Our Daily Bleed...
Of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys:
Power, like a desolating pestilence,
Pollutes whate'er it touches, & obedience,
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men, &, of the human frame,
A mechanised automaton.
— Percy Bysshe Shelley
American Bard of the Bar Room
& the Brothel.
Los Angeles: ABSOLUTE TOTAL NIHILISTS BANG CLANG DAY.
WELLNESS PERMISSION LEAGUE'S DAY.
FESTIVAL OF PRIMAL OOZE.
1074 -- All married Roman Catholic priests are excommunicated. Now the priests can fully focus their attention on little boys & girls.
1170 -- England: A UFO is sighted over St. Ostwyth, Essex, a "wonderfully large dragon ... borne up from the earth through the air."
1454 -- Amerigo Vespucci explorer lives. How fickle is history? Instead of living in Ameriga, many of us Bleeders could be living Vespucciland.
1562 -- Italy: Public kissing becomes a capital offence in Naples.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1749 -- Compte de Mirabeau lives.
1763 -- Radical British journalist William Cobbett lives.
Strange Event: Mirage of a walled town seen at Youghal, County Cork, Ireland.
1809 -- Lord Byron's "English Bard & Scotch Reviewers" is published.
1841 -- US: Slaves who mutinied & took over the Spanish slave ship Amistad — subsequently captured by the US warship Washington — are declared free men by the Supreme Court. The slave leader, Joseph Cinque (who serves, 130 years later, as the inspiration for Symbionese Liberation Field Marshall Cinque) returned to Africa to become a slaver himself.
1862 -- US: The Monitor battles the Merrimac to a draw, in the first battle of iron-clad ships. The Monitor was unique; built by union labor, it came with an iron-clad 30 day guarantee.
1865 -- Panama: US forces land "to protect US interests" during a revolution.
1865 -- México: Beloved Comrade Leader General Winfield Scott & 10,000 US troops land at Veracruz, Mexico. "To protect...."
1879 -- France: Carloman François Rose lives (1879-1961). Anarchiste, trade unionist (CGT, UD, CGTU), served on the editorial board of Germinal & a salesman for Libertaire. Organized support for the Black Sea Mutineers in 1921. (no longer on the internet; SOURCE: Cd-Rom Maitron : Dictionnaire bibliographique du mouvement ouvrier ROSE Francois, Carloman. Born on March 9, 1879 in Armentières (Northern), house painter, François ROSE were member of the editorial board of the anarchist weekly magazine of Amiens, Germinal, & salesman of the Libertarian. The shortly after the First World War, secretary of the trade union of the Building industry & assistant secretary of the Labor market of the Picardy capital, it occupied the station of regional delegate of the Building industry CGT (departments of North, Pas-de-Calais & the Sum), particularly important function because of the problems of rebuilding. Fascinated by the Russian Revolution, Rose organized in 1921 the countryside in favour of the mutineers of the Black Sea in the Sum & was the man-key of the trade-union scission in this department. Without adhering to the Communist Party, Rose, like much of anarchistic militants, placed herself in the mobility of Communism & undertook an action of sap against the leaders reformists of the CGT of Amiens. The coalition anarchist-Communist arrived to his ends at the time of the congress of the departmental Union of the Sum, held in Amiens on April 10, 1921: the socialist militants were évincés stations of responsibility & Rose succeeded Buignet as secretary of the UD, which it affiliated with the CGTU the following year. François Pink died on January 3 JANUARY 1961 in Paris (Xe arr.). ROSE François, Carloman. Né le 9 mars 1879 à Armentières (Nord), peintre en bâtiment, François Rose était membre du comité de rédaction de l'hebdomadaire anarchiste d'Amiens, Germinal, et vendeur du Libertaire. Au lendemain de la Première Guerre mondiale, secrétaire du syndicat du Bâtiment et secrétaire adjoint de la Bourse du Travail de la capitale picarde, il occupait le poste de délégué régional du Bâtiment CGT (départements du Nord, du Pas-de-Calais et de la Somme), fonction particulièrement importante à cause des problèmes de reconstruction. Fasciné par la Révolution russe, Rose organisa en 1921 la campagne en faveur des mutins de la mer Noire dans la Somme et fut l'homme-clé de la scission syndicale dans ce département. Sans adhérer au Parti communiste, Rose, comme beaucoup de militants anarchistes, se plaça dans la mouvance du communisme et entreprit une action de sape contre les dirigeants réformistes de la CGT d'Amiens. La coalition anarchiste-communiste parvint à ses fins lors du congrès de l'Union départementale de la Somme, tenu à Amiens le 10 avril 1921 : les militants socialistes furent évincés des postes de responsabilité et Rose succéda à Buignet comme secrétaire de l'UD, qu'il affilia à la CGTU l'année suivante. François Rose mourut le 3 Janvier JANUARY 1961 à Paris (Xe arr.). SOURCES : Arch. Nat. F7/13621 et 13020. -- Arch. Dép. Nord, M 595/38b. -- Arch. Dép. Somme, Z 317. -- Arch. PPo. 301.
