Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2010/01 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en This Is the GOP Campaign Ad Everyone Is Laughing About http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/gop-campaign-ad-everyone-laughing-about <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Wednesday, the College Republican National Committee <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/10/01/college-gop-democrats-are-like-a-bad-wedding-dress/" target="_blank">released</a> a slew of nominally "culturally relevant" campaign ads. Unsurprisingly, they are bad and the internet is having a lot of fun <a href="http://gawker.com/new-gop-video-is-so-dumb-the-words-dont-even-make-sense-1641273787?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_twitter&amp;utm_source=gawker_twitter&amp;utm_medium=socialflow" target="_blank">mocking them</a>.</p> <p>Here is the one they made for the gubernatorial race in Florida:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZOppsQJtL2M?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>(They also <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/college-republicans-make-say-yes-to-the-dress-pa?utm_term=1akf4m2#2ldqbyw" target="_blank">released versions</a> for races in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania.)</p> <p>The ads&mdash;parodies of "Say Yes To The Dress"&mdash;are being roundly mocked on social media. Deservedly so! They are objectively awful. To be honest though, if they were produced by Democrats a lot of liberals would be laughing with them instead of at them. And, look, on the one hand, c'est la vie. That's the way it goes with campaign ads. But on the other hand, it's probably worth keeping in mind because being aware of your own hypocrisy helps build character.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:05:17 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 261521 at http://www.motherjones.com This Stunning Drone Footage Reveals Just How Massive Hong Kong's Protests Really Are http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/stunning-drone-footage-reveals-just-how-massive-hong-kongs-protests-really-are <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Q919bQOThvM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Protests in Hong Kong show no sign of stopping, as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators continue to demand greater autonomy from the government in Beijing. This video, featured on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q919bQOThvM#t=21" target="_blank">Storyful, by Nero Chan</a> (uploaded to his Facebook account on&nbsp;September 29), offers a glimpse into the magnitude of the movement. Tomorrow is National Day, a public holiday across China. Activists say there's a chance the protests could&nbsp;swell even beyond what you can see in this video.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video China International Top Stories Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:26:21 +0000 James West 261286 at http://www.motherjones.com George Zimmerman's Family Describes Living in a Paranoid World of Color-Coded Threats http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/george-zimmerman-family-trayvon-martin-shooting <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In an incredibly absorbing article in <em>GQ</em>, the family of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted after <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/what-happened-trayvon-martin-explained" target="_blank">fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager,</a> discusses its attempts to "<a href="http://www.gq.com/news-politics/big-issues/201410/george-zimmerman-family-values?currentPage=1" target="_blank">rebrand"</a> while living in paralyzing fear.</p> <p>The Zimmermans' stories, which are both simultaneously tragic and bizarre, show a family eager to move on from the April 2012 "incident" in which George killed Trayvon Martin. They're also struggling with debt and paranoia:</p> <blockquote> <p class="rteindent1">They watched the movie <i>Argo</i> to learn how to live like CIA. Code names for everyone. No mail delivered to the house. No visitors. No talking to the few neighbors they had. No long phone conversations&mdash;keep it short and vague to outwit surveillance. Never discuss your whereabouts via phone or text. Keep a weapon close by at all times. Robert slept with his gun. Still does.</p> <p class="rteindent1">And in case someone&mdash;or multiple someones&mdash;decided to mount an attack on the house, the Zimmermans pre-packed their own "go-bags" filled with everything they would need to flee in a rush, as well as what they called "footballs"&mdash;like the one President Obama has with the nuclear codes&mdash;that contained laptops, cell phones, and other essential electronics.</p> <p class="rteindent1">They also memorized a color-coded threat-ID system. Code blue: Law enforcement at the door. Code brown: Draw your weapons. Code black: Come out guns blazing.</p> </blockquote> <p>The Zimmermans wonder if a reality show starring George or a sit-down with Fox's Sean Hannity will restore their name. In an upsetting and absurd twist, George's brother Robert, the family's <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/zimmerman-apologizes-racially-charged-twitter-rant-article-1.1301109" target="_blank">most vocal member</a>, describes hoping to cash-in on their newfound infamy with a show inspired by the Kardashians. He rationalizes: "Like, use the shit you've got."</p> <p>Read the full feature <a href="http://www.gq.com/news-politics/big-issues/201410/george-zimmerman-family-values" target="_blank">here. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Guns Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:05:09 +0000 Inae Oh 261211 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Call Out America for Blindly Supporting Obama's Drone War http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/john-oliver-drones-obama-harvey-keitel <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/K4NRJoCNHIs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On the latest <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4NRJoCNHIs" target="_blank">"Last Week Tonight,"<strong> </strong></a>John Oliver looked into how Americans have come to widely accept President Obama's growing reliance on drone strikes, while knowing little to nothing about the administration's rules for using them.</p> <p>"Because our rules for drone strikes are a little like Harvey Keitel's balls: We've all seen them in 'The Piano,' 'Bad Lieutenant, or on SnapChat. And from, from a distance you think, 'Well, I understand the contours of those.' But if you were to really examine them, you'd discover that they're actually lost in a haze of fuzziness and grey areas. Much like the rules for our drone strikes."</p> <p>The comparison, which Oliver says has contributed to defining Obama's presidency as much as Obamacare and "receiving racist emails from distant relatives," perfectly illustrates just how little both the public and the administration knows exactly who and how many we're going about killing with such strikes ---&nbsp; strikes that have waged on despite the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/02/6-unanswered-questions-obama-drones" target="_blank">continued lack of answers Obama </a>seems quite intent on never sufficiently explaining to us.