Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2012/11/movie-argument-podcast-flight-denzel-washington-new-s http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Motown's First No. 1 Hit, "Please Mr. Postman," Released 53 Years Ago http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/motown-1961-hit-please-mr-postman-marvelettes <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The knockout girl group song "Please Mr. Postman," by the Marvelettes was released on August 21, 1961. Later in the year it went on to become the first Motown single to hit #1 on B<em>illboard's</em> Hot 100 chart.</p> <center><object height="315" width="420"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/425GpjTSlS4?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/v/425GpjTSlS4?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420"></embed></object></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Motown wouldn't hit the #1 position again until 1963, when Little Stevie Wonder's "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cSjOxqldFs" target="_blank">Fingertips, Pt. 2</a>" reached the top. From that point on, Motown was a non-stop hit machine with at least one #1 hit on the charts each year through 1974. 1970 proved to be Motown's best year&ndash;they dominated <em>Billboard</em> with seven top hits.</p> <p>The Marvelettes followed "Please Mr. Postman" with "Twistin' Postman," in an effort to cash in on their own song and the popularity of "The Twist." That song hit #34 on the pop charts, and was followed by their bigger hits "Playboy" and the current oldies radio staple "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us18AUBM2RI" target="_blank">Beechwood 4-5789</a>." Like a lot of groups of the era, the Marvelettes had a hard time cracking the charts once the British Invasion hit States.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:01:08 +0000 Mark Murrmann 258706 at http://www.motherjones.com "I Pay Taxes out My Ass But They Still Harass Me": 11 Amazing Songs About Police Brutality http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/ferguson-police-brutality-playlist-11-songs-j-cole <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Last Friday, just days after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, 29-year-old North Carolina rapper J. Cole uploaded the stirring tribute "<a href="https://soundcloud.com/dreamvillerecords/j-cole-be-free/s-3J4jW" target="_blank">Be Free</a>" to his SoundCloud, dedicating it to "every young black man murdered in America." The song promptly <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/16/arts/music/j-coles-be-free-spreads-around-the-world-in-hours.html" target="_blank">went viral</a>.</p> <p>Protests against the shooting, and police brutality more broadly, already had been gaining steam as the police launched a highly <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/images-ferguson-tear-gas-police" target="_blank">militarized crackdown</a>, and Cole's timely reaction<span class="char" data-decimal="8212" data-entity="&amp;#8212;" data-id="46410" title="Em Dash">&mdash;in visceral, heartfelt form&mdash;struck a chord among people who know what it's like to be profiled or harassed by law enforcement.</span> As Cole writes in a <a href="http://www.dreamvillain.net/free/" target="_blank">blog post</a> introducing the track, "That coulda been me, easily. That could have been my best friend."</p> <p>Cole is hardly the only one speaking out: Artists as <a href="https://outlook.motherjones.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=Gq3FYbTwg0uo8ewfAXUikbJnPT77jtEIAPatdHR6sKzddoRq-H6tCcET050jZwyGDiRe9YsKHnQ.&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.billboard.com%2farticles%2fcolumns%2fthe-juice%2f6221643%2fferguson-michael-brown-frank-ocean-j-cole" target="_blank"> far and wide</a> as Frank Ocean, Big Boi, Moby, John Legend, and Young Jeezy have taken to Twitter and the airwaves in recent days to express their dissent, and Cole is <span class="char" data-decimal="8212" data-entity="&amp;#8212;" data-id="46410" title="Em Dash">part of a long tradition of musicians who have done so in song. </span>Here are eleven other amazing tracks on the topic of police brutality in America:</p> <p><strong>1. "Oxford Town," by Bob </strong><strong>Dylan</strong>: Dylan wrote this tune in 1962 in response to a <a href="http://singout.org/broadside/" target="_blank">magazine solicitation</a> for songs about the admission of James Meredith into the University of Mississippi, its first black student. Covered here by Richie Havens, it makes terse observations about a racist police force that don't seem too far off today: "Guns and clubs followed him down / All because his face was brown / Better get away from Oxford Town."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tAVPJH7IQxc?list=PLFYTc9C8uBI2__lvfIGGvqF0YCV45oAhu" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>2. "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)," by The Rolling Stones:</strong> "You're a heartbreaker / With your .44," Mick Jagger sings of the New York police in this symphonic 1973 double-ballad from the album <em>Goats Head Soup</em>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sqUiWpGGCmI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>3. "Who Got the Camera?" by Ice Cube:</strong> Released on the heels of the Los Angeles riots provoked by the beating of Rodney King, Ice Cube narrates the experience of being a black motorist harassed by law enforcement. "Police gettin badder," he raps. But "if I had a camera, the shit wouldn't matter."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EOfTgGp6tS0?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>4. "Sound of Da Police," by KRS-ONE</strong>: "Whoop, whoop! That's the sound of the police!" goes the memorable hook off KRS-One's 1993 debut solo album, <em>Return of the Boom Bap</em>. "After 400 years, I've got no choices," he raps, noting the continuity between slavery and racist policing. "The overseer rode around the plantation," he raps, while "the officer is off patrolling all the nation."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1VRZq3J0uz4?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>5. "The Beast," by The Fugees: </strong>"Warn the town, the beast is loose," the Fugees sing over police sirens in this 1996 classic. Lauryn Hill, Pras Michel, and Wyclef Jean spit old-school rhymes from gritty "ghetto Gotham," where "I pay taxes out my ass but they still harass me."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VQt17DhRTsg?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>6. "American Skin (41 Shots)," by Bruce Springsteen: </strong>"41 shots," goes the chorus to Springsteen's 2000 tribute to 23-year-old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo, shot at that many times by four NYPD officers who killed him outside his Bronx apartment in February 1999. "Well, is it a gun? Is it a knife? / Is it a wallet? This is your life," he sings, referencing the cops' purported rationale for the barrage, which began when Diallo reached for his wallet. Backed by the E Street Band, Springsteen mournfully reminds us that "You can get killed just for living in your American skin."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aQMqWAiWPMs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>7. "Made You Die," by Dead Prez, Yasiin Bey, and mikeflo: </strong>Dead Prez's stic.man, consistently one of hip-hop's sharpest social commentators, opens this Trayvon Martin tribute with his characteristic community-mindedness: "Now let's put it all in perspective / Before the outrage burns out misdirected / What can we do so our community's protected?" The three other MCs join in to flow on what Bey calls a "young black world in a struggle for a survival."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WcmUAG210oM?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>8. "Don't Die," by Killer Mike:</strong> Killer Mike has long protested the corrosive effects of racist policing on black communities in his <a href="http://www.barber-schools.org/blog/killer-mikes-barber-shop-in-atlanta-ga-graffiti-swag" target="_blank">native Atlanta</a>, where his own father was a cop. In this song off his 2012 release <em>R.A.P. Music</em>, Mike works through the nuances of that personal history, acknowledging that while police are often honest, working-class individuals, their institutional role can be insidious. "'Fuck tha police' is still all I gotta say," he concludes, paying homage to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7-TTWgiYL4" target="_blank">NWA hit</a> from the dawn of gangsta rap.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ze1_vkSyPDY?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>9. "Stand Your Ground," by Pharoahe Monch: </strong>Here Monch repurposes the name of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/06/nra-alec-stand-your-ground" target="_blank">the Florida law</a> used to justify George Zimmerman's killing of Trayvon Martin into a slogan for community organizers rallying in the killing's aftermath. "Get involved, get involved, get involved," the Queens rapper urges over roaring guitar riffs, soliciting support for the <a href="http://trayvonmartinfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Martin family foundation</a> in its effort to repeal the statutes.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CTDrFlmtR5w?