Tonight Jack and Kay Enyart brought me to the Downtown Artists Space in the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District to record a webcast interview for Art With Enyart, Jack’s bi-monthly show for LA Artstream.
Meet Jack Enyart, animation artist/writer/agent/consultant, my friend since junior high school, and host of the show, and Jonathan Jerald, producer of LA Artstream, Mark Walsh, our director, and Kay Enyart, soon to be head of the pattern-making department at the Pacific Design Center’s Academy of Couture. Jonathan turns out to have visited or lived almost every place I have visited or lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 60s and early 70s. Amazing that we never met before.
Twilight in the first floor of the Downtown Artists Space.
DAS’ classic artist loft kitchen
I sit with Jack on the set for soundcheck. I am wearing the Living on the Earth illustration print dress that Tokyo fashion designer Aya Noguchi made for her autumn line in 2007. The interview was fun, and, at the end, I played on guitar and sang “Sometimes It Takes A Long Time,” one of my original songs from my CD What Living’s All About. You can see the show HERE.
On May 17, 2010, I will be interviewed by my friend Jack Enyart, renowned animation artist, writer, agent, consultant, and teacher, overall "man about 'toon" in Hollywood, on his bi-monthly webcast "Art With Enyart." Jack will focus on my art career and art methods ("the things other artists want to know"). At the end I will perform one of my songs. The webcast will be posted for, well, a long time afterward, at LA Art Stream, or at this page, where Jack's previous interview programs are also posted.
Below is an open letter sent to the current Prime Minister of Japan, Yukio Hatoyama, the head of Japan's first liberal government in over 50 years, sent to me by one of the tens of thousands of dedicated activists opposing the continuation of environmental destruction in Okinawa by the US military bases there.
To Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama
More than 90,000 people from Okinawa and other parts of Japan attended the rally, at Yomitanson, Okinawa, on April 25, to oppose the relocation of the US Marine Corps Futenma Air-station to any place inside the Okinawa Prefecture. The rally was a clear expression of the consensus of the Okinawan people. Mr. Prime Minister, you said that the opinion expressed by the rally was a “part of the peopleâ€Ÿs will”. Are you going to take this “part of the people's will” seriously? Your cabinet action seems to be trampling upon the consensus of the Okinawan people.
On April 26, the day after the rally, the conference on the practical issues concerning the Foreign and Defense affairs, which has been adjourned for a while, was resumed in the Washington DC. Mr. Campbell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State commented that he was encouraged by the new Japanese proposal concerning the Futenma problem. He made clear that his government is resolute on solving the problem based upon the 2006 bilateral agreement forcing the relocation site on Henoko. Mr. Campbell was "encouragedâ€Ÿ since you are now trying to relieve yourself from the no-win situation by abandoning an attempt to find a relocation site outside the Okinawa Prefecture and approaching his side.
We, Association to Protect Northernmost Dugong, have been active for ten years since 1999 to preserve the ecosystem so that the Okinawan dugongs, critically endangered population, can continue to live. We are deeply concerned over your decision to turn to a modified version of the 2006 bilateral agreement containing a plan to landfill a place off Henoko and a part of the Oura Bay, a plan direly destructive to the dugong's habitat.
Mr. Prime Minister, you have kept your ideas on solving the Futenma problem secret until recently when you told Mr. Torao Tokuda, a former member of the House of Representatives and considered to be influential upon the Tokunoshima politics, that you are considering to relocate a part of the Marines in Futenma to the Tokunoshima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture and use the island to host some of their trainings. You are still refusing to tell the details of the modified version of the 2006 agreement while planning to visit Okinawa on May 4. It is evident that your visiting is an attempt to persuade the Okinawa Governor Nakaima to accept your idea of relocating the Futenma base inside the Okinawa Prefecture.
It is reported that you are modifying the current plan of choosing a part of the Camp Schwab and the coast nearby as the Futenma relocation site in order to obtain the approval of the US government. The modified plan, it is reported, consists of moving the runway further offshore from the location asserted by the current bilateral agreement; the runway would be either a pier-type airstrip supported by piles or a certain „mega-floatâ€Ÿ construction. We are certain that the both plans, just as the current plan of reclaiming the place off Henoko, would destroy the ecosystem of the area. Driving thousands of piles into the seabed will destroy the coral reef. The pier-type runway will block the sun-light necessary for photosynthesis. The „mega-floatâ€Ÿ structure consists of a large number of giant steel pontoons connected together upon which a runway will be constructed. It also blocks the sun-light. In order to fasten the runway, giant seawalls and mooring system must be constructed. This would destroy the seabed ecosystem. The seawalls would alter the sea-current. We have seen how the passage-way connecting the Katsuren Peninsula and the Henzajima Island constructed in the Kin Bay altered the sea-current and seriously disturbed the reef ecosystem.
