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The golden lemon is not made
but grows on a green tree:
A strong man & his crystal eyes
is a man born free.

Herbert Read


American painter,

Alternate Patron Saint, JOSE MARTI
The Original Cuban revolutionary.




Drink Anniversary: ST. CHARLEMAGNE'S DAY, marked in France by drinking champagne at breakfast.

"The seer of now pours his vision on sheets of paper, on banks of arid craters where armored bullies stand guard & demand the password, Positive Evidence. No vision can pass by their gates. The only song that passes is a song gone as dry & cadaverous as the fossils in the sands."

Fredy Perlman,
Against His-story, Against Leviathan

1393 -- Aimery Poitiers, French nobleman, burned at royal ball.
Stuff happens; see Burning Man,

1613 -- Galileo may have unknowingly viewed undiscovered planet Neptune, when interrupted by the knock of the boy from Pizza Express.

1787 -- US: The Free Africa Society organizes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1814 -- Stendhal's first book published, containing partially plagiarized biographies of Mozart & Haydn.

1832 -- US: William Lloyd Garrison's anti-slavery weekly The Liberator is published; includes Lydia Maria Child's first piece, "Stand From Under."

1841 -- Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) lives, Denbigh in North Wales, the illegitimate son of John Rowlands & Elisabeth Parry. American journalist & adventurer, who took the New York Herald's mission "to go & find Livingstone."

"Then sing, O friends, sing the journey is ended;
Sing aloud, O friends, sing to the great sea."

1846 -- Charlotte Brontë writes to a London publisher about the poems of her sister Emily & their worthiness for publication.

1852 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Abolitionist Wendell Phillips says "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty", Mass.

1853 -- Cuba: Revolutionist José Martí (1853-1895) lives, Havana. Cuban poet, essayist & journalist, who became symbol of Cuba's struggle for independence. The popular song "Guantanamera" is based on a poem by Martí. Worked on underground papers & sent to jail & forced into exile (three columns & you're out?)

"No man has any special right because he belongs to any specific race; just by saying the word man, we have already said all the rights."

— José Martí

1854 -- US: 30 miners attack a peaceful Indian village on the Coquille River near Randolph, Oregon, killing 16.

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Coal miner photo
1861 -- US: American Miners Association, first national coal miners' union, founded.

1861 -- US: State convention in Texass to consider secession from the Union convenes in Austin. Lots of Little Grey Men & the music scene prove too too distracting.

1873 -- French sexual liberationist writer (Sidonie-Gabrielle) Colette lives, Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye. Begins her writing career ghostwriting stories for her author-husband "Willy" who locks her into a room until she finishes each assignment. Wrote Cherie, Gigi (filmed), etc. Her novels are characterized by a representation of erotic instinct & sensuous experience & a sympathy with nature, especially flowers & animals.

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my husband kisses your hands,

& I the rest.

       — Colette, in a note to Natalie Barney

Chair Guys
1874 -- Innovative movement theorist Vsevolod Meyerhold lives.
(Jan 28 old style; Feb 9 new style), Penzq, Russia.

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1883 -- Source=Robert Braunwart France: The trial of The 66 (anarchists of the First International, including Kropotkin), concludes in Lyon; they get stiff sentences.

Edouard Carouy, anarchiste
1883 -- Belgium: Edouard Carouy lives.
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Alice Neel at home
1900 -- American artist Alice Neel lives.

1912 -- American artist Jackson Pollock lives — in the abstract, of course.

1914 -- Canada: The Edmonton city council caves in to IWW, agrees to provide a large hall for the homeless, pass out three 25-cent meal tickets to each man daily, & employ 400 people on a public project.

"Are you eye wobble wobble?"

1917 -- México: Failing to find the elusive Pancho Villa, invading American army forces give up.

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1918 -- Germany: General Strike in the large cities; in Berlin the strike lasts through February 3rd.

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At a rally of 10,000 workers in Munich, the anarchist poet/playwright

Erich Mühsam

calls for the continuation of the strike movement.

He is seized afterwards by police & put under house arrest.

1918 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Leon Trotsky denounces the German Peace Terms as unacceptable & walks out of the peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk. In March the Bolsheviks accept the dictated peace of Brest-Litovsk. The Left SRs denounce the peace & leave the government.

1918 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Finnish Bolsheviks overthrow the coalition government, in Helsinki; meanwhile the Ukraine is proclaimed a free republic (German puppet) & elsewhere Beloved & Respected Comrade Leon Trotsky denounces the German peace terms & walks out of negotiations at Brest-Litovsk.

1927 -- No Second Fiddle?: Aaron Copland's First Piano is first performed.

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1928 -- Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, author of Blood & Sand (1908) &The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1916), among many other works, dies.

1928 -- Norway: Millennium Bug?: Christopher Hornsrud chosen Prime Minister at age 101.

1932 -- US: First unemployment compensation law enacted, Wisconsin.

1933 -- George Saintsbury, popular & authoritative author of many books of literary criticism & noted oenophile, dies in Bath, Somerset. During his 20-year post as the Regius chair of Rhetoric & English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, he produced no fewer than 10 volumes on the history of English prosody.

1934 -- First rope ski tow operation begins. Better now than in July.

1935 -- Iceland becomes the first country to legalize abortion.

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1938 -- France: Émile Bidault (1869-1938) dies.

