Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Modernist Existential Alienation In Postmodern Society

By Der Kosmonaut
Malaga, Spain
18 September 2012

I'm probably the least fashionable man in contemporary society. The reason why I receive so many strange stares is due to my choice of clothing. My clothes are rather utilitarian, in many way quite communist. I'm not at all interested nor am I cognizant of current fashion and style trends. My clothes are around 5 years old, if not older. I don't dress according to how others do.
I don't know the names of popular songs nor of the recording artists. I don't watch TV except for the odd episode that people around me watch on their laptops.  I hardly go to the cinema and am unaware of the most popular actors and movie stars. Talking to two Black Americans recently, I discovered the contemporary reality of popular life in the US these days. There are many words and terms which I've never heard of.  In esscence, I've become an old man. I've lost track of society.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Portugal Adventure Part 1: Villa Real, Faro, Ria da Formosa, Tavira

By Der Kosmonaut

  To say that Spain shit me up the wall would be an understatement. My original summer travel plans had been to slowly make my way along the Spainish coast from the Mediterrean to the Atlantic over the course of two and one half months. My estimated date of arrival in Portugal was 1 August. But after having my rucksack stolen in El Puerto de Santa Maria and being exasperrated with Spanish backwardness, rudness and racism, I abbreviated my Spain visit to only two and one half weeks. I awaited the ferryboat from Ayamonte to Villa Real de Santo Antonio with extreme impatience.

  The ferry boat cost only 1.65 cents making it possibly the cheapest border crossing using public transport in Europe. Crossing the Rio Guadiana took only ten minutes. I was the very first one to disembark from the vessel and touch Portuguese soil.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Nature's Revenge

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Take The Train To The Plane

Old MTA advertising for the JFK Express. The music features early examples of Industrial music. The JFK Express was a special limited subway line which connected Manhattan and Brooklyn from 1978 to 1989. The JFK Express ran partially on the now devastated Rockaway Subway line.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Poseidon's Revenge

Poseidon: Do you think that you're the first poet to challenge me? Do you believe being a poet makes you immortal?

New York Poet: Yes I do because my words live forever.

Poseidon: Even if I smite you with my trident? When I send a riptide as you bathe in the ocean plunging you down into my depths?

New York Poet:  I can avoid your power by climbing the highest peaks of the Alps.

Poseidon:  Fool! Do you realise that I dominate the Earth? That I can stir up waves which can submerge Mt. Everest?

New York Poet:  You forget that I can fly over the surface of the Earth.

Poseidon: Do you mock me poet? Are you not aware that the currents of the oceans affect the atmopshere? I can manifest squalls with mighty winds and smack you down! Have you not heard of the Bermuda Triangle where I lay my trident? I have swallowed the mightiest jumbo jets into my vortex!

New York Poet: I'm afraid that I must concede your point. You can crush me. You can take my life and body. I concede all this but you can never take my soul. You cannot have my spirit.

Poseidon:  Careful poet. The ocean controls all human emotion. Your emotions are the expression of your soul. I have all human souls within the palm of my hand. You poet are nothing without the soul. Without the soul your words fall flat. They lack meaning. They cannot reach the hearts of men. Your words would be nothing more than cheap pop lyrics! Why even the the simplest nursery ryhmes are dervived from the soul. Do you not understand that two of the greatest pieces of literature, Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea were penned by me?

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Katrina-Sandy: From One Hurricane To Another, The End of America As We Knew It

From LEAP/E2020
The month of October 2012 will appear in history books as the date of the end of America as we knew it in the twentieth century. On October 29, the Hurricane Sandy hit New York 83 years to the day after the Black Tuesday crisis of 1929, revealing to the world the real state of American society and its symbol, New York City. The shift in perceptions in the media has been striking to behold, particularly in light of the aftermath of an election whose results the world should have applauded to: an America “changed,” “divided,” “third world,” “at an impasse,” “apocalyptic,” etc. Sandy has definitively shattered the American mirror.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

November Spawned A Monster

Morrissey's most dramatic and intense record of his solo career.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Two Weeks After Sandy, Manhattan Residents Angry As Hell For Being Left High And Dry By Landlords and City

From World Socialist Website
By WSWS reporting team

“This is Bloomberg. I have nothing against millionaires, but I know they are going to hell. Maybe they were shutting off the elevator and power for safety reasons, but the storm wasn’t here yet. They were trying to drive us out. This is a millionaire’s island. To them we don’t count. We are not middle class. The poor and the working class is what we are."

