Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for July 12th

"We live in a decaying age.
Young people no longer respect their parents.
They are rude & impatient.
They frequently inhabit taverns & have no self control."

— Inscription, 6000 year-old Egyptian tomb
(cited in R. Buckminster Fuller's I Seem to be a Verb).

Ulus Baker
Turkish Cypriot sociologist, scholar, media theorist, activist.

Nova Scotia: LOBSTER CARNIVAL. King Neptune crowned;
bagpipes, fireworks, parades, contests, dancing, feasting.

Northern Ireland: ORANGEMAN'S DAY.

1174 -- Beloved King Henry II does penance at Canterbury for Becket's murder. As long as you feel bad about it, that's the important thing.

1389 -- Richard II names Geoffrey Chaucer chief clerk of the king's works at Westminster.

1536 -- Desiderius Erasmus dies in Basel, Switzerland. Wrote Praise of Folly. The Renaissance philosopher's priorities:
"When I get a little money, I buy books; & if any is left, I buy food & clothes."

Red & Black Ireland map
1600 -- Ireland: Loyalist myths / King Billy revisited . . .
The Orange Parades on & around the 12th of July have long been a bone of serious contention & indeed a source of sectarian conflict in the Six Counties. Members of the Orange Order demand their unalienable right to march the Queen's highway, in commemoration of the victory of King William of Orange at the battle of the Boyne — a victory (as the Orangemen see it) for religious & civil liberty.


1602 -- Author Edward Benlowes lives.

1787 -- US: Northwest Ordinance adopted by Continental Congress. Provides for admission of new states west of New York & north of the Ohio River. Requires a population of 60,000 people; new states are guaranteed freedom of religion & support for schools, & slavery to be declared illegal.

1810 -- US: Members of the shoemakers' union go on trial in New York City for striking to win wage increases. They are later fined $1 each.

1817 -- US: Tax resister/squatter/author Henry David Thoreau lives (1817-1862), Concord, Massachusetts. Though his writings comprise 20 volumes, only two were published in his lifetime (& sold poorly): A Week on the Concord & Merrimack Rivers & Walden, or Life in the Woods.
"Self-appointed inspector of snowstorms & rainstorms."
American essayist, poet, & practical philosopher, he met Ralph Waldo Emerson & became one of the leading personalities in New England Transcendentalism. His famous essay, Civil Disobedience, was a result of a overnight visit in a jail, when he refused to pay taxes in protest against the Mexican War & the extension of slavery.

Thoreau met Walt Whitman in 1856 in NY. He also travelled in New Hampshire, Maine, Canada, & Minnesota.
"Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes."

1834 -- France: Aristide Rey lives (1834-1901), Grenoble (Isère). Militant Blanquist, internationalist, Bakuninist, Communard.

1848 -- Berlin: Sir Harry Flashman is accused of impersonating King Carl Gustaf. Flashman’s motive, apparently, was to foment revolts in the duchies of Schleswig & Holstein.
A dyed-in-the-wool rogue who'd sooner die than face danger.
"I never did learn to speak Apache properly. Mind you, it ain't easy, mainly because the red brutes seldom stand still long enough — & if you've any sense, you don't either, or you're liable to find yourself studying their system of vowel pronunciation... while hanging head-down over a slow fire or riding for dear life across the Jornada del Muerto with them howling at your heels & trying to stick lances in your liver."

— Harry Paget Flashman (1822-1915), Brigadier-General, VC, KCB, KCIE, Chevalier, Legion d'Honneur; US Medal of Honor; San Serafino Order of Purity & Truth, 4th Class, the only white man to survive Custer's Last Stand
He rode, farting with terror, in the charge of the Light Brigade...

1850 --

Oscar W. Neebe lives (1850-1916), New York City.
A founder of the “Beer Wagon Drivers Union” (later the powerful Teamsters Union) & saloon keeper.

