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The Great Nebula of Andromeda
We get into camp after
Dark, high on an open ridge
Looking out over five thousand
Feet of mountains & mile
Beyond mile of valley & sea.
In the star-filled dark we cook
Our macaroni & eat
By lantern light. Stars cluster
Around our table like fireflies.
After our supper we go straight
To bed. The night is windy
And clear. The moon is three days
Short of full. We lie in bed
And watch the stars & the turning
Moon through our little telescope.
Late at night the horses stumble
Around the camp & I awake.
I lie on my elbow watching
Your beautiful sleeping face
Like a jewel in the moonlight.
If you are lucky & the
Nations let you, you will live
Far into the twenty-first
Century. I pick up the glass
And watch the Great Nebula
Of Andromeda swim like
A phosphorescent amoeba
Slowly around the Pole. Far
Away in distant cities
Fat-hearted men are planning
To murder you while you sleep.
— Kenneth Rexroth, from In Defense of the Earth (1956), the second stanza of "The Lights in the Sky are Stars"
Victoria Woodhull's sister & partner; published the first US edition of Communist Manifesto
USA: NATIONAL NOODLE DAY.
COME & TAKE IT DAY (Please!) (Texass).
FESTIVAL OF SPIRITUAL ANARCHY.
978 -- Murasaki Shikibu, extraordinary 10th-century Japanese writer of what is generally considered to be the world's first true novel, The Tale of Genji
. Lives in or about 978 in Kyoto, Japan.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 1999 Most lists of the greatest books written are limited to Western works — a provincialism that is ridiculous in this day & age. Kenneth Rexroth was an early champion of basic Oriental works like the Mahabharata, the Tao Te Ching, & what he considers the world’s two greatest novels, Lady Murasaki’s The Tale of Genji & the Chinese Dream of the Red Chamber.
See Kenneth Rexroth, Classics Revisited:
http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/cr/4.htm#The Tale of Genji
1014 -- Byzarre?: Death of Czar Samuel of Bulgaria, on seeing his army of 15,000 men blinded on orders of Basil, Emperor of Byzantium.
I saw it on the internet, therefore it must be true!
1536 -- William Tyndale burned at the stake for heresy in Antwerp. In 1526, he published his translation of the New Testament, the first English-language version of the Bible. When the book sold in London, authorities gathered up all the copies they could find & burned them. His translation soon received official approval in England, & is the basis of the King James Version.
1683 -- Anti-American?: First German pacifists arrive in Pennsylvania colony in the New Old World.
1825 -- US: Treaty with Makah Indian tribe at Fort Atkinson, Washington. Presently (1998) numerous animal rights activists are attempting to thwart their attempts to harpoon whales.
1837 -- US: First locomotive steam whistle used on the Sandusky
1845 -- US: First US co-op store opens in Boston.
1847 -- Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
published in London by Smith, Elder & Co. — under the pseudonym Currer Bell.
1861 -- Russia: Remember the 60s? Rioting students close down the University at St. Petersburg.
1866 -- US: First American Train Robbery.
1869 -- Swedish novelist, poet & short story writer Bo Hjalmar Bergman lives (some sources say September 19). Died in 1931 from alcoholism & narcotics abuse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hjalmar_Bergman
1871 -- The Fisk Jubilee Singers begin touring to raise money for the Fisk school. Soon become one of the most popular African-American folk-singing groups of the late 19th century, performing throughout the US & Europe.
1887 -- México: Martin Luis Guzmán lives, Chihuahua. Great Mexican Revolution journalist & novelist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mart%C3%ADn_Luis_Guzm%C3%A1n
1890 -- US: Mormon Church outlaws polygamy.
If you outlaw polygamy, only outlaws will have wives?
1894 -- US: Emma Goldman
begins a new campaign for the commutation of Berkman's prison sentence; works as a nurse.
Next year, at this time, she goes to Vienna to begin formal training in nursing & midwifery...
