Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2015/03/node/272341 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Koalas Are Cute and Cuddly. This Video Proves They Are Also Fearsome Warriors. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/you-didnt-know-koalas-were-fierce <!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/7wDhDc17trQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p></p><div id="mininav" class="inline-subnav"> <!-- header content --> <div id="mininav-header-content"> <div id="mininav-header-image"> <img src="/files/images/motherjones_mininav/koala-mini-nav_1.jpg" width="220" border="0"></div> <div id="mininav-header-text"> <p class="mininav-header-text" style="margin: 0; padding: 0.75em; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.2em; background-color: rgb(221, 221, 221);"> Weekends are always better when they start with koalas. </p> </div> </div> <!-- linked stories --> <div id="mininav-linked-stories"> <ul><span id="linked-story-270971"> <li><a href="/blue-marble/2015/02/koala-car-jack"> This Koala Is So Cute You'll Want It To Get Away With Stealing This Kid's Car</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-272511"> <li><a href="/mixed-media/2015/03/you-didnt-know-koalas-were-fierce"> Koalas Are Cute and Cuddly. This Video Proves They Are Also Fearsome Warriors. </a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-269381"> <li><a href="/blue-marble/2015/01/jeremy-koala-australia-bushfire-returned-wild"> We Have Some Good News For You About the Koala That Was Burned in the Fire</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-268041"> <li><a href="/blue-marble/2015/01/wildfires-koala-paws-burn-australia-mittens"> Please, Please Stop Making Mittens for Koalas</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-264866"> <li><a href="/mixed-media/2014/11/here-photo-president-obama-holding-koala"> Here Is a Photo of President Obama Holding a Koala</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-243481"> <li><a href="/blue-marble/2014/01/heat-wave-photos-australian-open"> PHOTOS: Koalas, Tennis Players Grapple with Australian Heat Wave</a></li> </span> </ul></div> <!-- footer content --> </div> <p>Oh, Australia. Even when you're just taking the dog out for a walk, you might walk straight into a CRAZY KOALA WRASSLIN' MATCH.</p> <p>This fight raises fresh questions about the <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nbc-news/white-house-supports-secret-service-chief-amid-controversy-414442563562" target="_blank">Secret Service's competency</a>: Why would they let the president <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/here-photo-president-obama-holding-koala" target="_blank">get so close</a> to one of these dangerous beasts!?&nbsp;</p> <p>Happy Friday.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Animals Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:15:13 +0000 Tim McDonnell 272511 at http://www.motherjones.com Neil DeGrasse Tyson Blasts Florida's Alleged Ban on Discussing Climate Change http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/neil-degrasse-tyson-florida-ban-climate-change <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Neil DeGrasse Tyson has now weighed in on Florida's alleged <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/03/florida-climate-change" target="_blank">ban on using the words</a> "climate change" and "global warming" in government communications. The astrophysicist-turned-TV-star&nbsp;told a Sarasota, Fla., crowd on Monday that he was astonished by the report, adding he thought "as a nation we were better than this."</p> <p>"Now we have a time where people are cherry picking science,"&nbsp;Tyson <a href="http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150323/article/150329885?p=1&amp;tc=pg" target="_blank">said</a>, according to the <em>Herald Tribune of Sarasota</em>. "The science is not political. That's like repealing gravity because you gained 10 pounds last week."</p> <p>Earlier this month, the&nbsp;Florida Center for Investigative Reporting published an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article12983720.html" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">explosive story alleging</a> that Scott's administration had instituted an unwritten policy&nbsp;forbidding government employees from using "climate change," "global warming," and "sea level rise" in official communications.&nbsp;The governor has since denied the report, but several environmental groups have called for&nbsp;<a href="http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/03/20/answers-sought-after-reports-of-climate-change-ban/" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">a probe</a> into the alleged ban.</p> <p>In his remarks Monday, Tyson said that while it may be easy to shame politicians for their climate change denial<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">, it's ultimately the voters who are responsible.</span></p> <p>"Debating facts takes time away from the conversation," <a href="http://www.bradenton.com/2015/03/24/5708826_neil-degrasse-tyson-informs-entertains.html?rh=1" target="_blank">Tyson said</a>, according to the <em>Bradenton Herald</em>. "We should be talking about what we are going to do about this. I don't blame the politicians for a damn thing because we vote for the politician. I blame the electorate."</p> <p>This isn't the first time Tyson has scolded voters for electing science-denying politicians. In a January interview with the <em><a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-art/2015/01/13/tyson-task-filling-gray-holes-our-brain-matter/GD0rmrTmjxvmE97gOB7xzH/story.html" target="_blank">Boston Globe</a>, </em>he said he used to get "bent out of shape" about elected officials like <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/02/inhofe-snowball-climate-change" target="_blank">snowball-wielding</a> Senator James Inhofe publicly claiming climate change is a hoax. But his views have since evolved.</p> <p>"The real challenge to the educator is not beating politicians over the head, or lobbying them, or writing letters," he said. "It's improving the educational system that shapes the people who elect such representatives in the first place."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Climate Change Climate Desk Science Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:38:04 +0000 Inae Oh 272351 at http://www.motherjones.com Robot-Building 6-Year-Old Girls Talking Tech With Obama Is the Best Thing You'll See All Week http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/obama-robot-building-brainstorming-6-year-old-girls-white-house <!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/rUlPHehHQQg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Monday, President Obama made his annual rounds at the White House Science Fair. The event is a breeding ground for adorable interactions with kid-nerds (See 2012's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBLaUIbHmgQ" target="_blank">marshmallow-shooting air cannon</a>), but <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/supergirls-conquer-obama-white-house-science-fair-n328661" target="_blank">his chat</a> yesterday with five cape-wearing Girl Scouts from Oklahoma was especially magical.</p> <p>The 6-year-olds from Tulsa's Girl Scout Troup 411 were <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/supergirls-second-tulsa-girl-scout-troop-visits-white-house-for/article_6692dd4d-0ed6-569c-b6e5-d29e7950844e.html" target="_blank">the youngest</a> inventors selected to present at this year's fair. <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/supergirls-second-tulsa-girl-scout-troop-visits-white-house-for/article_6692dd4d-0ed6-569c-b6e5-d29e7950844e.html" target="_blank">Inspired by</a> conversations with a librarian and one of the girls' grandmas, they built a mechanical Lego contraption that can turn pages, to help patients with mobility issues read books.</p> <p>The group of first graders and kindergartners explain to Obama that the device is a "prototype" that they came up with in a "brainstorming session." One of the girls asks Obama if he's ever had his own brainstorming session.</p> <p>"I have had a couple brainstorming sessions," replies an amused Obama. "But I didn't come up with anything this good!"</p> <p>Another girls asks what he came up with:</p> <p>"I mean, I came up with things like, you know, health care. It turned out ok, but it started off with some prototypes," the president says.