Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2010/12 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en The President of the Boy Scouts of America Just Endorsed Dropping the Ban on Gay Leaders http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/boys-scouts <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The president of Boy Scouts of America is <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/boy-scouts-leader-ban-gay-adults-sustainable-31208269#.VV4Qzqyn5P0.twitter" target="_blank">calling for an end</a> to the organization's ban on gay leaders, saying the "status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained." Robert Gates, who was speaking at the group's annual summit on Thursday, said the changes would not be made at the meeting, but indicated officials should look into revisions in the future.</p> <p>In Gates's remarks, the former defense secretary&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/us/boy-scouts-president-calls-for-end-to-ban-on-gay-leaders.html?smid=tw-bna&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">urged the organization</a> to "deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it be." His address, sure to <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewStoddard/status/601440765290512385" target="_blank">ruffle a few feathers</a>, stopped short of supporting gay rights outright. Instead, Gates said that the policy shift was necessary to keep the organization nationally relevant.</p> <p>"While our work won't be done until we see a full end to their ban on gay adults once and for all, today's announcement is a significant step in that direction," Zach Wahls, director for Equality, said in response to Thursday's announcement. "I'm proud to see Dr. Gates charting a course towards full equality in the BSA."</p> <p>In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly <a href="http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a23825/boy-scouts-1014/?click=welcome-ad" target="_blank">gay scout</a>s&mdash;gay leaders however were not included in the changes. Just yesterday, the Girls Scouts of America double downed on the group's welcoming of <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/20/living/girl-scouts-welcomes-transgender-girls-feat/index.html" target="_blank">transgender girls.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Thu, 21 May 2015 18:14:35 +0000 Inae Oh 275671 at http://www.motherjones.com This Story Maggie Gyllenhaal Just Told Perfectly Explains the Hollywood Sexism Complex http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/maggie-gyllenhaal-hollywood-ageism <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Maggie Gyllenhaal recently lost a film role because she was apparently "too old" to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man, the 37-year-old actress revealed in a new interview with <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/maggie-gyllenhaal-on-hollywood-ageism-i-was-told-37-is-too-old-for-a-55-year-old-love-interest/" target="_blank"><em>The Wrap.</em></a></p> <p>"There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,&rdquo; Gyllenhall said. "I'm 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me."</p> <p>While she declined to identify the project's name&mdash;because Gyllenhall is all class&mdash;she said she was eventually able to laugh off the rejection.&nbsp;</p> <p>"It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh."</p> <p>Back in January, Gyllenhaal picked up a Golden Globe award for her performance in the BBC miniseries <em>The Honourable Woman</em>. During her acceptance speech, she stressed the importance of Hollywood <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/watch-maggie-gyllenhaal-just-gave-perfect-golden-globes-speech" target="_blank">embracing the roles of real women.</a></p> <p>"When I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I've watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not," she said onstage. "What I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That's what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it's what's turning me on."</p> <p>Despite Gyllenhaal's optimism, it sure looks like Hollywood is hell bent on keeping ageism securely intact.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Sex and Gender Thu, 21 May 2015 16:46:14 +0000 Inae Oh 275651 at http://www.motherjones.com This New Study Shows Sexual Assault on College Campuses Has Reached "Epidemic" Levels http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/campus-sexual-assault-study <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A new study published online by the <a href="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2015/images/05/20/carey_jah_proof.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Adolescent Health</em></a> suggests college sexual assault may be far more prevalent than previously believed. The study, titled "Incapacitated and Forcible Rape of College Women: Prevalence Across the First Year," which focused on first-year female students at one New York college, attempted to measure how frequently rape or attempted rape occurred by having female students fill out surveys throughout their freshman year.</p> <p>Of the 483 women who completed the questionnaires,&nbsp;18.6 percent reported instances of attempted rape. Incidences of rape were significantly higher when alcohol or drugs were involved.</p> <p>"Sexual violence on campus has reached epidemic levels," the study's authors wrote. "During their first year in college, one in seven women will have experienced incapacitated assault or rape and nearly one in 10 will have experienced forcible assault or rape. Interventions to reduce sexual violence on campus are urgently needed."</p> <p>Past studies have posted similar rates. One study reported <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/campus-sexual-assault-rape-stats-charts" target="_blank">one in five women suffering from some form of sexual violence during their college careers.&nbsp;</a> What is striking about these new findings is that they indicate high levels of such sexual assault in just a single year and early on in a woman's college experience.</p> <p>As Jesse Singal at the <a href="http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/05/what-new-survey-can-tell-about-rape.html" target="_blank"><em>Science of Us</em></a> blog notes, scientifically measuring the frequency of sexual violence is a complex and difficult task: What one person considers to be sexual assault someone else might not.&nbsp; In addition, this latest study only focused on one campus&mdash;making it impossible to generalize on a national scale.</p> <p>But as recent events have shown, sexual violence on college campuses is a persistent problem. For decades, conservatives have resisted calls for campuses to better protect women by dismissing the issue. With the fallout over <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/12/what-rolling-stone-owes-readers-jackie-and-victims-everywhere" target="_blank"><em>Rolling Stone</em>'s botched campus rape</a> investigation only fueling detractors, it's especially important for studies like the one published by the <em>Journal of Adolescent Health</em> to provide solid data to legitimize the problem so that potential assaults might be avoided.