USPS: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

As the U.S. Postal Service faces financial catastrophe, John Oliver discusses why the service is so important, what brought it to this point, and what we can do to help.
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  • So if I understand correctly Trump's problem with the postal service is that it's not corrupt and not for-profit?

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  • I’d say that a postmaster helping someone bury a dog during their lunch hour goes WAY above and beyond the call.

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  • The US mail just happens to be how I get most of my medication.

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  • I'm pretty sure Tom and Jerry showed us why to not have a "Good Morning Duck."

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    • If JO, SC removed curse words from their monologues, what would be left.

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  • The United States is the most fucked up place on earth. I really wish that we could stop being a complete shithole, but damn it. We're just incapable.

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  • Stfu you British tw-t

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    • investigation's conclusion on Russian interference "deserves the attention of every American".

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  • I had to pause the video at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="120">2:00</a> to go ask my step-dad if this was real. He hates it because the chirping is annoying when he's sorting mail

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  • If only publicly held corporations were demanded similar responsibility for their workers' pensions! On the contrary they're rewarded richly for ratfucking democracy and ripping of workers & customers. But hey, let's make at least 10 MBps "broadband" Internet a public utility and an essential service that all citizens who are reachable by telephone. Actually, it should be AT THE VERY LEAST 50 MBps! Sure as hell FedEx innovates! They innovate on cutting CORNERS!!

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  • Has anyone else had trouble ordering stamps? I have tried off and on over the last two weeks, and it won‘t take my order. (Admittedly I‘m in Germany, but the mailing address is in America.). If anyone has any help I‘d appreciate it! Thanks. (I have tried two different cards and both are not anywhere near their limit)

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  • New Zealand, not only being the first to completely repress Covid-19, but the postal service does provide banking services. They are financing my mortgage and provides my VISA card.

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  • 'We protect what you lick' - Agent Jack Danger

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  • Trump hates mail in voting as much as he hates Amazon. No post office, no mail in voting. Congress must stop Trump before he destroys our post office.

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  • Republicans: "don't rely on government services and systems because they're vulnerable to being hamstrung by people like us"

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  • YOU SHOULD DO A PIECE ON CANADA / CORONA VIRUS, ... as a comparison to the US response. - Each Canadian province actually knows its infection numbers, and responds with teams to hot spots. - In charge are provincial health officers, who speak to their populations daily with information to stay safe and report numbers and calm fears ... daily. The Prime Minister himself goes in front of cameras daily and speaks to federal responses (and he needs a haircut). *On provincial health officers; focus on Bonny Henry - British Columbia's Health Officer. The exact type of person you want in charge, with the absolute perfect demeanour ... and just google 'Bonnie Henry' and 'shoes'. The story within the story ... damn nice shoes. Carrying on: - The federal govt's financial response to the Corona caused unemployed, students, seniors, and businesses. - Social distancing was imposed very early, and the curve has flattened and we are now safely BBQing with extended families. This is not to say its all been perfect - google 'Quebec extended care' and 'military report' ... but its all been a heck of a lot better than the US. A piece worth doing.

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    • another year or two.

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  • Man I just watched tonight’s episode and John I’m a big fan of both you and UFC, but honestly the battle you’re picking with Dana is looking really cringe. Give the dude a break man! He’s the only guy who managed to keep some sort of sports going during COVID, and the staff and fighters wouldn’t want it any other way. Also “Dana White Looking For A Fight” is literally his SVproject series, and it’s really fun to watch. How can you possibly hate the guy? Was definitely one of your weirder episodes to date, and that’s saying a lot after the stuff you’ve put on display (which I usually appreciate tbh). Lol, keep the comedy coming either way

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  • USPS does not raise their rates?!? Once again Trump has NO IDEA what he is talking about! I am semi-retired from selling on Amazon and eBay from 1998 to 2013. They would at least raise rates annually (whereas Amazon would raise shipping reimbursements every 3 or 4 years), but near the end of my activity, rates were being raised like 4 or 5 times a year! That is why they came up with "Forever" stamps, you could not buy quantity of stamps and expect them to be the right amount to mail a letter, even for the near future. It was getting insane. What POTUS is ignorant of, shipping costs are a HUGE part of staying in business online, and if they raise rates too high, the economy will suffer as many, many, many (yes that is a pun at Trump) businesses will not be able to survive. Regardless, Citizens will end up paying a lot more and resist spending, which HELLO hurts the economy again. Who ever gave this guy the idea that he knew how to run a country? They should be "FIRED!"

