In a zoo in the Czech Republic, two lions killed a white tigress; five white tigers in a Chinese zoo had become fearful of the live chickens offered them as food; and in China’s Hubei province, a gang of macaques trained in kung-fu turned on their human master. Male Campbell’s monkeys, in combining and altering their six basic alert calls (boom, hok, krak, krak-oo, kok-oo, and wak-oo), were deemed to exhibit sophisticated proto-syntax. Rhino poaching was on the rise, though Nepal’s greater one-horned rhinos were flourishing because they are protected by guards on elephantback. Wasps were observed to kidnap ladybugs for use as incubators for their eggs, and the ladybugs were observed ultimately to be unharmed by the experience. Male bedbugs were found to emit an anti-predator pheromone to discourage other males from mounting them; males with blocked pheromone glands are mounted for longer than are other males and suffer more grievous abdominal stab wounds from the mounters’ penises. Boys who were exposed in the womb to phthalates—chemicals widely found in cosmetics, vinyl upholstery, and sex toys—are less likely to play rough. Studies of birds and mammals showed that males have more consistent personalities.
– findings, from Harper’s magazine
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Your brother’s chicken coop is as abundunt as the home port of the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet.
–from the surrealist compliment generator
today’s highlights from the Daily Bleed
1526 — New World: First (known) slave revolt in an “American” settlement occurs, only eight years after the first slaves are transported from Africa to the Americas.
1891 — Nicolo (nee Ferdinando) Sacco lives, Torremaggiore, Italy. Italian-American anarchist accused of robbery & murder.
Daily Bleed Saint 2003, NICOLA SACCO
Italian-American anarchist executed with partner Bartolomeo Vanzetti, wrote stunning letters from prison.
On Aug. 23, 1977 Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis proclaims “Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti Day” on the 50th anniversary of their death.
Sacco’s friend & associate, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, strapped into the electric chair, said,
“I wish to tell you that I am an innocent man. I never committed any crime but sometimes some sin. I wish to forgive some people for what they are now doing to me.”
They both spoke nobly at the end, left a great heritage of love, devotion, faith, & courage, believing the time would come that no human being should be humiliated or be made abject.
Vanzetti further noted that for him, as for both, if it had not been for “these thing” he might have lived out his life talking at street corners to scorning men, died unmarked, unknown, a failure…
“Now, we are not a failure.
This is our career & our triumph.
Never in our full life could we hope to do such work for tolerance, for justice, for man’s understanding of man as now we do by accident. Our words — our lives — our pains — nothing! The taking of our lives — lives of a good shoemaker & a poor fish peddler — all!
That last moment belongs to us — that agony is our triumph.”
1932 — Germany: Emma Goldman arrives back in Berlin, where she learns that CBS has canceled her planned radio broadcast, fearing that it will be interpreted as an effort on her part to reenter the “Land of the Free.”
Can’t have that. In Nazi Germany America this is extolled as a “Free Press.”
1944 — US: Sit-in by 200 blacks results in desegregation of restaurants in Washington, D.C.
1963 — US: (F)Redism: Secretary of State Rusk states that South Vietnam, under Diem, was “steadily moving toward a constitutional system resting upon popular consent.”
Six months later, South Vietnamese generals, charging Diem had “trampled on the people’s rights,” seizes power in a coup “encouraged” by the US.
1970 — US: War Peace ships are sent to the Caribbean island of Trinidad to “protect American citizens” during unrest against the US-backed government.
1978 — Bob Marley & the Wailers perform at the One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica. It is Marley’s first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt a year & a half ago.
2000 — Brazil: Smashing the Clocks of Domination?
Today the government & the ruling class of Brazil wants to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of its “discovery” by Europeans come to dominate & exploit the resources & people of the land, imposing expansionist & mercantile value.
Globo network, Brazil’s largest entertainment corporation, has been the main promoter of this celebration. For years, Globo has put on events promoting this celebration, & has built big clocks in all the state capitals of Brazil.
But during the week ending today, there has been a large mobilization of indigenous people, students, landless & others to demonstrate against the nationalist & capitalist ideals behind the celebration.
In the largest mobilization of indigenous people ever known in Brazil, people going to Porto Seguro — where the Portuguese arrived in 1500 & where the official celebrations are to take place today — went through Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, where they shot their arrows at the Globo clock until they stopped it.
One of them managed to enter the national congress & pass through security with an arrow in his hand pointing at one of the most powerful men in Brazil, Senator ACM, the “emperor” of the state of Bahia.