Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Daily Gutta Percha - 22 May SUN RA
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Ark-Angel, musician from Saturn, via Birmingham.
Islam: NIGHT OF THE TREE OF EXTREMITY.
This tree has a leaf with a name on it for every person on earth.
On this night it is shaken.
If your leaf falls, you will die
in the coming year. Many prayers said in mosques.
1805 -- Esoteric poet, proto-surrealist Gerard de Nerval lives, Paris.
1813 -- German composer, anti-semite Richard Wagner lives.
Once seen stomping around the revolutionary barricades with
1856 -- US: Democracy in Action?: Congressman Preston Brooks
of South Carolina visits the floor of the Senate & beats Senator
Charles Sumner (Mass.) unconscious with a gutta-percha cane, as
two Georgia senators stand idly by. Sumner was incapacitated for
three & a half years.
1868 -- US: First train robbery in the world, in Indiana, when the
Reno gang makes off with 98,000 buckaroonies.
1871 -- France: "Bloody Week" — the brutal suppression of the
Paris Commune — enters its second day. Delescluze declares the
hour of revolutionary war has sounded.
Remember now there were others before;
The sepulchres are full at ford and bridgehead.
There will be children with flowers there,
And lambs and golden-eyed lions there,
And people remembering in the future.
— Kenneth Rexroth, excerpt, "From the Paris Commune to the
Kronstadt Rebellion" (1936)
1884 -- One-armed baseball pitcher Hugh Daily fans 13 hitters.
1885 -- Victor Hugo dies in Paris. Mourned as a national hero &
buried in the Pantheon.
1895 -- Railroaded?: Eugene V. Debs imprisoned for his role in the
Pullman railway strike, Woodstock, Illinois.
1895 -- Indian religious leader Jiddu Krishnamurti lives.
"Truth is a pathless land, & you cannot approach it by any path
whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Truth, being limitless,
unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be
organized; nor should any organisation be formed to lead or to
coerce people along any particular path."
1901 -- Italy Gaetano Bresci found dead in prison, "suicided"
by his guards. Italian-American anarchico who assassinated King
1906 -- US: Wright Brothers patents an aeroplane.
1925 -- Surrealist painter, sculptor Jean Tinguely (1925-1991)
1938 -- Warren S. Van Valkenburgh (1884-1938) dies of a heart
attack. American anarchist editor (Road to Freedom & Spanish
Revolution). The Road to Freedom Group included Rose Pesotta,
Walter Starrett (pen name for Van Valkenburgh), Sadie Robinson
(secretary of the group), Lisa Brilliant & others.
1939 -- Despite success as playwright & poet, Ernst Toller hangs
himself in his Manhattan hotel room, convinced his plays are
passé. A German Expressionist involved with other writers &
anarchists in forming an insurrectionary Bavarian government.
Forced to flee Nazi Germany. Wrote Man & the Masses (1920).
"History is the propaganda of the victors."
The anarchist pacifist Ernst Friedrich helped form a
"Revolutionary Pacifist Group" whose membership
included such figures as Kurt Tucholsky, Walter
Mehring, & Toller.
(Julian Beck, Judith Malina & The Living Theatre
perform "Masse Mensch" in the late 1970s).
1939 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade
Leaders Hitler & Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel."
Steel, of course, refers to their gonads. Pity the fools who follow
their leaders...as these governments, & those under B&RCL
Churchill, B&RCL Roosevelt, B&RCL Hirohito & B&RCL
Buck Truman soon wage the most horrific reign of terrorism
in the 20th century with weapons of mass destruction purposely
targeting whole cities of civilians (Warsaw, Dresden, London,
Nagasaki, Hiroshima, etc.)
1947 -- The manifesto "Freedom is a Vietnamese Word",
published in the anarchist paper Le Libertaire, signed by
the surrealists Bonnefoy, Bousquet, Breton, Peret, Tanguy &
10 others, condemning the French imperialistic adventure in
1948 -- Black American writer Claude McKay dies,
If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursed lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
1954 -- Mine's Bigger than Yours?:
Bobby Zimmerman is Bar Mitzvahed.
"A friend of my mother's who attended Minnesota
during Dylan's frat boy days... [said] he met Dylan
more than once, & all he ever talked about was how
he had the biggest Bar Mitzvah in the history of Hibbing."
1955 -- Domino Effect? Cops in Bridgeport, Connecticut cancel
a scheduled dance headlined by Fats Domino, because, authorities
say "rock & roll dances might be featured."
1957 -- US: Heads Up, India!: 10 megaton hydrogen bomb accidentally
falls from a bomber in an uninhabited area near Albuquerque owned
by the University of New Mexico.
1958 -- Remember the list of fatal military accidents we came up
Wasn't that in 1958? If so, here is another one:
Nike missiles explode, Leonardo, NJ; 10 die.
1968 -- France '68: In the Latin Quarter of Paris the police (the
"forces of order") & the students clash.
1968 -- US: NY City police raid of student occupations at Columbia
University results in 998 arrested, over 200 injured.
1969 -- Langston Hughes ("I, Too, Sing America") dies in New York.
A foremost champion of the black experience in America & poet of
the Harlem Renaissance. A target of that august poetry reading group,
1970 -- England: Bomb discovered at the new Paddington police
station in London: during the later trial, the prosecution claim
this is the first "Angry Brigade" action. Major Yallop (head of
laboratories at Woolwich Arsenal) admits to forensic work on
1,100 bombings in England between 1968 & 1971.
Busy days indeed.
1996 -- You've Lived the Life — Now See the Movie!
"The Society of the Spectacle":
90 minutes. French videocopy. Pacific Film Archive,
Berkeley, Wednesday, 22 May 1996, 7:30 p.m.
1998 -- Johnny Depp movie "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas" opens.
2001 -- In a letter to Greenpeace, Coca Cola Spain says it fully backs
the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
— Anti-CopyRite 1997 & counting forward