Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2014/07/film-rev http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Gemma Ray's Latest Is Fresh and Unsettling http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/gemma-ray-milk-your-motors-review <!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-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/gemmacover300_.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Gemma Ray<br><em>Milk for Your Motors</em><br> Bronze Rat</strong><br> A perfect master of noir pop, British-born Gemma Ray turns a familiar recipe&mdash;twangy guitars, dreamy melodies, hazy rhythms and wistful voices&mdash;into something fresh and more than a little unsettling. <em>Milk for Your Motors</em> transcends artful background music because her songs are smart and unpredictable, encompassing the nostalgic desire of "When I Kissed You" ("I want to remember how I kissed you / &rsquo;round the back of the air-raid shelter") and the gruesome dark comedy of "Waving at Mirrors" ("It was all a terrible mess / Which came from nothing less / Than a moment carelessly spent applying make up instead of driving") Aching and wry at once, Ray is a mesmerizing presence, mixing brainy cool and genuine passion with precise skill. For added hipster cred, note cameos by Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and Alan Vega (Suicide), who references his own classic "Dream Baby Dream" on the spooky "Out in the Rain."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BNo_OWmwNMo?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:00:06 +0000 Jon Young 259451 at http://www.motherjones.com 5 Dazzling Female Singers on the Rise http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/lady-singers-diana-gameros-frazey-ford-sevyn-streeter-fka-twigs-irene-diaz <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Summer's pulling to a close, but perk up. Here are videos of five refreshing female vocalists whose smart and uncompromising performances have dazzled me recently:</p> <p><strong>1. Frazey Ford</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YZFgKbkrmIY" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Fans of the quirky alt-folk band the Be Good Tanyas&mdash;of which Frazey Ford is a founding member&mdash;won't be disappointed with this sneak-peek single off Ford's upcoming solo album, <a href="http://www.frazeyford.com/content/indian-ocean" target="_blank"><em>Indian Ocean</em></a>, out in mid-October. With subtle vibrato and pulsing emotion, Ford's velvety vocals take center stage in "September Fields." While Ford's a country-folk singer at heart, the electric organ in the track transforms her normally aching lullaby into something funkier and full of sunshine. As I listened, I kept picturing late summer drives through peaceful farm towns, passing barns with their paint peeling, peach stands framed by dry corn stalks, little girls in their Sunday best giggling on the steps of a small church. "Are you holding, holding on so tight?" Ford croons. Yes&mdash;to the edge of my seat in anticipation for her album to land.</p> <p><strong>2. Diana Gameros</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TV7izivR-jo" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>One evening in July, Mexican singer Diana Gameros boarded the historic <a href="http://www.nps.gov/safr/historyculture/balclutha.htm" target="_blank">Balclutha</a>, a tall ship parked in the San Francisco Bay. Under violet lights in the main cabin, alongside a handful of other masterful Latin American musicians, she delivered "Canciones Del Mar (Songs of the Sea)." The group performed ocean homages plucked from all over the continent, from fishing ditties to a silly tune about an octopus to a tribute to the Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni, who is said to have ended her own life by wading into the sea.</p> <p>Gameros also performed her original, "Soy Tu Mar," and released this humble video a month later. The waves washing through the ballad offer the singer an ethereal alternative rhythm, and pair well with her bright nylon-stringed Takamine guitar with a sound reminiscent of a mariachi. Gameros grew up bouncing between her hometown of Ciudad Ju&aacute;rez, Mexico, and Holland, Michigan, where she learned English and studied music. She now resides in the Bay Area and plays regularly <a href="http://dianagameros.com/upcoming-performances/" target="_blank">at a tamale parlor</a> in San Francisco's Mission District. Her delicate first album, <a href="http://dianagameros.com/music/" target="_blank"><em>Eterno Retorno</em></a>, showcases Gameros' bilingual songwriting and jazzy voice. Like "Soy Tu Mar," it's at once full of yearning and serenity. Don't miss the improvised bonus song in the tunnel at the end of the video.</p> <p><strong>3. Sevyn Streeter</strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=338276926&amp;mediaId=338294182" width="600"></iframe></p> <p>Ignore the nails and revel in this diva's silky and powerful voice. It baffles me that the guys lifting weights in the righthand corner of this scren were able to hold it together while Streeter just kills it.</p> <p>With roots in church gospel music, Streeter started winning talent competitions at a young age, but her cousin had to convince her to upload her music to MySpace. It soon caught the eye of Beyonc&eacute; and Jennifer Lopez's producer Rich Harrison, who asked Streeter to join RichGirl, a new pop group he was forming. The band never really took off, but Streeter continued to write songs, and six of the tracks she helped pen made it onto Chris Brown's Grammy-winning album <em>F.A.M.E.</em></p> <p>Now, with an EP to her name, Streeter is working on a debut album. The singles out so far are gussied up with plenty of electronic beats and echo-y harmonies. But after seeing this video, I hope she releases more stripped-down acoustic tracks that allow her pure voice full reign.</p> <p><strong>4. FKA Twigs</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3yDP9MKVhZc" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Move over Gaga: FKA Twigs has arrived. This satisfyingly weird artist struts her sultry vocals and mesmerizing poise in the video version of "Two Weeks." This year saw the London-based Twigs, a former backup dancer, move into the spotlight with her album <em>LP1. </em>Hipster music blog <em>Pitchfork</em> <a href="http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/19590-twigs-lp1/" target="_blank">raves about</a> its "eerie, post-humanist, Uncanny Valley-girl aesthetic." Indeed, Twigs plays a doll in many of the surreal videos off this album&mdash;in "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFtMl-uipA8" target="_blank">Water Me</a>," her head bobs from side to side and her eyes are unnaturally large.</p> <p>In the video above, she's an unapproachable empress. But amid all this cold posturing, her voice is piercingly intimate. And her command of her space and skilled restraint suggest that this 26-year-old half-Jamaican artist is only getting started.</p> <p><strong>5. Irene Diaz</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LwM1fkxOjVE" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Okay, this video's not brand new. But Irene Diaz is probably new to most of you. I just stumbled on her recently (h/t NPR's <em>Tiny Desk Concerts</em>), and I'm hooked on this playful song with its driving piano and flirtatious glances.</p> <p>Based in Los Angeles, the soulful Diaz is just breaking into the national scene, playing at 2014's SXSW and <a href="http://www.rialtotheatre.com/event/552981-lila-downs-tucson/" target="_blank">opening for Lila Downs'</a> on her current tour. Diaz seems like she'd be a ton of fun live&mdash;but here's hoping she pauses from touring long enough to complete her first full-length album soon. As <a href="http://music.remezcla.com/2013/latin/irene-diaz-i-love-you-madly-ep-interview/" target="_blank">one blogger pointed out</a>, Diaz sounds a bit like Fiona Apple, but her songs aren't quite so morose. They're muscular and catchy, with a hint of vintage spunk.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Music Music Mondays Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:00:05 +0000 Maddie Oatman 259371 at http://www.motherjones.com Michael Sam, Who Is Better At Football Than You Will Ever Be At Anything, Has Been Cut By the Rams http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/michael-sam-who-better-football-you-will-ever-be-anything-has-been-cut-rams <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11431047/michael-sam-cut-st-louis-rams" target="_blank">He'll probably get picked up by another team though.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sports Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:17:23 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 259446 at http://www.motherjones.com The NFL Finally Fixed Its Weak Domestic-Violence Penalties http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/nfl-domestic-violence-penalties-rice <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The National Football League has drastically toughened its punishments for domestic violence after weeks of uproar over its weak response to the case of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice received a two-game suspension after&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/ravens/2014/07/24/ray-rice-suspension-baltimore-janay-palmer/12783281/" target="_blank">allegedly assaulting his fianc&eacute;e</a>, while players who tested positive for marijuana&mdash;some in states where weed is legal&mdash;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/ray-rice-suspension-marijuana" target="_blank">were handed four-game and even season-long suspensions</a>.</p> <p>In a <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2014/08/28/roger-goodells-letter-to-nfl-owners-on-new-domestic-violence-policy/14746759/" target="_blank">letter to NFL owners</a> Thursday, commissioner Robert Goodell wrote that the league had fallen short in "a recent incident of domestic violence" and announced that a first-time domestic-violence offender would now receive a six-game suspension. Repeat offenders, he wrote, would face indefinite bans, with the possibility to apply for reinstatement after a year.