Monday, January 7, 2008

What A Stinking Mess!

I've been following this story for several days, but for the citizens of Naples, Italy, it has been going on much longer. Since December 21, nearly three weeks ago, there has been no trash collection in the city. Garbage is piling up everywhere, and apartment dwellers have taken to simply dumping their refuse out the back window. Heaps of garbage are piling up more than a story high.


Interesting. Most of the populace seem to blame corrupt and inept government officials, while the real story is much more complicated. There are fewer and fewer places to dump the trash, and the collection itself is controlled by organized crime.

Yahoo (via AP) with the overview:

Pictures would probably be pretty gruesome. One can only imagine the sizes the rats will grow to.

Our ever shrinking world on full display.