Our Daily Bleed...
— Jack Kerouac, Escapade, July, 1959
Croatian born Left-Communist, anti-Stalinist theorist.
Alternate Saint, from today's Jubilee Saints Calendar:
Great 13th-century Andalusian Sufi shaykh prophet of the creative imagination.
"At last," says Jerry Silverman one year ago, "a day especially for BiblioSpamaroonies."
FESTIVAL OF PARLOR SHAMANISM.
"I think we ought to close Halloween down. Do you want your children to dress up as witches? The Druids used to dress up like this when they were doing human sacrifice... [Your children] are acting out Satanic rituals & participating in it, & don't even realize it." — Pat Robertson, famed religious whacko, "The 666 Club," 10/29/82
Adamites called their church Paradise; condemned marriage & stripped naked while engaged in common worship. Similar groups appeared in Europe several times in later ages, & in Washington, DC (see below, 1967). In the 13th century they were revived in the Netherlands by the Brethren & Sisters of the Free Spirit, &, in the 14th by the Beghards in Germany. The Beghards became the Picards of Bohemia, took possession of an island in the river Nezarka, & practiced communism. Nearly exterminated in 1421. A brief revival took place in Bohemia after 1781 but these communistic Neo-Adamites were suppressed by force in 1849.
Secondhand smoke is not a problem. If children don't like to be in a smoky room, they'll leave. (As for infants,) ... at some point, they crawl.
— Charles Harper, chairman, RJR Tobacco Company
(Inspiration for American TV series.
Sammo Hung is no Jackie Chan, but hey, for a fat guy...)
1792 -- New Old World: William Broughton navigates up the Columbia River in Chatham & claims the area for Britain. (See also the 29th.)
1796 -- France: First parachute jump, from a balloon, Paris. (Don't know the result, probably don't want to know.)
O, gentlemen, the time of life is short!...
— Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I
1805 -- Battle of Trafalgar, where Nelson defeats Spain & France, establishes British naval supremacy (ie, terrorism, colonies, plunder) for the next century, then dies. With his last breath he sputters: "Blimey."
... & if we live, we live to tread on kings.
— Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I
1835 -- US: Blasphemy? Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison narrowly escapes death after being attacked by a Boston mob infuriated by his pronouncement that "all men are created equal." Apparently white guys aren't made that way in Boston.
1837 -- US: That's White of You?: At Fort Payton, Florida, 75 Seminole chiefs are captured & imprisoned by US during peace talks under a flag of truce.
Osceola masterminded successful battles against five baffled US generals intent on stealing their lands & sending the Seminoles to the paradise of Oklahoma. He & other chiefs are taken prisoner when US troops falsely claim they wanted a truce to talk peace — still today one of the blackest marks in American military history.
By 1858 most of the Seminole (meaning "wild people" or "runaway") tribe were either killed, surrendered, or were moved to the West, but 200 to 300 remained hidden in the Florida swamps. Today, more than 2,000 Seminoles live on six reservations in Florida. There was never a peace treaty signed & the Seminole have always been an independent nation.
1865 -- George William Gordon, Jamaican national hero, wrongly arrested, sentenced to death.
1879 -- US: Nice Bulbs? Thomas Edison perfects the carbonized cotton filament light bulb.
1888 -- Nice Knockers?: Spiritualist Margaret Fox confesses spirit rappings were a put-on.
1894 -- French Guyana: Tonite a prison revolt breaks out in the French prison colony on the island of Saint-Joseph, organized by the quite large group of French anarchistes imprisoned there.Guyane; Guiana
In September a guard killed the anarchist convict François Briens, & tonite the guard is killed in revenge & three others stabbed. The revolt was quickly put down, & on the 22nd 11 convicts are killed.
Initial plans may have included the famed burglar Clément Duval, but he did not directly take part in it. He did, however, jot down the names of the anarchists among the dead...
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1904 -- Egypt: Isabelle Eberhardt dies in a flash flood in the desert at the age of 27. Swiss explorer & writer who lived & travelled extensively in North Africa dressed as man, using the name "Si Mahmoud Essadi." Daughter of the Armenian-born Alexandre Trophimowsky, an anarchist, ex-priest, & convert to Islam, Isabelle was an extremely liberated individual, rejecting conventional European morality in favor of her own path & that of Islam.
Daily Bleed Saint, February 17
Feminist adventurer, she traveled the Islamic world dressed as a man.