Haymarket Martyr. Not present at the Haymarket Square on the day of the (polic) riot & subsequent bombing, his anarchist views are enough to get a strong dose of American justice (convicted of murder; served seven years, one of three survivors pardoned).

"The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today." — August Spies

1864 -- US: George Washington Carver, worked for peanuts, lives.

1871 -- US: Protestant Irishmen shot by Catholic Irish snipers as they march down New York's Eighth Avenue. The incident provokes a bloody riot, involving Irishmen, police, & infantry. When the smoke clears, 54 are dead.

Dancing frogs
1873 -- US: Rain of Frogs at Kansas City, Missouri.

1878 -- US: Yellow fever epidemic begins in New Orleans, eventually leading to the deaths of 4,500 people.

1884 -- Amedeo Modigliani elongated (1884-1920).

Raoul Hausmann
1886 -- Raoul Hausmann lives (1886-1971), Vienna. Painter, sculptor & writer.
One of the founders of the Berlin dada movement,
he was also called "Dada-sopher."
Author of a number of dada publications, poetical whimsies,
experimented also upon photo-montages.
Editor of the periodical "Der Dada" in Berlin.

1892 -- US: State militia move in to break a 12-day labor strike against Carnegie Steel Corp. in Homestead, Pennsylvania. Strikers, protesting wage cuts of 18-26%, suffer seven deaths in attacks on them by Pinkerton ("Pinks") detectives.
Pennsylvania National Guardsmen arrive to protect strikebreakers & remain until October. The strike is called off on November 20 & workers — except those blacklisted by the company — return to work on the company's terms. Alexander Berkman tries to kill Henry Clay Frick, chairman of the board of the Carnegie Steel Works, on the 23rd.

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1892 -- Polish writer Bruno Schulz born, Drohobycz, Galicia, Austro-Hungary. Writer, graphic artist, literary critic, art teacher. Killed by a German Nazi officer.

1895 -- Inventor, polymath, R Buckminster Fuller lives (1895-1983).
Daily Bleed Saint, 2005-2008
Sterling, Canadian-born polymath, inventor. Quite the Duffer, invented large golf balls for people to live in.

BuckyBalls"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."

Neruda illustration
1904 -- Pablo Neruda lives (1904-1973), Parral, Chile. Poet, diplomat, Stalinist, 1971 Nobel Prize recipient.
Met poet Gabriela Mistral at age 12, who encouraged his literary efforts. Held diplomatic posts, befriending among others Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. In 1943 Neruda joined the Communist Party, fled to Mexico. Before Salvador Allende's democratically-elected government is overthrown by Henry Kissinger/ITT/USA/CIA, Neruda was Chile's ambassador to France (1970-72).
Should you ask me where I come from, I must talk
with broken things,
with fairly painful utensils,
with great beasts turned to dust as often as not
& my afflicted heart.

— Pablo Neruda

1908 -- Milton Berle, TV's first transvestite, lives.

Uncle Sam / IRS wants you
1909 -- US: Working for the Man? Congress authorizes income tax (16th amendment).
"The state calls its own violence law, & that of the individual, crime"
— Max Stirner

"If people behaved
like governments,
you'd call the cops."

— Kelvin Throop

Bisbee IWW strikers being loaded into cattle cars
1917 -- US: 1 Strike & You're Out? The American Way: Final day of the vigilante deportation of striking mine workers at Bisbee, Arizona.
Yesterday authorities sealed off the county, seizing the local Western Union telegraph office in order to cut off outside communication, & several thousand armed vigilantes rounded up 1,186 members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) & began herding them into manure-laden boxcars to be shipped off & dumped in the New Mexico desert.
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1917 --
"We never forget!..."
US: During the Bisbee mine strike, company-hired vigilantes attempting to kidnap & deport Jim Brew, a miner & IWW member, while he sleeps in a boarding house, shoot & kill him when he resists, then hastily bury him at midnight.

