". . . 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

Thursday, September 11, 2008

This Day

It is weird here. Not the usual pristine brilliant blue 9/11 sky, but mostly white, at least so far. Not the usual bright, warm, perfect late summer day of low 80's as the temperatures dropped down into the 50's last night, and not expected to warm either -- 70 or so.

Both Obama and the 'cain are here, 'debating' at Columbia, not f2f, but separately. How is that a debate? I assume they are both here because it is 9/11. This almost the 1st time the primary media could hardly be bothered to mention Obama's name. Biden doesn't exist at all, evidently.

However, w/the Great White 'laska Gawdess back home in 'laska for the very 1st time since Her Annunciation, it seems the media will not be able to restrain themselves and the GW'lG is going to be all they want to talk about even on This Anniversary Commeration of the Event That Was the Lying Pretext for the Murder, Maiming and Displacement of Countless Information and Art Objects, Small and Medium Sized Animals, Children, Women and Men.

Unless, of course, the boinking part of the Interior Dept. hypnotizes the media more? However, even the primary media appears to find even the idea of Dept. of the Interior staff and Big Oil administrators boinking too eeeeeuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu to contemplate.

The names of the victims at Ground Zero are being read, as they are every year.Supposedly, finally, construction will be getting started this coming year. So this is the last time, supposedly, that the families of the victims will be able to walk there, stand there. Construction will block all access next year.By the time this generation of children are grown, this will be for NYC residents like the Slocum Tragedy of June 15, 1904, in which over 1000 German Lutherans, almost all women and children, burned and / or drowned in the East River. Their boat caught fire on their way to picnic on Long Island. Eternal memory was vowed by all. But the families moved away. The city moved on. Or it may be like Pearl Harbor, as the destruction of the Towers is linked to a very long war, which, if the neoCONS have their way, will still be waged in the following generations.

Our primary concern on the occasion of this commorative year appears to be almost solely with the trauma suffered by Our Young Children who watched the Towers fall on television for month after month. How do we counsel Our Children (nevermind the children of Iraq, who, of course are resilient as children are and not traumatized by bombs, murder, starvation, homelessness and being orphaned). Good heavens! Some children who weren't even born in 2001 are afraid to come to New York City!


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