". . . 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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Orleans - Isaac

This storm is much rougher than anticipated earlier.

It's so big and so frackin' slow.

Reports from friends via text is last night not good.  No sleep.  Periodically the wind shook one friend's house so hard that the newly built shelves came loose from the wall studs, dumping avalanches of  books.

Power's gone in many places in New Orleans, including our friends', they text -  as well as elsewhere -- 450,000 according to reports.  Our friends' phones will be out of juice before the day's out, no doubt.

It's going to be a very long day for our friends on the Gulf.  It could continue beyond today. Isaac's that frackin' slow.

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