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  • Why Are Corporations Hoarding Trillions?

    01/21/2016 6:35:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/21/2016 | Adam Davidson
    There is an economic mystery I've been struggling to understand for quite some time, and I'm not the only one who's confused: Among financial experts, it is often referred to as a conundrum, a paradox, a puzzle. The mystery is as follows: Collectively, American businesses currently have $1.9 trillion in cash, just sitting around. Not only is this state of affairs unparalleled in economic history, but we don't even have much data to compare it with, because corporations have traditionally been borrowers, not savers. The notion that a corporation would hold on to so much of its profit seems economically...
  • Man allowed to keep garden strewn with clutter 'because he is a hoarder'

    08/28/2015 4:33:39 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 23 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 8/27/15 | Greg Walton
    A man has been granted official permission to continue storing dozens of old doors and window frames in his front garden because he is a hoarder. The man’s neighbours are furious that he has been given the dispensation to carry on filling his front garden with the surplus domestic fittings. Michael Legg, whose lawn is strewn with years worth of clutter, was previously granted planning permission to use his bungalow for retail purposes. But since the permission expired in 2007 he has failed to revert the property to solely domestic use and the garden is now overflowing with detritus. Somerset...
  • A Buena Park (CA) plumber's death left behind 69 cars and one big mystery

    08/17/2015 1:12:26 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 11 replies
    OC Register ^ | August 17, 2015 | Susan Carpenter
    The Orange County Public Administrator’s Office has dealt with its share of unusual inheritances. There was the protection they once had to arrange for a $500,000 ring. And there was the pet eel. But even for the agency that takes care of a decedent’s assets when no one else can act on that person’s behalf, the upcoming estate sale of Gerald Willits, a Buena Park man who died in August 2014 and left 69 cars in his yard, is “very unusual,” according to Elizabeth Henderson, chief deputy public administrator for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
  • In rural Georgia, there’s a junkyard of Classic Cars

    07/25/2015 10:24:14 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    KLFY News ^ | 7-20-15 | AP story
    Nestled in a north Georgia forest, over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres that have been turned into a junkyard museum. Owner Walter Dean Lewis’ parents started the business in 1931 as a general store that also sold auto parts. Lewis grew the collection, which had just 40 cars in the ’70s, over time. “The only thing I ever knew was cars and trucks,” Lewis says. “I like to say I work for tomorrow, always thinking about the future. Someday they would be valuable.” Lewis stopped selling parts about six years ago, soon after realizing he could sustain the business...
  • The .22 Ammo Shortage Mystery -- Solved!

    08/31/2014 9:34:25 AM PDT · by lbryce · 129 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rich Smith
    Earlier this year, CBS News spotlighted a growing shortage of .22-caliber ammunition. "One of the most popular and common" -- and cheapest -- calibers of ammo for hunters and target shooters alike, CBS reports that .22 shells are in short supply these days. Interviewing one supplier, CBS reported that while as recently as two years ago it was still possible to buy .22-caliber ammunition "by the pallet-load... now they're putting restrictions on how much you can get and how you get that ammo." Retailers are shooting blanks This is a problem from ammunition retailers -- and for gun owners as...
  • Del. Creating Hoarding Task Force

    12/10/2013 12:14:11 PM PST · by blueyon · 90 replies
    WBOC ^ | 12/10/13 | AP or WBOC
    DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state of Delaware is working to set up a task force to help residents with a hoarding problem. As many as 45,000 people in the state are estimated to have problems with hoarding. In advance of the hoarding task force, the state is creating an advisory panel to try to determine stakeholders who may be able to offer input into hoarding issues.
  • Accused Hoarder Suing Lewis County for Nearly $400 Billion

    06/10/2013 8:40:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    KOMO ^ | Jun 8, 2013 | Tricia Manning-Smith
    Neighbors say an eyesore is not only hurting their community's image, it's costing taxpayers money. Lewis County says a so-called "hoarder's" properties are such a disaster that they're risking the health of neighbors. Neighbors say they feel like they're living next to a junkyard, as there's rats and mice all over the place. But this is actually the yard and home of Victor Bonagofski. According to court documents, Bonagofski's two properties near Centralia have been the subject of legal cases for about nine years. The county put a lien on some of the land and a judge ruled the defendant...
  • YOU ARE CRAZY: New Psychiatric Guidelines Target Hoarding...and a Host of Other “Illnesses”

