Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for September 14th

A little guts, self drama & its done.

— Richard Hugo


Vanguard Korean surrealist poet, street rebel.



Kisar Island, Indonesia: FEAST OF URU-WADU, the Primal Couple.

Nicaragua: BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO DAY. Commemorates 1856 battle between US "filibuster" William Walker, then president & self-styled emperor of Nicaragua who hoped to join Nicaragua to the US as a slave state, & a band of natives armed with sticks, stones, & few rifles. Walker lost.

England: NUTTING DAY: Day off for all to gather nuts (traditional & moveable since it depends on when the nuts are ripe). According to custom, young women who go nutting are in danger of premature pregnancy, nuts being associated with fertility; more likely, nutting days afford occasions for outdoor lovemaking.

1321 -- Mere hours after finishing the Paradiso, Dante, 56, dies today (or yesterday, exact day remains unknown) in Ravenna of malaria.

"Yo, Dan, just give a look at this repulsive creature
Fraud, the wall-buster; He's the prime polluter."

— Carolyn Kizer, "In Hell with Virg & Dan,"

[Her version of Dante's Canto VXII, was rejected
from the Ecco Press's volume of contemporary poets' translations
of The Inferno for "not fitting in."

[Fits the Bleed just dandy, thank you!]

1486 -- Author Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa lives.

1759 -- New World: During the Seven Years' War, the British under General James Wolfe achieve a dramatic victory when they scale the cliffs over the city of Quebec, defeating Louis Montcalm's French forces on the Plains of Abraham. Wolfe is killed, but his victory insures British supremacy in Canada.

1812 -- Cold Boot?: Napoleon occupies Moscow.

1813 -- José María Morelos installs the Congress of Chilpancingo.

The Congress of the future republic: a nomadic, travelling Congress...It's deputies sleep on the ground & eat the ration of soldiers.

1830 -- US: Superintendent Dart arrives at Point Orford, Oregon, to persuade 500 Coquille & Tututni Indians to cede their valuable land.

1849 -- Drool?: Ivan Pavlov lives, Russia.

1851 -- Author of The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper, dies in Cooperstown, New York, a day short of his 62nd birthday.

1860 -- Hamlin Garland lives, West Salem, Wisconsin. His vivid description of farm life in the Midwest in A Daughter of the Middle Border snares him a Pulitzer Prize in 1922.

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5th Congress of the Bakuninist section of the AIT.
Switzerland, September 14th to the 16th.

Representing Spain are Rafael Farga Pellicer, Carlos Alerini, Nicolàs Alonso Marselau, Tomás González Morago.

(AIT or IWA, International Workingman's Association, is a section within the First International)

[Source: Congressos Obrers]

1874 -- US: The White Leagues, paramilitary organizations dedicated to the restoration of lily-white rule in Louisiana, temporarily seize control of the state government in a bloody coup d'etat. Twenty-seven killed, 105 wounded.

1883 -- US: Reproductive rights activist & antiauthoritian Margaret Sanger lives. Sanger participated in the Patterson Textile Strike of 1913 which she wrote about in Hippolyte Havel's "Revolutionary Almanac." She contributed articles to Havel's "Revolt,"Emma Goldman's "Mother Earth," Alexander Berkman's "The Blast", & "The Modern School" magazine.

1891 -- US: John Adams Hyman dies in Washington, D.C. The first African-American congressman from the State of North Carolina.

stick car
1899 -- US: Bliss?: While in New York, Henry Bliss becomes first automobile fatality.

Baudrillard Quote

1901 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US President "Wild Bill" McKinley dies of gangrene which set in as a result of the gunshot wounds he suffered 6 September. His injuries originally were not considered serious.

1904 -- Italy: Ennesima repressione a Castelluzzo (Trapani). La polizia di stato spara sui contadini che manifestano contro lo scioglimento di una riunione e l'arresto del dirigente di una cooperativa agricola : 2 morti e 10 feriti.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1910 --


Korean surrealist poet & social rebel Yi Sang lives, Seoul. Arrested on charges of "thought crimes" while visiting Japan, he died in prison in 1937 at the age of 27.

1911 -- Italy: Bleoved & Respected comrade Leader Prime Minister Giovanni Giolitti & Minister of the Foreign Countries Antonio di San Giuliano declare war on Turkey in order to get control of Tripolitania & Cirenaica (Libya).
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1912 -- Nicaragua: Marines land to "protect US interests."

