Our Daily Bleed...
ELIZABETH GURLEY FLYNN
"The Rebel Girl" of Wobbly fame.
Egypt: FEAST OF 'AUT-YER, Personification of Female Joy.
1495 -- Slim Fast for Peace?: Diet of Worms abolishes private warfare in Holy Roman Empire.
1566 -- Switzerland: Heads Up!? UFO's sighted over Basel. & they have the pictures to prove it!!
Ya, ya live
than ya die
the end, ya
1620 -- All In The Family?: Kepler's mother arrested for witchcraft.
1647 -- England: The Parliamentarian Army takes control of London.
1754 -- Author Henry Fielding leaves England for the gentler climate of Lisbon to alleviate the ill health plaguing him for over a decade.
1764 -- James Boswell, 24, arrives in Holland, having promised himself to "go abroad with manly resolution to improve, & correspond with Johnson," whom he recently met.
1783 -- John Heathcoat, inventor of lace-making machinery, lives.
"Money flies from me.
Profit never ventures upon my threshold."
1820 -- Potatoes first planted in Hawaii, after which the yammering never stops.
1826 -- August (Engelbrekt) Ahlqvist (1826-1889) lives. Also wrote as A. Oksanen. Poet & critic, linguist, the first professor of Finnish at the University of Helsinki, best remembered in Finland perhaps as the strongest critic of Finnish national writer Aleksis Kivi — a classical example of Mozart-Salieri syndrome.
1854 -- US: Rumor that all Catholic churches were arsenals brings a mob of ax-wielding Protestants to a St. Louis house of worship. Eight Irishmen are "butchered like cattle" & 30 more seriously wounded.
1859 -- France: Émile Hugonnard (aka Michel) lives, Lyon.
Militant anarchiste implicated in the famed "Procès des 66" (Lawsuit of the 66) & member of the "groupe de la Guillottière" in Lyon.
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1886 -- Louis Alan Hazeltine, inventor of the neutrodyne, lives.
1890 -- US: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn lives, Concord, New Hampshire. Author of Sabotage: the Conscious Withdrawal of Workers Efficiency.
1894 -- US: Eugene Debs & three other trade union leaders arrested following the Pullman Strike.
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1897 -- Argentina: Albert Perrier (or Perier), aka Germinal, lives (1897-1977), in Buenos Aires. Militant French revolutionary syndicalist.
Member "l'Union Anarchiste" in France. Published the newspaper Le Combat, & in the 1930s joined "La Ruche."
In 1936, Perrier went to Spain with a first French convoy of food & weapons for the C.N.T.- F.A.I., & for the next two years helped supply the Spanish anarchists in spite of a French blockade. During the last months of the revolution he facilitated the passage of those escaping from Spain. An anti-Nazi Resistance member, Perrier was captured & sent to a prison camp (from which he escaped).
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1900 -- México: The anarchist periodical Regeneración, makes its debut. Published by the Flores Magón brothers (Jesus & Ricardo), along with Licenciado Antonio Horcasitas; edited by Jesus Flores Magón & Eugene L. Arnoux.
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1903 -- Kenya: It's In The Pudding? Evidence found proving anthropologist Louis S. B. Leakey lives, Kabete. Wrote By the Evidence: Memoirs, 1932-1951.
1904 -- US: Ralph Johnson Bunche lives, Detroit, Michigan. Political & social scientist, first African-American Nobel Prize winner (1950), for his role as UN mediator of the armistice agreements between Israel & Arab neighbors in the Middle East wars of 1948.
1919 -- US: A month-long actors' strike closes all theatres.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1919 -- Hungary: The Republic of the Councils of Hungary in Budapest is crushed by foreign reactionaries & their allies.
On August 5, 30,000 Rumanian troops entered the capital & began its reign of terror. On August 10, in Csepel, a thousand workers are massacred by machine-gun. The troops withdraw only after after installing the fascist Horthy as head of state.
