Archive for June, 2014

San Fran Provides Public Shower On A Bus For The Homeless What Could Go Wrong?

June 30, 2014

In May, San Francisco introduced the “Hook-up Truck,” providing intimate space for couples on the go. Now, the city is welcoming the “Lava Mae,” a public shower on a bus, aimed at the city’s large homeless population. San Francisco has been fighting a losing battle with homelessness for decades. City officials concede that they have made little progress over the years despite massive spending, amounting to $34 per homeless person per day. The founders of Lava Mae, which launched late last week, aim to provide direct relief–and dignity–to the homeless, providing showers installed inside converted municipal buses that will travel around the city.

Lava Mae making little progress with massive spending while  adding more drama to public transportation.




Ask The Eye Update Facebook For Stalker Outing

June 29, 2014

Dear Eye View

I started a new job several months ago. Almost immediately, I picked up on the repeated appearance of a certain co-worker whenever I go to lunch. This might sound like a coincidence, but we work downtown in a major city and I always leave the building to go to lunch. I go at different times of day (and not on the hour) and sit in different plazas and food courts but I see him sitting in the background more often than not. It is creepy. I didn’t tell anyone about this because I don’t want to seem paranoid or like I’m flattering myself about having a “stalker.” But today I walked to a new location 10 minutes away from work and he walked right in front of me and waved! I waved back but it was pretty unnerving and I can’t pretend this isn’t happening. We never talk at work and are never involved in any of the same projects. We just see each other in the hallway. Is this an unsolvable problem? Is it even a problem? I am married and he can see that. Concerned

Dear Concerned  You need to do some more reconnaissance before you take any action. It’s best to deal directly with that person. But this is so odd and undefinable, that I don’t see how you say, “You seem to be stalking me at lunch. Am I mistaken?” After all, he can totally deny it, and you really can’t say he’s not allowed to eat at the same plazas you are. I would recommend you update Facebook for stalker outing,






UNLV Students Want Hillary Clinton Speaking Fee To Stay In Vegas

June 28, 2014

Two top student government leaders at the University of Las Vegas are requesting Hillary Clinton return the “outrageous” $225,000 speaking fee she reportedly will receive for an upcoming speech at the school in October.”We really appreciate anybody who would come to raise money for the university. But anybody who’s being paid $225,000 to come speak, we think that’s a little bit outrageous. And we’d like Secretary Clinton — respectfully — to gracefully return the money to the university or the foundation,” Waqar said on the Nevada political proram “Ralston Reports.”Clinton, an expected front-runner in the 2016 Democratic presidential contest, has had her wealth come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. Despite being a reported multimillionaire, Clinton has stumbled through several gaffes, including an interview where she insisted she was not “truly well off. UNLV students want Hillary Clinton speaking fee to stay in Vegas.


Feds Looking To House Illegal Kids In Abandoned Walmart

June 27, 2014

Scrambling to secure accommodations for the overwhelming surge of Central American minors crossing into the U.S. illegally, the federal government is looking at several sites in New York as potential shelters, including a rundown former Walmart building.Though the location has been vacant for about seven years, and is in many respects what some might term a “fixer-upper,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and General Services Administration are looking at an old Walmart store in Sweden, New York, “to determine whether it may be used as a facility for temporarily housing children who have come into the United States from other countries without an adult guardian.”The proposal is not without opposition, however. The town’s supervisor, a New York congressman and residents all say it’s a terrible idea.

Meanwhile back at Walmart.


Tax On Yoga Pants May Not Be A Tax On Wellness

June 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — Despite opposition from operators of health clubs and personal trainers, the D.C. Council approved a plan on Tuesday that would extend the city’s sale tax to gym memberships, dance and yoga classes and personal training. Hours later, the D.C. mayor’s office spoke out against the tax, citing the District’s “serious problem with obesity.” Pedro Ribeiro, a spokesman for Mayor Vincent Gray, says “every option remains on the table,” and the mayor has not yet decided whether he’ll sign the bill. Supporters of the plan, including Councilwoman Mary Cheh, point out that the tax is part of a restructuring plan intended to broaden the tax base and lower residents’ tax rates. Cheh bridled at opponents branding the tax a “yoga tax” or a “wellness tax.” “We apply a sales tax to your yoga mat is that a yoga tax? We apply the sales tax to your running shoes, my running shoes, and other sporting equipment, is that a tax of wellness?” Cheh argued. Tax opponents believe the tax will add $60 to $80 a year to fitness club memberships in the city.

Tax on yoga pants may not be a tax on wellness.






