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Hankering for Yahoo Pyramids? Find the Kobash solution

Every now and then, when the world’s a bit much to take, some people take to church. Some people meditate. Some people chant. I play cards. There’s something about the rhythm of a game of solitaire that wonderfully clears the mind of whatever came before it. When I put down those cards, I’m ready to [...]

Be on the Lookout for… Covert Bowling Spam?

Oh, yes. Covert bowling spam. It’s out there.

We get many requests every week to promote some product or another, with promises of cash or gifts attached. We don’t take the bait; it only rewards the desperate hucksters who would turn the Internet into some base arena for self-promotion at the expense of honest ideas. [...]

No Labels Fake Grassroots Website only Visited by Spambots

It’s been more than year since the 501c3 corporation No Labels launched its “ConnectUs” pages for all 50 states on which all the grassroots “centrist” Americans who want to cut taxes for corporations and cut social security for people could engage in grassroots organizing on the grassy grassroots state level.

After receiving a huge [...]

Grassroots? Maine No Labels "ConnectUs" Forum is Busy… With Spam

In the summer of 2012, the DC Beltway corporation No Labels tried to create the appearance of a grassroots movement sweeping across the country in support of tax cuts for corporations and social security cuts for people. Its tool: ConnectUs, a social network platform on which people could earn points by talking about the necessity [...]

How to Spot a RoboMailer, Lesson #412

Reading automated e-mail blasts can be so much fun. Today Irregular Times receives this missive from “Whitney Reed”:

Hello ___,

Do you accept guest posts for your site http://thatsmycongress.com/index.php/2009/10/30/christianity-but-not-confucius-for-theocracy-caucus-in-congress/? If so, I would be very interested in submitting an article for publish.

I own a Christian College website called http://www.christiancolleges.org. It’s a great resource [...]

The Pathetic End of EndTorture.net

For Torture Awareness Month, and for the rest of the year, I ask you to rededicate yourself to the ideals of liberty and justice that this nation was founded upon, and to work against those politicians who are selling those ideals in exchange for momentary political advantage. [...]

AmericanPresident2012: Internet Democracy, Revocable, Revisable, Ish

Unity08 may be dead, but the tribute band is coming.

AmericanPresident2012 is a website that will, according to its “Mission Statement”:

The purpose of AmericanPresident2012.com is to bring back to the American people the vision that was The United States Of America. We are motivated to identify what is broken in our political system [...]

Soft Tyranny: Anything That Drives Republicans Crazy

If we’re going to bother as citizens to oppose acts of tyranny in the Obama Administration, let’s focus on acts of hard tyranny such as these, rather than the supposed soft tyranny of using government funds to promote the general welfare, as the Constitution suggests. Soft tyranny, after all, appears not to really be tyranny at all, but mere inconvenience for an elite few. [...]

Here's My Chance to Shine in Ottawa

Best spam received today: notification that I’ve been invited to be featured in the next publication of Who’s Who in Canada. I’d really rather appear on the pages of Who’s Who in Majorca.

My Favorite Spam: Upscale Teak Furniture and Born Again Dating

Of all the spam I’ve received in the Irregular Times mailbox recently, my two favorites propose that we use Irregular Times to establish “link exchanges.” The spammers say Irregular Times is a “wonderful resource which can be of interest to users on my website.” One of these websites sells “upscale teak furniture,” and the other [...]

The Perfect Link Partnership for Irregular Times

We’ve just received what could be the best link partnership request ever. Apparently, if Irregular Times will provide a link to a Christian dating website for Britons, we’ll get a link back to us from a website soliciting California sperm donors.