Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ACTUAL Global Responsibility

Recently, I went to a small seminar on the "Runaway Income Inequality" that has been rampant in the United States for so long, that was sponsored by the CWA. (The Communications Workers of America union represents 700,000 workers in private and public sector employment in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.) 
These are some other considerations that I want you to look at, in conjunction with that, thanks.
I have a concept for you to consider. This is real and not a hypothetical situation.
Think about this. We have an opioid problem in the United States.
Opium poppies are a thriving business in the country of Afghanistan. When we invaded, we decided to continue to let them grow them, as growing other crops (cotton or wheat) would interfere (compete) with United States interests,
The only idea congress (The same people who deny science and facts, in most cases.) had for controlling the problem is to make the people who do the drugs responsibly (like the doctor prescribed) suffer for everyone who takes them illegally. Changing their dosage amounts, prescription count (number of pills per prescription), and limiting how they can buy them legally from the pharmacy.
Mass punishment doesn't work because the main people who overdosed were taking them illegally, to begin with. I had an old friend who is no longer with us, whose case I will use without using his name.
Example: Someone who is depressed buys a semi illegal shoebox full of Oxycontin (causing great guilt and more depression) over the internet (If they are sued, the company in the islands can use the excuse that what they did was legal where they live.) and one day decides that it isn't enough and since his life sucks, he needs more and more, and eventually he falls asleep for good. His breathing gets too shallow, chest muscles won't let him inhale enough, heart muscles stop pumping, and he is found dead from (the official cause of death in the paper) heart failure.
I contend that "business considerations first" is an attitude that we, who in America, must stop worrying about, because, WE, since the 1980s, have been told that we are now living in a global economy.
(Remember all those speeches from George Bush and Dick Cheney about "living in a post 9/11 economy" that were excuses for prices going up while money and jobs kept going away?)
SO:
That is total bullshit in the United States
BECAUSE:
In order for that to work, everything must be equal all over the world. That will only happen with these considerations.
A) Prices will have to come down and become equal world wide, B) wages will have to go up to be commensurate with the cost of living, and C) certain people will no longer get to keep most of the money.
ACTUAL EQUALITY MEANS EVERYONE.
That, my friends, is part of global responsibility that the Dalai Llama speaks of.
That IS global, NOT exclusivist, elitist economics, as our government propaganda forces, including the pro-business, regressive news organisations, tell us. (We all know who they are.)
The rest of it entails two other major factors.
1) Peace around the world (no room for racism and xenophobia) and 2) (the last but most important, because without this, nothing else will matter) the global climate change initiative must be joined and adhered to. Being at peace without poverty will mean we also have to have some considerations like clean water to drink and fresh clean air to breathe. We can't eat or breathe some rich guy's money in the end. Neither can he.
Thanks, and have a nice day.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

HOW TO Convert YouTube Music to MP3 Files To Save On Your Computer

Hi Folks,
I decided to do a How To instructional page on converting YouTube music to MP3 files. Knowing how to do that allows you to have access to free music that you otherwise would have to buy on a CD. All you need is internet access and your computer. I use a Windows 10 desktop.
I would suggest that, if you want to save the files for being mobile, that you use an MP3 player with a USB connection or a USB drive. You can insert headphones into an MP3 player to listen or plug the USB drive into a computer or laptop to listen using music software like Windows Media Player. 
BUT you can save them to a file on your computer, if you prefer. MP3s are perfect since they are small files, memory wise, so one can save hundreds, maybe thousands, on an 8GB USB drive.

Let's get started. 
First you have to do the hard part. Go to YouTube.com and select which song you want to convert and save first. Scroll down the page until you see the SHARE 'bent arrow' icon 
Share Icon
Now, click on the word Share.

Next, right click on the highlighted URL in the Share window. Select "copy". 

Note: there are several YouTube to MP3 converters out there for free, but I suggest you use what I consider the safest and easiest, entitled "LISTENTOYOUTUBE.COM" at http://www.listentoyoutube.com/ ,  

(I am not campaigning for them but I will suggest that once in a while you donate to their site to keep them in business and free. Several sites are no longer free because NO ONE was giving them money to stay in business anymore.)

Next, in the search window that says, Paste The YouTube URL Here, click paste. 
Hit the blue button that says GO and when the page changes, it will say, 

"Conversion complete. Your file is being prepared for download..." and will have the link say, "CLICK HERE to get your Download Link" and so, do that. 

Now, when the "Save As" page comes up, decide which file, thumb drive, or disk to save the music file to. Go ahead and collect yourself a library, using this method over and over. You might want to print out these instructions so you can do it whenever you want. 

Congratulations! You are now an MP3 geek/professional. You can save music for friends and family and anyone who isn't up on the latest way to save music. Buy extra USB drives and save whole libraries for someone you care about. Enjoy!