Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2013/05/www.motherjones.com/authors/mark-murrmann http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Justice Department Investigating Whether Airlines Work Together to Keep Prices High http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/justice-department-airlines-high-prices <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Justice Department is looking into whether airlines are cooperating to deliberately "work at a slower pace" in order to keep airline prices high, the <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fbe53033dd424612974b0c0f8c19910e/justice-department-investigating-potential-airline" target="_blank"><em>Associated Press</em></a> reports on Wednesday.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">BREAKING: Document shows Justice Dept investigating whether airlines are colluding to keep airfares high.</p> &mdash; The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/616303415757553664">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>A department spokesperson confirmed the investigation but declined to list which airlines were subject to the probe. The potential "unlawful coordination" orchestrated by major airlines comes amid <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/22/the-cartel-that-makes-sure-airplane-tickets-never-get-cheaper.html" target="_blank">questions</a> of why airline ticket prices have remained high despite plummeting oil prices and more fuel efficient aircrafts.</p> <p>Following news of the probe on Wednesday, all U.S. airline <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-01/u-s-airline-stocks-fall-as-antitrust-probe-report-erases-rally" target="_blank">stock prices</a> took a dive.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:58:35 +0000 Inae Oh 278876 at http://www.motherjones.com Jim Carrey Lashes Out at California's Mandatory Vaccine Law http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/jim-carrey-vaccination-california <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Jim Carrey voiced his anger over California's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/jerry-brown-signs-bill-requiring-childhood-vaccinations" target="_blank">new law</a> that officially ends personal belief exemptions for vaccinations. The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday, follows the measles outbreak in Disneyland that infected 117 people last December.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped.</p> &mdash; Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimCarrey/status/616049450243338240">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">They say mercury in fish is dangerous but forcing all of our children to be injected with mercury in thimerosol is no risk. Make sense?</p> &mdash; Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimCarrey/status/616051925859987456">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!</p> &mdash; Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimCarrey/status/616073415812759553">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The CDC can't solve a problem they helped start. It's too risky to admit they have been wrong about mercury/thimerasol. They are corrupt.</p> &mdash; Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimCarrey/status/616076731254902784">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>This is hardly the first time the actor has spoken out against vaccinations. Carrey, who dated anti-vaccination activist Jenny McCarthy, has long pushed the belief there is a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=4987758" target="_blank">link</a> between vaccinations and autism.</p> <p>"The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement. "While it's true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Health Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:17:47 +0000 Inae Oh 278841 at http://www.motherjones.com The Guy Who Made the ISIS-Dildo Flag Just Told Off CNN http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/isis-dildo-flag-pride-cnn <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Anyone near the internet last Saturday was treated to one of most glorious cable news gaffes in recent memory. CNN thought it had a stunner of a scoop: Gay pride was being infiltrated by Islamist terror!</p> <p>CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux crossed from the US studios<strong> </strong>to international assignment editor Lucy Pawle in London, who claimed to have spotted an ISIS banner amongst the rainbow-adorned floats at London's annual LGBT pride parade. A glorious exclusive! "I seem to be the only person to have spotted this," Pawle claimed. The segment was given the full, breaking-news treatment: Peter Bergen, the network's national security analyst, was even called in for his sober assessment.</p> <p>The only problem? The banner Pawle spotted was a satirical flag adorned not with ISIS's logo in Arabic, but with butt-plugs and dildos.</p> <p>Now the flag's creator has spoken publicly for the first time <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/30/isis-dildo-flag-london-pride-cnn?CMP=share_btn_tw" target="_blank">in a&nbsp;<em>Guardian</em> op-ed</a><em> </em>that is sure to make CNN execs, Pawle, and Malveaux squirm with humiliation. Why did Paul Coombs&mdash;a <a href="https://twitter.com/paulcoombsart" target="_blank">self-described</a> "collagist" and "multi-media dildo obsessive"&mdash;make the flag? "Medieval ideologies and barbarism were being spread and recorded through that most modern of expressions, social media, with that flag ever-present," he writes in something of an artistic mission statement. "It has become a potent symbol of brutality, fear and sexual oppression. If I wanted to try and stimulate a dialogue about the ridiculousness of this ideology, the flag was key."</p> <p>"The Pride festival is a pure celebration of the finest aspects of humanity: of tolerance, togetherness, acceptance and liberation, the polar opposite of what Isis stands for," he continues. "If there was anywhere where my flag had a voice, it was there."</p> <p>Coombs also writes, "CNN correspondent Lucy Pawle described my flag as a 'very bad mimicry' but the only bad mimicry I could see was CNN's impression of a reputable news organization. What does this say about every other report that they broadcast? And why have they not mentioned it since?"</p> <p>Boom. Great questions, Coombs. Indeed, the&nbsp;original report <a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/06/27/isis-flag-gay-pride-parade-london.cnn" target="_blank">has been taken down from CNN's website</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Media Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:42:58 +0000 James West 278791 at http://www.motherjones.com NBC Finally Dumps Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/nbc-finally-dumps-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday, NBC released a statement announcing it was severing its business ties with Donald Trump following his recent remarks stating Mexican immigrants were "rapists" who carry drugs into the United States.