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Shinehead- Chain Gang Rap

This is the greatest rap song about the New York City subway. Shinehead covers the original Sam Cooke version. The video is filmed on most subway lines. He tells humourous but accurate stories of subway life back in the 1980s. Towards the end he imitates the panhandlers on the A train in Brooklyn. (1988)

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October Revolution

 By Ljubodrag Simonović
Belgrade, Serbia

Without the October Revolution and the Soviet Union’s economic, scientific and military potential, the Slavic (and Asian) peoples would have faced the same destiny in the 20th century that befell the original North American peoples in the 19th century.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In The Aftermath Of Obama's Re-Election White Conservative America Experiences Meltdown

By Der Kosmonaut
Vienna, Austria
Wednesday 14 November 2012

  I have made my opposition to the politics of President Barack Obama abundantly clear since he's taken office. This blog explicitly opposed his re-election. President Obama is the most right wing and reactionary president of my lifetime. Indeed, he's more right wing than Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and the two George Bush's combined.
  However, for reactionary white Americans, Obama's re-election is nothing less than the end of the world. Over the past week, I have followed various radio broadcasts and podcasts from Neo-Nazis to Christian fundamentalists to Alex Jones. By listening to these broadcasts, one would believe that Satan and Joseph Stalin have manifested themselves into reality and from the dead respectively. Right wing radio talk show broadcaster Rush Limbaugh went to bed on election night believing that the country was lost forever.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ramones-Rockaway Beach

It was the Ramones who first placed Rockaway Beach on the map to the world.

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The Devastation of the Rockaways: A Photo Essay

By Der Kosmonaut
There has been a virtual media blackout about the devastation of Hurricane Sandy along the ocean front areas of the city. There are many reasons for this. First and foremost, The Rockaways is a working class area. The local, national and international media have focused their coverage of the damage done to Manhattan. While damage to Manhattan was considerable, it pales in comparison to the wreckage caused on the Rockaway peninsula. The affluent areas of Chelsea, Midtown and the Financial District have received the most attention. Another reason for the lack of coverage on Rockaway stems from the fact that it's the most remote part of New York. It lies at the furthest distance from Manhattan in the entire city. Since most of the journalists in New York aren't from the city originally, many have not heard of the Rockaways and most have never stepped foot out there. The closest most of them have come to the Rockaways is JFK Airport northeast of the peninsula. The only time journalists have ever set eyes on Rockaway was by looking out the window of a jumbo jet making its final landing approach to JFK. Moreover, the vast majority of life-long New Yorkers from Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island have never been to the Rockaways. For many residents of New York City, Rockaway is simply the name of the destination of the A train.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Post-Modernism And Imperialism

By Der Kosmonaut
Monday 12 November 2012
Vienna, Austria
 I really have no more tolerance about Srebrenica and about Serb "atrocities and genocide" during the war. Tony Blair had lots of nerve to talk about protecting human rights. Time and time again, countries like Serbia are accused of "war crimes" even though what actually happened was different from the propaganda.
Now we know that the British exterminated 150,000 Kenyans in the 1950s and put over 1 million in concentration camps.    In addition, we can add the at least 10 million killed by Franco in Spain.
 But these days, the adherents of Post-Modernism wilfully ignore historical facts, since Post-Modernism has no interests in history but rather support imperialist war crimes and genocide under "humanitarianism" or "women's rights". They are convinced that it's the Muslims who are barbarians and that pose a threat to civilisation even though the historical record proves otherwise. It is the West that invades other countries, commits massacres and genocide. There has not been one Muslim country apart from the Ottoman empire over the past 500 years that has the brutal history of the West. Even the Ottomans were humanists compared to the British, French and Americans.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

About The Weather

Like The Weather by 10,000 Maniacs
"With a shiver in my bones just thinking about the weather.
A quiver in my lips as if I might cry."