</p> <p>"That is a little disturbing. Because the question 'how many people have you've killed in drone strikes' is not one of those questions where it's okay to say you don't know. It's not like asking someone 'who was the voice of Disney's Aladdin' or 'what are Skittles are made from.' It's different&hellip;And the crazy thing is it's literally always been like this."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Foreign Policy Military Obama Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:22:34 +0000 Inae Oh 261171 at http://www.motherjones.com Bluesman Gary Clark Jr. Is the Guitar Hero for Our Time http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/gary-clark-jr-live-new-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="//www.youtube.com/embed/RtubNxl_Cdk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Gary Clark Jr.<br><em>Live</em><br> Warner Bros.</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Gary Clark Jr Live" class="image" src="/files/GCJlive.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>A guitar hero for the modern era, Gary Clark Jr. plays bluesy rock with a blistering urgency that makes the hoariest conventions feel brand new. For all his flashy expertise, the muscular solos and buzzing riffs never feel gratuitous, while Clark's terse, tough singing nicely complements his fretwork. This 15-track, 97-minute feast is the perfect showcase for his brilliance, mixing versions of standards like "Three O&rsquo;Clock Blues" (popularized by B.B. King) and "Catfish Blues" (also covered by Jimi Hendrix) with pungent originals, from sleek boogie ("Travis County") to tender soul ("Please Come Home"), with lots of fireworks in between. While it's tempting to view him as the next coming of Hendrix, especially in light of his take on Jimi's "Third Stone from the Sun," Clark is closer in spirit to Stevie Ray Vaughan: less an exotic, godlike genius than a gifted guardian of tradition who never fails to thrill.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Jon Young 260986 at http://www.motherjones.com Here Is A Video Of Sarah Palin Petting An Alligator http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/here-video-sarah-palin-petting-alligator <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Sarah Palin went down to Louisiana Saturday to help raise money for Republican US Senate candidate Rob Maness. Maness&mdash;who is challenging incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu&mdash;and Palin served alligator dishes to around 100 attendees, according to local CBS affiliate <a href="http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/politics/2014/09/28/palin-maness-senate-louisiana/16381025/" target="_blank">WWL</a>.</p> <p>Here is a video of Palin petting an alligator.</p> <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="354" id="flashObj" width="630"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&amp;isUI=1"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=3810532667001&amp;playerID=3657417263001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAADUxzzJlE~,lB8QKvDWhcINePp71o_hIbh0XL-3yypK&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true"><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com"><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=3810532667001&amp;playerID=3657417263001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAADUxzzJlE~,lB8QKvDWhcINePp71o_hIbh0XL-3yypK&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="354" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&amp;isUI=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="630"></embed></object> <p>At press time it was not clear if the alligator she was petting was also the alligator she later served as a meal. We're guessing it wasn't.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Elections Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:52:00 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 261161 at http://www.motherjones.com If It Weren’t For the Dashcam, Would This White Cop Be Punished for Shooting An Unarmed Black Man? http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/levar-jones-sean-groubert-dashcam-shooting <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RBUUO_VFYMs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>A white South Carolina state trooper is facing up to 20 years in prison after shooting an unarmed black man who was <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/dashcam-captures-south-carolina-trooper-shooting-unarmed-man/story?id=25749239" target="_blank">attempting to grab his driver's license</a> during a simple seatbelt check.</p> <p>The disturbing incident occurred on September 4 and was caught on video thanks to a dashcam attached to officer Sean Groubert's vehicle.</p> <p>In the graphic video, Groubert is seen approaching Levar Jones at a local gas station, where he asks Jones to retrieve his driver's license.</p> <p>Jones reaches into the car and Groubert suddenly opens fire, shooting him not once, but four times, as Jones puts his hands in the air and falls to the pavement.</p> <p>"Get on the ground! Get on the ground!"</p> <p>"I was doing what you told me to do," Jones can be heard saying. "I was getting my license!'</p> <p>Jones survived with <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/south-carolina-state-trooper-charged-shooting-during-routine-stop" target="_blank">wounds to the hip.</a> Groubert was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault.</p> <p>The latest shooting, which follows mounting evidence police officers shoot black people at a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/police-shootings-ferguson-race-data" target="_blank">higher rate than white people,</a> comes as police departments around the country face increased pressure to outfit officers with recording technology such as <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/chest-and-dash-cams-ferguson-police-abuse" target="_blank">dashcams and bodycams</a>.</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/lpd07.pdf" target="_blank">Bureau of Justice Statistics</a>, at least 60 percent of local police departments use dashcams. This latest incident will surely add to those calls for accountability. As Josh Marshall at <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/yep-we-need-dashcams" target="_blank"><em>TPM</em> asks</a>, "Would Groubert have lost his badge and be facing charges had there not been a dashcam video revealing the reality of what happened?" A justified question, considering law enforcement officials are <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/police-shootings-michael-brown-ferguson-black-men" target="_blank">rarely sentenced</a> or convicted in such shootings.