". . . 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

Sunday, September 2, 2012


People in Louisiana need our help now after Hurricane Isaac as much as they did in 2005 after Katrina.

How this must hurt everyone on the Gulf that this is so, I can only imagine.

Right now I have no advice as to what organization to which we can contribute to provide assistance.  The Red Cross is busy but I myself have no trust for the Red Cross.

We've managed in the past by dealing directly with individuals who we know are trustworthy.  As some New Orleans friends are getting their power back (not all of New Orleans, by any frackin' mean at all though!), I'll ask for their advice.

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