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ITS ABOUT TIME YOU LOT GOT HEADS OUT OF YOUR ASSES AND STARTED TO TALK ABOUT THE REAL ISSUES GOING ON AROUND US OR ARE YOU ALL TO STUPID TO SEE THE TRUTH ????
-- bob (Bob@ghoward-oxley.demon.uk.), August 13, 2000
So, let's hear what you think is relevant, wise-guy!
-- Troll Detector (TD@Adios.Trolls), August 13, 2000.
What's on your mind Bob, besides the whining?
-- (email@example.com), August 13, 2000.
FIRES,FLOODS,DROUGHT,VOLCANOES,QUAKES,CROP FAILURE,OVER POPULATION,ETC,ETC,ETC, ONE OR TWO AT ONCE MAYBE BUT NOT ALL AT THE SAME TIME. WAKE UP??.
-- bob (Bob@ghoward-oxley.demon.uk.), August 13, 2000.
Bob, shut off your 'puter and go to bed. Tomorrow is another day.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 13, 2000.
"FIRES,FLOODS,DROUGHT,VOLCANOES,QUAKES,CROP FAILURE,OVER POPULATION,ETC,ETC,ETC, ONE OR TWO AT ONCE MAYBE BUT NOT ALL AT THE SAME TIME. WAKE UP??."
Okay Bob, you can pass those by can you not? Is someone forcing you to view them, like Malcolm McDowell was forced to watch violent movies in "A Clockwork Orange"?
I know that reality is tough to face up to when you are not psychologically ready for it, but that's okay Bob, take your time. Let's escape into "Bob's World" for a while, shall we?!
Once again Bob, WHAT is on YOUR mind? (besides the whining!!)
-- (babysteps@bob.,babysteps), August 13, 2000.
It's sunday, dude. Shouldn't you be occupied?
The Church of the SubGenius, "Bob"'s instrument on this planet, lives in a PO Box in Dallas TX. If you send them some money, they will send you literature that could turn your life around!
The Church of the SubGenius PO Box 140306 Dallas TX
-- flora (***@__._), August 13, 2000.
Fires & Floods; Two Jewish Fellas meet on a park bench in Miami,Both are retired. First guy asks,"So how did you make your money?" Second guy answered, "Well,a fire burned my business to the ground and I collected the Insurance and retired. How did you make your money if I may ask?" First guy says "Well a flood destroyed my business and I collected the insurance and retired also." Second guy says "FLOOD???,,,,how do you start a flood???"
-- pu (email@example.com), August 13, 2000.
I got an F in Troll once. Then I did some extra credit and got it bumped up to a D-.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 13, 2000.
Y2k JERKS come in many forms. Enabled by their own software printing presses to be heard. The sad part is that some listen to people they would reject in their own home towns.
On The Web
Y2K 'jerk' resorts to spam By Sam Vincent Meddis, USATODAY.com
Some jerk put my e-mail address on his fear-mongering Y2K Web site last week.
In the space of a couple of days, I got more than a hundred messages from hysterical-sounding people who seem to believe that the New Year's countdown clock will chime in "The End Of The World As We Know It."
I'm not going to provide the URL for the fear-mongering Web site. Free advertisement is probably what The Jerk is longing for.
(BTW, in my 28 years in journalism, I can't remember ever having referred to someone as a "jerk," at least in print. And having spent much of my career covering criminal justice, I've come across a veritable who's who of creepy folks. Murderers. Spies. Drug dealers. Even an outlaw dictator, ex- Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega. All of those marauders, of course, merit their own disparaging epithets. But "jerk" may be the best way to describe Y2Krackpots who spew their disinformation all over cyberspace and terrify the gullible.)
What the paranoiac e-mail messages had in common was a list of 39 preposterous Y2K-related questions, most of them of the "when did you stop beating your wife" variety.
Naturally, they included a hyperlink to The Jerk's Web site.
Typical of messages was the one whose subject line pleaded for "truthful and accurate coverage."
"Your coverage of the Year 2000 problem has been terrible," it declared. "As a reader of your publication, I am appalled that you have not dedicated more investigative resources to this problem and its potential impacts."
It purported to be an individual criticism of USA TODAY and/or me personally. But my inspection of the e-mail message showed that the identical item had been bulk e-mailed to other major newspapers and newsmagazines. In my mind, that made it just thinly disguised "spam," the form-letter equivalent of junk mail.
I even got a message addressed to Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a tech reporter with The Washington Post.
The apparent reason for that mix-up: E-mail messages can be sent to multiple parties with only one name listed as the recipient -- a gimmick intended to make spam look personalized. The writer of that message must have cross-linked his spam list somehow.
I decided to respond to one of the e-mail senders, someone who had sent the same message to no fewer than 20 news organizations, including everyone from the Associated Press to the National Enquirer. The sender was someone identified as BarbMC5.
I couldn't reply to each of the persons who were conned by The Jerk. But if they are really looking for "truthful and accurate coverage," I'd give them the same advice I gave to BarbMC5.
That is, spend some quality time browsing through our Y2K resources index. It includes our latest new reports, an extensive archive of past stories, links to useful Web sites and tips on how to prepare for possible problems.
There are also links to previous pieces I've written about Y2K, commentaries which basically suggest that we all "chill out a little."
That we prepare the same way we would for a winter storm, not for a nuclear winter.
And bear in mind that for most of us, it's far more likely that we'll face a winter storm in the coming year than a significant Y2K computer problem.
Sam is USATODAY.com's Technology Editor. On the Web is a weekly column on issues and topics that will help you become a better informed, more adept Web traveler. Check out Sam's background and how he arrived in cyberspace.
-- cpr (email@example.com), August 13, 2000.
CPR STILL KNOWS HOW TO KILL A THREAD.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 13, 2000.
cpr, yur day's are numbered BUBA---we the people know yu furnished the cigars!!---& little georgee,can't save yu this -time!
-- real-d.-& sons ltd. (email@example.com), August 13, 2000.
hmm, Troll 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, 301, 302, 303, 401, 402, and 403 were the only classes I consistently got an A in. And to think, TPTB paid me to take them (but don't tell it to anyone over at the other TB2000).
-- Butt Nugget (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 13, 2000.