</p> <p>To be clear, there's no epidemic of domestic violence among NFL players; this graph from <em>FiveThirtyEight</em> shows that NFL players are generally less likely to be arrested than the rest of 25-to-29-year-old American men*:</p> <p class="rtecenter">&iuml;&raquo;&iquest;&iuml;&raquo;&iquest;&iuml;&raquo;&iquest;&iuml;&raquo;&iquest; <img alt="morris-datalab-nfl-vaw-1" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-48442" height="489" src="http://espnfivethirtyeight.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/morris-datalab-nfl-vaw-12.png?w=610&amp;h=489" width="610"></p> <p>Rather, this smells a lot like a PR-related move from the league, which has seen its reputation suffer in the wake of Rice's light penalty. After all, it's not like the NFL jumped to punish any of the following four players, all of whom were involved in domestic incidents during Goodell's tenure as commissioner:</p> <ul><li><strong>AJ Jefferson: </strong>In February, Jefferson <a href="http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_24614228/j-jefferson-former-viking-charged-strangling-girlfriend" target="_blank">allegedly strangled his girlfriend</a> and was arrested and charged with assault. The Minnesota Vikings released him hours later, but <a href="http://www.fieldgulls.com/nfl-draft/2014/5/3/5678150/aj-jefferson-seahawks-sparq-player-profile" target="_blank">he was picked</a> up by the Seattle Seahawks this spring.</li> <li><strong>Chad Johnson: </strong>In 2012, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/nfler-chad-johnson-charged-domestic-battery-alleged-assault-wife-evelyn-lozada-article-1.1157926" target="_blank">Johnson was arrested</a> for head-butting his wife and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. He pleaded no contest, was sentenced to probation and was <a href="http://newsone.com/2584238/evelyn-lozada-headbutt-photos/" target="_blank">cut by the Miami Dolphins.</a></li> <li><strong>Brandon Marshall: </strong>The Chicago Bears' star wide receiver has one of the <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-14/sports/chi-brandon-marshalls-rap-sheet-20120314_1_brandon-marshall-rasheedah-watley-press-charges" target="_blank">lengthier rap sheets</a> in the league. Since 2004, he has been arrested five times, twice on domestic-violence charges, and has been involved in 10 disputes&mdash;many involving violence against women&mdash;in which no charges were filed. Marshall was suspended one game in 2009 over charges he'd abused his girlfriend in 2008 (he was acquitted); in 2007, he was arrested after preventing his girlfriend's taxi from leaving his home, completed anger management, and did not receive punishment from the NFL.</li> <li><strong>Quinn Ojinnaka: </strong>The former Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman <a href="http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2010/06/03/quinn-ojinnaka-suspended-for-a-game-for-facebook-fracas/?cp=2" target="_blank">was suspended for one game</a> in 2010 after a dispute in which he threw his wife down a flight of stairs and out of their home. (The dispute is said to have begun over Ojinnaka contacting a woman via Facebook.)</li> </ul><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Ultimately, the NFL is deeply invested in maintaining a clean, family-friendly image, and Goodell is clearly responding to claims that the league takes smoking pot more seriously than it does violence against women. While it's good that future domestic-violence offenders will receive more appropriate punishment, the timing of his letter&mdash;just a day after a <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/experts-want-see-nfl-act-074730915--nfl.html" target="_blank">vocal outcry about Rice's punishment</a>&mdash;makes it seem like the move of an embarrassed league looking to crack down on players who embarrass it.</p> <p>Goodell is burnishing his reputation as an authoritarian who's concerned with appearances, rather than a commissioner who leverages the league's reach and resources to actually address issues like domestic violence.</p> <p><em>*Note: As commenter Bumpasaurus pointed out, the data from the </em>FiveThirtyEight <em>chart is "adjusted for poverty status." NFL players are wealthy, and compared to other, wealthy individuals in the same age group, "the domestic violence arrest rate is downright extraordinary."</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Sex and Gender Sports Top Stories Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:12:24 +0000 Sam Brodey 259361 at http://www.motherjones.com "The Troll Slayer": Don't Miss This Fascinating Profile of Mary Beard http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/troll-slayer-dont-miss-amazing-profile-mary-beard <!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 partial list of things for which the British&nbsp;historian <a href="http://timesonline.typepad.com/" target="_blank">Mary Beard</a> has gained reverence and notoriety:</p> <ul><li>Positing that Pompeiians had <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=6pio0ecjN9kC&amp;pg=PA9&amp;lpg=PA9&amp;dq=pompeii+bad+breath&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=dc8LaYIsE5&amp;sig=do6J7fMjzLQNpngHl1eXdzNqknU&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=HzP-U5-CKceIjAKLhYGgDg&amp;ved=0CDMQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&amp;q=pompeii%20bad%20breath&amp;f=false" target="_blank">bad breath</a>, based on tartar levels on their fossilized teeth.</li> <li>Theorizing that Romans <a href="http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/9223531/laughter-in-ancient-rome-by-mary-beard-review/" target="_blank">didn't smile</a>, since Latin lacks words for anything resembling one.</li> <li>Being the world's foremost scholar on how Romans pooped.</li> <li>Going on television without wearing makeup or dying her gray hair.</li> <li>Retweeting a message she got from a 20-year-old calling her a "filthy old slut."</li> <li>On 9/11: suggesting that on some level, the United States&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.lrb.co.uk/v23/n19/nine-eleven-writers/11-september" target="_blank">had it coming</a>."</li> <li><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/sep/08/gender.uk" target="_blank">Disclosing that she was raped</a> when she was 20 in an essay on rape in ancient Rome.</li> </ul><p>You can read all about it in Rebecca Mead's <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/01/troll-slayer" target="_blank">excellent new <em>New Yorker</em> profile</a> on the endlessly fascinating&nbsp;Cambridge don. It opens on a lecture that Beard gave earlier this year at the British Museum, titled&nbsp;"Oh Do Shut Up, Dear!," on the long literary history of men keeping women quiet, from the <em>Odyssey</em>'s&nbsp;Penelope ordered upstairs to her weaving by her son&mdash;"Speech will be the business of men," he says&mdash;to the death threats, rape threats, and general nastiness that Beard and other outspoken women get online.&nbsp;("I'm going to cut off your head and rape it," read one of her tweet mentions.)&nbsp;For her part,&nbsp;Beard does not subscribe to the "don't feed the trolls" school of thought when it comes to dealing with online assailants. She engages, both publicly and privately, often with&nbsp;surprising results:</p> <blockquote> <p>She has discovered that, quite often, she receives not only an apology from them but also a poignant explanation&hellip;After a "Question Time"&nbsp;viewer wrote to her that she was "evil,"&nbsp;further correspondence revealed that he was mostly upset because he wanted to move to Spain and didn't understand the bureaucracy. "It took two minutes on Google to discover the reciprocal health-care agreement, so I sent it to him,"&nbsp;she says. "Now when I have a bit of Internet trouble, I get an e-mail from him saying, 'Mary, are you all right? I was worried about you.'"</p> </blockquote> <p>Fun stuff. And when you're done with Mead's piece, check out Beard's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Laughter-Ancient-Rome-Tickling-Classical/dp/0520277163" target="_blank">latest book</a>, <em>Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:40:15 +0000 Tasneem Raja 259241 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "To Turn You On" by Robyn Hitchcock http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/music-review-to-turn-you-on-robyn-hitchcock-man-upstairs <!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="robyn hitchcock" class="image" src="/files/robyn-hitchcock-250.jpg"></div> <p>TRACK 3</p> <p><strong>"To Turn You On"</strong></p> <p>From Robyn Hitchcock's <em>The Man Upstairs</em></p> <p>YEP ROC</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> Hitchcock gives Bryan Ferry's morose love song a charming, irony-free makeover, setting his surprisingly tender vocal to a delicate chamber-folk arrangement.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> The former Soft Boys leader teamed with producer Joe Boyd (Fairport Convention, Anna and Kate McGarrigle) for this vibrant mix of originals and covers (Doors, Psychedelic Furs).</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Vital vets like Richard Thompson and Marshall Crenshaw.</p> <p><em>This review originally appeared in our <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/toc/2014/09" target="_blank">September/October issue</a> of</em> Mother Jones.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:12 +0000 Jon Young 259006 at http://www.motherjones.com Liam Bailey's "Definitely Now" is Sneakily Addictive http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/music-review-liam-bailey-definitely-now <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Liam Bailey<br><em>Definitely NOW</em><br> Flying Buddha/Sony Music</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Liam Bailey" class="image" src="/files/MTnyzePo_0.jpeg" style="height: 275px; width: 275px;"></div> <p>Liam Bailey's smoky rasp of a voice would enhance any setting. On this sneakily addictive debut, the UK singer skillfully mixes slick modern pop, old-school soul, torch ballads, and a dash of reggae, creating a familiar yet fresh brew reminiscent of the great Amy Winehouse, an early champion of his. Where some young vocalists tend to emote excessively in an attempt to show off their skills, Bailey makes a virtue of understatement. He's thoroughly engaging on uptempo numbers like "Villain" and "Fool Boy," but especially effective on slower late-night tunes such as "Autumn Leaves" (not the pop standard) and "So, Down Cold." Make it mellow, Liam.