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Someone basic as a fuse
in the cellar of a tenement darkened by lightning,
one who makes sure water comes out of the faucets,
maintains the necessary order of things at the highest
level of discreet invisibility like simplicity itself,
is often the indigenous immigrant at the root
of what makes the whole show continue,
the human janitor, who must not be slashed
like a throwaway book by the cut-crazy backstabbers
of the people, the he or she who is the real
governor of the state of things
still possibly human.
from "Something Basic"
(For Local 87 AFL-CIO)
Revolutionary French historian of material life.
FESTIVAL OF SOLITUDE.
27 novembre 1841, naissance On November 27, 1841, born Jean RENAUD Anarchiste militant Militant anarchiste et anarcho-syndicaliste. Membre de la fédération révolutionnaire lyonnaise
Setting off a bomb on October 22, 1882 at the restaurant Bellecour (l'Assommoir), he received two prison sentences...Suspecting the weather is nicer in Geneva, he went thataway for a short period...
1884 -- US: The black flag appears in first known display by anarchists in America, at a demonstration in Chicago.
According to historian Paul Avrich, August Spies, one of the famous Haymarket martyrs, "noted that this was the first occasion on which [the black flag] had been unfurled on American soil."
According to historian George Woodcock, the earliest instance found of anarchists using a black flag is by Louise Michel, who flew it in Paris on March 9, 1883 during a militant demonstration of the unemployed.
1885 -- Earliest photograph of a shower made.
1896 -- Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra) debuts in Frankfurt.
1898 -- US: Emma Goldman (November-December) supports efforts of Alexander Berkman's defense committee to seek a pardon. With Justus Schwab & Edward Brady, she reluctantly follows the recommendation of defense attorneys to seek Andrew Carnegie's influence in granting a pardon. They approach Benjamin Tucker, individualist editor of Liberty, to meet with Carnegie, but reject his suggestion that Berkman be presented as a "penitent sinner." All plans to meet with Carnegie are eventually abandoned.
1900 -- Philippines: US troops coax information from Filipino town president by forcing salt water down his throat from 100-gallon tank. The Americans terrorized the population & burned the town to the ground. To "protect US interests."
1903 -- Johnny Blood aka John McNally, lives.
1909 -- American journalist James Agee (Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; A Death in the Family) lives, Knoxville, Tennessee: "I lived there, so successfully disguised to myself as a child."
JAMES AGEE 1997 PATRON SAINT
Compassionate American chronicler of poverty, despair.
1911 -- US: Audience throws vegetables at actors for first recorded incident.
1912 -- Successful businessman Sherwood Anderson, 36, leaves wife, family, & job in Elyria, Ohio, to become a writer.
1915 -- England: First convention of No-Conscription Fellowship.
1920 -- US: In West Virginia, following strike-related violence & the killing of a state trooper, Governor Cornwell proclaims martial law in Mingo County. (The state had no military force, the National Guard not having been reorganized after service in World War I.)
1920 -- Spain: AndrésAndreu Nin & Josep (or José) Canela attacked by "pistoleros" in Plaza Buensuceso, Barcelona. Nin is unscathed but Canela dies.
Le 27 novembre 1920, à Barcelone, assassinat du compagnon José CANELA (membre de la C.N.T), par les "pistoleros" du syndicat libre, escadron de la mort dirigé par le funeste gouverneur Martinez Anido, responsable de centaines d'assassinats de militants syndicalistes. //
Part of the government's bloody campaign to destroy the CNT. The so-called "Free" Unions (syndicat libre) were organized to serve as the bosses' gunmen, &, protected by the civil & military authorities, they murdered the most selfless of the trade union militants: Salvador Segui, Evelio Boal, José Canela were just a few among hundreds of others. These death squads & their assassinations were directed by Barcelona Governor Martinez Anido.Francisco Layret [Details / context]
At the end of month, the CNT's labor lawyer Francesc Layret is assassinated & 36 more union leaders imprisoned.
