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Major French philosopher of our day,
conceptual historian of knowledge, madness,
prisons, sexuality, selfhood. Biker Dude.
A good day for GATHERING HONEY, according to Mayan chronological estimation.
ISRA' & ME'RAJ
Saragossa, Spain: PARADE OF THE GIANTS (20-30 feet high) & Dwarves (man-sized, with enormous heads), with Moorish dances & fireworks.
NATIONAL GROUCH DAY — What!!*! We need a day?
MERTZ OF ALL POSSIBLE MERTZES.
70 -- [BC] Virgil lives.
"Do not trust the horse, Trojans.
Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks
even when they bring gifts."
Roman poet, best known for Aenid (unfinished), modeled on Homer's epics, Iliad & Odyssey. Depicts Aeneas's homeseeking & his war to found a city. The archetypal character is often the model of Western heroes, as in the books of Owen Wister & Louis L'Amour.
Dante adopted themes from him for his epic poem The Divine Comedy, where Virgil acts as the guide through the Inferno & Purgatory.
1485 -- The first printed edition of the Former Prophets with Kimhi's commentary
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1520 -- England: Spare Me? King Henry VIII orders bowling lanes at Whitehall.
Freedom-loving Russian Romantic poet & author of the novel Geroy Nashego Vremeni (Hero of Our Time), which deeply influenced later Russian writers. Exiled twice to the Caucasus because of his libertarian verses. Lermontov died — like his great contemporary poet Aleksandr Pushkin — in a duel.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, 1998 Daily Bleed Sweetheart
"One must have chaos within oneself, if one is to be a dancing star."
Most of Wodehouse's works are parodies of life among the British aristocracy of the 1920s/30s. Best known for characters such as Jeeves, the supreme "gentleman's gentleman" & Bertie Wooster of the Drones Club, a bumbling but likable young bachelor aristocrat, Mr. Mulliner, & the absentminded Lord Emsworth of the Blandings Castle.
Stephen Mac Say founded, with his life-long partner Marie-Adele Anciauxaka Mary Smiles, the libertarian school at Sébastien Faure's colony "La Ruche." Additionally, he wrote for "L'en dehors," "Le libertaire," "Les Temps nouveaux," etc., & was a contributor to SebastianSébastien Faure's l'Encyclopédie AnarchisteAnarchist Encyclopedia.
A great nature & animal lover, he opposed vivisection. Mac Say's writings include L'école laïque contre l'enfant; De Fourier à Godin; Les bêtes proches de l'homme, & Propos sans égards.
They were the enemy — those ragged-trousered philanthropists, who not only quietly submitted like so many cattle to their miserable slavery...
In the desert I saw a creature, naked, bestial. Who, squatting upon the ground, held his heart in his hands, & ate of it.
1902 -- France: André Prudhommeaux lives, at the phalanstery known as Prunier (founded by Jean-Baptiste Godin). An early communist who became an anarchist & founded a bookshop in Paris specializing in social history — & the scene of many lively debates.
In the 30s Prudhommeaux wrote, along with Voline, for the newspaper Terre libre, published by the Fédération Anarchist. He went to Barcelona in 1936, publishing, with Aristide Lapeyre, "l'Espagne antifasciste." Critic of the CNT-FAI & anarchist ministers & participants in the Republican government. In the 1950s he wrote for Libertaire & Monde Libertaire. Author, with his partner Dora Ris, of Spartacus & the Berlin Commune, The Libertarian Effort , & Libertarian Catalonia.
"Plusieurs fois, il y eut des révoltes ouvertes contre l'Etat, avec comme but immédiat la réalisation du communisme libertaire. Cette orientation débuta par le soulèvement de Fijols en Catalogne, qui fut brisé. Par mesure de répression, le gouvernement républicano-socialiste fit déporter 120 anarchistes catalans dans les terres de fièvre africaines, où plusieurs camarades succombèrent."— Andre & Dori Prudhommeaux, on the revolutionary uprisings in Catalonia, 1932.
1902 -- Amparo Poch y Gascon lives (1902-1968), Saragossa (Aragon). Spanish anarchist feminist, propagandist for sexual freedom.
Studied sociology & medicine. Worked with women's education & in 1936, with Mercedes Comaposada & Lucia Sanchez, she founded Mujeres Libres (Free Women) which publishes, from May 1936, a review of the same name. Wrote for many libertarian publications, & after the revolution in Spain worked with Spanish refugees in the French concentration camps.
