Our Daily Bleed...
|In fresh myrtle my blade I'll entwine,
Like Harmodious, the gallant & good,
When he made at the tutelar shrine
A libation of Tyranny's blood.
— Edgar Allan Poe
Great French philosopher
theorist of 'horizontal' thought,
of anti-capitalism, schizo-culture.
Great French philosopher
Holtville, California: CARROT FESTIVAL.
"A nation that continues to spend more on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
1644 -- New Old World: Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston report America's first UFO sighting.
1671 -- Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panamá.Drinking brackish water & rum
Morgan & his forces entered the city, refreshed themselves with food & wine, then began sacking the wealthy city. One hundred & fifty mules were needed to carry the treasure back to the ships; however, tense relations with his men are supposed to have caused Morgan to abscond with most of the booty.
on shaky schooners
they lost their teeth.
Only their names are still rampant
like the rushes by the seashore, haunting us
for a century or two,
until they too will vanish
like all those who came before them
& left no trace,
not even their names in copperplate
on old sea-charts,
or their collarbones in the dunes.
H a n s M a g n u s
E n z e n s b e r g e r
"Discoverers", Translated by the author
1689 -- Satirist/philosopher Charles de Montesquieu lives, near Bordeaux.
1778 -- English explorer Captain James Cook stumbles ("discovers") over the Hawaiian Islands, renames them with something really imaginative & exotic: "Sandwich Islands."
1779 -- Peter Mark Roget, compiler of the most famous thesaurus in English, lives.
Strange Stuff: Dark body of apparent size of Mercury seen crossing the sun [Monthly Notices of the R. A. S., 20-100]
1803 -- French revolutionary & poet Sylvain Maréchal dies. Can be labeled an anarchiste avant la lettre, although the Marxists also claim him. Created a Revolutionary Calendar.
Sylvain Marechal was a poet whose Manifest of the Equals was too much even for the egalitarian conspiracy of Gracchus Babeuf. He also authored Almanach des Honnêtes Gens, in which he proposed a new calendar replacing the names of the Saints with those of the "benefactors of humanity" — philosophers, writers & scientists.
1814 -- Chile: Gen. San Martin begins his military campaign for Chilean independence.
1817 -- Chile: San Martin leads his revolutionary army across the Andes (-Feb. 8)
More Strange Stuff:
Fall of small friable vesicular masses, from pea-size to walnut-size, Lobau [Rept. Brit. Assoc., 1860-85]
1840 -- "Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer," first US electrical journal, appears.Have you thought seriously about the threat to your health posed by electromagnetic radiation, through equipment used at work, frequent use of cell phones or cordless phones, microwaves, many household appliances or overhead transmission lines? Don't you think that it is too complicated & best left to the experts?
1854 -- Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in NW México.
1857 -- France: Gustave Boullard lives. Ardennes anarchiste, member of the groups "The Stateless Persons" of Charleville, then "The Disinherited" of Nouzon, & the "Libertarians of Nouzon," who met in the Colony of Aiglemont, founded by Fortuné Henry. Boullard was once imprisoned for six weeks for declaring his refusal to recognize the authority of Hizzoner, the Mayor of Nouzon:
"Je t'emmerde, toi et ton écharpe, je suis anarchiste et je ne reconnais pas ton autorité."
1863 -- US: Soldiers of the California Volunteers torture & shoot Mangas Colorado, a Chiricahua Apache, in what becomes New Mexico.
Mangas approached the white army camp seeking a settlement to the war between the US & the Apaches. He was assured that the camp would enforce a truce. After his warriors leave, however, whites take Mangas prisoner & shoot him. Then a soldier takes his scalp, & another cuts off his head & boils the flesh away so he can sell it to a phrenologist. They dump the headless body in a ditch.
The official military report claims Mangas was killed while attempting to escape. After learning of Mangas' death, Apache chiefs Cochise & Victorio lead their warriors in a guerrilla war against whites in the Southwest.
Ayn Rand, head of a failed cult movement, touts such treatment of the Indians, since it involves "white" men bringing "civilization" to America.**
1867 -- Nicaraguan symbolist poet & short-story writer Rubén Darío lives (1867-1916).
Now they fear the bullying of their northern neighbor, which outrages even nonpolitical poets such as Rubén Darío...
You think that life is fire,
that progress is eruption,
that wherever you shoot
you hit the future.
— Rubén Darío, from To Roosevelt
1881 -- US: Spokane (Indian) Reservation established.
1882 -- Author A. A. Milne lives, St. John's Wood, London. Wrote When We Were Very Young; Winnie-the-Pooh. Of writing he noted:
"Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money & fame from this state of being."
