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When the sounds of music comes our way and takes us outside of ourselves

Our city proclaims that we are the "live music capital of the world." We may then be live storytelling capital of the world, too. ( Austin Texas )

The songs played and sung in Austin's many live music venues throughout the year and during our annual music festivals reach into our hearts and souls. The words and music make us feel happy and sad, sometimes at the
same time. They take us outside of ourselves and to places deep inside we never reached before. They make us see how big small things are. They tell us we are not alone in our joys and miseries, that good or bad times don't last always.

We can think of songs and music purely as entertainment and of musicians
and songwriters as the entertainment industry. We can also view the stories we read, listen to, or watch on screens or stages as diversions from our real lives. More and more we are conditioned to view songs, music and stories as products.

This is not surprising. Books often come to our attention when they become New York Times or bestsellers. Austin's cultural treasure, BookPeople, which represents itself as "a community bound by books," compiles monthly bestseller lists by categories. Movies succeed or fail as measured by box office tracking. And we can follow the fate of CDs on the Billboard 200, the Waterloo Records Top 50 or the Shiner TX Top 10.

Still, it is more than nostalgia to feel a loss when the stories embedded in songs, poems, books, plays and movies are promoted primarily as commercial products. We can unthinkingly act like consumers out to satisfy appetites rather than participants in a creative social process. We can forget what BookPeople's slogan stresses: stories are for, in and of communities.

Consumerism leads to irreverent behavior. As mere consumers, we may fail to appreciate the unique, never-again communal aspects of a live performance. As unthinking consumers we may talk drunkenly through a Blind Boys of Alabama performance or propose that Willie Nelson be
engaged to play music during a conference dinner. I have had both experiences, but not passively.

Fortunately, there are ways we can get back in touch with reverence for the art of telling and singing and hearing stories. Last week in the School of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, lecturer David Junker and professor Tracy Dahlby collaborated to bring to campus lifelong master storyteller Gioia Timpanelli. They created spaces where she could tell and talk about stories her grandmother told in Sicily, stories the Inuits, the Japanese and the Irish tell, stories akin to American blues and the folk songs of Woody Guthrie.

The late Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Frank McCourt proclaimed, "No one in the world, yes, in the world, can tell a story better than Gioia Timpanelli." Timpanelli proved him right for almost three hours in the evening by lamplight. She gave us spoken proof that the art of telling hearth stories was not one-way communication or rote performance. Her stories came forth like jazz variations responding to the collective needs and experiences of us, her audience.

She spoke, like our own grandmothers, to our minds and to our hearts. She stressed, in one aside, that stories were "not useful." "You cannot buy stories," she said. "What would you buy?" She made us see how preposterous it was to think we can buy a defiant spirit, a deep feeling, a magical journey into timelessness.

Timpanelli riffed on Yeats and Keats. Stories were made from "memory and
hope." Stories were not utilitarian, but important for "soul-making." Stories "make community"; tap into "tears, joy, ecstasy, sorrow"; help us to feel compassion and empathy; and get us thinking and talking about the many strange ways we have of being human.

Stories are true, Timpanelli told us. Life is hard. Giants do exist, and they always want more. Fairy tale characters live happily ever after. There is no guarantee we will.

My guitarist friend John Inmon has told me that, whenever he plays, he keeps in mind that music comes into being when it reaches the ears and then the hearts of the human beings who have come to hear him play. As
we listen to great musicians in Austin, make sure they know we are there
fully to accept and respond to the song gifts they offer.
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Big economic lie not new

Real World News- Ray Tapajna Living Journals

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A generation of economic lies

The Back to the Future Economic Lie

Big lies about the economy are not new - What Year was this ?

They coined the term "Rust Belt" and told us a new economy was on the way.

More than a million workers in the computer industry have lost their jobs. More than a hundred major computer manufacturers have closed down. Micro computers are only assembled in our country with the parts coming from the sweatshops of the world. Now, another 200,000 workers lost their jobs in the computer industry during a time when the President and Congress passed new programs to import cheaper labor to fill positions where they said there was a shortage of qualified workers. It was obvious that this was a lie.

During this time, the Y2k crisis was costing billions of dollars to fix a computer problem caused by a shortage of workers but the shortage was due to so many workers being fired and for a decade, U.S. computer systems were not being updated as they should have been. The Wall Street Journal, reported, companies were afraid to rehire fired workers because so many were "disgruntled". Others used a more appropriate word describing the fired workers as being "livid".

In the Silicon Valley, many workers were ready to go on strike because of working conditions, but were afraid to do it because they knew they would be fired and replaced. Only a few news channels reported the problem. It was not only a Y2k crisis but also a human problem too. Many workers in the computer field, were only able to get periodical contract jobs with no benefits what so ever. A darkness fell over the land with workers living under conditions they never experienced before.

