Live and let spam = DEATH TO EMAIL
See how well filtering has worked? The spammers have made so much money that they can now refine their targeting in search of bigger phish. So far they had just been playing in the shallow end of the pool, but you've probably seen some of the excellent pitches at Facebook and LinkedIn users. Lord save us from the spam-lovers at Yahoo, and several recent rounds of spam have been bypassing the supposedly wonderful spam filtering from the google of increasing EVIL.
Why doesn't ANYONE offer an email system that the spammers hate and fear?
Wasting my breath and keystrokes, but I'll repeat the OBVIOUS suggestion: Some email system should have integrated INDUSTRIAL-STRENGTH anti-spammer tools. EVERY part of the spammers' infrastructure should be targeted and ALL of the spammers' accomplices should be pushed to bankruptcy. ALL of the suckers who feed the spammers should be protected from the idiocy. Heck, let's even protect the corporate victims whose reputations are abused by the spammers.
Imagine a multi-round spam-fighting tool that would analyze the spam with increasingly refined targeting. Would you be willing to spend a few minutes and donate a bit of your intelligence to help shut down the spammers and prevent them from profiting? Of course you don't have to, but if it was easy enough for more people to do it, we can surely cut the spammers away from their extremely limited supply of suckers.
However, I think that some of the spam would get your goat and you would want to help stop it. Do you have children? Would you like to hammer on a spammer who targets children? What if you are actually a high-level executive who might be a legitimate target of spear phishing? Would you like tools to help you recognize the scam and shut it down? Maybe you work for a company that gets abused by spammers and you'd like to take a few shots at them?
A horse? No. I would give my kingdom for a BIG anti-spam hammer. (Okay, so I don't have a kingdom, but it's not like I'm Shakespeare.)