While Wikipedia can be a useful tool for lazy webmasters and bloggers who can’t be bothered to search for pictures for their site *whistling* it is making the kids dumb.
The publicly edited encyclopedia, that is often strewn with errors, is being blamed for falling test scores. I have to agree that it can be full of inaccuracies.
One day I logged on to Wikipedia and it said “50 Cent is a Mexican gaylord.” I thought to myself, “Wow, I didn’t know 50 Cent was Mexican.” Seriously, it did say that, proving you can log on at any given time and get the absolute wrong information.
Imagine little Timmy’s creative writing assignment starting off with the line “50 Cent is a Mexican gaylord.” That little boy would get an F-.
Once I logged on and it said Madonna can sing. I laughed ’til I cried. Ok, that last one didn’t happen as true as it is, but the 50 Cent one did.
Falling exam passes blamed on Wikipedia ‘littered with inaccuracies’
WIKIPEDIA and other online research sources were yesterday blamed for Scotland’s falling exam pass rates.
The Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC) said pupils are turning to websites and internet resources that contain inaccurate or deliberately misleading information before passing it off as their own work.
The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Is On Fire…
50 Cent and son Marquis
For several months rapper 50 Cent has been fighting to have his 10-year-old son Marquis and the boy’s mother, Shaniqua Tompkins, evicted from the home he owns in which they reside in Dix Hills, New York. Things became so acrimonious, it ended up in court.
It was reported that a member of the rapper’s entourage trashed the office of Shaniqua’s lawyer. Today, it was reported the house burned down. The child and his mother were present and taken to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
Many are speculating 50 Cent or someone in his entourage had something to do with the blaze, as the authorities have labeled the fire “highly suspicious.”
One thing is for sure, his son and the people that were present in the house at the time of the fire will be traumatized by this incident, as it was reported they had to flee the burning house from the second floor. Arson is a very serious crime punishable by years in prison.
They also lost some of their personal belongings in the fire. The house and its contents are most likely insured, but there are some things insurance just can’t replace, like a person’s peace of mind, especially that of a child.
50 Cent and Shaniqua
Having to flee your burning home from the second story, while your things go up in flames, is an experience they will never forget and someone ought to pay for that. Furthermore, what if someone had died in the blaze?
‘Suspicious’ fire guts 50 Cent-owned home in Dix Hills”
A raging fire that one fire official called “definitely suspicious” gutted a Dix Hills home owned by the Grammy-nominated rapper 50 Cent Friday morning, sending six people inside the house to the hospital.
An eyewitness told Newsday that among the injured, all of whom suffered smoke inhalation according to fire officials, were 50 Cent’s ex-girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins, and their 10-year-old son, Marquise.
“She was all right,” eyewitness Frank Hoyte, a Newsday employee, said, adding: “But she was angry.”
He said Tompkins was standing outside the home as it burned. Two young boys, one of them Marquise, two teenage girls and “an older woman” were also standing with Tompkins, Hoyte said.
“I walked around the back of the house and saw six people climbing out” of a second-story window onto a small eave, about 15 feet above the backyard, he said.
He then helped Tompkins, her 11-year-old son Marquise, another woman, and two other children and a teenager navigate their way to the ground, and he grabbed the children’s ankles as they dangled down from the roof.
“I helped break their fall,” Bose said. “One of the girls, I didn’t see what she had in her arms until later. She had a guinea pig in her arms,” Bose said.
“They were scared,” Bose said of the rescued people. “They thanked me.”
REPORT: Member of 50 Cent’s Entourage Trashes Lawyer’s Office
TMZ.com is reporting that 50 Cent and his ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins were in a heated argument earlier this week that spilled out onto New York City streets.
The gossip website is also reporting that following a day of depositions, a member of 50’s entourage trashed Tompkins lawyer’s office and a police report was filed.
This escalated into an argument on the streets outside of the lawyer’s office. Video of the incident can be seen here.
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Madonna’s infringing CD “Hard Candy” has been the recipient of terrible reviews. The album really is quite poor and has seen the phony pop star butchering other people’s copyrighted works.
Many critics are now accusing her of ripping off others music and following trends well after they happened, when she falsely claims to be an innovator. No, she is the imitator and always has been.
In going over some of the songs on her “Hard Candy” CD I also heard other people’s lyrics on her album, not just mine. For example:
In one song she rips off R. Kelly stealing his lyric “Silence can seem so loud” from his big hit “I Believe I Can Fly.”
In another song she ripped off Ciara’s 2007’s smash “Promise” for her 2008 “Spanish Lesson” that appears on Hard Candy by lifting the following lyrics:
Ciara 2007: You can be my teacher I’ll do homework. You can give me extra credit baby I’ll do more work.
Madonna 2008: If you do your homework. Maybe I will give you more work.
Then there’s the 50 Cent rip off where she steals his song “Candy Shop” calling her own version “Candy Shop as well, whilst ripping off his lyrics.