    05/23/2013 8:50:54 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 98 replies ^ | 21 MAY 2013 | Mac Slavo
    It’s not a stretch to suggest that Americans are over medicated. In 2011 doctors across the nation wrote an astounding four billion medical prescriptions, amounting to an average of 13 prescriptions for every man, woman and child in the United States. In the next few weeks the American Psychiatric Associations is releasing their updated fifth version their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5); the so-called ‘bible’ of psychiatric diagnoses. The new manual promises to take mental illness and the use of prescription drugs to a whole new level. You may not be considered “crazy” or “mentally ill” today,...
  • China And Russia Are Ruthlessly Cutting The Legs Out From Under The U.S. Dollar

    09/12/2012 9:19:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | September 11, 2012 | The Economic Collapse
    The mainstream media in the United States is almost totally ignoring one of the most important trends in global economics. This trend is going to cause the value of the U.S. dollar to fall dramatically and it is going to cause the cost of living in the United States to go way up. Right now, the U.S. dollar is the primary reserve currency of the world. Even though that status has been chipped away at in recent years, U.S. dollars still make up more than 60 percent of all foreign currency reserves in the world. Most international trade (including the...
  • Hoarding Continues: China Imported More Gold In 6 Months Than Portugal's Entire Reserve

    08/17/2012 7:20:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/15/2012 15:20 -0400 | Tyler Durden
    While the highly "sophisticated" traders that make up the gold market continue to buy or sell the precious metal based on whether the Fed will or will not do the NEW QE tomorrow …, China continues to do one thing. Buy. … … Beijing continues to buy non-US gold, in the form of 68 tons in imports from Hong Kong in the month of June. The year to date total (6 months)? 383 tons. … Realistically, by now China, which hasn't provided an honest gold reserve holdings update to the IMF in years, most certainly has more gold than the...
  • Nearly 80 rabbits found in hoarder's home

    03/19/2012 6:10:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies ^ | 18 Mar 2012 | Chris Oberholtz
    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (KCTV/WTKR/CNN) - Dozens of rabbits, some dead and others alive, were discovered inside a Virginia Beach home, and hoarding is to blame. Cute, yet disgusting at the same time. Bunnies everywhere, sitting on trash and furniture covered in feces, freely roaming around a Virginia Beach home. "Officers had to wear hazmat suits to enter the house, so that should give you some sort of idea of conditions were like inside, they were deplorable," said Wayne Gilbert with the Virginia Beach Animal Control. Animal control spent more than seven hours at the home off Wolfsnare Road in Hilltop,...
  • Unpatriotic Teamsters Hoarding Mounds of Cash

    09/08/2011 11:25:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | September 8, 2011 | Kyle Olson
    The Left’s working motto consistently turns out to be “do as I say, not as I do.”  How else could they possibly make bold pronouncements to the media but live the exact opposite? The day before his declaration of war on the Tea Party movement, Teamsters President James Hoffa appeared on CNN and deemed American companies as “unpatriotic,” according to the Political Ticker. “I think the president should challenge the patriotism of these American corporations that are sitting on the sidelines,” Hoffa said. “The problem in America isn’t that we don’t have enough money. We’ve got more money than any...
  • Hoarding cash: US firms sitting on $2T on balance sheets

    08/07/2011 10:26:45 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 67 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 6, 2011 | JOHN AIDAN BYRNE
    Either way, with unemployment at 9.1 percent, the top corporations are not using it to hire workers or expand benefits. American corporations are in a sweet spot, according to some. They have a motivated work force , and with muted demand, no need to expand and hire more workers. The sums at stake have triggered alarms. "Companies should be using the cash to either invest in new products to allow them to grow, or to make acquisitions if they are not good at research and development," said Peter Cohan, a management consultant and venture capitalist. "Alternatively, they should use the...
  • Japan: Tokyo supermarkets stripped bare as hoarding breaks out across region

    03/15/2011 9:53:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Tokyo supermarkets stripped bare as hoarding breaks out across region Supermarkets in the Tokyo region have been stripped bare of food and other daily necessities in the wake of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, producing shortages across the national capital region. Hoarding was apparently sparked by the quake and tsunami damage done to factories, as well as difficulty in obtaining raw materials caused by chaos in the distribution network, and the prioritization of the devastated northeast in the provision of basic supplies.
  • Dead Body Found in Hoarders Home. Missing Mother?

