Our Daily Bleed...
Away from this kingdom, from this last undefiled|
place, I would keep our governments, our civilization,
& all other spirit-forsaken & corrupt institutions.
"There Are Not Many Kingdoms Left,"
The Love Poems of Kenneth Patchen
Superb Cameroonian novelist, biting social critic.
Shinto PURIFICATION Day.
Thann, France: BURNING OF THE FIRES.
Celebrates three "stars" that moved to a spot over the forest in the 12th century & then stopped, marking the village's founding.
CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN DAY.
FESTIVAL OF ASS KISSING.
Proudhon dedicated this book What is Property?, now considered an anarchist classic, to the Academy of Besancon, causing a scandal; the Academy demands the dedication be withdrawn, & summons the upstart to come explain himself before them.
There are about 70 recorded rains of fish, but nearly all of the rains of fish are small ones.
There is, however, one account of a fish fall in India in which more than 10 people picked up fish weighing up to eight pounds each.
There are many accounts of rains of ice-coated ducks, grasshoppers, fish & frogs, but there is none of a raining of cats & dogs.
Thus we make our emends & shall only exclaim, in the future, in Seattle "it's raining catfish & dogfish!"
"Professed patriotism may be made the cover for a multitude of sins."
"Bakounine redeviendra actuel le jour où l'homme commencera à trouver insupportables le despotisme bourgeois et le despotisme prolétarien."
This trial is simultaneous with Malatesta's trial at Trani. The good news from Trani (most acquitted) cheers up everybody at Florence.
See Errico Malatesta: The Biography of an Anarchist by Max Nettlau.
Louzon was involved in the CGT, the CNT, helped found Pierre Monatte's journal, Révolution prolétarienne, joined the SIA (Solidarité Internationale antifasciste), signed Louis Lecoin's "Paix immédiate." During WWII he was arrested & interned in Algeria.
Many thousands of people living in the West Division of Chicago who have been accustomed to riding to & from their homes were forced to walk today. The strike of the West Side streetcar conductors began as a result of the discharge of several employees from the company.
"Debs Strikers Begin Work Of Destruction, Guns Awe Them Not, Drunken Stockyard Rioters Defy Uncle Sam's Troops, Mobs Invite Death"
Eugene V. Debs, the leader of the Pullman Strike, was also highly criticized.
Not to be outdone by the yellow sheets, the always venerable New York Times in an 1894 editorial calls Debs "a lawbreaker & an enemy to the human race."
Méndez was a printmaker, painter &
muralist. Like Posada, he is known
primarily for his politically charged
prints depicting the horrors of war,
struggles of laborers & parodies
of capitalist greed & fascism. He
helped found the long-lived Taller
de Gráfica Popular (TGP) in 1937.
A Polish diplomat, he sought political asylum. In The Captive Mind (1953) he revealed the problems of intellectuals living under Stalinism & condemned many Polish intellectuals for accepting Communism. His writings since include essays, poetry, autobiography, literary history, & translations from such authors as Walt Whitman, William Shakespeare, John Milton, T.S. Eliot, & Charles Baudelaire.
Milosz's works were banned in Poland after his break with the regime, but he was given a hero's welcome when he returned shortly before getting his Nobel.
In the view of the Soviet poet Joseph Brodsky, 1987 Nobel Prize winner, Milosz is possibly the greatest poet of our time.
Horne was a strong civil rights advocate, refusing to perform in clubs where African-Americans were not admitted & marching during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Lena Horne, 1943:
"All we ask is that the Negro be portrayed as a normal person. A worker in a union meeting, a voter in the polls...or an elected official. Perhaps I'm being naive. Perhaps these things will never be straightened out on the screen itself, but will have to wait until... [they're] solved in real life."
Conferència of the FIS (Federació Sindical Internacional).
Source: [Congressos Obrers]
1934 -- US: America's greatest ruler, Emperor Norton I, reburied in Woodlawn Cemetery (Colma Cemetery?) by citizens of San Francisco.