She continually steals other people’s music, regurgitates substandard versions of it, claiming it as her own. She really knows how to mess up a song.
This type of conduct is unacceptable. Artists are supposed to bring something new to the table. Not rip off preexisting pieces of music and imagery, repackaging them as your own.
That’s the ultimate fraud. You don’t get worse as an artist than that. It tells the world you are a fake and not the real deal. No one respects that.
It’s funny, one reviewer points out she “ripped off” her own music via the infringing song “She’s Not Me” from “Hard Candy” that knocks off her previous infringing song “Sorry” from Confessions On A Dance Floor.
However, these are both tracks I had formally accused Madonna of infringing from my Copyrighted Catalog. That’s my writing style and the songs had been in the Copyright Office registered to me, years before she criminally stole them in violation of U.S. and U.N. law.
When trendsetting turns into trend-chasing, it’s time to hang it up.
Most surprising, some of Candy’s catchier moments are barely disguised thefts from other, better songs. She’s Not Me shamelessly apes Sorry from her own Dancefloor; Spanish Lesson steals so baldly from Timberlake’s Senorita and Like I Love You that it’s a wonder Madonna didn’t just sample those songs instead.
But perhaps Confessions was her swan song, a last best guess that left her sifting through sounds, searching in vain for that next groundbreaking, guaranteed hit.
Madonna’s ‘Hard Candy’ definitely not better with age
Madonna is known as one of those artists who jumps on the latest trends in music, only to leave it lying in the dust when she goes back into the studio to work on her next album. On “Hard Candy” the only thing that is offered up is lots of dancing, relationships and sex.
CD Review: Madonna “Hard Candy”
But with “Hard Candy,” Madonna plays catch-up with mainstream pop charts. She essentially has remade Nelly Furtado’s “Loose” and half of Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” following fashion trends that are 2 years old. Is this where Madonna wants to be?
Never mind the off-putting come-ons such as “My sugar is raw, sticky and sweet” from the opener, “Candy Shop,” or the nausea-inducing cover art redolent of down-market porn: Those are the least of Madonna’s problems. She banks everything on the catchy but vacant single, “4 Minutes,” in which Timbaland recycles the marching band trope that drove Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl.” With Timbaland and Timberlake in the foreground, Madge certainly doesn’t own the song; she is a bit player on her own track.
On “Hard Candy,” when she slags Madonnalikes such as Britney Spears and Furtado (“She’s Not Me”), the argument falls flat because these days, Madonna’s trying to be them.
CD reviews: Madonna’s ‘Hard Candy’ is more bland than sweet
Simply, one cannot imagine a major artist — and no matter how one feels about Madame Ciccone, she’s a star of the highest magnitude — releasing such tepid material.
“Hard Candy” feels and sounds like a desperate attempt to remain relevant, with Madonna enlisting the likes of Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West for support.
That’s sort of like enlisting Picasso and Van Gogh to paint a house.
What’s most apparent is that Madonna, at 49, has become what she must fear most: Irrelevant, boring and disposable.
— Regis Behe
Madonna’s hard sell for new album
Hard Candy is expected to make No.1 in the US and Australia in its first week and has been reviewed favourably in a number of overseas publications, but already there has been considerable negative press in her own country, most of it suggesting that the raunch, not to mention the music, is beginning to look a little tired.
It’s baffling that Madonna, of all people, couldn’t bring the best out of Timbaland and Pharrell, and the fact that she couldn’t highlights the degree to which she was in over her head. It’s sadder than the balding guy who buys a sports car; it’s like a balding guy who goes to buy a sports car and drives off with a lemon because he doesn’t know anything about cars. Unless Madonna can figure out how to recalibrate her identity in a way that compliments her, she could be facing an early retirement.
More sour than sweet
Madonna sounds out of touch on Hard Candy, her 11th album
It’s no secret Madonna is unhappy with the way time is ticking ever onward. But the cover of her new CD, Hard Candy, tells the story in a way that words cannot. There’s Madge, almost 50, in faux-bondage gear, trying to make like it’s 1992.
Make her think she’s invulnerable to the aging process, that she can keep up with the kids? She certainly tries, here. But that’s the problem — you can hear her trying…
For Madonna to get on the bandwagon at this late stage feels like a calculated (and belated) attempt to get some street cred…
The problem is Madonna. She sounds out of touch, like she’s not sure what to do with herself. Her trademark frigid coo doesn’t fit with these bump ‘n’ grind rhythms, and her usually harmless pop hooks repeatedly fall flat.
Hard Candy quickly loses its flavor
Madonna seems to have made the unfortunate mistake of letting other pop stars serve as her bellwether — instead of Britney looking to Madge for inspiration, Madge seems to have taken a page out of Britney’s latest book, taking half-a**ed sleaze over the seductive sounds that made her an icon in the ‘80s.
Still, you have to give her and her pop juggernaut friends credit — recycling pop music trends has to help curb the effects of global warming, right?
