Tracfone Telemarketing

This morning I received a phone call from 1-800-419-7370. Caller ID showed it as “Unknown.” So I let the answering machine pick up. It was Tracfone, the pre-paid cell phone company. They left a pre-recorded message with some sales offers. I called back to “opt-out” and was told all circuits were busy. I redialed a …

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Junk Mail Received During the 2008 Elections

During the 2008 election cycle, which included for me the US Senate (Warner vs. Gilmore), US House of representatives (Connolly vs. Fimian) and President (Obama vs. McCain), I collected all the political junk mail that was sent to my home. I’ve finally gone through it all (32 pieces of mail) to present this summary: Republican …

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Junk Mail Received During the 2007 Elections

The 2007 election system has come and gone. Whew, I’m glad that’s over! Now I can sit back and wait a few months for the 2008 election process to start. What? Oh yeah, it started even before the 2007 elections were held. Sigh. During the 2007 election cycle, which included the Virginia state Senate, Delegate, …

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Microsoft adCenter junk mail

At work yesterday I received a glossy advertisement from Microsoft touting their new adCenter. Beyond the irony of using postal junk mail to advertise an online advertising platform is the irony of the opt-out method for stopping this junk in the future. If you prefer not to receive future promotional mailings of this type from …

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ValPak

I just realized my Form 1500 application for Valpak got ignored by the USPS as well. Luckily, their web site has an opt-out form: ValPak Opt-Out. And then I discovered as I was filling in the opt-out form, the USPS gave me someone else’s mail! That must be against the law! I hope no one …

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