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December 24, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 24, 2013

Oakland teen Jahi McMath, who suffered complications from tonsil surgery earlier this month, has been declared brain dead by a judge, but that doesn’t mean the hospital will get its wish to stop life support for her until December 30 at the earliest. The case has drawn criticism for the hospital’s treatment of McMath and her family, which is still holding out hope.

A philanthropist and hedge fund millionaire jumped to his death yesterday in New York City, after giving away nearly all of his wealth in recent years.

The U.S Postal Service has a lump of coal for everyone this year: They’re raising prices in a last-ditch effort to stay solvent.

Sprint and T-Mobile, the two also-rans of the mobile industry, are close to a deal to merge.

When the porn industry shuts down over HIV scares, porn stars aren’t without options for work.

19:12 // 7 months ago
September 25, 2013

Snail mail could get just a little bit more expensive next year

  • 49¢ could soon be the new cost of a postage stamp, if a new Postal Service proposal is approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. If allowed, it would be the first time in more than four decades that the Postal Service requested an increase higher than the rate of inflation, and the new prices would take effect in January 2014. source
16:15 // 10 months ago
July 3, 2013

obitoftheday says: I'd be much more likely to accept this USPS policy if it was set to folk music.

» SFB says: Me too. Me … too. — Ernie @ SFB

15:09 // 1 year ago

U.S. Postal Service is taking pictures of your mail. No, really

  • 160B pieces of mail were photographed for law enforcement by the United States Postal Service last year, as part of the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program revealed during the FBI’s investigation of ricin letters sent to President Obama. The program was apparently implemented in secret after the anthrax scare of 2001, and calls for photographs of the cover of any/every piece of paper mail processed by the United States Postal Service. Sure makes zip codes seem quaint, doesn’t it? source
15:03 // 1 year ago
February 6, 2013
Countless public opinion polls show Americans do not mind going to a five-day delivery schedule. There simply is no longer enough mail to sustain six days of delivery.
U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer • Discussing, in a piece regarding the greeting card industry’s fight against the Saturday mail cuts, why the USPS is looking to drop Saturday mail. For what it’s worth, Hallmark has been heavily lobbying against such a change on Capitol Hill for years. They really want you to get that birthday card.
8:50 // 1 year ago
August 21, 2012
brooklynmutt:

D’oh! USPS Stuck With 682 Million Unsold Simpsons Stamps - Bloomberg

Not nearly as popular as the T-shirts were circa 1990. Didn’t even know these existed. :/

brooklynmutt:

D’oh! USPS Stuck With 682 Million Unsold Simpsons Stamps - Bloomberg

Not nearly as popular as the T-shirts were circa 1990. Didn’t even know these existed. :/

(via brooklynmutt)

21:10 // 1 year ago
June 25, 2012

medilldc:

POSTAL WORKERS GO HUNGRY ON CAPITOL HILL — Postal workers staged a hunger strike outside the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington Monday to protest a prefund requirement they say is bankrupting the U.S. Postal Service. A 2006 law requires the Postal Service to pay $5.5 billion annually toward retiree health benefits.

The Postal Service Protection Act of 2011 seeks to eliminate the prefund requirement and place restrictions on postal office closures. Some, however, are opposed to refunding what the USPS calls “overpayments.” Instead, the Heritage Foundation says Congress should make comprehensive reforms to adjust to the new realities of the organization, which could be in danger of defaulting if action is not taken.

— Simone Del Rosario/Medill News Service

This is actually a longtime issue; we’ve covered it a few times ourselves.

12:10 // 2 years ago
December 6, 2011

buntsfromaleftcoastgirl says: Regarding the Postal Service announcement yesterday about slow-downs, my local Oregon NPR station noted this morning that the slow-down would effect Oregon's vote-by-mail as ballots have to be returned--not just postmarked--by election day. Oregon officials are pushing to get voter's pamphlets and ballots to Oregon voters sooner so they can be returned with enough time to slog through the USPS.

» SFB says: Good to know. Here’s the story, for the curious. This is another example, to us, about how a one-day delay in receiving mail will cause a ripple effect far beyond the Postal Service. To put this in Netflix terms: This is the U.S. Postal Service’s Qwikster— Ernie @ SFB 

10:32 // 2 years ago
December 5, 2011

On the mail service getting slower

8bitian says: “Bad” and “worse” should be flipped. Somehow I think losing 250 mail-processing centers and 100,000 employees across the board is worse than MY NETFLIX IS SLOW.

» SFB says: Disagree, because, well, think about it this way — if that Netflix is getting to you a day slower, that also means bills will get to people who owe money (and payments will get back) more slowly, paychecks will get to workers more slowly (not everyone has direct deposit), and so on. That Netflix is the tip of the iceberg. It’s a ripple effect that will be felt across the entire economy — especially among older or less tech-savvy Americans. Basically, we’re talking about the difference between infrastructure and engine. A damaged infrastructure is bad, as is the job loss. However, if the engine gets damaged, it has the effect of hurting a lot of other infrastructures far beyond the U.S. Postal Service. And that’s a heck of a lot more dangerous. — Ernie @ SFB

(Source: shortformblog)

10:36 // 2 years ago