1879 -- US: Anarchist militant Carlo Tresca lives.
Tresca was an outspoken foe of Fascism in Germany & Italy & of "Communism" in the Soviet Union. The FBI accumulated a mere 1,358 pages on this outstanding citizen. Murdered by an unknown assailant, presumably by fascists or the Mafia.
"The more things change, the more they stay the same."
Tresca edited a number of papers which stood up for workers rights & denounced the hypocrisy & corruption of those in power. One of his favorite targets was the clergy, whom he attacked relentlessly. Tresca was a skilled labor agitator, leading strikes & urging workers to stand up for their rights.
1883 -- France: Large demonstration of the unemployed at the Esplanade of Les Invalides is broken up by police. A large contingent marches across Paris, headed by Louise Michel, Joseph Tortelier & Émile Pouget (who initiated the demonstration), waving black flags.
1885 -- Eat This, Louise?: Bread treated with carbon dioxide patented. Yummy.
1892 -- Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) lives. English poet & novelist, descendent of the one of the great families of England, proprietors of Knole in Kent. Sackville-West was the chief model for Orlando in Virginia Woolf's novel of the same title.
1892 -- US: Ida B. Well's friend & neighbor Tom Moss is lynched, prompting her anti-lynching campaign, the destruction of her printing press, & her move from Memphis to New York.
1901 -- Russia: Author, pacifist & anarchist Leo Tolstoï is excommunicated by the Russian Orthodox Church (February 24 for the Julien calendar).
Because he propagates,
"with the ardor of a fanatic, the inversion of all the dogmas of the Orthodox Church & the very essence of Christian faith....”
— extract from the decree of excommunicationhttp://www.ephemanar.net/mars08.html
1907 -- Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) lives. Romanian-born historian of religion & fiction writer, one of the preeminent interpreters of world religion in this century. Wrote The Myth of the Eternal Return.
1908 -- Henri Jullien lives, Hanoi, son of Paule Mink. A socialist, trade unionist, then a mutualist & anarchiste.
1911 -- US: Frank Little & the other IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) free-speech fighters are released from jail in Fresno, Calif. Little is later murdered by mine owners in Montana.
1913 -- The manuscript of Virginia Woolf's first novel, The Voyage Out, is delivered to publisher Gerald Duckworth. She is 31.
1914 -- US: Emma Goldman delivers lecture in Philadelphia; notes free-speech victory with complete retreat of police authorities.
1916 -- US: In response to the US recognition of Carranza, Pancho Villa's guerrillas cross into New Mexico, & attack Columbus, killing several Americans. New Mexico's Senator Albert Bacon Fall calls for a half million US Army occupation of Mexico.
Villa split his assault group into two columns. One attacking the center of the sleepy town & the other a tent encampment of US Army regulars called Fort Furlong.
