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  • Welfare Recipient: "I Get to Sit Home... I Get to Smoke Weed... We Still Gonna Get Paid"

    11/21/2013 10:05:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 84 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/20/13 | TheDailySheeple TheDailySheeple
    In America, those who work get punished. Those who don't, get a free ride, courtesy of a nationwide policy of spreading the wealth around through confiscation and redistribution. Case in point: A welfare recipient in Austin recently contacted a morning radio show and explained that she gets a lot of money from the program. What she does with it may (or may not) surprise you. Here's how your hard earned money is being used to help the less fortunate: "While workers out there are preaching morality at people like me living on welfare, can you really blame us?"
  • 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.
  • 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
    wcbstv.com ^ | 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-
  • 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
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 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...
  • 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.
  • Woman suffocates under piles of clutter in home

    01/09/2006 6:22:49 AM PST · by plain talk · 264 replies · 6,422+ views
    Local6.com ^ | Jan 7, 2006 | Local 6.com
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Vacant foreclosed homes spawn blight, crime

    05/03/2009 6:15:45 PM PDT · by thecodont · 10 replies · 734+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Sunday, May 3, 2009 | Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Next door to Jeffrey Cash's tidy East Oakland bungalow sits a boarded-up foreclosed house that has been vacant for months, attracting locals who shoot dice in the driveway, smoke crack on the porch and dump debris in the yard, he said. "I call the cops on a regular basis, but it is an ongoing battle," he said. "It's a part-time job making sure it doesn't become more of an eyesore than it already is." Last week, someone hurled a brick through Cash's front window - he thinks in retaliation for his frequent contacts with the police. His situation is emblematic...
  • Kenyans Live In Squalor As Government Spends Millions On Ministries

    05/01/2008 8:32:37 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 64+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-1-2008 | Mike Pflanz
    Kenyans live in squalor as government spends millions on ministries By Mike Pflanz in Eldoret Last Updated: 1:59AM BST 01/05/2008 More than 150,000 Kenyans are trapped in tented camps and fear a resurgence of tribal violence, even as their "unity" government prepares to lavish hundreds of millions of pounds on new ministries. The church in Kiambaa, where 18 people died in January According to the finance ministry, the expanded coalition needs an extra £125 million a month for nine new departments, in addition to the soaring cost of paying for its 93 ministers and their perks. The new government is...
  • Tito's Wife Is Left To A Life Of Squalor

    02/26/2006 5:18:01 PM PST · by blam · 59 replies · 4,234+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-27-2006 | Kate Connolly
    Tito's widow is left to a life of squalor By Kate Connolly in Belgrade (Filed: 27/02/2006) Choked in ivy, its balconies and pillars crumbling, the once imposing villa looks as if it were abandoned years ago. A curtain twitches. A dark-haired woman wearing sunglasses peers out before whipping it back. She lives in just two rooms of the spacious property and one of those has a hole in the ceiling. The others are uninhabitable due to damp, mould and broken windows. There has been no heating for 25 years. Water has to be heated on a stove. Many elderly Belgrade...
  • 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...
  • Mother arrested after five children found living in-police surprised how well children were doing

    09/10/2003 9:02:45 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 73 replies · 326+ views
    Mother arrested after five children found living in squalor (9/10/03 – LEAGUE CITY, TX) — League City police arrested a mother of five after her children were found living in deplorable conditions. Twenty-nine-year-old Brandy Crider is charged with five counts of endangering a child. Police were tipped off by the children's father, who suspected they were living in a filthy apartment. Police investigated and found he was right. They discovered spoiled food, animal feces and drug paraphernalia all over the apartment. Despite the conditions, police were surprised to find how well the children were doing. Sgt. Glenn McCann of...