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30Mar/04Off

I Feel Conflicted. Allow Me To Introduce My Bludgeon

Huh. I didn't know that there was a name (albeit a clever one) for the fuckton of spam I get to my .edu address which I necessarily check for both school and work purposes from various activist groups. Tofu is apparently the name of the new plague and I get ten to fifteen pieces a day at the other account. For the most part I'm probably pretty well aligned with many of the groups that inundate me but with all of the usual penis enlargement and freeze dried, 2nd day air steaks spam that I get already I don't read the actual contents of the spam as much as the headers. I'm incredibly stubborn about mailing abuse addresses especially in cases where the spammer is obviously not the one responsible for the domain it's mailed from. I've been lucky enough to get a couple of *agra hustlers unceremoniously dumped from their providers (to, of course, show up a week later using a different ISP) but the activist mailers are pretty indifferent about whether or not you care about a rally going on six or seven states away.

Things like this are incredibly aggravating because I agree with the message but not the methodology and have less than zero patience with cries about censorship when I blast crap (with 2mb attachments) right back at them. I guess I need to run out of patience and go another snipe hunt like I did last year. It was cathartic if ultimately unproductive although it did get a couple of free hosted websites pulled as well as the email addresses attached to them. One thing that I've most definitely noticed is the predilection for tofu'ers to jack up neglected listservs and start blasting everyone one them. I'm lucky enough to only subscribe to a couple that are absolutely necessary but I feel kind of bad for student organizations that actually have to rely on them for communication. Unfortunately, I have nothing to do with that category of administrivia so I can't really help out. The one thing that I did do tonight was forward all of the university mail with full headers to their admins with vaguely threatening allusions to laws which may or may not exist. I don't know if anything good will come of this but it certainly was a good way to blow off steam.

Oh, and if you're wondering why I so seldomly log on to any sort of chat network (excepting IRC because it's at least partially policed by live, nude real live people) it's because of this trend in annoyance. I guess that will be a project for the doldrums of summer.

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