Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2012/01 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en This Washington Post Headline Is the Funniest Thing You'll Read All Weekend http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/life-without-laughter-isnt-life-at-all <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Got the winter blues? Well, turn that frown upside down! Here's a thing to make you smile.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Sarah Palin says she&rsquo;s "seriously interested" in a 2016 campaign <a href="http://t.co/cmJVcq52J9">http://t.co/cmJVcq52J9</a></p> &mdash; Washington Post (@washingtonpost) <a href="https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/559031498717036544">January 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>In other pretend candidate news:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" lang="en"> <p>Guys he's totally serious this time RT <a href="https://twitter.com/costareports">@costareports</a>: Trump ends his speech: "I am seriously thinking of running for president"</p> &mdash; Josh Barro (@jbarro) <a href="https://twitter.com/jbarro/status/559051191184019456">January 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>What a time to be alive.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:31:50 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268776 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is Why Under-Inflated Footballs Could Have Given Tom Brady An Advantage http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/science-under-inflated-footballs <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>To those of us for whom the nuances of professional football tactics are a bit of a mystery, there was one question looming over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/tom-brady-isnt-isis" target="_blank">surreal Ballghazi press conference yesterday</a> that went unanswered: What's so great, in theory, about a deflated football? Seems like, if anything, an under-inflated ball would be less aerodynamic?</p> <p>Turns out, the potential benefit is all about grippiness. From <em><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/01/23/deflate-gate-science-underinflated-footballs/" target="_blank">Fox Sports</a>:</em></p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://johnericgoff.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">John Eric Goff</a>, professor of physics at Lynchburg College in Virginia and author of &ldquo;Gold Medal Physics:&nbsp;The Science of Sports,&rdquo; told FoxNews.com that the league-mandated PSI range is ideal for playing football. &ldquo;If, however, there&rsquo;s rain or snow or something else happening, that would make the ball a bit slicker, so having a bit less pressure in the ball makes it easier to squeeze and the grip improves,&rdquo; he added.</p> </blockquote> <p>Interesting!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Science Sports Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:20:51 +0000 Tim McDonnell 268766 at http://www.motherjones.com Black Man Lawfully Carrying Gun Gets Pummeled by White Vigilante at Walmart http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/black-man-gun-permit-walmart-florida-vigilante <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>There is no shortage of debate about whether <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/mass-shootings-investigation" target="_blank">allowing citizens to carry concealed guns</a> makes society safer. You may be shocked to learn that the answer could depend in part on <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/science-of-racism-prejudice" target="_blank">the color of a citizen's skin</a>.</p> <p>Exhibit A this week, from Florida: A surveillance video from a Walmart located near Tampa shows 62-year-old <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/man-shopping-for-coffee-creamer-at-walmart-attacked-by-vigilante-for/2214432" target="_blank">Clarence Daniels</a>&nbsp;trying to enter&nbsp;the store to purchase some coffee creamer for his wife&nbsp;this past Tuesday. He barely steps through the automatic doors before he is pummeled&nbsp;by shopper&nbsp;Michael Foster, a 43-year-old white man.</p> <p>"He's got a gun!" Foster shouts, to which Daniels replies, "I have a permit!"</p> <p>According to local news reports, Foster originally spotted Daniels in the store's parking lot placing his legally owned handgun underneath his coat. In keeping with Florida's well-known <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/07/trayvon-martin-vigilante-spirit-us-justice" target="_blank">vigilante spirit</a>, Foster decided to take matters into his own hands by following&nbsp;Daniels&nbsp;into the Walmart. Without warning, he tackled Daniels and placed him in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/police-misconduct-payments-eric-garner-nypd" target="_blank">a&nbsp;chokehold</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Police soon arrived and confirmed Daniels indeed had a permit for the handgun.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Unfortunately, he tackled a guy that was a law-abiding citizen," <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/white-vigilante-puts-62-year-old-black-man-in-chokehold-for-legally-carrying-gun-in-florida-walmart/" target="_blank">said</a> Larry McKinnon, a police spokesperson. "We understand it's alarming for people to see other people with guns, but Florida has a large population of concealed weapons permit holders."</p> <p>Foster is now facing battery charges.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qkYipbgD16w" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Guns Race and Ethnicity Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:40:42 +0000 Inae Oh 268746 at http://www.motherjones.com Melinda Gates Shames Anti-Vaxxers "Who Have Forgotten What Measles Death Looks Like" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/melinda-gates-vaccinations <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On the heels of an increasingly widening measles outbreak at <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/01/measles-outbreak-disneyland-anti-vaxxers" target="_blank">Disneyland</a>&nbsp;in California, where at least 28&nbsp;of the people infected were reportedly unvaccinated,&nbsp;<a href="http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/melinda-gates-annual-letter-2015/54b9769c2b8c2a1d7d000110" target="_blank">Melinda Gates</a> is urging parents to take advantage of healthcare resources in the United States and get their children vaccinated.</p> <p>"We take vaccines so for granted in the United States," Gates explained during an appearance on HuffPost Live Thursday. "Women in the developing world know the power of [vaccines]. They will walk 10 kilometers in the heat with their child and line up to get a vaccine because they have seen death."</p> <p>In detailing the struggle parents in the developing world endure to have their children vaccinated, Gates said Americans have simply "forgotten what measles death looks like."&nbsp;</p> <p>Through her&nbsp;philanthropy work with husband Bill Gates, Melinda&nbsp;has long worked to help people in developing countries&nbsp;obtain basic healthcare treatment, including vaccine deliveries.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I'd say to the people of the United States: We're incredibly lucky to have that technology and we ought to take advantage of it," she added.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the United States, the highly contagious disease has reemerged in recent years&nbsp;thanks to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/vaccine-exemptions-states-pertussis-map" target="_blank">anti-vaccination movement</a> and personal belief exemptions. Use of the controversial waivers is particularly prominent in California.