    03/10/2011 6:53:58 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 9 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | March 10, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    The body didn't appear to have injuries or trauma. There was an orange juice container found inside the plastic wrap that the body was in. The container was marked with a 2003 date but authorities aren't sure if the woman had the container with her when she died or if it fell into the wrap because of the hoarding conditions of the house.
  • 'Food shortage in N. Korea overblown'(hoarding for next year?)

    03/09/2011 5:50:12 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 03/09/11 | Na Jeong-ju
    03-09-2011 16:56 'Food shortage in N. Korea overblown' By Na Jeong-ju North Korea appears to be cutting food rations for its people and soldiers to make the world believe that the food shortage there is becoming serious and deceptively receive more aid from South Korea and other nations, diplomatic sources said Wednesday. “The food shortage in North Korea could be overblown,” a senior Cheong Wa Dae official said on condition of anonymity. “In recent weeks, the Stalinist country has begged for food from many countries, even some poor African nations, saying that it’s becoming difficult to feed its people due...
  • Prosecutors Office vows to crack down on food hoarding (Taiwan)

    02/18/2011 5:14:23 PM PST · by dynachrome · 29 replies · 2+ views
    China Post ^ | 2-18-11 | Unattributed
    TAIPEI -- The Taiwan High Prosecutors Office vowed yesterday to harshly crack down on anyone caught hoarding food staples as part of the government's efforts to stabilize food prices amid a string of price hikes following the Lunar New Year. The office said it has started collecting evidence by monitoring prices of major consumer products. Anyone found to have engaged in hoarding will be severely punished to the fullest extent of the law, it said. Those guilty of illegal activities such as hoarding daily necessities, manipulating food supplies or product prices could be sentenced to jail terms of up to...
  • Body of Las Vegas woman found in clutter at home

    08/28/2010 8:42:32 AM PDT · by libstripper · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 27, 2010 | OSKAR GARCIA
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A four-month search for a missing Las Vegas woman came to a ghastly end this week when her husband found her corpse in their home amid a labyrinth of squalor that had been impassable even to search dogs.
  • Houston Hoarder of the Century Estate Sale

    07/24/2010 7:49:35 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 67 replies
    margiebeeglesales ^ | July 23, 2010 | n/a
    Mostly pictures.
  • Woman Nearly Buried Alive by Garbage

    06/24/2010 8:49:04 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 18 replies
    My Fox Atlanta ^ | 6/23/10 | Patty Pan
    Emergency crews were called to a Sandy Springs home Tuesday. When they arrived, they found a home filled with garbage and a woman nearly buried alive inside. Investigators said it took emergency personnel nearly 45 minutes to extricate the woman. Emergency crews were called to a home on Kitty Hawk Drive, near Roswell Road for a medical call. When crews arrived they found a home covered in chest high garbage and investigators said the home smelled like a garbage dump. Outside the home, cars were sitting in the front yard covered in mildew and boxes of food were piled high...
  • Hoarder pulled from trash-filled home taken to intensive care

    06/23/2010 9:15:42 AM PDT · by MissTed · 43 replies
    Atlantic Journal Constitution ^ | 6/22/10 | Christian Boone
    Neighbors had complained before about Mary Minter's unkempt yard, littered with weeds and debris. But that was nothing compared to the interior of the 38-year-old's Sandy Springs bungalow, as firefighters discovered earlier Tuesday. Minter had to be extricated from her home by four rescue personnel following a 911 call from an unidentified source. It took the firefighters 40 minutes to wade through "chest-high" debris that clogged the hallways of the modest residence, located in the Cherokee Park neighborhood just off Roswell Road. Sandy Springs Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Scarbrough described the smell as "intolerable," though he didn't have to navigate...
  • 40 Dogs Siezed After Found Living In Filth

    07/13/2008 7:30:55 PM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 15 replies · 559+ views
    NEWSCHANNEL 3 ^ | July 12, 2008 - 11:04PM | NEWSCHANNEL 3
    Over 40 dogs were seized from within the residence.Investigators tell NEWSCHANNEL 3 that the homeowner would cover her back yard in newspapers, then shovel them into piles once the dog feces was a half foot deep.We spoke with Sheldon's niece and she said, "[Helen] doesn't realize how bad it is. All this stuff you see around here, this has been this way for a long time." Sheldon's niece added that her aunt suffers from a mental illness.
  • Living in squalor: Basically, it's your choice

