Friday, August 13, 2010

Daily Bleed for August 13th

"I am the world crier, & this is my dangerous career . . .
I am the one to call your bluff, & this is my climate."

— Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972),
anarchist, poet, painter, novelist

Daily Bleed, web page, graphics, links (60 of em!) in full,

Excerpts (in our shorts, more or less):

Scholarly, notorious anarchist dandy, critic, activist.

LEFTHANDER'S DAY. Ideology rears its ugly head.

commemorates the 16th-century uprising of King Simicam.
The re-enactment takes place on an artificial volcano built
for the occasion. Traditional native music, dancing & food.


1521 -- Cuauhtemoc, last monarch of the Aztec,
"fights rooftop to rooftop" before surrendering
his starved & besieged city of Tenochtitlan;
Cortes receives him with honors, then later has him
hanged. The Spanish army has completed its
"March of Death"...

A stunning silence reigns. & the rain begins to fall.
Thunder & lightning fill the sky, & it
rains all through the night...

Fire burns the soles of Emperor Cuauhtemoc's feet,
anointed with oil, while the world
is silent, & it rains....

— Eduardo Galleano

1818 -- Birth of Lucy Stone, feminist theorist.
Daily Bleed Saint 2005-2008
Pioneer feminists, "Lucy Stoners", kept their maiden names.

1869 -- US: Joshua Norton I, Dei Gratia Emperor of the
United States & Protector of Mexico, may have given Goat Island
to Oakland, California.

1871 -- Austria: Hippolyte Havel (1871-1950) lives, Thabor.
A scholarly & notorious anarchist — the original "anarchist dandy".

1882 -- France: The evening of August 12/13 in the Montceau-les-Mines,
Burgundy, the famed "Bande Noire" — made up of anarchist miners —
again attack clericalism by cleaning the countryside of the religious
trinkets which encumber it. They drop them down the mine shafts.

The clerics have earned such admiration from these militants
for siding with the mine owners in opposition to the workers.

1889 -- London Dock Workers' Strike begins.

1917 -- Eugene Vigo dies under suspicious circumstances
in prison. Father of French surrealist/anarchist filmmaker
Jean Vigo. Like his son, a militant anarchist for whom
French authorities give him "Zero for Conduct."

1923 -- Carlos Cortez Koyokuikatl lives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Graphic artist, poet, anarchist & Wobbly...

[The] Industrial Workers of the World artists
"have been modest in telling their life-stories,"
& "within this laconic tradition, Carlos Cortez
reports key facts."

— Archie Green,
"Carlos Cortez & Wobbly Artistry" in
Carlos Cortez, Where are the Voices & Other
Wobbly Poems
. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1997, p. 5.

See also Carlos Cortez, Crystal-Gazing the Amber Fluid &
Other Wobbly Poems

1925 -- H. L. Mencken is accused by the
Baltimore Chamber of Commerce of
damaging the city's trade with the South
because of his dispatches
covering the Scopes Trial.

1942 -- Walt Disney classic, "Bambi vs Godzilla", opens...

1945 -- H. G. Wells dies. Author, socialist, alien lover.

1945 -- Poet Tom Wayman lives, Hawkesbury, Canada.
Co-founder of the Vancouver Industrial Writers' Union (IWW),
a work-writing circle, & participant in a number of labor arts
ventures. The workplace is a central thematic concern of
his poetry.

(BleedMeister & Tom go back a few years, with a few weird
stories to tell in the aftermath of the '60s as the FBI is looking
for various underground radicals.)

But even when I quit
the numbers of the minutes & hours from this shift
stick with me: I can look at a clock some morning
months afterwards, & see it is 20 minutes to 9
— that is, if I'm ever out of bed that early —
& the automatic computer in my head
starts to type out: 20 minutes to 9, that means
30 minutes to work after 9: you are
50 minutes from the break; 50 minutes
of work, & it is only morning, & it is only
Monday, you poor dumb bastard....

& that's how it goes, round the clock, until a new time
from another job bores its way into my brain.

— Tom Wayman, excerpt from "Factory Time"
in Did I Miss Anything? Selected Poems 1973-1993.

1955 -- Lamar Smith, a WWII vet who organized black voters
in Brookhaven, Mississippi, is shot to death in front of the
Lincoln County Courthouse...

1956 -- US: Termites? Grande Ronde reservation,
Oregon, terminated.

1961 -- We don't need no education.
We don't need no thought control.
No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
Teacher, leave those kids alone.
Hey, Teacher, leave those kids alone !
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

— Pink Floyd

Berlin Wall goes up.

1962 -- Mabel Dodge Luhan, dies, Taos, New Mexico. American
writer, pacifist, famed for her saloons in the Bohemian heydey of
NY's Greenwich Village, contributor to the famed magazine,
"The Masses".

A tenuous sense of coherence united a wide spectrum of people,
including such luminaries as John Reed, Emma Goldman,
Randolph Bourne, Walter Lippmann, & Margaret Sanger, who
... met at the famous salon of Mabel Dodge Luhan to debate
socialism, birth control, feminism, free love, Freud, modern art
& literature.

1966 -- South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky predicts:

"In two or three years, or even before,
the Communists will accept defeat."

1971 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Attorney General
John Mitchell announces there will be no grand jury investigation
of the 4 May, 1970 Kent State murders by the National Guard.

An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, stays

— Simon Cameron (Lincoln's Secretary of War)

1988 -- Canada: Pedaling Drugs? Ronald J Dossenbach sets world
record for pedaling across Canada from Vancouver, BC to Halifax,
NS in 13 days, 15 hr, 4 min.

1989 -- US: New York state returns 12 wampum belts to Onandaga.
Serious 'Indian givers'.


Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read
history, is man's original virtue. It is through
disobedience that progress has been made, through
disobedience & through rebellion.

— Oscar Wilde,
The Soul of Man Under Socialism


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