Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Daily Bleed for January 4th

love is a place
& through this place of
Noticed CLR James is featured in today's daily bleed, and we've got two of his books in stock!

(with brightness of peace)

all places
yes is a world
& in this world of
yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds

— e.e. cummings (1894-1962),
"love is a place"

Bleed, web page in full,


"Black Plato." Trinidadian philosopher
& revolutionary.

16th to 19th century London: FROST FAIRS
on the Thames, the ice broke.


FESTIVAL OF FUFLUNS, Etruscan God of Wine.

Great Dismal Swamp, North Carolina:
Old Nick (a great black goat/man) & hobby-horse
seek out wayward children in a syncresis of English
Tuscarora & African tradition.


1849 -- Germany: During this month Michael Bakunin secretly
arrives in Leipzig to prepare for an uprising in Bohemia.

1856 --
Maurice Mac-Nab
lives, in Vierzon. French poet, singer,
interpreter, began at the cabaret
"Hydropathes" & then the "Black Cat,"
(Chat Noir) but died suddenly at age 33.

Author of the famed
The M├ętingue of the Subway, a parody which
became a classic of dispute.

Hyspa & Erik Satie each gained their
first chances to perform at the
Chat Noir. Hyspa filled in for the
ailing Maurice Mac-Nab, a
consumptive postal clerk who
was one of the cabaret's
best-loved satirists.

Satie, according to
his first biographer Pierre-Daniel
Templier, was hired as 'second


1886 -- Armand Guerra lives

Writer & Spanish anarquista scenario writer, filmmaker,
member of the young C.N.T. Guerra was both a producer
& actor in his films & used old Communards & anarchists.

Fought fascism with a camera.


1891 -- Trinidadian philosopher C. L. R. James lives. Author of
The Black Jacobins (1938), Breaking a Boundary (1963), &
volumes of essays involving class & race antagonism, West
Indian self-determination, cricket, Marxism, & aesthetics.

1908 -- US: During this month Emma Goldman lectures in German,
English, & Yiddish throughout New York State, & elsewhere.

But in a melodrama, the cops prevent Emma from delivering
her lecture on "The Revolutionary Spirit in Modern Drama"
in Washington, D.C.

What!?! They didna like her act?

1909 -- Ireland: A union lives. Some of the most active
members, grouped around Jim Larkin, broke away & founded
the Irish Transport Workers Union.

1914 -- Philadelphia police expel audience &
lock the hall where Emma Goldman is scheduled to
lecture on "The Awakening of Labor"...

1932 -- India: Gandhi arrested for restarting
satyagraha campaign.

1933 -- US: Angered by increasing farm foreclosures,
members of Iowa's Farmers Holiday Association threaten
to lynch banking representatives & law officials who
institute foreclosure proceedings for the duration of
the Depression.

1939 -- George Orwell signs the Breton/Rivera manifesto,
"Towards a Free Revolutionary Art."

1945 -- Italy: In Raguse, Sicily, Maria Occhipinti, lies down in
front of army trucks which come to find new young conscripts to
incorporate into the new Italian army. Within minutes, a crowd
surrounds the soldiers, forcing them to release their recruits, but
kill a demonstrator & set off a major revolt.

The city falls to the insurgents & resists government troops for
three days. The revolt is subdued only at the cost of many deaths.
Leaders in the revolt, including Maria, accompanied by the young
anarchist Erasmo Santangelo, organizer of the revolt, were
imprisoned until the end of 1946, (except Santangelo, who was
sentenced to 23 years & later found hung in his cell).

1951 -- Bob Black, anarchist critic, lives.

"A Critic is like the house-niggers of yore who
looked down on the field hands because, as
household servants, they got to dress up &
bask in the presence of quality folks... The Critic
is nothing in particular...is only an nth-generation
photocopy...who in turn might best be characterized
as what Jean Baudrillard calls a "simulacrum":
a copy without an original."

Bob Black, critic


1952 -- US: 1,600 subscribers reportedly belong
to KPFA in Berkeley, California. First aired
April 15, 1949, founded by Lewis Hill, poet,
pacifist & journalist.

Bill Triest was an early KPFA announcer. His
brother, Frank, was also conscientious objector
& probably the poet Kenneth Rexroth's only close


1960 -- Albert Camus (The Plague) killed at 46,
in an automobile accident. French-Algerian
author who wrote for many years for the anarchist
& left wing press in France.

"You will never be happy if you continue
to search for what happiness consists of.
You will never live if you are looking for
the meaning of life."

— Albert Camus

Colin Ward, "Albert Camus & the Algerian Legacy",
Albert Camus und der Anarchismus,

1960 -- Spanish anarquista guerrilla Francisco Sabater
(aka Sabate; El Quico) wounded as his group has a
shoot-out with the Guardia Civil.

1971 -- An angry Vietnam soldier, George Mellendorf
sends letter to Richard Nixon complaining about slow
delivery of mail to soldiers:

"It seems as if nobody cares
if we get our mail."

Nixon may have responded quickly
with his letter of denial, but Mellendorf didn't
get it until 1978 — seven years after it was sent.

1976 -- Spain: Major wildcat strike wave starts; at its height
over 500,00 workers are involved. Screw the bosses,
screw the unions.

1986 -- British gay writer Christopher Isherwood dies.

1997 -- Nigeria: 80,000 rally in Ogoni portions of the populace
against military dictatorship & Shell Oil's plans to destroy Ogoni
land. The Army opens fire on peaceful demonstration, wounding four.

2007: France: Henri Portier (b.1941) dies. Anarcho-syndicaliste,
pacifiste, antimilitariste, & historien du mouvement Freinet.



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