</p> <p>And then they all go in for a group hug. GOLD.</p> <p>Suzanne Dodson, the coach of the Lego team and the mom of one of the scouts, told <a href="http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/supergirls-second-tulsa-girl-scout-troop-visits-white-house-for/article_6692dd4d-0ed6-569c-b6e5-d29e7950844e.html" target="_blank"><em>Tulsa World</em></a> that she's glad the girls are getting such positive attention for their project: "It really is a problem with girls, when they get to middle school, they lose confidence in their own ability to succeed in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)" she said. "Having this experience at young age really gives them a confidence boost."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Tech Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:56:46 +0000 Hannah Levintova 272341 at http://www.motherjones.com Let John Oliver Explain How Petty Municipal Fines Destroy the Lives of Our Most Vulnerable http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/john-oliver-municipal-fines <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>As demonstrated by the Justice Department's damning <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/03/full-justice-department-reports-ferguson-darren-wilson" target="_blank">investigation</a> into the Ferguson Police Department, police officials often rely on slapping hefty municipal fines to fund government. Such practices are rampant in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/georgia-probation-misdemeanor-poor-jail" target="_blank">towns</a> across the country.</p> <p>On the latest <em>Last Week Tonight</em>, John Oliver took on the issue with an in-depth report explaining how a petty traffic violation&mdash;a ticket some people can simply shrug off as a nuisance&mdash;can actually wreck the lives of society's most vulnerable citizens, and sometimes even land people in jail.</p> <p>"Most Americans drive to work," <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UjpmT5noto" target="_blank">he explained.</a> "If you can't do that, you've got a problem. In New Jersey, a survey of low-income drivers who had their license suspended found that 64 percent had lost their jobs as a result, which doesn't help anyone. You need them to pay their fine but you're taking away their means of paying it. That's the most self-defeating idea since gay conversion camp!"</p> <p>While Oliver says he's not advocating for minor offenses to go without punishment, people should have the "right to fuck up once in a while without completely destroying our lives."</p> <p><strong>Watch below:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0UjpmT5noto" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Crime and Justice Income Inequality Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:39:53 +0000 Inae Oh 272176 at http://www.motherjones.com Courtney Barnett's Debut LP Captures the Absorbing Minutiae of Everyday Life http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/courtney-barnett-captures-everyday-life <!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/o-nr1nNC3ds?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Courtney Barnett<br><em>Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit</em><br> Mom + Pop</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-19%20at%2010.30.08%20AM_0.png" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Although this beguiling opus is being billed as Australian Courtney Barnett's debut LP, she previously produced an album's worth of material in the form of two EPs, a highlight being "Avant Gardener," her engagingly offhand account of an asthma attack. She follows that tune's deceptively ingenious template on <em>Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit</em>, which blends agreeably slackerish vocals, ramshackle yet catchy guitar pop, and understated songs devoted to capturing the absorbing minutiae of everyday life.</p> <p>From "Elevator Operator" to "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party" to "An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)," Barnett's characters turn the act of "just idling insignificantly" into a search for deeper meaning, often seesawing between self-loathing and self-respect. And while epiphanies prove elusive, her good-hearted, empathic portraits are unfailingly memorable.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:00:11 +0000 Jon Young 272071 at http://www.motherjones.com Today's Epic Solar Eclipse Captured In Beautiful Photos http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/europe-solar-eclipse <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This morning, Europe and parts of Africa and Asia experienced a rare <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/03/solar-eclipse-germany-power" target="_blank">solar eclipse.</a> The last time such an event of this significance took place was back in 1999. That this eclipse also happened to fall on the <a href="http://www.universetoday.com/119241/a-complete-guide-to-the-march-20th-total-solar-eclipse/" target="_blank">spring equinox</a>&nbsp;was an even more of a unique phenomenon that last occurred in 1662. Despite early reports predicting that <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-31982261" target="_blank">heavy clouds</a> would block a proper glimpse, eager residents, tourists, and astronomers gathered across the continent to witness the eclipse. Here are some of the images that were captured:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP854801040513.jpg" style="height: 443px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Sarajevo, Bosnia </strong>Amel Emric/AP</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP320867869996.jpg" style="height: 449px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Svalbard, Norway </strong>Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AP</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP275518661677.jpg" style="height: 419px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Greenwich Observatory, London </strong>Rex Features/AP</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP804804138879_1.jpg" style="height: 405px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Skopje, Macedonia </strong>Boris Grdanoski/AP</div> </div> <p>Those in the higher Arctic regions were lucky enough to experience a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/03/20/394241787/solar-eclipse-wows-parts-of-europe-middle-east-and-russia" target="_blank">total solar eclipse.</a> But residents in the Faroe Islands&mdash;previously touted as one of the more impressive locations to view the event&mdash;were reportedly disappointed by the thick clouds, according to the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/20/solar-eclipse-grey-skies-star-gazers" target="_blank"><em>Guardian.</em></a> Berlin, on the other hand, boasted <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/21/science/space/solar-eclipse-europe.html" target="_blank">clear skies. </a></p> <p>And to complete the&nbsp;occasion, here's British Member of the European Parliament Roger Helmer, who used the event to drop in some apparent climate denial. (Helmer <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-green-policy-climate-change-is-open-to-question-says-energy-spokesman-roger-helmer-9949125.html" target="_blank">has previously asserted</a> that "the relationship between global temperature and atmospheric Co2 levels is hugely open to question.")</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Temperates drop during a short solar eclipse. It's the Sun that drives the climate!</p> &mdash; Roger Helmer (@RogerHelmerMEP) <a href="https://twitter.com/RogerHelmerMEP/status/578823278137118720">March 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> </center></body></html> Mixed Media Photo Essays Climate Change Climate Desk Science Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:04:07 +0000 Inae Oh 272126 at http://www.motherjones.com This Adorable Video of a Baby Frog Squeaking Is the Best Thing You'll See Today http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/baby-frog-screaming <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The following is a delightful clip of a baby frog screaming, apparently discovered by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBxn56l9WcU&amp;sns=fb" target="_blank">BBC</a> in the desert. It's the kind of high-pitched yelling normally expected from a dog's chew toy, not a frog. It's adorable and should be watched on repeat below:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FGwJ3-vmw44" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/GabrielleCanon/status/578625814280843264" target="_blank"><u>(h/t Gabrielle Canon)</u></a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Animals Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:54:49 +0000 Inae Oh 272091 at http://www.motherjones.com Starbucks Wants to Talk Race With Its Customers. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/starbucks-race-jay-smooth-nancy-giles <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Judging from its reception on social media yesterday, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's just-announced kumbaya <a href="http://fortune.com/2015/03/16/starbucks-baristas-race-talk/" target="_blank">pipe dream</a> is destined for eternal ridicule. The company hopes to address racism by slapping the words "Race Together" on coffee cups and forcing its baristas to coax customers into unsolicited discussions about race relations.</p> <p>To get a preview of what's coming, check out this conversation between CBS's Nancy Giles and DJ Jay Smooth <a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/03/18/im_black_jay_smooth_coolly_makes_it_out_of_the_most_awkward_interview_ever/" target="_blank">during an appearance</a> on last night's <em>All In with Chris Hayes</em>.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Giles:</strong> "I can't not tease Jay about the kinda, like, brotha way he was trying to talk. Like, 'Hey,' with the rap music in the background, and like down with the people."</p> <p><strong>Smooth:</strong> "I'm a rap guy!"</p> <p><strong>Giles:</strong> "Yeah, I know, but it's another interesting funny thing about race. There would be some people that would feel that you co-opted something like that, and other people might feel like, 'That's his background, and that's really cool too.'&hellip;These are conversations, you know, 'Yo, like ya know, yeah, if somebody takes my wallet,' I mean, it's really interesting."</p> <p><strong>Smooth:</strong> "It's also interesting, because I'm actually black, but you assumed otherwise. And this is the sort of awkwardness we can look forward to at Starbucks across America."</p> </blockquote> <p>Giles notes early on that the campaign's purpose seems noble and that conversations about race should be encouraged. But as the&nbsp;conversation reveals, Starbucks' bold venture into race relations reeks of clumsy&nbsp;naivet&eacute;. Let's save our baristas the trouble.</p> <p><iframe border="no" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_hayes_Frace2_150317" width="635"></iframe><br><em><a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/03/18/im_black_jay_smooth_coolly_makes_it_out_of_the_most_awkward_interview_ever/" target="_blank">(h/t Salon)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Corporations Media Race and Ethnicity Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:06:32 +0000 Inae Oh 271996 at http://www.motherjones.com This Correction Is The Best Thing to Come Out of Robert Durst's Arrest http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/correction-best-thing-come-out-robert-dursts-arrest <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>While reporting on the arrest of Robert Durst, the subject of HBO's documentary "The Jinx," the <em>Associated Press</em> committed a <a href="http://www.kusi.com/story/28540293/news-minute-correction-california-10th-newsminute" target="_blank">wonderful error </a>by confusing the creepy real-estate millionaire for the frontman of Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="147" src="/files/correction_1.png" width="591"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The correction marks what we can safely predict will be the most relevant Limp Bizkit will be ever again.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p><a href="http://t.co/mfdhmBxdFV">pic.twitter.com/mfdhmBxdFV</a></p> &mdash; Harry Heymann (@harryh) <a href="https://twitter.com/harryh/status/577881826146004992">March 17, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p><em><a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2015/03/17/associated-press-correction-of-the-day-robert-durst-is-not-a-member-of-limp-bizkit/" target="_blank">(h/t Romenesko</a></em>)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:36:23 +0000 Inae Oh 271991 at http://www.motherjones.com Trolls Attacked Ashley Judd for Tweeting About Sports. Now She's Fighting Back. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/ashley-judd-twitter-harassment-march-madness%20 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Actress Ashley Judd, a well known University of Kentucky basketball fan and alumnus of the Division 1 school, is <a href="http://www.today.com/video/today/57124503#57124503" target="_blank">striking back at Twitter users</a> who launched a tirade of sexually violent tweets aimed at her while she attended a Wildcats game over the weekend.</p> <p>The explicit messages, which include being called a cunt and suggestions that she "suck a dick," were prompted by her Tweet saying the opposing team was "playing dirty." Now Judd indicates that she hopes to pursue charges against her trolls.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>When when I express a stout opinion during <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MarchMadness?src=hash">#MarchMadness</a> I am called a whore, c---, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay.</p> &mdash; ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/577197176486535168">March 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>I am sorry to retweet but this is a typical example. &ldquo;@Leeroy_MAX: .<a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd">@AshleyJudd</a> Go suck on Cal's two inch dick ye Bitch whore.&rdquo;</p> &mdash; ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/577197410600009728">March 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Example: I am mentally weak for not tolerating sodomy threats. "<a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd">@AshleyJudd</a> oversensitive liberals like are you that mentally weak?&rdquo;</p> &mdash; ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/577715985131655168">March 17, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>"The amount of gender violence that I experience is absolutely extraordinary," Judd said on the <em>Today</em> show Tuesday. "And a significant part of my day today will be spent filing police reports at home about gender violence that's directed at me in social media."</p> <p>Judd's harassment comes at a time when more women are speaking out against online abuse, whether via cyber-stalking and threats or movements such as #Gamergate. However, prosecuting such threats has proved notoriously difficult. Some <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/03/katherine-clark-gamergate-brianna-wu" target="_blank">members of Congress</a> are asking the federal government to beef up enforcement of laws that already prohibit such threats of violence. From 2010-2013, federal prosecutors <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-QkCUPMetwXQlNtaW1leFJlQlk/view" target="_blank">only</a> investigated 10 cyber-stalking reports, despite 2.5 million cases of women being harassed online.</p> <p>Former Major League pitcher Curt Schilling recently <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/03/02/us/ap-us-schilling-twitter.html" target="_blank">used an alternative strategy</a> to punish the men who trolled his daughter on Twitter: He tracked down their identities and outed them. <a href="http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/03/curt_schilling_outs_yankees_employee_who_allegedly_posted_sexually-violent_tweets_about_daughter.html" target="_blank">At least one man lost his job</a> as a result; others were suspended from their college sports teams.</p> <p>As for the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2015/03/15/dick-vitale-planted-a-big-ol-kiss-on-ashley-judd-before-the-kentucky-arkansas-game/" target="_blank">uncomfortable kiss</a> from ESPN's Dick Vitale photographed during the same Wildcats game, Judd says they are friends, and that she's "adored him" for 10 years.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Sex and Gender Tech Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:18:35 +0000 Inae Oh 271926 at http://www.motherjones.com 5 Must-See True-Crime Documentaries to Catch After "The Jinx" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/five-must-see-true-crime-documentaries-catch-after-jinx <!