Our Daily Bleed...
("Oh, My Gold Tooth," 1957).
This is Darrow,
Inadequately scrawled, with his young, old heart,
& his drawl, & his infinite paradox
& his sadness, & kindness,
& his artist sense that drives him to shape his life
To something harmonious, even against the schemes of God.
— Edgar Lee Masters, "Darrow," (1922)
American individualist poet, writer, anarchist theorist.
ZIMBABWE: INDEPENDENCE DAY.
YOM HA'SHOAH, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
FESTIVAL OF FABULOUS WILDMEN.
US: ALFRED PACKER DAY. Eatcher heart out, Ronald McDonald: Honors the only American to be convicted on charges of cannibalism (1854).
1587 -- John Foxe dies in Cripplegate, London. English Puritan preacher, wrote The Book of Martyrs, in France, forced to flee England when Roman Catholic queen Bloody Mary got throned.
1775 -- New Old World: Paul Revere goes joyriding, gets captured;
William Dawes warnsThe British are coming!
1792 -- Vancouver "discovers" Vancouver Island, &, being a modest man, renames it for himself.
1817 -- George Henry Lewes lives, London. Philosopher, literary critic, common-law husband of George Eliot.
1839 -- France: What is Today's Youth Coming To?!: French decadent Charles Baudelaire expelled from college.
1842 -- US: Rhode Island Reds? Dorr's Rebellion; Rhode Island citizens, disgruntled by property-owning requirements, hold their own elections.
1850 -- Joseph A. Labadie
Labor activist, writer, poet, printer, anarchist lives, Paw Paw, Michigan.
The finest American collection of radical materials is housed at the University of Michigan's Labadie Library, so-named in his honor.
1857 -- US: American lawyer (one of the very few good 'uns) for the underdog, Clarence Darrow, lives: "To retain all the means of life in the hands of the few - & compel the many to do service to support these few - requires the machinery of the state. It is for this reason that penal laws are made."Daily Bleed patron Saint 2003-05
Hard to think "saint" & "lawyer" together, but Darrow defended Debs, anti-work radicals & "the underdog."
"Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt."
1864 -- Richard Harding Davis, romance author & a leading reporter lives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1879 -- Viljo Tarkiainen (1879 - 1951) lives, Juva. Finnish literature researcher/critic.
1879 -- US: Trial starts in Standing Bear vs. General Crook in front of Judge Dundy, arguing that Indians citizens have the same rights to habeas corpus as other US citizens.
1898 -- French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau dies.
1905 -- Author Henry James visits Seattle, Washington. James had many acid-witted critics, including Oscar Wilde who wrote, "Henry James is developing, but he will never arrive at passion, I fear." T. S. Eliot noted: "James had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it."
1906 -- US: San Francisco Earthquake destroys much of Frisco. Combined with the ensuing fire, 500-700 died & another 250,000 left homeless. Damages totaled over $500 million from the quake, estimated at 7.9-8.3 on the (yet-to-be devised) Richter Scale.
"I asked a man standing next to me what happened. Before he could answer a thousand bricks fell on him & he was killed. A woman threw her arms around my neck. I pushed her away & fled. All around me buildings were rocking & flames shooting. As I ran, people on all sides were crying , praying & calling for help. I thought the end of the world had come."
1908 -- The IWW poem We Have Fed You All For A Thousand Years is published in the Industrial Union Bulletin.
We have fed you all for a thousand years
& you hail us still unfed
Though there's never a dollar of all your wealth
But marks the workers dead
We have yielded our best to give you rest
& you lie on crimson wool
But if blood be the price of all your wealth
Good God we have paid in full...
1908 -- US: Objecting to the notoriety caused by Emma Goldman's presence, the management of the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco forces her to leave; Emma encounters an escalated level of surveillance.
1912 -- US: National Guard is called out against striking West Virginia coal miners. Paint Creek-Cabin Creek coal miners on strike in West Virginia are forced to defend themselves, beginning one of the most violent strikes in the nation's history.
UMWA miners on Paint Creek in Kanawha County demanded wages equal to those of other area mines & recognition of the United Mine Workers of America.
The operators rejected the wage increase & miners walked off the job today. Miners along nearby Cabin Creek, having previously lost their union, join the Paint Creek strikers.
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1913 -- US: Paint Creek-Cabin Creek coal miners, on strike for over a year; they have endured a cold winter in tents & on meager rations.
