Our Daily Bleed...
It is snowing white documents
The very rich
get richer still
A white gloved hand
still reaches out the window
for the money in the cup
Liberty is not free
Some poor still ride some trains
stands on the edge
of the station platform
slowly moving its large white wings
which look too fragile
to lift the body of being
which still breathes the anarchist air
& the train
the train made of nothing but boxcars
jammed with three billion people
still stands in the station
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti, excerpt, "White on White"
(After reading Breyten Breytenbach,
imprisoned Afrikaans white poet)
Chiricahua Apache chief, resistance leader.
Shillingstone, England: TALLEST MAYPOLE DAY.
FEAST OF THE BIRTH OF THE WHITE-BREASTED GIANTESS.
68 -- Roman Nero Emperor commits suicide to the tune of "Nero My God To Thee."
1156 -- Marriage of Friedrich "Barbarossa" King of Germany, to Beatrix of Burgundy.
1623 -- New Old World: Pen Pals? English negotiate treaty with Potomac River tribes; after a toast symbolizing eternal friendship, Chiskiack chief & 200 followers drop dead from poisoned wine.
1628 -- New Old World: First deportation from what is now US, Thomas Morton from Massachusetts.
1695 -- New Old World: Spanish under Antonio de Solis massacre Pima Indians at a peace conference, El Tupo (Sonora).
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1790 -- First book copyright under US constitution, Philadelphia Speling Book.
1848 -- Three-day gospel meeting begins in Sinclair Lewis novel The God-Seeker.
1855 -- US: Cayuse tribe signs treaty with US to settle on Umatilla (Oregon) reservation.
1855 -- US: The Ochechote, a small Shahapatin tribe, were included in a Yakama treaty at Camp Stevens, Washington. This way they can be included in US government treaty violations.
1858 -- US: French revolutionary Joseph Dejacque publishes the first issue of "Libertaire" (a journal of the social movement), in NY City.
"Vorwaerts Alle! Und mit den Armen und dem Herzen, mit dem Wort und dem Stift, dem Messer und dem Gewehr, der Ironie und dem Fluch, dem Raub, der Vergiftung und dem Brand, machen wir... den Krieg gegen die Gesellschaft!"
— Joseph Dejacque
1860 -- The first dime novel, Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter, by Ann Stephens, is published. "Beadle's Dime Novel, No. 1." Probly cost a dime, way we figure it. Beadle's, in New York, published more than 900 of them!
1863 -- US: One Size Fits All? Nez Perce reservation in Idaho is reduced to 1/10 its original size to accommodate white settlers & railroads in America.
1870 -- British social novelist Charles Dickens dies, Kent, England. Buried in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey. Queen Victoria notes: "He is a very great loss. He had a large loving mind & the strongest sympathy with the poorer classes."
1872 -- Samuel Butler publishes the 2nd (current) edition of Erewhon.
1874 -- US: Great Apache chieftain Cochise dies.
1880 -- US: The Greenback Labor Party opens its first national convention, Chicago.
1893 -- Playwright S. N. Behrman lives, Worcester, Massachusetts. Wrote No Time for Comedy.
1893 -- US: Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., historic site of the Lincoln assassination, collapses, killing 22.
1893 -- Witty, gay American songwriter Cole Porter lives, Peru, Indiana.
Daily Bleed Saint 2003 COLE PORTER
Witty sophisticated gay American songwriter.
1894 -- US: American Railway Union convenes in Chicago (-26th), representing 465 local unions & a claimed membership of 15,000. On the 26th they call a sympathy strike for Pullman workers.
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1895 -- France:
9-12 juin.- IVe congrès de la Fédération nationale des Bourses du Travail tenu à Nîmes.
1898 -- Curzio Malaparte lives (1898-1957). One of the most influental Italian writers of the mid-20th century. A fascist in the 20s, whose early fiction was pro-fascist. In the 40s he changed his opinions, ending up in a concentration camp briefly before working for the allied armies as a journalist.
"Don't you care who has taken Rome?" asked Svarstrom.
"It was the Allies. They entered Rome last night. The Pope blessed the Allied army from the Loggia of St. Peter's."
"Je m'en fous."
"I don't understand you," said Svarstrom, shaking his head.
And then added, "They have landed on the coast of France."
"The Allies. Who else would it be?" said Svarstrom.
"I thought it might be the Eskimos."
— Partisans, 1944
1899 -- Robert Jospin lives. French socialist, a pacifist, & one-time libertarian. See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,
1902 -- US: Anti-anarchist law passed.
1912 -- US: Emma Goldman's lecture series (June 9-20) in Seattle, Washington, is threatened by US military veterans who, always ready to do combat to protect freedom of speech, protest the her right to speak.
The Mayor, slightly more liberal, orders a large police contingent to monitor, rather than bar, her lectures. Emma speaks in public in defiance of an anonymous death threat; no attempts made on her life.