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1895 -- Caroline Gordon lives, Todd County, Kentucky. Novelist (The Strange Children
) & critic (How to Read a Novel
). Flannery O'Connor said: "You walk through her stories like you are walking in a complete real world. & watch how the meaning comes from the things themselves & not from her imposing anything."
1900 -- England: Author & anarchist Ethel or Edith
Mannin lives, London.
1902 -- Author Elizabeth Gray Vining
, lives, Philadelphia.
Recipient of the Newberry Award; a Quaker working for the American Friends Service Committee ...
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1903 -- France: Serge Gregoire lives, (aka Jean Souvenance), in Brittany. Writer, pacifist militant, free thinker & anarchiste.
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1906 -- Avec son camarade Victor Griffuelhes, il rédige la Charte d’Amiens. Le Congrès Fédéral d’Amiens (6-18 octobre) confirme l’article 2: La CGT groupe, en dehors de toute école politique, tous les travailleurs conscients de la lutte à mener pour disparition du salariat et du patronat. Comme ses potes Dellesalle, Monatte, Yvetot, il doit combattre bien des vacheries que ses tendances anarcho-syndicalistes et sa personnalité d’homme libre lui valent.
US: Emma Goldman
begins a Yiddish & English Sunday lecture series in NY City, October 6-December 22.
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1914 -- Thor Heyerdahl, author of Kon-Tiki
, lives, Norway. http://www.greatdreams.com/thor.htm
1916 -- Stanley Ellin lives. American mystery writer, one of the modern masters of the genre.
Best known for his short stories. Received Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1954 (for the short story The House Party), 1956 (short story The Blessington Method) & 1958 (novel The Eighth Circle), & in 1975 he won Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for his novel Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.
1917 -- Word "jazz" first used in print. The Literary Digest
described jazz as music that caused people to, "shake, jump & writhe in ways to suggest a return to the medieval jumping mania."
1917 -- US: Fannie Lou Hamer lives, near Ruleville, Mississippi. A leader of the civil rights movement during the 1960's & founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
1918 -- US: First National Conference of Trade Union Women.
1921 -- PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Editors & Novelists), the international writers' club, is inaugurated in London.
1921 -- Joseph Echols Lowery lives, Huntsville, Alabama.
Early civil rights activist, a founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). His activism includes a 2,700-mile pilgrimage to extend & strengthen the Voting Rights Act, protesting toxic waste sites in African-American communities, & actions against US corporations doing business in South Africa.
1924 -- India: Gandhi ends 21-day fast for Hindu-Moslem unity. Pacifist inspired by the christian mystical anarchist & novelist Leo Tolstoy. http://www.gandhiinstitute.org/
1930 -- William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying
is published. http://recollectionbooks.com/links.html#WilliamFaulkner
1934 -- Spain: Declaration of Catalan republic within the federal Spanish republic, following the workers' uprisings occurring all over the peninsula (especially Asturias where the anarcho-syndicalist CNT
was involved) against the rightwing government.
1945 -- France: Founding congress, Fédération anarchiste (FA), Paris, (6-7 octobre & 2 décembre). The charter, previously worked out in January 1944, & in Agen the 29 & October 30 of the same year, is adopted. The charter attempts to rectify errors of the pre-war period in the two organizations, the UA & the FAF. Le Libertaire
becomes their official publication. In February the groups in C.Q.F.D. are dissolved into the FA.
C’est le 15 janvier 1944 qu’est mis au point une charte de la nouvelle fédération approuvée à la rencontre d’Agen les 29 et 30 octobre de la même année, puis adoptée par les Assises du mouvement libertaire et le congrès de la Fédération anarchiste qui se tinrent respectivement à Paris les 6 et 7 octobre puis le 2 décembre 1945. D’entrée, cette charte reconnaissait les erreurs de l’avant-guerre dans les deux organisations, l’UA et la FAF
1951 -- France: During this month Guy-Ernest Debord joins the lettrists in Paris; The Cobra movement is dissolved.