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">NBC announces it's ending its business relationship with <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> . <a href="http://t.co/rVHlnHSBfK">pic.twitter.com/rVHlnHSBfK</a></p> &mdash; Meredith Blake (@MeredithBlake) <a href="https://twitter.com/MeredithBlake/status/615582065652838404">June 29, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>The network will no longer be airing the real estate mogul's Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump, who earlier this month descended from an escalator and announced he was making a bid for <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/contributor/2015/06/its-good-to-laugh" target="_blank">the White House,</a> stepped down as host from the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/28/politics/donald-trump-the-apprentice-presidential-campaign/" target="_blank">reality show</a> in order to run for president.</p> <p>Just last week, the Spanish-language television network Univision also announced it was cutting ties with Trump due to the<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/univision-donald-trump-mexicans-rapists" target="_blank"> "insulting remarks."</a> Since then, Trump has threatened to sue the company. On Friday, he even publicly posted a Univision reporter's personal <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/26/media/donald-trump-univision-doral-golf-courses/" target="_blank">phone number</a> in retaliation to the network's announcement.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Media Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:32:25 +0000 Inae Oh 278691 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver: Quit Asking Transgender People About Their Genitals http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/john-oliver-transgender-rights <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Friday's historic Supreme Court ruling invalidating gay marriage bans across the country was a major step for equal rights in America. But when it comes to equal rights and protection for the transgender community, the country still has a long way to go.</p> <p>"For all the strides transgender people have made lately, let's not get too complacent about how far we've come because they still face a host of obstacles," John Oliver reminded on Sunday's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmoAX9f6MOc" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em>.</a> "Even when the news media are trying to be supportive they can make dumb mistakes.</p> <p>It's true&mdash;just listen to how the media discusses the "wrong genitalia" and continues to ask invasive questions about a trans person's body.</p> <p>"It is no more okay to ask transgender people about their sex organs than it would be to ask Jimmy Carter whether or not he's circumcised," Oliver said. "Which by the way he is&mdash;smooth like a boiled carrot."</p> <p>Of course, the challenges facing the transgender community go much farther than how issues are discussed. As Oliver noted on Sunday, it's the practical, everyday changes such as simply allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice, many parts of the country are still fighting against.</p> <p>"This is a civil rights issue. If you're not willing to support transgender people for their sake, at least do it for your own. Because we've been through this before; we know how this thing ends. If you take the anti-civil rights side and deny people something they're entitled to, history is not going to be kind to you."</p> <p><strong>Watch below: </strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hmoAX9f6MOc" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Media Sex and Gender Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:08:02 +0000 Inae Oh 278626 at http://www.motherjones.com A Spanish-Language Television Network Had the Perfect Response to This Anti-Immigrant Billionaire http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/univision-donald-trump-mexicans-rapists <!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://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/donald-trump-pinata-mexico" target="_blank">pi&ntilde;ata maker</a> isn't the only one seeking revenge on Donald Trump.</p> <p>After the Republican presidential candidate claimed that Mexican immigrants crossing the US border were drug-peddling "rapists" in his campaign announcement last week, Univision says it will no longer broadcast Trump's <a href="http://apne.ws/1J7TInK" target="_blank">Miss Universe pageant</a> next month over the "insulting remarks."</p> <p>"At Univision, we see firsthand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country," read a <a href="http://corporate.univision.com/2015/06/statement-from-the-entertainment-division-of-univision-communications-inc-on-june-25-2015/" target="_blank">statement</a> from the Spanish-language network.</p> <p>Last Tuesday, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/donald-trump-running-president-and-its-going-be-so-hilarious" target="_blank">Trump</a> entered an increasingly crowded field of Republicans making a bid for the White House. Political pundits and news outlets mostly laughed off his <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/daily-news-donald-trump" target="_blank">announcement,</a> which included the offensive statements about Mexican immigrants.</p> <p>Now, the <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/03/the-lawsuits-of-donald-trump/273819/" target="_blank">litigious</a> real estate magnate is already threatening to bring forth a "major lawsuit" against Univision.</p> <p>"I love the people of Mexico, but my loyalty is to the United States," Trump told the <a href="http://nypost.com/2015/06/25/univision-drops-miss-usa-pageant-over-trumps-comments-on-mexicans/" target="_blank"><em>New York Post</em></a> on Thursday. "Running for president is far more important to me, frankly, than running the Miss Universe pageant."</p> <p>On Thursday, Colombian artist J. Balvin also announced he would not be performing at Trump's Miss USA event due to his comments.</p> <p>"This isn't about being punitive, but about showing leadership through social responsibility," he <a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/6605876/j-balvin-cancels-miss-usa-performance-donald-trump-latin-comments?utm_source=Sailthru&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=biz_breakingnews&amp;utm_campaign=Breaking%20News" target="_blank">explained</a>. "His comments weren't just about Mexicans, but about all Latins in general."