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Madonna Dethroned As “Queen Of Pop” And Is Replaced By Mariah Carey
Madonna’s previous album “Confessions On A Dance Floor” that Reuters declared a flop, sold 350,000 in its first week of release. Her new infringing album, “Hard Candy” that I requested a public boycott of, suffered a worse fate, selling 280,000 copies in the first week. Reuters noted the “big sales decline” of 70,000 copies in the first week of release, between the two albums.
To put that in perspective for you, Britney’s “Blackout” sold 272,000 copies in the first week of sales and flopped…
In spite of having the most popular pop star in America, Justin Timberlake, on “Hard Candy” the CD came in with weak sales anyway.
Justin Timberlake’s current solo CD sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. When he did a duet with 50 Cent for the rapper’s current CD, he sold over 800,000 copies in the first week as well. Kanye West is also on “Hard Candy” and he sold over 800,000 copies in the first week of his current CD.
Yet, instead of “Hard Candy” debuting with 800,000 copies sold in the first week like Warner Bros. and Madonna hoped, they suffered a massive sales loss, way down from her previous CD.
“Hard Candy” second week sales are expected to suffer a further big drop, with predicted sales of 85-95K copies for the week.
Instead of “Hard Candy” maybe she should have name the CD “Hard Up.”
An industry expert told me that the CD actually sold 235,000 not 280,000 copies in the first week (ala the Jay-Z/Soundscan scandal). Not to worry, the truth will come out in international court.
Her checks to Roger Friedman over at Fox News must be bouncing, as he and many other writers and bloggers have declared Madonna is no longer the Queen of Pop, having been replaced by Mariah Carey this month, whose “E=MC2” album sold way more copies in the first week.
There’s a New Queen of Pop
Mariah Beats Madonna
The war is over and there’s a new queen of pop: Miss Mariah Carey. How do we know? Hitsdailydouble.com is reporting that estimated first week sales for Madonna’s Hard Candy album will range between 275,000-300,000.
Mariah’s “E=MC2” sold 475,000 in its first week and was Carey’s biggest debut ever.
In addition to that, Madonna’s numbers are a slide downwards from her last album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” which 350,000 copies its first week out and went on to sell 1.7 million copies in the U.S. That was three years ago.
Madonna set to top US chart despite sales slump
By Keith Caulfield LOS ANGELES (Billboard) – Madonna is on track to net her seventh No. 1 album on next week’s Billboard 200, despite a big drop in sales …
The Material Gal’s final studio recording for Warner Bros., Hard Candy, debuts at #1 on this week’s HITS Album Sales chart, with 282k.
Legend’s Rick Rubin-Produced Columbia Album Will Debut at #1
The veteran singer-songwriter proves he’s still got the waist movement, Cherry, with his latest Columbia Records release, Home After Dark, produced by label creative chief Rick Rubin, set to debut at #1 next week for Steve Barnett and company with a one-week total of 125-130k.
That number, which could go higher with Mother’s Day weekend sales, should be more than enough to beat out Madonna’s WB release, Hard Candy, which appears on tap for between 85-95k after one week on top.
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Told To Stop Screening For Weapons
February 22. 2008
Stories surfaced today regarding the Secret Service lowering security standards at an Obama rally in Dallas. He’s the last candidate they should try that with. A black man running for president and they lower security.
If that’s what the Secret Service is going to do, Obama may want to borrow 50 Cent’s bulletproof vest.
“Report: Security relaxed at Obama speech”
DALLAS, Feb. 21 (UPI) — The Secret Service told Dallas police to stop screening for weapons while people were still arriving at a campaign rally for Barack Obama, a report said.
Police stopped checking people for weapons at the front gates of Reunion Arena more than an hour before the Democratic presidential hopeful appeared on stage Wednesday, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported.
Police said the order to stop using metal detectors and checking purses and laptop bags constituted a security lapse, the newspaper reported… http://www.upi.com
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February 19. 2008
Paris crying after rapper 50 Cent told her to “get the f*** off the stage” while he performed at a party
According to several newspapers, convicted felon Paris Hilton has been banned from the Oscars. You must feel so privileged Paris.
It appears the Oscars want to distance themselves from Paris and her monster flop “The Hottie And The Nottie.” But, I thought the Oscars love giving awards to movies most people didn’t see (joking).
Personally, I think the Oscars are just prejudiced against bad acting. That kind of acting bigotry and intolerance shouldn’t exist in our world (LOL).
Paris Hilton upset at Oscars ban
Celebrity socialite Paris Hilton has reportedly been banned from the Oscars.
The hotel heiress – whose latest movie The Hottie and the Nottie grossed just $9000 at the US box office in its opening weekend – was devastated after being told she couldn’t attend the prestigious event on Sunday night (Monday NZ time).
A source said: “She cried hot, salty tears when she was banned from the Oscars. She’s desperate to be taken seriously as an actress and hoped she would be able to network with film executives.”
Paris – who infamously starred in home video sex-tape One Night in Paris – had even splashed out $2 million on a designer dress for the ceremony at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. http://www.stuff.co.nz
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