“[Email tracking] tech is pretty simple. Tracking clients embed a line of code in the body of an email—usually in a 1×1 pixel image, so tiny it’s invisible, but also in elements like hyperlinks and custom fonts. When a recipient opens the email, the tracking client recognizes that pixel has been downloaded, as well as where and on what device. Newsletter services, marketers, and advertisers have used the technique for years, to collect data about their open rates; major tech companies like Facebook and Twitter followed suit in their ongoing quest to profile and predict our behavior online…
…To prevent third-parties from leaking your email, meanwhile, Princeton’s Englehart says “the only surefire solution right now is to block images by default.” That is, turn on image-blocking in your email client, so you can’t receive any images at all.”
—Brian Merchant. “How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over The Web.” Wired. December 11, 2017.
As discussed in my post A Text Only World there is no surefire way to stop this kind of tracking. Even if you use text only email, which isn’t a bad idea, you will still be tracked if you follow links and so forth. But, sticking with text over HTML is often a more secure and less convenient option.
“Operating clandestine and worldwide, the Foundation operates beyond jurisdiction, empowered and entrusted by every major national government with the task of containing anomalous objects, entities, and phenomena. These anomalies pose a significant threat to global security by threatening either physical or psychological harm.
The Foundation operates to maintain normalcy, so that the worldwide civilian population can live and go on with their daily lives without fear, mistrust, or doubt in their personal beliefs, and to maintain human independence from extraterrestrial, extradimensional, and other extranormal influence.
Our mission is three-fold:
[Secure, Contain, Protect].”
—About The SCP Foundation. http://www.scp-wiki.net.
Wikipedia might be the better source in this instance:
“The SCP Foundation is a fictional organization that is the subject of a web-based collaborative writing project of the same name. The stories generated by the project describe the exploits of the Foundation, supposedly responsible for containing individuals, entities, locations, and objects that violate natural law (referred to as SCPs). The main written works on the SCP Foundation website are articles written in the style of structured internal documentation about the contained SCPs. The website also contains thousands of “Foundation Tales”, short stories set within the universe of the SCP Foundation…
…The SCP Foundation series has received praise for its ability to convey horror through its scientific and academic writing style, as well as for its high quality standards.”
“SCP Foundation,” in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia; available from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCP_Foundation; Internet; retrieved 19 December 2017.
Finally, some “fake news” that is at least interesting and differently horrible.
“In some far off place / Many light years in space / I’ll wait for you.
Where human feet have never trod, / Where human eyes have never seen. / I’ll build a world of abstract dreams / And wait for you.”
—Sun Ra. “Liner notes.” Monorails and Satellites (1968), quoted it Wikiquote.
Sun Ra’s music, some 74 albums, is available to stream on Bandcamp.
“For people tired of traditional holiday music. From the offensive, raunchy and nasty to the silly and childish, a mix of music for Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice and of course Christmas. You’ll probably get in trouble if you listen out loud at the office, but it might be worth it just to offend your annoying co-workers.”
—Xmas in Frisko on SomaFM
To get the flavor, something you are likely to hear on Xmas in Frisko: Back Door Santa.