</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Immigration Media Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:53:34 +0000 Inae Oh 278426 at http://www.motherjones.com You Were Right. Whole Foods Is Ripping You Off. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/whole-foods-overcharging-new-york-city <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>For anyone who regularly gawks at Whole Foods' sky-high prices in New York, here's some righteous vindication: The grocery store is being investigated by city officials for overcharging customers.</p> <p>The <em>Daily News</em> <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-foods-faces-city-probe-overcharges-article-1.2268695" target="_blank">reports</a> New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs has opened a probe into a laundry list of pricing violations going back to at least 2010, mainly dealing with mislabeling prepackaged food products with incorrect weights. An agency spokesperson said that when investigators weighed 80 different items at eight locations, every single one of the labels were found to be incorrect, usually overcharging the customer.</p> <p>One item cost $4.85 more than its correct price.</p> <p>"Our inspectors tell me this is the worst case of mislabeling they have seen in their careers," commissioner<a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/media/pr062415.page" target="_blank"> </a><a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NYC-DCA-Inspects-Whole-Foods-Overcharging-Weight-Prepackaged-Foods-309593751.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_NYBrand" target="_blank">Julie </a><a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/media/pr062415.page" target="_blank">Menin</a> said. "As a large chain grocery store, Whole Foods has the money and resources to ensure greater accuracy and to correct what appears to be a widespread problem&mdash;the city&rsquo;s shoppers deserve to be correctly charged."</p> <p>As a result, Whole Foods has been hit with more than 800 violations. In a statement, a company representative <a href="http://gothamist.com/2015/06/24/whole_foods_ripoff.php" target="_blank">denied</a> the charges and said Whole Foods was "vigorously defending ourselves."</p> <p>Around this time last year, Whole Foods was forced to shell out <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-whole-foods-20140624-story.html" target="_blank">$800,000</a> to the municipal governments of Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and San Diego for similar violations in its California stores.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Corporations Food and Ag Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:35:26 +0000 Inae Oh 278321 at http://www.motherjones.com Meryl Streep Is Pushing Congress to Finally Revive the Equal Rights Amendment http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/meryl-streep-congress-equal-rights-amendment <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Tuesday, Meryl Streep sent all 535 members of Congress <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jun/23/meryl-streep-congress-equal-rights-amendment" target="_blank">a letter</a> urging them to bring back the Equal Rights Amendment in order to finally ratify it into the Constitution.</p> <p>"I am writing to ask you to stand up for equality&mdash;for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your wife or yourself&mdash;by actively supporting the Equal Rights Amendment," the <a href="http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51168/press_release/merylstreeppr" target="_blank">letter</a> read.</p> <p>Accompanying Streep's letter was a copy of "Equal Means Equal" written by EPA Coalition president Jessica Neuwirth.</p> <p>"The ERA is not just a women&rsquo;s rights issue&mdash;it will have a meaningful benefit for the whole human family," she added.</p> <p>Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment back in 1972 and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Rights_Amendment#Actions_in_the_state_legislatures" target="_blank">thirty-five states ratified</a>&nbsp;it but that was three ratifications&nbsp;short of the constitutional requirement.</p> <p>Streep, who will be starring as British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst this October, has long been a vocal advocate for women's rights and has also spoken out against <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2015/04/23/meryl-streep-supports-a-groundbreaking-new-screenwriters-lab-for-women-over-40/" target="_blank">rampant ageism</a> against women in Hollywood. During Patricia Arquette's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/02/patricia-arquette-just-delivered-perfect-call-gender-equality" target="_blank">impassioned acceptance speech</a> at this year's Oscars, Streep was seen cheering enthusiastically in support of Arquette's call for gender equality.</p> <p>In her letter on Tuesday, the Oscar-winning actress called on Congress to revive the issue for a "whole new generation of women and girls are talking about equality&mdash;equal pay, equal protection from sexual assault, equal rights."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Sex and Gender Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:17:20 +0000 Inae Oh 278271 at http://www.motherjones.com Fox News Has Apparently Had Enough of Sarah Palin http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/fox-news-has-apparently-had-enough-sarah-palin <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Fox News just dropped Sarah Palin. Mike Allen <a href="http://www.politico.com/playbook/" target="_blank">reports</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Fox News will not renew its contract with Sarah Palin, whose bombastic appearances have been a cable staple since the former Alaska governor&rsquo;s failed run on John McCain&rsquo;s ticket in 2007 [sic]. When asked for comment, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed the network had amicably parted ways with the governor on June 1.</p> <p>Palin, 51, is expected to make occasional guest appearances on Fox and Fox Business, and will appear on other networks and cables. She has a show on the Sportsman Channel, does a lot of speeches, and will announce a new publishing project soon.