Quasi-personalized cluehole

Here’s an example of the sort of thing my inbox gets choked with every now and again.

Given the amount of angry & fairly public online ranting I’ve done about the US President-by-default, I shouldn’t be too surprised to receive “targeted” marketing messages loosely based on some mindless demographibot’s assessment of my interests. But, really, what on Earth have I done to deserve this sort of ordure in my email?

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Bush Country
NewsMax.com Breaking News
Read about “the map” that showed Bush’s victory.

Dear fellow American:

Remember “the map” that circulated all over the Internet, the one Rush Limbaugh talked about on his show?

The map showed county by county how almost all of America — the heartland—had voted for George Bush in the last election.

Small, isolated urban enclaves—colored in blue—had voted for Al Gore, but the blue was lost in a sea of red—most of the country, which had voted for George Bush.

Well, NewsMax.com—the number one source for news for conservatives — still receives regular requests from readers for “the map.”

So NewsMax.com has decided to offer a T-shirt, with “the map” reprinted for the world to see “Bush Country.”

This T-shirt will win you friends and drive the liberal establishment -type nuts.

Take a peek, have some fun, and get your “Map” T-shirt. Just click here:
http://www.newsmaxstore.com/shirts/index.cfm?RefID=street2

And don’t forget. Turn to NewsMax.com everyday for real news. Michael Reagan, the nationally syndciated radio host, calls NewsMax.com his “favorite web site.”

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Insanely off target as this is, I’m still quite glad to receive it – for the amusement value if nothing else. This then serves as another good example of why things like Microsoft’s Hailstorm laser-guided spamware initiative worry me. If the sites and services I visit and use end up “knowing” too much about what I’m really “interested” in, I won’t get frighteningly silly things like this showing up in my mail any more.

I’ll miss the disconnects.

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