". . . 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 11, 2010

Big Oil Bidness Execs Blame Shift To Each Other

"It was YOU!" yells British Petroleum at Transocean.

"It was YOU!" yells Transocean at Halliburton.

"It wasn't US!" yells Halliburton at Transocean.

This at the Senate hearing, as described in the WaPo.

Of course it ultimately is the Senate's and the bush regime's fault for allowing all the de-regulation, but the story doesn't include that bit of information, does it.

1 comment:

K. said...

They're really something, aren't they? Americans expect people to be stand-up and take responsibility for their lives, but look at the example that gets set. Bush, of course, was pathologically unable to admit error or take responsibility. I wonder what George and Barbara perpetrated on him as a kid...