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>10. "Amerika," by Lil Wayne:</strong> Lil Wayne is a rapper far better known for punch lines than political analysis, but he leaves the puns behind (mostly) in this somber single from last summer. In the video, riot police stand glaring in front of a flag whose stars "are never shining." Wayne's "Amerika" is a blighted landscape of foreclosed homes and teargas for which he modifies the patriotic anthem: "My country 'tis of thee / Sweet land of kill 'em all and let 'em die."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_Nb4EHY_2bI" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>11. "Remove Ya," by Ratking: </strong>In this dance-y, grime-influenced track, the young rap experimentalists reflect on their daily experiences with cops in today's New York. The song is a upbeat call for community against adversity, featuring rapper Wiki playing off the well-circulated <em>Nation </em>recording of an NYPD officer's stopping and frisking a guy ("<a href="http://www.thenation.com/article/170413/stopped-and-frisked-being-fking-mutt-video" target="_blank">for being a fucking mutt</a>"): "I'm a mutt, you a mutt, yeah, we some mutts." His companion Hak chimes in with memories of being arbitrarily stopped by an officer: "Hear the 'whoop whoop whoop whoop, stop don't move' / 'Hands on the hood, you gave me that look, wearing your hood.'"</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ltHrNYhzoQA" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Human Rights Music Race and Ethnicity Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:00:09 +0000 Prashanth Kamalakanthan 258601 at http://www.motherjones.com Mo'ne Davis Is the First Little Leaguer to Make the Cover of Sports Illustrated http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/mone-davis-first-little-leaguer-cover-sports-illustrated-women <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Thirteen-year-old pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis just became the <a href="http://www.si.com/more-sports/2014/08/19/mone-davis-little-league-world-series-sports-illustrated-cover" target="_blank">first Little Leaguer ever</a> on the cover of <em>Sports Illustrated.</em></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Remember Her Name! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LLWS2014?src=hash">#LLWS2014</a> sensation&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Monedavis11">@Monedavis11</a>&nbsp;is on this week's national cover <a href="http://t.co/LAwVgubpCS">http://t.co/LAwVgubpCS</a> <a href="http://t.co/sENsPMF7ew">pic.twitter.com/sENsPMF7ew</a></p> &mdash; Sports Illustrated (@SInow) <a href="https://twitter.com/SInow/statuses/501767732124475392">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Davis, who pitches for South Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, received national attention last week when she threw a two-hit shutout and struck out eight in the Dragons' Little League World Series opening victory over Nashville, Tennessee. On Sunday she became the sixth girl to get a hit in the LLWS, a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/mone-davis-hit-philly-rallies/story?id=25016905" target="_blank">first-inning RBI single</a> that helped Philadelphia to a 7-6 win over Pearland, Texas.</p> <p>And the 5-foot-4 right-hander's fastball, <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-fast-mone-davis-fast" target="_blank">clocked at 71 mph</a>, is roughly equivalent to a 93 mph pitch thrown on a big-league-size field.</p> <center><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="320" src="https://vine.co/v/MYLEETpjWvM/embed/simple" width="320"></iframe><script async src="//platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>But Davis' <em>Sports Illustrated</em> appearance isn't just unusual for her age: It's also damn-near impossible for a female to make the magazine's cover. Discounting the women dressed only in leis and inner tubes for the annual swimsuit edition, about 95 percent of <em>SI </em>covers feature men. An <a href="http://irs.sagepub.com/content/48/2/196.abstract" target="_blank">analysis</a> of <a href="http://www.psmag.com/blogs/news-blog/swimsuit-issue-aside-sports-illustrated-cover-is-a-female-free-zone-57406/" target="_blank">716 covers</a> from 2000 to 2011 found:</p> <ul><li>35 (4.9 percent) featured a woman;</li> <li>18 (2.5 percent) featured a woman as the primary image;</li> <li>11 (1.5 percent) featured a woman of color.</li> </ul><p>And this trend doesn't appear to have reversed since 2011: A quick glance at <em>SI</em>'s <a href="http://www.si.com/more-sports/photos/2014/06/18/si-covers-2014#1" target="_blank">2014 cover gallery</a> shows that just five female athletes have graced the cover prior to Davis this year.</p> <p>Davis <a href="http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11369482" target="_blank">told ESPN</a> she plans to play basketball at UConn and eventually in the WNBA. When a <a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/08/13/fox-host-doesnt-think-little-league-baseball-is/200409" target="_blank">Fox News anchor</a> asked why she doesn't play a "more female friendly sport," like soccer, last week, she seemed surprised. "Well, I play soccer actually, but I don't consider it as my favorite sport&hellip;But soccer is fun."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="video-embed" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="http://mediamatters.org/embed/200409" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>As Albert Chen writes in the <em>Sports Illustrated </em>story, "She's a lot of things to a lot of different people, all of them good things: a totem for inner-city baseball, a role model for your 10-year-old niece, a role model for your 10-year-old nephew. Most of all, she's a laid-back kid just having a really good time." NBA superstar Kevin Durant was just one of <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2014/8/15/6007925/mone-davis-becomes-first-girl-to-throw-little-league-world-series" target="_blank">a number of pro athletes</a> to <a href="https://twitter.com/KDTrey5/status/500384860716793856" target="_blank">tweet their support</a>: "This youngster is striking everyone out and she is a girl. I love it."</p> <p>Davis <a href="http://articles.philly.com/2014-08-12/sports/52692471_1_newark-williamsport-jack-rice" target="_blank">told the <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em></a> that "the attention should not just be on one girl; more girls should join boys' teams so it is a tradition and it won't be so special." She is expected to take the mound again Wednesday, when Philadelphia faces off against Las Vegas.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="baseball fan" class="image" src="/files/mone-davis-fan-630_0.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A young fan shows her support of Mo'ne Davis after the team's 4-0 win over Nashville in the LLWS. </strong>Sean Simmers/AP</div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Sex and Gender Sports Top Stories Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:20:41 +0000 Katie Rose Quandt 258686 at http://www.motherjones.com Happy 75th Ginger Baker! British Drummer Carried Beat for Cream http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/happy-75th-ginger-baker-british-drummer-carried-beat-cream <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>If you've ever jammed to "Sunshine of Your Love" or "White Room" by Cream, spent time with the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_Faith_%28Blind_Faith_album%29" target="_blank">Blind Faith album</a>, got down to <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2sCoefzhmk" target="_blank">Levitation</a></em> by Hawkwind or listened to Public Image Limited's classic <a href="http://www.pilofficial.com/disco.html" target="_blank"><em>Album</em></a>, then tip your hat to Mr. Ginger Baker, who turns 75 on August 19th, 2014.</p> <p>To celebrate, Here are a few killer photos of Baker playing with Cream on the <a href="http://www.beeldengeluidwiki.nl/index.php/Gallery:_Fanclub" target="_blank">Dutch television show Fanclub</a>.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FTA001009845_008_con_0.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FTA001009841_011_con.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FTA001009845_005_con.png"></div> <p class="inline-credit rtecenter">F. van Geelen/Fanclub/<a href="http://www.beeldengeluidwiki.nl/index.php/Gallery:_Fanclub" target="_blank">Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision</a></p> <p>And a more recent photo of Mr. Baker:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/ginger-20081103_ptf_e66_327.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Peter Edward 'Ginger'' Baker is an English drummer, best known for his work with Cream. He is also known for his numerous associations with New World music and the use of African influences and other diverse collaborations such as his work with the rock band Hawkwind. </strong>David Levene/eyevine/ZUMA Press</div> </div> <p>Oh, and Bill Clinton and Tipper Gore also share a birthday today. Whatta party!