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Soy hombre: duro poco
y es enorme la noche.
Pero miro hacia arriba:
las estrellas escriben.
Sin entender comprendo:
tambien soy escritura
y en este mismo instante
alguien me deletrea.
— Octavio Paz (b. 1914), "Hermandad" (Homenaje a Claudio Ptolomeo)
I am a man: little do I last
& the night is enormous.
But I look up:
the stars write.
Unknowing I understand:
I too am written,
& at this very moment
someone spells me out.
— Octavio Paz (b. 1914), "Brotherhood" (Homage to Claudius Ptolemy)
Great Russian cultural theorist of carnival & rebellion.
Cote-d'Or: THREE DAY WINE FESTIVAL.
Berkshire, England: HUNGERFORD REVELS: Traditional festal event with greasy pole, hot tea drinking contests & sack jumping for cheese.
USA: NATIONAL FAST FOODS DAY.
RESIDENT ALIENS' DAY.
Ayn Rand & Co. suggests killing all the little boogers & taking their planets since they aren't fenced, don't recognize capitalist rights to all product, have no titled deeds & are gray-green Texicans.**
1380 -- France: Trust Me? French King Charles VI declares no taxes forever. Yup. Him & George Corporate Bush.
1532 -- New Old World: Pizarro seizes Incan emperor Atahualpa after victory at Cajamarca.
1747 -- New Old World: Knowles Riot in Boston; hundreds of sailors, laborers & free blacks rise up against British Navy Press Gangs, temporarily forcing an end to impressment.
1758 -- Peter Heiberg, Danish poet, playwright, & militant spokesman for the radical political ideas generated by the French Revolution, lives, Vordingborg.
1793 -- France: French revolutionaries load a barge with 90 priests then tow it out & sink it off Nantes, France. All on board parish.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1810 -- Karel Hynek Mácha, considered the greatest poet of Czech Romanticism, lives, Prague. Influenced by the Czech national revival & by English & Polish Romantic literature. His best work is the lyrical epic Máj (1836, May).
1811 -- US: Reactionary Mississippi River flows backwards (due to anearthquake).
But I'll sit down on this bank of sand
& watch the river flow.
1849 -- Russia: Author Fyodor Dostoevsky receives a death sentence for engaging in socialist activities; later commuted to four years hard labor in Siberia.
1861 -- Arvid Järnefelt lives. Finnish writer, pacifist, lawyer & farmer, influenced by Leo Tolstoy's christian anarchist thinking & philosophy. Met Tolstoy in Moscow & translated his works into Finnish. Arvid's brother Armas (1869-1958) famed as a composer & conductor, & brother Eero (1863-1937) was a painter.
1871 -- France: Élisée Reclus is sentenced to transportation for life for his role in the Paris Commune; but, largely at the instance of influential deputations from England, the famed geographer & anarchist has his sentence commuted in January 1872 to perpetual banishment.
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition, page 957.
1873 -- W.C. Handy lives Florence, Alabama. Jazz composer, blues performer, bandleader, singer, songwriter, publisher, cornetist. Notable compositions are "Memphis Blues," "St. Louis Blues," & "Beale Street Blues." An important influence in African-American music, his 1941 autobiography, Father of the Blues, is a sourcebook for a unique musical genre.
1881 -- First US book edition of Henry James novel Portrait of a Lady appears. (First published, on the 4th, in England.)
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1885 -- Canada: Metis rebellion leader Louis Riel hanged for high treason, Assiniboia.
LOUIS RIEL 1997 SAINT
Jubilee Saint again in 1999. Canadian leader of the Metis racial rebellion.
Bleedster Pat Murtagh, who provided dates & background relating to Riel & Dumont, finds Dumont more competent & intelligent, & a more sympathetic character than Riel ("at least he hadn't overdosed on Jesus").
1889 -- Playwright & humorist George Kaufman lives. Member of the Algonquin Round Table, & wrote the screenplay for "A Night at the Opera" for the Marx Brothers.
1889 -- Andre Laurie's "The Conquest of the Moon" begins serialization in Golden Argosy.
1890 -- George Seldes lives. Author, correspondent, media watchdog, the I.F. Stone of his day.
1895 -- Russian cultural theorist Mikhail Bakhtin lives, Orel, Russia.
MIKHAIL BAKHTINRussian literary theorist & philosopher of language whose wide-ranging ideas significantly influence Western thinking in cultural history, linguistics, literary theory, & aesthetics.