</p> <p>The recent outbreak at Disneyland has heightened&nbsp;the debate. According to the<em> Associated Press</em>, those infected range from just <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/disney-parks-linked-measles-outbreak-grows-70-cases-062159097.html" target="_blank">seven months to 70-years-old</a>, including five park employees.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. James Cherry, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of California-Los Angeles,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/us/measles-cases-linked-to-disneyland-rise-and-debate-over-vaccinations-intensifies.html" target="_blank">told the <em>New York</em> <em>Times</em></a> the current outbreak is "100 percent connected" to the anti-immunization movement.</p> <p>"It wouldn't have happened otherwise&mdash;it wouldn't have gone anywhere. There are some pretty dumb people out there."</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" scrollable="no" src="http://embed.live.huffingtonpost.com/HPLEmbedPlayer/?segmentId=54b9769c2b8c2a1d7d000110&amp;autoPlay=false" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Health Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:20:55 +0000 Inae Oh 268726 at http://www.motherjones.com Netflix Just Released the Trailer for Tina Fey's New Sitcom and It Looks Incredible http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/tina-fey-new-sitcom-trailer-unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-netflix <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mNKEKlXY3Z4" width="630"></iframe>Welcome to your new favorite thing. Finally, a glimpse of <em>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</em>&mdash;the latest from Tina Fey and the team behind <em>30 Rock</em>&mdash;which comes to Netflix on March 6. Reminiscent of the recent rash of reality TV shows like <em>Breaking the Faith</em> and <em>Breaking Amish</em>, the comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (<em>The Office, <em>Bridesmaids</em></em>) follows a peppy former doomsday cult victim as she tries to make a new life in New York City, having been rescued from an Indiana bunker. Hilarity ensues. Alongside Kemper, it's a joy to see former <em>30 Rock</em> stars Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess.</p> <p>The first sitcom for Fey since <em>30 Rock</em> was originally developed to air on NBC (co-written by NBC show-runner Robert Carlock), but it was bought up by Netflix <a href="http://deadline.com/2014/11/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-tina-fey-robert-carlock-netflix-2-season-pickup-nbc-1201292254/" target="_blank">last November</a>. At a recent press conference for TV critics, Fey joked that the lack of network restrictions on streaming platforms was creatively liberating: "I think season two's gonna mostly be shower sex," she said, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/01/09/376222117/new-streaming-services-are-changing-tv-and-viewers-too" target="_blank">according to NPR</a>.</p> <p>For someone who has made network TV her career, the shift to streaming is a big move for Fey. But she told critics that the basics of any television series still apply on Netflix: "People still have that communal feeling when the next season of <em>Orange is the New Black</em> goes up. And they do want to talk about it, they do want to email about it and they do want to talk about it at work. So you still have the communal feeling of, like, 'Oh we want to see this and talk about it right now.'"</p> <p>The only catch? "Its just not literally at that specific hour of the night."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV Media Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:18:41 +0000 James West 268696 at http://www.motherjones.com Listen to Tom Brady Talk About His Deflated Balls...and ISIS http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/tom-brady-isnt-isis <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Tom Brady would like you to know that he is innocent...also, <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/super-bowl-xlix/patriots-qb-tom-brady-no-knowledge-wrongdoing-deflate-gate-n291551" target="_blank">"this isn't ISIS."</a></p> <p>Here is a video, courtesy of our friends across the aisle at<em> National Review. </em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ApTQWZ48zS8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Also, here is a Vine of just the ISIS part.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="630" src="https://vine.co/v/OIpB5rwMd16/embed/simple" width="630"></iframe><script async src="//platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Sports!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sports Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:17:01 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268686 at http://www.motherjones.com Dinesh D'Souza Says Obama Hasn't Lived the "African American Experience" Because He Grew Up in Hawaii http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/megyn-kelly-dinesh-dsouza <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Barack Obama is an African American man. He is black and he was born in&nbsp;Hawaii.&nbsp;He is the president of the United States.</p> <p>Despite all this, conservative author and convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza tried to convince Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Monday that the president has <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dinesh-dsouza-megyn-kelly-obama-black-experience" target="_blank">not lived the "African American experience"</a> for reasons that&nbsp;first included the president not having "descended from slaves on either side of his family."&nbsp;</p> <p>When asked for clarification, considering Obama indeed has "black skin and grew up in America as a black man," as a rather shocked Kelly correctly noted, D'Souza answered, "Well he grew up in Hawaii."</p> <p>"That's America!" Kelly reminded him.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unable to put the breaks on his thought process, D'Souza trailed on with mentions of the president's past trips to Indonesia and Kenya as further proof he has not lived the true African American experience.</p> <p>"Oh come on Dinesh! That does not deprive him of the African American experience."</p> <p>This all follows a series of bizarre tweets from D'Souza, in which he <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/dsouza-honors-mlk-with-interesting-parallel.html" target="_blank">compared himself </a>to Martin Luther King Jr. and Obama to J. Edgar Hoover.&nbsp;</p> <p>Monday's&nbsp;segment concluded with our momentary hero, Megyn Kelly, asking D'Souza how his time holed up in&nbsp;a community confinement center after being convicted of campaign finance fraud&nbsp;was going.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LUOI8PI5npQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Obama Race and Ethnicity Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:23:19 +0000 Inae Oh 268466 at http://www.motherjones.com If You Watch "The Good Wife," This Tweet Is Going To Blow Your Mind http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/if-you-watch-good-wife-tweet-going-blow-your-mind <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>The Good Wife</em> is the best show in the world. It's on hiatus until March 1 and I was really upset about it but at least this happened tonight:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Michelle Obama is on her Alicia Florrick tonight &mdash; and I am here for it. (cc: <a href="https://twitter.com/emilynussbaum">@emilynussbaum</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/SPBVIP">@SPBVIP</a>): <a href="http://t.co/XL8wsMeBhq">pic.twitter.com/XL8wsMeBhq</a></p> &mdash; S. Alexander Smith (@SAlexanderPhD) <a href="https://twitter.com/SAlexanderPhD/status/557731483251916800">January 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>Thank you, <a href="https://twitter.com/SAlexanderPhD/status/" target="_blank">S. Alexander Smith.