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:00:05 +0000 Mark Murrmann 258581 at http://www.motherjones.com Devo's "The Men Who Make the Music" is Hilarious and Unsettling http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/devo-men-who-make-music-hilarious-and-unsettling <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Devo<br><em>The Men Who Make the Music</em> plus <em>Butch </em>Devo and the Sundance Gig<br> MVD Visual</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Devo" class="image" src="/files/rsz_mvd6055d.jpg" style="height: 245px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Best known, perhaps, for the giddy 1980 smash, "Whip It," Devo was much more than the disposable New Wave novelty act that hit implied, as this enticing DVD proves. Mixing high concepts and low humor, the Ohio-bred band specialized in raucous punk-electronica drenched in pessimism and misanthropy, and delivered the goods with an irresistible, wild-eyed spirit, attracting support from the likes of David Bowie and Neil Young. <em>The Men Who Make the Music</em> draws primarily from Devo's groundbreaking '70s work, with raucous live footage and the still-amazing (if extremely low-budget) videos that preceded their major-label deal. Nearly four decades on, the clips for "Jocko Homo" and their savage deconstruction of the Stones' "(I Can&rsquo;t Get No) Satisfaction" are both hilarious and unsettling, while testifying to the band's keen visual sense and absurdist flair. Capturing a live show at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, <em>Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig</em> doesn't break any new ground, but it's still entertaining.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jgvEA3Qcdnw" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Music Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:00:04 +0000 Jon Young 258326 at http://www.motherjones.com Here Is What Robert De Niro Had To Say About Being Nervous His First Time On Camera http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/robert-de-niro-bervous-first-time-on-camera-playboy <!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-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/robert_de_niro_Trois_chambres_Manhattan-1.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Robert De Niro's first appearance on screen, in the 1965 French film "Three Rooms in Manhattan." </strong>Les Productions Montaigne</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p><em>Robert De Niro was born August 17, 1943. To celebrate his birthday, here is the two-time Oscar winner&mdash;who has appeared in nearly 100 films&mdash;telling </em><a href="http://translatedby.com/you/robert-de-niro-playboy-interview-january-1989/original/" target="_blank">Playboy</a><em> about his first time on camera. </em></p> <blockquote> <p>PLAYBOY: Do you remember your first experience before the cameras?</p> <p>ROBERT DE NIRO: There was some little thing I did that I don't know whatever happened to. Some walk-on for <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0179492/" target="_blank">an independent film</a>: I walked in and ordered a drink at a bar.</p> <p>I remember a bunch of other young actors hanging around, moaning and bitching, all made up, with pieces of tissue in their collars; it was the kind of thing you always hear about actors&mdash;where they're just silly or vain, complaining back and forth, walking around primping, not wanting to get the make-up on their shirts.</p> <p>PLAYBOY: So you didn't exactly feel as if you had found a home.</p> <p>ROBERT DE NIRO: No, I didn't want to be around those people at all. I just walked in and walked out. I was nervous, though, just to say the line "Gimme a drink." It makes me think of that joke: "Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" You know that joke?</p> <p>PLAYBOY: No.</p> <p>ROBERT DE NIRO: I'm surprised you never heard it; it's a famous actor's joke.</p> <p>This guy hasn't acted in about 15 years, because he always forgets his lines, so finally he has to give it up. He's working in a gas station and gets a phone call from someone saying that they want him for a Shakespearean play&mdash;all he has to do is say, "Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" He says, "Well, God, I don't know." The director says, "Look, it'll be OK. You'll get paid and everything." So he says, "OK, I'll do it." The play has five acts and he has to go on in the third act and say, "Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" That's all he has to do. So he rehearses it when he's in his apartment: "Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" Every variation, every possible emphasis. They're into rehearsal, and he's got it written on his mirror: "Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" And so on. Finally, comes opening night, first act, no problem. Second act, things go fine. Audience applauds. Stage manager says, "You have five minutes for the third act." He tells him to get backstage. His time comes, he runs out, muttering to himself, "Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" And as he runs out, he hears a big brrrooooom!! Turns around and says, "What the fuck was that?"</p> </blockquote> <p>Robert De Niro is great.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:16:50 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258536 at http://www.motherjones.com Madonna's Billboard Number-Ones, Ranked http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/madonnas-best-songs-ranked <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>Madonna Louise Ciccone<em> </em>was born August 16, 1958. In celebration of her birthday, here are her songs that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 ranked, according to me, a fan with opinions.</em></p> <p><strong>12. "This Used To Be My Playground" (1992)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xrxwt9" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>11. "Justify My Love" (1991)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Np_Y740aReI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>10. "Who's That Girl" (1987)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mfbmQYJEyKA?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>9. "Live To Tell" (1986)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IzAO9A9GjgI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>8. "Music" (2000)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Sdz2oW0NMFk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>7. "Take A Bow" (1995)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XDeiovnCv1o?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>6. "Crazy For You" (1985)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Zn5OJGucveg?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>5. "Papa Don't Preach" (1986)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RkxqxWgEEz4?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>4. "Open Your Heart" (1987)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/snsTmi9N9Gs?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>3. "Like A Virgin" (1984)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sNd7pABoFGE" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>2. "Vogue" (1990)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GuJQSAiODqI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>1. "Like A Prayer" (1989)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/79fzeNUqQbQ?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:48:34 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258531 at http://www.motherjones.com Meet the First Woman to Win the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/maryam-mirzakhani-first-woman-fields-medal-mathematics <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Wednesday, Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman in 78 years to be <a href="http://www.mathunion.org/general/prizes/2014/" target="_blank">awarded the prestigious Fields Medal</a>, considered the highest honor in mathematics. She was selected for "stunning advances in the theory of <a href="http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RiemannSurface.html" target="_blank">Riemann surfaces</a> and their moduli spaces."</p> <p>The Fields Medal is <a href="http://www.mathunion.org/general/prizes/fields/details/" target="_blank">awarded every four years</a> by the International Mathematical Union to outstanding mathematicians under 40 who show promise of future achievement. With the announcement of Mirzakhani and this year's other awardees&mdash;Arthur Avila, Manjul Bhargava, and Martin Hairer&mdash;there now have been 54 male and 1 female medalists.</p> <p>Many hope Mirzakhani's Fields medal is a sign of change to come. "I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians," she <a href="http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/august/fields-medal-mirzakhani-081214.html" target="_blank">said in a press release</a>. Christiane Rousseau, vice president of the International Mathematics Union, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/aug/13/fields-medal-mathematics-prize-woman-maryam-mirzakhani" target="_blank">told the <em>Guardian</em></a> this is "an extraordinary moment" and "a celebration for women," comparable to Marie Curie's barrier-breaking Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry in the early 20th century.</p> <p>And as Canadian math professor <a href="http://ilaba.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/maryam-mirzakhani-makes-history/" target="_blank">Izabella Laba wrote</a>: "Mirzakhani's selection does exactly nothing to convince me that women are capable of doing mathematical research at the same level as men. I have never had any doubt about that in the first place&hellip;What I take from it instead is that we as a society, men and women alike, are becoming better at encouraging and nurturing mathematical talent in women, and more capable of recognizing excellence in women's work."