Our Daily Bleed...
The cycle has come round again. America is where
Anatolia was. It is a place where human beings, just
to stay alive, have to jump, to dance, & by dancing
revive the rhythms, recover cyclical time. Anarchic
& pantheistic dancers no longer sense the artifice
& its linear His-story as All, but as merely one
cycle, one long night, a stormy night that left Earth
wounded, but a night that ends, as all nights end,
when the sun rises.
— Fredy Perlman, Against His-story, Against Leviathan!
THROW ALL THE BASTARDS OUT DAY.
"Bombing to end war is like balling to end bastards."
THE DAY BEFORE THE FEAST OF ZEROWORK.
Daily Bleed Saint 2003-2005
Anabaptist communist, founder Mulhausen commune.
1541 -- Countess of Salisbury, last of the Plantagenets, lost her head.
1647 -- New Old World: Execution of Achsah Young, of Windsor, Connecticut, first witch known to be executed in America — in Salem, Massachusetts, of course. She is hanged, rather than burned. Her crime was that of using foreign herbs to cure her neighbors.
1652 -- New Old World: First American mint starts making 3 & 6 d. pine tree shillings, at Boston. Proves the old adage "Money Grows in Trees".
1812 -- México: Insurgent periodical El Ilustrador Americana first begins publishing.
Source: [Robert Braunwart][Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1818 -- Amelia "Hot Pants" Bloomer lives.
1856 -- US: Rogue River Indians defeated in Battle of Big Bend, Oregon.
1871 -- France: End of the Paris Commune (Bloody Week). Desperate combat by the Communards ends up even in Père Lachaise cemetery. The Communards are lined up & shot against the wall — which becomes known as "mur des fédérés," in honor to their memory.
Shall we hang thus by taut navel strings
To this corrupt placenta till we're flyblown;
Till our skulls are cracked by crow & kite
And our members become the business of ants,
Our teeth the collection of magpies?
1875 -- Germany: The Gotha Congress unites two workers' organizations into the Socialist Workers Party.
1884 -- Jewish author Max Brod lives, Prague. Remembered mainly as the editor & close friend of Franz Kafka, his own work blends fantasy, mysticism, & eroticism, such as his most famous work, the historical novel Tycho Brahes Weg zu Gott (The Redemption of Tycho Brahe, 1916).
1890 -- France: André Rene Valet lives, in Verdun, Meuse. Illegalist member of the Bonnot Gang. Met the circle of anarchistes involved in the paper "L'Anarchie", edited by Victor Serge & Rirette Maitrejean, some of whom were also future Gang members. Valet was killed in a shootout with the police & the army, 15 May 1912 in the Paris suburb of Nogent-sur-Marne.
After the arrest of André Soudy, then Edouard Carouy & Raymond Callemin, it is the turn of Bonnot & Dubois — who, when encircled, fight until the end before being killed by the police. Lastly, Octave Garnier & Valet are killed during an attack on their hideout by both the police & the army, while thousands of the curious run for cover.
1891 -- Le prime notizie sulla figura del secondo anarchico sono contenute nel Fondo Prefettura, Busta 3395.
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Journey to the End of Night (Voyage au bout de la nuit).
("... not so much Platoon as Buffoon, really, with the soldier's main mission of the day being little more than looking for a place to pee without getting his dick shot off...")
Former Daily Bleed Saint December 12 & also December 7, 2007.
Best known for The Maltese Falcon, introducing Private Investigator Sam Spade, which was filmed three times.
Among his screen credits is Watch on the Rhine, by Lillian Hellman, his companion in 1930s. Victim of HUAC witch hunts.
TRIVIA: According to an old joke Hammett studied Kant´s philosophy early at the age of 13. In Wim Wender´s film Hammett (1982) the author is involved in a crime investigation which provides the basis for another mystery book. Director-screenwriter Samuel Fuller also appeared in the film.
"Many writers continued their Hollywood careers under pseudonyms, or "fronts," sometimes with comic results. Alfred Levitt, for example, screenwriter of The Boy with Green Hair (1948), relates how a story conference got off on the wrong foot when he was addressed by four different names."
1898 -- Italy: La repressione statale si attua anche nei confronti della Chiesa. Vengono sciolti 70 comitati diocesani, 2600 comitati parrocchiali e molte associazioni legate all'Opera dei congressi, organizzazione di ispirazione cattolica.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1907 -- US: Proto-ecologist Rachel Louise Carson lives, Springdale, Pennsylvania. Wrote Silent Spring. Her books in the 1950's & 60's spurred the beginnings of the mass environmental movement.
1912 -- John Cheever lives (1912-1982). American writer, wrote of the emptiness of middle-class, suburban America & portrayed its manners & morals with ironic humor. His career began with expulsion from the Thayer Academy in his junior year — the subject of his first short story, "Expelled."
1916 -- US: Late May-July Emma Goldman conducts lecture tour in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, & San Francisco.
Goldman's topics include "Free or Forced Motherhood," "Anarchism & Human Nature — Do They Harmonize?," "The Family — Its Enslaving Effect upon Parents & Children," "Art & Revolution: The Irish Uprising," in addition to lectures on the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, & Walt Whitman.
