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Our Daily Bleed Calendar: Martin Glaberman, Emma Goldman, Ricardo Flores Magón, Jean Maitron, Charles Laisant, Rafael Barrett Álvarez de Toledo, Pierre Lentengre, Urbain Gohier, Alphonse Barbé; anarchico, anarchiste, anarquista, anarsizm, anarþizme, Anarþist, Anarquismo, Anarchismus, anarchia, anarchisme, anarchizm, anarkisme, libertarian, What Happened on this day, in recovered history December 17
My brain was a hill country
& the moon was unequal to itself
Rivers were flowing through my head from ear to ear.

— Fouad El-Etr, "Tonight the Stars Are in Tatters"

Marty Glaberman

American radical political theorist,

Ancient Roman SATURNALIA (December 17-23). "Unrestrained & intemperate jollity." Relaxation of social rules, no business transacted courts closed, wars suspended, feuds forgotten, slaves take the place of masters. This is the big one - & should last at least seven days.Teh LORD OF MISRULE is selected.

Aztec: ACATL DAY. The protector of day Acatl (Reed) is Tezcatlipoca. Acatl is the scepter of authority which is, paradoxically, hollow. It is a day when the arrows of fate fall from the sky like lightning bolts. A good day to seek justice, a bad day to act against others.

908 -- Source=Robert Braunwart The Good Ol' Days? al-Mustada is caliph for one day, before being deposed & murdered.

1493 -- Paracelsus lives. Swiss physician, chemist, alchemist, & one of the fathers of modern medicine. Paracelsus was the pseudonym of Dr Theophrastus Bombastus Hohenheim, which meant 'beyond Celsius', implying that he was a greater physician than the then-revered Roman physician Aulus Cornelius Celsius.

1526 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Pope Clemens VII publishes degree Cum ad zero, forms Inquisition.

1531 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Pope Clement VII founds the Inquisition in Lisboa. Frei Diogo da Silva is appointed the first inquisitor-general of Portugal.

Two dogs whining, 'He doesn't take us walking anymore'
1660 -- Andrew Marvell petitions House of Commons to release John Milton from prison

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1790 -- The great Aztec stone calendar discovered, Mexico.

1791 -- US: New York City creates the first one-way street. Strait to hell we suspicion...

1807 -- John Greenleaf Whittier lives. American author/abolitionist. Many of his poems are sung as church hymns.

When the Atlantic Monthly gives a party to celebrate the poet's 70th birthday, Mark Twain, in a speech, shocks the diners by comparing Longfellow, Emerson & Holmes, (all guests) to three drunken tramps in the Sierras.

1826 --

Source=Robert Braunwart France: A gigantic red cross is reported in the sky over a church in Migne.

1830 -- Colombia: Latin American liberationist Simón Bolivar dies, Santa Marta.

1843 -- Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is published.

1852 --
Strange: December Fortean Events       Sighting of a triangular cloud in a storm, with a red nucleus about half the apparent diameter of the moon & a long tail; visible 13 minutes; explosion of nucleus. [London Roy. Soc. Proc., 6-276]

1860 -- France: Passport system abolished, considering it "both absurd & vexatious" [since reintroduced, apparently to keep out creeping salacious Scots in kilts!].
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1862 -- Urbain Gohier (Urbain Dégoulet) lives (1862-1951), Versailles. French writer, journalist, lampoonist, antimilitarist, burning supporter of Dreyfus, & writer for the anarchiste Libertaire. Author of L'armée contre la nation (1898), Les prétoriens et la Congrégation & A bas la caserne, etc. Sank gradually into anti-semitism & patriotism, becoming a collaborationist during WWII.

The very existence of the State demands that there be some privileged class vitally interested in maintaining that existence. & it is precisely the group interests of that class that are called patriotism.

Mikhail Bakunin, Letters on Patriotism, 1869

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1873 -- Ford Madox Ford lives, England. Novelist, international influence in early 20th-century literature. See Kenneth Rexroth's More Classics Revisited. Also editors' introduction to a selection by Rexroth of recent British poetry "Five Earnest British Poets" (n.d.).

1875 -- Canada: Violent bread riots in Montreal.

1878 -- Source=Robert Braunwart A meeting is held at L.L. Zamenhof's home to celebrate the creation of Esperanto.

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1885 -- Alphonse Barbé lives. French anarchiste & antimilitarist. Barbe met Sébastien Faure who introduced him to anarchism.