</p> <p>Mirzakhani's accomplishment is all the more groundbreaking in light of the well-documented disadvantages and biases women face in math and science. According to the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2006/09/women-science-and-engineering-stymied-institutional-bias-or-f-larry-summers" target="_blank">National Academy of Sciences</a>, there are no significant biological differences that could explain women's low representation in STEM academic faculty and leadership positions (although that doesn't stop prominent people from making <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/02/heres-why-women-suck-nearly-every-job-world" target="_blank">claims otherwise</a>.)<strong> </strong>Instead, NAS says we can thank bias and academia's "outmoded institutional structures."</p> <p>For example, in a 2008 Yale study, professors were asked to rate fictional applicants for a lab manager position. When given an application with a male name at the top, professors <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/09/bias-blocks-women-science" target="_blank">rated the candidate more competent and hirable</a> than when given an otherwise identical form with a female name. This bias was found in both male and female faculty members.</p> <p>And that's not all women in STEM fields have to contend with: A July report found that a full 64 percent of women in various scientific fields <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/women-scientists-sexual-harassment-assault-plos-one" target="_blank">were sexually harassed</a> while doing fieldwork.</p> <p>These disadvantages&mdash;along with a history of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2013/10/ada-lovelace-eight-inventions-women-erasure-credit" target="_blank">men getting the credit for discoveries and inventions made by women</a>&mdash;help explain why only <a href="http://www.human.cornell.edu/hd/ciws/upload/SexDifferencesMathIntensiveFields.pdf" target="_blank">9 to 16 percent of tenure-track positions</a> in math-intensive fields at the top 100 US universities are held by women. According to the American Mathematical Society, the share of women earning Ph.D.s in math has remained stagnant for decades:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="300" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//mjdwcharts.s3.amazonaws.com/Sf3yA/4/index.html" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em>(Additional AMS data used in the above chart found <a href="http://www.ams.org/notices/200311/from-stat.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.)</em></p> <p>Mirzakhani, who grew up in Iran before earning her Ph.D. at Harvard and becoming a professor at Stanford, <a href="http://www2.maths.ox.ac.uk/cmi/library/annual_report/ar2008/08Interview.pdf" target="_blank">told the Clay Mathematics Institute in 2008</a> that she did not initially realize her strength in math: "I don't think that everyone should become a mathematician, but I do believe that many students don't give mathematics a real chance. I did poorly in math for a couple of years in middle school; I was just not interested in thinking about it. I can see that without being excited mathematics can look pointless and cold."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Science Sex and Gender Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:29:13 +0000 Katie Rose Quandt 258266 at http://www.motherjones.com 20,000 Watched the Last Public Hanging 78 Years Ago http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/last-public-execution-rainey-bethea <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>An estimated 15,000&ndash;20,000 people showed up for what would be the last public execution in the United States.</p> <p>Around 5:20 a.m., August 14, 1936, Rainey Bethea was led to the gallows in Owensboro, Kentucky for robbing, raping and murdering Lischia Edwards, a 70 year old woman. Bethea was black, Edwards was white. He confessed to committing the crimes, but was only charged with the rape. Unlike a murder conviction, which would have carried a maximum sentence of death by electrocution at the state penitentiary, a rape conviction allowed for the convicted to be publicly hanged in the county where the crime occurred.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP3608141879-630.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>In this Friday, Aug. 14, 1936 file picture, a large crowd watches as attendants adjust a black hood over Rainey Bethea's head just before his public hanging in Owensboro, Ky. Bethea, a 22-year-old black man convicted of raping a 70-year-old white woman, was the last person killed in a public execution in the United States.&nbsp; </strong>AP</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>The hanging <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2001/apr/010430.execution.html" target="_blank">drew national media attention</a>&ndash;largely because the Sheriff of Daviess county was a woman. As Sheriff, Florence Shoemaker Thompson would be responsible for actually hanging Bethea (though she wound up not pushing the lever to the gallows' trapdoor). The media circus surrounding the hanging prompted the Kentucky General Assembly to amend the law in 1938, no longer required convicted rapists to be hanged in the county seat where the crime occurred.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Civil Liberties Crime and Justice Prisons Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:00:05 +0000 Mark Murrmann 258311 at http://www.motherjones.com The Latest Court Case Didn’t End the NCAA As We Know It. The Next One Might. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/obannon-jenkins-ncaa-college-athletes-paid <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Friday, a federal judge made college sports history when <a href="http://bit.ly/1pGOdTC" target="_blank">she ruled</a> that the NCAA could not deny players from profiting from the use of their likenesses on TV or in video games. In doing so, Judge Claudia Wilken laid down two rules: (1) Schools can put up to $5,000 a year in a trust for athletes; and (2) they can offer more comprehensive scholarships that cover the full cost of attending college.</p> <p>Many NCAA watchers have argued that the ruling in<em> O'Bannon v. NCAA</em> <a href="http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/89036154/historic-obannon-ncaa-lawsuit-decision-changes-everything-and-nothing#!bCXJrB" target="_blank">doesn't change much</a>, contrary to what <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/06/ncaa-lawsuit-infographic-money-obannon" target="_blank">some thought</a> a year ago. For example, schools in the rich, successful power conferences already were moving to beef up scholarships. In the sense that the NCAA suffered a manageable setback, some have argued that <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/8/8/5984363/obannon-trial-ruling-result-ncaa-players" target="_blank">it</a><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/8/8/5984363/obannon-trial-ruling-result-ncaa-players" target="_blank"> actually came out on top</a>. But, they say, the NCAA might not be so lucky the next time around.</p> <p>That's because its upcoming legal battle could kill the governing body as we know it. Representing four former college athletes, big-time sports labor lawyer Jeffrey Kessler is targeting the NCAA and its five biggest conferences&mdash;the Atlantic Coast, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pacific 12, and the Southeastern&mdash;in an effort to dismantle the NCAA's "amateur" system entirely. In a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/documents/1273833-jenkins-v-ncaa" target="_blank">powerfully worded claim</a>, he writes that the defendants "have lost their way far down the road of commercialism," adding that their refusal to pay student-athletes is "illegal," "pernicious," and has brought "substantial damages&hellip;upon a host of college athletes whose services have yielded riches only for others." The offering of scholarship money, he writes, is not nearly enough. "This class action is necessary to end the NCAA's unlawful cartel, which is inconsistent with the most fundamental principles of antitrust law."</p> <p>The athletes represented in <em>Jenkins v. NCAA</em>&mdash;all onetime Division I basketball and football players&mdash;aren't seeking damages, but rather an injunction that would make the status quo illegal, open up athlete compensation to market forces, and basically blow up the NCAA as currently constructed.</p> <p>Michael McCann, director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire, finds that outcome unlikely. "My personal belief is that none of these cases are going to be a death blow to the NCAA," he said over the phone. If anything, he says, the outcome of <em>O'Bannon </em>boosts the NCAA's chances in the <em>Jenkins </em>case, especially since Wilken's decision highlighted the limits of antitrust law and didn't come out in favor of endorsement deals for high-profile players. "My instinct is that the NCAA probably feels better about winning the <em>Jenkins</em> case than it did before the <em>O'Bannon</em> decision."</p> <p>Still, <em>Jenkins </em>is by far the broadest and boldest challenge to the NCAA's amateurism system yet, and Kessler's involvement is an enormous boost to the cause. <a href="http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/10620388/anti-trust-claim-filed-jeffrey-kessler-challenges-ncaa-amateur-model" target="_blank">He's a giant</a> of sports law, having won the fight to secure free agency for NFL players in 1992, and his clients have included the players' associations of the NFL and NBA, Tom Brady, and Michael Jordan. The NCAA, not to be outdone, <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2014/08/ncaa-is-on-its-k-street-a-game/" target="_blank">has spent $240,000</a> on its congressional lobbying efforts this year, already shattering past spending records with months left to go in 2014.