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Archive for September 28th, 2011

Virtue Needs Cheaper Thrills

Calvin and Hobbes was perhaps the best comic strip ever. I sure miss it, but you have to give Bill Watterson credit: not only did he quit before he got stale, he never cashed in on the strip, never got royalties from Calvin and Hobbes junk. Those “Calvins” that you see urinating on Ford logos are not by Mr Watterson; they are rip offs. And Calvin’s creator also has enough character that he never sued the usurpers.

This is one of my favorites (click to enlarge):

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No, it isn’t that hardworking postal employees are overpaid:

“The deep hole of debt that is currently facing the U.S. Postal Service is entirely due to the burdensome prepayments for future retiree health care benefits imposed by Congress in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006,” Nader wrote last week in a letter to Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Connecticut) and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-California.)

“By June 2011, the USPS saw a total net deficit of $19.5 billion … [this] deficit almost exactly matches the $20.95 billion the USPS made in prepayments to the fund for future retiree health care benefits by June 2011. If the prepayments required under PAEA were never enacted into law, the USPS would not have a net deficiency of nearly $20 billion, but instead be in the black by at least $1.5 billion.”

More: http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/27/corporatizing-the-post-office/

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