See Antonina Rodrigo, Amparo Poch y Gascon: Testos de una medi
1904 -- Italy: Oreste Lucchesi dies. He has been in prison since 1895 for assassinating the editor of "Il Telegrafo," whose articles resulted in the repression & arrest of numerous anarchists.
1905 -- C. P. Snow, novelist, scientist, & originator of the "Two Cultures" controversy, lives, Leicester, England.
1905 -- US: First appearance of McKay's newspaper strip, "Little Nemo in Slumberland."
1907 -- US: Mid-October, the anarchist Emma Goldman evades US immigration authorities by entering New York via Montreal.
1908 -- Economist John Kenneth Galbraith lives, Ontario, Canada.
1910 -- "'Round 'Bout Midnight"?: Stanley "Midnight Assassin" Ketchel, heavyweight boxing champ, shot & killed.
1911 -- US: Emma Goldman begins a series (October 15-December 10) of Sunday afternoon & evening lectures in Yiddish & English to residents of New York City's Lower East Side.
Topics include "Marriage & the Lot of Children Among the Poor," "Government by Spies: The McNamara Case & Burns," "Art & Revolution," "Communism, the Most Practical Basis for Society," "Mary Wollstonecraft, the Pioneer of Modern Womanhood," & "Socialism Caught in Its Political Trap."
1914 -- US: Clayton Antitrust Act passes, strengthening federal anti-monopoly powers, exempting unions & focusing on business abuses which the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 failed to do.
1915 -- US: Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Free Speech fight in Fresno, California.
Presumably the US has a Bill of Rights already guaranteeing free speech, but labor militants all over the US find themselves unable to practice it without being harassed, hounded, beaten or murdered by upstanding citizens — ironically calling themselves "patriots."
1917 -- France: Hari Krishna? Famous sex-spy Mata Hari (Gertrude Zella) executed near Paris.
1919 -- Russia: Soviets ban giving Christian names to children.
1919 -- First sci-fi magazine, Thrill Book, publishes its final issue.
1920 -- Mario Puzo, The Godfather novelist, lives.
1920 -- Italy: Errico Malatesta, anarchist militant/writer, is arrested. He is held responsible, along with Armando Borghi, for the worker occupations of the factories in Milan during this past summer & in September.
1920 -- Russia:
Les makhnovistes et les bolcheviques signent un accord de collaboration contre les troupes du général Wrangel.
1920 -- Spain: Ernest Queraltó, "El pintor" (The painter), dies. An old member of the band of Köenning.
Queraltó indexed; 15 de octubre apareció muerto miembro de la banda de Köenning
1923 -- Italian cyber-fabulist Italo Calvino lives. His whimsical & imaginative fables make him one of the most important Italian fiction writers of the 20th century.
During WWII Calvino was drafted into the Young Fascists, but deserted & joined the Communist Resistance in the Ligurian mountains. He worked for the communist periodical L'Unitá as a journalist & for Einaudi publishing house.
In the 1950s his fantastic & playful tales, hovering between allegory & pure fantasy — questioning the relationship between individual conscience & the course of history — brought Calvino international acclaim & established his reputation.
Calvino broke with the Communist Party during the tragic uprisings in Hungary in 1956.
Other writers mixing the fantastic with the real: Umberto Eco, Vladimir Nabokov, Günter Grass. See also the Latin American authors of "Magic Realism."
1925 -- Japan: Daijiro Furuta (1900-1925) executed. Refusing to appeal, he is hanged. Member of the Guillotine Society (Girochin Sha), an anarchist terrorist group.
FURUTA Jaijirö Born le1er January 1900 in Tôkyô. After having obtained its diploma of secondary studies, it enters to the university of Waseda. It adheres to "Shakaishugi Dantai Minjin Dömeikai" (Popular Federation of the Socialist Groups) in 1919 that it leaves in the summer 1921. It joined the anarchistic movement gradually & organizes with Yoshinaga Watanabe & Arata Nagahsima in the department of Saitama the country movement of Hasuda. It creates with his two friends "Kosakunin Kai" (Company of the Small farmers) & a newspaper entitled "Kosakunin" (Small farmers) in order to allow the development of it. In spite of their efforts, the results are disappointing. During these many activities, it meets Tetsu Nakahama, little time before the dissolution of the organization in June 1922. It launches out with his friends in the armed action & creates "Girochin Sha" (Company of the Guillotine) & prepares attacks against the Prince of England (at the time of his visit in Japan) & the Regent of Japan which ensures the responsibilities for the Emperor. It plunders banks to finance its activities. It kills an employee during an attack of bank with Tôkyô.Il takes part in the attack against the General Masatorö Fukada. It is stopped with Genjirôp Muraki on September 10, 1924 in Tôkyô in the house which is used to him as refuge. It is considered on September 10, 1925 & is condemned to death. It dies hung on October 15, 1925, refusing to appeal.