Ask The Eye Just The Equifax Ma’am

June 23, 2014

Dear Eye View

My good friend has found her mate after several failed relationships and is desperate to be married and start her family (tick tock). I am thrilled that she is engaged, and she has asked me to be in the wedding. I would normally be pleased to do so, except for one issue. She has debt of approximately $250,000 in credit cards and student loans, and she has not told her fiancé about this. I feel strongly that she is morally and ethically required to tell him before they are married, but she refuses. I can’t help but feel like an accomplice to her dishonesty by standing up in the wedding. What is the right thing to do? Scared


Dear Scared

I understand your concern. After the couple recites the traditional vows, “for richer, for poorer” Equifax can guarantee he’s going to get a whole lot poorer. You must tell the groom -to be. You need to tell him before it is too late. tic tock… Hope this helps.




Kraft Recalls Velveeta Cheese US Bracing For Next Cheesepocalypse

June 21, 2014

Kraft Foods is recalling 260 cases of its Velveeta cheese product distributed to Walmart stores in 12 midwestern states. The recall affects 32 oz. packages of the brand’s Velveeta Original Pasteurized Recipe Cheese Product that do not contain “appropriate” levels of the preservative ingredient sorbic acid, the company wrote in a press release announcing the recall. “While unlikely, the affected product could spoil prematurely and/or lead to food borne illness,” the statement reads.

Country braces for cheesepocalypse.




Ask The Eye Help! My Mentor Married A Monster

June 18, 2014

Dear Eye View    Gloria has been first a mentor and then a mother figure to me since we began working together two years ago. I was shocked when I found out she’d gotten married; I hadn’t even realized she was dating someone. I have since learned that Gloria’s husband Jason is a prison inmate. From what little she told me, I surmised his crime was serious enough in nature that he might never be released. Against my better judgment, I did an Internet search and found out Jason raped three women. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I despise sexual predators, and now I can barely look Gloria in the eye. I cannot understand why she would marry a rapist. I cannot help but feel she is pathetic and desperate. I don’t know how to continue our relationship, and it is exhausting for me to pretend like nothing has changed between us. What should I do? Confused


Dear Confused  I understand your concern.This is a private matter for Gloria and since she apparently has kept it out of the workplace, so should you. Mentors can be wonderful, but they can also be stifling, so obviously it’s time for you to ease your way out of this relationship. As for her being a “mother figure”—consider that that isn’t what you need professionally, so also make a course correction in this aspect of your relationship. It could be that Gloria is not only a mentor to you but mentoring, providing career counseling, and stopping US extradition for her new husband as well.  Hope this helps.



Ask The Eye Don’t Be Your MILs Beast Of Burden

June 17, 2014

Dear Eye View

My MIL confided to me that she gave a child up for adoption. This child was the issue of a relationship with a married man who she later went on to marry. The only people aware of this are now deceased. The child, now an adult has reached out to my MIL via a search agency to build a relationship. My MIL has declined and will no longer discuss the issue. She only told me because she had a health scare and in the event of her death, should we find paperwork, she wanted someone to know. My husband knows nothing about this. I wish I didn’t either, frankly. My husband did not have a great childhood and my MIL is a very different person than she was in her younger years, and I think they have all made peace with the past. I do not keep secrets from my spouse but I don’t know that this is my information to share. Do I tell him, do I tell her to tell him, or do I let this go? I am not looking to force her to reconnect. As much as I wish this could happen, I do not think her health can withstand the stress and she has firmly made her decision. I care deeply for this woman and as much as I have my own strong opinions about the person trying to reconnect, I have to respect her wishes … Don’t I?


Dear I

I understand your concern. I don’t think your mother-in-law gets to  tell you her life’s deepest, darkest secret—one that would have an enormous impact on her son—and then say now that she’s gotten it off her chest, you just have to bear the burden. Your mother-in-law is not entitled to make decisions for every adult in her orbit. Share your burden with your husband. You will feel much better. Hope this helps.




Brazilian Prostitutes And US Christian Evangelicals Play Ball Promoting English Classes For Sex Workers

June 16, 2014

Brazilian prostitutes and a Christian evangelical group played a football match Saturday in World Cup host city Belo Horizonte, taking over a central street to raise awareness about sex workers’ rights. Gathering just after Colombia played Greece in the southeastern city, the women set up an impromptu pitch using traffic cones for goalposts and played to the enthusiastic cheers of onlookers. The prostitutes, calling themselves the Naked Football Club — though in fact they played in the green and yellow uniforms of Brazil — teamed up with the visiting evangelicals from the United States to take on a local university team in a match with a message. The match was organized by the Prostitutes’ Association of Minas Gerais, the state where Belo Horizonte is located. The association has also helped some of the city’s 80,000 sex workers prepare for the World Cup by offering free English classes at a local mall.

Brazilian sex workers learn English for World Cup.


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