Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2014/02/Robocop---critique http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Thanksgiving Films, Ranked http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/thanksgiving-films-ranked <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Ho ho ho and merry Thanksgiving! Here is a ranking of twenty Thanksgiving films. What is a "Thanksgiving film"? For the purposes of this post it is a film that is both a) on <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_set_around_Thanksgiving" target="_blank">Wikipedia's list</a>, and b) one I, Ben Dreyfuss, immediately recall seeing and have an opinion about.</p> <p>1. <em>Hannah and Her Sisters</em></p> <p>2. <em>Rocky</em></p> <p>3. <em>Scent of a Woman</em></p> <p>4. <em>Rocky II</em></p> <p>5. <em>Planes, Trains, and Automobiles</em></p> <p>6. <em>Home for the Holidays</em></p> <p>7. <em>Avalon</em></p> <p>8. <em>The Ice Storm</em></p> <p>9. <em>The Morning After</em></p> <p>10. <em>For Your Consideration </em></p> <p>11. <em>Grumpy Old Men</em></p> <p>12. <em>Addams Family Values</em></p> <p>13. <em>Funny People</em></p> <p>14. <em>Spider-Man</em></p> <p>15. <em>The Object of My affection</em></p> <p>16. <em>The Other Sister</em></p> <p>17. <em>Bean</em></p> <p>18. <em>Son in Law</em></p> <p>18. <em>Tower Heist</em></p> <p>19. <em>Unknown</em></p> <p>20. <em>Jack and Jill</em></p> <p><em>Disclosure: I haven't actually seen </em>Jack and Jill<em> but I'm pretty confident it's the worst. Also, </em>The Last Waltz<em> was not included in this ranking because though it is on the Wikipedia list of Thanksgiving films, it shouldn't be.</em> <em>Still pretty good though!</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:04:21 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 265541 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Killer Mike's Passionate Speech on Michael Brown http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/killer-mike-ferguson <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Moments before a scheduled performance in St. Louis Monday night, Killer Mike of the rap duo Run The Jewels delivered an i<a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/11/25/killer_mike_ferguson_speech_video_the_rapper_speaks_on_the_grand_jury_decision.html" target="_blank">ncredibly forceful speech</a> about the news of a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown more than three months ago.</p> <p>"Tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor. You motherfuckers got me. I knew it was coming, I knew when Eric Holder decided to resign, I knew it wasn't going to be good."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MQs7CWKHM9w" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>"I have a twenty-year-old son and I have a twelve-year-old son and I am so afraid for them," Killer Mike told the crowd, his voice cracked through held-back tears. "When I stood in front of my wife and I hugged her and I cried like a baby, I said 'These motherfuckers got me today.'"</p> <p>The impassioned speech ended with a powerful reference to Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights leader's tragic death at the age of 39.</p> <p>"I promise if I die when I walk off this stage tomorrow, I'm going to let you know it's not about race, it's not about class, it's not about color. It is about what they killed him for: It is about poverty, it is about greed, and it is about a war machine. It is us against the motherfucking machine."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Music Race and Ethnicity Ferguson Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:43:09 +0000 Inae Oh 265436 at http://www.motherjones.com Map: Here's How #Ferguson Exploded on Twitter Last Night http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/ferguson-twitter-map <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday evening, news of a grand jury's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/ferguson-darren-wilson-grand-jury-decision-reaction" target="_blank">decision</a> not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown erupted across social media. The announcement was made shortly after 8:20 PM CT and sparked massive protests around the country. The situation was particularly violent in and around the St. Louis area, with more than 60 people <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-ferguson-arrests-20141125-story.html" target="_blank">arrested</a> overnight.</p> <p>Using the hashtag&nbsp;#Ferguson, Twitter has mapped out how the conversation took place:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="520" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="http://srogers.cartodb.com/viz/64f6c0f4-745d-11e4-b4e1-0e4fddd5de28/embed_map" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Following the announcement, Wilson's full testimony was released. One of the most controversial remarks included a description of Brown as looking like a "demon."</p> <p><iframe height="354px" src="http://reverb.twitter.com/view/466934662359812457" width="630px"></iframe></p> <p><strong>More from the chaotic scene:</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP762329691737.jpg" style="height: 354px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Police gather on the street as protesters react after the announcement of the grand jury decision. </strong>Charlie Riedel/AP</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP113152107546.jpg" style="height: 420px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, is comforted outside the Ferguson police department as St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch conveys the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of her son. </strong>Robert Cohen/AP</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP766558858094.