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Our Daily Bleed: Rose Pesotta, Leo Tolstoy, James Guillaume, Liu Shih-p'ei, Dorothy Day, Buenaventura Durruti, Arturo Giovannitti, Louis Mercier Vega, CNT; anarchico, anarkisme, anarchiste, anarquista, anarsizm, anarþizme, Anarþist, Anarquismo, Anarchismus, anarchia, anarchisme, anarchizm, What Happened on this day, in recovered history November 20

The thing that I saw in your face
No power can disinherit,
No bomb that ever burst
Shatters the crystal spirit.

      — George Orwell, poem written for
Unknown Italian militiaman in Spain, 1936

a Durruti group gathered on hill top


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Anarchist theorist & warrior,
prominent in Cuban & Mexican struggles,
& the Spanish Revolution in 1936
(Durruti Column — not the same as the rock group, so sorry),
bookstore owner.
200-500,000 attend his funeral.



1521 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Arabs attribute shortage of water in Jerusalem to Jews making wine. Holy Water...

1602 -- Otto von Guericke, the inventor of nothing (a vacuum), lives (in a vacuum?).

1695 -- Honduras: Zumbí, head of the Quilombo de Palmares, assassinated.

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1752 -- British poet Thomas Chatterton lives. Spent his short life (died at 17) imitating ancient authors & representing his poems as being of genuine antiquity.

1757 -- Author le doyen Bridel (Philippe Sirice Bridel) lives.

1816 -- The term 'scab' is used for the first time, at the Albany Typographical Society.

After god had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, the vampire, He had some awful substance left with which he made the SCAB....

A SCAB is a two-legged animal with a cork-screw soul, a water logged brain, a combination backbone of jelly & glue....

When a SCAB comes down the street, men turn their backs, angels weep in heaven, & the Devil shuts the gates of Hell to keep him out....

Judas Iscariot was a gentleman compared to a SCAB. For betraying his master, he had character enough to hang himself. A SCAB has not.

— Jack London (not wanting to mince words)

Sabotage Cat


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1817 -- US: Attack by settlers on Florida Indians starts Seminole Wars, during which Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader General Andy Jackson invades Spanish East Florida.

1856 -- Source=Robert Braunwart China: US marines fight in the Battle of Canton Forts.

1858 -- Selma Lagerlöf lives. Swedish novelist, whose work is rooted in legend & saga, & in 1909 the first woman writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1862 -- Edvard Westermarck lives. Finnish anthropologist/scholar. Westermarck gained international fame with his doctoral thesis, The History of Human Marriage. Travels in Morocco to study marriage & rituals predate the interest of literary expatriates in the country (Paul Bowles, et al.)

1862 -- France: Georges Palante lives (1862-1925). Philosopher preaching an aristocratic & libertarian individualism.

Influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche & Max Stirner, he developed a radical anarchist philosophy & "une morale désespérée, mais élégante, de la résistance."

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1866 -- France: The rotary crank bicycle is patented, by Pierre Lallemont, Paris. The bike, incidentally, was known as "the bone shaker." Still is.

1875 -- Henry James's first novel, Roderick Hudson, is published. James had many acid-witted critics, including H.G. Wells, just before Henry's death,
"Ought there, in fact, to be Henry James?"
"I don't think so..."

— H.G. Wells

1884 -- US: American socialist & CIA informant Norman Thomas lives, Marion, Ohio.

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1888 --
William Bundy
timecard clock.

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1889 -- Two ladies with sunglasses ardently scanning the skyEddie "Hub" Hubble, astronomer (discoverer of galaxies, red shift), lives.

"The grander the problem, the more wonderful must be the imagination."

There is Hubble's zone of avoidance, the Hubble galaxy type, the Hubble sequence, the Hubble luminosity law for reflection nebulae, the Hubble luminosity profile for E galaxies, the Hubble constant, the Hubble time, the Hubble diagram, the Hubble redshift-distance relation, the Hubble radius for the universe, & now the Hubble Space Telescope. He was a humble man.

1892 -- US: Hired thugs, gunmen & state militia break the Homestead / Carnegie steel strike, begun on the 1st. See July 6

See Jeremy Brecher's Strike!, pp53-61.

