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SLOWER THAN SNAILS – AT 8:48 A.M. ET:  Just think of it:  No more bills on Saturday.  No more rebate checks either, or payments for services rendered.

Yes, Saturday will be a new day come August.  No more Saturday mail deliveries.  From Fox:

The U.S. Postal Service plans to announce Wednesday that it will end Saturday mail delivery, in one of the most significant steps taken to date to cut costs at the struggling agency.

A source familiar with the decision confirmed the plan to Fox News.

Under the proposal, the Postal Service will continue to deliver packages six days a week. The plan, which is aimed at saving about $2 billion, would start to take effect in August.

The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points -- package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

Under the new plan, mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays.

COMMENT:  So, civilization fades away.  But, I suspect we'll get used to it, just as we got used to the guy at the service station no longer washing the windows and checking the oil routinely, at least not at pumps marked SELF.

Urgent Agenda will continue to be published on Saturdays.  And we arrive faster than regular mail.

February 6,  2013