</a> I want to be your best friend.</p> <p>(<em>via <a href="http://twitter.com/jameswest2000" target="_blank">James West</a></em><a href="http://twitter.com/jameswest2000" target="_blank">)</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Obama Michelle Obama Wed, 21 Jan 2015 03:01:58 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268531 at http://www.motherjones.com Alabama School Superintendent Stops Students From Going to See "Selma" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/alabama-students-selma-movie <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Last week, a school superintendent in Alabama <a href="http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2015/01/collinsville_high_selma.html" target="_blank">turned down a request</a> from a group of high school students to go to a screening of <em>Selma</em>, the critically acclaimed film about&nbsp;Martin Luther King Jr.'s crusade for civil rights in Alabama, because it is filled with naughty curse words.</p> <p>Superintendent Hugh Taylor told <em><a href="http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2015/01/collinsville_high_selma.html" target="_blank">Al.com</a>&nbsp;</em>his objection stemmed&nbsp;from a recommendation made by <a href="http://www.kids-in-mind.com/s/selma.htm" target="_blank">"Kids in Mind</a>," a website that appears to guide overbearing parents to which movies are acceptable for their kids to see.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>I understand the movie has a lot of historical value. The request was denied based on language. [The website] told me there were about two F-words in that movie, which I presume may mean more. The school that wanted to go [Collinsville High] is a multicultural school and [the website] said there were going to be 26 African-American connotations, which I thought would probably be inappropriate. I deemed this movie in particular inappropriate and that's my job as the head of the school system to make those decisions.</p> </blockquote> <p>Taylor's decision, which he says was made in part out of concern for Dekalb County's taxpayer money being spent on "filthy language," comes as theaters across the country are hosting <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/selma-expands-free-screenings-to-over-275000-students/" target="_blank">free-screenings</a> to hundreds of thousands of&nbsp;students hoping to view the same film. Despite the national embrace and <em>Selma</em>'s official PG-13 rating, however, Taylor said he simply could not permit students to experience a movie with the "F-word in it."&nbsp;</p> <p>"I'm just not going to do that," he said.</p> <p>"I"m telling you I'm denying this because of&nbsp;the&nbsp;language," an insistent Taylor protested too much.&nbsp;"I'm trying to explain to you because I don't think it's going to be told correctly. That's why I have a hard time talking to the media, because I want the truth to be told. I'm denying it based on language. Just make sure you put that in, please."&nbsp;</p> <p>"I don't rule over these people with an iron fist or a big club," he added.&nbsp;</p> <p>Alabama is one of three states in the country that simultaneously observes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/its-mlk-day...and-robert-e.-lee-day--386388547871" target="_blank">Robert E. Lee Day</a>&nbsp;alongside Martin Luther King Day.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/school-superintendent-denies-student-request-to-watch-selma-because-of-bad-language/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">(h/t Mediaite)</span></a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV Race and Ethnicity Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:12:39 +0000 Inae Oh 268446 at http://www.motherjones.com Ty Segall's new EP, "Mr. Face," Is a Tasty Treat http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/ty-segall-mr-face-live-san-francisco <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eBj2zPROIHk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Ty Segall<br><em>Mr. Face</em><br> Famous Class</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/ty_MrFace_CoverArt_0.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Ty Segall just can't stop making music&mdash;solo, in his band, or in collaboration with others; on singles, EPs and albums. He unleashes a flood of psychedelic garage rock with manic fervor, suggesting a condemned man desperate to be heard before his time runs out. If his prolific output sometimes cries out for an editor (especially when it comes to the songwriting) Segall's unfeigned, life-affirming enthusiasm is never less than irresistible. The physical version of the four-song <em>Mr. Face</em> EP is a pair of translucent red-and-blue seven-inch vinyl records billed as "the world's first playable pair of 3D glasses," but it's a tasty treat whether or not you dig novelty packaging. The jumpy title track is an acoustic rave-up that hints at a strong Violent Femmes influence. Elsewhere Segall is his usual exuberant self, plugged in and happy to blast. And coming next week: the Ty Segall Band's <em>Live in San Francisco</em> on the Castle Face label, a full-length set of feedback, heavy riffs, big beats and yowling vocals, guaranteed to cure the blahs with caffeinated pizzazz.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 268416 at http://www.motherjones.com "Baby Turtle Eating Strawberry" Is the Most Adorable Thing I Have Ever Seen http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/baby-turtle-eating-strawberry-most-adorable-thing-i-have-ever-seen <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>I don't know if <a href="https://vine.co/v/OjjBIwQTbXM" target="_blank">this</a> is real. I don't know the context. I saw it on Twitter and it appears to be from some fly-by-night <a href="https://vine.co/u/1116849842531254272" target="_blank">viral Vine account</a>. So full disclosure, that could very well be an ambitious USC undergraduate in a turtle costume. Maybe that strawberry was created by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_Light_%26_Magic" target="_blank">Industrial Light &amp; Magic</a>. Having said that, I don't care. This is so adorable. I've never seen anything this adorable. And I've seen adorable things! I've seen bunnies hold hands and beagles wrestle. This baby turtle puts them all to shame. It makes the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/watching-porcupine-taste-pumpkin-why-world-going-be-okay-today" target="_blank">porcupine eating a pumpkin</a> video look like <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgiven" target="_blank"><em>Unforgiven</em></a>. <em>Unforgiven</em> is not adorable! It's a blood soaked black hole from which cuteness cannot escape. That is how adorable this vine is.