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1939 -- William Butler Yeats dies, Roquebrune, France, age 73. His gravestone in Ireland bears the epitaph he composed: "Cast a cold eye / On life, on death. / Horseman, Pass by." Larry McMurtry took the title of his first novel from these lines (filmed as Hud.)

1945 -- Italy: Beginning of the Naples Congress, first congress of the united trade union movement in liberated Italy.

1946 -- Chile: At Bulmes Square (Santiago) eight workers are murdered by police & many more seriously injured by the police dogs.

1946 -- anarchist diamond dingbat; anarquista Chile: During this month Lota mine-worker strike.

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1951 -- XXX?: "La Vie Commence Demain," which depicts artificial insemination & is the first X-rated movie, opens in London.

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1954 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Dick's Drive-in begins serving hamburgers, Seattle.

1958 -- US: 17-yr. old Charles Starkweather, accompanied by his 14-yr. old girlfriend Caril Fugate, shoots a wealthy elderly couple & their maid in their Lincoln, Nebraska home, his 8th, 9th, & 10th of 11 victims.

1960 -- Black American folklorist, writer Zora Neale Hurston dies, Ft. Pierce, Florida. Important influence on writers as diverse as Toni Morrison & Ralph Ellison.

1960 -- England: Goon Show's final episode on BBC.

1961 -- US: Committee for Nonviolent Action demonstrates against nuclear-armed ships, New London, Connecticut.

1963 -- Italy: Il procuratore della repubblica di Milano Carmelo Spagnuolo ordina il sequestro del film "Viridiana" di Luis Buñuel.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1967 -- Michael Nesmith of The Monkees tells the Saturday Evening Post: "Tell the world we're synthetic, because, damn it, we are... The music had nothing to do with us. It was totally dishonest."

Caduceus by James Koehnline
1967 -- First sacred plant conference.
Image, "Caduceus" by Bleedster James Koehnline

1968 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Samuel R. Delany's "The Star Pit" is dramatized on WBAI-FM's "The Mind's Eye Theater" in New York.

1969 -- Josephine Herbst (1892-1969) dies. Radical author of Rope of Gold (1939), The Executioner Waits (1934), & Behind the Swastika (1936).

JOSEPHINE HERBST, Daily Bleed Patron Saint 12/20/98

"The real events that influence our lives
don't announce themselves with brass trumpets
but come softly, on the feet of doves."

— Josephine Herbst

Radical muckraking American journalist
of revolution, insurrection & upheaval.

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1970 -- France: Bomb attack on offices of the Spanish Cultural attache in Paris. One of many attacks in England & France during this year, some of which are believed attributable to the anarchist 'Angry Brigade' or similar groups.

1976 -- England: Inside Linda Lovelace, the ‘Deep Throat’ star’s ‘autobiography’ is cleared of obscenity by an Old Bailey jury today. Them judges are still haarumpin' & trying to clear their throats.

1978 -- Rocker Ted Nugent autographs a man's arm with a bowie knife. Will David Bowie become a Teddy Boy?

1986 -- US: Moments after liftoff, the space shuttle Challenger explodes, killing six astronauts & Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire teacher. Investigations found NASA abandoned "good judgement & common sense" regarding safety problems causing the explosion.

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Bin BushLaden
1987 --

"On the surface, selling arms to a country that sponsors terrorism, of course, clearly, you'd have to argue it's wrong, but it's the exception sometimes that proves the rule."

— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George DubyaBush
speaking on someone's TV

It's not a war it's a sham

Attorney for the Damned
1989 -- US: Arthur Weinberg, lawyer, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) member & author of Attorney for the Damned, dies.

1994 -- William Levitt, urban planner & father of suburbia, creates a sprawling mess, then dies, Manhasset, NY.

George Woodcock, anarchist
1995 -- Canada: George Woodcock, Canadian literary critic, anarchist & historian, dies, age 82.

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1995 -- Russia: Over 100 Solders' Mothers Committee members go to a training camp to reclaim their sons from the Army.

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1996 -- Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman), dies at 81.

1996 -- Russian Joseph Brodsky dies. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987 for his lyric & elegiac poems. Though Russian, he is exiled in 1972, living thereafter in the US, & becoming poet laureate in 1991.

Smurf with carrot in wheelbarrow
1998 -- France: 200 members of the Farmers Confederation, opposing the government decision to authorize the use of bioengineered corn, break into the Novartis Seed Company warehouse in southwest France, & "ripped open the sacks & drenched the corn with a fire hose, in order to call attention to the dangers posed to humanity by the agricultural use of bioengineering."

According to the Confederation, the bioengineered corn "risks transmitting to man a resistance to the effect of certain antibiotics."

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Curtains!? The Justice Department says it has covered two statues in its headquarters with drapes because one of them has a breast exposed. No word on the status of the boobs who work there.

2003 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Bush tells Congress Iraq tried to import uranium from Africa (one of many lies used to justify the rightist NeoCon invasion & recolonization of Iraqi oil).

3000 --

"I feel envious, when I think back, of the privileged little urchin I was in those days. As an accompaniment to my modest, fill-in meals — a chop, a leg of cold chicken, or one of those hard cheeses, "baked" in the embers of a wood fire & so brittle that one blow of the fist would shatter them into pieces like a pane of glass — I drank Chateau Lafites, Chambertins, & Cortons which had escaped capture by the "Prussians" in 1870. Certain of these wines were already fading, pale & scented still like a dead rose; they lay on a sediment of tannin that darkened their bottles, but most of them retained their aristocratic ardor & their invigorating powers. The good old days!"

      — Colette

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