Friday, September 17, 2010

Daily Bleed for September 17th - Helen Nearing

It was indeed a glad & gracious time, & the half dozen rash
spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war & cast a doubt
upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern & angry
warning that for their personal safety's sake they quickly shrank
out of sight & offended no more in that way...

... for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight
their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their
steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow
with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of


— Mark Twain, The War Prayer

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"Back-to-the-Land" dropout advocate, ecologist.

(Is it just me, or is it crowded on this bus?? —db)

FUCKING DAY (Roman, traditional).


1858 -- US: All Indians, No Chiefs?: Colonel Wright
dictates terms of surrender to Indians at Coeur d'Alene
mission; 24 chiefs of Yakama, Cayuse, Wallawalla,
Palouse & Spokane tribes are shot or hanged.

1859 -- Self-coronation of Emperor Norton I of US,
in Frisco. America's Greatest Ruler.

Joshua Norton, who lost his money in an attempt
to corner the rice market, declares himself Norton I,
Emperor of the United States & Protector of Mexico.
Greatest ruler America ever had.

Curious Bookshop puts us in serious debt in 2009:

"Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard
to utter the abominable word "Frisco", which has no
linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a
High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury
as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars."

— Emperor Norton I, 1872 edict

1861 -- A new theater, Tucker's Hall, opens with a
performance of "Norton the First," or "An Emperor
for a Day."

1864 -- Albert Theodore Schroeder lives ... met &
came to know the liberals, socialists, radicals &
anarchists whose civil liberties he worked to uphold.

1883 -- William Carlos Williams lives

& we degraded prisoners
to hunger until we eat filth...

No one
to witness
& adjust, no one to drive the car

1897 -- US: Portland editor A. J. Pope arrested & jailed
for sending "obscene" material in the anarchist "Firebrand"
through the mail. Abe Isaak & Henry Addis, the other
"Firebrand" editors, are arrested within the next few
days on the same charge.

1900 -- US: Ton of Trouble?: 100,000 Pennsylvania
anthracite coal miners go on strike.

But those who have no pennies
O what do they do -- pray
Lie down & get themselves buried
While the world goes on it's way
Oh no! For we'd have no pounds then
If they were allowed to do that
For without their toiling & moiling
We'd none of us grow fat

— Bertolt Brecht, nursery rhyme
from Three Penny Opera,
translated by Christopher

1934 -- Vivien Eliot, no longer wanting to be separated
from her husband, sent an ad to the London Times:

"Will T.S. Eliot please return to his home,
68 Clarence Gate Gardens, which he abandoned
Sept. 17, 1932."

1935 -- Hippie bus driver, psychedelician, author Ken Kesey lives.
Wrote One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a vehicle for his anarchist
rant against the oppressive conformism imposed by society’s

"You are
on the
bus or
you're not
on the

1939 -- Soviet troops invade Poland, jointly occupying
it with Nazis. Poland is not free of Soviet
domination for another 60 years.

"Springtime for Hitler & Germany,
Winter for Poland & France.
Deutchland is on the rise again,
Bombs are dropping from the skies again."

— Mel Brooks, The Producer

1961 -- England: 1,314 arrested in anti-bomb sit-down,
Trafalgar Square, London, while Bertrand Russell sits
in jail since his arrest on 13 September.

1967 -- The Doors perform "Light My Fire" & "People
are Strange" on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Prior to the
show, Sullivan asked Jim Morrison to change or omit
the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" ...
Morrison sang it anyway.

1980 -- Former US-supported Terrorist Beloved & Respected
Comrade Leader Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza

1998 Australia: Huge (sic) Run on Viagra? Soldiers are officially
given the all-clear to use performance-enhancing drugs to improve
their strength.

Saps no longer, no drooping troops in Kangaroo Land!

2001 -- US: America returns to normal following the September 11
"Attack on America".

America, the largest weapons seller in the world, swears to
"take out" weapons manufacturers. The largest military in the
world begins to bring its occupation troops home from around
the globe. Wall Street reopens, swears it will put people
before profits.

A Beloved & Respected Comrade Prez Bush rallies the
nation to a "war" footing, to fight all wars & all terrorism —
not only individual or group terrorism, but also the largest &
worst purveyor of such horrors, "state terrorism."

Like all politicians in the new millennium, he demands
that morality, not expediency, rule the day.

America unites, vows human tragedy will not beget another palette
of death & destruction. The US government calls its history of
military "solutions" suitable to "US interests" a miserable failure,
& sets to work to fight for human solutions to problems that sit
like a plague upon the world.

Americans are told they can no longer check their brains at the flag
pole, not see criticism as traitorous, newspeak become wisdom,
freedom sacrificed at the alter of freedom.

No longer does Pogo prove America's greatest political
philosopher ("We have seen the enemy...he is us"). Relatives
of victims refuse to sell their stories, TV mini-movies will
not appear next month. The spectacles of the past will be
a past spectacle.

The Great American Way of Life, valuing life above all, reaffirms
human & democratic values in the face of evil & the Dark Side.

Poetry replaces war, play displaces work, utopian notions drive
consumerism from the marketplace, gardens consume parking lots,
media commits suicide.

America unilaterally commits itself to putting the lie to Randolph
Bourne's famed & succinct claim that,



Fredy Perlman:

The idyl is gone now. Nothing is left
but the dirty realities. Leviathan is all
there is. These very words, written
words, are inventions of the Lugal's
scribes. They cannot convey dream

Every meaning has been inverted.

"Central Africa," "Australia,"
"America" are not the names of
places where free human beings
ever lived. They are names of
unprecedented holocausts, of
gigantic colonies, of monstrous
Leviathanic trophies. They are
Leviathan's "empty continents."

From the vantage point of Death, all
Life is an aberration. The languages
of the two protagonists are mutually
unintelligible. The very vocabularies
are untranslatable. Leviathan's world
is a Wilderness to free living beings.
The freedom of living beings is a
Wilderness to Leviathan.

Against His-story, Against Leviathan!, 1983


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