Our Daily Bleed...
André who was killed in Riga,
Dario who was killed in Spain,
Boris whose wounds I dressed,
Boris whose eyes I closed.
David, my bunk mate,
dead without knowing why
in a quiet orchard in France—
David, your astonished suffering
— six bullets for a 20-year-old heart ...
Karl, whose nails I recognized
when you had already turned to earth,
you, with your high brow & lofty thoughts,
what was death doing with you!
Dark, tough human vine.
The North, the waves, the ocean
capsize the boat, the Four, now pallid,
drink deeply of anguish,
farewell to Paris, farewell to you all,
farewell to life, God damn it!
excerpt, "Constellation of Dead Brothers"
Individualist anarchist, anti-Stalinist communist, literary conspirator.
FESTIVAL OF ENORMOUS CHANGES AT THE LAST MINUTE.
Philippines: JOSÉ RIZAL DAY. Poet & novelist executed for writings, his martyrdom a catalyst for the Philippine Revolution.
1621 -- England: High-Handed? Protestation of Parliament voided. The attempt of Parliament to assert their right to freedom of speech is handily resolved — the King simply ripping the Protestation from the Journals of Parliament.
1703 -- Earthquake in Tokyo responsible for the deaths of approximately 200,000 people.
1786 -- Bjarni Vigfússon Thórarensen lives, Brautarholt, near Reykjavík. First Romantic nationalist poet of Iceland.
1813 -- Iroquois warriors & British troops capture Buffalo, New York.
1816 -- Two & a half years after eloping to Switzerland Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (daughter of the philosophical anarchist William Godwin) & Percy Bysshe Shelley are married, upon learning that Shelley's first wife has drowned herself.
1819 -- Theodor Fontane lives, Neuruppin, Brandenburg. Considered the first master of modern Realistic fiction in Germany.
1825 -- England: Poachers gather in a militia forty strong to terrorise Colonel Kingscote in his home while comrades go shooting on his private estate in Gloucestershire.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1847 -- Germany: John Peter Altgeld lives, Niederselters, Prussia [now in Germany]. Reformist Democratic governor of Illinois (1893-97) known principally for his pardon (June 26, 1893) of German-American anarchists "involved" in the Haymarket Riot where seven police were killed. This principled act, unusual for a politician, costs him his political career.
And thank this Man that they are free again.
And He—to all the world this Man dares say:
"Curse as you will! I have been just this day."
— Voltairine de Cleyre, excerpt, John P. Altgeld
1865 -- Rudyard Kipling lives, Bombay, India. British Imperialist celebrator-apologist, author. Christopher Morley assesses the first English winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907: "He writes a story ostensibly about big howitzers, & it is really a lover's tribute to Jane Austen."
1869 -- Stephen Leacock lives, Swanmore, Hampshire, England. Internationally popular Canadian humorist, educator, lecturer, & author of more than 30 books.
1876 -- Mustafa Lutfi al- Manfaluti lives, Manfalut, Egypt. Essayist, short-story writer, pioneer of modern Arabic prose.
1883 -- Marie Gevers lives, Edegem, Belgium. Franco-Belgian novelist/poet whose work, almost without exception, evokes the Kempenland, a rural area where she spent most of her life at her family estate.
1890 -- Belgium: Victor Serge lives, Brussels. Novelist, poet, historian, & militant activist. Individualist anarchist, later remains sympathetic to anarchists but derided by them ("The Bolsheviks' pet anarchist") because of his involvement with Russian Communists & Trotskyists. Like Daniel Guérin (& many other critical Marxists), as he grew older, his politics moved increasingly leftward, leading him later in life to espouse a hybrid of anarchism & Marxism.
1894 -- US: No Bluffing: Amelia Jenks Bloomer suffragist dies Council Bluffs, Iowa. (Bloomers named for her).
1895 -- L.P. Hartley lives. English novelist, short-story writer, critic whose works fuse a subtle observation of manners traditional to the English novel with an interest in psychological nuance.
1896 -- Philippines: Novelist & poet José Rizal executed.
A militant reformist, his novel El Filibusterismo led to his being tried by the military & executed today. His death was a catalyst in the Philippine Revolution. Countless towns, streets, monuments & numerous parks around the world are named in his honor (including a 9-acre park in Seattle). Today is now an official Philippines holiday.
1903 -- US: Last of the Mohicans? Tribal Revenge?: Electric lamp sets fire to Iroquois Theater in Chicago; 602 die, many trampled to death as a result of defective provisions for safety & exit.
