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Spam Kings by Brian S McWilliams

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Bubba Catts and the Crank Callers

Brunner's legal threats didn't really worry Shiksaa. He had filed defamation lawsuits in small-claims court against three other anti-spammers, none of whom took the suits very seriously. But Shiksaa didn't relish the idea of spammers harassing her by telephone. Brunner had apparently captured her number when she called him on his cell phone the previous year. Now she had no choice but to contact Pacific Bell and get a new one. But as Shiksaa glanced again at Brunner's file, her face brightened, and she burst into laughter. That wasn't her phone number; Brunner had accidentally transposed two of the digits.

It was a classic Brunner gaffe. Just to be safe, Shiksaa went ahead and had the number changed anyway. But to show Brunner she wasn't worried about his threats, she published two new photos of him at her new web site, Chickenboner.com. (She had acquired the domain name the previous March when the original owner, an Internet businessman in New Brunswick, Canada, failed to renew the registration.)

Shiksaa got the photos from anti-spammers who had doctored a picture of Brunner that appeared in a Fortune magazine article about spam. In the first image, they grafted Brunner's head onto Rodona Garst's naked torso. The other depicted Brunner's head pasted onto the scantily clad body of a Louisiana-based spammer named Robert "Bubba" Catts. Shiksaa had stumbled upon the original Catts photo earlier that year in his AOL member directory listing. The stocky ...

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