Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2013/12 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Amy Schumer Announces Plan To Tackle Gun Control http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/amy-schumer-joins-gun-control-fight <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="true" scrolling="no" src="https://news.yahoo.com/video/amy-chuck-schumer-gun-violence-163113197.html?format=embed" webkitallowfullscreen="true" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>Amy Schumer just <a href="http://mashable.com/2015/08/03/amy-schumer-gun-control/" target="_blank">joined</a> the gun control fight.</p> <p>During a press conference on Monday, the comedian, along with her cousin New York Senator Chuck Schumer, unveiled a new initiative to tackle gun violence. Last month, 59-year-old John Russell Houser allegedly opened fire inside a Louisiana movie theater during a screening of Schumer's latest film "Trainwreck." He <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/mass-shooting-movie-theater-lafayette" target="_blank">killed three people,</a> including two women, before killing himself.</p> <p>"Unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns," Schumer told reporters. "We need a background check system without holes and fatal flaws."</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Sen-Schumer-comedian-Amy-Schumer-call-for-more-6421168.php" target="_blank">three-part legislative plan</a> will seek to limit gun access to the mentally ill and violent criminals by rewarding states that provide thorough background check information while penalizing states that fail to do so. The two also called on Congress to fund greater mental health and substance abuse programs.</p> <p>Over the weekend, Schumer responded to an open letter from a daughter of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting survivor that urged her to speak out and support gun control legislation. The letter, <a href="https://medium.com/human-development-project/an-open-letter-to-amy-schumer-8f1fd3637d41" target="_blank">posted on <em>Medium</em></a>, asked Schumer to be a "voice for our generation and for women&mdash;two groups who make up most of the victims of the gun violence in our country."</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/cdickason11">@cdickason11</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/sfclem">@sfclem</a> Her name was Mayci, not Marci and I think about her and Jillian everyday. Don't worry I'm on it. You'll see.</p> &mdash; Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) <a href="https://twitter.com/amyschumer/status/627474594417381376">August 1, 2015</a></blockquote> </center> <p>"These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence," Schumer said on Monday. "But I promise you they will not be my last."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Guns Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:56:08 +0000 Inae Oh 281121 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain Why Washington D.C. Should Be the 51st State http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/john-oliver-dc-voting <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4Z4j2CrJRn4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Sunday, <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z4j2CrJRn4" target="_blank">Last Week Tonight</a> </em>took on the issue of restricted voting rights for Washington D.C. residents, despite the fact they pay federal taxes and have a larger population than some entire states such as Vermont and Wyoming. Even the Dalai Lama once called the situation "quite strange."</p> <p>"The people of D.C. clearly deserve a greater voice in their own affairs and they've actually come tantalizingly close to getting a voting representative in Congress," John Oliver explained. "In 2009, a bill to give D.C. a vote was introduced in the Senate, and the Senate did the most dickish thing imaginable: passing it, but with a little addition."</p> <p>That controversial addition sought to repeal all of D.C.'s gun control laws, further illustrating the uphill battle that is granting D.C. statehood.</p> <p>"It was the kind of amendment NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre dreams about as he sleeps in his bullet-filled bathtub, I presume," Oliver said.</p> <p>As a result the bill was dropped.</p> <p>With the help of a group of singing children, Oliver continued his call for D.C.'s statehood with an amended tune about America's 50 states. Not convinced? The song ends with the suggestion, "Well then let's all kick out Florida cause no one thinks they're great."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:32:12 +0000 Inae Oh 281116 at http://www.motherjones.com Here Are Some Photos of Rep. John Lewis Holding Some Adorable Puppies http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/john-lewis-puppies <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Shortly after commemorating the <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-quick-cuts/watch/john-lewis--the-vote-is-almost-sacred-494198851513" target="_blank">50th anniversary</a> of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Thursday, Rep. John Lewis stopped by the ASPCA's Paws for Celebration event on Capitol Hill to meet some adorable puppies. Fortunately for the rest of us, cameras were present:</p> <center> <div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLewis/posts/10153411338078405" data-width="500"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLewis/posts/10153411338078405"> <p>It was good to spend a little time with the wonderful puppies that the ASPCA brought to Capitol Hill.</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLewis">John Lewis</a> on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLewis/posts/10153411338078405">Thursday, July 30, 2015</a></blockquote> </div> </div> </center> <p>That's right. It doesn't get much better than everyone's favorite congressman and iconic civil rights leader holding puppies.