</p> <p><em>Sports Illustrated</em>'s Andy Staples figures that the outcome of <em>Jenkins, </em>and the future of the NCAA, will come down to the "lifeline" Wilken tossed the NCAA: her opinion that paying college athletes more than a small amount (like $5,000 per year) could harm college sports. If the NCAA's lawyers can make the case that fans would abandon college sports if athletes were paid pro-level salaries, the association will likely survive. If Kessler can persuade otherwise, then the NCAA as we know it could be history. "The ultimate winner," <a href="http://www.si.com/college-football/2014/08/08/ed-obannon-trial-ncaa-ruling" target="_blank">Staples writes</a>, "will be the one with best lawyers."</p> <p>McCann suggests, however, it may not even come to that. "This is the kind of case that could get settled," he says. "Maybe it is resolved internally. Maybe the NCAA and conferences will get together and make some changes. The <em>O'Bannon</em> case took five years. This case was filed earlier this year&hellip;There may not be a resolution on this for a long time."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Labor Sports Top Stories Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:50:20 +0000 Sam Brodey 258206 at http://www.motherjones.com Marines First Accepted Women Enlistees 96 Years Ago http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/first-woman-enlisted-marines-1918 <!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-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usmcarchives/6035544890/in/set-72157627416102020" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6035544890_acc946a6ae_z.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Marine Reservists (F) pose for a photograph at Headquarters, Marine Corps, Washington D.C., 1918. </strong>Marine Corps Women's Marine Reserve/Marine Corps Archives &amp; Special Collections/Flickr</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>By luck of being the first person in a line of 305 women waiting to enlist, Opha Mae Johnson of Kokomo, Indiana became the <a href="http://www.dvidshub.net/news/111822/female-marines-celebrate-95-years-corps#" target="_blank">first woman to join the Marines</a> in 1918. The Marines were looking to fill office and clerical roles in the States while all battle-ready male Marines were shipped to the frontlines of World War I. To help fill the vacancies, the Marines Corps opened enlistment to women for the first time&ndash;two years before women could even vote!</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="476" src="/files/OphaMaeJohnson.jpg" width="325"><div class="caption"><strong>Opha Mae Johnson </strong>Wikimedia</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usmcarchives/6034991453/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6034991453_afd2e64fb0_b.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Looking trim in their new uniforms are (left to right) Private First Class Mary Kelly, May O'Keefe, and Ruth Spike. The newly recruited Marines posed at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. </strong>Marine Corps Women's Marine Reserve/Marine Corps Archives &amp; Special Collections/Flickr</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usmcarchives/6035544680/in/set-72157627416102020" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6035544680_3e07461d30_z.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Swearing In - New York Recruiting Office, 17 August 1918 Violet Van Wagner, Marie S. Schleight, Florence Wiedinger, Isabelle Balfour, Janet Kurgan, Edith Barton, and Helen Constance Dupont are sworn in as privates by Lieutenant George Kneller in New York. The women are shown wearing the standard-issued men's blouse, prior to the creation of the women's uniform. Mrs. Dupont and Miss Kurgan are sisters. </strong>Marine Corps Women's Marine Reserve/Marine Corps Archives &amp; Special Collections/Flickr</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usmcarchives/6034991773/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6034991773_d425e9453f_z.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Women Marines post recruiting posters on a wall in New York City. From left to right, they are, Privates Minette Gaby, May English, Lillian Patterson, and Theresa Lake. </strong>Marine Corps Women's Marine Reserve/Marine Corps Archives &amp; Special Collections/Flickr</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>The Marine Corps Women's Reserve was officially established in 1943. Five years later Congress passed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, making women a permanent part of the Marine Corps.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/3g03353v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>U.S. Marines recruitment poster, 1915 </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Military Sex and Gender Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:00:13 +0000 Mark Murrmann 258196 at http://www.motherjones.com Burn Your Beatles Records! http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/burn-beatles-records-lennon-jesus <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Early August 1966, Christian groups, primarily in the Southern United States took to the streets to burn the sin out of their beloved Beatles records in response to John Lennon's remark that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus."</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP660808032.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Birmingham disc jockeys Tommy Charles, left, and Doug Layton of Radio Station WAQY, rip and break materials representing the British pop group The Beatles, in Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 8, 1966. The broadcasters started a "Ban The Beatles" campaign. </strong>AP</div> </div> <p>Like all good moments of mass hysteria, getting a little context helps put things in perspective.</p> <p>The quote originally appeared in March 1966, in part of an interview with Lennon published in the <em>London Evening Standard</em>. The interviewer, Maureen Cleave, commented that Lennon was at the time reading about religion. Here is the full, original quote from Lennon:</p> <blockquote> <p><em>Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I'll be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first&mdash;</em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_roll" title="Rock and roll">rock 'n' roll</a> or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disciple_%28Christianity%29" title="Disciple (Christianity)">disciples</a> were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.</p> </blockquote> <p>In late July, five months after its original publication, a U.S. teen mag called <em>Datebook</em> republished the interview with Lennon. Turning to the tried and true method of generating scandal to gin up sales, <em>Datebook</em> put the "We're more popular than Jesus" part of the quote on the cover. Woo-boy. Two Birmingham DJs picked up on the quote, vowing to never play the Beatles and on August 8th, started a "Ban the Beatles" campaign. Christian groups across the South rose up to protest the Beatles who, as it happened, were just about embark on what would be their last U.S. tour. Beatles records were burned, crushed, broken. Never a group to miss out on a good bonfire, the Ku Klux Klan got involved.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP6608110182.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>South Carolina Grand Dragon, Bob Scoggin of the Klu Klux Klan tosses Beatle records into the flames of a burning cross, in Chester, South Carolina, Aug. 11, 1966. The "Beatle Bonfire" was staged to take exception to a statement attributed to John Lennon, when he was quoted as saying that his group was more popular than Jesus. </strong>AP</div> </div> <p>On August 12, 1966 the Beatles set out on tour, meeting protests and stupid questions about the quote all along the way. It would be the last tour the Beatles would ever do in the United States, ending on August 29 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP660829046.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Young churchfolk from Sunnyvale on the San Francisco peninsula protest against the Beatles and John Lennon's remark that The Beatles are "more popular than Jesus" outside Candlestick Park where the Beatles are holding a concert in San Francisco, Ca., Aug. 29, 1966. The picketers were seen by many of the teenagers but missed by the entertainers, who arrived and departed from a different direction. Some 25,000 fans went through the gates for The Beatles' final U.S. performance on their tour. </strong>AP</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Religion Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:42:08 +0000 Mark Murrmann 258146 at http://www.motherjones.com Robin Williams Has Died at 63 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/robin-williams-has-died-63 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/actor-robin-williams-dead-63/story?id=24937522" target="_blank">Just awful.</a> I'm speechless.</p> <p>Rest in peace.