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my preciousssss

Fan art, by fans for fans. Release may3, 2009 on Dailymotion.

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piratesails
No, this is not about the requested appeal. This goes way beyond appeal.

It seems the judge, presiding the now already famous trial of four men maintaining The Pirate Bay, may have a certain bias. Being apparently an active member of the Swedish copyright lobby it takes not much effort to find a possible conflict in him presiding a case brought about by members of this same lobby.

By this rather blatant display of mixed and vested interests, it goes to show that, although a judge in a court of law is assumed un-biased, outside of the courtroom there is still a life which may well collide with what occurs in the cocoon of the courtroom.

In se this is not such a special point, were it not for the fact that this now will get exposed on a global scale. This is something that will normally not happen if that same judge, being a member of the golf club, decides in favour of a land claim to enable exending that clubs golf field. If that news reaches national newspapers somewhere in a regional section it may get already more than unusual attention.

If the Pirate Bay verdict however runs into a mistrial due to a conflict of interests, this may catch Sweden with it’s pants down, especially after the recent spat of regulations to discourage filesharing (in any form, even legal).

Update:
and here’s the BBC with the story. keeping it below radar will be hard now.

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tooth implants

It starts with some anesthetics. A few pricks to the front of your jawbone. Nothing serious. Then a few jabs in the canopy with the same syringe.

While the weapons of choice are being prepared, the upper part of your mouth goes numb as it should be.

Then there is a small incision and the drilling starts. Three times per hole, gradually increasing the size of the drill. Getting to hear you have excellent quality of jawbone gives you high hopes.
When all holes are drilled, the actual implant is inserted and then drilled into its hole. This only goes halfway, the rest of the way it is bolted in by hand with a small ratchet handle. A bit of back and forward movement ensures it going in smooth and up level to the jawbone.

Then each one is closed with a small abutment to seal it off from the festering pool of bacteria your mouth is. The result may look something like this:

implant with loose abutment

As you can see a small space can be noted between the abutment and the implant. Some more wrenching fixes this and the end result looks a bit like this:

implant with tight fitting abutment
In the run up to this all, I got to prepare with some antibiotics in order to prevent inflammatory reactions. Also a painkiller was prescribed, but due to my ulcers in the past, I got stuck with plain paracetamol.

When all things are fine, heading back home is a breeze. It is only when the sedative effects wear off that the pain hits home. every tooth in your mouth hurts like hell when the main dental nerves come back on line. A large quantity of ice, cold food and ice and more ice and paracetamol numbs down the pain to an acceptable level. Now seven hours later I only have a mild bruised feeling and an occasional prick. Let’s hope a good night sleep cures it all until the bill comes …

Anyhoo, the end result should look something like this (with the base, crown and cover in place):

implant finished

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