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October 9th, 2003

California.

what an odd world: the news of arnold becoming governor has been frontline news in australia. everywhere i turn, it's arnold this, arnold that, which seems (to me, and maybe just to me) a bit odd, considering i live in sydney.

after mentioning this exciting news, i was then informed that yassar arafat might be recovering from a heart attack.

but, fuck it, that's not as important as what is going on in the state of california.

meanwhile, our own leader, that stunted, deaf dwarf john howard, is bringing back parliament early so that george w. can give a half hour speech. it's a motion that has seen some accuse the government of setting aside the Australian democratic process, but this is not front running news. nor is the fact that some politicians wish to stand and turn their back to old george, and that the opposition leader, simon crean--ensuring that he'll never be elected by saying so--has basically issued a command telling those in his party not too. but we wouldn't want to spend a long time discussing that, because arnold is now the governor of a state in a country none of us can vote in. i mean, check this out: i know more about californian politics than i do about victorian politics--and it's possible that one day i could go and live in melbourne and vote there, while it's a pretty big long shot that i'll be voting for arnold or in the usa.

at times, it strikes me as strange the affect that american politics has on me, living in the western suburbs of sydney. i've mentioned it before, but it still strikes me as odd--to say the least--that i don't want george w. bush back in power. and not that i just don't want him in the way that i would like john howard to disappear (which is with a resigned and knowing sigh, 'cause he isn't going anywhere until after the next election) but rather with a some emotion. which is pretty fucked up when you think about it. but here i am, thinking this, and thinking how the election of arnold to california is a bad, bad thing, because he is a republican, and i've read numerous articles about how arnold could be in a position to held bush back into power.

which, considering that bush casually endorsed arnold with a nod, and the claim that he'd be good for the state, seems to go along with that line of thinking.

and i'm still disappointed that more people didn't vote for mary carey, the porn star. according to mari, more people voted for gary coleman.


Deborah Biancotti.

deborah biancotti is an elegant writer (and person) who makes elegant websites. for much too long, she's been horribly misusing her ability and making websites for other people. but now she has her own.

for the people who have never heard of deb biancotti (and considering my latest stats are picking up a bunch of folks from the us military, finland, israel, and the always lovely iceland, there might be a few) she's considered one of the rising authors in australian speculative fiction, and has made an impressive list of publications and awards in the last three years. this is because she lures little boys and girls off the streets of sydney and into her dark, narrow terrace house with the tantalising offers of sweet candy. once inside, she boils them until their meat peels away, leaving bleached bones that she can then perform her pagan rituals with.

the result of this is an unique author's voice and vision within her work, and she remains, i think, one of the few people in local fiction worth watching.