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>People watch as stores burn down. </strong>David Goldman/AP</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Maps Race and Ethnicity Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:24:42 +0000 Inae Oh 265426 at http://www.motherjones.com Winnie the Pooh Banned From Playground For Wrong Reason http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/winnie-pooh-banned-playground-because-people-are-stupid <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Goodmorning. Here is <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/winnie-the-pooh-banned-from-polish-playground-for-being-an-inappropriate-hermaphrodite-9872278.html" target="_blank">something stupid</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Winnie the Pooh has been banned from a Polish playground because of his &ldquo;dubious sexuality&rdquo; and &ldquo;inappropriate&rdquo; dress.</p> <p>The much-loved animated bear was suggested at a local council meeting to decide which famous character should become the face of the play area in the small town of Tuszyn. But the idea soon sparked outrage among more conservative members, with one councillor even denouncing poor Pooh as a &ldquo;hermaphrodite&rdquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;The problem with that bear is it doesn&rsquo;t have a complete wardrobe,&rdquo; said Ryszard Cichy during the discussion. &ldquo;It is half naked which is wholly inappropriate for children."</p> <p>&ldquo;The author was over 60 and cut [Pooh&rsquo;s] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity,&rdquo; she said.</p> </blockquote> <p>Here's the thing, Winnie the Pooh <em>should</em> <em>be banned</em> but not because he doesn't wear pants. He should be banned because he glamorizes stealing honey and tells children to play with bees. It's like he's never even seen <em>My Girl</em>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:23:35 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 265261 at http://www.motherjones.com This News Anchor Wore the Same Suit for an Entire Year and No One Noticed http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/news-anchor-same-suit-year <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Would you notice if your favorite newscaster wore the same outfit day after day for a whole calendar year? Based on an <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/karl-stefanovics-sexism-experiment-today-presenter-wears-same-suit-for-a-year-20141115-11ncdz.html" target="_blank">experiment</a> conducted by Karl Stefanovic of Australia's <em>Today</em> program, the answer largely depends on whether the subject is a man or a woman.</p> <p>Stefanovic recently revealed he had been doing just this, sporting the same blue suit for&nbsp;nearly every morning newscast for a year. But as he told his female co-anchors over the weekend, the stunt went virtually unnoticed.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I've worn the same suit on air for a year, except for a couple of times because of circumstance, to make a point," Stefanovic said. "I'm judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humor &ndash;&nbsp;on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they're wearing or how their hair is."&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px; ">Stefanovic's point is a well-documented problem. From the very lack of women represented in&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2012/nov/27/women-fighting-sexism-media-page-3" style="line-height: 24px; " target="_blank">journalism</a><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px; ">&nbsp;to blatantly sexist coverage of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/06/18/3450175/how-to-interview-a-female-candidate-without-being-sexist/" style="line-height: 24px; " target="_blank">female politicians</a><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px; ">, we're plagued with countless examples of sexist scrutiny playing out in the media.&nbsp;</span>This<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px; ">&nbsp;experiment is yet another&nbsp;clear instance of such.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px; ">"No one has noticed; no one gives a shit. But women, they wear the wrong color and they get pulled up. They say the wrong thing and there's thousands of tweets written about them."</span></p> <p>Stefanovic&nbsp;goes on to explain the experiment started as a show of solidarity with co-anchor Lisa Wilkinson, who says she is routinely criticized for her fashion choices by viewers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Watch below:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1h_wHRJ4o6g" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Sex and Gender Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:53:40 +0000 Inae Oh 265166 at http://www.motherjones.com Grandmothers Smoke Pot for First Time, Play Jenga, Are Perfect http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/grandmothers-smoke-pot-first-time-play-jenga-are-perfect <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Here is a video of three grandmothers in Washington smoking pot for the first time. It is wonderful.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IRBAZJ4lF0U?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>P.S. Smoking<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/map-united-states-legal-marijuana-2014-2016" target="_blank"> pot is legal in the Evergreen state</a> so put your cuffs away.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/19/grandmas-smoke-pot_n_6188430.html" target="_blank">(via HuffPo)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:23:47 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 265131 at http://www.motherjones.com CNN's Don Lemon Tells Woman Accusing Bill Cosby of Rape She Could Have Bitten Her Way to Safety http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/don-lemon-joan-tarshis-bill-cosby <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Following weeks of renewed rape allegations against comedian Bill Cosby, CNN host Don Lemon wanted Joan Tarshis, who has accused Cosby of sexual assault, to know she could have escaped the alleged 1969 <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/16/bill-cosby-rape-accuser_n_6168858.html" target="_blank">attack</a>, if she had used her <a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/11/18/cnns-don-lemon-to-cosby-rape-accuser-you-know-t/201625" target="_blank">teeth as a weapon</a> during oral sex.