Great piece in the New York Times yesterday entitled "The Junking of the Post Office." The USPS is now delivering far more "direct mail" (i.e. junk) than first-class mail. In fact, it's aggressively sought this business in the face of the continued decline of first-class mail in the Internet age. There's so much of this crap now that a lot of municipalities have hired Catelog Choice (a service well worth checking out) to provide an online interface for residents to opt out of mailings. The costs to the municipality are more than offset by the savings from less junk going into landfills. It's highly unlikely anything will actually get done about this: the USPS employees hundreds of thousands and there'd be an outcry from the few populations left that aren't served well by online services (the elderly and rural populations) but we really have to rethink this given current fiscal and communications realities. If they cut my mail tomorrow, I'd be thrilled: no more crap!
Shock of shocks: Herman Cain dropped out of the Republican presidential race. It's a sign of how bankrupt and extreme the GOP has become that he was ever even considered a serious candidate. He'd followed previous frontrunners such as Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann into single-digit polling obscurity. Aside from a few followers, the only people who'll be truly sad about his fall from grace are in the Democratic Party: every time someone like Cain rises to the top, they must be thrilled.
Working on my list of top albums and songs this year. Given that there's only so much time in the day, I don't have the chance to listen to near as much music as I'd like so I'm seeking input and nominations! Let me know your favorite songs and albums this year!