Great Russian Cultural theorist of carnival & rebellion.
CARNIVAL ( f.l caro carnis) 'farewell to flesh... that is, farewell to presence, identity, authority...welcome to the mask of simulation.'
(watcha you language!)
1895 -- France: Premier issue of French weekly newspaper Le libertaire, founded by Sébastien Faure & Louise Michel. (The original publication using the name Le Libertaire, was founded in 1858 in the United States, by Joseph Dejacque.Graphic, courtesy: Ephéméride Anarchiste
1897 -- England: Released from Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde writes his friend Robert Ross:
"It is curious how vanity helps keep the successful man & wrecks the failure. In old days half of my strength was my vanity."
"The form of government which is most suitable to the artist is no government at all."
"I think I am rather more than a Socialist. I am something of an Anarchist, I believe..."
Graphic courtesy of Howard Besser's ridiculously wonderful T-shirt collection (533 of em!). Anarchist librarian indeed!
Howard Besser, The T-Shirt Bandit Terrorist, captured by FBI,
1898 -- France: Anarchiste Jean-Baptiste Lorion (aka Girier-Lorian) dies.
En juillet 1882, un arrêté donne à la région Tampon-Plaine des Cafres le statut de section particulière avec adjoint spécial. Les premiers adjoints nommés sont Henri Ursulin Lauret et Pierre Bertaut. Puis suivront Ariste Badre en 1890, Jules Bertaut en 1904, Alexandre Lebon en 1905, Jean-Baptiste Lorion en 1907, Alfred Robert en 1910, Léon Avril en 1912, Charles Roussel en 1915, Frédéric Badré en 1920 et Octave Vallon Hoarau en 1922.
1907 -- US: Oklahoma Territory consolidated with Indian Territory, ending experiment of a separate Indian section under tribal government within US borders.
By 1880, dozens of tribes, forced into relocation by European immigration & the US government, had moved to the territory.
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Hall's book created scandal & Britain banned it for its treatment of lesbianism. A US court in 1929 ruled similarly, for its sympathetic portrait of homosexuality, & because it "pleads for tolerance on the part of society."
Now he's part of the heavenly choir,
Where all of the poor restless souls can be found,
Ain't that a heavenly choir,
Ain't that a helluva sound.
— Heavenly Choir, by Bob Gibson & Shel Silverstein
|25 juillet 1938, en Espagne, début de la grande bataille sur le front de l'Ebre (fleuve qui sépare ? ce moment-l?, les forces républicaines (communistes et anarchistes) des troupes nationalistes (franquistes). Les troupes républicaines, apr?s avoir traversées le fleuve, réussissent dans un premier temps ? repousser les franquistes.
De ao?t ? novembre, le front se stabilisera avant une contre-attaque des franquistes qui mettra en déroute, le 16 novembre 1938, l'armée républicaine de Catalogne, provoquant des dizaines de milliers de morts et de blessés.
November 16, 1938, the Republican army of Catalonia, made up of anarchist & communist forces, is defeated after three months by pro-Franco forces, leaving tens of thousands of casualties & dead. The Republican forces had held for three months during the great battle on the front at the Ebre River.
1942 -- Australia: The murder of the Italian-Australian anarchist Fransesco Fantin in an internment camp at the hands of fascists.
Fantin's murder effectively changed Government policy on internment of those who could prove they were antifascist.
Fantin's life & his death, 60 years later, inspired a play, radioplay, & a musical performance composed to accompany an exhibition of photographs of Fantin.
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1946 -- Sacred substances psychonaut & futurist shaman, Terence McKenna, magically appears (1946-2000). Author of Magic Mushroom Growers Guide, advocate of the "Stoned Ape" theory of human evolution. Far out!
1952 -- ¶ John Clellon Holmes article, "This is the Beat Generation," appears in NY Times Magazine. His novel, Go, often called the first published "Beat" novel also appears this fall. Also during this month, Jack Kerouac works as student brakeman for railroad in California & his Book of Dreams project is begun.
1952 -- Roman Delgado (1894-1952) dies. Spanish-Mexican anarquista, who emigrated to America at 16 & joined a Magoniste group in San Antonio, Texass.
A Magoniste, imprisoned in 1916 for participating in a strike, Delgado went to NY where he was expelled from the country; active with anarchist groups in México City until his death.
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1953 -- Italy: Gigi Damiani (1876-1953) dies, Rome.
Edited Umanita Nova with Errico Malatesta, & a playwright, he continued his editorship until his death today.