</p> </blockquote> <p>Now she'll presumably have more time to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/08/sarah-palin-picks-imaginary-fight-elizabeth-warren-loses" target="_blank">pick imaginary fights with Liz Warren on her web series</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:52:39 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 278241 at http://www.motherjones.com Norway's Women's Soccer Team Just Obliterated Sexist Stereotypes in Sports http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/norway-womens-soccer-sport-sexism-video <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ehnMEjHyIgM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The Norwegian women's soccer team may have lost in <a href="http://screamer.deadspin.com/england-fight-back-against-norway-advance-with-late-th-1713217007" target="_blank">spectacular fashion</a> to England&nbsp;on Monday. But the team's contribution to this year's FIFA Women's World Cup will go on, in the form of this hilarious attack on sexism in sport, above.</p> <p>In a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehnMEjHyIgM#action=share" target="_blank">four-minute mockumentary</a> aired on Norwegian television in the lead-up to the team's <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33085746" target="_blank">match against England</a>, the players make fun of sexist stereotypes in women's soccer. "We're shit, we suck. Plain and simple," admits captain&nbsp;Trine Ronning. In emails to FIFA, the players offer suggestions for making the women's game less boring. For instance, they could play on smaller fields or use a smaller, lighter ball. Or FIFA could allow goalkeepers to swat incoming goals away with collapsible light reflectors.&nbsp;</p> <p>Oh, and what was (<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/jun/14/sepp-blatter-stay-fifa-president-swiss-newspaper" target="_blank">potentially) outgoing</a> FIFA president Sepp Blatter's comical response to the suggestions, according to the segment? "HAHAHA these suggestions made my day. LOL."</p> <p>h/t <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/jun/19/norway-women-football-critics-stereotype-video" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video International Sex and Gender Sports Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:22:47 +0000 Edwin Rios 278151 at http://www.motherjones.com No Joy's Dreamy New Shoegaze Album http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/no-joy-releases-new-grunge-album <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aIR7ofKRUro" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>No Joy<br><em>More Faithful</em><br> Mexican Summer</strong><br> &nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/MEX200%20-%20Cover%20%28hi%20res%29.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>Grunge, in the form of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and endless lesser lights, wasn't the only cool thing happening in rock'n'roll during the '90s. Shoegaze, as personified by My Bloody Valentine and Lush, also made its mark and has shown remarkable staying power. Witness the Canadian quartet No Joy, whose exciting third album is textbook shoegaze, blending swirling, echoey voices, distorted guitars, and heavenly melodies into one dreamy and alluring package. It's difficult to determine what singer-guitarist Jasamine White-Gluz and her accomplices want to say, if anything, but the waves of vertigo-inducing sound they generate are the real point. Call it cheap thrills, or high art, or both: In any case, <em>More Faithful</em> will give you a delicious buzz.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:48:58 +0000 Jon Young 278036 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Explains How Trolls Make the Internet a Living Hell for Women http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/john-oliver-internet-women-online-abuse <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Online harassment&nbsp;is a serious <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/02/internet-trolls-sadists-psychopaths-lulz" target="_blank">problem</a>, one that's constantly perpetuated by internet trolls spewing direct and oftentimes violent threats to specific users.&nbsp;If you're thinking this characterization is&nbsp;an exaggeration, John Oliver had the following message for you on Sunday:</p> <p>"Congratulations on your white penis,&nbsp;because if you have one of those, you probably have a very different experience of the internet." As he went onto explain, "women in particular can receive a veritable cornucopia of horrifying messages online."&nbsp;</p> <p>On the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuNIwYsz7PI" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em></a>, Oliver took the issue to task by talking to female gamers and writers, many of whom have been the targets of a wide range of threats and revenge porn.&nbsp;"It can potentially affect any woman who makes the mistake of having a thought in her mind and then vocalizing it online," he explained.</p> <p>It's perhaps even more disturbing how little legal protection women have when faced with such harassment.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PuNIwYsz7PI" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>For more on internet harassment and the online movement known as #Gamergate, check out our in-depth <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/10/gamergate-explained" target="_blank">report here.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Sex and Gender Tech Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:02:10 +0000 Inae Oh 277961 at http://www.motherjones.com This Chart Shows How Sexist Silicon Valley Really Is http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/evidence-silicon-valley-really-sexist <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Tech companies often <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2015/06/17/leaky-pipeline-just-excuse-for-major-diversity.html" target="_blank">chalk up their lack of gender diversity</a> to a "leaky pipeline," or a surge of women leaving engineering. But a new <a href="http://blog.linkedin.com/2015/06/17/measuring-gender-diversity-with-data-from-linkedin/?sf10026881=1" target="_blank">LinkedIn analysis</a> of its members' data suggests that the lack of female engineers working in tech can't be so easily explained away.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.linkedin.com/2015/06/17/measuring-gender-diversity-with-data-from-linkedin/?sf10026881=1" target="_blank">The report</a>, released last week,<strong> </strong>found that the tech sector employs proportionally fewer female engineers than several other industries, including&nbsp;healthcare, retail, government, education, and nonprofits.</p> <p>The tech sector also lags in the proportion of women taking on leadership roles, according to LinkedIn's report. The professional networking site measured the "leadership gap" in industries: the difference between female representation overall and the percentage of women in leadership roles. By this measure, the healthcare, retail, and financial services industries are doing the worst job of promoting women to top positions. But as shown in the chart below, the tech sector isn't much better: Of the nearly 31 percent of women in the tech sector overall, just 21 percent are in leadership roles.