mid afternoon when Joadja and I got back to the Brushtail Cafe after
the rally and march against the Iemma Governments crazy-mad
plan to duplicate the Iron Cove Bridge and squeeze extra lanes into
Victoria Road through Drummoyne.
Gavin Gatenby spoke at the rally, pointing out that the world reached
the maximum possible level of oil production in late 2006. Production
is already falling, he said, and petrol will probably hit $2 a litre
within twelve months, but this loony government have their hearts
set on a vast underground road system linking the Eastern Distributor
with the M4 and Port Botany, complete with subterranean interchange.
quite like this boondoggle would exist anywhere else in the world.
It would cost something like $7 to 10 billion, with the money coming
from Treasurer Michael Costas proposed sell-off of the states
power industry, Gatenby told the rally.
much dumber can this government possibly get? said Joadja, as
we tucked into a late lunch. People are flooding back onto public
transport, petrol sales are declining, traffic is static or falling,
and were staring fuel shortages and rationing in the face
but these loonies want to build more billion-dollar roads.
know Michael Costa has always struck me as a deeply artistic person,
said Aubrey the artist, whod wandered in from his studio at
the end of Werrong Lane.
the other one, I snorted.
Im serious. I see him as very much in the tradition of the Viennese
Actionism group and Rudolf Schwarzkogler in particular.
Yeah. The names vaguely familiar. Just remind us again,Joadja
in the 1960s and early 70s the Actionists were into happenings,
performances and body art their version of which
isnt to be confused with tattoos. Schwarzkoglers happenings
and manifestos never got a wide audience but he eventually achieved
recognition by lopping off various bits of his body and recording
the process photographically. The artistic cognoscenti hailed this
as a breakthrough real bleeding edge stuff.
by the critical acclaim, Schwarzkogler went further. In 1969, at the
age of 29, he lopped off his dick, centimetre by centimetre, with
a razor blade and the resulting pics were reverently exhibited. The
man was clearly a genius. Shortly afterwards he died by throwing himself
out of a window emulating the photographer Yves Kleins montage,
Leap into the Void, or so they say.
on, so what youre saying is that Schwarzkogler was into making
public art out of reducing his, um, private bits, while Costa is into
slicing off and making private whats now, um, whole, and in
Its like Schwarzkogler in reverse. And thats where the
real performance comes in by doing so hes enlarging his
already swollen dick. You see, what Ive heard is that Mick has
been, for some many years, into ritual penis enlargement hes
used implants, vacuum thingies, politics, swaggering arrogance, Mussolini
impersonations, Viagra, Horney Goat Weed
anything. Now hes
sort of run out of the usual things that work, so he needs a power
industry privatisation and a big new motorway project, followed by
a job with a merchant bank.
But can he pull it off! exclaimed Joadja, wiping the last of
the mayonnaise out of her bowl. And its also a tribute
to Clive James description of that other Austrian Schwarz
Arnie Schwarzenegger as a condom full of walnuts.
youre right! Its all falling into
place now. But Schwarkogler was just nuts, right?
the point. While they were hailing his genius, the critics failed
to notice that he was certifiably insane. Same like Costa. The editorialists
and the bourgeois commentariat keep going on about Micks machismo
but really, hes just a sad case, forever tripping over
As Zsa Zsa Gabor observed: Macho isnt mucho.
mention the oil
Howard and Rudd avoid the burning issue of our time
10 November 2007
Oil has bumped $US100 a barrel. Right. Thats $US40 more than
it was at the beginning of the year. Supplies of crude are getting
tighter and tighter and competition for them more intense. If the
situation from Pakistan to Palestine continues to deteriorate itll
quickly go to $120 a barrel. If Bush tries to bomb Iran back to the
Stone Age it could go anywhere.
Pretty soon, petrol will cost as much in Sydney as it did in the middle
of the Nullabor a couple of years ago, but you wont hear much
debate about that grim fact from Liberal or Labor.