Emma also plans meeting with militant Wobbly/poet Arturo Giovannitti & others to begin work on an anti-militarist manifesto.
1917 -- US: Race riot begins in East St. Louis, Ill. (-May 30); one black person is killed.
1923 -- Germany: Henry Kissinger lives ... Just another American war criminal in a just world.
1927 -- US: Army Air Corps Lt. James "Jimmy" Doolittle flies first "outside" loop, in a Curtiss P-1BHawk. Scientists predicted these (inverted loops) would be fatal.
1929 -- US: Supreme Court bars Rosika Schwimmer from citizenship for refusal to bear arms in nation's defense.
1930 -- John Barth, novelist (The Sot-Weed Factor; Giles Goat-Boy) lives, Cambridge, Maryland.
1931 -- Strato Trek?: Piccard & Knipfer make first flight into stratosphere, by balloon.
1935 -- US: Supreme Court invalidates the National Recovery Act (NRA).
1936 -- France: Alexander Berkman, in declining health, is released from a hospital & returns to his domestic life with companion Emmy Eckstein & his old anarchist pal Emma Goldman in Nice.
1937 -- US: Golden Gate Bridge opens, Frisco, California. Work began January 5, 1933.
1937 -- Italy: Il ministero della stampa e propaganda diventa ministero della cultura popolare (minculpop). Tutte le manifestazioni culturali finiscono sotto il tallone del regime.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1940 -- France: Evacuation of Allied troops at Dunkirk begins.
1941 -- High Seas: German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force. FDR proclaims an "unlimited national emergency."
1942 -- Pierre Ramus (aka Rudolf Grossman) (1882-1942) dies, fleeing from Nazi-occupied Europe.
Austrian writer, pacifist & propagandist. Wrote for Johann Most's newspaper & organized the German FKAD (Federation of Anarchist Communists of Germany) parallel to Rudolf Rocker's FAUD. Fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe, he had boarded a ship on the 20th, enroute to Veracruz, Mexico.
1943 -- US: Law passed barring military contractors from racial discrimination.
1944 -- Jean-Paul Sartre play "No Exit" premiers, Paris.
1947 -- US: Fishermen & Allied Workers union merges with Harry Bridges' ILWU.
1947 -- Spain: Anarquista guerrilla Enrique Marco Nadal arrested. Condemned to death in 1949, his sentence is commuted to 30 years imprisonment.
[Details / context]
1949 -- Believe It or Not: Robert Ripley dies.
1950 -- France: Congrès de la Fédération anarchiste, Paris, 27-29 mai.
[Source: Le Libertaire Chronologie]
1955 -- US: Census clock at the Department of Commerce Building in Washington, DC, records a population of 165,000,000 at 8:51 a.m.
Collage by SaintMeister James Koehnline
1955 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Ghost Buster President Buck Truman tells Ed Murrow the White House is haunted by Abe Lincoln. Same clown dropped atomic bombs on Japan.
1956 -- US: Tallahassee bus boycott.
1958 -- US: Navy's fifth attempt to launch Vanguard Satellite fails. The rocket was fired at too steep an angle to achieve orbit & fell back to earth.
1958 -- US: Ernest Green is first African-American to graduate from Little Rock Central High School, Arkansas.
1959 -- US: Delegates of the Insurance Agent's International Union & the Insurance Workers of America, having ratified the merger agreement at their respective conventions, convene as delegates of the merged union, the Insurance Workers International Union. The 15,000-member labor union later merges with the United Food & Commercial Workers in 1983.
1960 -- Turkey: Military coup overthrows civilian government.
1962 -- Anton Webern's "Eight Early Songs" & "Langsamer Satz" premier, Seattle, Washington.
Aquilino Ribeiro (1885-) dies. Great Portuguese novelist of the first-half of the 20th century, a life-long activist & youthful militant anarquista (arrested in 1907 for an explosion in his room in which a carbonário was killed). Nominated in 1960 for a Nobel Prize.
From the pine-nut, which a sudden gust of wind had torn from the mother-cone, & from the acorn, which the bird had dropped onto the ground, when the act was repeated a thousand times, the forest was born.
— A Casa Grande de Romarigães (excerpt)
1966 -- Artist Andy Warhol & his Plastic Inevitable, Velvet Underground & Nico, plus the Mothers, at Fillmore Auditorium in Frisco.
1967 -- Australia: Citizenship granted to aborigines.
1967 -- Scott MacKenzie: "Are You Going to San Francisco?" enters charts.
1968 -- France: The Upheavals of May '68 continue. The agreements of Grenelle (signed between employers & the trade unions), ratifies a wage increase, but is rejected by the workers who heap abuse on the trade-union representatives.
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1968 -- High Seas: Nuclear-powered USS Scorpion disappears in North Atlantic with 99 aboard. Imploded, during a diving test. The radioactive
debris . . .
"sleeps with the fishes."
