February 1 2013

. February 1, 2013.

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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Ypsilanti Art Incubator Bridging Artistic Communities

A bridge between EMU art students and established artists  Alexa Dietz understands the value of inspiration, and, with the coming relaunch of The Ypsilanti Arts Incubator, she’s building a channel for it to flow freely into a community with a wealth of creativity.  To grow and thrive  As a sculpture student at EMU in the

“Girls are hot and good”

Q&A: Comic Artist Casey Nowak You may have seen comic artist Casey Nowak’s work around town without realizing it; their client-base and resume are varied and accomplished enough that major outlets and businesses have taken notice. They’ve done work for Cartoon Network, Ann Arbor District Library, BOOM! Studios, and Spry Publishing, among others, some of

Cinema Detroit

Independent theaters prove cinema isn’t dead It seems that every year, especially near awards season, fears concerning the death of cinema and movie theaters become topics of heated debate. The projected death of the movie theater may be premature. Three years ago, Vanity Fair ran an article just before the Academy Awards, pointing out the

Take Flight at A2 Aviary; Feathers Optional

Ann Arbor’s Aerial and Circus Arts Gym For those who have dreamed of running away with the circus— before you pack your bags, visit the Ann Arbor Aviary to perfect your aerial skills. Aspiring trapeze artists needn’t have any prior dance or gymnastics experience to enroll in the continuously-running introductory course. On a Friday evening,