". . . 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, March 26, 2009

Disaster State -- North Dakota

The flooding in North Dakota has made it a state of disaster, even more so, it looks like, than the terrible blizzard and flood year of 1997.

I've been getting e-mail and phone reports. Relatives and friends are needing to evacuate, all up and down the Red River Valley. Many fear they will lose their homes. Even my step-mom is anxious, and her home is far from the river, relatively speaking.

It's no better further west. Bismark had to shut down state capital business due to flood threat.

Blizzard and flooding simultaneously -- only in the midwest. I'm waiting for the additional flourish of tornadoes plus thunderstorms to make the mix of catastrophic weather complete.

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