Friday, September 03, 2010

Daily Bleed for September 3rd

Earth has not any thing to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning: silent, bare

— William Wordsworth,
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge,
September 3, 1802

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American avant-garde microtonal composer, radical.

Baffin Land, Canada: FEAST OF ATQKSAK



1516 -- Thomas More's Eutopia sent to the printer.

1811 -- Utopianist John Humphreys Noyes lives.

1864 -- Leo Tolstoy, Russian author,
royalty, mystical anarchist, is seized with
terror in a country inn ... the basis for "Notes
of a Madman."

1883 -- Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev dies.

"Most people can't
understand how others can
blow their noses differently
than they do."

1897 -- Emma Goldman begins lecture tour in
Providence, R.I.; speaks at two open-air meetings —
attended by thousands — when the mayor warns Goldman
that she will be arrested if she speaks in the open-air again.

Despite the prohibition, Emma Goldman continues to lecture.

1909 -- Mayor of Burlington, Vt., prevents Emma
Goldman from speaking anywhere in his city.

"Free thought, necessarily involving freedom
of speech & press, I may tersely define thus:
no opinion a law — no opinion a crime."

— Alexander Berkman

1915 -- Australia: Sterling work from the syndicalist Industrial
Workers of the World — Wobbly Tom Barker is arrested for
his anti-war poster,

"Workers, follow your masters: stay at home".

Anti-recruiting efforts finally get him 12 months
hard labour. He is released after only 3 months,
following a series of fires in stores & factories.
Is there a connection?

"For every day Barker is in jail,
it will cost the capitalists £10,000."

1918 -- US: Soldiers stop civilians in NY & NJ at bayonet
point to see draft papers.

1921 -- Italy: Death of a local anarchist in Piombino sets off clashes
between radicals & fascists, & government raids on the left radicals.

1923 -- England: John Strachey becomes the first radio book
critic in the UK, on the BBC.

1926 -- China: US marines begin fighting
in the Yangtze Valley (-Oct. 21, 1927).

1927 -- Man Ray, surrealist, chess player/designer,
anarchist, filmmaker & photographer, in this month
signs "Hands of love" devoted to Charlie Chaplin,
in "La Révolution surréaliste."

1939 -- Britain & France declare war on Germany.

There is no such thing as the State
& no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

— W. H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"

1944 -- Mexico: Matador El Negro refuses to kill a bull
at El Toreo — the police haul him off to jail.

1950 -- US: Bertrand Russell publishes "If We Are to Survive
This Dark Time —" in "New York Times Magazine."

1953-- France: Publication in "Les Lèvres nues" #6 of Guy Debord's
article 'Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography,' the
first of a series of important Lettrist articles to appear
in the Belgian journal.
[I don't have the exact day - ed.]

1954 -- US: Espionage & Sabotage Act authorizes the death penalty
for peacetime sabotage; also Congress passes a bill to revoke the
citizenship of persons convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the

1956 -- US: Labor Day postage stamp is issued,
the first US stamp honoring workers.

What did they do
to deserve it?

1962 -- e. e. cummings, poet, dies in new hampshire,
aged sixty seven.

1967 -- Folk singer Woody Guthrie dies
of Huntington's Chorea in New York City.
He was 52.

As I went walking, I
saw a sign there
On the sign it said
But on the other
side it didn't say
That side was made
for you & me!

(Lyrics conveniently omitted from most renditions)

1971 -- US: Jeepers Creepers? Watergate Comedy Team,
auditioning for TVs "Laugh-In," breaks into Daniel Ellsberg's
doctor's office.

"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."

— Mark Twain (1835-1910)

1974 -- US: Former Nixon attorney John Dean enters prison
for Watergate crimes. Now he's a "criminal" attorney.

1991 -- US: Twenty five workers die in a fire at the Imperial Food
processing plant, Hamlet, North Carolina. 19 are single mothers.

A nonunion plant, it had not been inspected by federal or state
agencies in 11 years. Despite three minor fires earlier this year,
despite obvious danger, fire exits remained locked. One of the
worst disasters of its kind, reminiscent of the NY Triangle Shirt
Factory fire in early 1900s.

"The doors were kept locked, & the
plant had boarded-up windows so we
couldn't steal the chicken."

See Sue Coe's "Poultry Packing Fire" (Dead Meat,
1995) which graphically depicts the Hamlet catastrophe.

See also the film, "Hamlet: The Untold Tragedy."

1991 -- US: Wanda Holloway is convicted of trying to kill her
neighbor to improve her daughter's chance to make the high-school
cheerleading squad, Texass.

2001 -- Australia: Government says it used the bones of 21,830
dead Australians in a nuclear radiation study without the consent
of relatives, 1957-78.

2002 -- China: News reports China has blocked access
to Internet search engine Google

2003 -- Thousands log on to blow up a virtual George Bush...many hits
are coming from American government departments, including
intelligence agencies.


How many of you are there?

A few more than the original
guerrilla nucleus in the
Sierra Madre, but with fewer
weapons. A few less than the
delegates in London in 1864
who founded the
International Workingmen's
Association, but with a more
coherent program. As
unyielding as the Greeks at
Thermopylae ("Passerby, go
tell them at Lacedaemon ..."),
but with a brighter future.


— anti-Passersby 2010, 666

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