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/OjjBIwQTbXM/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe><script async src="//platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>via</em> <a href="https://twitter.com/yeslaurenevans/status/556899022431342592" target="_blank">Lauren Evans</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Animals Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:02:17 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268431 at http://www.motherjones.com "Daily Show" Explains the Absurdity in Alabama's New Abortion Law That Appoints Lawyers for Fetuses http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/alabama-abortion <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Back in September, <em>Mother Jones</em> reporter&nbsp;Molly Redden investigated a&nbsp;new law in Alabama <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/teen-abortion-judicial-bypass-parental-notification" target="_blank">forcing&nbsp;pregnant teenagers</a> seeking an abortion to first receive parental consent. If she is unable to get permission, the teenager&nbsp;is then put on trial, giving judges the right to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/alabama-abortion-law-attorney-fetus-lawyers" target="_blank">appoint attorneys</a> to defend the unborn fetus.</p> <p>This all sounds insane. Last night, "The Daily Show" sent correspondent Jessica Williams to the state to&nbsp;investigate. Here's how some of that absurdity played out:</p> <p>"You get a call from a fetus seeking legal representation, then what happens?" Williams asks unborn fetus attorney Julian McPhillips.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I cannot get a call from a fetus for anything much less legal representation," he answers.</p> <p>When questioned&nbsp;about how he meets in confidentiality with his unborn client, McPhillips shoots back, "I cannot communicate with them directly, you know better than to ask the question."</p> <p>"Well I don't know! You have a crazy ass job, sir.&nbsp;I don't know what's in the realm of possibility and what's in the realm of not possible."&nbsp;</p> <p>For more on how judges humiliate teens seeking abortions, read our in-depth <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/teen-abortion-judicial-bypass-parental-notification" target="_blank">report</a> here.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Watch below:</strong></p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:a6bc8c83-4fd9-4664-9e66-66cc78c3d1c1" width="630"></iframe></div> <div style="padding:4px;">&nbsp;</div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Reproductive Rights Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:32:04 +0000 Inae Oh 268351 at http://www.motherjones.com We Have Some Bad News For You About That Hilarious Dog-Walker Craigslist Ad Everyone Is Talking About http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/dog-walker-craigslist-ad-seattle <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em><strong>Update, Sunday, January 18, 2015:</strong> We have more bad news. Apparently this dude is a <a href="https://medium.com/@gilbertjasono/ive-been-plagiarized-70df53feb046" target="_blank">plagiarist.</a>&nbsp;</em>Yahoo Tech<em> editor Jason Gilbert wrote this Craigslist post years ago and the guy in Seattle stole it.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>On Sunday, a "dog-walker" in Seattle posted a <a href="http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pet/4842776649.html" target="_blank">Craigslist ad offering</a> their services to "rich-ass dog owners." The lengthy&mdash;and hilarious!&mdash;ad <a href="http://Ben%20Dreyfuss%20%5B3:09%20PM%5D3:09%20https://twitter.com/search?q=http%3A%2F%2Fseattle.craigslist.org%2Fsee%2Fpet%2F4842776649.html&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">took the internet by storm</a>. One site went so far as to call it the "<a href="http://happyplace.someecards.com/craigslist/this-dogwalker-has-written-the-great-american-craigslist-ad/" target="_blank">Great American Craigslist&nbsp;Ad.</a>"&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><em>HEY RICH-ASS DOG OWNERS:</em></p> <p><em>Are you at the office 23 hours a day in a coke-fueled effort to squeeze every last penny out of your 20's and 30's?</em></p> <p><em>Are you going out of town with your post-divorce trophy-girlfriend to visit your slave ship collection in the Barbados?</em></p> <p><em>Do you work for a corporation that received Tarp money?</em></p> <p><em>I AM YOUR DOG-WALKER</em></p> <p><em>I am the most radical, bitching, mind blowing dog- walking experience in all of Seattle. All dogs are STOKED when I'm around, regardless of breed or sex. Your dog is gonna be on me like Charlie Sheen on a porn star mad of amphetamines; when I'm ascending toward penthouse suite in your private elevator, bitch's nipples are gonna be ROCK HARD.</em></p> <p><em>Do I have experience walking dogs?</em></p> <p><em>I'M A HUMAN BEING, OF COURSE I HAVE EXPERIENCE WALKING DOGS. THIS ISN'T LINEAR ALGEBRA, FOLKS; ITS DOG-WALKING</em></p> </blockquote> <p>The heroic rant <a href="http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pet/4842776649.html" target="_blank">continues</a>. Other people found it quite amusing as well&nbsp;and deemed it the latest&nbsp;"great American Craigslist ad."&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Possibly the best craigslist ad ever. I WILL WALK YOUR DOG. <a href="http://t.co/wAxEGwCen0">http://t.co/wAxEGwCen0</a></p> &mdash; Jenny Blackburn (@blackburnjenny) <a href="https://twitter.com/blackburnjenny/status/555605609429491712">January 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Greatest Craigslist ad ever? I WILL WALK YOUR DOG <a href="http://t.co/T0Jv8SRVaX">http://t.co/T0Jv8SRVaX</a></p> &mdash; David Faris (@davidmfaris) <a href="https://twitter.com/davidmfaris/status/555742702948859904">January 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Hire this person immediately! Funniest ad EVER. <a href="http://t.co/HlIToIRWx6">http://t.co/HlIToIRWx6</a></p> &mdash; Caitlin Kelly (@CaitlinKellyNYC) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaitlinKellyNYC/status/555643518580834304">January 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>But when reached for comment, our "dog-walker" revealed the hard-hitting truth.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><em>Ummm... I posted this as a joke. I have surprisingly gotten people that want me to walk their dogs. Ive got more marriage proposals and offers for sex more than anything. I prefer to remain anonymous but i will tell you that I am married with a daughter and contrary to my post(that is a joke) I make a comfortable living and I'm pretty much your average joe family man. The reason I posted it is to show what happens when you go to college and stack up student loans and dont have a plan afterwards. you'll turn out having to walk dogs with a shitty outlook on society.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>The moral of this story is that nothing on the internet is ever true.</p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">Sorry, guys.</span></p> <p><em>Here is a screenshot of the ad for when it gets taken down:</em></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p>i&rsquo;m not sure if i&rsquo;d let this person walk my dog or not <a href="http://t.co/nBE9GiDp2a">http://t.co/nBE9GiDp2a</a> <a href="http://t.co/CYQqE03oiM">pic.twitter.com/CYQqE03oiM</a></p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/555270217384095746">January 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Mixed Media Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:24:18 +0000 Inae Oh 268306 at http://www.motherjones.com Charlie Hebdo Unveils First Cover Since Paris Massacre Featuring Image of Muhammad http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-cover <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em><strong>Warning: An image of the controversial cover appears below. </strong></em></p> <p><em>Charlie Hebdo </em>unveiled the cover illustration for its first issue following last week's deadly attack on the magazine. The cover, for what is being dubbed the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2015/01/12/charlie-hebdo-reveals-next-cover-a-cartoon-of-prophet-muhammad-behind-the-sign-je-suis-charlie/" target="_blank">"survivors' issue,"</a> features an image of the Prophet Muhammad holding a "Je Suis Charlie" sign. The words "Tous Est Pardonn&eacute;"&mdash;"All Is Forgiven"&mdash;hang above. A tear is falling from his eye.