1905 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Governor Frank Steunenberg of Idaho assassinated by a bomb explosion during period of many bitter labor disputes in the state.
Workers remembering workers' history: prosperous businessman Frank Steunenberg, who had become governor of Idaho on a Populist Party "defend the working man" ticket — & then proceeded to call on federal troops to crush the 1899 miners strike — is blown to pieces by a bomb attached to his front gate.
1905 -- Daniil Kharms lives (17 December Old Style; 1905-1942), St. Petersburg.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint December 30, 2002-2004
"Literary Hooligan," starved to death
in Respected & Beloved Comrade Leader
Uncle Joe Stalin's prisons.
1908 -- No Balls?: Wearing masks at balls forbidden in Boston.
1910 -- Paul Bowles, composer, author, husband of author Jane Bowles, lives (1910-1999), New York City.
1911 -- China: Sun Yat-sen elected President of the United Provinces of China.
1916 -- Poet, Second Lieutenant Wilfred Owen ("Anthem for Doomed Youth"), of the Manchester Regiment, leaves England for the Western Front.
1918 -- Al Purdy lives, Wooler, Ontario, Canada.
One of a group of important Canadian poets (Milton Acorn, Alden Nowlan, Patrick Lane are others) who have little formal education & whose roots are in Canada's working-class culture. During the Depression, he rode the rods to Vancouver & worked there for several years at a number of manual occupations.
1922 -- Russia: In the post-revolutionary period, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) is established, comprising a confederation of Russia, Byelorussia, the Ukraine, & the Transcaucasian Federation. Also known as the Soviet Union, the new "republic" is the successor to the Russian Empire & the first state in the world to be based on Marxist communism.
1923 -- Sara Lidman, one of the most acclaimed & widely read Swedish novelists of the post-World War II generation, lives, Missenträsk. Her studies at the University of Uppsala are interrupted by tuberculosis, & she begins writing. Her first two novels, Tjärdalen ("The Tar Still," 1953) & Hjortronlandet ("Cloudberry Land," 1955), deal with the rural life of her childhood & youth. In the 1960s she visits Africa & Vietnam & writes of her experiences.
1924 -- Edwin Hubble announces existence of other galactic systems. Now if he could just find a telescope that works...
Germany: Nudists Demand Skiing Huts. Buncha bare-assed wimps.
1928 -- US: Ellas Bates, rock 'n' roll pioneer, lives, Mississippi.
1933 -- Romania: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ion Duca, liberal premier, assassinated by a member of the Iron Guard, an extreme rightist movement in the country.
1935 -- Ethiopia: Italian bombers destroy Swedish Red Cross unit.
Poet Langston Hughes, observing the invasion of Ethiopia by Mussolini, wrote simply:
The little fox is still.
The dogs of war have made their kill.
1936 -- US: GM workers sit-down strike, which began two days ago in Cleveland, Ohio, spreads to Flint, Michigan. But me no butts, beats blisterin' those tired doggies...
"Whistle While You Work" Artie Shaw & His New Music
Shaw's swinging 'cover' of this 'think positive' anthem is waxed just nine days after the world premiere of the film which introduced it, Disney's first animated feature, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.
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(Antonio Miracle Guitart, Rogelio Madrigal Torres, Francisco Conesa Alcaraz y Martín Ruiz Montoya. ) , only to be trapped near the Manol river. The Guardia Civil had prepared a worthy reception for just such an occaision, border posts & patrols beefed up & on high alert. All of the guerrillas but Sabate, who was badly wounded, were killed. Surrounded & nose-to-nose with the lieutenant in charge, he shot the lieutenant point blank. Then Sabaté had an immediate inspiration -- in the confusion of the dark he managed to slip away by boldly impersonating the lieutenant.
