Our Daily Bleed...
The vandalism of man,
— Gus Hellthaler, excerpt "Three Minute Orphic Eggs,"
Brazilian radical educational
theorist, social activist.
Berkshire, England: SCOURING THE WHITE HORSE, with a 400-foot chalk figure drawn on a hill.
Lakota & Oglala Sioux: FEAST OF MATO, the bear spirit.
Avening, Gloucestershire, England: PIG'S FACE FEAST, commemorating boar's head feast in 1080.
INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY (Friggin Riggin?)
1545 -- Rabelais is granted a royal privilege for the printing of his works.
1776 -- US: George Washington's farewell address. He strongly warns against permanent alliances with foreign powers, large public debts, large military establishment & devices of any "small, artful, enterprising minority" to control or change the government.
1819 -- It is such a beautiful fall day, that poet John Keats is inspired to take out pen & pad & ink one of the best-loved English poems, "Ode to Autumn."
1833 -- US: Mary Jemison, "race traitor," adopted Senecan "white Indian," dies — one of many escapees from dominant culture, she had been adopted by Seneca Amerindians & reviled by 'whites'.
Daily Bleed Saint 2004
"The White Woman of the Genessee."
Captured by Indians at age 15,
adopted into Seneca tribe,
she refused to return to white "civilization."
"With two children on her back, nine year old John beside her & Tom astride a horse in front, Mary inched her way through the lonely forest. It was almost too empty. She hadn't remembered it ever seeming so barren, so absolutely clean of leaves or dead branches. She wondered if wars did such things....Did her Seneca brothers know? Did they understand that killing people often meant killing land?"
— from Mary Jemison: White Woman of the Seneca
Lewis Carrol's Alice & Wonderland & Wagner's Ring Cycle have both been published with the illustrations of Arthur Rackham. & Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens, Kenneth Grahame, Jacob Grimm, Henrik Ibsen, Washington Irving, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Mallory, Clement Moore, Edgar Allan Poe, & Izaak Walton.
Rackham looked into the human imagination & took advantage of a dramatic change in printing technology to give life to fairies, imps, trolls, & dragons. His pen left sinuous detailed lines, he loved gnarled trees & lined faces, & though bright colors weren't possible his fancies have a warm glow from the watercolor wash on top of those lines.
Many illustrators since, particularly in fantasy works, have been obviously influenced by his work, & books including his illustrations are highly sought after, volumes including his art are actively sold into the low thousands of dollars in good condition.
Berkman's book, Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, is now considered one of the great classics of prison literature.
"REJECTS FLAG; MOB TRIES TO LYNCH HIM."
Because George Bradshaw, a carpenter, declared he would not march under an American flag, an Oklahoma City mob of 500 forms this morning & begin to lynch him...
Two thousand persons, mostly Blacks, jammed into the Shiloh Baptist Church to hear an address by Booker T. Washington. A steep flight of stairs, enclosed in brick, led from the entrance doors to the church proper. After Washington's speech, there was an altercation over an unoccupied seat, & the word "fight" was misunderstood as "fire." The congregation rose as if on cue & stampeded for the stairs. Those reaching them first were pushed from behind & fell. Others fell on top of them until the entrance was completely blocked. Efforts to induce calm were fruitless, & 115 persons were trampled or suffocated to death.
Attilio Bortolotti, aka Arthur Bartell, lives (1903-1995)
"The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class — it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity."
— Anna Julia Cooper, Writer, 1892
"I was raped by orderlies, gnawed on by rats & poisoned by tainted food. I was chained in padded cells, strapped to straitjackets & half drowned in ice baths.”“She’ll come back as fire, to burn all the liars, & leave a blanket of ash on the ground.”
— Kurt Cobain, Nirvana song, “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle"
Among those attending was the teacher Eugènie Trébuquet who, with her husband François Segond Casteu, wrote for "Germinal" & "Libertaire." Eugènie Casteu was killed in a bombardment while visiting her wounded brother at the anarchist front during the Spanish Revolution.
|The US bars film pioneer Charles Chaplin from re-entering the country. A product of London slums, Chaplin was America's greatest success story. But his movies, especially Modern Times, which satirized the dehumanization of people in the mass production of objects, aroused government suspicion, & agents were assigned to watch him. The media, meanwhile, hounded him for his political activities & private life, making his life in the US intolerable.
