". . . 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

Saturday, September 3, 2011

More Dangerous Weather

A week ago we arose at 6:30 AM to evacuate uptown because of Hurricane Irene. It doesn't seem as long as a week ago. That may be because we were back Thursday night as guests for Niece's Party that introduced here to a passel of K and C's friends in the arts, fashion, etc., particularly those with college age kids themselves. But mostly because the emergencies are ongoing all around us, in New Jersey, upstate, Vermont and Connecticut. And now ....

Tropical Storm Lee is flooding New Orleans. We got an e-mail from a friend down there via his computer on batteries. The power's out.

Lee is predicted to roll all the way up to here and on into New England -- dropping at least 4 more inches of rain on regions still flooded from Irene.

Then, there's Tropical Storm Katia becoming more organized out there ... but she may roll further east and stay mostly on the ocean. I'm going to have to add a new tag -- weather.

2012 = Year of Disaster Weather and No Jobs. Plus more and more surveillance, higher taxes if you aren't wealthy, and fewer services, verging into no services if the reivers get their way. The New Normal. I do not approve, any more than I approve of changing our autumnal national day of observance from Labor Day to Terrorism Day.  If we are going to have another Big Storm up here let it crash down on the 11th.

Additionally, el V flies to another continent on Tuesday.

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