Our Daily Bleed...
Western wind when wilt thou blow
the small rain down can rain
Christ if my love were in my arms
& I in my bed again.
— Anon (before 1500)
"Mama Africa." South African songstress, anti-apartheidist.
Polish anarchist freedom fighter, "The Martyr of Ushuaia."
Lousa, Portugal: ST. MARTIN'S EVE FESTIVAL OF BEBIANA, said to be Martin's sister.
Her name derives from "beber" (to drink). Martin, patron of revelry, presides over slaughter of festival pigs. Torchlight procession with "Bebiana" in wheelbarrow, a flask to her lips. She then delivers a sermon on the evils of drunkenness, a temperance hymn is sung, & everyone gets stinking drunk.
A note on St. Martin, patron saint of drunks & inn keepers.
He was of noble birth (whatever that means) & given to drunken debauchery most of his life. Eventually he lost his taste for the booze & acquired one for denatured christianity. So he took to prosthelitizing with the same zeal that he had once shown for the bottle.
One day he was lecturing the folks in a village about their wicked ways & a goose started honking so loudly that it interfered with his speech. Not to be outdone he ordered the goose slaughtered, & then finished his sermon. Afterward the goose was cooked & served to him.
St. Martin choked to death eating the goose.
This important note from the christian tradition teaches us to be very careful about how we treat our critics.
— Bleedster Gus, 10 Nov 2000
Daily Bleed co-Patron Saint, 2006-2008
Caricaturist, satirist, master observer of human foibles.
"Camilo ponía en nuestras manos a Carlos Marx. Por camilo conocí al dulce príncipe Kropotkin y toda la biblioteca Stock, que se especializaba en publicar y distribuir las obras de los líderes anarquistas europeos."
PATRICK PEARSE, 1997 PATRON SAINT
Irish liberationist, martyr.
"I don't see how you can claim Rimbaud died in Marseille — he died we think somewhere in Africa, unless someone found out something recently..."
— Bleeder Dave W, Detroit, 1997
" ...As for me, I am intact, & I don't care."
— from "Bad Blood," A Season in Hell
BleedMeister notes: Before his 20th birthday, Rimbaud quit writing. Wandered Europe before becoming a trader & gunrunner in Africa. Ill, he returned to Marseille in June of 1891. His right leg was amputated, probably due to the complications of syphilis, & he was nursed for a time by his tender sister Isabelle until his death today.
1891 -- Poland: Simón Radowitzky (Szymon Radowicki) lives (1891-1956), Stepan, Polish Ukraine. Legendary Polish anarchist who killed police chief Ramon Falcón, tossing a bomb into his car, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 14 November 1909.
[In November 2003, a popular assembly, meeting in the Plaza named after the brutal Falcon, voted to change its name to that of Simón Radowitzky.]
[More details + links]
[Details / context] on Radowitzky's assassination of Falcón
1893 -- Russia: Gregori Maximov (G.P. Maximoff), Russian-American anarcho-syndicalist, lives, Mitushino, Smolensk.
See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,
1898 -- US: 400 white Democratic Party activists in Wilmington, North Carolina begin general massacre of blacks. They storm through the black section of town, assassinating black political officeholders. 30 (possibly as many as 100) blacks die in the massacre. They then depose the mayor, force all remaining black officials to resign, & install a new government by force.
1910 -- US: Emma Goldman sets out to organize public protest in response to the pending execution of Japanese anarchist Shusui Kotoku, his common-law wife, Kanno Sugako, & 24 others.
I am an atheist who says his prayers. I am an anarchist, &
a full professor at that. I take the loyalty oath...
I drink my share & yours & never have enough.
I free-load officially & unofficially.
— Karl Shapiro, "The Bourgeois Poet"
"Shapiro Is All Right!"
However, as news of the raid spread, power workers turned out the lights & the working class districts mobilized en masse to march into the center & reclaim it.
Then again on February 16, 1921 the Fascists attempt to break a strike by operating the trams. But they met mass resistance, with one tram load being attacked by over 400 people.
Source, "The First Anti-Fascists: The Fight Against Mussolini's Rise to Power in Italy" (Barricada, October 2001)
Graphic, SIA, Numéro du 16 février 1939; courtesy Ephéméride Anarchiste
Rimbault was convicted for "complicity" in Bonnot Gang activities. He was an active opponent of state communism, & a proponent of vegetarianism (credited for "the basconaise," a single dish recipe made up of about 30 vegetables).
