Our Daily Bleed...
Love is a word, another kind of open.
As the diamond comes
into a knot of flame
I am Black
because I come from the earth's inside
take my word for jewel
in the open light.
— Audre Lorde, (1934-1992) excerpt, "Coal"
CREATIVE ALIENATION DAY.
HERE TO GO DAY.
"We are here to go, we gotta find a way off this goddamn cop-ridden planet."
— William S. Burroughs
1558 -- England: Bags of cats are burned at the coronation ceremony for Elizabeth I.
1624 -- Mystic philosopher Jacob Boehme dies.
Daily Bleed Saint 1998. Protestant mystic “saw the world as streaming in the electrolysis of love” whose radical followers were major influences on Anabaptists & Antinomians.
Through the deep July day the leaves
Of the laurel, all the colors
Of gold, spin down through the moving
Deep laurel shade all day. They float
On the mirrored sky & forest
For a while, & then, still slowly
Spinning, sink through the crystal deep
Of the pool to its leaf gold floor. . . .
The wren broods in her moss domed nest.
A newt struggles with a white moth
Drowning in the pool. The hawks scream,
Playing together on the ceiling
Of heaven. The long hours go by.
An academic critic once sarcastically referred to Rexroth, Gary Snyder & Philip Whalen as “members of the bear-shit-on-the-trail school of poetry.”
Rexroth, of course, took this as a compliment. He often spent months at a time in the woods & mountains, & quite a few of his poems reflect his experiences there. In one of the most beautiful he is lying beside a waterfall reading The Signature of All Things by Jakob Boehme, the visionary mystic who “saw the world as streaming in the electrolysis of love.”
1637 -- Anne Hutchinson, antinomian, brought to trial. Banished from Massachusetts.
1681 -- Shafted? John Dryden anonymously publishes political satire attacking Earl of Shaftesbury, Absalom & Achitophel.
1734 -- John Peter Zenger arrested for libels against colonial government.
1785 -- Primitive Capitalism?: Through strong drink, two Creek subchiefs are induced to sign treaty ceding large portion of Alabama & Georgia to whites; treaty is repudiated by Creek Nation, to no effect.
1790 -- August Mobius, topologist, born.
1794 -- George Grote, author of the 12-volume History of Greece, lives, Clay Hill, Kent, England.
1835 -- German-American publisher, bibliographer Frederick Leypoldt lives, Stuttgart.
1858 -- Socialist planner Robert Owen dies.
On Robert Owen, see Kenneth Rexroth's chapter in Communalism.
1866 -- US: Anarchist-feminist Voltairine de Cleyre lives, Leslie, Michigan. Atheist & free-thinker, she taught in Philadelphia. She made many lecture tours, including in Europe, where she met Kropotkin, Louise Michel , Sébastien Faure & many other anarchists. She was an ardent supporter of Ricardo Flores Magón & the Mexican Revolution & wrote for his magazine, Regeneración. alt sp: a few web sites: decleyre
In his biography of Voltairine de Cleyre (1866-1912), Paul Avrich describes her as "A brief comet in the anarchist firmament."
De Cleyre's anarchism is intimately related to her battle for women's rights, for they have the same root — the hatred of tyranny. Her condemnation of man's dominance over woman led her to condemn marriage & question the wisdom of living with the men who were her lovers. Such an arrangement too easily stifled independence.
"To me," wrote Voltairine de Cleyre, "any dependence, any thing which destroys the complete selfhood of the individual, is in the line of slavery." To her, equality & dignity for both sexes led to anarchism.
— Wendy McElroy, Freedom, Feminism & the State
1866 -- Opera "Mignon" is produced, Paris. Although popular, the critics chew it up.
1869 -- Suez Canal , Egypt, opens, links Mediterranean & Red seas. Falling behind schedule & vastly overbudget, the crew makes a last ditch effort to open the gap with a big rush.
1875 -- American Theosophical Society founded.
1878 -- Australia: Maritime strike (1878-1879). Seamen in Victoria, New South Wales & Queensland go on strike. They were supported by miners in New South Wales & by wharfies [dock workers] in the three colonies.
1881 -- US: Federation of Organized Trades & Labor Unions, forerunner of AFL, organized.