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1894 -- Nicaragua: US intervenes in Bluefields. To "protect US Interests."

Rose Pesotta
1896 -- US: Rose Pesotta lives. Labor activist & an anarchist, the only woman on the General Executive Board of the International Ladies' Garment Workers (ILGWU), from 1933-1944, but returned to organizing, her real passion. She was disgusted that the Board was all men but her, while women comprised 85% of the union members. Active in the defense of Sacco & Vanzetti. Pitcher for baseballs' Armageddonia Anarchists 1998.

Rose speaking to crowd

1905 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Russia: Tsarist police arrest Leon Trotsky at the St. Petersburg soviet (OS).

1906 -- Robert Altman gets mashed. Film director, M*A*S*H, Straw Dogs.

1910 -- Pauli Murray lives. Lawyer/author. Wrote Song in a Weary Throat; Proud Shoes; Dark Testament & Other Poems. A powerful theologian & the first African-American woman priest ordained by the Episcopal Church.

1910 -- Down for the Count?: Russian anarchist, novelist Leo Tolstoy dies, Astapovo train station. (Thought he was going someplace?)

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Arturo Giovannitti reading; source
1912 -- US: Arturo Giovannitti sits in the Salem Jail. He is considered the "black sheep" of the Giovannitti family by many (he's in the can, so it must be true). Arturo was one of the great IWW poets. Emigrated from Campobasso, near Rome. He had a long & interesting life, as a seminarian, as a hobo, famed Wobbly organizer & anti-fascist agitator.

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1916 -- James Guillaume dies. Anarchist militant & historian of the First International.

Guillaume met Mikhail Bakunin in 1869 & adopted his anarchist-collectivist ideas.

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1919 -- Liu Shih-p'ei dies, at the early age of 36. Chinese anarchist, involved in the Chinese anarchist movement which emerged in Tokyo about the same time as another important group emerged in Paris, France.

Liu Shih-p'ei, his wife Ho Chen, Chang Ping-lin & Chang Chi were leading members of the group in Japan.
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1920 -- US: This month the new 1920 Alien Land Law, a more stringent measure intended to close loopholes in the 1913 Alien Land Law, passed as a ballot initiative in California [ed. note: I don't have the exact date].

Designed to prevent Japanese immigrants from owning or leasing their own land. It was to become effective on December 9. By 1925, similar prohibitions were effected in Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Minnesota, & Missouri. During World War II, Utah, Wyoming, & Arkansas also joined.

1920 -- Spain: The government declares the anarcho-syndicalist CNT illegal & 64 union leaders are jailed.

Signals the bloody repression of Spain's largest union over the next few years, militants being attacked, jailed, &/or assassinated.

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1922 -- US: Muere Ricardo Flores Magón, anarquista, en la prisión de Leavenworth.

—Cuando muera, mis amigos quizás escriban en mi tumba: «Aquí yace un soñador», y mis enemigos «Aquí yace un loco». Pero no habrá nadie que se atreva a estampar esta inscripción: «Aquí yace un cobarde y traidor a sus ideas».

En su celda, lejos de su tierra, lo extrangulan. Paro cardíaco, dice el parte médico.


1923 -- South African novelist Nadine Gordimer (A World of Strangers) lives, Springs in the Transvaal. Booker Prize winner, she received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. Main themes are exile, loneliness & strong political opposition to racial segregation. A founding member of Congress of South African Writers.

1934 -- First play by US playwright, Lillian Hellman, 29, "The Children's Hour," opens at Maxine Elliott's Theater, New York. Hints at sexual abnormalities. Runs for 691 performances, unequaled for a first play.
See excerpt from Herbert Mitgang's excellent book, Dangerous Dossiers, regards Hellman & her FBI file,

1934 -- US: McCormack–Dickstein Congressional committee begins investigating the right-wing Wall Street plot (the Business Plot) to assassinate Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Franklin D. Roosevelt during the early years of his administration.

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1936 -- American Amazon, Cleo Birdwell lives. Pseudonym used by Don DeLillo, American novelist whose first book, Amazons, is purportedly the autobiography of the first hockey babe to play in the National Hockey League.