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Education Sex and Gender Wed, 20 May 2015 20:19:37 +0000 Inae Oh 275591 at http://www.motherjones.com Michelle Obama Can Kick Your Ass http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/michelle-obama-can-kick-your-ass <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Feeling pleased with your morning run or cardio&nbsp;stroll? Well here's a reminder that Michelle Obama, who was already likely to be crushing you in most&nbsp;parts of your life, rules&nbsp;when it comes to the&nbsp;exercise game. &nbsp;</p> <p>In a new video posted to her <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/600837307919302656" target="_blank">@FLOTUS account</a>, the first lady responded to the president's <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/598921453338136576" target="_blank">#GimmeFive challenge</a> by showing off her fierce workout skills&mdash;boxing, lifting, and&nbsp;jumping rope.&nbsp;</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hey, <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS">@POTUS</a>! This is how you <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GimmeFive?src=hash">#GimmeFive</a>, FLOTUS-style&hellip; <a href="https://t.co/YF8nEtjUIA">https://t.co/YF8nEtjUIA</a></p> &mdash; The First Lady (@FLOTUS) <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/600837307919302656">May 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>So thanks for<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/01/21/michelle-obama-dunks-on-lebron-james-video/" target="_blank"> the assist Lebron</a>, but this glimpse into Obama's workout proves once again the first lady can hold court all on her own.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 20 May 2015 15:32:19 +0000 Inae Oh 275551 at http://www.motherjones.com Columbia Student Defiantly Carries Mattress to Graduation to Protest Sexual Assault http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/Emma-Sulkowicz-columbia-graduation <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who protested her alleged sexual assault by <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/09/emma-sulkowicz-campus-sexual-assault-activism.html" target="_blank">carrying a mattress every day</a> to campus last year, graduated today. The mattress, the defining symbol of her assault and senior arts thesis titled <em>Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)</em>, was also present at Tuesday's ceremony, despite the school administration urging students not to bring large items that could potentially "create discomfort to others."</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Columbia tells grads not to bring to Class Day or commencement "large objects which could interfere with the proceedings" - ie., mattresses.</p> &mdash; Kate Taylor (@katetaylornyt) <a href="https://twitter.com/katetaylornyt/status/600427461508210689">May 18, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Sulkowicz was seen hauling her mattress to the ceremony with the help of friends and fellow graduating students. According to <em>Columbia Spectator</em> editor Teo Armus, when Sulkowicz went on stage to collect her diploma, she pointedly did not shake university president Lee Bollinger's hand.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Sejal_Singh_">@Sejal_Singh_</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/ZoeRidolfiStarr">@ZoeRidolfiStarr</a> &amp; 2 others helped Emma Sulkowicz carry her mattress across stage at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ccclassday2015?src=hash">#ccclassday2015</a> <a href="http://t.co/pEOqQviD0N">pic.twitter.com/pEOqQviD0N</a></p> &mdash; Teo Armus (@teoarmus) <a href="https://twitter.com/teoarmus/status/600693444764372992">May 19, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Emma Sulkowicz did not shake hands with President Lee Bollinger when she went on stage at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ccclassday2015?src=hash">#ccclassday2015</a> <a href="http://t.co/y7bbKj3iCp">pic.twitter.com/y7bbKj3iCp</a></p> &mdash; Teo Armus (@teoarmus) <a href="https://twitter.com/teoarmus/status/600692375963443201">May 19, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HRaw1A7REzs" width="630"></iframe></center> <p>In September, Sulkowicz became a national figure and an unofficial spokesperson for sexual assault activists after she went public with her rape. She vowed to <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/09/emma-sulkowicz-campus-sexual-assault-activism.html" target="_blank">carry the mattress</a> to class for as long as the student who she says assaulted her was not prosecuted or expelled. In April, her alleged rapist, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/nyregion/accused-of-rape-a-student-sues-columbia-over-bias.html" target="_blank">Paul Nungesser</a>, filed a lawsuit against the university claiming administrators exhibited bias and failed to protect him from the accusations. He says their alleged failure "destroyed" his college experience and reputation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nungesser also graduated and was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/columbia-student-emma-sulkowicz-brings-rape-response-protest-mattress-graduation-n361321" target="_blank">present</a> at Tuesday's ceremony.</p> <center>&nbsp;</center></body></html> Mixed Media Education Sex and Gender Tue, 19 May 2015 18:20:01 +0000 Inae Oh 275481 at http://www.motherjones.com Taylor Swift: "Misogyny Is Ingrained in People From the Time They Are Born" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/taylor-swift-feminist <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>According to this year's "Hot 100" list, an annual inventory in which <em>Maxim</em>'s editors meticulously rank famous women by level of attractiveness, Taylor Swift is 2015's reigning <a href="http://www.maxim.com/entertainment/music/article/taylor-swift-tops-2015-maxim-hot-100" target="_blank">queen of female hotness</a>. Rather than use the title to gloat about her declared hotness, Swift used the magazine's cover to call out the double standards women face everyday and the importance of feminism in her life today: From <a href="http://www.maxim.com/entertainment/music/article/taylor-swift-tops-2015-maxim-hot-100" target="_blank"><em>Maxim</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Honestly, I didn't have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger. I didn't quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in. I think that when I used to say, "Oh, feminism's not really on my radar," it was because when I was just seen as a kid, I wasn't as threatening. I didn't see myself being held back until I was a woman. Or the double standards in headlines, the double standards in the way stories are told, the double standards in the way things are perceived.