Monday, February 28, 2011

Daily Bleed for February 28th

The last full moon of February
stalks the fields; barbed wire casts a

— Jane Cooper, 'Hunger Moon'

Daily Bleed web page in full,

February 28
Brilliant Soviet semiotic theorist,
philosopher of culture.


1533 -- French essayist Michel de Montaigne lives.
French courtier & author of Essaies, which established a
new literary form. In 1588 he was arrested in Paris & spent
a few hours in the Bastille.
See Kenneth Rexroth's essay on Montaigne in his
Classics Revisited.

1574 -- First New World victims of Spanish Inquisition
burned at the stake.

Moe to Curley: "How would you like to die,
burnt at the stake or your head chopped off?"

Curley: "I'd rather have steak than cold cuts."

1877 -- US Government, worse than a common thief, seizes
the Black Hills from Lakota Sioux in violation of treaty.

1887 -- France: The anarchist burglar & member of the
"Panthers of Batignolles", Clément Duval, has his death
sentence commuted to life by the President.

"Theft exists only through the exploitation of man
by man...when Society refuses you the right to exist,
you must take it..."

Duval attempted escape 20 times, & after finally succeeding,
reached New York, where he lived until age 85, surrounded
by Italian anarchist comrades.

1901 -- American chemist, geneticist activist Linus Pauling
lives for vitamin C, Portland, Oregon. Double Nobel Prize
winner &, when he came up with an alternative cure for
cancer, 'madman' & 'quack'.
Daily Bleed Saint 2004.

"Young people should always listen to their elders,
but not necessarily believe what they say."

1921 -- Russia: Kronstadt Revolt. It is here Trotsky utters
his infamous line,

"Shoot them down like partridges."

...[Kronstadt] shocked the intelligent & honest minds of Europe
& America into a critical examination of Bolshevik theories &
practices. It exploded the Bolshevik myth of the Communist
State being the "Workers' & Peasants' Government."

— Alexander Berkman, The Kronstadt Rebellion (Berlin:
Der Syndikalist, 1922), pp. 41-42.

Poet Kenneth Rexroth ("From the Paris
Commune to the Kronstadt Rebellion"), was
one of those few Americans who saw through
Bolshevik pretenses as early as 1921, when
Trotsky & Lenin crushed the libertarian
revolt of the Kronstadt Soviet.

While clearly opposing all forms of
"Communism" he did not, like so many others of
his generation, react into supporting Western
capitalism or becoming a "Cold War Warrior".

The Kronstadt Revolt was a topic at meetings
he helped organize with the San Francisco
Libertarian Circle in the 1940s.

I am far better aware of
The evils of Stalinism
Than you are, you ex-Trotskyite
Warmonger. But it won't get you
Anywhere to tell me I should
Welcome the beast who devours me
Just because a bigger lion
Is eating somebody else on
The other side of the arena.

1937 -- England: 1,000 rally against war, Hyde Park, London.

1937 -- England: With novelist Ethel Mannin, Emma Goldman
speaks in Bristol on the Revolution in Spain.

1941 -- Happy birthday Alice Brock. Who is Alice Brock?
You know the song "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie?

Oh, that Alice!

"What the hell are all these freaking forks
doing on the forking floor?!" — Mrs. G.

1958 -- England: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
(CND) founded in London. SciFi writer John Brunner
authored their theme song.

1959 -- The playwright most known for his verse tragedy,
Maxwell Anderson dies in Stamford, Connecticut. His
tragedy Winterset (1935), a poetic drama inspired by the
Sacco & Vanzetti anarchist case is his most famous.

1970 -- US: Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge
in Frisco. A new escape route!

1993 -- US: Feds storm Branch Davidians cult compound
near Whacko, Texass, starting a 7-week siege that ends in
a wienie roast.

2004: Permaculturalist, Dreamtime Villager, poet, Lyx Ish
(b.1956) dies, LaForge, Wisconsin. Aka Elizabeth Perl Nasaw
aka Elizabeth Was.


"We must have research for peace...

It would embrace the outstanding problems of
morality. The time has come for man's intellect, his
scientific method, to win over the immoral brutality &
irrationality of war & militarism...

Now we are forced to eliminate from the world forever
this vestige of prehistoric barbarism, this curse to the
human race."

— Linus Pauling


— anti-CopyRite 1997-3000, more or less

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