Quincy Jones Disses Taylor Swift: We Need More ‘F*cking Songs, Not Hooks’

Taylor Swift has been selling out stadiums and winning Grammys for years, but at least one legendary composer and producer doesn’t get the hype.

In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with GQ published Tuesday, Quincy Jones slammed the reigning 28-year-old pop queen, laughing off a suggestion by the interviewer that Swift has been called one of the best songwriters of her generation.

“We need more song man. F*cking songs, not hooks,” the 84-year-old 27-time Grammy-winner told the magazine.

When asked what he thought was missing from Swift’s music, the producer behind such legendary albums as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Bad replied: “Knowing what you’re doing. You know what I mean?”

“Since I was a little kid, I’ve always heard the people that don’t wanna do the work,” he said. “It takes work, man. The only place you find success before work is the dictionary, and that’s alphabetical.”

Taylor Swift’s hit single “Style,” released in 2015, was written and produced by Swift, Max Martin, Shellback, and Ali Payami.

Still, Jones suggested that he would be open to working with Swift in the future, saying he would “figure something out” if he did.

“Man, the song is the sh*t—that’s what people don’t realize,” he added. “A great song can make the worst singer in the world a star. A bad song can’t be saved by the three best singers in the world. I learned that 50 years ago.”

Jones’s GQ interview is full of incredible stories from the musician’s childhood, including several harrowing scrapes with death, and includes humorous anecdotes about his six decades in the music business.

“The ’30s in Chicago, man. Whew. No joke,” Jones said of his childhood. “If you think today’s bad… As a young kid, after my mother was taken away, my brother and I, we saw dead bodies every day. Guys hanging off of telephone poles with ice picks in their necks, man. Tommy guns and stogies, stacks of wine and liquor, big piles of money in back rooms, that’s all I ever saw. Just wanted to be that.”

Jones also describes coming up in the music business alongside Ray Charles and Michael Jackson, and claims he used to buy drugs from a young Malcolm X.

“Every time we’d go to Detroit, at the Majestic hotel, standing in front, with his Italian sh*t on and amber glasses: Malcolm X. Detroit Red. That’s where we bought our dope,” Jones said. “It was before he went to prison.”

New Jersey Teacher Allegedly Asked Students for Nudes in Exchange for Better Grades

A New Jersey high school teacher allegedly offered to give students good grades if they sent him nude pictures of their genitalia.

Authorities arrested Jose Maria, 39, and charged him with one count of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of official misconduct for allegedly soliciting nude pictures from two male students, the Daily Journal reported.

One of the boys, identified as Ro. C. in court documents, told authorities that Maria, who taught Spanish at Passaic High School, would also buy him and another teen alcohol and Chinese food.

“Ro.C. said he found a picture on the internet of a black penis and sent it to Mr. Maria,” according to a probable cause affidavit. “Ro.C. said his mother confronted Mr. Maria who admitted it, said he would kill himself and asked her not to go to the police.”

The incidents reportedly took place between 2010 and 2012, when the teens attended the high school.

Keith Furlong, a spokesman for the Passaic School District, told NorthJersey.com the district immediately suspended Maria from his position, where he receives a $75,513 salary.

Furlong added that he is required to receive pay during his suspension.

Maria has been employed as a teacher since September 2005, according to Furlong.

Authorities released Maria on pretrial monitoring under the conditions that he report to officials for weekly check-ins, have no contact with his victim, and have no contact with children under 18 without supervision, according to a court official.

A court official said that the case is being referred to a grand jury.

Another New Jersey teacher had also been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with students over the past month.

In December 2017, a former New Jersey prep school teacher was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student.

Professor: White People Who Practice Yoga Contribute to ‘White Supremacy’ and ‘Yoga Industrial Complex’

A Michigan State University professor has claimed white people who practice yoga contribute to “white supremacy” and the “yoga industrial complex.”

Religious Studies Professor Shreena Gandhi claimed in a co-authored article that “yoga practice in the United States is intimately linked to some of the larger forces of white supremacy,” adding the practice is “tied up with colonialism.”

According to the New York Post, Gandhi “co-authored the piece titled ‘Yoga and the Roots of Cultural Appropriation,’ with Lillie Wolff, a self-described ‘anti-racist white Jewish organizer, facilitator, and healer,’ who has called for ‘decolonizing’ yoga.”

