Our Daily Bleed...
Culling my drawer of drawers today,
I find the pair I plucked from her bureau after she died -
cotton, robin's egg blue & stained with small rust spots,
a small hole near the waistband.
During Vietnam, the children were too young
to travel with us to the peace march on Washington.
She would want to be marching today
under the cloudless southwest sky.
We'd take turns pushing her son Isaac in his stroller,
our NO WAR sign taped to its denim roof.
I used to wake from a terrible dream:
I had lost my baby or forgotten to feed her,
and when I found her, she looked shriveled, even dead.
I pull on the stained blue briefs.
How in this sick & warring world could I have imagined
it was just about me, that nightmare's grief?
Dancer & Poet
French philosopher, critic of the post-modern condition.
FESTIVAL OF SACRED GROVES.
Ancient Roman: PALILA, honoring Pales, Protector of flocks & herds. The FEAST OF PALES celebrated the pastoral goddess. Special purification rites were performed to keep sheep disease-free: shepherds trailed by their flock leap through bonfires.
1142 -- French theologian/philosopher, Peter Abelard, dies in Burgundy. Best known in literature for his poetry & celebrated affair with Héloïse. They composed a collection of their love letters & religious correspondence.
1509 -- England: Feasting, dancing & general rejoicing greets the death of Henry VII, the first 'modern' British monarch.
[Source: Calendar Riots]
1519 -- New Old World: Cortes lands at Veracruz, Mexico.
Through sheer bloodthirstiness (& the aid of European diseases) a few hundred Spaniards manage to conquer, loot, & enslave the millions of people in the Aztec empire. In the name of King & Christianity, anything is possible.
1782 -- US: The Presidio, overlooking San Francisco, is erected by the Spanish to subdue Indians interfering with mail transmissions along El Camino Real.
1812 -- England: Luddites. Food riot at Tintwistle & machinery destroyed at Rhodes' woollen cloth mill.
Source: [Luddite Chronology]
1816 -- Charlotte Brontë lives (1816-1855), Thornton, Yorkshire. Novelist, notably Jane Eyre, sister of Anne & Emily Bronte, who described love more frankly than common in Victorian England.
1834 -- 30,000 march for freedom of trade unionists transported to Australia from Tolpuddle, Britain.
The struggle of the Tolpuddle Martyrs for the right of combination under the Reform Ministry of 1832 marks the beginnings of British Trade Unionism. The glamour of romance which belongs to its origin has contributed to its successful development as a social institution. Eight years after the Repeal of the Combination laws, Trade Unionism was deemed an illegal conspiracy. Today, it is a bulwark of the capitalist system.
— Guy Aldred, Trade Unionism & The Class War (London: Bakunin Press, 1919).
1838 -- US: John Muir, early western naturalist/conservationist, lives.
1863 -- US: Texass wins its "independence" with the defeat of the Mexican Army at San Jacinto.
"It wasn't a shark attack, but a shark accident. More than likely he ran into the swimmer's leg & got it caught in his mouth."— Town spokesman Joe Rubio, explaining away rumors that a woman had been attacked by a shark while swimming off South Padre Island, Texass
1864 -- Max Weber lives. German sociologist & political economist, who profoundly influenced social theory, social research, & the discipline of sociology itself.
"What is possible is only possible because some people have demanded the impossible."
— Max Weber
1879 -- Javanese feminist Raden Adjeng Kartini lives.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2003-05
Javanese princess who rebelled against aristocratic customs & started education for girls in Indonesia.
1894 -- George Bernard Shaw's Arms & the Man opens to the unanimous cheers of the audience, with the sole exception of one who boos. Shaw bowed to his detractor: "I quite agree with you, sir, but what can two do against so many?"
1894 -- US: Workers storm the prison in La Salle, Illinois & liberate striking miners.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1898 -- US: Using the sinking of battleship Maine as rallying cry, the US declares war on Spain in an attempt (successful) to acquire colonies seeking to win independence from Spain. Instead they find old masters replaced by new.
The US picks up, among other new properties, Puerto Rico, Guam & the Philippines in the deal, & uses its new presence in the Pacific as an excuse for "annexing" the independent nation of Hawai'i later that year.
1898 -- Italy: In Ancône, anarchists go on trial (21st-27th) for criminal conspiracy.
The anarchists are accused of criminal conspiracy against "the public safety of people & property." The defendants are represented by the anarchist lawyers Francisco Saviero Merlino, Pietro Gori & Errico Ferri. Errico Malatesta will be sent to prison for seven months.
[Details / context]
1910 -- US: Iconoclast Mark Twain dies, Redding, Connecticut, upon the reappearance of Halley's Comet, which had last shone the year he was born.
