Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2013/12/black-list-films-1969-stanley-kubrick-nasa-moon-landi http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Watch Larry Wilmore Explain How You Can't Escape the Koch Brothers http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/larry-wilmore-koch <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>After learning that the Koch brothers and their allies plan on spending a whopping <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/koch-brothers-889-million-2016-elections" target="_blank">$889 million</a> on 2016 elections, Larry Wilmore took to his TV show Wednesday&nbsp;evening to announce his intention to boycott all Koch Industries products.</p> <p>"I'm sorry, I can't get behind these guys," Wilmore explained. "This just doesn't smell right to me. So what do they make again?"</p> <p>But after learning that the&nbsp;answer is <em>virtually everything</em> from Dixie cups to greeting cards to Lycra, the <em>Nightly Show</em>&nbsp;host realized that&nbsp;any attempt to free himself from the Koch <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/koch-brothers-web-influence" target="_blank">web of influence</a> was doomed. Wilmore then reminded viewers&nbsp;that&nbsp;it's not just the Koch brothers who dole out millions to score political advantages, pointing out Michael Bloomberg and George Soros as similar examples. (It's true that there are big money liberal donors but their networks&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/koch-2016-democracy-alliance-republican-party" target="_blank">pale&nbsp;in comparison</a>&nbsp;to the on the Koch brothers maintain.)</p> <p>"It's called dark money. Keeping with the white privilege convention of saying that everything bad is dark."</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <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:68584739-4753-4cdf-ab99-22b83470f2a7" width="630"></iframe></div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Video 2016 Elections Dark Money Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:15:09 +0000 Inae Oh 269276 at http://www.motherjones.com The NFL Has a Domestic-Violence Problem, But All We Got Was This PSA http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/ray-rice-nfl-super-bowl-ad <!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/rTJT3fVv1vU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Ever since the NFL <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/ray-rice-suspension-marijuana" target="_blank">embarrassingly mishandled</a> the Ray Rice domestic-assault incident this summer, the league has tried to prove it has become enlightened about violence against women. Its latest attempt? A 30-second Super Bowl ad.</p> <p>The new public service announcement, which will air during the first quarter of Sunday's game, pans through a house in disarray, presumably because of a domestic dispute, while audio of a woman talking to a 911 dispatcher plays over it. At the end, a message flashes on: "Help End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; Pledge to Say 'No More.'" The PSA was made, free of charge, by advertising giant Grey for the sexual- and domestic-violence-awareness group NO MORE; the league <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/nfl-brings-a-domestic-abuse-ad-to-super-bowl-1422309614" target="_blank">donated the prime advertising spot</a>, worth about $4.5 million.</p> <p>These broadcasts are part of an NFL offensive to save face after the Baltimore Ravens and the league <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/baltimore-ravens-ray-rice-nfl-mess" target="_blank">created an uproar</a> by barely punishing Rice after he was first charged with assaulting his then-fianc&eacute;e (and current wife).<strong> </strong>It wasn't until TMZ leaked security footage showing Ray Rice punching Janay Rice in an Atlantic City elevator (which Goodell dubiously <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24703865/roger-goodell-no-one-in-the-nfl-saw-second-ray-rice-video" target="_blank">claimed</a> he hadn't seen before) that the NFL <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/sports/football/ray-rice-video-shows-punch-and-raises-new-questions-for-nfl.html?_r=1" target="_blank">indefinitely suspended the Ravens running back</a> and began to make an effort to change how it handles players accused of domestic violence and sexual assault.</p> <p>The NFL has since <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/nfl-domestic-violence-penalties-rice" target="_blank">reformed its punishments for players</a> involved in domestic or sexual violence, created <a href="http://deadspin.com/the-nfls-new-disciplinary-rules-require-a-flowchart-1669413480" target="_blank">rather confusing</a> new disciplinary bodies to determine and hand out those punishments, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000439286/article/the-nfls-response-to-domestic-violence-and-sexual-assault" target="_blank">required the league</a> to attend education sessions about sexual assault and domestic violence, and <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24710845/nfl-hiring-female-advisors-to-shape-domestic-violence-policies" target="_blank">hired female advisers</a> to improve how the league deals with domestic violence.</p> <p>The NFL had its first test leading up to the AFC Championship game, when it <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2015/01/15/colts-ask-nfl-to-place-josh-mcnary-charged-with-rape-on-commissioners-exempt-list/" target="_blank">put the Indianapolis Colts' Josh McNary on paid leave </a>after he was charged with rape. But in order for the NFL to prove that it's committed to lasting reform of an entrenched culture that has <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/09/ray-janay-rice-football-nfl-wives" target="_blank">long ignored and even enabled violence against women</a>, it will to need to continue to address these issues&mdash;long after its Super Bowl ad has aired and the dust of this horrible season has settled.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:39:16 +0000 Luke Whelan 268916 at http://www.motherjones.com 8 Crazy Quotes In Support of Celebrating Robert E. Lee on MLK Day http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/arkansas-mlk-robert-e-lee <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama are the only three states in the country that celebrate&nbsp;Robert E. Lee on the same day as the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. Their reasoning for the combo celebration is that the two have birthdays just a few days apart&mdash;never mind the, uh, conflict of interest.</p> <p>Today, Arkansas' elected officials had the opportunity to pass a <a href="http://arkansas-house.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=57bfcdc8-65c9-4048-91c4-a3f6405ac8d8" target="_blank">bill</a> seeking to separate the two commemorations. By doing so, Arkansas would join <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/01/robert_e_lee_day_some_southern_states_still_celebrate_the_confederate_general.html" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">Georgia, Florida, and Virginia</a><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">, which honor Lee&mdash;but not on MLK Day.</span></p> <p>But this morning, Arkansas representatives struck down the bill with a chorus of nays. Below are a few choice quotes from opponents of the bill explaining why:</p> <p><em>1. "Everyone in this room owes Robert E. Lee a debt."</em></p> <p><em>2. "You've got MLK parades all over the nation, but no one celebrates Lee! Well, a lot of people do, a very large crowd."</em></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>bill to separate recognition of MLK and Robert E Lee due up at 10am. Those opposed already here. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/arleg?src=hash">#arleg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ARnews?src=hash">#ARnews</a> <a href="http://t.co/bS7QRd4uZr">pic.twitter.com/bS7QRd4uZr</a></p> &mdash; David Goins (@dgoins) <a href="https://twitter.com/dgoins/status/560464441532485634">January 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><em>3. "This bill is out to change our constitution."</em></p> <p><em>4. "It's called American history."</em></p> <p><em>5. "I really wish we could all celebrate a non-separate, but equal holiday."</em></p> <p><em>6. "You wouldn't celebrate Christmas in July!"</em></p> <p><em>7. "Why are we doing this? We are chasing a non-problem."</em></p> <p><em>8. "Separate is&nbsp;not equal."