite my efforts it appears some the spam's HTML gets interpreted rather than displayed. Sorry about that, though if you really want to see the original, "View Source" in your browser should show it.

I sent the following to the contact weform at:

Are you aware of this unsolicited email sent out on your behalf? This was also sent to three other email addresses I own which only get spam (and which I WILL NOT SHARE with you nor the actual sender of this email).

The part about "respecting privacy" is untrue, because my email addresses were improperly shared with the sender to begin with. At no time have I ever requested political emails from anyone.

The headers indicate this was not actually sent from johnkerry.com, but it may have been send from a spammer or "targeted email advertiser" hired by the Karry campaign.

Know that this practice will hurt the Kerry campaign, and you should make every effort to stop the sending of email to anyone who didn't ask for it.

For more info on spam and why it is bad, to the links on this page:

While the vast majority of spam is ccommercial in nature, there are other cases of political spam as well as religious spam. The most important objections to commercial spam also apply to other types of spam, including political.

>Status: U
>Received: from Johnkerrys.com ([])
> by aaron.mail.atl.earthlink.net (EarthLink SMTP Server) with SMTP id 1bRjvv71A3Nl3qa0
> for ; Sun, 1 Aug 2004 12:48:21 -0400 (EDT)
>Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2004 11:52:31 -0500
>Mime-Version: 1.0
>Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii

> src="http://volunteer.johnkerry.com/i/c.gif" width=600 border=0>
> src="http://volunteer.johnkerry.com/r/i/b.aspx?u=" width=1 border=0>
> href="http://testhost.yahoogoogle.biz/JohnKerry/contribute.html/"> height=75 alt="John Kerry for President"
> src="http://www.johnkerry.com/volcenter/images/email/banner3.gif"
> width=598 border=0>
> src="http://volunteer.johnkerry.com/i/c.gif" width=1 border=0>
> src="http://volunteer.johnkerry.com/i/c.gif" width=18 border=0>
> face=tahoma,Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular color=#333333
> size=2>

This is a message sent by John Kerry
> Online Volunteer Center.

> face=tahoma,Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular color=#333333
> size=2>

Just a few dollars can make the difference on Election Day. Since March
> hundreds of grassroots contributions from John Kerry supporters like you
> and me matched every q2000 check George Bush's fundraisers brought in.
> This is the only reason John Kerry has been able to counter George Bush's
> negative and misleading attacks.

Every contribution large or small helps. John Kerry's campaign will
> only win if the same people who will support him on Election Day can
> provide the grassroots contributions which have fueled his campaign so
> far.


face=tahoma,Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular size=2> href="http://testhost.yahoogoogle.biz/JohnKerry/contribute.html">Please
> join me and make a secure
> contribution

            face=tahoma,Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular size=1>This email
> is being sent on behalf of the JohnKerry.com system. We take your privacy
> seriously and will not share your email address.

> src="http://volunteer.johnkerry.com/i/c.gif" width=18 border=0>
> src="http://volunteer.johnkerry.com/r/i/c.aspx?u=" width=600
> border=0>
> size=1>Paid for by John Kerry for President, Inc.
> href="http://testhost.yahoogoogle.biz/JohnKerry/contribute.html"> face=Tahoma,Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular size=1>Contact
> Us


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