“About 50 angry residents gathered in front of the [Brownsville, NY] post office yesterday to protest the epidemic of late mail and parcels that never arrive,” nypost.com reports. Whyzzat then? “Have you seen this neighborhood?” a “terrified” if entirely fictitious postal worker asked the Post’s reporter. “It’s on the news every day.” I’m thinking that’s not because Brownsville is a shoe-in for the 2013 NUSA’s Best Neighborhoods Award. Perhaps it’s a little something to do with violent crime. “The postal workers have a right to fear for their life,” said Quantanya White, 38, a home healthcare worker. “It doesn’t give them the right not to deliver the mail. Just because this place is bad, you’re not going to deliver the mail?” When places “go bad,” when citizens can’t control the streets through force of arms (including deterrence), civilization breaks down. I wonder what their internet service is like . . .