Emacs Mail Amusements

Apropos this, cribbed from the GNU Emacs manual by (originally) Richard Stallman:

35.6 Mail Amusements
====================

`M-x spook’ adds a line of randomly chosen keywords to an outgoing mail
message. The keywords are chosen from a list of words that suggest you
are discussing something subversive.

The idea behind this feature is the suspicion that the NSA(1) and
other intelligence agencies snoop on all electronic mail messages that
contain keywords suggesting they might find them interesting. (The
agencies say that they don’t, but that’s what they _would_ say.) The
idea is that if lots of people add suspicious words to their messages,
the agencies will get so busy with spurious input that they will have
to give up reading it all. Whether or not this is true, it at least
amuses some people.

You can use the `fortune’ program to put a “fortune cookie” message
into outgoing mail. To do this, add `fortune-to-signature’ to
`mail-setup-hook':

(add-hook ‘mail-setup-hook ‘fortune-to-signature)

You will probably need to set the variable `fortune-file’ before using
this.

———- Footnotes ———-

(1) The US National Security Agency.

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Updated: $Date: 2007/06/10 18:26:22 $ $Author: cyd $

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4 Responses to Emacs Mail Amusements

  1. Jim Lippard says:

    Some sample output:

    World Trade Center radar AIMSX top secret defense information warfare
    USCODE gamma Compsec halcon corporate security dictionary security
    clandestine number key arrangements

    Capricorn terrorist MD2 Saddam Hussein Fortezza Yukon counter
    intelligence LLNL monarchist CNCIS Blowpipe cryptographic NSA TWA
    investigation

    Becker bullion basement genetic monarchist cypherpunk SSL spies [Hello
    to all my friends and fans in domestic surveillance] analyzer $400
    million in gold bullion bootleg DES freedom White House

  2. Greg Laden says:

    Leuken-Baden target passwd LABLINK dictionary ANZUS Saudi Arabia BRLO
    RSA Exon Shell Centro unclassified bootleg Kennedy enigma

  3. Uncle Glenny says:

    Back in the olden days (RFC733) we used the “X-NSA-Fodder:” header line.

  4. Uncle Glenny says:

    Mr. Lippard gives himself away. Lawrence Livermore is not going to be pleased.

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