". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Monday, September 1, 2008

Amy Goodman, #1 Leftist Journalist Arrested at reThugCON

[UPDATE] Heard from Ren -- he's fine!

On YouTube, footage. Her producer, Max Salazar was also arrested in Minneapolis-St. Paul. It's scary to watch. They manhandled this aging woman.

There have been large protests today, and a complete corporate media blackout about them -- and the massive arrests being made.

I know people who planned to do this, like Ren. I hope they're OK.

Democracy Now has good coverage. 10,000 out there in the streets today in St. Paul. Along with some real idiots who give conscientious protesters a bad name.

Glenn Greenwald, who is there, says this city is more locked down than New York post 9/11. The police and military presence make it like Baghdad. He's got great coverage at salondotcom.

I can't believe it. Just got off the phone with a journalist friend of ours from the major Miami paper, the Herald -- she'd never heard of Amy Goodman! How can you call yourself a journalist and not know who Amy Goodman is? In the defense of my friend, she does mostly music and cultural things, but nevertheless, as I told her, that's no excuse.

And what did she call me for, since it wasn't about getting music info, which is the reason she usually calls. Not this time. She wanted to know what this Palin and pregnancy and daughter baby and all that stuff is about. "Who the F*ck is this character?" she asked, "and why is she supposed to be VPOTUS? By the way, this from the woman who USED to be a dancer at the Pyramid Club and all her friends were trannies and TVs. Maybe that's the answer. The whole country has become south Florida. I told her that Palin would be right at home among all the characters she's familiar with in Miami.


Frank Partisan said...

Most at the demo, didn't know what happened. It was not announced from the stage.

I stayed with march route, where for the most part, nothing happened.

Nothing was announced from the stage.

It wasn't smart to go to sidestreets. Amy did what she had to. As for the rest..

Frank Partisan said...

People were pepper sprayed leaving the Rage Against The Machine concert. Graeme was at the concert.

Earlier I saw dozens of police in downtown Minneapolis.

The city council voted earlier to put Mpls police, under Homeland Security command.