Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Let it Bleed

Image result for let it bleedLet it Bleed was released in the US on December 5, 1969.  As I wrote in a piece that first appeared in the now-defunct Vermont Times (and later appeared in Counterpunch and other zines: "Musically, the Rolling Stones were touring the country promoting their new album Let It Bleed , another of their adventures in reworking North American blues and folk idioms into hard-driving rock and roll. The song of the summer had been Honky Tonk Women, which appeared on the album as a boozy country funk. Perhaps the most important song on the platter, however, was Gimme Shelter, a blistering indictment of the world of war and greed."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 17, 1973--Richard Nixon is not a crook

As the Watergate and associated criminal acts were slowly being revealed, Richard Nixon held a press below

Monday, November 14, 2016

November 1973--The Athens Polytechnic Revolt

The Polytechnic uprising (Politechneio, Πολυτεχνείο in greek) symbolises not only the heroic struggle but also the unity of all democrats.

The November struggles are the highest expression of the seven-year fight against the dictatorship, and one of the most important moments in the fight for freedom of the Greek people and especially Greek youth.

The Events of the Polytechnic Uprising
Despite the harsh repressive measures of the military Junta during the seven-year dictatorship of 1967-1973 in Greece – the imprisonments, displacements, mass trials in emergency courts-martial, torture, mock executions and murders – popular demonstrations against the regime continued throughout the dictatorship, with young people always playing a leading part.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Remembering Another Shitty Election Night--November 7, 1972

After Trump won the election, I was asked if the 2016 results were the most distressing I had ever seen.  I told them that it was actually the 1972 election that held that honor.....with the 1980 Reagan victory over Carter the next.  I may have to rearrange those rankings, with the 2016 results somewhere in that top three....
Here's a remembrance of George McGovern and that horrible night...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Takeover of Bureau of Indian Affairs....Mutiny on the USS Constellation: November 1972

On November 2, 1972, members of the American Indian Movement occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs building in Washington , DC.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, sailors were staging a mutiny on board the USS Constellation.  This was after a riot on board the Kitty Hawk a couple weeks earlier....