The USPS has been threatening financial collapse for what feels like eons now, but in reality it has only been a few years. Now, a round of talks scheduled for Fall of 2014 (now!) threatens to result in the closure of 82 mail-processing centers and the loss of 15,000 jobs. Since 2012, USPS has already consolidated 141 processing centers, leading to a much leaner service than in the past. The issue is now the subject of a major squabble in the Senate, and it’s looking more and more likely that at some point the service will die out entirely.