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:33:00 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258166 at http://www.motherjones.com James Bonds, Ranked http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/james-bond-actors-ranked <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbs-news-poll-who-was-the-best-james-bond/" target="_blank">According to <em>CBS News</em></a>, 51 percent of Americans think correctly that Sean Connery was the best James Bond. A misguided 12 percent&mdash;presumably millennials confusing the cause of their affection for the '90s&mdash; think Pierce Brosnan was the No. 1 007. Third place went to Roger Moore with 11 percent of respondents inexplicably calling the worst Bond ever their favorite. Current Bond Daniel Craig netted the favor of only 8 percent and rounding errors Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby both came in at just 1 percent.</p> <p>Connery is without question the best, but let's go deeper. Here are all the Bonds ranked, according to me, a person with opinions.</p> <p>1. Sean Connery</p> <p>2. Daniel Craig</p> <p>3. Pierce Brosnan</p> <p>4. Timothy Dalton</p> <p>5. George Lazenby</p> <p>6. Roger Moore</p> <p><em>(Note: I didn't included David Niven because the 1967 </em>Casino Royale<em> doesn't count.)</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:59:12 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258121 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain How Payday Loans Are Awful http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/watch-john-oliver-explain-how-awful-payday-loans-industry <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Payday lenders are awful, horrible scum who <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2001/05/preying-payday" target="_blank">prey on the desperation of the working class</a>. Payday loans are awful, horrible deals wherein a borrower gets a small amount of cash at an exceedingly high interest rate and agrees to pay it back in a short amount of time, typically two weeks. If a borrower can't pay it back then they're hit with an avalanche of fees and end up having to borrow more and then its a vicious cycle all the way down. <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2006/07/defend-all-payday-loans" target="_blank">According to the Center for Responsible Lending,</a> the average borrower ends up paying $1,105 to borrow just $305.</p> <p>On Sunday's <em><a href="http://www.hbo.com/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver" target="_blank">Last Week Tonight</a>,</em> John Oliver made these points and more in a way that will make you eventually run your head into a brick wall because you have no more tears left to shed.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDylgzybWAw" target="_blank">Watch</a>:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PDylgzybWAw?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:31:17 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258106 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is What Happens When You Like Everything on Facebook http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/what-happens-when-you-everything-facebook <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Fun fact about Facebook: You should be discerning with the Like button because the News Feed algorithm is pretty sensitive. This can be a struggle because logging onto Facebook is a bit like hiking up a very tall mountain with Satan. It shows you the world and says, "all these things I will give you if you fall down and Like them." Facebook gives you an unending slew of opportunities to Like things because the more you Like, the more accurate the algorithm gets at predicting what you want to see in your News Feed. In general, it's pretty good at this. However, it makes a few assumptions about your Like. The assumptions are (1) that you actually Like the posts you Like&mdash;you may not like some bad breaking-news alert, but you like that you received it, you like that you received it from the page that posted it; and (2) you are somewhat picky about what you Like. Maybe not too picky! But picky. If you Like everything, you Like nothing and it's all meaningless.</p> <p>What happens though if you Like everything? Every Candy Crush request? Every political post? Every bad joke? Every marriage announcement? <em>Wired</em>'s Mat Honan gave it a shot and the answer is, well, <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/08/i-liked-everything-i-saw-on-facebook-for-two-days-heres-what-it-did-to-me/" target="_blank">things get crazy</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>My News Feed took on an entirely new character in a surprisingly short amount of time. After checking in and liking a bunch of stuff over the course of an hour, there were no human beings in my feed anymore&hellip;Nearly my entire feed was given over to <em>Upworthy</em> and the <em>Huffington Post</em>&hellip;As I went to bed, I remember thinking "Ah, crap. I have to like something about Gaza," as I hit the Like button on a post with a pro-Israel message.</p> <p>By the next morning, the items in my News Feed had moved very, very far to the right. I'm offered the chance to like the 2nd Amendment and some sort of anti-immigrant page. I like them both. I like Ted Cruz. I like Rick Perry. <em>The Conservative Tribune </em>comes up again, and again, and again in my News Feed. I get to learn its very particular syntax.</p> </blockquote> <p>The syntax he identifies will look familiar to anyone has spent any time on Facebook lately. The whole article is pretty interesting. Go <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/08/i-liked-everything-i-saw-on-facebook-for-two-days-heres-what-it-did-to-me/" target="_blank">read the whole thing.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Tech Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:08:04 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258096 at http://www.motherjones.com 80 Years Ago: Alcatraz Takes In First Group of No Good Thugs http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/alcatraz-penitentiary-opens-august-11 <!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-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB1D60F7-155D-4519-3E152C71C6F80B22.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Group portrait of the Alcatraz Guards and Officials in front of the Administration Building. In the center with the light hat is Warden Johnston. Second to the right of Johnston is Capt. Henry Weinhold. c1930s. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Weinhold Family Alcatraz Photograph Collection</div> </div> <p>On August 11, 1934, Alcatraz accepted 14 federal prisoners, considered to be the grand opening the Rock. Of course, once you dig a little deeper, you learn that there were already prisoners on the island when those 14 inmated arrived on armored railcars (via ferry). But history is filled with asterisks, right? Alcatraz had long been used as a military prison, going back to the Civil War. On August 11th, a few military prisoners still serving out their terms were on the island to welcome their new Rockmates.</p> <p>The new federal inmates were all transferred from McNeil Island Penitentiary in Washington. They were joined by 53 more inmates on August 22nd. Alcatraz remained open as a Federal Penitentiary until March 1963 and is now one of the most popular <a href="http://www.markmurrmann.com/index.php/projects/invitation-to-a-hanging/" target="_blank">tourist attractions</a> on the West Coast.</p> <p>Because there are <a href="http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/alca/imgGal.html" target="_blank">so many</a> <a href="http://www.nps.gov/goga/photosmultimedia/alca-images.htm" target="_blank">great photos of Alcatraz</a>, we're going to stretch our legs a bit today.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/1D0F1FBF-0205-3D74-354F283F1068D086.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Main Cell Block Guard Carl T. Perrin, March 21, 1963. </strong>Keith Dennison/Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB01D6A8-155D-4519-3E545E118B61C639.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Alcatraz guards at the sallyport, c. 1939-1962. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Carl Sundstrom Alacatraz Photograph Collection</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB116759-155D-4519-3E504627ED563E0D.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>View of the original control center at Alcatraz Federal Prison. Taken during the World War II period as can be seen by the war bond poster on the wall behind the gentleman. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, McPherson/Weed Family Alcatraz Papers</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB174D88-155D-4519-3EE175698DFFE6D5.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Alcatraz mess hall and kitchen with Christmas menu, date unknown. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Sheppard Alcatraz Collection</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB2DB51C-155D-4519-3EFF1FF75E23A455.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Alcatraz inmates playing dominoes and baseball in the recreation yard, c1935-1960. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Betty Waller Collection</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB207D56-155D-4519-3E2933B918DDF4CE.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Alcatraz inmates arriving at the main cell house, c1960. Leg irons and handcuffs can be seen on most of the inmates. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Marc Fischetti Collection</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/206717BA-D75C-8985-0E942AB8DF3D661C.