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Postal Service Takes Drastic Action

Postal Service Takes Drastic Action | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet.

 

"Our financial condition is urgent," declared Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe. But Congress has voted in the past to bar the idea of eliminating Saturday delivery, and his announcement immediately drew protests from some lawmakers. The plan, which is to take effect in August, also brought vigorous objections from farmers, the letter carriers' union and others.

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Is this just the beginning of another American icon biting the dust? e-this and e-that is taking control.

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A Circular Economy: Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, NOT Manufactured

A Circular Economy: Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, NOT Manufactured | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Infinite economic growth is at odds with our finite planet, and this obsession with endless growth is driving us towards ecological catastrophe. I’ve just returned from the annual World Economic Forum meeting, and this reality has never been so clear to me. The forum brings together economists, but also activists, business leaders, humanitarians and technologists.

 

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Something sizzlin' to think about:  What if we could live in a society where everything—and I mean everything—was recycled using a system that requires no electricity and runs forever?

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