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="450" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//mjdwcharts.s3.amazonaws.com/ho5zT/8/index.html" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="100%"></iframe>For a more detailed look into racially motivated shootings by police, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/police-shootings-michael-brown-ferguson-black-men" target="_blank">click here. </a></strong></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Civil Liberties Guns Race and Ethnicity Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:35:02 +0000 Inae Oh 261016 at http://www.motherjones.com Joseph Gordon-Levitt on What It Means For Him to Be a Proud, Male Feminist http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/joseph-gordon-levitt-feminists-men <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Joseph Gordon-Levitt produced a thoughtful video exploring what it means for him to identify as a feminist and the nuances surrounding the label.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KsEzgu7l4NI?list=UU_0CNlQIytDUJfwxSnUsjSA" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>"To me it just means that your gender doesn't have to define who you are," Gordon-Levitt explains. "That you can be whatever you want to be, whoever you want to be, regardless of your gender.&rdquo;</p> <p>Acknowledging feminism's complexities, the actor goes onto dispel notions positioning feminism as somehow "anti-men" and that the movement might even be old-fashioned.</p> <p>"The facts are pretty contrary to this, if you actually look at the evidence of salaries vs. salaries for men," he sayd. "There's still a definite disparity."</p> <p>Earlier this year, Gordon-Levitt first revealed he was a proud feminist on <em>the Ellen Degeneres</em> <em>Show</em>, explaining his mother's influence on his views of women and gender equality.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PyVepk8ym4w" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>"It's worth paying attention to the roles that are sort of dictated to us and realize that we don't have to fit into those roles -- we can be anybody we want," he told Degeneres.</p> <p>Just another reminder to<a href="http://time.com/139624/pharrell-says-its-not-possible-for-him-to-be-a-feminist/" target="_blank"> Pharell</a>, boys and girls can both be feminists, too.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV Sex and Gender Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:34:54 +0000 Inae Oh 260956 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Jon Stewart Explain Science to the Climate Deniers in Congress http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/09/watch-jon-stewart-explain-science-climate-deniers-congress <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>This <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/24/jon_stewart_daily_show_host_lambastes_house_republicans.html?" target="_blank">story</a> originally appeared in </em><a href="http://slate.com" target="_blank">Slate</a> <em>and is republished here as part of our <a href="http://climatedesk.org" target="_blank">Climate Desk</a> collaboration.</em></p> <p>If you ever catch me in a moment of weakness about the weapons-grade dumbosity of global warming denial on the Republican side of the US House of Representatives, it might look a lot like what Jon Stewart did on <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/8q3nmm/burn-noticed" target="_blank">The Daily Show</a> on the Sept. 22, 2014, show:</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:74a66229-cdca-41a4-a4de-0911279a8d9d" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s become a clich&eacute; that <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2012/10/06/the_us_congress_anti_science_committee.html" target="_blank">majority members of the House Science Committee know nothing at all about actual science</a> (or they do, but choose to ignore it for ideological reasons)&mdash;but here on display for all to see is just how ridiculous the reality of it is. What you just saw are long, long debunked denial points being brought up like they are revealed wisdom, along with &ldquo;gotcha&rdquo;-style barbs that are transparently, bone-headedly wrong.</p> <p>And isn&rsquo;t presidential science adviser <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/about/leadershipstaff/director" target="_blank">John Holdren</a> a freaking ninja in those clips? He easily and smoothly shuts down the salvos of scientific ignorance tossed out by the committee members. For his part, I&rsquo;m very glad Stewart pointed out the glaring hypocrisy of people like Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Indiana, who accuses climatologists of faking the science for money, when <a href="https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00031227" target="_blank">Bucshon himself is funded quite well by fossil fuel interests.</a></p> <p>Holy oiliness. It&rsquo;s loathsome enough that <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/17/3568923/bucshon-climate-scientists-money/" target="_blank">Bucshon</a> would choose to simply ignore the agreement of <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/09/_97_hours_project_97_quotes_by_climate_scientists.html" target="_blank">the vast majority of climatologists</a> who know the Earth is warming and that it&rsquo;s our fault &hellip; but to do so while happily taking <a href="http://www.desmogblog.com/koch-industries-inc" target="_blank">the Koch brothers' money is really galling.</a></p> <p>If I seem upset about this, it&rsquo;s because I am. It&rsquo;s like we&rsquo;re in some sort of alternate reality, a Hollywood spoof of what government is like. But it&rsquo;s real, and these buffoons are holding up any real chance we have of making any progress about one of the (if not the single) largest problem we as a species face.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s an election coming up, folks. Vote. I know there&rsquo;s essentially no chance that the GOP won&rsquo;t lose the majority in the House, but it&rsquo;s important to get out there and vote, and to get others to as well. If we don&rsquo;t, then we&rsquo;re just handing over our future to these people who have their minds firmly closed to reality.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Climate Desk Film and TV Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:49:24 +0000 Phil Plait 260946 at http://www.motherjones.com NYPD Officer Allegedly Caught on Video Throwing Pregnant Woman to the Ground http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/nypd-pregnant-woman-video-sandra-amezquita <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Yet another video has surfaced capturing what appears to be a violent arrest conducted by an officer of the New York Police Department.</p> <p>In the video caught by a bystander over the weekend, a <a href="http://7online.com/news/pregnant-woman-slammed-into-ground-by-police-caught-on-camera/321615/" target="_blank">visibly pregnant Sandra Amezquita</a> and her husband, Ronel Lemos, say they were attempting to intervene while officers arrested Amezquita's son, seen sitting on the ground.</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/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=660936530680965" data-width="630">&nbsp;</div> <p>The arresting officer suddenly slams <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/exclusive-pregnant-woman-thrown-nypd-article-1.1950499" target="_blank">Amezquita</a> to the ground, right before he forcefully shoves another woman out of the way.