&nbsp;</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:52:25 +0000 Inae Oh 269101 at http://www.motherjones.com No, Saudi TV Didn't Blur Out Michelle Obama's Face When the President Met King Salman http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/no-saudi-tv-didnt-blur-out-michelle-obamas-face-when-president-met-king-salman <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Twitter is <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DDL7rFEYtM_M&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">hopping</a> right now about how Saudi TV allegedly blurred Michelle Obama's face, thanks to this YouTube video:<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DL7rFEYtM_M" width="630"></iframe></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" lang="en"> <p>Saudi TV blurred out Michelle Obama's face when she and Barack met King Salman! <a href="https://t.co/MQ6f2cgyHG">https://t.co/MQ6f2cgyHG</a></p> &mdash; Jack Moore (@JFXM) <a href="https://twitter.com/JFXM/status/560172540149366785">January 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" lang="en"> <p>Our producer just referred to the blurring of Michelle Obama here as a "blurka" <a href="https://t.co/MhCzTvzdfD">https://t.co/MhCzTvzdfD</a></p> &mdash; Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) <a href="https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/560175258091921409">January 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Only it's bullshit. The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMoQ_vcbquFzH6wWb3DoQjw" target="_blank">YouTube uploader</a> appears to have added the blur, not some Saudi TV network.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>lots of people in Saudi Arabia tweeting at me that the <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS">@FLOTUS</a> blur was done by the person who uploaded the video and not by Saudi TV</p> &mdash; Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) <a href="https://twitter.com/jeneps/status/560179798291804160">January 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" lang="en"> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/jeneps">@jeneps</a> this is absolutely not true. I saw this LIVE, First Lady was not blurred. I believe it's the person who uploaded the video.</p> &mdash; &Ugrave;&#133;&Ugrave;&#134;&Ugrave;&#138;&Oslash;&plusmn;&Oslash;&copy; &Ugrave;&#133;. &Oslash;&sect;&Ugrave;&#132;&Oslash;&sup1;&Ugrave;&#130;&Ugrave;&#132;&Oslash;&sect; (@MunirahAlOqla) <a href="https://twitter.com/MunirahAlOqla/status/560179473870356480">January 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>(Here is another video the YouTuber uploaded <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu0ThdGwFyo" target="_blank">that's blurred</a>.)</p> <p>This version shows no such blur:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YQyPfk_gA9Y" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" lang="en"> <p>This Saudi TV footage a) Shows Michelle Obama unblurred b) Appears to show Obama &amp; King Salman walking to a waltz. <a href="https://t.co/yI6XBGSZdw">https://t.co/yI6XBGSZdw</a></p> &mdash; Tom Gara (@tomgara) <a href="https://twitter.com/tomgara/status/560180134263918595">January 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" lang="en"> <p>Saudi TV video shows Michelle Obama was not blurred out as some reporting; likely scraped &amp; blurred then posted <a href="https://t.co/o1z9UCmhvp">https://t.co/o1z9UCmhvp</a></p> &mdash; Brian Ries (@moneyries) <a href="https://twitter.com/moneyries/status/560184180488036353">January 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Nothing is real on the internet.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:32:27 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268996 at http://www.motherjones.com Check Out the Adorable Creatures and Gorgeous Vistas Obama Wants to Protect in Alaska http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/photos-wilderness-animals-birds-alaska-national-wildlife-refuge <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Sunday, President Obama <a href="http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/obama-administration-moves-to-protect-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge.cfm" target="_blank">announced</a> that he will call on Congress to increase the protection of Alaska's <a href="http://www.fws.gov/refuge/arctic/" target="_blank">Arctic National Wildlife Refuge</a> by adding more than 12 million acres of it to the National Wilderness Preservation System&mdash;the highest level of conservation protection. If Congress signs on, which is <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/white-house/obama-proposes-to-declare-anwr-area-as-wilderness-20150125" target="_blank">pretty</a> <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-01-26/white-house-tells-alaskan-senator-to-chill-out-on-anwr" target="_blank">unlikely</a>, it would be the largest wilderness designation since the <a href="http://wilderness.nps.gov/faqnew.cfm" target="_blank">Wilderness Act</a>, signed in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.</p> <p>The refuge covers nearly 20 million acres and contains five distinct ecological regions. It is home to at least 200 species of birds, 37 land mammal species, eight marine mammal species, and 42 species of fish. There are <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/01/anwr-proposal-shows-obamas-power-set-agenda-alive-and-well" target="_blank">plenty of&nbsp;political reasons</a> why Obama wants to protect it, but here are a few of the ecological ones:</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="ANWR" class="image" src="/files/AP01080102785.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>The coastal plain provides spring grazing for caribou and other mammals. </strong>Associated Press</div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/1149046_639472622749967_1996008234_n_1.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Conservationists argue that oil and gas drilling in the coastal plain would threaten the <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/land/wilderness/arcticrefuge/facts1.asp" target="_blank">millions</a> of birds that nest there.</strong><strong> </strong>USFWS</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="MUSKOX" class="image" src="/files/muskox-in-the-snow-in-alaska.jpg" style="float: left;"><div class="caption"><strong>The furry musk ox&mdash;the Inupiat's call it "omingmak" ("the bearded one")&mdash;lives on the coastal plain year round. </strong>USFWS</div> <div class="caption"> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-26%20at%2011.41.33%20AM.png"><div class="caption"><strong>There is a unique ecosystem of animals&mdash;that includes the arctic fox&mdash;that have adapted to survive in ANWR. </strong>USFWS</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Tundra swan" class="image" src="/files/tundra%20swan%20chicks.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Tundra swans rely on the remote and undeveloped refuge to nest. </strong>USFWS</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Caribou" class="image" src="/files/15842503347_85dc201dfb_z.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Caribou migrate through the coastal plain. </strong>David Gustine/USGS</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/800px-Upper_Peter_Lake.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>According to the US Department of the Interior, oil and gas development could <a href="http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/ovic/ViewpointsDetailsPage/ViewpointsDetailsWindow?query=&amp;prodId=OVIC&amp;displayGroupName=Viewpoints&amp;limiter=&amp;disableHighlighting=true&amp;displayGroups=&amp;sortBy=&amp;zid=&amp;search_within_results=&amp;action=2&amp;catId=&amp;activityType=&amp;documentId=GALE%7CEJ3010859206&amp;source=Bookmark&amp;u=spl_main&amp;jsid=975a7e2a2c9c7f44afe1f6994d6fe45d" target="_blank">pollute water resources</a> in ANWR.</strong><strong> </strong>USFWS</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"> <div class="caption"> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-26%20at%2011.51.12%20AM.png"><div class="caption"><strong>ANWR is an <a href="http://www.defenders.org/press-release/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-makes-nations-most-endangered-refuges-list" target="_blank">important denning</a> area for polar bears.