A Damiani's paradox says:
"There is no faith without desperation, & no desperation which does not hope to the last."
— Bartolomeo Vanzetti, letter, November 13, 1925, Charlestown Prison, to Alice Stone Blackwell
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1956 -- US: Red Pineapples?! Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Lt. General John "Iron Mike" O'Daniel, WWII Army Commander, warns Senate Internal Security Subcommittee that Communist-led uprising may be imminent in Hawaii. A commie under every pineapple tree...
1956 -- ¶ Beatster author Jack Kerouac visits Xochimilco, outside of México City.
1957 -- US: Ed Gein, a true American psycho, butchers his last victim.
"I had a compulsion to do it."
1959 -- ¶ Beat author Jack Kerouac appears on the Steve Allen Show in Hollywood. After the show he has dinner with Mamie Van Doren.
1960 -- Clark Gable, aka Rhett Butler, gay actor, is gone with the wind. "Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a damn."
1960 -- Beginning date of Max Ehrlich sci-fi novel The Big Eye.
1965 -- Alexander King, no longer safe, et by de big tiger. Author of May This House Be Safe From Tigers & numerous other books.
1965 -- US: Disappearing Act? Harry Blackstone dies. Magician/Illusionist, Vaudevillan.
1965 -- Chile: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US Sen. Robert Kennedy is stoned by students in Chile...meanwhile, things are going much better over in Uruguay....
1965 -- Uruguay: US Secretary of State Dean Rusk is spat on by students.
1966 -- France: "Poverty of Student Life" printed by University of Strasbourg students sympathetic to Situationists — blows the student government budget for the whole year, causing a huge scandal. This pamphlet remains in print in numerous languages ever since.
"If a critique really stirs even a few people to stop & think, to see through some illusion, to reconsider some practice, perhaps even provokes them to new ventures of their own, this is already a very worthwhile & practical effect — how many “actions” do as much?"
— Ken Knabb, "How I Became a Situationist", Public Secrets: Collected Skirmishes of Ken Knabb (1997).
(See the Summation of the Judge, when sentencing the dastardly criminals, bottom of the page.)
1967 -- A one-man showing of 48 paintings by Henry O. Tanner is presented at the Grand Central Galleries in New York City. The presentation of the canvases, not in the best of condition, is criticized by The New York Times as an "injustice to a proud man."
1969 -- US: White House Communications Director Herbie Klein sez he opposes government intervention in coverage of the news, but "this would be invited" by failure of TV networks to regulate themselves.
1969 -- US: Time-Sharing? America discovers My Lai, as the American media can no longer ignore the story after a year of refusing to print the story.
Twenty-four were charged in the murders & their cover-up, but only William Calley is convicted. His punishment consisted of being confined to his apartment.
"This was really murder," said Calley.
Current Secretary of State Colin Powell (2001-3) was also involved in the My Lai Massacre coverup...
1972 -- US: Smoke This? Beloved & Respected comrade Leader Dick M Nixon signs a bill to build the Alaska pipeline.
1972 -- US: Baton Rouge, Louisiana police kill two black student protesters at Southern University. Killed by buckshot as police clear demonstrators from the administration building (Note: see Jan 10, 1972).
1974 -- First intentional interstellar radio message sent (Eat shit & die!), Arecibo telescope towards M 41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away. Like, we're supposed to believe stars can hear & talk....
1975 -- Arthur Morgan dies. One of the most influential Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, & one of the most controversial. Morgan saw TVA as little less than a means of reinventing civilization: "Where there is no vision, the people perish."
1980 -- US: Women's Pentagon Action. Hundreds arrested protesting patriarchy & its war making.
1981 -- Spain: Felisa de Castro Sampedro (1898 - 1981) dies, Caracas. Feminista anarquista, a founder, as was her sister Apolonia, of Agrupación Cultural Femenina de Cataluña (Femininist Cultural Group), which merged with Mujeres Libres in Madrid in 1936.
Source: Efemérides Ateneo Virtual (Zamora, 1898- Caracas, 1981) Una de las fundadoras de la Agrupación Cultural Femenina de Cataluña, que luego se fusionó con Madrid
1982 -- US: Federal District Court Judge Jack Tanner orders Washington State to pay female employees their "comparable worth."
1986 -- US: Great Peace March, begun in California in March, arrives in Washington DC.
1988 -- Palestine National Council declares Palestinian government in exile; over 100 nations offer recognition.