"History is the sum total of the things they're not telling us."

— Don DeLillo, Libra

Buenaventura Durruti
1936 -- Spain: Buenaventura Durruti y Domingo, the famous & beloved Spanish anarchist, shot in the lung yesterday, dies this morning at 6a.m.

Son of a socialist railroad worker, he began working for railroads at age 14. Later became a bookseller, briefly, in Paris, with his closest friend, Francisco Ascaso (who was also killed during the Spanish Revolution).

Durruti became, & remains today, the major legendary figure of the Revolution.

See also 14 July 1896

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1938 -- US: Black Panther Party co-founder Richard Aoki lives, San Leandro, California.

1940 -- In una lettera a Mussolini, Hitler critica aspramente la decisione di attaccare la Grecia. Il padrone rimprovera il servo.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1945 -- Nuremberg war crimes trial begins.

Banana dog, sculpture
1945 -- Novelist Ellen Glasgow dies in Richmond, Virginia, leaving instructions that her dogs (Billy, a French poodle, & Jeremy, a Sealyham) are to be exhumed from her garden & placed in her coffin, & that she is to be buried nowhere near her father.

1946 -- US: Bituminous coal workers strike again, this time directly against the US government.

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1951 -- W.E.B. Du Bois, a chief advocate of the Stockholm Peace Appeal (to ban atomic weapons), tried unsuccessfully in US federal court as a "foreign agent," is released.

1957 -- France: Jean-Baptiste Knockaert (1857-1957) dies. Anarcho-syndicalist, communist, then a free thinker.

1962 -- US-USSR mutual withdrawal ends Cuban missile crisis.

1963 -- United Nations issues declaration on ending racial discrimination.

1965 -- US: 20,000 march against Vietnam War, Berkeley, California.

1966 -- Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) fundraiser at the Fillmore in Frisco, California, with the James Cotton Chicago Blues Band. Stokely Carmichael & his staff were there. Jon Hendricks was master of ceremonies.

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1967 -- US: Times Awastin?: At 11 AM, US Census Clock at Department of Commerce ticks past 200 million.

1967 -- Time Magazine, reviewing the Doors second albums, "Strange Days," reports the groups music "takes its listeners not only past such familiar landmarks of the youth odyssey as anal sex butt, into symbolic realms of the unconscious — eerie night worlds filled with throbbing rhythms, shivery metallic tones, unsettling images." The album soon hits #3 on the national chart.

1968 -- Las bolsas de Francia, Reino Unido y RFA, clausuradas durante tres días por la crisis.

1969 -- US: Beady-Eyed Reds? 78 Indians from 20 tribes, saying it belongs to them "by right of discovery," seize & occupy Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. American Indian Movement activists occupy it, demanding it be made into a cultural center, offering to purchase the island from the federal government for $24 worth of beads.

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1970 -- England: Women protesters disrupt the Miss World contest during live TV transmission. Flour bombs are hurled at Bob Hope. The BBC broadcast van parked outside Albert Hall is blown up. The first widely known link between anarchists & Situationists in England.

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Pete Townshend
1973 -- Jet Set?: Keith Moon collapses twice on the first date of The Who's US tour, in San Francisco. Falls over his set during "Won't Get Fooled Again." After being tended to, he plays for 10 minutes before he's carried off again, allegedly due to jet lag.

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1973 -- US files anti-trust suit against AT&T.

1973 -- The gravesite of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse who served in the Crimean War, is restored in England.

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1975 -- Spain: The Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Fascist Dictator Francisco Franco (for 36 years) dies (& he's still dead!) He is replaced by another General — General Rejoicing (!!).

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Louis Mercier Vega
1977 -- Louis Mercier Vega (aka Luis Mercier Vega, Charles Ridel; 1914-1977) dies. Anarcho-syndicalist, propagandist, libertarian thinker who joined the movement at 16. Lifelong writer for the libertarian press. Founder of several reviews like Revision (1938), the trilingual Aporte (1966-1972), Interrogations (1974), & the author of numerous books.

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de Chirico painting
1978 -- Surrealist painter, cultural renegade Giorgio de Chirico dies, Rome, Italy.