</strong><strong> </strong>Alan D. Wilson</div> <div class="caption"> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-26%20at%202.12.45%20PM.png"><div class="caption"><strong>The Alaska marmot, considered <a href="http://www.defenders.org/publications/climate_change_and_the_arctic_national_wildlife_refuge_which_species_are_most_at_risk.pdf" target="_blank">highly vulnerable</a> to changes in habitat, calls ANWR home. </strong>USFWS</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>To hear Obama talk about the importance of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, watch this video:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3hey_WIAFVA" width="630"></iframe></p> </div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:00:11 +0000 Gabrielle Canon 268866 at http://www.motherjones.com Here's How Much You Should Tip Your Delivery Guy During A Blizzard http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/how-much-do-you-tip-in-a-blizzard <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>As you may have heard, a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/01/will-be-worst-blizzard-nyc-history" target="_blank">blizzard</a> is about to destroy life as we know it on the Eastern seaboard. Your children, your children's children, their children's children will all learn of this snowfall in stories. If a normal snowstorm is, as the wise men used to say, "God shedding a bit of dandruff," then what we are about to experience can only be described as, well, God shedding...a lot of dandruff? An avalanche of dandruff? One or two revelations of dandruff? We're going to be knee-deep in God's dandruff, is what I'm saying.</p> <p>If, like mine, your fridge is bare of everything but the essentials (Tabasco, old Bloody Mary mix, a few jars of pickles) then you're probably hoping to make it through this thing via one of two ancient ways: 1) <a href="http://www.maplevalleysyrup.coop/Step-2-How-To-Do-The-Lemonade-Diet-s/1066.htm" target="_blank">master-cleanse </a>or, 2) Seamless. Assuming you take the second door, the question becomes: What do you tip a delivery man during a blizzard? What is morally acceptable?</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Don't forget, NYC: if you skipped going to the store because you can just order Seamless you're a monster who's headed for the 9th circle &lt;3</p> &mdash; Matt Langer (@mattlanger) <a href="https://twitter.com/mattlanger/status/559808285352525824">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Let's first dispense with the question of whether or not it is <em>ever</em> acceptable&mdash;regardless of gratuity&mdash;to order delivery during a blizzard. Leave that to the poets and the ethicists. It doesn't matter in the real world. <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/currency-tag/bitter-weather-sweet-tips" target="_blank">People order delivery more during bad weather</a>. Them's the facts. You are going to order delivery in bad weather.</p> <p>During really bad weather like blizzards and apocalypses, a lot of restaurants nix their delivery offerings altogether&mdash;and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has banned all non-emergency vehicles, including delivery bikes, after <a href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10150525470419999&amp;set=vb.5281959998&amp;type=2&amp;theater" target="_blank">11pm Monday night</a>. But the ones that manage to stay open&mdash;and in this case are willing to deliver on foot well into the night&mdash;reap the benefits of constrained supply. If this were Uber, it would result in surge pricing to get more restaurants delivering. But since GrubHub and its parent company Seamless don't do that&mdash;and they shouldn't unless there is some way of ensuring that the increase goes to the delivery person and isn't pocketed by the owner&mdash;we're thrown into this sort of state of moral worry. You know in your bones that the guy who brings you pizza in sub-zero weather should get more than the guy who brings you pizza when it's 68 degrees and sunny. But how much more?</p> <p>GrubHub Seamless crunched the numbers on tips during last year's polar vortex and found that residents in some <a href="http://projects.newyorker.com/story/tipping/" target="_blank">zip codes increased their tips by as much as 24 percent</a>, but on the whole, New Yorkers raised their normal tipping amount by a meager 5 percent. In the Midwest, however, where the temps dipped especially low, gratuities rose higher, to <a href="http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/02/delivery-services-in-bad-weather.html" target="_blank">14 percent in Chicago and 15 percent in Detroit and Minneapolis. </a>Maybe the stereotypes are true and Midwesterners really are the nicest people in the country.</p> <p>So, more. Tip more. How much should you tip a delivery man in a blizzard? More. <em>More than you usually tip.</em> Whatever you usually tip, tip better. Are you a good tipper normally? Become a great tipper. Are you an awful tipper? Become a just-bad tipper. (Also, you're a very bad person, and no one likes you very much.)</p> <p>Want a strict system? Don't trust your heart to lead you to the right amount? <a href="http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/02/delivery-services-in-bad-weather.html" target="_blank"><em>New York</em></a> magazine can help. Last year they spoke to Adam Eric Greenberg, a UC San Diego Ph.D. who co-authored an <a href="http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1617465" target="_blank">empirical analysis on the relationship between weather and tipping</a>. Here's what he told them:</p> <blockquote> <p>When the weather is bad, be a bit more generous by tipping 20 to 22 percent. If it's raining outside, tip 22 to 25 percent. If there's any snow accumulation, add a dollar or two on top of what you'd tip if it were raining. Having to work as a delivery guy during a blizzard is similar to getting stuck with a party of 20 as a restaurant server, so if you hear weather forecasters promising a "polar vortex, " a 30 percent tip is not outrageous.</p> </blockquote> <p>So, there you have it: <strong>30 percent.</strong> Anything under 25 percent and you go to Hell.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:45:48 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268791 at http://www.motherjones.com In This Hopeful New Video, UNICEF and Electronic Artist RL Grime Tackle the Horrors of Child Marriage http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/rl-grime-unicef-video-child-brides-chad-always <!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="//www.youtube.com/embed/sk-n7qOgaL8?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Every year around the world, more than 14 million girls are wed, typically to much older men, before they turn 18. The child brides, who more often than not are forced into these marriages by their parents, find themselves socially isolated and more likely than older wives to be beaten by their husbands or in-laws. In Chad, where nearly 70 percent become child brides, girls are more likely to die in childbirth than attend secondary school.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="RL Grime" class="image" src="/files/RL%20credit%20Andi%20Ellowayrsz1.jpg" style="height: 362px; width: 250px;"><div class="caption"><strong>"Before UNICEF approached me, I was unaware of this epidemic," RL Grime told me. </strong>Andi Elloway</div> </div> <p>This new video, a collaboration between UNICEF and the electronic music producer RL Grime, tells the story of a child bride who meets a sad end&mdash;but with a twist. Featuring Grime's haunting new song "Always," the video will be used in the African Union's #ENDChildMarriageNOW campaign to highlight how children and communities suffer when girls marry too young. It "transmits a very strong message because it shows a too common reality in the life of many young girls," says UNICEF's Chad representative. "The video, at the same time, also shows an alternative story full of hope. It portrays the crucial role education can play in empowering girls and the collective change needed in the society to end child marriage."</p> <p>According to UNICEF, giving girls better access to education, offering economic incentives and support for families, and implementing legislation to restrict child marriage are all crucial to solving the problem. But the first step is simply to make people aware of it.</p> <p>RL Grime, whose real name is Henry Steinway, and whose tracks have clocked millions of listens on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8SO2BwNg4k" target="_blank">YouTube</a> and <a href="https://soundcloud.com/rlgrime" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, was happy to help. "Before UNICEF approached me, I was unaware of this epidemic of child marriage that is plaguing Chad and other places globally," he writes in an email. "So when they came to me with the opportunity I was happy to be involved and help shed light on a very real world topic."