</p> <p>"What we saw in that gruesome video is a woman who's trying to protect her son, who is being stopped and frisked by police, and she herself became a victim, slammed onto the floor," said <a href="http://7online.com/news/pregnant-woman-slammed-to-ground-by-nypd-to-speak-out/321827/" target="_blank">Dennis Flores,</a> from local blog <em>El Grito de Sunset Park</em>, the site that first posted the video.</p> <p>"The first thing I thought was they killed by baby and they're going to kill my wife," Lemos said.</p> <p>Amezquita says she suffered vaginal bleeding and bruises to her stomach. She was given a summons for disorderly conduct; Lemos was arrested for hitting an officer.</p> <p>The disturbing incident comes just less than a week after another officer, from the same Brooklyn precinct, was suspended after being caught on video <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140917/sunset-park/nypd-suspends-officer-shown-video-kicking-vender-sunset-park" target="_blank">kicking a street vendor </a>in the head.</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/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=657279874379964" data-width="630">&nbsp;</div> <p>The NYPD is reportedly investigating the latest video.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Civil Liberties Crime and Justice Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:01:26 +0000 Inae Oh 260911 at http://www.motherjones.com Emma Watson Explains Why Feminism Has Nothing to Do With "Man-Hating" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/emma-watson-feminism-un <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Q0Dg226G2Z8" width="630"></iframe>&nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking at the United Nations headquarters this past weekend, actress Emma Watson delivered a moving speech on the importance of gender equality, explaining why feminism is a crucial issue for everyone, not just the ladies.</p> <p>"The more I've spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating," Watson said. "If there's one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women have equal rights and opportunities."</p> <p>The 24-year-old Watson, who was appointed a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/emma-watson-un-women-goodwill-ambassador-crashes-website" target="_blank">U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador six months ago</a>, was speaking on behalf of the "HeForShe" campaign, which urges both men and boys to join the fight for women's rights.</p> <p>In the deeply personal speech, Watson revealed she began questioning gender-based assumptions early on in her life, most notably after she began being sexualized by the media at the age of 14 and watching girlfriends quit sports because they didn't want to appear "bulky."</p> <p>Watch the inspiring speech above.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Sex and Gender Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:41:13 +0000 Inae Oh 260801 at http://www.motherjones.com Listen to Some of Liberia's Top Artists Sing about Ebola http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/listen-some-liberias-top-artists-sing-about-ebola <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Since it started in March, West Africa's Ebola outbreak has spread to five countries in the region. But its toll on the Liberian people&mdash;who account for more than <a href="http://www.mohsw.gov.lr/documents/Liberia%20Ebola%20SitRep%20125%20Sept%2017,%202014.pdf" target="_blank">half</a> of the&nbsp;<a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/drcNews/idAFL6N0RN29X20140922" target="_blank">5,700</a> cases&mdash;has been especially devastating. To instill a sense of unity amid the crisis, several Liberian organizations brought together some of the country's top artists to make a song about the crisis. The result, called "Save Liberia," debuted last week. You can listen to it below:</p> <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="100" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/168875902&amp;color=ff5500&amp;inverse=false&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_user=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>"It's like '<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9BNoNFKCBI" target="_blank">We Are the World</a>' for Liberia," says Lawrence Yealue, Liberia's country director for Accountability Lab, an anti-corruption NGO that helped organize the project. "We Are the World" was a 1985 collaboration between more than 40 artists&mdash;from Michael Jackson to Bob Dylan&mdash;to raise money for famine relief in the Horn of Africa. This song, Yeaule says, will help spread a message about Ebola's seriousness to "every village and town" in Liberia.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Health International Music Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:03:39 +0000 Alex Park 260741 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain Just How Mind-Bogglingly Ridiculous Beauty Pageants Are http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/watch-john-oliver-explain-just-how-mind-boggling-ridiculous-beauty-pageants-are <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Beauty pageants are a pretty insane and demeaning thing for us to still be doing as a society in 2014. I mean, yes, <em>Miss Congeniality </em>was an OK film, but the sequel was awful. Also, the whole thing&mdash;beauty pageants, not the <em>Miss Congeniality</em> franchise&mdash;sort of stinks of sexism and mores best left to rot in the '50s.</p> <p>Here's John Oliver taking the Miss America pageant (and its somehow more mockable competitor Miss USA) to task.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oDPCmmZifE8?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Also read: "<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2011/01/peggy-orenstein-cinderella-ate-my-daughter" target="_blank">Are Disney Princesses Evil?</a>"</strong></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:57:06 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 260716 at http://www.motherjones.com Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier Delivers a Captivating New Solo Album http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/music-review-laetitia-sadiers-new-solo-album-something-shines <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IKYb_3P9O4g?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Laetitia Sadier<br><em>Something Shines</em><br> Drag City</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202014-09-12%20at%202.45.00%20PM.png"></div> <p>Best known as the singer for the long-running British-French band Stereolab&mdash;now on an indefinite hiatus&mdash;Laetitia Sadier has always been able to address pointedly political and deeply personal concerns with equal eloquence. The debut of Sadier's side project, Monade, was titled <em>Socialisme ou Barbarie</em>, while her first solo outing, <em>The Trip</em>, was her attempt to come to grips with her sister's suicide. On this captivating third solo album, she continues to range far and wide, mixing acoustic sounds with the retro-futurism that made Stereolab's electro-pop so inviting. Whether asking tersely, "Do the rich need the poor to be rich?" on "Oscuridad," or accentuating the positive on the soaring, Beach Boys-inspired "Life Is Winning," her serene, lovely voice is a remarkable oasis of calm that's sure to make you feel better about things to come.