Crazy Christians and Bad Spam and Mailing List Management

I somehow got added to a mailing list recently unsolicited. It’s called Christian Report and I refuse to link to them. It is an arrogant, self-serving site that is plagued by guilt.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. -Romans 8:1

What is seriously tragic about this site (aside from the content) is that I was added to this mailing list unknown. For God knows what reason. I mean, I’m used to getting spam and all, but at least a mailinglist has an unsubscribe, right?

I am a user of Other Inbox, which has this neat “Unsubscribe” feature. Drag mail in Gmail (Or Yahoo mail) to the Unsubscribe folder and, in theory, they will unsubscribe you safely from spam or mailing list and, if they can’t, they’ll just sequester mail in the future so you don’t have to see it. Except it wasn’t working for this particular listserv as I’ve been doing that for a few weeks.

So I finally manually unsubscribed yesterday. Typical unsubscribe process that’s normal with this particular very common listserv… it should be done, right?

Wrong. I got another one today.

This led me to find the site and manually contact the owner asking why my unsubscribe wasn’t being honored. Within an hour, I finally got the unsubscribe confirmation.

I offer, without comment, the text of that email. Sufficed to say, I’m sure I’ll end up on this list again and I can’t wait to report them to the authorities on such matters.

Wow!  We can’t believe you are leaving!  So Sad.

#1) If it because we have you on multiple emails and you need to getit down to one, we understand, if that’s the case then disregard thefollowing messages…

#2) To those who are leaving all together because they refuse to believe the REALITY that All have sinned and ALL will be judged and found GUILTY by Father God.  And then the WRATH of God will come upon them for ETERNITY:  Then they will be sentenced to God’s prison; The Lake of Fire also known as HELL for committing JUST ONE sin in their entire lives. However, God loves EVERYONE, not just some He supposedly pre-chose, so He provided a way out of this INEVITABLE consequence of our sin.  He came down to earth  in the Man Jesus Christ.  He lived a SINLESS life, teaching and preforming countless miracles.  Then He was crucified by the Jewish leaders of the time as a criminal, some of which knew in their hearts He was the Messiah.  Because the Staff of corporal punishment was taken from them years before, the Jews employed the Romans to Crucify Jesus. But then Jesus beat DEATH and rose again 3 days later after the Passover.  Over 500 Jews,Christians, Romans, and many other tongues witnessed Jesus after His death. Jesus then COMMANDS us to REPENT of our sins, realize that We need a Savior to pay the debt that is owed by us to God for our sin,and that Savior is in fact Jesus Christ.  We MUST believe in Him. WeCANNOT give lip service to such a thing.  God PROMISES us that if we Truly Believe in Him, then He will destroy the old man and create a NEW Creature CHRIST. This moment that happens is called REGENERATION. At that point we will no longer be a slave to sin.  We will hate the things of this wicked world and LOVE the Things of His Kingdom. If you merely gave Jesus lip service, then you will continue practicing sin and seeking the lusts of this world.  That will be the EVIDENCE that you are not a Christian. The MAJORITY of western Christians are hypocrites, thus you as non-beleiver are wondering whether this God is real or not. The Bible tells us that His chosen saints will depart from inequity (sin), therefore those who you see as hypocrites are indeed hypocrites and ARE NOT  Christians.  Those people will hear the words of Jesus as described in Matthew 7:20-23 upon Judgment Day. But friend, that is not of your concern.  Salvation is personal.  There won’t be a priest, lawyer, or relative with you on the moment of your death.  In a snap, you will be facing your Creator who will know EVERY secret sin you did.  And you will be found GUILTY of those CRIMES and sent to HELL. So I beg you to read the Book of John TONIGHT and repent of your sins and choose eternal life in heaven instead of eternal life in HELL.

# 3) If you are claiming to be a Christian then… Why are you going? Was it because the TRUTH was too hard to swallow?  After 12 years of street preaching, we have found that the MAJORITY of western“christians” are deceived by the god of this world!  That is a painful reality, but true.  If you are believing that your social club church is actually part of “The Church” when it resembles MORE of the world than it does of Scripture, then you are deceived. A true Christian has departed from sin, 2 Tim 2:19.  If you are practicing sin, then you are NOT a Christian, 1 John 3:8,  no matter what your church, pastor, and other unsaved christian friends tell you! You may have been deceived into believing from your social church conditioning that anyone who states what I just stated is unloving, judgmental, rude, legalistic, and a Pharisee.  But that is EXACTLY what the Deceiver has taught them
to make you believe.  The BIBLE states the EXACT opposite.  If we are spiritual, then we are to JUDGE ALL things, 1 Corinthians 2:15. Obeying God’s Commandments is NOT legalistic, Jesus says that if we LOVE Him, we will obey, John 14:15 & 23, not to earn our salvation but in fact to show EVIDENCE of it.  Ask your self what is more loving.To have knowledge of the Truth and tell you about it. Or to keep quiet and and make nicey nice with you here on earth without the least care about your eternal life?  The Bible is clear as to which is the REAL Christian, it is he who speaks the Truth to you from His WORD.  Not the false Christian who values temporal relationships here on earthwhile believing they themselves are going to heaven and their“friends” are not.  A true friend will WARN you of the dangers ahead. Remember, Jesus did not come here to bring peace, He came to bring Truth, Matthew 10:34-38.  Your New Evangelical Modern Gospel has brainwashed you into believing that we should be more concerned aboutone’s feelings or our “love” for each other than we should be concerned for our first Love, Jesus, and OBEDIENCE to Him above all. We CANNOT help you if you wish to believe those who condemn us.  We suggest you walk away from that false church and read the Word daily for at least 2 hours per day.  Please pray that God delivers you from the deception that you have been brainwashed into by the falseteachers, churches, and ministries of the western culture. Otherwise you may hear the Words of Jesus in Matthew 7:20-23.

