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USPS: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)



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As the U.S. Postal Service faces financial catastrophe, John Oliver discusses why the service is so important, what brought it to this point, and what we can do to help.
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When I was in postal training, I found out that every year countless Americans recover from having collapsed in their homes solely because of a mail carrier who happened to notice they hadn't checked their mail. USPS is a vital component of society-- and yes, there is still such a thing as society. We still care about each other, including the rural poor. .

by orgcharp 3 weeks ago

"If I live out in the boondocks, I can get e-mail"


Yeah, okay buddy. When you need to have a tool or piece of furniture shipped to you, be sure to have them send it by e-mail as an attachment.

by Aellia 3 weeks ago

I am a nurse and recently cared for a patient whose mail carrier noticed he was not collecting his mail, and called police for a welfare check. The mail carrier saved the man's life. He had fallen and lain unresponsive for a full week and had full-thickness wounds that he is healing from now.

by veevee306 1 week ago

USPS: a suggestion for a side gig. Print out and sell "Save the Mail!" postcards where citizens can write in the back why they want/need their postal service! Imagine the face the congressfolk will make when they see that avalanche!

And make them look like ballots, to emphasize the point.

by Ahmed Amine Ramdani 2 weeks ago

John Oliver: Who wouldn't want a Sympathy Goose?
Me: All the Canadians this video finally became available too. Cause we know, if you send someone a goose, its to say "f*** them"

by Krvys 1 week ago

Still canโ€™t get over the fact that johns kids are probably in the next room hearing muffled screams of their father getting pissed for the postal service

by Renee Ravindranath 3 weeks ago

USPS is such a critical establishment to so many, including the elderly and disabled. It's also one of the few jobs you can get without a degree that has good pay, a pension, paid sick leave, vacation time, health insurance, and retirement benefits. I'm terrified for myself and the other hundreds of thousands postal workers in this country in regards to what could happen to our jobs.

by Sara Christenson 3 weeks ago

The post master in my hometown was a semi professional magician and he did all my childhood birthday parties.

by Berkeley Pickell 3 weeks ago

I've known about this for years, people like Al Franken, Thom Hartman, and Bernie freakin' Sanders have been shouting it since 2006, nice to see it get some traction here. Everybody get some of these stamps. I just ordered four sheets and I only use one stamp per month!

by Gregory White 3 weeks ago

Wrote my US Rep, Mike Turner and received this information: "On February 5, 2020, the House passed a bill I cosponsored that will strengthen the United States Postal Service by repealing the requirement that the Postal Service pre-fund the health benefits of its future retirees. The USPS Fairness Act (HR 2382) is a sensible first step toward ensuring the long-term financial stability of the Postal Service, and preserving its core mission of providing universal service to every American household and business." Not sure where it is in the Senate. Am waiting to hear from OHio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown.

by Grovelina 2 weeks ago

When a comedy show put more effort into saving the postal service then the government, you know that the government is a joke with no punchline.

by Ross Chippendale 3 weeks ago

Earlier this week I forwarded the link of this episode to my congressman, Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) . Today received an email from his office assuring me that he supports the USPS and working to fund it.


So, I urge everybody to send the URL to your congressman/woman. And buy the stamps!

by Elizabeth J 3 weeks ago

"But real businesses can't lose billions every year."

... There's some child-like naivety right there. I guess all those bail-outs didn't happen then. Maybe he should have a chat with President Trump? He seems to manage losing billions every year with his businesses without even trying.

by Kyo Sokutai 3 weeks ago

You forgot to mention that stealing or opening someone's mail is a federal crime because it's a federal government agency. If it gets privatized the porch pirates won't go to federal prison and because they deliver medications and only they can deliver medications people who are of limited mobility would be screwed.

by Kat nip 2 weeks ago

I'm in Canada and even I see the value of the USPS. If I order anything from the US and they ship UPS I get hit with huge border fees every time but if a company ships USPS it's either much lower or nothing at all. I always tell companies to not ship UPS to me and only use USPS.

It's also the same thing in Canada with Canada Post. I have a business and Canada Post is always the cheapest by far for me to ship out. Private companies gouge people and I have no idea why people use them still. Whenever the conservatives here are in charge they threaten privatization... My business costs would go up quite a bit if that happened. Save USPS and Canada Post!

by Brian Merkosky 1 week ago

"The postal service is a joke" - The US president about an essential national service, while suggesting price gouging to a degree where said service would become complete inaccessible.

by milkamilla 3 weeks ago

Republicans: "don't rely on government services and systems because they're vulnerable to being hamstrung by people like us"

by yaliso gioouy 3 weeks ago

Thank you Mr. Oliver! As an essential employee for the United States Postal Service we are very grateful for all the THANKS and support we are receiving from the public we serve every day. It is great that you have brought to light the issues that we are currently facing. The Postal Service will persevere. We have before, we will again, of that I am sure. I appreciate the gut busting humor. Weโ€™ve all needed a good laugh at our office. STAY SAFE AMERICA!

by So Cal Brixain 3 weeks ago

Honestly the excitement he has about that engraved rock is so wholesome

by Annika Bunnel 3 weeks ago

How to privatize a public service for your cronies: A neoliberal guide.
1. Pass a bill that financially screws over a public service.
2. Appoint people to deliberately mismanage that service.
3. Wait for people to get upset
4. Blame government inefficiency and suggest privatizing the service
5. Profit

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