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/dJMcsj6A-ew" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Sunday's finale of the HBO documentary series <em>The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst</em> ended with the eccentric protagonist muttering a seeming confession to three murders over the last 30 years.</p> <p>"What the hell did I do?" Durst <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/16/nyregion/robert-durst-subject-of-hbo-documentary-on-unsolved-killings-is-arrested.html" target="_blank">said</a>. "Killed them all, of course."</p> <p>The revelation culminated an eight-year investigation into the life and trials of Durst, the estranged son of a New York real estate dynasty. He has maintained his innocence in the 1982 disappearance of his first wife and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/12/nyregion/new-york-city-real-estate-heir-is-acquitted-of-murder-in-texas.html" target="_blank">was acquitted</a> in the 2001 slaying of Morris Black in Galveston, Texas. But Durst was arrested on Saturday, a day before the finale aired, in a New Orleans hotel after new evidence emerged that <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-hbo-durst-extradition-hbo-finale-20150316-story.html#page=1" target="_blank">law enforcement officials allege</a> linked him to the 2000 murder of confidante Susan Berman. On Monday, Los Angeles prosecutors&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1687638-robert-durst-murder-complaint.html" target="_blank">charged Durst</a> with first-degree murder in California, in addition to <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/f2547d6a09534421843074acacbbd352/wealthy-eccentric-says-hbo-finale-he-killed-them-all" target="_blank">weapons charges</a> in Louisiana.&nbsp;</p> <p>All eyes will surely stay glued to Durst's case as it unfolds, but&nbsp;<em>The Jinx</em>, a well-paced journalistic masterpiece, is over. The inevitable question for today's budding Sherlock Holmes becomes: What to watch next?</p> <p>Since&nbsp;<em>True Detective</em>&nbsp;reportedly won't&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hbo-programming-head-talks-true-726746" target="_blank">return until this summer</a>, and the second season of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/09/ira-glass-sarah-koenig-julie-snyder-serial-podcast-this-american-life" target="_blank"><em>Seria</em></a><em>l </em>isn't out yet, here are a few true-crime documentaries to check out now:</p> <p><em><strong>Central Park Five</strong></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B7XX6GgI5SU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The 2012 <a href="http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/" target="_blank">Ken Burns documentary</a> looks into the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. The film, which is on Netflix, takes a look at the case and its aftermath from the perspectives of the accused, whose convictions <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/nyregion/5-exonerated-in-central-park-jogger-case-are-to-settle-suit-for-40-million.html" target="_blank">were later tossed out</a> after a convicted rapist confessed to the crime.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Into The Abyss</strong></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z-pnZUQdkKI" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog <a href="http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/into-the-abyss" target="_blank">dives into the aftermath</a> of a <a href="http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Inmate-executed-for-Conroe-nurse-s-murder-1698639.php" target="_blank">triple</a> <a href="https://casetext.com/case/perry-v-quarterman-5" target="_blank">homicide</a> in the small city of Conroe, Texas as part of a larger examination into capital punishment in the United States. This 2011 doc is still on Netflix.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>The Imposter</strong></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/67cMet52mL4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>A 13-year-old boy in Texas disappears in 1994, then reportedly resurfaces three years later in Spain. But that's not the whole story. A <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/08/11/the-chameleon-2" target="_blank">French con artist</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/aug/18/imposter-frederic-bourdin-identity-theft" target="_blank">tells all</a> in this gripping 2012 documentary, which can be seen on Netflix.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The <em>Paradise Lost</em> trilogy</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tfj_bVIwyeA" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In this three-part series, renowned filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky focus on the infamous case of the "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/magazine/a-death-row-love-story.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank">West Memphis Three</a>," a trio of teenagers who <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/west-of-memphis-documentary_n_2025422.html" target="_blank">were convicted</a> of the brutal triple homicide in 1993 of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The three men <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/19/arkansas.child.killings/" target="_blank">were later freed</a> after 18 years in prison.&nbsp;You can find this one on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Lost-Child-Murders-Robin/dp/B00B15ODQU/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1426546314&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=paradise+lost" target="_blank">Amazon Prime</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>The Thin Blue Line</strong></em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dNL5A4D0G4g" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>A throwback from 1988, Errol Morris <a href="http://www.errolmorris.com/film/tbl.html" target="_blank">investigates</a> the questionable conviction of <a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/randall-dale-adams" target="_blank">Randall Dale Adams</a>, who was wrongly sentenced to life in prison for killing a Dallas police officer in 1976. The film, which is on Netflix, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/us/26adams.html" target="_blank">played a role</a> in exonerating Adams a year later.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Crime and Justice Film and TV Tue, 17 Mar 2015 02:56:36 +0000 Edwin Rios 271906 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain Why the NCAA Should Stop Exploiting Student Athletes and Pay Up http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/john-oliver-ncaa <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The National Collegiate Athletic Association reaps in nearly $1 billion a year in revenue, thanks to an annual onslaught of glitzy advertising campaigns and television deals. Coaches and top executives are <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/03/13/392718501/do-ncaa-ban-on-paying-student-athletes-violate-federal-law" target="_blank">paid</a> in the millions, but student athletes return to their dorm rooms with nothing but an education for compensation, "the only currency more difficult to spent than Bitcoin," John Oliver noted last night.</p> <p>With the start of March Madness on Tuesday,<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8BXH3SJn0" target="_blank"> "Last Week Tonight"</a> takes on this very issue, slamming the "illegal sweatshop" nature of the NCAA's non-pay scale. "There is nothing inherently wrong with a sporting tournament making huge amounts of money," Oliver said. "But there is something slightly troubling about a billion-dollar sports enterprise where the athletes are not paid a penny, because they aren't."