1916 -- Italy: During WWI Italian offensives (the so-called "tre spallate") fail, leaving 37,000 dead & 88,000 injured in the field.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1918 -- US: The women's rights activist & anarchist Dr. Ben Reitman is released from prison.

Eugene Debs
1918 -- US: Eugene Debs sentenced to 10 years for speaking out against entry into WWI. Socialists convicted exercising their right to free speech before him include C.E. Ruthenberg, Alfred Wagenknecht, Charles Baker, Kate O’Hare, & Rose Pastor Stokes. (Poet Bill Witherup reads Debs' speech aloud on September 18, 2006, Cafe Allegro, Seattle. Auntie reads a selection from Kenneth Patchen.)

1922 -- US: In the most famous unsolved murder of the '20s, Reverend Edward Hall & his mistress, choir singer Eleanor Mills, are shot & dumped, along with a few love letters, under a crab apple tree outside Somerville, New Jersey.

1922 -- Spain: In the second fortnight of September, the "Crisol" (Crucible) group in Catalonia, which includes Juan García Oliver, Ricardo Sanz, Gregorio Jover, joins up with the Zaragoza group "Los Justicieros" (Francisco Ascaso, Buenaventura Durruti & others).

1926 -- Leading figure in the nouveau roman movement of the 1950s, Michel Butor lives, Mons-en-Baroeul, France. After an early experimental novel Passage de Milan (1954), he wins critical acclaim with L'Emploi du temps (1956) & La Modification(1957).

Nouveau roman includes Alain Robbe-Grillet, Claude Simon, Marguerite Duras, & Nathalie Sarraute.

1926 -- England: "Eeyore has a birthday" is published in the August edition of the "Royal Magazine." Winnie-the-Pooh, the best-selling of Milne's books, in published in London (published in New York on October 21).

Isadora Duncan Glass Figure
1927 -- France: Not So Nice? Dancer Isadora Duncan strangled by scarf caught in sports car in Nice.

Daily Bleed Saint, 2003
Vanguard modern dancer, international cultural icon.

"To dance is to live."

1929 -- US: Ella May Wiggins & other workers are riding in the back of an old pick-up truck to a union meeting, when local vigilantes, thugs, & a sheriff's deputy force the truck off the road & begin shooting at it. Ella May is killed.

Labor union organizers appear in Gastonia, Carolina. The textile mill workers there eagerly flock to the union, but when the mil owners refuse to recognize the union, a strike breaks out in June of this year.

Prominent on the union picket lines is Ella May Wiggins, a 29-year-old mother of nine children who had been working the night shift at one of the mills. When some of her children come down with whooping cough, Ella May asks the mill foreman to put her on the day shift so she can care for her sick babies. The foreman refuses & Ella May is forced to quit her job.

With no money for medicine, four of her children die. From this point on, she becomes a militant in the strike movement. Her songs, with the older melancholy of mountain ballads, help cheer on fellow picketers.

Further details / context, click here[Details / context]

1930 -- US: Over 100 Mexican & Filipino farm workers arrested for union activities, Imperial Valley, California.

Chavez book cover

1930 -- Germany: Nelle elezioni in Germania i nazional socialisti passano da 12 a 107 deputati e i comunisti da 15 a 77 deputati. Il successo di questi due partiti è celebrato dal 'Foglio d'ordini' del partito nazionale fascista con queste parole : "Le generazioni del XX secolo sono affascinate da soli due nuovi sistemi politici esistenti nel mondo : il fascismo e il bolscevismo." Varianti omologhe, si potrebbe aggiungere, di un unico sistema politico : lo statismo.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1931 -- Author Ivan Klima lives.

Klíma was visiting London, his "favourite foreign city," in August 1968 when Soviet tanks rolled into Prague. As a quarter of a million Czechoslovaks, including fellow writers Milan Kundera & Josef Skvorecky, fled into exile, he explained his return home by saying "most of London's street names have no associations for me."

His writings were banned for 20 years.

1940 -- US: First peacetime draft in America is initiated.

1948 -- Milton Berle starts his TV career on Texaco Star Theater.

1950 -- John Steptoe, illustrator, lives.

1955 -- Little Richard records "Tutti Frutti."