Eberhardt died in 1904, in a flash flood in the Egyptian desert at the age of 27. Among her books, see The Oblivion Seeker & Departures: Selected Stories.
1909 -- US: In a Free Speech fight, Emma Goldman loses in the "City of Brotherly Love."
The police chief (not Frank Rizzo), another in a long line of Philadelphia zealots guarding human & civil rights, refuses to allow Emma Goldman to speak unless he can preview her speeches.
The Philadelphia judge rules police have the right to prevent both citizens & aliens from speaking if their words were deemed likely to cause a public disturbance.El 21 de octubre los pistoleros del Libre atentan contra el cenetista Ramón Jaume Mateu; La CNT en la revolución española. Editorial Ruedo Ibérico. París, 1971
"The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It's only the people who make them unsafe."
— Frank Rizzo, ex-police chief & mayor of Philadelphia
The City of Brotherly Love is currently embroiled in attempting to
preventensure the judicial murder of Mumia Abu-Jamal, sentenced to death for killing a policeman, despite lack of competent counsel, missing evidence, police threatening witnesses & changing stories, & an "appeals" judge who was the original prosecutor.
Many recall the 1985 police assault on a MOVE house in West Philadelphia, capped by a police bomb that ignited a blaze that took 11 lives & reduced 61 rowhouses to rubble.
Fortunately, by 1998 city police are reduced to harmlessly falsifying crime statistics so its citizens sleep more safe & sound.
1910 -- France: Paul-Eugène Trouiller (or Troullier) sent to jail for carrying an illegal weapon.
Gardener, day laborer, jailbird, travelling singer...police deemed him a dangerous anarchist...
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1916 -- Austro-Hungarian Prime Minister Count Karl von Sturkh assassinated by anti-war socialist Friedrich Adler.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1917 -- Jazz bop great Dizzy Gillespie lives, Cheraw, South Carolina, to praise "Salt Peanuts" & bend his trumpet. With Charlie Parker & Theolonius Monk, a founder of the revolutionary bebop movement.
1918 -- Tap-Tap-Tap?: Margaret Owen sets world typing speed record of 170 wpm for 1 minute.
"She looks like she just got laid," I said.
The E.R. team looked at me & then at mother & caught their breath. Her flowered housedress lay cut in half at her sides, her legs were splayed, her head was lolling off the gurney with her tongue dangling out, & she had a smile, something I had never seen on her face...
This next week will be spent on the beach & on a range, firing 30 & 50 cal. machine guns & 37 & 40 mm cannon. The 50 fires around 600 shots a minute when it gets excited & has adjustments that can bring it down to a lackadaisical poop a second. The 37 mm throws a pretty good shell over a hundred times per minute. So there'll be a lot of pretty tracers to watch this week.
— Alfred de Grazia: August 1942, War Correspondence
1920 -- Italy: About 25 delegates of the Unione Sindicale Italiana (USI, a syndicalist union 300,000 strong), meeting at Bologna, are all arrested in a body.
With the tide of fascism on the rise, this is part of a government crackdown against the union & numerous anarchist organizations & publications, resulting in the jailings of hundreds of activists. Among the jailed are Armando Borghi (General Secretary of the USI, his wife Virgilia d'Andrea, Errico Malatesta, & the editorial staff of newspaper Umanita Nova.
[Source: Max Nettlau, Errico Malatesta.]
1920 -- Spain: Cenetista Ramón Jaume Mateu is attacked by "Pistoleros del Libre" (rightwing assassins supported by anti-labor business & the Catholic Church). Attacks such as these against militant workers are common during this period in Spain.
1921 -- Massive demonstrations all over Europe in support of the anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti. In Paris 10,000 police & 18,000 soldiers attempt to control the crowds.
'The prosecution left a trail' of doctored eyewitness accounts, altered testimony & false ballistics reports. That trail appears to exonerate the victims while convicting the executioners.
1929 -- Ursula Le Guin lives, Berkeley, California. Science fiction/fantasy novelist, anarchist, daughter of famed anthropologist Kroeber. Her books include The Dispossessed & The Left Hand of Darkness. One of the best modern science fiction & fantasy authors, a Grandmaster noted for her exemplary style & for her exploration of Taoist, anarchist, feminist, psychological & sociological themes.
