PRODUCTIVITY: Using GMAIL to avoid phishing

GMAIL has an interesting plus feature. If you think of email address syntax as, then you can put anything you want after a plus sign. So it’s You can use that feature to protect yourself from phishing attacks.

For example, create a random string for your “Mammoth Big Bank” bank (e.g., D3BCA3846CB5). Assume your email id is Then you tell your bank that your email address is! Anything purportedly coming from Mammoth Big Bank has to come with your secret code or you’ll ignore it. You can trash anything coming from Mammoth Big Bank that does NOT have your secret code.

If you’re like me and have lots of dedicated email address, then you can actually set a GMAIL label and filter to discard email that doesn’t authenticate with the secret code.

It’s simple and easy to protect against phishing.

Just don’t forget the D3BCA3846CB5! ;-)

LIBERTY: Education dumbs the children down; which is right where gubamint wants them!

Running with the turtles
Posted: November 20, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

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Two of the basic assumptions that underlie public schooling is that mass education is beneficial to society and that group education does not inhibit the intellectual development of the individual student.

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My war cry against big oppressive intrusive government, aka the gubamint, is: honest money, private education, and stop the dole!

This article supports the second of that troika!

It seems that, when the Communists have reeducation camps for adults and children, every one sees immediately that it’s terrible. YET, when it’s done right under their very nose in their neighborhood, they can’t see it.

These local “reeducation camps” teach the government agenda, which includes all sorts of strange things! One of which is that the government is God! It’s the answer to every problem: popular problems, perceived problems, ones that the gubbamint wants us to fixate on, but never ever the real one — gubamint!