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Natural Chimneys, Virginia: "TUNAMINT," where farm boys play knights on horseback, followed by feasting & dancing.
Antwerp, Belgium: KERMESSE, with fabulous floats featuring animals & mythical creatures.
If you came upon Bill Clinton struggling in a raging river, & you had a choice between rescuing him or taking a prize-winning photograph, what shutter speed would you use?
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HALLMARK AMERICAN UTOPIANIST.
On Fourierism in America, see Guarneri, The Utopian Alternative & Albert Brisbane's Association; Or, A Concise Exposition of the Practical Part of Fourier's Social Science (1843), the official "translation" of Fourier's ideas for the American market (on whom see Michael Fellman, "The substance & boundaries of utopian communitarianism: Albert Brisbane & Josiah Warren," in Fellman, ed., The Unbounded Frame, 3-19); Carl J. Guarneri, "Brook Farm & the Fourierist Phalanxes: Immediatism, Gradualism, & American Utopian Socialism," in Pitzer, ed. America's Communal Utopias (1997).
Revolutionary, precursor of libertarian socialist & antiauthoritarian movements in Italy. Influenced by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, & perhaps the first anarchist to advocate 'propaganda by deed' (selective targeting of specific symbolic individuals considered the embodiment of the autocratic, oppressive state). Pisacane died heading a failed armed insurrection (which also involved Giuseppe Fanelli). His daughter Silvia Pisacane was involved with the Matese anarchist insurrection in 1877.
Author of the four volume Saggi storici-politici-militari sull'Italia.
See "La vita di Carlo Pisacane,"
1893 -- US: Gompers & other trade unionists meet with NYC mayor Gilroy pressings for a municipal public works program to relieve unemployment.
1897 -- US: In response to criticism from anarchists that she had glorified Cánovas's murder (by Michele Angiolillo), Emma Goldman defends her position at a small meeting in New York.
1904 -- Kate Chopin dies, St. Louis, Missouri. Author of more than 100 short stories.
1908 -- France: Famed photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson lives (1908-2004). Member of the photographer-owned outfit (Magnum) founded by Robert Capa & others.
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Like Capa he photographed during the Spanish Revolution (1937) , his "Victoire de la vie" documenting the hospitalized. On May 1, 2000, he provided a photo collection, "Vers un autre futur, un regard libertaire" (Towards another future, a libertarian glance) sponsored by the anarcho-syndicalist French CNT."L'anarchie c'est une éthique avant tout. Une éthique d'homme libre. Relisez Bakounine."
"Dans un monde qui s'écroule sous le poids de la rentabilité, envahi par les sirènes ravageuses de la Techno-science, la voracité du pouvoir, par la mondialisation -nouvel esclavage- au delà de tout celà, l'Amitié, l'Amour existent."
— Henri Cartier-Bresson
Le 22 août 1908, naissance de Henri CARTIER-BRESSON, à Chanteloup (Seine-et-Marne) France. L'un des plus grands photographes du siècle et aussi un anarchiste de coeur qui ne cesse d'invoquer le plus célèbre révolté: Bakounine. Sa famille, propriétaire d'une manufacture de coton à Pantin, essaye sans succès de lui transmettre une éducation bourgeoise et chrétienne. "Jamais! jamais! je n'ai eu la foi. C'était impossible (...)" Très jeune révolté, il refuse l'esprit de compétion du sport et se passionne pour la peinture, ce qui l'amène à fréquenter les surréalistes. Mais il abandonne la peinture et part à la découverte du monde avec un "Leïca." En 1932, ses premières photographies sont eées à New York. En 1934, il part un an au Mexique où il témoigne de la vie dans les quartiers pauvres de Mexico. En 1935, il est aux Etats-Unis où il s'initie au cinéma. En 1936-39, il est de retour en France et travaille comme assistant de Jean Renoir. En 1937, il réalise durant la révolution espagnole un documentaire sur les hôpitaux républicains "Victoire de la vie." En 1940, il est emprisonné par les Allemands mais il parvient à s'évader en 1943 (après deux tentatives infructueuses), il prend alors part à une organisation clandestine d'aide aux prisonniers. Il photographie ensuite la libération de Paris puis retourne aux USA. En 1947, il fonde avec Robert Capa, David Seymour