Our Daily Bleed: Noam Chomsky, Frank Brand (aka Enrico Arrigoni), Charles Radcliffe, Paul Adam, Han Ryner, Émile Digeon; anarchico, anarchiste, anarquista, anarsizm, anarţizme, Anarţist, Anarquismo, Anarchismus, anarchia, anarchisme, anarchizm, anarkisme, libertarians, What Happened on this day, in recovered history December 7
I burn to gold
fierce & unerring as a conquering sword
I burn to gold
fierce & undaunted as a lion lord
seeking your Bed
& leave to them the
burning of the dead.
— Harry Crosby
ANTONIO MACEO "The Bronze Titan." Cuban revolutionist, anti-imperialist.
1682 -- US: "Great Law" abolishes war in the colony of Pennsylvania. Except, of course, against Indians.
1792 -- The Mississauga tribe cedes a portion of South Ontario, bordering Lake Erie, for 1,180 British pounds.
1817 -- England: William Bligh, British naval officer of "Bounty" fame, dies in London.
1822 -- Émile Digeon lives (1822-1894). French revolutionary socialist journalist, best remembered as the leader of the short-lived Narbonne Commune of late March 1871, libertarian free thinker & contributor to the anarchiste journal L'insurgé.
In 1883 Digeon was "an anarchist candidate"(!) in the Narbonne elections & the author of La Commune de Paris devant les anarchistes (1885).
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1861 -- Algeria: Han Ryner lives (1861-1938). French teacher, anticlerical, pacifist, anarchist, philosopher (called a "contemporary Socrates"). Lecturer & speaker of talent, Ryner collaborated on many reviews as well. Writer of a rich & varied work. Married to poet/author Georgette Ryner.
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1862 -- France: Author Paul Adam lives (1862-1920). Editor of Entretiens politiques et littéraires, a leading writer in the French anarchiste movement, novelist, author of L'enfant d'Austerlitz.
1872 -- Theorist of Homo Ludens begins his game of life: Ludentologist Johan Huinzinga lives, Gronengen, Holland.
Strange: December Fortean Events
"Nature, 7-112: That, according to a correspondent to the Birmingham Morning News, the people living near King's Sutton, Banbury, saw, about one o'clock, Dec. 7, 1872, something like a haycock hurtling through the air. Like a meteor it was accompanied by fire & a dense smoke & made a noise like a railway train. 'It was sometimes high in the air & sometimes near the ground.' The effect was tornado-like: trees & walls were knocked down. It's a late day now to try to verify this story, but a list is given of persons whose property was injured. We are told that this thing then disappeared 'all at once.'"
— The Complete Books of Charles Fort. Dover, 1974. [p.237]
1873 -- American writer Willa Cather lives, Cack Creek Valley, Virginia.
WILLA CATHER 1997 PATRON SAINT
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of My Antonia:
"Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen."
1896 -- Cuba: Antonio Maceo (1848-1896) dies from wounds after 27 fights in 92 days. Known as the "Titan of Bronze," Maceo is one of the outstanding guerrilla leaders in 19th-century Latin America.
Previously the Daily Bleed Patron Saint Oct 12, 2003-4. Exemplary first Cuban revolutionist, independentista.
It is by agreement with generals Maximo Gomez & Antonio Maceo that Jose Marti gives the order for an uprising. The order travels from these Florida tobacco workshops & reaches Cuba concealed within a Havana cigar.
Strange: December Fortean Events
Fountain of light observed to play upon the planet Mars for 70 minutes — [Sci. Amer., 84-179]; The Complete Books of Charles Fort. Dover, 1974. [p494] http://www.resologist.net/damn03.htm
1902 -- American political cartoonist Thomas Nast dies, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
His great grand nephew, of the same name, while attending law school, washed dishes while BleedMeister threw the pizza at Morningtown Pizza Collective, Seattle, mid-70s. Along with other alumnus, Becky, Kevin Cunningham, David Jensen (Kid Carrot), Tom Nast, Shawn Crowley, Carol Anderson, Ace, BleedMeister (aka "Mr. (PH)un"), Gus Hellthaler (currently Joe Schmoe), Tina Wolfe, Shannon Wolfe, Claudia Neva, Dan Brown, Stan Iverson, Cranky John Severin, Doug Dipple, Diane Kucera, Jim Logie, Ben, Gregor Jamrock, Tom Ninkovitch, Jeffrey Hummel, Warren Argo, The Pammer, Celia James, Lana Hair, Tom Harris (Samot), John Webster (who paid himself in advance, he always announced, in case he died), Shana Iverson (like father, like daughter), Al Arnold (one-time Beatnik), John Turnbow (aka John Strongbow), Albert Richards, Phil Arnautoff (classical pianist, son of artist William Cumming — last of the famous "Northwest School" of artists), Kermit Rosen, Dave Dederer (later member of All The Dead Presidents), Tia Matthias, Steve Coleman, Tom Strangland, Albert Richards, songster/photographer Jef Jaisun, Paris Fletcher, Phil McCrudden, Sue Letsinger, Cathy & Bill, & Wilma are just a few of the 100+ luniaries...