1935 -- Viagra?: The first ten Penguins (books) are published. All very gay, but they cannot be married in the US of A.
1936 -- Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind published by Macmillan. Fastest-selling novel in US history sets a record in October when 50,000 copies sell in one day.
1936 -- Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie pleads before League of Nations for help against Italian fascist invasion of his country.
Poet Langston Hughes, observing the invasion of Ethiopia by Mussolini, writes simply:
The little fox is still.
The dogs of war have made their kill.
1936 -- France: Alexander Berkman is buried in Nice. Lifelong pal Emma Goldman is in attendance.
1936 -- Dave Van Ronk lives. American songster, Mayor of MacDougal Street. Unfortunately better known for nurturing & helping Bob Dylan get his music career off the ground than for his own music.
Far more than one of the founding figures of the 1960s, Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was also ’among other things’ a pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter & arranger, a powerful singer, & one of the most influential guitarists of the 60s, as well as a peerless musical historian & storyteller. "The Man" (Tom Paxton) was in the mix with Bob Dylan (who slept on Van Ronk's couch for his first year in NY), Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, & Joni Mitchell, as well as older luminaries Woody Guthrie & Odetta.
"In the engine room of the NY Folk Scene shoveling coal into the furnace, one Big Man rules. Dog-faced roustabout songster. Bluesman, Dave Van Ronk.
Long may he howl."
— Tom Waits
"Of course I was aware of the folk music thing in Washington Square. I had been hanging around the village for a few years by this time, & the sight & sound of happily howling Stalinists offended my assiduously nurtured self-image as a hipster, not to mention my political sensibilities, which were at the time vehemently I.W.W.-.anarchist."
In 1959, Dick Ellington & Dave Van Ronk wrote & self-published THE BOSS'S SONGBOOK, the subtitle of which was Songs To Stifle the Flames of Discontent. It was supposed to be a humorous collection, consciously modeled on the IWW Little Red Songbook.
Dick had a Multilith 1250 & did some movement printing in New York City during the 1950s, including VIEWS & COMMENTS, which was published by the Libertarian League. It was either a weekly or biweekly paper edited by Sam Dolgoff & Russell Blackwell.
— Robby Barnes, Charlatan Stew
1936 -- Italy: L'imperatore d'Etiopia Hailè Selassiè chiede, di fronte all'assemblea della Società delle Nazioni, che la comunità internazionale non riconosca l'occupazione italiana del suo paese.
Contro la richiesta i giornalisti italiani inscenano una gazzarra indecente. La mozione dell'imperatore viene respinta. E' la fine della Societá delle Nazioni.
[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]
1939 -- José Emilio Pacheco lives. Mexican critic, novelist, short story writer, translator & poet.
1944 -- US: Jerome becomes the first concentration camp for Japanese Americans to close as the last inmates are transferred to Rohwer.
1947 -- US: District Judge Louis E. Goodman orders that the petitioners in Wayne Collins' suit of December 13, 1945 be released; native-born American citizens could not be converted to enemy aliens & could not be imprisoned or sent to Japan on the basis of renunciation.
Three hundred & two persons are finally released from Crystal City, Texas & Seabrook Farms, New Jersey on September 6, 1947.
1951 -- Germany: First & founding convention to reconstitute the Socialist International, Frankfurt.
1952 -- Let Freedom Ring?: Congress passes McCarran-Walter Immigration Act, to screen out "subversive" aliens & deport them, even if they have become US citizens. Follows up on the McCarran Act (Internal Security Act of 1950) — one of the more bucolic provisions being its authorization of concentration camps "for emergency situations."
This immigration act strengthened provisions allowing exclusion of immigrants on grounds of insanity, disease, pauperism, crime record or political activity, & made exclusion of anarchists & communists easier. It attacked people merely on account of speech or association, even if there is no evidence they might act violently or illegally.
Harry Truman noted "The idea behind this discriminatory policy is, to put it baldly, that Americans with English or Irish names were better citizens than Americans with Italian, Greek, or Polish names..." — while in fact it was motivated more toward excluding non-whites in this aspect.
