". . . 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

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Second NYC Death From H1N1

The first one was a young woman, assistant principal of a school in Queens. The second one is an infant.

More schools are closed every day now.

It's shown up in the Rikers Island population, the city's big 'corrections' facility. The supervisors are saying it needs to be evacuated and sanitized from top to bottom. The mayor's office says otherwise, and that such an evacuation is impossible in any case.


Renegade Eye said...

Much can be blamed on the slow actions of Calderon's government. Precautions were taken after Obama's trip in Mexico.

It's considered cool to make fun of what some think of overreaction. I think what was considered overreaction, was overall positive. It beats wait and see.

Foxessa said...

I'm not going to blame Mexico for what we don't do here in the U.S.

The mayor's office sounds a whole lot like Louisiana and FEMA and HS disaster mangerment teams. The only disaster evacuation plan was "Let the poor die, and they will. That's good. No more Chocolate City island of black, Dem voting block here -- we'll go all red all the time."

Except virii aren't as effectively sequestered in the superdome, er the prison, as are the poor.