Latin America invades the US...
Of interest according to Gilly's book, p. 223, Villa may have attacked the US in retaliation for several Mexican citizens being forced to take a "petrol bath," & then set on fire.
Of his distinctly highbrow Left-wing oeuvre, Spillane says:
"There are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar."
Originally wrote for comic books, pulps, & in the late 40s did undercover work for federal drug agents. Spillane stopped writing full-length novels for 8 years (1953-1961) after conversion to the Jehovah's Witnesses, & 16 years (1973-89), when he advertised Miller Lite beer. His only other series character, Tiger Mann, was first introduced in Day of the Gun (1964).
"Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman [part of an anarchist mediation group who had the ear of the Kronstadt Soviet] had an interview with Zinoviev ... Their mediation scheme was a complete failure...
Most of the Russian members of the mediation groups were arrested.
I was not — an indulgence which I owed to the good opinion that Zinoviev, Zorin & a few others had of me..."
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Militant libertaire et pacifiste; peintre et graveur; lithographie; artisan et artiste "Femme libérée" illustre la revue de Lorulot . Il donne également ses bois gravés au "Néo-Naturien" et à "l'En Dehors" d'E. Armand, etc. Avec Germain Delatouche, graveur et libertaire comme lui, et d'autres artistes, ils forment, en 1924, le groupe . Portraits d'anarchistes célèbres, illustrations antimilitaristes, paysages bucoliques ou naturistes, les bois gravés de Moreau ornent de nombreux livres et revues de la presse libertaire : Artiste de talent, il se tiendra pourtant volontairement à l'écart du vedettariat, se moquant totalement de la reconnaissance officielle. Son ami Manuel Devaldès fera sa biographie en 1935.
1959 -- William Faulkner finishes his novel The Mansion.
1961 -- The Dalai Lama appeals to the UN to restore the independence of Tibet.
1963 -- In a "New Yorker" review of Oscar Wilde's letters W. H. Auden writes: "From the beginning Wilde performed his life & continued to do so even after fate had taken the plot out of his hands."
"I think I am rather more than a Socialist. I am something of an Anarchist, I believe..."
1964 -- Cyprus: Fighting breaks out between Greeks & Turks, Ktima.
1964 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Cross-Dresser J.Edgar Hoover visits LBJ's White House to discuss Martin Luther King's sex life.
1965 -- US: Unlivable City Award? Reverend James Reeb, a Boston minister who had traveled to Selma to join demonstrators, is viciously beaten by a white gang & dies two days later.
1965 -- Shelley Mydans novel Thomas (i.e., Becket), is published, US.
1966 -- Spain: Franco's police arrest 30 students at a free campus meeting, Barcelona.
1966 -- US: The head of the commission to abolish HUAC is banned from speaking at the University of North Carolina.
1967 -- US: Fillmore in San Francisco opens 6 nights a week. Haight people start to hear about & visit Morning Star Farm (Sonoma) & Berkeley Barb features smokable banana rumor. The rumor, as it turns out, is true.
1967 -- US: Frisco police bust shops selling "Let's Liberate Posters" poster.
1968 -- Eight rock n roll performers or band members make the 1968 edition of "Who's Who in America," the first to be included since Elvis Presley & the Beatles: the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Mamas & Papas, Doors, Monkees & Donovan.
1969 -- "The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour," which featured such rock bands as the Beatles, the Who, Jefferson Airplane & the Doors, is canceled by CBS-TV. This is in the wake of controversy over the on-air censorship of guest star Joan Baez.CBS TV cancels the show after they let Joan Baez dedicate a song to her husband David, convicted of draft resistance against the Vietnam War.
1972 -- US: Jokers Wild? Detroit police burst in on four men playing cards; in the ensuing shooting, one of the cardplayers is killed & the other three wounded — all of whom turned out to be off-duty Wayne County deputy sheriffs. In a pig-eat-pig world...is nothing kosher?
