According to this, the best fee to send is now .0018 per kB, which is nearly twice as much as what I'd been using, which I'd already considered out of control. I'd been using .001 per kB.
This is getting insane. I wish something would happen to bring fees back below $0.05 per transaction. I really love doing bitcoin outreach to business, but who the hell besides a bitcoin evangelist like me would ever pay $0.50 just to buy a $1 soda at Corner News?
I love bitcoin, but the behind the scenes endless debate over how it should move forward into the future is really hurting the ability to propagate the currency, IMO. We can talk all day about how great it is, but for small transactions it's become totally unusable for anyone on a budget.