Saturday, September 11, 2010

Daily Bleed for Spetember 11th

In summer's mellow midnight,
A cloudless moon shown through
Our open parlour window
And rosetrees wet with dew.

— Charlotte Bronte,
"The Night-Wind," September 11, 1840

Daily Bleed in full,
Short sheets:

Frankfort School theoretician, negative dialectician.


1709 -- English, Dutch & Austrians defeat French in the
Battle of Malplaquet but they lose 20,000 men (War of
the Spanish Succession). "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"
is improvised after the Battle.

1773 -- Benjamin Franklin writes,

"There never was a
good war or bad peace."

1812 -- Luddite Potato riot in Nottingham, England.

1862 -- Joshua Norton I, Dei Gratia Emperor
of the United States & Protector of Mexico,

He Demands Suitable Attire

1885 -- Novelist, poet, essayist D. H. Lawrence lives.

Best known for his book Lady Chatterly's Lover,
wherein the Lady takes up an interest in pruning.
The book was banned for a time in both the UK & the
US as pornographic. In the UK it was published in
unexpurgated form in 1960 after a obscenity trial.

"...Lawrence really was the educated son of a coal
miner, sitting under a tree that was rapidly becoming
part of a world-wide, disemboweled hell, writing hard,
painful poems, to girls who carefully had been taught
the art of unlove..."

— Kenneth Rexroth, Bird in the Bush

1889 -- Start of the Sherlock Holmes adventure
"The Crooked Man".

1901 -- Katri Vala lives (1901-1944). Finnish poet, critic,
school teacher, central member of the literary group
Tulenkantajat (The Fire Bearers). Vala also wrote poems
that were radical in the social views & attacked war
& Fascism.

1903 -- Frankfort School theorist Theodor Adorno lives.

Rather than subject, nature became object, made alien.
Men pay for the increase of their power with alienation
from that over which they exercised their power. The
quest for knowledge & power becomes war against nature,
man declares war upon himself. The body becomes both
machine (a tool in the process of production &
advancement) & the animal body the subject of experiment,
control, vivisection. In the process of turning nature
into substance & matter, "nothing is allowed to live."

1915 -- Wales: First British Women's Institute is formed,
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllandysiliogogogoch WI,

You can say that again.... or perhaps not....

1917 -- Coming & Going?: Jessica Mitford lives. English-born
writer / journalist noted for her investigative works of
American society, sister of novelist Nancy Mitford. Her
caustic examination of unscrupulous practices in the
American funeral industry, The American Way of Death (1963),
was a best-seller. In 1992, she published The American Way
of Birth
, a look at the sad state of American obstetrical care.

1924 -- Japan: During this month the aptly named Guillotine Society
(Girochin Sha) makes two attempts on the life of General Masatarô
Fukuda to avenge the murder of Ôsugi Sakae.

1926 -- Italy: A rocky day in Beloved & Respected Comrade
Leader Mussolini's life. The anarchist Gino Lucetti tosses a bomb
at Mussolini's car, but it deflected from the windshield.

1926 -- Spain: Beloved & Respected Comrade
Leader Dictator Primo de Rivera holds a plebiscite
on his rule - no negative votes are allowed.
You'll never guess the results...

1941 -- Charles Lindbergh decries that "the British, the
Jewish, & the Roosevelt administration" are trying to get
the US into World War II.

A side of Lindbergh not often revealed in grade-school
texts or mainstream media was the deep-seated anti-Semitism
& the pro-Nazi stance of both Charles & (especially) his
wife, author, Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

1942 -- Norway: Underground Norwegian trade
union newspapers arrange thousands of letters to
the government rejecting Nazification.

1955 -- H.L. Mencken writes, "I believe that
religion, generally speaking, has been a curse
to mankind".

1973 -- CIA overthrows democratically elected
government of Chile, ending nearly 150 years of
democratic rule. Over 5,000 murdered & "disappeared"
while the US looks on approvingly. 16 years of repressive
military terror follows under Pinochet.

Should you ask me where I come from, I must talk
with broken things,
with fairly painful utensils,
with great beasts turned to dust as often as not
& my afflicted heart.

— Pablo Neruda

Over the horizon sail the U.S. warships, preparing
to show themselves off the Chilean coast....

— Eduardo Galleano, Century of the Wind

Guards singled out folk singer Victor Jara as he
continued to sing protest songs in the stadium,
beat him viciously & machine-gunned his mutilated
body in front of the other prisoners.

...The man in the river

wears a white shirt, dark pants & sprawls
as if sleeping while water riffles his hair.
This is a photograph from the coup or golpe,

meaning also hit or shock — just one death
from thirty thousand.

— Stephen Dobyns, "Paco"
mystery novelist & poet

2001 -- US: Terrorists hijack passenger airliners & target them at
major symbols of American global corporate capitalism, military
& politics. Airliners crash into the Pentagon & NY City's World
Trade Center.

9-11-01: 15 Saudis, 0 Iraqis.

US Secretary of State Madeline Albright has said
that if the US chooses to use force, it is because
we are America.

"We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall.
We see further into the future."

"U.S. officials & terrorism "experts" are filling the airwaves
with talk of the threat that terrorism poses in the coming century.
They have part of it right, terrorism will remain a threat.

What they forget, ignore or deny is that the biggest perpetrator
of terrorism on the world scene is the United States."

— Robert William Jensen, "Austin-American Statesman,"
September 1, 1998

"If history shows that a violent response to an
act of terrorism begets more terrorism, then why
is a violent response the predominant choice of the
experts & politicians of the world?"

— Beau Grosscup, The Newest Explosions of Terrorism

The towers contain one-third of the Wall Street
financial offices, & employ 50,000 workers.

The Pentagon controls the largest military in the world
(The US military budget is larger than the budgets of
the next 25 countries combined).

Brazilian writer Millor Fernandes notes that “in order
not to see reality, the ostrich sinks its head in the
television set. The machine dictates orders, the machine
stones you.

"The machine dictates orders, the machine stones you.
As people ran down the stairs, the loudspeakers were
ordering everyone to return to their workstations.

"Those who survived, disobeyed."


If our world survives, the next great challenge to
watch out for will come... when the curves of
research & development in artificial intelligence,
molecular biology & robotics all converge. Oboy...

It is certainly something for all good Luddites to
look forward to if, God willing, we should live so
long... Meantime...we can take comfort, however
minimal & cold, from Lord Byron's mischievously
improvised song,

As the Liberty lads o'er the sea
Bought their freedom, & cheaply, with blood,
So we, boys, we
Will die fighting, or live free,
& down with all kings but King Ludd!

— Thomas Pynchon, "Is It O.K. to Be a Luddite?"


— anti-CopyRite 1997-2010

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