What’s Causing the Rise of Hoarding Disorder?

Now that the DSM lists severe hoarding as a disorder apart from OCD, psychologists are asking what explains its prevalence.

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Reality TV doesn’t need to do much to sensationalize hoarding. Like rubberneckers at a traffic accident, we gaze in horror at “goat paths” hacked between mounds of newspapers, greasy pizza cartons, bills, checks, mustard packets, broken gadgets, old T-shirts, and stained Tupperware. Crawling with rodents and cockroaches, covered in mildew, mold, and bacteria, ...
Submitted by Haystack at 2019-01-17 14:32pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Wall Street Journal: Michael Cohen paid thousands to rig polls in Trump's favor

President Donald Trump's former "fixer" Michael Cohen paid the head of a small technology company thousands in 2015 to rig online polls and elevate Cohen's character to benefit Trump's presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

According to the paper, Cohen paid John Gauger, the owner of RedFinch Solutions LLC, between $12,000 and $13,000 for activities related to Trump's campaign, including "trying unsuccessfully to manipulate two online polls in Mr. Trump's favor" and ...
Submitted by DamnHead at 2019-01-17 14:21pm to the Politics forum.

Massive Oklahoma Government Data Leak Exposes 7 Years of FBI Investigations

Last December, a whopping 3 terabytes of unprotected data from the Oklahoma Securities Commission was uncovered by Greg Pollock, a researcher with cybersecurity firm UpGuard. It amounted to millions of files, many on sensitive FBI investigations, all of which were left wide open on a server with no password, accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
Submitted by painterfox at 2019-01-17 9:12am to the Crime forum.

Famously Huge Great White Shark, ‘Deep Blue,’ Feasts on Dead Sperm Whale in Hawaii

A decaying sperm whale carcass has been floating in Hawaiian waters since Thursday, drawing in schools of hungry tiger sharks. But compared to the scene’s newest visitors, they look positively puny.

On Sunday, divers spotted a famously huge great white shark named “Deep Blue” feeding on the whale near Oahu. The rare sighting was reported by HawaiiNewsNow based on footage shot by local divers.

“If you asked me a few days ago what the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in Hawaiian ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-01-17 6:48am to the Science forum.

Pelosi Asks Trump to Reschedule State of the Union Amid Shutdown

She suggested he forgo the annual presidential ritual of addressing a joint session of Congress in a televised speech during prime time and submit a written message instead.

While she couched her request in logistical concerns, Ms. Pelosi’s proposal served as a reminder to Mr. Trump that, with Democrats in control of the House, she has the power to frustrate his agenda and upend his plans amid a prolonged stalemate over his demands for a wall on the southwestern border. It intensified the ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 23:04pm to the Politics forum.

Top HUD official’s departure follows disagreements over housing policy and Puerto Rico disaster funds

Last fall, Patenaude expressed concern over the Trump administration’s intervention in disaster-recovery money that Congress had appropriated for Puerto Rico and states hit by hurricanes.

President Trump in late September grew incensed after hearing, erroneously, that Puerto Rico was using the emergency money to pay off its debt, according to two people with direct knowledge of Trump’s thinking.

Trump told then-White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and then-Office of Management and ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-01-17 3:28am to the Politics forum.

Microsoft pledges $500 million to tackle housing crisis in Seattle, Eastside

Microsoft will loan $225 million at below-market interest rates to help developers facing high land and construction costs build and preserve “workforce housing” on the Eastside, where the company has 50,000 workers and is planning for more. The developments will be aimed at households making between $62,000 and $124,000 per year.

Another $250 million will go toward market-rate loans for construction of affordable housing across the Puget Sound region for people making up to 60 percent ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-01-17 3:02am to the Off Topic News forum.

We don’t build ‘em like we used to—but that’s not a bad thing

We just don’t build houses like we used to.” Whether we’re criticizing an individual home or a wave of boxy buildings, it’s a common lament. Sometimes it’s a comment on quality—an assertion that houses aren’t as durable today as they once were—and sometimes it’s a comment on style—a belief that we don’t build houses that are as timeless, tasteful, or beautiful as they used to be. It’s something we say to defend the types of houses we grew up in or dream of someday living ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 23:32pm to the The Economy forum.

Grocery robots detect spills - with some far-off human help

SEEKONK, Mass. — A wheeled robot named Marty is rolling into nearly 500 grocery stores to alert employees if it encounters spilled granola, squashed tomatoes or a broken jar of mayonnaise.

But there could be a human watching from behind its cartoonish googly eyes.

Badger Technologies CEO Tim Rowland says its camera-equipped robots stop after detecting a potential spill. But to make sure, humans working in a control center in the Philippines review the imagery before triggering a cleanup ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 23:21pm to the The Economy forum.