Thousands of Communists & socialists, or suspect innocents, were rounded up by fascist gangs, beaten, tortured, killed. Trade unions were violently suppressed. Frightful reports of atrocities moved the British (responsible for atrocities in India) sent a Commission which found "the worst stories of mutilation, rape, torture & murder" proved true.
1921 -- US: One thousand miners present Governor Morgan with a resolution calling for an end to martial law in Mingo County.
During this year West Virginia miners have been fighting with mine guards, police, hired thugs, & federal troops...
I loaded sixteen tons, I tried to get ahead,
Got deeper & deeper in debt instead.
Well they got what I made, & they wanted some more,
& now I owe my soul at the company store.
I loaded sixteen tons & what do I get
Another day older & deeper in debt.
Saint Peter don't call me cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store.
— George Davis, excerpt, Sixteen Tons (1930s),
a song popularized by Merle Travis (who ripped it off, claiming to have written in 1946) & Tennessee Ernie Ford
1924 -- Emma Goldman enters France from Germany under the name E. G. Kersner; visits a number of friends in Paris, including Harry Weinberger & Frank & Nellie Harris. Meets Arthur Leonard Ross who she later hires as her attorney. Meets Ernest Hemingway at a party given by English novelist Ford Madox Ford.
1925 -- Ricardo Mella (1861-1925) dies. Headed publishing teams of Solidaridad, El Libertario, Acción Libertaria.
... "El socialismo anarquista" de Ricardo Mella. es tracta d alguns capítols del seu llibre "IDEARIO" que ens semblen molt interessants i actuals per el seu ... pages
Segarra, Agusti Cuadernos, Federico Urales y Ricardo Mella (Anagrama, 1977) 128p.
1928 -- US: Shrink Wrap? The American dollar shrinks.
1931 -- US: Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) heads labor strike at the Boulder Canyon Project.
"Do not jump into your automobile next June & rush out to the canyon country ... In the first place, you can't see anything from a car; you've got to get out of the god-damned contraption & walk, better yet crawl, on hands & knees, over the sandstone & through the thornbush & cactus.
When traces of blood begin to mark your trail, you'll see something, maybe. Probably not. In the second place, most of what I write about in this book is already gone or going fast.
This is not a travel guide but an elegy. A memorial. You're holding a tombstone in your hands. A bloody rock. Don't drop it on your foot — throw it at something big & glassy. What have you got to lose?"
— Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
1940 -- Marilyn Manson lives, San Fernando, California.
1941 -- Rabindranath Tagore dies in Calcutta, India. Winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature, Indian author, poet, composer, painter.
1941 -- "Gloomy Sunday" Billie Holiday, (recorded or issued (?) 8/7/41)
Popular folklore of the Depression has Wall Street pedestrians dodging a hailstorm of failed financiers jumping from skyscrapers. Nothing like that ever happened, but America's suicide rate increased (& its birth rate declined) during the Depression.
Edmund Wilson wrote movingly in The American Earthquake of the unemployed man whose last desperate act was rationalized in a coroner's report as due to "ill health, family troubles & no work."
Given that background, it may be understandable that Holiday's recording of "Gloomy Sunday" was reportedly banned from radio. This suicidal reverie was written in Hungary in 1933 & first recorded in English by Paul Robeson in 1940. Legend has it that "Gloomy Sunday" (or "Szomoru Vasarnap," as it was known in Hungary) inspired suicides wherever it was heard, hence its nickname, 'the suicide song.'
— Mark Humphrey, "The Great Depression: American Music in the '30s"
1942 -- American author Garrison Keillor lives.
1947 -- High Seas: Balsa raft Kon Tiki crashes into a Polynesian archipelago reef. The crew mutinies — crazed with Reefer Madness.
1957 -- Film comedian Oliver Hardy dies.
1958 -- US: Care to Dance? Emilia Newcomb, 22, burst into spontaneous combustion while waltzing at a party. Reduced to small pile of ash in a brief, intense flare. Only her shoes — slightly scorched inside — remain.