We will be praying for you.

The Christian Report Staff

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Tech: We Need to Start Being Feminists. Stat!

Used under Creative Commons. Photo by Jay Morrison.


That extends this I wrote about a few weeks ago.

This is pissing me the hell off! All that. It all needs to stop.

How are some of the brightest minds on the internet not seeing the harm in how we collectively perceive women, women in tech, women in our industry?

How is it funny to send nude photos of women to a prospective boss and get hired as a result?

How is it humorous to make jokes about “gangbang interviews” in a professional presentation?

How is this okay?

In the context of discussion around this article, someone said something to the effect of, “Well, you know, most resumés I get are from guys so I just hire best available.”

Bullshit. Recruitment is everything, especially when small. And not just for gender equality. You always want to find the best and sometimes the best are working for another company. Sometimes the best are working for themselves and they need to be convinced to come work for you. You have to be proactive to find who you want. If you take the passive approach, you’ll almost always get mediocre talent.

I’ve always proactively recruited as a hiring manager. We were reminiscing yesterday about the “vintage” days of b5media (which was just acquired, congrats!) when Brian Layman posted an old article describing his interview. We eventually hired him (because I personally recruited and hand-picked him) and he ended up being one of the best developers the company ever had.

If you want women in your company, don’t be a douche, go out and find them and hire them. Pay them top salaries along with all your guys.

I will eventually be a hiring manager again and I pledge that I will make every good faith effort to hire at least one woman for every man I hire. Obviously, I’m not naive. It may not always be possible. But to the best of my ability, I will do this.

Hey industry, we need to stop paying lip service to feminism. Let’s be feminists and practice what we preach.

David Simon on Debate and Journalism

It’s why I used to love a healthy newsroom, which I have described as a magical place where everyone disagrees with everything all of the time.  Arguments make the work better; when people stop arguing, or at least arguing intelligently, absent the usual half-assed, rhetorical cheating, the work invariably suffers.


Scantily Clad Women are for the Bedroom, not the Showroom Floor.

I love women. I love scantily clad women. I think the majority of men, and of course some women, would agree with me. Sexual attraction is inherently part of the human experience and part of the instinctual core that makes up who we are. The same goes for women with men.

However, this is not okay.

*This* is a glimpse inside Ad:Tech San Francisco. Maybe not all of Ad:Tech. Maybe not even most of Ad:Tech. But it’s certainly a representation of how at least a few people decided to capture it. And this is not directed toward the photographers, at least one of whom I am personally acquainted with. And certainly not directed toward the women who are captured in the photographs or women who have embraced their own sexuality and their own representation of it.

It’s not directed toward sex in art, sex in social commentary, sex in music, sex in film, or choice of sexual exhibitionism. This is entirely about the objectifying of women for comercial gain.

Sex sells, right? It’s been used for decades to touch on an instinctual desire, particularly in men, that ties desire to a commercial action, such as buying. This is why the porn industry is so huge. This is why men will pour hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, into the sex industry and the industry thrives.

I am not naive, nor am I a curmudgeon. As a man, I readily admit to, at least occasionally, “Thinking with my penis”…

But this is an industry that is loosely defined as “tech” and tech is largely dominated by men. We have an image problem. On one hand, the industry as a whole has spoken out vocally about the representation of women in presentations, at conferences, on speaker lineups, etc. We have vilified organizations that put on events not proportionally represented by women and yet… somehow it’s okay, with a wink and a nod, to put women on display on show room floors for the purpose of selling a product. That’s, somehow, okay… even if no one will say that. After all, these “booth babes” are getting paid and this is their job. Sure, gimme a free tee-shirt or a brand-labeled rubber band ball. Cool.

I love scantly clad women as much as the next guy. I’d rather she be in my bedroom or sipping a bourbon and ginger at a bar or show, than pushing some new mobile ad network on a showroom floor so the married ad executive from Burbank can get his nards off. To me, this is a practice that really needs to end.

Note: Despite my desire to use a sexy image for this post, I’ve chosen not to for obvious reasons.