</p> </blockquote> <p>Swift's interview is especially noteworthy considering in <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/22/taylor-swift-dishes-on-her-new-album-red-dating-heartbreak-and-grey-s-anatomy.html" target="_blank">2012</a>, she shied away from the label to the <em>Daily Beast</em>, telling the news site she didn't view matters as a "guys versus girls" situation. This was also during a time in which the media unfairly portrayed Swift as something of a pathetic boy chaser&mdash;a female singer who used her <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/4739844/taylor-swift-writes-five-songs-about-harry-styles-split.html" target="_blank">lyrics to lament</a> about the latest boy who got away.</p> <p>Since then, she has shattered that image with very real, thoughtful insight into an industry built on sexist frameworks:</p> <blockquote> <p>A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining. Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it's just basically another word for equality.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is what young girls need today. Now, we leave you with her badass new video, "Bad Blood."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QcIy9NiNbmo" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Music Sex and Gender Tue, 19 May 2015 13:36:06 +0000 Inae Oh 275466 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Explains How the Chicken Industry Systematically Screws Over Impoverished Farmers http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/john-oliver-chicken-farmers <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Americans eat a ton of chicken&mdash;so much so, chicken farmers produce 160 million chicks a week just to keep up with national consumption, according to the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9wHzt6gBgI" target="_blank">"Last Week Tonight."</a> But despite the industry's massive output, many contract farmers live near or below the poverty line, all while working under the constant fear of losing their jobs. And that's because the business model is such that farmers own the equipment used to raise the chickens, and corporations own the chickens.</p> <p>"That essentially means you own everything that costs money, and we own everything that makes money," Oliver explains.</p> <p>Perhaps the most damning part of the segment is a defense from Tom Super of the National Chicken Council, who responded to the question of why farmers live under the poverty line with the following: "Which poverty line are you referring to? Is that a national poverty line? Is that a state poverty line? The poverty line in Mississippi and Alabama is different than it is in New York City.&rdquo;</p> <p>"What the fuck are you talking about?" Oliver shot back. "It doesn't matter. The poverty line is like the age of consent: if you find yourself parsing exactly where it is, you&rsquo;ve probably already done something very, very wrong."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/X9wHzt6gBgI" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Food and Ag Media Mon, 18 May 2015 13:56:35 +0000 Inae Oh 275406 at http://www.motherjones.com For Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, a Strong Round 2 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/emmylou-harris-rodney-crowell-traveling-kind <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/crowellharrisover.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Emmylou Harris &amp; Rodney Crowell<br><em>The Traveling Kind</em><br> Nonesuch</strong><br> If only Hollywood sequels were this good. Following Old Yellow Moon, their captivating 2013 collaboration, rootsy stalwarts Emmylou and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/contact-photo-interview-nashville-country-songwriter-rodney-crowell-emmylou-harris" target="_blank">Rodney</a> have recombined for another go-round, which may be even more entertaining than its predecessor. The two first crossed paths professionally 40 (!) years ago, when Crowell joined Harris&rsquo; band. Their recent work together has underscored the virtues of experience and, yes, age. No longer needing to prove anything, both seem as loose and confident as they've ever been, delivering heartrending tunes like "You Can't Say We Didn't Try" with the simple, sure-handed eloquence that marked the Everly Brothers' best, and rockin' out in fine style on the rollicking "Bring It on Home to Memphis." Harris' still-beautiful voice has acquired a darker, slightly rougher texture that adds authority, while the weathered grace of Crowell's singing makes him a perfect match. A fine job by all concerned, including the stellar players.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 18 May 2015 10:00:16 +0000 Jon Young 275396 at http://www.motherjones.com Blast From the Past: Billy Ward and His Dominoes http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/billy-ward-and-his-dominoes-complete-king-federal-singles <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/wardcover.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Billy Ward and His Dominoes<br><em>The Complete King/Federal Singles</em><br> Real Gone Music</strong></p> <p>Superstars on the 1950s R&amp;B scene, Billy Ward's Dominoes launched the careers of two amazing singers: Clyde McPhatter, who later fronted the earliest incarnation of the Drifters on such hits as "Money Honey" and "Such a Night," and Jackie Wilson, whose high-energy solo smashes included "Lonely Teardrops" and "Baby Workout." While this two-disc, 58-track collection is a mixed bag thanks to the corny likes of "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano," the high points are undeniably thrilling. Among them: the outrageously sleazy "Sixty Minute Man," showcasing single-entendre bass vocalist Bill Brown; the funereal lament 'The Bells," wherein McPhatter mixes hysterical sobbing and piercing shrieks in truly bizarre fashion; and Wilson's rip-snorting "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down." Crank up the time machine, pop a top, and let the fun begin.<br> &nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 18 May 2015 10:00:15 +0000 Jon Young 275391 at http://www.motherjones.com The Thrill Is Gone. RIP B.B. King. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/bb-king-dead <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King died <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/15/entertainment/bb-king-dead/" target="_blank">late Thursday</a> in Las Vegas. He was 89.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">VIDEO: Blues legend B.B. King has died at his Las Vegas home at age 89: <a href="http://t.co/NW7827PMvb">http://t.co/NW7827PMvb</a></p> &mdash; The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/599132912315932673">May 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Hailed as the "King of the Blues," King was born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925 on a Mississippi cotton plantation. Introduced to music through gospel, King ascended through the ranks as one of the greatest blues artists of all time. The 15-time Grammy winner seemingly never retired, continuing to perform for over seven decades. King had been suffering from diabetes and was recently in <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bbking/posts/10153202136550977" target="_blank">hospice care.