And I don't even like potato chips that much. But I had the munchies and had to get out of the newsroom. So, I headed to the nearest vending machine, and popped a couple of coins in it for a bag of Ruffles "Flavor-Rich" chips (barbeque-and-cheddar flavor). Also got a Coke. Well, the Coke gave me my twelve ounces' worth of fluid. However, the bag of chips wasn't even filled a third of the way. More like a quarter of the bag was filled. I know this is nothing new, and that Western Civilization will be able to withstand such corporate rip-offs. But a fifty-cent bag of potato chips that's only a quarter full brings to mind all the other areas where corporate America is giving us less and less for our money. When I was growing up, I could count on thirty-two fifty-two-minute episodes of Star Trek per season, with reruns showing only during the summer. Now I get just twenty-four forty-six-minute episodes of Enterprise with the entire season being rerun at least twice before the next season (during the fall and spring as well as the summer). The U.S. Postal Service wants to increase postage rates still further for even slower service and mail-order merchandise that often arrives damaged, courtesy of a postal worker. Where will all this end? And, come to think of it, can Western Civilization survive this?