Saturday, July 23, 2016

While The World Goes Mad, I'm Far Removed

By Der Kosmonaut
24 July 2014
Port Mouton, Nova Scotia Canada

I've been in Nova Scotia now for 3 weeks following a month in Moncton. I've had very limited access to the internet, which is the reason why I haven't posted anything recently. I am writing everything down and once I have a few hours of unrestricted access, I will post all my impressions.
With limited access to the Net and none to the radio and TV I haven't been following current events very closely. I just read the World Socialist Website which gives a decent summary of what's happening. I'm also relying on the reports sent via email from my friends and contacts in Europe.
What I am reading is a world not only at an impasse but at a crossroads. From the debacle of the Austrian presidential election to the freak show of the American presidential election, it's absolutely clear that liberal democracy is in a terminal state and is about to expire. The so-called Brexit is the coda to the train wreck of the European Union which began in earnest in 2010. If that wasn't enough, there's the eruption of a racial/civil war which is escalating in the the United States.
Meanwhile, I'm hitchhiking around Nova Scotia visiting town and country. I'm in the friendliest region of the Western world. Here one forgets that the world is in tumult. Last night as I was camping at Carters Beach I wondered how it would be if Global War erupted. Would I hear sirens in the woods? Would I be able to hear the bombings of Halifax and other military installations? What if I woke up the next morning and took down my tent and went to find a cafe to have my morning coffee, as I've done each day, only to find that everything is shut down and there wasn't any Internet service? Would I observe the normally easy going, friendly and lighthearted Nova Scotians in an agitated state of angst and despair? Am I going to witness the end of the world in the most beautiful part of the planet?

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Monday, June 20, 2016

A Sunday At Moncton Riverfront Park

The breezy air shoves the muddy red river towards the ocean as Blonde French Indian Blacks mix the flow of the currents together with rhyme and reason.
-Der Kosmonaut
19 June 2016
Moncton, NB Canada

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

My Travel Adventure To The Canadian Maritimes Part One

By Der Kosmonaut

It took only 55 hours to hitch 980KM (609 miles)  from the south shore of Montreal to Moncton. While it's hardly a world record, it's pretty damn fast. I'm glad that I didn't spend $150 on a long bus journey.

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

Muhammad Ali with Malcolm X

What a sad year 2016 has brought us. While I'm still mourning over the loss of Prince, it's with profound sadness to learn about the death of Muhammad Ali. Adventures of Der Kosmonaut will shortly publish a tribute to The Greatest.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Thought Of The Month

Illustration by Robert Crumb
"Cast a wide net. Find the common thread. Don't panic. Keep it organic."
-Diamond Dave

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What Prince Meant To Me

By Der Kosmonaut
"I want to live life to the ultimate high
Maybe I'll die young like heroes die"
-"Under The Cherry Moon" 1986

  The above text from Prince neatly sums up the life of the most extraordinary artist of my lifetime. I actually cried when I received the awful news that Prince had passed from our existence. I don't know what's more shocking, his death or that I actually cried. In my lifetime since I first took music seriously at the age of 14, fifteen prominent musician have passed. All but one of them died too young. The fifteen are in chronological order: Scott La Rock of Boogie Down Productions (1987), Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (1994), Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon (1995), Tupac Shakur (1996) Biggie Smalls (1997), Michael Hutchence of INXS (1997), Falco (1998), Joe Strummer of The Clash (2002), Robert Palmer (2003), James Brown (2006), Richard Wright of Pink Floyd (2008), Michael Jackson (2009), Bob Casale of Devo (2014) David Bowie (2016), Prince (2016). 
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince 1958-2016

It's with profound regrets that the world has lost the best musician after James Brown. I will write an obituary in the coming days. Prince was one the true musical geniuses along with John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Housequake is my personal favorite song by Prince.

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