Our Daily Bleed...
In the very earliest time,
when both people & animals lived on earth,
a person could become an animal if he wanted to
& an animal could become a human being.
Sometimes they were people
& sometimes animals
& there was no difference.
All spoke the same language.
That was the time when words were like magic.
The human mind had mysterious powers.
A word spoken by chance
might have strange consequences.
It would suddenly come alive
& what people wanted to happen could happen —
all you had to do was say it.
Nobody could explain this:
That's the way it was.
— Edward Field, "Magic Words,"
translated from the Inuit (Eskimo)
American radical, helped found the Wobblies.
ST. CLEMENTS DAY. Procession of blacksmiths & (mad) hatters.
Japan: NIINAME SAI, harvest festival.
I'M JUST A PATSY DAY.
INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY.
1170 BC -- [BC] Pyramid Scheme?: First recorded strike for better working conditions & pay, takes place in Egypt, by pyramid laborers who are tired of belaboring the point.
"They say the Pharaohs built the pyramids. Do you think one Pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat?
We built the pyramids for the Pharaohs & we're building for them yet."
— Anna Louise Strong
1760 -- French revolutionary Francois-Noel Babeuf lives, St. Quentin, France.
FRANCOIS-NOEL BABEUF 1997 PATRON SAINT
Communist leader in the French Revolution, member of the Conspiracy of Equals, until betrayed to the Directory, when he was captured & executed.
1828 -- US: William Silvus, American labor activist, lives (1828-1869).
For lack of a clear politics, or by a trick of the authorities, the latter regain control of the city on December 2.
1859 -- US: Western outlaw, gunslinger, Billy the Kid (Bonney) lives.
while i've been going on
the blood from my wrist
has travelled to my heart
& my fingers touch
this soft blue paper notebook
control a pencil that shifts up & sideways
mapping my thinking going its own way
— Michael Ondaatje, Collected Works of Billy the Kid
1862 -- Théo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) Belgian painter (pointillisme), lives. Contributor, along with Paul Signac, Maximilien Luce, Aristide Delannoy, Alexandre Steinlen, Camille Pissarro, Kees Van Dongen, George Willaume, etc., to the anarchist magazine Temps Nouveaux.
At the exhibition at the Grand Palais: there is a documentary side to all exhibitions that look at both painters & writers. Émile Verhaeren was painted by many of the artists he knew, notably by Théo van Rysselberghe (his Pointillist portrait is at the Orsay show). The same painter's ''La Lecture'' (1903) could be seen as the key to the whole show, as Verhaeren reads to a small group that includes the Frenchmen André Gide & Félix Fénéon as well as the Belgian Maurice Maeterlinck, whose ''Pelleas et Melisande'' was the basis for Debussy's opera.
1874 -- Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy is published.
1883 -- Radical Marxist muralist Jose Orozco lives, Zapatlan, Jalisco, Mexico.
1884 -- Playwright Guy Bolton (The Dark Angel; Lady Be Good) lives. Longtime collaborator of musical comedies with P.G. Wodehouse & Jerome Kern.
1887 -- Screen monster Boris Karloff lives.
1888 -- Film comedian Harpo Marx lives.
1889 -- US: First jukebox installed, Frisco, California.
1903 -- US: Army troops dispatched to Cripple Creek, Colorado to put down a rebellion by striking coal miners. Paid by mine owners & the State, General Sherman Bell & his men arrive & throw 600 union workers into a military bullpen, holding them for weeks without charges.
When a lawyer appears with a writ of habeas corpus, the General says, (quote)
"Habeas corpus, hell!
We'll give 'em post mortems!"
1906 -- Sait Faik Abasiyanik, major modern Turkish writer/short-story writer, lives, Adapazari, Ottoman Empire.
1906 -- US: Mother Earth Masquerade Ball at Webster Hall in New York City disrupted by police; owner is forced to close the hall.
By 1902 Julius Wyland's Kansas-based socialist newspaper, An Appeal to Reason, was the fourth largest weekly in the US, with a circulation of 150,000, peaking in 1913 with 750,000 subscribers.
Mother Jones wrote her own autobiography, at age 95, with an introduction by Clarence Darrow, which was also published by Charles Kerr.
"I'm no lady,
I'm a hell-raiser!"
1909 -- US: Wright Brothers forms million dollar corp to manufacture airplanes called, Wright On Brothers, Inc.
1913 -- Jean Cocteau reviews Marcel Proust's Swann's Way:
"It resembles nothing that I know of, & reminds me of everything I admire."
1917 -- US: Supreme Court strikes down Louisville, Kentucky ordinance requiring blacks & whites to live in separate residential areas.
1919 -- US: The anti-war activists & anarchists Alexander Berkman & Emma Goldman begin a short lecture tour in Detroit; today's event is attended by 1,500 people & Emma says 2,000 people had to be turned away for lack of space. Large Jewish audience attends a meeting on Nov. 25.
1920 -- Paul Celan lives, Romania. Poet/lecturer, influenced by French Surrealism & Symbolism. Lived in France, wrote in German. Received Georg Büchner Prize. Translated such writers as Cocteau, Michaux, Mandelstam, Ungaretti, Pessoa, Rimbaud, Valéry, Char, du Bouchet, & Dupin.
1926 -- English poet Christopher Logue lives. One of the leaders in the movement to bring poetry closer to popular experience. His own pungent, political verse is strongly influenced by the work of Bertolt Brecht & the English ballad tradition. His first book of poetry, The Weakdream Sonnets was published in 1955. In Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament's first Aldermaston march, in 1958, & a member of Bertrand Russell's Committee of 100 (Doris Lessing, John Berger, et al). Participant in the 1965 Wholly Communion (featuring Allen Ginsberg, Michael Horovitz & Adrian Mitchell).