</p> <p>He picked "Always," the opening track from <em>VOID</em>, his first full-length album, because he felt it evokes both the gravity of the problem and the idea of hope. "I think it's a somber yet uplifting track," he writes. "The lyric 'I feel better when I have you near me' really meshed well with the overall theme of the video, which to me hits on this sense of community."</p> <p>The video has been officially endorsed by the First Lady of the Republic of Chad, who will present it to other leaders at the Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa later this month.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Human Rights International Music Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:00:10 +0000 Gabrielle Canon 268721 at http://www.motherjones.com The Go-Betweens, Expert Edition http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/g-go-betweens-box-set <!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="//www.youtube.com/embed/vkrEiD9s0pU?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Go Betweens" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-21%20at%2012.54.26%20PM.png" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Led by gifted singer-songwriters Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, Australia's Go-Betweens were a jangly folk-rock combo that compiled an impressive body of work from the late '70s to late '80s, broke up, and then reunited for another strong run in the early 2000s&mdash;until McLennan suffered a fatal heart attack in 2006. While comparisons to the Velvet Underground and R.E.M. are not implausible, the band was really its own unforgettable creature, suggesting a punk group trying to play nice pop songs, but not quite getting things right. Sometimes sweet, often astringent, the duo's songs never felt pat or predictable (or truly finished), creating the sensation of hearing riveting first takes of future classics.</p> <p>Compiled by Forster, <em>G Stands for Go-Betweens</em> contains four vinyl discs, including their first three albums and a compilation of early singles, and four CDs that offer a whopping 70 rarities, including an electrifying '82 live show. It's not for beginners&mdash;either of the early albums <em>Before Hollywood</em> or <em>Spring Hill Fair</em> makes a good starting point&mdash;but anyone who's already joined the cult will find this imposing package irresistible.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 268601 at http://www.motherjones.com This Washington Post Headline Is the Funniest Thing You'll Read All Weekend http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/life-without-laughter-isnt-life-at-all <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Got the winter blues? Well, turn that frown upside down! Here's a thing to make you smile.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Sarah Palin says she&rsquo;s "seriously interested" in a 2016 campaign <a href="http://t.co/cmJVcq52J9">http://t.co/cmJVcq52J9</a></p> &mdash; Washington Post (@washingtonpost) <a href="https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/559031498717036544">January 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>In other pretend candidate news:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" lang="en"> <p>Guys he's totally serious this time RT <a href="https://twitter.com/costareports">@costareports</a>: Trump ends his speech: "I am seriously thinking of running for president"</p> &mdash; Josh Barro (@jbarro) <a href="https://twitter.com/jbarro/status/559051191184019456">January 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>What a time to be alive.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:31:50 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268776 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is Why Under-Inflated Footballs Could Have Given Tom Brady An Advantage http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/science-under-inflated-footballs <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>To those of us for whom the nuances of professional football tactics are a bit of a mystery, there was one question looming over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/tom-brady-isnt-isis" target="_blank">surreal Ballghazi press conference yesterday</a> that went unanswered: What's so great, in theory, about a deflated football? Seems like, if anything, an under-inflated ball would be less aerodynamic?</p> <p>Turns out, the potential benefit is all about grippiness. From <em><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/01/23/deflate-gate-science-underinflated-footballs/" target="_blank">Fox Sports</a>:</em></p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://johnericgoff.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">John Eric Goff</a>, professor of physics at Lynchburg College in Virginia and author of &ldquo;Gold Medal Physics:&nbsp;The Science of Sports,&rdquo; told FoxNews.com that the league-mandated PSI range is ideal for playing football. &ldquo;If, however, there&rsquo;s rain or snow or something else happening, that would make the ball a bit slicker, so having a bit less pressure in the ball makes it easier to squeeze and the grip improves,&rdquo; he added.</p> </blockquote> <p>Interesting!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Science Sports Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:20:51 +0000 Tim McDonnell 268766 at http://www.motherjones.com Black Man Lawfully Carrying Gun Gets Pummeled by White Vigilante at Walmart http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/black-man-gun-permit-walmart-florida-vigilante <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>There is no shortage of debate about whether <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/mass-shootings-investigation" target="_blank">allowing citizens to carry concealed guns</a> makes society safer. You may be shocked to learn that the answer could depend in part on <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/science-of-racism-prejudice" target="_blank">the color of a citizen's skin</a>.</p> <p>Exhibit A this week, from Florida: A surveillance video from a Walmart located near Tampa shows 62-year-old <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/man-shopping-for-coffee-creamer-at-walmart-attacked-by-vigilante-for/2214432" target="_blank">Clarence Daniels</a>&nbsp;trying to enter&nbsp;the store to purchase some coffee creamer for his wife&nbsp;this past Tuesday. He barely steps through the automatic doors before he is pummeled&nbsp;by shopper&nbsp;Michael Foster, a 43-year-old white man.</p> <p>"He's got a gun!" Foster shouts, to which Daniels replies, "I have a permit!"</p> <p>According to local news reports, Foster originally spotted Daniels in the store's parking lot placing his legally owned handgun underneath his coat. In keeping with Florida's well-known <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/07/trayvon-martin-vigilante-spirit-us-justice" target="_blank">vigilante spirit</a>, Foster decided to take matters into his own hands by following&nbsp;Daniels&nbsp;into the Walmart. Without warning, he tackled Daniels and placed him in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/police-misconduct-payments-eric-garner-nypd" target="_blank">a&nbsp;chokehold</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Police soon arrived and confirmed Daniels indeed had a permit for the handgun.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Unfortunately, he tackled a guy that was a law-abiding citizen," <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/white-vigilante-puts-62-year-old-black-man-in-chokehold-for-legally-carrying-gun-in-florida-walmart/" target="_blank">said</a> Larry McKinnon, a police spokesperson. "We understand it's alarming for people to see other people with guns, but Florida has a large population of concealed weapons permit holders."</p> <p>Foster is now facing battery charges.