1912 -- England: Mass protest in London's Trafalgar Square, demanding the release of Errico Malatesta. Earlier in the year Malatesta was sentenced to three months imprisonment & recommended for deportation for criminal libel. Only a massive public outcry, such as today, prevents the latter sentence from being carried out.
Enrico Malatesta anarchia, anarchicho
1915 -- Guitar pioneer Les Paul lives.
"While the question of who designed the first successful solid-body guitar is still being debated..."
Here are a couple of other nominees — Les Paul, inventor, guitarist, & all-around good guy (though I must admit I like Chet Atkins' picking a lot better).
An also-ran for popularity, but neck-&-neck with Fender & Gibson/Les Paul for making early electric instruments, is Rickenbacker (wait 'till you see the blonds on this site!):
— GuitarMeister Ben
1917 -- México: Octave Jahn (1869-1917) dies, México City. French anarchist who founded, with Joseph Tortelier & others, the "League of the Anti-Patriots" in 1886.
1919 -- Canada: Winnipeg city council dismisses the police force amidst the General Strike.
1921 -- US: In the Sacco & Vanzetti trial, eyewitnesses Carrigan, Bostock, & Wade testify they are unable to identify any of the bandits they had seen at the crime.
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1924 -- "Jelly-Roll Blues" is recorded by blues great, Jelly Roll Morton & his band.
1934 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Donald Duck lives. Donald is related to Uncle Scrooge McDuck (born in 1947!), whose dollar's worth totals "Umpteen Centrifugillion," "Impossibidillion Fantasticatrillion" or just "three cubic acres of money." Why does Donald like statues & photographs? What are Huey, Dewy & Louie doing in Vietnam? ? (Questions lurking beneath the images below — run your mouse over them.)
Ex-(F)redite. Too paranoid to vote. Frequently mouths off with convoluted theories about the Masons, the Illuminati, & the Trilateralists, but nobody can understand him due to his speech impediment.
See How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic, by Ariel Dorfman & Armand Mattelart. Banned in the Land of the Free until 1975 (In 1975, the US Customs Bureau seized a shipment of the English edition), burned in Chile in 1973.
1937 -- Italy: I fratelli Carlo e Nello Rosselli sono uccisi in Francia a Bagnoles-sur-l'Orne (Normandia) da membri di un cosiddetto Comité secret d'action révolutionnaire. I mandanti vanno ricercati nelle più alte sfere dello stato italiano che ha agito attraverso il Servizio informazioni militari (SIM). E' uno dei crimini più vili compiuti dallo stato italiano nella sua vergognosa storia.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1940 -- In her diary Virginia Woolf reflects: "I will continue — but can I? The pressure of this battle wipes out London pretty quick.... It struck me that one curious feeling is, that the writing 'I' has vanished. No audience. No echo."
1940 -- Norway: Surrenders to Germany during WWII as the last Allied troops are driven out by the Nazis; elsewhere, Germans occupy Rouen & Dieppe & reach the Seine & Marne.
1941 -- Yugoslavia: A massive explosion in an ammunition dump near Belgrade kills 1,500.
1943 -- US: Congress passes "pay-as-you-go" income tax.
1944 -- US: 23 puppies, litter-ally a record, born to Lena, a foxhound, Ambler, Pennsylvania.
1946 -- US: Double-Dealing? Mel Ott is first baseball manager to be ejected from both games of a doubleheader.
1950 -- US: Two of Hollywood Ten imprisoned for refusing to cooperate with House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in their time of need.
1953 -- US: Worst tornado ever to strike New England set down in Worcester, Massachusetts. Before it dissipated, 94 people were dead & 1,306 hospitalized, with damages estimated at $53 million.
1953 -- US: Representative Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader William Henry Harrison, a descendant of an Indian fighter, introduces House Concurrent Resolution 108. It allows the government to cut off services to the reservations. It has a particularly tragic effect on Menominees.
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1954 -- Lightnin Gossett, guitar virtuoso/songwriter, lives. His career peaked with the Iron Sausage's Greatest Hits CD.
"I ripped these words out of my heart! & there're rejected, by a suit-n-tie clown dying behind his desk."
1954 -- US: Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?: Joseph Welch asks Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Joseph TailGunner McCarthy during Senate-Army hearings:
"Have you no sense of decency, sir?"
1956 -- Argentina: Government suppresses a bloody revolt in three provinces.
1957 -- ¶ During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac signs up as a waiter on the S.S. William Carruth bound for Korea but quits in New Orleans. Since May he has been in San Jose, California working for the Southern Pacific railroad.
1958 -- 3 Marriages & You're Out?: Jerry Lee Lewis & producer Sam Phillips take out a full page ad in Billboard explaining his second divorce & third marriage to his 13 year old cousin Myra. Meanwhile, Sheb Wooley's "The Purple People Eater" hits "Billboard" #1 (6 weeks) & the Coasters #1 hit "Yakety Yak" makes the "Billboard" Top 40.
1959 -- US: The USS George Washington, first American ballistic-missile submarine, launches at Groton, Connecticut.