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Jon Young 260191 at http://www.motherjones.com Guy Buys First New iPhone, Immediately Drops It On National TV http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/guy-buys-first-new-iphone-immediatley-drops-it-national-tv <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>It's new iPhone day! All around the globe thousands of hungry ducks are lining up to be one of the first few to get their hands on Cupertino's fresh new phones. In Perth, "a boy called Jack" got the very first one. Naturally, he was swarmed by media, which led to this:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YbehPQfu3K0?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Thankfully, <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/09/18/australian-perth-drop-apple-iphone/" target="_blank">the iPhone was not hurt</a>.</p> <p><em>Mother Jones </em>Senior Australian <a href="http://twitter.com/jameswest2010" target="_blank">James West </a>was not immediately available for comment.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Tech Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:22:21 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 260621 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: The Marshmallow Test http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/book-review-marshmallow-test-walter-mischel <!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="the marshmallow test" class="image" src="/files/marshmallow-test-250.jpg"></div> <p><strong>The Marshmallow Test</strong></p> <p>By Walter Mischel</p> <p>LITTLE, BROWN</p> <p>Much ado has been made of the titular psych test, in which kids able to wait 20 minutes to earn two marshmallows instead of settling for one right away were shown, decades later, to rate better on everything from educational level to their risk of becoming a drug addict. In this book, Walter Mischel, who designed the original experiment, dispels the notion that the ability to delay gratification is a have-or-not-have trait. The patient kids, he writes, used strategies anyone can learn. ("I think, therefore I can <em>change</em> what I am.") And if you're just not motivated, don't fret. After all, Mischel notes, what fun is life without a little indulgence?</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 Books Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:35:05 +0000 Lei Wang 258996 at http://www.motherjones.com Declassified Documents Reveal the CIA's Sense of Humor (and Literary Aspirations) http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/declassified-documents-cia-sense-humor <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Within <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/09/10-declassified-articles-cia-intelligence-journal" target="_blank">a trove of freshly declassified articles</a> from <em>Studies in Intelligence</em>, the CIA's in-house journal, we found a number of humor pieces based on the agency's internal employee evaluations. Here is one such piece in its entirety, from the Spring 1984 issue. The author's name was, naturally, redacted.</p> <p><span class="section-lead"><strong>****</strong></span></p> <p><span class="section-lead"><strong>PAR-Faits (AND OTHER Faits)</strong></span></p> <p>What follow are quotations from Performance Appraisal Reports that Mr. [redacted] compiled over the years, and for which he composed introductory comments. The quotations are rendered faithfully, with typographical and other errors intact, for they contribute to the fun. The subjects, supervisors, and reviewing officials mentioned and quoted in this compilation are to remain forever, and mercifully, anonymous.</p> <p><strong>The Golden Rule-Redux:</strong> "I believe that the readers of this PAR, as well as the previous one written by the Rating Officer, should know that the Rating Officer and I have had and continue to have many strong personal and professional differences of opinion. He believes, for example, that I have reached my level of competency, and I believe that he has exceeded his."</p> <p><strong>Mastering the surprise ending: </strong>"It should be recognized that by employing the proper technique, very comfortable shoes can be made from a sow's ear but making [redacted] silk purse requires an entirely different raw material."</p> <p><strong>Making no bones about it-in the vernacular:</strong> "Subject is also responsible for all Headquarters support of a complex covert action operation aimed at maintaining the political stability of a regime headed up by a weirdo who goes around saying things like 'dat get me shame'."</p> <p><strong>When faint praise is called for: </strong>"Operationally, Subject was not loafing."</p> <p><strong>For one who skates well on thin ice: </strong>"Subject is quick to spot thin stuff and do something about it&mdash;particularly when it comes to good operational tradecraft."</p> <p><strong>For one who can bench press human dynamics while reciting from Rabindranath Tagore: </strong>"His ability in oral expression and human dynamics was strongly demonstrated... "</p> <p><strong>Growth Potential: </strong>"As the period drew to a close, Subjects apparatus had begun taking shape... "</p> <p><strong>Being hugely successful: </strong>"He largely recruited a high level source."</p> <p><strong>What to do to protect colleagues from being hit by large and fast moving desks: </strong>"Mr. [redacted] continued to be the Elmer's glue of the large and fast-moving [redacted] Desk.</p> <p><strong>Almost flawless&mdash;so to speak: </strong>"His English is flawless, if not close to it."</p> <p><strong>When in doubt clutter things up; its good for cover: </strong>"He characteristically complicates simple things."</p> <p><strong>The smiling, freely offered thumb in the eye:</strong> "One thing not noted previously is his calm and pleasant demeanor which tends gratuitously to mask his toughness as a case officer."</p> <p><strong>The clairvoyant case officer:</strong> "...His operational reporting is often on time, often ahead of time."</p> <p><strong>Then there's this little QP drummer:</strong> "He marches to the beat of his own drummer."</p> <p><strong>Although not a hot-head:</strong> "This officer has a warm mind."</p> <p><strong>His eyes are clear but his prose is measured and smoke-watered:</strong> "With the perspective of twenty months of overview of his long march, rather than with the smoke-watered eyes of those who peer too closely into his campfire, I conclude that his pace has been measured."</p> <p><strong>Big jokes from little mischiefs grow?</strong> "...his personal eagerness tends sometimes to lead him into small mischiefs."</p> <p><strong>Although an off-quay visionary he can trumpet, and drum, and stomp his foot all at the same time:</strong> "He has been like a one-man band trying to cover the waterfront on a far frontier."</p> <p><strong>The Good Humor Man endures:</strong> "He has endured rapid personnel changes with good humor."</p> <p><strong>The hyperactive dog of a case officer: </strong>"...He is a man of constant motion&mdash;some of it unnecessary...he bloodhounds even the longest odds and opportunities."