1926 -- France: Harley-Semiotic?: French biker-philosopher Michel Foucault lives, Poitiers. Conceptual historian of madness, prisons, sexuality, identity politics.
A letter to Ann Landers from "Housewife from Maine" asked about oral sex: "Does it mean they just talk about it?," she wanted to know, or was something more involved?
"Housewife from Maine" was righter than she knew: sexuality is "oral" in our culture, in the precise sense that it is continually being channeled into discourse... Foucault's endeavor is to make us aware how limited our imaginations really are, especially when it comes to sexuality. As Deleuze says, paraphrasing Spinoza, we still do not know what our bodies can do. Even our wildest s&m fantasies are all too often trite & formulaic. Thus Foucault ultimately concludes that,
"Sex is boring."
"Detroit Moan" Victoria Spivey & the Chicago Four, 10/15/36
Detroit factories had begun advertising in Southern cities for black workers as early as 1917. Paid less than their white counterparts, they were offered the hardest, hottest work in the auto foundries, called "the black department."
Michigan's black population of 17,000 in 1910 soared to over 117,000 in the 1920s. Borrowing from the practices of Southern plantation patriarchs, Henry Ford paid black workers $1 a day in 1931 & invested the other $3 owed them into 'communal enterprises' in the subdivision called Inkster.
Blues songwriter & performer Victoria Spivey vented some of the angst of black Detroit in her "Detroit Moan." (The song was originally issued as the B-side of the happier "Hollywood Stomp.")
— Mark Humphrey, "The Great Depression: American Music in the '30s"
1937 -- One time New Christy Minstrels member, gravelly voiced singer of "Eve of Destruction," Barry McGuire lives.
One of the things that set them apart from the other folk groups of their time was the concept of signing new players, like all pro-sports teams. New blood was always being added to the group, while seasoned musicians went off to make careers of their own. Famed alumni include: Kenny Rogers, The "First Edition," Karen Black, John Denver, Roger McGuinn & Gene Clark, Kim Carnes & many, many more.
1937 -- Ernest Hemingway novel To Have & Have Not is published.
1938 -- Fela Anikulapo-Kuti lives (d.1997). Daily Bleed Patron Saint December 6, 2007
Nigerian rock star, pot & AIDS activist, culture hero.
Multi-instrumentalist musician & composer, pioneer of Afrobeat music, human rights activist, & political maverick.
1940 -- Charlie Chaplin's first talkie film, The Great Dictator, is released.
1945 -- France: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pierre Laval, puppet prime minister of Nazi-occupied Vichy France, is executed for treason.
Originally a deputy & senator of pacifist tendencies, shifted to the right in the 1930s. After the Allied liberation of France, Laval, imprisoned & condemned to death by the High Court of Justice, attempted suicide by poison, but was nursed back to health in time for his execution.
1946 -- German Nazi leader Hermann Goering suicides.
1946 -- Edgar Rice Burroughs novel Escape on Venus is published.
1956 -- US: Bobby Fischer defeats D. Byrne in a chess "game of the century."
1957 -- Russia: A secret Chinese-Soviet agreement concerning the manufacture of atomic weapons in China is signed in Moscow.
Source: [K.S. Karol]
1957 -- Guy Debord's Remarques sur le concept d'art expérimental (Remarks on the Concept of Experimental Art), a critique of the text Pour un concept d'expérimentation musicale (Toward a Concept of Musical Experimentation) by Walter Olmo of the Situationist International's Italian Section.
1958 -- ¶ Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums is published; Kerouac, with Allen Ginsberg, meets D.T. Suzuki. Later this month Kerouac ends his relationship with Joyce Glassman & begins affair with Dody Müller.
1959 -- US: Why the Grass is Blue? A B-52 carrying two nuclear bombs collides in midair with a KC-135 jet tanker, crashes in Kentucky. No atomic blast, apparently, & both bombs are recovered.
1959 -- US: Robert Crumb's "Fritz the Cat" comic strip premiers.
1961 -- Belgium: 7,000 march for nuclear disarmament, La Louviere.
1963 -- US: Lee Harvey Oswald obtains a job in the Texas School Book Depository.
