Our Daily Bleed...
I grow like a plant
without remorse & without stupidity
toward the hours loosened from the day
pure & secure as a plant
toward the hours loosened from night
— A. Césaire
FEAST OF PIRATE UTOPIAS.
One of the few known women pirates.
Arrested with "Calico Jack" Rackham, her death sentence
was commuted because she was pregnant.
Adventurer, social dropout.
Belgium: LOVERS' FAIR.
(Our Bleeder Eric in Belgium will want to know where this one is being held!)
Texass: REPAIR PREVAILS OVER INJURY DAY.
Hello Central, give me Dr. Vlad!
1620 -- First English language newspaper published, England.
1766 -- Author Robert Bloomfield lives.
1793 -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge enlists in the Light Dragoons.
1804 -- France: Napoleon becomes first French emperor, placing the crown on his own head, having never played checkers, & a bum compared to US Emperor Norton I (see 1859 below).
1814 -- The Marquis de Sade (The 120 Days of Sodom) dies in mental asylum near Paris. Last will asks that he be kept in an open casket for 48 hours, until it can be proved that he is definitely dead.
"If it is the dirty element that gives pleasure to the act of lust, then the dirtier it is, the more pleasurable it is bound to be."
1816 -- England: From reform to revolution — what begins as a public meeting on parliamentary reform turns into a riot, Spa Fields.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1823 -- US: Monroe Doctrine announced. Hogs exploitation of whole Western Hemisphere for itself, limits further European intervention or colonization.
1853 -- British author of Father & Daughter, Amelia Opie, dies in Norwich. Though lacking any formal schooling, she moved in intellectual circles that included William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Sydney Smith, Madame de Staël, & John Horne Tooke.
1859 -- US: Abolitionist direct actionist John Brown hangs, Charleston, Virginia. Executed by state of Virginia for his leadership of a plot to incite slave rebellion.
See Henry David Thoreau's "Plea for Captain John Brown" at:
1859 -- US: America's greatest leader, Emperor Norton I, dismisses Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Governor Wise of Virginia for hanging John Brown & appoints John C. Breckenridge of Kentucky to replace him.
See 2 February 1819.
"I could argue all day about the significance of facing east in religious rituals, but a clean table is a clean table."
1859 -- Georges Seurat lives to spend Sundays in the park, hanging out with anarchistes like Camille Pissarro.
In the 1880s, Pissarro joined a younger generation of artists, including Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, & his own son Lucien, in adopting the Neo-Impressionist technique, which used the claims of science to support a new style of painting.
1867 -- Charles Dickens gives his first New York reading: people stand in two lines, almost a mile long, for tickets. The crowd was dispersed by unimpressed police with shouts of, "Get the Dickens outta here."
1875 -- Russia: During this month the Ministry of Justice orders Peter Kropotkin be moved to the St. Petersburg House of Detention.
[Details / context]
1882 -- Scotland: David Masson lives, Aberdeen. Critic, historiographer royal for Scotland, & biographer. His six-volume Life of Milton remains the standard.
Strange: December Fortean Events "Translation from a Turkish newspaper; a substance that fell at Scutari, Dec. 2, 1883; described as an unknown substance, in particles — or flakes? — like snow.
'It was found to be saltish to the taste, & to dissolve readily in water.'"
— London Times, Dec. 25, 1883; The Complete Books of Charles Fort.Dover, 1974. [p.70]
1885 -- Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis lives, Candia, Crete. Began writing novels at age 60. Some sources give 18 February 1883 as his date of birth. Though never a member of the Communist party, attracted to Leninism in his early years & later a recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize.
NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS 1997 SAINT
Jubilator of raki, song & dance. Best known for Zorba the Greek.
"I impose order on disorder & give a face — my face — to chaos.
"I create phenomena in swarms, & paint with a full palette a gigantic & gaudy curtain before the abyss. Do not say, Draw the curtain that I may see the painting. The curtain IS the painting.
This kingdom is my child, a transitory, a human work. But it's a solid work, nothing more solid exists, & only within its boundaries can I remain fruitful, happy, & at work.
I am the worker of the abyss. . ."
— Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
1889 -- France: Octave Garnier lives, Fontainebleau. Began work as a 13-year old, became a member of the anarchiste Bonnot Gang, stealing cars & robbing banks. "Bande à Bonnot"
After the arrest of André Soudy, then Edouard Carouy & Raymond Callemin, it is the turn of Bonnot & Dubois — who, when encircled, fight until the end before being killed by the police. Lastly, Garnier & Rene Valet are killed, May 15, 1912, during an attack on their hideout by the police & the army, while thousands of the curious run for cover.
