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Declining Role of Postal Service

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So, this is the main argument why we have to close Postal Service. First, in this skype and instant messaging world we have to face the declining of mail volume. It means, mail delivery becomes high cost and un-profitable. Second, Postal Service couldn’t beat what the internet offers to its customer. Internet is still the faster and the most efficient service compared to what a traditional Postal Service offers. So, I believe that to beat Internet service is the most important strategy if Postal Service to be survived. I mean, Postal Service have to revolutionize its service to be more efficient and faster. Postal Service still could hijack the moment of internet. For example, using the potential of Internet to revolutionize Postal Service. So, here is interesting articles that shows us the main argument about the discourse of declining role of Postal Service.

Over the past 10 years while the Postal Service loss 14 percent of its mail volume; it has also cut its workforce by nearly 25 percent. That means postal employees have been more efficient while delivering mail to every American home six days a week. We understand that working together we can avoid cuts in service that would eventually lead to the end of the USPS. As letter carriers we also realize there are many who still rely on the Postal Service as a primary source of communication. Recent polls that suggest Saturday deliveries would not be missed are misleading. In this age of instant technology there still exist a great "digital divide."

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August 7, 2011 at 4:37 am

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Postal Service is Important

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Here is interesting article about postal service in the US wrote by Philip F. Rubio. It is very interesting for several reason. first, Rubio’s article highlighted the why Postal Service is important. Second, Rubio’s article is an counter discourse to the rising discourse of the declining Postal Service role in the skype and instant messaging world. Third, if the Postal Service win on the war of position, it will be a historical moment before everything wiped by the internet.

The post office has historically helped all kinds of people find jobs, including immigrants, rural migrants and those pursuing higher education. For African-Americans, the post office has been a job magnet and a vehicle for social activism and community development. Since changes in the law allowed them to enter the ranks in 1865, African-Americans fought segregation and discrimination in the Postal Service and its unions, and they played a key role in modernizing the agency. Historically, the post office has been the largest employer of African-Americans, and from 1970 to 2000, blacks were at least twice as likely to work for the post office as whites.

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August 7, 2011 at 4:25 am

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Amy Winehouse Join the 27 club

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Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London Apartment at 4 p.m. And The Salon said, She is now the latest member of the 27 club. It is not how Amy Winehouse dead that lead to my anxiety. The 27 club that trigger my curiosity. The first question, what is actually ‘27 club’? I am surprised when I found that the ‘27 club’ is a term to name all the famous that dead at 27 years old. Many of them were dead because of drugs and alcohol. The second question, who are in the club? again, I am surprised to name Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, who dead at the same age as Amy Winehouse. They were all dead because of drugs and alcohol. It is surprising, all the member of the ‘27 club’ were influential artist at their era. The next question, will the member of the group growing?

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July 24, 2011 at 4:09 am

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Six Feet Under

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I used to hear this idiom, “Six Feet Under”. Usually, I found the idiom in song lyrics. But, actually I don’t know what is the exact meaning of this idiom. Impulsively, I googled the idiom to know what is the exact meaning. Usingenglish said:

If someone is six feet under, they are dead.

meanwhile, quotation.me.uk said:

Idiom Meaning – Dead and buried – the origin is from the traditional depth for human graves

I think, this is a useless posting. But to fill the emptiness, I think this is okay… :D

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July 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

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Lets See Asteroid 2011 MD

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Today, Asteroid 2011 MD to pass Earth on the closest distance. This is a rare opportunity. So lets see… !

With an orbit similar to Earth’s, the asteroid will make the closest approach at 9:30 a.m. EDT on June 27, passing over 7,500 miles   (12,000 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface, according to NASA officials. At that particular moment, the asteroid – which scientists have named 2011 MD – will be sailing high off the coast of Antarctica, almost 2,000 miles (3,218 km) south-southwest of South Africa.

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June 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

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George Orwell’s Five Rules

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Twisted convolution is a societal pathology. I mean, sometimes language is to entertain. In politics, we always see this happened. When some politician speak with their twisted convolution to entertain their constituent. Just like when Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the president of Indonesia, speak about Ruyati’s execution in Saudi Arabia few days ago. It was an entertainment for Indonesian. But I believe that nobody satisfied by the entertainment. This is a kind of societal pathology when everybody that have public responsibility never speak effectively. They only take speech as entertainment, to entertain their constituent. Therefore, I think we have to look back what George Orwell had said on his book, Politics and the English Language. Orwell teach us 5 rules on how to use language effectively:

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous.

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June 26, 2011 at 6:12 am

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Lucid Dream

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After I read wikipedia’s entry about dream journal, I found a new lexicon. It is lucid dream. I don’t know what it means.

A lucid dream is a dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. The term was coined by the Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik (Willem) van Eeden (1860–1932).[1] In a lucid dream, the dreamer can actively participate in and manipulate imaginary experiences in the dream environment.[2] Lucid dreams can seem real and vivid.[3]

A lucid dream can begin in one of two ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes it is a dream, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state, with no apparent lapse in consciousness.

I think this confusing concept. Just like watching Inception.

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June 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

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Dreamblog

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I just read about dreamblog. So there are exist, blogger that use blog as dream diary. Therefore, Wikipedia have the entry about dreamblog.

A dream journal (or dream diary) is a journal in which dream experiences are recorded. A dream journal might include a record of nightly dreams, personal reflections and waking dream experiences. It is often used in the study of dreams and psychology. Dream journals are also used by people trying to lucid dream. They are also regarded as a useful catalyst for remembering dreams. The use of a dream diary was recommended by Ann Faraday in The Dream Game as an aid to memory and a way to preserve details, many of which are otherwise rapidly forgotten no matter how memorable the dream originally seemed.[1] The very act of recording a dream can have the effect of improving future dream recall. Keeping a dream journal conditions a person to view remembering dreams as important. Traditionally, dreams have been recorded in a paper journal (as text, drawings, paintings, etc.) or via an audio recording device (as narrative, music or imitations of other auditory experiences from the dream.) Now with the internet, many sites offer the ability to create a digital dream journal.

Not so long ago, I used to record my dream. To simplify, I draw everything that i could remember about my dream every morning. I did it because of some coincidence. I wake up in the morning because of a dream. You may call it “waking dream”. But after I wake up, there is series of events that is perfectly matched with what I saw in my “waking dream”. After that coincidence, I try to draw my dream. I thought that this is a ridiculous habit. But, I changed my thought after reading some psychological books about dream journal.

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June 15, 2011 at 9:35 am

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What is Ad Hominem?

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I don’t know what “ad hominem” means. So I did some online research. Again, Wikipedia become my saviour. They added the the phrase on their database. But, I just fascinated by the meaning because ad hominem is simply means logical fallacy.

An ad hominem (Latin: "to the man"), short for argumentum ad hominem, is an attempt to link the truth of a claim to a negative characteristic or belief of the person advocating it.[1] The ad hominem is normally described as a logical fallacy,[2] but it is not always fallacious; in some instances, questions of personal conduct, character, motives, etc., are legitimate and relevant to the issue.[3]

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June 9, 2011 at 8:58 am

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Blogger of Influence

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The highest level of a blogger is to be “Blogger of Influence”. I got the phrase for a book titled “Dispatches from Blogistan”. I think, the phrase indicates that influence is the most important thing from a blog. Good blog post, must influence its readers. I think, technorati agreed with the phrase. Just look at the technorati page. You’ll find a specific widget that display “the hottest bloggosphere item”

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June 9, 2011 at 8:24 am

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