Thursday, April 29, 2010

Daily Bleed for 4.29

Red knights, brown bishops, bright queens
Striking the board, falling in strong L's of

— Ezra Pound, opening lines,
"The Game of Chess"


Visionary filmmaker, convert to Haitian voudoun.


1858 -- France: Justice, by P-J Proudhon, philosopher,
economist, sociologist appears.

"Property is theft!"

1894 -- A Capitol Crime?: Jacob Coxey's protest Army of the Poor
reaches Washington D.C. Led a group of 500 unemployed workers
from the Midwest & arrested for trespassing on Capitol grounds.

JACOB COXEY 1999 SAINT (April 16)
Leader of "Coxey's Army" of hobos, arrested for strolling
on the White House lawn.

When they busted all the unions,
You can't make no living wage.
And this working poor arrangement,
Gonna turn to public rage.
And then get ready . . .
We're gonna bring back Coxey's Army

— Eddie Starr,
"The Return of Coxey's Army", from the CD
"War Zone, Union Jax."

1896 -- Séverin Ferandel (1896-1978) lives, in Basses-Alpes.
Travel agency interpreter, anarchist militant, syndicalist, ran
a radical bookstore, aided Spanish refugees, etc., while living
in France & Mexico.

1899 -- US: Their demand that only union men be employed refused,
members of the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) dynamite the
$250,000 mill of the Bunker Hill Company at Wardner, Idaho,
destroying it completely.

Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President
McKinley responds by sending in black soldiers
from Brownsville, Texass with orders to round up
thousands of miners & confine them in specially
built "bullpens."

1899 - 1901 saw U.S. Army troops occupying the
Coeur d'Alene mining region in Idaho.

1912 -- Terence De Vere White lives. Irish author of more
than two dozen books, literary editor of the "Irish Times"
& a leading figure in the cultural life of Dublin for over
30 years.

1915 -- Women's International League for Peace & Freedom
founded, The Hague.

1917 -- Visionary filmmaker, ethnologist Maya Deren lives,
Kiev, Ukraine.

I make my pictures for what Hollywood spends on lipstick.

— Maya Deren

Maya did things in the Forties that other women didn't do.
Somehow we never got the idea that a woman could be a film
director. It's very difficult to conceive that something can be
done if it hasn't been done before. It always requires an
innovator, a heretic. & Maya was a heretic.

— Hella Hammid

1919 -- Germany: From April 29 to May 2, Munich:
Government forces crush in blood the Republic of the
Councils of Bavaria. Resistance results in many
hard-fought street battles. Many resistors are summarily
executed, leaving more than 700 dead.

1945 -- Poet Ezra Pound turned over to the American
Army by Italian partisans as a traitor.

Ezra Pound made pro-fascist radio statements in Italy during
WWII. Imprisoned in Genoa, then transferred to solitary
confinement in an outdoor wire cage near Pisa before
incarcerating him in a nut house.

Meanwhile, back on the ranch, the US government
(like the Catholic church) is rehabbing Nazi's (read
"anti-communist" especially secret police, spies, scientists
& bureaucrats) in Europe & helping war criminals escape
prosecution & hiding them in South America & the US &

1951 -- Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein dies,
Cambridge, England.

1961 -- England. 826 arrested in nuclear disarmament
demonstration, London.

1970 -- US: National Guard shoots seven students at Ohio State
University. "Teach your children well".

1970 -- U.S. secretly invades Cambodia.

1973 -- Over 15,000 attending a rock concert by Elvin Bishop,
Canned Heat, Buddy Miles & Fleetwood Mac are routed from
a baseball stadium in Stockton, California, by police firing
tear-gas canisters. More than 80 people, including 28 cops
are hurt & 50 arrests are made.

1975 -- South Vietnam: The last US troops flee. Seeing the
"light at the end of the tunnel", there is a mad scramble as
the last American troops gracefully fall all over themselves
in withdrawing from Vietnam. April 30, at 8:35 am, the
last Americans, ten Marines from the embassy, depart Saigon.

"...what we get mostly from the media & the textbooks
& the histories is ideological, biased not in the humanist
direction but towards wealth & power, expansion,
militarism & conquest...

So when I get to the Vietnam War I talk about how the
government manipulated the information, not only the
general public, but the newspapers, Congress, how they
fabricated incidents in the Gulf of Tonkin in the summer of
1964 to give Lyndon Johnson an excuse to go before
Congress & get them to pass a resolution giving him carte
blanche to start the war full-scale."

— Howard Zinn

1992 -- Los Angeles riots kick off immediately following the
"Not Guilty" verdict in the Rodney King trial.

Despite a videotape documenting the episode, an
innocent verdict is returned in the savage police beating of
African American Rodney King, leads to the worst rioting in
Los Angeles history, with much destruction of property,
looting, 53 deaths & hundreds of injuries.

2000 -- US: Mid-Atlantic Anarchist Bookfair. Seth Tobacman
with slide presentation of his amazing artwork. Detrius (from the
band Angry Folk!) plays acoustic Anarcho folk punk. Len Bracken
on 'The artwork theory of revolution & a general theory of civil war',
from his book The Arch Conspirator.


The world that we have made as a result of the level
of thinking that we have done so far, has created
problems we cannot solve at the level of thinking at
which we created them.

— Albert Einstein


— Auntie-Decor, 1997-2010

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