Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Introducing Banimal

Banimal performing "We Like Drugs" featuring my good friend Ben The Bumble Bee.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Fall of the House of Bush


By Der Kosmonaut
21 February 2016
  
  The defeat of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the son and brother of two former presidents, in yesterday's South Carolina primary election is a watershed moment in US politics. After the third consecutive crushing defeat in a state primary election, Jeb Bush has quit the race to become the next president of the United States As recently as six months ago it was the prevailing sentiment that Jeb Bush would easily win the Republican Party nomination for president in the November 2016 election. All of the stupid media outlets and pundits were convinced that the election would be a contest between two competing family dynasties, namely Bush vs. Clinton. However, Donald Trump has buried Jeb Bush and probably the future political fortunes of the Bush family.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

AFP Interview With Syrian Pressident Bashar al-Assad



In an outstanding interview conducted by Agence France-Presse (AFP), Syria's president Bashar al-Assad frankly and honestly answered questions put to him. This remarkable interview has been suppressed by the global English language "news" media. 
Adventures of Der Kosmonaut doesn't endorse or politically support President al-Assad. We do however, support his regime and Syria against the efforts of imperialism and totalitarian capitalism to to kill him. We support his efforts to protect his country against the agenda of genocide and enslavement which the imperialist countries have in store. It's up to the people of Syria alone to decide who should lead their country and what type of government they believe is best for them. The Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah military forces, unlike the USA, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia,Qatar;  are in Syria at the request of the legitimate government. Neither Russia, Iran nor Hezbollah forced or used heavy persuasion to make President al-Assad acquiesce to military intervention.
Global War has already been underway for more more than five years already. However, we are on the brink of nuclear war. If Turkey follows through on its threats to invade Syria, this will lead to a conflict with the Russian military. Turkey is a NATO country and the alliance will have no other choice but to fight alongside Turkey against Russia.
It's imperative that people understand how and why nuclear war will happen. President al-Assad eloquently elaborates in the following interview. For readers who think that al-Assad is a liar, why would they not think the same about the leaders of the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany whom are all pathological liars? None of the Western leaders ever utter a single truth. President al-Assad is most definitely a liar but I suspect he tells half the truth rather than all lies as the Western politicians do.-Der Kosmonaut

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fort Apache The Bronx

This 1981 film is about The South Bronx. Fort Apache was the nickname of the police precinct which served parts of The South Bronx. The film generated controversy upon release. Many residents of The Bronx objected to the depiction of Blacks and Puerto Ricans. There were calls for the film to be boycotted and there were pickets and protests at cinemas around the city where the film was played on the grounds that it was an "Anti-Puerto Rican and Anti-Black Movie". It's the opinion of this author that Fort Apache The Bronx is no more or less racist than scores of Hollywood films released before or since. While it's true that the name "Fort Apache" is itself a racist moniker which the police invented. It's true that the police in The South Bronx and many other inner city areas of the United States are an occupation force. The same attitude which underlined the wars of extermination against Indigenous populations is found today in poor Black and Hispanic districts of the country. The police forces view themselves soldiers in hostile territory and view the local populations as barbarian savages. Still, that's not the invention of the film producers. It's a fact of life. Indeed, Fort Apache The Bronx is a realistic portrayal of reality of both The Bronx and New York City at the time. Moreover, the film reveals police brutality and the killing of innocent people in a very critical light. Ask most people that lived in The South Bronx at the time and they will tell you that the film didn't depict half of what really went down at the time.
Paul Newman and Ed Asner star in the film directed by Daniel Petrie.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Heidegger’s Fear of Death

By Ljubodrag Duci Simonović

Instead of being based on a fear of death, life should be based on a faith in life. Not a fear of death, but a joy of living should be the pivot of man’s entire existence. By his insistence on a lonely individual’s fear of death, Heidegger deprived man of the joy of life and human warmth. He reduced man to a walking corpse.

