Our Daily Bleed...
You are murdering the young men. . . .
The hyena with polished face & bow tie,
In the office of a billion dollar
Corporation devoted to service;
The vulture dripping with carrion,
Carefully & carelessly robed in imported tweeds,
Lecturing on the Age of Abundance;
The jackal in the double-breasted gabardine,
Barking by remote control,
In the United Nations...
The Superego in a thousand uniforms,
You, the finger man of the behemoth,
The murderer of the young men...
— Excerpt from Kenneth Rexroth's 20-minute poem
"Thou Shalt Not Kill"
(with a free-jazz accompaniment),
a memorial poem for Dylan Thomas
Indymedia activist, killed in street protests, Oaxaca, Mexico.
GOOD BEAR DAY.
FEAST OF THE LORD OF MISRULE.
1553 -- Spanish physician Michael Servetus condemned for heresy & blasphemy, burned at the stake in Geneva.
1659 -- New Old World: William Robinson & Marmaduke Steven, two Quakers who came from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution, are executed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs.
Quakers opposed central church authority, preferring egalitarian Quaker meetings. Hanged from an elm tree on Boston Common, these were the first Quakers executed in America...
1682 -- New Old World: Tammany, chief of the Lennilenape Delaware, greets William Penn when he arrives to found the Colony of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the pacifist Quakers turn out to be just as bloodthirsty toward Indians as all the other colonies.
"Heirs of the savagery of Albigensian Crusades, Taborite Crusades, Inquisitions & Witch-hunts, they see communities of Arawaks but name them Savages.
Carriers & agents of Leviathan, synonym for Maneater, they see communities of Caribs but name them Cannibals, Maneaters.
The names are not only projections. They are also definitions. Once defined, the objects can be manipulated. Savages are potential instruments; they can be put to work. Cannibals are obstacles; they have to be liquidated."
— Fredy Perlman, Against His-story, Against Leviathan!
1759 -- Oliver Goldsmith publishes "Elegy on Mrs. Mary Blaize," in "The Bee."
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
1844 -- Sweden: Klaus Arnoldson, founder of founder of Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, lives. Co-winner, with Fredrik Bajer, of the 1910 Nobel Peace prize.
1879 -- México: The US (9th Cavalry , Buffalo Soldiers) fights the Battle of Guzman Mountains.
1889 -- Enid Bagnold, novelist (National Velvet), playwright, lives, Rochester, Kent, England.
1904 -- US: New York City, the World's first subway opens. Cost you a nickel to ride the tube.
1909 -- Blues guitarist/pianist, Henry Townsend lives, near Cairo, Illinois.
1912 -- Conlon Nancarrow lives (1912-1997), Texarkana, Arkansas. Vanguard composer, Lincoln Brigidadista, activist, American expatriate, anarchist. Fought in the Lincoln Brigade, then fled America to México City to avoid being hounded for his former Communist affiliations.
"Combined his technical tours de force with wit & humour & an improbably deep understanding of boogie woogie. The result was music so complex you needed a PhD just to understand a description of it, yet — completely unlike Xenakis, Stockhausen et al, it is great, engaging, fun to listen to."
1914 -- Welch boozer, poet, Dylan Thomas lives, Swansea, Wales.
"My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately & all the time, with my eyes hanging out."
1917 -- Oliver Tambo, leader of African National Congress, lives.
1917 -- Russia: Alexandra Kollantay (Kollontai) becomes the world's first woman cabinet minister (Social welfare ministry, Bolshevik).
1919 -- US: Bad Guitar?: Axeman of New Orleans claims last victim.
1919 -- US: Emma Goldman appears before immigration authorities at Ellis Island to appeal her deportation order from the land of the free. She & Alexander Berkman have just recently been freed from prison.
1920 -- US: 40,000 Philadelphia textile workers are fired to get the radicals out of the factories.
1923 -- Roy Lichtenstein, Pop art painter, comic book panels, lives.