1953 -- Russia: Vsevelod Pudovkin (1893-1953) dies.
Daily Bleed Saint June 26, 2003-2006
Pioneering Soviet experimental filmmaker, writer.
1955 -- James Thurber writes in the New York Post of the ravages of age:
"With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure & a definite hardening of the paragraphs."
1957 -- Brazil: José Oiticica (1882-1957) dies. Lawyer, student of medicine, teacher, & an influential figure in the Brazilian anarchist & labor movement.anarchismo, anarchici, anarquista, sindicalistas / Brasil
Grandfather of the Brazilian artist & anarchist, Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980).
1959 -- US: During a baseball game at Wrigley Field, two balls are in play at same time. Double your pleasure?
1964 -- United Nations intervention ends civil war in the Congo, Africa.
1965 -- Vietnam: First US military ground actions begin in South Vietnam.
1966 -- Scotland: Lochness Monster Sighted?: US Polaris submarine base opens, Faslane.
1967 -- Vietnam: 448,800 American troops in the country.
1968 -- Petition for recognition of conscientious objection as a basic human right is presented to United Nations Human Rights Commission.
30 juin 68 Raz-de-marée gaulliste aux élections législatives.
Los gaullistas obtienen mayoría absoluta en Francia.
Life is elsewhere.
—GRAFFITI FROM THE WALLS OF PARIS: 1968
1969 -- US: Seattle City Council approves a plan to purchase Kiker Island, off Deception Pass (Whidbey Island), as a site for a future nuclear power plant.
1969 -- Vigilantes cut down trees in Kew Gardens in Queens, NY. The park is a gathering place for area gays.
About a month ago, a group of men from nearby apartment buildings started going into the park & ordering gay folks to leave. Vigilante organizer Myles Tashman said, (quote) "Admittedly it was against the law but we had police consent."
Finally tonight the vigilantes just raze the park. A local resident twice calls the police after seeing them at work with a power saw. Arriving almost an hour later, the officers chat with the treecutters & then leave.
The Mattachine Society & other gay clubs start a fund, "Trees for Queens," to replace the foliage.
1970 -- US: 35,000 protest nuclear power at Diablo Canyon.
1970 -- Dylanologist?: Bob Dylan accepts an Honorary Doctorate of Music at Princeton University. June through July, Dylan records his next LP, New Morning at Columbia Studios in NY.
1970 -- England: Army depot, Kimber Road, London, firebombed.
1970 -- England: Ian Purdie is released from Albany prison (Isle of Wight).
1971 -- Three cosmonauts die on re-entry over the USSR from depressurization of their space craft. After completing a 23 day mission on the Salyut space station, all three Soyuz 11 cosmonauts suffocate when an air valve in their capsule opens prematurely during re-entry. See Volkov, Patsayev & Dobrovolsky at
1971 -- US: I Am Not a Crook Dick m Nixon orders felony burglary of the Brookings Institute, where Daniel Ellsberg, Leslie Gelb & Morton Halperin work. This comes during a meeting with National Security adviser Henry Kissinger, Defense Secretary Melvin Laird, Attorney General John Mitchell & Haldeman. Colson later proposed a firebombing. When this meeting was later exposed, future Nobel Peace Prize winning war crimes hero Henry Kissinger claimed he couldn't recall the meeting:
"I have no such recollection."
1972 -- First leap second day; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985.
1973 -- Nancy Mitford dies in Versailles, France. Novelist/essayist. Wrote The Pursuit of Love; Love in a Cold Climate; The Blessing.
1973 -- Observers aboard Concorde jet observe 72-minute solar eclipse, eclipsing the old record.
1974 -- US: Martin Luther King's 69-year-old mother is shot & killed as she plays the organ in Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church.
1974 -- US: Selective Service law authorizing the draft expires, marking the official end of conscription in the US. Part of the Nixon strategy to undercut the strength of the Vietnam anti-war movement.