Le Guin examines contemporary problems by recasting them in imagined worlds — for example, the possibility for a perfect anarchic society, in The Dispossessed, (1974); & life in an androgynous world, in The Left Hand of Darkness, (1969). She also wrote a wonderful fantasy series for children, the Earthsea trilogy, & has received many awards, including the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award for juvenile fiction (1968) & the National Book Award (1973) for the children's book The Farthest Shore. Her other works include poetry, stories (collected in The Wind's Twelve Quarters, 1975), essays on science fiction, & the novels Malafrena (1979) & The Compass Rose (1982).
"You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit or it is nowhere." — Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
1933 -- US: Scottsboro Trial date set for November 27 in Decatur by Judge W. W. Callahan, Ku Kluxer. (Since April, Decatur has been scene of Negro terrorization: one lynched, two murdered, one railroaded to death sentence on faked rape charge.)
1936 -- Spain: Fascist siege of Madrid begins (Spanish Revolution & Civil War).
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1939 -- France: Serge Livrozet lives, Toulon. A French burglar sent to prison numerous times who became an anarchist & writer who, after meeting Biker Michel Foucault, formed the "Comités d'Action des Prisonniers." Livrozet wrote a dozen books involving the world of prison life. (Le sang à la tête; La rage des murs; L'outrage en plus, etc.)
Poeme de Serge Livrozet
"Sur ces murs froids, le temps sale a passé
Et des hommes, des fous
Ont signé de leurs noms
Cette vie disparue
Riri de Saint-Ouen, Jojo de Nanterre
Et chaque homme violé qui a foulé ce parterre...
Je les vois tous
Lécher le mur crasseux de la vie
Ils ne sont pas toujours mes frères
ils sont mes "précédents"
Ils sont passés par où
La vie ne passe plus
Ils ont compté les heures
Là où le temps ne compte plus."
1948 -- Thomas Mann completes "The Genesis of a Novel."
1949 -- US: Ten top US Communists are sentenced to five years in jail for advocating the overthrow of the US government.
1949 -- Spain: The anarchist Miguel Garcia is arrested. Tried & sentenced to death along with eight other companions, five of whom were executed. Garcia spent 38 days in the condemned cell until his sentence was commuted to 30 years imprisonment.
Source: Miguel Garcia, Spanish Political Prisoners (Simian, no date)
Garcia was one of the survivors of the libertarian resistance which refused, either at the end of the Spanish Civil War, or World War Two, to give up the fight for freedom. Theirs was a rearguard action, attempting to defend the workers' movement against Franco's murderous repression.
1949 -- "El Cubano"
Spain: Julio Rodríguez, aka "El Cubano", a fighter with Catalan guerrilla groups, shot down in a clash with the fascist police in Barcelona.
Police also shoot down an unarmed Victor Espallargas & Jose Luis Barrao. October 1949 proved to be a tragic month for the urban action groups in Catalonia. Within a few days many of the comrades, & some of the most battle-hardened comrades at that, lost their lives. The list includes Luciano Alpuente (Enrique Madurga Herrero), José Sabaté (El Quico‘s older brother), Julio Rodríguez Fernández (El Cubano), Juan Serrano (aka Antonio García García), Arquímedes Serrano Ovejas, & Francisco Martínez Márquez. Many others are captured & subsequently executed, like José Pérez Pedrero (Tragapanes), Pedro Adrover Font (El Yayo), José Pons Argilés, Santiago Amir Gruañas & Ginés Urrea Piña.
1950 -- China: Chinese forces occupy Tibet.
1954 -- US: No Pinko Shorts? Arch Hindman, Executive Secretary of the Indiana State Athletic Commission, rules boxers & wrestlers must swear, under oath, that they are not Communists before being licensed to fight in Indiana. Jesse Ventura banned?
Oafs of the ropes, these "artistes of the epithet" are stunned by the imposition of a new language barrier.
1954 -- Dorothy Parker/Arnaud d'Usseau play "Ladies of the Corridor" opens, NY.
1961 -- Bob Dylan records his first album, "Bob Dylan," for Columbia Records. The albums presents the 20-year old singer accompanied by his guitar & harmonica. The recording is done in a day & productions costs run $400. Filling out his income-tax form, Dylan gives his name as Blind Boy Grunt.
1963 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Bobby Kennedy authorizes wiretaps on Martin Luther King's SCLC offices.
1964 -- Attic cave, Cambridge, Mass:
Things have changed a lot for me here now. I'm getting closer & closer to the wall...
— Mel Lyman, Incredible String Band member
1964 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader "Hey, Hey" LBJ says
"We are not about to send American boys to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves" (i.e., in Vietnam).