Brew was a veteran of the West Virginia Cripple Creek strike of 1903-04. In the 1970s, IWW members organize an annual commemoration at his gravesite on this date.
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1917 -- All in the Family?: Andy Wyeth joins up, art proclivities & all.

Circle A
1918 -- Luigi Molinari dies.
Molinari was a militant, active with Errico Malatesta & Camillo Berneri, in the Italian anarchist movement.
Further details/ context, click here; anarchismo, anarchici, anarchico, anarchica, Libertaria [Details / context]

Erich Mühsam, anarchist
1919 -- Germany: Poet, expressionist Erich Mühsam, on trial in Munich since July 7 for High Treason, is sentenced to 15 years in prison for his involvement in Bavarian Workers' Councils uprising.
Also involved in the uprising were Gustav Landauer (murdered by soldiers), the novelist B. Traven, & Ernst Toller.

1920 -- Italy: Shortly after the second congress of the Unione Anarchica Italiana in Bologna (July 1-4, 1920) the offices of the paper, Errico Malatesta's rooms & the premises of the Unione Anarchica Milanese, of which he is a member, are raided, under false pretext.

1926 -- France: At the Union anarchiste Congress in Orléans (12-14th) the U.A. changes its name to Union anarchiste communiste (UAC). This reflects the major shift in the French movement away from the "individualist" anarchism of the pre-WWI years.
Further details/ context, click here; anarchisme[Details / context] 12-14 juillet . Le congrès de l’U.A. adopte un manifeste. L’Union anarchiste devient l’Union anarchiste communiste (U.A.C.)

1933 -- US: Congress passes first minimum wage law (40 cents per hour). Hasn't changed much since then.

1933 -- American mystery author Donald Westlake lives. Master of caper-comedies & hard-boiled crime stories.

1933 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting.

CNT-FAI poster, Una Accion Mas y el Fascismo Quedara Aplastado; source: inicijativa.org/tiki/
1936 -- Spain: Lt. José Castillo is assassinated by Falangists. Tomorrow the Monarchist leader Calvo Sotelo is assassinated in reprisal while in the custody of State security forces. The Falangists attempt their fascist coup on the 17th, but the anarchists immediately battle back & prevent the takeover & spark the Spanish Revolution. The revolution is undermined by liberals & Communists & eventually degrades into a "Civil War."

1946 -- Source=Robert Braunwart "The Adventures of Sam Spade," based on the Dashiell Hammett character from his Hard-Boiled detective stories, premiers on ABC radio (-1951).

1951 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Adlai Stevenson calls up National Guard to stop rioting in Cicero, Illinois. Mob of 3,500 tries to keep an African-American family from moving into the city.

1955 -- England: 4th Congress of the Socialist International meets; adopts the Declaration on Colonization.

1959 -- US: Former Capitol policemen fires two pistol shots at Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator John W. Bricker of Ohio. The shots missed.

1959 -- During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac's novel Maggie Cassidy is published by Avon as a paperback original. Also during this summer Kerouac begins romance with Lois Sorrell; Albert Zugsmith's B-grade film "The Beat Generation"? is released; the television situation comedy Dobie Gillis features a "beatnik" character, Maynard G. Krebs (played by Bob Denver, the future Gilligan).

1961 -- US: It's The Pits?: A rain of peaches in Shreveport, Louisiana.
[Source: Calendar Riots]

In the dumps?
1962 -- US: Garbage dump in Centralia, Pennsylvania erupts beneath the ground, burns into extensive coal mine tunnels. As late as 1984 the fire still raged, burning 25 squares miles & threatening to break to the surface. Still burning & smoking in 2009, the ruins of Centralia no longer exist on some maps.

1962 -- US: Unidentified Negro man (secretly sent by JFK) pays Martin Luther King, Jr.'s fine.
"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." — Martin Luther King, Jr.

1966 -- US: Racial riots erupt in Chicago & Cleveland. Chicago uprising lasts until 15th.