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qkYipbgD16w" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Guns Race and Ethnicity Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:40:42 +0000 Inae Oh 268746 at http://www.motherjones.com Melinda Gates Shames Anti-Vaxxers "Who Have Forgotten What Measles Death Looks Like" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/melinda-gates-vaccinations <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On the heels of an increasingly widening measles outbreak at <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/01/measles-outbreak-disneyland-anti-vaxxers" target="_blank">Disneyland</a>&nbsp;in California, where at least 28&nbsp;of the people infected were reportedly unvaccinated,&nbsp;<a href="http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/melinda-gates-annual-letter-2015/54b9769c2b8c2a1d7d000110" target="_blank">Melinda Gates</a> is urging parents to take advantage of healthcare resources in the United States and get their children vaccinated.</p> <p>"We take vaccines so for granted in the United States," Gates explained during an appearance on HuffPost Live Thursday. "Women in the developing world know the power of [vaccines]. They will walk 10 kilometers in the heat with their child and line up to get a vaccine because they have seen death."</p> <p>In detailing the struggle parents in the developing world endure to have their children vaccinated, Gates said Americans have simply "forgotten what measles death looks like."&nbsp;</p> <p>Through her&nbsp;philanthropy work with husband Bill Gates, Melinda&nbsp;has long worked to help people in developing countries&nbsp;obtain basic healthcare treatment, including vaccine deliveries.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I'd say to the people of the United States: We're incredibly lucky to have that technology and we ought to take advantage of it," she added.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the United States, the highly contagious disease has reemerged in recent years&nbsp;thanks to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/vaccine-exemptions-states-pertussis-map" target="_blank">anti-vaccination movement</a> and personal belief exemptions. Use of the controversial waivers is particularly prominent in California.</p> <p>The recent outbreak at Disneyland has heightened&nbsp;the debate. According to the<em> Associated Press</em>, those infected range from just <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/disney-parks-linked-measles-outbreak-grows-70-cases-062159097.html" target="_blank">seven months to 70-years-old</a>, including five park employees.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. James Cherry, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of California-Los Angeles,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/us/measles-cases-linked-to-disneyland-rise-and-debate-over-vaccinations-intensifies.html" target="_blank">told the <em>New York</em> <em>Times</em></a> the current outbreak is "100 percent connected" to the anti-immunization movement.</p> <p>"It wouldn't have happened otherwise&mdash;it wouldn't have gone anywhere. There are some pretty dumb people out there."</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" scrollable="no" src="http://embed.live.huffingtonpost.com/HPLEmbedPlayer/?segmentId=54b9769c2b8c2a1d7d000110&amp;autoPlay=false" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Health Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:20:55 +0000 Inae Oh 268726 at http://www.motherjones.com Netflix Just Released the Trailer for Tina Fey's New Sitcom and It Looks Incredible http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/tina-fey-new-sitcom-trailer-unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-netflix <!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="//www.youtube.com/embed/mNKEKlXY3Z4" width="630"></iframe>Welcome to your new favorite thing. Finally, a glimpse of <em>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</em>&mdash;the latest from Tina Fey and the team behind <em>30 Rock</em>&mdash;which comes to Netflix on March 6. Reminiscent of the recent rash of reality TV shows like <em>Breaking the Faith</em> and <em>Breaking Amish</em>, the comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (<em>The Office, <em>Bridesmaids</em></em>) follows a peppy former doomsday cult victim as she tries to make a new life in New York City, having been rescued from an Indiana bunker. Hilarity ensues. Alongside Kemper, it's a joy to see former <em>30 Rock</em> stars Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess.</p> <p>The first sitcom for Fey since <em>30 Rock</em> was originally developed to air on NBC (co-written by NBC show-runner Robert Carlock), but it was bought up by Netflix <a href="http://deadline.com/2014/11/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-tina-fey-robert-carlock-netflix-2-season-pickup-nbc-1201292254/" target="_blank">last November</a>. At a recent press conference for TV critics, Fey joked that the lack of network restrictions on streaming platforms was creatively liberating: "I think season two's gonna mostly be shower sex," she said, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/01/09/376222117/new-streaming-services-are-changing-tv-and-viewers-too" target="_blank">according to NPR</a>.</p> <p>For someone who has made network TV her career, the shift to streaming is a big move for Fey. But she told critics that the basics of any television series still apply on Netflix: "People still have that communal feeling when the next season of <em>Orange is the New Black</em> goes up. And they do want to talk about it, they do want to email about it and they do want to talk about it at work. So you still have the communal feeling of, like, 'Oh we want to see this and talk about it right now.'"</p> <p>The only catch? "Its just not literally at that specific hour of the night."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV Media Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:18:41 +0000 James West 268696 at http://www.motherjones.com Listen to Tom Brady Talk About His Deflated Balls...and ISIS http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/tom-brady-isnt-isis <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Tom Brady would like you to know that he is innocent...also, <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/super-bowl-xlix/patriots-qb-tom-brady-no-knowledge-wrongdoing-deflate-gate-n291551" target="_blank">"this isn't ISIS."</a></p> <p>Here is a video, courtesy of our friends across the aisle at<em> National Review. </em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ApTQWZ48zS8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Also, here is a Vine of just the ISIS part.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="630" src="https://vine.co/v/OIpB5rwMd16/embed/simple" width="630"></iframe><script async src="//platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Sports!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sports Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:17:01 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268686 at http://www.motherjones.com Dinesh D'Souza Says Obama Hasn't Lived the "African American Experience" Because He Grew Up in Hawaii http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/megyn-kelly-dinesh-dsouza <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Barack Obama is an African American man. He is black and he was born in&nbsp;Hawaii.&nbsp;He is the president of the United States.</p> <p>Despite all this, conservative author and convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza tried to convince Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Monday that the president has <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dinesh-dsouza-megyn-kelly-obama-black-experience" target="_blank">not lived the "African American experience"</a> for reasons that&nbsp;first included the president not having "descended from slaves on either side of his family."&nbsp;</p> <p>When asked for clarification, considering Obama indeed has "black skin and grew up in America as a black man," as a rather shocked Kelly correctly noted, D'Souza answered, "Well he grew up in Hawaii."</p> <p>"That's America!" Kelly reminded him.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unable to put the breaks on his thought process, D'Souza trailed on with mentions of the president's past trips to Indonesia and Kenya as further proof he has not lived the true African American experience.</p> <p>"Oh come on Dinesh! That does not deprive him of the African American experience."</p> <p>This all follows a series of bizarre tweets from D'Souza, in which he <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/dsouza-honors-mlk-with-interesting-parallel.html" target="_blank">compared himself </a>to Martin Luther King Jr. and Obama to J. Edgar Hoover.&nbsp;</p> <p>Monday's&nbsp;segment concluded with our momentary hero, Megyn Kelly, asking D'Souza how his time holed up in&nbsp;a community confinement center after being convicted of campaign finance fraud&nbsp;was going.