1888 -- France: Louise Michel sent to prison for 15 days insulting authorities (outrages à agents).
[Source: Michel Chronologie]
1892 -- Film comedian Oliver Hardy lives. As a young man Norvell Hardy opened the first motion picture theater in Milledgeville, Georgia, the home of Flannery O'Connor. At the end of one of the most enduring of the films he did with Stan Laurel (see June 16), Way Out West, he & Laurel do a song & dance routine called "Are You From Dixie?"
1899 -- England:
For a bet Tom Elder Heran, an actor, dresses himself as a tramp & stands in Trafalgar Square attempting to sell £5 notes for a penny each.
Passers-by were so suspicious that he manages to sell only two.
1904 -- Italy: Angelo Galli (?-1904) was an Italian anarchico killed by police during a general strike in Milan in 1904. His funeral, which became a heated political confrontation between anarchist mourners & Italian police, was immortalized in Carlo Carrà's 1911 work, "The Funeral of the Anarchist Galli".
1911 -- Japan: The cry of “Museifu Shugi Banzai!” (Long Live Anarchy!) resounds in a Japanese court room, shouted by Kanno Suga (Kanno Sugako; 1881-1911), one 26 defendants in the "High Treason Case" (Taigyaku Jiken).
1912 -- British writer of short stories, novels, & travel books, William Sansom lives, London.
1912 -- Polish humor? English explorer Robert F Scott & his expedition reach South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen had gotten there before.
1913 -- Wales:
& Yet More Strange Stuff: Something "that was lighted or that carried lights" seen moving rapidly in the sky again, Cardiff; later reports said it carried a brilliant light that had been seen in Liverpool; list in the Standard of cities where the object was seen [London Times, Jan 21, Jan 28, London Standard, Jan 31]
1918 -- Nu?man ?Ashur, Egyptian author & playwright, short story writer, essayist, cultural historian, & journalist. He denied the possibility of reconciliation between the classes in The Lower Class (1956) & The Upper Class (1958). Also wrote Give Us Our Money Back.
1920 -- US: NY state rules teachers may be fired for Communist Party membership.
1921 -- Spain: Antonio Téllez lives (1921-2005); anarquista guerrilla, historian. Antonio Téllez Solà, Spanish anarchist
Le 18 janvier 1921, naissance d'Antonio TELLEZ SOLA, à Tarragone (Catalogne). Militant anarchiste et historien de la guérilla espagnole. Fils d'un cheminot, il est marqué par l'insurrection d'octobre 1934 dans les Asturies où il réside avec ses parents, alors qu'il n'est encore qu'un enfant. En juillet 1936, il est à Lérida lorsqu'éclate la révolution. Il adhère alors aux "Jeunesses Libertaires." A l'âge de 18 ans, il est mobilisé, mais le camp républicain est vaincu, et c'est l'exil en France pour des milliers de réfugiés. Antonio est interné au camp de Septfonds, puis est employé dans des compagnies de travail. Il s'en évade, est repris et de nouveau interné au camp d'Argelès-sur-Mer. Employé ensuite comme travailleur forcé dans des mines, puis à la construction de fortifications, il sabote, en mars 1944, la ligne de chemin de fer Perpignan-Beziers, avant de rejoindre les maquis de la Résistance où il organise l'évasion de prisonniers russes. Il prend part, avec la 9e brigade de FFI, aux combats pour la Libération de Rodez. En octobre 1944, il participe avec d'autres militants espagnols à une tentative de reconquête de l'Espagne par le Val d'Aran (qui échouera). Il s'installe ensuite à Toulouse où, en contact avec Sabaté, Facerías, Carballeira, etc., il apporte son soutien aux groupes qui poursuivent des actions de guérilla en Espagne. En 1945, il est un des responsables du Comité national des "Jeunesses Libertaires" (FIJL). En 1946, il effectue une mission de 3 mois en Espagne, puis de retour en France se fixe à Paris où il donne des articles et dessins à la presse libertaire en exil "Atalaya", "Cnt", "Ruta", "Solidaridad Obrera", "Suplemento Libertario." Mais lassé des querelles au sein du MLE, il commence alors un important travail d'historien sur la guérilla espagnole d'après-guerre. Il travaille alors comme journaliste à l'Agence France-Presse. En 1986, il prend sa retraite et s'installe à Céret (Pyrénées-Orientales) et collabore à la nouvelle presse libertaire espagnole tout en continuant son travail de mémoire sur le mouvement. Il meurt le 26 mars 2005 à Perpignan. Il laisse, outre ses articles, de nombreux ouvrages historiques: "Facerias: la guerrilla urbana 1939-1957"; "Sabaté, guérilla urbaine en Espagne 1945-1960" (traduit dans de nombreuses langues); "Historia de un atentado contre el general Franco"; "El MIL y Puig Antich"; "La red de evasión del grupa Ponzán"; etc. "Leur champ de bataille fut surtout l'Espagne, alors terre de violence et d'intolérance, où les hommes étaient torturés physiquement et moralement. Ils combattirent constamment l'ordre établi, ne respectèrent aucune loi étatique, ne comptant que sur ce qui leur appartenait en propre: leur courage, leur intelligence, leur volonté." Dans la préface de l'édition française de "Sabaté..."(1990).
