Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Daily Bleed, 13 Oct. 2012

 Holding the razorblade my arms became severed & fell off.
   Looking closer I see how cold & pale they are as if seriously
   threatened by something. Confronted with this I stood my pair
   of lost arms up as candlesticks to ornament my room with. The
   arms are dead but seem to show all the more nothing but fear
   of me. Such frail etiquette I consider more lovely than any
   flower basin.

    — Yi Sang, "Poem no. XIII"
    Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2003-2004
    Korean dadaist, rakehell, liberationist, political radical.

 Bleed in full, some color pictures thrown in for free...


Qawwali singer, mystical Sufi seeker of the
"stateless state" of Enlightenment

Thailand: FLOATING OF LAMPS honors footprint
left by  Buddha on a riverbank.

Roman FEAST OF FONTANALIA, celebrating good water 
(if you can find any).


1766 -- England: A mob of over a thousand rise in Great Colton,
Warwickshire, against bread price rises. They split into flying
squads 300 strong & traverse the country, enforcing prices & fighting
the soldiery in Kidderminster, Birmingham, Alcester & Stratford.

1812 -- US attempt to invade Canada goes south.

1897 -- US: A well-attended event to raise money for the
imprisoned editors of the Firebrand is held in
Chicago. Speakers include Max Baginski, Moses Harmon, &
Emma Goldman, who is on a speaking tour. Goldman
speaks to the Lucifer Circle on the theme of
"Prostitution: Its Causes & Cure" & on "Free Love."

1902 -- Prolific poet, librarian, & author of historical
& juvenile fiction Arna Bontemps lives.

1909 -- Francisco Ferrer, founder of the "Modern School"
movement, anarquista, murdered in Spain by the Catholic Monarchists.

    Ferrer was well-known internationally, his execution
    caused a sensation throughout North America & Western
    Europe. In Great Britain, George Bernard Shaw,
    H. G. Wells, & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle protested
    with Peter Kropotkin & other anarchists. Ferrer became
    a martyr for free thought &, with his execution, one of
    the most famous of Spanish anarchists.

    Violent confrontations between protesters & the police
    occur in Paris, where over 500,000 people turned out.
    In Argentina, a meeting improvised by the F.O.R.A.
    brings out 20,000 workers & results in a General Strike
    which begins tomorrow & lasts until October 17.

1909 --  Nicaragua: US consul reports United Fruit Co. troops &
two US cruisers have taken over Nicaragua's Atlantic ports.

1910 -- American jazz great Art Tatum lives.

1911 -- US: Commemoration of the second anniversary
of the death of Francisco Ferrer, New York City.
Speakers include Leonard Abbott, James P. Morton,
Harry Kelly & Emma Goldman. Bayard Boyesen,
professor at Columbia University & a teacher at
the Ferrer School, is later fired by university
administrators for having shared the platform
with Goldman at this event.

1914 -- US: Bombs are planted in St. Patrick's Cathedral &
the Church of St. Alphonsus on this day, the five year anniversary
of the execution of Francisco Ferrer.

1925 -- Lenny Bruce, standup comic, social rebel,
hounded to death by cops for using such words as fuck
& cocksucker on stage, lives.

      Of course the "Jackie Hauling Ass bit"
      wasn't funny to the all-Catholic jury he faced
      in Chicago.

      "When you can't say 'fuck,' you can't say
                                 'fuck the government.'"

1929 --    "Mean Low
                 Blues", Blues

    "One of every 20 residents of New
    York is a Negro," wrote Adam Clayton Powell,
    Jr. in 1935.

    "There are about 300,000 black,
    brown & yellow folk. One-half are not working, the
    other half is existing on the crumbs from the table."

Evoking the rural South & the dislocation felt by many who left it for Northern cities, Blues Birdhead waxed "Mean Low Blues" in Richmond, Virginia, before the Depression. Whether the obscure harp player's fortunes would have improved had he joined the 1930's flood of New York-bound migrants is another matter.

1943 -- US: Poet Robert Lowell, Jr., a conscientious
objector (CO), is sentenced to a prison term of
a year & a day for draft evasion.

   Shocked & dismayed by the Allied firebombing of civilians in German cities like Dresden, he declared himself at this time a conscientious objector. He served for several months in jail (his experiences form the basis of  "Memories of West Street  & Lepke."

1948 -- Pakistan: Sufi qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
lives (1948-1997), Lyallpur. In 1995, he collaborated with
Eddie Vedder on the soundtrack to "Dead Man Walking."

1952 -- France: Second projection of "Howls for Sade," in Paris.

1961 -- Film visionary Maya Deren dies.

            "I make my pictures for what
            Hollywood spends on lipstick."

1967 -- Two Marines killed, 21 wounded when a US
Marine fighter mistakenly drops bombs on
them near Conthien, South Vietnam.

                Well, come on Wall Street, don't move slow,
                Why man, this is war au-go-go.
                There's plenty good money to be made
                By supplying the Army with the tools of the trade,
                Just hope & pray that if they drop the bomb,
                They drop it on the Viet Cong.


                Well, come on mothers throughout the land,
                Pack your boys off to Vietnam.
                Come on fathers, don't hesitate,
                Send 'em off before it's too late.
                Be the first one on your block
                To have your boy come home in a box. ...
                Whoopee! we're all gonna die!

1970 --  Chile: CIA pays Chilean military plotter
Viaux $20,000 to assassinate Allende.

1970 -- Angela Davis, 26, a former faculty member at the
University of California, Los Angeles, black militant, &
self-proclaimed Communist, is arrested in NY City in
connection with a shootout  in a San Raphael, California,
courtroom six days before. Later acquitted.

1978 -- Third day in a row, Sid Vicious (former Sex
Pistol band member) kills girlfriend Nancy. She
just won't stay down, & he just doesn't know when
to quit? History as it happens — historians
agree it happened, but not which day.

1980 --  Adolfo Perez Esquivel, architect & human-rights
activist imprisoned & tortured in Argentina, wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

1984 -- Artist Alice Neel dies.

1992 --  Michael Ondaatje, Canada, wins Booker Prize for
The English Patient; Barry Unsworth wins for Sacred Hunger.

today & compete in the Cosmic Underleague
during the 1998 baseball season.

    The dream of a stateless society, devoid of any authority . . .
    "Whoever lays his glove on me is a tyrant..."

    "To Govern the Basepaths is to be ...

1997 --  Vietnam: A Nike plant in Hanoi is fined $5,000 for
producing 51 rubber dildos. Profits go down the tube....

1999 --  Guatemala: Workers at a Del Monte subsidiary are forced to quit their jobs at gunpoint in order to prevent a strike, Izabel.

2003 -- Israeli & US officials have admitted collaborating to deploy US-supplied Harpoon cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads in Israel's fleet of Dolphin-class Israel announces that states 'harboring terrorists' are legitimate targets.            


              LENNY BRUCE

             Talked dirty, influenced many. Daily Bleed Patron Saint 1998.

            "They beat the crap outta me but I
            proved I was a man. They kept
            beating me but I didn't give them no

             "What names schmuck, you were arrested
             for exposing yourself."

— anti-CopyRite 1997-3000, more or less

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