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  • how soon is this postal stamp option going to be sold out? i give it 3wks.

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  • 2020 election coming up. Consider this and ask if we can trust the election process. #Trumpgate is REAL. It is called, “The Mueller Report” Read it. Obstruction of Justice is NOT the actions of Honest Men. An excerpt: the report stated that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was illegal and occurred "in sweeping and systematic fashion", but was welcomed by the Trump campaign as it expected to benefit from such efforts. It also identifies links between Trump campaign officials and individuals with ties to the Russian government, about which several persons connected to the campaign made false statements and obstructed investigations. Mueller later stated that his investigation's conclusion on Russian interference "deserves the attention of every American".

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  • If JO, SC removed curse words from their monologues, what would be left.

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  • Heaven forbid our government help fund something that benefits everyone in American...

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  • I wonder what his wife said when she saw that rock.

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  • Imperialist peace of shit John. F out here John. Syria and Venezuela are still standing

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  • Trump is thee defintion of «unfit for office». In the future Trump will come up first if you Google «unfit..».

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  • Do you think they lost some business because Lance Armstrong was winning Tour de France's with a USPS uniform on? Or they were the sponsors, but .....I dunno

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  • Dear God. Why is this fool in office? Who is benefiting, frightening. He has no idea that he is America's demise. Shame on those who use his stupidly to get farther ahead. Shame. And a pox on your house.

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  • Does this have anything to do with Trump not wanting to allow voting by mail?

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  • This is happening in Canada as well. There is an ongoing effort to undermine the profitability and effectiveness of Canada Post. The Canada Post corporation refuses to expand services (such as banking) and continues to undermine their staff at every possible turn. It is to create a false need to privatize all postal services, plain and simple. Once privatized the postal services suddenly become incredibly profitable. Whatever corporation bribes the government to take over the post office, finds itself in possession of a lucrative and essential service.

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  • When we lose the Post Office, we lose what is left of America. I love John Oliver. Perfect.

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  • All I know is that the USPS seems to always be on the verge of financial collapse and then the price of stamps goes up a couple pennies and it’s out of the news cycle for another year or two.

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  • How are they struggling right now I would think their business would be booming with all the online shopping right now

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    • survive huddled indoors, until.. well until they tell us its ok. But im not seeing bodies everywhere, the hostpitals arent over run by far why the fear

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  • Strange that it passed with bipartisan support? Nobody wanted to pick a fight over USPS that’s all... there was always more important battles to be fought between the two parties

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  • "Grass is greener under my Weiner". I can't stop laughing. How did Britain let this guy get away!

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  • Finally after 6 weeks of waiting anxiously, my stamps have arrived. I can't wait to put Mr Nutter Butter on and envelope!!!!!😂. I don't think if they'll take kindly to "Eat Shit Bob" but I'll wait for a more appropriate time.

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  • That sad moment, when you remember that notice will change as long as the old dude stays president. Good luck, America!

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  • I love this show

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  • What as the point in showing that clueless driver interrupting the tik tok video? It would have been much easier to follow the talking points without that mixed message. (She could see a camera being pointed and could have stopped out of frame.)

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  • This article provides a counterpoint for anyone interested

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  • I love this guy😩

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  • I almost wanna buy ‘and now a stamp’ but I don’t live in the us

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  • Does anyone else think that John Oliver should open a museum containing all of the things that he's ordered and brought onto his show?

