Thursday, September 22, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for September 22nd


Masterful mime, French Resistance fighter.


INDEPENDENCE DAY — Republic of Mali.


Inuit FESTIVAL OF THE SEA GODDESS. Sedna the Shaman has to go to her abode at the bottom of the sea & make a deal for good hunting weather.




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Rain, rain, & the clouds have gathered,
The eight ply of the heavens are
The flat land is turned into river.
“Wine, wine, here is wine!”

— Ezra Pound

"Everywhere I go it rains on me."

— Tom Waits

296 -- Martyrdom of St. Maurice & the 6600.

1241 -- Icelandic poet, historian, & chieftain, author of the Prose Edda the Heimskringla, Snorri Sturluson dies in Reykjaholt.

1598 -- A Bad Actor?: Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter after killing another actor in a duel.

Moorish Paradigm
1609 -- Moors expelled from Spain. They resurface only to disappear again. Then at

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Eat the State, May 19, 1999

film strip

1656 -- New World: First all-woman American jury, Patuxent (Maryland) — they acquit a woman accused of murdering her child.

1692 -- New World: Last eight women hanged for witchcraft in American colonies Salem, Massachusetts.

1694 -- Lord Chesterfield — recalled for letters to his natural son & for incurring the wrath of Samuel Johnson by offering his patronage to the Dictionary somewhat after it had been finished — lives, London.

1776 -- US: Nathan Hale, spied on the British for American rebels, hanged.

1779 -- US: Gewauga, a Cayuga village in upstate New York, is destroyed by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader General Sullivan's troops.

1792 -- France: 10 Day Weekends?: New calendar adopted in revolutionary France, with ten-day weeks, three-week months, & 12-month years, & starting at Year One.

New Year's Day / 22 September in the French revolutionary calendar (operative 1793-1806), it being the date of the proclamation of the Republic in 1792: 10 day weeks, three week months & beginning at Year One. Today is the first of the month of Vindémiaire (fine wine).

War scene
1828 -- Shaka, African ruler & founder of the Zulu kingdom, is murdered by his half-brother Dingane after mental illness begins to compromise his leadership. Shaka was a highly successful military ruler, who completed the centralization of Zulu power, adapted the weapons & tactics of south African warfare, & set about the integration of neighboring peoples into the growing Zulu kingdom.

1857 -- Germany: Anita Augsburg (1857-1943), feminist pacifist, lives.

1861 -- US: In an unprovoked peacetime attack, Army soldiers massacre a band of visiting Navajo men, women & children during a horse race at Fort Wingate, New Mexico.

1862 -- US: Beloved & Respected comrade Leader President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation declares that "persons held as slaves" in areas "in rebellion against the United States" would be free as of 1 January 1963. Just one catch: since the areas in question are no longer under US control, not one slave actually stands to gain from his freedom.

Lincoln's declaration is only a political/military move, threatening to "free" slaves in any states who do not return to the Union fold, giving the South four months to stop its revolt. He promises to uphold slavery in states joining the North. The Proclamation has "all the grandeur of a a bill of lading." The principle is, you cannot own another person unless you are loyal to the US.

500,000 slaves flee plantations; many others practice go-slow, sabotage, & effect a general strike, taking over plantations for themselves. Robert Small & other slaves takeover the steamship "The Planter." 200,000 join the Union army.

When Robert E. Lee proposes using blacks in the Confederate Army (& emancipating them if necessary), another General angrily retorts, "If slaves will make good soldiers, our whole theory of slavery is wrong."

1868 -- US: During this month (I don't have the exact date —ed.) the first resolution calling for the establishment of a federal Department of Labor is introduced by William H. Sylvis at the 1868 convention of the National Labor Union. The resolution was adopted.

1871 -- Shusui Denjiro Kotoku (1871-1911) lives.

Journalist, writer, one of the most outstanding figures of Japanese anarchism. Imprisoned for articles against the Russo-Japanese war, where he discovered Peter Kropotkin's works. Active in organizing the trade union movement before being arrested January 18, 1911 with 24 others for a plot on the emperor. Kotoku & 11 other anarchists were hanged, including his partner Yugetsu Sugo Kanno. Wrote Imperialism, Monster of the 20th century.

See John Crump’s The Anarchist Movement in Japan

1875 -- Source=Robert Braunwart México: Unexplained red rain falls in parts of Mexican state of San Luis Potosi.