    08/21/2005 1:53:58 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 6 replies · 809+ views
    New Hampshire Sunday News ^ | August 21, 2005 | Shawne Wickham
    Does someone have a right to live in squalor? Under New Hampshire law, the answer is yes — but only to a point. Two recent cases, in which town officials took action against homeowners in Warner and Andover, have garnered front-page headlines, and led some to ask why someone didn't step in earlier. But the reality is that New Hampshire's laws allow folks to pretty much live as they choose, so long as their lifestyle doesn't threaten their own health or that of others. Elliott Berry is a housing expert at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which has represented homeowners in...
  • Researchers Find Clues to 'Pack-Rat' Urge

    12/18/2004 7:05:24 AM PST · by MississippiMasterpiece · 87 replies · 6,588+ views
    WebMD Medical News ^ | Dec. 17, 2004 | Miranda Hitti
    Attention, pack rats: science may have figured you out. Researchers say they've found an area of the brain that seems to govern the urge to collect. For most people, collecting is a perfectly healthy behavior. It's an outlet for expressing passion for just about anything, such as stamps, wine, art, shoes, or Elvis memorabilia. Collecting is also common among animals, and not just for food. It's been observed in creatures great and small, from mammals to insects. For instance, some birds can't resist aluminum and bright objects, while hamsters gather glass beads when given the chance. But in rare cases,...
  • Four Dogs Die From Neglect, One Dozen Rescued (Michigan)

    07/14/2008 4:57:36 AM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 5 replies · 139+ views
    WWMT TV Kalamazoo ^ | June 24, 2008 - 10:51PM | NEWSCHANNEL 3
    Second sad story about abused dogs in the state.
  • 52 cats taken from Elkhart woman's home

    03/13/2010 2:27:28 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 31 replies · 675+ views
    52 cats and one dog were removed from the home of a 76 year old Elkhart woman Tuesday by Elkhart Police Department's animal control officer and Humane Society workers. Elkhart Humane Society Assistant Director Rachel Dennis says the cats and dog are all in poor health, suffering from respiratory problems, matted eyes and infested with insects. Adult Protective Services was called to assist the 76 year old woman who was living in the feces covered trailer. The woman is now living with a family member. Elkhart Police say a maintenance worker at Four Season Trailer Park flagged down an animal...
  • House Of Filth: Nearly 100 Cats Found In NJ Home

    03/28/2009 7:53:47 AM PDT · by alice_in_bubbaland · 68 replies · 2,028+ views ^ | Mar, 28, 2009 | Sean Hennessey
    SPCA Officials Stunned After 2 Feet Of Feces Found In Room Of House Located In Million-Dollar Community Officers Say It's One Of The Worst Cases Ever Reported Reporting Sean Hennessey CHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) ― One New Jersey SPCA official said it was probably the worst case he's ever seen.
  • Authorities investigate how Valrico woman found among cats, clutter came to live that way

    06/30/2009 5:28:23 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 14 replies · 3,357+ views
    VALRICO — It took 15 minutes to get through the front door of a $300,000 house. Investigators used broomsticks and mop handles to push away debris. From inside a gated Valrico community, they removed a frail older woman and some of her cats — eight dead and 15 alive. Hillsborough County Animal Services said both the woman and the cats appeared neglected. The Department of Children and Families was summoned, to see whether 74-year-old Alice Santy, a woman who showed signs of hoarding, needed help. Now, the Sheriff's Office is investigating to see how Mrs. Santy, who is married, came...
  • Hoarder Dies After Becoming Lost in Maze of His Own Trash

    01/08/2009 7:34:02 PM PST · by RDTF · 97 replies · 1,917+ views
    Fox ^ | Jan 8, 2009 | Sun UK
    An eccentric loner in Britain hoarded so much trash he had to burrow through it to get around his home — then got lost in the maze of tunnels Friday and died of thirst. Human mole Gordon Stewart, 74, had filled his rooms up to the ceiling with 10 years’ worth of garbage and clutter, making it impossible to walk around. -snip-
  • Children Pulled From a House of Filth