1921 -- Spain: In a series of reprisals between the CNT & Barcelona police, police are ordered to murder ("Ley de Fugas") cenetistas currently being held in jail.
Thus the Valencian cenetistas Juan Villanueva, Antonio Parra, Juli Peris, & Ramón Gomar — arrested yesterday while delivering funds to aid political prisoners in Barcelona — are among those shot down. Police announce all are killed in an attempted jailbreak. In fact, however, Parra is only wounded, buried beneath the dead bodies of his companions. (Parra survived, dying in exile in Venezuela, 1970).[Source: Manel Aisa] a todo cenetista detenido. Así de madrugada sacaron de los calabozos de comisaría a los cenetistas valencianos Juan Villanueva, Antonio Parra, Juli Peris, Ramón Gomar y esposados pretendían conducirlos hasta la Modelo pero a la altura de la calle Calabria los guardias retrocedieron unos pasos y dispararon contra los reos con la excusa de que pretendían escapar. A Antonio Parra herido en el hombro le cayeron encima los cuerpos sin vida de sus compañeros y él no tuvo más que hacerse el muerto y esperar que vinieran los camilleros del Hospital Clínico.
Mientras tanto y creyendo a todos muertos, desde jefatura salió un comunicado de prensa con una versión muy particular de los hechos, pero Parra, pudo contar una muy distinta versión a los médicos del Clínico, pese a que al enterrarse las autoridades de que aún vivía le colocaron dos guardias en la puerta de habitación. (Parra, murió en el exilio de Venezuela, en 1970).
1922 -- Ireland: Irish author Liam O'Flaherty & several Republican comrades take over the Rotunda in Dublin; they hold the building for several days.
1925 -- France: Libertarian anti-capitalist philosopher Gilles Deleuze lives, Paris.
1927 -- Brazil: Roberto Freire lives, São Paulo.
Brazilian intellectual life is marked by the intense multiplicity of his work. Anarchist, writer, dramaturg, journalist, doctor, psychiatrist, ex-psychoanalyst, he also worked with theatre, television & cinema. His long & rich trajectory was always characterized by his effort in combining the ideology of pleasure (‘tesão’) with his scientific & artistic work.
He created SOMA, an anarchist therapy based on the revolutionary ideas of Wilhelm Reich & the art of Capoeira Angola.
As a writer, Roberto Freire reached great recognition. He wrote several essays, short stories, children stories & romances. With his novels (Cléo e Daniel (1965), Coiote (1986), Os cúmplices (1995/6, two volumes), & Liv e Tatziu), he conquered loads of readers, especially among the young. In psychology & politics, he has several books of essays, such as ‘Ame e Dê Vexame’ (1987), ‘Utopia e Paixão’ (1991), ‘Tesudos de Todo Mundo, Uni-vos!’ (1995).
As a filmmaker, he wrote, co-produced & directed the feature film ‘Cléo e Daniel’. In all his work, in his books, articles, plays, etc, the themes are always love, creation & freedom.
During the dictatorship in Brazil, Roberto Freire had an important political & cultural role. He took part in many subversive groups from 1963 to 1979 & was arrested & tortured 13 times, leading to the loss of sight in his right eye.
anarchismo, anarchici, anarquista / Brasil
1932 -- Robert Anton Wilson (RAW), author, anarchist, illuminated.
"If voting could change the system it would be illegal."
EVERYBODY FOR PRESIDENT!
— Reality Is What You Can Get Away With
1932 -- Spain: Libertarian Communism is proclaimed in the Catalonia mine fields of High Llobregat, in Berga, Cardona, Fijols, Sallent, & Suria.
1934 -- Portugal: CGT Portuguesa calls a General Strike against the dictatorship of Antonio Salazar.