1878 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Author Robert Louis Stevenson leaves Modestine, France on the trip that is described in "Travels With a Donkey."

1887 -- Canada: Treaty #7, or Blackfoot Treaty, surrenders 50,000 square miles (slightly less than the size of the state of Washington) in Southwest Alberta.

Chief George Yellow Horn, whose Blackfoot name is White Horse, is a hereditary chief, a direct descendent of three chiefs who allegedly signed Treaty 7 & other treaties that were used by the Canadian & US governments to take Blackfoot land.

According to Yellow Horn, "those chiefs never touched the pens & signed the treaties. The treaties were fraudulent. The chiefs were not told what was going on & did not have anyone to explain it to them. They have stolen our nationality from us. We are not Canadian or American. We are Blackfoot."

1898 -- France: André Respaut lives (1898-1973). Author, resistance fighter, anarchist, survivor of Buchenwald, worked with deportees.

Cone Head
1903 -- Patent is granted for the Ice Cream Cone.

1906 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Race riots begin in Atlanta - 10 blacks & two whites are killed (-9/24).

1912 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Nicaragua: Rebel General Mena capitulates to US marines.

1912 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Franz Kafka writes "The Judgment" (-Sept. 23).

1912 -- México: The anarcho-syndicalist Casa del Obrero Mundial (COM; House of the World Worker) is established despite harassment from the Madero regime.

An amalgum of organizations such as: Unión de Canteros, Unión de Resistencia de la fábrica de textiles La Linera, Unión de Operarios Sastres, Unión de Conductores de Coches Públicos, & the anarquista Grupo Luz; later the Confederación Nacional de Artes Gráficas, headed by Rafael Quintero, also joins. By January COM has undercut the government’s Gran Liga union, & dominates organized labor in México City.

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

1914 -- Ezra Pound meets T. S. Eliot, at Pound's flat in Holland Place Chambers, beginning a long-standing association between the two poets, later much-criticized for their fascist sympathies.

Ezra Pound

Reading Line

"Like Ford, Lindbergh, & others opposing manipulated events & Jewish controlled media, Ezra Pound paid the ultimate price. After the close of WWII, he was seized by US authorities & subjected to months of, at once, physical & psychological torture..."

And even I can remember
A day when historians left blanks in their writings,
I mean for things they didn t know,
But that time seems to be passing."
A day when historians left blanks in their writings,
But that time seems to be passing."

1914 -- High Seas: In the North Sea, one German submarine, the U-9, sinks three British cruisers, the Aboukir, the Hogue, & the Cressy, in just over one hour. The one-sided battle, during which 1,400 British sailors lost their lives, alerts the British to the deadly effectiveness of the submarine, which had been generally unrecognized up to now.

Big Steel
1919 -- US: The "Great Steel Strike" begins. Ultimately, 395,000 steelworkers walk off their jobs to demand union recognition. The AFL Iron & Steel Organizing Committee call off the strike on 8 January 1920 — their goals unmet.

Henry Lawson
1922 -- Henry Lawson, Australian short story writer/poet, ends a life of wandering.

The gates are out of order now,

In storms the "riders" rattle;

For far across the border now

Our Andy's gone with cattle.

Poor Aunty's looking thin & white;

& Uncle's cross with worry;

& poor old Blucher howls all night

Since Andy left Macquarie.

1922 -- US: Martial law rescinded in Mingo County, West Virginia, where labor strikes in the coal mining industry have been quelled by a force consisting of the mine owner's hired-goons, police officials bought & paid for by the owners, & US troops.
Source: [Sources]

1926 -- Thomas Wolfe & James Joyce are on the same tour bus visiting the battlefield at Waterloo. They do not meet.

1928 -- Author Irving Feldman lives. "Irving Feldman-what kind of name is that for a poet?" an inebriated Gregory Corso — the youngest of Beat Poetry's inner circle — is reputed to have famously sneered at a literary party he crashed some 40-years ago.

1930 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Russia: The Soviet OGPU announces it has uncovered a plot of 48 professors, agronomists & food administrators (they are shot tomorrow).

1933 -- Germany: Legislation for the founding of the "Reichskulturkammer" ("Reich Chamber of Culture") with sections for literature ("Reichsschrifttumskammer"), press, radio, theater, music, & art. Proclamation: 15 November 1933.

