Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Daily Bleed for July 13th

Five years have passed; five summers, with the length
Of five long winters! & again I hear
These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs
With a soft inland murmur.

— William Wordsworth,

"Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on
Revisiting the Banks of the Wye on a Tour, July 13, 1798"


Cuban "Compadre," musician, songwriter, free spirit.

Border of France & Spain: FESTIVAL OF THE THREE COWS. Result
of an ancient Basque blood feud in which French shepherds
killed Spanish shepherds & were condemned to pay a blood tax
in perpetuity, an elaborate ritual in which three cows are
given to the Spanish Basques, followed by revelry.


1786 -- US: Northwest Ordinance enacted, stating,

"The utmost good faith shall always be observed toward the
Indians ...in their property, rights, & liberty they shall
never be disturbed."

1836 -- US: Patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for
locomotive wheels. Apparently there were complaints about the
square ones.

1859 -- England: Sidney Webb, economist, socialist, statesman,
& a founder of the Fabian Society, lives.

1916 -- Natalia Ginzburg lives, Palermo. One of Italy's best-regarded
novelists & essayist, who has written of her unconventional family &
its opposition against Fascist oppression.

1917 -- Brazil: A 3-day General Strike erupts in São Paulo following
the killing of the anarchist shoemaker, Antonio Martinez, three days

1928 -- US: Using psychic powers, novelist Upton Sinclair's brother-in-law
in Pasadena transmits the image of a fork to Sinclair's wife in Long Beach
(described in Sinclair's book Mental Radio).

1934 -- Wole Soyinka lives, Abeokuta, Western Nigeria. Playwright, poet,
novelist, critic; first black African to be awarded the Nobel, 1986.

1949 -- England: Clifford Harper lives, Chiswick, North London. Artist
& self-described "committed anarchist."

1954 -- Artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) dies.

1962 -- Russia: British Committee of 100 demonstrates against all nuclear
weapons, Red Square, Moscow.

1963 -- Israel: No More Politicians? Raising of swine in Jewish
settlements is prohibited by law.

1968 -- Vietnam: Ulf R. "Ron" Heller arrives in South Vietnam.
Serves in Battle of "Remington Raiders":

We don't retreat, we just backspace.

1977 -- US: New York City blackout, July 13-14th. Much looting.

1986 -- Painter, cut-up writer, Brion Gysin dies.
Daily Bleed Saint, 2005-2008
Innovative painter, inventor of cut-up writing technique.

1991 -- US: Chicago police chief calls for suspension of constitutional
rights so police can fight crime & praises the "low crime rate" of
Nazi Germany.

1993 -- US: The word PENIS appears in 30-point type in the "NY Times."

2001 -- US: Reality TV? TV movie "World War III" premiers on Fox.
Fox gets the scoop. Again.

2004 -- Hungary: Toma Ŝik (1939-2004) dies. Israeli-Hungarian
antimilitarist, pacifist, anti-Zionist, anarchist. Pioneer of the Israeli-Palestinian
search for peace, a forerunner of the present day pacifist-refuseniks.


"Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hard-headed realization,
based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust
the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals,
& county commissioners."

— Ed Abbey

— anti-Backspace, 2010

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