| Gabriel |
Every other week or so I get mail from cranks. By “crank” I don’t mean somebody who has a reasonable but disputable point of view. For instance, I wouldn’t count the people who try to get me to show propaganda films to my students or recruit them to work as signature gatherers. I generally ignore such messages, but I don’t think they’re nuts.
Rather, by cranks I mean people with policy and/or scientific ideas that are clearly nuts. Specifically, I’m thinking of Be\/erly Hi||s Times, Leonard Ma||o, and Jaime-P0zeu|o M0ntf0rt. (I’ve used spam style spelling to avoid giving them attention). The first of these is some kind of pseudo-science crank with a grand unified theory of everything and the latter two are utopian world government cranks. All three of them occasionally send me messages that have a list of “endorsements” that they don’t realize are actually polite brush-offs (e.g., “The project looks very interesting.”).
Anyway, just wondering what kind of crank mail y’all get, or if it’s just me? In particular I’m kind of curious if these folks particularly target faculty or if they just use regular old spam mailing lists.
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