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

After Sandy: Memories of the Rockaway Subway

The devastation brought by Hurricane Sandy to New York has dealt an emotional and psychological blow to me. I never thought I would live to see the day that the mighty and invincible New York City subway would be destroyed by nature.
New York and the subway in particular were built to withstand the worst that nature could dish out. Sandy was not the first hurricane to strike New York. I can recall at least 5 hurricanes which destroyed Florida and the Carolinas which didn't make a dent against the city or its subway. There have been dozens of blizzards in my lifetime which struck at New York but never shut down the subway.

Indeed the subway survived 9/11 and even saved hundreds of lives as people took cover in the subway stations as the Twin Towers came down. Before Sandy, I gave no credence to the doom and gloom prophesies of 2012. Indeed, the subway was sure to survive the phony Y2K scare of the year 2000. The NYCTA even joked that the system was Y2K proof. For me the New York City subway was the benchmark of the state of human civilisation. As long as the subway continued to run, then we would be alright.  Even if the city was under a vicious military terror regime, as long as the subway kept going, there would still be hope for a better future.
To be sure, I was aware of natural disasters which could destroy the subway. Namely, an earthquake, of which the subway was a sitting duck, and of a tsunami which would destroy the entire city. However, it was beyond my wildest imaginations and nightmares that a simple hurricane, let alone a so-called superstorm would wipe out the subway. But the subway did not survive 2012. I'm slightly freaked.
The image above is from the wiped out tracks of the A train Rockaway line. This was the best and most interesting part of all 710 miles of the subway. Indeed, this stretch made the NYC subway, in my expert opinion, the best subway system in the world. It's now destroyed and the authorities have no idea when it will be rebuilt and restored.
Below is a reprint of a chapter from my most recent novel "The King of the Woods." Here I described every part of the A train between 14th Street in Manhattan all the way out to Far Rockaway and back. The chapter is set on Valentine's Day 1989. It's the longest chapter in the novel. It's my love ode to the subway. What I have always loved and will always love about my hometown is the subway. Even today under totalitarian capitalism, the subway is the only piece of the city which has any human soul left. New York will never be the same again.

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Friday, November 09, 2012

This Is What It's All About!

Meat Meat Manifesto
Psyche Out (Version 1)

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Not Voting for Obama

From Black Agenda Report
By Margaret Kimberly

It is acceptable not to vote at all, or to vote for someone other than Barack Obama. Some who claim to be leftists argue against particular Obama policies only to conclude at election time that he should be elected anyway. These people undercut their own arguments and make a mockery of themselves. Their pleas to stop surveillance or drone assassinations or the destruction of nations such as Libya and Syria become hollow because they refuse to acknowledge the corruption that is an integral part of the system.

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US Elections: From the “Lesser to the Greater Evil”. The Demise of Critical Liberalism

By James Petras
There is ample evidence that the Obama Presidency has pulled the US political spectrum further to the Right. On most domestic and foreign policy issues Obama has embraced extremist positions surpassing his Republican predecessor and in the process devastating what remained of the peace and social movements of the past decade.  Moreover, the Obama Presidency has laid the groundwork for the immediate future promising a further extension of regressive policies following the presidential elections: cuts in Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.  Incumbents and their opposition compete over hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign funding from wealthy donors, which they will have to repay in the post-election period in billion dollar handouts, subsidies, tax abatements, anti-labor and environmental policies.  Not a single positive proposal was put forth by the Obama campaign but numerous militarist and regressive social policies were articulated.  The Obama campaign ran a fear campaign, playing off of the reactionary proposals of the Romney-Tea Party  alliance:  a cover for his own record of unprecedented military spending, sequential wars, immigrant expulsions, mortgage foreclosures and Wall Street bailouts.
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