Monday, November 15, 2010

Daily Bleed for November 15th

"Better stop short than fill to the brim.
Oversharpen the blade, & the edge will soon blunt.
Amass a store of gold & jade, & no one can protect it.
Claim wealth & titles, & disaster will follow.
Retire when the work is done.
This is the way of heaven."

— Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu

Daily Bleed in full,


Dada/Beat poet, social rebel, celebrant of dropout culture.

Austria: ST. LEOPOLD'S DAY marks the beginning of
new wine season with drinking & festivities.


& if one were, in fact, planning a rebellion or protest,
the legitimate Cover of anonymous assembly provided
by carnival might suggest itself as a likely venue."

James C Scott, Hidden Transcripts:
Domination & the Arts of Resistance

Declared by World Council of Indigenous Peoples.


1492 -- Rodrigo de Jerez becomes the first recorded European
smoker, a "devilish" habit that later gets him imprisoned by the
Inquisition. Second-Hand Smokers, Beware!

1598 -- Yours is Mine?: Juan de Onate declares possession
of Hopi land (northern Arizona) in the name of the Spanish crown.
400 years later, the Hopi have still never signed a treaty with
any non-Indian nation.

"The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively
well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of
people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing

— Gunnar Myrdal

1862 -- Gerhardt Hauptmann lives. German dramatist, poet,
novelist. Gets 1912 Nobel Prize for Literature.

"He did not speak in his own guise, but let life itself talk."

— Thomas Mann

1887 -- Georgia O'Keefe, painter, lives.

1887 -- Marianne Moore, poet & Yankee baseball
fan, lives. Her often-quoted advice was that poets should
present imaginary gardens with real toads in them.

1895 -- Antoni Slonimski, Polish poet, translator, &
newspaper columnist best known for his devotion to
pacifism & social justice, lives. Wrote thousands of poems,
several plays, novels & translations of William Shakespeare's works.

1909 -- Ward Moorehouse marries Annabelle Strang,
in the John Dos Passos novel The 42nd Parallel.

1910 -- US: "The Agitator" first appears today, in Home Colony,
Washington, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Haymarket
Martyrs (Nov 11th). It published bimonthly until 1912.

1917 -- Russia: Bolsheviks take Moscow: the Russian Revolution
dead-ends with their seizure of power, state capitalism wins.

1920 -- German poet/dramatist Ernst Toller's
play "Massen Menschen" premiers, Nurnberg.

"Der Riss der Zeit ging mitten durch sein Herz"

The rip of time went straight through his heart.

—Walter Mehring

Long before the book burnings of 1933, Toller's works
suffered political repression. Toller was also, of course,
one of those who played a crucial role during the Spartakist
revolt in the years 1918 - 1920, as did B.Traven, Gustav
Landauer, etc.

"History is the propaganda of the victors."

1926 -- Italy: During this month Mussolini issues the "laws of
exceptions", instituting special "tribunals of state defense",
with many anarchists arrested & deported.

1930 -- Author J.G. Ballard crashes out, in Shanghai, China.

"The British are a strange, nervous nation,
unable to defend freedom of speech"

1934 -- Big ol' anarchist poet Ted Berrigan (1934-1983) lives.

1936 -- Today 1,800 militiamen from the best of Durruti's
anarchist column enter into combat at University City (Madrid).

For Spanish Revolution posters, see the Stan Iverson Archives
for a massive collection of online materials found & archived,

1936 -- Wolf Biermann lives. German poet/songster.

It's not that Joan Baez or the Beatles or Bob Dylan
have thousands of imitators. Wolf Biermann in East
Berlin, Barbara in Paris, Fred Akerström & Cornelis
Vreeswijk in Sweden, Ryoko Moriyama in Japan —
it's all the same universe of discourse, because it's
all the same audience listening to the same
spokesmen speaking against the same evil & for the
same good...

— Kenneth Rexroth,
Subversive Aspects of Popular Songs

1966 -- Francois Truffaut movie "Fahrenheit 451" is released.
Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury.

1966 -- US: Psychedelic Shop is busted for selling Lenore Kandel's
The Love Book, Frisco, California. (Lenore is "Ramona Swartz" in
Kerouac's novel Big Sur.)

Ronald Reagan has just been elected Governor of California
on a platform that includes harassment of hippies, & so the
most famous head shop on Haight St. (& perhaps the first head
shop in the world) is raided for selling obscene literature,
namely, her book.

1967 -- Beloved Comrade Leader General William C.
Westmoreland, Commander of U.S. forces in South
Vietnam, declares he has

"never been more encouraged in my
four years in Vietnam."

Two months later, the massive Tet Offensive is
launched by the Communists, & Westmoreland
will have to skeedaddle...

1969 -- Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indecent
language in Tampa, Florida.

Janis Joplin is arrested charges of using "vulgar
& indecent language" at her concert. According
to witnesses, the incident started when a
policeman with a bullhorn ordered people in the
audience to sit down & Joplin responded, "Don't
fuck with those people!

1969 -- Over 500,00 people march on Washington to protest
war in Viet Nam while Beloved Comrade Leader President
"Tricky" Dick Nixon watches Purdue-Ohio State football
game on TV. Ohio State wins, US loses.

Recitation of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War takes 36
hours in front of White House, Washington D.C.

1978 -- Radical anthropologist, author & feminist rebel Margaret
Mead dies,

1987 -- Romania: Brown Baggers? 6,000 antigovernment
strikers sack the city hall of Brasov.

1988 --

"The Secret Service is under orders that if Bush is shot,
to shoot Quayle."

— Senator John Kerry

1991 -- Jeremy Irons movie "Kafka" is released, US.
Americans know who Irons is, but who is this "Kafka" dude?

2000 --

WASHINGTON D.C. - Following an emergency meeting
Wednesday morning, Congress unanimously votes to excise
Florida from the United States of America.

The move was a reaction to the confusion & irregularities in
the state's voting numbers that have totally disrupted the 2000
Presidential election.

"We're all pretty much sick of Florida," said representative
Barney Frank.

Dynamiting will begin along the Florida border Wednesday...

2001 -- US: Government admits NOT ONE of the 1,200 suspects
arrested after Sept. 11 has been linked to the terrorist attacks.
1,200 down, thousands more to be disappeared & facing star-chamber
trials (when & if the government gets around to it)...

2002 -- "Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets" movie opens in the US.


Today's alternate Saint,


Anarchist geographer, Parisian communard.
Wrote Nouvelle géographie universelle, which
crowned him the father of modern geography.

"Choosing new masters is no solution at all. It is we
anarchists, enemies of Christianity, who have to remind a
whole society which claims to be Christian of these
words of the man whom they have made a God: 'Call no
man Master, Master! ..."


"Puritanism: the haunting fear
that somebody, somewhere,
might be having a good time."

H.L. Mencken


— anti-Haunting 1997-3000, more or les

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