Chaplin & his family retired to a Swiss chateau. There he comments:
"America is so terribly grim in spite of all that material prosperity.
They no longer know how to weep.
Compassion & the old neighborliness have gone, people stand by & do nothing when friends & neighbors are attacked, libeled & ruined."
1957 -- US: First underground A-Bomb test, at Nevada Test Site.
1959 -- US: Nikita Khrushchev is angered when told he cannot visit Disneyland for security reasons; the US is apparently worried he will steal the secrets of the mechanical hippo (Another source says Walt Disney, an extreme rightwinger, refuses to let him in).
1966 -- US: Joan Baez leads 160 Negro children to Mississippi elementary school.
1966 -- US: Timothy Leary announces the League for Spiritual Discovery (LSD).
1969 -- US: A bomb causes serious damage to the new Federal Office Building in New York City.
1970 -- The Rolling Stones release "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out." A young Bill Clinton adopts it as "his" song.
1970(s) -- Beginning date (1970s, exact year not given) of Jiri Grusa's novel The Questionnaire.
"DO NOT CROSS OUT."
Originally circulated in Czechoslovakia in an underground edition of 19 typewritten copies (which landed the author in jail for "initiating disorder").
1973 -- Author Paul Theroux leaves London's Victoria Station on the 15:30 for Folkestone & Paris, beginning the journey chronicled in The Great Railway Bazaar.
1973 -- Gram Parsons, 26, of the Byrds & Flying Burritos, dies under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California.
His death at first is attributed to heart failure but later is officially attributed to a drug overdose. His coffin is stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman & Michael Martin, a former Byrds roadie, & taken to Joshua Tree where it's set afire. The two are picked up by police.
1973 -- High Seas: Pirate Radio Free America (off Cape May, New Jersey) goes on the air.
1974 -- Canada: The Kootenai Indians declare war on the US.
1976 -- Promoter Sid Bernstein, responsible for handling the Beatles' 1965 & '66 Shea Stadium shows, takes out a full page ad in the NY Times extolling his hopes of reuniting the Fab Four for a concert. Labeling the would-be event a "symbol of hope" offering solace to a world "so hopelessly divided" he takes care to point out that revenues could reach $230 million.
1979 -- The NY Post runs front-page headline reading "The Beatles Are Back!" & reports a rumored reunion benefit for the Kampuchean boat people has been officially set.
One source quotes Paul McCartney as saying that "if the Beatles ever did reform, we'd have to rehearse for six months."
"He's nothing but a stupid fucking middle-class pig. I won't let animals like that near me," said John.
1981 -- US: 300,000 march on Washington, D.C., for Solidarity Day, protesting Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Reagan's (anti-)social policies.
1985 -- Italo Calvino dies in Siena, Italy. While working on several communist periodicals, he began writing his own stories, becoming one of the most important Italian writers of the 20th century.
1985 -- The first of two killer earthquakes hit México City — this one, 8.1 on the Richter scale, followed the next day by a 7.5er — crumbling buildings (damages estimated at more than one billion dollars) & killing almost 10,000 people.
1988 -- Burma & Haiti rebel.
1989 -- Gordon Parks's film "The Learning Tree" is among the first films registered by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The Registry was formed to recognize films that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Parks's 1969 movie joins other classic films such as Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, & The Wizard of Oz.
1990 -- US: Remains of 828 dead radioactive beagles from 1950s animal experiments at UC-Davis are buried at Hanford nuclear reservation.
1991 -- US: 30 arrested protesting Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Bush's campaign visit to Portland, Oregon.
1994 -- Haiti: Yo-Yo's?: Freedom-loving US troops land, again, to "protect US interests."
1995 -- US: The Washington Post publishes, under duress, "Industrial Society & Its Future," (better known as the "Unabomber Manifesto") Theodore Kaczynski's 35,000 word critique of technocracy.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
2002 -- US: Boston archdiocese reaches a $10-million settlement with 86 alleged victims of child molestation by priest John Geoghan.
I'm sorry but I don't want to be an Emperor — that's not my business — I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.
We all want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate & despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone & the earth is rich & can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free & beautiful.
"We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in:
machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical,
our cleverness hard & unkind.
We think too much & feel too little:
More than machinery we need humanity;
More than cleverness we need kindness & gentleness."
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