1965 -- US: Anti-war protests are held in about 40 American cities, October 15-16.
1965 -- US: San Francisco State College Vietnam Day Committee Teach-In. Country Joe & the Fish entertain.
1965 -- US: University of California-Berkeley Teach-in & march; 14,000 hit Telegraph Ave. (Norman Thomas spoke?). 10,000 march to an Oakland, California army base to protest the Vietnam War; another is held tomorrow, along with 80 other cities across the US, against the Vietnam War.
1965 -- US: Got Carded? David Miller is the first of many resisters to publicly burn his draft card after Congress outlaws it. New York City.
David Miller of the Catholic Worker movement said 'I believe the napalming of Vietnamese villages is an immoral act; I hope what I'm about to do will be a significant act,' & publicly burned his draft card. He was sentenced to two & a half years in prison. The symbolic burning of draft cards soon spread among conscientious objectors.
1965 -- The Great Society performs at the opening of the Coffee Gallery. Band members include Darby, Jerry & Grace Slick.
1966 -- US: Huey Newton & Bobby Seale form the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, Oakland, California.
1966 -- Artists' Liberation Front Free Fair in Frisco's Golden Gate Park Panhandle.
Takes place in the Mission District & was one of the first (if not the very first) free outdoor rock performance in the Bay Area.
1966 -- US: Country Joe & the Fish give away copies of their first record during a protest march in Oakland.
1967 -- US: What a Drag? A dragging anchor tears open a pipeline at West Delta, Louisiana, releasing of 6,720,000 gallons of oil.
1968 -- Manuel Ferrand obtiene el premio Planeta por su novela Con la noche a cuestas.
1969 -- US: Millions of Americans demonstrate against the Vietnam War in the first Vietnam Moratorium/Peace Day held in the US (organized by Sam Brown & David Mixner). 100,000 Boston Common / 40,000 Bryant Park, Manhattan / 30,000 in candlelight march past White House, led by MLK, Wash DC: names of 45,000 Americans killed in Vietnam carried / 12,000 Chicago / Presidents of 79 colleges appeal to Nixon to step up withdrawal timetable / black armbands worn all over the US / 10 million involved throughout the US / John Lennon returns MBE to protest UK's involvement in the Nigerian war & its support of US in Vietnam.
Through our scientific genius, we have made this world a neighborhood; now through our moral & spiritual development, we must make of it a brotherhood.
— Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1969 -- Somalia: Abdi Rashid Ali Shermarke, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President, assassinated.
1969 -- England: Imperial War Museum gutted by incendiary device.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1969 -- France:
Operations Within the French Section after October 1969, internal document unanimously adopted at a meeting of the French section of the Situationist International.
1973 -- US: Supreme Court decides by a 7-2 vote refuses to review a 1971 Federal Communications directive that broadcasters, in effect, censor from the airwaves songs with "drug-oriented" lyrics. The two dissenting votes are cast by Justices William J. Brennan & William O. Douglas, who say, "The government cannot, consistent with the First Amendment, require a broadcaster to censor its music." Meanwhile alcohol (biggest killer of them all) advertising goes unabated.
1974 -- US: Win Some, Lose Some? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ford introduces his "WIN" program, calling for the planting of WIN gardens & the issuing of WIN bonds. The program is quietly discontinued in six months.
1978 -- US: Crash Program? Congress deregulates airlines.
1979 -- El Salvador: President Romero deposed by a military coup (February 1981 — US admits to having sent 18 advisers to help the military junta. El Salvador leftists claim 100 US advisers.)
US: During this month a boycott is initiated by the Industrial Association of Machinists against Brown & Sharpe, a machine, precision, measuring & cutting tool manufacturer, in Rhode Island.
The boycott was called after the firm refused to bargain in good faith & forced the union into an unwanted & bitter strike during which police sprayed pepper gas on some 800 IAM pickets at the company's North Kingston plant in early 1982. Three weeks later, a machinist narrowly escaped serious injury when a shot fired into the picket line hit his belt buckle.
The National Labor Relations Board subsequently charged Brown & Sharpe with regressive bargaining, & of entering into negotiations with the express purpose of not reaching an agreement with the union.
1983 -- Lebanon: US Marine sharpshooters kill five snipers at Beirut International Airport.
1984 -- US: The Associated Press reports the existence of a CIA-prepared terrorist manual advising rightwing Nicaraguan rebels how to blackmail unwilling citizens into supporting their cause, how to arrange the deaths of fellow rebels to create martyrs & how to kidnap & kill (or as the manual puts it, "neutralize") government officials.