1965 -- US: Of All The Gall? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Lyndon Johnson shows off his gall bladder scar for newsmen.
1966 -- Wales: 144 die as a coal waste landslide engulfs a school in South Wales.
"A corporation cannot be ethical; its only responsibility is to turn a profit!"
— Milton Friedman, "free market" economist
1966 -- Grateful Dead, Lightnin' Hopkins & Loading Zone at the Fillmore, with dancing & strobe light show, San Francisco.
1967 -- US: Yippies, Diggers, anarchists & other high priests meet in Washington DC, October 21-23, for "Exorcism of the Pentagon" to rid the world of the global evil spirit virus infecting all who work there. Psychedelic face paint & flowers stuck in barrels of guns scare the shit out of US goblins & results in 647 arrested. 50,000 people demonstrate against the war in Washington, DC.
Radicals flex their muscles, exorcise evil spirits from the Pentagon, causing it to visibly levitate; redefines 'high rise'. Mammoth demonstration, where many ignore organizer's instructions, attempting to enter the building & confronting soldiers guarding it.
October 21-22: A demonstration at the Pentagon organized by the National Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam (MOBE) draws 150,000. Afterwards, MOBE begins to talk about antiwar protests during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, where Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Johnson is expected to be nominated for a second term.
1967 -- US: Joan Baez is arrested at the Oakland draft induction center.
1967 -- Canada: Demonstrators in major cities protest the US war in Vietnam.
1967 -- US: The United Auto Workers (UAW) union issues a statement supporting LBJ's policy in Vietnam.
1969 -- ¶ Beat writer Jack Kerouac, On the Road no more, dies, age 47, of abdominal bleeding caused by drinking, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2003-4
American beatnik, mama's boy, rightwing apostle of the open road.
REMEMBERING JACK KEROUAC
Writers are, in a way, very powerful indeed. They write the script for the reality film. Kerouac opened a million coffee bars & sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages. Now if writers could get together into a real tight union, we'd have the world right by the words. We could write our own universes, & they would all be as real as a coffee bar or a pair of Levis or a prom in the Jazz Age. Writers could take over the reality studio. So they must not be allowed to find out that they can make it happen. Kerouac understood this long before I did. Life is a dream, he said.
from White Fields Press Published in Heaven Poster Series #10 Poster includes photo "Allen Ginsberg taking photograph of William S. Burroughs: Lawrence, Kansas 1992" courtesy of Allen Ginsberg.
1971 -- Shiga Naoya dies in Tokyo. Master shishosetsu ("I novel") stylist.
1972 -- John Cage's "Birdcage - 73', 20.958" for a Composer" premiers, Germany.
1973 -- US: Senator Church reveals CIA intercepted 28 million pieces of mail, 1953-73. Now you know why your mail is always so slow.
1976 -- Saul Bellow wins the Nobel Prize for literature; For the first time, all Nobel Prize winners are citizens of the same country, the US.
1981 -- Germinal Esgleas dies. Spanish anarchist militant & companion of Federica Montseny. Collaborator on Revista Blanca, with Joan Montseny (Federico Urales). Secretary-general of the AIT, 1958-1963). During exile (in France) he was imprisoned by the fascist Vichy government.
"¿Que es el anarcosindicalismo?," por Germinal Esgleas (Secretario General de la A.I.T., 1958-1963), from De la enciclopedia anarquista — Edicion espanola.):
1981 -- Australia: Pacific Sky sails without uranium after seven-day dockers' strike, Darwin.
1983 -- US: In first public action of the new Seattle Nonviolent Action Group (SNAG), 12 people blockade Boeing Cruise Missile plant in nearby Kent all day. None are arrested.
1984 -- Last Blow?: French filmmaker Francois Truffaut dies.
1988 -- Quiet Time?:
"George Bush says he hears the quiet people others don't.
I have a friend in Los Angeles who hears the quiet people others don't, & he has to take a lot of medication for it."
— Albert Brooks
1989 -- US: Buck Helm found alive after being buried for four days, in Frisco earthquake.
Ciliga opposed the Bolsheviks during the suppression of Kronstadt & was sent to the Stalinist Gulag. With the outbreak of WWII, Ciliga was sent to Croatian prison camps where he managed to escape. He remained a militant activist to his last days, including the recent Balkan upheavals, while in his 90s. Ciliga is the author of Crise d'Etat dans la Yougoslavie de Tito (1974), L'insurrection de Cronstadt et la destinée de la révolution russe (1983), Où va-tu Europe.
|The totalitarian bureaucracy is not "the last owning class in history" in the sense of Bruna Rizzi; it is only a substitute ruling class for the commodity economy. Capitalist private property in decline is replaced by a simplified, less diversified surrogate which is condensed as collective property of the bureaucratic class...
