Sunday, January 01, 2017

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Living An Uncertain Future

Erasure-Hallowed Ground 1988



Everybody's intent on killing someone
The streets are closed and there's a kid on the run
The bullets scream out from gun to gun
Everybody's intent on being someone

The cold and darkness of a criminal dawn
Wrapped in blankets gotta keep ourselves warm
A child in the arms of a teenage mum
Who will be there, who will be the next victim
Of the criminal dawn?

Old friends meet on the edge of town
Sharing conversation, hoping things will soon get better
While the children meet, got the world at their feet
Not knowing what's around the corner
Are we living for an uncertain future?

Down on the corner sits a broken man
Lives by the bottle, swears "never again"
Lost his money on the dogs and gin
Now he looks for his supper in a garbage can

The kids hang around by the old schoolground
Right by the river where the body was found
Throwing stones on hallowed ground
Who will be there, who will be the next victim
Of the criminal dawn?

Old friends meet on the edge of town
Sharing conversation, hoping things will soon get better
While the children meet, got the world at their feet
Not knowing what's around the corner
Are we living for an uncertain future?

Can you hear them calling

In the cold and darkness of a criminal dawn
Wrapped in blankets gotta keep ourselves warm
A child in the arms of a teenage mum
Who will be there, who will be the last victim
Of the criminal dawn?

Old friends meet on the edge of town
Sharing conversation, hoping things will soon get better
While the children meet, got the world at their feet
Not knowing what's around the corner
Are we living for an uncertain future?

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Monday, December 26, 2016

George Michael 1963-2016

2016 has been a terrible year through and through. Apart from the political and intellectual disintegration and collapse of civilization, many artists have passed. George Michael has joined the list of the dearly departed along with David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen. This is "Hard Day", one of George Michael's best yet overlooked songs.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Final Reflection On My Adventures To The Canadian Maritimes

  
Der Kosmonaut in full gear at Antigonish, Nova Scotia August 2016


 
 By Der Kosmonaut
  It's been more than a month and half since I ended my adventure in the Canadian Maritimes. It's not been an easy return to "civilization". The world has changed since I embarked on the adventure. In the space of 5 months the UK exited the EU and Donald Trump won the presidency. While I watched these developments from the Nova Scotian bush, I couldn't quite grasp the extent of the profound political and social changes. Western civilization has collapsed during my absence.
 40 Days In The Wilderness
  What made my adventure unlike any other was spending 40 days in the wilderness living out of my tent. I had never done that before. In my 44 years of existence, the most that I ever spent in nature was 4 weeks. In my adolescent years I went on a few sleep away camps in the countryside north of New York and on Martha's Vineyard. However, those trips were barely outside of civilization. We had cooked meals, hot showers, electricity, etc. In 1994 I had my first American adventure in the Southwest but that was barely two weeks. I spent nearly 3 weeks at the European Rainbow Gathering on my first ever visit to Serbia. What made this different from the Rainbow Gathering was my near absolute isolation. The Euro Rainbow comprised of no less than 3,000 people gathering together. By contrast, I spent 40 days in the wilderness alone with no money and very little food. My contact with others was limited to going to the nearest town for my morning coffee and the public library to connect to the internet. In essence I had no practical experience traveling in the wilderness alone. Apart from all of my life possessions, I only had a map of Nova Scotia. I didn't even have a compass. 
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Summary of the Keynote Address "Trump, Globalization and Infringement" To The Montreal World Infringement Congress 19 November 2016

The following is a summary of the Keynote Address "Trump, Globalization and Infringement" that I gave at the Montreal World Infringement Congress before an international audience of dramatists and theater artists from Canada, USA, Australia, UK, Sweden, the Czech Republic and other countries. I hope that a video recording of my address will be available soon.
By Der Kosmonaut

  I wasn’t surprised about the election of Donald Trump. His election is the culmination of patterns and trends over the past 20 years. The process goes back to the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. Trump represents a clear and present danger to all artists, especially critical artists.
 Capitalism is globalization. Globalization isn’t a new development. It began with the rise of capitalism. Globalization can be traced to the 1400s with Portugal in Africa. When Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean in 1492, the process of Globalization commenced. The trans-Atlantic slave trade and European colonization of the Americas, Africa and Asia over the next 300 years was the first phase of capitalist globalization. The nature of capitalism, with its never ending search for markets, is the generator of globalization. World war is the ultimate expression of globalization. In the early 20th century the major capitalist countries had their markets and economic spheres of influence. There were no new markets to be had. World War One was the capitalist need to  take over the markets of competitive countries and corporations. World War 2 was the result of Germany and Japan seeking new markets at the expense of their neighbours. Today the world is in a similar situation and there is a real threat of Global War erupting any day.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Der Kosmonaut On Forget The Box Video Podcast 20 November 2015



Panelists Cat McCarthy and Der Kosmonaut discuss political art following the Trump victory and the legacy of the late, great Leonard Cohen with host Jason C. McLean.