</p> <p>"We don't feel any hate to them," cartoonist Zineb El Rhazoui, who survived the attack and worked on the new edition, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jan/13/charlie-hebdo-cover-magazine-prophet-muhammad" target="_blank">told</a> the BBC, referring to the terrorists. "We know that the struggle is not with them as people, but the struggle is with an ideology." Asked if the cover might alienate Muslims who have spoken out against the violence and in support of the satirical magazine&mdash;after all, Islam prohibits the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/10/drawing-prophet-islam-muhammad-images" target="_blank">portrayal</a> of Muhammad&mdash;she said that Islam ought to be treated like any other religion and that anyone who is offended need not buy the issue.</p> <p><em>Charlie </em><em>Hebdo</em>'s decision to print an image of the prophet appears to be in direct defiance of the two terrorists who executed 12 of the magazine's staff members last week. <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/charlie-hebdo-front-covers#.ajQBva4JE" target="_blank">Past covers</a> in which the prophet was illustrated, many times&nbsp;in crude or offensive light, have drawn&nbsp;the ire of Muslims throughout the world, prompting&nbsp;repeated threats of violence against the controversial&nbsp;publication. Since the attack in Paris, various news outlets, including the <em>New York Times</em> and the Associated Press, said they would <a href="http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/charlie-hebdo-cartoon-publication-debate/" target="_blank">not be publishing</a> <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> images depicting the prophet because of its <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ap-removes-images-charlie-hebdo" target="_blank">"deliberately provocative"</a> intent. Other publications, including the <em>Washington Post</em> and the <em>Guardian</em>, have gone ahead and&nbsp;published the latest cover, citing&nbsp;freedom of speech, the covers' newsworthy element, and the special role <a href="http://www.vox.com/2015/1/12/7518349/charlie-hebdo-racist" target="_blank">that scorching satire</a> has in French political and cultural life. For the<em> Post</em>, it is&nbsp;the first time a depiction of the prophet has appeared. Executive Editor Martin Baron said that although the paper prohibits material that is <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/washington-post-carries-new-charlie-hebdo-cover-depicting-prophet-muhammad/2015/01/12/e4fce506-9ac0-11e4-96cc-e858eba91ced_story.html" target="_blank">"deliberately"</a> offensive, <em>Charlie </em><em>Hebdo</em>'s newest cover did not meet that measure; the <em>Guardian</em> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jan/13/charlie-hebdo-cover-magazine-prophet-muhammad" target="_blank">explained</a> it would be publishing this cover because of its "news value."</p> <p>While&nbsp;<em>Charlie Hebdo&nbsp;</em>has historically skewered all religions and various government figures, in the past few years, its editors have specifically targeted Islam. Given France's fraught relations with its Muslim population, many have questioned whether <em>Charlie Hebdo </em>went too far, or as one French politician once put it, chose to <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/paris-attack-clash-whether-limit-press-freedom-221515060.html" target="_blank">"pour oil on the fire."</a>&nbsp;Following last week's attack, Adam Shatz wrote in the <a href="http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2015/01/09/adam-shatz/moral-clarity/" target="_blank"><em>London Book of Review:</em></a></p> <blockquote> <p>Charlie Hebdo had an equal opportunity policy when it came to giving offense, but in recent years it had come to lean heavily on jokes about Muslims, who are among the most vulnerable citizens in France. Assia [a pseudonym Shatz&nbsp;refers to in his piece] does not believe in censorship, but wonders: "Is this really the time for cartoons lampooning the Prophet, given the situation of North Africans in France?"&hellip;If France continues to treat French men of North African origin as if they were a threat to "our" civilisation, more of them are likely to declare themselves a threat, and follow the example of the Kouachi brothers. This would be a gift both to Marine Le Pen and the jihadists, who operate from the same premise: that there is an apocalyptic war between Europe and Islam. We are far from that war, but the events of 7 January have brought us a little closer.</p> </blockquote> <p>The issue is set for release January 14, with an estimated <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/01/12/charlie-hebdo-to-print-mohammed-cartoons.html" target="_blank">3 million copies</a> being printed. The normal circulation for the magazine has been 60,000.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/o-CHARLIE-COVER-570_0_1.jpg" style="width: 250px;"><div class="caption"><a href="http://assets.motherjones.com/politics/2015/o-CHARLIE-COVER-570.jpg" target="_blank"><strong>Click for larger version.</strong></a> <em>Charlie </em>Hebdo</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Update, January 14, 2015, 8:50 a.m. EST: </strong>After copies <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jan/14/charlie-hebdo-issue-on-sale-paris-attacks-france-queues" target="_blank">sell out </a>in France, <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> raised&nbsp;its print run to 5 million.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media International Media Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:15:17 +0000 Inae Oh 268116 at http://www.motherjones.com Jon Stewart Explains What's Wrong With World Leaders Who Censor the Press Claiming #JeSuisCharlie http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/jon-stewart-obama-paris-march <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Citing the importance of political optics, many have vocalized anger over President Obama's notable absence during Sunday's march in Paris showing solidarity with <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> victims. The massive demonstration drew over 1.3 million people, with <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/marchers-world-leaders-gather-paris-cry-freedom-rally/story?id=28144762" target="_blank">world leaders</a> including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also in attendance.</p> <p>Jon Stewart is among&nbsp;those unhappy with the president's decision. But unlike most of Obama's critics this week, <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/iczhm8/march-of-the-parisiens" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Show </em></a>host got to the&nbsp;<em>real</em> reason Obama should have joined his fellow heads of state in&nbsp;"the most powerful game of Red Rover ever."&nbsp;</p> <p>"How could the U.S. not be there when representatives of such beacons of freedom and lack of censorship as journalist-punishing Russia was there?" Stewart asked. "Journalist-jailing Turkey was there! Egypt, nuff' said! Palestinian-jailing cartoonist Israel was there!"