"I thoroughly disapprove of duels. I consider them unwise & I know they are dangerous. Also, sinful. If a man should challenge me now I would go to that man & take him kindly & forgivingly by the hand & lead him to a quiet retired spot & kill him."
1913 -- France: André Soudy, member of the anarchiste Bonnot Gang, is executed. Also executed was Raymond Callemin, another member, who had started the individualist paper L'anarchie with Victor Serge.
1914 -- México: US invades Veracruz, to prevent a German ship from delivering arms to Mexican dictator Victoriano Huerta.
126 Mexicans are killed & 195 wounded, despite Beloved & Respected Comrade Liberal President Wilson's hope the port could be captured "without bloodshed."
The raid, by executive fiat, is authorized without Congressional approval, brings the US to the brink of another war with Mexico.
"As 'Cholly Kokonino' would put it ~
The Whoest of the Whos were There.
The Dimless Dames of Coconino,
the Merry Wives in Full Galaxy,
The Representatives of
the "Desierto Pintado's" Social Apex.
Drifting now to a Lower Social Level,
We find 'Krazy Kat' Propelled by
a Great Sense, & urge of Kuriosity
on his Way to the Enchanted Mesa,
on Whose Topside, 'Joe Stork'
The Bird of Destiny, Makes his Home."
— George Herriman, April 21, 1918
Beatster Jack Kerouac called Krazy,& further noted Krazy's gender is not male or female, but both.
"an immediate progenitor of the Beat Generation & its roots could be traced back to the glee of America, the honesty of America, its wild, self-believing individuality,"
The finest Krazy & George Herriman page was forced to take down all the pages for some time due to greed & stupidity; it would have cost this fan $5,000 a month to keep the pages up. A serious loss to a generation who hasn't a clue about Krazy Kat... but we're happy to see they got a reprieve & allowed to return:
1918 -- "Red" Baron Manfred von Richtofen, dies (WWI).
The Red Baron
THE RED BARON
1921 -- US: Police fire on striking miners in Butte, Montana.
1935 -- France: Auguste Garnery (1865-1935) dies. French jeweler, anarchiste militant, revolutionary trade unionist & antimilitarist.
Jailed several times, including a 15-month sentence for his activities in the l'Association Internationale Antimilitariste.
A close friend of Pierre Monatte, whom he helped in founding the review The Proletarian Revolution.
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1937 -- Spain: Delegated Committee for the Defense of Madrid dissolved.
[This poster was released in Madrid, issued by the Delegated Committee for the Defense of Madrid.[Details / context]
Espert, the artist who designed this poster, advises Madrid residents of the place to bring their books.
The poster neither makes lofty claims regarding the social revolution nor states that literacy can defeat Franco's troops, but it is effective in suggesting what residents in the rearguard can do to help those who fight the war.]
1946 -- Switzerland: The war failed to stop trade union activity, & there is a flurry of wildcat strikes throughout the country.
Right after the war these led to a demand for paid holidays ("days off, days of misery" is the slogan). In spite of trade union pressure the bosses stand their ground & at today (Easter 1946), a strike erupts, organized by Lucien Tronchet. This unforgettable stoppage ended in rioting & in the storming of the town hall in Geneva. The bosses caved in & agreed to award paid holidays — May Day excluded(!)
1947 -- Iggy Pop [James Osterberg], rocker, lives.
1948 -- US: American naturalist Aldo Leopold dies.
"When we see the land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love & respect."
1951 -- Italy: Giuseppe Pasotti (1888-1951) dies. Anarco-sindicalista & member of the Italian League of Human Rights.
1954 -- US Air Force begins flying French reinforcements to Indochina (Vietnam).
1956 -- Charles MacArthur dies, New York. His screenplay, The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931), bags an Academy Award-winning performance by his wife, Helen Hayes.
1959 -- Alf Dean, using a rod & reel, hooks a 2,664lb, 16' 10" great white shark, the largest fish ever caught on a rod.
When queried about bait, he replied, "kittens."
1960 -- US: Dick Clark (d.2012), described as "the single most influential person" in the pop music business, testifies before a congressional committee investigating payola. He admits he had a financial interest in 27% of the records he played on his show in a 28 month period.
Dear Auntie Dave, I read in the paper today that on this day in 1957 "American Bandstand" with Dick Clark first went on the air.
Isn't it true that there have actually been four "Dick Clarks," sort of like there have been five or six "Lassies"?— Flames, August 5, 1999
360 degree view from the Observation Deck at 518 feet at the Space Needle.
