Our Daily Bleed...
He was reading late, at Richard's, down in Maine,
— John Berryman, "Henry's Understanding"
Former CIA agent, turned international whistleblower.
Good day for BEEKEEPERS, according to Mayan chronological estimation.
CHRISTMAS DAY, Ethiopia & Russian Orthodox.
England: St. "SISTAFF'S" DAY. Women back to spinning; much practical joking.
EASTERN ORTHODOX XMAS.
Munich, Germany: CARNIVAL season begins.
FESTIVAL OF TRASHY BOOK BURNING.
Bibliotenango: INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY. (No bull!; see 1943)
1584 -- Last day of the Julian calendar in Bohemia.
1610 -- Galileo discovers first three Jupiter satellites, Io, Europa & Ganymede. Inspired by the grand vista, he writes the smash song by Andy Williams, "Moon River."
1758 -- A Hairy Bind?: Scottish poet & literary antiquary, Allan Ramsay, dies in Edinburgh. A wig maker, bookseller, collector & composer of Scots poetry.
1773 -- The Resolution, under Captain James Cook, is supposedly the first ship to cross the arctic circle.
1785 -- Coffee, Tea or US? French aviation pioneer Jean Pierre Blanchard & American doctor John Jeffries become the first men to cross the English Channel by balloon, from England to France. To retain their height, they found it necessary to jettison almost everything on board — including their clothes!
1800 -- Time Out?: Revolution in Switzerland.
1800 -- US: The guy they named the Filmore West for — the unforgettable Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Millard Fillmore — lives. Also known the first "No-Nothing" president. History renders the description redundant.
1806 -- US: Cherokee cede 7,000 square miles of land in Tennessee & Alabama.
1841 -- Victor Hugo is elected to the Académie Française on his fifth try.
1873 -- Sinners & Saints guy, Charles Peguy, Roman Catholic socialist writer/poet, lives, Orleans.
1895 -- Georgette Ryner (1895-1975) lives, Nogent-le-Rotrou, France. Poet, writer, teacher & collaborator in many anarchist newspapers. Partner of Han Ryner. Devoted to children, to whom she brought aid in Algeria in 1966. Author of numerous books & poems. Wrote Dans la ronde éternelle (1926), Adolescente passionnée (1969).
1896 -- Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook.
1900 -- France: Ludovic Masse lives (1900-1982), in Roussillon. Proletarian & libertarian writer.
A teacher & friend of Henry Poulaille, to whom he sent his first writings. In 1940, his pacifist & anarchist ideas forced him to quit teaching & he devoted himself to writing fiction: Le Refus (apology for pacifism) (1946), Le vin pur (the vigneronnes revolts) (1945), & many others such as Le mas des Oubells (1932), Les trabucayres (1955), La terre du liège (1953).
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2003, ZORA NEALE HURSTON
Great American novelist, folklorist, cultural heroine.
"I do not weep at the world — I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife."
The first black graduate of Barnard College in NY, she published two collections of folklore as well as three novels during the Harlem Renaissance. Her exploration of black female character influence a generation of writers. But after Their Eyes were Watching God, Hurston began to offend her condescending white patrons by refusing to grovel. By 1959, as publishers rejected her work, she was reduced to working as a maid. Evicted from her home, a stroke landed her in a welfare home, where she died in 1960.
1911 -- US: Light Show? First airplane bombing experiments with explosives, Frisco, California.
1917 -- US: January-April 2, Emma Goldman lectures before Yiddish & English-speaking audiences in New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Passaic, N.J., Boston, Springfield, & Brockton, Mass.
Topics include "Obedience, A Social Vice," "Celibacy or Sex Expression," "Vice & Censorship, Twin Sisters — How Vice is Not Suppressed," "Michael Bakunin, His Life & Work," "Walt Whitman, the Liberator of Sex," "The Speculators in War & Starvation," "American Democracy in Relation to the Russian Revolution," & a course on Russian literature...
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1919 -- Argentina: Beginning of "Bloody Week" ("Semaine Sanglante") in Buenos Aires.
The Argentine police invent the electric prod to convince those in doubt & straighten out those who buckle...
Discepolin's last tango sings that the world was & will continue to be a dirty joke...
— Eduardo Galeano, Century of the Wind, p99-100
Workers, demonstrating for the 8-hour work day, are fired on, leaving four dead & about 30 wounded. Clashes with authorities the day of the funerals leave another 50 dead. Workers seeking refuge in the Vasena factory were driven out as 30,000 infantrymen were called out. A General Strike shuts down the trade unions, printing works, libraries, etc. The anarchists involved are attacked by trade union reformists & paramilitary groups ("Les défenseurs de l'Ordre") acting in concert with the police.
