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Dorothee
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Tropical Rainforest of Brazil (Thanks To Wiki People Are Allowed To Use This Photo For Any Purpose!)

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| 05:03 PM Jun 18 2018

WobblyJoe

United States

That’s funny. Typically, when there is a story about something that sounds really unusual for the USA, it’s happening in San Francisco. They were the capital of America’s hippies and never lost their leftist views.
The courts commonly overturn their laws, but it takes a few years so they have a cycle of odd things.
Here, the viewpoint is that the customer bought postage and paid the USPS to deliver that postage and whatever it’s attached to into the USPS receptacle at that address.
To take money for delivering advertising and not deliver it would be a theft.
Which the government does excel at, but not usually that openly. (the US postal system is a private company owned by the government, a very odd institution)
The person receiving the mail doesn’t have a choice unless the mail itself violates other laws, because the postage bought entrance to the mailbox. After that, it’s up to them.
Here, junk mail has tapered off as fewer companies are willing to pay for postage knowing most mailed advertising won’t be read.

| 03:07 AM Jun 17 2018

Dorothee

Germany

Dear Joe,
thanks a lot…Now I think I recall that the city I didn’t remember the name of indeed was San Francisco. I’m not sure though. By the way in Germany we have these stickers, too “Keine Werbung, bitte!” and here this is no problem as mail men know they must not throw any advertising stuff into this mailbox. Here it wouldn’t be legal to just ignore the sticker. So I wasn’t thinking that much about it when I wrote that post.
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The informative TV-show “marktcheck” from Germany now made an episode in which they compared different sorts of potato crisps, rice crisps, kale crisps and crisps made of different types of vegetables:
>All but the kale crisps contained cancer-causing acrylamide.
>Some, but not the kale crisps contained palm oil from Brazil – hence why this post ended up here – which is just as likely to cause cancer.
>Even organic crisps they tested contained cancer-causing substances.

| 11:54 AM Jun 02 2018

WobblyJoe

United States

I expect that US mail carriers would ignore them. The people who sent those advertisements paid postage in advance, so their stuff makes it into the mailbox (the USPS owns the inside) no matter what we write on the outside.
If it weren’t for advertisements, the USPS would have very little to deliver anymore! Those and bills are all I ever get nowadays!
Unless it was San Francisco. As you’ve already noticed, that’s the least American city in America. They’re always doing things that later the Federal Courts tell them they can’t legally do.

| 03:10 AM May 31 2018

Dorothee

Germany

By the way: To most this may be a mere fun-fact, but the National Geographic Society – according to their own statemet that is – now published the results of an experiment they did in a city I don’t remember the name of (I’m sorry!)...In some areas habitants were told to stick a removable sticker to their mailbox. It said “No advertisement, please!” So mailmen naturally didn’t throw in any sales letters or such when seeing this sticker. After a while you could clearly see that these areas had a lower waste of paper than other areas which may make them seem a bit more environmentally-friendly.

| 02:56 AM May 31 2018

Dorothee

Germany

Yes Joe,
some sorts of insects may even contain more nutrients – while being more healthy than – certain sorts of meat. Honestly if I was to decide between eating pork and some edible, non-endangered insect, I’d choose the insect without hesitation. Firstly I would have less ethical issues, it would probably be better for my health AND I’m sure it’s just a question of getting used to it.
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The monthly German newspaper “Dein Spiegel” now talked about the Brazilian recycling artist Bordello who as it seems is rather unknown outside Brazil. He collects rubbish (mostly rubber, gum, plastic or metal) from abandoned places and from the street and uses it to make giant animal figures. Why animals? When asked he said that he wanted to remind us of the harm we do to them especially by throwing away plastic or rubber.

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