USPS closes retail units in Downtown Los Angeles due to anti-Trump demonstrations

The US Postal Service issued an Industry Alert today, informing mailers that several retail units in Los Angeles would be closed until Monday due to an anti-Trump demonstration expected to draw a half million participants:

The following retail units in the Downtown Los Angeles, CA area are closed due to the Women’s Demonstration in regards to today’s Presidential Inauguration. 500,000 protesters are expected to attend. Please note that these locations are retail units only, with PO Box service and retail operations.

Arcade 90013 Drop Shipments have been diverted to Alameda 90012
Federal Finance 90012 Drop Shipments have been diverted to Alameda 90012
Macy’s 90017 Drop Shipments have been diverted to Foy 90017
Bunker Hill 90071 Drop Shipments have been diverted to Foy 90017
Arco 90071 Drop Shipments have been diverted to Foy 90017

Normal business hours will resume Monday, January 23, 2017.

Trump eyes 10 percent spending cuts, 20 percent slash of federal workers

Making good on a promise to slash government, President-elect Trump has asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts.

Insiders said that the spending reductions in some departments could go as high as 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington if he follows through.

At least two so-called “landing teams” in Cabinet agencies have relayed the call for cuts as part of their marching orders to shrink the flab in government.

Source: Trump eyes 10 percent spending cuts, 20 percent slash of federal workers | Fox News

Congressional Republicans adopt rule that could slash feds’ pay

From the Federal Times:

Tucked in the 115th Congress’s House Rules package is a quintessential throwback measure that has unions leery of the future of federal employee jobs and salaries.

The Holman Rule is a 140-year-old measure that allows Congress to “retrench” agency spending by allowing amendments to appropriations bills affecting everything from federal employee salaries paid from the Treasury Department to the number of employees in an office. Continue reading

Pollster says fewer Americans used the Postal Service this holiday season, but his own numbers say otherwise

Rasmussen Reports, a conservative-leaning pollster, has released a survey which it says shows that “Americans say they didn’t use the U.S. Postal Service quite as much this holiday season”.

A look at the pollster’s own numbers, however, suggests otherwise. Here’s how the company described the results on its web site:

Americans say they didn’t use the U.S. Postal Service quite as much this holiday season, but they give the federal agency slightly higher marks for its job performance than they have in the past.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 17% of American Adults say they used the USPS more this holiday season than they have in previous years, down from 21% last year.  Slightly more (19%) used the USPS less, while most (62%) say their use of the Postal Service was about the same as in past years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

So under a headline that says “Fewer Americans Use The Postal Service This Holiday Season”, is the statement that a majority of Americans [62%] used the USPS about the same as last year, while another 17% used the USPS more than they did the year before! So an overwhelming majority, 79%, used the USPS in 2016 as much or more than they did the year before.

Welcome to post-truth America.

Source: Fewer Americans Use The Postal Service This Holiday Season

Right wing Wisconsin talk show host targets postal workers for supporting Clinton

Something we’ll probably be seeing a lot more of now that Donald Trump has been “elected” president- a pro-Trump radio station is targeting several postal workers for exercising their rights as American citizens.

Jerry Bader, a right wing radio talk show host in Sheboygan Wisconsin, posted this on his web site, in classic Trump “fake news” fashion: Continue reading

A Study Tests the Safety of Women Using Abortion Pills Sent by Mail

From the New York Times:

When the abortion pills arrived in her mailbox this summer, she felt anxious but also in control, knowing she could end her pregnancy entirely in the privacy of her own home.

“I was happy that I was going to be able to do it myself and I did not have a nurse there or doctors there staring at me and judging me,” she said, asking to be identified only by her middle name, Marie, because she did not want people outside her immediate family to know about her abortion.

Marie is part of a small but closely watched research effort to determine whether medical abortions — those induced by medicine instead of surgery — can be done safely through an online consultation with a doctor and drugs mailed to a woman’s home.

Read more: A Study Tests the Safety of Women Using Abortion Pills Sent by Mail – The New York Times