"Take Care" Video: Drake, Rihanna, And The Mysterious Bull

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Posted on 04/07/2012 at 3:04 PM

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The Popdust Files: chris brown, drake, rihanna, take care

Until now, Drake’s videos have been straightforward performance clips featuring cameos from famous friends, bosses and label mates, or slightly tongue-in-cheek visuals flaunting the bodies of his female counterparts, all known to bring smiles—and probably something else—to a viewers everywhere. Despite these trends, we’d be stupid not to think two albums and his own lofty goals wouldn’t give way to something truly special by now. And when considering the fact that he’s teemed up with Rihanna, the professional history and seething storm of sexual tension is too powerful to ignore. Seriously, guys? Can you try it out one more time, just for us?

Directed by Yoann Lemoine, “Take Care” is the most minimalist and artistic Drake video to date, which seems contradictory to all those who remember his “Practice” video from a couple months back, consisting almost entirely of a lone booty making a slow clap. But what it trumps its predecessors in terms of performers (count ‘em: Drake, Rihanna, an intimidating bull, one flexible dancer, a fish and a blue jay) it pulls back in terms of storyline, opting for zero dialogue and the vaguest of plots, while two stars are given the chance to do some of their best emoting. (Maybe Battleship won’t be so bad after all!) And that’s a good thing. Vast arctic landscapes introduce us to the conflicted feelings between the two, with quick cuts taking us from the narrating Drizzy to a somber and lonely Rihanna, and stately animal in between, allowing for horoscope enthusiasts to enter their own takes on the importance of Taurus, the sign of the bull and the astrological symbol of none other than Chris Brown. We’re open to other interpretations, but when inserting the likes of Breezy—who seems incapable of not being brought up in Rihanna conversations—Drake’s making a pretty bold statement, assuring his collaborator, and perhaps all in Brown’s path, that he’ll always be there for epic hug sessions. Moody and beautiful, with extreme gossip column potential, it’s a huge departure from the early days of Aubrey Graham in “HYFR.” Everybody needs to be multi-faceted! Watch below.

Bowling Green, Ky., merchants fight battle against counterfeit money.

Daily News (Bowling Green, KY) July 13, 2005 Byline: Rachel Adams Jul. 13–A customer hands a store clerk a counterfeit $20 bill.

The clerk doesn’t notice it’s counterfeit, and places the bill in the cash register drawer. The next customer through the line receives that counterfeit $20 bill as change, and uses it to pay for something else at the store down the road. go to website bowling green ky

It’s a vicious cycle, one that many people don’t realize they’re perpetuating: passing counterfeit money.

“It comes in waves,” said Barry Pruitt, public information officer at the Bowling Green Police Department. “We may go for a long time and not see any, and then all of a sudden they pop up and we’ll get several bills in one afternoon.” From June 30 to July 9, three counterfeit bills — two $20 and one $5 — surfaced at Bowling Green businesses. Two went unnoticed until routine cash register drawer checks, while the third was passed by a man who said he didn’t know the bill was fake.

“We feel that some of the recently confiscated bills were ones that were put into circulation a few weeks ago when an arrest was made,” Pruitt said.

Most of the counterfeit money in the United States and Kentucky is computer-generated, said Jim Cobb, special agent in charge of the Louisville Secret Service District. When counterfeit money is compared to real money, it’s easy to tell the difference: computer-generated money does not show the same fine lines as real money, the images may be blurry and lack depth, and the paper isn’t the same.

“The main problem in this state and throughout the United States is computer-generated counterfeit currency,” Cobb said. “A lot is generated by teenagers and lots of it is tied to the drug trade. (Counterfeiters will) mix counterfeit with genuine currency in narcotics transfers.” Money is actually printed on cotton fibers, Pruitt said. A lot of the counterfeit money he sees in Bowling Green is printed on regular copy paper, so it’s easy to tell the difference.

“Typically, the bills that we get here locally are of very poor quality,” Pruitt said. “If merchants would just take that extra second or two, we could really curtail this. You look, you feel, it’s a whole process, but it only takes a second.” The Secret Service has a nationwide web that catches 99 percent of counterfeit money before it hits the streets, Cobb said. However, it’s still a good idea for merchants and customers to familiarize themselves with their money.

An easy way to do that, Pruitt said, is to count change like bank tellers do — lay each bill on top of another.

“Counterfeit money really stands out when you do something like that,” he said. “It should pop up immediately.” Another solution for merchants is to stop relying totally on the markers used to test bills, Pruitt said: They can give false readings. go to web site bowling green ky

Education is the best defense against counterfeiters, though, he said. Most counterfeiters will try to pass the bill with a stack of other bills, during a busy time period, when a clerk is distracted, or at a cash register with a younger or inexperienced clerk. It’s important employees know the difference between counterfeit and real money and are trained to respond when one is discovered.

Merchants should act wisely when encountering a counterfeit bill, Pruitt continued. If the person passing the bill is acting nervous, it may be safer to get a description of the suspect and a license plate number and call the police after the suspect has left. It’s also important to remember that not all people who pass a counterfeit bill realize that it’s fake.

“Some bills get into circulation and it may be somebody who has no idea,” Pruitt said. “There’s no standard (course of action) for that. You really have to use your best judgment.” Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News.

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