et Georges Rodger l'agence coopérative "Magnum Photos" qui deviendra la prestigieuse agence que l'on sait. De 1948 à 50, il séjourne en Inde, en Birmanie, en Chine (durant les 6 premiers mois de la Chine populaire), puis en Indonésie (lors de l'indépendance). En 1954, il est le premier photographe occidental à se rendre en Russie. En 1960, il est à Cuba puis au Mexique, etc. En 1966, il quitte l'agence Magnum mais poursuit la photographie et les eitions. En 1974, il abandonne les reportages photos pour se consacrer au dessin. Le 1er mai 2000, il participe avec un recueil de photos "Vers un autre futur, un regard libertaire" aux manifestations de la CNT française. En mai 2003, est créée à Paris la Fondation HCB. Le 3 août 2004, cet anarchiste empreint de philosophie bouddhiste et d'humanisme s'éteint chez lui à Céreste. "L'anarchie c'est une éthique avant tout. Une éthique d'homme libre. Relisez Bakounine" "Dans un monde qui s'écroule sous le poids de la rentabilité, envahi par les sirènes ravageuses de la Techno-science, la voracité du pouvoir, par la mondialisation -nouvel esclavage- au delà de tout celà, l'Amitié, l'Amour existent" // "Anarchy is an ethic first. An ethic of free man. Reread Bakunin" "In a world that collapses under the weight of profitability, devastating invasion by the sirens of techno-science & greed of power, globalization, new slavery, beyond all this, of Friendship, the Love exist "
1917 -- Italy: Police open fire on protesters against the war & the lack of food. The majority of the protesters are women. Tomorrow a General Strike is declared, insurrectionist barricades rise high & cops occupy the labor halls. On the 24th a state of siege is proclaimed, but confrontations continue until the 26th. A church is occupied & the great quantity of food stashed in the convent is distributed to the needy. Anarchists (& Anselmo Acutis in particular?) & anarcho-syndicalists are active in the "riots." These events ("fatti di Torino") are characterized by a police repression gone amok, resulting in the deaths of some 60 people, & an anti-anarchist repression follows. anarchico
1920 -- Playwright, poet, & SciFi writer Ray Bradbury lives, Waukegan, Illinois. Commenting on individualism, he maintains:
"The power of any country is the sum of the total of its individuals.
Each individual rich with ideas, with concepts, rich with his own revolution."
Ray Bradbury is one of the SF & fantasy greats
of our time. Wrote such classics of the genre as The Martian
Chronicles (1950) & Farenheit 451 (1953).
"It was a pleasure to burn."
One of the most famous opening lines of any book ever written.
1921 -- US: No Butchers Allowed? Hair bobbing gains national attention as State Barber's Commission of Connecticut rule that women that bob hair must have a barber's license.
I end as a traitor to my party,
a traitor who must be shot.
— Sergei Mrachkovsky, 22 August, 1936
"IN 1936, TERROR REIGNED in the Soviet Union & Anna Akhmatova wrote:
Stalin had won the struggle for power & was now dealing death blows to the opposition by organizing uncontrolled terror at every level of society. The purges carried out within the party, the army, among members of the scientific community, artists & prominent cultural figures came to be known as the Great Terror. The term is actually bizarre; terror is hardly a rank great or small but absolute: once it has taken root in a social system it spreads & acquires a life of its own."
Visit "The Chairman Smiles: Posters from the former Soviet Union, Cuba & China," http://www.iisg.nl/exhibitions/chairman/sovintro.php
Dante was homesick, the Chinese made an art of it / So was Ovid & many others / Pound & Eliot amongst them / Kropotkin dying of hunger / Berkman by his own hand / Fanny Baron biting her executioners / Mahkno in the odor of calumny / Trotsky, too, I suppose, passionately, after his fashion.
Do you remember? / What is it all for, this poetry / This bundle of accomplishment / Put together with so much pain? / Do you remember the corpse in the basement? / What are we doing at the turn of our years / Writers & readers of the liberal weeklies?
— Kenneth Rexroth, excerpt from
"August 22, 1939,"
The Collected Shorter Poems
1944 -- France: A group of 32 Spaniards & four Frenchmen tackle a German column (consisting of 1,300 men in 60 lorries, with six tanks & two self-propelled guns), at La Madeiline.