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Unhappy Birthday

 
A funny little ditty from The Smiths

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Comment On The Meeting Between The Pope and The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church

By Der Kosmonaut
13 February 2016
Ottawa, ON Canada

The real reason for the meeting between the Dope and the Patriarch is reactionary through and through. The Christian religion has been in decline for more than 150 years in Europe and more recently in North America. Now the Romans and the Orthodox are closing ranks.

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Get Used To It!


Drank too much one night
Too hung over to get out of bed
To get ass to work
Boss going to chew it out
Get used to it! 

Work too much always broke
Week to week on dodgy cheque
Only for Metro Card and rent
Always bumming a cigarette
Get used to it! 

Lover nags nags nags
Complaining that not enough attention is paid
The lay is boring and communication uninspiring
To her the reply
Get used to it! 

Looking at the world
Observing corruption violence racial strife
Searching desperately a radical solution
To which totalitarian capitalism replies with chuckle
Get used to it! 
 
Stepping out of cozy home
Wind giggles once
Slices the bones
Months of grey darkness
Montreal says
Get used to it! 

To write to write to write
The day it stops is the day to die
The day of death remains unknown
Until then live as a poet
Get used to it!
-Der Kosmonaut
February 2001
Montreal, Quebec Canada  

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Le Métro Bleue


To retaliate and show off
I freaked out on the Metro
A private affair for public view
The bouncing blue wheels of rubber
Utter utter and demand attention
I show attention to other distractions
Metro fare paid attention to details
If one wants to dance
If one wants to sing
If one wants to laugh
To space to zone to disconnect
The black grills hang in four
From the ceiling constantly blowing air
Four seasons in a lost spin
Spinning micro generators
From the rectangular cable
Lost in Dead Prez
Maintaining the ethos of Bauhaus
Looking for glimpses of Pixies
With the beat of James Brown
The funky chords of O’Jays ignoring Blue Jays
Never missing Préfontaine
On the way home or
On to another adventure of randomness
Nothing is beautiful
Nothing is ugly
Everything is how it is
Why that is the case
Is not an important lawsuit
To petition the court
-Der Kosmonaut
Montreal, Quebec Canada
Spring 2001 

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Notes On Contemporary Racism In Sweden and Europe


By Der Kosmonaut
9 February 2016
Ottawa, Canada

  The other week more than one hundred fascists went on a rampage in downtown Stockholm attacking refugee children and anyone that didn't look white. Sweden, like most of Europe, is segregated. On one hand, the European countries have never been serious about integrating immigrants since they were for the most part brought in as cheap labor to suppress the wages of the natives. Sweden has or had, fairly high wages for the Western world. The ruling class decided to reduce labor costs by bringing in immigrant workers. In 2004 a former UK cabinet minister from the 1970s admitted this on national TV. Pakistanis were deliberately brought to the North of England to undermine the wages of English workers in the factories and mines.

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Monday, February 08, 2016

A Letter From Munich


The following is a letter sent by a reader of Adventures of Der Kosmonaut from Munich, Germany. The author is a middle aged German woman who has a mixed race daughter named M. The author has lived in Germany, the United States and Australia. It has been edited for privacy reasons.
-Der Kosmonaut

I have made it back to Germany with the few dollars I got back from the tax department. I tried to get away from the frustration of not getting a job and not having a home in Australia and most of all no perspective for a better future. I was living in a van for close to 3 years and since there was no change to my situation I decided to try again from scratch in Germany. I am still not sure whether that was a good decision. The reverse cultural shock hit both of us, M and  me badly. The country and its people seem to having gone backwards. They feel ice-cold, racial and without heart. An endless list of regulations and human robots obeying and enforcing them without any common sense. Most people live a life of abundance since a long time and do not make an attempt to understand any other life circumstances,  how it feels and what struggle it is to survive without a place to stay and without work. Empty people without experience of hardship.

