Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Daily Bleed for December 15th

... here we require the proof in solidarity,
iron on iron, body on body, & the large single beating.

— Muriel Rukeyser

Today's Daily Bleed updated, in full, splasha color

Cuppla excerpts:

CHICO MENDES (1944-1988),
Defender of Amazon rain forest, native peoples rights;
murdered for his leadership in the struggle against
the destruction of Amazon rainforests.

USA: BILL OF RIGHTS DAY. Yep. Bush & his Democrats are frantically
working to announce the Bill of Rights will no longer interfere with
your Right to Sleep.


1683 -- Biographer/author Izaak Walton (The Compleat
Angler), 90, dies at Winchester.

1711 -- Trumpeter John Shaw invents the tuning fork.

Now he can play trumpet & eat tuna
at the same time!

1787 -- US: First street person arrested for illegal goofing off.

1791 -- US: Bill of Rights ratified as first 10 amendments to

Numerous modern polls have shown that, with questions
couched in law & order terms, most Americans oppose the
Bill of Rights. You don't have to tell it to Bushcroft.

1854 -- First street-cleaning machine used.

1869 -- US: Norton I, Emperor of the United States &
Protector of Mexico, & the greatest American ruler in
history, leaves Frisco to seek his yearly tribute
from the legislature & lobbyists.

1870 -- Achille Daude lives (1870-1963), Bancel, Gard.
French anarchist, trade unionist & especially involved in

1890 -- Sioux Chief Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotake) murdered by the US.

1896 -- Paul Citroen lives, Berlin, born of Dutch parents.
Painter, graphical workman, photographer, writer.

After working in a bookshop for some time, Citroen was
asked to establish a special book shop for art by Herbert
Walden, owner of the famous gallery Der Sturm.

This was not an easy job, because there were few art
books at that time.

Walden introduced Citroen to the main artists of the Berlin
Dada-movement, such as George Grosz, Walter Mehring
& John Heartfield.

1910 -- Musical producer John Hammond, Jr. lives, NYC.

Rock, Jazz, popular musical producer
without equal.

1913 -- American poet Muriel Rukeyser lives. Depicted
social & political problems. In addition to her 14 volumes
of poetry, she wrote biography, books for juveniles, criticism, &
translations of the poetry of Octavio Paz, Gunnar Ekelof, & others.

"The universe is made of stories,
not of atoms."

1916 -- US: Dr. Ben Reitman is again arrested for
distributing illegal birth control literature at one of
Emma Goldman's lectures in Rochester, NY.

See Mecca Reitman Carpenter, No Regrets:
Dr. Benjamin Reitman & the Remarkable Women
Who Loved Him. A Biographical Memoir

1921 -- Mollie Steimer, Jacob Abrams, Samuel Lipman,
& Hyman Lachowsky arrive in Moscow after being deported
from the US as victims of the Red Scare in America.

Mollie & company were arrested for distributing leaflets
against the American invasion of Soviet Russia in 1918.

One of those arrested never made it to court. He was
beaten to death by the cops.

The Abrams case, as it is known, is a landmark in the
repression of civil liberties in the US, cited in all
standard histories as one of the most flagrant violations
of constitutional rights during the Red Scare hysteria.

1930 -- Albert Einstein urges militant pacifism & an
international war resistance fund.

1932 -- Edna O'Brien lives, Ireland. Novelist, short-story
writer, screenwriter noted for portrayals of women & sexual
candor. Like James Joyce & Frank O'Connor, Ireland has
banned her books.

1936 -- George Orwell dispatches his manuscript of
The Road to Wigan Pier to publishers & leaves for the
revolution in Spain.

"This was in late December,
1936...The anarchists were
still in virtual control of
Catalonia & the revolution was
still in full swing...when one
came straight from England the
aspect of Barcelona was
something startling &
overwhelming. It was the first
time that I had ever been in a
town where the working class
was in the saddle."

— George Orwell, Homage To Catalonia

1943 -- Black American jazz singer Fats Waller dies.

1953 -- Veteran James Kutcher, who lost both his legs
in WWII, informed his disability is being cut off (sic)
due to his membership in the Socialist Workers Party.
In America ...first they come for your legs, then your food...

1966 -- Animator & fascist sympathizer Walt Disney dies.
(He's still in the fridge).

1969 -- Italy: Anarchist railway worker Giuseppe Pinelli
"accidentally" defenestrated to his death by the police.

Pinelli, secretary of the Anarchist Black Cross,
a member of the resistance during WWII, a founder
of the Sacco & Vanzetti Circle, a youth organizer, &
involved with the USI, was thrown through a window to
his death by police, creating a national scandal.

Only much later is it revealed that
the bombing was the work of rightwing fascists,
in collusion with government reactionaries.

Pinelli's police murder was the subject of Nobel
Prize-winner Dario Fo's play, "Accidental
Death of an Anarchist", filmed by Pasolini...

1970 -- Poland: Youths & workers torch the Gdansk
Communist Party HQ & quietly watch it burn.

1970 -- US: Bank of America bombing, Santa Barbara,

1980 -- Allen Ginsberg completes his poem "Capitol Air".

1983 -- Cliff Notes?: Ed Meese tells the National Press
Club that literature's classic miser, Ebenezer Scrooge,
to whom he has recently been compared, suffered from
bad press in his time.

"If you really look at the facts, he didn't exploit Bob
Cratchit." Explains Meese, "Bob Cratchit was paid 10
shillings a week, which was a very good wage at the time
... Bob, in fact, had good cause to be happy with his
situation. He lived in a house, not a tenement. His wife
didn't have to work ... He was able to afford the traditional
Christmas dinner of roast goose & plum pudding ... So
let's be fair to Scrooge. He had his faults, but he wasn't
unfair to anyone."

1993 -- Nobel author Gabriel Garcia Marquez
calls for legalization of drugs.

1999 -- US: Great Seattle radical songster Jim Page plays the
Freight & Salvage.

2000 -- Canada: SANTACHY!! Vancouver becomes the
first Canadian & non-American city to host a full on
Santa event. The tradition started in San Francisco
with a bunch of DEGENERATE FREAKS in 1995
& has since spread like a red cheap-suited cancer
across the US.

"No force on earth can stop 100 Santas!"

2000 -- US: Congress mandates Internet censorship software for


there's a shadow on the promised land
shiver in the winter
freezin' in the empty space
seems like nobody really cares about anybody anymore

if you ain't got a lot of money
or a pretty face
& it's slander for slander, it cuts like a knife
this ain't no game we're playin', this is real life

& all they want to talk about at city hall
is how to build a better building to play baseball

— Jim Page, Seattle Songster

Whose World is This?
Stranger In Me


— anti-
BleedMeisterNoHairLeftOnTopOfHead&Where'dMyTeethGo 1997-2009

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