1923 -- Ruby Dee, actress ("Raisin in the Sun," "Cat People"), lives, Cleveland, Ohio. One of the foremost actresses in America, began her career on Broadway in the early 1940's. Married to actor Ossie Davis, notable stage roles include "Purlie Victorious," & "The Taming of the Shrew" as well as numerous television series & movies including Raisin, Do the Right Thing, & Jungle Fever.
1931 -- Nawal El Saadawi lives, Kafr Tahla. Egyptian writer, physician, & feminist sometimes described as "the Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab world." Her novels, short stories, & nonfiction are chiefly concerned with the status of Arab women.
1932 -- American poet Sylvia Plath lives, Boston, Massachusetts.
"Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?" Rudy Vallee, 10/27/32
Only days after the debut of the short-lived 1932 musical, Americana, Bing Crosby was in a NY studio to record the show's outstanding song, "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?" Two days later, rival crooner Rudy Vallee waxed this version, & both 1932 recordings enjoyed considerable popularity in a year when few Americans were buying records.
This downbeat song reflected the plight of unemployed WWI veterans, thousands of whom encamped in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1932 to lobby for payment of the 'bonus' Congress had pledged they would get in 1945.
The brutal routing via tank, saber, & tear gas of the so-called 'Bonus Army' on the night of July 28, 1932, by forces commanded by Army Chief-of-Staff Douglas MacArthur roused public sympathy & inspired Yip Harburg's bitter lyric about bread lines & a once-proud soldier reduced to begging.
— Mark Humphrey, "The Great Depression: American Music in the '30s"
1936 -- Spain: A Generalidad decree orders militarization of the People's Militias.
"All power to the working class.
All economic power to the unions.
Instead of the Generalidad, the Revolutionary Junta."
— poster from the Friends of Durruti
posted on trees & walls throughout the city of Barcelona,
setting out their program, April, 1937
1937 -- Italy: Founding of the Gioventù Italiana del Littorio (GIL), a paramilitary youth association. A creature of the fascist party, GIL, whose maxim is "Credere, obbedire, combattere" (Believe, obey, fight), it enrolls eight million bright-eyed pubescents.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1938 -- Lascelles Abercrombie dies, London. Critical work includes An Essay Towards a Theory of Art (1922) & Poetry, Its Music & Meaning (1932).
"As a mule is the barren spawn of an ass & a horse, the Critic is the misbegotten cross between performer & fan, but less than either. The performer, the star, commodifies creativity (& all that) — but at least he delivers a product. The fan is a passive consumer of commercially contrived appearances (& all that) — but at least he pays his own way. The Critic neither pays nor plays, he just gets on the guest-list. He is less than an artist, even a bad artist, because he isn't one. He is less than a fan because he consumes out of ulterior motives. A fan watches the show. A Critic watches himself watch the show. Invariably the fan has a better time. This the Critic bitterly resents."
— Bob Black
1939 -- John Cleese, comedian/actor (Monty Python, Fawlty Towers) lives.
1940 -- Maxine Kingston lives, Stockton California. Writer of novels & nonfiction works exploring the myths, realities, & cultural identities of Chinese & American families, as well as the role of women in Chinese culture. Her first book, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1976), recalls her own childhood, blending fact & fantasy in recreating the history of her female relatives in China.
1944 -- October 27-30, 1944 The 442nd Regimental Combat Team (Japanese Americans) rescues an American battalion which had been cut off & surrounded by the enemy. Eight hundred casualties are suffered to rescue 211 men. After this rescue, the 442nd is ordered to keep advancing in the forest; they push ahead without relief or rest until November 9.
1947 -- "You Bet Your Life," with Groucho Marx, premieres on TV.
"There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of your fellow man."
"A man's only as old as the woman he feels."
1947 -- US: HUAC calls the first witness in its Hollywood "loyalty" hearings in a grand demonstration of what 'freedom' is really about to politicians.
On the 20th, HUAC began hearings on the "Communist Influence in Hollywood" & 19 Hollywood personalities are subpoenaed. October 27-30: Hollywood Ten hearings call screenwriters & directors before HUAC.
Author John Howard Lawson appeared, apparently on the 29th(?), but like Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, Albert Maltz, Adrian Scott, Dalton Trumbo, Lester Cole, Edward Dmytryk, Samuel Ornitz & Ring Lardner Jr., he refused to answer any questions.
Known as the Hollywood Ten, all were found guilty of contempt of Congress & Lawson was sentenced to 12 months in prison & fined $1,000.
Blacklisted by the Hollywood studios, Lawson moved to Mexico.
"Say then but this of me:
Preferring not to crawl on his knees
In freedom to a bowl of buttered slops
Set out for him by some contemptuous clown,
He walked to jail on his feet."
— Dalton Trumbo
1948 -- Albert Camus play L'etat de siege premiers, Paris.
1948 -- Beginning date of Jack Nicholson movie The Two Jakes.
1948 -- US: Paul Robeson sings & speaks at founding convention of National Negro Labor Council, in Cincinnati.
1950 -- Fran Lebowitz lives, Morristown, New Jersey. Wrote Metropolitan Life & Social Studies — & the trenchant but oft-ignored caveat "Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publication".
1951 -- US: Trust Me? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader General J. Lawton Collins, the US Army's Chief of Staff, announces,
"There is no question that the Communist menace in French Indo-China has been stopped."
1951 -- France: Lick This? Stamps with gay lovers / poets Paul Verlaine & Arthur Rimbaud issued.
1955 -- Author Halldór Laxness of Iceland is named Nobel Literature winner... a poet who writes to the edge of the pages.
1959 -- England: London housing officials admit that slum clearance & re-housing cause misery & distress to those moved.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1962 -- Russia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Premier Nikita Khrushchev charges that a US plane intruded over Soviet territory during the Cuban Missile Crisis, & pointed out that it could easily have been mistaken for a nuclear bomber. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Johnny Kennedy, acknowledging the incident, blames it on a "navigational error."
1962 -- US: 200,000 troops assemble in Florida in preparation for invasion of Cuba. To protect
1963 -- France: Exclusion of Attila Kotànyi, Situationist International, Belgian section.
1965 -- Brazil: No More Politicians? Military dictator Castelo Branco abolishes political parties.
1966 -- New San Francisco "alternative" weekly newspaper, The Guardian, debuts. Edited & published by Bruce Brugman. Editors at the Chronicle, Examiner & News-Call-Bulletin give it little chance for survival.
1966 -- US: One alien body is allegedly recovered from a UFO, northern Arizona. Pesky politicans under every cactus!
1967 -- US: Bloody Good Time? Four people from Baltimore pour blood on selective service records. Reverend Philip Berrigan, a Josephite priest doing God's work, Tom Lewis, David Eberhardt, & James Mengel pour duck's blood over draft files, protesting the Vietnam War.
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1967 -- United Nations terminates South African mandate in Namibia.
1968 -- England: 120,000 march against Vietnam War, London.
1969 -- US: Ralph Nader sets up a consumer organization known as Nader's Raiders.
Ode on the
Absence of Real Poetry
Here This Afternoon
— A Poem in Dialectical Prose —
Poetry, as poets are fond of relating, originated from religious or magical incantations. The respect for the bard was due to the fact that his words mattered. Supposedly, the precise phrases & refrains were necessary to keep the crops growing, etc.
— Read by Ken Knabb at an open poetry reading in Berkeley, October 27, 1970.
1971 -- US: In New York, Emmett Grogan sends Tuesday Weld home ... The young anarchist didn't like all the publicity that was going around about the two of them being ...
1972 -- Henry Kissinger announces "peace is at hand" in Vietnam (but still without signing the draft peace agreement).
The lesson of Henry Kissinger is that we are locked in a 60-year struggle not against communism per se but against the tyranny of the powerful against the powerless.
1975 -- Bruce Springsteen simultaneously makes the cover of Time & Newsweek, a move which reportedly embarrasses the two news weeklies & contributes to growing charges of hype associated with the singer's breakthrough.
1975 -- Mystery writer, gourmet food lover, orchid grower, radical activist Rex Stout dies in Danbury, Connecticut. He wrote 46 popular Nero Wolfe mysteries.
1977 -- Rings No More?: After four marriages & a very successful career as writer, screenwriter, & teacher, James M. Cain dies. Wrote The Postman Always Rings Twice.
1988 -- Big Toke?: Urban legend? Larry Flynt pays hitman $1 million to kill Hefner, Guccione & Sinatra.
1989 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Bush & Congress agree to expand the role of the CIA in foreign coups. American troops are only in some 100+ countries already.
1990 -- US: Seven antiwar protesters are arrested at the gate to Ft. Lewis, Washington.
1990 -- US: Muslim, Jehovah's Witness, pornographic & "satanic" books are burned, Dayton, Ohio.
1991 -- Perú: Anarquista Andrés Villaverde arrested for sabotage. Sent to prison without trial & despite a total lack of proof to substantiate the charges.
1994 -- US: Justice Department announces the prison population has passed 1 million. Only 300,000,000 to go.
1996 -- England: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) says the last US nuke has left the UK.
1998 -- Author Ian McEwan is named winner of the Booker Prize for Amsterdam.
1999 -- France: International Symposium: L'Anarchisme a-t-il un Avenir? Histoire de Femmes, d'Hommes et de Leurs Imaginaires (What is the future for anarchism? The History of Women, Men, & Their Visions), Université Toulouse, October 27-29. Draws upon anarchism’s past, present & possible future to explore answers to the question ‘What does it mean to be a revolutionary in the 21st century?’ GRHI, colloque Anarchisme, Maison de la recherche
2000 -- Turkey: Inmates take 17 guards hostage, Elazig prison.
2001 -- Turkey: Two people from Ankara declare their refusal of military service.
This was more than a simple conscientious objection: this was a 'total' refusal, rejecting all collaboration with the State & Army.
One objector was a homosexual for the Kaos GL group. As the first openly gay objector, he denounced the State's & Army's repression of homosexuals.
Also today, Ankara anarchists organize an illegal demonstration against the Afghan war & in support of the objectors. There are similar demonstrations & protests in many cities & universities, principally against the war in Afghanistan.
2001 -- US:
In her laboratory, Dr. Synthia Allbright-Bloom is hard at work. But who is the mysterious stranger, & what does he want to tell her?
As the presidential election nears, will the candidate be persuaded to fast track the incredible discovery, or will Dr. Esperanza & the Anarchists be able to stop it? & who is Bob, & where does he fit in?
San Francisco Mime Troupe Speaks its Mind on Genetic Engineering in the Musical Satire "Eating It," Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana.
2001 -- France: Liberto Sarrau Royes (far right in left photo) dies, age of 81, in Paris.
Writer, member of the Juventudes Libertarias (JJLL) & the famed Durruti Column. In 1946 a member of the antifascist resistance movement in Barcelona. He, his compañera Joaquina Dorado met Raúl Carballeira, & the three were part of the group 3 de Mayo. Arrested in 1948, tortured & sent to prison.
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2004 -- A total lunar eclipse visible in North & South America & Europe begins.
2006 -- US: Conference, "Humanity & the Earth/L’Homme et la Terre: The Legacy of Élisée Reclus" at Loyola University (27-30th). Gathering in conjunction with the New Orleans Bookfair.
"The law that gives a manor Lord the RIGHT to slice open the bellies of no more than two of his serfs, in order to warm his feet in their entrails, has gradually fallen into disuse."
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