Archive for April 28th, 2007

Cryptic Zen Spamblogging

Most of the entertaining spam I get is amusing because of the abrupt shifts between the various narratives that have been jumbled together to make the spam look like, well, something other than spam. But lately I’ve been getting spams which are basically a single sentence, but very… evocative. My three personal favorites, like some kind of spam haiku:

The tiller seat was empty.
The Death of Rats poked its nose out of the saddlebag.
The look didn’t really suit Hagrid at all.

Whoa.

April 28th, 2007 at 11:55pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Spamoptikon

Totally Not Hypocrisy, Nope.

I think I may have figured out what Captain Abstinence was doing with a prostitute:

Former U.S. AID director Randall Tobias, who resigned yesterday upon admitting that he frequented a Washington escort service, oversaw a controversial policy advocated by the religious right that required any US-based group receiving anti-AIDS funds to take an anti-prostitution “loyalty oath.”

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Several groups and countries had their funding cut due to the policy. Brazil lost $40 million for “one of its most successful anti-AIDS strategies, persuading sex workers to use condoms or other measures to stop spreading the disease.”

During an “Ask the White House” online chat in 2004, Tobias defended the policy, saying the U.S. was “partnering with communities” to begin “fighting sex trafficking and prostitution, while still serving victims of these activities.” Tobias added that he was overseeing several “highly successful” relationship programs “aimed at men and boys to help them develop healthy relationships with women.”

A truly inspired idea, having someone who pays for “gals come over to the condo to give me a massage” run programs on developing “healthy relationships with women.”

The way I figure it, Tobias was running his own little one-man anti-prostitution sting operation. The man deserves a medal for his courage and sacrifice.

2 comments April 28th, 2007 at 02:34pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans

More Oakland Sculptureblogging

I’ve always felt like photographing sculpture is kind of cheating, but hey, what the hell.

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Some composer dude.

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Well, this is kind of meta…

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Apparently not a person at all.

April 28th, 2007 at 02:00pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh


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