SEPTEMBER 30 — PAUL MATTICK
Theorist of modern autonomist, direct communism.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Yap Island, the Carolines, Micronesia: FESTIVAL OF TERETETH, Goddess of the Coconut Toddy.
India: FEAST OF SOMA, the God of Ambrosia and Immortality.
Cheyenne Indians, Western Plains states: FESTIVAL OF MAHEO, God of the Void.
ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 30 THROUGHOUT HISTORY…
1452 — First printed book published, Johannes Gutenberg’s Bible.
1765 — Mexican independence fighter José Maria Morelos born, Valladolid.
1949 — Mao Tse-Tung becomes Chairman of “People’s” Republic of China.
1966 — African nation of Botswana wins independence from Great Britain.
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch
You must first invent the universe
Space is filled with a network of wormholes
You might emerge somewhere else in space
Some when-else in time
The sky calls to us
If we do not destroy ourselves
We will one day venture to the stars
A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way
The Cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths
Of exquisite interrelationships
Of the awesome machinery of nature
I believe our future depends powerfully
On how well we understand this cosmos
In which we float like a mote of dust
In the morning sky
But the brain does much more than just recollect
It inter-compares, it synthesizes, it analyzes
it generates abstractions
The simplest thought like the concept of the number one
Has an elaborate logical underpinning
The brain has its own language
For testing the structure and consistency of the world
For thousands of years
People have wondered about the universe
Did it stretch out forever
Or was there a limit
From the big bang to black holes
From dark matter to a possible big crunch
Our image of the universe today
Is full of strange sounding ideas
How lucky we are to live in this time
The first moment in human history
When we are in fact visiting other worlds
The surface of the earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean
Recently we’ve waded a little way out
And the water seems inviting
thank you Melissa P.!
SEPTEMBER 29 — MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI
Prominent Italian modernist filmmaker, political radical.
Above: Short segment of Antonioni’s film Zabriskie Point (1970).
SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Royal Courts of Justice, London: PAYMENT OF QUIT-RENT, an ancient,
solemn, annual ceremony in which the city pays the crown six horse-
shoes, 61 nails, a bill-hook and a hatchet. Germany: MICHAELMAS,
the English Feast of Goose, in which the weather is forecast
by the breastbone of a goose.
Mexico: FESTIVAL OF TEZCATZONCATL, Chief God of Intoxication.
ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 29 IN HISTORY…
1547 — Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes born, Alcalá de Henares, Spain.
1902 — French experimental writer Emile Zola dies, Paris, France.
1912 — Influential Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni born, Ferrara, Italy.
SEPTEMBER 27 — BHAGAT SINGH
Legendary Indian romantic, volcanic anti-imperialist.
“The people are scared of the word anarchism. The word anarchism has been abused so much that even in India revolutionaries have been called anarchist to make them unpopular…. [But] I think in India the idea of universal brotherhood, the Sanskrit sentence vasudhaiva kutumbakam etc., have the same meaning.”
Above: Singh in jail at age 20.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
ANCESTOR APPRECIATION DAY. India: FESTIVAL OF VARUNI, Goddess of Wine. Ila, Zambia: FESTIVAL OF NAMAKUNGWE, The Originator.
ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 27 IN HISTORY…
1722 — Patriot and beer brewer Sam Adams born, Boston, Massachusetts.
1840 — American political cartoonist Thomas Nast born, Landau, Germany.
1907 — Indian freedom fighter Sardar Bhagat Singh born, Banga, Layalpur, Punjab.
1964 — Warren Commission Report on JFK death released: “Only Oswald.”