[Source: Manel Aisa]
1936 -- The first English winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1907), Rudyard Kipling dies, London, England.
1937 -- England: Emma Goldman speaks on "The Spanish Revolution & the CNT-FAI" at a large meeting chaired by novelist Ethel Mannin in London.
1939 -- American authors William Faulkner & John Steinbeck are elected to National Institute of Arts & Letters.
1941 -- One of the greatest race horses of his time, Epinard, was stolen during the German occupation of France. Newspaper accounts disclosed that the famous equine was being used as a delivery wagon horse.
1943 -- Russia: Red Army breaks 890-day-long German siege of Leningrad. The three-year siege of Leningrad is lifted. Shostakovitch composed the Leningrad Symphony while the city was under siege & secreted the music out. (or 1944?)
1943 -- US: Mary Kenney O'Sullivan dies. First American Federation of Labor (AFL) woman organizer & cofounder of the National Women’s Trade Union League (WTUL).
1943 -- US: Save the Last Slice For Me? Sale of pre-sliced bread banned for the duration of WWII. Only whole loaves are sold until the end of WWII. Not unlike current practices, the government never explains how this action helps the war effort.
US: TooCrunchy? Presliced bread is banned to reduce bakery demand for metal parts.
1944 -- First jazz concert at NY's Metropolitan Opera House is held.
1951 -- New Guinea: Three day eruption of Mt. Lamington begins. When the volcanic eruption finally subsides, 3,000 are dead.
1952 -- Egypt: Anti-British riots break out (-Jan. 27).
1958 -- US: Lumbee Amerindians drive the Ku Klux Klan off their land in Maxton, North Carolina.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1960 -- Anthony Boucher writes the introduction for The Science-Fictional Sherlock Holmes.
1962 -- Vietnam: US begins spraying foliage to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas.
1962 -- US: Lansdale assigns 32 CIA planning tasks against the Castro regime.
1964 -- US: Heads Up! Terrorists: Plans for the World Trade Center are announced (NYC).
1965 -- US: Malcolm X says,
"You have to have someone else's blood to suck to be a Capitalist."
1966 -- Italy: Carlo Frigerio (b.1878) dies. Italian militant & writer, a principal collaborator, along with Camillo Berneri, Luigi Fabbri & Carlo Molaschi, on "Pensiero e volontà" (Thought & Will; directed by Malatesta, it began publishing in Rome in January 1924). anarchicos
Roma, Primo Gennaio 1924, primo numero della rivista diretta da Malatesta; collaboratori Berneri, Fabbri, Frigerio e Molaschi.
1966 -- France: Eleuterio Quintanilla dies, in Burdeos. Anarchist & pedagogue.
Eleuterio Quintanilla was influential in the Asturian CNT & on anarchism in the region. Quintanilla, with José Machargo & Pedro Sierra, founded Acción Libertaria & "El Libertario." Active in the Spanish Revolution of 1936 & the Orto group in the FAI, he escaped to France in 1939.
1967 -- US: Timothy Leary speaks at UCLA.
1967 -- US: Eartha Kitt visiting LBJ at White House speaks out against the war in Vietnam.
1967 -- Sergio Leone movie "A Fistful of Dollars" makes its US premiere, California.
1969 -- France: US, North Vietnam, South Vietnam & the National Liberation Front begin peace talks in Paris.
1970 -- Accidental death of René Keravis, 42. In November 1952 he helped form the "Young Libertarians" within the French Anarchist Federation. Then, without disavowing his libertarian ideas, was an exemplary participant in "auberges de jeunesse."
1970 -- US: Weathermen Judith Bissell & husband Silas "Trim" Bissell are caught planting an incendiary bomb under the steps of a University of Washington ROTC portable building, in Seattle.
1971 -- Scotland: Atentado con bombas incendiarias contra oficinas de South African Airways en Glasgow.
1972 -- Australia: Anarchist author Germaine Greer launches her book The Female Eunuch.
One of the world's foremost feminists. She became famous with her writing of this book, which was recently rated as the second most important book of nonfiction ever written in Australia.
1973 -- US: Seven disciples of the black Islamic Hanafi Musselman sect slaughtered by an organized band of armed intruders which stormed their Washington, D.C. headquarters — a brick & fieldstone house purchased for the sect by Milwaukee Bucks basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Three of the dead were youngsters drowned in an upstairs bathroom; a fourth was a nine-day-old baby found submerged in a water-filled sink.
1973 -- Pink Floyd begin recording "Dark Side Of The Moon."
1977 -- Carl Zuckmayer dies in Visp, Switzerland. German playwright whose works critically confront many of the contemporary problems engendered by two world wars.