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/LinkedIn-report-Women-in-Tech.jpg"><div class="caption">LinkedIn</div> </div> <p>This latest data highlight some of the misconceptions associated with solving the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/google-diversity-labor-gender-race-gap-workers-silicon-valley" target="_blank">persistent lack of</a> women and minorities in Silicon Valley. LinkedIn's report suggests that the so-called "pipeline" isn't leaking all that much: In fact, a good number of female engineers continue to work as engineers&mdash;they're simply choosing to take their skills to industries outside the tech sector. As Karen Catlin, a former vice president of Adobe Systems, <a href="http://fusion.net/story/152387/this-study-suggests-silicon-valley-really-is-biased-against-women/" target="_blank">told <em>Fusion</em></a> last week, some women avoid tech because they believe they won't have opportunities to grow professionally: "Either there's a very leaky pipeline and women are leaving jobs in tech," Catlin said. "Or they are seeing they cannot have the careers they want in this industry and looking elsewhere for jobs instead."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Sex and Gender Tech Top Stories Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:05:07 +0000 Edwin Rios 277756 at http://www.motherjones.com #Prattkeeping Is the Best Thing on the Internet Today http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/new-great-jurassic-world-meme <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>Jurassic World</em> opened last weekend, <a href="http://variety.com/2015/film/news/jurassic-world-records-box-office-1201520586/" target="_blank">breaking all sorts of records</a>. While that's great and all, and dinosaurs are awesome and what not, this is the best thing that happened as a result: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Prattkeeping?src=hash" target="_blank">Prattkeeping</a>.</p> <p>In the movie, Chris Pratt does a move to assert dominance and calm down raptors. Animal keepers started to contribute their own versions, and before long a new wonderful meme was born. Check out <em>Fusion </em>for a <a href="http://fusion.net/story/152063/zookeepers-are-posting-pictures-of-themselves-prattkeeping-inspired-by-jurassic-world/" target="_blank">longer list</a>.</p> <p>Here are some of our favorites:</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/4CmOA8tTA8/" 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">#raptorsquad @cameldiscovery #jurasiczookeeper keeper Ambrose</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 Kati Speer (@kati_speer) on <time datetime="2015-06-17T18:37:32+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">Jun 17, 2015 at 11:37am PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><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/375MnxL-qP/" 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">#jurassiczookeeper @sacramentozoo</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 Mike Owyang (@ohmygoat1) on <time datetime="2015-06-15T04:08:41+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">Jun 14, 2015 at 9:08pm PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><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/3-sPYcJNxE/" 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">Jurassic Keeper. #jurassicworld #dinosaur #emu #jurassiczookeeper #animal #movie</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 Jon Ovens (@parrotman_jon) on <time datetime="2015-06-16T06:13:11+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">Jun 15, 2015 at 11:13pm PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Unfortunately, not everyone thinks it's funny:</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/walrus0.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/walrus1.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/walrus2.jpg"></div></body></html> Mixed Media Media Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:34:14 +0000 Gabrielle Canon 277591 at http://www.motherjones.com Mark Zuckerberg Donates $5 Million to Help Dreamers' Education http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/mark-zuckerberg-undocumented-immigrations-donation <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10102184690649221&amp;set=a.529237706231.2034669.4&amp;type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">Facebook post</a> on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced they will be donating $5 million to provide scholarships to undocumented students living in the Bay Area. The Facebook CEO wrote:</p> <blockquote> <p>Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants are part of our communities and attend school legally in the United States. Many of them moved to America early in their lives and can&rsquo;t remember living anywhere else. They want to remain in the country they love and be a part of America&rsquo;s future. But without documentation, it's often a struggle to get a college education, and they don&rsquo;t have access to any kind of federal aid.</p> </blockquote> <p>The money will be given to <a href="http://www.thedream.us/" target="_blank">TheDream.US</a>, a national scholarship program launched in 2013 to help fund education for immigrant youth, which will then create specific programs for 400 selected students to receive the tuition assistance.</p> <p>Zuckerberg has <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/11/mark-zuckerberg-immigration-reform-one-of-the-biggest-civil-rights-issues-of-our-time/" target="_blank">called</a> immigration reform the "biggest civil rights issue of our time," and has made other efforts to help dreamers. In 2013, he launched the group <a href="http://www.fwd.us/about_us" target="_blank">FWD.us</a> to mobilize the tech community's support for immigration. Despite its popular support among tech leaders though, the group has run into the <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/mark-zuckerbergs-immigration-reform-108633.html" target="_blank">same problems</a> that have plagued immigration reform in Washington.</p> <p>Zuckerberg's Facebook post below:</p> <div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><center> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10102184695783931" data-width="500"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10102184695783931"> <p>Today Priscilla and I made a $5 million donation to thedream.us, a scholarship fund that helps undocumented young...