</p> <p>Lemon, insisting he was not trying to be "crude," suggested this tactic while interviewing Tarshis on <em>CNN Tonight</em>:</p> <blockquote> <p class="rteindent1">Lemon: You know, there are way not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Tarshis: Oh, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn't even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Lemon: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?</p> <p class="rteindent1">Tarshis: Yes, that's what I'm thinking you're....</p> <p class="rteindent1">Lemon: As a weapon.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Tarshis: I didn't even think of it.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Lemon: Biting.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Tarshis: Ouch.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Lemon: Yes. I had to ask. I mean, it is, yeah.</p> </blockquote> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="video-embed" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="http://mediamatters.org/embed/201625" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The awkward exchange followed an interview Tarshis gave to Lemon the day before, in which she claimed she had <a href="https://tv.yahoo.com/news/bill-cosby-accuser-joan-tarshis-alleges-did-much-092100511.html" target="_blank">lied to Cosby about having an STD</a> in order to convince him not to rape her. She alleged that Cosby then forced her perform oral sex on him. In the first interview, Lemon asked, "Why didn't you tell police?"</p> <p><strong>Update, Wednesday, November 19:</strong> Following the backlash incited by Lemon's comments, the CNN host issued the following <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/don-lemon-im-sorry-if-my-rape-question-struck-anyone-as-insensitive/" target="_blank">statement </a>Wednesday afternoon: "As a victim myself I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape. If my question struck anyone as insensitive, I&rsquo;m sorry as that was not my intention." In the past, Lemon has discussed being <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/07/11/137766611/-award-winning-cnn-anchor-goes-transparent" target="_blank">sexually abused</a> as a child.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:32:44 +0000 Inae Oh 265016 at http://www.motherjones.com Neil deGrasse Tyson Has Some Pretty Great Advice For This First Grader http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/neil-degrasse-tyson-first-grader-earth <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A <a href="http://time.com/3589261/neil-degrasse-tyson-advice-viral-video/" target="_blank">6-year-old girl</a> wearing a badass Albert Einstein t-shirt recently had the rare chance to ask everyone's favorite cosmologist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, what first graders like her can do to help the Earth.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tyson's response? Keep banging those pots, keep stomping in those muddy puddles.</p> <p>"You are making a splash crater," Tyson explained. "These are experiments. Just tell your parents they're experiments and you want to become a scientist and they won't stop you from doing anything you want."</p> <p>Basically, don't let the grown-ups squash your curiosity! Watch his heartwarming advice in full below:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rVwQ9jBuoFA" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Science Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:55:08 +0000 Inae Oh 264981 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch This Adorable Hamster Celebrate Thanksgiving Dinner Wearing a Pilgrim Hat http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/hamster-thanksgiving <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/BrowserPreview_tmp-2_0.gif"></p> <p>Adding to our collection of adorable creatures delightfully feasting away on <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/watching-porcupine-taste-pumpkin-why-world-going-be-okay-today" target="_blank">autumnal foods</a>, is a magical clip featuring a hamster nibbling away at Thanksgiving dinner with his closest furry friends. They all wear tiny Pilgrim hats and dine on equally tiny portions of pie and turkey, thanks to the folks at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iieQDN7l_Yw&amp;list=UUhTRw0OKvFG5k_RLBRmZ_sA" target="_blank">HelloDenizen</a>, the creators of the video.</p> <p>Just look at those cheeks.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iieQDN7l_Yw" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/samimain/tiny-thanksgiving" target="_blank">(h/t Buzzfeed)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:48:44 +0000 Inae Oh 264961 at http://www.motherjones.com Love's New Album Is Finally Released—40 Years Late http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/band-love-1960s-arthur-lee-black-beauty-jimi-hendrix <!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/LTH-UZOzuhI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Love<br><em>Black Beauty</em><br> High Moon</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/LOVE_front_LP_blue_spine%20%281%29%5B1%5D.jpg" style="height: 249px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Fans have been waiting a long, long time for this one. The LA ensemble Love, best known for the 1967 folk-pop classic <em>Forever Changes</em>, assumed a variety of guises during its turbulent and intriguing history. On the band's 1966 debut, frontman Arthur Lee and company displayed a heavy debt to the Byrds, though his songwriting was too original to qualify the band as imitators. By the time Love recorded <em>Black Beauty</em> in 1973, Lee was the only remaining original member, and the sound echoed the psychedelic hard rock of his friend Jimi Hendrix.