Saturday, May 29, 2010

Daily Bleed for 5.29.2010

'Twas the twenty-ninth of May, /'twas a holiday
Four & twenty tailors / set out to hunt a snail;
The snail put forth his horns / & roared like a bull,
Away ran the tailors, / & catch the bull who will.

— Anonymous

MAY 29

Feminist hell-raiser, key figure in the Paris Commune of 1871.
Verlaine was inspired to write a Ballade for her.

Netherlands: LUIAK (LAZY BONES DAY).
Troops of young people whistle & beat on pots & pans, ringing doorbells
& waking everyone up.
Anyone refusing to join the fun is branded Luilak.


1830 -- France: The Red Virgin & Parisian Communard leader Louise Michel lives.

1830 -- Leather Boys? Duty on leather is abolished in England & Ireland.

1848 -- US: No Silver Lining? "The Californian" suspends publication because
most of its subscribers have left for the goldfields.

1883 -- France: Eugène Bizeau lives. Vine-grower, pacifist, anarchist poet
& songster, member of the "Muse Rouge" who fought for his ideals until his
death at 105.

1884 -- England: Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd, Paddington.

"Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by
reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some
perfectly uninteresting event."

— Oscar Wilde

1911 -- US: Another Snuff Flick? Supreme Court breaks up American Tobacco
Company Trust & American Snuff Co.

I was with some Vietnamese recently, & some of them were smoking two
cigarettes at a time. That's the kind of customers we need!

— US Senator Jesse Helms

1922 -- Macau: Portuguese army & police open fire on 10,000 protesters
outside the police station demanding release of three Chinese barbers
who beat up soldiers for sexually harrassing a Chinese woman. Seventy
people are shot dead & over 100 people beaten. A general strike is declared.

1943 -- Germany: Women & Children Beware! RAF drops 1,500 tons of bombs
on Wuppertal ...719 bombers, dropping 1,900 tons of bombs & killing 2,450
civilians & claim that half of Wuppertal has been ‘wiped off the map’.
Nearly 4,000 houses are completely destroyed.

1953 -- Edmund Hillary & his guides are the first people to reach the summit
of Mount Everest. Actually his guide, Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norkay
(alt. sp., Tensing Norgay), is the first person & was a hero back in Katmandu,
to Hillary's ire.

Later Hillary returned to the Himalayas to find the
Abominable Snowman, but the latter refused to meet with him.

1968 -- France: In the midst of the Upheavals of 1968, Beloved & Respected
Comrade Leader President de Gaulle, his wife & aides climb into three helicopters
& vanish. Panic has the country's propertied classes on the edge of madness;
on the streets the mood is the greatest jubilation imaginable...

1968 -- US: Anti-war demonstrations on Michigan State University campus. Hard
working "real" students keep their heads in the ground so they can "prepare
themselves for a contributive future..."

1969 -- Vietnam: US troops abandon "Hamburger Hill," 8-days after "winning"
one of Vietnam War's bloodiest battles. Of no strategic value to the US, the
fighting raged for 19-days, with 11 American assaults in 10 days. Apparently
this was a gonad contest to see who could pile up the most dead & wounded.

1978 -- Guatemala: Troops massacre 100 campesinos protesting against
eviction. Panzos, Alta Vehapaz.

Oh the companies keep a sharp eye
And pay their respects to the army
To watch for the hot-blooded leaders
And be prepared for the junta to
crush them like flies.

— Phil Ochs, "United Fruit"

1989 -- China: Student protesters in China erect a replica of the Statue of Liberty.

2000 -- US: Artist Alfred Levitt (b.1894) dies. Artist, anarchist, philosopher,
spelunker & adventurer, kicks off at the ripe old age of 105.

2001 -- US: Armed kids hold off sheriff's deputies near Sandpoint, Idaho after
their only parent, their mother, is arrested for child neglect.


"This is the place to jump, the place to dance! This is the wilderness!
Was there ever any other?

"It remains a secret.

It is publicly known but not avowed. Publicly the wilderness is elsewhere,
barbarism is abroad, savagery is on the face of the other."

— Fredy Perlman, Against His-Story, Against Leviathan!


— Anti-customers 2010

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