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  • Mail carriers during this are big damn heroes, our society would collapse even more then it already has without them

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  • I liked the part where Dr. D David Shultz slapped the ever loving fuck out of John Stossel

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  • So people in the US have no access to healthcare, education, banks, and now even the postal service...? And they call other countries third-world countries?

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  • Very disappointed the stamps weren’t Forever stamps. What were you thinking?

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  • I don't live in the US but I'm getting my family in the US to send me a letter with these stamps cuz I collect stamps, Thanks John for making my boring collection interesting!!

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  • Spreading the fear of Corona =-) wonder why, SARS didnt get traction, neither did swine flu, or avian flu. but they were getting us ready for fear and to give up all life in order to survive huddled indoors, until.. well until they tell us its ok. But im not seeing bodies everywhere, the hostpitals arent over run by far why the fear

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    • If they put Trump’s face on every stamp for life, he would give them the 89 billion.

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  • John Oliver shouldn't do these without an audience. He just isn't funny without the laugh track.

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    • @DoubleGoon I guess.. I just never noticed it so starkly as when he doesn't have an audience being told when to laugh.

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    • I don’t know his jokes have always been pretty bad, but sometimes that’s what makes them funny.

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  • Just when I thought this video COULDN'T get any better, John Oliver takes 19 time Emmy winner and honorary doctorate John Stossel to task for his clueless reporting. Big surprised this act was introduced by Republicans.

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    • ELI5: If it's illegal for them to sell services for less than what they cost, how are they losing money?

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  • So because the US doesn't have socialized healthcare their postal system is going to collapse. Why do immigrants even bother trying to move there anymore?

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  • Trump would actually be happy ta see the post office go outta business. Whatta DICK!

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  • LastWeekTonight, otherwise known as, "How Has Trump Fucked Up This Week?"

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  • You neglect to explain why and how Amazon delivers it's packages via USPS for free and not pay anything in taxes to the IRS.

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  • "First, what? Second, excuse me? And just to circle around again, THE FUCK?" This will become part of my regular vocabulary

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  • I would love to have those lace stamps! I make lace and those stamps would make my packages so much better!

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    • Wait, Sierra is on Last Week Tonight? Wow.

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  • You're a f*cking CHAMPION!

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  • oh i used to watch this, then i got married...

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  • A lot of people are too poor to afford computers. Data access is the least of their worries

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  • Part of me was hoping he was going to announce that he had mailed a bunch of "weiner rocks" to the White House or something.... Perhaps that's something that someone would like to do?

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  • We need Marlon Bundo as a stamp!

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  • USPS is actually pretty reliable. In other countries it's questionable. Have a buddy in New Zealand. It's a coin flip whether he gets mail.

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  • My son said “who’s that?” I said it’s John Oliver He said “it’s not the lion king” He knows him as zazou

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  • ELI5: If it's illegal for them to sell services for less than what they cost, how are they losing money?

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    • Besides delivery cost, they need to pay for other costs (e.g: healtcare, payroll). Usually it's paid by the profit that they made by providing service. But in this case, the profit is small and the other costs are too big. See 6:00

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  • If they put Trump’s face on every stamp for life, he would give them the 89 billion.

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  • John oliver has become a pc farse.

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  • Not gonna lie, Last Weekend Tonight is a lot more watchable without John attempting to pander to the live audience.

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  • Where is the stamp that says "Eat shit, Bob"?

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  • My "Last Stamps Tonight" arrived in the mail this week. Ironically they were misdelivered to a neighbor. Still very happy with USPS overall and would not want to see it taken private. My 22 yo daughter wss thrilled to receive the stamps as a birthday gift. She has never used the Postal Service in her life.

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  • Could y'all post your sources in the description? It would go a long way to helping people draft letters to representatives.

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  • The youtuber in this vid is Sierra Schultzzie!! And she is a freaking queen! She is so funny and has a great message about body positivity on her channel. Check her out!!

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  • Wait, Sierra is on Last Week Tonight? Wow.

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  • The postal service is essential for a lot of businesses, most important of which, online shopping.

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  • I finally got my stamps yesterday! Yayyyy!

