Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Daily Bleed

. . We are tired of paddling.
All afternoon we have climbed the weak current,
Up dim meanders, through woods and pastures,
Past muddy fords where the strong smell of cattle
Lay thick across the water; singing the songs
Of perfect, habitual motion; ski songs,
Nightherding songs, songs of the capstan walk,
The levee, and the roll of the voyageurs.

— Kenneth Rexroth

Daily Bleed, web page in full, some 90 links...


Slain New York City community, social justice activist.

Belgium: ST. HUBERT'S DAY, celebrated with deer
hunt in medieval costume. Communion wafers
stamped with hunting horns were given to the dogs
before the hunt.

Ancient Rome: ISIS CULT. Feasting & licentious
celebration of restoration of Osiris, end of four-day


"Vote early, Vote often."

— League of Empty Gestures & Self-Abdication


1839 -- First opium war — 2 British frigates engage
several Chinese junkies. British want the drug
trade for themselves.

1854 -- Ecuador cedes the Galapagos Islands to the US.

1883 -- 1883 -- US: Send the Reds to Russia?: Supreme Court
declares Native Americans are "aliens" (& they should
go back to where they came from?)

1886 -- Kurt Wilckens (1886-1923) lives,

Wilckens was a German anarchist, a member
of the (IWW), & a pacifist. Murdered in a
prison cell in Argentina by a rightwing fanatic,
causing a General Strike in protest, & shutting
down the country.

1903 -- Province of Panama, with the secret backing of
Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Theo
Roosevelt & the New Panama Canal Company, secedes
from Columbia. It is hurriedly recognized by the U.S.
government within three days, & on 18 November, the
new country surprisingly grant the North American patron
state a permanent & perpetual lease to the Canal Zone.

& when some had the idea to slit open the narrow waist
of Central America, King Felipe II commanded them to
stop: he prohibited the excavation of the canal, under
penalty of death, because man should not separate what
God united.

The US decides to finish the canal & run it under its own
flag. Small problem: It is part of Colombia, which does
not agree.

US Senator Hanna advises patience — given the nature of the
animals with which the US is dealing — but Teddy Roosevelt
does not believe in patience.

He sends the Marines & thus this province becomes a separate
country, by the work & grace, not of God, but of that other
pretender: the United States & its military.

Can't Buy Me Love?: The New Panama Canal Company
has contributed $60,000 to the Republican campaign fund...
Two US publications — "The Nation" & the
"New York Evening Post" — relentlessly denounce the
"trickery & falsity of our Panama aggression"

1903 -- Walker Evans, American photographer, lives.

1914 -- After witnessing the agonies of 90 serious
casualties as a chemist, Georg Trakl, dies of an overdose
of cocaine. His work influenced Germanic poets after
both world wars.

1921 -- US: Got Milk? Milk drivers on strike dump thousands
of gallons of milk on New York City streets.

1933 -- Libertarian poet Jehan Rictus dies.
The only real competitor to Jean Richepin
at Le Chat Noir.

1957 -- US: Wilhelm Reich, whose books have been
seized & burned by freedom-loving US federal agents,
dies in prison for refusing to stop selling orgone
accumulators. Author of The Mass Psychology of Fascism,
Sex-Pol Essays, Function of the Orgasm, etc.

"The truest & most important concepts of the era . . .
are precisely marked by the organization around them
of the greatest confusions & the worst misrepresentations.

Vital concepts are simultaneously subject to the truest &
the most false uses . . . because the struggle between
critical reality & the apologetic spectacle leads to a
struggle over words. . . . The truth of a concept is
revealed not by an authoritarian purge, but by the
coherence of its use in theory & in practical life."

— Internationale Situationniste #10

1962 -- US: James Baldwin's "Letter From a Region in My
Mind" (later titled in book form, The Fire Next Time,
published in "The New Yorker." Baldwin frequented the
anarchist groups in NY city.

1963 -- US: This fall (I don't have exact day —ed.) sees
the formation of Merry Pranksters.

Ken Babbs returns from military service in Vietnam &
meets Ken Kesey & his circle of friends who are living
at Perry Lane in Palo Alto.

Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, was a
vehicle for his anarchist rant against the oppressive conformism
imposed by society's institutions, immortalized in Tom Wolfe's
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

1968 -- Germinal De Sousa, dies, Lisbon, Portugal.
Participant in the Spanish Revolution of 1936, fighting
with the column "Tierra y Libertad". Son of Manuel
Joaquim de Sousa & secretary of F.A.I. (Iberian
Anarchist Federation), 1938-1939.

1968 -- Come to Detroit!!

1984 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader
acting President Reagan explains that the word
"neutralize" in the CIA manual — which he, of
course, has not read — merely meant "remove from
office," not "assassinate." & how does one remove
an unwanted official?

"You just say to the fellow that sitting there
in the office, you're not in the
office anymore."

1998 -- A dark Afternoon; tomorrow
Beatster Ray Bremser dies.

"Ray Bremser was one of the original,
if not one of the most authentic Beats..."

2006 -- US: First North American Secessionist Convention
(November 3-5, 2006). Sponsored by the Middlebury Institute
(directed by Kirkpatrick Sale, a scholar, author, technology critic;
in attendence is Bleedmeister's No. 1 Trouble-Making-Son,
Brandon Letsinger)


"Liberty is no more than an empty shell
when one class of men is allowed to condemn
another to starvation without any measures
being taken against them. And equality is
also an empty shell when the rich, by
exercising their economic monopolies, have
the power of life or death over other
members of the community.

— Radical leader Jacques Roux
at the height of the French
Revolution in 1793

"We lack resistance to the present."

— Deleuze & Guattari


— anti-Present 1993-6666, more or less

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