Our Daily Bleed...
Come when the rains
Have glazed the snow & clothed the trees with ice,
While slant sun of February pour
Into the bowers a flood of light.
— William Cullen Bryant, "A Winter Place"
Jamaican reggae mon, Rastafari hero, post-political leader.
NEW ZEALAND DAY. British rule established, 1840.
FEAST OF SAINT VAAST, patron saint of children who are slow to walk.
SETSBUN, or 'Bean Throwing Festival' (a moveable feast): drives out evil & celebrates the coming of spring; fish heads & pointy sticks hung in doors to see off & put out the eyes of devils; beans thrown into room corners to chase stagnant spirits from the house.
FEAST OF DOROTHY: one of the patron saints of gardeners. Dig for revolution.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST TO FREE LEONARD PELTIER.
Jamaica: BOB MARLEY DAY ("MON!").
Elizabethan poet-dramatist Christopher Marlowe was not killed in 1593, but banished; he continued writing under the pseudonym "William Shakespeare." So say some.
We poets hate hate & make war on war.
— Pablo Neruda
|They fight man to man on the edge of the abyss. There are so many dead there is no place left to fall down, & the slaughter continues in the scrub. Many blacks try to flee, & slip down the precipe & throw themselves off it.
Flames devour the capital of Palmares. From the distant city of Porto Calvo, the huge bonfire can be seen burning throughout the night.
— Eduardo Galeano, Memory of Fire: Genesis, p274
"Mr Cooper drank 15 bottles of hydrogen beer in order to maximize the size of the flames he could belch during the contest. He catapulted balls of fire across the room that Godzilla would be proud of, but this was not enough to win him first prize since the judgement is made on the quality of the flames & that of the singing, & after 15 bottles of lager he was badly out of tune."
|Button, in Philadelphia|
"If the union had won," explained 1909 Triangle Shirtwaist Company striker Rose Safran,
"we would have been safe. Two of our demands were for adequate fire escapes & for open doors from the factories to the street. But the bosses defeated us & we didn't get the open doors or the better fire escapes. So our friends are dead."
1915 -- Soledad Estorach Esterri lives (1915-1993). Anarquista, feminist, member of Mujeres Libres, companion in arms with Concha Liaño.
photo courtesy of alasbarricadas.org
1918 -- England: Women over 30 allowed to vote.
1918 -- Italy: Temistocle Monticelli, secretary of the Comitato di Azione Internazionalista Anarchica (Anarchist International Committee of Action), arrested, relegated. Other members arrested & confined at Lipari are Emilio Raimondo, Pasquale Binazzi & his partner Petroni Carlotta Zelmira (see July 1920 reference page). Organized during the war, among the committee's major activities was providing support for the victims of repression, for internees & for exiles. With their arrests, & that of Torquato Gobbi, & the death of Gregorio Benvenuti, the committee was broken up.
Le 6 février 1918, à Rome, arrestation du compagnon Temistocle Monticelli, secrétaire du "Comitato di Azione Internazionalista Anarchica" (Comité d'Action Internationaliste Anarchiste); celui-ci est envoyé en relégation. D'autres anarchistes comme Emilio Raimondo, Pasquale Binazzi et sa compagne Zelmira sont confinés à Lipari où à Nola. // in Rome, arrest of the companion Temistocle Monticelli, secretary of the “Comitato di Azione Internazionalista Anarchica” (Committee of Action Anarchistic Internationalist); this one is sent in relegation. Other anarchists like Emilio Raimondo, Pasquale Binazzi & his/her Zelmira partner are confined in Lipari where in Nola.
1919 -- US: Seattle General Strike begins, 10am. Shipyard strike of 32,000 workers sparks General Strike as workers take control of the city for a week. Crime drops dramatically.
Began in response to government sanctioned wage cuts. Sees the formation of a workers, soldiers & sailors council. Succumbs to bureaucratic labor union intervention as the latter scramble to seize control.
It is this sort of 'wildcat' activism which leads the Postmaster General, in the 30s, to refer to the US as being comprised of these
"47 states & the Soviet of Washington".
1921 -- Charlie Chaplin silent movie "The Kid" is released.
1922 -- Italy: Mussolini fa l'elogio del nuovo Papa Pio XI. Si vuole così accattivare il consenso dei cattolici.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1926 -- Kurt Weill orchestral work "Quodlibet" premiers, Coburg, Germany.
