Our Daily Bleed...
Earth has not any thing to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning: silent, bare
— William Wordsworth,
American avant-garde microtonal composer, radical.
Baffin Land, Canada: FEAST OF ATQKSAK
CELEBRATION OF THE CROWDED OCTAVE.
1390 -- Slim-Fast?: Geoffrey Chaucer robbed of 20 pounds belonging to the King at the "foul oak" in Kent.
1516 -- Thomas More's Eutopia sent to the printer.
1651 -- England: More Fouled Oak? Cromwell defeats Charles at Worcester, forcing him to flee to France. During his escape, Charles hides in an oak tree — the Royal Oak.
[Source: Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter noted with symbol:]
Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey escapes from slavery disguised as a sailor. Eventually arrives in New York City, taking the name Douglass, after the hero of Sir Walter Scott's poem "Lady of the Lake."
Daily Bleed Patron Saint April 5, 2003
French socialist, humanitarian, pacifist idealist, historian.
In addition to his cars, Porsche designed & built tanks, airplane engines, farm equipment & trucks for the military during WWII. His factories were staffed predominantly with prisoners of war & German soldiers court-martialed & sentenced to work there & he was jailed by the Allies until 1947.
"Most people can't understand how others can blow their noses differently than they do."
Accompanied by Ben Reitman, Emma is attempting to exercise her supposed free speech rights in a short lecture tour of Massachusetts, Vermont, & Rhode Island.
"Workers, follow your masters: stay at home."
Anti-recruiting efforts finally get him 12 months hard labor, but he is quickly released within three months, following a series of fires in stores & factories. (Is there a connection?)
"For every day Barker is in jail, it will cost the capitalists £10,000."
Tom Barker, organized for the IWW in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, the US, the UK, Russia, Germany & upon the High Seas.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
I consider him to be the best head English socialism possessed in the years from 1879 to 1889, & I regret that his activity came to an end — not through his fault — in the first months of 1889; a man like him has been lacking from that time to this.
It seems unbelievable that even today, after everything that has happened & is happening in Russia, there are people who still imagine that the difference between socialists & anarchists is only that of wanting revolution gradually or quickly.
So, in Piombino, following the death of a local anarchist on September 3rd in a firefight with Royal Guards & Fascists, authorities launch a series of raids during the night, arresting & detaining some 200 comrades. The fascists immediately seize their opportunity & attack & burn the Socialist Party offices. However, their advance was checked by an anarchist patrol, who were soon reinforced by groups of workers. &, as in Sarzanza a few months earlier, the fascists had no choice but to surrender to the police in order to escape a severe dose of working class justice.
1940 --Wind & Embraces
Eduardo Galeano lives to recall. Uruguayan journalist, writer & novelist of wind & embraces. His best-known works include Memoria del fuego (1982-1986, Memory of Fire) & Las venas abiertas de América Latina (1971, The Open Veins of Latin America), which have been translated into some 20 languages.
Galeano's works combine documentary, fiction, journalism, political analysis, & history. An author of recollections:
"I'm a writer obsessed with remembering, with remembering the past of America above all & above all that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to amnesia."
1944 -- México: Matador El Negro refuses to kill a bull at El Toreo — the police haul him off to jail.
1950 -- US: Bertrand Russell publishes "If We Are to Survive This Dark Time —" in New York Times Magazine.
1953 -- France: Publication in Les Lèvres nues #6 of Guy Debord's article 'Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography,' the first of a series of important Lettrist articles to appear in the Belgian journal. [I don't have the exact day — ed.]
1954 -- US: Espionage & Sabotage Act authorizes the death penalty for peacetime sabotage; also Congress passes a bill to revoke the citizenship of persons convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the government.
1956 -- US: Labor Day postage stamp is issued, the first US stamp honoring workers. What did they do to deserve it?
1957 -- US: Elizabeth Eckford is blocked from becoming first black student at Little Rock, Arkansas, Central High School.
e. e. cummings, poet, dies in new hampshire, aged sixty seven.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2005-2008
Crisp, innovative, American modernist poet, radical.
1962 -- CNT Congress of August/September is ratified by the FAI (Federación Anarquista Iberica), on or about today, approving a secret DI (Interior Defense) section to organize, & co-ordinate actions of the Spanish Resistance against the fascist regime.
[Details / context]
1963 -- Louis MacNeice, dies in London. One of the "new poets" of the 1930s, a group of poets of social protest.
1965 -- US: National Origins quota system of immigration is abolished.
1965 -- Dominican Republic: 132 noches: Héctor García Godoy es presidente provisional tras la firma del «Acta de Reconciliación».
