Friday, June 19, 2009


Advice from Snopes

Here is a nice little tidbit of information. If any of you are wondering why I won't return something to you that said something like 'if I don't get this back I'll....or, 'See how many flowers or hugs you can get back', or 'Forward this to 10 people in the next 5 mins.. or something bad will happen to you', etc.

The following is one reason why I will not send them back.

Advice from <>

1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this on to '10' of your friends, or sign this petition, or you'll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward to.

The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' E-Mails to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.

2) Almost all E-Mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards.

All it was, and all any of this type of E-Mail is, is a way to get names and 'cookie ' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - - to validate active E-Mail accounts for their own profitable purposes.

You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor (PLEASE) by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future!

If you have been sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail, now you know why you get so much SPAM!

Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings regardless how inviting they might sound!
You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT in the long run. Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's don't make it easy for them!

Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition. Make a hard copy and sign and MAIL by US mail.

Read the full story here: <>

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that alcohol wasn't the problem (much to my surprise)

that I enjoy participating in my recovery and don't have to go to meetings (instead, I get to go to meetings)

for John C., who gave me the above thoughts as we talked and ate dinner last night; he doesn't have a blog, so I stole these to put here

that I'm still free to do as I please, but today, I do differently

Some pursue happiness, others create it.
~~ unknown


Kathy Lynne said...


Bill said...

Thanks for the good thoughts to start my day.

Pam said...

Happy last day of the work week Mr. Dave.

Mary Christine said...

Good morning sunshine.

Lou said...

What if John C comes across your blog by accident? It could happen.

Scott W said...

That article isn't from Snopes. I went there and checked. Emails cannot hold tracking cookies. You can read more here:

dAAve said...

Lou -- he reads it every day. I told him I wuz gonna use those lines.

Scott W -- oh well, my bad

Tall Karen said...

Thanks for another amusing morning with dAAve! Happy Friday!

Trailboss said...

Did you know that snopes is written by a couple? They are by far not experts but it is said they do a lot of research.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

All to the good. Have a great weekend, dAAve!

garden-variety drunk said...

yeah, i take a pass on those email forwards but mostly because i find their guilt-tripping or ultimatums (do this or else!) kind of distasteful.

Zanejabbers said...

Made sense to me and then along came Scott W. our loving fact finder. And then that made sense to me.

Scott W said...

Hehehe, I like to stir the pot occasionally!

Syd said...

I don't do those pass on emails regardless. I just always thought that they were..well...silly.

Steve E. said...

SNOPES stamps out SNOOPS--right?

Brian said...

If you have troubles sleeping you should consider getting help for panic disorder treatment with care and compassion.

Tina said...

Thanks for the helpful info. When I learned about getting a alcoholism help it changed my life.