1989 -- El Salvador: Six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper & her daughter brutally murdered by US-supported death squads at Jose Simeon Canas University. To "protect US interests."
1989 -- El Salvador: Father Ignacio Ellacuría murdered by the Salvadoran army, assassinated by elite forces armed & trained by the US, at his residence along with five other Jesuit priests & two workers.
[He] told me that to him the notion of the Discovery of America seemed absurd. The oppressor is incapable of discovery...
"It is the oppressed who discovers the oppressor."
Ignacio Ellacuría was shot down for believing in that unpardonable capacity of revelation, & for taking the risks implied by his faith in the power of prophecy.
Did the Salvadoran military kill him? Or was it a system that cannot tolerate the gaze that gives it away?
— Eduardo Galeano, We Say No, p316
1992 -- East Timor: After 18 years of evading the occupying Indonesian military, resistance leader Xanana Gusmao is captured.
Over the past 18 years, a third of East Timor's population has been killed.
"We will eat the heart of those who come to East Timor," claimed one pro-Indonesia militia commander opposing the UN efforts to stop the state-run mayhem & murder.
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1995 -- Not Again?: Jack Finney dies. Author who specialized in thrillers & science fiction. Wrote the time-travel novel Time & Again (1970) & science-fiction thriller The Body Snatchers. The former won him a devoted cult following, beloved especially by New Yorkers for its rich, painstakingly researched descriptions of life in the city over a century ago.
"The Body Snatchers" (later reissued as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"), a chilling tale of aliens who emerge from pods in the guise of humans whom they have taken over. Many critics interpreted the insidious infiltration by aliens as a cold-war allegory that dramatized America's fear of a takeover by Communists. Finney maintained that the novel was nothing more than popular entertainment. The 1956 film "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" was remade twice.
1995 -- US: Ten protesters arrested at the School of Assassins (School of the Americas), Fort Benning, Georgia. American terrorist training camp where students learn how to make the world safe for the Haliburton's & companies.
1995 -- Korea: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ex-Pres. Roh Tae-woo of South Korea is arrested for corruption.
1995 -- UN tribunal indicts Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic & Ratko Mladic for genocide.
1997 -- US: After a silent, half-mile long "funeral procession" attempts to enter the base, 601 are arrested at School of the Americas (School of Assassins), Fort Benning, Georgia.
The school's 60,000 graduates include a who's-who of Latin American troublemakers.
The US government says the school promotes "democracy"...
The protesters want the school closed.
They say its graduates practice torture, support dictatorships, massacre innocent people & target human rights advocates in Latin America.
2000 -- US: Florida. It's getting messy. Politics as usual. Your vote counts.
2001 -- US: Protesters gather for three days demanding the shutdown of the American terrorist training camp, the School of Assassins, Fort
Also known as the "School of the Americas." Designed to "protect US corporate & military interests" around the world.
Eatcher heart out, Osama bin Laden.
2009 -- Beginning date of Kirsten Bakis novel Lives of the Monster Dogs.
2011 -- US: Hold the Salt? Dorli Rainey, an 84-year-old Occupy Seattle protester is shot in the face with pepper spray by Occifer Friendlies. The long-time activist obviously has senior moments, given she dropped out of the 2009 Seattle mayoral race saying, "I am old & should learn to be old, stay home, watch TV & sit still."
Summation of the Judge.
The accused have never denied the charge of misusing the funds of the student union. Indeed, they openly admit to having made the union pay some $1500 for the printing & distribution of 10,000 pamphlets, not to mention the cost of other literature inspired by Internationale Situationniste. These publications express ideas & aspirations which, to put it mildly, have nothing to do with the aims of a student union. One has only to read what the accused have written, for it is obvious that these five students, scarcely more than adolescents, lacking all experience of real life, their minds confused by ill-digested philosophical, social, political & economic theories, & perplexed by the drab monotony of their everyday life, make the empty, arrogant, & pathetic claim to pass definitive judgments, sinking to outright abuse, on their fellow-students, their teachers, God, religion, the clergy, the governments & political systems of the whole world. Rejecting all morality & restraint, these cynics do not hesitate to commend theft, the destruction of scholarship, the abolition of work, total subversion, & a world-wide proletarian revolution with "unlicensed pleasure" as its only goal.
In view of their basically anarchist character, these theories & propaganda are eminently noxious. Their wide diffusion in both student circles & among the general public, by the local, national & foreign press, are a threat to the morality, the studies, the reputation & thus the very future of the students of the University of Strasbourg.
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