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Feedback: November 2003, Published: December 2003

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Spam is Still Spam

Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2003 05:10:46 +1100 (EST)
From: Brian Robson

Ed: When is spam not spam? Apparently when it is from a political party.
Well, not all political parties it would seem.

Dear Gerry, From a Dems Newsletter, Brian



The Democrats support the broad intent of the Government's Anti-Spam
Legislation, but do not want to see special treatment for charities,
political parties or religious organisations.  While the Spam Bill 2003, in
its current form, prohibits sending unsolicited junk e-mails of a commercial
nature, the Democrats believe the Bill should be expanded to also include
unsolicited email of a non-commercial nature. Spam is spam, whether its
pushing Viagra, votes or the Vatican.

Press Release to be uploaded early next week.


Ed: A view which I heartily endorse. My scepticism about legislating
against spam is on record. But if there is to be legislation, then there
should not be exemptions for political and/or religious organisations.

There should be especially no exemption for political parties, who after
all are the very folks who frame and pass the legislation. Haven't they
heard of "Conflict of Interest"? Although the Democrats' problems are
many and varied, and sadly, more to do with "personalities", this
particular policy stance is admirable. They may be the only political
party in Australia that take the view that political parties should NOT
be exempt from spam prohibitions. -- Well done, Dems!

Although, let's be realistic! Any political party that tried it on
(spamming that is) would have to have a serious death wish! (Hey, maybe
the Dems will try it? -- Sorry, just kidding). Nevertheless, it is
fascinating how the major parties wriggle around this issue, in order to
leave their options open. They want to leave some loopholes there, just
in case, mind you ...

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Spam and Pretending Not to be Spam

Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2003 13:10:11 +1100 (EST)
From: Brian Robson

Ed: This one also from Brian was an e-mail which he thought had a
distinct "Hammy" flavour. Brian admits that he may have once subscribed
to a Newsletter sent by this organisation, but that they have long since
peaked on the annoyance meter.

It seems to me that the flavour is more spam then ham.

Text follows:


Return-Path: <>
From: Editor - WebMaster Weekly <>
Subject: WebMaster Weekly:  Urgent
Date: Tue,  4 Nov 2003 12:52:49 -0500 (EST)


Zarry here from the WebMaster Weekly.  I hope all is well.

I marked this message as Urgent because I came to an
important decision last night.  A decision that may have
a tremendous impact on your business.

Please note: You DO NOT have my permission to share this
information, re-print this letter, or forward it to anyone.
This information should be treated as confidential.

I wanted to touch base with you and let you know that if you
want top 10 rankings on the major search engines, I've decided
to offer my help to YOU and a very LIMITED number of subscribers
of the WebMaster Weekly.

You probably don't know this, but I am the co-founder of a
search technology company and I was the President and CEO of
that company from 1995-2002.  If there is one thing I
understand, it's search technology... and how to get the TOP

If you would like to see some of my handy work, please accept
my personal invitation to see the PROOF of actual TOP 10 ranked
pages listed on the major search engines.

Here is a sample of the TOP 10 ranking I've achieved for one
of my sites.

rank #1 & #2 out of 1,510,000 sites

rank #1 & #2 out of 1,480,000 sites

rank #3 out of 983,000 sites

rank #1 out of 19,900 sites

rank #6 out of 66,800 sites

rank #7 out of 257,000 sites

rank #8 & #9 out of 336,000 sites

rank #1 out of 90,800 sites

rank #5 out of 85,600 sites

rank #4 & #5 out of 638,000 sites

rank #1 & #2 out of 35,500 sites

rank #1 & #2 out of 6,450 sites

rank #3 & #4 out of 465,000 sites

rank #5 out of 263,000 sites

rank #1 out of 32,100 sites

rank #2 & #3 out of 67,400 sites

You can view the actual search phrases and links to the
search results and verify my claims by clicking here:

Here's the bottom line.  If you cannot get TOP 10 rankings
and get targeted traffic from the search engines, all that
is about to change.  I can absolutely, positively, get you
TOP 10 rankings and drive targeted search engine traffic
to your website(s) for the keyword phrases of your choice.

Up until now, I've only helped a select few clients because
of my superbusy schedule.  Due to repeated requests from
some very persistent subscribers of the WebMaster Weekly,
who are frustrated with not being able to get good rankings
on the major search engines...  I have made the decision to
offer my help to you and a limited number of WebMaster Weekly
subscribers and get you the one thing that you want most....
TOP 10 LISTINGS on the major search engines.

TOP 10 LISTING projects are accepted on a first come basis.
I already know for a fact that I can get you TOP 10 LISTINGS.
The question is... do you want TOP 10 RANKED pages and the
targeted traffic they bring?

For detailed information and to view the PROOF....
go to

Kindest regards,

Editor - WebMaster Weekly

Please DO NOT share this letter or forward it to a friend,
associate, or family member.  This is a special offer made to
you and WebMaster Weekly subscribers only.  I do not have any
plans of making this service available to the GENERAL PUBLIC.

As I mentioned earlier... I am superbusy, and I am available to
help out a limited number of subscribers.

If you want to subscribe/unsubscribe for the WebMaster Weekly
go to

Ed: Oh Dear! Can't I even publish it in my spam diary?

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