I mentioned a few months ago that a friend whose views differ radically from mine signed me up for a subscription to a political magazine, hoping to show me the woeful error of my ways. I've now received two issues and, if I manage to overlook the gratuitous insults and stereotypes, the periodical is really not too bad.
I can't say the same for the ancillary ads, mailings and requests for donations that have started showing up on my doorstep. It seems this magazine sells its list of subscribers to all and sundry, and let's just say that these other publications and entities do not contribute very much to civil civic discourse. You're wasting your money on me, guys.