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LUOI8PI5npQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Obama Race and Ethnicity Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:23:19 +0000 Inae Oh 268466 at http://www.motherjones.com If You Watch "The Good Wife," This Tweet Is Going To Blow Your Mind http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/if-you-watch-good-wife-tweet-going-blow-your-mind <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>The Good Wife</em> is the best show in the world. It's on hiatus until March 1 and I was really upset about it but at least this happened tonight:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Michelle Obama is on her Alicia Florrick tonight &mdash; and I am here for it. (cc: <a href="https://twitter.com/emilynussbaum">@emilynussbaum</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/SPBVIP">@SPBVIP</a>): <a href="http://t.co/XL8wsMeBhq">pic.twitter.com/XL8wsMeBhq</a></p> &mdash; S. Alexander Smith (@SAlexanderPhD) <a href="https://twitter.com/SAlexanderPhD/status/557731483251916800">January 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>Thank you, <a href="https://twitter.com/SAlexanderPhD/status/" target="_blank">S. Alexander Smith.</a> I want to be your best friend.</p> <p>(<em>via <a href="http://twitter.com/jameswest2000" target="_blank">James West</a></em><a href="http://twitter.com/jameswest2000" target="_blank">)</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Obama Michelle Obama Wed, 21 Jan 2015 03:01:58 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268531 at http://www.motherjones.com Alabama School Superintendent Stops Students From Going to See "Selma" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/alabama-students-selma-movie <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Last week, a school superintendent in Alabama <a href="http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2015/01/collinsville_high_selma.html" target="_blank">turned down a request</a> from a group of high school students to go to a screening of <em>Selma</em>, the critically acclaimed film about&nbsp;Martin Luther King Jr.'s crusade for civil rights in Alabama, because it is filled with naughty curse words.</p> <p>Superintendent Hugh Taylor told <em><a href="http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2015/01/collinsville_high_selma.html" target="_blank">Al.com</a>&nbsp;</em>his objection stemmed&nbsp;from a recommendation made by <a href="http://www.kids-in-mind.com/s/selma.htm" target="_blank">"Kids in Mind</a>," a website that appears to guide overbearing parents to which movies are acceptable for their kids to see.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>I understand the movie has a lot of historical value. The request was denied based on language. [The website] told me there were about two F-words in that movie, which I presume may mean more. The school that wanted to go [Collinsville High] is a multicultural school and [the website] said there were going to be 26 African-American connotations, which I thought would probably be inappropriate. I deemed this movie in particular inappropriate and that's my job as the head of the school system to make those decisions.</p> </blockquote> <p>Taylor's decision, which he says was made in part out of concern for Dekalb County's taxpayer money being spent on "filthy language," comes as theaters across the country are hosting <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/selma-expands-free-screenings-to-over-275000-students/" target="_blank">free-screenings</a> to hundreds of thousands of&nbsp;students hoping to view the same film. Despite the national embrace and <em>Selma</em>'s official PG-13 rating, however, Taylor said he simply could not permit students to experience a movie with the "F-word in it."&nbsp;</p> <p>"I'm just not going to do that," he said.</p> <p>"I"m telling you I'm denying this because of&nbsp;the&nbsp;language," an insistent Taylor protested too much.&nbsp;"I'm trying to explain to you because I don't think it's going to be told correctly. That's why I have a hard time talking to the media, because I want the truth to be told. I'm denying it based on language. Just make sure you put that in, please."&nbsp;</p> <p>"I don't rule over these people with an iron fist or a big club," he added.&nbsp;</p> <p>Alabama is one of three states in the country that simultaneously observes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/its-mlk-day...and-robert-e.-lee-day--386388547871" target="_blank">Robert E. Lee Day</a>&nbsp;alongside Martin Luther King Day.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/school-superintendent-denies-student-request-to-watch-selma-because-of-bad-language/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">(h/t Mediaite)</span></a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV Race and Ethnicity Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:12:39 +0000 Inae Oh 268446 at http://www.motherjones.com Ty Segall's new EP, "Mr. Face," Is a Tasty Treat http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/ty-segall-mr-face-live-san-francisco <!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="//www.youtube.com/embed/eBj2zPROIHk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Ty Segall<br><em>Mr. Face</em><br> Famous Class</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/ty_MrFace_CoverArt_0.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Ty Segall just can't stop making music&mdash;solo, in his band, or in collaboration with others; on singles, EPs and albums. He unleashes a flood of psychedelic garage rock with manic fervor, suggesting a condemned man desperate to be heard before his time runs out. If his prolific output sometimes cries out for an editor (especially when it comes to the songwriting) Segall's unfeigned, life-affirming enthusiasm is never less than irresistible. The physical version of the four-song <em>Mr. Face</em> EP is a pair of translucent red-and-blue seven-inch vinyl records billed as "the world's first playable pair of 3D glasses," but it's a tasty treat whether or not you dig novelty packaging. The jumpy title track is an acoustic rave-up that hints at a strong Violent Femmes influence. Elsewhere Segall is his usual exuberant self, plugged in and happy to blast. And coming next week: the Ty Segall Band's <em>Live in San Francisco</em> on the Castle Face label, a full-length set of feedback, heavy riffs, big beats and yowling vocals, guaranteed to cure the blahs with caffeinated pizzazz.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 268416 at http://www.motherjones.com "Baby Turtle Eating Strawberry" Is the Most Adorable Thing I Have Ever Seen http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/baby-turtle-eating-strawberry-most-adorable-thing-i-have-ever-seen <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>I don't know if <a href="https://vine.co/v/OjjBIwQTbXM" target="_blank">this</a> is real. I don't know the context. I saw it on Twitter and it appears to be from some fly-by-night <a href="https://vine.co/u/1116849842531254272" target="_blank">viral Vine account</a>. So full disclosure, that could very well be an ambitious USC undergraduate in a turtle costume. Maybe that strawberry was created by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_Light_%26_Magic" target="_blank">Industrial Light &amp; Magic</a>. Having said that, I don't care. This is so adorable. I've never seen anything this adorable. And I've seen adorable things! I've seen bunnies hold hands and beagles wrestle. This baby turtle puts them all to shame. It makes the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/watching-porcupine-taste-pumpkin-why-world-going-be-okay-today" target="_blank">porcupine eating a pumpkin</a> video look like <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgiven" target="_blank"><em>Unforgiven</em></a>. <em>Unforgiven</em> is not adorable! It's a blood soaked black hole from which cuteness cannot escape. That is how adorable this vine is.