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Construction of Alcatraz 1890-1914 </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/1D002740-94C4-EBAD-2003E3B1ADC0AF44.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Press Photo from the 1962 Alcatraz escape, June 1962. View from the west side building diagram directions. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Prisons Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:25:52 +0000 Mark Murrmann 257966 at http://www.motherjones.com A New Album From Elvis? Sort of. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/elvis-thats-the-way-it-is-new-cd-set <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Elvis Presley<br><em>Elvis</em><em>: That&rsquo;s the Way It Is (Deluxe Edition)</em><br> RCA/Legacy</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Elvis That's The Way It Is" class="image" src="/files/51MxX9jqwFL._SX300_.jpg" style="float: right;"></div> <p>How many versions of Elvis singing Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" would you like to hear? Is eight enough? That's what you get on this mammoth eight-CD (plus two-DVD) set. Revisiting one of the true high points of his career,&nbsp;<em>Elvis: That's the Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) </em>chronicles his summer 1970 run of shows in Las Vegas, when The King was in undeniably fine voice and great spirits. Contents include the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That%27s_the_Way_It_Is_%28Elvis_Presley_album%29" target="_blank">original album</a> of the same name, six complete shows (with not-quite-identical set lists), a fun disc of rehearsals, and, on the DVD side, the original theatrical release of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis:_That%27s_the_Way_It_Is" target="_blank">film</a> chronicling the shows, as well as the special edition from 2001. Yes, it's overkill, but also surprisingly, compulsively entertaining&mdash;assuming already you're a fan. Encompassing the rollicking rock of his youth and the grandiosity of his grown-up self, Elvis would never sound this great again, whether belting out "Hound Dog" or getting convincingly angsty on a latter-day gem like the soaring "Suspicious Minds." If it becomes disconcerting to hear him cover other people's hits (for example, Neil Diamond&rsquo;s "Sweet Caroline"), or indulge in corn like "The Wonder of You," or break the mood with dopey wisecracks, ultimately Elvis's obvious delight in being onstage transcends any shortcomings in the repertoire. Binge-listening is permitted.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/c_mDKoexUCA" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 257786 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: "Excellent Sheep" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/book-review-excellent-sheep <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Excellent Sheep</strong></p> <p>By William Deresiewicz</p> <p>FREE PRESS</p> <p>Something is rotten in higher education, William Deresiewicz writes in <em>Excellent Sheep</em>, as promising students, driven by an almost neurotic need for overachievement, are caught up in an escalating race. Deresiewicz, a former Yale prof, argues that America's top institutions have become career mills that funnel privileged kids into a narrow selection of professions&mdash;namely consulting and finance (and more recently, tech). Many end up unfulfilled, anxious, depressed, and fearful of failure, he notes, citing reports from a Stanford mental-health task force and the American Psychological Association. While it's largely anecdotal, the book still makes a pretty good case that these colleges are failing in their most essential mission: to help kids "build a self."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:00:08 +0000 256551 at http://www.motherjones.com Fly Through Pyongyang With This Gorgeous Timelapse Video http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/fly-through-pyongyang-gorgeous-timelapse-video <!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" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/102051605" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="http://vimeo.com/102051605">Enter Pyongyang</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/jtsingh">JT Singh</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</em></p> <p>Timelapse videos of mega-cities like&nbsp;New York have become something of <a href="http://vimeo.com/96396015" target="_blank">a viral video&nbsp;clich&eacute;</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5808360/yet-another-amazing-time-lapse-video-of-new-york-city" target="_blank">in recent years</a>.&nbsp;(If you're anything like me, you lap them up without shame, all the same). But I bet you've never seen the capital of the world's most reclusive nation, North Korea, quite like this before. The filmmakers&mdash;<a href="http://jtsingh.com/" target="_blank">JT Singh</a> and <a href="http://robwhitworth.co.uk/" target="_blank">Rob Whitworth</a>&mdash;spent six days in Pyongyang filming this video that delivers you right into the very-human&nbsp;nitty gritty of a place&nbsp;that looks far less creepy than those <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10196942/North-Korea-Mass-Games-mark-60th-anniversary-of-Korean-War.html" target="_blank">"Mass Games" videos</a> would lead you to believe.</p> <p>Even so, how much can we rely on&nbsp;this portrait&nbsp;for an accurate take on&nbsp;North Korea as a whole? Not a lot: the capital is home to the ruling elite, and&nbsp;used by the regime as a showcase city; people here are hardly representative. For example, 16 million of North Korea's 24 million people suffer from critical food insecurity,&nbsp;<a href="http://kp.one.un.org/content/uploads/2012/07/DPRK-Quarterly-Bulletin-10-July-2012.pdf" target="_blank">relying only on state-rationed food</a>, according to the UN; one out of every three children is too short for his or her age. Hunger, poverty, lack of electricity, brutal repression and&nbsp;political reprisals... you name it:&nbsp;A&nbsp;UN special inquiry&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/28/try-north-korean-leaders-for-crimes-against-humanity-kirby-says" target="_blank">recently described</a> North Korea's human rights violations as without&nbsp;"parallel in the contemporary world."</p> <p>It's also true that the video is effectively an advertisement for a company operating out of Beijing called <a href="http://www.koryogroup.com/" target="_blank">Koryo</a><a href="http://www.koryogroup.com/" target="_blank"> Tours</a>, which has&nbsp;run tours into North Korea since 1993; the group&nbsp;covered the filmmakers' travel expenses. (Full disclosure: I'm pals with&nbsp;Vicky Mohieddeen, who&nbsp;accompanied the film crew, and works for Koryo).</p> <p>But I think it adds vital perspective to a place&nbsp;shut away from the world by its repressive government. It's oh-so-interesting taking a look&nbsp;inside.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video International Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:35:02 +0000 James West 258076 at http://www.motherjones.com President Richard Nixon Announced His Resignation 40 Years Ago http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/president-richard-nixon-resigned-40-years-ago <!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-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Nixon_leaving_whitehouse-630.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Richard Nixon departing the White House after resigning. </strong>Oliver F. Atkins/White House/Wikimedia</div> </div> <p>Forty years ago today President Richard Nixon finally announced his resignation on national television, effective 12 p.m. August 9, 1974.</p> <p>Good riddance.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"> <p><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/nixon-resigns-573x3821.jpg"></p> <p class="inline-credit">CBS</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="23" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nixon_resignation_audio_with_buzz_removed.ogg?embedplayer=yes" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="220"></iframe></p> </div> <p>Bonus photo: Nixon's last meal in the White House, as President:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/194594_NLRN-WHPO-E3367C-04A-630.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A picture of the last meal Nixon ate as President prior to him leaving the White House. </strong>White House Photo Office/National Archives</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Elections Money in Politics Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Mark Murrmann 257796 at http://www.motherjones.com 50 Years Ago Today: Congress Authorizes Vietnam War Under Bullshit Pretense http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/congress-authorizes-vietnam-war-gulf-of-tonkin <!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-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/h97898.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Captain John J. Herrick, USN, Commander Destroyer Division 192 (at left) and Commander Herbert L. Ogier, USN, Commanding Officer of USS Maddox on 13 August 1964. They were in charge of the ship during her engagement with three North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats on 2 August 1964. Photographed by PH3 White. </strong>Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>After just nine hours of deliberation, both houses of Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution today in 1964. The bill authorizing the United States to officially go to war with Vietnam was signed by President Lyndon Johnson three days later. Of course, the United States had been increasingly involved in Vietnam at least since 1955, when then-President Eisenhower deployed the Military Assistance Advisory group to help train the South Vietnamese Army.