Friday, September 27, 2013

SPAM Sham

I am coming out of my blogging hibernation to blog about a topic that really gets to me. SPAM! Not the delicious meat type which we had a lot of during our last holiday in Hawaii, but the electronic ones! This also includes junk mail. And all those annoying forwards you get from friends and relatives. Yes, I'm pointing my finger at you friends and family! (Ok, maybe just a few of you)

Yesterday I received a very disturbing forwarded email. This person is great at forwarding stuff. I usually just delete them but after a short hiatus from his flood of forwards, I stopped a few seconds too long and noticed what was the content of his latest forwarded email. Here is what it read:

She Did It Again !!!  W O W !

Australia says NO -- This will be the second Time Julia Gillard has done this!

She sure isn't backing down on her hard line stance and one has to appreciate her belief in the rights of her native countrymen.

A breath of fresh air to see someone lead with guts and determination.
Australian Prime Minister does it again!!

The whole world needs a leader like this!

Prime Minister Julia Gillard - Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote:
'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT... Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.'

'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.'

'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!'

'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you,then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'

'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'

'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.'

'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country that accepted you.'

NOTE: IF we circulate this amongst ourselves in Canada & USA, WE will find the courage to start speaking and voicing the same truths.

If you agree please SEND THIS ON and ON, to as many people as you know...

I was in shock. I sat there staring at my computer and I guess the look on my face prompted Hubby to ask what the heck I was reading. I showed him the email and he said what a bunch of crock. And also said Gillard isn't even Prime Minister anymore and has not been for years!

In a rage I emailed back, CC'd everyone on the email and even added the email of the person who had originally sent this pile of garbage to him. I won't get into the details but I gave them a piece of my mind. Not only was I mad, I was disappointed that someone I know would agree with such propaganda as to forward it. I was almost in tears.

After my usual research I sent back a few links showing that the article above was fake and again expressed my disappointment.

A few hours later I received an email back from said person expressing his regret that he didn't even read it and made a grave mistake by forwarding it. My faith in the goodness of humanity had been restored. I replied telling him how relieved I was.

After this incident I am reminded just how much of a waste of space, time, money... everything Spam and all this junk mail is!

Did you all know that junk mail and SPAM is actually costing us all real money? Yes. How, you must all be wondering. But think of this. We pay money for bandwidth, for data storage, etc. Everything you pay for things you actually want and read on the internet and email, you have to remember to take a portion of that money to allocate to all the junk and SPAM you're receiving as well. It may seem minor, but add that all up to the millions of people that receive it and all the billions and trillions of nano-seconds wasted downloading it into our email boxes and you have a crap load of cash.

Everything else against SPAM are the usual privacy issues, etc. which I am sure you find boring. So I thought I would just point out the money aspect which I know would make you all open your eyes.

SPAM and junk mail is BAD. It is a waste of time and money. There are NO BENEFITS to junk mail. The only time I would think its okay is if you receive some forwarded message and find its really meaningful and know of someone who would be inspired from it then forward it. BUT only if you add something at the beginning.

So please, everyone, stop the madness. Help put a stop to SPAM and junk mail. Here are a few links you can read up on:

http://www.cauce.org/
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/stop-spam-texts
http://creators.ning.com/page/spam-updates
http://email.about.com/od/spamandgettingridofit/tp/most_effective.htm

There are tons of websites that educate and explain the evils of SPAM. Although junk emails is just a small portion of it, it means a lot to me. I do not want to pay money for email I do not want.