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Daily Bleed: on this day in recovered history May 6, Harry Martinson, Emma Goldman, Louis Mercier-Vega, Alexander Berkman, Stella Ballantine, William Gropper, Aung San Suu Kyi, Montreal Anarchist Bookfair

would she have said it was the wrong time if I had found her then
i don't want too much a field across the road & a few good friends
she used to come & see me but she was always there & gone
even the very longest love does not last too long
she'd stand there in my doorway smoothing out her dress
& say "this life is a thump-ripe melon—so sweet & such a mess"

& I'm looking for rexroth's daughter here on my own side street...
& i'm looking for rexroth's daughter & i guess i always will be...

—Songster Greg Brown

Who Doin Hoodoo Man?

Celebrant of uncomplicated natural life, the future primitive.



All Bleeding Eventually Stops

1536 -- Perú: Manco Inca rise up against the Spanish conquerors. In Spanish, see the Eduardo Galeano's Memoria del fuego:

1626 -- Wanna Buy A Bridge?: In North America, Dutchman Peter Minuit "buys" Manhattan Island from the Manahatta Indians, (Shinnecock Indians?) who live in Brooklyn, for trinkets valued at $24. The joke is on Pete, (but don't tell (F)red) or Ayn Rand): the locals didn't have a legal title to the land.

Painting of Toussaint L'Ouverture
1794 -- Toussaint L'Ouverture leads Haitian revolution for independence. Inspiration for artist Jacob Lawrence's "Toussaint L'Ouverture" series of paintings.

TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE (Saint, October 12, 1998)
Leader of the first successful slave revolt in the New World.

1812 -- Black emancipationist Martin Robinson Delany lives, Virginia. Spiller of the beans on the Seven Finger High Glister, HooDoo Master of the Great Dismal Swamp.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2008
Physician, Black nationalist, Pan-Africanist. His novel Blake reveals the existence of the Seven Finger High Glister, HooDoo Master of the Great Dismal Swamp.

Between 1843 & 1846 Delany published his own newspaper — the Mystery. Subsequently, he worked with Frederick Douglass on his weekly newspaper — The North Star...

1856 -- Sigmund Freud lives to tie knots & issue pink slips. Austrian psychiatrist & founder of psychoanalysis, the most influential psychological theorist of 20th-century. Freud's theories, including the formation of the Oedipus complex, have had an enormous influence on art, literature & social thinking. Freud lived in Vienna, where anti-Jew laws were canceled, worked at the General Hospital & experimented with cocaine, using it himself. Primary themes: Sex & drugs (sorry kids, there was no rock'n'roll yet).

Freud never received a Nobel, but in 1928 an attempt was made ...

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Where's Waldo?
1862 -- Death of Henry David Thoreau, back-to-the-land advocate, war tax resister, jailbird & author of "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience." His last words?: "Moose. Indian."

Where's Waldo?

Ralph Waldo Emerson walked by the jail one day & found Hank there & asked, "Henry, what are you doing in there?!"

Henry looked at him & asked, "No, Waldo, the question is, what are you doing out there?"

Crazy Horse book cover
1877 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Chief Crazy Horse surrenders to US troops, who later murder him (on September 5th he is bayoneted in the back on orders; Dakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull leads 5,000 of his followers into Canada to ask protection from the Queen & petition land for a reserve after defeating Gen. Custer & US 7th Cavalry at the Little Big Horn. The Canadian government refuses.
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1880 -- George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) gets hitched seven months before her death at 61, to a 40-year-old NY investment banker, Hanover Square, London.

1882 -- US: Congress passes the first Chinese Exclusion Act over the veto of President Garfield, making it unlawful for Chinese laborers to enter the US for the next 10 years & denying naturalized citizenship to the Chinese already here. Chinese immigration is essentially shut off for the next 60+ years, as the act is extended in both 1902 & 1904.
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1882 -- Irish republicans assassinate Lord Frederick Cavendish (Irish Secretary) & Thomas Burke (Under-secretary) in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Imposition of a poll tax triggers Zulu revolt [1906].
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1884 -- Brokerage firm of Grant & Ward, in which former Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ulysses S. Grant was a silent partner, failed under the weight of $16,725,466 worth of debts. It soon became known that Ward was a swindler who had used Grant's "good" name to perpetuate one fraud after another.

1889 -- Stanley Morison, typographer & adviser to Cambridge University Press & the Monotype Corporation, lives, England. Designed Times New Roman in 1932 — presumably the typeface you are viewing now.