</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:29f456ba-9dc6-4a01-9f15-a0cb83e0129b" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV International Media Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:58:43 +0000 Inae Oh 268121 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch: Maggie Gyllenhaal Just Gave a Perfect Golden Globes Speech http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/watch-maggie-gyllenhaal-just-gave-perfect-golden-globes-speech <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Maggie Gyllenhaal is great. She just won the Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie Golden Globe for "The Honourable Woman." Her speech was perfect.</p> <p>"I've noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. And when I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I've watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not, and what I think is new is the wealth of roles for <strong><em>actual women</em></strong> in television and in film. That's what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it's what's turning me on."</p> <p>Watch, watch, watch:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JVE2KrHuECA?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Mon, 12 Jan 2015 03:05:15 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268026 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Opening Monologue at the Golden Globes http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/watch-tina-fey-and-amy-poehlers-opening-monolgue-golden-globes <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Golden Globes are tonight! Tina Fey and Amy Poheler are hosting! They just finished up their monologue! They finished up their monoluge with some semi-awkward Bill Cosby jokes!</p> <p>Watch!</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Aw-wODbjmZI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Mon, 12 Jan 2015 01:38:28 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268016 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is One of the Worst Retractions a Newspaper Has Ever Had to Publish http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/one-worst-newspaper-retractions-i-can-imagine-having-issue <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The <em>News-Enterprise</em> in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, had a story on its front page today that <a href="http://www.wave3.com/story/27791656/elizabethtown-newspaper-apologizes-for-major-error-in-police-story" target="_blank">paraphrased a local police official</a> as saying that most cops typically go into law enforcement "because they have a desire to shoot minorities." Spicy stuff! Only problem: It never happened.</p> <p>The paper quickly issued a retraction on its home page and updated the <a href="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/law-enforcement-be-honored-service" target="_blank">online version of the story</a>&mdash;ironically headlined "Law enforcement to be honored for service"&mdash;to include a formal apology from editor Ben Sheroan. The corrected story now reads: "Hardin County Sheriff John Ward said those who go into the law enforcement profession typically do it because they have a desire to serve the community."</p> <p>So what happened? The paper initially called it a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheNewsEnterprise/posts/10153067029939973" target="_blank">"typographical mistake" </a>but that obviously didn't make any sense. <a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2015/01/08/kentucky-newspaper-retracts-major-error-in-police-story/" target="_blank">Jim Romenesko reports</a> that it was actually a joke mistake. "One [copy desk staffer] wrote the 'shoot minorities' line on the page proof as a joke and the second&mdash;in charge of the front page&mdash;put it in the story."</p> <p>Never joke on the page proofs.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p>This is a really bad error in Elizabethtown newspaper...I mean really bad: <a href="http://t.co/R07pgmTiMd">pic.twitter.com/R07pgmTiMd</a></p> &mdash; Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) <a href="https://twitter.com/KySportsRadio/status/553256552988409856">January 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Mixed Media Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:04:35 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 267871 at http://www.motherjones.com Jessica Chastain Hits Back at Russell Crowe's Denial of Hollywood's Ageism Problem http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/jessica-chastain-russell-crowe-ageism <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Jessica Chastain is firing back at comments made by actor Russell Crowe, after he attempted to explain why there aren't enough roles for women over the age of 40 by blaming unrealistic, female desires to only play the hot young thing.</p> <p>Crowe's controversial comments came during a recent interview with <em><a href="http://www.aww.com.au/news-features/in-the-mag/2014/12/russell-crowe-hollywood-actresses-need-to-act-their-age" target="_blank">Australian Women's Weekly</a>:</em></p> <blockquote> <p>The best thing about the industry I'm in &ndash; movies &ndash; is that there are roles for people in all different stages of life. To be honest, I think you'll find that the woman who is saying that (the roles have dried up) is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ing&eacute;nue and can&rsquo;t understand why she's not being cast as the 21 year old.</p> </blockquote> <p>In response to Crowe's victim-blaming away Hollywood's<a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/04/leading-men-age-but-their-love-interests-dont.html" target="_blank"> well-documented ageism problem</a>, Chastain told reporters, "Russell keeps getting his foot stuck in his mouth!"</p> <p>"T<span>here are some incredible actresses in their 50s and 60s that are not getting opportunities in film, and for someone to say there are plenty of roles for women that age, </span><span class="s1">[that]&nbsp;is not someone who's going to the movie theater," she added.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Riding to Crowe's defense, however, is 18-time Academy Award nominee <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/07/meryl-streep-defends-russell-crowe_n_6432186.html" target="_blank">Meryl Streep</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>I read what he said -- all of what he said. It's been misappropriated, what he was talking about. He was talking about himself. The journalist asked him, 'Why don&rsquo;t you do another 'Gladiator,' you know, everybody loved that.' He said, 'I'm too old. I can't be the gladiator anymore. I'm playing parts that are appropriate to my age. Then the conversation went on to actresses. So that was proving a point, that he was talking about himself, as most actors do. That aside, I agree with him. It's good to live in the place where you are. You can put old age on; it's a lot harder to take it off.</p> </blockquote> <p>But as <a href="http://jezebel.com/is-russell-crowe-a-dick-meryl-streep-and-jessica-ch-1678216808" target="_blank"><em>Jezebel</em></a> points out, Streep is not dismissing the charge that Hollywood lacks roles for older women&mdash;she has spoken out against both <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/meryl-streep-admits-thinks-hollywood-ageist/story?id=27503680" target="_blank">sexism and ageism</a> in the film industry on numerous occasions. Streep is suggesting actors in general play their own age. Chastain is saying that many great actresses aren't given that opportunity.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Sex and Gender Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:27:52 +0000 Inae Oh 267786 at http://www.motherjones.com Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Bringing Science to Late Night Television http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/neil-degrasse-tyson-gets-talk-show-online-news-outlets-rejoice <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>"April is the cruelest month, breeding/ lilacs out of the dead land, mixing," <a href="http://www.bartleby.com/201/1.html" target="_blank">wrote T.S. Eliot</a>. I don't know what the hell he was on about because this April is going to be awesome.