Barbe was briefly involved the Communist Party for short periods before 1934 when he began running Le Semeur de Normandie, a newspaper devoted to cultural ideas & the defense of conscientious objectors. In 1936 Barbe was actively aiding the Spanish revolutionists & also published Lu dans la presse libertaire syndicaliste espagnole (1937-38).

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1890 -- France: Pierre Lentengre (aka Pierre Lentente) lives (1890-1982) Paris. Militant & founder of a Parisian anarchiste group. Administrator of La voix libertaire (1928-1939) & active in "The Friends of Sébastien Faure." See the Anarchist Encyclopedia,

1893 -- Theatrical director Erwin Piscator lives (1893-1966), Ulm, Germany. Famed for ingenious Expressionistic staging techniques, originator of epic theatre style later developed by German playwright Bertolt Brecht.

1898 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Chekhov's play The Seagull is revived in Moskva — a success.

1900 --
Mars Bars?: 1st prize of 100,000 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Little Grey Martians from Texass executed excluded because they are considered too easy.

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1903 -- American author Erskine Caldwell lives, Coweta County, Georgia. Unadorned novels & stories (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre) about rural poor of the American South mix violence & sex in grotesque tragicomedy — & he is particularly esteemed in France & the former Soviet Union. He struggled with censorship more than any other writer in his time.

1903 -- Wright brothers perform the first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The crowd cheered, "Wright on!" 65 years later men flew to the moon.

The Fleet's In!
1904 -- Paul Cadmus, lives to see the Fleet arrive in port. Gay painter of sailors on liberty & suchlike. His notorious erotic painting The Fleet's In! launched his career as a full-time artist.

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1908 -- New Zealand writer/teacher Sylvia Ashton-Warner lives, Stratford, N.Z. Adapts British teaching methods to needs of Maori children, aiming for peace & communication between radically different cultures — which her fiction & nonfiction reflects.

1910 -- Jean Maitron lives. French libertarian historian. Wrote numerous works, including Histoire du mouvement anarchiste en France (1880-1914).

1910 --

El horror a la revolución

«¿Por qué temer al la guerra? Si se tiene que morir aplastado por la tiranía capitalista y gubernamental en tiempo de paz, ¿por qué no morir mejor combatiendo lo que nos aplasta? Es menos espantoso que se derrame sangre que conquista la libertad y el bienestar, que continúe derramándose bajo el actual sistema político y social en provecho de nuestros explotadores y tiranos.»
Ricardo Flores Magón
Regeneración, 17 de diciembre de 1910

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Deconstructing Columbus
Mexican workers revise history

1910 -- anarchist diamond dingbat France: Rafael Barrett Álvarez de Toledo dies at age 34. Correspondent & journalist who covered the revolution & conditions in Paraguay which got him deported to Uruguay. By 1907 he was more radicalized as he became preoccupied with social issues. In 1908, he declares himself as an anarchist, publishing the article "Mi Anarquismo."
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1911 -- US: Emma Goldman presents a farewell lecture, in New York City, before departing for annual lecture tour with Dr. Ben Reitman.

1913 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Ford Madox Ford begins writing The Good Soldier.

1913 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Edgar Rice Burroughs completes his novel Nu of the Neocene.

1914 -- Source=Robert Braunwart The Turks expel the Jews from Tel Aviv & send them to Egypt.

1917 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Ford Madox Hueffer [Ford] writes his poem "One Last Prayer."

1917 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Russia: The Bolsheviks confiscate all church property in Russia.

1919 -- South African author/teacher Ezekiel Mphahlele lives. His autobiography (Down Second Avenue [1959]), a South African classic, combines a young man's coming of age with penetrating social criticism of apartheid.

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1921 -- Gabriela Zapolska, Polish novelist/playwright of the naturalist school, dies in Lwow, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine). Wrote cheap, sensationalist novels, full of bitterness toward middle-class values, morality, & hypocrisy.

1926 -- Nigerian poet/scholar S(olomon) Adeboye Babalola lives. Known for his illuminating study of Yoruba ìjalá (a form of oral poetry), folk tale translations, & collecting & preserving the oral traditions of his homeland.

1927 -- US: Submarine S-4 collides with Coast Guard destroyer Paulding off Provincetown, Massachusetts. All 40 men aboard the sub die.

1936 -- Dummy Up?: Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy make their first appearance.