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1957 -- Alphonse Tricheux (1880-1957) dies, Toulouse. French militant anarchiste, anarcho-syndicalist & pacifist.
1958 -- US: Billboard
story claims "payola, that under-the-turntable device whereby record companies win plugs & influence disc jockeys, is fast growing into a monster that may yet destroy its creators. Jockey payola is so widespread that it's no longer possible to measure its effectiveness."
1961 -- US: Condoms? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President John Kennedy, speaking on civil defense, advises American families to build or buy a bomb shelter to protect them from atomic fallout in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. He also claims the civil defense program will soon begin ensuring such protection for every American.
"I'd rather go up up up in a puff of smoke."
LSD made an illegal drug in US. California makes possession & use of LSD a felony.
1966 -- First big free concert in Golden Gate Park Panhandle, Frisco, California. Several thousand show up for the "Love Pageant" & those anarchist Diggers start handing out free food (through March 67). Big Brother, Wildflower, The Dead & the Electric Chamber Orkustra entertain.
This event was inspired by the "Anti-Fascist Rally & March" on September 16, by Haight residents, from the 1500 block of Haight Street to the Park police station & then back to the intersection of Haight & Ashbury.
The purpose then was to protest a drug bust that had occurred at 1090 Haight Street. Dennis Noonan, of that address, was quoted as denouncing "blue fascism".
1967 -- Haight-Ashbury hippies throw funeral parade to mark the end of hippies. Death of Hippie, Loyal Son of Media, birth of free man.
1967 -- Still Scratching?: October 6-12, the underground paper, LA Free Press
asks: " Why did you get up this morning? "
1968 -- Ireland: Protestants & Catholics clash in Northern Ireland. http://www.elmundo.es/larevista/num132/textos/crono.html
Canada: Montreal police & firefighters begin a strike leading to widespread rioting, looting, arson & vandalism (-October 8).
1970 -- US: Gridlock? About 200 bicyclists stage a "bike-in" in downtown Seattle, Washington, to protest automobiles.
1971 -- US: Newsday
publishes series of articles on "Bebe" Rebozo. H.R. Haldeman allegedly orders John Dean to see that one of the authors "should have some problems."
1973 -- Hoping to win back territory lost to Israel during the third Arab-Israeli war, Egyptian & Syrian forces launch surprise attack against Israel on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.
On October 17, Western support for Israel in the Yom Kippur War leads 11 Arab oil-producing nations, with the support of OPEC, to begin a crippling oil embargo against the US, Great Britain, & several other nations.
1973 -- US: White on White? A white cab driver found murdered in a black section of Boston, a few days after black youths ordered a white woman to pour gasoline over herself, then set her on fire. Mayor Kevin White expresses confidence that neither incident is racially motivated.
1977 -- France: le Monde Libertaire
, newspaper of the Fédération Anarchiste (FA), which went monthly in October 1954, begins appearing as a weekly. In 2004, it celebrated its 50 years of existence &, for the occasion, publishes an anthology of representative articles, in the book Et pourtant ils existent!
organe de la "Fédération Anarchiste ," qui était alors mensuel depuis son premier numéro en octobre 1954, passe hebdomadaire. fêté ses 50 ans d'existence, publié un numéro hors-série ainsi qu'une anthologie de ses meilleurs articles dans l'ouvrage "Et pourtant ils existent!"
1978 -- Mick Jagger apologizes to the Reverend Jesse Jackson after Jackson denounces the Stones' song, "Some Girls" as racist. Jagger, however, refuses to change the lyrics. Mick: "Black girls just wanna fuck all night, I don't have that much jam."
1978 -- US: 346 protesters arrested at site of proposed Black Fox nuke plant, Inola, Oklahoma.
1979 -- US: Red Tide? Over 1,000 arrested at Seabrook, New Hampshire, site of construction for a nuclear power plant, in an occupation organized by Clamshell Alliance. http://www.downtheyellowcakeroad.org/
1981 -- Egypt: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Anwar Sadat, CIA asset & Egyptian president, assassinated.