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pX8BXH3SJn0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Sports Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:15:30 +0000 Inae Oh 271861 at http://www.motherjones.com Seriously Exciting New Sounds From Brit Band Evans the Death http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/evans-the-death-expect-delays <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><iframe width="630" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FaExfJKL4oo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><strong>Evans the Death<br><em>Expect Delays</em><br> Slumberland</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-10%20at%202.33.29%20PM.png" style="height: 249px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>If she'd been around four decades ago, Katherine Whitaker might have become a tender chanteuse in the tradition of Brit-folk greats Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) or Maddy Prior (Pentangle). But the other three members of London's Evans the Death have different ideas, matching her sweetly melancholy voice to rougher, unlikely textures, producing seriously exciting sounds.</p> <p>"Terrified" and "Enabler" are grubby, rumbling rock and roll that turns profound unease into an exhilarating raveup, while "Don't Laugh at My Angry Face" captures the tortured howl of grunge without succumbing to tired '90s nostalgia. Even the jangly, more traditional title track boasts enough offbeat touches to feel fresh. While the band may take its name from the gravedigger in Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood," this stellar sophomore album is bursting with noisy vitality.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Jon Young 271701 at http://www.motherjones.com Why a German Court Just Ordered A Vaccine Skeptic to Pay $100K http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/german-vaccine-measles-challenge <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Four years ago, <a href="http://www.klein-klein-aktion.de/impfstoffe-aluminium/" target="_blank">vaccine-skeptical</a> German biologist Stefan Lanka <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31864218" target="_blank">posed a challenge</a> on <a href="http://www.psiram.com/media/lanka-100000.pdf" target="_blank">his website</a>: Prove to him that measles is, in fact, a virus. To the first person who could do that, he promised a whopping 100 thousand Euros (about $106,000).</p> <p>Despite loads of long-standing medical evidence proving the existence of the measles virus, Lanka&nbsp;believes that measles is a psychosomatic disease that results from trauma. "People become ill after traumatic separations," <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31864218" target="_blank">he told</a> a German newspaper.</p> <p>German doctor David Barden took him up on the challenge. Barden gathered six separate studies showing that measles is indeed a virus. Lanka dismissed his findings.</p> <p>But today, a district court in southern Germany found that Barden's evidence provides sufficient proof to have satisfied Lanka's challenge. Which means Lanka now has to cough up the promised cash.</p> <p>This issue has taken on new urgency due to a measles epidemic in Berlin that began in October. Health officials announced last Friday that <a href="http://www.dw.de/berlin-measles-epidemic-reaches-new-high/a-18301149" target="_blank">111 new cases</a> had been reported in the previous week, bringing the total number to 724. The majority of those affected are unvaccinated; <a href="http://www.dw.de/toddler-dies-of-measles-in-germany-as-outbreak-fears-grow/a-18274687" target="_blank">last month</a> an 18-month-old died of the disease.</p> <p>Lanka said he <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2015/03/13/german-court-orders-vaccination-cynic-to-pay-for-virus-proof" target="_blank">plans to appeal</a> the court's decision. &nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Health Science Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:39:32 +0000 Hannah Levintova 271816 at http://www.motherjones.com Oklahoma's Football Team Protests the Racist Frat Video With a Moment of Silence http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/oklahoma-football-silent-protest-racist-fraternity <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The University of Oklahoma football team stood arm-in-arm in black shirts Thursday in <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/oklahoma-football-team-stage-silent-protest-racist-frat/story?id=29591974" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">silent protest</a> of the now-infamous <a href="http://gawker.com/sae-frat-bros-sing-racist-song-about-when-black-people-1690214205" target="_blank">video</a> showing members of the campus Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter singing a racist chant.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OUnited?src=hash">#OUnited</a> <a href="http://t.co/xCwzjFGc7w">pic.twitter.com/xCwzjFGc7w</a></p> &mdash; Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) <a href="https://twitter.com/OU_Football/status/576118163235999744">March 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Quarterback Trevor Knight <a href="https://twitter.com/trevor_knight9/status/576035286867517440" target="_blank">posted a statement on Twitter</a> on behalf of the team,&nbsp;urging the university to continue its investigation and declaring&nbsp;that the team would not practice this week. "These types of incidents occur nationwide every single year, and our hope is to shed light on this issue and promote meaningful change at a national level," the statement read.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Together we stand <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OUnited?src=hash">#OUnited</a> <a href="http://t.co/XuZ1RRZ0CU">pic.twitter.com/XuZ1RRZ0CU</a></p> &mdash; Trevor Knight (@trevor_knight9) <a href="https://twitter.com/trevor_knight9/status/576035286867517440">March 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">While African American students <a href="http://www.forbes.com/colleges/university-of-oklahoma-norman-campus/" target="_blank">make up only five percent</a> of the university's&nbsp;student population,&nbsp;the perennial bowl contenders represent a high-profile and influential group of mostly black students.</span><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Shortly after the video went viral, senior linebacker and captain Erik Striker <a href="http://deadspin.com/oklahoma-lb-eric-striker-to-racist-frat-boys-fuck-all-1690295005" target="_blank">criticized</a> "phony ass" supporters who cheer for the team while insisting racism doesn't exist.&nbsp;On Monday, highly rated high school football recruit Jean Delance <a href="http://deadspin.com/four-star-recruit-decommits-from-oklahoma-because-of-ra-1690509357" target="_blank">decommitted</a> from Oklahoma, citing the video. Then, on Tuesday, the university <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/11/us/university-of-oklahoma-sigma-alpha-epsilon-racist-fraternity-video.html" target="_blank">expelled</a> two fraternity members and shut down the chapter. University president David Boren&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/11/oklahoma-fraternity-racism-investigation/70144844/" target="_blank">told <em>USA Today</em></a>&nbsp;he expected more students to be disciplined as the school continues to investigate.</p> <p>Athletic director Joe Castiglione has promised that the athletic department and Boren will meet with the football captains after spring break to discuss the investigation.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Statement from OU Director of Athletics, Joe Castiglione <a href="http://t.co/sS6FFoBoZe">pic.twitter.com/sS6FFoBoZe</a></p> &mdash; Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) <a href="https://twitter.com/OU_Football/status/576038286113705986">March 12, 2015</a></blockquote></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Sports Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:11:14 +0000 Edwin Rios 271781 at http://www.motherjones.com This Fake App Just Summed Up Everything That's Wrong With Silicon Valley http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/fake-app-silicon-valley-well-deserved-sell-your-privilege <!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/WoK4_dQbfuU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In Silicon Valley, a group of mostly white, mostly male twentysomethings have built a multibillion-dollar empire of sharing apps: shared housing (AirBnB), shared cars (Uber), shared dog-sitting (DogVacay)&hellip;you get the idea. But the so-called "sharing economy" <a href="http://www.salon.com/2014/11/02/the_sharing_economy_has_a_race_problem/">doesn't</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/nov/12/algorithms-race-discrimination-uber-lyft-airbnb-peer">actually</a> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/05/homeless-steps-airbnb-san-francisco">share</a> equally with everyone. One fake app wants to change that.