Like many of you, I get spam. Oodles and oodles of it. Most of it gets filtered out by my mail client, but some gets through. This one was too good not to share:

Subject: Hunger Strike 80 Days
Date: August 26, 2004 4:59:44 AM PDT
To: Maric

Belgrade, Serbia

August 26, 2004

The Government and TV stations totally ignored my 80-day-long Hunger Strike in front of the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia

I was on Hunger Strike from March 11 to May 29, 2004

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have sent this message to over 55,000 email addresses at the governments, media, and humanitarian organizations mostly in the European Union and the United States, as well as to all the Officials, Media and Embassies in Serbia. I obtained the email addresses from official web sites of the respective institutions.

I am asking for your help in two areas:

firstly, in finding a decent job in Belgrade, and, secondly, in making my case against the Republic of Serbia before the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg as strong as possible.

You can find all details at

I thank you for your help, useful advice, and support.


This is the second “political” spam I’ve gotten . The first was more targeted: it was a screed against Kevin McKeown, one of Santa Monica’s city councilmembers. It’s only going to get worse.