</p> <p><em><strong>Also read:</strong> Bailey <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/08/contact-interview-liam-bailey-definitely-now" target="_blank">spoke to photographer Jacob Blickenstaff</a> about making the album and his split with Jimi Hendrix's old label, Polydor.</em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/s6zHZQBz9vI?list=UUJisrqMX102yOunQkQXVR4w" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 258901 at http://www.motherjones.com Motown's First No. 1 Hit, "Please Mr. Postman," Released 53 Years Ago http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/motown-1961-hit-please-mr-postman-marvelettes <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The knockout girl group song "Please Mr. Postman," by the Marvelettes was released on August 21, 1961. Later in the year it went on to become the first Motown single to hit #1 on B<em>illboard's</em> Hot 100 chart.</p> <center><object height="315" width="420"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/425GpjTSlS4?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/v/425GpjTSlS4?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420"></embed></object></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Motown wouldn't hit the #1 position again until 1963, when Little Stevie Wonder's "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cSjOxqldFs" target="_blank">Fingertips, Pt. 2</a>" reached the top. From that point on, Motown was a non-stop hit machine with at least one #1 hit on the charts each year through 1974. 1970 proved to be Motown's best year&ndash;they dominated <em>Billboard</em> with seven top hits.</p> <p>The Marvelettes followed "Please Mr. Postman" with "Twistin' Postman," in an effort to cash in on their own song and the popularity of "The Twist." That song hit #34 on the pop charts, and was followed by their bigger hits "Playboy" and the current oldies radio staple "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us18AUBM2RI" target="_blank">Beechwood 4-5789</a>." Like a lot of groups of the era, the Marvelettes had a hard time cracking the charts once the British Invasion hit States.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:01:08 +0000 Mark Murrmann 258706 at http://www.motherjones.com "I Pay Taxes out My Ass But They Still Harass Me": 11 Amazing Songs About Police Brutality http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/ferguson-police-brutality-playlist-11-songs-j-cole <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Last Friday, just days after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, 29-year-old North Carolina rapper J. Cole uploaded the stirring tribute "<a href="https://soundcloud.com/dreamvillerecords/j-cole-be-free/s-3J4jW" target="_blank">Be Free</a>" to his SoundCloud, dedicating it to "every young black man murdered in America." The song promptly <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/16/arts/music/j-coles-be-free-spreads-around-the-world-in-hours.html" target="_blank">went viral</a>.</p> <p>Protests against the shooting, and police brutality more broadly, already had been gaining steam as the police launched a highly <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/images-ferguson-tear-gas-police" target="_blank">militarized crackdown</a>, and Cole's timely reaction<span class="char" data-decimal="8212" data-entity="&amp;#8212;" data-id="46410" title="Em Dash">&mdash;in visceral, heartfelt form&mdash;struck a chord among people who know what it's like to be profiled or harassed by law enforcement.</span> As Cole writes in a <a href="http://www.dreamvillain.net/free/" target="_blank">blog post</a> introducing the track, "That coulda been me, easily. That could have been my best friend."</p> <p>Cole is hardly the only one speaking out: Artists as <a href="https://outlook.motherjones.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=Gq3FYbTwg0uo8ewfAXUikbJnPT77jtEIAPatdHR6sKzddoRq-H6tCcET050jZwyGDiRe9YsKHnQ.&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.billboard.com%2farticles%2fcolumns%2fthe-juice%2f6221643%2fferguson-michael-brown-frank-ocean-j-cole" target="_blank"> far and wide</a> as Frank Ocean, Big Boi, Moby, John Legend, and Young Jeezy have taken to Twitter and the airwaves in recent days to express their dissent, and Cole is <span class="char" data-decimal="8212" data-entity="&amp;#8212;" data-id="46410" title="Em Dash">part of a long tradition of musicians who have done so in song. </span>Here are eleven other amazing tracks on the topic of police brutality in America:</p> <p><strong>1. "Oxford Town," by Bob </strong><strong>Dylan</strong>: Dylan wrote this tune in 1962 in response to a <a href="http://singout.org/broadside/" target="_blank">magazine solicitation</a> for songs about the admission of James Meredith into the University of Mississippi, its first black student. Covered here by Richie Havens, it makes terse observations about a racist police force that don't seem too far off today: "Guns and clubs followed him down / All because his face was brown / Better get away from Oxford Town."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tAVPJH7IQxc?list=PLFYTc9C8uBI2__lvfIGGvqF0YCV45oAhu" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>2. "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)," by The Rolling Stones:</strong> "You're a heartbreaker / With your .44," Mick Jagger sings of the New York police in this symphonic 1973 double-ballad from the album <em>Goats Head Soup</em>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sqUiWpGGCmI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>3. "Who Got the Camera?" by Ice Cube:</strong> Released on the heels of the Los Angeles riots provoked by the beating of Rodney King, Ice Cube narrates the experience of being a black motorist harassed by law enforcement. "Police gettin badder," he raps. But "if I had a camera, the shit wouldn't matter."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EOfTgGp6tS0?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>4. "Sound of Da Police," by KRS-ONE</strong>: "Whoop, whoop! That's the sound of the police!" goes the memorable hook off KRS-One's 1993 debut solo album, <em>Return of the Boom Bap</em>. "After 400 years, I've got no choices," he raps, noting the continuity between slavery and racist policing. "The overseer rode around the plantation," he raps, while "the officer is off patrolling all the nation."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1VRZq3J0uz4?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>5. "The Beast," by The Fugees: </strong>"Warn the town, the beast is loose," the Fugees sing over police sirens in this 1996 classic. Lauryn Hill, Pras Michel, and Wyclef Jean spit old-school rhymes from gritty "ghetto Gotham," where "I pay taxes out my ass but they still harass me."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VQt17DhRTsg?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>6. "American Skin (41 Shots)," by Bruce Springsteen: </strong>"41 shots," goes the chorus to Springsteen's 2000 tribute to 23-year-old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo, shot at that many times by four NYPD officers who killed him outside his Bronx apartment in February 1999. "Well, is it a gun? Is it a knife? / Is it a wallet? This is your life," he sings, referencing the cops' purported rationale for the barrage, which began when Diallo reached for his wallet. Backed by the E Street Band, Springsteen mournfully reminds us that "You can get killed just for living in your American skin."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aQMqWAiWPMs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>7. "Made You Die," by Dead Prez, Yasiin Bey, and mikeflo: </strong>Dead Prez's stic.man, consistently one of hip-hop's sharpest social commentators, opens this Trayvon Martin tribute with his characteristic community-mindedness: "Now let's put it all in perspective / Before the outrage burns out misdirected / What can we do so our community's protected?" The three other MCs join in to flow on what Bey calls a "young black world in a struggle for a survival."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WcmUAG210oM?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>8. "Don't Die," by Killer Mike:</strong> Killer Mike has long protested the corrosive effects of racist policing on black communities in his <a href="http://www.barber-schools.org/blog/killer-mikes-barber-shop-in-atlanta-ga-graffiti-swag" target="_blank">native Atlanta</a>, where his own father was a cop. In this song off his 2012 release <em>R.A.P. Music</em>, Mike works through the nuances of that personal history, acknowledging that while police are often honest, working-class individuals, their institutional role can be insidious. "'Fuck tha police' is still all I gotta say," he concludes, paying homage to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7-TTWgiYL4" target="_blank">NWA hit</a> from the dawn of gangsta rap.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ze1_vkSyPDY?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>9. "Stand Your Ground," by Pharoahe Monch: </strong>Here Monch repurposes the name of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/06/nra-alec-stand-your-ground" target="_blank">the Florida law</a> used to justify George Zimmerman's killing of Trayvon Martin into a slogan for community organizers rallying in the killing's aftermath. "Get involved, get involved, get involved," the Queens rapper urges over roaring guitar riffs, soliciting support for the <a href="http://trayvonmartinfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Martin family foundation</a> in its effort to repeal the statutes.