</p> <p><a href="http://welldeserved.me/" target="_blank">WellDeserved</a> is an app that helps you "monetize" your privilege&mdash;be it racial, gender-based, or socioeconomic&mdash;by sharing it (temporarily, of course) with other people. The fictional app was the winning entry at last month's <a href="http://www.comedyhackday.org/sf-2015">Comedy Hack Day</a> in San Francisco, where creative agency <a href="http://www.cultivatedwit.com/" target="_blank">Cultivated Wit</a> challenged contestants to come up with a comedic app idea and pitch it to judges, all in 48 hours.</p> <p>The app's promo video will make you laugh and cry: A Google employee sells his free Google lunch to a guest for $10, a dude charges a black man $5 to hail a cab on his behalf, and another guy walks a woman home so she won't get catcalled, asking himself, "Why don't I walk with them, spare them the harassment, and charge 'em like five bucks?"</p> <p>The creators' (fake) plan for making the (fake) app work is summed up perfectly: "Our business plan is that VCs will just give us money. Because this is San Francisco, and we have an idea."</p> <p><em>This post has been updated.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Sex and Gender Tech Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:08:02 +0000 Hannah Levintova 271776 at http://www.motherjones.com Millions of Americans Don't Have Full Voting Rights. John Oliver Explains Just How Insane That Is. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/whats-the-deal-with-dst-the-earth-is-round-the-clock-is-round-they-should-call-it-roundtine <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>To commemorate the 50th anniversary of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/03/today-50th-anniversary-selma" target="_blank">Bloody Sunday</a> this weekend, an event that spurred the passage of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CesHr99ezWE" target="_blank">John Oliver took a moment out during his show last night to remind</a> everyone that nearly 4 million people living in the United States are still denied full voting rights. Why? Because they live in <em>territories</em>.</p> <p>Coincidentally enough, 98 percent of these residents happen to be racial or ethnic minorities who were once categorized as government-acquired "alien races" and therefore not extended constitutional protections.</p> <p>"Alien races can't understand Anglo-Saxon principles?" Oliver asked. "I find that condescending and I'm British. We basically invented patronizing bigotry!"</p> <p>As Oliver goes onto further explain, it gets even worse for American Samoans, who are the only people born on U.S. soil but denied citizenship. Last month, <em>Mother Jones</em> published a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/obama-birthright-citizenship-racist-american-samoa-tuaua" target="_blank">report</a> detailing the Obama administration's fight to continue denying citizenship to American Samoans using a century-old racist law to justify their case.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CesHr99ezWE" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Oliver also summed up everything stupid about Daylight Saving Time in 3 minutes:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/br0NW9ufUUw" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Elections Mon, 09 Mar 2015 22:42:36 +0000 Inae Oh 271631 at http://www.motherjones.com John Coltrane for Experts http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/john-coltrane-experts <!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="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zH3JpqhpkXg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The John Coltrane Quintet Featuring Eric Dolphy<br><em>So Many Things: The European Tour 1961</em><br> Acrobat</strong><br> So many "things" indeed! This intriguing four-disc collection of concert performances from November 1961 features six different renditions of the standard "My Favorite Things, each running 20 to 29 minutes, along with more compact versions of "Blue Train," "I Want to Talk About You." and other Coltrane favorites. These previously bootlegged concerts were taken from radio broadcasts and suffer slightly from thin sound, but are more than listenable. If <em>So Many Things</em> isn't for beginners, it's great extra-credit listening: With multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy briefly in the lineup, Coltrane was pushing his tenor and soprano sax chops into new territory, leaving behind traditional melodies and song structures in a restless search for fresh ideas and approaches&mdash;a quest he would continue until his death in 1967. The harsher extremes of his final years are yet to be reached, and there's a mesmerizing, meditative quality to the music throughout that's dreamy, yet subtly urgent.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:00:13 +0000 Jon Young 271571 at http://www.motherjones.com This NRA Tweet Is So Tasteless and Awful That It Makes Me Want to Vomit http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/nra-tweet-so-tasteless-and-awful-it-makes-me-want-vomit <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Good afternoon.</p> <p>How are you? How are you feeling? Are you feeling good? Are you, by chance, feeling <em>too good?</em> Are you flying too high on borrowed wings? Maybe you need a bit of a punch in the stomach to bring you back down to Earth and remind you that in life there are hills and valleys; that this vacation on Creation is, well, not all champagne and strawberries. I guess what I'm asking is, would you like to feel nauseous? You look to me like you might like to feel nauseous. C'mon! A little nausea never hurt anyone! It builds character!</p> <p>Let's get nauseous!</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Gabby Giffords: Everyone Should Have to Pass Background Check My Attacker Passed <a href="http://t.co/UnVQNvuMLL">http://t.co/UnVQNvuMLL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/2A?src=hash">#2A</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NRA?src=hash">#NRA</a></p> &mdash; NRA (@NRA) <a href="https://twitter.com/NRA/status/573503335468306433">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>This comes via the <em>New York Daily News</em>, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/nra-sick-reference-gabby-giffords-attack-article-1.2139045" target="_blank">which doesn't mince words</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><em>Hitting a new low in its disgusting war against gun laws, the National Rifle Association on Thursday went after Gabby Giffords with a personal attack mocking her 2011 shooting dismissively.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Have a nice day.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Guns Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:10:11 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 271446 at http://www.motherjones.com Instead of Tackling Its Rape Problem, India Just Banned a Documentary About It http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/india-bans-tv-stations-gang-rape <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Citing fears its broadcast would lead to "public outcry," an Indian court issued an order yesterday <a href="http://www.france24.com/en/20150304-india-bans-broadcast-gang-rapist-documentary/?aef_campaign_date=2015-03-04&amp;aef_campaign_ref=partage_aef&amp;dlvrit=66745&amp;ns_campaign=reseaux_sociaux&amp;ns_linkname=editorial&amp;ns_mchannel=social&amp;ns_source=twitter" target="_blank">blocking</a> the country's media from airing a documentary centering on the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman that occurred on a New Delhi bus.</p> <p>The BBC documentary, titled <em>India's Daughter</em>, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/world/asia/delhi-gang-rape-mukesh-singh.html?smid=tw-share&amp;_r=1" target="_blank">features an interview</a> with one of the six men accused of the crime, in which he repeatedly blames the victim for fighting back while she was raped. Mukesh Singh spoke to&nbsp;British filmmaker Leslee Udwin from prison, where Udwin says he appeared like <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/world/asia/delhi-gang-rape-mukesh-singh.html?smid=tw-share&amp;_r=1" target="_blank">"a robot" </a>during the 16 hours the interview was conducted.