</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck">Mark Zuckerberg</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10102184695783931">Wednesday, June 17, 2015</a></blockquote> </div> </div> </center></body></html> Mixed Media Education Immigration Tech Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:32:39 +0000 Inae Oh 277546 at http://www.motherjones.com Uber Drivers in California Are Employees, Labor Commission Rules http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/uber-drivers-employee-california <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>California's Labor Commission just delivered what could potentially be a significant&nbsp;blow to Uber's business model. After a former driver sued to be reimbursed for driving expenses, the commission ruled that drivers working for the popular ride-hailing app are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/17/us-uber-california-idUSKBN0OX1TE20150617" target="_blank">employees</a>, not independent&nbsp;contractors.</p> <p>"The defendants hold themselves out as nothing more than a neutral technological platform, designed simply to enable drivers and passengers to transact the business of transportation," the commission <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/johanabhuiyan/california-labor-commission-rules-san-francisco-based-uber-d#.xiPL5YDZA" target="_blank">wrote</a> in its ruling. "The reality, however, is that defendants are involved in every aspect of the operation."</p> <p>The ruling, which for now only applies to California drivers, is the result of a claim filed back in September by Barbara Ann Berwick, a former&nbsp;Uber driver. Berwick argued she was owed payment for expenses, such as mileage, incurred while working for the company, but Uber insisted that she was only an independent contractor and therefore not eligible for reimbursement. On Tuesday, the commission ordered the company to pay Berwick $4,000 in expenses.</p> <p>The difference in classification is significant, as an employee status may force Uber to provide drivers benefits such as <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/17/us-uber-california-idUSKBN0OX1TE20150617" target="_blank">social security</a>, health insurance, and unemployment insurance. Uber is in the process of appealing the decision.</p> <p><strong>Read the ruling its entirety below:</strong></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"><a href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/268911290/Uber-vs-Berwick" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Uber vs Berwick on Scribd">Uber vs Berwick</a> by <a href="https://www.scribd.com/SuperAdventureDoug" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View SuperAdventureDoug's profile on Scribd">SuperAdventureDoug</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.7635593220338983" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_35082" scrolling="no" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/268911290/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-5GKTAabyyCpjR0FzFsJz&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Economy Labor Tech Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:45:39 +0000 Inae Oh 277506 at http://www.motherjones.com The Daily News Welcomes Donald Trump to the Presidential Race http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/daily-news-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Tuesday, Donald Trump descended from an <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/contributor/2015/06/its-good-to-laugh" target="_blank">escalator</a> and announced he's actually running for president. The formal launch is yet another entry into a group of obvious&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/06/what-do-so-many-obvious-losers-think-they-can-be-president" target="_blank">losers</a> that have little to no chance of securing the&nbsp;White House.&nbsp;</p> <p>Will Republican voters eventually warm up to the Donald, though? Judging by this fantastic cover of today's <em>Daily News</em>, a traditionally right-leaning New York paper,&nbsp;we're guessing no:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hey, <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> -- here's our Wednesday front page. <a href="http://t.co/m7V8GbV4r7">http://t.co/m7V8GbV4r7</a> <a href="http://t.co/MMJWECKq02">pic.twitter.com/MMJWECKq02</a></p> &mdash; New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/610993371688124416">June 17, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Indeed, the clown car that is the current GOP presidential field finally has a leader!&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Media Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:09:59 +0000 Inae Oh 277481 at http://www.motherjones.com Rachel Dolezal: "I Identify as Black" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/rachel-dolezal-i-identify-black <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In her first public interview since allegations that&nbsp;she&nbsp;lied&nbsp;about her race&nbsp;for nearly a decade, Rachel Dolezal sat down with Matt Lauer on Tuesday to address the controversy.</p> <p>"I did feel that at some point, I would need to address the complexity of my identity," the former Spokane NAACP <a href="http://www.today.com/news/rachel-dolezal-speaks-today-show-matt-lauer-after-naacp-resignation-t26371" target="_blank">president said</a>. When asked directly if she is an African American woman, Dolezal responded, "I identify as black."</p> <p>She went on to explain her "self-identification with the black experience" started around the age of five, when she began drawing self portraits of herself using a brown crayon, rather than a peach one.</p> <p>In a Facebook post on Monday, Dolezal announced she was <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/rachel-dolezal-resigns-spokane-naacp-president" target="_blank">resigning</a> as the local NAACP chapter president. Hours after posting the letter, the <a href="http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/rachel-dolezal-discrimination-lawsuit-786451" target="_blank"><em>Smoking Gun </em></a>reported she once sued Howard University claiming racial discrimination against her for being a white woman.</p> <p>When Lauer broached the 2002 lawsuit, Dolezal said, "The reasons for my full tuition scholarship being removed, as well as my teaching assistant position, were that other people needed opportunities and 'you probably have white relatives that can help you with your tuition.' I thought that was injustice."</p> <p>Two years after she filed&nbsp;suit, a judge dismissed her case.