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  1. Each day I grow to hate Australian legal and political institutions that little bit more.: 1. Staff at hospital I work covered for a paedophile nurse in children's' ward. Government literally changed the laws so the people involved in the cover up could not be sacked! 2 Australian government has relented and will introduce an anti-corruption "integrity" commission to investigate political corruption. Sounds good EXCEPT the commission will operate in secret in most cases. So either it's smoke and mirrors to cover things up and at worst it could be used as a kangaroo court to hammer minor parties and independents. 3. State government is punishing a juvenile detention facility worker who revealed that several staff were engaged in rape and sexual assault of detainees. One day when the Chinese take over Australia, Australians won't notice a difference because our freedoms and rights will have been so eroded that we are now on par with People's Republic of China. EDIT I just wrote to 10 of our local Federal Parliament members about concerns with secret corruption commision. Wonder how many will even bother to get back to me.
  2. New Razor - Cycle of Contempt Ok but nothing to write home about. Followed by the flawed but still entertaining Sepultura - Roots
  3. Due to voter apathy and the way Congressional seats are allocated, those 25% can have an outsize impact. We're seeing the same in France and Italy. Eg new Italian right wing government only won 26% of the seats. In France in 2nd round of French presidential election, only 72% of voters voted which is lowest turnout since 1969. Indeed Macron's party only got elected due to collapse of vote in parliamentary elections - indeed in 1st round in 2022 only 47.5% of voters voted. Doesn't help so many intelligent people are bitter and disenfranchised with broken democratic systems. And a lot of the rest of the population is sheeples. I dread to think how few Australians would vote if it wasn't compulsory. Like capitalism, democracy needs actual serious competition and effective regulation to work yet both these things have shrunk over the years. All major political parties now have same ideology (thus reducing choice) and regulation has been sidelined to allow increased influence of lobby groups, political donors etc. Here in Australia political donations are open to corporate and overseas donors. Literally corruption and self interest are baked into the system.
  4. Will have to check it out. Usually a bit wary of reunions. Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer Bolt Thrower - In Battle There Is No Law Sodom - Obsessed By Cruelty
  5. Exciter - Violence and Force Razor - Armed and Dangerous
  6. Capitalism was heavily regulated in most western countries between 1930s and 1970s when deregulation and neoliberalism took over. FDR's New Deal was actually the culmination of a 130-odd year struggle to improve living conditions that started at the dawn of the industrial revolution. So it is possible. Only problem in west is globalist free market unregulated capitalist types now dominate the old working class parties. It's why right wing parties now appeal to many working class people even though these parties are also nominally unfriendly to living standards. So current choice is "neoliberal with some welfare to prevent dissent" or "neoliberal with some welfare to prevent dissent." There's no real grass roots movements to stop it either. Major change requires upheaval ala economic collapse or major war to destroy/damage existing power structures. Not talking GFC or Afghanistan/Iraq but more something like Great Depression or WWI and II.
  7. Reserve Bank of Australia assumes people will just draw down on their savings to service higher debt....literally they're banking on jacking up poverty whilst hoping companies don't price gouge too much (which is also contributing to inflation). https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2022/sep/22/workers-did-not-cause-australias-inflation-woes-but-they-will-be-the-ones-to-sacrifice
  8. Would have made sense before deregulation of debt in 1980-00s and introduction of things like credit cards and then pay day loans etc. Many westerners are now culturally accustomed to living mainly on debt. Anecdotally I've known people who would pay credit cards off with credit cards. Deregulation of debt is the single least thing mentioned in modern economic discourse. There is an acknowledgement there is a lot of debt, but not the reasons why or how much of this debt is bad. Indeed this is the same situation as what led to GFC - lots of shit debt that no one wanted to even contemplate as long as the profits were coming in. I don't know if negative equity (ie debt on property worth more than property) will have as big an impact as it did in GFC. There seems to be a lot of chatter about how the main thing is the ability to service debt ie make repayments. Literally it's become a pure cash flow thing. I think it's a bit optimistic and myopic but I do not walk in the ivory towers of the financial elites. Essentially it all comes down to the following: It’s a slow day in some little town…….. The sun is hot….the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich tourist from back west is driving thru town. He stops at the motel and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night. As soon as the man walks upstairs, the owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill at the feed store. The guy at the Farmer’s Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her services on credit. She, in a flash rushes to the motel and pays off her room bill with the motel owner. The motel proprietor now places the $100 back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, picks up the $100 bill, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money & leaves. NOW,… no one produced anything…and no one earned anything…however the whole town is out of debt and is looking to the future with much optimism. Like Communism it's ideal in theory. In practice not so. I would argue our capitalism worked when heavily regulated by government and before globalisation and computer networks proliferated and derailed every single assumption about it. People like my wife and so many of my friends want to live in them though even my wife admits the build quality is shit. Modern mainstream media and especially reality TV promotes these houses as extremely desirable. And the other mob who don't really care about quality are the property speculators who now form a large part of the market (in Australia due to dreadful tax and immigration laws designed to jack up speculative profits and ensure ongoing demand). They would buy literal cardboard boxes if they thought it net them a couple 100% return on investment. Locally I am horrified how much prime farmland is being turned into subdivisions full of cheap nasty cookies cutter houses.
