By now you may or may not have heard about a new company called Habeas. If not, let me briefly explain to you what all hoopla is about. Habeas is offering all of us "protection" from bad guys (i.e. spammers), and on surface it sounds all good. That is until you really understand how it will affect you.
I mean, sure, I am tired of getting all emails telling me how I can enlarge body parts I do not even possess and inviting me to look at naked teenage girls. But this is a small price to pay for my freedom - my delete button works just fine, thank you. Oh yeah, and I am wondering, has rest of civilized world heard of filtering your email as it arrives to your inbox? I do not need help of my Internet Service Provider for this - my IQ indicates that I am above average in intelligence.
And if you decide not to comply (buy into this "protection") with Habeas, then you will surely be crippled. Sure sounds a lot like Mafia to me. What do I mean by all this? Just stay with me here as I briefly go through paces.
Habeas (a private corporation, mind you) has proposed that we all pay for a header in all our outgoing emails that identifies email as legitimate (i.e. not sp*m). And for this "privilege", we will be required to pay.
Small businesses, those who make less than $100,000 a year, will pay a fee of $200 a year for privilege of sending email to people who have legitimately requested it. Outrageous! But that is only tip of iceberg.
Those business owners that make over $100,000 a year will be required to pay ½ cent to 1 cent per email sent, up to a maximum of $3,000 a month. Who died and made these people God?! And I thought government was giving it to me in way of taxes every year... Now you tell me that I have to be robbed by common citizen, too?
"So what," you say, "I do not even do business by email..." Well, let me explain to you how this will affect you, ordinary citizen. Right now, header is free for ordinary citizens to use in their emails. But they ALSO originally said that only rich would pay taxes, didn't they?
And guess who is taking it in rear now? The poor and middle class, of course, while rich hide behind their "tax shelters". So, how long do you think that it will be before ordinary citizen pays, too?