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CTDrFlmtR5w?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>10. "Amerika," by Lil Wayne:</strong> Lil Wayne is a rapper far better known for punch lines than political analysis, but he leaves the puns behind (mostly) in this somber single from last summer. In the video, riot police stand glaring in front of a flag whose stars "are never shining." Wayne's "Amerika" is a blighted landscape of foreclosed homes and teargas for which he modifies the patriotic anthem: "My country 'tis of thee / Sweet land of kill 'em all and let 'em die."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_Nb4EHY_2bI" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>11. "Remove Ya," by Ratking: </strong>In this dance-y, grime-influenced track, the young rap experimentalists reflect on their daily experiences with cops in today's New York. The song is a upbeat call for community against adversity, featuring rapper Wiki playing off the well-circulated <em>Nation </em>recording of an NYPD officer's stopping and frisking a guy ("<a href="http://www.thenation.com/article/170413/stopped-and-frisked-being-fking-mutt-video" target="_blank">for being a fucking mutt</a>"): "I'm a mutt, you a mutt, yeah, we some mutts." His companion Hak chimes in with memories of being arbitrarily stopped by an officer: "Hear the 'whoop whoop whoop whoop, stop don't move' / 'Hands on the hood, you gave me that look, wearing your hood.'"</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ltHrNYhzoQA" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Human Rights Music Race and Ethnicity Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:00:09 +0000 Prashanth Kamalakanthan 258601 at http://www.motherjones.com Mo'ne Davis Is the First Little Leaguer to Make the Cover of Sports Illustrated http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/mone-davis-first-little-leaguer-cover-sports-illustrated-women <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Thirteen-year-old pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis just became the <a href="http://www.si.com/more-sports/2014/08/19/mone-davis-little-league-world-series-sports-illustrated-cover" target="_blank">first Little Leaguer ever</a> on the cover of <em>Sports Illustrated.</em></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Remember Her Name! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LLWS2014?src=hash">#LLWS2014</a> sensation&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Monedavis11">@Monedavis11</a>&nbsp;is on this week's national cover <a href="http://t.co/LAwVgubpCS">http://t.co/LAwVgubpCS</a> <a href="http://t.co/sENsPMF7ew">pic.twitter.com/sENsPMF7ew</a></p> &mdash; Sports Illustrated (@SInow) <a href="https://twitter.com/SInow/statuses/501767732124475392">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Davis, who pitches for South Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, received national attention last week when she threw a two-hit shutout and struck out eight in the Dragons' Little League World Series opening victory over Nashville, Tennessee. On Sunday she became the sixth girl to get a hit in the LLWS, a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/mone-davis-hit-philly-rallies/story?id=25016905" target="_blank">first-inning RBI single</a> that helped Philadelphia to a 7-6 win over Pearland, Texas.</p> <p>And the 5-foot-4 right-hander's fastball, <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-fast-mone-davis-fast" target="_blank">clocked at 71 mph</a>, is roughly equivalent to a 93 mph pitch thrown on a big-league-size field.</p> <center><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="320" src="https://vine.co/v/MYLEETpjWvM/embed/simple" width="320"></iframe><script async src="//platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>But Davis' <em>Sports Illustrated</em> appearance isn't just unusual for her age: It's also damn-near impossible for a female to make the magazine's cover. Discounting the women dressed only in leis and inner tubes for the annual swimsuit edition, about 95 percent of <em>SI </em>covers feature men. An <a href="http://irs.sagepub.com/content/48/2/196.abstract" target="_blank">analysis</a> of <a href="http://www.psmag.com/blogs/news-blog/swimsuit-issue-aside-sports-illustrated-cover-is-a-female-free-zone-57406/" target="_blank">716 covers</a> from 2000 to 2011 found:</p> <ul><li>35 (4.9 percent) featured a woman;</li> <li>18 (2.5 percent) featured a woman as the primary image;</li> <li>11 (1.5 percent) featured a woman of color.</li> </ul><p>And this trend doesn't appear to have reversed since 2011: A quick glance at <em>SI</em>'s <a href="http://www.si.com/more-sports/photos/2014/06/18/si-covers-2014#1" target="_blank">2014 cover gallery</a> shows that just five female athletes have graced the cover prior to Davis this year.</p> <p>Davis <a href="http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11369482" target="_blank">told ESPN</a> she plans to play basketball at UConn and eventually in the WNBA. When a <a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/08/13/fox-host-doesnt-think-little-league-baseball-is/200409" target="_blank">Fox News anchor</a> asked why she doesn't play a "more female friendly sport," like soccer, last week, she seemed surprised. "Well, I play soccer actually, but I don't consider it as my favorite sport&hellip;But soccer is fun."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="video-embed" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="http://mediamatters.org/embed/200409" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>As Albert Chen writes in the <em>Sports Illustrated </em>story, "She's a lot of things to a lot of different people, all of them good things: a totem for inner-city baseball, a role model for your 10-year-old niece, a role model for your 10-year-old nephew. Most of all, she's a laid-back kid just having a really good time." NBA superstar Kevin Durant was just one of <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2014/8/15/6007925/mone-davis-becomes-first-girl-to-throw-little-league-world-series" target="_blank">a number of pro athletes</a> to <a href="https://twitter.com/KDTrey5/status/500384860716793856" target="_blank">tweet their support</a>: "This youngster is striking everyone out and she is a girl. I love it."</p> <p>Davis <a href="http://articles.philly.com/2014-08-12/sports/52692471_1_newark-williamsport-jack-rice" target="_blank">told the <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em></a> that "the attention should not just be on one girl; more girls should join boys' teams so it is a tradition and it won't be so special." She is expected to take the mound again Wednesday, when Philadelphia faces off against Las Vegas.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="baseball fan" class="image" src="/files/mone-davis-fan-630_0.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A young fan shows her support of Mo'ne Davis after the team's 4-0 win over Nashville in the LLWS. </strong>Sean Simmers/AP</div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Sex and Gender Sports Top Stories Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:20:41 +0000 Katie Rose Quandt 258686 at http://www.motherjones.com Happy 75th Ginger Baker! British Drummer Carried Beat for Cream http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/happy-75th-ginger-baker-british-drummer-carried-beat-cream <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>If you've ever jammed to "Sunshine of Your Love" or "White Room" by Cream, spent time with the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_Faith_%28Blind_Faith_album%29" target="_blank">Blind Faith album</a>, got down to <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2sCoefzhmk" target="_blank">Levitation</a></em> by Hawkwind or listened to Public Image Limited's classic <a href="http://www.pilofficial.com/disco.html" target="_blank"><em>Album</em></a>, then tip your hat to Mr. Ginger Baker, who turns 75 on August 19th, 2014.</p> <p>To celebrate, Here are a few killer photos of Baker playing with Cream on the <a href="http://www.beeldengeluidwiki.nl/index.php/Gallery:_Fanclub" target="_blank">Dutch television show Fanclub</a>.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FTA001009845_008_con_0.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FTA001009841_011_con.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FTA001009845_005_con.png"></div> <p class="inline-credit rtecenter">F. van Geelen/Fanclub/<a href="http://www.beeldengeluidwiki.nl/index.php/Gallery:_Fanclub" target="_blank">Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision</a></p> <p>And a more recent photo of Mr. Baker:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/ginger-20081103_ptf_e66_327.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Peter Edward 'Ginger'' Baker is an English drummer, best known for his work with Cream. He is also known for his numerous associations with New World music and the use of African influences and other diverse collaborations such as his work with the rock band Hawkwind. </strong>David Levene/eyevine/ZUMA Press</div> </div> <p>Oh, and Bill Clinton and Tipper Gore also share a birthday today. Whatta party!