The Maquis blow up the road & rail bridges & position themselves on surrounding hills with machine guns. The battle rages from 3:00pm till noon tomorrow. Three Maquis are wounded, 110 Germans killed, 200 wounded & the rest surrender. The German commander committed suicide!
1947 -- Canada: Start of two-month strike by United Packing Workers.
1948 -- Black American griot poet, playwright, performer Sekou Sundiata lives, Harlem, New York City.
1950 -- Canada: National railway workers strike.
1952 -- US: Four major American oil companies are sued by the Justice Department for overcharging on Middle East oil shipped to Europe under the Marshall Plan.
1953 -- Last prisoners leave Devil's Island.
1955 -- US: Ten killed, 31 injured when a freight train plows into a bus full of schoolchildren in Spring City, Tennessee.
On the 20th of August troops from Russia, Poland, East Germany & Bulgaria invaded the country. These occupation forces would have used this demonstration at Wencelas Square to repress the workers & arrest leaders, so it was called off. Protesters were advised instead to occupy the curbs along the streets.
1968 -- US: Rennie Davis tells Chicago city officials it would be "suicide" not to allow demonstrators (during the Democratic National Convention) to sleep in city parks.
Tomorrow officer friendlies post "11 p.m. curfew" signs in park trees at Lincoln & Grant Parks. The whole world is watching the Chicago police beating & gassing the crap out of anybody & everybody they can get their hands on over the next week or so — a gentle reminder to everyone of what cops do best.
1969 -- Three-day Wild West Festival at Kezar Stadium with Janis Joplin, Turk Murphy, Jefferson Airplane, the Dead, Country Joe, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, & the Youngbloods.
1971 -- US: FBI arrests 20 anti-Vietnam War activists in Camden, New Jersey, & five in Buffalo, New York, for attempting to steal & destroy draft records.
1972 -- US: Police arrest 891 over two days as thousands of anti-Vietnam War protesters disrupt the Miami Beach convention of Republican Party.
1976 -- US: 179 arrested at anti-nuke rally, Seabrook, New Hampshire.
1978 -- Sandinista's capture of Nicaraguan National Palace starts a revolution. Fasten your seatbelts — according to some of the best thinking among rightwing intellectuals & think-tanks in the US, which has long nurtured & promulgated a Domino Theory, the US will fall to a Commie takeover in a couple more minutes.
The people refer to the National Palace as the "Chancera" — "The Pigsty."
A handful of guerrillas led by Edén Pastora & Dora María Téllez assault the Pigsty & in three minutes capture all of Somoza's legislators.
The dictator Somoza is forced to release imprisoned Sandinistas to effect their release. The Sandinistas are cheered by the people all the way to the airport.
This has been a year of continuous war, set off when Somoza had the journalist Pedro Joaquin Chamorro murdered. In response, good citizens of Nicaragua furiously set fire to several companies owned by the US-supported darling dictator...
The flames devastate the prosperous Plasmaféresis, S. A., which exports Nicaraguan blood to the United States; & the people swear they will not rest until they bury this vampire, in some place darker than the night, with a stake nailed through his heart.
— Eduardo Galeano, Century of the Wind, pp244-45
1978 -- Italy: Ignazio Silone dies. Novelist (Fontamara), founder of the Italian Communist Party, later an anti-Stalinist.
Daily Bleed Alternate Saint, November 2, 2005-2008
Anti-fascist Italian novelist
with a passion for social justice.
1979 -- Limited edition book by George Harrison, I Me Mine, is published, UK.
1979 -- American novelist James T. Farrell (1904-1979) dies, New York.
A socialist, Farrell wrote 50 books, about half of them novels. Known for his realistic portraits of the working class Irish on the South Side of Chicago. He tried to show how people's destinies are shaped by the era & the environment in which they live. Best-known is his Studs Lonigan trilogy, a masterpiece of American realism which was made into a film (1960) & into a TV miniseries in the 1980s. Farrell has been marginalized in literary history as a proletarian writer of the 1930s.
1989 -- US: Huey P. Newton, activist & Black Panther Party co-founder & honcho, shot dead at 47.
1989 -- US: John Wojtowicz attempts to rob a Brooklyn bank, in order to raise the money for his lover's sex change.
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1999 -- US: Hempfest, Seattle, Washington.
Poster by Bleedster James Koehnline
O, gentlemen, the time of life is short!...
& if we live, we live to tread on kings.
— Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I
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