</p> <p>While this previously unreleased album isn't a lost masterpiece, it's well worth hearing. The quartet is brawny and nimble at once, while songs like "Young &amp; Able (Good &amp; Evil)" and "Lonely Pigs" range from romance to meditations on social justice and race. (Like Hendrix, Lee was a black man navigating the predominantly white rock-and-roll world.) Lee subsequently experienced extreme ups and downs, including jail time in the '90s and an overdue celebratory comeback after his 2001 release from prison, before passing away in 2006. <em>Black Beauty </em>fills in a significant gap in his story.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:00:14 +0000 Jon Young 264541 at http://www.motherjones.com Elevate Your Mood With the Cool Ghouls http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/cool-ghouls-swirling-fire-burning-through-rye <!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="505" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/69064290" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Cool Ghouls<br><em>A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye</em><br> Empty Cellar</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/unnamed_64.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Psychedelic in the sense of "anything goes," as opposed to tired DayGlo nostalgia, San Francisco's Cool Ghouls project a sloppy party-going-overboard vibe that belies their considerable assets. This vibrant sophomore album was recorded by <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2013/06/sonny-sunsets-antenna-afterworld-review" target="_blank">Sonny Smith</a>, leader of Sonny and the Sunsets, and like that lovably slackerish crew, this snappy quartet uses a studied casualness to mask major pop smarts. Guitars veer abruptly from snarling fuzztones to folk-rock chimes and back, while the cascading three-part vocal harmonies are sunny exuberance exemplified, but never fussy or precise, and the songs are downright catchy. Recommended to fans of the Beau Brummels or Robyn Hitchcock&mdash;and anybody else needing a quick mood elevator.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:00:13 +0000 Jon Young 264536 at http://www.motherjones.com Squirrel Steals GoPro Camera, Runs Up Tree, Becomes Internet Celebrity http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/squirrel-steals-gopro-camera-runs-tree-becomes-internet-celebrity <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="https://twitter.com/MikeIsaac/status/534179757534216192" target="_blank">Via Mike Issac</a>, here is a cute video of a squirrel stealing a GoPro, running off with it, trying to eat it, then returning it.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4_gmkhE7YQc?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Head on over to the <em><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2834916/Squirrel-makes-tree-man-s-GoPro-camera.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em> if you're the type that likes your viral videos explained.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Have a great night.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:30:37 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 264876 at http://www.motherjones.com Here Is a Photo of President Obama Holding a Koala http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/here-photo-president-obama-holding-koala <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>President Obama and other world leaders are in <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/News/president-obama-putin-cozy-koalas-g20-summit/story?id=26937335" target="_blank">Australia for the G20</a>. They spent the day doing world leader things like <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/15/barack-obama-tells-g20-a-global-climate-change-deal-is-possible-and-vital" target="_blank">talking about climate change</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/15/putin-koala-g20-summit_n_6164410.html" target="_blank">tourist things like holding koalas</a>.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/vb9h75NNAn/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_top">President Obama holds a koala before the start of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia.</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on <time datetime="2014-11-15T22:19:42+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">Nov 11, 2014 at 2:19pm PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Also, via <em>Mother Jones' </em>Senior Australian correspondent James West, the <em>Daily Telegraph</em> has had better days:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p>Oh no, oh dear! RT <a href="https://twitter.com/KJBar">@KJBar</a>: This G20 Tele pic really isn't Indian PM Narendra Modi <a href="http://t.co/00raeZkksB">pic.twitter.com/00raeZkksB</a></p> &mdash; James West (@jameswest2010) <a href="https://twitter.com/jameswest2010/status/533723567373164544">November 15, 2014</a></blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our friends at the<em> Huffington Post </em>have a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/15/putin-koala-g20-summit_n_6164410.html" target="_blank">whole gallery</a> of heads of state passing koalas around like they're going out of style..</p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:01:39 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 264866 at http://www.motherjones.com I Found Another Video of Super Mario Hurting People and It's Even Better Than the Last One http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/super-bad-mario-hurting-people <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>I have been to the Oscars, to Cannes, to Sundance, and speaking for myself only, at this particular juncture in time&mdash;I retain the right to change my mind in the future; maybe I'm going through some stuff right now; maybe I'll regret this&mdash;these <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/i-cannot-stop-watching-video-super-mario-hurting-people" target="_blank"><em>Super Bad Mario</em></a> videos are the most entertaining things I've ever seen in my entire life.</p> <p>The bit with the television presenter on the boat in this one is art.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WRPp1YCNH0Q?