". . . 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, May 6, 2010

BP Forced Rig Survivors to Sign Waivers

And to sign that they weren't hurt, didn't see anyone hurt, and that they didn't see ANYTHING.  They were held without communication in a hotel, not even allowed to call their families, for 50 hours, until the legal team could get their strategy in place for BP.

The full story was on NPR's "All Things Considered."  You can hear it here.

 . . .  the two paragraphs at the end.
One says: "I was not a witness to the incident requiring the evacuation and have no first hand or personal knowledge regarding the incident."

The second says: "I was not injured as a result of the incident or evacuation."
BP is also putting pressure on the White House and the Hill to take 'BP' and 'British Petroleum' out of any reference to the BP Oil Catastrophe (and, please tell me how in hell this can be called an oil SPILL?????) -- because this bad fro their public image.  They are now mounting a campaign that BP was involved or has any responsibility at all -- it's Transocean built the rig  that um FUCKING BP ordered -- that is responsible for this BP insists.

The ultimate responsiblity lies with the deregulation of off shore oil and the safety regs -- and all the other deregulation of everything including finance and banking -- carried out by cheney and his minions during the bush regime.

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