1965 -- US: Texass deputy sheriffs report a glowing UFO, Brazoria County; meanwhile over tuh New Hampshire a flying saucer is allegedly sighted — the "Incident at Exeter." Incidentally, outside the US, Pope Paul VI issues encyclical "Mysterium Fidei" (on the eucharist).
1966 -- US: During this month Chelsea Girls by Andy Warhol opens at 41st Street Theatre — called the first "commercial" run of an underground film.
1968 -- Spain: The parish priest of Gamiz (Vizcaya) refuses to celebrate a mass in the presence of the Spanish flag.
1969 -- Vietnam: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Vietnamese communist Nguyen Tat Thanh, 79, dies of natural causes in Hanoi.
1970 -- US: Representatives from 27 African nations, the Caribbean nations, four South American countries, Australia, & the US meet in Atlanta, Georgia, for the first Congress of African People.
1970 -- Everyone's a Critic?: At the Palermo Pop '70 Festival in Italy, Arthur Brown (of the Crazy World of...) is arrested & put in solitary confinement for four days after he set fire to his helmet & stripped naked during his stage performance. The audience threw all sorts of things at him. While in solitary, he was given a note signed by over 200 locals telling him to get out of Italy & stay out.
1971 -- John Lennon leaves the UK for NYC, never to return. Inspires a song by the Kingston Trio which asks, "Did he ever return?, No, he never returned, he is lost forever..."
1971 -- US: Jeepers Creepers? Watergate Comedy Team, auditioning for TVs "Laugh-In," breaks into Daniel Ellsberg's doctor's office. Meanwhile, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Dick m Nixon's FBI begins an investigation of Nixon's State Department for leaks. Investigators are a dime-a-dozen, but Good Plumbers are damn hard to come by.
The office of Dr. Lewis Fielding, Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, burgled by White House "Plumbers." Fielding said Ellsberg's file was stolen. Plumbers deny they found anything. That's just how good they were.
"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."
— Mark Twain (1835-1910)
1974 -- US: Former Nixon attorney John Dean enters prison for Watergate crimes. Now he's a criminal attorney.
1974 -- Microtonal composer, hobo Harry Partch dies, San Diego, California.
1976 -- Outer Space: Paradise Found? Viking 2 soft lands in Utopia (Utopia Planitia) & returns photos (47.968ø N 225.71ø W).
1981 -- Poland: Revolting? Prison revolts, 150 escape.
1982 -- The US [Music] Festival opens for three days, San Bernardino, Calif. 400,000 fans hear Fleetwood Mac, the Police, the Cars, the Talking Heads & the Grateful Dead, among other bands.
1983 -- The Vatican criticizes Liberation Theology in the Third World.
1987 -- Burundi: Military coup overthrows Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza.
1991 -- Filmmaker, propagandist Frank Capra dies.
1991 -- US: Twenty five workers die in a fire at the Imperial Food processing plant, Hamlet, North Carolina. 19 were single mothers.
A nonunion plant, it had not been inspected by federal or state agencies in 11 years. Despite three minor fires earlier this year, despite obvious danger, fire exits remained locked. One of the worst disasters of its kind, reminiscent of the NY Triangle Shirt Factory fire in early 1900s.
1991 -- US: Wanda Holloway is convicted of trying to kill her neighbor to improve her daughter's chance to make the high-school cheerleading squad, Texass.
1992 -- David Bowie appears on the cover of Architectural Digest, the first human to do so in four years. He tells the magazine that, "my ambition is to make music so uncompromising that I will have no audience left."
David Bowie: Friend or Foe?
1993 -- Brazil: Five military police arrested for the massacre of 21 in a Rio slum.
1996 -- Iraq: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US President Clinton attacks with cruise missiles.
1997 -- Turkey: Kurdish Peace Train demonstration broken up by police in Istanbul.
This online game, pitting defecating peace doves (the player) against American President George Dubya Bush, is attracting thousands of plays a day, including American government departments.
Launched last week by the South African student website "GET A LIFE."
"We're able to monitor where hits are coming from," says Andy Hadfield of gAL. He adds "The game is very popular in Germany, England, South Africa & France."
"It's also clear that some hits are coming from American government departments including intelligence agencies; we haven't recorded anything yet though from the White House."
You win when Bush explodes into a nuclear mushroom, & lose if Rumsfeld's missiles hit your poopy dove once too often:
How many of you are there?
A few more than the original guerrilla nucleus in the Sierra Madre, but with fewer weapons.
A few less than the delegates in London in 1864 who founded the International Workingmen’s Association, but with a more coherent program.
As unyielding as the Greeks at Thermopylae (“Passerby, go tell them at Lacedaemon...”), but with a brighter future.
— SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL, 1964
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