1967 -- US: Fare is Fare?: Five days of black rioting begins in Newark, New Jersey leading to the deaths of 26 & injury of 1,500. Over 1,400 were arrested & 16 million dollars property damage.

1969 -- US: Half of the Top 40 AM radio stations ban the Beatles' "The Ballad of John & Yoko" because of the lyrics,
"Christ, you know it ain't easy ..."

1977 -- Outer Space: First flight test of space shuttle Enterprise.
Then zilch. Heard of the space shuttle "Enterprise" in space? Why not? Where did it go? Logical answer: the aliens took it. No other possible explanation. Then the MIB covered it up, refusing to admit they're powerless against them Aliens.

1979 -- Black American soul singer Minnie Riperton (b.1947) dies.
anarchiste diamond dingbat; anarquista; new entry, remove 2008Her husband, Richard Rudolph, is a Jewish American composer, guitarist, musician, songwriter, producer & co-founder of Dickiebird Music & author of a rare booklet of poems (Give Me Soil to Fly In [Baobab Books, undated, mid-1970s?]) in which the introductory note states: ‘It is the soil of Anarchy that gives him leave to fly.’
‘If Marx can be a hero / Could Bakunin be a zero?’
Their daughter Maya is a cast member on TV's "Saturday Night Live."

1980 -- Canada: Cree of northern Quebec file suit claiming Canadian & Quebec governments failed to honor James Bay & North Quebec Agreement. The James Bay I hydroelectric project, built in the 1970s, flooded tens of thousands of square miles of Cree & Inuit lands.

Angel stamp
1982 -- US: Glowing Spam? FEMA promises survivors of a nuclear war will get their mail. Ironclad Guarantee:
Neither rain nor snow nor a glowing radioactive hole a mile across, that used to be "the neighborhood," will keep the Feds from delivering your bills & a mountain of junk mail.

1984 -- US: Coneheads? Ice cream vendor Ebenezer Obomanu calls for help after being shot on his route in Chicago. His cries attract 100 youths — who help themselves to his wares while leaving him bleeding in the streets for over an hour.
All Bleeding Eventually Stops

1985 -- US: Colonization? Doctors discover cancerous growth in Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ronnie Reagan's colon. While the doctors admit this isn't the first asshole they've seen, he's possibly the biggest.

1996 -- Smashing Pumpkins tour keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin found dead in a NY City hotel of a heroin overdose. Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain is charged with possession of a controlled substance & fired by the band, who has always taken a hard anti-drug stance.

1996 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Ontario men are beaten & dragged by San Antonio, Texass police, who think they are gay.

1999 -- Source=Robert Braunwart High Seas: Norwegian whalers fire at Greenpeace protesters off SW Norway.

Bush, International Terrorist
2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Florida Governor Jeb Bush signs a bill banning execution of mentally retarded.

(Obvious ploy to save the life of his brother George & stave off a precipitous reduction of the Florida electorate.)

2007 -- Turkey: Media theorist Ulus Baker dies, Istanbul. Influential figure in contemporary Turkish political thinking, both as a frequent author in major academic & intellectual periodicals & as a professor of sociology, media & film theory. One of the founders of "korotonomedya", an autonomist political/artistic collective based in Ankara.

Harvey Pekar
2010 -- American Splendor Harvey Pekar dies. Jazz critic & Underground comic book writer, best-known for his work with R. Crumb.

2010 -- Fug You!! Rambunctious jester, songster, author Tuli Kupferberg calls it quits, aged 86! (Coca Cola Douche, CIA Man, Paint It Red [&Black], Wide, Wide River). Beat, author, poet, cartoonist, pacifist, activist, "One of the leading Anarchist theorists of our time," according to Reader's Digest.

Happy Henry David
3000 --
I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; & I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly & systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — "That government is best which governs not at all"; & when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.
Henry David Thoreau

Loving couple in consumer paradise
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