Some of the top high technology companies, also found ways to fire workers before the reach the age of forty when the age discrimination laws kicked in.

FACE, an organization of past and present INTEL workers cited many cases of age discrimination and other violations at INTEL.

Here are some sad examples of workers passing the forty age mark. We have left their names out of the story that were given in these stories. It sums up the conditions back then. Sadly, today they are just another story about the the greatest betrayal of workers in U.S. history. Note too this is the computer industry and not a story about the "Rust Belt" workers.

R------- P-------, over 50, passes out his resume at job fairs, It took him eight months just to find a temporary contract job which ended quickly. His resume covers many high accomplishments in the computer field.
( Note during this time, reportedly one third of all workers who lost their jobs at age 55 and above, never found another job.)

G--- N-----, age 46, with a doctorate in biophysics which he no longer mentions on his resume while he does only telephone support work while searching for a regular position. He maintains there is no shortage of programmers and finds the only shortage there is in the field are twenty-five to thirty-nine old workers with the same skills.

A----- K------. age 44, who has a masters in computer sciences, says she has had only one interview in the past year.

W------ S-----, age 48, says he has many portable skills and has lowered his income requirements and can not find a position. He has a doctorate in physics along with programming experience. He says that age discrimination is so widespread that it has come invisible. Too many are ashamed of their circumstances to broadcast their plight but hope this calamity will be more out in the open.

The time never came and now these people are in the Social Security age group. A church bulletin back then, carried this line for a long time - " Success is reaching Social Security age without having to declare bankruptcy."

The year was 1998 and now it is just old news as nothing has changed.
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Is there a 'Skills gap

Plantation Owner Mentality

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Plantation Owner Mentality Takes Over

Communications]Really Long Link by rank Ray Tapajna Living Journals.

A newspaper headline reads:

'Skills gap' leaves 3 million jobs open
Is there really a skills gap or is there much more to this story ?

Again Politifact Ohio, a fact finding, so called Truth-O-Meter, misdirects a focus of an issue just my their process.They report there are 3 million jobs that are vacant each month in the U.S. There may be 3 million jobs
open because the employers can not find skilled workers but this is not
the core story behind the problem. I tell the young people to stay away
from high technology and look for something unique where they can not
be used as economic cannon fodder. High technology industries for the
most part, only offer transient type jobs. Our region once was
considered to be one of the best high technology centers in the
country until free trade came. More than a thousands of computer
businesses went out of business in just Ohio, Michigan and
Pennsylvania. Nationally, about 100 major computer manufacturers
closed down too or moved factories outside of the country. Once there
were at least 50,000 workers supporting all these manufacturers in our
region. Nationally, millions of workers in the computer industry have
lost their jobs since the late 1980s. It will take a very long time
before things level out, if ever.

It also should be noted that the computer industry was started and
thrived for many years based on in house training. It took the
colleges many years to formulate decent computer education to compete
with what was happening in the computer industry. Being part of every computer generation, I attended several corporate computer schools myself. Companies now want off the shelf experience workers who are supposed to be ready and on call as needed. Plus many of the high technology jobs these days only offer entry level pay. Workers can make more waiting on tables in good restaurants.

Going further back in time, I had several factory jobs while going to college. It was the factory foremen who took the young off the street and trained them. By the time, I graduated from college, I was a good spot welder, machine operator, inventory control manager, set up man for two assembly lines and much more. Back then, companies trained the workers and in turn many workers made enough money to get married, have children with some raising large families, buy a home and help send their children through college. If these jobs were available today, millions of workers would be standing in line to get them.

I do not know why newspapers keep peddling propaganda about the work day. I think most newspapers are controlled by selfish interests and are globalist free traders. They choose to destroy the value of workers and labor while publishing out of focus reports about the so call 'skill gap'. There is no skill gap in America but there are forces in place to degrade and deflate the value of workers and labor not only in America but across the globe. They change the focus of issues to fit their globalization process. It is really a road to nowhere for them too.

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Need to recycle our economy too

Ray Tapajna Living Journals

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Coming to America in Black Smoke

We need to recycle our dirty economies too

Many people and communities are into recycling materials and think they are doing something good. They are to an extent but there is much more to the pollution problem than this. Free trade has impacted the way we do things deeply. Not much is said about the packaging and paper industry, products now require a lot of protection traveling up to 8000 miles to get to the market.

We wrote about the 8000 mile energy light bulb that uses enormous amounts of energy to get to market from dirty factories in China where mercury is on the factory floors. ( See Dirty Energy saving devices travel 8000 miles from dirty factories in China where mercury is out in the open on factory floors. Where even pregnant women workers get cut by the glass. Dirty Energy Saving Contradictions ) But there is even more to the story than this related to all goods we import.

As ships get bigger, the pollution is getting worse. The most staggering statistic of all is that just 16 of the world’s largest ships can produce as much lung-clogging sulphur pollution as all the world’s cars.

