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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