The Truth About Storage Auctions: More Trash, Less Treasure

Attention Storage Wars fans: The odds of you striking it rich at a storage auction are as remote as those of mortal enemies Darrell Sheets (pictured) and Dave Hester dancing the cha-cha cheek-to-cheek, or fashion maven Barry Weiss wearing beige.

Though the hit cable-TV show does give viewers an idea of what goes on at the auctions, it doesn’t give the entire picture. Buying and selling merchandise based on a cursory inspection of an abandoned storage locker is not an easy way to make a living. Indeed, what gets viewers hooked on Storage Wars is that the cast members don’t always make a profit. Read More:

American Workers Lost $38 Billion in Wages Waiting for the Cable Guy Last Year

Waiting for the cable guy, the Internet guy, or the air conditioner guy are tedious life necessities, like doing laundry or visiting the in-laws. But they are vastly more expensive. According to a new poll, American workers lost a total of $37.7 billion waiting around for in-house appointments in 2011.

More than a quarter of Americans lost wages waiting around for the doorbell to ring, according to the poll. Half said they used a sick day or vacation time. The average customer lost $250. That’s the equivalent of every American losing two days of work, says Yuval Brisker, the CEO of TOA Technologies. Read More:

More than half health care deadlines missed by Obama administration

The Obama administration has failed to meet more than half of the new health care law’s deadlines, from submitting plans for new, value-based Medicare purchasing programs to publishing criteria for determining the medically underserved.

A report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, indicates that the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies missed 18 of 30 deadlines since the Affordable Care Act was passed in March 2010.

In one instance, a National Healthcare Workforce Commission created by the law was appointed but has not been funded and has not submitted two reports that were due on April 1 and Oct. 1.

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Want to drop a dress size in seconds? Forget dieting, just slip into a pair of high heels

Fad diets, expensive gym memberships, even going under the knife – some women will go to great lengths to perfect their figures.

But it seems there is an easier way to lose weight – and it only takes a few seconds.

If chosen carefully, a mere pair of shoes can have a dramatic slimming effect on the wearer – creating the illusion of having dropped a dress size.

REVEALED: THE WINNING SHOE FORMULA

  • Choose a nude colour which matches your skin tone. This works as an extension of the leg
  • Platforms should be concealed and at least a centimetre in depth to ensure maximum lengthening
  • Heel height is critical; go for at least three inches as added height instantly gives a slimming effect
  • Heel width should also be considered. Thick heels draw the eye and break the illusion, so stick to stilettos
  • Ankle straps should be avoided at all costs as they cut the leg short, making them look shorter and wider Read More:
  • ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players Behind Occupy Wall Street Protests

    Officials with the revamped ACORN office in New York — operating as New York Communities for Change — have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a FoxNews.com report last week on the group’s involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources.

    NYCC also is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN and handing out photos of Fox News staff with a stern warning not to talk to the media, the sources said. Read More @ Fox News

    Jonathan Westin, organizing director, New York Communities for Change, attends a protest in New York City.

    Many Occupy Wall Street protesters live in luxury

    Many “Occupy Wall Street” protesters arrested in New York City reside in more luxurious homes than some of their rhetoric might suggest. Among addresses for which information is available, single-family homes listed on those police intake forms have a median value of $305,000 — a far higher number than the $185,400 median value of owner-occupied housing units in the United States.

    Some of the homes where “Occupy” arrestees reside, viewed through Google Maps and the Multiple Listing Service real estate database, are the definition of opulence. Read More:

    Inspector General launches criminal probe into more than 100 Energy Dept. loans

    Solyndra is being investigated by the FBI, but that may just be the tip of the shovel-ready iceberg.

    The Department of Energy is investigating more than 100 potential instances of criminal abuse of stimulus loan monies, according to the department’s Office of Inspector General.

    “The concept of ‘shovel ready’ projects became a Recovery Act symbol of expeditiously stimulating the economy and creating jobs,” Friedman said. “In reality, few actual ‘shovel ready’ projects existed.”

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    Mets settle suit with woman injured by falling fat man at Shea

    Fat’s all, folks! A woman who had her back broken by a falling fat guy at Shea Stadium has settled her big buck lawsuit against the Mets, court records show.

    Ellen Massey blamed the team for her injuries, contending they knew or should have known the drunken 300-pound fan five rows above her was a problem, and they did nothing to stop him from tormenting the other people in her section.

    That fan, Timothy Cassidy, denies he was drunk, but witnesses said he was so sloshed, he couldn’t even complete the “Let’s go Mets!” chant.

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