</a></p> <p>RIP.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mqUhdBAJfsk" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Fri, 15 May 2015 10:26:48 +0000 Inae Oh 275321 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is What Classic Pieces of Art Would Look Like if the Prudes at Fox 5 News Had Their Way http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/fox-picasso-jerry-saltz <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday, a Picasso painting titled <em>Women of Algiers (Version O)</em> fetched a record-setting <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/upshot/the-179-million-picasso-that-explains-global-inequality.html?_r=0" target="_blank">$179.4 million at a Christie's auction</a>, beating out Francis Bacon's <em>Three Studies of Lucian Freud</em>, which just two years prior had sold for $142 million, as the most expensive piece of artwork ever sold.</p> <p>The sale price for the <em>Women of Algiers (Version O)</em> marked the latest entry into a world so mind-numbingly wealthy and closed off to the general public. It's the perfect illustration of privilege consolidating into the hands of so few, for no one else to appreciate.</p> <p><em>New York</em>'s senior art critic Jerry Saltz has tackled this issue at large on <a href="http://nymag.com/arts/art/season2007/38981/" target="_blank">numerous occasions.</a> But this time around, Saltz identified something perhaps even more outrageous than the $179.4 million price tag:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">How sexually sick are conservatives &amp; Fox News? They blurred parts of the Picasso painting. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SickMinds?src=hash">#SickMinds</a> <a href="http://t.co/5PGw5h5iBs">pic.twitter.com/5PGw5h5iBs</a></p> &mdash; Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) <a href="https://twitter.com/jerrysaltz/status/598617269338537985">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>This is pathetic. In anticipation of a piece inevitably shattering another sale record and this Fox affiliate&nbsp;being right there to cover it&mdash;both journalistically and visually&mdash;here are a few examples of how that coverage might look like:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/matisse2_0.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Henri Matisse, <em>Dance (1)</em></strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/cezanne%20copy.png"><div class="caption"><strong><em>Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses)</em>, Paul C&eacute;zanne </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Tako_to_ama_retouched%20copy.jpg" style="height: 439px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Katsushika Hokusai's <em>The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife </em></strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/david%20copy.jpg" style="height: 712px; width: 500px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Michelangelo's <em>David </em></strong></div> </div> <p>An abominable peek into the dark arts.</p> <p><em><strong>Correction:</strong> An earlier version of this story said it was Fox News that&nbsp;had blurred the Picasso painting. This has since been corrected to say it was a&nbsp;Fox affiliate in New York.&nbsp;</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Thu, 14 May 2015 19:04:29 +0000 Inae Oh 275276 at http://www.motherjones.com Your Weak Handshakes Are Slowly Killing You http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/your-weak-handshakes-are-slowly-surely-killing-you <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The life of someone with a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-douglas-fields/the-power-of-a-handshake_1_b_1965204.html" target="_blank">weak handshake</a>, already burdened with the stereotypes of being passive and awkward, just got much worse. According to a new study published in <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2814%2962000-6/abstract" target="_blank">The Lancet,</a> a weak hand grip may be strongly correlated to an increased chance of being diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease and even a premature death.</p> <p>"We think it fits the measure of someone's frailty, and frailty can be thought of as your ability to withstand having a disease," the study's lead author Dr. Darryl Leong explained, <a href="http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/weak-hand-grip-linked-to-early-death-cardiovascular-risks-study-1.2372912" target="_blank">according to CTV News. </a></p> <p>The study, which focused on roughly 140,000 adults across 17 countries, asked participants to squeeze objects as hard as they could. After measuring their grip strengths, those who demonstrated a lack of muscular strength were shown to be at a far greater risk of having a heart attack.</p> <p>While previous studies have shown similar links, the new findings are the first to show that handshakes can be a reliable indicator of premature mortality. But the study did not establish whether illnesses were the consequences of reduced muscular strength or if the diseases were already present. From the <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21651169-strength-your-handshake-predicts-length-your-life-getting-grip?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/gettingagrip" target="_blank"><em>Economist</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>If the former is true, then building up strength through exercise might avert early death. If it is the latter, a person&rsquo;s cards are probably marked irreversibly. Most likely, it is a bit of both, with muscle strength being a good marker of "real" ageing&mdash;in other words, of generalised biochemical decrepitude&mdash;which correlates only imperfectly with someone&rsquo;s calendar age.</p> </blockquote> <p>You can read the study in its entirety <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2814%2962000-6/abstract" target="_blank">here. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Health Thu, 14 May 2015 16:17:27 +0000 Inae Oh 275261 at http://www.motherjones.com Bad News for Simpsons Fans http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/bad-news-simpsons-fans <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Harry Shearer, the iconic voice of countless "Simpsons" characters including Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders, sent out a pair of ominous tweets last night signaling he may be exiting the show due to what appears to be a contract dispute with executive producer James L. Brooks:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">from James L. Brooks' lawyer: "show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.". (1/2)</p> &mdash; Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) <a href="https://twitter.com/theharryshearer/status/598707703020658688">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best. (2/2)</p> &mdash; Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) <a href="https://twitter.com/theharryshearer/status/598707952267173888">May 