Either one of the plans would put a giant lid on the sea. Both plans kill the ocean ecosystem just as the current landfill plan. They are, as you said as regards the landfill plan, “blasphemy against nature”. If you think, as reported by the media, that any plan other than the reclamation will reduce the environmental impact you are seriously mistaken.
Destruction of the coral reef by driving thousands of piles into the seabed, vibration and noise caused by pier-type structure or "mega-floatâ€Ÿ would chase away the remaining dugongs. The only food for dugong is a kind of sea-grass growing in shallow water not far away from the shore. Dugong must remain close to the shore. Sea-grass grows by photosynthesis and so needs sunlight. Putting giant lid on the sea would destroy the only feeding place for dugong.
We are strongly against your "modifiedâ€Ÿ plan of forcing the Futenma relocation site off Henoko. The citizens of Ginowan, shouldering the burden of "The Most Dangerous Air-station in the Worldâ€Ÿ, the Futenma Air-station, just want to have the Futenma Air-station closed and returned immediately. The citizens of Ginowan and the Okinawan people hope to have the Island free from the military bases. They do not want to see the base moved from one location to another within the prefecture. Mr. Prime Minster, your party, the Democratic Party Japan, came into power to realize the sovereignty for local communities. It simply goes against your platform to deny the consensus of the Okinawan people so clearly against the new base inside the prefecture.
Mr. Prime Minister, your duty is not to look for a relocation site for the Futenma Air-station; your duty is to stand firmly and request the US government for an immediate closure and return of the Air-station; only then a first step for establishing an "equal relationship with the USâ€Ÿ may be realized. It is a crime to destroy the natural environment of Okinawa by forcing a new military base upon the people and deny the way of life depending on products from sea and earth.
For six years we have continued sitting-in on the Henoko beach with the local people to oppose the base construction. Our non-violent action has stopped the destruction of the sea where dugong lives. We remain resolute against any attempt to build a new base off Henoko.
Mr. Noboru Houjuyama, a former Director of Naha Defense Facility Agency, once voiced his hope to „live with the US basesâ€Ÿ. We, instead, want to live with nature. Together with our friends we shall continue our effort. Let us also be clear that we are firmly opposed to choose the beautiful Tokunoshima Island or any other place in the Ryukyuu Archipelago as a Futenma relocation site or as a place to move a part of the military trainings presently done in Futenma.
April 30, 2010
Association to Protect Northernmost Dugong
Representative: Masako Suzuki
I’m signing old and new copies of Living on the Earth at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona from 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday, May 2.
I will not be giving a talk, just listening to the people who bring me their old and new copies of my books to inscribe. I always add a little illustration when I sign.
Here’s the store event webpage.
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85283
My dear friends,
My friend Andy Olson, the owner, operator and chief radio personality at Radio Free Phoenix interviewed me last January. I played and sang some original songs live in the studio, plus Andy played cuts from my recordings.
Andy will air the interview as part of his show on Wednesday, May 5th at 10 AM, Pacific Standard Time.
He will air it again on Friday May 7 at 6 PM Pacific Standard Time.
You can listen to Radio Free Phoenix over the Internet here.
By Greg Palast
April 26, 2010
(this is a section of the article)
What moved GOP Governor Jan Brewer to sign the Soviet-style show-me-your-papers law is the exploding number of legal Hispanics, US citizens all, who are daring to vote – and daring to vote Democratic by more than two-to-one. Unless this demographic locomotive is halted, Arizona Republicans know their party will soon be electoral toast. Or, if you like, tortillas.
In 2008, working for “Rolling Stone” with civil rights attorney Bobby Kennedy, our team flew to Arizona to investigate what smelled like an electoral pogrom against Chicano voters . . . directed by one Jan Brewer.
Brewer, then secretary of state, had organized a racially loaded purge of the voter rolls that would have made Katherine Harris blush. Beginning after the 2004 election, under Brewer’s command, no fewer than 100,000 voters, overwhelmingly Hispanic, were blocked from registering to vote. In 2005, the first year of the Great Brown-Out, one in three Phoenix residents found their registration applications rejected.