They had suffered humiliation, brutality & death at the hands of mine guards. They had been machined gunned by an armor plated train, illegally court martialed & illegally imprisoned by the state governor, with whom local UMWA officials — supposed to be representing the best interests of the miners — were working in cahoots with the governor to break the strike.
In a betrayal of the miners, Eugene Debs visited West Virginia & reported that the governor was doing a good job.
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1923 -- Danish novelist/dramatist, Leif Panduro lives, Frederiksberg. A social critic writing in a satirical, humorous vein. Wrote Av, Min Guldtand
Spring. Four million Americans are out of work. Breadlines continue to form in New York, Chicago & other American cities.
Some depressing music, including Barbecue Bob's tune,
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1948 -- Kathy Acker lives (year of birth listed online variously as 1944, 45, 47, 48; it is agreed, howsomever that she died in 1997).
On the television
football game with the sound off
World in which Strom Thurmond
outlives Kathy Acker
We walk under the grey sky
past the massive brick apartments
of outer Connecticut Avenue
toward a strip mall café
— Ron Silliman, excerpt, "Dadaquest"
Kathy Acker: 1948-1997
"Kathy Acker loved Miles Davis &, like Miles, she didn't give a fuck, except about the things she gave a fuck about. She gave a fuck about books (the ones she wrote & the library of 30,000 volumes she amassed over the years), about the subliminal politics of everyday life — where the brittle edges of gender politics & class would come into sharp focus — &, mostly, about the power of words to define the world & shape our thoughts. Whoever controlled the words controlled thought, Kathy knew. She set out to understand & liberate words (& herself) by direct action: She'd seize control of language & reinvent it in her work.
— Richard Kadrey, author (Metrophage; Horse Latitudes; Covert Culture Sourcebook; From Myst To Riven)
Re(a)d, Not Dead
In the words of David Antin: Her works will answer for her. They remain alive.
1950 -- J.D. Salinger's story, "For Esmé, With Love & Squalor," opens:
"Just recently, by air mail, I received an invitation to a wedding that will take place in England on April 18th."
1954 -- Egypt: Colonel Nasser seizes power.
1955 -- US: Relative Death, more or less, of Albert Einstein, pacifist, socialist, scientist, Princeton, New Jersey.
Human society is passing through a crisis ... The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil...
The result of...[the concentration of private capital in a few hands] is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be checked even by a democratically organized political society.
— Albert Einstein, Why I Am A Socialist, 1949
"It's all relative"
1958 -- US: A Federal Court decides since Ezra Pound is incurably, permanently insane, he can no longer be held for treason & can be set free.
As he leaves St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC, 13 years after being taken into custody, he reflects:
"How did it go in the madhouse?
But what other place could one live in America?"
1958 -- West Germany: First march against nuclear arms.
1959 -- ¶ During this Spring "Big Table" magazine publishes Beatster Jack Kerouac's "Old Angel Midnight." Alfred Aronowitz begins series of articles on Kerouac & the Beat Generation published in the "New York Post"; Kerouac meets Anaïs Nin; Truman Capote, on the David Susskind television program, condescends & calls Kerouac's writing, "typewriting"; Kerouac is reportedly drinking up to a quart of alcohol a day. During this month of April, he begins writing column for "Escapade" magazine.
1963 -- Henrietta Kreis is the third famous Wallenda aerialist to fall to death.
When we heard the news (I was a college sophomore), one of my classmates remembered that, as a child, she knew the Wallendas. Each year when they came to her town to perform, she went at dawn with her grandfather — a journalist — to watch them put up the tents. Over the years he had become friends with them, & she said that their annual reunion was one of her favorite childhood memories.
My friend is dead now, too. She was diagnosed with cancer on 8/8/88, & she died a couple years later after a bone-marrow transplant failed.
— Bleedster Ruth, 2003
1964 -- Notable American screenwriter Ben Hecht dies.
1966 -- US: Bill Russell becomes first black coach in National Basketball Association (NBA) history (Boston Celtics).
1968 -- US: Baaaaa Humbug? Army concedes that nerve gas sprayed from planes, burned in pits, & released from 155mm shells at its Dugway Proving Ground is responsible for the death of at least 6,400 Utah sheep. No "Weapons of Mass Destruction" here.
