Saturday, July 17, 2010

Daily Bleed 7.17.10

Yesterday the people woke
stripped & with nothing to cover themselves,
hungry & with nothing to eat,
& now today has dawned justly hateful
& justly bloody.
In their hands the rifles
long to become lions
to finish with ferocity those
who have been so many times ferocious.
Even if you have no weapons,
people of one hundred thousand strengths,
don't let your bones thin;
punish those who wound you
as long as you have fists,
fingernails, saliva, & you have
heart, entrails, guts,
testicles & teeth.

— Miguel Hernandez
excerpt, Sitting upon the Dead

July 17
"Lady Day." Great American jazz singer, performer.


Heads up boozers!

1794 -- US: Biggest rebel victory in Whiskey Rebellion.

    Mob of 500 armed men, protesting a new
    excise tax on distilleries, clashes with troops from
    Fort Pitt after firing on a revenue collector &
    burning down his home.

    Within the next three weeks, 15,000 uniformed
    militiamen enter into the fray, including Treasury
    Secretary Alexander Hamilton (whose close
    associates in the rum business were among the
    major benefactors of the tax), & the "Whiskey
    Rebellion" came to an end.

1877 -- Great Railroad Strike of 1877 begins, eventually
spreading from West Virginia to cover the  whole US,
leaving over 100 dead & thousands of rail cars destroyed.

    When West Virginia rail workers walk out over
    a 10% pay cut, the state militia sent to prevent
    blocking of the trains instead join the workers
    & America's first general strike spreads through
    Chicago, New York and St. Louis. Workers in steel,
    flour, sugar, chemical & lead industries occupy
    the factories & begin self-managed production
    for distribution to strikers.

1883 -- Barthélemy De Ligt lives. Outstanding antimilitarist
& Dutch anarchist pacifist.

    A pastor, he is repudiated by his church,
    for encouraging disobedience in
    the face of full mobilization for WWI.

1892 -- Carlo Cafiero dies, in a section of Nocera’s asylum.

"Carlo was first of all great for his inner nature, for the affect
treasure, for the ingenuousness of his faith. These memories must
not be lost, even today that there is the need to elevate the moral
level of anarchists, that must react against egoism & brutality that
invade us, to return to unselfishness, to sacrificial spirit, to the
sentiment of love of what Carlo was a so splendid example".
                                                      — Malatesta

1902 -- Australian-American novelist Christina Stead
(The Man Who Loved Children) lives.

1927 -- Nicaragua: First aerial military bombing of a civilian
population, by a US Marine squadron of seven airplanes at
Ocatal, kills 300.

1935 -- Composer-humorist Peter Schickele lives, Ames,
Iowa. Created P.D.Q. Bach, who in turn wrote "Concerto for
Horn & Hardart," the oratorio "Iphegenia in Brooklyn,"
& "Blaues Gras" (the Bluegrass Contata).
1936 -- Spain: Right-wing military uprising against the Spanish government
is declared in Spanish Morocco. The Fascist military uprising against the
Republican government, led by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader
Generals Francisco Franco, Mola, & Sanjurjo, triggers the Spanish
Revolution & Civil War.

On the 19th, Barcelona workers of the largest &
most powerful trade union, the anarchist C.N.T., seize 200
rifles & distribute them. Where the workers offer armed
resistance, the fascists are defeated.

Federico Arcos recalls:

                    I woke up to the factory sirens. & it was as if the
                    whole of Barcelona was pulsing to a single
                    heartbeat, the sort of thing that only happens
                    maybe once in a century… &, if I may say so, it
                    has left its mark on my life & I can still feel that

                    — From the documentary film "Living Utopia"

1944 -- US: Two ammunition ships explodes at Port Chicago,
California kills 322  - including 202 African-Americans assigned
by the Navy to handle explosives. The resulting refusal of 258
African-Americans to return to the dangerous work forms the basis
of the trial & conviction of 50 of the men in what is called the
Port Chicago Mutiny.

1959 -- Billie Holiday dies, New York City.

                       "Please don't talk about me when I'm
1959 -- Leakey discovers oldest human skull (600,000 years old).
First Nixon, then Reagan, deny it's theirs.

1966 -- Allen Ginsberg reads poetry & Sopwith Camel performs
in concert at the Fillmore, to benefit A.R.T.S. Gary Goodrow
of The Committee emcees.

1967 -- John Coltrane, jazz great, dies, New York City.

1972 -- Got Ear Muffs? Canada: A bomb placed under a ramp
at the Montreal Forum blows out the cones of 30 speakers
stored inside one of the Rolling Stones' equipment trucks.

1998 -- "NY Times" reveals report admits CIA worked
hand-in-hand with drug traffickers.

                    Proves that old news travels fast.

2007 -- Channel Tunnel Rail link officially completed between
England & France.


    The individual who dares commit a crime is guilty
    in a two-fold sense; first, he is guilty against human
    conscience, &, above all, he is guilty against the State
    in arrogating to himself one of its most precious privileges.

                                                — Mikhail Bakunin

            — anti-Whatchmacallit, more or less,

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