Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Daily Bleed for May 4th

I got me the blue dawg blues...

— picture poem by Kenneth Patchen

Bleed in full, 78 big ones...

Epic Egyptian singer, film actress, Arab cultural activist.

Prophet Mohammed's TRIP TO HEAVEN & BACK.

DANDELION FESTIVAL in Dover, Ohio; principally a dandelion recipe exposition.

Medieval Plant of the Day: stock gillyflower, Mathiola incana.


1851 -- Czechoslovakia: During this month Mikhail Bakunin, is tried
in Prague & condemned to death.

1886 -- US: Haymarket Square Bombing. A bomb kills seven Chicago cops
as they attack demonstrators at a rally protesting police brutality
yesterday at McCormick Reaper Works.

No evidence linking them with the bombing has ever been found &
the Chief of police manufactured his own evidence. Illinois governor
John P. Altgeld denounced the trial as a travesty & pardoned some
(knowingly destroying his political career).

1887 -- US: First modern communitarian experiment in Washington State:
Puget Sound Cooperative Colony founded at Port Angeles.

1891 -- Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes, at Reichenbach.
Up the falls without a paddle, he "dies". (More or less....)

1904 -- Egyptian folk singer Umm Kulthum lives, Tammay al-Zahayrah, Egypt.

1931 -- US: Gun-toting vigilantes attack striking miners & union militants
in Harlan County, Kentucky.

1940 -- Nora Joyce informs hubby James:

"Well, Jim, I haven't read any of your books but I'll have to
someday because they must be good considering how well they sell."

1958 -- Keith Haring, artist, lives to play.

1961 -- Maurice Merleau-Ponty, dies. French existential phenomenologist,
commie fellow-traveler.

The world is... the natural setting of, & field for, all my thoughts
& all my explicit perceptions. Truth does not "inhabit" only "the
inner man," or more accurately, there is no inner man, man is in the
world, & only in the world does he know himself.

— Phenomenology of Perception

1968 -- US: Since January of this year, 40,000 students have participated
in 221 major demonstrations on 101 campuses.

1970 -- US: Four Kent State University students murdered by Ohio National
Guardsmen at a demonstration protesting the US incursion into Cambodia.

1970 -- US: City of Chicago unveils a new monument to policemen
killed in Haymarket Square.

Chicago police, with a tradition of indiscriminately shooting &
killing unarmed workers & their supporters, are honored.

The statue, oddly enough, keeps getting knocked over by the citizenry.

1996 -- US: Six arrested in New York City museum of U.S.S. Intrepid — in
honor of Fr. Daniel Berrigan's 75th birthday.

Berrigan wrote in his journal that the prison blue jeans & denim
shirt form "a clerical attire I highly recommend for a new church."


"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
What is called resignation is confirmed desperation."

— Henry David Thoreau, Walden


— Anti-desperation 1997-2011

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