they’re getting better

Tue Feb-13th-2007 // Filed under: Spam Patrol

Okay — I admit it, the spam’s getting pretty good now. A couple of days someone left a comment on one of my entries. He used the nickname Antibush, and this is what he said:

Bush is forever saying that democracies do not invade other countries and start wars. Well, he did just that. He invaded Iraq, started a war, and killed people. What do you think? Is killing thousands of innocent civilians okay when you are doing a little government makeover?
What happened to us, people? When did we become such lemmings?
The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren’t living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

Thing is, that kind of applies to the post in question. Sure, it comes off as a short rant by someone with a huge axe to grind and little concern for where he does it, but you can easily see why the post — and the discussion that follows — could attract a comment like that. I glanced at the comment when it came in and didn’t really even think twice about it. But it did feel a little too formulaic, like a little too much of a PLEASE LIKE ME, I BASH BUSH thing, and a couple of days later I took another look at it — and sure enough, the link on his nickname led to some crappy travel website. It was spam. Google immediately revealed the source for the text — it’s actually a greatly compressed version of a blog post by Patricia Ernest.

I caught it, but only after the fact, and only because I have a thoroughly unhealthy interest in this kind of stuff… and, of course, because in the end, you need to link to your product or your spam is pointless. But it was done pretty well, because there was a reasonable connection to the original post, it didn’t follow the spam formula, and most importantly, it was only posted once, whereas the vast majority of the spam messages I get seem to be posted several times, often even in response to the same post. That’s a dead giveaway.

This one was smarter than that. It’d be kind of interesting to know if it was actually planned that way, or if this was just the way this particular crap shoot turned out.

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