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  •  Thanks! Got my AARP card and everything! n/t (5+ / 0-)

    Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead. ~K. Vonnegut

    by Greek Goddess on Wed May 15, 2013 at 11:13:07 AM PDT

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    •  OMG! You're on a permanent.... (3+ / 0-)
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      ... junk mail list if AARP has your snail mail address.  They will sell your name and address, and you will never be off of any snail mail spam lists for ever and ever and ever.  Or email spam lists if you gave them your email addy.

      For an old woman, I have quite a good set of arm muscles from carrying dead-tree junk mail in, putting it in the junk mail bag, and carrying it out to the recyclable bin.  Ugh.

      The original purpose for AARP was good..., but the organization has gone horribly awry by becoming a corporate insurance monopoly for Medicare supplemental insurance (being a corporation seeking profits now is why they supported that piece of shite corporate giveaway medical insurance bill).

      When I turned 50 [mumble years ago] I was getting their magazine for a year or so.  It was too full of ads (a condition that can only have worsened through the years).  I never renewed the subscription or the membership in AARP.  I loathe ads more than I have the ability to express, and I never, ever forgive those organizations that sell my name and address.  [I put my name different ways on things.  I know who sells my name and address by the formatting used....]

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Wed May 15, 2013 at 02:16:58 PM PDT

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      •  try opting out of the DMMA (1+ / 0-)
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        Direct Mail Marketing Association, i.e. the pro junk mailers.
        I did- it cut my junk mail by more than half.  Then I wrote to the big 3 credit reporting agencies TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax (there's also Innovis and some others) telling them not to sell my name. That cut out the "pre-approved" credit card offers without having to write them one by one. Now I just get the local "any customer" junk mail you can't opt out of, and my regular mail. Some days I get no mail at all (sheer bliss). It's a lot easier to find the mail that's important to me when there is so little.

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