Best remembered for Der Hauptmann von Köpenick (1931, The Captain of Köpenick), a satire on Prussian militarism. He also wrote essays, dramatic adaptations, motion-picture scenarios, novels (Salwàre; oder, die Magdalena von Bozen (The Moons Ride Over, 1937), & two autobiographical works, Second Wind (1940; only in English), & Als wär's ein Stück von mir (1966, A Part of Myself).
1977 -- Canada: McClelland & Stewart & Bantam Books Canada start Seal Books to publish paperback books by Canadian authors.
1978 -- Ending of the last show of the Sex Pistols' US tour, Johnny Rotten sneers at his Frisco audience,
"How does it feel to be swindled?"
The next morning he announces the group is history, blaming manager Malcolm McLaren for "sensationalizing" everything about the band. That afternoon Sid Vicious is taken unconscious off their London bound plane in New York & rushed to a hospital. He is treated for an overdose of barbiturates & alcohol.
1978 -- Bolivia: Cinco mujeres: El dictador Hugo Banzer convoca a elecciones y concede una amnistía a opositores políticos.
1980 -- Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce.
"Oz himself is the great Wizard," answered the witch, sinking her voice into a whisper.
"He is more powerful than the rest of us together."
1982 -- England: Greenham women 'keen' outside House of Commons.
1983 -- US: DingleBerry Check? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan asks for largest peace-time build-up of the CIA — including a 25% budget increase. Another "anti-Big Government" rightwinger in action; The bloated juggernaut fails to detect either the collapse of the Soviet empire or 9/11.
1989 -- Dion, The Ink Spots, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Bessie Smith, The Soul Stirrers, Phil Spector, The Temptations & Stevie Wonder inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
1990 -- 42-year old Rusty Hamer, who played Danny Thomas's son on "Make Room For Daddy" but never made it as an adult actor, commits suicide by shooting himself in the head with a .357 Magnum, DeRidder, Louisiana.
1991 -- Three people crushed to death by people who rushed the stage at an AC/DC concert in Salt Lick City, U-Tah. In a strange twist of fate, all the victims were AC/DC.
1991 -- Last of the munchkins? Nita Krebs dies of heart attack at 85.
1996 -- US: Behind the 8-Ball?: Minnesota Fats [Rudolf Wanderone, Jr.], billiard hustler, dies at 82.
1998 -- Broadway premier of "Ragtime", at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
Runs for 834 performances, until January 16, 2000.
Tony award-winner Judy Kaye created the role of the anarchist Emma Goldman in the Broadway production of Ragtime, after having played it in the Los Angeles production, where she won the Ovation Award for best featured actress in a musical.
Directed by Frank Galati; produced by Garth Drabinsky; book by Terrence McNally; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; music by Stephen Flaherty.
2002 -- US flies six "terror suspects" from Bosnia to custody in Cuba after the Bosnian Supreme Court orders them released for lack of evidence. Justice, Texass style.
2002 -- Santa Cruz, California declares this John McCutcheon Day. McCutcheon's song "Ashcroft's Army" obviously inspired them.
2003 -- Demonstrations worldwide against Bush's long-contemplated recolonization of Iraq. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Bush & his rightwingnut Bully Boys have the invasion of Iraq on their agenda from Day One in the White House & simply concoct a series of concerted lies for public consumption.
Play "chess" video (QuickTime, Real or WindowsEmpire Media):
2003 -- Alexander Shabalov wins the US chess championship, Seattle.
2004 -- US: New York Times reports Wal-Mart Stores & Sams Clubs lock in their night shift workers with no key. Injured, heart attack, fire, hurricane, other emergency? Too-too bad for you...
2012 -- US: Wikipedia joins web blackout in Sopa protest. Sopa, an anti-piracy act — ironically supported by the world's largest pirating promoters (Disney, CBS/Viacom, etc) — applications which they distribute, encourage & profit from.
I regret living in a world where sorcerers & soothsayers must live in hiding, & where in any case there are so few genuine soothsayers . . .
As far as I’m concerned, I find it astounding that fortune-tellers, tarot-readers, wizards, sorcerers, necromancers & other REINCARNATED ONES have for so long been relegated to the role of mere characters in fables & novels, & that, through one of the most superficial aspects of modern thinking, naivete is defined as having faith in charlatans.
I believe whole-heartedly in charlatans, bonesetters, visionaries, sorcerers & chiromancers, because all these things have being, because, for me, there are no limits, no fixed form to appearances.
— ANTONIN ARTAUD, 1927
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