Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Auntie Dave: "A Daily Bleed"

Named & nameless, all live in us;
               One & all, they lead us yet:
               Every pain to count for nothing,
               Every sorrow to forget."

                         — William Morris

Daily Bleed, web page updated, in full,


Conducted over 300 slaves on the Underground Railroad.

Thai New Year: THAI ONE ON.


Stavelot, Belgium: CARNIVAL, with a parade led by
the "Black Mossis", draped completely in white
cloth, with their distinctive masks & long red noses.


1791 -- Got Piles?: John Stone patents the pile driver. oUCH.

   See Archie Green, "Wobblies, Pile Butts, and Other Heroes:
   Laborlore Explorations." (University of Illinois, 1993.)
   Through the lens of a labor folklorist, an examination of
   John Henry as expressed in visual art.

1812 -- First two cantos of Lord Byron's "Childe Harold's
Pilgrimage" are published, causing a national sensation &
immediately establishing the author as a public figure:

     "I awoke one morning & found myself famous."

1817 -- England: The Blanketeers: Impoverished & hungry
handloom weavers & spinners assemble in St Peter's Field,
Manchester, each equipped with a blanket for their march to
London to present a petition to the Prince Regent. After
intimidation from the authorities, only a few reached
Macclesfield, & no organized marchers got further
than Derby.

1876 -- First coherent message transmitted by telephone.

        "Would you like your rugs shampooed today?"

1906 -- France: Catastrophe de Courrières (Pas-de-Calais).
Coal dust explosion kills 1,060 workers in Courrieres, France.

   Over 1,000 die in the worst mining disaster of the 20th
   century. 45,000 miners go on strike for 55 days against
   the disastrous working conditions, which the army

1913 -- US: Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman dies.

1914 -- England: Serious Cleavage? Mary Richardson slashes
Velasquez's "Rokeby Venus" in London's National Gallery with
a meat cleaver in order "to destroy the most beautiful woman in
mythological history" as a response to continued harassment
of the suffragettes.

1920 -- Boris Vian lives. Vehemently
anti-militarist & a pacifist, best known as an
extremely gifted writer & jazz musician. He wrote
the novel, J'irai cracher sur vos tombes (I'll Spit
On Your Graves) &, in the mid-1950s, at the time
of the Algerian crisis, he wrote popular songs
(including "Le déserteur", a french classic
chanson). Also by Vian: L'Ecume des jours,
L'Herbe rouge, L'Arrache-coeur.
 Vian made his
antimitilitarism (& scorn for existentialism) plain
when he wrote,

   "War is a social phenomenon of
   capital interest because all those who
   engage in it may earn a pure &
   complete objectification & thus reach
   the corpse state ... but war does not
   provide a solution because often one
   is not killed."


1921 -- Russia: Attack on Kronstadt, which had rebelled
against Bolshevik absolutism, for Free Soviets.

Radiotelegramme to the Workers of all Countries,
from the Provisional Revolutionary Committee of

     "Three days ago, the Communists opened fire upon us,
     & spilled our blood. As we fight for a just cause, we took
     up the challenge. The garrison & the working population of
     Kronstadt, which shook the infamous yoke of the Communists,
     has decided to fight until the end."

Excellent collection of online texts (Emma Goldman's My
Disillusionment in Russia
, Ida Mett's The Kronstadt
Revolt 1921
, & related materials at:

1938 -- Spain: Nationalists begin major offensive in Aragón;
the Lincoln Brigades retreat south out of Belchite & are
overrun by rebel offensive, with many taken prisoner; the
beginning of the Great Retreats.

1939 -- Armand Guerra dies. Spanish filmmaker & anarchist.
Fought fascism with a camera.

     As a 20-year old anarchist in France Guerra helps found a
     film co-operative (two of his films were recently found: "The
     Old Docker" & "The Commune").

     His film "Carne de Fieras" was never released, &
     thought lost forever, until the negative was discovered
     & released in 1993.


1945 -- Japan: US kills 100,000 civilians & leaves 1.5
million people homeless.

   The most destructive raid of World War II occurs, with
   more dead than in Hiroshima & Nagasaki combined.

   334 B-29s drop nearly 2,000 tons of incendiaries on Tokyo,
   destroying large portions of non-military targets in the
   Japanese capital.

     [...] others died horrible deaths within the firestorm,
     such as those who attempted to find protection in the
     Sumida River, & were boiled alive...

     Not called terrorism in America, & war crimes like these are
     hidden from the teaching of American history. Only the German
    & Japanese atrocities during WWII are taught so that one can
    clearly discern the good guys from the bad guys.

1948 -- US: Zelda Fitzgerald & eight other women killed in
sanitarium fire in Asheville, North Carolina.
Trapped on the third story, she dies at 48.

1966 -- Holland: Provos smoke bomb the Dutch Royal wedding.

1974 -- The More Things Change, the More
They Remain the Same?:

   Pennsylvania Crime Commission finds police
   corruption in Philadelphia "ongoing,
   widespread, systematic, & occurring at all levels
   of the Police Department."

   It also accuses Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader
   Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo of trying to block its

             "The streets are safe —
             it is only people who make
                                          them unsafe."

             — former Police Chief & Mayor Frank Rizzo

1990 -- England: Poll tax riots in Brixton & Swindon — during
the latter, good sense & ingenuity are displayed as cop radios
are jammed. Sweet. Radios out, ipods 'n' itunes are in.


                    We kill for oil then we throw a party when we win
                    Some guy refuses to fight & we call that the sin
                    But he's standin' up for what he believes in
                    & that seems pretty damned American to me
                    & it feels like I'm living in the wasteland of the

                    While we sit gloating in our greatness
                    Justice is sinking to the bottom of the sea
                    & it feels like I'm living in the wasteland of the

                    — Songster Iris DeMent, Wasteland of the Free


—anti-CopyRite 1997-3000, more or less, use 'em or lose 'em

>From Wounded Knee to Yugoslavia

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