Date: Wed, 20 Apr 94 14:05:33 PDT
Subject: Drive-By Postings
[On April 12th a strange posting titled "Green Card Lottery- Final One?"
appeared in quite a few netnews groups (it's included at the end of this
message, in case you missed it). The posting, and the various responses to it,
brought into focus for me the realization that we're in the Technological
equivalent of the "Wild West" ... and we may be the Indians ... -psl]
From: email@example.com (Donald R. McGregor)
Subject: Re: Green Card Lottery- Final One?
Date: 16 Apr 1994 23:00:48 -0700
In article <2opa3v$3mr@senator-bedfellow.MIT.EDU> zmonster@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Eric
M Hermanson) writes:
:>I read in the MIT newspaper that the guy who wrote this article had his
:>account taken away by Internet Direct. I guess the guy received over 30,000
:>responses to his ad, most of them threats to his life! The person who
:>posted the article is a lawyer, and he is actually suing Internet Direct
:>for $250,000 because they took his account away and that is costing him
:>$250,000 in lost business that would have been generated from the ad.
The newspaper account I saw quoted him as saying it was worth it;
for $30 he got access to make a drive-by posting to every
newsgroup in existence and inflicted his advertising on millions.
Things like this make me think USENET, inc, needs to keep
Chuck Norris on retainer.
It's also a little weird to see newspaper accounts of net-doings.
What next, supermarket checkout stand summaries of high-volume
_________________________ The Posting In Question ____________________________
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Laurence Canter)
Subject: Green Card Lottery- Final One?
Date: 12 Apr 1994 08:01:47 GMT
Green Card Lottery 1994 May Be The Last One!
THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED.
The Green Card Lottery is a completely legal program giving away a
certain annual allotment of Green Cards to persons born in certain
countries. The lottery program was scheduled to continue on a
permanent basis. However, recently, Senator Alan J Simpson
introduced a bill into the U. S. Congress which could end any future
lotteries. THE 1994 LOTTERY IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE
SOON, BUT IT MAY BE THE VERY LAST ONE.
PERSONS BORN IN MOST COUNTRIES QUALIFY, MANY FOR
The only countries NOT qualifying are: Mexico; India; P.R. China;
Taiwan, Philippines, North Korea, Canada, United Kingdom (except
Northern Ireland), Jamaica, Domican Republic, El Salvador and
Lottery registration will take place soon. 55,000 Green Cards will be
given to those who register correctly. NO JOB IS REQUIRED.
THERE IS A STRICT JUNE DEADLINE. THE TIME TO START IS
For FREE information via Email, send request to
Canter & Siegel, Immigration Attorneys
3333 E Camelback Road, Ste 250, Phoenix AZ 85018 USA
email@example.com telephone (602)661-3911 Fax (602) 451-7617
© 1994 Peter Langston