Entonces Sabaté tuvo una inspiración inmediata. Se puso a avanzar en la dirección de donde había venido el teniente repitiendo las mismas palabras que había oído: “No tiréis, que soy el teniente... No tiréis, que soy el teniente...” Así logró franquear las líneas de los Guardias Civiles.He made it to a train & to Sant Celoni to treat his wounds hoping eventually to make it to Barcelona. The latter was not to be, as he was trapped once again & shot down on January 5. DEAD IMAGE 2012: Conscious of its next death, before infiltrating for the last time in Spain, December/DECEMBER of 1959, one took leave of its last friends: “A strong hug to all. Thanks & until the next one,… if we become to see. The Civil Guard, with sufficient time, had prepared in the border a worthy recibimiento of Sabaté. They had organized posts station & monitoring in all mounts of the zone, crossroads & ways, entrances & exits of the towns. Troops of reinforcement, to face any eventuality, were quartered in Besalú, Beuda & Albanyá. Other patrols crossed the region incessantly. Day 30 of December/DECEMBER, the group of Sabaté it was located by the margins of the Manol river. When the Civil Guard with innumerable cash was able to surround to Francisco Sabaté & his group in one masía, its end occurred by discounted. The luck & the value of the guerrilla obtained the impossible thing. When arriving the night, the group left sincerely from masía gambling the whole by the whole. There it waited for the death to them. All the members of the group fell in the attempt except Sabaté. This the exit but without running tried, on the contrary, fallen down in the ground & to drays. Quiet it went advancing centimeter to centimeter towards the first scrubs. But the Civil Guards were seized to few meters. Immovable, almost without breathing, he heard that somebody went towards him, to drays, also saying: “You do not throw, that I am the lieutenant… You do not throw, that I am the lieutenant…” Indeed, Francisco Fuentes was the lieutenant of the Civil Guard, who, almost without knowing it, occurred of noses with the Quico. This, almost point-blank, he fired a shot to him killing to him in the act. The other guards could not know of what she arms came the firing. Then Sabaté had an immediate inspiration. It was put to advance in the direction from where the lieutenant had come repeating the same words that had heard: “You do not throw, that I am the lieutenant… You do not throw, that I am the lieutenant…” Thus it managed to cross the lines of the Civil Guards. But it had received several shots, perhaps nonmortal but the loss of blood debilitated much to him. It took a train by assault & pistol in hand was made lead until near Sant Celoni. It was thrown of the train before entering needles treating to look for in the city a doctor. But the alert had been given & the Civil Guard & the Somatén persecuted to him close by.
Gimme shelter...new aristocracy of the caves & sewer rats
The international edition of The New York Times runs an announcement by the Civil Defense Letter Committee regarding fallout shelters.
In January 1962 a critical Bilingual tract in English & French, is issued by the "European Committee for the Pursuit of Human Expansion" & also appears in the journal Mutant, Spring 1962.
http://www.cddc.vt.edu/sionline/chronology/chronology.html | [Situationist Resources]
You get your lawyer
& I'll get mine
We'll all get together
& have a real bad time.
— George Harrison, "Sue Me Blues"
1971 -- US: Daniel Ellsberg indicted by a federal grand jury for releasing Pentagon papers to the news media.
1972 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Dick M orders end to bombing. During the 12 days of the "Christmas Bombing" in Viet Nam, the US (by its own count) lost 15 B-52's & 11 fighter-bombers, with 93 airmen killed or missing. Hanoi claims 76 planes were shot down.
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1982 -- US: Ahh...Now I Remember You?: Cow Creek band of Umpqua tribe (Oregon) gains federal recognition.
1987 -- US: An unusually heavy demand for non-smoking seats aboard a TWA flight from Boston to Los Angeles leads to a complete smoking ban. Toward the end of the flight, 11 passengers protest by lighting cigarettes, & the flight attendant who demands that they be extinguished is physically assaulted.
1995 -- US: Right-to-Life (sic) gunman murders Shannon Lowney of Planned Parenthood & Lee Ann Nichols of Preterm, women's health care clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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1997 -- Danilo Dolci, "The Sicilian Gandhi," twice a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, dies.
2006 -- Iraq: Vanquished strongman Saddam Hussein hanged, Baghdad.
2009 -- US applies tariffs on Chinese steel pipes, as part of a series of tariffs aimed at Chinese imports. The price of bongs & pipe tobacco in the US soars.
"The ILO has just published a report estimating the level of global unemployment — understood to mean the position of not having enough work for subsistence — in January 1994 at about 30%.
That, it says accurately, is a crisis worse than that in the 1930s. It is, moreover, just one part of a general worldwide human rights catastrophe.
UNESCO estimates that about 500,000 children die every year from debt repayment alone.
Debt repayment means that commercial banks made bad loans to their favorite dictators, & those loans are now being paid by the poor, who have absolutely nothing to do with it, & of course by the taxpayers in the wealthy countries, because the debts are socialized.
That's under the system of socialism for the rich that we call free enterprise: nobody expects the banks to have to pay for the bad loans — that's your job & my job."
— Noam Chomsky, "How Free is the Free Market?"
"In the long run we are all dead."
— John Maynard Keynes, economist
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