Coming to an American City Near You?
Despoiling the dead for funds? The practice has been widespread in Japan since tough economic times hit that country (co-incidentally after the collapse of the real estate market!), and with American municpalities lining up for gubmint bailout funds and crying poverty, it won't be long before some genius in city government somewhere suugests this to cash-starved city councils and mayors.
You can read about it here.
Expect to hear it justified as both good for taxpayers and an ecologically-sound practice. personally, if it were left up to me, my loved ones are perfectly welome to my teeth, recyclable artificial limbs and joints, and harvestable organs when I die (why shouldn't they receive the economic benefits, instead of the state?).