September 16, 2004

Live by the generator...

Two Americans, Briton kidnapped
Thursday, September 16, 2004 Posted:
6:21 AM EDT (1021 GMT)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Two Americans and a Briton were seized by a group of
kidnappers from their home in central Baghdad early Thursday, an Iraqi Ministry
of Interior spokesperson told CNN. [...]

She said when one of the occupants of the house came out to turn on the
electric generator, something he did at the same time every day, the abductors
moved in.

This is absolutely poetic. Michel Serres would say that here, in one sentence, you have expressed concisely a parable of systematicity and the "noise" it both subsists on and tries to suppress.

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