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:00:05 +0000 Mark Murrmann 258581 at http://www.motherjones.com Devo's "The Men Who Make the Music" is Hilarious and Unsettling http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/devo-men-who-make-music-hilarious-and-unsettling <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Devo<br><em>The Men Who Make the Music</em> plus <em>Butch </em>Devo and the Sundance Gig<br> MVD Visual</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Devo" class="image" src="/files/rsz_mvd6055d.jpg" style="height: 245px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Best known, perhaps, for the giddy 1980 smash, "Whip It," Devo was much more than the disposable New Wave novelty act that hit implied, as this enticing DVD proves. Mixing high concepts and low humor, the Ohio-bred band specialized in raucous punk-electronica drenched in pessimism and misanthropy, and delivered the goods with an irresistible, wild-eyed spirit, attracting support from the likes of David Bowie and Neil Young. <em>The Men Who Make the Music</em> draws primarily from Devo's groundbreaking '70s work, with raucous live footage and the still-amazing (if extremely low-budget) videos that preceded their major-label deal. Nearly four decades on, the clips for "Jocko Homo" and their savage deconstruction of the Stones' "(I Can&rsquo;t Get No) Satisfaction" are both hilarious and unsettling, while testifying to the band's keen visual sense and absurdist flair. Capturing a live show at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, <em>Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig</em> doesn't break any new ground, but it's still entertaining.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jgvEA3Qcdnw" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Music Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:00:04 +0000 Jon Young 258326 at http://www.motherjones.com Here Is What Robert De Niro Had To Say About Being Nervous His First Time On Camera http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/robert-de-niro-bervous-first-time-on-camera-playboy <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/robert_de_niro_Trois_chambres_Manhattan-1.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Robert De Niro's first appearance on screen, in the 1965 French film "Three Rooms in Manhattan." </strong>Les Productions Montaigne</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p><em>Robert De Niro was born August 17, 1943. To celebrate his birthday, here is the two-time Oscar winner&mdash;who has appeared in nearly 100 films&mdash;telling </em><a href="http://translatedby.com/you/robert-de-niro-playboy-interview-january-1989/original/" target="_blank">Playboy</a><em> about his first time on camera. </em></p> <blockquote> <p>PLAYBOY: Do you remember your first experience before the cameras?</p> <p>ROBERT DE NIRO: There was some little thing I did that I don't know whatever happened to. Some walk-on for <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0179492/" target="_blank">an independent film</a>: I walked in and ordered a drink at a bar.</p> <p>I remember a bunch of other young actors hanging around, moaning and bitching, all made up, with pieces of tissue in their collars; it was the kind of thing you always hear about actors&mdash;where they're just silly or vain, complaining back and forth, walking around primping, not wanting to get the make-up on their shirts.</p> <p>PLAYBOY: So you didn't exactly feel as if you had found a home.</p> <p>ROBERT DE NIRO: No, I didn't want to be around those people at all. I just walked in and walked out. I was nervous, though, just to say the line "Gimme a drink." It makes me think of that joke: "Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" You know that joke?</p> <p>PLAYBOY: No.</p> <p>ROBERT DE NIRO: I'm surprised you never heard it; it's a famous actor's joke.</p> <p>This guy hasn't acted in about 15 years, because he always forgets his lines, so finally he has to give it up. He's working in a gas station and gets a phone call from someone saying that they want him for a Shakespearean play&mdash;all he has to do is say, "Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" He says, "Well, God, I don't know." The director says, "Look, it'll be OK. You'll get paid and everything." So he says, "OK, I'll do it." The play has five acts and he has to go on in the third act and say, "Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" That's all he has to do. So he rehearses it when he's in his apartment: "Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" Every variation, every possible emphasis. They're into rehearsal, and he's got it written on his mirror: "Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" And so on. Finally, comes opening night, first act, no problem. Second act, things go fine. Audience applauds. Stage manager says, "You have five minutes for the third act." He tells him to get backstage. His time comes, he runs out, muttering to himself, "Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" And as he runs out, he hears a big brrrooooom!! Turns around and says, "What the fuck was that?"</p> </blockquote> <p>Robert De Niro is great.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:16:50 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258536 at http://www.motherjones.com Madonna's Billboard Number-Ones, Ranked http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/madonnas-best-songs-ranked <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>Madonna Louise Ciccone<em> </em>was born August 16, 1958. In celebration of her birthday, here are her songs that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 ranked, according to me, a fan with opinions.</em></p> <p><strong>12. "This Used To Be My Playground" (1992)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xrxwt9" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>11. "Justify My Love" (1991)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Np_Y740aReI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>10. "Who's That Girl" (1987)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mfbmQYJEyKA?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>9. "Live To Tell" (1986)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IzAO9A9GjgI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>8. "Music" (2000)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Sdz2oW0NMFk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>7. "Take A Bow" (1995)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XDeiovnCv1o?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>6. "Crazy For You" (1985)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Zn5OJGucveg?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>5. "Papa Don't Preach" (1986)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RkxqxWgEEz4?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>4. "Open Your Heart" (1987)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/snsTmi9N9Gs?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>3. "Like A Virgin" (1984)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sNd7pABoFGE" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>2. "Vogue" (1990)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GuJQSAiODqI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>1. "Like A Prayer" (1989)</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/79fzeNUqQbQ?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:48:34 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258531 at http://www.motherjones.com Meet the First Woman to Win the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/maryam-mirzakhani-first-woman-fields-medal-mathematics <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Wednesday, Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman in 78 years to be <a href="http://www.mathunion.org/general/prizes/2014/" target="_blank">awarded the prestigious Fields Medal</a>, considered the highest honor in mathematics. She was selected for "stunning advances in the theory of <a href="http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RiemannSurface.html" target="_blank">Riemann surfaces</a> and their moduli spaces."</p> <p>The Fields Medal is <a href="http://www.mathunion.org/general/prizes/fields/details/" target="_blank">awarded every four years</a> by the International Mathematical Union to outstanding mathematicians under 40 who show promise of future achievement. With the announcement of Mirzakhani and this year's other awardees&mdash;Arthur Avila, Manjul Bhargava, and Martin Hairer&mdash;there now have been 54 male and 1 female medalists.</p> <p>Many hope Mirzakhani's Fields medal is a sign of change to come. "I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians," she <a href="http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/august/fields-medal-mirzakhani-081214.html" target="_blank">said in a press release</a>. Christiane Rousseau, vice president of the International Mathematics Union, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/aug/13/fields-medal-mathematics-prize-woman-maryam-mirzakhani" target="_blank">told the <em>Guardian</em></a> this is "an extraordinary moment" and "a celebration for women," comparable to Marie Curie's barrier-breaking Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry in the early 20th century.</p> <p>And as Canadian math professor <a href="http://ilaba.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/maryam-mirzakhani-makes-history/" target="_blank">Izabella Laba wrote</a>: "Mirzakhani's selection does exactly nothing to convince me that women are capable of doing mathematical research at the same level as men. I have never had any doubt about that in the first place&hellip;What I take from it instead is that we as a society, men and women alike, are becoming better at encouraging and nurturing mathematical talent in women, and more capable of recognizing excellence in women's work."</p> <p>Mirzakhani's accomplishment is all the more groundbreaking in light of the well-documented disadvantages and biases women face in math and science. According to the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2006/09/women-science-and-engineering-stymied-institutional-bias-or-f-larry-summers" target="_blank">National Academy of Sciences</a>, there are no significant biological differences that could explain women's low representation in STEM academic faculty and leadership positions (although that doesn't stop prominent people from making <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/02/heres-why-women-suck-nearly-every-job-world" target="_blank">claims otherwise</a>.)<strong> </strong>Instead, NAS says we can thank bias and academia's "outmoded institutional structures."