1890 -- PollyMath?: Mormon Church renounces polygamy.

1895 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Poet José Martí is elected jefe supremo de la revolucion cubana.

1902 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Start of Sherlock Holmes story "Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place."

Harry Martinson
1904 -- Harry Martinson lives (1904-1978).

Swedish novelist/poet — self-taught, working class writer, awarded the 1974 Nobel Prize with Eyvind Johnson.Worker pinned down with a pencil

A merchant seaman, laborer, & vagrant. Wrote Ghost Ship, Trade Wind, & The Road.

His epic poem "Aniara: A Review of Man in Time & Space" (translated by Hugh MacDiarmid & E. Harley Schubert) depicts the voyage of a generation starship. Karl-Birger Blomdahl based an internationally successful opera upon the poem, featuring pioneering electronic effects.

1905 -- Toots Shor, American raconteur/restauranteur, lives.

1906 -- Imposition of a poll tax triggers Zulu revolt.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1910 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman is pleased by the overwhelmingly positive reception to her lectures & debate in Los Angeles; claims to have delivered that city's first-ever Yiddish lecture.

1913 -- Douglas Stewart, poet, playwright, & critic who helped establish an Australian national tradition through mythical re-creation of the past, lives, Eltham, New Zealand.

Louis Mercier-Vega, anarchist; source
1914 -- Belgium: Louis Mercier Vega (or Luis) lives (1914-1977; born Charles Cortvrint; pseud., Charles Riedel, Santiago Parane, etc.), Brussels, to a French father & Chilean mother. Activist, propagandist, libertarian thinker who joined the movement at age 16. Lifelong writer for the libertarian press & founder of several reviews, including Revision (1938), the trilingual Aporte (1966-1972), Interrogations (1974), & author of numerous works, such as Anarcho-syndicalisme & syndicalisme révolutionnaire; La chevauchée anonyme; L'increvable anarchisme.
Further details/ context, click here; anarchism, anarsizm, anarþizme, Anarþist, anarquismo, anarchismus, anarchia, anarchisme, anarchizm[Details / context]

War of the Worlds album cover; (F)red's (F)antasy
1915 -- Filmmaker Orson Welles lives, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

1916 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Alexander Berkman starts the No Conscription League & notes that the meetings attract crowds by the thousands.

On one occasion, "there were fully 35,000 that tried to gain admission," wrote Berkman. At the same time, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Liberal President Woody Wilson, elected on the promise that he would keep America out of the war, was actively preparing the country to enter the European conflict.

Ozzy & Harriet? Wizard of Oz book cover
1919 -- Wizard of Oz creator L. Frank Baum dies, Hollywood, California. Wrote 14 of the series, which were continued by another author when he died.

A rabid Indian hater, Baum actively promoted & defended the extermination of Native Americans while an editor/publisher in the Dakotas.

1920 -- US: The Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee forms with Aldino Felicani as Treasurer.

1926 -- Fabian Socialist/dramatist George Bernard Shaw — asked if he agrees with Sinclair Lewis' refusal of the Pulitzer Prize — snaps: "I don't agree with anything."

1931 -- The 'Say Hey Kid' — African American baseball great Willie Mays — lives.

1931 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministDuring this month Emma Goldman learns that, despite the dreadful economic situation, Knopf intends to publish Living My Life in two volumes at what she considers an exorbitant price.
'Emma Goldman Papers'

1933 -- Germany: Nazis raid the Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin, which doubles as headquarters of the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, a 36-year-old gay-rights organization. All the archives, including priceless books, scientific data, photographs & manuscripts, are destroyed. The organization ceases to exist. Nazis intensify the persecution by interning gays in concentration camps & forcing them to wear a pink triangle as identification.
[Insurgent Radio Kiosk]

1933 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Ferry "Peralta" (later rebuilt as the "Kalakala") burns down, in Oakland. Presumably this is the one sitting on Lake Union, in Seattle, 2003, just south of Auntie Dave's.

