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I have a Citibank NRI (non-resident Indian) account which I don' t use much. But I get a ton of email from them - all marketing messages. I tried "unsubscribing" (still trying to figure out how can you unsubscribe when you didn't subscribe).
The reply I got back from Citibank shows their callous attitude towards their customers and particularly regarding the issue of spam: From: India Service [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 8:39 AM To: Murali Krishna Devarakonda Subject: RE:'Citibank=006-038-728' Unsubscribe Dear Mr. Devarakonda,
This is with reference to your email dated September 25, 2007. To withdraw the promotion mailer facility, we require the Coupon A form. The form is available in the nearest NRI centre. The list of NRI Centers are available in the 'Contact Us' under the "customer service" option in our website www.citinri.com. We assure you of our best attention at all times.
There's an interesting article in Washington Post that discusses the nuances and history of Mormon polygamy. I found the comments below it sufficiently compelling to respond. I'm reproducing here what I said there:
All this talk about what the religion or the sect says is a red herring in my view. The only issue is what is legal, and what should be illegal.
The core problem with this incident and others before it isn't whether polygamy is or should be legal.
* The problem is adults having sex with children *
* The problem is _systemic_ RAPE of children. *
No society should condone in any form sex with children.
Polygamy, Polyandry, Polyamory, Bigamy and any kind of sexual union between *consenting adults* is not the issue, and shouldn't be illegal in the first place.
The problem is that laws exist on books in several US states that make these various kinds of sexual activity illegal - including fellatio and sodomy - even between consenting adults.