It was the workers' party organized according to the bourgeois model of separation which furnished the hierarchical-statist cadre for this supplementary edition of a ruling class. While in one of Stalin's prisons, Anton Ciliga observed that "technical questions of organization turned out to be social questions" (Lenin & the Revolution).
— Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle
|"Neither God nor Master, a voice from the depths of my subconscious whispered. Perceptible, firm, imperative. The portrait of Lenin from the table of my cell was torn in thousand pieces & tossed into the trash can... "
— Anton Ciliga, Dix ans au pays du mensonge déconcertant
See Left Communism in the Wikipedia,
The Journal of Croatian Studies, the only English language scholarly journal dedicated to the study of Croatian history & culture, published annually since 1960 by the Croatian Academy of America. Volume 34-35 contains, among other things, articles by Ivan Cizmic (on the Croatian Fraternal Union), Ante Kadic (the discovery of America in Croatian literature), an article by Stephen Schwartz of the "SF Examiner" on Ante Ciliga.
1992 -- Madonna's book Sex is released.
1994 -- ANARCHY IN THE UK 94 - London festival
TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD
The biggest anarchist festival with over 500 events throughout London, October 21- 30th.
Stop press: Levitation of parliament Oct 23rd
Stop the City: Street Action against the Criminal Justice Bill Oct 27th
Freedom Bookshop * Freedom press * I.W.W. * Peace News * Jeff Nuttall * Donald Rooum * Exploding Cinema * Richard Parry * Laurens Otter * 56a Info Shop * Arthur Moyse * Penny Rimbaud * Wildcat Comics * Kate Sharpley Library * Cliff Harper * Phoenix Press * New Anarchist Review * Rebel Press * Earth First * Profane Existence * Martin Everett * 121 Centre* London Greenpeace * Green Anarchist * Libertarian Education * Chumbawamba * A.K. Distribution * Extreme Books (Oregon) * Stewart Home
POETRY: 'Visions of Poesy': Contributors include:
'Visions of Poesy':
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1994 -- Seattle Spoonster, Artis the Spoonman, plays the Fillmore.
All my friends are Indians
All my friends are brown & red, Spoonman
All my friends are skeletons
They beat the rhythm with their bones, Spoonman
Feel the rhythm with your hands
Steal the rhythm while you can, Spoonman
1995 -- José Ignacio Cabrujas, writer, dies at 58. Venezuelan writer, actor, journalist & screenwriter. Considered a founder of the telenovela genre.
1996 -- Abdelhamid Benhadugah, novelist, dies at 71.
1996 -- Eric Halsall, 76, sheepdog trial commentator, dies.
"Johnny, quit wolfing down your food!"
2000 -- Netherlands: Second Anarchistische Boekenmarkt held in Utrecht. Inspired by the annual Anarchist Bookfair in London. Some 30 bookshops, activist groups, & presses participate, & the famed "The Ex" play in the ACU.
2006 -- England: 26th Anarchist Bookfair, London. The largest & most important regular gathering of anarchists in the world. 80 stalls through four rooms.
2010 -- Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, who has has staged more than 20 hunger strikes, is awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament. Fariñas held a 135-day hunger strike earlier this year that left him near death but compelled the Cuban government to agree to release 52 political prisoners.
Another fast between 1995 & 1997 brought attention to his allegations of corruption at the hospital where he worked. A six-month hunger strike in 2006 failed to force the government to allow freer access to the internet. Reporters Without Borders awarded its cyber-freedom prize to Fariñas in 2006.
"They were Bad Boys, Subterraneans, Dharma Bums, White Negroes, living in disreputable neighborhoods, eschewing real jobs, dressing to make a statement, engaging in "free love," doing drugs, boogying to a different drummer, taking as their heroes dubious characters like Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, Baudelaire & Oscar Wilde, & their own outlaw demimonde as their literary country...
American science fiction [became] sole surviving heir through destiny & circumstance to Twain & Miller & Burroughs & Ginsberg & Kerouac, to Huck Finn & Billy the Kid & the Dharma Bums, to America's own secret song of itself."
— Norman Spinrad, "Science Fiction & the Beats"
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