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Have a nice weekend.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:31:44 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 264856 at http://www.motherjones.com Thanks to Victoria's Secret, We Now Know Models Get Sad With Body Envy Too http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/victorias-secret <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Following the backlash to their&nbsp;<a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/11/07/news/companies/victorias-secret-perfect/" target="_blank">"The Perfect Body"</a> campaign, Victoria's Secret&nbsp;appears to be attempting&nbsp;a bit of&nbsp;damage control with a new video that actually shows it's still as tone-deaf to body image concerns as ever.</p> <p>The video, posted on Instagram, features model Sara Sampaio explaining that even beautiful models know what it's like to long for the bone structure of others&mdash;in this case, Candice.</p> <p>But Sampaio knows that "not in a million" years could she have the body of Candice. The post cuts out to her looking dejected, while forming the shape of Candice's magical derriere.&nbsp;It's a sad day when we have to remind Sampaio she is in fact <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=sarah+sampaio&amp;safe=off&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;hs=jxO&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;source=lnms&amp;tbm=isch&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=OGBmVMX8JrOOsQSrlYLADw&amp;ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&amp;biw=1238&amp;bih=624" target="_blank">stunning</a>, but at least we now have the comfort of knowing all ladies can relate to body hating.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/vYuqlOGlW2/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_top">Don&rsquo;t stress about what someone else has&mdash;love what u got! @sarasampaio #VSFashionShow #KnowYourBody #ModelTalk</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A video posted by Victoria's Secret (@victoriassecret) on <time datetime="2014-11-14T16:12:05+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">Nov 11, 2014 at 8:12am PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><a href="http://jezebel.com/helpful-victorias-secret-reminder-even-models-hate-the-1658845173" target="_blank">(h/t Jezebel)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:45:35 +0000 Inae Oh 264826 at http://www.motherjones.com Study: White People Think Black People Are Magical Unicorns http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/black-people-magical-superhuman <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A new <a href="http://spp.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/10/03/1948550614553642.abstract" target="_blank">study</a> featured in the journal <em>Social Psychological and Personality Science</em> concludes white people may possess a "superhuman bias" against black people, and are therefore likely to attribute preternatural qualities to black people.</p> <p>Jesse Singal&nbsp;explains at the&nbsp;<a href="http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/11/white-people-think-black-people-are-magical.html" target="_blank"><em>Science of Us:</em></a></p> <blockquote>In a series of five studies, some involving so-called implicit association tests in which words are flashed on a screen quickly enough to "prime" a subject with their meaning but not for them to consciously understand what they have seen, the researchers showed that whites are quicker to associate blacks than whites with superhuman words like ghost, paranormal, and spirit.</blockquote> <p>This&nbsp;image of a magical&nbsp;black person, someone holding&nbsp;extraordinary mental and physical powers, has long persisted through American culture, whether it be through&nbsp;cringe-worthy <a href="http://www.avclub.com/article/inventory-13-movies-featuring-magical-black-men-1782" target="_blank">movie roles</a> or literature.</p> <p>And the damage of such a potential bias is significant.&nbsp;While it's easy to understand why most clich&eacute;s are both dangerous and destructive, the study suggests white people's tendency to cast a black person as a magical being&mdash;a stereotype that on its face some might claim is positive&mdash;is actually just as detrimental as say the image of the angry black woman, absent father, etc.</p> <p>The superhuman image may be able to explain matters such as why young <a href="http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/11/white-people-think-black-people-are-magical.html" target="_blank">black men</a> are perceived to "be more 'adult' than White juveniles when judging culpability,"&nbsp;write researchers Adam Waytz, Kelly Marie Hoffman, and Sophie Trawalter.&nbsp;If true, such a perception could outline the overwhelming racial disparities seen in prison systems throughout the country.&nbsp;</p> <p>This bizarre phenomenon could even have contributed to the immense hope Americans placed on President Barack Obama in 2008. As the<em> <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2014/10/18/yes-white-people-really-believe-black-people-are-magical/JsO9vIUUoyrgVHK3O8aW3L/story.html" target="_blank">Boston Globe </a></em>recently pointed out, back in 2007 David Ehrenstein described Obama's campaign as such:</p> <blockquote>Like a comic-book superhero, Obama is there to help, out of the sheer goodness of a heart we need not know or understand. For as with all Magic Negroes, the less real he seems, the more desirable he becomes. If he were real, white America couldn't project all its fantasies of curative black benevolence on him.</blockquote> <p>Republicans later even attempted to make light of the stereotype with CD's featuring a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/27/AR2008122701051.html" target="_blank">song</a> titled "Barack the Magic Negro."</p> <p>Although the trope has been criticized for some time, researchers behind this recent study say it's the first "empirical investigation" into the matter.