Brain Repository
1956 -- First prefrontal lobotomy performed, Washington DC.

The Vice President is expected to make a full recovery.

"His mind is quotation marks
with nothing inside them."

Bob Black

"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."

—Tom Waits, among many others.

Oh, Dave!

Way too late! Dr. Egon Muniz won the Nobel Prize (Medicine) in 1936 for this wonderful discovery. You could look it up.

I have a paper I edited lying around somewhere documenting the particularly sexist & racist application of this procedure in the US — through the decades, the operation was performed on twice as many women as men, even though the "diagnosis" for which it was supposed to be the cure "evolved" from obsessive-compulsive, through schiz & manic-depressive.

I would go along with Tom Waits...

— Bleedster Ruhama V.

Sorry! It should have read: First political prefrontal lobotomy performed, which if you consider US history from that point on ... really explains a lot.

— HemoMeister Rick (who is to blame for both errors in the Daily Bleed)

1959 -- Outer Space: Soviet probe Lunik II became the first human-made object ever to touch the lunar surface.

1959 -- US: Landrum-Griffin Act passed, further limiting trade union activities in the nation.

Pete Seeger
1963 -- No Yer ABCs?: Due to pressure from folksingers boycotting television's "hootenanny" program, ABC invites Pete Seeger to appear on the show — only if he'll sign an oath of loyalty to the US. He doesn't & ABC extends its blacklist/ban on the outspoken leftist musician.

1966 -- US: Ronnie Reagan says "If you've seen one [tree] you've seen them all." This is the same clown some other clowns in Los Angeles try to rename a national forest after. (The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors sought to rename Angeles National Forest the "Reagan National Forest" in 1986.)

Chicago: Hello Democrats!
1968 -- Vietnam: Four hundred Viet Cong killed in 24-hour battle.

Viet Cong

1968 -- US: Forty oversea officials of the United States Information Agency are required to attend a concert in Washington D.C. by Blood, Sweat & Tears. It's part of the USIA's program to acquaint its overseas staff with cultural developments in the homeland.

1970 -- US: Queens fireman Gary Muhrucke of the Millrose Athletic Association wins the first NY City Marathon, completing the 26 mile, 385-yard course in two hours, 31 minutes, & 38 seconds. The original Marathon consisted of four laps around Central Park, but is later changed to run from Staten Island to Central Park.

1971 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Dick M Nixon tells creepy Haldeman:

"What about the rich Jews? The IRS is full of Jews, Bob... Go after 'em like a son-of-a-bitch!"

1972 -- US: On Strike? Senate approves US-Soviet "freeze" of offensive nuclear arsenals.

1973 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Dick M Nixon signs into law a measure lifting pro football's blackout. The greatest accomplishment of the Nixon reign of terror, enacted against the objections of the CIA-FBI who argued Ameerica's enemies would use the top-secret information gleaned to topple the American Way of Life.

Angry Brigade
1973 --

England: Dafydd Ladd & Michael Tristram arrested in Bristol, charged with three attacks on Portuguese vice-consulates in Bristol & Cardiff (Wales), & outside the British Army Officers Club at Aldershot, claimed by a group calling itself "Freedom Fighters for All," but manifestly part of the same spontaneous wave of actions during this period. In February 1974 Ladd is sentenced to seven years, Tristram to six.
Anarchist Angry Brigade cover

1979 -- US: Theodore Coombs completes 5,193 mile roller skate from Los Angeles to New York City & back to Yates Center, Kansas.

1982 -- At 49, "literary outlaw" critic, poet, novelist John Gardner (Nickel Mountain; Sunlight Dialogues) dies in a motorcycle crash in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.

1982 -- US: Wisconsin becomes first state to support nuclear freeze referendum.

1982 -- Cindy Nicholas of Canada makes her 19th swim of the English Channel.

1983 -- US: House of Representatives votes, 416 to 0, in favor of a resolution condemning Russia for shooting down a Korean jetliner. Later studies indicate Russian charges the US was using the passenger liner as a spy plane are probably true.

Reagan skeleton
1985 -- Israel: US TOW antitank missiles sent to Iran by Israel in Iran-Contra Deal. Part of the Ronnie Reagan regime's illegal activities involving his "shadow" government; publicly & sanctimoniously he was denouncing other governments for having any relations with this axis of evil.

