[LMB] ??[ OT:] Okra, etc

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Tue Jul 31 18:29:36 BST 2012


There is a charge of $0.45 for a letter of not to exceed dimensions and 
mass.  Exceed them and the price rises.  And the USPS is running at a 
deficit, actually...

-----Original Message----- 
From: John Cowan
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:37 PM
To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
Subject: Re: [LMB] ??[ OT:] Okra, etc

Jeff Shultz scripsit:

> Free - a term commonly used to mean "paid for by someone else than me."

Sometimes, but not always.  "Free shipping", for example, means that
the shipping costs are incorporated into the base price.

> TANSTAAFL

Yet another of those simple, obvious, and wrong ideas Heinlein's
characters tend to be so fond of (though not all of them; consider
Henry Gladstone Kiku).  There are indeed free lunches of many sorts,
often having to do with economies of scale.  The U.S. Postal Service
still provides universal first-class mail from anywhere to anywhere in
the U.S. for a mere US$0.45 with no government subsidy.

-- 
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                John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org>
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