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  • I ordered my Last Week Tonight Stamps! Did you?

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    • @bilias hour YES!!

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    • CARRIERS!!!!! You're still out there, no matter what else is happening. You are TRULY ESSENTIAL. Please stay safe.

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  • Why didn't he mention that the majority of items (and weight) delivered by the USPS is junkmail? Just subsidize the delivery of rural packages and let the USPS die already.

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    • ​@bilias hour The majority of mail delivered by the USPS is junk-mail. In fact, the USPS relies on junk-mail as a means of revenue and has sought to increase the amount of junk-mail it sends. It's nice that you like receiving physical letters but that has nothing to do with whether or not the USPS is necessary. I'll try to be as concise as possible: The need for slow physical communication falls with every passing year. It started with faxing, then emails, now instantaneous communication via cellphones (which the vast VAST majority of the population carries with them at all times). This renders the central purpose, and basis for the USPS business model, more irrelevant with each passing day. This is why Last Week Tonight didn't address the actual business model of the USPS and went for emotional arguments about fostering community and the delivery of medication to war veterans (neither of these have anything to do with making the USPS viable- the former isn't common nor necessary (we used to hang out at pharmacies to drink soda) or even intentional and the latter can be subsidized in different ways). The USPS isn't only non-essential but is also unnecessary. Let's talk about rural communities. Does the USPS service communities that aren't profitable? It does, but not in a way more efficient than direct subsidies- not to mention that these communities constitute less than 0.001% of mail delivery. So, why does Oliver bring this up? Because the argument has to be framed emotionally instead of logically. Let's frame this argument logically: I'll bet you didn't consider large companies like Amazon are subsidized by the USPS; UPS and FedEx even send some of their own packages through the USPS! Does this help the average consumer (i.e. Oliver makes the baseless claim that ending the USPS would cause a substantial spike in consumer cost)? Well, that depends if you think paying an extra .000003 cents on the same day delivery of M&Ms a substantial cost for an essential product. So, the USPS is subsidising big businesses (and it's also doing so at a greater cost than a direct subsidy). So, why does the left wish to maintain the USPS? Because the issue is framed as being about a 'social programme.' Give an inch, take a mile. However, this is probably a losing battle and I highly doubt the USPS will exist 20 - 30 years from now. Aside, I consider it pretty dishonest that Oliver can argue the USPS needs to raise prices to be more profitable while also arguing that the USPS lowers costs for the average consumer- these things aren't mutually exclusive. Any argument about spreading out the cost of such deliveries isn't unique to the USPS and is actually more in line with a UPS/FedEx business model. Also, the banking tangent Oliver goes on was actually pioneered and has already been already deployed by UPS (i.e. the USPS didn't innovate this and it's dishonest to suggest that it did as a way to stay relevant). tl;dr: *The majority of mail sent by the USPS is junk-mail.* *The central basis for the existence of the USPS is physical mail while such is becoming more and more irrelevant with each passing day.* *The continued existence of the USPS isn't necessary for rural deliveries.* *The USPS subsidizes big businesses like Amazon/UPS/FedEx.* *The USPS does not significantly lower consumer costs.* *The continuance of the USPS is actually framed as that of a social programme.* *Oliver made some dishonest arguments; an obvious one being in regard to innovations pioneered and already put into action by UPS.* EDIT: I'd like to add that the USPS has a significant impact on fuel consumption and that this impacts the environment. I'd also like to add that not choosing same day or shortened delivery has been cited as a way the general public can reduce its carbon footprint.

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    • I know we all have made fun of "snail-mail" at some point, or been frustrated by it, but in reality, it is a staple of our society and WE APPRECIATE ALL OUR LETTER

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  • How can they be broke as they throw extravagant parties for upper management?

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  • Preach it! As a 25 year and running veteran of the USPS, I really appreciate this. Greener under my wiener! Oh man! Comedy gold!

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  • the movie Postman with Kevin Costner really did a good job of showing how the postal service transcends being just a service into a truly beautiful concept

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