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SAINT JEAN, St. John Day: These bonfires seen for miles around

The night of June 23-24

Jamil Berry posted this July 12, 2015

LA SAINT JEAN

J’avais 17 ans et cela faisait 14 jours que j’étais arrivé à Bordeaux ( pour 14 ans d’études …)
Je déambulais dans les rues de cette ville, avec dans les
mains trois figues de barbarie dont je me délectais si heureux d’avoir pu en trouver à ce grand marché des Capucins .

Le vendeur me les avait soigneusement préparées et elles parlaient à ma nostalgie Libanaise.

A l’entrée de la rue Ste.Catherine, grande artère piétonne , il y avait un musicien avec un étrange appareil qui avalait des mètres et des mètres de cartons perforés sous l’effet d’une paisible manivelle qu’il faisait tourner.

J’ai de suite accroché avec l’air et me souviens m’être arrêté pour l’écouter tout en ne quittant des yeux sa drôle d’élégante machine mangeuse de cartons.
Je regardais sa machine.
Il lorgnait vers mes figues !

– Vous en voulez ? lui dis- je en lui en tendant une

Grand sourire . Il s’arrêta de jouer ( càd de tourner sa manivelle )
– Volontiers , dit -il en prenant la figue que je lui tendais. Vous n’êtes pas d’ici ?
– En effet . Je suis du Liban .
– Et là bas vous aimez ces fruits .
– Modérément, oui .
– vous savez qu’ils portent le même nom que cet orgue ?
– C’est un orgue ?
– De Barbarie dit -il !
– D’où lui vient ce nom ?
– C’est un certain Italien Barbieri qui l’avait conçu, mais d’autres disent que c’est surtout parce que c’étaient des étrangers qui en jouaient en France . Alors c’était l’orgue des étrangers.
puis pointant du doigt mes figues, il rajouta :
– D’ailleurs ces figues sont dites de Barbarie car nous sont
venues de l’Afrique du Nord. et les européens disaient barbarie pour tout ce qui en venait .
– C’est pas sympa de prendre les autres peuples pour des barbares !
– Cela fait longtemps que vous êtes en France ?
– Non . 2 semaines .
– Vous connaissiez l’air que je jouais ? Il vous a interpelé.
– Assez dansant en effet mais triste non ?
– C’est “ L’Amant de St. Jean ” Une histoire d’amour triste comme toutes, dit il en regardant par delà ma présence comme si j’étais soudain devenu transparent.
Puis il me revint, et me dit
-C’est la nuit du 23 au 24 Juin la St. Jean . On fait des feux un peu partout en France.
Chaque ferme fait son petit feu. Mais la règle générale était la réalisation d’un grand feu de joie commun qui devait se voir le plus loin possible.
– Ce n’est pas un peu païen ?
ses yeux brillèrent :
– L’Eglise a toujours eu une regard mitigé sur ces feux qui datent de la nuit des temps. Tantôt elle s’en sert pour organiser des processions, tantôt elle tente de les interdire car “entachés de superstitions”. Allez savoir !
– En tout cas l’air est très joli

Et là je me souviendrai toujours de sa phrase en reprenant en main sa manivelle :
Vous êtes jeune . Vous ferez un jour subir les paroles de cette chanson à quelqu’un et à votre tour on vous les infligera

( Jamil BERRY )

From prison with love: Lessons in business? On how to modernize you mischievous mind?

B.J. was one of many fellow inmates who had big plans for the future. He had a vision.

When he got out, he was going to leave the dope game for good and fly straight, and he was actually working on merging his two passions into one vision. He’d spent 10,000 dollars to buy a website that exclusively featured women having sex on top of or inside of luxury sports cars. (Laughter)

It was my first week in federal prison, and I was learning quickly that it wasn’t what you see on TV.

In fact, it was teeming with smart, ambitious men whose business instincts were in many cases as sharp as those of the CEOs who had wined and dined me six months earlier when I was a rising star in the Missouri Senate.

Now, 95% of the guys that I was locked up with had been drug dealers on the outside, but when they talked about what they did, they talked about it in a different jargon, but the business concepts that they talked about weren’t unlike those that you’d learn in a first year MBA class at Wharton: promotional incentives, you never charge a first-time user, focus-grouping new product launches, territorial expansion.

