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Old 01-30-2009, 10:08 AM   #41
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Here's an interesting parallel.

I heard a guy on the radio say one might propose, to fix the economy, to build a 200 foot deep trench from New York to Cleveland, using teaspoons. It would employ millions, but the problem is that it would be a waste of money.

Sounds very similar to the millions of people producing the 44% of junk mail that goes to the landfill.
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:13 AM   #42
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[quote=TromboneAl;778356]Here's an interesting parallel.

I heard a guy on the radio say one might propose, to fix the economy, to build a 200 foot deep trench from New York to Cleveland, using teaspoons. It would employ millions, but the problem is that it would be a waste of money....quote]


...unless you filled the trench with junk mail.
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The only thing weird about this is that he admitted it. That's what they get for letting an economist talk to the press. They should have used one of their standard drug warriors. From another article I read about this, "The drug trade at this time could be the only growth industry, with little unemployment," Costa explained.

Prohibition: UN Drug Chief Says Black Market Drug Profits Propped Up Global Banking System Last Year | Stop the Drug War (DRCNet)
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:28 PM   #45
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I stop by the garbage can before entering the house and dump most of my mail there. Junk mail never makes it in the house.

Yup. The recycle bin is in the garage, just outside the door to the house. I am too cheap to pay anyone to do that for me.
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:27 AM   #46
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You guys are also not looking at the unintended consequence of making all kinds of advertising ineffective, illegal, or expensive. If carried to the extreme, you're making new businesses unable to get their message out. That means the incumbents will have an advantage because of their name recognition and market penetration. They don't need to advertise as much. Getting rid of competition is, in most cases, not a good thing for consumers.
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I neither like or dislike junk mail. It, like TV advertising, is a necessary evil. You may chalange the word necessary, but, it is part of what makes some businesses work. There are several local sales I have taken advantage of, like free oil change, that I would not have known about if I had not received their mail.

We get our mail at the post office. Their is a rather large trash can right beside the door. Junk mail goes in the can, possible junk mail goes home, then most of it goes in a similar can. There may be alot of things in life to get excited about, but for me, junk mail is not one of them. Now if you want to talk about spam, biased news, or say excessive moderators! Well that's a different thing!

Actually I through the excessive moderators in so REW would comment.
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I agree that spam (and telemarketing) are different things from junk mail, but only in degree. That is, the problems with spam (clogging your in box, making you miss real messages, wasting your time) and junk mail are exactly the same.

It's just that junk mail can be dealt with with less hassle. For example, instead of 100 junk emails, you may only get 2-3 junk mail pieces.
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Actually I through the excessive moderators in so REW would comment.
I'm not sure about 'excessive' but I can comment on 'junk moderators' since we do moderate a lot of junk on this forum - especially when we have a full moon.
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Morning REW. Didn't say those 'junk moderators' were on this site.
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Morning REW. Didn't say those 'junk moderators' were on this site.
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This is so crazy it just might work

Regarding junk mail, DW sent me this some time ago:

Mail a brick to junk mailers using paid postage - Creative tips with dealing with spammers and bulk mailers

I haven't done it personally, but the idea still gives me the giggles.
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Regarding junk mail, DW sent me this some time ago:

Mail a brick to junk mailers using paid postage - Creative tips with dealing with spammers and bulk mailers

I haven't done it personally, but the idea still gives me the giggles.
So tempting. I have quite a number of old college textbooks that have been taking up space in my garage for altogether too long.
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If the weight is more than 13 ounces, you'll have to drop it off at the counter of the Post Office.
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