1962 -- ¶ During this Spring Beatster Jack Kerouac's novel, Visions of Gerard, is accepted for publication by Farrar, Straus & Cudahy.
1967 -- Greece: CIA-assisted right-wing coup deposes elected civilian government, military junta takes over.
1967 -- Italy: La commissione Beolchini istituita per indagare sulle cosiddette deviazioni (cioè prassi corrente) dei servizi segreti diretti dal generale De Lorenzo, porta alla luce la raccolta di informazioni operata dallo stato su "deputati, senatori, dirigenti di industria, sulle persone più note per la loro varia attività ... su prelati, su vescovi, su sacerdoti." Il testo integrale della relazione della commissione viene coperto dal segreto militare.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1967 -- US: NY Governor Nelson Rockefeller signs anti-union Taylor Law.
1968 -- Executive board of International Olympic Committee (IOC) votes to bar participation of South Africa after intense international pressure. Apparently they cannot be bribed yet.
1968 -- Italy: Armando Borghi (1882-1968) dies. Important Italian anarchico figure, propagandist.
Friend of Errico Malatesta, secretary of the large Unione Anarchica Italiana (
UAI) as well as the head of the Italian Syndicalist Union ( USI) in Bologna.
1972 -- US: Protesters in El Paso, Texass, pelt Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader General Westmoreland, who is always winning in Vietnam, with tomatoes.
1972 -- Canada: Alberta Indians end six month sit-in at Indian Affairs office in Edmonton.
1975 -- Vietnam: Last South Vietnam president, Nguyen Van Thieu, resigns after 10 years. Becomes a traveling wrestling referee, just so he can point & scream "THIEU REVERSAL."
1980 -- Anti-American Label? Frank Zappa's record label refuses to release his single entitled "I Wanna Be Drafted."
I know that FZ had a song called "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted." Could this be what you are referring to?
— Bleedster Paul R., 2003
Absolutely not ... We renamed it so the record label could release it & to cheer up true American Patriots (who have been a Bit Blue of late).
1990 -- Erte‚ arte deco styliste, dies at ninte sevene.
1998 -- France: Jean-Francois Lyotard dies. Post-modern French philosopher, a revolutionary before the pressures of a career & the ebbing of post-1968 hopes turned him into a darling of the sociologists.
Member of Socialisme ou Barbarie group, alongside Cornelius Castoriadis (aka Pierre Chaulieu & Paul Cardan) & Lefort. He joined the March 22nd Movement (greatly influenced events of May-June 1968), made up of students from the Nanterre Anarchist Group & other elements. Here he was active alongside Daniel Cohn-Bendit & Jean-Pierre Duteuil.
[Details / context]
[More on Castoriadis]
1999 -- Australia: "The Age" publishes the inaugural Lesbia Harford Oration on behalf of the Victorian Women Lawyers, delivered by John Harber Phillips, Chief Justice of Victoria.
Lesbia Harford — The Rebel Girl (1891-1927) — was an I.W.W. labor activist & a strong believer in "free love."[Details / context]
2001 -- US: FBI Raids Seattle Indy Media Center. Security plans to protect Beloved & Respected Comrade Western leaders attending a trade summit in Quebec were stolen from a car over the weekend & posted, hours later, on a Seattle-based Web site.
FBI agents seized computer-log records & staff & told them "not to talk about" the incident under threat of being held in contempt of court.[Details / context]
The organization violated no US law but the breach of security is another embarrassment for the Canadian government.
2001 -- Korea: Demonstrations nationwide, enraged over the murderous police crackdown on a peaceful labor rally of workers laid off by Daewoo Motors, which left 45 workers seriously injured.
[Details / context]
2004 -- A grand jury indicts Michael Jackson on charges of child molestation.
2008 -- US: JUDGE DISMISSES MAIL FRAUD CASE AGAINST BIO-ARTIST KURTZ
A nearly four year "homeland security" nightmare comes to an end. A federal judge today dismissed the indictment against University at Buffalo Professor of Visual Studies Dr. Steven Kurtz.
Art in a time of terror: Steve Kurtz became a “bioterrorism” suspect because of his art. A cofounder of the Critical Art Ensemble (in 1987 with Steven Barnes) has won numerous awards for its bio-art.
Make no laws whatever concerning speech & speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that "freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license"; & they will refine & define freedom out of existence.
Let the guarantee of free speech be in every man's determination to use it, & we shall have no need of paper declarations. On the other hand, so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so... — Voltairine de Cleyre, Anarchism & American Traditions
"Where there is authority, there is no freedom."
— Prince Peter Kropotkin
"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices."
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