Extolling an archaic tactic to defeat in battle; frustrate the plans of, and put into a state of perplexity and embarrassment all enemies on the field with Reason and Enlightenment.
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Friday, April 10, 2009
The Daily Bleed
[...] but I think the details change, crows' feet around the eyes of a man who still walks around but who died back there the last time, the name of the President maybe, the date on the calendar. Something in us dies each time, like our so-called innocence each dawn. I light candles. My country, 'tis of thee.
APRIL 10 -- ANNA KAVAN Writer, surrealist painter, addict, recluse, suicide.
Florence, Italy: EXPLOSION OF THE CAR. A large wooden car full of fireworks & explosives sits in the piazza. A wire runs to the cathedral. A dove-shaped rocket is ignited at the altar, runs along the wire & explodes the car.
1931 -- Kahlil Gibran dies, New York. Lebanese born American philosophical essayist, novelist, mystic poet, & artist. Author of The Prophet.
"The man who hears & understands we call mad, & flee from him."
1938 -- England: In Liverpool, Emma Goldman speaks on Spain at two meetings today & tomorrow: on the first day to a 1,000 people; on the second to a small gathering of the Workmen's Circle. Communists disrupt both meetings.
1945 -- US: Medical staff at an Oak Ridge, Tennessee hospital injects plutonium into the survivor of a car accident.
Thus begins an enormous (& until the 1990's, top-secret) US government program to investigate the effects of radioactive materials when injected into live humans, which did not end until the mid-1970's.
The program was expanded in the 1950's to include "Operation Sunshine", under which 1500 cadavers were stolen from locations around the world, in order to more comprehensively study the effects of radiation on the human body. As of this writing a total of 16,000 men, women & children are known to have been experimented on as a part of these studies.
Science equals progress, in the cause of humanity, hailed for its objectivity & value-free research, in practice. The future is even brighter as corporations & government & military take control of university researchers, & their results, across the nation.
1959 -- US: Utopian architect Frank Lloyd Wright dies.
1970 -- At a concert in Boston, Doors singer Jim Morrison asks the audience if "anyone wants to see my genitals," just after a brief power failure.
Everyone missed his opening line:
"& now I'd like to do my impression of the Governor of Arkansas."
1981 -- UN approves world treaty assuring no civilians shall be attacked with "napalm, mines or booby-traps."
Defeated by US veto. Perhaps to "protect US Toy interests"?
"Toy-size bombs designed to kill tanks & soldiers appear as white lawn darts, green baseballs, orange-striped soda cans — & have proved deadly to children. . .
`"When you see a 5-year-old boy come to the hospital without any limbs,' asked Kuwait City surgeon Dr. Mohammad Khaled, 'how can you forget the sight?'"
1981 -- England: Brixton Riots: Beginning of a weekend of rioting as young people set fire to buildings & cars, pelted cops with bricks, & looted stores. Roving gangs directly fought cops with bricks, iron bars & Molotovs.
1981 -- Ireland: Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands elected to British Parliament during the 6th week of his hunger strike.
2001 -- China: Communist government detains Wu Jianming, a US citizen, on charges of spying. Other ethnic Chinese intellectuals with American backgrounds recently arrested include Gao Zhan, Tan Guanguang & Li Shaomin.
Speculation sees these as political rather than legal proceedings, the rationale for the arrests including efforts to find the anonymous compiler of the book The Tiananmen Papers.
2006 -- US: Nationwide job & school walkouts & pro-immigration demonstrations for America's 12-million illegal immigrants. Funny country, where hard work can earn you hard time.
A STRONG PEOPLE NEEDS NO LEADER
— Emiliano Zapata
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