Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Daily Bleed for 4.7.2010

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Near the freeway,
you stop & wonder what came off,
recall the snowstorm where you lost it all,
the wolverine, the northern bear, the wolf,
caught out, ice & steel raining
from the foundaries in a shower
of human breath...

— Philip Levine,
"Coming Home, Detroit, 1968"

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"The Duchess," lavender & red, gay commie, radical
fairie elder, founder of the Mattachine Society.


Tending of family graves, with a great feast.

WORLD HEALTH DAY. May you have much of it.

1521 -- Philippines: Magellan lands at Cebu. Civilizes the
savages by introducing poker.

1772 -- France: Utopian socialist Charles Fourier lives.
Gourmet, utopianist, madcap, inspirationist.

"Under civilisation,
poverty is born of super-abundance itself".

1775 -- Samuel Johnson, dining at a tavern with companions
declares, as noted by ever-present James Boswell,

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a

1836 -- William Godwin, the "father" of modern anarchism, dies.

1870 -- Germany: Munich Soviet leader Gustav Landauer lives.
Theorist influenced by Proudhon & Kropotkin, & a pacifist
influenced by Leo Tolstoy.

"The State is a condition, a certain relationship between
human beings, a mode of human behavior; we destroy
it by contracting other relationships, by behaving

1872 -- Dr. Marie Equi (1872-1952) lives.
Lesbian anarchist & labor organizer. Found guilty of sedition
during WWI (as were countless others opposing American
involvement in one of Europe's bloodiest wars).

1889 -- Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) lives. Chilean educator,
cultural minister, diplomat, & poet, first Latin American woman
to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1915 -- Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday lives.

1919 -- Workers' Councils declare a Republic in Bavaria, in
spite of the opposition of the Communists. Principal actors
include Erich Muhsam, Gustav Landauer, Ret Marut
(B. Traven), Ernst Toller, etc.

1928 --

"Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces,
I could see them hitting. They were coming toward where
the flag was & I went along the fence. Luster was hunting
in the grass by the flower tree. They took the flag out, &
they were hitting. Then they put the flag back & they went
to the table, & he hit & the other hit....."

So begins, on this day, William Faulkner's tale of
the decline of the American South, The Sound &
the Fury.

1933 -- US: Prohibition ends. Inspires hemp
smokers & bottle recyclers.

1966 -- US: Sandoz stops supplying LSD to researchers. Rumor
has it the stuff is so good they want to keep it for themselves

1970 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ronald Reagan,
Governor of California & soon-to-be President, announces his
attitude towards student civil rights activists, dissenters, &
Vietnam War protesters (quote):

"If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with."

1977 --
Jim Thompson, noir pulp mystery writer
September 27, 1906 - April 7, 1977

1981 -- El Salvador: Massacre of Monte Carmelo — Salvadoran police murder 20.

American mainstream media ignore US-sponsored terror & massacres,
praising both Carter & Reagan's Latin American policies.

In Carter's last year, 1980, the death toll reached about 10,000, rising
to about 13,000 for 1981 as the Reaganites took command. Another 600,000
people (13% of the population) this year are turned into refugees.

1988 -- Honduras: 2,000 students attack the US embassy in Tegucigalpa after
the US kidnaps a suspected drug supplier from the country...apparently incensed
that the US government continues to corner the drug market for itself.

1995 -- US: UN Human Rights Committee criticizes the US for race & sex
discrimination, police brutality & the death penalty. Don't you believe it!

2002 -- England: International Animal Rights Festival. 'A Gathering of Thousands
In Memory of Barry Horne.' Bands, stalls & speakers from every section of the
animal rights movement, in London, with Conflict, Riot Clone, Filament, Icons
of Filth, Inner Terrestrials, La Fraction, Social Conflict, Active Slaughter,
Subhumans & Catering by Veggies.

2003 -- US: Police fire rubber bullets & tear gas on antiwar protesters, Oakland, California.


The things the worker buys with his wages are first of
all consumer goods which enable him to survive, to
reproduce his labor-power so as to be able to continue
selling it; & they are spectacles, objects for passive
admiration. He consumes & admires the products of
human activity passively.

He does not exist in the world as an active agent who
transforms it, but as a helpless, impotent spectator; he
may call this state of powerless admiration "happiness,"
& since labor is painful, he may desire to be "happy,"
namely inactive, all his life (a condition similar to being
born dead).

The commodities, the spectacles, consume him; he uses
up living energy in passive admiration; he is consumed
by things. In this sense, the more he has, the less he is.

— Fredy Perlman, The Reproduction of Daily Life


— anti-BornDead, 1997-3097, more or less

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