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Comment Re:The option I want to see (Score 1) 237

All I ask is the ability to exclude a carrier. I would exclude USPS as long as I live in Dover because they will not deliver packages that are larger than will fit in the mailbox for anyone on this route. Everywhere else I've ever lived USPS will ring the bell if they have a package that won't fit but not here. Instead they scan the package AS DELIVERED (although to be fair to the carrier, she specifies "per supervisor") so that they don't look bad to Amazon, and leave a slip instructing us to pick the packages up. Oddly enough, they (USPS) will deliver to the door on this route on Sundays (wtf?)... but not any other day.

Comment Re:USPS (Score 1) 237

> Seriously, loosing the USPS won't be a good thing in the long run.

It depends on where you live.
Most places I've lived, USPS is every bit as good as UPS and FedEx where the carriers will ring your bell or at least honk the horn if they've got a package for you.

Now, I live in a city but on a "rural route" (in a city) and they will not ring the bell. Instead, they leave the little slip letting you know that they expect you to do their work for them and go pick up the package. I would not have a problem with this if the post office were open beyond bankers' hours... but they close early and I work until 6pm. How the fuck am I going to get my packages without taking time off of work?

To make things worse, they scan the packages as "delivered" - but in the particular carrier's defense, she notates it "scanned as delivered PER SUPERVISOR." One time I asked her about this, and she said she puts "PER SUPERVISOR" because she has been instructed to scan packages as delivered but she knows that is essentially mail fraud so she clarifies that it is per instruction of her supervisor. She said the reason her supervisor does this is to make them not look bad to Amazon, because she makes her do this for ALL customers on this route when the package will not fit in the mailbox. Her supervisor has instructed the staff to not even load the packages on the truck.

Fuck the USPS. The sooner we let them die the better.

Comment How do we get the university to pay for our trips? (Score 5, Funny) 126

"Well, the only thing at amusement parks that causes many rapid shifts in the human body are roller coasters. Now we need a reason to ride them."

"I know, we'll make up some bullshit about kidney stones."

  - 1 day of roller coaster rides later

"Holy shit, it actually had an effect. Now we have an excuse to come back here for the next 3 weekends."

Comment Re:wow, completely clueless... (Score 3, Interesting) 612

The Brits moved out of Benghazi 6 months earlier explicitly because the security situation in the town was completely fucked unless they wanted to invest a shitload more material, soldiers, and money. The ambassador requested more soldiers and a more secure embassy multiple times over the preceding 12 months. Anybody involved paying fucking attention knew damn well that the situation was untenable but either Hillary or the White House found it politically expedient to leave them to hang out to dry. Then they subsequently lied about it in the media.

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