1934 -- Alfred Marpaux (1862-1934) dies. French federal credit militant, typesetter, trade unionist & coopérativist, a "socialist possibilist." Influenced by the ideas of Proudhon, Bakunin & Benoît Malon, his socialism had the distinct imprint of the libertarian ideas embodied by the anarchist Jura Federation. Ouvrier typographe à Dijon, il adhère au syndicat de sa corporation dont il est délégué au 3ème congrés des Bourses du travail à Lyon du 25 au 27 juin 1894. Il prend part également au développement des coopératives à Dijon puis à Saint-Claude (dans le Jura). Influencé par les idées de Proudhon, de Bakounine et de Benoît Malon, il se revendique d'un "socialisme intégral" enpreint des idées libertaires qui avaient présidées au sein de la "Fédération Jurassienne." Il participe ensuite à la création de la "Fédération (régionale) de l'Est" et se montre un actif propagandiste; "socialiste possibiliste" partisan de Jean Allemane (qui s'écarte des idées anarchistes par sa participation aux éléctions). En 1894, Marpaux se montre un ardent dreyfusard. En mai 1896, il est élu à la municipalité de Dijon; en tant que premier adjoint au maire, il est associé à de nombreuses réalisations sociales : caisse de chômage, maison de retraite, assistance médicale gratuite, cantines scolaires (gratuites pour les plus pauvres) etc. Au congrès socialiste de Paris en 1899, il s'élève contre le sectarisme et se prononce pour un fédéralisme communal. " Vous voulez que l'individu soit libre dans la commune libre, vous voulez que l'Etat ne soit que l'ensemble des communes fédérées, eh bien! sachons faire dans notre parti ce que nous voulons appliquer au gouvernement." Après la défaite municipale de 1900, il quitte Dijon pour diriger une imprimerie coopérative dans l'Ain. Malade, il poursuivra ensuite son militantisme au sein de la SFIO jusqu'à sa mort le 6 mai 1934. Il est l'auteur de nombreux articles dans la presse socialiste et de divers ouvrages et brochures. After the municipal defeat of 1900, it leaves Dijon to direct a co-operative printing works in Ain. Patient, it will continue then his militancy within the SFIO until his death on May 6, 1934. He is the author of many articles in the socialist press & of various works & booklets.

1935 -- US: WPA is established in Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader FDR's New Deal; the state becomes make-work employer.

Led Zeppelin album cover
1937 -- US: The Hindenburg disaster occurs over Lakehurst, New Jersey, when the hydrogen filled dirigible burst into flames, killing 35 of the 97 passengers on board.

1937 -- Spain: (Thursday): La Batalla reprints the Friends of Durruti handbill. La Batalla also appeals for workers to back down. The paper Solidaridad Obrera disowns the Friends of Durruti handbill.

1938 -- orange diamond dingbat, added 2012, remove 2014Brazil: Michael Löwy lives, Sao Paulo. Anthropologist, lawyer, mediator, sociologist, writer & activist, co-author, with Joel Kovel, of the International Ecosocialist Manifesto (2001). Author of several books, including Fire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin's 'On the Concept of History'. alt spelling, Brasil

1940 -- John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath wins the Pulitzer Prize as most distinguished novel of 1939. He gets the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

Banned in 1980 in two Iowa high school sophomore classes after a parent complained the book was "profane, vulgar, & obscene."

The head of the school board defended the action, noting the US was "going pell mell downhill" morally & they were reversing the trend.

1940 -- Red Hot Pepper! Red Emma Goldman, anarchist feministCanada: Stella Ballantine & Emma Goldman's brother Morris & his wife Babsie travel to Toronto to join Dorothy Rogers & Arthur (aka Attilio) Bortolotti at Emma's bedside after she suffers a second hemorrhage today. On May 14 Red Emma will dance no more...

Julian Beck with Gandhi poster
1944 -- India: Twenty Three Strikes or So & You're Out? Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) released from his last imprisonment. No 3 strikes law here.

1949 -- Nobel Prize-winner, Maurice Maeterlinck, dies at 86, Nice, France. Belgian poet, playwright. His Pelléas et Mélisande (1892) is considered a masterpiece of Symbolist drama, &, in composer Claude Debussy's sensitive musical setting (1902), remains popular in the public eye. He was praised by anarchist critics, such as Octave Mirbeau (whose review first made Maeterlinck famous), & Emma Goldman, who included him in her famed drama lectures.

1949 -- Source=Robert Braunwart George Perle's "Two Songs in German" (from Rilke) premiers, NYC.

William Gropper lampoon of TailGunner Joe McCarthy; source
1953 -- US: William Gropper is called to testify before Beloved & Respected Comrade Senator Tail-Gunner Joseph McCarthy & his Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Gropper allowed the State Department to distribute prints of his painting celebrating American Folklore.

Tail-Gunner considered the pictures "subversive," & questioned why copies were kept by US embassies abroad. To avoid self-incrimination, Gropper plead the Fifth.

Gropper painting, Strike 1936; source

Tail-Gunner believed the picture featuring the likenesses of folk characters such as Paul Bunyan & Rip Van Winkle revealed valuable secrets to communists. In a good mood (drunk?), apparently, he did not machine gun Gropper.