1936 -- USSR: In Moscow, Pravda announces that in Catalonia (Spain), the "cleaning" out of Trotskyites & the anarcho-syndicalists has already started. Stalin's agents will carry out these purges:

"As for Catalonia, the purging of Trotskyist & anarcho-syndicalist elements has begun; this work will be carried out with the same energy with which it was done in the USSR."

1936 -- Spain: The anti-Stalinist Marxist party POUM is expelled from the Catalan government.

1936 -- anarchist diamond dingbat Spain: Large international meeting organized by the Regional Committee of the C.N.T. Among the many speakers are Pierre Besnard, secretary of the A.I.T; Paul Lapeyre, C.G.T- S.R delegate; Gaston Leval, for the C.N.T. of Catalonia; Lorenzo Justi for the Italian section; etc.

Frio en el frente; source
1937 -- Spain: Snow storm in Teruel.

A veritable blizzard cut communications between headquarters & advancing troops. Planes are grounded & trucks stranded on the icy roads, but the Republican infantry is moving forward, lightly wounded men rising from the snow to rejoin the advancing march. Soldiers in the freed outskirts are embraced & celebrated by the population. (General Franco, after recapturing the city in February 23, orders the killing of the remaining civil population for their support of the Republican soldiers!)

Soldier dead in a tree, Teruel
Republican soldier killed while stringing telephone lines
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1944 -- Abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky dies.

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1944 -- US: Japanese-Americans released from detention camps. US Army announces end of excluding Japanese-Americans from West Coast.

1948 -- Brazil: Anarchist Congress convenes in São Paulo, marking the resurgence of the movement after the "derrubada" (the falling trees) of the dictatorship.
Held at Nossa Chácara, in the Itaim barrio (December 17-19), a diverse cross-section of ideas & experience is represented by this mix of Brazilians & the many Italian, Spanish & Portuguese militants living in the country.
Source: [Arquivo de História Social]
Congresso Anarquista do Brasil - Realizado na Nossa Chácara, no bairro de Itaim, de 17 a 19 de dezembro de 1948. ressurgimento do movimento anarquista após a derrubada da ditadura de Getúlio Vargas. Contou com a presença de anarquistas de vários pontos do Brasil e diversos militantes italianos, espanhóis e portugueses residentes no Brasil ou de passagem. / anarquismo

1951 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Netherlands: Too Unruly? Dutch Communist Party members are forbidden to be civil servants.

1952 -- Charles Laisant (1911-1952) dies. A pacifist & anarcho-syndicalist, Charles is part of a generational family of anarchists: His father Albert Laisant, his brother Maurice, & his grandfather Charles Ange Laisant (1841-1920), were all militant libertarians.

1957 -- US: Atlas Shrugged? America tests its first Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM; weapon of mass destruction).

1960 -- Germany: US Air Force C-131 Convair smacks into Munich, West Germany church steeple, falls on a streetcar, kills all 20 on the plane, 18 passengers in the trolley, & 11 more on the street.

1963 -- US: Last Gasp!? Congress passes first Clean Air Act.

1965 -- Philippines: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ferdinand Marcos is "elected" president (accompanied by his ShoeHorn pal Imelda.) To protect US interests & get Imelda some decent shoes.

1965 -- US: Largest newspaper ever appears — the Sunday edition of The New York Times at 946 pages ($0.50) — almost as thick as a Daily Bleed! (But neither as accurate nor revealing.)

1965 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Ken Kesey holds his 4th Acid Test, Muir Beach Lodge.

1966 -- Against US wishes, U.N. General Assembly approves an international treaty banning nuclear weapons in space.

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1966 -- Tom Alder, Bound Together BooksDeath & Rebirth of the Haight-Ashbury (Hairy Henry & Fyllis busted).
Current home of the anarchist Bound Together Books Collective.
Source: Emmett Grogan, Ringolevio, p 261 & Counterculture Timeline 1966-1967:

1966 -- US: Benefit for Legalization of Marijuana (LEMAR) at California Hall. Country Joe & the Fish entertained.

1969 -- Miss Vicki, 17, married Tiny Tim, 47, on the TV's Tonight Show. Think they were weird? What about the estimated 50 million bozos who tuned in.

UFO, animated
1969 -- US: USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.
UFO driver's license

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1973 -- France: During this month, sortie à Lyon du premier numéro du magazine I.R.L. Information Rassemblées à Lyon (qui deviendra ensuite "Informations et Réflexions Libertaires"), journal d'expressions libertaires, paraissant tous les deux mois. Indépendant des organisations anarchistes existantes, ce magazine de qualité saura s'entourer de nombreux collaborateurs.