  9. Nail hit on head. Humans are animals and as such only the vicious, corrupt, greedy and self serving get to the top regardless of culture.
  10. Thanks, I am not well versed on Master's history. It would have been interesting if they released that album in 1985 as originally planned. Today Master might have been bigger than Death!
  11. Very cool - very raw and visceral. Most of the references in interviews are to Master, not Deathstrike. Not sure if the interviewees were aware of the change especially remembering the only way to find out about this kind of stuff was writing letters to other likeminded metallers (which was also main way of getting fanzines like Slayer Mag!).
  12. Aura Noir - Black Thrash Act
  13. Noting it used to have a more left wing bent to early 1970s. Problem is both major political parties have had exactly the same core ideology since 1970s. It doesn't matter who is in government, the core policies remain untouched. System is so engrained that it's unstoppable even when it threatens long term stability or living standards. --- Mind you seems Britain is the same eg latest mini budget is exactly the type of bullshit you expect from Australian politicians.
  14. It just reinforces my statement that regulation in Australia is a confused mess designed to diffuse accountability, transparency and responsibility.
  15. Continuing with the Slayer Mag diaries: So got up to late 1980s and already the author, Metalion, is talking about oversaturation and clones. And most of these bands were putting out 3-5 track demos on cassettes, not full fledged LPs. The terminology starts getting more solid from both author and interviewees - death and grind now seem better defined and are no longer lumped in with thrash. Thrash increasingly becoming a dirty word - bands talking about not wanting to be like Metallica (we're talking AJFA era) or Testament. You can also tell there's a rift between hardcore and metal though the grind guys are clearly closing the gap. Oh and bands assumed as hardcore bands reveal very much their metal roots and influences eg Bill Steer of Carcass loving NWOBHM (something we know today). Fascinatingly enough some references to the biggest elitists of the day being crossover thrash fans...which I also remember Dan Liker talking about in an interview about Nuclear Assault many years ago. And finally, a fact that's overlooked these days but Master was really a pioneer and a major influence on a lot of bands. Though on the surface Master really didn't do anything until 1990, they actually recorded an album in 1985 which wasn't released at the time but was "leaked" to the underground and became quite a hit with the extreme metal crowd.
  16. Agressor - Neverending Destiny Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Bloodbath - Nightmares Made Flesh Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids Pig Destroyer - Book Burner
  17. This is Australia. The whole legal system is based around creating confusion to avoid responsibility, accountability and transparency. Remember our banking system was found to be corrupt and yet they barely got a slap on the wrist. Or when a large number of nursing homes were found to be abusing or neglecting patients, the only outcome was a call to give them more money. I had a complaint with Optus once because their Indian based call centre had openly ripped me off and blocked my service even though I was up to date with payments because they changed my service plan without telling me. They were trying to get me to pay a couple of hundred bucks to have my account unblocked. Even my Optus app said I was fully paid yet my service was blocked. As their complaints division was useless, I went to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. They rediverted me back to Optus (who assigned an Australian based worker to resolve my dispute which they did). (EDIT: I stayed with Optus because of a lack of choice. We had previously been with Telstra who were terrible and kept charging us hundreds of dollars for changes to plans they instigated or literally because the contract term lapsed and we didn't renew and which they every time withdrew after we called and complained). Turns out that Optus, Telstra and iiNet sit on the board of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. The TIO us funded by telecommunication industry (who pay a fee for any complaint made against the telco). https://www.tio.com.au/about-us/board So the regulatory authority is compromised from the start. It has no real independent ability to do its job. It certainly does not have an interest in improving the current system. I would argue its goal is reducing impact of complaints on telcos. This is the same for many industries who are self regulated: https://treasury.gov.au/publication/taskforce-on-industry-self-regulation-final-report/chapter-3-types-of-self-regulation-in-consumer-markets-in-australia Even when they're not self regulated, regulations are watered down drivel and regulators toothless tigers. It's all just smoke and mirrors to create the illusion of consumer protections. In reality Australian business is allowed to do pretty much as it pleases - as the banking, aged care and telecommunications industries prove.
  18. As one of their customers who got screwed over by this, I hope the CEO, CIO and tech guys involved do the honourable thing old school Japanese style.
  19. Autopsy - Severed Survival Entombed - Left Hand Path Fleshcrawl - Descend Into The Absurd Slayer - Divine Intervention
  20. I liked this one https://tyrannyoftradition.com/2016/06/25/new-sunn-o-album-is-silent/ A silent Sunn O))) album would be a massive improvement IMO.
  21. I didn't think it was that jarring especially as Surge mentioned it's common in tech metal these days.
  22. Decameron - My Shadow... Exodus - Bonded By Blood Gruesome - Twisted Prayers - never understood if these guys were really a Death tribute act or if they are meant to be a serious band! Obituary - Cause of Death
  23. I am not generally a fan of melodic black metal but this is quite good (and a lot better than Dissection or same period Opeth - early Opeth more black metal than death metal IMO)! :P). There's enough non-BM seques to keep me interested and the music is well written and production good (ie not over produced and fits well with classic 1990s melodic death metal production). EDIT: In fact it takes me way back to the late 1990s when I was discovering a lot of this stuff.
  24. It makes the music even more pointless and background as the music will be even more generic than now.
  25. Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys I Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys II
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