". . . 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, June 3, 2010

BP to go ahead with $10bn shareholder payout

Tony Hayward to defy calls from politicians to cancel dividend until Deepwater Horizon oil spill is resolved.

UK Guardian story here.

The eco mafia must wet its beak.

1 comment:

K. said...

I don't care about the Warren Buffets who have invested in BP, but apparently BP stock is virtually ubiquitous in UK pension funds. So, if they don't pay out the dividend, pensioners get hit. Not that BP gives a rat's ass about that, but the matter is more complicated than some fat cats getting theirs while the Gulf Coast suffers.

Honestly, I don't care what BP does with its dividends -- which are going to get smaller and smaller -- as long as they make good on their promise to make good to the people of the Gulf. The Valdez suit is still in litigation -- to me, that's the worst that could happen.