By January 16 the strike is crushed in blood, with as many as 700 dead & 2000 wounded. Argentinean anarchism is decimated by repression, & the reformist trade unions are in control.
1920 -- US: Five socialists expelled from New York Assembly. NY hasn't heard, yet, of Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" or the aging "Bill of Rights."
1920 -- England: Albert Meltzer lives (1920-1996), Tottenham, London. Militant anarchist, boxer, bit actor, historian, publisher.
ALBERT MELTZER, Patron Saint 2005-2011
British co-founder of the Anarchist Black Cross (ABC).
1925 -- Gerald Durrell, zoologist, author & younger brother of Lawrence, lives, in India to Irish parents.
1927 -- US: Harlem Globetrotters, basketball team, make their debut. They go on to play more than 20,000 exhibition games in 120 countries. Winners of the World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1940.
1927 -- Canada: Emma Goldman lectures in London, Ontario, on Communist & Fascist dictatorships, having finished her lecture series in Toronto on Russian dramatists with talks on Turgenev, Tolstoy, Chekhov, & Andreyev.
1928 -- William Peter Blatty lives. American screenwriter & novelist, who gained international fame with The Exorcist (1971), a story of a small girl who is unaccountably possessed by the devil & turned into a repellent right-wing monster.
1929 -- US: "Buck Rogers," first sci-fi comic strip, premiers.
1935 -- Emma Goldman talks to Jewish audiences — the Temple Emanu-El adult school today, the second meeting arranged by Rabbi Harry Stern, & the women's branch of the Arbeiter Ring on Jan. 12 — which are are well received.
1935 -- Italy: Il governo italiano e quello francese firmano un accordo riguardante le questioni coloniali. Il ministro degli esteri francese Pierre Laval (ex aderente del partito comunista) in una dichiarazione rimasta segreta garantisce la non interferenza del suo governo riguardo alle azioni del governo italiano contro l'Etiopia. E' un formale avvallo della futura aggressione.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1939 -- US: Tom Mooney, a labor activist wrongly convicted of murder in the San Francisco Preparedness Day bombing in July 1916, is freed after 22 ½ years in jail on false charges, granted an unconditional pardon by Governor Culbert Olson.
See: Frame-up by Curt Gentry, © 1967, WW Norton, New York; Life of an Anarchist: The Alexander Berkman Reader, ed. Gene Fellner (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1992).
1943 -- US: Romanian-born scientific genius Nicola Tesla dies, New York City.
Nicola Tesla worked with time travel technology. Much of his information came from extraterrestrials. Part of it was used by Albert Einstein in the Philadelphia Experiment (trying, unsuccessfully, to turn city officials & cops into human beings).
1943 -- Bibliotenango: Grand Poohbah Lynn DeWeese-Parkinson begins doing the tenango-tango. It's a bull market everyday.
1952 -- US: Actor Phillip Loeb, blacklisted in 1950 as a possible Communist sympathizer, is fired from highly successful TV comedy "The Goldbergs" because no one would sponsor it otherwise. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ronald Reagan, FBI informant during the 40s & 50s who even had his own code name because of the prolific nature of his snitching, & others, deny to this day there was a "blacklist."
1957 -- Author & essayist Nicholson Baker lives. A fervent critic of libraries' unnecessary destruction of paper-based media, he wrote several vehement articles critical of the San Francisco Public Library for sending thousands of books to a landfill, the elimination of card catalogs, & destruction of old books & newspapers in favor of microfilm. He received the San Francisco–based James Madison Freedom of Information Award in recognition of his efforts.
1958 -- Donna Rice (party girl with a Hart) lives.
1959 -- In a hotel room in Tacoma, Washington, Mel Lyman notes:
It sure is fun sitting here looking out the window...
— Diary of a Young artist
1961 -- Cuba: Education nationalized in famous literacy campaign. When the US & American free-market business owned Cuba, the mob & CIA forgot to educate the populace except in craps & whorehouses.
1964 -- Dick Weber rolls highest bowling game: In the air, in a Boeing 707.
