ICANN Gadfly Turns Sights Elsewhere
Date: Thursday September 11 2003, @08:01PM
Topic: Laugh (or Cry)

These days, when an e-mail begins "This may come as a surprise..." one is just naturally conditioned to reach for the delete key. Imagine my surprise, therefore, when one such message was not from Nigeria, and did not offer untold illicit millions. No, it was from Canada, and it reports the unlikely candidacy of Joe Baptista, the scourge of various ICANN mailing lists, and the founder of an alternate registry with the implausible name of .god, for a city council seat in Peterborough, Ontario.

It is not a traditional candidacy.

Full text (spelling unchanged):

Hello Michael:

This may come as a surprise to many of my friends and aquantances. I normally communicate with you on issues concerning the DNS and root systems. But today I have unusual news to report.

After years of complaining about governments and politicians i've decided to do something completely out of character and run for office. I have decided to get involved in municipal politics here in Peterborough and will be seeking the position of councilor.

I'm asking my friends and associates to support me in my endevor. I ask you visit my site and have a look:


And I also ask that you provide your support to my campaign. Please take the time to visit and support me any way you can.

Click on the [ Support ] link or visit my support page at


I plan to do to the political system in this town what I have done to the U.S. governments control of the dns. Free it up and let the people control their political infrastructure directly.

Kindest regards
Joe Baptista

Joe Baptista for Councillor City of Peterborough Town Ward 3
Official Campaign Site @ www.joebaptista.com
Personal Web Space @ www.baptista.god

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