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In liberty…


Snapshot of the chooks from earlier this week. That’s Mapp (the old one), Colette, Rosie and Jenny.

I get mail, thanks to this blog. I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten hate mail, which is a little surprising given that I do occasionally touch on politics and politics is so effing fraught these days. A get a smattering of fan mail, some questions and lots of interesting links (thank you for that). And then I get mail like this:

Hi Weasel Times & Stoat Intelligencer editorial team,

My name is Sam and I’m an avid reader of Weasel Times & Stoat Intelligencer. I just wanted to say that I appreciate what you’re doing at Weasel Times & Stoat Intelligencer to encourage an open dialogue from both sides of the aisle. Few Americans today actively engage in meaningful, objective discourse to address the complex and morally significant questions on the national agenda today.

I subscribe to the Weasel Times & Stoat Intelligencer newsletter and regularly send your emails to friends and family. Thanks for being a voice of reason.

In Liberty,

Sam manages to work in “Weasel Times & Stoat Intelligencer” four times in this short message. I’m not sure, but that title might be in the header text (it’s not visible through ‘show source’ – I’d have to look at the page code), which is where a bot would grab it. I can’t find any obvious links in the message or nothing fishy. There is a first and last name, and they match the email address. Any ideas?

Sam — if you there is an actual human being named Sam — on behalf of the whole editorial team, thank you very much. I was afraid to hit ‘reply’. You write like a bot, dude.


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 31, 2017, 10:33 pm

In a world where madness is the norm, normality is instantly suspicious.

Just sayin’

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: August 31, 2017, 10:42 pm

I just recently received an invoice as an email attachment from Taco Bell. It was two .pdf attachments, and I was afraid that just reading the email, not opening or saving the attachments would get me exploited.

And it was sent to a little-used email address. My paranoia goes off scale what this happens. And windows 10 desktop ‘you have mail’ notifier doesn’t include a ‘this is spam’ button.

And I’m coming up on my subscriptions renewal date. I could save a lot of money by going linux. *shudder*

Comment from rickinstl
Time: August 31, 2017, 11:11 pm

Yes, it’s in the header.

Comment from dissent555
Time: August 31, 2017, 11:14 pm

I think we all need to embrace our bot future.

Comment from Ripley
Time: August 31, 2017, 11:28 pm

In case you miss this, Weas…


Chicken pinups?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 1, 2017, 2:27 am

If you sign up for a gmail email account, you can forward ALL your email accounts—regardless of the domain—into gmail, which will filter all of them for you. Gmail filters are very good, and you can adjust them as needed for your purposes.

For example: I have four separate email addresses under my own domain name, plus three email addresses under my business domain name, and one gmail address—all of which come into my gmail account. Husband has multiple accounts under his own domain, plus one on my business account, and his personal gmail account.

You can set up as many in-boxes as you want, to serve your needs. When you get an email to a particular email address, your responses automatically go out under that same address.

This gmail feature offers considerable security and serenity, especially when you get stupid, suspect emails. I check my spam filters every day to for legitimate things that may have been skimmed by the filters, but they are rare.

Comment from Bob
Time: September 1, 2017, 3:10 am

So, I guess my previous post is caught in the spam guard?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 1, 2017, 2:02 pm

Always happy to see the girls. I love their pompom feathers. The chicken paintings you did for the art show—were they paintings of the girls?

Comment from Fortescue Pencroff, QC
Time: September 1, 2017, 4:06 pm


Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: September 1, 2017, 4:17 pm

Huh. I knew somebody named Sam once. This doesn’t sound like him, though. I wonder if there are more than one?

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 1, 2017, 5:49 pm

My father-in-law, but he dead, so prolly not him either.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 1, 2017, 9:29 pm

Had I been born male, I was to be named Sam. Sam Houston Lastname, in fact.

Yes, Deborah — my chooks are now locally famous.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 1, 2017, 9:37 pm

Ah hah!
A clue!
Now we just look up everyone in England who’s last name is Lastname and is a woman and we’ll have you!

Comment from Durnedjohnnyreb
Time: September 2, 2017, 12:20 am

All this monkeying around with dummy rounds stacked in belts, lack of obsequiousness towards POCs, blatant bias towards heteronormative cisgenderism and dogwhistles of competence will eventually make our kind hostess assume a new name. My money’s on Shaheedah Waisal Kapoor. Blends in nicely with the Nouveau Britons. S. Waisal for normiebook friendsters.

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