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

My Cultural Background As An Artist From New York

  
By Der Kosmonaut 
  All artists are shaped by the cultural and social landscape that they were born and raised in. As a native New Yorker born in the early 1970s, I am the product of a distinct cultural and social upbringing which has influenced my worldview as an artist. While it's impossible to say whether or not I would've been an artist had I been reared outside of New York during the 1970s and 80s, but it's certain that the type of artist that I am was influenced by the social and cultural landscape of New York City three and four decades ago. In my poem I Remember New York, which was written in 2002 in Montreal, I recall many of the cultural institutions which have long been extinct. In the multi-media production of The Fall of New York, I attempted to explain how the city was until the advent of Rudy Giuliani, who Americanized New York City. In this multimedia essay, I will use television from that era to illustrate more concretely the social and cultural environment.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

OMG!

Friday, February 05, 2016

How I Became A Radical In Opposition To Authority-Part Four


This is the conclusion of this series. Click for Part One, Part Two, Part Three

By Der Kosmonaut

  While I was battling my Boston University roommates, Poetry decided to enter my life. My travels transformed from sightseeing, which I had done traveling with my grandmother as a minor, to sociological fieldwork. The big difference that I noticed between Boston and New York was advertising. On my periodic returns to New York, I would compare and contrast the ads placed on the respective subway systems. At the time Kenmore Square was Boston's equivalent to New York's Times Square. Indeed, Kenmore Square was the only twenty-four hour public space in all of New England. Like Times Square, Kenmore Square was clustered with massive billboards. Unlike Times Square, the latter didn't have neon signs. Still, I noticed that advertising conveyed the same messages of deception to keep the masses within the spiritual orbit of capitalism and to create artificial desires to consume. I penned the early drafts of my very first poem Posters and Bulletins.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

How I Became A Radical In Opposition To Authority-Part Three

  

This is part three. Click for Part One and Part Two
By Der Kosmonaut 
  At BU the racial and class tensions between me and my colleagues became quite acute. I came from an Upper Middle Class background and had for the most part been in racially integrated settings. I used to socialize with children of the wealthy. When I was teenager, I used to go on week long camping trips with the elite children of the Northeastern United States. The tensions were more mundane. I was from the city. The others were from the affluent suburbs of New York and Philadelphia. They hailed from all white insular suburbs and were preppies. Still, I got on with all of them quite well and had managed to develop good friendships. 

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The Godfathers-Birth, School, Work, Death

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

How I Became A Radical In Opposition To Authority-Part Two


This is the second part of the series. Part One can be read here.

By Der Kosmonaut

  As explained in Part One I had from an early age overcome all the traditional figures and institutions of authority: Religion, Family, School, Teachers. It's important for one to understand that this was quite unique and specific to New York in the 1980s. In my essay on Robert Moses, I explained how he set the template to undermine the authority of the politicians and bourgeoisie and after his fall, his legacy was fifteen years of Anarchy in NYC. I was born and raised in the middle of this period. I wasn't alone in defying authority.  Undoubtedly, my personality made my defiance less mundane. Many in city defied authority by engaging in crime and acts of violence. I was never a criminal and I abhor violence. For example, the boxer Mike Tyson is typical of how many of my generation took extreme liberties with the weakness of authority at the time.

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Tabloid Clownery

How I Became A Radical In Opposition To Authority-Part One

  
By Der Kosmonaut 
My world outlook and disposition to this world has more or less been settled since I was the age of five. I didn't believe in "God". The words "Jesus Christ" evoked an instinctual revulsion. By employing basic logic and plain common sense by observing the society around me, I was a dissident from the very beginning. By the age of six, I already began to see the blatant lies and untruths that were presented. For example, I was told that the United States was a "free country". I pointedly asked my grandmother why everything costs money if we lived in a "free country". My grandmother gave a tortured answer to explain the difference between political rights and the economy. Her explanation was unsatisfactory and I became aware that what was the prevailing "wisdom" was in fact a compendium of euphemisms and falsehoods.

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