</p> <p><strong>Although some may wonder:</strong> "All said and done, Mr. S. is human."</p> <p><strong>When tippling leads to being Freud, and the naked truth must be revealed:</strong> "At the right psychological moment he unfrocked himself in [redacted] cafe."</p> <p><strong>The crawl-on-your-belly-and-hiss approach:</strong> "...a target of opportunity whom he approached in his own inimical style."</p> <p><strong>Dignity in catastrophe:</strong> "Subject handles flaps with aplomb."</p> <p><strong>Standing tall in the Lilliput of Liaison:</strong> "Due to his height this man should probably be directed along liaison lines or staff work."</p> <p><strong>The runaway case officer:</strong> "He is not only a self-starter but a self-goer&mdash;at times tending to go too fast."</p> <p><strong>Unless one speaks quietly and carries a big stick:</strong> "The operational carrot is easily lost sight of and is difficult to catch."</p> <p><strong>The Case of the Abandoned Suitcase:</strong> "He began to pursue ops leads as soon as his suitcase hit the ground."</p> <p><strong>The cape-and-dagger jock:</strong> "He involves himself athletically in Base and local activities."</p> <p><strong>The strong tryer:</strong> "I would rate his effort to do the job as strong."</p> <p><strong>When finishing working hard on his syntax...</strong> "He at least secured his own housing on which he has been working hard to fix up."</p> <p><strong>The monosyllabic hot dog:</strong> "His performance has been-WOW"</p> <p><strong>The musty Middle East:</strong> "This officer has been associated long enough with Arab affairs. He now needs fresh air."</p> <p><strong>After making good strides in the wrong direction...</strong> "He has made good strides in the right direction."</p> <p><strong>The gritty performer:</strong> "This officers performance has been outsanding."</p> <p><strong>The forward leaning, vine swinging Case officer:</strong> "Mr. K. moved in sure-handed fashion."</p> <p><strong>The Compleat hard target Case officer:</strong> "He is a hard-nosed supervisor and a hard-headed officer."</p> <p><strong>Besieged, bothered and bewildered:</strong> "He has reached a standoff with the bureaucracy around him."</p> <p><strong>The operational arsonist:</strong> "Subject has kept the target fires burning."</p> <p><strong>When aptitude isn't apt:</strong> "His apptitude for spelling is poor."</p> <p><strong>When he's not plodding he Lies down, humps his back and makes himself small:</strong> "He is steady and defendable."</p> <p><strong>Because his compass came in his air freight...</strong> "It took the officer less than one week after his arrival here to get his bearings.</p> <p><strong>Just give him a tune-up, but don't touch the cheerful plugs:</strong> "He tries hard in a situation that has him more stymied than most of us, and he plugs along cheerfully."</p> <p><strong>The lean and meaningness officer:</strong> "He has brought new energy and meaningness to the program."</p> <p><strong>While shunning the unusual infinitude of every day chores...</strong> "He handles the usual infinitude of occasional case officer tasks."</p> <p><strong>To be some kind of mixed up butterfly...</strong> "He needs to get the operational chrysallis out of the political coccoon it is in."</p> <p><strong>He trembles at dullness, but&mdash;</strong> "He confidently attends all sorts of events of interest."</p> <p><strong>The wary grunter:</strong> "He gives a negative first impression, primarily because he is inarticulate."</p> <p><strong>When the anatomy of an Advance Work Plan is necessarily obscure:</strong> "Mr. S. has had supervisory responsibility for parts of two I.A.'s..."</p> <p><strong>Not risking over confidence:</strong> "He can look back at this job as 'pretty well done'."</p> <p><strong>The little engine with the retarded spark:</strong> "During the reviewing period this officer has made good use of the limited intelligence resources available to him."</p> <p><strong>Somewhere down there is gold; it just doesn't pan out:</strong> "Subject probably has much good in him. Somehow, though, it has not come through."</p> <p><strong>The tribal wit:</strong> " ... he is a happy headhunter."</p> <p><strong>In addition to avoiding prickly confrontations...</strong> "Subject is not one to sit on his laurels."</p> <p><strong>Migratory fixation:</strong> "I am looking forward to the next reviewing period when the birds will come home to roost." (next FR) "They have, and they have settled on the highest branches."</p> <p><strong>Seen through a glass darkly:</strong> "Insofar as I am able to comprehend it, I have no quarrel with the substance of the rating officer's comments."</p> <p><em>Click <a href="http://www.foia.cia.gov/sites/default/files/DOC_0000620482.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> to view the original document&mdash;and "<a href="http://www.foia.cia.gov/sites/default/files/DOC_0000622789.pdf" target="_blank">More PAR Bloopers</a>," courtesy of your favorite spy agency. </em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:00:13 +0000 Michael Mechanic 260591 at http://www.motherjones.com Here Are the 10 Best Songs for Scotland's Historic Vote for Independence http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/playlist-10-best-songs-both-sides-scotlands-historic-vote-indepdence <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Scotland is heading to the polls right now to decide on whether or not to become an independent country. A "Yes" vote would be the biggest constitutional change for the United Kingdom in over three centuries, splintering a long-held relationship that has seen the good times and the bad, and weathered plenty of mutual disagreements up until now. And like any pending break-up, we find that music helps soothe or heighten the experience, and connects us to the universal themes of love and loss.&nbsp;So, Scottish chums, whatever side you're on, here's a playlist for you, on this almighty day-of-days.</p> <p><b>1. Queen: I Want to Break Free</b></p> <p>Obviously. One for the "Yes" camp. (Worth it in my opinion just for Freddy with a mustache in drag vacuuming the carpet.) "I want to break free from your lies/You're so self-satisfied I don't need you/I've got to break free!" Sing it Freddy. Sing it Scotland.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bRdo7WXTVoM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><b>2. Natalie Imbruglia: Torn</b></p> <p>If Scotland votes "Yes" and leaves the union bereft and sobbing, this Aussie songtress might be blaring from&nbsp;a few stereos across the Isles tomorrow:&nbsp;"Nothing's fine, I'm torn." Sing it England! Sing it Wales!</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VV1XWJN3nJo" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>3. &acirc;&#128;&#139;&acirc;&#128;&#139;Bj&ouml;rk: Declare Independence</strong></p> <p>This is a&nbsp;song that famously landed the Icelandic singer in hot water with the Chinese authorities after a 2008 concert in Shanghai&nbsp;in which she called&nbsp;for Tibetan independence. Brave.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scmp.com/article/628660/bjork-faces-ban-after-provocative-tibet-call" target="_blank">She faced a&nbsp;ban</a>&nbsp;from future performances on the mainland after that. It's easy to see why China's famously&nbsp;censorial authorities were not impressed: "Start your own currency!