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August 02 2014 | entertainment | 0 comments
Cole, Don't Turn Over


Bang Bang, a collaboration between Jessie J, Arianna Grande and Nicki Minaj was released to instant hit status. Critics love it; the public loves it.
Jessie J certainly has a great voice, (though she sure sounds like she stole everything from Janelle Monae) but couldn't she lend it to some better lyrics and subject?

Lyrics:

[Jessie J]
She got a body like an hourglass, but I can give it to you all the time
She got a booty like a Cadillac, but I can send you into overdrive (oh)
(Stop and wait, wait for that, stop, hold up, swing your bat)
See anybody could be bad to you, you need a good girl to blow your mind, yeah

Bang bang into the room (I know you want it)
Bang bang all over you (I'll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute tell you (ah)
Bang bang there goes your heart (I know you want it)
Back, back seat of my car (I'll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute tell you (ah)

[Ariana Grande]
She might've let you hold her hand in school, but I'mma show you how to graduate
No, I don't need to hear you talk the talk, just come and show me what your momma gave (Oooh yeah)
(Your love gotta be baby, love but don't say a thing)
See anybody could be good to you, you need a bad girl to blow your mind

Bang bang into the room (I know you want it)
Bang bang all over you (I'll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute tell you (ah)
Bang bang there goes your heart (I know you want it)
Back, back seat of my car (I'll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute tell you (ah)

[Nicki Minaj]
It's Myx moscato, it's frizz in a bottle
It's Nicki full throttle, it's oh, oh
Swimming in the grotto, we winning in the lotto
We dipping in the pot of blue for sure
Kitten so good, it's dripping on wood
Get a ride in the engine that could go
Batman robbin' it,bang bang, cockin' it
Queen Nicki dominant, prominent
It's me, Jessie, and Ari, if they test me, they sorry
Ride us up like a Harleythen pull off in this Ferrari
If he hanging we banging, phone ranging, he slanging
It ain't karaoke night but get the mic 'cause he singing

(B to the A to the N to the G to the uh)
(B to the A to the N to the G to the hey)
See, anybody could be good to you
You need a bad girl to blow your mind

Bang bang into the room (I know you want it)
Bang bang all over you (I'll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute tell you (ah)
Bang bang there goes your heart (I know you want it)
Back, back seat of my car (I'll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute tell you (ah)

(Yeah, I said bang, bang
Bang, bang, bang, bang)

A new low. How many unimaginative clichés for penises, vaginas and sexual intercourse can you fit into one song and why do it in the first place? Where's World War III when you need it?

Click here to hear the song
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July 08 2014 | Sports - Belgium | 0 comments
Red Devils
photo: Richard Harris

So Belgium will not win the World Cup this year. The Red Devils are very talented and very young which means that not only can they play great football but they have the strength, vitality and endurance of youth. That said, youth has a downside, and that is lack of experience. In the run up to the quarter final game with Argentina the team members spoke about how they would not let the Messi legend draw their attention away from the work to be done and spook them. However, when team captain Vincent Kompany committed a double error at minute seven which led to a goal for Argentina, all that resolve seems to have evaporated. Argentina's subsequent cynical, efficient play - slowing down the game and tying up the ball without trying much to score more goals did the rest.
Not a pretty game.
But now, this World CUp has provided them with some very necessary experience and we have the 2016 Euro Cup and the 2018 World Cup to look forward to.
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June 28 2014 | | 0 comments
A Cat Picture
photo: Richard Harris
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June 28 2014 | Pitchforks - USA | 0 comments
Where Is The Outrage?
photo: Richard Harris

One would think that a financial planner would be required to act in one's best interest, even without a law requiring it but just from basic ethics. But no!


"David O’Brien, a certified financial planner, has tried to repair the retirement portfolios of several victims over the years. There was the high school science teacher who didn’t realize she had been sold a variable annuity, where layers of incomprehensible fees devoured nearly 2.5 percent of her retirement savings each year. Then there was the woman fighting cancer, who was also sold a high-cost annuity, but whose underlying investments were tied up in a money-market type fund — one that cost 1.5 percent annually.

In many cases, he explained, brokers made their sales pitches where these people worked, which put them at ease. “They send their local representatives to meet with you and they make it seem like this normal thing — you fill out the forms because you are retiring,” said Mr. O’Brien, who works in Midlothian, Va. “And then a few years later, you meet with me and you don’t even realize you were sold two variable annuities inside an I.R.A.”

Brokers are not necessarily required to act in their customers’ best interest, even if they are advising on their retirement money. While that would seem to be a basic consumer protection, in Washington and on Wall Street it has proved to be wildly contentious.


Amid fierce pushback from the financial services industry, the Labor Department, which oversees retirement plans, recently delayed releasing a revised proposal that would require a broader group of professionals to put their clients’ interest ahead of their own when dealing with their retirement accounts.
The department said it would release the proposed rule in January, according to its regulatory agenda, instead of this August. (Phyllis C. Borzi of the Labor Department, had signaled that it could miss the deadline.)

“They have really been stymied by the financial industry, which is spending millions of dollars to fight this rule,” said Karen Friedman, executive vice president and policy director at the Pension Rights Center, a nonprofit consumer group. “All the Labor Department is trying to do is modernize a rule that is out of date.”..."

Read the rest here.
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June 28 2014 | Brussels | 0 comments
Summer Storm
photo: Richard Harris

A view of the Fish Market during a summer thunderstorm yesterday.
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