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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."
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 suppresses.
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 Kronstadt:
"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."
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.
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 investigation.
"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 free.
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 free."