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Steve B

About Steve B

Steve has been producing and publishing content since 2009. He is very passionate about some issues and appreciates it when readers take the time to review and comment on it. Originally from the Caribbean islands, he currently lives and shares his opinions from North America.

homelessness in the USA, Tenderloin, San Fran

As you hunker down for your next meal, whatever it may be, and you shut your door for the night, readying yourself for one of your favorite television shows, remember this, as difficult as things may seem for you now, there are people a lot worse off than you are.

An audio-visual exploration of the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.

One interesting effect of tourism is that to make a place look ‘picture perfect’, you have to hide it’s problems! You have to have a place where you can contain all the homeless, substance users, parolees and mentally ill! The Tenderloin district of San Francisco performs this role. Within it’s boundaries one can find most of the cities social services for an estimated 6,500 homeless people.

Home to theaters, burlesque houses, strip clubs and dive bars, the Tenderloin is a colourful neighbourhood. Waves of immigrants have also added to it’s diversity, providing a myriad of cultural cuisines, particularly South East Asian.

But is it also a high crime neighbourhood, particularly violent street crime such as robbery and aggravated assault. The San Francisco Police Department warn that seven out of ten violent crimes within the city occur within the Tenderloin.

Not exactly the place you want to get caught with a camera!

But despite the drug crime and prostitution, the pan-handling and despair. I felt a need to capture on film the underbelly of American urban decay.

here is no way a tourist could just wander the Tenderloin with a camera. I had to devise a method of filming that would not attract attention and allow me to capture authentic ‘street life’.

To do so I filmed this audio-visual study using video sunglasses. I then slowed the footage by 50% to try and capture the nuance of life in a dangerous neighbourhood. Watching the footage back at half speed, I was fascinated to see the quick glimpses towards me of all I passed.

These were not the faces of happy people! I also found it fascinating that many living on the streets had brand new sport shoes! I’ve added no voiceover, no comments. I want the viewer to explore their own feelings with this footage. I’d love to hear your comments below. God Bless America, home of the free ;)

NYC Cabbie Accused of Sneaking past bridge toll 3,000 times

I think I can clearly say that this taxi driver has to be the dumbest cabbie around. You don’t have to be the sharpest knife in the drawer to understand that if you are traveling around the city with a bull’s eye painted on your back, namely the yellow car, breaking laws should not be very high on your list of things to do.

A New York City Cab Driver is charged with grand larceny and theft of services after allegedly sneaking onto a toll bridge more than 3,000 times.

Six-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Shoots, Kills Woman

Owning a firearm is a serious responsibility that very few people understand. Part of the problem we have is that Hollywood tends to glamorize firearm use and point to certain areas while leaving out the important ones. At the very least, (not just for concealed permits) gun owners should be required to go through some training before being given permission to own one.

A South Carolina woman was killed after being shot by her friend’s six-year-old son while in a car.

Family Finds Dead Body During Easter Egg Hunt

I imagine there will be several children looking to satisfy their Easter egg craving, but I doubt that any of them will find what these people found during their search. It would be interesting to find out how this story ends, especially since it was private property.

A family in Knoxville recently found more than what they were looking for during an Easter egg hunt and it certainly wasn’t pleasant. A woman who helped her four-year-old child find the eggs, stumbled across a decomposed body underneath her deck.

A family in Knoxville, Tennessee recently found more than what they were looking for during an Easter egg hunt and it certainly wasn’t pleasant. A woman who helped her four-year-old child find the eggs, stumbled across a decomposed body underneath her deck.

Police claim the remains have been in that spot for approximately 2 weeks. According to the lady who discovered the body, that time frame sounds about right.

About a week prior to the finding, she had noticed a foul smell coming from somewhere on her property. For several days, she searched her yard, but couldn’t determine the source of the horrible scent.

She reportedly had someone cut her grass and asked that person to be on the lookout for anything unusual that could be the cause of the odor. Again, nothing was found, that is until the Easter egg hunt.

The woman immediately called police after spotting the male’s body in a narrow spot about 15 to 20 feet from the outer edge of her back deck. Cops currently suspect he passed away from a medical condition, however investigators are awaiting the final results of an autopsy before positively confirming the cause of death.

