Their music isn’t really my style, but you know what is? Anything that sticks it to Vladimir Putin.
We’ve all probably heard the story by now about how Pussy Riot members were whipped by Russian Cossacks, taken into custody, and then released. It’s a tale as old as time when it comes to how Putin deals with constituents that disagree with him.
So, below is the premiere of the music video, including footage of the incident with the Cossacks, as well as footage from other parts of the Sochi Olympics.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens after the Olympic games are over in Russia and how Putin will behave. Right now, he’s on semi-not awful behavior because the world is watching him closely. One can only imagine how it will get worse before it gets better.
Image via Deviant Artist SerialKiller07.
Canadian industrial metal band Skinny Puppy learned that their music was being used as a torture device in Guantanamo Bay. So the next logical step was obviously to send the US government an invoice for using their music as, essentially, a weapon.
We’ve known for some time the interrogation methods (or torture methods) that authorities at Guantanamo Bay have employed against its inmates, especially when it comes to sleep deprivation. Metallica, which Guantanamo previously used, simply asked the government to cease using its music in this manner, but Skinny Puppy decided to go about it in an entirely different way.
“We heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people,” said founder Evin Key. “So we thought it would be a good idea to make an invoice to the U.S. government for musical services.”
This revelation of the use of their music has also inspired the band’s new record title, Weapons.
The US government has yet to respond to the invoice, but if I know anything about the USA, they’ll just shrug it off and pull the classic, “COME AT US, BRO.”
These are college students, so I think we all know the answer to this questions without even having to watch the video.
However, if you want to see how the students at George Mason University answered, then watch the video and prepare to shake your head…a lot.
Does anyone know what he’s saying? I’ve discovered a partial transcript breakdown from the National Post. Let’s see if it fits:
FORD: C**ksuckers. Fuckin’ Chief Blair [Toronto's police chief] and them all. Cha, man. They chase me around for five months, man. Bumbaclot man. I said, me and him, ya raasclat bumbaclot.
FORD: Leave me alone, man. They got five months man, and then trying to tell me ‘well, we’re counter-surveilling the guy.’ You know what I mean? He’s hiding here, I’m’a hide here. I’m’a—oh, we don’t—f*ck off.
FORD: You know how much money that costs, man? I said bro, just cut something, ‘no man, no money man.’ Cha. Ah, Bumbaclot, man. I said ‘you know what? You raasclat, bumbaclot. I swear to God, man, honestly man. Serious shit, man. Serious shit, bro.
Okay, so far so good. We know that he’s angry about something and angry enough to start speaking in a strange Jamaican dialect. Something that sounds like it cost a lot of money and how tough Rob Ford really is. Maybe we should just let Toronto police chief Blair and Rob Ford arm wrestly. Regardless, let’s see where this takes us:
CITIZEN: All we know is we got the best mayor in the world right here.
FORD: No, seriously, you know …
CITIZEN: “This guy deserves to be even better than Prime Minister Harper.
[At this point, the two talk over each other]
CITIZEN: Harper is the guy who is fucking up. I always tell them go become the Prime Minister of Canada.
FORD: No, no, no, no. I don’t bullsh*t, you know? I’m a straight up guy, you know?
Oh, good. Yes, good citizen, please continue to enable your mayor and his alcoholism. No, I’m sure that it will all work out in the end for the best.
FORD SPEAKING ALONE: Who goes into THC? Who’s going into Jamestown, Jane and Finch and then Malvern on the—them fucks—you know what I see, manbro? Shit like …
Since this mess, Rob Ford has issued a statement saying that he had enjoyed a few adult beverages with friends before this moment. And how can you hold Rob Ford responsible for anything when you know booze is his Kryptonite! Sheesh.
Protests in Kiev, Ukraine continue to rage on between anti-government protesters and police for the third day in a row. So far, it’s been reported that at least 30 protesters have been detained and 119 police officers have been injured in the violent clashes that now grip the capital city. Hundreds more have been injured, though that number is assumed to be higher, as most protesters see volunteer medical organizations for their injury instead of state-run hospitals out of fear of persecution.
The controversial new protest laws pushed through by government officials will make it increasingly more difficult for citizens to defy the government, lead by Ukraine’s pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Citizens so far have called for a push away from a Russian government and a push towards a more Western system of democracy and a trade system with the EU. According to CNN:
The new laws include provisions barring people from wearing helmets and masks to rallies, from setting up tents or sound equipment without prior police permission, and from traveling in convoys of more than five vehicles without authorization. . .
The latest clashes are an escalation of weeks of largely peaceful public protests prompted by Yanukovych’s decision in November to spurn a planned trade deal with the European Union and turn toward Russia instead.
Opposition leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform and former heavyweight boxer Vitali Klitschko asked protesters on Monday not to be violent towards the police officers, but was instead sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher.
The sentiment in the crowd is obviously one of anger as President Yanukovych continues to push for a closer relationship with Russia. As Tuesday nears its end in the Ukraine, thousands of protesters continue to express their dissent and the clashes continue, as the US and EU beg the president and opposition leaders to begin political talks. Reports have come in that protesters have overturned riot police buses and set them on fire, thrown Molotov cocktails, and pelted police with flares and gas bombs.
The new protest laws are set to go into effect beginning Wednesday. Considering that the opposition has protested every Sunday for the last two months, it is troublesome to imagine how President Yanukovych will make his next move.
Now This News steals a page from Jimmy Kimmel’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment and apply it to the residents of Capitol Hill.
It is going to be a little painful to watch these politicians attempt to be humorous about the criticism they receive on Twitter. That said, there is something incredibly delightful about watching Paul Ryan read the words that he’s “Satan incarnate.”