August 24, 2014
Dear Eye View
For the past few months, my mom has been catfishing a guy online and I don’t know what to do. Earlier this year, I decided to give online dating a try and signed up for a free online dating site. My mom was very supportive and interested in me finding someone, and, unbeknownst to me, created a fake profile to scope out the site. I was perturbed when I found out, but I went along with it under the condition that she didn’t message anyone. She broke her promise and created an elaborate profile that mimicked my life (without using my name) and began talking to a few people. She ended up forming a friendship with one guy who was getting divorced who she felt sounded depressed. While pretending to be a 28-year-old woman, she offered him suggestions on how to fix his profile. I begged her to cut it off with him, but she hasn’t. In fact, she created several new profiles and pretended to be interested in him to help build his confidence. What really scares me is that he left a gift certificate for her to pick up at a local store, which I persuaded her not to use. I know this guy owns guns and I’m scared for her if he ever finds out she’s not who she’s pretending to be. She’s already seeing a psychiatrist for anxiety, so I don’t know what else I can do. My dad is aware of what she’s doing but he just brushes it off. Am I the crazy one for thinking this is a serious problem? My mom needs a new hobby, but she’s full of excuses for why she can’t work or volunteer somewhere because of her health.
Dear Double D
I understand your concern. You have warned your mother about the dangers of what she’s getting herself into, and presumably you’ve suggested she discuss her activities with her psychiatrist. But if she won’t there’s nothing you can do. I can understand your father’s stance. Likely he’s glad she’s occupying herself and is probably not highly concerned she’s going to find someone to replace him. Or on the other hand maybe your dad is more involved than you think. Hope this helps.
August 6, 2014
Wildlife officials are trying to trap an otter today that they believe mauled an 8-year-old boy and his grandmother who came to his rescue. Officials believe Bryce Moser inadvertently got too close to the otter when he was swimming Thursday morning in the Pilchuck River, a swimming hole his family has been using for years. The boy’s grandmother, Lelani Grove, said she heard the screams of her grandson and then saw the horrible sight of an otter viciously attacking him. “I could see that it was biting into his head and it had its claws around him,” Grove told ABC News affiliate KOMO News. She jumped into action.“It just started biting on me and biting on me and it felt like little knives just going in,” Grove told the station. Grove added the otter was cute but a little freaky.
July 25, 2014
Presidential grand baby on board! Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton threw her pregnant daughter Chelsea Clinton a chic baby shower in Chappaqua, New York, on July 13, a source tells Us Weekly. Bill Clinton’s wife feted her daughter, 34, at upscale Crabtree Kittle House Inn, which is located near the Clinton’s estate. Chelsea, who is expecting her first child with husband Marc Mezvinsky, was also joined by close friends for the intimate gathering. According to New York Daily News, the menu was “99% gluten-free” and “Hillary was in rare form, laughing and talking to everyone.
I pressure washed my driveway yesterday.
July 21, 2014
People who regularly use social media sites like Facebook are more likely to divorce, new research suggests. A study produced by researchers from Boston University claims to have found “a correlation between using social network sites (like Facebook), spousal troubles, and the divorce rate.” Researchers surveyed 43 US states between 2008 and 2010, comparing the number of Facebook accounts in a state and dividing it by the total population to find ‘Facebook penetration’. The divorce rate for each state was then compared to Facebook penetration to see if any patterns emerged. The results showed a 2.18 per cent rise in the divorce rate of states which had a 20 per cent increase in the number of Facebook accounts. Google data provides support.
July 21, 2014
When most people hear the word “drone,” they probably think of killing machines that patrol war zones.Now a new kind of commercial drone phenomenon has taken off in the United States. People now use small quadcopter drones to even shoot photos and videos for their weddings.What seems like a stranger-than-fiction phenomenon is actually a new craze across the country. A congressman last month used a drone to record his own wedding and now is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the government agency that regulates the nation’s airspace, because the agency still has an explicit ban on drone flights for commercial purposes. An Iowa wedding photography company, Picture Perfect Portrait and Design, last week added aerial drone photography to its services to brides and grooms. It charges $400 for a 30-minute drone shoot. Shooting wedding photos and video using a drone has to date been very expensive, but new companies are jumping in to try to broaden the market. Aerial wedding photographs taken to the next level.
July 20, 2014
The First Lady wants to change the way you buy groceries. The goal is to steer consumers toward fruits and vegetables – and away from sugar- and fat-laden items. The plan is in line with “Michelle Obama’s stated second term agenda to ‘impact the nature of food in grocery stores. The feds now want to provide food-stamp shoppers with “incentives” for making healthy food choices – such as discounts or free movie tickets – and even talking shopping carts that will notify them when they’ve selected enough healthy items.The high-tech carts – which would cost every grocery store about $30,000 to provide – would be physically divided and color coded to help consumers select approved food items. It would also “have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy ‘threshold’ it would congratulate the customer.The feds want grocery store employees to serve as government “ambassadors” who can “redirect” food stampers toward healthy items by explaining the various incentive programs and nutritional information.
Michelle Obama wants to steer food stamp shoppers toward healthy eating with high tech shopping carts meeting healthy thresholds with the usual outcome.
July 20, 2014
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) said that the Obama administration asked whether his state had facilities to house up to 1,000 illegal immigrant children at military bases or unused shopping malls. Mayors from surrounding communities, though, raised concerns about the strain on their budgets, while officials at the military bases complained that they had not even been informed that their facilities, which do not have room to house extra people on the weekends, were being considered. Mall security strained.
July 18, 2014
A Southern California couple who scaled back watering their lawn amid the state’s drought received a warning from the suburb where they live that they might be fined for creating an eyesore – despite emergency statewide orders to conserve. Michael Korte and Laura Whitney, who live near Los Angeles in Glendora, said on Thursday they received a letter from the city warning they had 60 days to green up their partially brown lawn or pay a fine ranging from $100 to $500. The letter, bearing the official symbols of Glendora and its police department, came the same week that statewide water regulators passed emergency drought restrictions for outdoor water use. Those regulations, to take effect this August, require cities to demand cutbacks in water use, and empower them to fine residents up to $500 for overwatering their lawns.”I don’t think it’s right for us to start pouring water into our lawn in the middle of July during a drought,” said Whitney. “We’re kind of in a quandary about what to do.
July 18, 2014
On Thursday, a week after former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates argued for amnesty and for an unlimited number of high-tech guest-worker visas, Microsoft announced it would slash 18,000 jobs. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promised his employees that “we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible.” Analysts told USA Today that the number being let go was “larger than expected.”The “vast majority” of employees will reportedly be notified “within the next six months” and “earn severance and job transition help in many locations.” Microsoft employs 125,000 people.However, numerous nonpartisan scholars and studies have determined that there is a surplus – not a shortage – of American high-tech workers. Microsoft lays off 18,000 workers any ideas?
July 18, 2014
On Tuesday, the California State Water Resources Control Board voted to approve fines of up to $500 a day for overuse of water, in an effort to penalize those who do not conserve amidst the state’s crippling drought. Now, Santa Cruz residents with hefty water fines can attend the Santa Cruz Water School, a free, one-time class that, if completed successfully, eliminates all water penalties outright. “We don’t want to penalize people,” Santa Cruz Water District spokeswoman Eileen Cross told KSBW. “We want to educate people, because water is so precious and we all need to do everything we can to conserve, and so it’s an opportunity for us to educate the public.”According to the San Francisco Chronicle, areas of focus include instruction on finding water meters, the severity of California’s drought, and “Basics of Municipal Utilities Services.” State of California approves a water school detention.