Two little waves to drown me.
— Jacques Prévert, excerpt, "Quicksand"
Daily Bleed web page, 84 entries in full,
FEBRUARY 4 — KOSTAS AXELOS
Greek philosopher, communist, resistance fighter.
TORTURE ABOLITION DAY.
Somebody call the CIA.
TROMBONE LIBERATION DAY.
1819 -- Monarchy for the People!
Emperor Norton I, true ruler of these United States, lives...
& well he lives!
He ate without paying at whatever restaurant, lunchroom,
or saloon took his fancy. Created his own money, which
was honored all over Frisco Bay.
The Emperor called for a world of leisure & creativity, a
country of the mind without borders, in which all were
engaged in their most creative work.
1869 -- Wobbly "Big Bill" Haywood lives, in Salt Lake City, Utah
— where all good Mormons try to emulate him. Industrial Workers
of the World (IWW) honcho.
Carl Sandburg wrote a piece for the International Socialist
Review casting Haywood, imprisoned along with the rest of
the IWW leadership on wartime sedition charges, as a kind of
20th-century John Brown.
1894 -- Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, dies in poverty.
holy horn with lids like beer
mug/ with phallic tail why did they invent you
before Coleman Hawkins was born ?
excerpt, 'The Sax Bit' by Ted Joans
1899 -- Philippines: Revolt against the non-imperialist benevolent peace-loving
US occupation forces begins. The American genocide of Filipinos follows.
In November 1901, the Manila correspondent
of the Philadelphia Ledger reports:
'The present war is no bloodless, opera bouffe engagement;
our men have been relentless, have killed to exterminate men,
women, children, prisoners & captives, active insurgents &
suspected people from lads of ten up, the idea prevailing that
the Filipino as such was little better than a dog...."
1900 -- Jacques Prévert, (1900-1977) lives. Poet, surrealist,
Worshiped freedom & glorified the spirit of rebellion
& revolt. Participated with the surrealists, but refused to
join the Communist Party with Andre Breton, whom he
made fun of in "Mort d'un monsieur". A talented screen
writer, his credits include "The Children of Paradise."
1922 -- US: Capablanca plays 103 simultaneous chess games,
in Cleveland (102-0-1).
1957 -- Hey, You Maroons!
Joseph Hardaway, creator of Bugs Bunny, dies.
1957 -- Writer, painter, book illustrator, Miguel Covarrubias dies.
1957 -- L'Art brut
Talks by Ralph Rumney (L'Art brut de vivre
[The Outsider Art of Living]) & Asger Jorn (Industrie et
beaux-arts, extrêmes de l'unité situationniste [Industry &
Fine Art: The Two Extremes of Situationist Unity]), Taptoe
Gallery, Brussels (a "monosonorous talk" is presented by
Yves Klein two days later).
1962 -- Russia: Take Me Out to the ol' Gulag?
Newspaper "Izvestia" reports baseball
is an old Russian game.
Babe Ruthsky, Mickski Mantle,
Barry Bondkaslavsky Bondkaslavsky...yeh!
1968 -- The inspirational genius of the Beat writers, Prankster
Neal Cassady, pulls his last prank — collapses & dies along
railroad tracks, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.
who poverty & tatters & hollow-eyed & high sat up
smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats
floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz ...
— aLLEN gINSBERG
Cassady: cultural renegade, your
ultimate school bus driver.
"The bus came by & I got on, that's when it all began
There was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of the bus to
— 'The Other One', The Grateful Dead
1980 -- Guinean novelist Camara Laye dies (b.1928). Wrote
L'Enfant noir (The Dark Child) & Le Regard du roi (The Radiance
of the King, 1956). Among the very earliest major works in
francophone African literature. The Radiance of the King is
described by Kwame Anthony Appiah as "One of the greatest of
the African novels of the colonial period."
1982 -- Erica Roe, a busty bookseller, streaks topless
at Twickenham at the rugby international between
England & Australia, capturing headlines with her
40-inch bust during the height of the Falklands War.
"I was supposed to be at work in my bookshop..."
Her streak has been voted into the top (sic)
100 Greatest Moments in Sports.
1998 -- Brussels: International Pie Brigade commandos, created by
pie-throwing anarchist Noël Godin, delivers a pie to Bill Gates
(Seattle boy makes good: "the richest man of the world") to cries of :
"Entartons, entartons le polluant pognon!"
1999 -- US: In NYC plainclothes police officers fire 41 shots
at Amadou Diallo (22), a Bronx street peddler & immigrant from
Guinea, who was unarmed in front of his Bronx home.
Daillo died from 19 gunshot wounds (great shots these cops).
The four shooters were later indicted for 2nd degree murder.
Surprisingly most cops who murder their victims are never
& these four are — surprise! — acquitted.
2005 -- US: We can't make stuff up like this department:
Its fun to shoot people... It's a hoot...
"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around
for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis said.
"You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So
it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."
Adopt a sniper...shot down:
Students were selling bracelets bearing the motto
"1 Shot 1 Kill No Remorse I Decide."
2010 -- France: Greek philosopher, resistance fighter, communist,
journalist, editor, publisher, Kostas Axelos dies, Paris. Advocate of
"Open Marxism" to transcend the political-ideological role of Marxism
& to "pose fruitful questions & demystify 'existing realizations,'"
arguing, like Marx, that the opposition between work (necessity) & play
(freedom) needs to be abolished.
"When I give food to the poor, they
call me a saint.
When I ask why the poor have no
food, they call me a communist."
— Archbishop Helder Camara,
Brazilian liberation theologist
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