My blog must be getting a few more hits from search engines. Today’s queue of blocked spam had 13 “messages,” seven of them advertising insurance and six publicizing gambling opportunities.

I’m sure setting up a robot to spew out this crud isn’t hard to do. The question is, why would anybody bother? First, your messages will be filtered out by 99.9% of the pages where you try to post them. Second, only an idiot would ever respond to spam, so even the messages that make it through the filters will be wasted effort.

On the other hand, as H. L. Mencken said, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” Or, as P. T. Barnum put it, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” So maybe a few people do respond to spam. Enough to make it worth sending out.

More likely, the spam is being generated by people who are so desperate to make money that they pay hundreds of dollars to someone who offers to set them up as an Internet “advertising” business. The money isn’t in the responses to spam, it’s in deluding people into believing they can make money sending out spam. Sort of an Amway pyramid from Hell.

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