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I am waiting for my case to come up
& I am waiting
for a rebirth of wonder
& I am waiting for someone
to really discover America...
& I am waiting
for the war to be fought
which will make the world safe
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti, A Coney Island of the Mind
French Situationist thinker, filmmaker, theorist, streetfighter.
Belgium: HOLY INNOCENTS' DAY.
Children play all sorts of tricks on their elders, including stealing their keys & locking them up (sounds like most days).
KWANZAA, Day 3: Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility).
In line with the notion of creating a world in which work is a pleasure & only undertaken to fulfil collective needs, it is good to note that it is also extremely ill-advised to work today, according to ancient Saxon folklore.
THROW AWAY YOUR SUBLIMINAL MOTIVATION TAPES TODAY DAY.
EAT VEGETARIAN DAY.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY.
As most of you Bleedsters know, it's still:
NATIONAL INDIGESTION SEASON.
|Strange: December Fortean Events|| Fall of lizards, Montreal, Canada [Notes & Queries, 8-6-104].
|Strange: December Fortean Events|| Fall of reddish rain for two hours, beginning at 7 a.m.; second shower at 11 a.m., northwestern part of Siena [Year Book of Facts, 1861-273]. This will occur again in the exact same spot on the 31st.
For most of this year Peter was in England, publishing articles about the plight of workers in Russia & government corruption. Despite earning an impressive reputation, Peter was not happy there.
In October, he moved to the French town of Thonon. Unfortunately, his reputation as an anarchist preceded him. He was in France only two months before he was arrested & sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement in the International (which no longer existed).
One of Peter's strongest supporters during this time was Élisée Reclus. Reclus supplied Peter with scientific works & worked continually to improve Peter's living conditions.
Finally in January of 1886, the French government decided Peter would be less of a threat if they were rid of him. He was released under the conditions that he leave France.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, December 12, 2005-2008
Visual & plastic arts polymath, early Russian Constructivist.
"Les dragons chargèrent. La colonne des terrassiers s'arrêta et ne recula point. Plusieurs quittèrent les rangs et fuirent. Mais les plus nombreux attendirent et élevèrent leurs pelles ; (...) Une formidable huée fit cabrer les premiers chevaux de la charge ; le bloc des hommes à pied se fondit d'un seul coup; ils sautèrent dans le fossé et la grêle des pierres tinta sur les casques."
— Leon Bonneff, Aubervilliers.
1916 -- Norway: "Norsk Syndikalistisk Federation" (NSF), the Norwegian syndicalist federation, is founded. At first Direkte Aktion published the ideas of NSF until, in 1919, the NSF's own organ Alarm began publishing. NSF was a revolutionary syndicalist organization, with syndicalists, anarchists, & anarcho-syndicalists included.
1917 -- In a hoax article H. L. Mencken celebrates the anniversary of the advent of the bathtub in America. The New York Evening Mail publishes his facetious essay on the history of bathtubs in America.
1919 -- American author/publishers Harry & Caresse Crosby, skiing at Gstaad, meet Ernest Hemingway & Archibald MacLeish.
Source: See Geoffrey Wolff, Black Sun (1976).
The Guardian: Whimsical obit calls his long life "proof that the devil looks after his own."
[Details / context]
Guy Debord lives, Paris, France.
Maitre penseur of the Situationist International,
writer, filmmaker, critic of Spectacular,
"The world at once present & absent which the spectacle makes visible is the world of the commodity dominating all that is lived. The world of the commodity is thus shown for what it is, because its movement is identical to the estrangement of men among themselves & in relation to their global product."
— Guy Debord, La société du spectacle
"Je voulais parler la belle langue de mon siècle."
1932 -- Novelist Manuel Puig (Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages; Kiss of the Spider Woman) lives, Argentine Pampas.
1934 -- Scottish Novelist Alasdair Gray lives.
1935 -- Clarence Day dies in New York, the same year his Life with Father is published.
1936 -- US: Workers begin sit-down strike against General Motors at Fisher Body plant in Cleveland, Ohio.
1937 -- Maurice Ravel dies. Composer & freelance musician.
"I've so much music in my head." — Maurice Ravel, shortly before his death.
1943 -- Russia: Stalin deports all inhabitants of Kalmukkie deported to Siberia, about 70,000 killed; about half the deported died before being allowed to return in 1957.
1944 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the Army to seize the executive offices of Montgomery Ward & Company after the patriotic corporation fails to comply with a National War Labor Board directive regarding union shops.
In 1946 American workers in packinghouses nation-wide go on strike.
1945 -- American novelist Theodore Dreiser (Sister Carrie (1900), An American Tragedy (1925)) dies of a heart attack, Hollywood, California. In 1935 the library trustees of Warsaw, Indiana ordered the burning of all the library's works by Dreiser. A long-time Stalinist sympathizer, he joined the Communist Party just months before his death.
1945 -- US: Congress officially recognizes
"The Pledge of Allegiance"
1949 -- American poet/biographer/novelist Hervey Allen, dies in his shower. Best known for his biography, Israfel: The Life & Times of Edgar Allan Poe & Anthony Adverse, noted for it's undisguised passages about sex.
The only time you really live fully is from 30 to 60. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.
1950 -- South Korea: Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel. US Army gets m.a.s.h.e.d.
