Friday, November 05, 2010

Daily Bleed for November 5th

— back of the scene: the atomic stockpile; the vials
of synthesized diseases eager biologists have developt
over half a century
dreaming of the bodies of mothers & fathers &
children & hated rivals swollen with new plagues,
measles grown
enormous, influenzas perfected; & the gases of
despair, confusion of the senses, mania, inducing
terror of the universe, coma,
existential wounds, that chemists we have met at
cocktail parties, passt daily & with a happy "Good
Day" on the way to
classes or work, have workt to make war too terrible
for men to wage — raised this secret entity of
America's hatred of Europe,
of Africa,
of Asia ...

— Robert Duncan (1919-1988), excerpt

Daily Bleed, in full,


NOVEMBER 5 -- EUGENE DEBS Convict #9653
IWW founder, jailed seditionist & perennial candidate.

GUY FAWKES DAY. The only man to enter Parliament
with honest intentions. See Daily Bleed's Guy Fawkes page,


American Right to Eat Fat even if it has holes in it.


1605 -- Gunpowder plot to blow up English Parliament
detected, leader Guy Fawkes captured.

1644 -- Samuel Pepys writes in his Diary that he has
been to see Macbeth, a "pretty good play."

1855 -- Eugene Debs, labor activist, socialist
politician, lives, Terre Haute, Indiana. IWW founder,
jailed seditionist, perennial presidential candidate.

1871 -- Carlo Cafiero & Tucci, at an anarchist Congress
in Rome, distribute the proclamation of Bakunin, against
nationalism, republicanism & Marxist authoritarianism.

"Freedom without Socialism is privilege & injustice,
& Socialism without freedom is slavery & brutality."

— Mikhail Bakunin

1885 -- Will Durant, historian (The Story of Civilization),
lives. A teacher & a director at the libertarian Modern

"I had been led to believe that most of these men &
women were criminals, enemies of all social order,
given to presenting their arguments with
dynamite. I was amazed to find myself, for the most
part, among philosophers & saints."

1886 -- Guy Aldred, British anarchist anti-militarist, lives.

1895 -- England: King Edward VII advises,

"We are all Socialists nowadays".

1912 -- Eugene Debs receives over 900,000 votes, the
largest percentage ever by a socialist, of the popular
presidential vote — a whopping 6%!

1916 -- US: Everett Massacre, Washington state.
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) labor activists
are killed by Everett's finest.

Song on his lips, he came;
Song on his lips, he went; —
This be the token we bear of him, —
Soldier of Discontent!

— Charles Ashleigh,
"Everett, November Fifth"

1920 -- Eugene Debs, Convict #9653, receives nearly
one million votes as Socialist Party presidential
candidate while in jail.

1927 -- During this month Osvaldo Bayer lives
[Exact day remains elusive — ed.], Santa Fé. Argentinian
journalist, film scenarist, pacifist, anarchist, historian. Forced
into exile in 1975, returned in 1983. Among his books are
Severino Di Giovanni, el idéalista de la violencia, Les anarchistes
, Radowitsky, marthyr ou assassin?.

1928 -- Columbia: 5,000 banana workers strike against
United Fruit Company. 1,000 killed.

Oh the companies keep a sharp eye
And pay their respects to the army
To watch for the hot-blooded leaders
And be prepared for the junta to
crush them like flies.

So heavy the price that they pay
As daily the fruit it is stolen...

— Phil Ochs, "United Fruit"

1930 -- Mock-Me-Not?: When Sinclair Lewis gets a
phone call from a Swedish newspaper reporter telling
him he is the first American to win the Nobel Prize for
Literature, Lewis thinks it is a prank & begins imitating
the man's accent.

1935 -- In the heart of the Great Depression, Parker
Brothers introduces the board game "Monopoly."

"Political freedom means the absence of
coercion of a man by his fellow men".

— Milton Friedman,
adviser to despot Pinochet's government

Pinochet "has supported a fully free-market
economy as a matter of principle. Chile is
an economic miracle."

— Milton Friedman [Newsweek, Jan, 1982].

Under the Pinochet regime the GNP per capita fell
6.4 percent. In constant 1993 dollars, Chile's per
capita GDP was over $3,600 in 1973. Even as late
as 1993, however, this had recovered to only $3,170.
Only five Latin American countries did worse during
the Pinochet era (1974-1989). & defenders of the
Chicago plan call this an "economic miracle."

1937 -- Germany: Julius Nolden, sentenced to a
10-year prison term for "preparing an act of high treason
with aggravating circumstances."

Anti-Nazi pamphlets circulating at the time under cover
of the title "Eat German fruit & stay healthy" were so
popular among miners that they used to greet each
other with:

"Have you eaten your fruit?!"

1943 -- Sam Shepard lives. American playwright & actor, whose
plays blend images of the Old West, pop culture & science fiction.

1964 -- Free Speech Movement coalesces when thousands
of University of California-Berkeley students rally &
occupy Sproul Hall.

1966 -- US: Walk for Love & Peace & Freedom:
10,000+ show up, including Poets Allen Ginsberg,
& Gary Snyder, Paul Krassner, the Fugs.
The "first hippie style demo in NYC".

Some politicians say we've got to stop violence in this country
While he's spending 15,000 dollars a second snuffing gooks."

River of shit, bringing health, wealth, & prosperity
to every man, women, & child."

1976 -- Gordon Lightfoot single "The Wreck of the Edmond
Fitzgerald" hits #1.

That good ship & true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early.

2001 -- Turkey: At least four hunger strikers protesting Turkish
prison conditions die in a police raid, bringing the total to 45 deaths
in the last year. Hundreds of jailed left-wing militants have joined
the death fast.


"A man that would expect to train lobsters to
fly in a year is called a lunatic; but a man that
thinks men can be turned into angels by an
election is a reformer & remains at large."

— Finley Peter Dunne


—anti-AtLarge 1997-3000, more or less

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