"In the folk tradition, Carter & I had not played for years, but we dug out the guitars & set up the mics & tried to remember how to play stuff we had made up about 10 years before. Isn't that a cool sounding compressor on the Mosrite? It was home-made by Ed Streeter (on a totally funky hand etched circuit board that looks like it was layed out using electrical tape & an exacto knife). He gave it to me in the parking lot in front of Morningtown Pizza in about 1969. I've still got it, buried under a pile of other stuff on my electronics bench."
1905 -- Russia: General uprising begins (fails 23 days later, leaving over 1,000 dead). Over 150,000 workers in a General Strike. By the 9th, workers erect barricades throughout the Moscow & fight against the soldiers.
1905 -- Poland: The revolutionary upheavals in Russia spill over. Source: Piero/poprostu.pl
1907 -- Eugene Corri becomes first referee in a boxing ring.
1907 -- The "Great Chesterton-Belloc-Wells-Shaw Controversy" is begun when Hilaire Belloc publishes "Thoughts About Modern Thought" in the New Age.
"If you do not say a thing in a irritating way, you may just as well not say it at all."
1915 -- Leigh Brackett lives. American writer of crime novels & short stories, best known for her science fiction & fantasy (over 200 titles). Also wrote screenplays & television scripts for "Checkmate" & "Suspense" series. http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/brackett.htm
1917 -- US: Thirteenth country to declare war on Austria during World War I, gets flagged by refs for piling on.
1918 -- England: 100,000 textile workers strike in Lancashire.
1928 -- Noam Chomsky lives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Linguist, anarchist, social critic, activist. Critic in the manner of the great I.F. Stone — & just as ignored & vilified by establishment.
Chomsky learned a lot about linguistics from his father, William. Among his many accomplishments Chomsky is most famous for his work on generative grammar, which he developed from his interest in modern logic & mathematical foundations.
Always interested in politics, & politics brought him into the linguistics field. His political tendencies result from "the radical Jewish community in New York."
Since 1965 Chomsky has become one of the leading critics of U.S. foreign policy. He has many books & essays published arguing against American involvement in Vietnam, Latin America & Indonesia's political involvement in East Timor.
Chomsky has many contributions to anarchism, constantly stressing that we are all capable of become more aware of what is fundamentally right & wrong, & that life itself is bigger & brighter than passively consuming state led propaganda & mis-information.
" While I have yet to hear him play the accordion, I have been proud to know that he is part of a family as well as a community I have identified with, a man with private moments, & good hearty laughs, of a boat that sails a Cape Cod pond, & so many friends in movements far away who take heart from his words, & passion from his pen.
1931 -- US: Rumor has it there is good eatin' at a joint called the White House, which turns away hundreds of unemployed workers with employment-seeking petition. 1,000 national hunger marchers have arrived in Washington, DC as breadlines begin forming throughout the nation.
1934 -- US: Pilot Wiley Post discovers a jet stream of air current exists over the United States.
1935 -- England: Emma Goldman speaks in Plymouth to the Tamaritans on "The Soviet Theatre."
In Leeds on Dec. 1 Goldman's lectures on German literature to the Workers' Circle were so successful that members ask for other dates. The success of lectures in Plymouth on political topics surprises her.
600 people — the largest meeting she has ever had in England — attend her lecture on "Mussolini, Hitler, & Stalin" on Dec. 9, though two subsequent lectures draw smaller crowds.
1941 -- US: Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, with advance knowledge of US military, prompting American entry in WWII.
