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Friday, September 30, 2005

Ferris Research daily news feed

Ferris Research now has an RSS feed for its free daily news service. Check it out at http://feeds.feedburner.com/FerrisResearchFreeNews


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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Spam "from" the "Church" of Scientology

Hello, what do we have here?
The Church of Scientology Mission of Sherman Oaks is extending an invitation to you to receive an OCA Personality Test and evaluation free of any charge or obligation.

Your personality has everything to do with your income, your future, your personal relationships, and your life.

A test of this kind would normally cost you $500.00 and up. It is offered to you here free of charge as a public service.

[...blah blah blah...]

Contact Us:
Church Of Scientology Mission of Sherman Oaks
13517 Ventura blvd. , Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423
shermanoaks@scientology.net
(818)995-3460

[...] This e-mail message is an advertisement and/or solicitation.
By the definition enacted in US Federal statue, this message is illegal spam, as it does not contain any mechanism for opting out.

It was also sent to an email address that should never receive unsolicited email, which indicates that the address might have been harvested -- also illegal. Has anyone else received this?

Most of the links point back to the domain zogdom.com, which seems to have stealthy whois information. The email originated from CrystalTech Web Hosting Inc. in Arizona.

Remember kids, Scientology isn't a religion. As Wikipedia says:
...the governments of Germany and Belgium officially regard the Church of Scientology as a totalitarian cult; in France, a parliamentary report classified Scientology as a dangerous cult; in the United Kingdom and Canada the Church of Scientology is not regarded as meeting the legal standards for being considered a bona fide religion.
L. Ron Hubbard would be proud...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

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