Monday, May 02, 2011

Daily Bleed for May 2nd

Today's Daily Bleed, that web thing, 75 entries in full:



Revolutionist, theorist, editor, martyr, Education Minister in
the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic.

England: GANGE DAYS, wherein to perambulate the parish
& serve neighbours with buns & beer (a custom later
appropriated during the 19th Century as "beating the bounds"
& used to enforce respect for property rights).


1780 -- William Herschel discovers first binary star, Xi Ursae
Majoris. He finds most stars (like you & I) are "bi."

1886 -- US: 2,500 workers march in Milwaukee
for the 8-hour day.

Demonstrators carry red Socialist flags & the tricolor banners
of the Eight Hour League. In response, the Governor Jeremiah
Rusk supplies the Milwaukee National Guard headquarters with
increased ammunition & the entire city police force with four
companies of infantry & artillery. Despite the threat, the workers
parade & avoid this threatened violence.

1896 -- Marines land at Corrinto, Nicaragua to "protect" US

1911 -- US: First worker compensation law in US enacted in
Wisconsin. America begins to crumble, beefs up its armies.

1919 -- Benjamin Spock pediatrician/author, lives.

"There are only two things a child will share willingly
— communicable diseases & his mother's age."

1919 -- Canada: General Strike in Winnipeg.

1919 -- Gustav Landauer murdered.

Called a "mystical" anarchist, Landauer was
involved in the "Red Bavaria" uprising &
murdered by soldiers under orders from the
Social Democrats.

Landauer was a signatory to the Ernst Joël Petition
(1915), among other leading cultural figures of the day,
including Walter Benjamin, Martin Buber, Kurt Eisner,
S. Fischer, Alfred Kerr, Heinrich Mann, Thomas Mann,
Fritz Mauthner & Frank Wedekind.

1919 -- Brazil: Beginning of a General Strike which
eventually includes 50,000 from all trades in Sao Paulo.

1922 -- Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray lives.

1933 -- Germany: Adolf Hitler abolishes all labor unions.
Now an American Rightwingnut wet-dream coming true under

1936 -- Edna St. Vincent Millay's manuscript of
"Conversation at Midnight" is destroyed in a hotel
fire in Florida.

1945 -- Colette becomes first female member of the Académie
Goncourt, high tribute for literary merit in France.

1955 -- Caste in Stone?: India: Parliament forbids
discrimination based on caste.

1956 -- For the first time in Billboard history, five records
appear in both the pop and R&B Top 10.

I was goin' pretty fast, I looked behind,
a'here come the devil doin' ninety-nine.

— From "Race With the Devil" by Gene Vincent

1957 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Joseph
McCarthy Commie-hunting senator, dies at 47. 40 years to late!

"I killed more people tonight than I have fingers
on my hands. I shot them in cold blood & enjoyed
every minute of it . . . They were commies, Lee.
They were red sons of bitches who should have died
long ago . . . They never thought that there were people
like me in this country. They figured us all to be soft as
horse manure & just as stupid."

— Mickey Spillane, Atlas Shrugged

1967 -- US: Armed Black Panther contingent marches into
California State Assembly in Sacramento in protest against
a bill that would ban the carrying of unconcealed weapons.

1968 -- Protest at University of Nanterre escalates into
French student strike.

By May 20 six million workers are on strike; within a few
days the number is up to ten or eleven million.

"The largest general strike that ever stopped the economy of an
advanced industrial country, & the first wildcat general strike
in history; revolutionary occupations & the beginnings of direct
democracy; the increasingly complete collapse of state power for
nearly two weeks; the resounding verification of the
revolutionary theory of our time & even here & there the first
steps toward putting it into practice; the most important
experience of the modern proletarian movement that is in the
process of constituting itself in its fully developed form in all
countries, & the example it must now go beyond — this is what
the French May 1968 movement was essentially, & this in itself
already constitutes its essential victory."

— "The Beginning of an Era," translated by Ken Knabb

1970 -- US: ROTC building burned down at Kent State
University in Ohio.

1971 -- US: Jane Fonda & Donald Sutherland address a
"G.I. Anti-War Rally" in Tacoma.

1972 -- Paranoid long-time FBI honcho J. Edgar Hoover dies.
Cross-dresser who ran the FBI as a private fiefdom from
his closet for over four decades.

1980 -- Pink Floyd's hit single "Another Brick in the Wall
(Part II)", with its chorus of kids chanting "We don't need no
education", is banned by the South African government.

Striking black teachers & black children, upset about inferior
education, adopt the song as their anthem. The government
declares the song

"prejudicial to the safety of the state."

1982 -- British Navy kills 368 in the sinking of the
Argentinean ship General Belgrano, South Atlantic.

1985 -- Crime Pays: E.F. Hutton, one of the US's largest
brokerage companies, pleads guilty to 2,000 federal charges
related to the manipulation of its checking accounts. The
company agrees to pay $2 million in fines & up to $8 million
to banks it had defrauded. E.F. Hutton sez "Prison is Hell,"
& when E.F. speaks...

1989 -- Anti-Christo? Hungary begins dismantling 150-mile-long
fence on Austrian-Hungarian border. There goes the neighborhood.

1997 -- Brazil: Paulo Freire (b.1921), Brazilian philosopher
& educator, dies of heart failure.


n. A part of the earth's surface, considered as property.
The theory that land is property subject to private
ownership & control is the foundation of modern society,
& is eminently worthy of the superstructure. Carried to its
logical conclusion, it means that some have the right to
prevent others from living; for the right to own implies the
right exclusively to occupy; & in fact laws of trespass are
enacted wherever property in land is recognized. It
follows that if the whole area of terra firma is owned by
A, B & C, there will be no place for D, E, F & G to be
born, or, born as trespassers, to exist.

— Ambrose Bierce, Devil's Dictionary


— anteCopyRite 200666 or thereabouts

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