News Roundup Topics: Pence at Hamilton, Montreal Police spying on journalists, historic building burned, Sarkozy losing power and the International Infringement Conference.

Panelists:

Cat McCarthy: Burlesque performer, artist and FTB contributor

Der Kosmonaut: Spoken word artist, author and blogger

Host: Jason C. McLean

Producers: Hannah Besseau (audio), Enzo Sabbagha (video)

Reports by Hannah Besseau

Recorded Sunday, November 20, 2016 in Montrea

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Police Brutality Bingo


By Eluned Jones
Police Brutality Bingo

It's a game that anyone can play
It's on at least three times a day
From Florida to Toronto
It's Police Brutality Bingo
It's in both official tongues
Montreal cops got guns
Just tune into the news
Any channel will do
Twitter and your Facebook page
And if black people don't wanna engage
You can comment without an intro
Police Brutality Bingo
So let's review the lingo
Police Brutality Bingo
There's so many ways you can win
As long as you have white skin
If you're ready we can begin
Just fill the reasons in
B1, he must have run
I2, what did she do
N3, shouldn't sell CDs
G4, the officer said he reached through the door
O5, it's their fault they're not alive
Bingo, they're not alive
He had something that looked like a knife
Shouldn't have carried the gun down the aisles
Shouldn't have played with the bb outside
Well he didn't look like a child
You can play the columns or rows
Police Brutality Bingo
Well he had a wide set nose
Shouldn't have worn those clothes
Shouldn't have worn that hoodie
Should have shown her ID
Should have kept her hands in sight
Shouldn't have asked for her rights
Was probably suicide
Shouldn't have been in that cell
The body cameras will tell
Oops seems that they were erased
Sorry the footage misplaced
Shouldn't have reached for your phone
Whatever you did you should have known
Must have done something the tape cut out
Benefit of the doubt
Even if the police were in the wrong
Only idiots don't play along
Should have shown respect
What do you expect
And on and on it goes
Police Brutality Bingo
We can go for the whole card
The police job is so hard
Shouldn't have stolen cigars
Shouldn't have been in that car
He's been pulled over many times
Shouldn't have committed those crimes
I always do what I'm told when I'm stopped
Hashtag all lives matter
Hashtag not all cops
Should have fixed his tail lights
Shouldn't speed when you drive
If their parents had raised them right
It's their fault they're not alive
It's their fault they're not alive
Then misuse a Martin Luther King quote
Police Brutality Bingo
From the bottom of the card to the top
How dare you demand no cops
Just wait till you need to call
The number of violent cops is so small
It's not the United States
We don't have the same problem with race
Shouldn't be ruining my commute
Can't support them with that attitude
White people just want to have a conversation
Seems like they just want segregation
Seems like they're the real racists
Why can't they just quietly sit
It's not the place or time
Why don't you address black crime
Well you call each other nigger
Rap music is the trigger
You shoot each other in Chicago
Police Brutality Bingo
White people you can teach your kids
It must be something that they did
There's always something you can prove
Did they reach or did they move
Were their hands up, did they freeze
Were they on their back or knees
Well then they're threatening you know
It's Police Brutality Bingo
You can get both diagonals
Shouldn't be acting like animals
They're just trying to sue for damages
His body was strong like a savage is
In the middle it's a free square
Their criminal record goes there
It's always good for a smear
You can always rely on white fear
You can always call in a threat
Think how many squares you can get
He was reading suspiciously long
Must be doing something wrong
Just didn't look like they belong
Better call 911
Nothing to do with me though
Police Brutality Bingo
Whole family can join in the fun
You can pass your racism on
And that's how the cycle runs
It's a game that's never done
You can hang your cards on the fridge
Free square white privilege
You can put them back when you're bored
Turn off the news report
Put Black people out of your mind
Until you're ready to play next time
That was such a long time ago
It's time to move on you know
And that's how this whole thing goes
It's Police Brutality Bingo.

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