1960 -- US: Students stage kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches.
1960 -- Cuba: Fidel Castro announces plans to nationalize all American holdings. US & the Mafia, which had controlled the economy, takes the moral high ground, begins its non-stop campaign to assassinate him.
1961 -- US: Bob Moses (& SNCC) begins first voter registration school in Mississippi (McComb, Fayette County).
1963 -- The original beach movie, "Beach Party," debuts. The film stars Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello. Music is provided by Dick Dale & the Del Tones.
1963 -- Spain: Ramón Vila Capdevila (1908-1963) dies. Also known as "Caracremada" (Caraquemada, Burnt-face), "Jabalí" (the Wild Boar), or "Capitán Raymond."aka Ramon Rivas
The famed anti-fascist guerrilla is shot down & purposely left to die following a shootout with the Guardia Civil.
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1964 -- Time magazine reviews the Beatles' movie "Hard Days Night." The headline reads "Beatles Blow It" & advises readers,
"AVOID THIS FILM AT ALL COSTS"
1964 -- US: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, in response to (falsely) reported attacks on US destroyers (see 2 August; 4 August) passes the House 416-0, & the Senate 88-2.
Gives Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President LBJ extraordinary powers, authorizing him to use "all necessary steps" to "win" the war in Vietnam.
Only two legislators (Morse & Gruening) vote against it, with no opposition in the House — & the FBI begins collecting the names of supporters of Morse, & his office phone lines are tapped.
1966 -- Third-
Annual South- of- Market & North Beach Children's Adventure Day Camp benefit with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother & the Holding Company, & The Grateful Dead held at Fillmore Auditorium. Gary Goodrow of The Committee is master of ceremonies.
1968 -- US: Dead County, Fla.? Republican Convention is held in Miami, Dade County, Fla. Two days of rioting in the black sections of the city ensue, leaving three dead.
1970 -- US: Four, including presiding judge, killed in courthouse shootout in San Rafael, California. Police charge Angela Davis provided weapons, sparking one of the most intensive manhunts in recent American history. A "Free Angela Davis" movement develops after her capture by the FBI, & she is exonerated of all charges in 1972 by an all white jury.
1970 -- On this day Janis Joplin & Juanita Green give Bessie Smith a pigfoot & a bottle of beer... a reefer & a gang of gin...
Empress of the Blues
1894 - 1937
Her grave remained unmarked until Janis Joplin & Juanita Green (the child of a former domestic employee of Bessie Smith) gave her a grave stone on August 7, 1970.
Good collection of real audio files at
The Red Hot Archive A History of Jazz before 1930
1973 -- Guatemala: Yes, We Have No Bananas? Four thousand march in solidarity with striking teachers, sparking widespread union organizing in Guatemala City.
1973 -- France: Émile Bauchet (1899-1973) dies, Villers-Sur-Mer, Calvados. Militant anarchiste & pacifist.
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1974 -- US: "It was l'attaque de la banque. Bank robbery, you know?'": Philippe Petit takes a stroll on a tightrope, between the twin towers of the World Trade Center high (1,350 feet up) above the city of New York, which he had secured with an arrow shot with a bow from one building to the other. He traversed the tight rope seven times, for 45 minutes. "I had been out there on a wire, dancing in the sky."
"If I see three oranges I have to juggle.
And if I see two towers, I have to walk."
1978 -- US: The Love Canal subdivision of Niagara Falls, NY is built on the site of a former Hooker Chemical Co. chemical dump, formally declared a toxic disaster area by President Carter.
1979 -- US: Highly enriched uranium released from top-secret nuclear fuel plant near Erwin, Tennessee. About 1,000 people are contaminated with up to five times as much radiation as would normally be received in a year.
1981 -- Italy: Lo stato decide di installare a Comiso (Ragusa) i missili Cruise, ultima trovata idiotica del militarismo statunitense e dei suoi alleati.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1982 -- Spain: 80 arrested, 23 detained at the 7th International Nonviolent March, La Linea.
