February 1 2013

. February 1, 2013.
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Where’s the Love?

A British nursing home is under investigation after local government officials learned that the institution may have regularly hired prostitutes to provide companionship to elderly members of their community. The ‘Chasely’ nursing home in Eastbourne, London allegedly has a routine schedule for sex workers, who come and ‘visit’ with residents in a special room of the building and put a ‘special red sock’ on the door to ensure privacy. Many people think that this is a deplorable practice and constitutes unethical behavior, which leads me to ask — what happened to our compassion? If this isn’t an act of kindness, then what can we even call charity in 2013? The majority of the members of Chasely are ex-soldiers who are obviously very lonely and in serious need of a little adult companionship. As far as I am concerned, the staff of Chasely and these brave sex workers are heroes worthy of praise, not villains who should be condemned. 

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Year of the Horse

If fast food wasn’t already gross enough, Burger King is being accused of selling burgers that contain a small percentage of horse meat after multiple samples of their beef tested positive for trace samples of equine DNA. Burger King vice president, Diego Beamonte, commented ‘We are deeply troubled by the findings of our investigation and apologize to our guests, who trust us to source only the highest quality 100 percent beef burgers.’ Uh yeah, of course your customers trust that the burgers you sell them aren’t going to be cut with horse meat. This story illustrates how Burger King’s business practices are as greasy and terrible as their food is.

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Dude, seriously?

Lincoln, Nebraska police officers discovered a marijuana growing operation on Wednesday after a a few localscalled  911 to report that their marijuana pipes had been stolen. Officers promptly arrived at the victim’s apartment to investigate the crime, where they saw marijuana, drug paraphernalia, large bags of plant fertilizer, and ‘light shining from under a door barred with a padlock and a power cord snaking into the room.’ After obtaining a warrant, the police officers arrested a 19-year old man for cultivation of marijuana and ticketed his roommates for having marijuana paraphernalia. The level of stupidity that it takes to get busted in this fashion is truly staggering and somewhat mind boggling. Let’s just hope that these idiots learn their lesson.

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Estar Cohen Lives Fully in All The Moments of Music

“can’t hold on // I can feel time as it bends…” Just some lyrics from a composition called “Endings” by award-winning jazz vocalist Estar Cohen; and this propulsive image aptly fits for her music career, as each year since her 2015 graduation from the University of Toledo has gotten busier, faster, more exciting. You can

Monticello Van Odom – ‘In My Mind’

An essential way to craft a resonant piece of music is to unpack the existential pondering, the fleeting but insistent anxieties, the hard truths and easy reminders, that are swimming around up inside the head of the songwriter. The sublimity of Saline-based folk/Americana artist Monticello Van Odom‘s album is in how its spilling out all

Heavy Color’s River Passage

Toledo’s future beat/psy-jazz/hybrid electro duo Heavy Color recently premiered a new music video that commemorates an inspiring musical odyssey charted by one of its songwriters back in 2015. The group formed several years ago around the collaborations of Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their Toledo’s answer to cerebral ambient electronica acts like Four Tet, Caribou,

Green Book is Worth the Trip

An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays