Our Daily Bleed...
What did the mouse ask of the trap?
What did the wound say to the knife?
What does bread sing to wine
& soap to water?
— Philip Levine, "Don't Ask"
Surrealist photographer, radical social critic.
Alternate Patron Saints: FLORES MAGON BROTHERS
Founders of the Mexican Liberal Party, temporary anarchist liberators of Tijuana in 1911.
"Tierra y Libertad!"
Beginning of YULE (Solstice) REVELRIES: known as Yule Girth by the Saxons & Goths, 'Christmas' being no more of a Christian festival than Easter.
Celebrate your own feasts without fuelling the consumer economy. & take it to the max — traditionally this holiday season was invariably continued to 7 January.
NED LUDD MEMORIAL MACHINE-SMASHING FESTIVAL.
1307 -- NeXt?: Without an overture, William Tell shoots an Apple off his son's head. Rotten to the core is he...inspiring the admonishment, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
1477 -- First dated book printed in England, Earl Rivers' Dictes & Sayenges of the Phylosophers, published by William Caxton's press in Westminster Abbey.
1497 -- There is Hope?: Bartolomeu Dias discovers Cape of Good Hope.
Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that Dias was the first European to see the Cape of Good Hope, as it had been there for millions of years (after Africa split from South America) & there were Africans living there?
— Bleedster Michael C., 2005
1686 -- France: Run, Run, Runs? King of France Louis XIV's anal fistula is operated on by surgeon Charles Francois Felix, with great success. To prepare for the operation Felix practiced his surgery on anuses of the peasantry, with some fatalities at first but improving his technique in time for the royal bung.
1787 -- US: Sojourner Truth, abolitionist, born as a slave (or Nov 19. 1797?)
1789 -- Photography pioneer Louis Daguerre lives.
1805 -- US: Lewis & Clark get down to Pacifics, first white Americans to cross continent. Not having left the continent leaves them incontinent?
1816 -- US: Lord Byron publishes the 3rd canto of "Childe Harold."
1820 -- Nathaniel Palmer discovers Antarctica.
1826 -- Sir Walter Scott meets novelist Fanny Burney, whom he describes as "an elderly lady with . . . a gentle manner & a pleasing expression of countenance."
1836 -- W. S. Gilbert, lyricist half of Gilbert & Sullivan lives, London; finds himself "a lion in a den of Daniels."
1857 -- Gunnar Heiberg, dramatist & exponent of Expressionism who is considered the most noteworthy Norwegian playwright after Henrik Ibsen, lives, Christiania (now Oslo).
1865 -- Mark Twain has instant success with his first fictional piece, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" (New York Saturday Press). The first author to type a manuscript & also to double-space it for his editor's convenience, he extols his Remington: "It don't muss things or scatter ink blots around."
"It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things:
freedom of speech,
freedom of conscience,
& the prudence never to practice either of them."
1872 -- US: 3 Votes & You're Out?: Susan B. Anthony gets herself arrested again, for the umpteenth time, for voting.
1877 -- US: Henrik Ibsen's play "Pillars of Society" opens in Copenhagen.
Emma Goldman's The Social Significance of the Modern Drama (1914) popularized the work of Henrik Ibsen & other European playwrights for American readers & helped to inspire the experimental little theatre movement in the United States. The Studio Players, an anarchist theatre company led by Lillian Udell, performed worker-oriented plays at the Radical Bookshop…
"Anarchism." Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 2003.
1882 -- Author Wyndham Lewis (The Apes of God) lives (1882-1957), on a yacht off Amherst, Nova Scotia. Published Blast, a magazine, intended to be the focal point of a new movement in art & letters, Vorticism. Excellent page on Lewis at
1896 -- US: Emma Goldman, following an appearance in Buffalo, November 18-26, lectures to enthusiastic audiences in Pittsburgh, primarily in German, & continues to raise money for the Alexander Berkman fund.
Topics include "The Jews in America," "Anarchism in America," & "The Effect of the Recent Election on the Condition of the Workingmen." Her concluding lecture addresses the Haymarket Affair.
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"We’ve become human machines," she cried.— Maria Barbieri, La Questione Sociale, Nov 18, 1905
"We stay locked in the immense industrial prisons where we lose our strength, our youth, where our rights are shattered before the greed of the bourgeois. & we don't rebel against these injustices for a right to our lives? & we don’t shake with rage before the pompous & contemptuous lady who wears a silk shirt from our humble labor?
We must rise up against our oppressors, all of us, & in us will shine the faith of a better future."
See Donne Sovversive: The History of Italian-American Women’s Radicalism,
at the Stan Iverson Memorial Archives,
1906 -- US: George Wald, anti-war activist, Nobel-winning physician, lives, New York City. An avowed pacifist, he campaigned against the Vietnam war & all forms of nuclear testing. He also served on the People's Tribunal established in 1985 to inquire into the genocide of Armenians by the Turks.
GEORGE WALD 1997 PATRON SAINT
American anti-war activist, physician.
1909 -- US invades Nicaragua, later overthrows President Zelaya.
1910 -- England: Hundreds of suffragists march on House of Commons, London, with reinforcements arriving to replace the "fallen" & arrested. Protesting government inaction on Conciliation Bill, they are brutally repulsed by Bobbies, leading to a public outcry.
1910 -- Spain: Premier issue of the weekly magazine Acción Libertaria, in Gijón, Asturia.
1911 -- US: Mother Earth (anarchist magazine) concert & ball held in New York City.
"When I was 15 I suffered from unrequited love, & I wanted to commit suicide in a romantic way...but at 16 I decided on a more exalted death.
I wanted to dance myself to death."
— Emma Goldman, Speech Before The Foyle's
29th Literary Luncheon, March 1, 1933
1913 -- Lincoln Deachey performs first airplane loop-the-loop, San Diego.
1916 -- A Quitter?: Douglas Haig, commander of the British Expeditionary Force in World War I, calls off the Battle of the Somme in the Somme River region of France after nearly five months of mass slaughter.
The massive Allied offensive, which began at 7:30 A.M. on July 1, 1916, amounted to a total gain of just 125 square miles along the Western Front, at a cost of over 600,000 British & French soldiers killed, wounded, or missing in action. German casualties were over 650,000.
1918 -- Brazil: Major workers' insurrection, with a strike wave in Rio involving over 6,000 workers & a plot to overthrow the government. Prominent are the textile, metal & construction workers. ANARCHIST, anarchismo, anarchici, anarquista, sindicalistas, anarco-sindicalismo; Brasil 18 novembre 1918 novembro
1918 -- USSR: Kolchak stages a coup against the Directory, the multi-party government in Siberia, & establishes a counterrevolutionary despotism.
The Bolsheviks & Workers Control, 1917 - 1921:The State & Counter-Revolution:
1919 -- US: Seattle printers refuse to print anti-labor ad in newspaper.
1919 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Woody Wilson urges Congress to accept no compromises on Versailles Treaty, with League of Nations Covenant. Pass in pure form or vote against it he argues. 3/4 of the Senate favored League membership, but the Treaty was defeated.
1919 -- Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis dies. Elected to office in Amsterdam, as a socialist, in 1891 before giving up politics to adopt the anarchism of Mikhail Bakunin. alt sp: Michael Bakunin, Michel Bakounine, Mihail Aleksandroviç Bakunin; Aleksandrovic, Aleksandrovich, Mihkail
Domela Nieuwenhuis was an ardent proponent of the General Strike & an organizer of the congresses of antimilitarists in Amsterdam.
Faithful to the libertarian ideal, he opposed the "Manifeste des Seize" (Manifesto of the Sixteen issued by a small number of anarchists favoring the Allies during WWI), & signed, with Emma Goldman, Alex Berkman, Malatesta, etc, a proclamation opposing the war...
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1920 -- Russia: Soviet government issues Decree of Abortion; first nation to legalize the practice.
1928 -- US: Mickey Mouse lives, Walt Disney studios. "Steamboat Willie" premieres at the Colony Theatre in New York City. First release starring Mickey & Minnie Mouse; also the first fully synchronized sound picture, with sound track by Carl Stalling.
1929 -- Nigeria: The feminist & anti-colonial Women's War of 1929 ignited: "women will not pay tax till the world ends [&] Chiefs were not to exist any more." Events in the 1930s, 40s & 50s were inspired by the Women's War, including the Tax Protests of 1938, the Oil Mill Protests of the 1940s & the Tax Revolt in 1956.
1933 -- Bruce Conner lives. American artist (film, assemblage, drawing, sculpture, painting, collage, photography, etc.).
1935 -- Germany: Rudolf Bahro lives (1935-1997), Bad Flinsberg. wird im schlesischen Bad Flinsberg als Sohn eines Landwirts geboren. Als Flüchtlingskind im Zweiten Weltkrieg gelangt Bahro (what some might call Watermelon Man...Green on the outside, Red on the inside) in die spätere DDR."The Greens are almost worse than useless," he said. "They have become so much a part of the system that capitalism would have had to invent them if they weren't here already."
1936 -- US: Organization of General Motors workers begins with Atlanta sit-down strike.
1939 -- Margaret Atwood, lives, Ottawa, Canada. Poet, novelist, & critic noted for her Canadian nationalism & her feminism. First published at 19, her first book of poetry, Double Persephone, appears in 1961.
1940 -- US: George Metesky, "Mad Bomber," sets off his first time bomb.
1950 -- US: Korea: South Korean Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Syngman Rhee is forced to end mass executions.
1951 -- US: Former Cubs first baseman, & future TV star of "Rifleman," Chuck Connors is the first player to oppose the draft.
1952 -- Paul Éluard, dies, Charenton-le-Pont, France. French poet. At the beginning of his creative work he was linked with the Paris dada movement, later with surrealism. Editor of the periodical "Proverbe." Collaborated in numerous dadaist publications. His later work, after the Spanish Revolution, focused on the rejection of tyranny, suffering, brotherhood, & a search for happiness.Paul Eluard I have seen stomped by cops & mechanics on a piano & among broken bulbs, thirty to one against this somersault of the stars.
— A WAVE OF DREAMS, Louis Aragon
1957 -- US: China: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Chairman Mao Tse-tung delivers his speech "All Reactionaries Are Paper Tigers."
1958 -- France: Surrealism: Is It Dead or Alive?
A debate chaired by Noël Arnaud at Cercle ouvert, Paris. Advertised participants: Guy Debord, Henri Lefebvre (ill), Amadou, Sternberg & Tristan Tzara (all three absent). Debord's contribution, accompanied by a guitar & played on a tape recorder despite his presence, provokes howls of indignation from surrealism's defenders.
Manifesto by the German Spur group (G. Britt, E. Eisch, L. Fischer, H. Prem, D. Rempt, G. Stadler, H. Sturm, H.P. Zimmer) & Asger Jorn, appears in Munich.
German translations of Constant & Debord's 'The Amsterdam declaration,' (Eklärung von Amsterdam) & Debord's 'Theses on Cultural Revolution' (Thesen über die kulterelle Revolution), are published by the SI's German section to serve in the preparatory discussion for the Situationist International's 3rd conference.
1961 -- US: True Adventurism? Seattle Library branches close early because of rowdyism.
1962 -- Niels Bohr, physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 1922, dies at 77. At the funeral people were bohred to tears?
1963 -- Push-button phones go into commercial service.
1964 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Cross-Dresser J. Edgar Hoover calls Martin Luther King, Jr. "the most notorious liar in the country."
MLK counters that Hoover "has apparently faltered under the awesome burden, complexities, & responsibilities of his office."
1971 -- US: US: Napalm Blues? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Nixon signs a bill outlawing hunting from airplanes.
1975 -- US: Eldridge Cleaver returns from seven years exile to face charges.
1976 -- France: Surrealist photographer, anarchist, Man Ray dies, Paris.
Another wise move on Man Ray's part is the way they purposefully play a maximum two shows a month in Seattle, to keep club-goers from getting sick of them. & those who have watched the band from the beginning say its members have always been more than nice to fans, taking the time to talk with everyone who approaches them after shows.
1977 -- US: KKK members convicted of 1963 bombing of Birmingham church in which four young black girls were killed.
1978 -- 911?: Jonestown, Guyana: 996 party-goers + Jim Jones find heaven in Kool-Aid shots in mass suicide. As Charleton Heston would say, subtract 330 to get 666 (+1).
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
— quotation on placard over Jim Jones' rostrum at Jonestown
1978 -- Scotland: Scotched?: Farmers plow site of proposed nuclear power station, Torness.
1980 -- US: "Heaven's Gate" premieres. Why?
I thought it was in 1970 that we tumbled into the Chicago Art Museum & discovered Albright's "Into the World Came a Soul named Ida," the door, "Heavy is the Oar...," & the rest.
— Chad Dangle
Re: Dave's leaky brain
Think we were still in diapers then....
For some reason I have us stuck in the midwest in '72 in my memory(hole).
Which means all the other entries of a related nature are probably fouled up too.
1983 -- "Sweet Honey in the Rock," a capella singers, perform their 10th anniversary reunion concert in Washington, DC.
1986 -- US: Discussing President Ronnie Reagan's upcoming press conference, Larry Speakes tells reporters, "We can guess 99 out of a 100 times the questions that you guys pose." "Yeah" says Talking Head Sam Donaldson, "but you can never guess what he's gonna answer."
1987 -- U2 opens for itself — pretending to be a country-rock group called "The Dalton Brothers" — during a concert in Los Angeles. & that was just for openers.
1989 -- Czechoslovakia: Strike at schools, invitations of forbidden speakers; town meetings start; Civic Forum formed. The government is crumbling, more (or less) to come.
1991 -- Serbia: Parents of reservists demand return of their sons, Kragujevac.
1992 -- US: 1,000 join memorial run to honor a woman murdered while training for a local marathon, Buffalo, New York.
1994 -- Canada: After massive international protest by indigenous & environmental activists, Quebec puts on "indefinite hold" (& later formally cancels) plans to build a massive hydroelectric project on Cree & Inuit land on the eastern shore of James Bay.
1995 -- Brazil: Founding of Federação Anarquista Gaúcha (FAG - Gaucha Anarchist Federation). Follows a year of organizational preparation & representatives from various parts of Rio Grande meeting today with a delegate of the Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU) to found the new organization. They prefer to see each day as November 18 (see 1918 above). anarchismo, anarchici, anarquista / Brasil 18 novembre 1995 novembro
1996 -- Dominican Republic: At least 100 heavily-armed Dominican police entered a squatters' settlement known as "El Café," on the outskirts of Santo Domingo, to evict approximately 600 families.
The police fire weapons & tear gas, wounding at least 10 residents. One police officer reportedly fired at Alfredo D'Oleo Encarnación, who was unarmed & standing on his patio, killing him. The government has not concluded its investigation of the El Café incident at this writing.
1997 -- US: The Blob is no more — it bit the bullet today. The Blob is dead! Long live the Blob!
A restaurant on Lower Queen Anne, it commonly considered the biggest eyesore in town.
The original owner went broke building his wonderfully demented brainstorm & no one since was able to make a go of the place.
Ugly got uglier, ending up looking like a bowl of vanilla ice cream after being left out in the sun.
Reincarnated itself a few bolocks away a few jeers later, cleverly disguised & retro-fitted as the "Experience Music Project" (a name designed to fool the natives).
1997 -- Canadian author Jane Urquhart wins her first Governor General's Award for fiction, for The Underpainter.
1998 -- US: US: Amnesty International cites abuse of juveniles in American jails.
1998 -- US author Alice McDermott wins the American Book Award issued by the Before Columbus Foundation for Charming Billy.
2000 -- US: Florida ... Chad Mitchell Trio rediscovered, undergoes brief revival, recounts the good ol days...
ONE CHAD, TWO CHAD, RED CHAD, BLUE CHAD
I've followed elections since I was a lad.
& I've never before encountered a chad.
It Sounds like a character from Mother Goose.
Or a shaggy-eared elf in an old Dr. Seuss....
— Dick Feagler, Cleveland Plain Dealer
2002 -- US: US: Tap Dancing On Your Grave? A special appeals court overturns limits on wiretaps of essentially anyone the government labels a "suspected terrorist."
2009 -- Final Wrap?: Jeanne-Claude, 74, American artist & resident of New York City, dies suddenly as a result of of complications due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. Companion & collaborator with Christo.
Ferris: I did have a test... It's on European Socialism.
I mean, really, what's the point? I'm not European, I don't plan on being European, so who gives a crap if they're socialist? They could be fascist anarchists, that still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car.
Not that I condone fascism, or any ism for that matter. Isms in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an ism, he should believe in himself.
I quote John Lennon: "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." A good point there. Of course he was the Walrus. I could be the Walrus, I'd still have to bum rides off of people...
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop & look around once in a while you could miss it...
— Excerpt from the film, Ferris Beuller's Day Off
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