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP640804056-630.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara in a post-midnight press briefing, August 4, 1964 in the Pentagon points out action in Gulf of Tonkin in August 4 attacks by North Viet Nam PT boats against U.S. destroyers on patrol. McNamara called the attacks unprovoked and deliberate, in view of the previous attack on Aug. 2. </strong>Bob Schutz/AP</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>The supposed August 4th attack on the USS Maddox was used to legitimize the growing U.S. presence in Vietnam and to give the President authority to use the military in the effort to combat Communist North Vietnam. Even Johnson questioned the legitimacy of the <a href="http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq120-1.htm" target="_blank">Gulf of Tonkin</a>. A year after the incident, Johnson said to then Press Secretary Bill Moyers, <a href="http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/foia06.html" target="_blank">"For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there." </a></p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/President_Lyndon_B._Johnson_signs__Gulf_of_Tonkin__resolution_-_NARA_-_192484.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>President Lyndon B. Johnson signs "Gulf of Tonkin" resolution. </strong>Cecil Stoughton/White House Photograph Office/National Archives</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Foreign Policy Military Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:00:08 +0000 Mark Murrmann 257761 at http://www.motherjones.com Colbert Wishes Your Kid a Good Night's Sleep With This New Pro-Gun Illustrated Book http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/colbert-wishes-your-kid-good-nights-sleep-new-pro-gun-illustrated-book <!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-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/opencarry_630px_0.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>"My Parents Open Carry" </strong>Lorna Bergman, Brian G. Jeffs, Nathan R. Nephew.</div> </div> <p>I first saw <a href="http://www.myparentsopencarry.com/" target="_blank">this</a> children's book going around Facebook yesterday. You know the one: it celebrates 13-year-old Brenna's Mom and Dad for&nbsp;"open carrying" their hand guns. At first I&nbsp;thought, "the&nbsp;illustrations and dependence on Comic Sans are so&nbsp;eye-bleedingly bad it&nbsp;<em>must</em> be a perfectly conceived&nbsp;Masters project&nbsp;by some NYU Tisch&nbsp;grad." The <a href="http://www.myparentsopencarry.com/" target="_blank">website</a> promoting the book carries the kind of knee-slapping&nbsp;prose that <em>must</em> be satirical, right? "Before writing this, we looked for pro-gun children's books and couldn't find any." <em>Couldn't find any! Ha, ha, ha. Which non-profit/government agency/university supplied the grant to fund this brilliant take-down of gun culture in America? Was it Bloomberg himself?</em></p> <p>But then I paid my $3.95 for the PDF (you'll pick up the tab, <em>Mother Jones</em>), and it dawned on me: It's real. Then I thought, "Wow, this seems custom-made to be pilloried by Stephen Colbert!"</p> <p><a href="http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/eu8j9u/open-carry-trailblazers" target="_blank">Enjoy</a>:</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:colbertnation.com:bae01fe8-9e80-4dda-8c46-729b8293438c" width="630"></iframe></div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Guns Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:46:48 +0000 James West 257861 at http://www.motherjones.com Voting Rights Act Signed Into Law Today in 1965 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/voting-rights-act-lyndon-johnson-1965 <!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-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/05267v-630.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>African Americans demonstrating for voting rights in front of the White House as police and others watch; sign reads "We demand the right to vote everywhere." </strong>Warren K. Leffler/Library of Congress</div> </div> <p>President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law today in 1965. Conservatives began work to chip away at it immediately, culminating in the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/republican-voting-rights-supreme-court-id" target="_blank">2013 Supreme Court decision</a>, Shelby County v. Holder which, in the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/us/supreme-court-ruling.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em>' words</a>, "effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act."</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/nllbj-img-A1030-8a_a-630.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr, and other civil rights leaders look on. </strong>Yoichi Okamoto/LBJ Library</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Civil Liberties Elections Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:04:18 +0000 Mark Murrmann 257676 at http://www.motherjones.com This Woman Just Shattered One of Pro Sports’ Most Enduring Glass Ceilings http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/becky-hammon-spurs-nba-female-assistant-coach <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The San Antonio Spurs confirmed today what was already clear: The NBA is, by far, the most progressive Big Four sports league when it comes to&nbsp;gender equity. The team announced <a href="http://www.nba.com/spurs/spurs-name-becky-hammon-assistant-coach" target="_blank">the hiring of Becky Hammon</a>, a six-time All-Star with the WNBA's San Antonio Stars, as an assistant coach. When the season tips off this fall, she'll be the first woman on the coaching bench in NBA history.</p> <p>Women <a href="http://deadspin.com/spurs-hire-becky-hammon-as-nbas-first-female-assistant-1616409902" target="_blank">have held other (and less formal) jobs</a> on NBA staffs before, but Hammon, 37, will become the first full-time female coach. It makes sense that the Spurs are at the forefront, given the recently crowned NBA champs' history of innovative, progressive leadership. (They <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2014/06/17/san-antonio-spurs-show-globalization-is-a-winning-strategy/" target="_blank">lead the league in international players</a>, for example.) And it further boosts a newsworthy summer for women in the NBA: In addition to Hammon's hiring, the basketball players' union <a href="https://twitter.com/TheNBPA/statuses/494005228593614850" target="_blank">named lawyer Michele Roberts</a> as its executive director.</p> <p>Notably, the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) named the NBA the leading sports league for gender diversity in its <a href="http://www.tidesport.org/The%202014%20Racial%20and%20Gender%20Report%20Card-%20NBA.pdf" target="_blank">annual report</a>, adding that while women aren't as represented as they could be, the league still handily beat MLB and the NFL. Forty percent of the NBA's league office is staffed by women, helping it earn a B+ grade from TIDES. (The MLB and NFL got C+ and C grades, respectively.)</p> <p>So why is basketball so far ahead of the other leagues? <em>Slate</em>'s <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2014/08/first_woman_to_lead_the_nba_players_association_how_the_nba_became_a_champion.html" target="_blank">Amanda Hess suggests</a> that it could be because, unlike football and baseball, women actually <em>play </em>basketball&mdash;and they're good at it. From the NCAA to the WNBA (which the <a href="http://www.wnba.com/about_us/wnba_history_timeline_2012_04_30.html" target="_blank">NBA created in 1996</a>) to the Olympics, we're used to seeing women like Hammon excel on the court. On the other hand, female engagement in the NFL stops at the sidelines, where <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/nfl-cheerleader-lawsuits-sexism" target="_blank">cheerleaders are routinely degraded</a> by team organizations.</p> <p>Hess also argues that part of the NBA's commitment to&nbsp;gender equity<strong> </strong>stems from the view of former commissioner David Stern, who was instrumental in shaping the league into the powerhouse it is today. <a href="http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201203/nba-shows-president-obama-love" target="_blank">Stern is a noted liberal</a>, for one, but also a shrewd businessman; he figured that making women essential to the league would boost the its bottom line. To an extent, it did: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/09/business/media/09adco.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Stern argued</a> that the WNBA initiatives helped to expand the NBA's female audience, even though it still lags behind the NFL's.</p> <p>Today's decision from the Spurs, however, seems to disregard any business calculus. The best candidate for the job was hired, and she's a woman.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sex and Gender Sports Tue, 05 Aug 2014 21:23:28 +0000 Sam Brodey 257756 at http://www.motherjones.com