Law enforcement has not yet been able to identify the victim and no explanation has been offered to explain why he was under the family’s deck.

Judge Tells Woman ‘I Hope You Die in Prison’

So what is the best way to get an appeal to go through the legal system, you have a problem in the court room of course. I know that a judge is a human being like the rest of us, but personal interjection does not sit well in a court of law, what’s next, shoot first and ask questions later?

Recently a judge in Michigan reportedly had a hard time keeping his thoughts to himself and told a woman what was really on his mind.

Emotions typically run high in a courtroom. Recently a judge in Michigan reportedly had a hard time keeping his thoughts to himself and told a woman what was really on his mind.

Specifically he said ‘I hope you die in prison. If this were a death penalty state, you’d be getting the chair’. [WLNS]

The outburst occurred during 31-year-old Camia Gamet’s sentencing hearing.

Right before Judge John McBain announced she would be spending the rest of her life behind bars for murdering her boyfriend two years ago, Gamet interrupted the victim’s aunt while she addressed the court.

As she went on with the speech, Gamet cut the relative off and inquired ‘Is that it?’.

During the very important and serious hearing, Gamet also chuckled and rolled her eyes. The judge absolutely exploded in anger and said she needed to close her mouth or he would have it duct taped shut.

‘You were relentless. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed until he was dead.’ [WXYZ]

Gamet’s legal team says she killed in self defense and plans on appealing the sentence.

10 Fun Facts About Easter

At the risk of sounding like a buzz killer, I know this is Easter Weekend and many people will be taking part in a variety of different activities. The line to the candy store is probably very long, is anyone actually celebrating the true reason for Easter? Someone very important died, and it wasn’t so we could have a holiday and eat lots of chocolate.

While you count down the hours until the Easter Bunny drops off your candy, check out these 10 uncommon facts about the holiday.

“I am really special.” [Bunny]
“What are you doing?” [Man]
“See” [Bunny]

Easter is coming, and, if you’re like many people around the US, you’re anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Easter Bunny – and several pounds of chocolate and candy.

While you count down the hours, check out these 10 uncommon facts about the holiday.

Number 10. Most Americans agree on how to eat a chocolate bunny. 76 percent say the proper way to do it is ears first.

Number 9. Some world traditions are incredibly elaborate. In Guatemala, for example, carpets stretching up to a mile-long are made from flowers and sawdust during the weeks before Easter. On the day of the holiday, people walk on it on their way to church.

Number 8. There’s an Easter egg worth over 8 million dollars. Described as a cross between a Faberge and the Damien Hirst skull, the ornament is covered with over a thousand diamonds. Nested inside is a gold egg with a rock crystal dove inside that.

Number 7. The Easter Bunny has a mysterious past. Details of its emergence as a symbol of the holiday are sketchy, but according to history.com, it traveled to America with the Germans in the 1700’s. The country has long told stories about an egg-laying hare.

“We’d like to apologize for the Easter Bunny.” [YouTube]

Number 6. The holiday brings out some people’s inner jokester. Perhaps giddy because it’s springtime, manufacturers make all sorts of goofy merchandise for Easter. Notable among the stuff is a card that features terrified eggs, a dish of colored liquid, and the caption ‘Where Eggs Come To Dye’.

Number 5. Egg decorating goes back hundreds of years. History.com says that the tradition dates back to the 13th century. At the time, eggs were a mandatory Lenten sacrifice, so in preparation for the day they could once again be enjoyed, people made them extra special by embellishing them.

Number 4. In Australia they have an Easter Bilby instead of a bunny. Well, at least some people are trying to make that the case.

“Bilbys can be found only in Australia. They are endemic to this country. There’s nothing like them anywhere else in the world.” [ABC Radio Australia]

Number 3. The annual White House Easter Egg Roll used to be held at the U.S. Capitol. Concerns for the preservation of the terraced lawn led to the signing of a bill that outlawed the use of the location.

Number 2. A seriously large amount of candy is sold for the holiday. Annually, about 2 billion dollars worth of sweet stuff ends up in the hands, baskets, and stomachs of American consumers.

Number 1. The largest egg hunt in history was held at Cypress Gardens in 2007. The Florida theme park hid over half a million eggs. Nearly 10 thousand children and their parents scoured the grounds looking for them.