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/OjjBIwQTbXM/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe><script async src="//platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>via</em> <a href="https://twitter.com/yeslaurenevans/status/556899022431342592" target="_blank">Lauren Evans</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Animals Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:02:17 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268431 at http://www.motherjones.com "Daily Show" Explains the Absurdity in Alabama's New Abortion Law That Appoints Lawyers for Fetuses http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/alabama-abortion <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Back in September, <em>Mother Jones</em> reporter&nbsp;Molly Redden investigated a&nbsp;new law in Alabama <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/teen-abortion-judicial-bypass-parental-notification" target="_blank">forcing&nbsp;pregnant teenagers</a> seeking an abortion to first receive parental consent. If she is unable to get permission, the teenager&nbsp;is then put on trial, giving judges the right to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/alabama-abortion-law-attorney-fetus-lawyers" target="_blank">appoint attorneys</a> to defend the unborn fetus.</p> <p>This all sounds insane. Last night, "The Daily Show" sent correspondent Jessica Williams to the state to&nbsp;investigate. Here's how some of that absurdity played out:</p> <p>"You get a call from a fetus seeking legal representation, then what happens?" Williams asks unborn fetus attorney Julian McPhillips.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I cannot get a call from a fetus for anything much less legal representation," he answers.</p> <p>When questioned&nbsp;about how he meets in confidentiality with his unborn client, McPhillips shoots back, "I cannot communicate with them directly, you know better than to ask the question."</p> <p>"Well I don't know! You have a crazy ass job, sir.&nbsp;I don't know what's in the realm of possibility and what's in the realm of not possible."&nbsp;</p> <p>For more on how judges humiliate teens seeking abortions, read our in-depth <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/teen-abortion-judicial-bypass-parental-notification" target="_blank">report</a> here.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Watch below:</strong></p> <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:thedailyshow.com:a6bc8c83-4fd9-4664-9e66-66cc78c3d1c1" width="630"></iframe></div> <div style="padding:4px;">&nbsp;</div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Reproductive Rights Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:32:04 +0000 Inae Oh 268351 at http://www.motherjones.com We Have Some Bad News For You About That Hilarious Dog-Walker Craigslist Ad Everyone Is Talking About http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/dog-walker-craigslist-ad-seattle <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em><strong>Update, Sunday, January 18, 2015:</strong> We have more bad news. Apparently this dude is a <a href="https://medium.com/@gilbertjasono/ive-been-plagiarized-70df53feb046" target="_blank">plagiarist.</a>&nbsp;</em>Yahoo Tech<em> editor Jason Gilbert wrote this Craigslist post years ago and the guy in Seattle stole it.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>On Sunday, a "dog-walker" in Seattle posted a <a href="http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pet/4842776649.html" target="_blank">Craigslist ad offering</a> their services to "rich-ass dog owners." The lengthy&mdash;and hilarious!&mdash;ad <a href="http://Ben%20Dreyfuss%20%5B3:09%20PM%5D3:09%20https://twitter.com/search?q=http%3A%2F%2Fseattle.craigslist.org%2Fsee%2Fpet%2F4842776649.html&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">took the internet by storm</a>. One site went so far as to call it the "<a href="http://happyplace.someecards.com/craigslist/this-dogwalker-has-written-the-great-american-craigslist-ad/" target="_blank">Great American Craigslist&nbsp;Ad.</a>"&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><em>HEY RICH-ASS DOG OWNERS:</em></p> <p><em>Are you at the office 23 hours a day in a coke-fueled effort to squeeze every last penny out of your 20's and 30's?</em></p> <p><em>Are you going out of town with your post-divorce trophy-girlfriend to visit your slave ship collection in the Barbados?</em></p> <p><em>Do you work for a corporation that received Tarp money?</em></p> <p><em>I AM YOUR DOG-WALKER</em></p> <p><em>I am the most radical, bitching, mind blowing dog- walking experience in all of Seattle. All dogs are STOKED when I'm around, regardless of breed or sex. Your dog is gonna be on me like Charlie Sheen on a porn star mad of amphetamines; when I'm ascending toward penthouse suite in your private elevator, bitch's nipples are gonna be ROCK HARD.</em></p> <p><em>Do I have experience walking dogs?</em></p> <p><em>I'M A HUMAN BEING, OF COURSE I HAVE EXPERIENCE WALKING DOGS. THIS ISN'T LINEAR ALGEBRA, FOLKS; ITS DOG-WALKING</em></p> </blockquote> <p>The heroic rant <a href="http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pet/4842776649.html" target="_blank">continues</a>. Other people found it quite amusing as well&nbsp;and deemed it the latest&nbsp;"great American Craigslist ad."&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Possibly the best craigslist ad ever. I WILL WALK YOUR DOG. <a href="http://t.co/wAxEGwCen0">http://t.co/wAxEGwCen0</a></p> &mdash; Jenny Blackburn (@blackburnjenny) <a href="https://twitter.com/blackburnjenny/status/555605609429491712">January 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Greatest Craigslist ad ever? I WILL WALK YOUR DOG <a href="http://t.co/T0Jv8SRVaX">http://t.co/T0Jv8SRVaX</a></p> &mdash; David Faris (@davidmfaris) <a href="https://twitter.com/davidmfaris/status/555742702948859904">January 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Hire this person immediately! Funniest ad EVER. <a href="http://t.co/HlIToIRWx6">http://t.co/HlIToIRWx6</a></p> &mdash; Caitlin Kelly (@CaitlinKellyNYC) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaitlinKellyNYC/status/555643518580834304">January 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>But when reached for comment, our "dog-walker" revealed the hard-hitting truth.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><em>Ummm... I posted this as a joke. I have surprisingly gotten people that want me to walk their dogs. Ive got more marriage proposals and offers for sex more than anything. I prefer to remain anonymous but i will tell you that I am married with a daughter and contrary to my post(that is a joke) I make a comfortable living and I'm pretty much your average joe family man. The reason I posted it is to show what happens when you go to college and stack up student loans and dont have a plan afterwards. you'll turn out having to walk dogs with a shitty outlook on society.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>The moral of this story is that nothing on the internet is ever true.</p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">Sorry, guys.</span></p> <p><em>Here is a screenshot of the ad for when it gets taken down:</em></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p>i&rsquo;m not sure if i&rsquo;d let this person walk my dog or not <a href="http://t.co/nBE9GiDp2a">http://t.co/nBE9GiDp2a</a> <a href="http://t.co/CYQqE03oiM">pic.twitter.com/CYQqE03oiM</a></p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/555270217384095746">January 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Mixed Media Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:24:18 +0000 Inae Oh 268306 at http://www.motherjones.com Charlie Hebdo Unveils First Cover Since Paris Massacre Featuring Image of Muhammad http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-cover <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em><strong>Warning: An image of the controversial cover appears below. </strong></em></p> <p><em>Charlie Hebdo </em>unveiled the cover illustration for its first issue following last week's deadly attack on the magazine. The cover, for what is being dubbed the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2015/01/12/charlie-hebdo-reveals-next-cover-a-cartoon-of-prophet-muhammad-behind-the-sign-je-suis-charlie/" target="_blank">"survivors' issue,"</a> features an image of the Prophet Muhammad holding a "Je Suis Charlie" sign. The words "Tous Est Pardonn&eacute;"&mdash;"All Is Forgiven"&mdash;hang above. A tear is falling from his eye.</p> <p>"We don't feel any hate to them," cartoonist Zineb El Rhazoui, who survived the attack and worked on the new edition, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jan/13/charlie-hebdo-cover-magazine-prophet-muhammad" target="_blank">told</a> the BBC, referring to the terrorists. "We know that the struggle is not with them as people, but the struggle is with an ideology." Asked if the cover might alienate Muslims who have spoken out against the violence and in support of the satirical magazine&mdash;after all, Islam prohibits the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/10/drawing-prophet-islam-muhammad-images" target="_blank">portrayal</a> of Muhammad&mdash;she said that Islam ought to be treated like any other religion and that anyone who is offended need not buy the issue.