“Yoga contributes to our economic system, but never forget this system is one built upon exploitation and commodification of labor, often the labor of black people and people of the global south,” expressed Gandhi and Wolff in the article. “Yoga, like so many other colonized systems of practice and knowledge, did not appear in the American spiritual landscape by coincidence; rather, its popularity was a direct consequence of a larger system of cultural appropriation that capitalism engenders and reifies.”

“While the (mis)appropriation of yoga may not be a life-threatening racism, it is a part of systemic racism nonetheless,” the two continued, claiming “it’s useful to look at the roots of U.S. white dominant culture, the foundation of which is rooted in enslavement of West Africans and settler colonialism.”

Gandhi and Wolff also argued that within the “oppressive structures” of the United States, the “yoga industrial complex flourishes.”

This complex socio-political reality of the U.S. is key to understanding how the cultural void of white society is intimately mixed with white supremacy, capitalism, and globalization; and it is within these oppressive structures that cultural appropriation and the yoga industrial complex flourishes. People are grasping for something to belong and connect to outside of the empty and shallow societal anchors of materialism and consumerism, which do not nourish or empower people in any sort of meaningful or sustainable way. People are searching for these things without even understanding why there is a void in the first place. Few white people make the connection between their attraction to yoga and the cultural loss their ancestors and relatives experienced when they bought into white dominant culture in order to access resources. Many Europeans did not fully grasp what they were giving up and what they were investing in, yet many did, and most who arrived on these shores chose to stay here rather than return to their home country. Few white people make the connection between their love of yoga and their desire and ability to access traditions from historically oppressed communities of color.

The article went on to argue that the “modern day trend of cultural appropriation of yoga is a continuation of white supremacy and colonialism, maintaining the pattern of white people consuming the stuff of culture that is convenient and portable, while ignoring the well-being and liberation of Indian people,” and concluded, “We must ask, in what ways are we complicit in a system that harms People of Color, queer and trans people, poor people, people with disabilities, and immigrants?”

Heckler & Koch USP Compact: A 9mm Workhorse

The Heckler & Koch USP Compact in 9mm is a workhorse that refuses to jam, break, or in any way malfunction.

To be sure, the USP Compact is quite chunky when compared to more recently introduced compact 9mm handguns, as the UPC Compact was introduced in the mid-1990s. But there is simply not a substitute for dependability under almost any condition imaginable.

I have owned a USP Compact in 9mm since 1998. The gun has been buried in mud and snow, thrown in water, dropped from high elevations and fired thousands of times. I cannot remember one malfunction.

The USP Compact has a hammer that can either be pulled back via the trigger in double action or can be cocked with the thumb for a shorter trigger pull that remains short throughout the rest of the magazine. The gun is accurate and feels good in the hand. It came with ten-round magazines in 1998, as there was a “high-capacity” magazine ban in place, but 13-round magazines can be readily acquired.

The USP Compact’s magazine release is ambidextrous.

The USP Compact is the kind of gun you buy to use for concealed carry, for target shooting, and for the campsite. It will fire every time it is called upon, and with today’s ammunition technology, 9mm loads come in numerous self-defense options. The USP Compact comes in .40 caliber or .45 auto as well, for those who prefer to shoot something other than a 9mm.

The USP Compact in 9mm weighs 1.6 pounds when unloaded (remember, I said it was chunky). However, this weight helps manage recoil and makes second shot acquisition quite simple.

A brand new USP Compact will cost around $750-$800. A used one can be found for around $550-600 dollars.

 

DELINGPOLE: Great Barrier Reef Still Not Dying, Whatever Washington Post Says…

‘The Great Barrier Reef is dying’ claims the Washington Post.

This is classic fake news.

Like the thriving polar bear, like the recovering ice caps, like the doing-just-fine Pacific islands, the Great Barrier Reef has become a totem for the liberal-left not because it’s in any kind of danger but because it’s big and famous and photogenic and lots and lots of people would be really sad if it disappeared.

But it’s not going to disappear. That’s just a #fakefakenews lie designed to promote the climate alarmist agenda.

The annoying thing is, though, whenever I write another piece like this one – Shock Study: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Doing Just Fine – I get besieged by greenies on Twitter telling me what an evil denier I am.

