News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush - Part I b
Weak Antispam Bill Would Nullify Stronger Cal.Law
Pt. I b BUSH'S CONGRESS
NEO-CONSERVATIVES' ULTIMATE GOAL
RIGGING ELECTIONS
------ Reforms needed
-- Corrupt Redistricting
---- Texas
---- Colorado
---- Pennsylvania
-- Rigged E-Voting?
---- Diebold For Bush
-- Delayed Disclosures
RAW POWER TACTICS
-- Bullying to Win
---- Threatening Dems
---- Bribing Republican
-- Excluding Democrats
---- 11th-Hour Bills
---- 1-Vote Victories
LOOTING the FUTURE
-- Driving Up Deficit
-- Extra Pork in Bills
-- $87 bill. Blank Check
BAD BILLS
-- Energy Bill
-- Medicare Bill
-- Spending Bill
WHO BENEFITS?
-- Wealthy Interests
-- Cheney's Cronies
-- Bush Camp'n Donors
-- Gun Lobby
WHAT ARE WE LOSING?
-- Privacy Rules
-- Academic Freedom
---- at the U. of Wash.
-- States' Rights on..
---- Air Quality
---- Antispam Rules
---- ID Protection
---- Gay Marriage
---- Scholarships
STATES FIGHT BACK
-- Brandeis's Support

" ... Industry lobbyists have been working hard to ensure that any law will be full of loopholes. If the bill gets any weaker, it will be worse than none at all, since it would nullify stronger protections at the state level, including a hard-hitting antispam law recently adopted in California."
 
 
New York Times
November 3, 2003

Congressional Spam Filter

The complete article is currently (3/0425/) available on a New York Times website at-- http://college3.nytimes.com/guests/articles/2003/11/03/1122405.xml [found through a Google search by article title on the same date]

Opening words--

When the Senate approved an antispam bill last month, 97 to 0, beleaguered e-mail users may have thought relief was on the way. But industry lobbyists have been working hard to ensure that any law will be full of loopholes. If the bill gets any weaker, it will be worse than none at all, since it would nullify stronger protections at the state level, including a hard-hitting antispam law recently adopted in California.

No one who has waded through advertising, much of it sexual in tone, hunting for his or her e-mail has to be told how annoying unsolicited commercial e-mail is. Parents have their own concerns, as their children's in-boxes fill up with X-rated messages. Dealing with spam, according to one recent estimate, may be costing American business as much as $87 billion a year.

There are no easy answers, since spammers are notoriously resourceful at getting around any barrier put in their way, but a strong law can make a difference. The Senate bill contains an unfortunate number of compromises, made under pressure from marketing industry lobbyists. ...

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