1891 -- German expressionist Otto Dix (1891-1969) lives. See Otto Dix & Die neue Sachlichkeit, 1918-1925 by Brigid S. Barton.
1901 -- Gillotine?: First razor with disposable blades patented by King Camp Gillett.
1902 -- Cuba: Surrealist painter Wifredo Lam lives, Sagua de Grande.
1904 -- US: Puget Sound Cooperative officially ends, in Washington State.
1904 -- US:
Strange: December Fortean Events "...Intense darkness at Memphis, Tenn., for about fifteen minutes, at 10 a.m., Dec. 2, 1904
— 'We are told that in some quarters a panic prevailed, & that some were shouting & praying & imagining that the end of the world had come.'
(Monthly Weather Review, 32-522)."; The Complete Books of Charles Fort. New York: Dover, 1974. [p.233]
1911 -- US: Chicago "slugger," paid $50 by labor unions for every scab he "discouraged," described his job in an interview:
"Oh, there ain't nothin' to it.
I gets my $50, then I goes out & finds the guy they wanna have slugged.
I goes up to `im & I says to `im, `My friend, by way of meaning no harm,' & then I gives it to `im — biff! in the mug. Nothin' to it."
1914 -- Germany: Karl Liebknecht is the only member of Parliament to vote against war with France & Britain.
1916 -- US: Emma Goldman speaks at a large meeting in Carnegie Hall called by the United Hebrew Trades to protest the arrests & trials of those accused of throwing a bomb at the San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. Other speakers include lawyer Frank Walsh, Max Eastman, United Hebrew Trades leader Max Pine, Arturo Giovannitti, & Alexander Berkman.
1917 -- Beginning date of Hugh MacLennan novel Barometer Rising.
1926 -- France: Premier issue of Combat Syndicaliste, journal of the Confédération Générale duTravail - Syndicaliste Révolutionnaire (CGT-SR), French anarcho-syndicalist section of the AIT.
1930 -- Author Jon Silkin lives.
1935 -- ATM Card?: Albert Kessel first to die in California gas chamber. His infamous last words: "What a gas."
1936 -- Germany: Novelist Thomas Mann stripped of German citizenship. See Mann's "Letter to the Dean of the Humanities Faculty" at the University of Bonn in response to the subsequent loss of his honorary Ph.D. degree, 31 December 1936.
1936 -- Germany: Novelist Thomas Mann is deprived of his German citizenship as a traitor. Hounded out of the country by the rightwingers, you'll recall they did the same thing to him in the "Land of Freedom" (America) in the late '40s.
1942 -- First controlled atomic chain reaction. Stagg Field, Chicago.
1945 -- France: First congress, of the post-war period, of the Fédération Anarchiste Française (FAF).
Fédération anarchiste française ( F.A.F) pour un temps l'unité du mouvement libertaire. Mais en décembre 1953-54, cette union volera en éclat et donnera naissance, à deux nouvelles organisations une "Fédération anarchiste" (F.A) et à une "Fédération communiste libertaire" (F.C.L).
1948 -- American author T. Coraghessan Boyle lives.
1952 -- George Jorgensen, a former G.I. who had gone to Denmark in 1950, prepared to return to the US — as Christine Jorgensen. She, er, he, underwent 2,000 hormone injections & six operations performed by sex change surgeons.
1954 -- US: Senate censures TailGun Joe McCarthy (Sen-R-WI) for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor & disrepute." Suddenly, Old Joe felt listless.
Censure ends "TailGunner" Joe's circus, now that the objective (sic) media has got all the mileage it could, & ends his probes into alleged Communist infiltration. The House of Representatives & many states continue their own investigations. Several southern states later convert these committees into apparatus for harassing & jailing civil rights supporters.
"You hear about 'constitutional rights,' 'free speech,' & the 'free press.'
Every time I hear these words I say to myself,
'That man is a Red....'
You never hear a real American talk like that."
~~ Frank Hague, Mayor of Jersey City 1917-47
1956 -- The boat Granma, with 82 expeditionaries under Fidel Castro, heads off to fight against Batista & the American Mafia.
1960 -- During this month Asger Jorn begins working on Musique phénoménale.