1976 -- An Ounce of Prevention?: Responding to a supposed burglary at Neil Diamond's house, police enter with a search warrant. A 3-hour inspection turns up a less than one ounce of marijuana.
1977 -- US: Jimmy Carter cans B-1A bomber, later "B-1's the B-52."
1978 -- The Sex Pistols' "My Way" is released.
1980 -- US: Supreme Court upholds $122 million judgment to the Lakota (Sioux) Nation for illegal taking of Black Hills, South Dakota.
1984 -- Lillian Hellman playwright & screenwriter, dies of cardiac arrest at 79. Her dramas bitterly & forcefully attacked injustice, exploitation, & selfishness. Long-time paramour of Dashiell Hammett.
1986 -- US: SodBusters? Georgia sodomy law upheld by Supreme Court (5-4): Sodomy, 1 to 20 years. Upheld as to homosexuals on the grounds that there is no fundamental federal constitutional right to "engage in sodomy."
Sodomy laws are given many names: buggery, crimes against nature, sexual misconduct, unnatural sex, etc. Most laws are applied against homosexuals in order to further anti-gay discrimination. Sodomy laws result in imprisonment, parents losing custody of children, loss of jobs & homes, beatings & killings, & other atrocities.
Sodomy laws are often used to deny basic rights to homosexuals. State-by-state laws have created a patchwork of penalties which range from a $50 fine in Arizona to life in prison in Idaho.
1987 -- US: ACT UP demonstration at Federal Plaza in New York city. Silence = Death.
1989 -- England: Court seizes about $7,000 withheld war taxes from Peace Pledge Union's bank account.
1998 -- France: In Paris a group of 100 people manages to enter the buildings of the Constitutional Council. One of them seizes an original specimen of the constitution, tears it, declaring: "The dictatorship of capitalism is abolished. The workers declare anarchist-communism."
1998 -- France: "Sans-papiers," undocumented immigrants seeking asylum, begin a hunger strike. Thirty begin fasting because their request for "regularization" & legal residence papers has been refused.
1998 -- US: In NYC some 20,000 construction workers rally to protest the city's use of a nonunion contractor.
2001 -- INTERNATIONAL DAY TO FREE THE 6,000 PAGES, FREE LEONARD PELTIER. & END FBI ABUSE OF ACTIVISTS
The FBI still holds over 6,000 pages on the Leonard Peltier case that they refuse to release for "National Security reasons." Peltier was framed & sent to prison after a deadly firefight on June 26, 1975, between Native Americans, FBI agents & US Marshals following a period of terrorizing the Lakota Indian Reservation. The FBI has actively opposed & used it power to undercut every attempt to free Peltier.
2006 -- US: Hells Angels? County law enforcement crack some heads—or at least a bike helmet, in Seattle, Washington.
Detectives wheel two bruised bikers into custody, after a confusing tussle between Critical Mass bicyclists blocking a Belltown intersection & two plainclothes undercover King County cops who were startled when one of the bikers tried prevent their van from driving through 200 bicyclists whizzing through an intersection.
Jumping out to whup on a few bikers, the cops found themselves outnumbered & smartly bespoke themselves:
"Stop! You're under fucking arrest! I'm a fucking cop!"
Critical Mass is a ragtag group of bike messengers, students, anarchists, & families riding to remind drivers, via peaceful civil disobedience, to respect bike riders' rights on the road.
2006 -- US: Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair & Infoshop gathering ( - July 2), Baltimore, Maryland. Keynote speaker Ward Churchill. Fair Kickoff Concerts last night featured Jello Biafra, & a night of Radical Hip-Hop, featuring Baltimore's Son of Nun, DJ Malatesta & Drowning Dog of Entartete Kunst (Bay area anarchists making their East Coast debut), & DC's Head-Roc. Organized by volunteers from Red Emma's Books & Coffeehouse, Wooden Shoe Books, Alternative Press Center, & others.
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Iconoclastic, sardonic theorist of profit, status & class, he understood the irrational forces of capitalist culture.
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