Meet, for example, my nemesis Tripp Funderburk.

Yes, if he didn’t exist you’d have to invent him. Tripp Funderburk describes himself as “a Duke football fan. Lover of coral reefs. Advocate for climate change solutions.”

There’s a big clue to where he’s coming from ideologically in that last sentence. Even so, it would be a mistake to dismiss him as just a random eco-loon with a funny name. As Tripp Funderburk thinks, so does pretty much everyone else in the entire greenie-left-liberal universe.

“Is the Great Barrier Reef dying due to climate change caused by man’s selfishness and greed?

I’ll lay money that if you asked this question to your kids’ biology teacher or to Bill Nye the Junk Science Guy or to that nice Richard Osman off Pointless or to Matt Damon or anyone else who would have voted for Hillary Clinton or to any Labour (and a good many Conservative) politicians or anyone who works for the ABC in Australia, the BBC, the Guardian, MSNBC, CNN and the New York Times or comedy Senator Al Franken or  Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem science at Oxford University or pretty much any other science prof from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard or Yale or any marine biologist or a lawyer from a big City law firm or anyone who voted Remain in the EU Referendum, you’d get the same answer: “Yes.”

How do they know?

Have they been out there personally – as I have – to check?

No, of course not.

The reason all these people believe the Great Barrier Reef is dying is because they all get their fake news from the same green-left-liberal echo chamber.

If you want to get the real facts, you have to seek them out at places like Jo Nova.

In a nutshell: a governmment funded group finds some bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef, and repackages the stats to come up with the apocalyptic statistic that only 7% of the reef is not bleached!  The SMH reported that “93% of the corals” are damaged. The reef is 2,000 kilometers long. Did anyone really think about these headlines?

Then in a development that “no one” could see coming, local tourism is damaged, potentially costing a lot of jobs.

“And the loss of these tourists could cost our tourism industry a whopping $1 billion a year, a report out today by The Australia Institute warned.”

Or listen to honest experts like Professor Peter Ridd, a marine geophysicist from Australia’s James Cook University, who last year tried to blow the whistle on Great Barrier Reef fake news.

Instead of being applauded for his integrity, he was censured in a kangaroo court orchestrated by his alarmist colleagues, and found guilty of “failing to act in a collegial way and in the academic spirit of the institution”.

As Ridd told The Bolt Report:

“We have got to the point where a large fraction of the science we see cannot be relied upon.”

I wonder if this applies to the dozens of names attached to the latest Nature study entitled Global Warming And The Recurrent Mass Bleaching of Corals?

They’ve got earn a living somehow. And it always helps when your study summary concludes with the all-important line:

“Consequently, immediate global action to curb future warming is essential to secure a future for coral reefs.”

Yes, of course. However could anyone dare think otherwise?

WaPo Staffer Charged with Impersonating ICE Agent

Maryland police arrested a man reported to be a Washington Post IT employee on charges of impersonating an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent.

The IT engineer for The Washington Post, Itai Ozderman, is reported to be in possession of an ICE badge, a Baltimore County police badge, a working police radio, body armor, tactical vests, and a variety of handguns, rifles, and shotguns according to WJLA ABC7 who first reported the story. Officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Baltimore County Police Department confirmed to the Washington, D.C. outlet that Ozderman has never worked in law enforcement.

The WJLA report states that court records confirmed Ozderman’s employment with the Washington Post. The newspaper published an Associated Press article about Ozderman’s arrest but made no mention in this article of his affiliation with the company. Another article published by the newspaper did mention the IT engineer’s employment status.

Court records obtained by ABC7 revealed that the 35-year-old IT engineer impersonated an ICE officer in the Falls Church, Virginia, area on multiple occasions. Witnesses reported seeing the man wearing a bulletproof vest with an ICE patch attached.

The Washington news outlet contacted the Washington Post to confirm the status of Ozderman’s employment. “All we have to share is that we are aware of the story and looking into it,” The Washington Post Director of Communications Shani George, responded in an email.

One of the alleged ICE agent impersonator’s neighbors told the ABC affiliate Ozderman would brag about being a “reserve officer.”