1978 -- Guyana: Troops find the bodies of over 900 people who, along with leader Jim Jones, drank too much Kool-Aid in a bizarre cult ritual.

1980 -- Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes first solar-powered flight.

1983 -- US: "The Day After" shown on TV — 100 million watch.

1983 -- Germany: Opposition Social Democratic Party opposes Cruise missile. Meanwhile, back in England, the Cruise has just been deployed.

 Bull? Bullwinkle
1985 -- No Bull?: Bill Scott, voice of Mr. Peabody & Bullwinkle, dies at 65.

1987 -- US: SANE & FREEZE merge at first combined convention in Cleveland, become the largest US peace organization.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Philip Levine's "What Work Is" wins the US National Book Award for poetry.

1993 -- US: As Wisconsin deer killers take to the woods & fields on opening day of gun hunting season, Alliance for Animals members protest at Devils Lake State Park. The activists spent part of last night hiking through woods in the area so their scent would scare deer away from the macho killing ritual.

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David Crosby
1994 -- Delivered!?!: David Crosby gets a liver transplant, from a walrus.

1995 -- US: Stick This? Native Hawai'ian activist John Marsh is acquitted in Honolulu of tax evasion charges, using the defense that since the US illegally colonized Hawai'i in 1898, the islanders' descendants are not legally subject to US taxation.

Current events make me tense
2000 -- US: Florida.... Republic of Chad teaches a nation how to count & recount....(to no good end).
Ungovernable no matter who wins elections; photo source

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: National Geographic survey finds 11% of US residents 18-24 cannot find the United States on a map of the world. Gone (but not forgotten.)

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canadian official Francoise Ducros says "What a moron" of Beloved & DisRrespected Comrade Leader George Dubya Bush.

Guitly of telling the truth, banner
2003 -- US: School of Assassins protest (School of the Americas), Fort Benign Bening, Georgia.

As a result of their protests 27 human rights activists are sentenced to prison or probation in January of 2004 for their nonviolent actions against the School of the Americas.

2004 -- US: Demonstrators protest (Nov 20-21) human rights abuses taught at the army School for the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia (The American "School of Assassins," best known for training armies of Latin American murderers & torturers in the fine arts; renamed the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation" in January 2001).

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2006 -- US: Bleedster Scott White (b.1950) dies during his third bout with colon cancer. Now residing in a small box, ashes to be scattered: Helix newsboy, Venceremos brigadista, chef, investment advisor, collector of beer cans, costumes, hats, & world-wide traveler.

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2009 -- Switzerland: WORLD TO END FRIDAY, NEWS AT 11. Reruns at 11:30. (What? Not again?!)
You don't have to worry about finding a job anymore, your next meal or having a shelter over your head. Or paying that parking ticket...

2010 -- US: Sharp critic of American Empire Chalmers Johnson dies. Brave critic, courageous spirit. Daily Bleed Patron Saint August 6.

2011 -- Russia: Jeff Monson, anarchist martial arts fighter loses to "Bogatyr" Fedor Emelianenko. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Vladimir Putin steps in after the fight at Olympic stadium to hog the limelight & gets his just boos & catcalls from amongst the 22,000 fans.

Durutti Column album cover
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Short interview with Durruti on the Anarchy list index, article # 2386 at

For the rock group Durruti Column, discography, links, etc.:

"The world of 'pop' music & fashion appears like a section through the Spectacle & its spurious opposition. All the elements are there — primarily, it is a show for passive consumption, offering release, but is dressing up in the image of rebellion. It takes the desire for real revolt, contains it, & sells us back its image.

The Spectacle scours proletarian history for symbols of revolt & resistance in order to derail them of all meaning & power. Only then can they be sold back to us as wholesome food.

It is a mark of our own alienation from our own history — the history of people fighting to win back their own lives — that we do not find it absurd, or even offensive, that groups of multinational record company musicians call themselves such names as 'The Communards' or 'The Durruti Column' [sic]. No matter how 'radical' their songs, or 'innovative' their music, we should roll them in manure for their pretentiousness."

— quote cited at Durruti Column web site

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