Tigers vs. Oakland
Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
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MICHIGAN MANUFACTURING JOB LOSSES PUT AT 170,000
As the state continues to bleed manufacturing jobs, spurred by a decline in sales by domestic carmakers, Census data released today puts a number to the loss: an estimated 170,000 jobs from 2000 to 2006.
Most of the decline is directly tied to the decline in Big Three auto sales, experts say. The loss of factory jobs has been a big part of the reason Michigan incomes have steadily dropped for the past few years.
Adjusted for inflation, the state median income is down 12 percent since 1999, as well-paid factory workers are forced to take lower-paying jobs.
-Detroit News, September 12, 2007
It's hard to tell that there's a depression going on at Tiger Stadium, however. (They want you to call it Comerica Park, after the bank, but I haven't been offered anything to advertise for the fucking bank and it'll always be Tiger Stadium to me). Like they say in the 6th Ward, a lotta people don't know that I'm a big Tigers fan, but I've been with them ever since my grandma taught me how to keep score while watching the games on her little 9" TV set around 1952, and I'm following their struggle to repeat as American League champions pretty closely.
Tonight I've got a night off in Detroit and Adam Brook has hooked me up with our pal Matt Abel so I can take in a game with the Oakland A's at the current shrine of truth and beauty on Woodward Avenue Downtown. It's great to be back at the ballpark even as the Tigers drop another game under the lights.
After the game I walk over to Greektown to join the Milton Hale Monday night jam session at the Jazz Loft and have a great time, as usual.
Here's this week's podcast of the John Sinclair Radio Show from Radio Free Amsterdam:
John Sinclair Radio Show #142
Eat at Jo's in The Melkweg, Amsterdam
Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 3:00-4:00 pm [20-0720]
Another brilliant summer Sunday afternoon takes us to Eat at Jo's for a new episode of the radio show where we get to broadcast out the front door onto Marnixtraat, talk with poets Joan Gannij and Ted Jackson, hear some poems from them and from John Sinclair & Friends with Daniel Carter, Elliott Levin, Doug Lunn, & Dee Pop 'live' at Jimmy's in NYC, plus some great tunes from New Orleans by the Li'l Rascals Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, Glen David Andrews & the Lazy 6, Re-Birth Brass Band, Tuba Fats, Snooks Eaglin, Tommy Ridgley, and the New Birth Brass Band.
 Opening Music: Li'l Rascals Brass Band: The Doe
 John Sinclair ID, Intro & Opening Tokes with Henk Botwinik
 Treme Brass Band: Food Stamp Blues
 Glen David Andrews & the Lazy 6: Dumaine St. Blues
 Re-Birth Brass Band: Tuba Fats
 John Sinclair Comments & Conversation with Joan Gannij
 Joan Gannij: Walter Booker Solo
 Joan Gannij: Wounds of Change
 John Sinclair & Friends 'live' at Jimmy's NYC: blue monk > humphf
 Tuba Fats: Didn't He Ramble
 Snooks Eaglin: Boogie Rambler
 Tommy Ridgley: Tra La La
 John Sinclair Comments & Ted Jackson Intro
 Ted Jackson: Thoughts of Respectability
 Ted Jackson: Talkin' Amsterdam Blues
 John Sinclair Closing Comments & ID
 Closing Music: New Birth Brass Band: Smoke That Fire
Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced, engineered & recorded by Henk Botwinik at Eat at Jo's
Mastered & posted by Henk Botwinik
Executive Producer: Larry Hayden
Special thanks to Eric & Mary Jo, Ted Jackson, Paul Valenti
Sponsored by Hempshopper & Eat at Jo's
© 2007 John Sinclair
Podcast by www.RadioFreeAmsterdam.com as #142 on August 6, 2007
September 23, 2007