A glimpse into a modern siege: Julian Assange medical report

“for security reasons [Julian Assange] had had no direct family contact and would not discuss his family further with me fearing the identity of his partner and young children be exposed and used as leverage against him.  (Online threats have been made that Mr. Assange’s family should be sought out and killed to be used as leverage to get at Mr. Assange.)”

Read the report for yourself here.

“for several weeks [Assange] experienced being woken up in the middle of the night.  After waking up on three consecutive nights he became convinced he was being woken by a banging on the wall or window of his bedroom.  On one occasion, he awoke to the same sound and checked the time – 4:01 am in the morning. Embassy CCTV footage confirmed to Mr. Assange that the bang was external: ‘A group of about five Metropolitan Police officers stood outside the window of the room I was sleeping in. One of officers pointed at the window. Another officer then took an object from his pocket and threw it at the window.'”

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The Future with Drones Video Playlist

In no particular order:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl2Z9N4Q82g
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l0xavWi7kU
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvYaEAYaAJQ
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z78mgfKprdg
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3ernrkZ91E

Drones: they innovate photography and cinematography, but they also can be scary when you think about it.  Oh well, the world was already scary anyways.

New PAIN Single Black Knight Satellite is Reassuring

Time leaches almost every band’s unique sound more and more every release.  With lineup changes, pressure from record companies, and the pursuit of fame, many bands slowly crumble.  In a world regular humans are incapable of seeing, is a graveyard of bands metalheads used to like, before they sold out, or started to sound too much like pop music.  Any one who’s traced a band’s discography from early demos to their latest music video steps carefully here.  Learning that there is new music from your favorite artist can be bad news.  There’s always a good chance that the tracks are poorly mixed, or worse–the vocals are layered and modified into oblivion.  One’s darkest fear of all is that the new songs will sound closer to Kanye West than Metallica.

Peter Tagtgren has had a lot of success.  Most people know him as the frontman for Hypocrisy, or through his solo project, PAIN.  In the last year, he also released the album Skills in Pills with Till Lindemann of Rammstein, under the name Lindemann.  Peter’s work, whether alone or with others, has earned him an international cult following that mostly lives online.  When I heard the news, that there would be a new album and single, I wasn’t overly worried that the new stuff would be a nosedive in quality.  Peter is capable of making diverse sounding music, but he understands that going in a new artistic direction means a new project, with a new name.

Image result for Pain Dark Knight Sattelite  The new PAIN single, Black Knight Satellite, maintains the sound that fans recognise as PAIN.  This is a relief.  Black Knight Satellite will also be on the new album Coming Home.  I am inferring from this, that the other tracks will sound similar.  If the rest of Coming Home sounds like that, then we can all rest easy that PAIN hasn’t sold out.  That being said, I urge you all to go listen to the new single, protected by the foreknowledge that it won’t be an utter disappointment.

 

Top 10 PAIN Songs

 

  This September 9th, Peter Tagtgren will be releasing a new PAIN album, titled Coming Home.  Peter released a new single the other day too, called Black Knight Satellite.  Interestingly, his son Sebastian Tagtgren will be the studio drummer for the new album.  I didn’t even know he had a kid (Where did this homunculus of a son come from?!)  I wonder whether Peter Tagtgren will take his son on tour with him as well, although I doubt it…  Randomly appearing progeny aside, I thought it was fitting to celebrate the new album with the top ten PAIN songs according to moi.

The tracks below are listed in order from The Very Best to one-of-the-best, with the album in which they were first released in brackets.

  1. Just Think Again      (Psalms of Extinction)
  2. 12:42      (Rebirth)
  3. Close My Eyes      (Nothing Remains the Same)
  4. It’s Only Them      (Nothing Remains the Same)
  5. Nothing      (Dancing with the Dead)
  6. Don’t Count Me Out      (Dancing with the Dead)
  7. The Tables Have Turned      (Dancing with the Dead)
  8. Monster      (You Only Live Twice)
  9. I’m Going in      (Cynic Paradise)
  10. Computer God      (Psalms of Extinction)

Image result for Pain Dancing With the Dead ArtHonorable mentions go to the song Tear it up from the album Dancing With the Dead and Suicide Machine from the album Rebirth.

No Justice for the Disabled

I can’t not share this as this is an issue close to me, and many other people as well.  I just wish everyone would ask, when they see things like this; what if I found myself in their situation?  What if my dignity, as a human, was beaten out of me?

www.buzzfeed.com/benhattem/a-beating-at-bellevue