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Fox recently renewed the show for another two seasons to last till 2017, but Shearer was <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2015/05/08/the-simpsons-renewal-delayed-actor-renewed-seasons/" target="_blank">reportedly</a> still trying to work out his contract. Judging by the tweets sent out last night, it looks an agreement couldn't be reached. We're still hoping for the best, but for now, we leave you with this clip:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ltCIEbLMaQg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Thu, 14 May 2015 12:20:49 +0000 Inae Oh 275256 at http://www.motherjones.com Pope Francis Will Officially Recognize Palestinian Statehood http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/vatican-officially-recognizing-palestinian-state <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Vatican is set to sign a new treaty to formally recognize the state of Palestine. The <a href="http://www.news.va/en/news/253815" target="_blank">statement</a> was released by a joint commission of Vatican and Palestinian officials on Wednesday, and indicated an agreement had been "concluded," with an official signing to take place soon.</p> <p>Though the Vatican has long hinted at supporting an official recognition, Wednesday's news signals the Vatican's first legal shift from recognizing the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/vatican-recognizes-state-palestine-treaty-31002851" target="_blank">according to the AP</a>. In 2012, the Vatican applauded the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-palestinians-statehood-vatican-idUSBRE8AT01T20121130" target="_blank">United Nations' decision</a> to formally observe a Palestinian state.</p> <p>Shortly after the statement's release, Israel expressed <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/c5550d535218478c8208fe32c82c3eb3/vatican-recognizes-state-palestine-new-treaty" target="_blank">disappointment </a>in the Vatican's decision.</p> <p>"This move does not promote the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations," the Israeli foreign ministry said, <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/c5550d535218478c8208fe32c82c3eb3/vatican-recognizes-state-palestine-new-treaty" target="_blank">according to the AP.</a> "Israel will study the agreement and will consider its steps accordingly."</p></body></html> Mixed Media International Religion Wed, 13 May 2015 15:59:01 +0000 Inae Oh 275211 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is the Perfect Response to Fox's Racist Theory About Michelle Obama's Time at Princeton http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/larry-wilmore-michelle-obama-fox <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Over the weekend, Michelle Obama <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-05-10/michelle-obama-lets-loose-on-race-in-graduation-speech" target="_blank">delivered</a> a passionate, candid commencement speech to the graduating class at Tuskegee University, Alabama, in which she addressed the daily slights of racism she has endured throughout her life. From Saturday's ceremony:</p> <blockquote> <p>We've both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives. The folks who crossed the street in fear of their safety, the clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores. The people at formal events who assumed we were the help. And those who have questioned our intelligence, our honesty, even our love of this country, and I know that these little indignities are obviously nothing compared to what folks across the country are dealing with every single day.</p> </blockquote> <p>It was a powerful speech, and naturally, the folks at Fox News were not happy. Fox News contributor Angela McGlowan on Tuesday suggested the speech was yet another example of the White House dividing the country on issues of race, asking, "Why didn't the first lady share the reason why she got into Princeton was probably because of Affirmative Action?"</p> <p>"The reason why she became an associate at a law firm was probably because of diversity, they needed a woman&mdash;not saying that she wasn&rsquo;t qualified&mdash;but they needed a woman, and a woman of color," she said.</p> <p>Comedy Central's<a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/05/13/larry-wilmore-ridicules-fox-news-coverage-of-mi/203632" target="_blank"> Larry Wilmore</a> was not having it. In a segment on the <em>Nightly Show</em>, he fired back: "When a coke-snorting, alcohol-guzzling son of a CIA director DUI's his way into Yale and ultimately into the Oval Office because his daddy's was in both places,<em> that's </em>affirmative action."</p> <p>George W., we hope you're watching.</p> <p><strong>Watch the full segment below:</strong></p> <div style="width: 640px; background-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;</div> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:comedycentral.com:3c2763a5-c922-45a1-b841-8ba78467cfd2" width="630"></iframe></div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Media Obama Race and Ethnicity Wed, 13 May 2015 15:07:31 +0000 Inae Oh 275201 at http://www.motherjones.com More Americans Ditching Organized Religion http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/religion-america-christianity <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>According to a <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/" target="_blank">new study</a> published by the Pew Research Center today, the largest shift in religious demographics over the past seven years is in the number of Americans who don't affiliate with any religion at all. The study, which started in 2007 and surveyed more than 35,000 people, saw this group jump from 16.1 to 22.8 percentage points&mdash;with young, college-educated Americans being the most religiously unaffiliated:</p> <blockquote> <p>While many U.S. religious groups are aging, the unaffiliated are comparatively young &ndash; and getting younger, on average, over time. As a rising cohort of highly unaffiliated Millennials reaches adulthood, the median age of unaffiliated adults has dropped to 36, down from 38 in 2007 and far lower than the general (adult) population&rsquo;s median age of 46.4&nbsp;By contrast, the median age of mainline Protestant adults in the new survey is 52 (up from 50 in 2007), and the median age of Catholic adults is 49 (up from 45 seven years earlier).</p> </blockquote> <p>The findings had some disappointing news for Christians. While the number of people who identify with the religion has been waning for <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/wayoflife/03/09/us.religion.less.christian/" target="_blank">decades</a>, the drop in the Christian population has been the sharpest of all in recent years with fewer Americans than ever before identifying themselves as Christians.