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1954 -- Keeping Track: Roger Bannister breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4).

1955 -- orange diamond dingbat, added 2012, remove 2013Spain: Guérilla Francisco Sabaté & four others rob a bank; he robbed many, using the funds to finance their activities & distribute propaganda for the activist groups in Barcelona & adjoining towns & villages.
Source: Antonio Tellez, Sabate: Guerrilla Extraordinary

1957 -- Beatster Jack Kerouac & his mother move, via Greyhound Bus from Orlando, Florida to Berkeley, California; rents a small house at 1943 Berkeley Way.

During this Spring: Kerouac writes more of his Book of Dreams; writes "A Dharma Bum in Europe"; types up "Book of Sketches" (from his notebooks); begins writing the novel Avalokitesvara; meets LuAnne Henderson for an afternoon in Golden Gate Park.

Source: Kerouac Chronology

1960 -- US: Years of agitation result in Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Eisenhower signing Civil Rights Act so the South can ignore & violate it.

barb wire
1960 -- US: In Birmingham, Alabama, 1000 children & adults are arrested, making a total of about 2500. Includes Ella Baker, Dave Dellinger, James Forman, Dick Gregory, Guy & Candie Carawan, Joan Baez. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Eisenhower ends up ordering the Alabama National Guard placed under Federal control, which is used as a display of military force to impose desegregation.

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barbed wire

1963 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Poet William Carlos Williams & biographer Leon Edel win Pulitzer Prizes; William Faulkner wins a posthumous one for The Reivers; Samuel Barber wins for his "Piano Concerto No. 1."

1964 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Joe Orton play "The Entertaining Mr. Sloan" premiers, London.

1965 -- Light at the End of the Tunnels?: First two Marine divisions arrive Vietnam.

1966 -- US: Jefferson Airplane, & the Jaywalkers at the Fillmore Auditorium in Frisco.

Green with Envy? Apple record label
1968 -- England: Apple Corps Ltd., the Beatles' new record company, management & publishing firm, opens offices at 95 Wigmore Street, London.

Overturned cars as barricades, during street fights, Paris '68 May Days
1968 -- France: Parisian Universities are closed, & new demonstrations of solidarity with those rounded up & jailed May 3 ends in violent confrontations with the forces of repression. May Days 1968, poster

Barricades are drawn up.

May 6-30: Student demonstrations in France lead to a general strike throughout the country. Ten million workers strike, 10,000 battle police in Paris.

On Monday May 6th the 'Nanterre 8' pass through a police cordon singing the 'Internationale.' They are on their way to appear before the University Discipline Committee. The students decide to march through Paris. On their return to the Latin Quarter they are savagely attacked by the police on the Rue St. Jacques.

The students tear up paving stones & overturn cars to form barricades. Police pump Tear Gas into the air & cry for reinforcements. The Boulevard St. Germain becomes a bloody battleground.

The result is staggering: over 900 wounded & 422 arrests.

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1968 -- US: Norman Mailer's Armies of the Night published.

Eriee night scene, cop on vigil; source
1968 -- US: Columbia University reopens following student occupations in April; students boycott classes.
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1970 -- Congressional hearings begin on ratification of Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the US Constitution.

1970 --

Between today & about the 20th, student strikes disrupt 448 colleges, involving 1 million+ students (possibly as many as "4 million students"; Todd Gitlin believes 750+ campuses [of 2,500 nationwide], with demonstrations at 1200+ demonstrations against sending troops to Cambodia); Stanford University experiences "worst riots in its history."

75 campuses remain closed thru rest of the school year.

1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Cambodia: US forces open three new fronts. More than 100 US colleges shut down to protest US invasion of Cambodia.

1973 -- France: Demonstrations against Pacific nuclear tests in 14 cities.

1973 -- US: FBI besieges Native Americans at Wounded Knee because of activities of the newly emerging American Indian Movement (AIM).

1975 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Philip Glass's "Another Look at Harmony" (parts 1 & 2) premiers, NYC.

1979 -- US: 125,000 rally in Washington, DC to oppose nuclear power.

1980 -- Russia: 170,000 workers in Togliatti auto plant stay home in support of bus-driver walkout.

1980 -- orange diamond dingbat, added 2013, remove 2014María Luisa Bombal dies. Chilean novelist, hailed by by José Donoso & Carlos Fuentes, who combined eroticism, surrealism & feminism & influenced many later proponents of magic realism.

