". . . 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

Monday, March 23, 2020

Meeting In Zoom Time

     . . . . There's a lot to think about these days, which everybody is thinking about surely -- unless they are the narcissist sociopaths who have determined to deal with this crisis by letting us all die in hopes that this will resurrect the markets and ensure a re-election.  Resurrect is the miracle word, all right.  Hey ho though -- Easter's a'comin', so you betcha!

    . . . . And then, there's doing meetings and courses and so much else via Zoom or another of those web communications with audio and video operations.  While cooking this afternoon I also participated in one of those meetings.  I'd never thought to say this but I appreciated being in a meeting, one in which I never hit the 'raise hand' function or 'speak' function.  The meeting was run by university school's administration and staff.  Faculty and students were 'present' and could speak, ask questions, comment.  Or not.

But one could see the faces in real time, speaking in real time.  After so many days already of self-isolation and now supposedly enforced???? isolation?????  I found it actually pleasant to see these other faces and hear their voices. Not that they known anything more than anyone else, but hey -- company!  One thing I could not help but notice is that with some of those running things, who happened to be women, there were children's voices bleeding into the audio.  Emphasis here -- in these cases it was all women.  Make of this what you might.

The nice discovery about Zoom, for those of us who don't have dedicated home offices and studios, is the function that allows for a 'green stage', i.e. one can pull up whatever one wishes from one's own files to be the background, rather than, o, say, Steve Colbert's bubble bath tub.  Also, besides the synched audio and visuals, one can in real time import sound -- for instance music, from one's own playlists and files, as well as video and photos from one's own playlists and files.

Something very much appreciated.

Now.  How long will everybody's hardware, our bloody laptops, stand up?  We're not going to have any new stuff available for a very long time.  Anymore than PPEs, masks, gloves, sanitizer, means to get permission slips that allow one to go out for essential things -- if one wears a mask that one does not have and probably never will.

When will we have a national draft to put people to work on the manufacture, organization and distribution of all these essentials?  I guess most certainly not until many are dead because saboteur in chief is Bored! Now! 

 with the virus and his sil thinks everything needs to be reopened to resurrect the market and get elected.

But fear not if you live in Florida, from where all those happy breakers have returned with the virus to all 4 quarters.  Florida has received all the PPE and medical supplies from the federal stock it requested.  California -- go jump in the lake of herd immunity.  So much cheaper and a lot more fun.

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