Wednesday, January 27, 2010

AND WE DO MEAN 'POLLING': SCENE'S LUST SURVEY

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Judging from some of the early responses to Scene’s Lust Survey, y’all some horny mother effers.

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“I think about [sex] all the time. Every 10-15 minutes while awake. I have tried to quell the sexual fantasies … it makes driving really hard.”

“Regardless of who a person is (as long as they are an adult), the first time I meet them, I picture myself having sex with them.”

“If I went to the bathroom as often as I think about sex, I would need a colostomy bag.”

To participate in the Lust Survey, go to clevescene.com/lust. The most compelling responses will be published in the February 10 issue (don’t worry, it’s anonymous). Polls close February 5. If you choose to provide contact info, you'll be in the running to win a prize package from Ambiance valued at $250.

Photographers, if you’d like to share erotic images you’ve created — and by erotic we mean suggestive, not graphic — we’ll publish those too. Images must be owned by the entrant and not previously published in other newspapers, magazines, etc. Send ’em to flewis@clevescene.com; type “lust images” in the subject line, and don’t forget your contact info.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

DRILL BABY DRILL: THE MOVIE

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Natural gas drilling is booming in Ohio, but some residents of other states farther west — the heartland, as industry-worshipping conservatives often call it — are suffering worse. The documentary Split Estate examines the way drillers run roughshod over farmers and ranchers who don't own the rights to what's beneath their land. Split Estate screens on Friday, January 29, 6:30 p.m., at Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Room T129, Kirtland. The screening is presented by the Northeast Ohio Gas Accountability Project.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

RONAYNE JUMPS INTO WRONG RACE

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Apparently no one told Chris Ronayne that he was supposed to run for the new county executive post, not a council seat:

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Friday, January 22, 2010

NEW EXPO CENTER GREETED BY ANGRY TEAMSTERS

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 2:46 PM

With the opening today of the new Great Lakes Expo Center in Euclid, word comes that the facility is being picketed by representatives from Teamsters Union Local 407. It’s asking patrons to boycott the 67th Annual Cleveland Home & Garden Show which christens the facility, and it plans to picket the show throughout its run, which ends January 31.

The show’s move comes after its was held for many years at the I-X Center in Brookpark. The new facility, a former K-Mart store across from Euclid Square Mall, is managed by Expositions Inc., which also puts on the Home & Garden Show. In a press release, Expositions Inc. president Chris Fassnacht says, “The increasing cost of doing business [at the I-X Center] was making it nearly impossible to make a profit. Not only were attendees tiring of escalating costs but so were our exhibitors.”

Exhibition facilities typically hire unions to load in and load out, set up booths and do the electrical work typically required for such temporary displays. The Teamsters say that at the Great Lakes Expo Center, exhibitors are now allowed to do all this work themselves.

“Even though the union contract jobs aren’t the highest paying jobs in the world, they’re good jobs,” says Teamsters Local 407 president Frank Burdell. “Now they’re going to have exhibitors doing all the work, whether they’re qualified or not — everything, from beginning to end. The exhibitors have the right to bring in own material, load it, unload it from delivery trucks, wheel it across floor, set up own booths, do their own electrical, do their own decorating. It brings up a lot of questions about safety, about skilled trades. For 50 years, our members have done the loading and unloading; they’re pretty skilled at material handling. Sometimes shows have heavy machinery; you need people who are skilled at handling that stuff. I think it’s greed and another way regardless of health or safety to reap more profits. We’re opposed to it."

It’s convenient to put the blame for rising costs on unions, but the issue of union work rules at exhibition facilities is complicated — and most certainly, only one piece of the problem. Currently, Chicago’s McCormick Place, a facility legendary for its costly union work rules — like requiring a union electrician, hired at scale for an hour, to plug in a lamp or a computer — is embroiled in controversy as major shows are bolting. Just this week, it was reported that the International Home & Housewares Show, held in Chicago since 1939, is considering a move to Las Vegas or Orlando. But other issues — including mismanagement, padded payrolls, and a plethora of city taxes and fees — are in the mix as well. It seems like there should be a middle ground between exhibitors forking out lots of money to sit by idly and watch while union laborers perform simple chores and a free-for-all situation where it’s every exhibitor for himself. — Anastasia Pantsios