1968 -- US: Frisco's KMPX-FM, a pioneering "underground" radio stations, holds a "grass ballot" vote among its listeners. Among those elected are:
Bob Dylan (president)
Paul Butterfield (vice-president)
George Harrison (UN ambassador)
Jefferson Airplane (Secretary of Transportation)
& the Grateful Dead (attorney general)
1968 -- Stop the Draft Week defense fund concert dance at the Fillmore with Phil Ochs, Loading Zone & The Committee.
1969 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Governor & FBI snitch Ronald Reagan asks California legislature to "drive criminal anarchists & latter-day Fascists off the campuses".
1969 -- Look magazine issue, devoted to relations between blacks & whites, has an article called "Jimi Hendrix Socks It to the White House" with a photo of the black musician lounging beside a swimming pool surrounded by bikini-clad white women.
The story reads, "...Jimi is not so much the Experience as a menace to public health. Plugged in & zonked, he only has to step across the stage to turn on their high-pitched passion."
1970 -- US: Owners of area farms sue neighbor Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages from the Woodstock Music Festival on his farm that summer.
1971 -- US: Federal courts enjoin most uses of the pesticide DDT, nine years after the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.
1972 -- After "Filling her compact & delicious body" with paprika, poet John Berryman jumps off a bridge into the Big Muddy — suicide at 58.
1973 -- US: Six killed, 15 wounded in New Orleans sniper attack from atop Johnson's Motor Lodge.
A week after killing two cops, Mark Essex goes on a rampage. All day & all night, 500 police exchanged shots with the gunman; finally, police hovering in a helicopter succeeded in bringing him down.
1979 -- Cambodia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pol Pot, plowman of the Killing Fields, is overthrown.
1980 -- US: Frisco marks the 100th anniversary of the death of America's only monarch, Dei Gratia Emperor Norton of the United States & Protector of Mexico, with lunch-hour ceremonies at Market & Montgomery streets. Best ruler America or México ever had.
1982 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronald Reagan continues draft registration.
1985 -- England: First issue of Medicine & War appears.
1986 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronald Reagan imposes economic sanctions on Libya for its role in international terrorism, a "Free-Market" effort to corner the market.
"Now we are trying to get unemployment to go up & I think we're going to succeed"
— Ronald Reagan, precursor to the half-wit George Bush (Sr., Jr., etc.)
1989 -- Japan: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Hirohito, Japan's emperor, dies at 87 after 62-year reign.
1993 -- England: Leah Feldman (1899-1993) is cremated in London. One of the ordinary women & men who rarely get into history books but provide the backbone of radical movements.
Polish anarchist, Leah joined the Makhno's anarchist army. Active in the once-flourishing Yiddish-speaking anarchist movement in England, Leah also organised a federation of anarchists in Palestine, where she found her old anarchist friend Paula Green (whose husband changed his name to Ben Gurion & became the first prime minister of Israel).
In the 1960s she smuggled arms into Spain for the resistance fighters. The Catalans, prone to giving nicknames, christened her "la yaya Makhnowista" (the Makhnovist Granny).
1995 -- México: Coalition of Workers, Peasants, & Students of Soconusco (COCES) marches on the municipal building of Tapachula. 500 demonstrators demand answers to long-ignored questions about working conditions, environmental health, educational reform & political corruption. Led by Francisco Aranda, the activists start across town from the State of Chiapas administrative building, a building that COCES had been occupying for three months because it stands as a symbol of the state government COCES detests.
1996 -- Bienvenido N. Santos (1911-1996) dies. "One of the giants of Filipino American literature."
Santos also wrote The Volcano. In 1980, the University of Washington Press published Scent of Apples, his first & only book of short stories to appear in the US. The next year it won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
Scent of Apples, is a masterful account of Filipino refugees living in America during WWII. Examines the racism these Filipinos faced, the class issues that they negotiated, & the attempts to survive in a country away from home.
1999 -- Quote of the week:
"Nearly three-quarters of all the murders of children in the industrialized world occur in the United States."
— Centers for Disease Control
2008 -- Cuba: Former CIA agent, whistleblower Philip Agee dies, Havana. Wrote Inside the Company: CIA Diary (1975) & Dirty Work: The CIA in Western Europe exposing the CIA's dirty doings. Co-founder of CovertAction Quarterly, he was forced to live outside the US, on the run, as rumor had it the CIA was seeking to assassinate him.
2009 -- China: Google, Baidu & Internet portals blocked over porn, with a blacklist of 19 leading search engines & websites that "spread pornography or vulgar content, & threaten the morals of young people." Apparently old people have no morals & are not affected by the ban.
Even in China....
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