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Trump Never Read Amazon – Postal Service Contract

Heavy Redacted and Sealed Contract Expires in October

  

Only Congress Can Subpoena, Review Contract, and Approve New Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG) Members and a Key Vacancy on the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to Negotiate Renewal of Contract 

Contract document (Docket number CP2014-3) is Removed from USPS Site, libraryshakedown.com Published it.

Postal Service depend heavily on City Carrier Assistants (CCAs), Who Get Minimal Benefits. 

The public doesn’t get to see what’s in the contract, and the Postal Service gets to keep the details of the contract secret for “commercial purposes.” 

In its order approving CP2014-3, the Commission reviews how it created the docket on October 24, appointing a Public Representative “and providing interested persons with an opportunity to comment.”  The order proceeds to note, “The Public Representative filed comments on October 31, 2013.  No other interested person submitted comments.”

It’s rather strange for the Commission to provide people with an opportunity to comment on something about which they can have no knowledge, and then to observe that no one commented.  How could they?  The whole thing was “under seal.”

In effect, then, there is no transparency, and there really is no way to know if the Postal Service is fulfilling the intent of its statutory obligations or the USO.

The deal with Amazon is another example of how the USO is being undermined, but rather than taking services away from one segment of the country, it’s about providing an extra service to the customers of one company, if they live in the right place.

There's the Amazon deal in a nutshell.  It’s not just about delivering on Sunday.  It’s about delivering a privatized Postal Service.

"They negotiated this in complete secrecy, under a seal from the Postal Regulatory Commission," said Bill McAllister, a reporter who covers the U.S. Postal Service for trade publication Linn's Stamp News.

"This gives them negotiating leverage with UPS (UPS) and FedEx (FDX), too, if those guys want to get into the game and be a part of this as well."

Retired postmaster Mark Jamison, who has contributed to many PRC dockets and who writes regularly for Save the Post Office, has requested permission to see the non-public materials in CP2014-1.  Amazon and the Postal Service have filed comments opposing his request, and it's not certain what the PRC will do.  Even if he's granted access, Mr. Jamison will not be permitted to share what he learns, so all we can do is continue speculating.

As reported by the WSJ, “The contract runs for five years, demonstrating a long-term commitment from Amazon for an initiative that may prove unpopular, logistically difficult or expensive. There is an escape clause, however:  Either side can terminate the contract with a 30-day notice.”

Amazon and the Postal Service argue that the non-public version of the contract contains commercial information “that has extreme competitive sensitivity.”  This includes the prices Amazon is paying for Sunday delivery, volume projections, and the ZIP codes covered by the arrangement. 

National Association of Letter Carriers has concluded that the PRC’s proposal would fail to achieve its intended purpose of securing the USPS’s medium- and long-term financial stability. It accuses Trump of clear intention is to target Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos (who is also owner of The Washington Post.).

US - China Patent War Starts

 My two sons have ZTE smart phones, and they enjoy using them. Though the heads of the FBI, CIA, and NSA have publicly accused Huawei of allowing its devices — along with ZTE's — to be used by the Chinese government to spy on Americans.

The two Chinese technology companies were the top filers of international patent applications in 2017, with Huawei (number one filer) and ZTE (number two) followed by Intel, Mitsubishi and Qualcomm.

China moved into the second position as a source of international patent applications filed via WIPO in 2017, closing in on long-time leader United States of America, in another record year in the use of WIPO's intellectual property services for patents, trademarks and industrial designs.

USA signed in 24 January 1978 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), China signed in January 1st1994. 

"This rapid rise in Chinese use of the international patent system shows that innovators there are increasingly looking outward, seeking to spread their original ideas into new markets as the Chinese economy continues its rapid transformation,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. "This is part of a larger shift in the geography of innovation, with half of all international patent applications now originating in East Asia."

In 2017, U.S.-based applicants filed 56,624 PCT applications, followed by applicants from China (48,882) and Japan (48,208). Germany and the Republic of Korea ranked fourth and fifth, with 18,982 and 15,763 applications, respectively.

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Why LendingTree is getting many bad reviews?

When our site gets a note from affiliate network telling we have been approved for promoting a vendor, before we do, we check on that vendor in many trusted review sites. We rejected many offers once we find vendor has consumer trust issues.

LendingTree owned by same firm that owns Match.com site. The owner is  IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI) 

Though the idea of LendingTree is to "match" consumers with lenders, explained in details in its Terms of User Agreement, many bad reviews filled the Web complaining the company ruined their credit score and sell their information to vendors who started calling them and never stopped. There are also sites that give positive reviews to LendingTree, like  9 out of 10 grade.

Our verdict: If you want use LendingTree to compare and get the best loan for you, you MUST read it very long Terms of User Agreement, because it details the many third party vendors involved during your transactions.


Do banks police your affiliate links?

Yes, banks read your site

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They do poke around your site.  Sometimes their concerns are trivial, such as an incorrect spelling or misplaced trademark sign. Sometimes their concerns are more legitimate such as an incorrect sign-up bonus or minimum spending requirements.

Sites shouldn’t promote other non-affiliate links (with better offers) on certain other cards. 

Site also can have their commission earning links removed (and lost hundreds if not thousands of dollars) because site publicized an offer when first heard about it (despite being told not to) rather than waiting for site affiliate links to be provided by the network.