First it was thousands of dead pigs floating in the Shanghai water supply (at last estimate over 16,000), then a thousand dead ducks were pulled from a river in the Sichuan province, and now, pushing the meme beyond even its most grotesque boundaries, we learn that five black swans were found floating lifeless on the pond of Anhui University’s old campus in Hefei, traditionally inhabited by a bevy of black swans. From Danwei: “The [...]
Germany’s Catholic Church will deny worshippers the right to Holy Communion and religious burials if people do not pay a special church tax.
A newly-enforced German bishops’ decree says anyone failing to pay the tax – an extra 8% of their income tax bill – will no longer be considered a Catholic.
All people in Germany must pay this tax if they want to worship in either Catholic or protestant churches, or [...]
A pauper’s graveyard containing around 1,445 pine coffins has been unearthed in San Jose, California.
The makeshift cemetery was discovered accidentally in February by construction crews working to expand the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
The pine boxes date back to between 1875 and 1935 and the bodies are believed to belong to patients whose families could not be found or could not afford proper burials, according to NBC Bay Area.
The Santa Clara County said [...]
CBS 2 obtained this photo of bagged bodies stacked at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, which is over its storage capacity.
CHICAGO (STMW) – To the disgust of some staff, bodies are piling up at the office of the Cook County Medical Examiner, stacked atop each other in blue plastic tarps against a wall of the storage cooler because of ongoing financial woes, the Sun-Times has learned.
All the storage trays are [...]
By Alfred Lubrano
Inquirer Staff Writer
Steve Raiken, who is on welfare, volunteers at the Touch New Jersey food bank. (Bonnie Weller / Staff Photographer)
Pennsylvania plans to make the amount of food stamps that people receive contingent on the assets they possess – an unexpected move that bucks national trends and places the commonwealth among a minority of states.
Specifically, the Department of Public Welfare said that as of May 1, people under 60 [...]
1) Announced U.S. Job Cuts Rose 5.3% in June, Challenger Says
“Employers in the U.S. announced more job cuts in June than a year earlier, the first increase since February and a sign the labor market is struggling to improve.
Planned firings rose 5.3 percent to 41,432 last month from June 2010, according to figures released today by Chicago-based Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Job-cut announcements were led by [...]
The notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. announced Tuesday that its members will protest any public service held for ‘Jackass’ star Ryan Dunn, who died on Monday in a high speed car accident, according to Daily Local of Westchester in Pennsylvania.
The church has a history of protesting high-profile burials, often calling deaths a punishment from God. The group has been denounced as radical by [...]