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Does the U.S. Postal Service have an unfair competitive advantage?

Special treatment from federal, state and local governments has given the U.S. Postal Service an unfair advantage over private-sector competitors such as the United Parcel Service and FedEx, according to an economic analysis released this week. Show More Summary

Double-Whammy Bullying from Today's #BikeLaneBully

Ouch. Double-whammy bullying today from the United States Postal Service. eclectic food-for-thought for a changing world

USPS Driver Shows Off Athleticism By Throwing Package, Running Lap Around Delivery Van

Wait a minute — are the Delivery Driver Games coming up and no one warned us? Why else would a United States Postal Service worker appear to be fine-tuning her athletic prowess by chucking a delicate package onto a porch before a quick lap around her delivery van? Oh, wait. Those games don’t exist and so the worker throwing a … [More]

Forever Stamps will work with postcards and more starting next month

Mailers can use Forever Stamps with postcards and letters larger than one ounce beginning late next month, according to a notice this week from the Postal Regulatory Commission. The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors approved the change on Wednesday, allowing USPS to move forward with the expansion on April 26. Forever stamps never expire and always […]

Epic Fail for the Postal Service: The Wrong Model and the Wrong Board

How the managers of the Postal Service, in conjunction with politicians, have worked to undermine the effectiveness of a public infrastructure that is capable of producing broad economic and social benefits.

Wednesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening — Connect:ID Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 9 a.m. — The Future of the United Stated Postal Service at the Brookings Institute, 10 a.m. Must-Read of the Day The Atlantic‘s Robinson Meyer examines...Show More Summary

Providencia Paredes, assistant to Jacqueline Kennedy, dies

Providencia F. Paredes, a personal assistant to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy who later spent decades on the library staff at the U.S. Postal Service, died March 18 at a hospital in Washington. She was 90.Read full article >>

Google may soon add a brilliant new feature to Gmail that’s unlike anything you’ve seen

As if the United States Postal Service wasn’t already in deep enough water with the countless online innovations making physical mail obsolete, Google’s new service could make paying your bills as easy as having a Gmail account. Re/code...Show More Summary

Mail a Spud, A Service That Mails an Unpackaged, Stamp-Covered Potato to Anyone in the United States

3 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Mail a Spud is a service that will mail a stamp-covered, unpackaged russet potato to anyone in the United States. All potatoes are shipped via United States Postal Service first class mail. A potato in the mail, really??? Who in their right mind would want to do that! Yes, it is true that you can […]

Epic Fail for the Postal Service: The wrong model and the wrong BOG

Guest post by MARK JAMISON via Save the Post Office Epic Fail for the Postal Service: The wrong model and the wrong BOG In 2001 Postmaster General Bill Henderson submitted the first blueprints for a transformation of the Postal Service into a sleeker, more efficient business entity.  To justify the transformation, the rhetoric has repeated […]

A lesson from Dr. Dolittle to the MBTA

Many of us grew up with the Dr. Dolittle books. He was famous for being able to talk with the animals, but his adventures went far and wide. In one book, Doctor Dolittle's Post Office, he organizes a postal service for a small African country. Show More Summary

Outsider Artist Gets Stamp of Approval

The Postal Service will honor the outsider artist Martín Ramírez, placing five of his works on stamps.

Infrastructure Damnation 11: Postal Services

While most Supply Chains don’t run on public postal services, and instead rely on private transportation companies for both their freight and package delivery needs, public postal services are still needed. Why? Without public postal services, there would be an effective private monopoly in mail and package distribution. While there are multiple private options, without […]

Unions Trying to Save the U.S. Postal Service

In recent years, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been under attack from Republicans in Congress and elsewhere who are trying to privatize the constitutionally required service to benefit wealthy campaign donors with the support of anti-government extremists. The men and women who work at the USPS, and their unions, however, are fighting back.

Pro-life news brief 3-18-15

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat This week a Planned Parenthood in California received a package with their address as the return address after the postal service was unable to deliver the package to an address in Georgia. Show More Summary

Letter To White House Laced With Cyanide

Mind you, the chances of this letter actually making its way to the White House is miniscule, as this falls under the purview of the US Postal Service, not the Secret Service. It is nevertheless a reminder that there are unhinged loons who hate whoever is behind the desk in the Oval Office: A letter [...]

The Historical Snub Hidden In Canada's Map

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Maps seem like the most utilitarian of objects, but hidden in between the most functional of information are some strange stories. Here's how a 19th-century postal service bureaucrat hid a snub against France that's still there in Canada's modern map. Read more...

Best Ways to Ship Internationally

last weekHumor / odd : It Thing!

There are considerable benefits to freight shipping, as opposed to shipping through delivery services like the U.S. Postal Service, UPS or FedEx, especially when long distances or very bulky freight is involved. Freight shipping is basically defined as shipping objects that are very bulky in size or very heavy in weight, and may require special [...]

An Expanding US Postal Service is Very Possible

The ongoing, preventable plight of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is an important issue for those of us who have observed its steady decline over the last several years due to unimaginative management, huge prepayment obligations imposed by Congress, and a deck stacked to favor corporate rivals such as FedEx and UPS. Show More Summary

US Postal Inspection Service set up hidden camera to capture faces and license plates

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

A Denver TV news program discovered a hidden camera installed at a post office in Golden, Colorado, which was "positioned to capture and record the license plates and facial features of customers." An hour after the camera was discovered it "was ripped from the ground and disappeared." Read the rest

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