</p> <p>Famous science man Neil deGrasse Tyson's new late-night talk show <em>Star Talk, </em>based on his <a href="http://www.startalkradio.net/shows-archive/" target="_blank">acclaimed podcast</a>, is <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/neil-degrasse-tyson-gets-a-761680" target="_blank">coming to the National Geographic Channel</a> in that very merry fourth month of 2015. With it brings the promise of dozens of easily embeddable, highly shareable video clips of Tyson debunking anti-science nonsense to creationists, and explaining actual science goodness to America's sweethearts (movie stars) and black sheep (comedians). <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>, err, <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/neil-degrasse-tyson-gets-a-761680" target="_blank">reports</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><em>Star Talk</em> will indeed follow a similar format to Tyson's podcast, which marries science and popular culture and feature interviews with celebrities, comedians and scientists. He's still sorting through all of the elements that he'll add to the television iteration, but he does intend to give Bill Nye a platform for a minute-long rant in each show, much as Andy Rooney had for many years on CBS' <em>60 Minutes</em>.</p> </blockquote> <p>Look out, <a href="http://www.theawl.com/2014/10/the-john-oliver-video-sweepstakes" target="_blank">John Oliver</a>: America <a href="http://www.iflscience.com/" target="_blank">fucking loves science</a>.</p> <p>(via <em><a href="http://www.vulture.com/2015/01/neil-degrasse-tysons-star-talk-coming-to-tv.html" target="_blank">NYMag</a></em>)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:39:12 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 267806 at http://www.motherjones.com Don Lemon to Prominent Muslim Human Rights Lawyer: "Do You Support ISIS?" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/don-lemon-isis <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>After <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/did-you-just-ask-if-i-support-isis-don-lemon-shocks-muslim-human-rights-atty/" target="_blank">Arsalan Iftikhar</a>, a prominent human rights lawyer and editor, explained at length to CNN's perpetually clueless Don Lemon why it's dangerous "to conflate the actions of a very few to a population of 1.7 billion people" when discussing the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-shooting-paris" target="_blank">attack on <em>Charlie Hebdo</em></a>, Lemon followed up with a stat claiming 16 percent of French citizens support ISIS.</p> <p>"They obviously have sympathies for that ideology,&rdquo; Iftikhar&nbsp;said. "I don&rsquo;t think that would mean they would justify the killing of innocent civilians or murdering people on the streets."</p> <p>Unsatisfied with Iftikhar's response, Lemon says, "I just want to get more specific. Do you support ISIS?"</p> <p>"...Did you just ask me if I support ISIS?" Iftikhar&nbsp;asked in apparent disbelief.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Mmm hmm," Lemon nodded in confirmation, yet again blinded by the sheer offensiveness of his question.</p> <p>"I just answered your question. I said that obviously these 16% of people support the ideology, but I don&rsquo;t think that would necessarily extrapolate to supporting of killing of innocent people. You can have sympathy for an ideology and not support the mass murdering of people."</p> <p><strong>Watch below:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bpobTX4u24k" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/did-you-just-ask-if-i-support-isis-don-lemon-shocks-muslim-human-rights-atty/" target="_blank"><em>(h/t Mediaite)</em></a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video International Religion Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:26:50 +0000 Inae Oh 267821 at http://www.motherjones.com "They Were Brave. And They Are Dead." Best Friend of Paris Cartoonists Honors Fallen Comrades. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-interview-the-stranger <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Our friend and <em>Mother Jones</em> alum Sydney Brownstone has published an <a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2015/01/08/french-editor-who-gave-refuge-to-charlie-hebdo-staff-after-2011-attack-says-im-devastated" target="_blank">extraordinary interview today over at <em>The Stranger</em></a>: A Q&amp;A with a French editor who gave refuge to <em>Charlie Hebdo </em>staff members after the weekly's offices were fire-bombed in 2011, and who counted the murdered cartoonists amongst his best friends. Nicolas Demorand is the former editor-in-chief of the leftist French newspaper <em>Lib&eacute;ration</em>, which was founded by Jean-Paul Sartre, and Brownstone reached him at the end of a truly harrowing day in Paris&mdash;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/je-suis-charlie-demonstrations-paris-massacre" target="_blank">after protests swept into the streets</a>.</p> <p>The interview is well worth your time. Amidst overwhelming grief, Demorand eloquently&mdash;and with great dignity&mdash;discusses the issues emanating from yesterday's attack: suburban disadvantage in France, American missteps post-9/11, the threat of hard-line right-wing parties scoring points using tragedy, and the meaning of secularism in France today. But this bit instantly made my hairs stand on end, as it would anyone who works in journalism:</p> <blockquote> <p>You know, I cried all day long. I never cry. You know, we're journalists. We know about shit, about sadness, about horror, about misery, about terror, about all that shit. We know about that. I cried all day long, you know. They killed the best guys. They killed the best guys. It's horrible. It's really horrible.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2015/01/08/french-editor-who-gave-refuge-to-charlie-hebdo-staff-after-2011-attack-says-im-devastated" target="_blank">Read the whole interview at </a><em><a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2015/01/08/french-editor-who-gave-refuge-to-charlie-hebdo-staff-after-2011-attack-says-im-devastated" target="_blank">The Stranger</a>.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media International Media Mother Jones Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:22:03 +0000 James West 267781 at http://www.motherjones.com Future Scientist Investigates Ice, Falls Adorably, Wins Everything http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/you-call-this-news <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This video is from last year but it popped up on <a href="http://digg.com/video/little-girl-falls-walking-on-ice" target="_blank">Digg</a> today and I really don't care that it's old because today is the first real work day of 2015 and that's sad because work and the passage of time are two of the main reasons I'm going prematurely gray. So, instead of letting that frown sit unturned upside down, press play and, <em>awwwww</em>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EPTMf_Gkwz4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Here is a GIF of the moment when, in <em>Mother Jones</em>&nbsp;copy editor Ian Gordon's words, "someone takes her batteries out."