</p> <p>"You can't clap with one hand," Singh says in the film. "It takes two hands. A decent girl won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Boy and girl are not equal. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 percent of girls are good."</p> <p>Rajan Bhagat, a spokesperson for the New Delhi police, <a href="http://www.france24.com/en/20150304-india-bans-broadcast-gang-rapist-documentary/?aef_campaign_date=2015-03-04&amp;aef_campaign_ref=partage_aef&amp;dlvrit=66745&amp;ns_campaign=reseaux_sociaux&amp;ns_linkname=editorial&amp;ns_mchannel=social&amp;ns_source=twitter" target="_blank">told AFP</a> that police officials were concerned the "very objectionable interview" could incite violence.</p> <p>"We have only seen the promotional parts of the film. Based on that we took the matter to court because we felt that it will cause likely apprehension of public disorder," Bhagat <a href="http://www.france24.com/en/20150304-india-bans-broadcast-gang-rapist-documentary/?aef_campaign_date=2015-03-04&amp;aef_campaign_ref=partage_aef&amp;dlvrit=66745&amp;ns_campaign=reseaux_sociaux&amp;ns_linkname=editorial&amp;ns_mchannel=social&amp;ns_source=twitter" target="_blank">said. </a></p> <p>The brutal 2012 incident shocked the international community and prompted mass demonstrations in India. Over weeks of protests, advocates called for reform and increased protections for women in a country where sexual assault is perceived as a source of shame and often leads to <a href="http://world.time.com/2013/01/18/the-real-shame-indias-patriarchy-roars-back-after-delhi-gang-rape/" target="_blank">more restrictions</a> for women.</p> <p>But the controversy over <em>India's Daughter</em> demonstrates the country remains divided over the issue of sexual assault and how to move forward. India's parliamentary affairs minister M. Venkaiah Naidu <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/04/indias-daughter-director-appeals-to-narendra-modi-over-broadcast-ban" target="_blank">slammed</a> the documentary as an "international conspiracy to defame India." In its Tuesday order, the court echoed these concerns and said the film violated Indian law preventing "intent to cause alarm in the public."</p> <p>Udwin has asked the Indian prime minister to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/04/indias-daughter-director-appeals-to-narendra-modi-over-broadcast-ban" target="_blank">lift</a> the ban. The film premieres on <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05534p0" target="_blank">BBC</a> Wednesday evening.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV International Sex and Gender Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:44:49 +0000 Inae Oh 271336 at http://www.motherjones.com Why the Duke Basketball Sexual-Assault Story Won't Go Away Quickly http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/duke-sexual-assault-sulaimon-coach-k <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Duke University student newspaper <a href="http://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2015/03/02/rasheed-sulaimon-center-sexual-assault-allegations-prior-dismissal#.VPSsnkb-C6A" target="_blank">reported today</a> that a player recently dismissed from the school's powerhouse men's basketball team had been twice accused of sexual assault. Moreover, it found that athletic department officials, including Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, knew about the allegations as early as last March but failed to act for months.<a href="#update">*</a></p> <p>According to the <em>Chronicle</em>, two different women claimed that junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon had sexually assaulted them during the 2013-14 school year. In October 2013, a woman told classmates at a retreat that Sulaimon had assaulted her; at the same retreat in February 2014, another woman made a similar claim. The <em>Chronicle </em>reported that the team psychologist was made aware of the allegations in March 2014, and that several key members of the athletic department&mdash;including Krzyzewski, several assistant coaches, and athletic director Kevin White&mdash;found out shortly thereafter.</p> <p>At a press conference, Krzyzewski <a href="http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/12408702/duke-blue-devils-mike-krzyzewski-refuse-comment-rasheed-sulaimon-sexual-assault-allegations" target="_blank">declined to comment</a> on the <em>Chronicle</em> article. But here are three reasons why this particular story won't be going away anytime soon:</p> <ul><li><strong>Slow response:</strong> Neither woman filed a complaint with the university or went to the local police in part due to "the fear of backlash from the Duke fan base," according to the <em>Chronicle. </em>Nonetheless, the allegations reportedly were brought to the coaching staff shortly after the second incident was disclosed. According to the <em>Chronicle</em>, most Duke employees are required to report sexual assault; under <a href="http://knowyourix.org/title-ix/title-ix-the-basics/" target="_blank">Title IX</a>, the university must investigate any such allegations. "Nothing happened after months and months of talking about [the sexual assault allegations]," an anonymous source told the newspaper. "The University administration knew."</li> <li><strong>It's Duke, and Coach K: </strong>It has been nearly nine years since the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/opinion/22pubed.html?_r=" target="_blank">Duke lacrosse rape case</a>, which fell apart after months of intense scrutiny and media attention. Given the prominence of Krzyzewski and his program&mdash;he has the most wins of any Division I men's coach in history, and the Blue Devils are ranked No. 3 in the country&mdash;this story could gain a lot more traction as March Madness nears.&nbsp;Sulaimon was the first player Krzyzewski has <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/29/4515245_sulaimon-dismissed-from-duke-basketball.html?rh=1" target="_blank">dismissed</a> in his 35 years at Duke; here's how the coach described the decision in a January 29 press release: "Rasheed has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program. It is a privilege to represent Duke University and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner. After Rasheed repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss him from the program."</li> <li><strong>It's yet another sexual-assault accusation against a college athlete: </strong>The Sulaimon story comes just days after a former Louisville University basketball player was charged with <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/louisville/2015/02/26/louisville-basketball-chris-jones-arrest-warrant/24044629/" target="_blank">rape and sodomy</a>. On January 27, two former Vanderbilt University football players were <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/sec/2015/01/27/vanderbilt-players-verdict-guilty-rape-vandenburg-batey/22430567/" target="_blank">convicted</a> on multiple counts of sexual battery and aggravated rape, a case dissected in a <a href="http://www.si.com/college-football/2015/02/09/vanderbilt-rape-case-brandon-vandenburg-cory-batey" target="_blank"><em>Sports Illustrated</em></a> feature last month. And in another highly publicized recent case, Jameis Winston, Florida State University's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and the likely No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft, was accused but never charged of raping a fellow student. (The school recently <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/22/sports/ncaafootball/jameis-winston-is-cleared-in-florida-state-hearing.html" target="_blank">cleared</a> Winston of violating its code of conduct.)</li> </ul><p id="update"><strong>UPDATE, March 4, 2014: </strong>In a <a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2015-03-03/duke-ad-says-basketball-office-handled-sulaimon-allegations-ncaa-basketball-acc-sexual-assault?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">statement</a> released yesterday to the <em>Sporting News</em>, Duke athletic director Kevin White had this to say about how Krzyzewski and the athletic department handled the Sulaimon situation:</p> <blockquote> <p>Any allegation of student misconduct that is brought to the attention of our staff and coaches is immediately referred to the Office of Student Conduct in Student Affairs, which has responsibility for upholding the Duke code of conduct. &nbsp;The athletics department does not investigate or adjudicate matters of student conduct, and cooperates completely in the process&hellip;</p> <p>These investigations are conducted thoroughly, in a timely manner, and with great care to respect the privacy and confidentiality of all students involved.