I’M LOOKING FOR AN AFFORDABLE ORGANIC WEDDING CAKE; CAN YOU HELP ME??
NEED HELP ALETA
What makes a wedding cake a wedding cake is the icing. You could make or buy a simple cake made from organically grown ingredients and then pay a professional to ice and decorate it for you. OR you could ice it very simply with white icing yourself, and garnish with fresh flowers (make sure they are not from poisonous plants like plumeria or oleander). Dendrobium orchids, hydrangea, rosebuds, and leatherleaf fern are favorites of mine for this. They should match the colors in your bouquet, so you can put the bouquet on the table in front of the cake when you do your wedding photo of the cake cutting. Or, you could decorate it with glazed fruit, as my permaculture teacher friends Ryan and Tara Holt did for their eco-wedding (see photo above).
One way to save money on a wedding cake if you are having a big reception is to have the person baking the cake make a small tiered wedding cake (a 6” tier on top, a 10” tier underneath) to pose with in the cake-cutting photos, and make sheet cakes of the same batter and icing to feed the guests. You’ll get less than 30 servings from the two tiered cakes, depending on how the server cuts it. On 10” or bigger cakes, make a circular cut 3” in from the outer rim of the cake, and cut pieces from this outer section before you cut up the inner 4” diameter piece into 3 sections. Your tiered cake will look more elegant if it is presented on an elevated cake stand. You can buy the pillars to separate the layers at a floral supply store.
My very favorite organic wedding cake during the 11 years I had the wedding business was made by a friend who is an organic pastry chef on Maui. It was a special order from a couple who wanted everything natural and organic (most of my clients didn’t care what was in the cake as long as the icing was perfect). The cream cheese, honey and vanilla icing didn’t look that great, but she dressed it up by garnishing it with fresh dendrobium orchids and leatherleaf fern. Inside, the cake was divine. She called it her Jungle Cake. She added chopped fresh ripe mango, chopped dried pineapple, fine coconut shreds, chopped macadamia nuts, thinly sliced banana, chocolate drops, chopped candied ginger and ground cinnamon to some kind of rich cake batter and baked it in three pans of different sizes. I wish I had the recipe!
Congratulations on your engagement, Aleta, and thank you for going organic!
Love and Blessings,
Quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wah”) is a good-tasting high-protein grain of the same family as amaranth.
Here’s how to make a simple vegan dish I like:
Steam a variety of vegetables together until fork tender. Tonight my mixture is: three broccoli crowns cut into branches, three broccoli stems, peeled and cut into half inch sections, one big carrot, scrubbed and cut into half inch sections, one big parsnip, scrubbed and cut into half inch sections, one big yellow onion, peeled and cut into one inch sections, and two yellow patty-pan squash, washed and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Some other possibilities are brussels sprouts (stemmed and cut in half), zucchini (washed and cut into half inch sections), string beans, washed, ends trimmed off and cut in half, crookneck squash, washed and cut into half inch slices, red or white cabbage cut into bite-sized pieces, or cauliflower, broken into flowerlets.
Set aside the steamed vegetables and save the cooking water separately.
Quinoa is cooked at a proportion of one part grain to two parts water. One cup of dry quinoa makes enough for two generous servings. For three people, for example, use one and one half cups of quinoa and three cups of water.
Measure the dry quinoa into a large strainer and let cold water run over it until it stops bubbling. Place the quinoa into a pot (use a 2 quart sized pot for 2 to 4 servings) and measure the vegetable cooking water into the pot. Place the cover on the pot, bring it to a boil, and turn the heat down very low and let the quinoa cook until all of the liquid is absorbed (10 to 15 minutes).
Turn the quinoa out into a large festive serving bowl, pour the steamed vegetables on top of it and toss gently. At this point you can season it according to your preference, or let each person season his or her own portion. I like a little extra virgin olive oil and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos on mine, but others might prefer tamari, gomasio, toasted sesame oil, sea salt, or parmesan.
With Avatar Poised to Win Big at the Oscars, James Cameron Should Help Some Naâ€™vi Right Here on EarthSubmitted by alicia on Sat, 2010-03-06 23:11
Friday 26 February 2010
Francesca Fiorentini (an Italian voice-over actress with a major film resume)
[this is a section from the center of the article]
As a dweller of the planet that inspired such a film, I want to register a complaint. Having been overwhelmed with the seemingly sincere message of biodiversity and resistance to injustice, I can’t escape feeling morally cheap when then encouraged to collect all the Avatar characters in McDonald’s Happy Meals. After selling our heartstrings for over $2 billion, don’t we earthlings deserve a bit more?