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'TELL THE VEGANS TO GIVE IT A REST'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Chef Parker Bosley responds to our review of Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer:

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Do we really need another book dealing with meat production? No. Anyone who has interest or curiosity regarding meat production can educate and inform himself quite easily. Industrial agriculture, agri-industries and their mouthpiece, the Farm Bureau, are a kind of evil empire. Their system of "food" production is wrong on every level. We know this. Tell the literary crowd, the left-wing radicals and the vegetarians and vegans to give it a rest.

Industrial agriculture is harmful to the environment because it destroys natural resources; wrong because it practices inhumane animal confinement, sends cheap food to the masses that is making us sick and obese. Also, huge confinement systems destroy the family farm which in turn erodes the economic base of rural America. This list could go on and on with contributions from many quarters. There is no end to the atrocities of our food production system. Rather than writing another book about it we should be interested in educating and changing the consumers who have come to love and expect cheap, convenient food.

As I read your review I was confused at times. (Perhaps I have limited comprehension skills.) It appeared that you were more interested in sharing your writing skills, your knowledge and your ability to include the word shit again and again. Why, I do not know. The review of this book, another in the parade of anti-meat-eating, could have been summed-up easily. "Eating Animals is a book that recycles the same old story." With this brief, one-sentence review, you would have had plenty of space to talk about real farms and real farming.

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THIS IS WHY EVERYONE HATES BANKS

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 12:02 PM

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Bankers and mortgage lenders — do you want to know why the vast majority of Americans would vote to bring back public floggings specifically for you? Here's a good example.

WCPN's report on hearings in Columbus on whether banks should help pay for counseling for those facing foreclosure included this illuminating gem from Michael Adelman of the Ohio Bankers League:

"If I was in that situation myself, god forbid, if I was facing foreclosure, I would do everything I could as a homeowner to keep a roof over my family, and I would spend whatever resources I could pull together in getting counseling and hiring a mediator, as opposed to expecting somebody else to pick up that tabs [sic]."

Behold the cold and infinitely cynical heart of corporate conservatism. Note the either-or construct of Adelman's remark: either you're responsible and self-reliant, or you're a loser demanding a handout. And banks should not have to help losers. Lost your job? Drowning in medical bills? Wah wah. One way or another your troubles are your own fault, so pay up or get out.

The Dispatch has more on the hearings regarding funding for counseling. — Frank Lewis

UPDATE: A new report suggests that the situation is getting worse, fast.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

HEAVY METTLE

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Classic Metal Show co-host Chris Akin is leaving the program (primarily aired online) to focus on a new, Internet-based political-talk show, podcast and website.

The news and views won’t be new ground for him. He’s woven politics into the show over the years, jagging Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, badgering S.O.D.’s Billy Milano and matching wits with Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine. Akin says 13 years of talking metal has been great, but it’s become a job. And he’s ready to move on.

“In the last show of the year, we interviewed [Queensryche singer] Geoff Tate for the 13th time,” explains Akin. “And all I had for him and Queensryche — a band I’ve loved for over 20 years — was, ‘Man, we talk to you a lot.’ Simply, I’ve done what there is to do with it.”

Now the inflammatory and unpredictable mouthpiece is planning a show that, he promises, will go beyond punditry and left-right wars to offer in-depth discussion of issues.

Akin describes himself as “more Republican than Democrat. I’m much more oriented in issues than I am in which side of the line I stand on. I’m definitely anti-tax, pro-war, pro-gun, pro-freedom of speech and expression, pro-abortion, anti-big government. I’m pro-death penalty. I believe in the Illuminati and the Bilderberg group. I think the Fed[eral Reserve] is a treasonist organization. I believe Obama is a socialist, and at the same time, I believe that Dick Cheney was a terrible president the last eight years.”

Akin’s website, alldanews.com, is already live, with a home page that juxtaposes mainstream news links with original headlines like “President Obama — Liar!” He plans to launch the talk show in March. — D.X. Ferris

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