1960 -- Luis Bunuel movie "La muerte en este jardin" premiers, Mexico.
1963 -- US: Arinell Ponder of SCLC & five students arrested & beaten for using white Trailways bus bathrooms, Winona, Mississippi.
1964 -- US: CIA memo to Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader "Hey! Hey! LBJ" challenges the "Domino Theory" about SE Asia. See 1979 below.
1965 -- US: Ripley's Believe It or Not?: White House confirms that US ground forces in South Vietnam are now authorized to enter combat in aid of South Vietnamese, but insists that the troops' primary mission, to protect American bases, remains unchanged.
1966 -- Helmut Rudiger (1903-1966) dies. German anarcho-syndicalist, theorist of federalism.
In 1936, Rudiger left Germany to fight in Spain with other German anarchists, like Karl Einstein (Albert Einstein's nephew).
Rudiger participated in the engagements of the "International Group" of the Durruti Column & wrote The Revolutionary Movement in Spain (as M. Dashar, pseudonym; NY: Libertarian Publishing Society, n.d [1934?]. 24 pages).
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1966 -- US: Sierra Club advertisement on Grand Canyon dams appears in "The New York Times."
1966 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade US General Sternberg calls for 500,000 MORE troops for Vietnam.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
keeps getting brighter
as the bodies pile up
like cord wood.
1967 -- US: 24-hour free medical clinic opens on Haight Street, Frisco, California.
1972 -- US: 14" of rain in six hours burst Rapid City, South Dakota dam, drowns 200.
1974 -- Miguel Ángel Asturias, dies. Guatemalan poet/novelist, diplomat, winner of the 1967 Nobel Prize for Literature. See 19 October.
1975 -- US: SLA members Joseph Remiro & Russell Little are convicted of the 1973 murder of Oakland schools superintendent Dr. Marcus A. Foster.
1976 -- Spain: Political parties legal for first time in 37 years.
1976 -- Beginning date of Octavia E. Butler novel Kindred.
1979 -- US: Baseball's Willie Horton honored at Seattle's Doomed Kingdome. If it's not raining, this isn't Seattle. Live from Seattle:
1979 -- Commie Takeover?: Michael Cairney topples a record row of 169,713 dominoes. See 1964 above.
1982 -- Guatemala: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader dictator General Rios Montt gernerously declares himself president (-1983).
1983 -- Poland: Following General Jaruzelski's declaration of martial law, aimed at suppressing independent labor union activity, people in the city of Lodz demonstrate their disgust for the lies propagated by the official government television news by taking a daily promenade timed to coincide exactly with the broadcast,
wearing their hats backwards.
Soon, much of the town has joined them.
When the authorities shift the hours of the Lodz curfew to make protest illegal, residents take their televisions to the window at precisely the time the news begins & blast out the newscast at full volume, into empty streets & at the patrolling authorities.
Brazilian writer Millor Fernandes has remarked elsewhere that "in order not to see reality, the ostrich sinks its head in the television set."
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1984 -- England: 150,000 march in London, for nuclear disarmament, protest Cruise missiles.
1987 -- US: Raya Dunayevskaya dies. Born in the Ukraine in 1910, she emigrated to the US where she founded the philosophy of Marxist Humanism. At one time Leon Trotsky's secretary, she split with him & ultimately founded the News & Letters organization & was involved in this libertarian communist endeavor until her death.
1989 -- US: Rare tornado in Philadelphia kills one.
1989 -- China: Leaders of the student protests at Tiananmen Square are tried.
1991 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leaders Schwarzkopf, Dick Cheney & Colin Powell are accused of murder by demonstrators at a welcome-home-the-troops church service, NY.
Poster by Diego Camino
1993 -- Serbia: Police ban vigil of Women in Black, Belgrade.
1995 -- England: Two days of anti-police rioting begins in Bradford.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1998 -- Argentina: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ex-President Videla of is arrested for kidnapping children of murdered parents during the Dirty War.
1998 -- India: Thousands of salt workers are swept to sea in a cyclone, Knadla.
2000 -- Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), whose use of bright colors & bold images to capture the struggles of American blacks made him one of the country's most celebrated painters, dies, Seattle, Washington.
A leading painter in chronicling African-American history & urban life. Among his most celebrated works are the historical panels The Life of Toussaint-Louverture & The Life of Harriet Tubman.
2007 -- Senegal: Ousmane Sembéne dies. Senegalese labor union activist, writer & film director, best-known for his historical-political works with strong social comment.
2012 -- Nummer 1, 2 Son (demoted, remoted...) commences to graduate....((finally!).
GEORGES PEREC, Patron Saint 1998
Iconoclastic French writer, roustabout.
Calld th gratst innovator of form of his gnration. Bst known for his 1969 novl, La Disparition (A Void), writtn ntirly without using th lttr " ".
I heartily accept the motto, — "That government is best which governs least;" & I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly & systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe, — "That government is best which governs not at all;" & when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.
— Henry David Thoreau, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience"
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