Musique phénoménale (Phenomenal Music), text by Asger Jorn accompanying the four albums of 'chaosmic music' written & recorded between December 1960 & February 1961 with Jean Dubuffet, Galleria del Cavallino, Venice.
1960 -- Belize: Garifuna musicologist folk activist Andy Palacio lives, Barranco. "Watina,” his album with the Garifuna Collective, was acclaimed as one of the best world music releases of 2007. Spearheading a revival of the Garifuna music of Central America, he died in 2008 at the age of 47.
1964 -- US: Sproul Hall sit-in, Berkeley, California. Joan Baez sings on Sproul Hall steps. Tonite the Free Speech Movement (FSM) holds a great sleep-over — overnight sit-in protesting discipline of four who took part in the October police car sit-in; 800 arrests result. Early '60s high point of the student movement.
1964 -- Canada: Ontario court of appeals rules the novel Fanny Hill is not obscene. Must have read the expurgated virgin.
1964 -- Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed, University College Hospital, London.
1967 -- "After the Rain," adapted from John Brown's novel, closes on Broadway.
1968 -- US: NY City high school students uprising: Brooklyn & elsewhere.
1970 -- Eric Burdon is launching a "Curb the Clap" bumpersticker campaign aimed at fighting what he calls the "number-one sickness in the record business today — VD." For every donation to the L-A Free Clinic, Burdon sends out a "Curb the Clap" bumpersticker.
1970 -- US: Philadelphia FBI reports it infiltrated black student groups at 13 campuses. For "educational" purposes no doubt.
1977 -- Bermuda: First of three nights of rioting, with $5 million of destruction, protesting the hanging of two men convicted of the 1972 murder of Governor Richard Sharples.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1978 -- Iran: Chanting "Allah is great," anti-Shah protesters pour through Tehran.
Chanting "Allah u akbar," HemoMeister — who was there — slid through Tehran, running late for a vacation.
1980 -- El Salvador: Four Catholic missionary women murdered by government-backed rightwing terrorist "death squads" (trained & heavily supported by the US).
1980 -- The Russell Tribunal, an international human rights body, finds the US, Canada, & several Latin American countries guilty of cultural & physical genocide in their present-day treatment of Indian populations.
See Ward Churchill, A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust & Denial in the Americas — 1492 to the Present (City Light Books, 1997) or Kirkpatrick Sale, The Conquest of Paradise.
1981 -- US: Oh! Gee, Golly? Following a four-month investigation into William Casey's business dealings, the Senate Intelligence Committee declares that the CIA Director is not "unfit to serve."
1983 -- Convention prohibiting inhumane weapons comes into force. The world's nations read it backwards, increase their manufacture & placement (land mines, for example). The US is the largest manufacturer & seller of weapons, including biological & chemical weapons of mass destruction, & refuses to sign treaties outlawing land mines.
1983 -- Gimmie Shelter?: Fifi D'Orsay, "French Bombshell," dies of cancer at 79.
1985 -- US: General Dynamics execs indicted for defense contract fraud.
1986 -- Nice Books?: Eurythmics lead singer Annie Lennox rips off her bra while performing "Missionary Man" in front of 10,000 fans in Birmingham, England. Adopting the missionary attitudinal position, the Bobbies booked the boobies in the best-bust-ever.
1990 -- Guatemala: US-backed army kills 14 civilians at Santiago Atitlan.
1995 -- US: December 2-3: UAW members reject Caterpillar offer, but central bargaining committee ends the strike despite their vote.
1999 -- US: WTO Day Three; World Trade Organization delegates meet as the core 50 block area of downtown Seattle is declared off-limits to protesters & most businesses in the area close.
2002 -- Germany: Ivan Illich (1926-2002) dies.
2008 -- Folk singer, civil-rights activist Odetta Holmes dies, New York City.
2010 -- US: One of 12 American soldiers admits acting on orders & shooting unarmed Afghan farmers. He gets nine months imprisonment & demotion, but allowed to stay in the military. Good soldiers apparently hard to come by....
2011 -- Maverick political poet & playwright — a self-proclaimed re-write man — Christopher Logue dies at 85. Dubbed the 'Alexander Pope of his day', his colorful life included two spells in prison. A British pacifist who marched with CND & joined Bertrand Russell's Committee of 100. In the 1950s he lived in Paris & was friends with writers Alexander Trocchi & Samuel Beckett. His major work was the retelling of Homer's epic, The Iliad.
"The very concept of objective truth
is fading out of the world.
Lies will pass into history."
— George Orwell
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