1972 -- Allen Klein, already accused of laundering money from UNICEF, which was to receive the royalties from "Bangladesh's" sales, turns over just one-tenth of the $1.2 million due the organization.
1975 -- US: First International Women's Art Festival, New York.
1976 -- Italy: The world's worst cable car disaster. 42 people die as the cable holding the descending gondola, at Cavalese, snaps & sends the cart crashing into the valley below.
1979 -- Outer Space: First extraterrestrial active volcano discovered (Jupiter's satellite Io).Then felt I like some watcher of the skies when a new planet swims into his ken.
— John Keats
1979 -- US: Supreme Court issues temporary restraining order prohibiting publication by The Progressive of an article on H-bomb secrecy.
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1981 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan endorses Casey's CIA plan for destabilization of Nicaragua; also Reagan makes an illegal arms deal with Iran, according to Bani-Sadr.
1982 -- US: Washington Post reveals $19 million in CIA covert aid illegally given to Contras.
1984 -- US: NBC News says Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan is preparing to fight a two-month-long nuclear war. Sorry, we have no idea who he wants for a sparring partner.
1984 -- US: Senate Appropriations Committee rejects Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan's request for $21 million for the contra terrorists. Back in de good ol' days when American rightwingers was in favor of terrorism.
1986 -- US: 100,000 march in Washington, DC for freedom of choice & reproductive rights.
1989 -- Edgy photographer Robert Mapplethorpe dies. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Jesse Helm's favorite — & personal — photographer.
1991 -- Yugoslavia: Anti-government demonstration is threatened by tanks, Belgrade. Police & 100,000 anticommunist demonstrators clash, two die.
1994 -- Novelist of the down & out, Charles Bukowski, is permanently out, dies, in San Pedro, California. American Bard of the Bar Room & the Brothel:
1994 -- Charles Bukowski dies.
"The more crap you believe,
the better off you are."
1996 -- In first mass demonstration under independence, women from around Lithuania gather at Ignalia to commemorate Chernobyl victims & demand an accelerated timetable (by 2005) for decommissioning the plant.
1998 -- Jesse Walker's (moocHead) article "Rebel Radio" published in The New Republic:
"A harsh pounding woke Doug Brewer, the hairy owner of a Tampa electronics store. A SWAT team was outside his house, along with a column of local cops, customs agents, & federal marshals. Upon letting the police in, Brewer & his wife were ordered to the floor, guns pointed at their heads, as the screaming invaders handcuffed them. Some cops even trained their weapons on the family cat. Brewer's offense: broadcasting without a license."
1998 -- Canada: Innu protesters confront Quebec & Newfoundland ministers gathered to announce the largest hydroelectric project in North American history, on the lower Churchill River in Labrador.
2003 -- Indonesia: Up to 800,000 in Surabaya pray for peace in Iraq. Yup.
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2003 -- Avant-guard film-maker Stan Brakhage dies after making over 400 films spanning seven decades: 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's & this decade (yet to be aptly named in its sixth year). Associated with a number of contemporary artists, among them Maya Deren, Marie Menken, Joseph Cornell, & John Cage. Regarded as one of the most important experimental filmmakers of the 20th century.
[Thanks to Bleedster Tom, Beat Book Shop]
2010 -- Ireland: Seven people arrested over a plot to assassinate Swedish artist Lars Vilks — best known for his drawings of Muhammed, prophet of Islam.
How far, O rich, do you extend your senseless avarice?
Do you intend to be the sole inhabitants of the earth?
Why do you drive out the fellow sharers of nature, & claim it all for yourselves? Nature gave all things in common for the use of all; usurpation created private rights. Property hath no rights. The earth is the Lord's, & we are his offspring. The pagans hold earth as property. They do blaspheme God.
— St. Ambrose
Message from the Small Shrub, Beloved & Respected Comrade President Dubya Bush, to Iraq: "Here We Come!"
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