Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Daily Bleed for Aug. 25th

    "Oh roar a roar for Alice, Nora Alice in the night;
     for she has seen Aurora Borealis burning bright.
     Hoo-roar a roar for Alice...."

                         — Walt Kelly

Bleed in full,



Radical French Champ Libre publisher, martyr.

Lake Champlain, New York: FEAST OF THE GREEN CORN.
A pageant presented by the Society for the Preservation of
Indian Lore, performed by actors from the six Iroquois nations.


383 -- WhoDun'Em?: Gratian, Roman Emperor, slain at Lugdunum.

1775 -- England: New Exchange Rate? Two thousand Liverpool
seamen ignore the reading of the Riot Act to liberate nine of their
fellows imprisoned for wrecking a ship when paid short wages.

1819 -- US: Birth of the fink (Allen Pinkerton, whose strike
breaking detectives ('Pinks') gave us the word 'fink'.)

    "Thanks for a nation of finks...."

              — William S. Burroughs

1822 -- Young Lust?: William Herschel discovered Uranus, dies at 85.

1835 -- US: "NY Sun" publishes a moon hoax story claiming that
astronomer Sir John Herschel has observed little men living there;
the paper's circulation zooooms "way up."

1893 -- US: "Colored Peoples' Day" at the Columbian
Exposition in Chicago.

1900 -- "Mad" German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
dies after a long mental illness.

    "...this time however I come as the victorious Dionysus,
     who will turn the world into a holiday ... Not that
     I have much time..."

    — Nietzsche (from his last "insane" letter to Cosima Wagner)

1901 -- Clara Maass, army nurse, sacrifices her life at 25 to
prove that the mosquito carries yellow fever.

1913 -- "Pogo" creator Walt Kelly lives.

    "We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities."

    "There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that
     those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always
     close at hand. Resolve, then, that on this very ground, with
     small flags waving & tiny blasts of tiny trumpets, we shall
     meet the enemy, & not only may he be ours, he may be us."

                         — Walt Kelly

1932 -- Radical French publisher Gerard Lebovici lives.
Founder Editions Champ Libre in 1969. Assassinated in 1984.

1933 -- Germany: Hitler's first list of Germans to be deprived of
citizenship is announced — author Heinrich Mann is on it.

1967 -- US: FBI circulates memo detailing plans to "disrupt" Black
Liberation groups. Results in infamous "COINTELPRO" program (still being
used today). The memo advocates "any tactics" against groups like Martin
Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference.'s_Secret_Police.html

1967 -- Western Maintenance Presents Dave van Ronk, Mimi Fariña &
Fred Neil at Berkeley Community Theater & Frisco Masonic Auditorium.

1968 -- US: Battle of Lincoln Park; Democratic Convention in Chicago:
demonstrations & police riot; 10,000(?) demonstrators vs. 11,000 Chicago
police, 6,000 National Guard, 7,500 US army troops & 1,000 FBI, CIA &
army/navy intelligence services agents (Dump the Hump nominated on a
platform supporting the Vietnam War.)

1985 -- US: White House confirms Beloved & Respected Comrade Fink
Ronald Reagan was an FBI informant (with his own secret number) in
Hollywood in the late 1940s while heading the Screen Actors Guild.

    "Thanks for a nation of finks. Thanks for a nation
     where nobody is allowed to mind their own business."

               — William S. Burroughs

1994 -- Brazil: The five-volume juvenile series, João Pão, as aventuras
de um menor abandonado
(The Adventures of Joao Pao, an Abandoned
Youth) by the anarchist writer Roberto Freire, published today (by Casa
da Soma in Sao Paulo).

1999 -- US: "Salon" reports on an allegation that Beloved & Respected
Comrade President G.W. Bush performed community service in Texass to
expunge a criminal record. A clean slate to scribble on again.

  "Wow! Texas used to be a separate country.....Why'd we change that?"

                   — Charlie in "Two & a Half Men"

2000 -- US: Last Call? Coors Brewery spills 300,000 litres of beer into a
Colorado creek. Rather than belly-up to the bar, the fish belly-up to heaven.

2006 -- US: 3rd Annual Reunion Party of The Tribes of the Cass Corridor,
Motor City, Michigan: "Think where man's glory most begins & ends, And
say my glory was I had such friends." — William Butler Yeats


—  antiCleanSlate 1997-2010

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