</p> <p><em><a href="http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/11/white-people-think-black-people-are-magical.html" target="_blank">(</a></em><a href="http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/11/white-people-think-black-people-are-magical.html" target="_blank">h/t </a><em><a href="http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/11/white-people-think-black-people-are-magical.html" target="_blank">Science of Us)</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:47:31 +0000 Inae Oh 264791 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: The Unspeakable http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/book-review-unspeakable <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/theunspeakable_250x300.jpg"></div> <p><strong>The Unspeakable</strong></p> <p>By Meghan Daum</p> <p>FSG</p> <p>In a series of essays reminiscent of a slightly restrained David Sedaris, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/lanews-meghan-daum-20130507-staff.html" target="_blank"><em>Los Angeles Times</em> columnist Meghan Daum</a> comes off as humorously dysfunctional and occasionally deranged as she plunges into topics best avoided: her true feelings as her mother lay dying, disdain for motherhood, bad dating choices, courting of lesbians (she's straight), abject failure as a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor and prospective foster parent, and even her awkward encounters with the singer Joni Mitchell. Reading <em>The Unspeakable</em> is a bit like watching Zach Galafianakis act: funny and slightly unsettling. You're not sure you like Daum, but you can't wait to see what she'll say next.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Books Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:30:05 +0000 Michael Mechanic 261451 at http://www.motherjones.com I Cannot Stop Watching This Video of Super Mario Hurting People http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/i-cannot-stop-watching-video-super-mario-hurting-people <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Via our friends at <a href="http://sploid.gizmodo.com/video-super-mario-bros-edited-into-real-life-to-ruin-1658239689" target="_blank"><em>Gizmodo</em></a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb5tMjBeswM" target="_blank">this video</a> is why I have not gotten any work done today.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="345" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zb5tMjBeswM?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:09:13 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 264726 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch This Reporter Issue a Brutal Takedown of the International Banking System http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/paul-mason-banks-regulation%20 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Six years after the financial crisis, Paul Mason of Channel 4 News in England is officially fed up with watching big banks screw their clients, while financial regulators continue to dole out little to no punishment for each new banking scandal.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>It&rsquo;s six years since I had to stand outside RBS for its near collapse and I&rsquo;m sick of having to return there&hellip; rant: <a href="http://t.co/QFpKrvqSJw">http://t.co/QFpKrvqSJw</a></p> &mdash; Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/paulmasonnews/status/532592832641781760">November 12, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>"I have sat in the rooms where they're pleading in the most genteel tones, 'Don't over regulate us. Don't make it possible for us to go to jail otherwise no one talented will come and run these banks," an exasperated Mason said on camera.</p> <p>"If we're going to have a complex finance system, we're have to do something a bit more radical than all this cuff-link tweaking."</p> <p>Mason's refreshingly honest take comes as six banks, including the Royal Bank of Scotland where Mason is seen standing outside in the recording, were recently fined $2.6 billion pounds after a <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30016007" target="_blank">13-month investigation</a> by regulators in both the United Kingdom and United States found the banks to be rigging the foreign exchange market. But criminal charges for the employees involved? <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/foreign-exchange-settlement-cftc-jpmorgan-bank-america" target="_blank">Nope</a>.</p> <p>Mason says if "the banks had the same scrutiny over the traders and their own managers as they have over the camera crews standing outside," perhaps there would be no need for such an investigation and yet another round of fines.</p> <p>"All we ask, all we can ask, is that the regulators do their job proactively," Mason says, steps away from RBS's headquarters. "That they actually get on the case, just like the security guards outside here, and the CCTV cameras there, and the City of London police, they get on the case and stop wrong doing &ndash; what&rsquo;s so hard about it?"</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Regulatory Affairs Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:38:07 +0000 Inae Oh 264671 at http://www.motherjones.com Fast Tracks: "Spanish Mary" From Lost on the River http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/spanish-mary-lost-river-new-basement-tapes <!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/ZKGqtSisReg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>TRACK 4</p> <p><strong>"Spanish Mary"</strong></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.thenewbasementtapes.com/" target="_blank"><em>Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes</em></a></p> <p>electromagnetic recordings/harvest</p> <p><strong>Liner notes: </strong>"Is it a mystery to live/Or is it a mystery to die?" <a href="http://www.rhiannongiddens.com/" target="_blank">Rhiannon Giddens</a> asks with cool grace, as banjo and mellotron add arresting texture to this spooky toe-tapper.