Beyond generalities, we might do well to take a closer look at the parallels between this film and this world. For instance, who are the Na’vi of this planet, those protagonists of the story we are brought to root for, believe in, and admire? They are those who, as you read this, are embattled in struggles for their land and livelihood.
They are the CofÃ¡n, Siona, Secoya, Kichwa and Huaorani of the Ecuadorian Amazon who are knee deep in a landmark lawsuit against oil-giant Chevron for the dumping of more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into rainforest rivers for more than 26 years. Dependent on the forests and rivers for survival — fishing, hunting, and small subsistence agriculture — the more than 30,000 inhabitants of the region now face high levels of cancer and birth defects, and many have been completely forced off their ancestral land.
They are the people of Cabañas province in northern El Salvador, who in 2008 successfully prevented Pacific Rim Mining Corp. of Canada (homeland of director James Cameron) from continuing their gold mining operation in the area. Organizations like the Environmental Committee of Cabañas say that the consequences of gold extraction, which requires the use of toxic materials like cyanide and 30,000 liters of fresh water per day, could be drastic in a country where merely a third of the water is safe to drink and thousands die each year from waterborne diseases. Pacific Rim is now suing the Salvadoran government under the Central America Free Trade Agreement for $100 million, and anti-mining organizers have been met with violent threats and assassinations. Last year three leading organizers were shot and killed: the first found in a well, the second killed in front of his daughter, and the last eight months pregnant. Though fearing for their safety, residents of Cabañas continue to protest the company’s actions, some holding signs that read simply “Yes to life.”
They are the Dayak villagers of Landak in the Indonesian rainforest and the people of Kararata in the pristine forests of Papua New Guinea, both facing displacement due to the spread of palm oil plantations. They are the indigenous Penan of the Malaysian island of Borneo, fighting industrial logging on traditional burial sites; sacred land like the gelatinous forest of the Na’vi’s Tree of Souls.
The list, unfortunately, goes on.
And in a time of dramatic climate change, swine and bird flues, and food and water scarcity thanks to the pollution and other consequences of the mining, logging, and agricultural industries, we might remember that this world’s Na’vi have been history’s greatest conservationists. Maybe they don’t ride dragons and their aesthetic appeal didn’t go through test audiences, but the indigenous of this planet have long understood the providing and regenerative nature of the Earth when treated with care.
A lovely vegan soup for a cold January day.
One pound green lentils, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed well
One large yellow onion, peeled and cut into large pieces
Two large carrots, scrubbed well and cut into thick slices
Five cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
A bouquet garni cotton cloth bag containing one bay leaf and sprigs of parsley, oregano, and basil leaves
One pound whole grain pasta (brown rice pasta for gluten-free eaters) cooked and drained according to the directions on the package.
Four heads of broccoli (about 5 or 6 inches across the heads), rinsed, cut into bite sized pieces, and steamed until fork tender. (Peel the stems before you cut them into cubes)
1 and one half cups good quality marinara sauce
3 tablespoons of olive oil
Place the lentils, onion, carrots, garlic and bouquet garni in a slow cooker (Rival Crock Pot, for example). Cover with pure water plus one inch. Turn the cooker on high until the soup boils, stirring occasionally so the lentils don’t stick to the bottom of the pot, then turn it to low and leave it on for eight hours (overnight) or until the lentils and vegetables are very tender. Remove the bouquet garni bag. In a large soup cauldron, gently blend all of the other ingredients with the lentils and vegetables.
What I like about this soup is that the broccoli is freshly steamed and the pasta is cooked al dente, rather than either being boiled to mushiness in the soup, and the olive oil has not been heated, other than by adding it to the soup at the end. The other thing I like about this recipe is that the lentils, having been soaked and rinsed, are much less likely to give you gas, even when combined with broccoli.
Each bowl of soup can be optionally enhanced according to the tastes of the person to whom it is served, with seasonings such as ground black pepper, hot sauce, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, sea salt, or grated parmesan cheese.
I like to make extra and freeze it for a quick meal later in the month.
This soup could be lovely served with hot bread, a green salad, and/or an entrée, but, personally, I find one bowl is a whole meal for me.