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
(add-hook ‘mail-setup-hook ‘fortune-to-signature)
You will probably need to set the variable `fortune-file’ before using
———- Footnotes ———-
(1) The US National Security Agency.
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4 thoughts on “Emacs Mail Amusements”
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
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
Leuken-Baden target passwd LABLINK dictionary ANZUS Saudi Arabia BRLO
RSA Exon Shell Centro unclassified bootleg Kennedy enigma
Back in the olden days (RFC733) we used the “X-NSA-Fodder:” header line.
Mr. Lippard gives himself away. Lawrence Livermore is not going to be pleased.