Police officials in Baltimore County stated they did not know how the man came into possession of police equipment found during a search of his home. That search revealed seven handguns, two M4 style rifles, a shotgun, body armor, tactical vests, magazines for all, ammunition, a silver Baltimore County police badge, and a working police radio. He also had police insignia in his home.

The ABC report states Ozderman was born in Israel. His citizenship and immigration statuses have not been released.

Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas show that police arrested Ozderman on February 22 and charged him with impersonation of a law enforcement officer and possession of a handgun in a vehicle. Jail officials released the man after his family posted bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on April 13.

Danish Media Accuses Russia of Trying to Incite Rioting in Swedish Suburb

Danish radio station Radio24syv claims to have received a tip from an individual in Rinkeby that Russian journalists attempted to pay residents in Rinkeby to “make trouble”.

According to a source, which the radio station has chosen to keep anonymous, a Russian television crew showed up to the Stockholm suburb, which is heavily populated by migrants, and offered 400 Swedish Crowns (£36) to young men willing to perform “actions” for the camera.

“They came to us and told us they wanted to see some action. They would bribe us with 400 Swedish crowns each,” said the radio station’s source which they have chosen to name ‘Mohammed’. The broadcaster claims that the identity of Mohammed has been verified. He and his friend were allegedly approached by the journalists who introduced themselves as being from a Russian broadcaster, though Mohammed failed to identify which one.

Mohammed said the journalists spoke to them and then spoke to each other in Russian and he did not know what they were talking about. He continued, “While we were talking with them, the police came over to us. We would not do any of that. But when the police came, the Russian journalists said that it was us who had said that we would show them some action for 400 kronor each.”

The Swedish police have refused to comment on the matter when asked by the radio station.

The migrant-heavy suburb of Rinkeby, often referred to as a No Go Zone, was in the news when riots broke out less than 48 hours after U.S. President Donald J. Trump brought world attention to the problems of mass migration in Sweden.

During the riots, a photographer from Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter was attacked and robbed of his camera by a gang of youths. He asked for police help to get to an ambulance but police told him he would have to get there on his own because the situation was too dangerous.

After the riots, immigrant residents of the area were interviewed by Swedish media. Some of them not only condemned the violence but said the perpetrators and their families should be deported back to the country they came from.

An American journalist even attempted to go to the area to see for himself what the suburb was like, the same one in which an Australian TV crew were attacked last year, and claims he was told by police that he had to leave for his own safety.

Silicon Valley Techies Complain About ‘Scraping By’ on Six-Figure Salaries

Several Silicon Valley employees, including a software engineer for Twitter who made a $160,000 salary, were mocked onlineafter complaining about their living standards in an article forThe Guardian.

In the article, entitled “Scraping by on six figures? Tech workers feel poor in Silicon Valley’s wealth bubble,” the employee complained that his six-figure salary was “pretty bad” for the area.

“I didn’t become a software engineer to be trying to make ends meet,” proclaimed the employee. “Families are priced out of the market.”

“The biggest cost is his $3,000 rent – which he said was ‘ultra cheap’ for the area – for a two-bedroom house in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife and two kids,” reported The Guardian sympathetically. “He’d like a slightly bigger property, but finds himself competing with groups of twentysomethings happy to share accommodation while paying up to $2,000 for a single room.”

“The prohibitive costs have displaced teachers, city workers, firefighters and other members of the middle class, not to mention low-income residents,” they continued. “Now techies, many of whom are among the highest 1% of earners, are complaining that they, too, are being priced out.”

The Guardian also covered other Silicon Valley employees in the piece who were earning “between $100,000 and $700,000 a year” but still allegedly had trouble “making ends meet.”

“One Apple employee was recently living in a Santa Cruz garage, using a compost bucket as a toilet. Another tech worker, enrolled in a coding bootcamp, described how he lived with 12 other engineers in a two-bedroom apartment rented via Airbnb,” The Guardianreported.

“It was $1,100 for a fucking bunk bed and five people in the same room. One guy was living in a closet, paying $1,400 for a ‘private room,’” one man complained, while a female employee added, “We make over $1m between us, but we can’t afford a house… This is part of where the American dream is not working out here.”

Several San Francisco residents mocked the employees for their complaints.