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music: </strong>Entrusted with previously unseen Bob Dylan lyrics from 1967, T Bone Burnett recruited <a href="http://www.elviscostello.com/" target="_blank">Elvis Costello</a>, Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (<a href="http://dawestheband.com/" target="_blank">Dawes</a>), <a href="http://jimjames.com/" target="_blank">Jim James</a> (My Morning Jacket), and Marcus Mumford (<a href="http://www.mumfordandsons.com/" target="_blank">Mumford &amp; Sons</a>) to collaborate on these "new" songs.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like: </strong>Dylan's <em>Basement Tapes</em>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Thu, 13 Nov 2014 01:48:49 +0000 Jon Young 261431 at http://www.motherjones.com "Pouring Rain" by Dream Police http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/pouring-rain-dream-police <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="dream police" class="image" src="/files/dream-police-215.jpg"></div> <p>TRACK 4</p> <p><strong>"Pouring Rain"</strong></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/collections/dream-police" target="_blank">Dream Police</a>'s <em>Hypnotized</em></p> <p>sacred bones</p> <p><strong>Liner notes: </strong>Woozy analog synths + jittery drum machine + yearning vocals = scruffy, poignant psychedelia.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music: </strong>Dream Police is Nick Chiericozzi and Mark Perro, founders of the mercurial Brooklyn band <a href="http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/collections/the-men" target="_blank">the Men</a>, which has ranged from brutal punk to rootsy Americana.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like: </strong>Velvet Underground, Neu!, early Human League.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="100" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/170180994&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:09:44 +0000 Jon Young 261426 at http://www.motherjones.com Oh Great, Here's a Hit Song Demanding Women Shut Up and Drink http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/literally-i-cant-song-rape <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>While students around the country join&nbsp;<a data-track="Body Text Link: Internal: thecut" href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/09/emma-sulkowicz-campus-sexual-assault-activism.html">Emma Sulkowicz's</a> fight against flawed campus sexual assault policies, a new song by popular duo Play-N-Skillz&nbsp;is glorifying rape culture to the catchy tune of telling women to quit resisting and drink up already. The video, which came out in late October, has already been viewed more than 600,000 times.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sample lyrics include: "A shot of vodka? I can't. Tequila? I can't. After party? I can't. Girl-on-girl? I can't. Literally I can't. Literally I can't."</p> <p>This back and forth banter is repeatedly met with a resounding:&nbsp;"Oh my god. Shut the fuck up!"&nbsp;</p> <p>On the surface, "Literally, I Can't" is a weak, and late,&nbsp;attempt to poke fun at an internet-established <a href="http://jezebel.com/help-your-girlfriend-is-literally-dying-because-she-ca-1546633449" target="_blank">joke</a> about a woman's inability to utter concrete sentences to describe their unbridled excitement/disgust/horror/delight. But the result is an incredibly offensive mantra with an equally repugnant video starring fratty dudes in "STFU" varsity jackets, imploring the prude sorority girls of LIC to give in and let loose.</p> <p>Lovely, no? As for a purely musical assessment, the song is just insufferable. Envisioning bros singing along to it, red Solo cups at the ready, is eye roll-inducing. But when you recall that Sulkowicz&nbsp;is still out there <a href="http://gothamist.com/2014/09/03/student_shames_columbia_with_perfor.php" target="_blank"><em>literally</em></a>&nbsp;carrying&nbsp;the weight of the issue, that's when it gets truly heartbreaking.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PC52toizz8U" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="http://mashable.com/2014/11/07/literally-i-cant-video/" target="_blank">(h/t Mashable)</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Sex and Gender Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:05:08 +0000 Inae Oh 264461 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain How the Government Seduces Americans to Spend Huge on the Lottery http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/john-oliver-lottery-government%20 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Americans spend a colossal amount of money betting on the lottery, even when the chances of winning have always been near-impossible. In fact last year alone, lottery sales raked in a massive total of $68 billion, according to the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PK-netuhHA&amp;list=PLmKbqjSZR8TZa7wyVoVq2XMHxxWREyiFc" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em></a>.</p> <p>"That's more than Americans spent last year on movie tickets, music, porn, the NFL, Major League Baseball, and video games combined," John Oliver explained. "Which means Americans basically spent more on the lottery than they spent on America."</p> <p>It becomes even more bizarre when you understand it's our states governments profiting from the giant business, which targets lower-income families who have historically spent more on <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2008/09/lottery-and-poor" target="_blank">tickets than the wealthy.</a></p> <p>One of the frighteningly successful ways governments accomplish this is by creating ads that essentially mask the lottery as some kind of mutual fund or "charitable investment." Watch below:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9PK-netuhHA?list=PLmKbqjSZR8TZa7wyVoVq2XMHxxWREyiFc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:14:50 +0000 Inae Oh 264406 at http://www.motherjones.com Bob Dylan and The Band's Legendary "Basement Tapes" Live up to the Hype http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/bob-dylan-the-band-complete-basement-tapes <!