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/religion.png" style="width: 400px; height: 511px;"><div class="caption">Pew</div> </div> <p>Other interesting details include: Religious intermarriage is up. Christians are getting more diverse. And Muslims and Hindus are seeing significant increases in their numbers. For more, head over to the <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/" target="_blank">Pew Research Center</a> <strike>here</strike>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Religion Tue, 12 May 2015 19:36:20 +0000 Inae Oh 275131 at http://www.motherjones.com The Pentagon Gave How Much Taxpayer Cash to the NFL? http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/nfl-military-troops-salute-payout-flake <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>For the last three years, the Department of Defense has forked over $5.4 million to 14 NFL teams to pay respect to service members during games. And while that's a small line in the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/12/pentagon-budget-deal-charts-cuts" target="_blank">behemoth Pentagon budget</a>, at least one GOP senator isn't thrilled about it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=50cbadae-2f8b-4015-a4df-ed94b5eeaea3" target="_blank">Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)</a> criticized the "egregious and unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars" on Monday after <a href="http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/taxpayers_pony_up_for_jets_salutes_to_nj_national.html" target="_blank">a weekend report by <em>NJ.com</em></a> found the Defense Department and the New Jersey National Guard paid the New York Jets $377,000 for in-game salutes and promotional activities at professional football games. The Atlanta Falcons received more than $1 million during that time, while the Baltimore Ravens raked in $885,000. &nbsp;</p> <p>"While it may be appropriate for the National Guard or other service branches to spend taxpayer funds on activities directly related to recruiting," Flake <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/defense/241677-gop-senator-presses-dod-on-pro-sports-contracts" target="_blank">said</a>, "giving taxpayer funds to professional sports teams for activities that are portrayed to the public as paying homage to US military personnel would seem inappropriate."</p> <p>What did the National Guard get in return? <a href="http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/taxpayers_pony_up_for_jets_salutes_to_nj_national.html" target="_blank">From <em>NJ.com</em>'s Christopher Baxter and Jonathan Salant</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>The agreement includes the Hometown Hero segment, in which the Jets feature a soldier or two on the big screen, announce their names and ask the crowd to thank them for their service. The soldiers and three friends also get seats in the Coaches Club for the game.</p> <p>[&hellip;]</p> <p>Aside from the Hometown Heroes segment, the agreements also included advertising and marketing services, including a kickoff video message from the Guard, digital advertising on stadium screens, online advertising and meeting space for a meeting or events.</p> <p>Also, soldiers attended the annual kickoff lunch in New York City to meet and take pictures with the players for promotional use, and the Jets allowed soldiers to participate in a charity event in which coaches and players build or rebuild a playground or park.</p> <p>The Jets also provided game access passes.</p> </blockquote> <p>Flake, who first highlighted the National Guard's spending <a href="http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=50cbadae-2f8b-4015-a4df-ed94b5eeaea3" target="_blank">as part of his #PorkChops campaign</a> on wasteful spending, said his office had found "a number of advertising and promotion contracts between the Pentagon and professional sports teams in the MLB, NBA, NASCAR, Major League Soccer and the NCAA," according to the <em>Hill</em>.</p> <p>Here's the full list of NFL teams that received DOD money, <a href="http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/which_nfl_teams_are_getting_your_federal_tax_dolla.html" target="_blank">via <em>NJ.com</em></a>:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="600" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//mjdwcharts.s3.amazonaws.com/GcgrC/2/index.html" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="100%"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Congress Military Money in Politics Sports Tue, 12 May 2015 17:32:33 +0000 Edwin Rios 275116 at http://www.motherjones.com Cheater Punished http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/retweet-to-give-boston-to-canada-fave-to-let-the-sea-reclaim-it <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Don't do the crime if you can't...well, maybe just don't do <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12867594/punishments-handed-tom-brady-new-england-patriots-deflategate" target="_blank">the crime?</a></p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12867594/punishments-handed-tom-brady-new-england-patriots-deflategate" target="_blank">The NFL has suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady four games</a> for his role in deflating football for the AFC Championship Game, the league said in a statement Monday.</p> <p>The Patriots will also lose a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2017 and have been fined $1 million.</p> </blockquote> <p>(<em>via</em> <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12867594/punishments-handed-tom-brady-new-england-patriots-deflategate" target="_blank">ESPN</a>)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sports Ben's Thoughts Mon, 11 May 2015 21:53:20 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 275091 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Celebrate Mother's Day by Slamming the Hypocrisy of No Paid Maternity Leave http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/john-oliver-maternity-leave <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The United States is one of only two countries in the world that fails to offer mothers <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/05/silicon-valley-maternity-leave-paternity-leave" target="_blank">paid maternity leave</a>&mdash;a shameful distinction we share with Papua New Guinea. As families gathered to celebrate Mother's Day yesterday, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIhKAQX5izw" target="_blank">John Oliver took to <em>Last Week Tonight</em></a> to address the issue and show why current federal law allowing just 12 weeks of leave, all of which is unpaid and extremely limited, forces countless new mothers back to work or in jeopardy of losing their jobs.</p> <p>"This is not how its supposed to work," Oliver said. "Mothers shouldn't have to stitch together time to recover from childbirth the same way that we plan a four-day weekend in Atlantic City."</p> <p>Much of this problem is two-fold, Oliver explains, with companies refusing to offer paid leave packages and fearmongering lawmakers claiming any federal mandates to do so would only hurt businesses.</p> <p>"You can't go on and on about how much you love moms but fail to pass legislation that makes life easier for them."