</p> <p>For example, in a 2008 Yale study, professors were asked to rate fictional applicants for a lab manager position. When given an application with a male name at the top, professors <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/09/bias-blocks-women-science" target="_blank">rated the candidate more competent and hirable</a> than when given an otherwise identical form with a female name. This bias was found in both male and female faculty members.</p> <p>And that's not all women in STEM fields have to contend with: A July report found that a full 64 percent of women in various scientific fields <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/women-scientists-sexual-harassment-assault-plos-one" target="_blank">were sexually harassed</a> while doing fieldwork.</p> <p>These disadvantages&mdash;along with a history of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2013/10/ada-lovelace-eight-inventions-women-erasure-credit" target="_blank">men getting the credit for discoveries and inventions made by women</a>&mdash;help explain why only <a href="http://www.human.cornell.edu/hd/ciws/upload/SexDifferencesMathIntensiveFields.pdf" target="_blank">9 to 16 percent of tenure-track positions</a> in math-intensive fields at the top 100 US universities are held by women. According to the American Mathematical Society, the share of women earning Ph.D.s in math has remained stagnant for decades:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="300" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//mjdwcharts.s3.amazonaws.com/Sf3yA/4/index.html" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em>(Additional AMS data used in the above chart found <a href="http://www.ams.org/notices/200311/from-stat.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.)</em></p> <p>Mirzakhani, who grew up in Iran before earning her Ph.D. at Harvard and becoming a professor at Stanford, <a href="http://www2.maths.ox.ac.uk/cmi/library/annual_report/ar2008/08Interview.pdf" target="_blank">told the Clay Mathematics Institute in 2008</a> that she did not initially realize her strength in math: "I don't think that everyone should become a mathematician, but I do believe that many students don't give mathematics a real chance. I did poorly in math for a couple of years in middle school; I was just not interested in thinking about it. I can see that without being excited mathematics can look pointless and cold."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Science Sex and Gender Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:29:13 +0000 Katie Rose Quandt 258266 at http://www.motherjones.com 20,000 Watched the Last Public Hanging 78 Years Ago http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/last-public-execution-rainey-bethea <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>An estimated 15,000&ndash;20,000 people showed up for what would be the last public execution in the United States.</p> <p>Around 5:20 a.m., August 14, 1936, Rainey Bethea was led to the gallows in Owensboro, Kentucky for robbing, raping and murdering Lischia Edwards, a 70 year old woman. Bethea was black, Edwards was white. He confessed to committing the crimes, but was only charged with the rape. Unlike a murder conviction, which would have carried a maximum sentence of death by electrocution at the state penitentiary, a rape conviction allowed for the convicted to be publicly hanged in the county where the crime occurred.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP3608141879-630.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>In this Friday, Aug. 14, 1936 file picture, a large crowd watches as attendants adjust a black hood over Rainey Bethea's head just before his public hanging in Owensboro, Ky. Bethea, a 22-year-old black man convicted of raping a 70-year-old white woman, was the last person killed in a public execution in the United States.&nbsp; </strong>AP</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>The hanging <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2001/apr/010430.execution.html" target="_blank">drew national media attention</a>&ndash;largely because the Sheriff of Daviess county was a woman. As Sheriff, Florence Shoemaker Thompson would be responsible for actually hanging Bethea (though she wound up not pushing the lever to the gallows' trapdoor). The media circus surrounding the hanging prompted the Kentucky General Assembly to amend the law in 1938, no longer required convicted rapists to be hanged in the county seat where the crime occurred.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Civil Liberties Crime and Justice Prisons Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:00:05 +0000 Mark Murrmann 258311 at http://www.motherjones.com The Latest Court Case Didn’t End the NCAA As We Know It. The Next One Might. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/obannon-jenkins-ncaa-college-athletes-paid <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Friday, a federal judge made college sports history when <a href="http://bit.ly/1pGOdTC" target="_blank">she ruled</a> that the NCAA could not deny players from profiting from the use of their likenesses on TV or in video games. In doing so, Judge Claudia Wilken laid down two rules: (1) Schools can put up to $5,000 a year in a trust for athletes; and (2) they can offer more comprehensive scholarships that cover the full cost of attending college.</p> <p>Many NCAA watchers have argued that the ruling in<em> O'Bannon v. NCAA</em> <a href="http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/89036154/historic-obannon-ncaa-lawsuit-decision-changes-everything-and-nothing#!bCXJrB" target="_blank">doesn't change much</a>, contrary to what <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/06/ncaa-lawsuit-infographic-money-obannon" target="_blank">some thought</a> a year ago. For example, schools in the rich, successful power conferences already were moving to beef up scholarships. In the sense that the NCAA suffered a manageable setback, some have argued that <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/8/8/5984363/obannon-trial-ruling-result-ncaa-players" target="_blank">it</a><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/8/8/5984363/obannon-trial-ruling-result-ncaa-players" target="_blank"> actually came out on top</a>. But, they say, the NCAA might not be so lucky the next time around.</p> <p>That's because its upcoming legal battle could kill the governing body as we know it. Representing four former college athletes, big-time sports labor lawyer Jeffrey Kessler is targeting the NCAA and its five biggest conferences&mdash;the Atlantic Coast, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pacific 12, and the Southeastern&mdash;in an effort to dismantle the NCAA's "amateur" system entirely. In a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/documents/1273833-jenkins-v-ncaa" target="_blank">powerfully worded claim</a>, he writes that the defendants "have lost their way far down the road of commercialism," adding that their refusal to pay student-athletes is "illegal," "pernicious," and has brought "substantial damages&hellip;upon a host of college athletes whose services have yielded riches only for others." The offering of scholarship money, he writes, is not nearly enough. "This class action is necessary to end the NCAA's unlawful cartel, which is inconsistent with the most fundamental principles of antitrust law."</p> <p>The athletes represented in <em>Jenkins v. NCAA</em>&mdash;all onetime Division I basketball and football players&mdash;aren't seeking damages, but rather an injunction that would make the status quo illegal, open up athlete compensation to market forces, and basically blow up the NCAA as currently constructed.</p> <p>Michael McCann, director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire, finds that outcome unlikely. "My personal belief is that none of these cases are going to be a death blow to the NCAA," he said over the phone. If anything, he says, the outcome of <em>O'Bannon </em>boosts the NCAA's chances in the <em>Jenkins </em>case, especially since Wilken's decision highlighted the limits of antitrust law and didn't come out in favor of endorsement deals for high-profile players. "My instinct is that the NCAA probably feels better about winning the <em>Jenkins</em> case than it did before the <em>O'Bannon</em> decision."</p> <p>Still, <em>Jenkins </em>is by far the broadest and boldest challenge to the NCAA's amateurism system yet, and Kessler's involvement is an enormous boost to the cause. <a href="http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/10620388/anti-trust-claim-filed-jeffrey-kessler-challenges-ncaa-amateur-model" target="_blank">He's a giant</a> of sports law, having won the fight to secure free agency for NFL players in 1992, and his clients have included the players' associations of the NFL and NBA, Tom Brady, and Michael Jordan. The NCAA, not to be outdone, <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2014/08/ncaa-is-on-its-k-street-a-game/" target="_blank">has spent $240,000</a> on its congressional lobbying efforts this year, already shattering past spending records with months left to go in 2014.</p> <p><em>Sports Illustrated</em>'s Andy Staples figures that the outcome of <em>Jenkins, </em>and the future of the NCAA, will come down to the "lifeline" Wilken tossed the NCAA: her opinion that paying college athletes more than a small amount (like $5,000 per year) could harm college sports. If the NCAA's lawyers can make the case that fans would abandon college sports if athletes were paid pro-level salaries, the association will likely survive. If Kessler can persuade otherwise, then the NCAA as we know it could be history. "The ultimate winner," <a href="http://www.si.com/college-football/2014/08/08/ed-obannon-trial-ncaa-ruling" target="_blank">Staples writes</a>, "will be the one with best lawyers."</p> <p>McCann suggests, however, it may not even come to that. "This is the kind of case that could get settled," he says. "Maybe it is resolved internally. Maybe the NCAA and conferences will get together and make some changes. The <em>O'Bannon</em> case took five years. This case was filed earlier this year&hellip;There may not be a resolution on this for a long time."