January 19, 2010

Greg Palast: The Right Testicle of Hell: History of a Haitian Holocaust The Right Testicle of Hell: History of a Haitian Holocaust Blackwater before drinking water by Greg Palast for The Huffington Post Sunday 17 January 2010 1. Bless the President for having rescue teams in the air almost immediately. That was President Olafur Grimsson of Iceland. On Wednesday, the AP reported that the President of the United States promised, "The initial contingent of 2,000 Marines could be deployed to the quake-ravaged country within the next few days." "In a few days," Mr. Obama? 2. There's no such thing as a 'natural' disaster. 200,000 Haitians have been slaughtered by slum housing and IMF "austerity" plans. 3. A friend of mine called. Do I know a journalist who could get medicine to her father? And she added, trying to hold her voice together, "My sister, she's under the rubble. Is anyone going who can help, anyone?" Should I tell her, "Obama will have Marines there in 'a few days'"? 4. China deployed rescuers with sniffer dogs within 48 hours. China, Mr. President. China: 8,000 miles distant. Miami: 700 miles close. US bases in Puerto Rico: right there. 5. Obama's Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, "I don't know how this government could have responded faster or more comprehensively than it has." We know Gates doesn't know. 6. From my own work in the field, I know that FEMA has access to ready-to-go potable water, generators, mobile medical equipment and more for hurricane relief on the Gulf Coast. It's all still there. Army Lt. Gen....
Forgetting what we remember Bill Moyers writes: We live in a time "characterized by a refusal to remember." Inconvenient facts simply disappear down the memory hole, as in George Orwell's novel, "1984." Yet it's a contemporary commonplace that nothing is ever forgotten on the internet: The third Internet safety tip for teens is to remember that nothing is ever forgotten or deleted from the Internet. We are perpetually alerted to the fact that our traces remain, never to be lost. Efforts to delete old posts and comments, ill-uploaded photos, videos that might have been funny at the time, are likely futile, recoverable somehow, by someone, somewhere. How do we understand these two ideas: the loss of memory and its unavoidability? Inconvenient facts disappear, yet they are always present, never erased. It seems to me that factoids persist, little elements, scraps, nuggets, but lose their matter, that is, they lose the larger setting that made them matter (or even not matter), that made them stand out from or remain absorbed in the manifold. The little nuggets become unchained, disarticulated, loosened from their prior ideological context, available to be mashed up, recombined, reinserted into another setting. And the thing is, we never know what part of our lives, what statements, what retorts, might return and how they might return. So it's not even like we are haunted by past mistakes that refuse to die but rather haunted by the possibility that words and acts that were previously insignificant will return with a significance we can't foresee....

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