1983 -- Belgium: First silent European nonviolent peace walk ends, Luxembourg.
1987 -- An L.A. judge throws out a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne, filed by parents of a teenager who committed suicide while listening to "Suicide Solution."
1990 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Bush (& former CIA head) orders deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia & the Gulf region.
1991 -- Charges of assault & property damage filed against Guns 'n' Roses lead singer Axl Rose in connection with a riot during a show in St. Louis.
1992 -- Mozambique: Cease-fire agreement ends civil war.
Free Press?: Officials have vowed to silence Mumia at all costs, & take extraordinary actions to do so. NPR buckles under pressure from right wing. Temple University, in Philadelphia, owner of seven Pennsylvania radio stations, also buckles under pressure, refuses to air tapes, cancels contract with Pacifica network.
Baby Gramps is an awesome National Steel Guitar player.
"Baby Gramps is talk of the town here & there's been a lot of team pickin' going on. Wild Stuff should be happening from now to Sunday."
With a repertoire that blends challenging Dylan covers such as "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" with cartoon like anthems like "A Heart Warming Medley of Worm Songs," Gramps tends to coerce an audiences mind to wander toward unexpected territory. Notorious for word play such songs as "Palindromes," "Anagrams," & "Aptonyms" ...
"He’s entertained everywhere from the streets & medicine shows to Bob Dylan's dressing room. In this day & age, seeing the Seattle based singer-songwriter-guitarist who calls himself Baby Gramps is the closest you’ll ever get to experiencing Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music in person.
He sings in a voice that is somewhere between Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards’s & Blind Willie Johnson’s, & his style evokes long dead pickers such as Charlie Patton & Riley Puckett. He plays with metal finger-picks on a battered National Steel that at last count had four useable frets left on it & an old clamp wrench holding one of the tuning pegs on.
With a long, flowing beard & manerisms that recall early Popeye, Baby Gramps is something of a national treasure, the final repository of an entire era of pop culture. Gramps draws from thousands of Paleozoic jazz, blues, hillbilly, & pop tunes. He is a genuine eccentric talent, an old-time songster & an incredible entertainer."
— Time Out
1998 -- US: FREE RADIO BERKELEY: Hearing regarding Federal injunction against Stephen Dunifer.
Federal Judge hears a motion regards her ruling of June 16 enjoining Stephen Dunifer, &, by extension, Free Radio Berkeley, from broadcasting without a license & from encouraging others to do so.
Free Radio Berkeley founder, Stephen Dunifer, contends the injunction is a direct attack on his free speech rights. The injunction was issued on the basis Dunifer hadn't applied for a license from the FCC.
Oddly enuff, there is no license available for a station under 100 watts that originates local programming. (Free Radio Berkeley was broadcasting at 60 watts.)
1999 -- Italy: Three arrested & accused of fire attacks on multinational firms. They are members of the "Silvestre" group in Pisa (publishers of an anarchist animal & earth liberation journal).
2001 -- Robert Kraus, New Yorker cartoonist turned author who wrote, illustrated & edited more than 100 children's books, dies. His books include Leo the Late Bloomer & Whose Mouse are You.
"...I say, give Nature a little time. In five years, at most in ten, the sun & wind & storms will cleanse & sterilize the repellent mess.
The inevitable floods will soon remove all that does not belong within the canyons.
Fresh green willows & tamarisk, box elder & redbud will reappear; & the ancient drowned cottonwoods (noble monuments to themselves) will be replaced by young of their kind. With the renewal of plant life will come the insects, the birds, the lizards & snakes, the mammals.
Within a generation — thirty years — I predict the river & canyons will bear a decent resemblance to their former selves. Within the lifetime of our children Glen Canyon & the living river, heart of the canyonlands, will be restored to us.
The wilderness will again belong to the people."
— Edward Abbey & Philip Hyde, Slickrock, p.69
Collage by SaintMeister James Koehnline
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