</p> <p><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/BrowserPreview_tmp_2.gif"></p></body></html> Mixed Media Mon, 05 Jan 2015 23:52:36 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 267581 at http://www.motherjones.com 10 Great Songs to Help You Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/10-songs-help-you-accomplish-your-new-years-resolutions <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>So it's five days into the new year&mdash;how are those resolutions going? Yeah, that's what I thought. Sure, you could <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/01/inquiring-minds-gabriele-oettingen" target="_blank">use science</a> to shore up your flagging resolve to hit the gym every morning or play less Candy Crush. But if you need a little additional sonic inspiration, read on.</p> <p><strong>You want to:&nbsp;</strong>Embrace who you are.</p> <p><strong>Your song is:&nbsp;</strong>Perfume Genius' "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7OSSUwPVM4" target="_blank">Queen.</a>"</p> <p>"No family is safe when I sashay," Mike Hadreas sneers in this defiant celebration of queer identity. As he put it in <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/22/growth-spurt" target="_blank">his own explanation of the song</a>: "If these fucking people want to give me some power&mdash;if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles&mdash;well, here she comes."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z7OSSUwPVM4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>You want to:</strong>&nbsp;Reconnect with your estranged relatives.</p> <p><strong>Your song is:&nbsp;</strong>Sun&nbsp;Kil&nbsp;Moon's "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBNdOTu2Wn0" target="_blank">Carissa</a>."</p> <p>Singer Mark Kozelek's struggle to find meaning in a freak garbage-burning accident that killed his second cousin makes for a stark, haunting ballad. "You don't just raise two kids and take out your trash and die," he pleads. By the end of the song, you'll have your phone in your hand and your family's number halfway dialed&mdash;if you're not too busy wiping your eyes.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GBNdOTu2Wn0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><b>You want to:&nbsp;</b>Meet "the one."</p> <p><strong>Your song is:&nbsp;</strong>&acirc;&#128;&#139;TLC's "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrLequ6dUdM" target="_blank">No Scrubs</a>."</p> <p>You could read <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/11/wild-cheryl-strayed-reese-witherspoon-jean-marc-vallee-laura-dern-pacific-crest-trail" target="_blank">the wisest advice columnists</a>, the <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/nice-guys-on-okcupid-are-the-worst#.ujYmjm5EV9" target="_blank">most egregious collections</a> of bad pickup strategies, and even OKCupid founder Christian Rudder's <a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/book/223045/dataclysm-by-christian-rudder" target="_blank">data-driven take</a> on the subject of finding love. Or you could just listen to this blast of '90s girl group goodness.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FrLequ6dUdM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>You want to:&nbsp;</strong>Unplug.</p> <p><strong>Your song is:&nbsp;</strong>St. Vincent's "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVAxUMuhz98" target="_blank">Digital Witness</a>."</p> <p>Maybe you're already burned out on all the scrubs in the online-dating universe, or maybe you're worried about Facebook <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/can-voting-facebook-button-improve-voter-turnout" target="_blank">influencing your vote</a> and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/03/study-college-women-who-use-facebook-more-likely-have-eating-disorders" target="_blank">giving you an eating disorder</a>. Either way, take a break from the screens and dance to this funk-infused critique of online voyeurism. "If I can't show it/If you can't see me/What's the point of doing anything?" singer Annie Clark asks wryly.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mVAxUMuhz98" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>You want to:&nbsp;</strong>See the world.</p> <p><strong>Your song is:</strong>&nbsp;Iggy&nbsp;Pop's "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLhN__oEHaw" target="_blank">The Passenger</a>."</p> <p>You might know it as the&nbsp;soundtrack to a Guinness commercial or <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">the intro theme music for&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 24px;">Anderson Cooper 360</em>, but if you listen to the lyrics, this song is actually a meditation on the nihilistic pleasure of traveling through a decaying urban landscape. Plus, Iggy seems like he'd be an entertaining road trip companion.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hLhN__oEHaw" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>You want to:&nbsp;</strong>Get in shape.</p> <p><strong>Your song is:&nbsp;</strong>&acirc;&#128;&#139;Daft Punk's "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAjR4_CbPpQ" target="_blank">Harder Better Faster Stronger</a>."</p> <p>What are you doing sitting around and reading this playlist? Get to the gym already.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gAjR4_CbPpQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>You want to:&nbsp;</strong>Make new friends.</p> <p><strong>Your song is:&nbsp;</strong>Friends' "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfamBoa_zYQ" target="_blank">Friend Crush</a>."</p> <p>I'm not sure if this band is just really into friendship or what, but it perfectly captures <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/10/mine-why-its-smart-to-court-your-friends.html" target="_blank">the blurred line between friend-courting and romantic courting</a> in this sultry, bass-driven tune.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gfamBoa_zYQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>You want to:&nbsp;</strong>Quit smoking.</p> <p><strong>Your song is:&nbsp;</strong>Talking Heads' "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNnAvTTaJjM" target="_blank">Burning Down the House</a>."</p> <p>A gentle reminder about the dangers of smoking in bed.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xNnAvTTaJjM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>You want to:&nbsp;</strong>Change your diet.</p> <p><strong>Your song is:</strong>&nbsp;Neko Case's "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfy0VWcmDU0" target="_blank">Red Tide</a>."</p> <p>If you've been contemplating a switch to vegetarianism, allow Case to persuade you. Her vision of a world in which the battle between humans and nature has reached a decisive end ("Salty tentacles drink in the sun but the red tide is over/The mollusks they have won") will make you scared to go near a plate of shellfish ever again in your life.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sfy0VWcmDU0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>You want to:</strong>&nbsp;Be more like Beyonc&eacute;.</p> <p><strong>Your song is:</strong> "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyuUWOnS9BY" target="_blank">Flawless</a>."</p> <p>To be honest, this should be everyone's resolution.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IyuUWOnS9BY" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:01:51 +0000 Rebecca Cohen 267496 at http://www.motherjones.com Happy New Year! This Is the Best NYE Scene Hollywood Has Ever Made. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/happy-new-year-best-nye-scene-hollywood-has-ever-made <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zMo36SfyQhw?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Thu, 01 Jan 2015 03:02:12 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 267451 at http://www.motherjones.com