Japanese bombers struck Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, catching U.S. commanders completely by surprise despite an official warning, on 27 November, that an attack might be imminent. Nineteen U.S. ships were sunk or severely damaged, 150 U.S. planes were destroyed, & 2,335 servicemen were killed.
Local authorities & the F.B.I. begin to round up the Issei leadership of the Japanese American communities in Hawaii & on the mainland. By 6:30 a.m. the following morning 736 Issei are in custody; within 48 hours, the number is 1,291. Caught by surprise for the most part, these men are held under no formal charges & family members are forbidden from seeing them. Most would spend the war years in enemy alien internment camps run by the Justice Department.
1941 -- England: Charles Radcliffe lives. Cultural critic, political activist & theorist, anarchist, renowned for his association with the Situationist movement in the 1960s. Editor of the magazine Heatwave, which was closely associated with the Chicago magazine Rebel Worker, which included the surrealists Penelope & Franklin Rosemont, & Bernard Marszalek... Critic Jon Savage says that one piece alone by Radcliffe "laid the foundation for the next 20 years of sub-cultural theory."
1943 -- Egypt: Roosevelt departs Cairo traveling back to the US. Seaman Jesse Walker departs US traveling to the front lines of the Pacific.
1946 -- US: Fire guts the supposedly "fireproof" 15-story Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, taking 119 lives.
1949 -- England: International Confederation of Free Trade Unions founded, London.
1956 -- Resat Nuri Güntekin dies (some say the 13th). Popular Turkish writer, educated at a French school in Smyrna & at Istanbul University, & saw his first publication in 1917. Wrote about social problems based on realistic observations, &, like Cevdet Kudret, Faruk Nafiz Çamlibel, Yasar Nabi Nayir, Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, Halit Fahri Ozansoy, Nazim Hikmet, Vedat Nedim Tör & Necip Fazil Kisakürek, concentrated on problems stemming from structural changes in society. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Re%C5%9Fat_Nuri_G%C3%BCntekin
1961 -- US: Military police hold civilians at Peterson Field, Colorado at gunpoint as Tibetan commandos, who'd been secretly trained by the CIA, are smuggled aboard a C-124 Globemaster.
1963 -- Remember the Singing Nun? Her record "Dominique" hit #1 on this date. The following year she left the convent & waxed a timeless gem, "Glory Be to God for The Golden Pill" a pro-birth control song. Didna do so well.
1964 -- US: Mario Savio, leader of Berkeley Free Speech Movement, arrested.
U.C. Berkeley administration presentation at the Greek Theatre to 18,000 students; followed by a strike of 9,000 of the 27,000 students, & a faculty resolution (824 to 115) supporting FSM.
1965 -- Weight Lift?: Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of the two churches in 1054.
1968 -- US: SSShhhhhh!!?: Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandfather took out in 1823, to the University of Cincinnati. The $22,646 fine went unpaid. The librarian whispered, "Dodd damn!"
1970 -- US: Surrealist machine-maker Rube Goldberg dies, New York City.
1972 -- US: The National Organization of Women (NOW) issues 78-page booklet, "Dick & Jane as Victims." Written to criticize sexism in elementary school textbooks.
1975 -- US: In his campaign to free boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter from prison, Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue does a show at the Correctional Institution For Women at Clinton, NJ, where Carter was temporarily imprisoned.
1975 -- East Timor: With US & British assistance, Indonesia invades & annexes East Timor, overthrowing the popularly elected government. The genocide (an estimated one-third of the East Timorese population slaughtered) rivals Cambodia's "killing fields," but little attention is paid in US media, which makes big to-do about "human rights" in Cambodia while ignoring East Timor, for political reasons. (Cambodia is the "enemy," Indonesia is a resource-rich US client state.) Long-time East Timor activists Bishop Carlos Belo & Jose Ramos-Horta later receive the Nobel Peace prize.
1985 -- Robert Graves, English poet, novelist, mythographer, critic, historian, dies in Deya, Majorca, Spain. Author of I, Claudius & Claudius the God. For those with Graves concerns:
1986 -- Frank Brand (aka Enrico Arrigoni) dies, aged 92. Lathe operator, house painter, bricklayer, dramatist, anarchist. His body is found on the floor near the bed [in his apartment] by his old comrades Valerio Isca & Pasquale Buono.
“I am probably the only individualist left among the Italian anarchists today.”
