It is either the beginning or the end
of the world, & the choice is ourselves
from "Ourselves or Nothing"
Web Ecstasy, over 65 events:
Organizer of migrant farm workers, "wretched of the earth."
March comes in like a lion & goes out like a lamb.
John Fletcher, "A Wife for a Month"
BUNSEN BURNER DAY.
A bright burning flame
A smoking smell around
The bunsen burners on
The science has begun
All the flames are burning
And everyone is learning.
1596 - René Descartes (1596-1650) lives.
"Cogito ergo sum"
1809 - Nikoloi Gogol lives (1809-1852), Ukraine. Great
Russian novelist, dramatist, satirist & founder of the so-called
critical realism in Russian literature, best known for his
novel Dead Souls.
1836 - The first monthly part of Posthumous Papers of the
Pickwick Club, Charles Dickens' first novel, is published.
By the 15th part the printing has ballooned from 400 copies
1840 - He's No Welfare Bum?: 10-hour workday established
for federal public works employees.
1871 - France: Commune of Narbonne falls.
1914 - Octavio Paz, poet/critic/diplomat lives (1914-1998),
Mexico City. Wrote The Other Mexico; The Bow & the
Lyre. Received the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature.
1927 - Migrant farm workers organizer, nonviolent activist
Cesar Chavez lives, near Yuma, Arizona.
1941 -- US: Wisconsin state trooper attacks fail to break the
Allis-Chalmers strike in Milwaukee.
1949 - Last great strike of the Canadian Seaman's Union.
1964 -- Brazil: It's Official:
The "Revolution" of Brazilian´s Army happened on April 1, 1964.
Because this day is considered the Liars Day here in
Brazil, a day when people make practical jokes & tell
unbelievable lies expecting others to believe, the
Dictatorship made March the 31 the official aniversary
of the Coup.
A bit interesting, maybe worth a place in the Daily Bleed.
Bleedster Daniel, April 2001
1967 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix sets his guitar ablaze on
stage for the first time. This happened at Finsbury Park,
1970 - US: Oakland (California) Induction Center is site of
spring Vietnam War protests; 2500 Berkeley students turn
in draft cards -- typical, notes historian Todd Gitlin notes,
of protests across the US (before Cambodian protests even
1976 -- Paul Strand, renowned American photographer, dies.
1985 - Australia: 300,000 demonstrate
in peace rallies countrywide.
1999 - Second Blue Moon of the year. Celebrated by many as
a sign of "The End Times" at the Blue Moon Tavern.
Sorry, We're open!
Near Seattle's fab Recollection Used Books, hang out for
numerous Dead Beats, is Seattle's Blue Moon Tavern, whose
simple "charm" owes a lot to historical panegyrics & little
to the more conventional forms of tavern comfort. Dylan
Thomas, Allen Ginsberg & Jack Kerouac are all purported
to have sucked suds at the Blue Moon & they are all dead.
I'm here for the mushrooms that broadcast on
transcendental frequencies ... [for] Monday Night Football at
the Blue Moon Tavern, opera night at the Blue Moon Tavern
(which incidentally, is scheduled so that it coincides with
Monday Night Football a somewhat challenging overlap that
the casual patron might fail to fully appreciate); & I'm here
for the flying saucers that made their first public
appearance near Mount Rain-ier.
Tom Robbins, "I'm Here for the Weather"
Pacific Magazine, August 28, 1994.
2003 -- Iraq: The Bush Regime's war against the Hussein
The "Bush Doctrine" of preemptive war, formulated by a
small clique of White House staff "neo-conservatives" who
have long been advocating killing Saddam & urging an
aggressive effort bya teh US to dominate the world politically
& economically, is the most radical revision of American
foreign policy in over 200 years.
Bush has flouted the Geneva Convention by
refusing to recognize captured Taliban soldiers
as Prisoners of War. He has sabotaged attempts
to halt the small arms trade, & demanded
American immunity from future prosecution for
war crimes in the International Criminal Court.
Bush covets the power to wage war whenever, &
wherever he pleases, in direct defiance of
With military bases in more than 40 countries, the US
has a peace-time military budget larger than that of the
other nine leading military powers COMBINED. That
budget is now growing astronomically with Iraqi war
"The body is an instrument which only gives off music when
it is used as a body. Always an orchestra, & just as music
traverses walls, so sensuality traverses the body & reaches
up to ecstasy."
Auntie Nothingness 1997-9666
"War is the Health of the State."