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August 9th, 2003

Death Penalty.

"John Howard said there should be a call for a national debate on reintroduction of the death penalty, but not to be debated by him, but in State politics.

The Prime Minister told Melbourne radio that while he did not personally support capital punishment for pragmatic reasons, there were a lot of people close to him who were in favour of it.

"I know lots of Australians who believe that a death penalty is appropriate and they are not barbaric, they're not insensitive, they're not vindictive, they're not vengeful, they're people who believe that if you take another's life deliberately then justice requires that your life be taken."

Mr Howard said that even if he were in favour of reintroducing the death penalty, he could not pass such a law. However, it could be "pursued at a state political level". (read: if people don't like this idea, they can't possibly blame me, because i couldn't bring it in or not. no. not at all. i would never do such a thing as publicly bully state governments, none of which support the Liberal Party, and who are a constant annoyance to me, into taking the flak for this.)

"If people want to raise it again it would be open, for example, to the Victorian opposition, if you have a different view on this matter, to promote it as an electoral issue.

"I'm not encouraging them to do so but I'm just making the point that there should be debate on it."

which is interesting, because australia didn't have a debate over joining the invasion into another country with george w and his lot. no, not even when seventy percent of the population were against it. funny how the word debate gets pushed around a lot, don't you think?

and are you wondering what the opposition leader simon crean said in response? "A spokesman for the Opposition Leader, Simon Crean, said he did not believe anyone was "proposing there is going to be extensive debate" about the death penalty, which was abolished nationally in 1985."

yes, such poorly worded replies, rather than accusing howard of using the amrozi verdict for his own right wing political agendas and neatly tearing him to shreds. this is why you'll never see the labor party into power, simon.

of course, there's no difference between the two parties, so right wing puppet one, or right wing puppet two, ultimately makes no difference, does it?
i discovered the mu-meson archives last night.

in the companion of c. and d. and r., i ended up in annandale and in a small loft with fifty chairs, a pair of couches, some cheesels, a video recorder, DVD player, a sixteen mil projector, and a screen at the front where the most fantastic array of trash culture and strangeness was played for my amusement. (and, judging from the audience, theirs too.) these things included:

-- the asian martial arts midget wang, who, dressed in a white suit with flares, took out some bad guys, made out with a full sized woman, and leapt from the twentieth floor of a hotel with an umbrella al' la marry poppins.

-- more midgets.

-- charles bukowski at his worse. (i was kinda hoping we'd get a recording of him on this french tv show, drunk and abusing everyone, rather than abusing his wife.)

-- an episode of divorce court from the 70's.

-- a giant tumor removal operation. (i swear to god, i thought the woman was fucking pregnant. the tumor, removed from her stomach, was the size of a healthy child. maybe two.)

-- the american navy film instructing you how to conduct a catheter operation. (i always wondered where all the homoerotic navy stuff came from... if this film is any indication, with it's beautiful males with their perfect hair inserting things with a smile from both patient and doctor, then i do not need to think about it now.)

-- cult horror and blaxapolitian film trailers, mostly having to do with confused zombies, or the tornado, the man 'with a dong/bigger than king kong'.

-- japanese transsexuals applying make-up as they rode a rollercoaster.

and much, much, much more.

it was great. it was ten bucks, and the atmosphere was fantastic. if you live in sydney, this is entirely a place worth finding and going too. they've some great stuff, including rare bill hicks footage that, when screened, is accompanied by the only short film he wrote.

the funny thing about the mu-meson archives, is that it is located in a loft next door to a terrace house that people who i work with live in. they've never been there. in fact, as i talked to them today, they said that they had no idea what was going on in there, but they'd always considered that something strange was going on inside. they weren't very specific on just what that strangeness was (or is), but still...

Dali's Destino.

"At long last, Destino, the legendary unfinished animated collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali--two visionaries that struck up a friendship when the flamboyant Spanish painter worked in Hollywood in the '40s--has been completed and premiered June 2, 2003 at the opening of this year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Most animation observers assumed Destino, mysteriously abandoned after eight months of storyboarding in 1946, was a lost cause. But the surrealist short, originally envisioned by Disney as a compilation film along the lines of The Three Caballeros, found new life when vice chairman Roy Disney initiated its completion last year, largely at Disney Studio France.

"It is a little different [project] for us," Disney says of Destino's cryptic artistic merits, which features such trademark Dali images as ravaging ants, eyeballs, melting clocks, the Venus sculpture coming to life as a beautiful woman and two gargoyle heads resembling the artist with turtles' bodies. "But I'm enormously proud that we've done this because it is about who we are as artists, how long our history is and how long we respect it."



"Destino was ultimately recut from eight to five minutes because some of it was incomprehensible," Bloodworth said. "Dali had always said, 'If you understand this, then I've failed.' There's some truth to this but we also wanted it to be watchable."