In 1963 Brand worked on the publication of the Libertarian Book Club's edition of Stirner's The Ego & His Own (cover design was by Fermin Rocker). He left his books & collection of opera records to the Libertarian Book Club. His body was cremated on December 11, 1986.”
"The “Frank Brand” I knew was an illegal. That is, he lived in the USA as an illegal immigrant. He was also an illegalist — that is, a law-breaker by conviction & principle. He used pseudonyms (Frank Branch, Harry Arrigoni, Harry Goni) & false papers to hide his past as a militant revolutionary anarchist in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Russia, Hungary, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, & Spain. At the same time, however, he was completely open about his beliefs & even about his identity — he even wrote his books under his own real name, Enrico Arrigoni, although his friends often addressed him by his nom de guerre..."
— Peter Lamborn Wilson
See also Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America by Paul Avrich.
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FROM BRAND: I founded Eresia in 1928, an eclectic journal with a strong individualist bias, though the contributors included anarchist-communists like Ugo Fedeli, my old comrade in Milan. Joe Conti, our treasurer from Brooklyn, taught me the bricklayering trade. I was the editor & wrote both as "Brand" & "Harry Goni." The drawings were done by another bricklayer, from New Jersey. We printed two thousand copies of the journal. Ghezzi, another old comrade from Italy & a fellow individualist, sent articles from Russia, from which we tried desperately but unsuccessfully to get him out. 23 Brand: An Italian Anarchist & His Dream, Peter Lamborn Wilson http://www.anarchist-studies.org/article/articleprint/46/-1/7/
1987 -- US: 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California, after a disgruntled former employee shoots the pilots.
1990 -- Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement.
As part of their prenups agreement Hanoi Jane can't pose with
any godless commie anti-aircraft cannons unless Fox "News"-CNN gets to break the story.
1993 -- Guns N' Roses announce they will keep the Charles Manson penned tune, "Look At Your Game, Girl" on their album, "The Spaghetti Incident?" They decided to keep it on after they learned that the royalties from the song will go to the son of one of Manson's victims.
1993 -- Four Plowshares activists arrested for disarming an F-15E Strike Eagle nuclear war jet at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina.
1993 -- US: Department of Energy discloses US has conducted over 200 secret nuclear weapons tests.
1995 -- Outer Space: Galileo arrives on Jupiter. Ex-communicated by the Catholic Church upon landing.
1995 -- France: Up to 1.75 million striking French workers demonstrate in marches, shutting down the country as part of an escalating series of General Strikes protesting government cutbacks & global exploitation of workers.
1996 -- England: In the first attack (the second on the 9th) on the Labour Party's electioneering internet site, an American hacker subverts it into the 'Please Buy Our Junk' & 'Same Old Lies, New Packaging' web pages. Internet links are changed to transfer browsers to a porn site, 'The Labour Party Sex Shop'. Source: 'Calendar Riots' http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/images/humor/buyamerican.jpg
1996 -- Italy: A handful of squatters dare to climb up on to the roof of Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) in the center of Turin. They hoist flags, place a puppet, hang a transparency & throw leaflets entitled "Anarchists have Wings." In this way they draw attention to the preliminary hearing of the strange investigation by public prosecutors Marini (the infamous "Marini Trials") & Ionta, during this period of state repression against anarchists. http://www.freewebs.com/frameup/chronology.htmlpart of the Serravalle · Canenero ‘O.R.A.I.’ Marini trial Anarchists Antonio Budini, Jean Weir, Carlo Tesseri, Christos Stratigopulous & Eva Tziutzia / appeal at the Court of Cassation Alfredo Bonanno – 6 years; Angela Maria (Marina) Lo Vecchio – 15 years; Orlando Campo – 10 years & Carlo Tesseri – 3 years & nine months. Two others, Gregorian Garagin & Francesco Porcu, are already in prison serving sentences of 30 years & life respectively. Rose Ann Scrocco
More chads & butterfly ballots found hidden in a voting booth ...
2005 -- Nobel Prize in Literature winner Harold Pinter accuses Britain & the United States of engaging in state terrorism in Iraq & demands the prosecution of George W. Bush & Tony Blair. Yup. http://www.coxar.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/
2010 -- Julian Assange arrested in London, while the US government "declares war" on the WikiLeaks website & there are threats of investigating The New York Times. Also in the US, a judge dismisses a lawsuit over the US government putting American citizens on "capture or kill" lists. More blows for democracy...
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