"Come the counterrevolution, there will be a massacre in Nicaragua. We have a lot of scores to settle. There will be bodies from the border to Managua."
— Contra officer, Newsweek, November 8, 1982
The manual was first revealed by the Baltimore Sun in January, but the US Media, including the Washington Post & the NY Times buried it. The manual was watered down in 1985 because of the stink that erupted in October 1984. That "psychological operations" manual advocated "selective use of violence" to "neutralize" civilian opponents & arranging other deaths for political advantage.
1988 -- Argentina: Amnesty International's Global Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires; 75,000 hear Bruce Springsteen, Sting & Tracy Chapman perform.
1989 -- US: Swinging on a Star? Billy Graham is given the 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd.
1990 -- Rocky Mountain High?: Abandoned barrels of military psychotomimetic contaminates Denver's water supply.
1990 -- México: Fidel Velazquez, head of Mexican Labor Federation (CTM), denounces proposals for a "free trade" agreement with the US, claiming it would have a catastrophic effect on both Mexican & US workers.
1990 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Mikhail Gorbachev snags Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to end the Cold War, free the East Bloc & slow the arms race.
1991 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader, & reformed coke addict, Judge Clarence Thomas is confirmed as the 106th associate justice of the Supreme Court, its second African-American.
1992 -- Perú: "Shining Path" Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Chairman Gonzalo is captured by Perúvian military.
1994 -- Haiti: Deposed Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Haitian President Aristide is allowed to return only after promising the US he would not implement any of the human needs proposals that won him election & triggered a US-backed military coup in 1991.
1994 -- Cuba: Seven US-based terrorists arrested after they kill a fisherman.
1997 -- Going for Broke?: Songster/mystery writer Kinky Friedman is given a key to the City of Ft. Worth at "Books & Authors" luncheon of the Friends of the Ft. Worth Public Library (sponsored by the "Ft. Worth Star Telegram"), in recognition of his contributions to libraries & literature. Former leader of Kinky Friedman & the Texass Jewboys, the legendary country-protest band of the 70s, author of steaming ragouts of "snide quips & sly similes," mysteries "more interested in playing Groucho Marx than Sherlock Holmes." (Andrew Vachss)
"This is my childhood dream come true," Kinky said after receiving the key. He says he is the only non-land-owning, cigar-smoking, mystery-writing, cat-loving, Irish whiskey-swigging, Jewish country musician & sex symbol from Palestine (Texass, that is) to ever receive a key to the City of Ft. Worth.
1998 -- US: Two days ago Art Bell disappears from the airwaves (UFO got him); Yesterday Monica Lewinsky moved from her mother's Watergate apartment (UFO got her) & don't fergit, while you're smashing the cyberstate, only 441 days left until the millennium (if that pesky UFO don't get you)...
1999 -- Doctors Without Borders wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
1999 -- US: Government expresses "deep concern & consternation" over anti-gay statements made by Beloved & Respected Comrade Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni; meanwhile Washington Post columnist Cal Thomas reports that George Dubya Bush has stated he would not knowingly name a practicing gay to a top office.
2004 -- No More Trout¿: Kilgore Trout dies at midnight tonight, suicide by Dra-no Trout in Cohoes, New York, following his consultation with a psychic, who informed him that George Dubya Bush would win the US Presidential election by a vote of 5-to-4 in the Supreme Court.
The Final Ride
The act of dying
is like hitch-hiking
into a strange town
late at night
where it is cold
& you are alone
2009 -- US: "Balloon Boy" hoax...in a homemade balloon resembling a flying saucer made by the boy's parents, a six-year-old soars to 7,000 feet before someone pops his media-balloon. When the balloon lands & the boy is found not to be inside, authorities begin a manhunt, raising fears he had fallen from the balloon. Indeed, the boy was found to be magically hiding in his house's attic the entire time.
2011 -- Day of Action, Occupy the Globe — in 950+ cities in 82 countries. Totally autonomous groupings, the occupation movements are resolutely antihierarchical, antiauthoritarian & participatory.
"Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true."— Ancient Polish proverb
"Part-human, part-beast, & possessing the Leviathanic virtue of existing forever, Wiske the gift-giver reappeared in the jokes as the long-eared, long-membered & long-tailed Trickster, forever setting traps for animals & people & forever trapping himself."
— Fredy Perlman, Against His-story, Against Leviathan!
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