/Make your own stamp/Protect your language/Declare independence/Don't let them do that to you!"</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/42524198" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>4. Oasis:&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t Look Back In Anger</strong></p> <p>No matter what happens, some good advice for both sides. "My soul slides away, but don't look back in anger."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/r8OipmKFDeM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>5. Alicia Keys: Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart</strong></p> <p>Here's one for an emotional Prime Minister David Cameron, potentially presiding over a messy, painful divorce.&nbsp;"I'm going to find a way to make it without you/Tonight, I'm going to find a way to make it, without you." Ouch. Let it out.</p> <p>&acirc;&#128;&#139;<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/srMBZiqNMaM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>6. &acirc;&#128;&#139;Thelma Houston: Don't Leave Me This Way</strong></p> <p>That beat speaks for itself.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rl1BhPpHzD4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>7. Beyonce: Irreplaceable</strong></p> <p>"Don't ever get to thinking you're irreplaceable," sings Queen Bey. This is the anthem for pretending everything will be fine post-breakup, that it's not a big deal, that you can find another, just as easily, and that it wasn't that good anyway, so don't go thinking you meant anything to me... Get lost.</p> <p>(I love you, come back).</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2EwViQxSJJQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>8. Boyz II Men: End of the Road</strong></p> <p>"Although we've come to the end of the road/Still I can't let you go/It's unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zDKO6XYXioc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>9. Mariah Carey: We Belong Together</strong></p> <p>Who could miss this song in any breakup playlist? It's worth watching to the part of the video where Mariah is losing her shit in the&nbsp;apartment, writhing in the short tunic-shirt thing, near the&nbsp;end of this narratively nonsensical clip.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0habxsuXW4g" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>10. Alice Deejay: Better Off Alone</strong></p> <p>Mm. And lastly, any break-up is incomplete without some sweet late-90s Top 40.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Lgs9QUtWc3M" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media International Media Music Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:24:56 +0000 James West 260526 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: The Underground Girls of Kabul http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/book-review-underground-girls-kabul-jenny-nordberg <!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="underground gils of kabul" class="image" src="/files/girls-kabul-250.jpg"></div> <p><strong>The Underground Girls of Kabul</strong></p> <p>By Jenny Nordberg</p> <p>CROWN PUBLISHING</p> <p>It sucks to be female in Afghanistan. No surprise there. Journalist Jenny Nordberg's revelation&mdash;to Western eyes, anyway&mdash;is that more than a few Afghan families raise their girls as boys. The practice, <em>bacha posh</em>, accepted when done discreetly, serves as a roundabout way for girls to attend school and earn money, and for couples who lack sons to avoid public humiliation. The real tension comes with puberty, when the bacha posh is expected to give up her ambitions, respectful treatment, male playmates, and even her freedom to leave the home. Nordberg's intimate exploration leaves us rooting for her brave subjects, if deeply pessimistic about the prospects of women in this maddeningly repressive culture.</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 Afghanistan Books Sex and Gender Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:30:05 +0000 Michael Mechanic 258981 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: My Life As a Foreign Country http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/book-review-my-life-foreign-country-brian-turner <!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="my life as a foreign country" class="image" src="/files/life-foreign-country-250.jpg"></div> <p><strong>My Life As a Foreign Country</strong></p> <p>By Brian Turner</p> <p>NORTON</p> <p>In this moving account of his time as a sergeant in Iraq, Brian Turner, whose poem "The Hurt Locker" was the namesake for the Oscar-winning film, delivers a succession of oddly beautiful, appropriately devastating reflections that drive home the realities of war. Turner takes us from training camp to war zone and home again, where, in bed with his wife, he dreams he's a drone, flying over countries of wars past.</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 Books Iraq Military Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:33:39 +0000 Julia Lurie 258986 at http://www.motherjones.com Teddy Roosevelt, Lewis Hine and Lazy Frogs: 15 Photos http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/day-photos-august-15-roosevelt-library-of-congress <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>While searching through the Library of Congress archives last week, I noticed that a number of photos included the date they were photographed or published. I pulled together a handful, giving a little look at what was happening <a href="http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=%22August%2015%22&amp;sp=1" target="_blank">on this date through history</a>. These photos are often pretty mundane, but even the most common, everyday occurrences take on new meaning, or at least become more a bit interesting when viewed from a distance in time.</p> <p>Here are a few photos from August 15th, all photos from the <a href="http://www.loc.gov/" target="_blank">Library of Congress</a>, with captions as provided with the photos.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/pan.6a36147/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6a36147v.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Cyanotype image of construction of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1890. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/36426v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Theodore Roosevelt, 1913. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/00477v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>"Chopping corn" Everett Adams, 15 years and Ora Adams, 9 years. Address Hiatt, Ky. Go to Hickory Grove School, but they have been absent most of the past 6 weeks for work, sickness, etc. Location: Rockcastle County, Kentucky, by Lewis W. Hine, 1916</strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/06856v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Theo. Roosevelt, Jr. playing tennis, 1922. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/23256v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Miss M. Pearl. McCall, 1922. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/14210v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Senators Goose Goslin slides safely into home and collides with Yankees catcher Wally Schang in 2nd game of double header, 1925. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/33566v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Just plumb too lazy to catch his food on the fly like regular frogs do, Popeye, giant frog from Louisiana in the U.S. Department of Commerce aquarium, has to be fed his meals from acting as nursemaid for the critter, 1937. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/35542v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>CORE members swing down Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, toward 69th St. ferry on trek to Washington. World Telegram &amp; Sun photo by O. Fernandez, 1963. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/8b00457v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Defense housing, Ben Morrell Project, Norfolk, Virginia. Housing for civilian and married enlisted personnel at the Norfolk, Virginia housing naval base. Constructed at a cost of $3,356,000 by the Navy. Of the 1,362 units built, 1,062 were completed August 15, 1941. Rents range from $17 to $23 a month. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/019420pv.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Firehouse, Vallejo, Solano County, CA, 1919 </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/04818v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Senator Cappe of Kansas, 1921 </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/11949v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>John Coolidge, Mrs. Coolidge, &amp; President Coolidge enroute to Vermont, 1924. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/39219v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>William A. Hill, Boston, Attorney for the utility king, Howard C. Hopson, leaves the Senate side of the Capitol with his counsel, Moultrie Hitt, Washington attorney, where Hill appeared in response to a citation for contempt growing out of the activities of Hopson, who is wanted by the Senate Lobby Investigating committee, 1935. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/00476v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Red Bud School. County Supervisor in doorway. Teacher thought 20 absent on account of work, etc. Location: Rockcastle County, Kentucky by Lewis W. Hine, 1916.</strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/pan.6a15436/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6a15436v.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>View of Cincinnati, Ohio. Copyright entry no. 490 dated August 15, 1866 in volume covering time period, Nov. 9, 1864 - May 9, 1867. (click on photo for link to larger view) </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Slideshows Media Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:31:39 +0000 Mark Murrmann 260201 at http://www.motherjones.com What the Hell Is Going On in Scotland? Let John Oliver Explain http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/john-oliver-on-scotland <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Scotland heads to the polls on Thursday to decide if it stays a part of the United Kingdom or not. How should you, an American who saw <em>Braveheart</em> a few times, feel about this? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YkLPxQp_y0#t=381" target="_blank">Let John Oliver break it down for you</a>:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-YkLPxQp_y0?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Also: An independent Scotland will need a currency. <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/09/scotland-independence-referendum-currency-bitcoin" target="_blank">How about... Bitcoin</a>?</strong></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:51:28 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 260251 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "Pressure" by My Brightest Diamond http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/music-review-pressure-my-brightest-diamond <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CePpTXIuQzY?list=UUOkWMIcLDDV1P48NSCdkJ5w" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>TRACK 1</p> <p><strong>"Pressure"</strong></p> <p>From My Brightest Diamond's <em>This Is My Hand</em></p> <p>ASTHMATIC KITTY</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> The fourth MBD album gets off to a rousing start with this joyful brew of marching-band rhythms, xylophone, brass, and Shara Worden's big, operatic voice.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> An alumna of Sufjan Stevens' band, Worden's r&eacute;sum&eacute; includes collaborations with David Byrne, Matthew Barney, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Decemberists.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Brainy art-poppers, meaning St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, or Joanna Newsom.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:35:06 +0000 Jon Young 259071 at http://www.motherjones.com Lia Ices' Newfound Urgency http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/lia-ices-masters-dreampop-review <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BXTJ5JHNC1Q?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Lia Ices<br><em>Ices</em><br> Jagjaguwar</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Ices" class="image" src="/files/JAG205.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>After displaying her mastery of mesmerizing dream-pop on 2011's <em>Grown Unknown</em>, Lia Ices adds a shot of energy to the mix on this charming third album. Though recorded piecemeal at studios around the country, Ices feels focused and cohesive, with the leadoff track "Tell Me" setting the tempo, setting a typically lush melody to a thumping party beat. Ices is still happily indebted to Kate Bush&mdash;witness the meditative seven-minute "Waves"&mdash;but jaunty songs like "Higher" show she has the confidence to play around with her sound and not settle for ambient-music clich&eacute;s. If this bracing newfound urgency indicates a willingness to court a larger audience a la Lykke Li, more power to her.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Jon Young 260141 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "Is What It Is" by She Keeps Bees http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/music-review-what-it-she-keeps-bees <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rg0-FzmZA4Y" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>TRACK 10</p> <p><strong>"Is What It Is" </strong></p> <p>From She Keeps Bees'<em> Eight Houses</em></p> <p>FUTURE GODS</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> Smokey and languid, Jessica Larrabee croons defiantly, "Be not completely consumed/Do not surrender," on this hazy ballad, with kindred spirit Sharon Van Etten singing backup.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> Larrabee fronted the Philadelphia band the English System before teaming with drummer Andy LaPlant to form the Brooklyn-based duo.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Moody chanteuses (Cat Power, Angel Olsen, PJ Harvey).</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:35:04 +0000 Jon Young 259066 at http://www.motherjones.com