1968 -- US: Grand jury indicts the "L.A. 13" for conspiracy to disturb the peace during the school walkouts. Those indicted are Sal Castro, Eliezar Risco, Patricio Sanchez, Moctezuma Esparza, David Sánchez, Carlos Montes, Ralph Ramirez, Fred Lopes, Richard Vigil, Gilberto Olmeda, Joe Razo, Henry Gomez, & Carlos Muñoz, Jr.
1968 -- Senegal: University & high school Students go on on strike in Dakar.
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1972 -- US: Second "Watergate break-in" attempt by Dick "I am not a Used Car Salesman" Nixon's CREEP agents fail when bungling Virgilio Gonzales is unable to pick a lock on the door of the Democratic National Committee headquarters.
1974 -- US: The National Organization for Women's (NOW) national conference pays special tribute to the Women's Airforce Service Pilots as part of a campaign to help them win military status from the Defense Department.
Although the pilots flew more than 60 million miles during WWII, they were considered civilians & denied military retirement & benefits. Thirty-eight women died in the line of duty during the war, but the government did not even pay to send their bodies home.
Pressured by women's groups, the Defense Department finally relents in 1979, granting the pilots military status.
1975 -- US: Alaska legalizes home use of marijuana. Now everyone in Alaska can see Russia from their front porch.
Graphic by SaintMeister James Koehnline
1977 -- England: In a sentimental mood, The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen". A fine & patriotic act...
1978 -- US: Nearly 20,000 rally in New York City to protest nuclear weapons, marking the beginning of a resurgence in anti-nuclear weapon activism culminating in the Freeze campaign of the early 80's.
1978 -- 40 mediators attend UN Disarmament Session's Mobilization for Survival (convened May 23).
1980 -- Korea: 3,000 killed in Kwangju Uprising (May18-27).
The South Korean army deliberately & with extreme brutality massacred hundreds of unarmed civilians in Kwangju. The victims were protesting military rule in the country & asking for democracy.
This massacre & its cover-up is not unlike the little known US-backed & perpetrated murder of possibly 60,000 civilians in the Cheju-do Massacre of 1950.
High US government officials knew of this slaughter, did nothing to prevent if, & then tried to cover up what they had condoned...
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1981 -- US: Low Blow? Lenny Randle tries to blow a slow rolling baseball across the foul line, but the ump says no.
1986 -- Just Fishin Around?: Mel Fisher finds a jar containing 2,300 emeralds, recovered from the sunken Spanish ship "The Atocha," which sank in the 17th century. The value of the emeralds was said to be "multi, multimillions" of dollars.
1986 -- Italy: Gli acquedotti comunali del Bergamasco e della Lomellina distribuiscono acqua contenente atrazina e altri prodotti chimici usati come diserbanti in agricoltura. Altre località sono interessate al fenomeno. Lo stato è incapace di tutelare la salute dei cittadini.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1986 -- US: Point-counterpoint debates between John Carlson & Walt Crowley debut on KIRO-TV News, Seattle. Both are sud suckers at the Blue Moon Tavern from time to time.
1987 -- Italy: Wanna Rumble?: During a show in Rome's Flaminio Stadio, U2's sound system sets off earthquake alarms in two neighborhoods.
1992 -- Bosnia: Massacre of bread queue, Sarajevo.
1992 -- El Salvador: National plan of Reforestation for Peace begins.
1999 -- UN War Crimes Tribunal announces its indictment of Slobodan Milosevic. Demonized by the US & its NATO stooges.
1999 -- Lies! Damn Lies?: Gorbachev says US desire for global hegemony risks war.
2002 -- US: Ken Gjemre, founder of Half Price Books (1972), dies. Americans for Religious Liberty’s treasurer, Gjemre was a member or supporter of nearly 90 organizations & even more causes, including the American Civil Liberties Union, The Gray Panthers, & the League of Women Voters.
2006 -- Canada: Paul Zilsel (1923-2006) dies.
Theoretical physicist, militant activist, communist, then an anarchist.
A courageous social activist, never afraid to speak his mind & act on his beliefs. He refused to testify against others when called upon to do so by HUAC during the McCarthy era witch-hunt, presenting the committee with an eloquent argument justifying his stand. Paul was arrested many times during civil rights & anti-war demonstrations in the US, & traveled internationally as a member of various peace-keeping teams. Peace in the Middle East, with full justice for Palestinians, was especially important to him.
In 1973 he co-founded Left Bank Books in Seattle, Washington.May 6, 1923 - May 27, 2006
Paul was born in Vienna, Austria.
He obtained a PhD in theoretical physics from Yale University.
He leaves behind his daughter Joanna Zilsel, grandsons Daniel Zilsel & Noah Sobolewski; daughter Carrie Zadrazil & grandsons Matthew Sipress, Neal (Karen) Sipress & Andre Zadrazil; daughter Brook Thorndycraft; first wife & lifelong friend Dori Tentchoff; dear friend & Brook’s mother Lynne Thorndycraft; brother-in-law Ivan Tentchoff & his partner Evi Blueth; great-granddaughter Mina Roth- Sipress
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