</p> <p><em>Charlie </em><em>Hebdo</em>'s decision to print an image of the prophet appears to be in direct defiance of the two terrorists who executed 12 of the magazine's staff members last week. <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/charlie-hebdo-front-covers#.ajQBva4JE" target="_blank">Past covers</a> in which the prophet was illustrated, many times&nbsp;in crude or offensive light, have drawn&nbsp;the ire of Muslims throughout the world, prompting&nbsp;repeated threats of violence against the controversial&nbsp;publication. Since the attack in Paris, various news outlets, including the <em>New York Times</em> and the Associated Press, said they would <a href="http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/charlie-hebdo-cartoon-publication-debate/" target="_blank">not be publishing</a> <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> images depicting the prophet because of its <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ap-removes-images-charlie-hebdo" target="_blank">"deliberately provocative"</a> intent. Other publications, including the <em>Washington Post</em> and the <em>Guardian</em>, have gone ahead and&nbsp;published the latest cover, citing&nbsp;freedom of speech, the covers' newsworthy element, and the special role <a href="http://www.vox.com/2015/1/12/7518349/charlie-hebdo-racist" target="_blank">that scorching satire</a> has in French political and cultural life. For the<em> Post</em>, it is&nbsp;the first time a depiction of the prophet has appeared. Executive Editor Martin Baron said that although the paper prohibits material that is <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/washington-post-carries-new-charlie-hebdo-cover-depicting-prophet-muhammad/2015/01/12/e4fce506-9ac0-11e4-96cc-e858eba91ced_story.html" target="_blank">"deliberately"</a> offensive, <em>Charlie </em><em>Hebdo</em>'s newest cover did not meet that measure; the <em>Guardian</em> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jan/13/charlie-hebdo-cover-magazine-prophet-muhammad" target="_blank">explained</a> it would be publishing this cover because of its "news value."</p> <p>While&nbsp;<em>Charlie Hebdo&nbsp;</em>has historically skewered all religions and various government figures, in the past few years, its editors have specifically targeted Islam. Given France's fraught relations with its Muslim population, many have questioned whether <em>Charlie Hebdo </em>went too far, or as one French politician once put it, chose to <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/paris-attack-clash-whether-limit-press-freedom-221515060.html" target="_blank">"pour oil on the fire."</a>&nbsp;Following last week's attack, Adam Shatz wrote in the <a href="http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2015/01/09/adam-shatz/moral-clarity/" target="_blank"><em>London Book of Review:</em></a></p> <blockquote> <p>Charlie Hebdo had an equal opportunity policy when it came to giving offense, but in recent years it had come to lean heavily on jokes about Muslims, who are among the most vulnerable citizens in France. Assia [a pseudonym Shatz&nbsp;refers to in his piece] does not believe in censorship, but wonders: "Is this really the time for cartoons lampooning the Prophet, given the situation of North Africans in France?"&hellip;If France continues to treat French men of North African origin as if they were a threat to "our" civilisation, more of them are likely to declare themselves a threat, and follow the example of the Kouachi brothers. This would be a gift both to Marine Le Pen and the jihadists, who operate from the same premise: that there is an apocalyptic war between Europe and Islam. We are far from that war, but the events of 7 January have brought us a little closer.</p> </blockquote> <p>The issue is set for release January 14, with an estimated <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/01/12/charlie-hebdo-to-print-mohammed-cartoons.html" target="_blank">3 million copies</a> being printed. The normal circulation for the magazine has been 60,000.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/o-CHARLIE-COVER-570_0_1.jpg" style="width: 250px;"><div class="caption"><a href="http://assets.motherjones.com/politics/2015/o-CHARLIE-COVER-570.jpg" target="_blank"><strong>Click for larger version.</strong></a> <em>Charlie </em>Hebdo</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Update, January 14, 2015, 8:50 a.m. EST: </strong>After copies <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jan/14/charlie-hebdo-issue-on-sale-paris-attacks-france-queues" target="_blank">sell out </a>in France, <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> raised&nbsp;its print run to 5 million.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media International Media Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:15:17 +0000 Inae Oh 268116 at http://www.motherjones.com Jon Stewart Explains What's Wrong With World Leaders Who Censor the Press Claiming #JeSuisCharlie http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/jon-stewart-obama-paris-march <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Citing the importance of political optics, many have vocalized anger over President Obama's notable absence during Sunday's march in Paris showing solidarity with <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> victims. The massive demonstration drew over 1.3 million people, with <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/marchers-world-leaders-gather-paris-cry-freedom-rally/story?id=28144762" target="_blank">world leaders</a> including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also in attendance.</p> <p>Jon Stewart is among&nbsp;those unhappy with the president's decision. But unlike most of Obama's critics this week, <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/iczhm8/march-of-the-parisiens" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Show </em></a>host got to the&nbsp;<em>real</em> reason Obama should have joined his fellow heads of state in&nbsp;"the most powerful game of Red Rover ever."&nbsp;</p> <p>"How could the U.S. not be there when representatives of such beacons of freedom and lack of censorship as journalist-punishing Russia was there?" Stewart asked. "Journalist-jailing Turkey was there! Egypt, nuff' said! Palestinian-jailing cartoonist Israel was there!"</p> <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:thedailyshow.com:29f456ba-9dc6-4a01-9f15-a0cb83e0129b" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV International Media Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:58:43 +0000 Inae Oh 268121 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch: Maggie Gyllenhaal Just Gave a Perfect Golden Globes Speech http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/watch-maggie-gyllenhaal-just-gave-perfect-golden-globes-speech <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Maggie Gyllenhaal is great. She just won the Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie Golden Globe for "The Honourable Woman." Her speech was perfect.</p> <p>"I've noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. And 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, and what I think is new is the wealth of roles for <strong><em>actual women</em></strong> in television and in film. That's what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it's what's turning me on."</p> <p>Watch, watch, watch:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JVE2KrHuECA?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Mon, 12 Jan 2015 03:05:15 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268026 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Opening Monologue at the Golden Globes http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/watch-tina-fey-and-amy-poehlers-opening-monolgue-golden-globes <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Golden Globes are tonight! Tina Fey and Amy Poheler are hosting! They just finished up their monologue! They finished up their monoluge with some semi-awkward Bill Cosby jokes!</p> <p>Watch!</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Aw-wODbjmZI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Mon, 12 Jan 2015 01:38:28 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268016 at http://www.motherjones.com