</p> <div style="position:relative; padding-bottom:63%; padding-bottom:-webkit-calc(56.25% + 50px); padding-bottom:calc(56.25% + 50px); height: 0;"><iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" src="http://www.today.com/offsite/rachel-dolezal-breaks-her-silence-i-identify-as-black-465269315945" style="position:absolute; width: 100%; height: 100%;"></iframe></div></body></html> Mixed Media Media Race and Ethnicity Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:10:40 +0000 Inae Oh 277376 at http://www.motherjones.com Rachel Dolezal Sued Howard University for Racial Discrimination http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/rachel-dolezal-sued-howard-university-racial-discrimination <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A new report from the <em>Smoking Gun</em> claims <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/rachel-dolezal-resigns-spokane-naacp-president" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal</a>&mdash;the Spokane woman who has lied for years about being African American&mdash; sued Howard University in 2002. According to court documents obtained by the site, Dolezal, who went by Rachel Moore at the time, sued the historically black college by alleging discrimination "based on race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender." From the report:</p> <blockquote> <p>She alleged that Smith and other school officials improperly blocked her appointment to a teaching assistant post, rejected her application for a post-graduate instructorship, and denied her scholarship aid while she was a student.</p> <p>The court opinion also noted that Dolezal claimed that the university&rsquo;s decision to remove some of her artworks from a February 2001 student exhibition was "motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over" her.</p> </blockquote> <p>Two years later, a judge dismissed the lawsuit.</p> <p>Earlier on Monday, Dolezal posted a letter on Facebook announcing her <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/rachel-dolezal-resigns-spokane-naacp-president" target="_blank">resignation</a> as president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP after the news broke that she had been pretending to be black for many years. The <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/spokane-naacp-leader-lying-about-being-black-parents-say" target="_blank">allegations, accompanied by her birth certificate,</a> were made by her biological parents, both of whom are white.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:28:16 +0000 Inae Oh 277346 at http://www.motherjones.com BREAKING: The Sun Has Not Exploded http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/fyi-sun-has-not-exploded <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>When publishing breaking news, all good editors should exercise a sense of urgency, while also preventing any cause for unnecessary alarm. This is particularly crucial when reporting news that the world is about to come to a sudden, apocalyptic end.</p> <p>Just ask the <em>Athens Banner-Herald,</em> which on Monday fell "victim to miscue" after an emergency broadcast system notice mistakenly <a href="http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2015-06-15/sun-has-not-exploded" target="_blank">alerted readers</a> that the sun had just exploded:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/emergency.png" style="width: 630px; height: 109px;"></div> </div> <p>Erroneous news of the sun's explosion gave way to one of the best breaking news retractions we've seen in awhile: "To our knowledge, the sun has not exploded," the paper's director of digital wrote in a post.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:34:36 +0000 Inae Oh 277301 at http://www.motherjones.com Rachel Dolezal Resigns as Spokane NAACP President http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/rachel-dolezal-resigns-spokane-naacp-president <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Rachel Dolezal, the president of Spokane, Washington's NAACP chapter, resigned on Monday.</p> <p>"In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP," Dolezal wrote in a Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/spokane.naacp/posts/1623781377868883" target="_blank">post.</a> "It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley."</p> <p>Dolezal's decision comes just days after her biological parents came forward and accused her of lying for years about being African American.</p> <p>"I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions&mdash;absent the full story," she wrote in her official letter of resignation. "I am consistently committed to empowering marginalized voices and believe that many individuals have been heard in the last hours and days that would not otherwise have had a platform to weigh in on this important discussion."</p> <p>Dolezal is also chair of Spokane's Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, and Spokane officials are currently investigating <strike>w</strike>hether she lied about her race in order to secure that appointment.</p> <p>To read her resignation notice in its entirety, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/spokane.naacp/posts/1623781377868883" target="_blank">jump here. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:51:24 +0000 Inae Oh 277276 at http://www.motherjones.com Sharon Van Etten's Anguished Territory http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/sharon-van-ettens-delivers-again-new-ep <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o9-_zXnFGOs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Sharon Van Etten<br><em>I Don't Want to Let You Down</em><br> Jagjaguwar</strong></p> <p>When it comes to harrowing beauty, Sharon Van Etten's music has no peer. Following last year&rsquo;s dazzling album <em>Are We There</em>, this stunning five-song EP of gorgeous chamber pop returns to the same anguished territory, plumbing the depths of damaged relationships and massive self-doubt with unsparing candor. The desperate sentiments of the title track or "I Always Fall Apart" might veer into melodramatic excess if not for Van Etten's understated but wonderfully expressive singing, which lends a ring of plainspoken truth to the darkest scenarios. Despite the mournful vibes, <em>I Don't Want to Let You Down</em> is ultimately exhilarating, simply because it&rsquo;s thrilling to see a gifted artist in full command of her substantial powers.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:46:43 +0000 Jon Young 276911 at http://www.motherjones.com Let John Oliver and Helen Mirren Convince You to Finally Read America's Damning Torture Report http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/john-oliver-torture <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Last December, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/cia-torture-report-abuses-rectal-feeding" target="_blank">long-awaited torture report</a>, which provided overwhelming evidence interrogation methods used after the attacks on September 11th to be largely ineffective and inhumane. Despite this, most Americans have yet to even skim the report's findings and continue to believe torture tactics can successfully lead to reliable information.