Monday, February 23, 2004

The Manchester Guardian has an interesting article about a report ordered by the Pentagon that is being suppressed by the Bush administration. The report allegedly states that climate change is a more serious threat to US interests than terrorism.

At least here in LA we have a lot of mountains and elevation away from the sea. Florida, on the other hand, is quite close to sea level. I predict that in 20 years Florida will largely cease to exist.

I enjoyed my visit to Tulsa and Okmulgee immensely. The Muscogee (Creek nation) have a very nice, renovated court house that we visited in Okmulgee. We also visited the Lighthorsemen (or Tribal police) of the Muscogee. Sarah is friend of the head of the Lighthorsemen, Mr. Washington Cummings.

On a side note, I prefer the Canadian phrase "First Nation" better than Indian, Tribe, or Indigenous I will use the phrase First Nation from here on out to refer to these nations.

While we were in Tulsa, Sarah was honored by a domestic violence coaltion named Spirits of Hope as a "vagina warrior", or a woman who strives to improve the lives of women. Jane Fonda was also honored and later came by and asked for Sarah's card.

The Vagina Monologues were excellent. Eve Ensler performed most of them herself (Jane Fonda and a First Nations woman each performed small pieces). It is a powerful experience to have topics of ranging from orgasm and self-actualization to female genital mutilation and Serbian rape camps acted out for you in a crowd of strangers. It creates an interesting sort of intimacy.

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