1886 -- Janko Polic Kamov, Croatian futurist author, Rijeka, Croatia. Died in Spain, age 24, after a mad & hectic life, as a bohemian & a beggar.
1887 -- US: Johann Most, "anarchist," is arrested for "incendiary language," & sentenced to a year in prison in the land of free speech.
1891 -- Author Sigurd Wesley Christiansen lives.
1896 -- US: Sacramento, California reports first of dozens of sightings of huge mysterious airships appearing all over US for the next six months. Looking for an airport to land at...
1909 -- US Marines invade Nicaragua. To "protect US interests"?
1914 -- England: Union of Democratic Control founded.
1916 -- American author Shelby Foote lives.
1919 -- Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare & Company, first combination English-language book shop & lending library in Paris; befriends many of world's writers, particularly in the 1920s/30s, when her shop was a gathering place for expatriate writers & French authors pursued newfound interest in US literature. She also published the first edition of Joyce's Ulysses.
If you're ever near Newport, Oregon, consider the Sylvia Beach Hotel (sicko book lovers site); for biographical information, check the page at Princeton:
1919 -- US: Emma Goldman speaks at a New York dinner organized by friends of Kate Richards O'Hare.
1933 -- Netherlands: Emma Goldman's lecture tour meets with mixed success: Emma lectures in Hilversum & Amsterdam on Living My Life, but her lecture in Rotterdam on dictatorship is prohibited. Under surveillance throughout the trip, she is arrested at Appeldorn on November 23 & expelled from the country the following day.
1935 -- Audrey Thomas lives, Binghamton, New York. American-born Canadian author known for her autobiographical novels, short stories, & radio plays. Writes of domestic life, women's search for independence, & conflicts between men & women.
1938 -- Gordon Lightfoot lives. Now if he could just cut all those strings.
1942 -- US: Hobo organizer, anarchist & cultural drop-out Ben Reitman dies.
Dr. Ben Reitman crusaded, was beaten, tarred, feathered, jailed, & run out of town for his efforts on behalf of the rights of women to control their own bodies; & "his lifetime efforts to educate & improve the health of hoboes," of which he had been & at heart remained one, "addressed conditions of the homeless that are with us today."
Mecca Reitman Carpenter's book, No Regrets: Dr. Ben Reitman & the Women Who Loved Him, is a careful & loving biographical memoir of her father, the colorful & controversial subject of two other recent studies (Roger Bruns, The Damndest Radical: The Life & World of Ben Reitman, Chicago's Celebrated Social Reformer, Hobo King, & Whorehouse Physician  & Suzanne Poirier Chicago's War on Syphilis, 1937-1940 ).
1947 -- Victor Serge dies. Novelist, poet, historian, & political activist. One-time French individualist anarchist who went over to the Bolsheviks, before they booted him. He remained sympathetic to to anarchists but was rather badly treated by them.
Serge lived in Paris in 1909, where he was associated with individualist anarchists, particularly his childhood friend Raymond Callemin. Collaborated on the newspaper L'anarchie. In Barcelona, involved in the newspaper of the CNT, Tierra y Libertad.
Serge went to Russia in 1918, a supporter of the communists. Critical of the direction of the party, he was imprisoned, but released in 1935 through the appeals of French intellectuals.
Wrote Le rétif (1909-1912), The Anarchists & the Experiment of the Russian Revolution, Memoirs of a Revolutionist, The Obscure Turning, Midnight in the Century (1939), Conquered City, etc. City Lights Books recently published his poems (a fine little volume entitled Resistance, translated by Jim Brook).
Serge's Memoirs of a Revolutionary is cited in CounterPunch magazine's (edited by Alexander Cockburn & Jeffrey St. Clair) "Favorite 100 Nonfiction Books in Translation, Published in English Since 1900."
Red granite outcrops through the red clay,
the world's first days show in the pain of living,
the street wanders off, huddled under its tottering,
houses like old women squatting in the sun,
it takes up scant room between the sky & the endless
a ragged Kirgiz walks alone, mournfully pursued by the dogs'
nothing to steal, nothing to eat, lousy beggar! & even the dogs
know you're hungry ...
I met his black look from the depths of time,
he's gone past, it's the past.
1950 -- ¶ Author Jack Kerouac marries Joan Haverty, whom he met on the 3rd, in Greenwich Village.