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/WAPzhVD4vmo?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Bob Dylan<br><em>The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11</em><br> Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/BT_COMPLETE_COVER_5x5%5B1%5D.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>The recordings Bob Dylan made with The Band in the basement of a house in West Saugerties, New York in 1967 have long been the stuff of legend. Bootlegged in part as <em>Great White Wonder</em> before the end of the decade, released officially in truncated and doctored form in 1975, and repeatedly bootlegged in numerous permutations since, these remarkable recordings found Bob and friends in back-to-basics mode, tackling a mix of enticing Dylan compositions (including "Quinn the Eskimo" and "I Shall Be Released") and rootsy covers with the verve of a boozy roadhouse ensemble. With a mind-boggling 138 tracks on six discs, <em>The Basement Tapes</em> <em>Complete</em> lives up to the hype. The performances range from sketchy fragments to fully realized pieces, many with surprisingly good sound quality. (The lowest-fi bits are consolidated on disc six.) The tapes also include obscure Dylan originals such as "I'm Your Teenage Prayer" and "I Can't Come In with a Broken Heart," while the covers revisit songs associated with Johnny Cash ("Folsom Prison Blues"), John Lee Hooker ("I'm in the Mood"), and Elvis Presley ("I Forgot to Remember to Forget"), among others. Endlessly fascinating, often surprising, and essential listening for Dylan fans.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:00:10 +0000 Jon Young 264181 at http://www.motherjones.com See the Moving Artwork Commemorating the Fall of the Berlin Wall 25 Years Ago http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/11/berlin-wall-fall-25-years <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Today marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which for more than 28 years divided East and West Germany and became the defining symbol of the Cold War. On November 9, 1989, following a series of large protests that swept throughout Eastern Europe, East German officials hurriedly changed travel regulations to the West, for the first time allowing regular citizens to cross. The rules were supposed to take effect the next day, but East Germans swarmed the border stations and, as it became clear border guards were no longer willing to shoot, the gates were finally opened. Crowds from both sides began demolishing the wall, and for months Berlin resonated with the sound of people pecking away at the concrete.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/19891110_amb_d20_606-web.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A crowd celebrates atop the wall after realizing that guards have set their weapons down. </strong>Peter Kneffel/DPA/ZUMA<br><br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/19891111_zaa_d20_001-web.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Running through a border crossing on November 10. </strong>DPA/ZUMA<br><br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/19891109_edg_m63_048-web.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A man celebrates atop the Wall. Before the border opening, anyone climbing it would have been shot and killed. More than 250 people died trying to cross. </strong>Scott A. Miller/ZUMA<br><br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP6108011526.jpg" style="height: 424px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>A forlorn guard at the Brandenburg Gate.</strong> AP<br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/19891109_edg_m63_051-web.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>DIY demolition. </strong>Scott A. Miller/ZUMA<br><br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP8911090192.jpg" style="height: 561px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">AP<br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/19891112_zaa_d20_003-web.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Official demolition of the Wall did not begin until 1990, but East German guards removed this section on November 12, 1989. </strong>Eberhard Kloeppel/DPA/ZUMA<br><br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP6108130128_1.jpg" style="height: 495px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Before the "anti-fascist rampart," as the GDR government called it, went up, barbed wire and armed guards prevented people like this couple from fleeing to the West. </strong>AP/Edwin Reichert<br><br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zmRPP2WXX0U" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>To commemorate the anniversary this weekend, Berlin installed a <a href="http://mauer.visitberlin.de/en/25th-fall-of-the-wall-anniversary-events-from-7-9-november/" target="_blank">"border of light"</a> made up of 8,000 illuminated balloons tracing where the wall once stood.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP49356931266_0_0.jpg"><div class="caption">AP/Markus Schreiber<br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP444833821956_1_0.jpg"><div class="caption">AP/Markus Schreiber<br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP766279423804_2_1.jpg"><div class="caption">AP/Kay Nietfeld<br><br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/OeI9K1eZBUn/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe><script async src="//platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>"Remembrance belongs to the people," the installation's creator, artist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/berlin-wall-anniversary/berlin-wall-lit-8-000-luminous-balloons-25th-anniversary-n243421" target="_blank">Marc Bauder, said.</a> "We want to offer individual access instead of a central commemoration." Tonight, exactly 25 years after the opening of the border was announced, the balloons will be released into the air.</p></body></html> Mixed Media International Top Stories historical memory Sun, 09 Nov 2014 16:13:41 +0000 Inae Oh 264321 at http://www.motherjones.com