1969 -- Stout Fellow?: Patrick Stout, a former Army sergeant who had entered an atomic bomb crater in Alamogordo, New Mexico to demonstrate that it presented no safety hazard, dies of leukemia. Doctors attributed Stout's contraction of the disease to atomic radiation exposure.The only journalist allowed to witness the Alamogordo atomic bomb test, two months later, after A-bombs were dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki, he wrote about the Alamogordo event in glowing terms in the New York Times.
"The hills said ‘yes' & the mountains chimed in ‘yes,'" the newsman waxed poetic.
"It was as if the earth had spoken & the suddenly iridescent clouds & sky had joined in one mighty affirmative answer. Atomic energy—yes."
"Dig a hole, cover it with a couple of doors & then throw three feet of dirt on top... It's the dirt that does it... if there are enough shovels to go around, everybody's going to make it."
— T.K. Jones, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategic & Theater Nuclear Forces, 1981
We can survive nuclear war because, "ants eventually build another anthill."— William Chipman, federal official in charge of Civil Defense, 1981
(Both during Reagan administration)
Source: Robert Scheer, With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush & Nuclear War
1970 -- US: Flower Power? 4,000 march in Seattle for peace in Vietnam/SE Asia, escorted by Seattle police officers with daffodils tied to their night sticks.
1970 -- US: Native Americans start five-day sit-ins at several Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) offices across the country.
1970 -- US: Vietnam War protests sees Isla Vistans in the streets.
With an assurance from Sheriff Webster that police would not enter Isla Vista, students were helping to put out fires started by war protesters.
Kevin Moran proceeded with others to the temporary Bank of America. They entered the broken glass door of the bank to put out a fire inside the structure.
Just then, a convoy of dump trucks bristling with riot police turned the corner & inched their way toward the bank.
Having put out the fire, the students started to exit & Kevin was shot & killed by a Santa Barbara City police officer
The Sheriff's department immediately claimed Kevin had been shot by a “radical sniper” & issued an all points bulletin on the suspect, complete with a description of the “get away” car.
1977 -- US: Native American activist Leonard Peltier found guilty of murdering two FBI agents, despite government testimony that he was not present at the scene of the killings.
In 2004 the FBI (because of its criminal conduct in cases like this, fondly known as the Federal Bureau of Fabrication) still holds over 6,000 pages on the Leonard Peltier case which they refuse to release for "National Security reasons".
1978 -- US: Senate votes 68-32 to turn over the Panama Canal to Panama on 31 December 1999, ending several months of heated debate; an earlier vote (on 16 March) had given approval to a treaty guaranteeing the area's neutrality after the year 2000.
1980 -- Rhodesia: Ending racial civil war, this segregated African nation becomes the liberated African nation of Zimbabwe, gains independence from the U.K.
1980 -- El Salvador: Democratic Revolutionary Front (FDR), a coalition of all popular organizations, founded.
1983 -- A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at the US Embassy in Lebanon.
1996 -- Lebanon: 102 refugees (many women & children in a UN compound) killed by intentionally targeted Israeli artillery, Qana. The US tried unsuccessfully to suppress a UN report blaming Israel for the massacre.
[Source: Reclaim Our History/Eat the State!]
1997 -- Sweden: "Choose Life" Plowshares action at Bofors weapons factory in Karlskoga, exporter of arms to Indonesia.
1998 -- Chile: Labor organizations from across Latin America converge on Santiago, in a mass protest of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Bill Clinton's free trade visit & negotiations there.
The US government & a few elite US corporations have long ago replaced Chilean democracy with a military dictatorship under the butcher Augusto Pinochet. The latter undertakes a campaign of genocide against labor, activist workers & those to the left of his extreme rightwing pals.
In the economic realm, so-called "radical" capitalist economist Milton Friedman, the darling of Republicans & "Free Market" advocates, plotted out an economic dictatorship that makes the rich richer & the poor poorer.
Together they effect a destruction & terrorism in Chile in mere years — while decrying Castro's comparatively "mild" tyranny, now decades old.
Background materials on the Chilean workers' movement in the 1970s, see the Charlatan Stew Archives,
2010 -- Run for Your Life? The Dow Live Earth Run for Water begins, globally. Dow's ownership of Union Carbide, their refusal to clean up the deadly Bhopal site, responsibility for groundwater poisoning incidents in Morrisonville, Louisiana & the Tittabawassee River in Michigan, along with their water filtration plant failures in India ... so what's the problem?
"Strange that science, which in the old days seemed harmless, should have evolved into a nightmare that causes everyone to tremble."
— Albert Einstein
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
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