    12/29/2009 9:08:57 PM PST · by Sam_Damon · 29 replies · 1,450+ views
    WTRF-TV ^ | December 29, 2009 | Crissy Clutter
    AMSTERDAM, Ohio -- Deputies found garbage wall to wall inside the Amsterdam home and now one parent is facing charges. The 10-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy are in the care of a foster parent tonight and the father is facing a charge of child endangerment. Sheriff Fred Abdalla said me he did not arrest the mother because she is pregnant with the couples third child.
  • The Paper Chase

    10/26/2003 2:52:19 PM PST · by sarcasm · 8 replies · 23,750+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 26, 2003 | FRANZ LIDZ
    y father never had much use for fairy tales. The fifth of five brothers raised in a one-bedroom tenement on the Lower East Side, he preferred real-life grotesqueries. And so at bedtime, I would listen raptly to his urban horror stories, tales that filled the dark with chimera, bogeymen, golems.The most macabre was the tale of the Collyer Brothers, the hermit hoarders of Harlem. In lugubrious tones not unlike Boris Karloff's, my father described the vague aura of evil that had endowed the four-story brownstone on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 128th Street for much of the 1930's...
  • FEMA pins blame on Louisiana gluttony. MREs ran out too fast in Gustav

    01/17/2009 1:24:05 PM PST · by BBell · 71 replies · 1,586+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | January 17, 2009 | Robert Travis Scott
    BATON ROUGE -- Nearly five months after Hurricane Gustav, the public relations battle between Gov. Bobby Jindal and FEMA continues over who was to blame for the exasperating depletion of emergency food and water supplies soon after the storm. At stake is a clear understanding of how to prepare for disasters. FEMA's argument, contained in a retort to comments made by Jindal last week, is that basically the responsibility for the problem lies with the storm victims of Louisiana, who gobbled up food and water at an "extraordinary" rate after Gustav swept through. The federal agency said it worked closely...
  • Shopaholic spinster found dead under 3ft of unopened goods

    01/08/2009 8:31:36 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 1,282+ views ^ | January 9, 2009 | James Tozer
    A spinster who obsessively hoarded clothes died in her home after a mountain of suitcases fell on her, burying her alive. Joan Cunnane, 77, owned 300 scarves as well as thousands of trinkets and valuables. They took up so much space in her bungalow that she had only a 2ft-wide path to get around them, and her car and garage were packed with other goods. After she was reported missing earlier this week, it took police searching her home two days to sift through her possessions. Miss Cunnane was eventually found buried under a 3ft pile of cases in a...
  • Americans hoard food as industry seeks regs

    04/23/2008 5:18:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies · 302+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2008 | Patrice Hill
    Farmers and food executives appealed fruitlessly to federal officials yesterday for regulatory steps to limit speculative buying that is helping to drive food prices higher. Meanwhile, some Americans are stocking up on staples such as rice, flour and oil in anticipation of high prices and shortages spreading from overseas. Their pleas did not find a sympathetic audience at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), where regulators said high prices are mostly the result of soaring world demand for grains combined with high fuel prices and drought-induced shortages in many countries. The regulatory clash came amid evidence that a rash of...
  • Odor Leads Officials to 'Horror House'

    08/16/2007 5:49:14 AM PDT · by libstripper · 13 replies · 944+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 16, 2007 | REBECCA SANTANA,AP
    , New Jersey (Aug. 16) - A rotten odor seeping from a home in an upscale neighborhood led to the discovery of dozens of dogs and cats, many of them dead, inside the feces-ridden mansion, authorities said. "Behind a mansion door there's a horror house," said James Lagrosa, head of the Bergen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. At least 80 live cats and six dogs were removed Wednesday from the Saddle River house, although one kitten died later, he said. In the garage, authorities found 23 separate plastic bags that contained the remains of dead animals,...
  • China saving too much money: Bush

    11/01/2006 12:09:25 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 39 replies · 1,478+ views
    AFP ^ | November 1 2006
    US President George W. Bush said today that he hoped China would transform from a country where people "hoard the money they have" into one where people buy large amounts of US products. In an interview with conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, Mr Bush said China should become "a society in which there's consumers. Because now they're a society of too many savers". "If we can encourage China to become a country of consumers, you can imagine what it would mean for US producers and manufacturers to have access to that market," he said.
  • Woman suffocates under piles of clutter in home