"String telephones are a great activity for examining how sound is created, transmitted (both in air & solids) & received. Our students experimented with creating string phones with different materials & compared the results. Surprisingly, string was one of the worst types of line to use.
1958 -- Netherlands: Constant Nieuwenhuys & Guy Debord's 'The Amsterdam Declaration' issued in — surprise! — Amsterdam.
"The SI's minimum program is the development of complete environments, which must extend to a unitary urbanism, & research into new modes of behavior in relation to these environments." (excerpt)
The declaration is reprinted in December in "Internationale Situationniste" #2 & also in German translation.
See also Debord's "Constant & the Path of Unitary Urbanism"
http://www.notbored.org/constant-debord.html | http://www.cddc.vt.edu/sionline/chronology/chronology.html
1960 -- Russia: Party-Time?: 81 Communist Parties meet in Moscow to get down, rock-on!
1964 -- Australia: Re-introduction of conscription announced for the Vietnam War.
1968 -- Ida Cox, blues singer of such songs as "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues," dies in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1969 -- US: "Sesame Street" first airs on television.
1973 -- US: Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughterhouse 5 is burned as "tool of the Devil" by school board, & the teacher who assigned it for reading is fired, Drake, North Dakota.
"The whole problem with the world is that fools & fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
— Bertrand Russell
"Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings."
— Heinrich Heine
1975 -- Man the Oars? Ore ship Edmund Fitzgerald & crew of 29 lost in a storm on Lake Superior.
1976 -- England: London Murray Defence Group occupy Aer Lingus offices in Regent Street. Similar protests are made in Madrid & Sydney, the first 'reciprocal' protest to be made in Spain for years.
See the Chronology in Albert Meltzer's I Couldn't Paint Golden Angels
1980 -- US: "I'd Rather Not?": Media hotshot, news anchor Dan Rather refuses to pay his cabbie; CBS pays the $12.55 bill.
1982 -- Leonid Brezhnev, general secretary of the central committee of the Communist Party & the Soviet Union, dies of a heart attack.
1989 -- The Rhythm & Blues Foundation presents its first lifetime achievement awards in Washington DC. Among the honorees are bluesmen Charles Brown, Ruth Brown, Percy Sledge ("When a Man Loves a Woman"), & Mary Wells ("My Guy").
1994 -- Iraq: Losers & Weepers?: Iraq formally recognizes nation of Kuwait. Saddam loves Kuwait.
1995 -- Nigeria: Ken Saro-Wiwa & eight other human rights activists are executed by the illegal military government. Clinton administration refuses to pursue sanctions. Some terrorists are okay in the American lexicon.
Daily Bleed co-Patron Saint, 2006-2008
Nigerian ecological liberationist, Ogoni martyr.
2000 -- US: Electoral politics... "We have just reached the twilight zone of American politics."
|"You are either
bus or you're not on the bus."
Kesey was a paid volunteer experimental subject, taking mind-altering drugs & reporting their effects. His experiences as an aide at a psychiatric hospital & LSD sessions served as background for his novel, One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest, which was set in a mental hospital. The book reveals the dehumanising effects of the social conformity of the 1950s.
Kesey formed the 'Merrie Pranksters', bought an old school bus, & toured America & Mexico with his friends. Their weird exploits are chronicled in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1973).
2006 -- Germany: 2nd International Action Conference "Rostock II" (November 10 to 12), in Rostock. Meetings have already been held by the so-called Dissent! Network, primarily anarchist & autonomous groups, gathering to organize G8 summit protests.
2008 -- South African singer, "The Empress of African Song," Miriam Makeba dies, Castel Volturna, Caserta, Italy.
2084 -- Transit of Earth as seen from Mars.
ANARCHIST ALMANAC, TIMELINE
The mass production of instruments of comfort — all equally revolutionary, according to the publicity handouts — has given the most unsophisticated of people the right to express an opinion on the marvels of technological innovation in a tone as blase as the hand they stick in their pants. The first landing on Mars will pass unnoticed at Disneyland.
— Raoul Vaneigem, "Technology & its mediated use" in The Revolution of Everyday Life which BleedMeister helped co-publish back in his Left Bank Books Collective days
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