1958 -- US: Hotel room, Tacoma, Washington:
If I thought you wouldn't understand what I am going to say...
— Mel Lyman, Diary of a Young Artist
1962 -- South African government outlaws 36 organizations & any group which "attacks, criticizes, or discusses any...policy of government" under the Suppression of Communism Act.
1968 -- Australia: Anti-draft conference launches "Don't Register" campaign.
1969 -- US: ACLU charges police in nine cities are illegally harassing members of the Black Panther Party.
1971 -- US: 88 Vietnam Veterans Against the War arrested at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington DC, trying to block entrance with a human chain.
1971 -- US: Vietnam veteran antiwar protesters peacefully end their occupation of the Statue of Liberty.
"The statue of Liberty welcomes innumerable pilgrims...while it is announced that the center of the world, which took millennia to shift from the Euphrates to the Thames, is now on the Hudson River.
In full imperial euphoria the United States celebrates...but novelist Mark Twain, the old spoilsport, proposes changing the national flag: the white stripes should be black, he says, & the stars should be skulls & crossbones."
1973 -- US: Grand Standing? The Chamber of Commerce of Akron, Ohio, terminates its association with the All-American Soap Box Derby — stating that the race had become "a victim of cheating & fraud".
Overanxious youngsters & their dads were found to be hiding things, like heavy lead, in secret places in the home-built cars; & they could also do funny things with the wheels to make them spin faster; & some cars were designed like Indy cars instead of soap box cars.
Over-Anxious? WHATTAYA MEAN you creep?! Cheat??? Those Antlers Nummer One Son is wearing never emit magnetic rays drawing him to this electomagnetic steel plate embedded in my head. Indy Car? Don't insult us, puleeeeeaas; this is pointy like a rocket, with red flames,
with super-loaded graphite bearings, independent magneto-suspension with Flik-Finger steering, 12,000hp Rolls turbo afterburners, titanium (over)bearings,16-Barrel dual carbs, overhead-semi-hemi with 57 turbo-prop anodyne cylinders, 32 avant-garde magnesium cutouts, under-handed gold-plated cams, chrome lifters, heat-treated caliper rods, 56-breather tubes (copper), sporting a computer-aided aerodynamic aluminum spun grid frame, lithium-valium ProtoStellar shell, & running on 152 high performance hot spark plugs, with semi-automatic 75-speed hi-performance gear boxes(linked dual trannies) pushing a Heidelberg rear end — all riding atop Pirelli Monster Grip Silicone Slicks (rear) & trak-grip cheaters (front)...... Obnoxious, perhaps, but anxious...? Not.
1973 -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes Gulag Archipelago.
"One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world."
"Wherever else it fails, art always has won its fight against lies, & it always will."
1975 -- Rocker Ted Nugent, known for gun-toting hunting epics in his native Michigan, ends up looking at the wrong end of the barrel at a show in Spokane, Washington.
25-year-old David Gelfer points a .44 magnum at the Nugent & is then brought down to the ground by members of the audience & security guards. Gelfer is charged with "intimidating with a weapon."
1979 -- The Who, Pretenders, Specials & others perform third of four shows for the people of Kampuchea.
1981 -- England: Peace camp set up at Molesworth cruise missile base.
1984 -- Straw That Broke...?: Sam Peckinpah, film director, rides the high country, of cardiac arrest at 59.
1984 -- Accidental launch of USSR missile toward Germany destroyed in flight.
1991 -- US: Eight people crushed to death at a RAP basketball game at City College, New York City.
1995 -- US: Ten activists arrested for trespass at the Strategic Nuclear Command Center near Omaha, Nebraska.
1995 -- Ghana: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jerry Rawlings beats the beejesus out of the Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Vice President in a cabinet meeting.
1996 -- US: Three arrested at Capitol Hill post office in Seattle, Washington, for refusing to leave after attempting to mail humanitarian supplies to Iraq in defiance of a US-led embargo.
1997 -- Sting beats Hollywood Hogan for World Cup Wrestling Championship.
1998 -- US: Earth Liberation Front burns US Forest Industries HQ, Medford, Oregon.
2000 -- China: A law against "online subversion" is passed.
2004 -- Susan Sontag (1933-2004) dies. American 'new intellectual' essayist & novelist, whose innovative essays to various aspects of modern culture have gained wide attention.
"Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art."
— "Loose Leaf Poem", from Ride the Nightmare
n society where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles.
— Guy Debord, La société du spectacle
he spectacle is ideology par excellence, because it exposes & manifests in its fullness the essence of all ideological systems: the impoverishment, servitude & negation of real life. The spectacle is materially "the expression of the separation & estrangement between man & man."
Through the "new power of fraud," concentrated at the base of the spectacle in this production, "the new domain of alien beings to whom man is subservient ... grows coextensively with the mass of objects." It is the highest stage of an expansion which has turned need against life. "The need for money is thus the real need produced by political economy, & the only need it produces" (Economic & Philosophical Manuscripts).
The spectacle extends to all social life the principle which Hegel (in the Realphilosophie of Jena) conceives as the principle of money: it is "the life of what is dead, moving within itself."
— Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle
"The Society of the Spectacle."
Documentary written & directed by Guy Debord, 1973.
Also available at http://www.ubu.com/film/debord.html
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