El 27 de noviembre Nin y Josep Canela sufrieron un atentado, el primero salió ileso, pero Canela murió. A finales de mes, Layret fue asesinado y 36 dirigentes sindicales fueron deportados al Castillo de la Mola en Mahón.//
Joseph Canela En 1916 estaba en la Modelo de Barcelona desde donde escribía artículos en Solidaridad obrera contra la misma cárcel. La noche del 26 de noviembre de 1920 fue asesinado por los pistoleros del Sindicato libre en la Plaza Buensuceso esquina Sitje en el bar Ciclista, en ese momento era secretario del sindicato del metal de la CNT, anteriormente lo había sido de Hostelería.
1920 -- Russia: Leon Trotsky (aka "The Red Butcher") orders an attack on Nestor Makhno's headquarters. Yesterday Makhno's anarchist commanders were executed after being lured to a meeting with Trotsky under a flag of truce. The Cheka simultaneously arrests members of the Nabat Confederation in Kharkov & raids anarchist clubs & organizations throughout Russia.
Yesterday Makhno's anarchist commanders in the Crimea, fresh from victories over General Wrangel's rightwing White army, met with Trotsky's leftwing Red Army under a flag of truce. They were seized & immediately shot. See http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/1126.htm
"Your flags black in the wind,
black for our sorrow,
red for our blood."
— excerpt from the song "Makhnovchtchina"
1921 -- US: The Radio Church of America founded.
1926 -- Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong records "You Made Me Love You."
1934 -- US: Baby Face Nelson bites the bullet. Lester M. Gillis aka Baby Face Nelson, shot by FBI agents, in the face . . . in a face off?
1935 -- New Zealand: Labour Party forms government for first time.
1936 -- England: The Royal Screw? It is revealed that George V's doctor hastened his death so that it would appear in the morning rather than the evening papers.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1942 -- Jimi Hendrix, rock guitar wizard, lives, under a bad sign, Seattle, Washington.
"An interview in the PBS series "The History of Rock & Roll" revealed the not-at-all-surprising fact that Hendrix played guitar eight hours a day.
Jimi Hendrix, especially after his death, likely did more to sell Fender Stratocaster guitars than any other individual or organization including the manufacturer. I had finally pestered my parents into getting me one by the time I was 17."
— Bleeder Ben Bradley, GuitarMeister
1952 -- US: Convicted "trunk murderess" Winnie Ruth Judd escapes Arizona State Insane Hospital for the sixth time.
Winnie Ruth Judd: Trunks of Blood:
1953 -- Eugene O'Neill, dramatist & radical, dies in Boston, 65.
1965 -- US: 'March on Washington for Peace in Vietnam' Washington, D.C. 15,000-30,000 march.
1965 -- Ken Kesey & the Merry Pranksters hold first "acid test" open to the public.
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a vehicle for Ken Kesey’s anarchist rant against the oppressive conformism imposed by society’s institutions, immortalised in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
1968 -- US: Warrant issued for arrest of Eldridge Cleaver. Minister of Information for the Black Panther Party, he becomes a fugitive from justice as a parole violator when he fails to return to prison.
1969 -- Vietnam: 700 US Army medics stationed in Pleiku stage a fast to protest the Vietnam War.
1970 -- Soviet author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn writes he cannot go to Stockholm to receive Nobel Prize for fear of not being allowed to return home.
1970 -- Pope Paul VI wounded in the Philippines by dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
1970 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI (Fumbling Bumbling Idiots), warns of terrorist plot by Catholic priest Berrigan brothers (Daniel & Philip) & others.
"Well, your honor, it appears to me that
you should ask President Bush if he'll stop
making missiles; &, if he'll stop making
them, then I'll stop banging on them & you
& I can go fishing."
— From testimony at the Plowshares Eight
1976 -- England: 20,000 rally for peace in Northern Ireland, Trafalgar Square, London.