Fred Pierce, UK Environmental Consultant for Scientist magazine, described the conditions like this. "We've all noticed it. The filthy black smoke kicked out by funnels on cross-Channel ferries, cruise liners, container ships, oil tankers and even tugboats."

"It looks foul, and leaves a brown haze across ports and shipping lanes. But what hasn’t been clear until now is that it is also a major killer, probably causing thousands of deaths in Britain alone."

The super container ships burn the cheapest, filthiest, high-sulphur fuel available. Nobody on land is allowed to use it. Millions of people are affected by it. The ports in the United States where tons of imports come in everyday are nests of deaths. There are no walls in the sky to protect the atmosphere.
The large trucks and container railroads flowing from the port, add to the problem as does all the hidden factors like the protective packaging needed for the long haul ride. The trucks fan out for miles around the ports invading the countryside.

There are now about 100,000 ships being used to support our long haul shipping needs and thousands more of the super container ships are being built. If only 16 super ships do as much damage as they do, just think what thousands more will do.

I also wonder how the overhead costs of long haul shipping is affordable through the process of free trade. This can only exists if the cost of labor and workers is very cheap. And as the process creates new working poor classes in the more prosperous nations the need for cheaper and cheaper labor is required to balance out the difference between consumers having high enough wages to support the process where more than a billion workers are ready to world for practically nothing to survive.

So the next time, you take out your recycles to the curb, think about all of this. If our value added local economies still existed there would be very little to take to the dump. We need to think more about recycling our economies rather that materials that never should have existed in the first place. How is all this excess stuff affecting the health of our children and future generations.

Our globalist free trade world is beginning to stink in more ways than one.
Explore the lost worlds in the globalist free trade Flat World.

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Free trade rewards bad business practices.

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A Lost Generation living in a Flatworld

The Free Enterprise System is supposed to reward good companies and crush the bad ones.

Free Trade and Globalization does just the opposite.

There was time when the stock market rewarded companies that were able to hire more and more workers while still enjoying a margin of profit. Then free trade came which opened the door of cheaper and cheaper labor where even long haul shipping costs can be absorbed. As companies fired workers in the more prosperous nations, the stock market called it an increase in efficiency when all it was a surge to lowest labor costs possible.

In this way, the investment communities divorced themselves from the value of labor and work. The divorced themselves from the very thing that makes a real free enterprise system work. The success of free trade and globalization depends on plenty of workers having enough money to support the process. However, now the new working poor classes in the more prosperous nations are finding more difficult to afford even the cheaper imports. In businesses, it takes a major executive to approve even a 500 dollar purchase. The impoverished workers in other countries do not make enough to buy the very things they make.

Our economies based on making money and money instead of making things and adding a reasonable mark up are burning out. The investment communities and Wall Street had to be bailed out in the process because of this. The bail outs bought us some time as we wait for the next economic bubble to burst.

The good companies who fought to the end to save the American Dream for all in the world are gone. Now consortiums and governments acting like brokers and dealers in a global economic casino run the show. They still call it the free market but is is something else. There are government subsidies, bail outs, federal incentives and all kinds of money manipulations that control artificial processes that are out of control.

Now electronic trinkets control our class rooms which really have no added value to create decent paying jobs. In most cities, governments are the largest employers with the medical industry which depends on government money next in line. The supporting free enterprise jobs that once paid the toll for all of these services are gone. The family farms have been taken out of the picture too with massive trans national agriculture corporations controlling the food markets of the world. Many received subsidies from the country which lead to undercutting the market where farmers of the world are forced to grown drug crops in order to survive.

When the computer industry started, IBM trained many systems people and quietly laid off about 10,000 of them. The computer industry was far ahead of the colleges in the training and skills. The data processing managers came from the factory and office floors and through these dynamics, a massive new computer industry flourished. There were articles about future generations having to find more ways to enjoy leisure since computers were going to take over the mundane processes of businesses and factories.

Back then IBM hid the fact they trained system people in order to stock their way of doing things in corporations. Those they fired were quickly hired by companies needing computer people with know how. In thirty years, the U.S. enjoyed about three generations of computer success. When free trade came, all this innovations was quickly given away to the world. More than a million workers in the computer industry lost their jobs. In 1992, just between IBM and ATT/NCR more than 250,000 workers lost their jobs.

Today, people do have more leisure time but it is more about hard times.
The value of a great industries like the computer, steel, auto and farming industry have been destroyed. We now have a generation of workers who do not know the way it was when workers were able to make enough money to get married, buy a home, raise a large family and have some extra money to help their children get through college. Now we have a generation of latch key children who have grown up and finding the entry level jobs are now jobs for life.

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Marshall Plan better than Free Trade

About Ray Tapajna Living Journals Keeping history straight.

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