</p> <p>"Torture is one of those things that is advertised as something that works, but doesn't like a Ford truck or those weird bottles of Horny Goat Weed available at your local bodega," John Oliver explained on the latest<em> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmeF2rzsZSU" target="_blank">Last Week Tonight</a></em>. "But maybe the reason that so many of us innately believe that torture works is that it does on TV all the time. Look at <em>24</em>."</p> <p>On Sunday, Oliver implored viewers to start paying attention&mdash;he even recruited the help of actress Helen Mirren to eloquently read some of the report's most horrifying details&mdash;as <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/jun/10/senators-bipartisan-push-ban-torture-us-law" target="_blank">Senators John McCain and Dianne Feinstein</a> currently have the chance to pass a bill seeking to permanently ban specific torture methods for good.</p> <p>"America should not be a country that tortures people because it is brutal. It is medieval and it is beneath us," he said.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zmeF2rzsZSU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice International Media Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:16:18 +0000 Inae Oh 277236 at http://www.motherjones.com Local NAACP President Is Lying About Being Black, Parents Say http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/spokane-naacp-leader-lying-about-being-black-parents-say <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The president of a <a href="http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/did-naacp-president-lie-about-her-race-city-investigates/33533026" target="_blank">local NAACP chapter in Spokane,</a> Washington, is currently under investigation after her parents, both of whom are white, publicly accused her of lying about being African American.</p> <p>On Thursday, the city announced it was looking into the allegations of whether Rachel Dolezal, who also serves as the chair of Spokane's Office of Police Ombudsman Commission and is an adjunct professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University, violated the city's code of ethics by falsely identifying herself as African-American in order to serve as chair.</p> <p>The controversy erupted earlier this week, when&nbsp;Dolezal's parents, Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal, announced that their daughter was fabricating her ancestry. In fact, they say, she is part Swedish, Czech, and German with "traces" of Native American heritage. Her parents supported their claims with official documents including a birth certificate presented to <a href="http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_385adfeb-76f3-5050-98b4-d4bf021c423f.html" target="_blank"><em>CDA Press</em></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>"It is very disturbing that she has become so dishonest," Ruthanne said in a recent <a href="http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_385adfeb-76f3-5050-98b4-d4bf021c423f.html" target="_blank">phone interview with <em>CDA Press.</em></a></p> <p>There are other problems as well. For example, a photo posted on the Spokane NAACP chapter's Twitter account earlier this year shows Dolezal with an African-American man identified in the caption as her father. When asked about the allegations and the photo by a <a href="http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/did-naacp-president-lie-about-her-race-city-investigates/33533026" target="_blank">KXLY reporter</a>, Dolezal was evasive and then abruptly walked away.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oKRj_h7vmMM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The photo, which has since been removed, can be seen below:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">President Dolezal's dad will be at the ribbon-cutting ceremony &amp; will speak at the 7pm MLK tribute membership meeting <a href="http://t.co/u5kvlCNWwY">pic.twitter.com/u5kvlCNWwY</a></p> &mdash; Spokane NAACP (@SpokaneNAACP) <a href="https://twitter.com/SpokaneNAACP/status/555195078461751297">January 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>In an interview published by the <a href="http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/northwest/questions-raised-about-race-of-spokane-naacp-head/" target="_blank"><em>Seattle Times</em></a> on Thursday, Dolezal called the allegations a "multi-layered" issue and again did not respond to any direct questions.</p> <p>Instead she struck a more philosophical note, saying, "There's a lot of complexities and I don't know that everyone would understand that. We're all from the African continent."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:25:56 +0000 Inae Oh 277126 at http://www.motherjones.com America Didn’t Get to See John Oliver’s Latest Work of Comic Genius. Here It Is. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/john-oliver-fifa-trinidad-jack-warner-mittens <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Since last year's World Cup in Brazil, comedian John Oliver has used his <em>Last Week Tonight</em> perch to sound off about the ongoing <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlJEt2KU33I" target="_blank">allegations of corruption</a> and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/chart-fifa-deaths-qatar-move-it-to-the-united-states" target="_blank">human rights abuses</a> involving FIFA, soccer's governing body. On Tuesday night, he brought that criticism to a new venue: Trinidadian television.</p> <p>His target? Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, who is among those accused of facilitating bribes&mdash;and who <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/jun/04/fifa-crisis-jack-warner-says-he-fears-for-life-and-will-reveal-avalanche-of-secrets" target="_blank">bought airtime in his native Trinidad and Tobago just last week</a> to claim he would expose his co-conspirators in a paid advertisement called "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcbuJVfhGnk" target="_blank">The Gloves Are Off</a>." (Warner, you might remember, is the same guy who recently <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/may/31/ex-fifa-vice-president-jack-warner-swallows-onion-spoof" target="_blank">took an <em>Onion</em> article</a> a bit too seriously.)</p> <p>In a four-minute segment called "John Oliver: The Mittens of Disapproval Are On," Oliver called on Warner to follow through on his warning and release all his proof of FIFA's wrongdoing:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/alwba8V1csY" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video International Sports Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:20:46 +0000 Edwin Rios 276986 at http://www.motherjones.com