Sunday Link-Off: Panama

rihanna-vogue16-02bI’ve been uber busy IRL so I haven’t had a lot of time to do much writing lately so apologies up front about that. I spent yesterday doing some gaming so I’m hoping to have a Rise of the Tomb Raider review up this week or next. Reviews for The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode Two, StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops – Chapter One and RBI Baseball 16 should be following shortly. And it’s an F1 race weekend so you know we’ll have some coverage of that too.

But before we get to all that, we have to get through today. That means that we have to do the links. Let’s kick off with Rihanna. No, she’s not from Panama but I don’t think you’re too concerned about that.

In the wake of the Panama Papers on tax avoidance, British PM David Cameron is having to defend his now-challenged stance on being hard on tax evasion. (The Independent)

Cameron isn’t the only world leader who is tied to the Panama Papers. A trail of money worth up to $2 billion leads back to Vladimir Putin. (The Guardian)

You might be wondering what the big deal about the Panama Papers is. Well, so much is held in various tax havens worldwide what estimates peg Canadian tax revenue lost to tax havens at up to $7.8 billion per year. (Toronto Star)

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Wednesday Link-Off: Politics and Power

rihanna-esquireuk14-05Good news! We’re finally getting away from the Jian Ghomeshi story… Well, for the most part we’re getting away from it. Everyone’s going quiet and it might go away if that lawsuit gets dropped. Then we get to see what the law will do.

Anyway, it’s time for today’s edition of the links. To change things up, let’s kick things off with Rihanna.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is gearing up for an election. A wave of patriotism and concern over terrorism could cause him to call an early election in the hopes on politicking his way to another term in power. (Toronto Star)

Among the fallout from the Ghomeshi saga is that Q’s executive producer is leaving the program to find other opportunities in the organization. (CBC)

Good news web users! President Obama supports Net Neutrality. The GOP is already trying to spin it and I’m worried that telecom’s pockets are so deep that they could buy a veto overrule but this is a good start. (The Guardian)

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Worst of Music: Rihanna and Chris Brown – Birthday Cake (Remix)

For those of you hoping for my normal critique of what is wrong with today’s music industry will be disappointed today. Yes, I will be talking about the song but that’s not today’s focus. You see, this week’s Worst of Music song is a remix of Birthday Cake by Rihanna featuring Chris Brown. The history between those two is well documented but the problems with this song go well beyond the infamous incident of 2009. Continue reading

Worst of Music: Mashup-Germany’s Top Of The Pops 2011 Mashup

With all due respect to the folks at Mashup-Germany, their mashup of the top songs of 2011 is tailor-made for our weekly Worst of Music post. It’s not really of their doing, though. They did the best they could with the source material. And that source material included ten previous Worst of Music award winners. Hit the jump for the first of many year-end song mashups. Continue reading

Worst of Music: Rihanna – We Found Love

Getting named the sexiest woman in the world by any of the major publications that feel obligated to make such a claim is making yourself a target. Rihanna is no exception. Those lists are historically catastrophically wrong. Just because Rihanna wears little clothing and has made a habit out of crotch grabbing during her concerts doesn’t mean she’s sexy. It means she’s closer to slut than sexy. However, her antics and awards have helped propel her latest single up the charts. That doesn’t make her immune from winning this week’s Worst of Music award for We Found Love. Continue reading

Worst of Music: Rihanna – S&M (Live)

This week’s Worst of Music comes from the comments of last week’s WoM post. AbandonCulture nominated Rihanna’s S&M performance from the Billboard Music Awards last weekend for this week’s WoM. Now, I know we’ve already done S&M on the WoM before but this live performance is just a whole new barrel of laughs and AC brings up a good point in her nomination that made me rethink my initial assessment of this song. Continue reading

Worst of Music: Rihanna & Britney Spears – S&M

How do you get a couple extra bucks out of a previously released single? Release a remix. But how to do you make more than a couple extra bucks? Get a formerly popular singer who traded largely on sex appeal to record some lines for the song and re-release it. That’s exactly the plan of attack behind the recent surge in popularity of Rihanna’s S&M. Take the song and add Britney Spears to give you this week’s Worst of Music. Continue reading