“Pity the poor tech worker who makes $700k a year, has an ‘unpalatable’ 20-mile commute and spends $12 a day on juice,” added Molly Reilly, a reporter for the Huffington Post.

BBC: Are Chopsticks Racist?

“Are food bloggers fuelling racist stereotypes”, asks the BBC in a headline on its news website, the article highlighting concern about “microaggressions” in food media.

“Food media is predominantly generated by white people for white people, so when the subject veers toward anything outside of the Western canon, it’s not uncommon to see things generalised, exotified, or misrepresented,” Filipino-American food and travel photographer Celeste Noche told BBC Trending.

“I think microaggressions in social media are reflective of food media as a whole in that appropriation,” Ms. Noche said, citing photographs of Asian dishes placed on bamboo mats or framed with chopsticks and banana leaves as examples.

The Filipino-American singled out Andrew Zimmern as an offender on this front, accusing the food blogger of feeding into stereotypes by styling his recipe for Filipino short ribs with chopsticks “even though Filipinos traditionally eat with spoons and forks or their hands.

“We need to break away from the idea that white and western is the base standard for media portrayals – whether in food, film, literature, etc – and start trusting and hiring people of colour to represent themselves,” Ms. Noche added.

The public broadcaster’s unit tasked with tracking stories which are ‘going viral’ on social media, BBC Trending, discussed racism in food blogging with Ms; Noche after she appeared on a podcast which garnered a total of 4 ‘likes’.

It is unclear where on the internet ‘The Racist Sandwich’ podcast, on which Ms. Noche shared her thoughts on the “exotified” depiction of ethnic dishes, was ‘trending’ as it has few followers on Twitter.

Breitbart London revealed last year that despite the BBC’s claim that “impartiality lies at the heart of public service”, the content put out by its Trending platform is overtly slanted to the liberal-left.

The investigation found a large proportion of material on the BBC unit’s YouTube page rallied for liberal causes like feminism, LGBT, transgender issues, and mass migration to the West.

Globalist Media Launches Project to ‘Show Human Side’ of Mass Migration

Four globalist newspapers have teamed up to work on an 18 month project they hope will “show the human side” of mass migration to Europe.

Each of the four European newspapers, one each from France, Germany, the UK and Spain, will follow a group of migrants in their respective countries seeking to answer questions including: “Will Europe change them or will they change Europe?” Le Mondehas reported.

Topics to be explored reportedly include how newcomers feel about a “rising tide of resentment that they encounter in this populist age”, and which countries in Europe are “best at helping refugees settle”.

During the project, entitled ‘The New Arrivals’, The Guardian says that papers will “work closely” together to report on “how Europe looks through immigrant eyes”.

Both Le Monde and The Guardian say the 18 month project will look at the question of “whether European society is changing the new arrivals – and vice versa”.

El País journalists will be looking at the daily lives of a football team of Africans who illegally entered Spain individually via methods including arriving by boat and scaling the nation’s border wall.

Le Monde has chosen to follow a family of nine from South Sudan who are due to be moved to a village of just 850 people in Corrèze, France, after having lived in Israel for several years.

In Germany, Der Spiegel will chronicle the lives of a large Syrian family who relocated from Damascus to Lüneburg, while The Guardian will follow a farmer from Afghanistan and his nine-year-old son who are living in Luton.

“We will produce a series of films about our subjects in an attempt to find out what is the best way to handle refugees, what these uprooted people value in their new homes, and whether their new neighbourhoods welcome or reject them,” writes The Guardian.

Managing editor at El País, David Alandete, said that with the project his newspaper: “Aim[s] to tell [migrants’] stories: their pain, fears, wishes and projects. By following a soccer team in Spain we hope to reveal what the human side of the crisis is.”

Decrying “stereotypes and prejudices” as Bundestag elections are due to take place in Germany later this year, editor Eva Thöne added that Spiegel Online “hope[s] to find a way to combine moving stories and portraits with a differentiated view on immigration”.

Funding the project is the European Journalism Centre, whose partners include several projects funded by Hungarian billionaire George Soros including the Open Society Foundations and Open Society Georgia Foundation, via a grant by the globalist Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In January, José Manuel Sanz Mingote, director of the world’s largest Spanish-language news agency EFE, said that media corporations need to collaborate in order to “combat populism”.