But they didn’t spend a lot of time reliving the glory days.

For the most part, everyone was just trying to survive. It’s a lot harder than you might think.

Contrary to what most people think, people don’t pay, taxpayers don’t pay, for your life when you’re in prison.

You’ve got to pay for your own life. You’ve got to pay for your soap, your deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, all of it.

And it’s hard for a couple of reasons.

1. First, everything’s marked up 30 to 50 percent from what you’d pay on the street, and

2.you don’t make a lot of money. I unloaded trucks. That was my full-time job, unloading trucks at a food warehouse, for $5.25, not an hour, but per month.

So how do you survive? Well, you learn to hustle, all kinds of hustles.

There’s legal hustles.

1. You pay everything in stamps. Those are the currency.

2. You charge another inmate to clean his cell.

There’s sort of illegal hustles, like you run a barbershop out of your cell.

There’s pretty illegal hustles: You run a tattoo parlor out of your own cell.

And there’s very illegal hustles, which you smuggle in, you get smuggled in, drugs, pornography, cell phones…

 And just as in the outer world, there’s a risk-reward tradeoff, so the riskier the enterprise, the more profitable it can potentially be.

You want a cigarette in prison? Three to five dollars.

You want an old-fashioned cell phone that you flip open and is about as big as your head? Three hundred bucks.

You want a dirty magazine? Well, it can be as much as 1,000 dollars.

So as you can probably tell, one of the defining aspects of prison life is ingenuity.

Whether it was concocting delicious meals from stolen scraps from the warehouse, sculpting people’s hair with toenail clippers, or constructing weights from boulders in laundry bags tied on to tree limbs, prisoners learn how to make do with less, and many of them want to take this ingenuity that they’ve learned to the outside and start restaurants, barber shops, personal training businesses.

3:35 But there’s no training, nothing to prepare them for that, no rehabilitation at all in prison, no one to help them write a business plan, figure out a way to translate the business concepts they intuitively grasp into legal enterprises, no access to the Internet, even.

And then, when they come out, most States don’t even have a law prohibiting employers from discriminating against people with a background.

So none of us should be surprised that two out of three ex-offenders re-offend within five years.

Look, I lied to the Feds.

I lost a year of my life from it.

But when I came out, I vowed that I was going to do whatever I could to make sure that guys like the ones I was locked up with didn’t have to waste any more of their life than they already had.

I hope that you’ll think about helping in some way.

The best thing we can do is figure out ways to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit and the tremendous untapped potential in our prisons, because if we don’t, they’re not going to learn any new skills that’s going to help them, and they’ll be right back.

All they’ll learn on the inside is new hustles

Patsy Z and TEDxSKE shared a link.
Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. But what he discovered inside wasn’t what he expected — he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don’t we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners…
ted.com|By Jeff Smith

“Writing Rights” Daydream project

1. Everyone who has a manuscript to publish in Hard Cover should be able to publish it without an editor, As Is.

2. And for Free.

3. The new author will b provided with board and shelter at the publishing center until he finishes publishing his manuscript.

4. The first batch will be of 3 copies: One for the author, one for the center and the third one for the local library where the author resides

5. If the book generates enough interest by word of mouth, then another batch will be produced at cost, including the salary of the author and the main editor of the larger batch.

6. One rule: The author has to work in the center, focusing on his manuscript and be paid minimum wage for part time jobs in the center.

7. The author will enjoy the environment to connect and learn the publishing business while in the center

8. Manuscript from all languages, even the dying ones, and those of very ancient alphabet and other characters will be welcomed.

9. The author will be his own master and his own editor for the first batch, no questions asked.

10. These publishing centers around the world will encourage any writer to publish in his own slang and in whatever culture

11. These centers will disseminate the cultures and languages, even within minority communities, and encourage people to write in their own slang.

12. For languages with No computerized word software, a software engineer will work with professional linguist and graphic designers to simplify the characters

13. For verbal languages, the author will select the written language he prefers to translate the vocals into words, preferably in the language the local community will eventually learn.

The vision behind these centers is that the first step toward acquiring consciousness is to put into words what your spirit is speaking.

The objective is to move to the second step of awakened consciousness by actively applying your knowledge and life experience


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