1931 -- Charlie Chaplin silent movie "City Lights" is released.
1932 -- French filmmaker Francois Truffaut lives.
Green tea & Ham?
Customs officers set up a gramophone between the green tea & bales of rice, & are listening to all records that come from the Middle East. If they recognize a word like 'fatherland' or 'victim' in a song, the record is prohibited, whatever the subject may be. (Tunisia became independent in 1956 & Bourguiba, "La Charte" editor, is its first president.)
"Compañeiros meus...a revolución social..." eran as 16,45 horas do 6 de febreiro de 1960 e rodeaban o seu leito de morte a súa compañeira, as súas fillas e o seu amigo entrañable Sebastián Marotta. Con Silvetti morrían moitos personaxes: Alba, Campos, Benítez e o verdadeiro Fandiño."
Recoñezo que esa é unha debilidade miña -dixo-. Eu nunca tomei en serio esas cuestións de avoengo familiar.
Coa morte de Fandiño desapareceu un dos máis destacados dirixentes sindicais da clase obreira arxentina.
1972 -- US: Over 500,000 irate letters arrive at CBS-TV, when word leaks out the network would air an edited-for-TV version of the X-rated movie, "The Demand".
1972 -- US: DixyLand? Dixy Lee Ray[diation] becomes chair of the US Atomic Energy Commission. A nuclear reactor in every garage. Chernobyl is our middle name?
Source: ’Robert Braunwart’
1973 -- US: 200 American Indian Movement protesters clash with police for three days in Custer (!), South Dakota, over the murder of Wesley Bad Heart; 37 arrested.
I called her Mo-nah-se-tah, the name of the
beautiful daughter of the Cheyenne chief, Little Rock.
At first, she didn't particularly care for the name, which
means, "the young grass that shoots in the spring,"
but after I explained to her that Mo-nah-se-tah was
supposed to have had an illegitimate son by General
George Armstrong Custer she took to the name like a
duck to water.
— Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
1975 -- Hélène Patou (1902-1975) dies. French writer, militant anarchiste & néo-Malthusian. See 3 February 1902.
The FBI is often fondly referred to, because of its criminal conduct in cases like this, as the Federal Bureau of Fabrication.
February 6 of each year has become THE INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH LEONARD PELTIER. Protest gatherings to publicize Peltier's plight & help gain his release are held around the world, from a few individuals in small towns, to thousands on the Internet registering their protest with elected officials & the White House.
1977 -- Canada: Quebec PM Rene Levesque drives over a man lying in a Montreal street. Levesque is fined $25 for not wearing his glasses at the time of the accident.
1978 -- Homeless Bums?: Record snowfall of 27.1 inches over 32 hours brings the city of Boston to a standstill. The entire city closes, National Guard put on alert, as the storm continues, eventually causing 29 deaths & rendering 10,000 people homeless.
1983 -- France: Nazi Klaus Barbie is charged in Lyon with crimes against humanity. Barbie ('Butcher of Lyons') was able to escape to South America with the aid of the US government following WWII as part of the infamous "Ratline" (the American plan to smuggle accused Nazi war criminals out of Europe).
See John Loftus' The Belarus Secret. For the Vatican's role in helping Nazi war criminals escape, see his book Unholy Trinity.
1983 -- 18-hour miniseries "The Winds of War" (Herman Wouk) premiers on ABC TV.
1985 -- England: Peace camp evicted by the army at CIA base, Molesworth.
1989 -- Last person shot to death crossing the Berlin Wall, Chris Gueffroy. Meanwhile, German citizens taking pieces of the wall grumble about the shoddy quality of the wall.
1989 -- Australia: A rain of sardines falls on Ipswich.
Many thousands of sardines, "Like a sheet of silver rain," fell around the house of Harold & Debra Degen of Rosewood, Australia, on February 6th, 1989.
The Degens gathered a bowlful for their cat & to keep as a souvenir; the rest were,"Gobbled by kookaburras." The fall was confined to two acres, according to the Ipswich police.
Source: "Look Out Below!" (No longer online.)
Painting: 'Sardines' (Damir Ceric; Oil on cupboard, 1998)
|US: Axis of Primeval? Government admits it shipped plutonium to 39 countries over the last 59 years (including Israel, South Africa, Iran & Iraq).|
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Students at México City's university had been on strike for greater say in the running of the institution & opposing the change of tuition from nearly free for all Mexicans to a cost of $140. per year.
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— John Zerzan
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