Sunday, November 21, 2010

Daily Bleed for Nov. 21st

                              I am turtle,
                          & death is not yet my robe,
                          for drums still throb the many
                          centers of my tribes, & a young
                          child smiles me of tomorrow,
                              "& grandparent,"
                          another child whispers, "please
                          tell me again my clan's beginning."

                          — Peter Blue Cloud (Aroniawenrate),
                          excerpt, "Turtle"

Daily Bleed in full,

Butterfly version:

Lover of Emma Goldman, failed anarchist assassin,
US deportee, suicide following sorry Soviet heartbreaks.




1794 -- Honolulu Harbor discovered. The natives
lament, "If only we'd seen it first!"

1855 --  Leo Tolstoy & Ivan Turgenev
meet, beginning an often tempestuous friendship.

1870 -- Alexander Berkman lives, Vilna, Russia. Wrote
one of the classics of prison literature, Prison Memoirs
of an Anarchist

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

              — Alexander Berkman

1897 -- Mollie Steimer lives. Russian-American-
Jewish-Mexican anarchist & labor agitator. Her militant
activities got her deported from both the US in 1921 &
Russia (1923). Escaped a Nazi internment camp.

1898 -- Surrealist painter Rene Magritte lives.

    Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2003-04
    Witty Belgian-born Surrealist painter of the impossible
    everyday occurrence, one-time Communist Party figure.

1920 -- Karel Capek play "The Makropolous Secret" premiers, Praha.

1921 -- US: Columbine Massacre (the one you never heard about);
IWW picketing miners are massacred in Columbine, Colorado.

1922 -- US: Ricardo Flores Magón, Mexican anarquista, author,
dies at Leavenworth Penitentiary. Possibly murdered by prison
guards. His remains were returned to Mexico, where they rest
at the Rotunda of Illustrious Men in Mexico City & he has a city
named after him.

    "The dreamer is the designer of tomorrow. Practical men...
    can laugh at him; they do not know that he is the true dynamic
    force that pushes the world forward. Suppress him, & the
    world will deteriorate towards barbarism..."

                                — Ricardo Flores Magón

1934 -- Date of the alleged rape in the Harper Lee novel
To Kill a Mockingbird.

1959 -- France: Guy Debord, questioned by the police tribunal
about his participation in the "Declaration on the Right to Insubordination
in the Algerian War," has it recorded in his deposition that by the fact
of having signed the declaration alone, he assumes complete
responsibility for publication & distribution...

    Also today, "Spur" #2, journal of the German section of the
    Situationist International, published in Munich.

1967 -- US: Want a Lift?: Exorcism of the Pentagon,
Washington, DC march: 50,000. 250 arrested
including author/socialist Norman Mailer.

1971 -- US: Richard Baker becomes a teacher at the SF Zen Center.

1977 -- Honduras: Business As Usual? Landowners' mercenaries
massacre campesinos at La Union.

2001 -- Mexican judge frees 6 paramilitaries convicted of
the 1997 massacre of 45 Indigenous peoples at Acteal, Chiapas.

2002 -- US: Robert Brentano (1926-2002) dies. Longtime
history professor.

2007 -- Spain: Fernando Fernán-Gómez (1921-2007) dies.
Famed Spanish film actor & director, novelist (El viaje a
ninguna parte
), anarquista.


Subject: Consequences of failing to elect a president


   To the citizens of the United States of America,

   In the light of your failure to elect a President of the
   USA & thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give
   notice of the revocation of your independence,
   effective today.

   Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will
   resume monarchical duties over all states,
   commonwealths & other territories. Except Utah &
   Texass, which she does not fancy. Your new prime
   minister (The rt. hon. Tony Blair, MP for the 97.85%
   of you who have until now been unaware that there
   is a world outside your borders) will appoint a
   minister for America without the need for further
   elections. Congress & the Senate will be disbanded.

   A questionnaire will be circulated next year to
   determine whether any of you noticed.


                      What's the ugliest part of
                      your body? I think it's your

                                   — Lenny Bruce


— anti-HumanCannonball, 1997-2666

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