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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  • 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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  • Hey John - I know you like poking fun at New Zealand. But how about doing a story comparing NZ's COVID-19 response to Trump's? In a few weeks we will we be at Alert Level 1, i.e. normal domestic economic activity. All businesses operating and only border restrictions in place. We will also have zero new cases, zero active cases and zero new deaths. From a population of 5 million we will have had about 1500 cases and 22 deaths. On a per head of population basis that is the equivalent of 98,400 cases in the USA with 1,440 deaths. From first case to elimination - 4 months. Beat that Trump!

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  • Is that John Stossel’s actual name of the show, myths lies and complete stupidity? Because that basically sums up who he is really.

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  • Why does this dude still live in the US? He should run, like ASAP

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  • If you live in NYC you know NYC postal services are pretty close to garbage here -- especially the customer services. And I'm not exaggerating. It's like these workers have zero professionalism in their bones. I dare you, Google map USPS in NYC and look at the ratings.

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  • Do it, just do it, i'll write you a personal cheque ! LOL !

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  • Having seen what USPS charges to send packages to Canada, the concept of paying 4x that is ludicrous. USPS has also messed up delivering packages to me multiple times, apparently reading my country as a state. That being said, the service they are providing is extremely essential to America and they should be bailed out - especially now. And maybe giving them the chance to adjust prices and have the time and funds to improve would better both their service and their prices both across America and into international orders. So I guess my comment boils down to "I can see Mr. Oliver's point", and "please just keep your mouth shut for once, Trump"?

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  • Love those stamps!

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  • Another thing that USPS does is allowing people in rural areas to vote. In Canada, Canadian CONservatives tried to privatize Canada Post. Then they realized that they will lose the next election in a landslide because rural Canadians have to pay extraordinary amounts to get packages delivered. The CONservatives in Canada instead lobbied to remove door-to-door delivery services. For example, you have to go to the local post office to get your mail. Thankfully, CONservatives lost the next election thanks to educated and intelligent voters. Did you know the Alberta Oil and Gas industry lobbied to remove or reduce taxes to government now complaints that they are given COVID-19 funds from the Canadian government with restrictions attached? Privatize the profits and socialize the costs!

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  • Stossel is also responding to the fact that UPS is one of the biggest Republican donors there is. I don't use them anymore.

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  • In our grandparents' youth the dog was #1 enemy of the mail man. Oh how the tables have turned.

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  • My stamps are coming in the mail... thanks John!

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

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    • I feel bad for all the canadians watching this getting reminded that they forgot about mother's day two weeks back

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  • World's largest postal service Indian post service is best example for postal bank and insurance service

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    • "But real businesses can't lose billions every year." cough Uber cough -$8.5B net income last year

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  • thank you for this john! ahhh i really hope the USPS gets the funding they need. and i love that the last week tonight team made these stamps as an actionable way to try our hand at supporting. bought a bunch of stamps last week and going to buy these ones too!

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  • Canada Post is a comparable service: it is a Crown corporation that is funded from its own operations, it services all addresses in Canada and is federally regulated. Yet, it has turned a profit in all but two or three years since its conversion from a federal department to a Crown corperation in the early 1980s. They make buckets of money on parcels and return all the profits to the federal government.

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  • I felt that lmfao office joke

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  • The fact that you didn't make a Marlon Bundo stamp is just awful, I'd pay international shipping for that!

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  • Trump being vindictive and vengeful? Nah couldn't happen because that would be childish.........ooops.

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  • Wow a tv show that actually knows the correct time period for specific dinosaurs

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  • Please support the postal service

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  • Just got my stamps.

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  • Thanks for making me smile eve every day while informing me about current issues. Also just finished Community for the 3rd time and think about your 'Bearing Down for midterms' episode way too often.

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  • Looks like some companies lobbied our representatives to ensure zero competition from the US Postal Service... Or maybe not... But, my old grandpa used to say, just follow the money and you will find your answer... I am sure nothing will be done about that... :) BTW Mr. Oliver, will you dare to use your skills to also dig out the profits and charge comparison between the other delivery services and the US Postal Service... Maybe you can add some positive commentary to the community so we can get educated and elect other representatives that will also need to be lobbied after they threaten to pass a law to correct the one that has the US Postal service begging for money, that "Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act" looks like it was drafted to push the service down... maybe even eliminate it... so competitive, well run companies that deliver stuff can make a much more efficient use of their price structures to deliver the items... what a nice deal they got... you invest in lobbying and you get your investment back thousands of times over... but I doubt you will waste your valuable non criticizing time on such a low and unimportant subject :)

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  • What happened to coronavirus V

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  • He had me at “dope ass lace stamp” lol

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  • I’m subbed to this channel but I never see these videos on time!! It’s always at least 2 weeks late

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  • And now Trump is paranoid about mail voting fraud ... You guys are screwed.

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  • "But real businesses can't lose billions every year." *cough* Uber *cough* -$8.5B net income last year

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  • I feel bad for all the canadians watching this getting reminded that they forgot about mother's day two weeks back

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  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="963">16:03</a> Maybe that is why they're all extinct.

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  • One of the other money-loss things is that even as a government entity, the USPS can be issued fines with OSHA. This is because UPS and Fedex complained to congress in that USPS was the “same” business as them and it wasn’t fair.

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  • Parshall! It's good to see Grand County getting some non-bulldozer attention.

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  • Where do I send my letter to John Oliver? He did specifically ask for the receival of letters, yet failed to state where to send them to. Anyone? *Insert John Trovalta meme here.

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  • While this is an America problem, here in Canada I would like to help out and get some of your awesome stamps. Sadly (or maybe SAD! I'm not quite sure) I can't get the stamps delivered to me because the good ol' US of A postal service doesn't have an option to make it available here (or anywhere else for that matter, which maybe part of MAGA but I personally think America is better when it is a part of the rest of the world.) Is there anyway I can get around this? I would donate directly if I have to, even if that means I don't get the stamps, and I can't believe I'm saying that because I definitely want one of those ChiiJohn stamps! In closing please let me know if I can help with this obvious problem, maybe mostly because of Trump's desire to lash out at any opposition, to help with such a vital service that America provides

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  • Just another thing Canada does better

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