US Income Distribution Trends 1970 to 2010

The Pew Research Center just published a fascinating study entitled the “Lost Decade of the Middle Class.”

Of particular interest is that they have quantified how unequal income distribution has become in the US:

In 1970, upper-tier incomes accounted for 29% of US aggregate household income, while middle-tier incomes accounted for 62%. In 2010, upper-tier incomes accounted for 46% of US aggregate household income, surpassing middle-tier incomes at 45% for the first time since 1970.

Only upper-income families have experienced notable gains in wealth from 1983 to 2010; the net worth of lower- and middle-income families is virtually unchanged.

The graph below illustrates this well:

Superhero – Drugs and Choices

Here’s an outstanding deep house tune with fantastic, philosophical vocals. An Italian production, it’s out on Noir Music.

Prohibition in America

One of my favorite anecdotes is of two German friends of mine, eager to tour the US. They saved their money and planned to drive the length of Highway 1 in California in a convertible.

First though, at great expense and effort, they would pay homage to their love of Jack Daniel’s by visiting the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Elated to arrive and eager to sample the whiskey at its birth place, they nearly fell over when the tour guide remarked “because we’re in a dry county, we will only be able to offer you lemonade at the conclusion of the tour.”

As Alexis de Tocqueville already noted in the early 1800′s, the US is a nation of extremes, often oblivious to societal contradictions. Public policy on alcohol is a case in point.

While US states determine the legal age of consumption, the Federal government won’t fund your roads if that age is not 21. Specific counties can restrict alcohol sales altogether.
As this fascinating map from the BBC shows, prohibition never ended in parts of the US.

Read the BBC article here.

Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Moonlight Matters Remix)

A stellar wrapping of disco awesomeness around a diva’s voice. Outstanding!

Free download on SoundCloud.

Tiga – Love Don’t Dance Here Anymore (Instrumental Mix)

Tiga has produced an epic, stomping disco house track here. A masterpiece!

Serafim Tsotsonis – Alone In The Stars (SCSI-9 Moderndance Mix)

A lovely, grooving house track to enjoy as autumn closes in.

Aarvo – The Patient

Exceptional debut from the Dublin-based Cormac Phelan. Very polished album with accomplished use of vocals, builds and breakdowns. The tracks are mostly electro influenced. You can download a free sampler E.P.

I would like to see this performed live. Would be a stormer.

CoMa – Famous EP

Here’s one of the best EP’s I’ve heard in a long time, the Famous EP by CoMa released earlier this year on Kompakt. All three tracks are outstanding. Some of you will recognise the Opus 3 – It’s A Fine Day lyrics in Raindrops, sung by Erlend Øye.

CoMa – Raindrops

CoMa – Fameless

CoMa – Playground Altona

Tony De Vit

One of the best energetic house mixes I have ever come across is the compilation A Retrospective of House ’91-’95: Volume 2 disc 2 mixed by hard house DJ Tony De Vit.

I was fortunate to hear Tony play one of his legendary happy, hard house sets at Trade in Turnmills in London, back in the day when there was a sales booth next to the coat check that sold high-quality-guaranteed-or-your-money-back Volkswagen or Mitsubishi pills. This CD mix encapsulates the extraordinary energy of his djing style and the euphoria that filled Turnmills when Tony played there. Regrettably, Tony died of complications due to HIV aged 41, barely three years after completing this mix. That was a sad day in 1998. His unique sound lives on though, never better than in his two tracks that complete this extraordinary CD:

99th Floor Elevators Featuring Tony De Vit – Hooked

Tony De Vit – Burning Up

Trivia – Robert Liston

Robert Liston (1794-1847) was a pioneering Scottish surgeon. He was likely the best surgeon of his day, noted for his skill and his speed in an era prior to anesthetics. He was able to complete operations in a matter of seconds, at a time when speed was essential to reduce pain and improve the odds of survival of a patient. He is said to have been able to perform the removal of a limb in an amputation in roughly 30 seconds.

There are stories of occasions when his operations went wrong due to the speed at which he attempted them. The two most notable examples of this were when he amputated a man’s testicles along with his leg by mistake. In another operation where the patient died of infection, he cut off the fingers of his assistant (who also died due to infection) and slashed the coat of a spectator who died of fright. Robert Liston is the only surgeon in known history to have performed an operation with a 300% mortality rate.

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