</p> <p><strong>Watch the full report below:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zIhKAQX5izw" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Corporations Media Sex and Gender Mon, 11 May 2015 12:52:46 +0000 Inae Oh 275036 at http://www.motherjones.com Shelby Lynne's Down-Home Country Music Is the Real Deal http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/shelby-lynne-country-music-cant-imagine <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ehAsS8BPUD4?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Shelby Lynne<br><em>I Can't Imagine</em><br> Rounder</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/ShelbyLynne_FinalCover_RGB.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Shelby Lynne shouldn't be hurried. Her earthy voice works best at a leisurely pace, indicating hard-won lessons of a world-weary heart as well as pleasures of the moment worth savoring. (Not surprisingly, one of her new songs bears the Zen-like title "Be in the Now.") The thoroughly satisfying <em>I Can't Imagine</em> features Lynne's usual brew of down-home country, unadorned R&amp;B, plainspoken folk, and passionate gospel, but what it really sounds like is her own unique self. Like the great Tony Joe White (Lynne's spiritual kin), she's created a fresh and distinctive language out of these familiar sources, spinning tales of longing and fulfillment that never feel less than genuine.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 11 May 2015 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 274916 at http://www.motherjones.com Best Coast's "California Nights" Is an Enticing Combination of Angst and Beat http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/best-coast-california-nights-review <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7U5LWokfRHY?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Best Coast<br><em>California Nights</em><br> Harvest</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Best%20Coast%20-%20California%20Nights%20-%20HR.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Bethany Cosentino, the singer-songwriter half of Best Coast&mdash;multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno is her longtime collaborator&mdash;excels at existential distress encased in a bright candy shell. <em>California Nights</em>, the duo's fine third album, is a delicious brew of big pop melodies, yearning vocals that wouldn't be out of place in an old-fashioned girl group, and densely textured wall-of-sound production. While Cosentino's lyrics are often disarmingly simple and direct, along the lines of "I love you" and "I miss you," collectively they can hint at deranged obsession, as if a crazed romantic poet had picked up an electric guitar and started a band. Having once sung "Who Have I Become?" she continues her soul-searching ways here on the soaring "So Unaware," asking, "What is life/What is love/What's the meaning of it all?/Do I even care?/Or is it just that I am so unaware?" Add equally restless tunes like "When Will I Change?" and "Sleep Won't Ever Come," and you've got the most enticing combination of angst and beat to be found anywhere.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 11 May 2015 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 274921 at http://www.motherjones.com These Were the Most Popular Baby Names of 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/here-are-most-popular-baby-names-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Have you given birth to a human in the last year? If so, you very well may have bestowed onto said baby human one of the following monikers. According to the <a href="http://blog.socialsecurity.gov/2015/05/08/2014-top-ten-baby-names/#more-210" target="_blank">Social Security Administration</a>, the agency tasked to tracked such data, these were the most popular baby names of 2014:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="402" src="/files/names.png" width="519"><div class="caption">Social Security Matters</div> </div> <p>Judging by the list of popular girl names, it's apparent the allure of the Victorian-era is all the rage. Emma, Olivia, Abigail, Emily, Charlotte&mdash;<em>Downton USA</em> has basically written itself into production! But the list of popular boy names doesn't appear to fit into such period-defining molds. Can someone please explain this to me? I'm childless and lost.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Fri, 08 May 2015 19:42:32 +0000 Inae Oh 274966 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is the Degrading Bullshit Nail Salon Workers Put Up With Every Single Day http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/nail-salon-cheap-abuse <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Update, May 11, 2015:</strong> Following the<em> Times</em> investigation, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an <a href="https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/597759163268136960" target="_blank">emergency order</a> to protect nail salon employees from health dangers and wage theft.&nbsp;</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Today we launched a multi-agency Enforcement Task Force to tackle abuse in the nail salon industry: <a href="http://t.co/So0ZjgMPv4">http://t.co/So0ZjgMPv4</a></p> &mdash; Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/597759163268136960">May 11, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Scoring a cheap manicure or pedicure, particularly in New York, is incredibly easy. After all, nail salons abound on seemingly every other city block and thus keep prices low in order to compete. It all comes at a steep price, however. <em>The New York Times</em> has published an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/nyregion/at-nail-salons-in-nyc-manicurists-are-underpaid-and-unprotected.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=photo-spot-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;gwh=E85D1199D74AE45F14B963FC01D14BF3&amp;gwt=pay&amp;assetType=nyt_now" target="_blank">in-depth investigation</a> looking into the disturbing culture of exploitation, racism, and low-wages salon workers endure throughout the New York region. Here are the most shocking bits:</p> <p><strong>Some workers are paid as little as $1.50 an hour. </strong>In Manhattan, where the average price for a manicure is $10.50, salons compensate for such low prices by severely underpaying workers and oftentimes hitting employees with surprise charges just to work there. On slow days, some worker aren't even paid at all.</p> <blockquote> <p>Among the hidden customs are how new manicurists get started. Most must hand over cash &mdash; usually $100 to $200, but sometimes much more &mdash; as a training fee. Weeks or months of work in a kind of unpaid apprenticeship follows.</p> <p>Ms. Ren spent almost three months painting on pedicures and slathering feet with paraffin wax before one afternoon in the late summer when her boss drew her into a waxing room and told her she would finally be paid.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Race often determines how well a worker is paid.