1977 -- Elvis Costello & the Attractions appear on NBC-TV "Saturday Night Live" in place of the Sex Pistols, who can't get a visa to enter the country.

Producer Lorne Michaels refuses to allow Costello to perform "Radio, Radio" (because of the song's criticism of the broadcasting industry), but a few measures into "Less than Zero," Costello halts his group & goes into "Radio, Radio."

He will never be invited back.

From: Bleedster Chris K (Dec 2001): Elvis Costello returned to SNL this past year with the Beastie Boys.

1982 -- US: Federal District Court Judge decides not to grant preliminary injunction against completion of the Gasquet-Orleans Road thru Siskiyou Indian religious area.

1986 -- South Africa: Nine members of End Conscription Campaign placed on trial.

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1987 -- Marguerite Yourcenar dies, Northeast Harbor, Maine. First woman elected to the Académie Française. Her most important works are historical novels, especially Memoirs of Hadrian (1951).

1991 -- Spain: First Palestinian-Israeli peace talks begin in Madrid.

1996 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Yugoslavia: 200,000 demonstrators protest Miloševic's murderous regime, Belgrade.

See David Watson's "Milosevic "Crucified”: Counter-Spin as Useful Idiocy" (Fifth Estate, Fall 2002),
& related articles from the Balkan Witness page

1997 -- Chechnya: Five Poles, including members from the Polish Anarchist Federation (FA) kidnapped, while delivering medicine, food & other supplies from a Polish-Chechen friendship society. Their van was found 40 kilometers west of Grozny with its two front tires shot out. They were attacked by a gang of 15. Two Chechen bodyguards (friends of one of the hostages) shot two of the attackers.

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1997 -- US: Blue Moon Tavern forced to move a pool table!

One of the pool tables is moved out of the way because more than 100 people show up for readings by the Deaf Poets Society.

Deaf Poets are signing examples

Seattle Times, February 5, 1998

The event, organizers decided, would be a regular gig. It was given the name Deaf Poets Society.

Owner Gus Hellthaler (aka Joe Schmoe) backed them up. The first event was held in December. One of the pool tables had to be moved out of the way because more than 100 people showed up.

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Gus Hellthaler, Jr.People do more at the Blue Moon Tavern than just drink beer & talk, but they are usually drinking beer & talking while they are doing them!

Weekly Events: Monday is Opera Night from 7-10pm
Tuesday is Peanut Night- more free peanuts than you want!
Saturday is Live Music Night- Live music up-close-and-personal!
Sunday is Grateful Dead Night-Seattle's acclaimed DeadHead get- together

Monthly Events:
First Wednesday is Poetry Night-Open mic, open minds....

(Sorry, We're Open!)

1999 -- US: Welcome mat for WTO in Seattle, Washington. Ya'll come back, hear!?! &, yes/no, this photo is/is not the Blue Moon Tavern on Opera Nite!:

WTO street scene
Seattle Radical Timeline

2001 -- US: Martin Glaberman (1918-2001) dies. Influential Marxist, teacher, & militant autoworker. Associated with the Johnson-Forest Tendency, a radical left group that split from the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party, recognizing the Soviet Union as a state capitalist society rather than as a degenerated workers' state. Comrade of the West Indian Marxist C.L.R. James. Historian of Wildcat strikes in the American auto industry during WWII, poet, small press publisher, & a specialist in Marx's Das Kapital.

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Bush orders deployment of an illegal "Star Wars" missile defense system even though it doesn't work. Should probly contract it out to China or Halliburton-Walmart, get the job done quick, semi-right & on-the-cheap.

2004 -- December 17, 2004 Cuban authorities put up photos of abused Iraqi prisoners in front of the US interests section in Havana after the US displayed Christmas decorations in a protest against Cuba's human rights record.

2005 -- New Zealand: A group of over 40 people, dressed in Santa Claus costumes, go on a rampage through downtown Auckland, robbing stores & assaulting security guards.

3000 --
Secretary of Labor:

Sir, the workers are revolting, they demand shorter hours!

President Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx):

Excellent! We'll begin by shortening the lunch hour.

       — Duck Soup

I worked for a Zombie; source

Boy! I feel safer already! & it's all due to the Ministry of Homeland Security (perpetual war poster
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