Grown out of resistance to modernization, German fascism was a counterrevolution against modernism. Expressions of modernism were most obvious in literature, music, & art, they became special targets of Nazi propaganda.

The Nazi regime declared all modernist art, music & literature "degenerate" & sought to rid the nation of these works & their producers. With the exception of the genocide of the Jews, the racist character of the Nazi state became perhaps nowhere else as evident as in its cultural policies. Modernism was defined in racist terms as a disease, threatening the "healthy body" of an "Aryan Germanic" nation.

1934 -- US: UTW strike Committee order strikers back to work, ending "the greatest single industrial conflict in the history of American organized labor." Southern employers continue their big counter-offensive to bust the textile strikes & agitation occurring along the Eastern seaboard.

An army of 10,000 National Guardsmen was mobilized in Georgia...martial law is declared & Guardsmen start mass arrests & jailings without charges, imprisoning strikers in a former concentration camp for WWI German prisoners...

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

1935 -- US: 400,000 coal workers strike.

1937 -- Source=Robert Braunwart China: Communist Party announces a United Front against the Japanese & declares the Soviet Republic of China dissolved.

1945 -- US: Baseball's Stan Musial gets 5 hits off 5 pitchers on 5 consecutive pitches.

1945 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Vietnam: A Vietminh-led anti-French General Strike shuts down Saigon.

1946 -- Canada: 4,000 workers march in Valleyfield, Quebec to protest arrest of Medeliene Parent, a leader of the dominion Textile strike.

Smiley faces, animated
1949 -- Russia: First Soviet A-bomb exploded.

1950 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Truman vetoes the Internal Security Act (Congress overrides his veto tomorrow).

1951 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Australia: A referendum to give the government power to ban the Communist party is defeated, 2,370,009 to 2,317,927.

1953 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The AFL (American Federation of Labor) expels the International Longshoremen's Association for racketeering.

1956 -- "Billboard" runs an article which states, "with new experiences to their credit, such as calling riot squads & with scars such as damaged seats, some arena & stadium officials have turned their thumbs down to rock & roll.

1959 --SI dingbat

Editing of Guy Debord's film On the Passage of a Few Persons through a Rather Brief Period of Timebegins this month.

One reel (20 mins.), 35mm, black & white. Produced by the Dansk-Fransk Experimentalfilms Kompagni & Laboratoire GTC; cinematographer: André Mrugalski; editor: Chantal Delattre; assistant director: Ghislain de Marbaix; assistant cinematographer: Jean Harnois; script: Michèle Vallon; grip: Bernard Largemain.
Music: Georg Friedrich Handel, Origin of Design; Michel Richard Delalande Caprice no 2.
Voice-over: Jean Harnois, Guy Debord, Claude Brabant.
[I don't have the exact day — ed.]

1960 -- England: Psychoanalytic theorist Melanie Klein dies, London.
Daily Bleed Saint, 2006-2008
Psychoanalytic theorist of early childhood socialization.
Source: Autonomedia Calendar

1961 -- Antonio Albertondo (Argentina) at 42, completes the first "double" crossing swim of the English Channel in 43 hrs. 10 min.

1966 -- US: Got Steinbrenner? Only 413 show up at a Yankee Stadium baseball game.

1966 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: Cuban exile terrorists hit the Cuban embassy in Ottawa with a bazooka.

1966 -- SI dingbatEngland: During this month the Situationist "Heatwave" #2, appears, London. Edited by Christopher Gray & Charles Radcliffe.
[I don't have the exact day — ed.]
Source: [Situationist Resources]

1967 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko tells the UN "the most serious threat to peace in the world is the United States."

1967 -- SI dingbatEngland:

Charles Radcliffe of the Situationist International's English section is charged in London with counterfeiting; he has in fact been printing & distributing an anti-Vietnam War tract on a facsimile of a US Dollar.

[I don't have the exact day — ed.]
Source: [Situationist Resources]

1969 --
Illinois University newspaper, "The Northern Star" runs an article with the headline "Clues Hint At Beatle Death," citing the Sgt. Pepper album cover & the line "I buried Paul."

John Lennon later claims it was"I'm very bored" in the fadeout of "Strawberry Fields Forever."

(Actually he says "cranberry sauce.")

It sparks one of the hypes of the decade: the Paul Is Deadcontroversy. Paul tells journalists from his Scotland farm,

"If I were dead, I'd be the last to know."