1982 -- US: Don't Choke On This?: Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates explains how a disproportionate number of blacks have been injured or killed by police choke holds "because in some blacks . . . the veins or arteries do not open up as fast as they do in normal people."

1982 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: CBS-TV cancels "Lou Grant" because Ed Asner opposes US Salvadoran policy.

1983 -- US: Gasquet-Orleans Road bulldozers blockaded by Earth First! & the Kalmiopsis Action Alliance. An injunction is finally granted in late May.

1986 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Belgium: A general strike is held to protest austerity measures.

1987 -- US: God's Plan?: PTL's Jim Bakker & Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God, for some really "good" ministering.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart South Africa: Formerly banned CP leader Joe Slovo speaks to 30,000.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 16,000th performance of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," London.

1992 -- Alone at last. Film actress, recluse Marlene Dietrich dies.

Blue Angel

“The most intriguing woman I've ever known.”

— John Wayne

1992 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Eric Overmyer play "Dark Rapture" premiers, Empty Space, Seattle, Washington.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The NY Times reveals Walt Disney was an FBI informer on Hollywood "subversives."

1994 -- The famed Pearl Jam vs. Ticketmaster fight begins as the band files a complaint with the US Justice Department charging that the company has a monopoly on the master ticket business.

1996 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Germany: 15,000 police protecting a nuclear-waste train clash with antinuclear demonstrators (-May 8).

1999 -- Recollection Baldly Used Books receives Links2Go Award as a key resource page for its Seattle Used Bookstore Guide. Our reputation for never having received any Internet awards is an increasingly difficult & untenable position from which we will, nevertheless, hold the line & fight to the last html [— BleedMeister, AuntieAward 1999].

Recollection's web page, "Seattle Used Bookstore Guide," online at

2000 -- Canada: Montreal's first-ever Anarchist Book & Freedom Fair. Includes AK Press, Black & Red Books, Marginal Distribution, as well as distributors from Toronto, Syracuse, Boston & elsewhere. Quebec-based booksellers & distributors include Édition et diffusion l'Aide-mutuelle (ŠDAM), La Sociale, Ecosociété, Planéte rebelle, le Groupe Emile-Henri, Ao!/Espaces de la Parole from Drummondville & the Alternative Bookshop, among others.

Presidential Evil 2
2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Free Admission? The Bush administration "unsigns" the UN treaty for an International Criminal Court, fearing that it would prosecute US war crimes.

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Burma: Government releases opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after 19 months of house arrest.

2012 -- Transit of Venus.

2013 -- US: Three women missing for more than a decade are found alive in Cleveland, Ohio.

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"Arbeit mach das leben suesse, aber faulheit staerkt die gliederung."

("Work makes life sweet, but foolishness gives it structure.")

— motto on a turn-of-the-century postcard found in Milwaukee by Bleeder Scott L.


Hello Dave:

I don't always spend my time beating on dead anythings but the "Arbeit macht das leben..." quote caused me to be inordinately curious. So I called Mom, whose first language was German, & she tells me that the noun "glieder" references body parts, appendages, arms & legs — that sort of thing. "Gliederung" would be a collection of those parts.

The adage then becomes wonderfully ambiguous & its meaning subject to wildly different interpretations. We could be talking about the work ethic as opposed to "idle hands..." or the combination of the value of work with the creativity enabled by leisure.

Ain't linguistics grand?

— Bleedster Andris


Dear Dave,

Translations are such risky business. But in any case my sister Petra & I both got a kick out of the anonymous German quote you ended the bleed with ... I guess it must have been written in some dialect because the German seems a little odd — even to my unaccomplished eye & ear. This is Petra's & my take on it:

Arbeit mach(t) das leben suess[e], aber faulheit staerkt die gliederung.

Work makes life sweet, but laziness strengthens the masses*.

*Gliederung has many possible meanings. However, in this context it means rank & file. Or it could mean masses.

—Bleedster Gus H.


Yoiks!@#!* faulheit? what's faulheit? babelfish can't translate it.

My sister who lived in Germany for a time told me it means foolishness or frivolity, a more literal translation might be idleness or laziness..... Arbeit mach das leben suesse, aber faulheit staerkt die gliederung.

It's a motto that came from a turn of the century postcard I found in Milwaukee. Loosely translated it says, "Work makes life sweet, but foolishness gives it structure."

Anti-Dave's new translation, after much (over)due consideration:

"Work makes life bitter sweet,
but foolishness makes us Fat & Happy."

Walter Crane socialist trade union conference illustration; source
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