Living Theater banner
1985 --

Julian Beck dies. Cofounder of the infamous Living Theatre, along with his partner Judith Malina.

Julian Beck

Beck wrote & directed many plays throughout the course of his life. Julian led massive political demonstrations in NY in the 60s. All were involving peace. Julian Beck was a lifelong poet & anarchist.


Julian published several books including: Poetry: Songs of the Revolution 1-35 (1963); 21 Songs of the Revolution (1969); Songs of the Revolution 36-89 (1974). See also his book, The Life of the Theatre (City Lights Books, 1972). ... /beatland/homes_of/the_beat/margin/livingthe/

1986 -- US: Sitting on a couch in the White House living quarters, the Reagans, in their first joint address, urge a "national crusade" against the "cancer of drugs." Afterward, the President — who will cut funding for anti-drug programs as soon as the election is over — squeezes his wife's hand reassuringly.

1990 -- US: Pentagon announces $20 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia.

Stinger missle
1991 -- US & Soviet Union sign an agreement calling for an end to all outside military assistance to warring factions in Afghanistan.

In 1978, Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan in support of a Marxist coup, but were met with unanticipated resistance from the conservative Muslim opposition. Afghan tribesmen, calling themselves "holy warriors," fought a fierce & bloody guerrilla war against the Soviets. The anti-Soviet factions, bolstered by military arms aid from the US & other sources, eventually forced Soviet withdrawal in 1989.

1991 -- South African government, African National Congress & Inkatha Freedom Party sign the National Peace Accord, leading to multi-racial elections & the end of South Africa's apartheid system in 1994.

2001 -- US: Berkeley Critical Mass bike ride.

2001 --
“If you want free speech you can go down to a street corner & shout.”

— Jim Olson, owner of Humboldt Internet, September 26, 2001

On September 14, 2001, three days after the WTC attack, the owner of the ISP summarily deleted the original American Terrorism website. When informed that he was suppressing online free speech, he offered the helpful advice above.Censored
Launched: May, 2000 — Torpedoed: September 14, 2001 R.I.P.
Toppled from February 15, 2002
Axed by December 13, 2001
Stifled by October 18, 2001
Axed in 2005 or 2006

The University of California, long known as an august defender of Free Speech (see Free Speech Movement), began attacking & attempting to censor the Burn! site at its San Diego campus for providing informational links to terrorist sites (know your enemy!). The Burn! site also provides many other graphic, historical & informational pages which the University has tried to censor in previous years. In the summer of 2003, while students are away, all of these sites are permanently shut down.

“Lycos [Tripod & Angelfire, free (sic) web page servers]... reserves the right to
terminate any user’s access to the Lycos Network...for
any reason or for no reason at all, in Lycos’ sole
discretion, without prior notice, or any notice.”

Censored, collage by Peter Kuper
Illustration by Peter Kuper

Someone has gone to much effort to save & republish the materials presented at American State Terrorism website,

Biennale d'Arte & Anarchia 2001
2001 --


Biennale d'Arte & Anarchia 2001
In Bologna, Italy.
Involves Rino De Michele, a very active anarchist,
anti-commercial mail art / installation / collage artist,
involved with "ApARTe°" magazine, the founding of this event
& many similar cultural activities.

Anarchist Soccer players: Billy Burroughs vs. Al Ginsberg
2003 -- US:

Revolutionary Soccer Tournament Cup Bay Area, Game 2!

An Anti-Imperialist Soccer Match... Because Imperialism is Off-Sides! Communists Vs. Anarchists!

Further details/ context, click here; libertaire, anarchiste, anarchisme, anarchistes, anarchie Spanish: anarquista, anarquismo, anarquistas, anarquía Italian: libertarian, anarchico, anarchismo, anarchici, anarchica, anarchy, anarquista, German anarchist, anarchie, anarchisten, Portuguese: anarquista, anarchism, anarquistas, anarchy, libertarian, Anarþist, anarho, anarkismo POLISH: anarchizm, anarchia, anarchizmowi, anarchizmu, Anarchistyczne Archiwa[ Anti-Details, anti-context ]

3000 --

"Language is a virus..."


"We must find out what words are

& how they function.

They become images when written down,

but images of words repeated in the mind

& not of the image of the thing itself."

— Billy Burroughs

Do Not Question!
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