In Jerusalem, a Museum’s Ethics Go Astray

Last month, the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem unveiled a new exhibition, Finds Gone Astray, to great fanfare. The exhibition presents a heartwarming story: artifacts rescued when antiquities trafficking was thwarted over the last 50 years. The opening received extensive coverage in all the major Israeli news outlets. “Jerusalem Museum to Display Looted Near East Artifacts,” one headline read.

But, to those familiar with the Bible Lands Museum, the headline reads as something of a joke. ...
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2019-01-17 1:12am to the The World forum.

Why Is All of New Zealand Obsessed With This Drunken, Littering, Rowdy Tourist Family?

For weeks, a terrible family of unruly tourists has wrought a trail of destruction from Auckland all the way to Hamilton. A large man in red shorts and a white tank top, a woman in a unicorn onesie, and a small, angry boy are the unwilling public faces of this terrible family who number about 12, according to multiple witnesses.
Submitted by #YOLO at 2019-01-17 0:20am to the The World forum.

The First Plants to Grow on the Moon Are Already Dead

One day after China announced it grew the first plants on the Moon, the fledgling plants have been pronounced dead. Rest in peace, lunar sprouts.

On Tuesday, China's space program said that cotton seeds had germinated in a biosphere carried to the Moon by the nation’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander. By Wednesday, mission leads had broken the news that the plants perished as the lunar night fell over the probe’s landing site.

The Sunday arrival of the lunar night, which lasts 14 days, deprived ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 23:24pm to the Science forum.

Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans LGBTQ Employees And Kids

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, started at a job this week teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia. It’s not a school where everyone is welcome.

In a “parent agreement” posted online, the school says it will refuse admission to students who participate in or condone homosexual activity, HuffPost learned through an investigation into discriminatory admissions policies. The 2018 employment application also makes candidates sign a pledge not to engage ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 22:54pm to the Education forum.

WEST VIRGINIA: State GOP Reps Propose "Standing Up To Liberals" By Giving Trump $10M For Border Wall

Robbie Martin and Patrick Martin are brothers.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 22:55pm to the Politics forum.

Trump's bloody hand injury attracts armchair doctors

President Donald Trump is often called thin-skinned. It’s usually not meant literally.

But the back of Trump’s right hand was covered with an adhesive bandage during a Thursday trip to McAllen, Texas, with blood visibly seeping through the dressing. His hand was similarly bandaged again on Monday as he departed for a trip to New Orleans.

Armchair medics studying photos that circulated online this week leapt to dramatic conclusions. But the White House said on Tuesday that Trump sustained ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 22:53pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

YouTube rolls out ban on dangerous challenges and pranks

YouTube has toughened its stance on dangerous pranks and challenges.

While silly antics are a prevalent part of the video platform's culture, a spate of troubling incidents from the Bird Box challenge, the fire challenge, and the Tide Pod challenge has spurred YouTube into action.

YouTube has unveiled updated community guidelines for creators, with a new section on dangerous challenges and pranks, clarifying its position on the behaviour: That is, don't do it. 

"YouTube is home to many ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 22:49pm to the Podcasts, Etc forum.

Nielsen: 16M U.S. homes now get TV over-the-air, a 48% increase over past 8 years

The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using a digital antenna has jumped by nearly 50 percent over the past 8 years to reach 16 million homes, according to a new report from Nielsen. Today, 14 percent of all U.S. TV households are watching television over the air, it found.

The measurement firm says there are basically two camps among this group of cord cutters.

One, which tends to consist of older ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 22:48pm to the Television forum.

Rick Gates Tells Mueller About Trump Team's Dealings With Israeli Intelligence Firm

Rick Gates, the former campaign aide to Donald Trump, is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether individuals from the Middle East worked with the Trump campaign to influence the election, according to two individuals with first-hand knowledge of the investigation.

Gates has answered questions specifically about Psy Group, an Israeli firm that ex-employees say drew up social media manipulation plans to help the Trump campaign, according to sources familiar with ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 22:47pm to the The World forum.

Kelli Ward's husband accused of spitting on Martha McSally supporter

Former U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward's husband was accused of spitting in the eye of one of her former volunteers because the volunteer subsequently supported her former political foe, Martha McSally, police records obtained Tuesday show.

The alleged incident happened at the Arizona Republican Party's general-election night gala on Nov. 6 at the Paradise Valley Doubletree Resort.

Paradise Valley police have not filed any criminal charges after taking conflicting reports from Scott Robert ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 22:50pm to the Politics forum.

“Rudy Hates the Job”: Trump’s Multi-Front War Is Taking Its Toll

he shutdown and related chaos has pushed Donald Trump’s approval rating to new lows, with even Rasmussen, his polling happy place, pegging him at 43 percent. But the White House believes this is only the beginning of his troubles. In recent days, according to a source briefed on the conversation, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has told people privately that he expects Robert Mueller to deliver the first installment of his report, dealing with obstruction of justice, “within the month.” ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-16 22:46pm to the Politics forum.