</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Korean workers routinely earn twice as much as their peers, valued above others by the Korean owners who dominate the industry and who are often shockingly plain-spoken in their disparagement of workers of other backgrounds. Chinese workers occupy the next rung in the hierarchy; Hispanics and other non-Asians are at the bottom.</p> <p>[...]</p> <p>Many Korean owners are frank about their prejudices. "Spanish employees" are not as smart as Koreans, or as sanitary, said Mal Sung Noh, 68, who is known as Mary, at the front desk of Rose Nails, a salon she owns on the Upper East Side.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Workers are frequently subjected to physical abuse. </strong></p> <blockquote> <p>...the minichain of Long Island salons whose workers said they were not only underpaid but also kicked as they sat on pedicure stools, and verbally abused.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Salons rarely go punished because language barriers prove too difficult.</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>When investigators try to interview them, manicurists are frequently reluctant to cooperate, more so than in any other industry, according a Labor Department official involved who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not permitted to talk with reporters. "It&rsquo;s really the only industry we see that in,&rdquo; the person said, explaining that it most likely indicated just how widespread exploitation is in nail salons. "They are totally running scared in this industry."</p> </blockquote> <p>In all, the story paints a deeply disturbing portrait of income inequality literally an arm's length away. To read the investigation in its entirety, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/nyregion/at-nail-salons-in-nyc-manicurists-are-underpaid-and-unprotected.html" target="_blank">head to the <em>Times</em>. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Income Inequality Media Thu, 07 May 2015 19:29:26 +0000 Inae Oh 274911 at http://www.motherjones.com You're Really Going to Hate James Franco's Offensive Nostalgia Trip to McDonald's http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/james-franco-mcdonalds <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In the midst of plummeting sales, pressure to bump wages, and an <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/03/mcdonalds-kale" target="_blank">apparent gastronomic identity crisis</a>, McDonald's needs all the help it can get right now to reclaim its status as a global fast-food powerhouse. Today, the company found a friend in actor James Franco.</p> <p>The aspiring Renaissance man and actor, who once worked as a McDonald's employee for a total of three months, has penned a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/05/07/mcdonalds-was-there-for-me-when-no-one-else-was/?hpid=z4" target="_blank">bizarre op-ed</a> in the <em>Washington Post </em>to defend the company from its growing chorus of detractors. The piece, titled "McDonald's Was There for Me When No One Else Was," describes his decision to quit&nbsp;UCLA as an undergrad in 1996 in order to pursue an acting career.&nbsp; While studying at a "hole-in-the-wall" acting school, Franco worked a part-time job at a Los Angeles McDonald's:</p> <blockquote> <p>When I was hungry for work, they fed the need. I still&nbsp;love the simplicity of the McDonald&rsquo;s hamburger and its&nbsp;salty fries. After reading "Fast Food Nation," it's hard for me to trust the grade of the meat. But maybe once a year, while on a road trip or out in the middle of nowhere for a movie, I'll stop by a McDonald&rsquo;s and get a simple cheeseburger: light, and airy, and satisfying.</p> </blockquote> <p>Franco, who seems to forget that being a drop-out from an elite university set him apart from most hourly workers at McDonald's, goes onto reminisce about his rosy experience: Mixing it up with co-workers and even practicing funny accents. "I refrained from reading on the job, but soon started putting on fake accents with the customers to practice for my scenes in acting class," he recalls. Franco even encountered a homeless family. "They lived out of their car and did crossword puzzles all day," Franco writes. "Sometimes they would order McDonald&rsquo;s food, but other times they would bring in Chinese or groceries."</p> <p>Franco also had the thrill of getting hit on by a man who actually cooked those "light, airy, and satisfying" burgers.</p> <blockquote> <p>He wanted to hook up in the bathroom, but he didn&rsquo;t speak English, so he had someone translate for him.</p> </blockquote> <p>To everyone out there fighting for a living wage, this experience could offer some hope. After all, with the right attitude, McDonald's can be a stepping stone on your path to Hollywood stardom, just as it was for James Franco.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Corporations Film and TV Food and Ag Thu, 07 May 2015 15:20:14 +0000 Inae Oh 274886 at http://www.motherjones.com This Supercut of Candidates Singing "Let's Get It On" Is Why We Love Britain During Elections http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/supercut-uk-candidates-singing-lets-get-it-why-we-love-britain-during-elections <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="true" data-href="/skynews/videos/vb.164665060214766/1086617241352872/?type=1"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="/skynews/videos/1086617241352872/"> <p>Who could get it on after #GE2015? Watch our #GeneralAffection song to find out.Full election coverage on Sky News, May 7th from 9pm.</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/skynews">Sky News</a> on Thursday, April 30, 2015</blockquote> </div> </div> <p>British voters are heading to the polls today for what promises to be a very tight election. <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/06/general-election-2015-britain-heading-for-hung-parliament" target="_blank">Latest polling</a> suggests the two major parties, Labour and the Conservatives, are tied near the finish line. The result is likely to be what's known as a "hung parliament". Both Labour and the Conservatives will need support from smaller parties across the spectrum to form government&mdash;among them the Scottish National Party (SNP) on the left, the Liberal Democrats somewhere around the center, and UKIP, on the right. Whomever can stitch together enough seats in parliament to win a majority will ultimately form government. If no group of parties can get to the magic number of 326 seats, Britain might well be heading back to the polls again soon to sort this whole mess out.</p> <p>Even if you're unfamiliar with British politics, the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/skynews/videos?fref=photo" target="_blank">video above from Sky News</a> gives a nice introduction to the main players&mdash;David Cameron (the current Conservative PM), Ed Miliband (the current opposition leader, from the Labour party), and Nicola Sturgeon, from the resurgent SNP among them. All set to Marvin Gaye's classic, "Let's Get It On". Enjoy. (And happy voting, friends across the pond.)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video International Wed, 06 May 2015 21:36:30 +0000 James West 274871 at http://www.motherjones.com