Oh.

You’ll see articles talking saying “Pentagon to cut spending by $78 billion“, but what they really mean is spending on defense will grow less $78 billion less over the next 5 years. So not really any cuts.

In response to questions, he emphasized that the $78 billion reduction over the next five years actually represents a “decline in the rate of growth,” since the Pentagon budget will grow “in absolute dollars” every year. “The focus here is on a reduction in the rate of growth as opposed to absolute cuts,” he said.

Oh.

Which shipping company is nicest to your packages?

If you believe Popular Mechanics and their metrics, it’s the USPS. They measured the number of sudden drops, among other things, and the USPS came out on top.

One disheartening result was that our package received more abuse when marked “Fragile” or “This Side Up.” The carriers flipped the package more, and it registered above-average acceleration spikes during trips for which we requested careful treatment.

Via TAPPED and Matt.

Which shipping company is nicest to your packages?