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Labor Sports Top Stories Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:50:20 +0000 Sam Brodey 258206 at http://www.motherjones.com Marines First Accepted Women Enlistees 96 Years Ago http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/first-woman-enlisted-marines-1918 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usmcarchives/6035544890/in/set-72157627416102020" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6035544890_acc946a6ae_z.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Marine Reservists (F) pose for a photograph at Headquarters, Marine Corps, Washington D.C., 1918. </strong>Marine Corps Women's Marine Reserve/Marine Corps Archives &amp; Special Collections/Flickr</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>By luck of being the first person in a line of 305 women waiting to enlist, Opha Mae Johnson of Kokomo, Indiana became the <a href="http://www.dvidshub.net/news/111822/female-marines-celebrate-95-years-corps#" target="_blank">first woman to join the Marines</a> in 1918. The Marines were looking to fill office and clerical roles in the States while all battle-ready male Marines were shipped to the frontlines of World War I. To help fill the vacancies, the Marines Corps opened enlistment to women for the first time&ndash;two years before women could even vote!</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="476" src="/files/OphaMaeJohnson.jpg" width="325"><div class="caption"><strong>Opha Mae Johnson </strong>Wikimedia</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usmcarchives/6034991453/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6034991453_afd2e64fb0_b.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Looking trim in their new uniforms are (left to right) Private First Class Mary Kelly, May O'Keefe, and Ruth Spike. The newly recruited Marines posed at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. </strong>Marine Corps Women's Marine Reserve/Marine Corps Archives &amp; Special Collections/Flickr</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usmcarchives/6035544680/in/set-72157627416102020" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6035544680_3e07461d30_z.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Swearing In - New York Recruiting Office, 17 August 1918 Violet Van Wagner, Marie S. Schleight, Florence Wiedinger, Isabelle Balfour, Janet Kurgan, Edith Barton, and Helen Constance Dupont are sworn in as privates by Lieutenant George Kneller in New York. The women are shown wearing the standard-issued men's blouse, prior to the creation of the women's uniform. Mrs. Dupont and Miss Kurgan are sisters. </strong>Marine Corps Women's Marine Reserve/Marine Corps Archives &amp; Special Collections/Flickr</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usmcarchives/6034991773/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6034991773_d425e9453f_z.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Women Marines post recruiting posters on a wall in New York City. From left to right, they are, Privates Minette Gaby, May English, Lillian Patterson, and Theresa Lake. </strong>Marine Corps Women's Marine Reserve/Marine Corps Archives &amp; Special Collections/Flickr</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>The Marine Corps Women's Reserve was officially established in 1943. Five years later Congress passed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, making women a permanent part of the Marine Corps.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/3g03353v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>U.S. Marines recruitment poster, 1915 </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Military Sex and Gender Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:00:13 +0000 Mark Murrmann 258196 at http://www.motherjones.com Burn Your Beatles Records! http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/burn-beatles-records-lennon-jesus <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Early August 1966, Christian groups, primarily in the Southern United States took to the streets to burn the sin out of their beloved Beatles records in response to John Lennon's remark that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus."</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP660808032.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Birmingham disc jockeys Tommy Charles, left, and Doug Layton of Radio Station WAQY, rip and break materials representing the British pop group The Beatles, in Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 8, 1966. The broadcasters started a "Ban The Beatles" campaign. </strong>AP</div> </div> <p>Like all good moments of mass hysteria, getting a little context helps put things in perspective.</p> <p>The quote originally appeared in March 1966, in part of an interview with Lennon published in the <em>London Evening Standard</em>. The interviewer, Maureen Cleave, commented that Lennon was at the time reading about religion. Here is the full, original quote from Lennon:</p> <blockquote> <p><em>Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I'll be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first&mdash;</em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_roll" title="Rock and roll">rock 'n' roll</a> or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disciple_%28Christianity%29" title="Disciple (Christianity)">disciples</a> were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.</p> </blockquote> <p>In late July, five months after its original publication, a U.S. teen mag called <em>Datebook</em> republished the interview with Lennon. Turning to the tried and true method of generating scandal to gin up sales, <em>Datebook</em> put the "We're more popular than Jesus" part of the quote on the cover. Woo-boy. Two Birmingham DJs picked up on the quote, vowing to never play the Beatles and on August 8th, started a "Ban the Beatles" campaign. Christian groups across the South rose up to protest the Beatles who, as it happened, were just about embark on what would be their last U.S. tour. Beatles records were burned, crushed, broken. Never a group to miss out on a good bonfire, the Ku Klux Klan got involved.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP6608110182.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>South Carolina Grand Dragon, Bob Scoggin of the Klu Klux Klan tosses Beatle records into the flames of a burning cross, in Chester, South Carolina, Aug. 11, 1966. The "Beatle Bonfire" was staged to take exception to a statement attributed to John Lennon, when he was quoted as saying that his group was more popular than Jesus. </strong>AP</div> </div> <p>On August 12, 1966 the Beatles set out on tour, meeting protests and stupid questions about the quote all along the way. It would be the last tour the Beatles would ever do in the United States, ending on August 29 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP660829046.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Young churchfolk from Sunnyvale on the San Francisco peninsula protest against the Beatles and John Lennon's remark that The Beatles are "more popular than Jesus" outside Candlestick Park where the Beatles are holding a concert in San Francisco, Ca., Aug. 29, 1966. The picketers were seen by many of the teenagers but missed by the entertainers, who arrived and departed from a different direction. Some 25,000 fans went through the gates for The Beatles' final U.S. performance on their tour. </strong>AP</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Religion Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:42:08 +0000 Mark Murrmann 258146 at http://www.motherjones.com Robin Williams Has Died at 63 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/robin-williams-has-died-63 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/actor-robin-williams-dead-63/story?id=24937522" target="_blank">Just awful.</a> I'm speechless.</p> <p>Rest in peace.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:33:00 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258166 at http://www.motherjones.com James Bonds, Ranked http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/james-bond-actors-ranked <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbs-news-poll-who-was-the-best-james-bond/" target="_blank">According to <em>CBS News</em></a>, 51 percent of Americans think correctly that Sean Connery was the best James Bond. A misguided 12 percent&mdash;presumably millennials confusing the cause of their affection for the '90s&mdash; think Pierce Brosnan was the No. 1 007. Third place went to Roger Moore with 11 percent of respondents inexplicably calling the worst Bond ever their favorite. Current Bond Daniel Craig netted the favor of only 8 percent and rounding errors Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby both came in at just 1 percent.</p> <p>Connery is without question the best, but let's go deeper. Here are all the Bonds ranked, according to me, a person with opinions.</p> <p>1. Sean Connery</p> <p>2. Daniel Craig</p> <p>3. Pierce Brosnan</p> <p>4. Timothy Dalton</p> <p>5. George Lazenby</p> <p>6. Roger Moore</p> <p><em>(Note: I didn't included David Niven because the 1967 </em>Casino Royale<em> doesn't count.)</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:59:12 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258121 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain How Payday Loans Are Awful http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/watch-john-oliver-explain-how-awful-payday-loans-industry <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Payday lenders are awful, horrible scum who <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2001/05/preying-payday" target="_blank">prey on the desperation of the working class</a>. Payday loans are awful, horrible deals wherein a borrower gets a small amount of cash at an exceedingly high interest rate and agrees to pay it back in a short amount of time, typically two weeks. If a borrower can't pay it back then they're hit with an avalanche of fees and end up having to borrow more and then its a vicious cycle all the way down. <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2006/07/defend-all-payday-loans" target="_blank">According to the Center for Responsible Lending,</a> the average borrower ends up paying $1,105 to borrow just $305.