1953 -- US: Nine paratroopers killed during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina when an Air Force C-119 Flying Boxcar plows into them as they float earthward. The plane then crashes, killing six more servicemen.
1955 -- US: Jazz pianist James P. Johnson (1894-1955) dies. Although it had been around since 1913, the dance of the 20s, the Charleston, catches on nationally & internationally after appearing in the 1924 all-black musical revue, "Runnin' Wild," with music composed by jazz pianist James P. Johnson.
1958 -- Alan Freed's trial for allegedly inciting a riot after a Boston show on May 3, 1958, set to start today, is put back until January 5, 1959. This is due to investigations into a related charge of violating Massachusetts anti-anarchy laws.
1959 -- ¶ Author Jack Kerouac travels to Frisco to attend a screening of Pull My Daisy at the San Francisco Film Festival. Kerouac meets Lew Welch & Albert Saijo in Frisco; on the 20th he drives back to New York with them.
1960 -- US: Anti-integration demonstrators riot in New Orleans.
1960 -- Italy: Carmelo Spagnuolo, procuratore della repubblica di Milano, fa sequestrare il film di Mauro Bolognini "La giornata balorda," denunciando oltre il regista anche gli sceneggiatori Pier Paolo Pasolini e Alberto Moravia per divulgazione di spettacolo osceno.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1966 -- Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour). 46,000 meteroids fall on Arizona in 20 minutes.
1967 -- Bolivia: French author & militant Regis Debray sentenced to 30 years in prison.
1970 -- US: Trial of Bobby Seale & Ericka Huggins begins (ended May 25, 71).
Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President "I am Pacifist" Dick M Nixon tells the whole world:
"I am not a crook."
Dick M tells AP:
"...people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, ... & I should say this — that Pat doesn't have a mink coat. But she does have a respectable Republican cloth coat. One other thing I probably should tell you because if we don't they'll probably be saying this about me too, we did get something — a gift — after the election.
It was a little cocker spaniel dog in a crate sent all the way from Texass. Black & white spotted. & our little girl — Tricia, the 6-year old — named it Checkers.
& you know, the kids, like all kids, love the dog & I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we're gonna keep it.
& I'm not a crook."
1973 -- Harold Warden breaks 3,773 bricks in three hours with karate & his bare hands.
1973 -- US: Free Religionist Alan Watts dies, Mill Valley, California.
1978 -- US: Two FBI agents testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations that the bureau's long-term surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was based solely on Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader J. Edgar Hoover's "hatred of the civil rights leader" & not on the civil right's leader's alleged communist influences or linkages with radical groups.
1979 -- Russian crackpot astrophysicist Immanuel Velikovsky dies.
1979 -- Iran: Head honcho, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ayatollah Khomeini (known as "Chuckles" to close pals), orders the release of 13 female & black hostages in Teheran, citing American women & African-Americans as among the groups oppressed by the government of the United States.
I take the rainy landscape from my window remove the shadow of the wutong tree wipe you off.
— Yang Mu, The Woman In Black
1979 -- Jamaican-born Arthur Lewis, along with Theodore Schultz, is named the recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for "pioneering research into economic development...with particular consideration of the problems of developing countries."
1980 -- France: Courant Alternatif begins publishing this month. Monthly magazine of l'Organisation Communiste Libertaire, OCL groups collectively producing it, with responsibility decentralized & revolving. A worthy production, currently in print & on the Internet.Source: Ephéméride Anarchiste | Courant Alternatif:
1983 -- Harm Wiersma retains checkers world championship — despite his checkered past.
His speech beats Dick Nixon's all to hell.
1985 -- US: Bhag-Man? With his Oregon sex cult dismantled & his 93 Rolls Royces sold off after his arrest for violating US immigration laws & bioterrorist followers busted for poisoning town-folk, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh leaves for India. He describes his four years here as "hell" & says Americans are "sub-human." We don't know about the hell part....
'That the materially poor can ever be spiritual is out-and-out absurd.'
— The Bhag
1986 -- France: Two women from Accion Directe shoot Renault chairman George Besse, Paris.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1987 -- U2 frontman Bono pulls a fan onstage in L.A. to sing "People Get Ready" with the group. The fan hands Bono a demo tape.
1987 -- "Caribou like the pipeline. They lean up against it, have a lot of babies, scratch on it. There's more damn caribou than you can shake a stick at."
— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President George Bush scoffing at environmentalists who had feared the Alaska oil pipeline would cut into the caribou population.
1989 -- Czechoslovakia: 10-20,000 teens try to march to Wenceslas Square in Prague; 400 injured. More action tomorrow. Mass demonstration leads to downfall of the regime.
"You make very good sense as a literary playboy, talking about what needs to change. But we students were beaten in the square tonight. We children did our job & now it's the role of the parents to do something."
— Vaclav Klaus, Jr. to his father (Vaclav Havel, now Prime Minister), on the night of November 17th, 1989.
1990 -- Itabari Njeri receives the American Book Award for Outstanding Contribution in American Literature for her book Every Good-bye Ain't Gone. Also honored is poet Sonia Sanchez, who receives a lifetime achievement award.
1992 -- After a 14-year battle with cancer, self-described "Black lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" Audre Lorde, dies in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Her battle with cancer is examined in The Cancer Journals (1980), which also contains a feminist critique of the medical profession. Her last collection of poetry is the 1992 publication, Undersong: Chosen Poems Old & New.
1992 -- US: The Sequoyah Fuels Uranium-Processing facility in Oklahoma releases a cloud of nitrogen dioxide. The release exposes 34 people to the carcinogen. Most are hospitalized with bleeding eardrums & blistered eyeballs or lungs.
Since opening 21 years ago, the uranium plant — owned by General Atomics — has tallied 15,000 violations of state & federal law. For years, the group Native Americans for a Clean Environment has publicized the violations & organized demonstrations. This year the group has devoted all its money for a legal team & publicity. Within a week of today's nitrogen-dioxide release, General Atomics closes the plant to avoid new litigation.
1992 -- US: Dateline NBC airs a demonstration show on General Motors trucks, with their gas tanks exploding upon side impacts.
It's later revealed NBC rigged the test.
1995 -- Bettino Craxi, who served as Italy's first Socialist prime minister from 1983 to 1987, is indicted on corruption charges along with 74 others, many present or former government officials.
Silvio Berlusconi, Italian opposition leader in power after the Christian Democrats fell in 1994, is also implicated. In December of 1995, Berlusconi is forced to resign. In the subsequent trial, the intimate connection between the government & the Italian Mafia is exposed, & in some cases the differences between these two organizations is heavily blurred.
1995 -- US: Anarchist picnic at Golden Gate Park, Frisco, just down the street from Bound Together Books, meadow near the Ghirardeli Rustic Shelter.
1998 -- México: 15-year anniversary of the birth of the EZLN.
"Zapata will continue to live as long as people believe that they have a right to their land & a right to govern themselves according to their deeply held beliefs & cultural values."
2000 -- US: Florida...overcast, another gray day, highs in the mid-300s...the more things change, the more they remain the same.
The Vote Nobody election campaign proved successful this past May in Bristol, England:
An Autonomous Zone was declared after 145 people voted for Nobody & just 5 for the council.
One staunch anarchist spoiled his ballot paper & wasn't counted.
2002 -- Italy: Seven-time Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader PM Giulio Andreotti is convicted of murdering a journalist & sentenced to 24 years in prison.
2006 -- Ruth Brown, American R&B singer, dies. Little Richard wanted to be her.
2007 -- US: 20,000 protesters converge over the weekend, including the Anti-Authoritarian Contingent Vigil & Direct Action, at the School of the Americas (SOA, aka School of Assassins) to shut down the world's largest training center for terrorists, Fort Benning, Georgia. Designed to "protect US
corporate & militaryinterests" around the world, the infamous school's 60,000+ grads practice torture, prop up US-supported dictatorships, massacre innocent people, target & execute human rights advocates, & protect drug lords around the world — American style.
2010 -- South Africa: A major health-care provider pleads guilty to using Israeli-linked organ trafficking syndicate. Real shortage of parts in Israel...
2011 -- US: TheDustbinNoMore? During this month a rare three-volume set of Karl Marx's Das Kapital, sells online for $51,739.
"Make no laws whatever concerning speech & speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that `freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license'; & they will define freedom out of existence.
Let the guarantee of free speech be in every man's determination to use it, & we shall have no need of paper declarations..."
— Voltairine de Cleyre, "Anarchism & American Traditions"
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