1978 -- US: San Francisco Mayor George Moscone & City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, shot to death by former supervisor Dan White who argues the Twinkies he ate made him do it.
Moscone & Milk, a progressive & one of the first openly gay public officials in the US, is shot to death in City Hall. The killer is gay-hating ex-Supervisor Dan White.
At his trial in 1979, White was actually acquitted of first-degree murder after his so-called "Twinkie defense," which claimed impaired judgment from eating too much sugar-filled junk food. The verdict ignites a widespread uprising in the city.
1979 -- France: Trial of conscientious objector Jean Fabre results in his release from prison.
1980 -- Home Improvement?: US Justice Department moves to drop charges against former Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader FBI Director L. Patrick Gray III for authorizing his agents to break into homes without search warrants. Proves little Gray Men live on earth, probably in Texass.
1981 -- The British Phonographic Industry, with the endorsement of rock stars like Elton John, Gary Numan, Cliff Richard, 10cc & the Boomtown Rats, places advertisements in the British press claiming that "Home taping is wiping out music." Yep.
1985 -- Revolutionary materialist historian Fernand Braudel dies, Paris France. Great French Annales-school historian of mentalities.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint August 24, 2004
1988 -- Netherlands: Activists paint anti-military graffiti on war planes due for delivery to Turkey, Woensdrecht.
1990 -- Charles Johnson wins the National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage. He is the fourth African-American to win the award.
1991 -- Visionary videographer Harry Smith dies, Chelsea Hotel, New York City.
HARRY SMITH, Patron Saint 2005-2010
Historian of indigenous cultures, video artist, beatnik, drop-out.
(Just try & do a search for content links on "Harry Smith" — HemoMeister)
Early childhood was spent in the Pacific Northwest, Portland, Anacortes & Bellingham. By the age of 15 Harry had spent time recording many Indian songs & rituals, & was compiling a dictionary of several Puget Sound dialects. Studied anthropology at the University of Washington for five semesters between 1942 & 1944. After a weekend visit to Berkeley during which he met a number of bohemians, intellectuals & artists (including Woody Guthrie), & experienced marijuana for the first time, he dropped out of college.
1997 -- US: Microradio movement news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves: "Making Waves: Despite a cease-&-desist letter from the FCC, Free Radio Memphis remains on the air. But for how much longer"? — The Memphis Flyer
Source: [Pirate Radio Kiosk]
1999 -- US: One-year anniversary of the slaying of Seattle Metro bus driver Mark McLaughlin. The local Transit Union holds a ceremony honoring him & dedicates a plaque to his memory at the North Base transit center. McLaughlin, a good friend of HemoMeister, was shot & killed at the wheel, & his bus plunged off the Aurora Bridge, killing one passenger & injuring 33 riders.
2000 -- US: Detroit Almanac: About the Fifth Estate, November 27, 2000:
The oldest survivor of the hundreds of underground papers started nationwide in the 1960s is Detroit's Fifth Estate. The FE was founded by Harvey Ovshinsky, now an award-winning TV producer, in November 1965.
While the vast majority of alternative papers died or became mainstream, the FE got more radical through the years.
In its 35th anniversary issue, the paper describes itself as the longest-running English-language anarchist journal in US history. The issue carries stories about protests against global capitalism, mental hospitals, radical sexuality, utopias, the myths of the democratic process & a review of Detroit's anarchist band, The Layabouts.
[Details / context]
2004 --Virgilio Antonelli (above, front row, third from the left)Italy: "Virgilio Antonelli 1904 - 2004: A Livornese anarchist in the fight against fascism & in the reconstruction" (title of an initiative passed in Livorno today).
2009 -- US: Tiger Woods, the world's number one golfer, is hospitalized after sustaining injuries in a bizarre car crash when he whacks a fire hydrant in Orlando, Florida. It is soon revealed he is in the running as the world's number one sexpot infidel....
"We need help, the Poet reckoned."
— Ed Dorn
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