&nbsp;Those procedures have been, and continue to be, followed by Coach Mike Krzyzewski and all members of the men's basketball program. Coach Krzyzewski and his staff understand and have fulfilled their responsibilities to the university, its students and the community.</p> </blockquote> <p>For more on Duke's legal footing with regard to how much information it needs to share with the media, read Michael McCann's <a href="http://www.si.com/college-basketball/2015/03/04/duke-rasheed-sulaimon-allegations-coach-k" target="_blank">latest</a> at <em>Sports Illustrated</em>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sports Top Stories Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:32:53 +0000 Ian Gordon 271201 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Turn America's Doomed Infrastructure Into a Summer Blockbuster http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/watch-john-oliver-turn-americas-doomed-infrastructure-summer-blockbuster <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>America's infrastructure system&mdash;from its dams, bridges, roads, airports, etc.&mdash;is deteriorating and in need of a serious renovation. It's an issue most people agree on, and as <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpzvaqypav8" target="_blank">John Oliver noted last night,</a> even has the attention of a "total idiot" like Donald Trump.&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">Despite all this, the country remains pretty uninterested in doing anything about it.</span></p> <p>"The lack of political urgency in tackling this problem is insane," Oliver explained. "And you cannot tell me that you are not interested in this, because every summer, people flock to see our infrastructure threatened by terrorists and aliens."</p> <p>In hopes to cure America's blissful apathy to our crumbling infrastructure, <em>Last Week Tonight</em> took a cue from our movie-going habits by producing a gripping,&nbsp;<em>Armageddon</em>-like summer blockbuster to get people freaked out enough and finally start working on this major problem. Watch below:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wpzvaqypav8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:24:14 +0000 Inae Oh 271191 at http://www.motherjones.com O Glory! Pops Staples Was Magnificent—and Rockin' http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/02/pops-staples-monumental-legacy <!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/xUpSMPlBXf0?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Staple Singers<br><em>Freedom Highway Complete &ndash; Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church</em><br> Legacy<br><br> Pops Staples<br><em>Don't Lose This</em><br> dBpm/Anti-</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-02-26%20at%202.24.11%20PM.png" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>What a monumental legacy Roebuck "Pops" Staples left behind! From the mid-1950s on, his family group, the Staple Singers, was a premier gospel act. In the '70s, they scored a number of uplifting R&amp;B hits, including "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There." Up until his death in 2000, Pops Staples continued making compelling, moving music.</p> <p><em>Freedom Highway Complete</em>, recorded in April 1965, captures Pops and his kids, Mavis, Yvonne and Pervis, at the height of their testifying powers, electrifying a churchgoing audience the month after Dr. King's history-changing marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. From the exuberant title track to the foot-stomping "Samson and Delilah," it's a thrilling concert, thanks to the interplay of the Staples' robust voices, Pops' shimmering, pithy guitar licks, and spirit-lifting rhythms. It's magnificent&mdash;and rockin'!</p> <p><em>Don't Lose This </em>collects 10 songs that Pops recorded in 1999 but never finished. Last year, daughter Mavis took the incomplete recordings to Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, who worked on her more recent solo albums, and together they turned the tracks into a proper album, adding voices and instrumentation. (If Tweedy took the liberty of mimicking Pops' distinctive guitar in places, he did a great job.) Mavis' rousing voice is prominent, but it's still her dad's show. His tender yet forceful singing on "Somebody Was Watching Me" and on Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" is sure to inspire. The album is a fitting memorial to this endearing genius.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:00:10 +0000 Jon Young 271036 at http://www.motherjones.com President Obama: "I Loved Spock" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/02/president-obama-i-loved-spock <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>President Obama released a <a href="https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/571411444454961152" target="_blank">statement</a>&nbsp;Friday on the death of&nbsp;Leonard Nimoy. The actor, best known for his role as Spock on <em>Star Trek</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/02/rip-leonard-nimoy" target="_blank">died</a> at the age of 83 earlier today.</p> <blockquote> <p>Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek&rsquo;s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity&rsquo;s future.</p> <p>I loved Spock.</p> <p>In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for &ldquo;Live long and prosper.&rdquo; And after 83 years on this planet&ndash;&ndash;and on his visits to many others&ndash;&ndash;it&rsquo;s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.</p> </blockquote> <p>Upon meeting for the first time, Nimoy said the president greeted him with the iconic <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/a-mind-meld-qa-with-leonard-nimoy/" target="_blank">Vulcan salute</a>.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" scrollable="no" src="http://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4529613" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In the past, Obama has been criticized for being too <a href="http://www.vox.com/2014/10/24/7053903/josh-green-obama-crisis" target="_blank">"Spock-like"</a> or methodical in his proceedings, to which the president once playfully responded, "Is that a crack on my ears?"</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kk0JTQa5OVY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Nimoy's death has sparked an outpouring of eulogies from fans, fellow actors, and politicans alike. Earlier, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Spock is gone - and so is our last chance for a Vulcan mind meld with a great son of Boston. Sad day. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LLAP?src=hash">#LLAP</a></p> &mdash; Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) <a href="https://twitter.com/elizabethforma/status/571389010112860160">February 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> </center> <p>RIP.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Obama Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:45:12 +0000 Inae Oh 271151 at http://www.motherjones.com RIP Leonard Nimoy http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/02/rip-leonard-nimoy <!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.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html?smid=tw-bna" target="_blank">Leonard Nimoy</a>, best known for his role as the iconic Mr. Spock of "Star Trek" died on Friday at the age of 83.</p> <p>His wife confirmed the news to the <em>New York Times,</em> saying the actor died from "end-stage" pulmonary disease. Nimoy announced he had been battling the disease earlier this year and attributed his many years of smoking for the cause.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Don't smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP</p> &mdash; Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheRealNimoy/status/554102742084370432">January 11, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Below is his last tweet:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP</p> &mdash; Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheRealNimoy/status/569762773204217857">February 23, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Aj-VzCg3syE" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:37:18 +0000 Inae Oh 271116 at http://www.motherjones.com