1970 -- US: Mercury Rising?: Fishing is prohibited in Virginia's Holston River after a chemical plant dangerously contaminates the river's fish with mercury.

siren, animated
1970 -- US: Arrested Childhood?: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses. Teach your children well.

1971 -- US: American Indian Movement (AIM) activists attempt to arrest the deputy director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in Washington, D.C.

1973 -- Spain: Salvador Puig Antich arrested.

A young anarchist militant in the guerrilla MIL (Iberian Liberation Movement) fighting the yoke of Francoism, he had slipped back into the country in 1972. Despite international protests, Antich is executed March 2, 1974. Extensive militant reaction to Spanish government targets follows throughout British, Irish & European cities.

Nobody for President
1975 -- US: Miss-Informed?: In the second assassination attempt made against Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jerry "Bubble Gum" Ford in less than three weeks, the president is shot at in Frisco, California, by Sara Jane Moore, who was also a police & FBI informer.

1980 -- Iraq: Troops seize part of Iran in a border dispute; war begins, after 10 months of skirmishes, halting 60% of world's oil traffic.

1981 -- West Germany: Cops oust squatters. Thousands in various cities fight back.

1985 -- Source=Robert Braunwart France: Government admits planting the bombs that sank the "Rainbow Warrior" in New Zealand.

1989 -- Irving Berlin begins decomposing, at 101.

Beat Nik
1992 -- Diane di Prima interviewed.

"The place where I was lucky in my own life was that I had a grandfather who was an anarchist....

"He would tell me these really weird fables about the world. He would read Dante to me & take me to the old peoples anarchist rallies, & all this showed me these other possibilities...."

1996 -- Australia: Robert Dent, suffering from terminal cancer, becomes the first person in the world to commit legally assisted suicide under a voluntary euthanasia law. Dent dies from a painless lethal injection.

Life is Ecstatic: Intercourse Between Destruction & Creation
1999 -- Cities across Italy & France ban cars for the whole day — 66 French & 93 Italian cities participate.
Media Burn

As for automobiles,
they come to reflect & sum up the marvels of consumption.

They mirror a society without history, except when they are burning.

— Jean Baudrillard

1999 -- Only 100 shopping days left until Y2K.

1999 -- Euro-San Francisco Poetry Festival, September 22-23.


anarchiste diamond dingbat; anarquista; new entry, 2007

Poets from many lands. Among American poets are Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bill Berkson, & Miriam Patchen reading the poems of Kenneth Patchen.

Street demo
2000 -- Bolivia: Thousands of demonstrators participate in a rally in the principal square of Cochabamba.

Some 10,000 protest against the Banzer government policies & demand an increase in the wages of teachers, while in other regions of the country, road blockades are thrown up & maintained.

2001 -- France: IVèmes RENCONTRES LIBER TERRE, Bieuzy-les-Eaux 56, 22-23 septembre. Le programme peut également être consulté sur le site "Recherche sur l'anarchisme."

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: New York City announces a $9-million settlement with Abner Louima for police torture in 1997.

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: 350,000 demonstrate in London for support of rural areas.

2007 -- France: Famed mime, Resistance fighter Marcel Marceau dies, Cahors. Offstage, he was famously chatty. "Never get a mime talking. He won't stop," he once said.

2009 -- Spain: Chess match between former world champs Garry Kasparov & Anatoly Karpov, a 25-year anniversary 12-game love-fest to mark their first World Championship meeting which dragged on for months without a winner. (Kasparov, as a political activist & nemesis of putzer Vladimir Putin, gave up chess in 2005).

3000 --

Daily Bleed Saint 2003-2004: ETIENNE CABET
Founder of the 19th-century utopian community, New Icarus.

Under World Gravity, rock poster
3000 --

Do You Believe In Life Before Death?

3001 --

But it is precisely modernity that is always quoting primeval history. This happens through the ambiguity attending the social relationships & products of this epoch.

Ambiguity is the pictorial image of dialectics, the law of dialectics seen at a standstill. This standstill is utopia & the dialectical image therefore a dream image.

Such an image is presented by the pure commodity: as fetish. Such an image are the arcades, which are both house & stars. Such an image is the prostitute, who is saleswoman & wares in one.

— Walter Benjamin, Reflections

[About Walter Benjamin]

9002 --

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