    01/09/2006 6:22:49 AM PST · by plain talk · 264 replies · 6,422+ views ^ | Jan 7, 2006 | Local
    A woman in Shelton, Wash., who was reported missing by her husband, was found dead under piles of clutter in their home, where she suffocated to death, according to police. Shelton Police Chief Terry Davenport said the home was so cluttered that police officers' heads touched the ceiling as they climbed over the clutter. Authorities found the body of 62-year-old Marie Rose buried under clothes after 10 hours of searching. She reportedly suffered from a condition known as hoarding. Rose's husband believes she fell while looking for the phone in the house this week and suffocated. There were so many...
  • Pet Hoarding Not Out of the Ordinary

    07/18/2005 8:07:42 AM PDT · by DCPatriot · 26 replies · 902+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/18/05 | Paul Duggan and Leef Smith
    Like people all over the country, Gary Patronek, a veterinarian who teaches at Tufts University, heard the bizarre story of Ruth Knueven and her 488 cats -- 222 of them dead, and most of the others so wild and sick that they had to be euthanized. Knueven, 82, charged with five misdemeanors, including animal cruelty, became a public curiosity last week after Fairfax County officials hauled the cats and carcasses out of her home in Mount Vernon and her daughter's townhouse in Burke. Both residences, filthy and damaged, were declared unfit for habitation until repairs are made. In the Mount...
  • Hoarders wiping out toilet paper supply

    05/27/2005 5:24:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 31 replies · 503+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-26-2005
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Shoppers in Finland raided shelves for toilet paper Wednesday in fear of it running out as a lockout of workers kept the Nordic country's paper mills shut. "As soon as we get a delivery, the packages vanish off the shelves. The big bags go first," said Hille Laine, manager of a central Helsinki shop which had no tissue paper products left. Paper makers enforced a four-week lockout on May 18 following a two-day strike by workers. The dispute in the key export sector is mainly over industry's plans to scrap mill shutdowns during some holidays and on...
  • The danger of hoarding

    02/29/2004 12:18:45 PM PST · by EvaClement · 7 replies · 445+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 2/18/2004 9:57 PM | Joyce Cohen
    <p>For 25 years, a difficult-neighbor problem plagued Curtis and Elaine Colvin of Seattle. The neighbor's home and lawn resembled a junkyard. Finally, last spring, the elderly man was taken out of state by relatives.</p> <p>Konstantinos Apostolou bought the house — and sent in five men to clear the floor-to-ceiling junk. "It was the most disgusting thing I've ever seen in my life," says his son, George Apostolou. There was nowhere to walk, except for a narrow "goat path" connecting the rooms. The men hauled out seven Dumpsters' worth of clothes, books, magazines, spoiled food, firewood, car parts, tires, bank statements and 50-year-old tax records. "I feel bad for the guy," says Apostolou. "I'm sure he was ill."</p>
  • So Much Clutter, So Little Room: Examining the Roots of Hoarding

    01/04/2004 6:17:43 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 202 replies · 4,953+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Sunday, January 4, 2004 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    The cases never cease to fascinate: reclusive people trapped by their own accumulations, in rooms made unlivable by floor-to-ceiling heaps of newspapers, books and saved objects — from twist ties to grand pianos.Some pass into legend, like the Collyer brothers, "the hermit hoarders of Harlem," who in 1947 were buried by the piles of urban junk that filled their four-story Harlem brownstone. But even less extreme examples, like that of the Bronx man rescued on Monday after being trapped for two days under an avalanche of magazines and catalogs, haunt the public imagination.Such compulsive hoarding is being recognized as a...
  • Afghan Warlords Hoarding Income

    05/19/2003 8:16:43 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 161+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 5-20-2003 | Jonathan Steele
    Afghan warlords hoarding income Jonathan Steele Tuesday May 20, 2003 The Guardian President Hamid Karzai has threatened to resign if Afghanistan regional governors go on hoarding customs revenues rather than handing them to the central government in Kabul. His angry remark shows how much power still remains in the hands of rebellious warlords and religious fundamentalists 18 months after US forces toppled the Taliban regime and promised to create a properly functioning society. In a speech broadcast on state television Mr Karzai said the provincial authorities had sent no money to Kabul since mid-March, the beginning of the Afghan fiscal...