"Without plagiarism, there would be no literature. I'm a rewrite man. A complete rewrite man, like our Willy Shakespeare."
1928 -- Albert Laisant (1873-1928), libertaire, dies. Son of Charles Ange Laisant (1841-1920), Albert, introduced to libertarian ideas by Sébastien Faure, turns the whole family into anarchists, including his father & his own two sons, Maurice & Charles.
1931 -- USSR: In the face of sabotage & 'irresponsibility' & only two years after its introduction, the Soviet authorities are forced to abandon Nepreryvka, the five-day week — see 26 August & 1 December.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1935 -- Ethel Leginska (1886-1970) becomes the first woman to write an opera — & conduct it. Her original work titled, "Gale" opens at the Chicago City Opera Company. She broke down gender barriers in concert halls around the world (she was the first woman to conduct opera in America & the first woman to conduct at the Hollywood Bowl), a composer of originality & power & also a formidable teacher who inspired in her Los Angeles studio a new generation of pianists.
Leginska was tragically cut down in her prime, killed by a lightning bolt.
"Even God found Her a good Conductor."
1936 -- Pacifist/anti-fascist writer Carl Von Ossietzky who has been sent to a German concentration camp, is awarded the 1935 Nobel Peace Prize.
1939 -- Poet bill bissett lives, Halifax, Canada, "the same day as Gerald Lampert, P.K. Page & Billy the Kid." He really did run away from home in his early teens to join a circus, which led him from his home town, Halifax, to Vancouver. In the 1960s, bissett assumed an almost godlike pre-eminence in the counter-culture movement in Canada & the UK.
1942 -- In a letter to Felix Frankfurter, Alexander Woolcott imparts H. L. Mencken's "Happy Formula" for answering controversial letters, which is final, courteous, & can be employed without reading the missive to which it replies. He merely says:
"Dear Sir (or Madame): You may be right."
1942 -- High Seas: Poon Lim set adrift for 133 days after his boat is torpedoed.
1945 -- US: Wartime food rationing ends.
1946 -- French Navy opens fire on Haiphong, Vietnam, kills 6,000.
1955 -- Milly Witkop Rocker (1877-1955) dies. Anarchist, labor organizer, lifelong companion of Rudolf Rocker.
See Milly Witkop-Rocker, by Rudolf Rocker (Oriole Press, 1956).
1958 -- US: Astrology Works! Ronald & Nancy Reagan appear together in the "GE Theatre" production of "A Turkey for President".
1964 -- US: Supreme Court refuses to strike the phrase "under God," instituted in 1954, from the Pledge of Allegiance.
1967 -- Rolling Stone quotes Frisco's veteran disco jockey Tom Donahue:
"Top Forty radio, as we know it today & have known it for the last ten years, is dead, & its rotting corpse is stinking up the airwaves."
1968 -- Canada: RCMP arrests 114 during anti-Vietnam War protests on campus of Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia.
1970 -- Lithuanian radio operator seeking asylum leaps from Russian trawler onto the deck of the Coast Guard cutter Vigilant. Commander Ralph Eustis allowed Soviet sailors to board his vessel, tie up the would-be defector, & drag him back.
1975 -- Friendly Neighborhood Narco Agent — Jef Jaisun — on the Dr. Demento Show live.
1976 -- Police arrest Jerry Lee Lewis outside the gates of Graceland after he shows up for the second time that night & makes a scene, shouting, waving a pistol & demanding to see Elvis Presley.
1980 -- Italy: Earthquake in Campania & Basilicata. The reconstruction will see the Italian state engaged in pillage & waste (il cui ammontare si aggirerà intorno ai 50mila miliardi).
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1981 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting Prez Ronnie Reagan authorizes CIA to form paramilitary squads of Nicaraguan exiles to overthrow the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. (This is the same clown who, on September 28, 1990, with a straight face, claims "We have never interfered in the internal government of a country." & of course, from 1855 to 1981 there have been at least 40 US military interventions in Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean alone.)
Max Sartin, 97, dies, Salt Lake City, Utah. True name Raffaele Schiavina, born April 8, 1894. Schiavina collaborated on many anarchist newspapers (in Italian). He was imprisoned & later expelled from the "land of the free" in 1919 for anti-war activities. In Paris, he participated in the defense of Sacco & Vanzetti. Schiavina was imprisoned & harassed numerous times before returning to the US where he published, for 45 years, the weekly magazine Adunata dei Refrattari (longest lasting paper of the Italian-American anarchist movement).
See his Autobiographical Notes at the Kate Sharpley Library, from Bollettino Archivio G. Pinelli (Milan). No 13, August 1999.
1990 -- After a successful, yet tragic personal life, popular British writer Roald Dahl dies in Oxford.
1990 -- Yo! Catch This!? Bo Diaz, baseball catcher, is crushed to death by a satellite dish, at 37.
2000 -- US: Florida...
State of Utah urges Florida to throw its votes
to their favorite son,
sending U. Utah Phillips to the White House.
Utah Phillips: a man who once ran for president of the U.S.A.
on the "Sloth & Indolence" ticket.
"The Earth is not dying — it is
being killed. & the people
who are killing it have names
— U. Utah Phillips
State of the Union address
2009 -- China: Human rights activist Huang Qi, who campaigned for the parents of the children killed in schools in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, is sentenced to three years in prison for "illegally holding state secrets".
"Every man is a fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit."
— Elbert Hubbard, printer, publisher
Not all who wander are lost
ya'll just need to remember that the difference between genius & stupidity is......genius has limits.
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