</p> <p>On Sunday's <em><a href="http://www.hbo.com/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver" target="_blank">Last Week Tonight</a>,</em> John Oliver made these points and more in a way that will make you eventually run your head into a brick wall because you have no more tears left to shed.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDylgzybWAw" target="_blank">Watch</a>:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PDylgzybWAw?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:31:17 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258106 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is What Happens When You Like Everything on Facebook http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/what-happens-when-you-everything-facebook <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Fun fact about Facebook: You should be discerning with the Like button because the News Feed algorithm is pretty sensitive. This can be a struggle because logging onto Facebook is a bit like hiking up a very tall mountain with Satan. It shows you the world and says, "all these things I will give you if you fall down and Like them." Facebook gives you an unending slew of opportunities to Like things because the more you Like, the more accurate the algorithm gets at predicting what you want to see in your News Feed. In general, it's pretty good at this. However, it makes a few assumptions about your Like. The assumptions are (1) that you actually Like the posts you Like&mdash;you may not like some bad breaking-news alert, but you like that you received it, you like that you received it from the page that posted it; and (2) you are somewhat picky about what you Like. Maybe not too picky! But picky. If you Like everything, you Like nothing and it's all meaningless.</p> <p>What happens though if you Like everything? Every Candy Crush request? Every political post? Every bad joke? Every marriage announcement? <em>Wired</em>'s Mat Honan gave it a shot and the answer is, well, <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/08/i-liked-everything-i-saw-on-facebook-for-two-days-heres-what-it-did-to-me/" target="_blank">things get crazy</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>My News Feed took on an entirely new character in a surprisingly short amount of time. After checking in and liking a bunch of stuff over the course of an hour, there were no human beings in my feed anymore&hellip;Nearly my entire feed was given over to <em>Upworthy</em> and the <em>Huffington Post</em>&hellip;As I went to bed, I remember thinking "Ah, crap. I have to like something about Gaza," as I hit the Like button on a post with a pro-Israel message.</p> <p>By the next morning, the items in my News Feed had moved very, very far to the right. I'm offered the chance to like the 2nd Amendment and some sort of anti-immigrant page. I like them both. I like Ted Cruz. I like Rick Perry. <em>The Conservative Tribune </em>comes up again, and again, and again in my News Feed. I get to learn its very particular syntax.</p> </blockquote> <p>The syntax he identifies will look familiar to anyone has spent any time on Facebook lately. The whole article is pretty interesting. Go <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/08/i-liked-everything-i-saw-on-facebook-for-two-days-heres-what-it-did-to-me/" target="_blank">read the whole thing.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Tech Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:08:04 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 258096 at http://www.motherjones.com 80 Years Ago: Alcatraz Takes In First Group of No Good Thugs http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/alcatraz-penitentiary-opens-august-11 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB1D60F7-155D-4519-3E152C71C6F80B22.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Group portrait of the Alcatraz Guards and Officials in front of the Administration Building. In the center with the light hat is Warden Johnston. Second to the right of Johnston is Capt. Henry Weinhold. c1930s. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Weinhold Family Alcatraz Photograph Collection</div> </div> <p>On August 11, 1934, Alcatraz accepted 14 federal prisoners, considered to be the grand opening the Rock. Of course, once you dig a little deeper, you learn that there were already prisoners on the island when those 14 inmated arrived on armored railcars (via ferry). But history is filled with asterisks, right? Alcatraz had long been used as a military prison, going back to the Civil War. On August 11th, a few military prisoners still serving out their terms were on the island to welcome their new Rockmates.</p> <p>The new federal inmates were all transferred from McNeil Island Penitentiary in Washington. They were joined by 53 more inmates on August 22nd. Alcatraz remained open as a Federal Penitentiary until March 1963 and is now one of the most popular <a href="http://www.markmurrmann.com/index.php/projects/invitation-to-a-hanging/" target="_blank">tourist attractions</a> on the West Coast.</p> <p>Because there are <a href="http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/alca/imgGal.html" target="_blank">so many</a> <a href="http://www.nps.gov/goga/photosmultimedia/alca-images.htm" target="_blank">great photos of Alcatraz</a>, we're going to stretch our legs a bit today.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/1D0F1FBF-0205-3D74-354F283F1068D086.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Main Cell Block Guard Carl T. Perrin, March 21, 1963. </strong>Keith Dennison/Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB01D6A8-155D-4519-3E545E118B61C639.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Alcatraz guards at the sallyport, c. 1939-1962. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Carl Sundstrom Alacatraz Photograph Collection</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB116759-155D-4519-3E504627ED563E0D.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>View of the original control center at Alcatraz Federal Prison. Taken during the World War II period as can be seen by the war bond poster on the wall behind the gentleman. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, McPherson/Weed Family Alcatraz Papers</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB174D88-155D-4519-3EE175698DFFE6D5.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Alcatraz mess hall and kitchen with Christmas menu, date unknown. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Sheppard Alcatraz Collection</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB2DB51C-155D-4519-3EFF1FF75E23A455.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Alcatraz inmates playing dominoes and baseball in the recreation yard, c1935-1960. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Betty Waller Collection</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/FB207D56-155D-4519-3E2933B918DDF4CE.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Alcatraz inmates arriving at the main cell house, c1960. Leg irons and handcuffs can be seen on most of the inmates. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Marc Fischetti Collection</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/206717BA-D75C-8985-0E942AB8DF3D661C.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Construction of Alcatraz 1890-1914 </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/1D002740-94C4-EBAD-2003E3B1ADC0AF44.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Press Photo from the 1962 Alcatraz escape, June 1962. View from the west side building diagram directions. </strong>Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Prisons Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:25:52 +0000 Mark Murrmann 257966 at http://www.motherjones.com A New Album From Elvis? Sort of. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/elvis-thats-the-way-it-is-new-cd-set <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Elvis Presley<br><em>Elvis</em><em>: That&rsquo;s the Way It Is (Deluxe Edition)</em><br> RCA/Legacy</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Elvis That's The Way It Is" class="image" src="/files/51MxX9jqwFL._SX300_.jpg" style="float: right;"></div> <p>How many versions of Elvis singing Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" would you like to hear? Is eight enough? That's what you get on this mammoth eight-CD (plus two-DVD) set. Revisiting one of the true high points of his career,&nbsp;<em>Elvis: That's the Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) </em>chronicles his summer 1970 run of shows in Las Vegas, when The King was in undeniably fine voice and great spirits. Contents include the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That%27s_the_Way_It_Is_%28Elvis_Presley_album%29" target="_blank">original album</a> of the same name, six complete shows (with not-quite-identical set lists), a fun disc of rehearsals, and, on the DVD side, the original theatrical release of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis:_That%27s_the_Way_It_Is" target="_blank">film</a> chronicling the shows, as well as the special edition from 2001. Yes, it's overkill, but also surprisingly, compulsively entertaining&mdash;assuming already you're a fan. Encompassing the rollicking rock of his youth and the grandiosity of his grown-up self, Elvis would never sound this great again, whether belting out "Hound Dog" or getting convincingly angsty on a latter-day gem like the soaring "Suspicious Minds." If it becomes disconcerting to hear him cover other people's hits (for example, Neil Diamond&rsquo;s "Sweet Caroline"), or indulge in corn like "The Wonder of You," or break the mood with dopey wisecracks, ultimately Elvis's obvious delight in being onstage transcends any shortcomings in the repertoire. Binge-listening is permitted.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/c_mDKoexUCA" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 257786 at http://www.motherjones.com