Hours after Sadat is shot to death, Hollywood producers Sandy Frank & David Levy — who have long wanted to make a TV movie about him — alert the media that they are stepping up their efforts.
"Now the story has a definite ending," says Levy.
"The lack of an ending was what was stopping it from being made."
1986 -- US: Hitch-Hike? 1,700 female flight attendants win an 18-year lawsuit (includes $37 million in damages) against United Airlines, which had fired them for getting married. Now they own it. Auntie Dave's sister has a piece of the action.
1986 -- Abram Hill dies, NY City. Founder of the American Negro Theatre (1940), where the careers of Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, & Sidney Poitier are launched. His adaptation of the play "Anna Lucasta" premiered on Broadway in 1944 & ran for 900 performances.
1986 -- Room for Rent?: First observance of World Habitat Day.
1989 -- The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled leader, awarded Nobel Peace Prize for a nearly 40-year non-violent campaign to end China's domination of Tibet.
Daily Bleed recipient, part-time Recollection Books co-worker, Moorish Observatory participant, & Mooc list subscriber Bleedster Troy gets strange looks from Dalai Lama in Katmandu, summer of 1998, when he invites His Holy One to join the Moors & asks if he would like to receive the Daily Bleed by email.
1991 -- Williams College's exhibit of African-American photography, "Black Photographers Bear Witness: 100 Years of Social Protest" opens. Includes C.M. Battey, James Van Der Zee, Marvin & Morgan Smith, Moneta Sleet, Carrie Mae Weems, & others.
UNICEF says that Eastern Europe's transition from communism to capitalism has left the people poorer, less healthy & worse fed; meanwhile, over to the World Bank, it says it will not allow environmentalism to hinder development. The surprises just keep a'comin...
Israel: Rabbi Ido Elba is arrested for inciting Jews to kill Arabs.
Canada: General Motors' 15,000 workers at Boisbriand, Quebec walk off the job. One might have expected them to drive off...
Amnesty International cites an American double standard on human-rights abuses. We are, of course, surprised, shocked...stunned with disbelief.
2001 -- US: Meanwhile, Santa Cruz-based KSCO-KOMY (1080-AM) terminates talk-show host Peter Werbe's program.
"We are all Americans now."
Responding to listener complaints, station owner Michael Zwerling's mother, Kay ("the power behind the throne"), takes to the airwaves October 16 to publicly denounce Werbe & the show’s political content & criticism of the Bush administration.
"As pacifists, they want us to assume the dead roach position," she said, before attacking Werbe, whom she characterized as an extreme leftist whose favorite target for ridicule is Bush.
"This may have been fair game in normal times, but we're in a state of war. We cannot afford the luxury of political divisiveness," Zwerling said.
(Surprisingly, accusations that peace marchers are "treasonous" & calls for "nuking Afghanistan" made by right-wing-nut syndicated host Michael Savage, airing on the station for six hours daily, do not qualify as divisive).
2002 -- US: Anti-war protests continue. Nummer One son & pal do a banner drop at Westlake Mall, as thousands protest Beloved & Respected Comrade Bush's campaign to kill Saddam Hussein.
2010 -- Bolivia: LowBlow?: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Evo Morales knees a political opponent in the "testicular zone" during a friendly football match. Thankfully it was a zone friendly.
"Controlled mediations separate individuals from themselves, their desires, their dreams, & their will to live; & so people come to believe in the legend that you can't do without them, or the power that governs them.
Where Power fails to paralyze with constraints, it paralyses by suggestion, by forcing everyone to use crutches of which it is the sole owner & purveyor. Power as the sum of alienating mediations awaits only the holy water of cybernetics to baptize it into the state of Totality.
But total power does not exist, only totalitarian powers. & cyberneticians make such pitiful priests that their baptism of organization will be laughed off the stage."
— Raoul Vaneigem, "Technology & Its Mediated Use"