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New studies warn us about the pending disasters that could well occur if continued economic inequality sticks with us and we don’t get our heads out of the sand about where each of us in middle-class circumstances actually sits along the income and to see the real harm increasing poverty is doing to disrupt society and threaten massive divisions as the rich get richer and the poor can no longer focus their attention on anything but survival. At any cost. It’s in the nature of all animals that survival comes first.
Will policymakers stop pandering to the self-deception and start putting the singular effort needed to turn these trends around before the complete collapse of the economy and descent into chaos? The numbers are there, sometimes in the driest of terms, but serious numbers, nonetheless. Moreover, one study confirms the paralysis of those in poverty to focus their decision-making in favor of improving themselves and making better choices for their behavior. How can anything go well for people whose cognitive functions are seriously, perhaps fatally impaired by their poverty?
TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI query three long-term observers of the economic malaise and growing inequality, including one author of one of the more prominent studies – that of Growth & Justice’s showing the serious dimensions of this issue - “Widening Economic Inequality in Minnesota: Causes, Effects, and a Proposal for Estimating Its Impact in Policymaking”.
New music this morning from Gov't Mule featuring Elvis Costello on vocals, Over the Rhine, Guy Davis with harmonica player Fabrizio Poggi, and DakhaBrakha in honor of their appearance at the Cedar Cultural Center's Global Roots festival. Check the playlist for more!
This week's play list.
BIRTHDAYS-IN-BLUE From the Land of the Round Haircut for RAY CHARLES, R&B Pioneer TINY BRADSHAW, Jazz Visionary JOHN COLTRANE, Soul Balladeer BEN E. KING, and the Ever Sultry JULIE LONDON.
Dig Deep In One Place: A Couple's Journey To A Spiritual Life
Dig Deep in One Place: A Couple's Journey to a Spiritual Life" explains the actual recipe that the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are and how they can assist anyone in the transformation of their lives. This important Health Notes conversation will explain how the Fifield's lived their lives together moving through their relationship, marriage, codependency, addiction, and health issues to happy, joyous freedom. The Steps are way to rise above fear and live a happy and peaceful life. The Fifield's have no desire to tell anyone how to do the Twelve Steps but to begin to scrape away
Hurling (the game!) and music and malarkey. Forgotten survivor: 1. Blasket Sound.