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Congress Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:42:48 +0000 Inae Oh 280961 at http://www.motherjones.com Here's Your Reminder That Donald Trump's 2 Sons Are Also Big-Game Hunters http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/donald-trumps-kids-are-also-big-game-hunters <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">On Tuesday, an American dentist admitted to paying $50,000 to </span><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/walter-palmer-cecil-lion-hunt" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">hunt and kill Cecil the lion</a><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">, a beloved animal and popular tourist attraction in Zimbabwe. News of the killing sparked swift condemnation on social media, with many calling for Walter Palmer to be extradited to Zimbabwe to stand trial.</span></p> <p>Amid the outrage, photos quickly resurfaced of Donald Trump's sons,&nbsp;Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, posing with the dead bodies of several exotic animals, including an African elephant and leopard, they had previously hunted for sport.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/osgAJOApXt0" width="630"></iframe></p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Donaldtrump?src=hash">#Donaldtrump</a> son kills African elephant,cuts off tail to show off <a href="http://t.co/74l9YouWv3">http://t.co/74l9YouWv3</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WalterPalmer?src=hash">#WalterPalmer</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CecilTheLion?src=hash">#CecilTheLion</a> <a href="http://t.co/P7ppYkm5Va">pic.twitter.com/P7ppYkm5Va</a></p> &mdash; Zimbabwe Today (@ZimToday) <a href="https://twitter.com/ZimToday/status/626073016032751616">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>When the photos initially emerged online back in 2012, the Trump brothers staunchly defended themselves, taking to Twitter to "make no apologies."</p> <p>"In some parts its over populated. Bottom line with out hunters $ there wouldn't be much left of africa. Eco is nice but no $," one tweet from <a href="https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/179507733672902657" target="_blank">Trump Jr. read. </a></p> <p>The public reminder is just the latest relic in Trump's past to stir controversy. This week alone, the <em>New York Times </em>dug up a series of depositions in which the GOP frontrunner for president once told a female lawyer she was <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB8QqQIwAGoVChMIyqzXlI-BxwIVwWk-Ch0ybQxf&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2015%2F07%2F29%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Fdepositions-show-donald-trump-as-quick-to-exaggerate-and-insult.html&amp;ei=Vi-5VcqpL8HT-QGy2rH4BQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNHdwo1AP8_88uKMErbZXVv6XDAbFw&amp;bvm=bv.99028883,d.cWw" target="_blank">"disgusting" for pumping milk</a> for her then three-month-old daughter. The day prior, the <em>Daily Beast</em> published a story resurfacing an old assertion from his former wife claiming he had once <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/27/ex-wife-donald-trump-made-feel-violated-during-sex.html" target="_blank">raped her. </a></p> <p><strong>Update, August 2, 2015: </strong>Donald Trump <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11775145/Donald-Trump-Id-get-on-very-well-with-Putin-if-I-were-president.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his sons with the following statement:&nbsp;"My sons love to hunt. They are members of the NRA, very proudly. I am a big believer in the second amendment. My sons are hunters. Eric is a hunter. He puts it on a par with golf - ahead of golf. And my other son is a hunter. They are great marksmen, great shots. I like to play golf."</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Animals Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:28:33 +0000 Inae Oh 280896 at http://www.motherjones.com Jimmy Kimmel Slams the American Dentist Who Killed Cecil the Lion http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/jimmy-kimmel-cecil-lion <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_LzXpE1mjqA" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Following news an American dentist admitted to paying $50,000 to hunt and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/walter-palmer-cecil-lion-hunt" target="_blank">kill Cecil the lion</a>, Zimbabwe's most beloved animal, comedian Jimmy Kimmel took to his show on Tuesday night to deliver an emotional response.</p> <p>"The big question is: Why are you shooting a lion in the first place?," Kimmel said. "I mean, I'm honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that. How is that fun? Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger than you? If that's the case, they have a pill for that. It works great. Just stay home and swallow it, and you save yourself a lifetime of being the most hated man in America who never advertised JELL-O Pudding on television."</p> <p>The segment included photos of previous animals baited and hunted by the Minnesota dentist, identified as Walter Palmer.</p> <p>Kimmel's monologue mirrored outrage seen on social media after Zimbabwean authorities revealed on Tuesday that Palmer was behind the brutal hunt. The 13-year-old lion was seen as a national treasure in the country.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Film and TV International Media Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:31:12 +0000 Inae Oh 280831 at http://www.motherjones.com This American Trophy Hunter Allegedly Beheaded Zimbabwe's Most Beloved Lion http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/walter-palmer-cecil-lion-hunt <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Update, July 28, 4:40 p.m.: </strong>Walter Palmer <a href="http://www.startribune.com/read-the-full-statement-from-walter-palmer/318947551/" target="_blank">released a statement</a> Tuesday afternoon saying he "deeply regrets" killing Cecil the Lion and implied he may have been misled by local guides.</p> <p>A Minnesota dentist has been identified as the big game hunter who allegedly paid $50,000 to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/zimbabwe/11767119/Cecil-the-lions-killer-revealed-as-American-dentist.html" target="_blank">kill Cecil the Lion</a>, one of Zimbabwe's most beloved animals, and a main tourist attraction for the Hwange National Park. Zimbabwean police said Walter Palmer is now being investigated for baiting the 13-year-old lion and then killing the animal with a crossbow.</p> <p>"They went hunting at night with a spotlight and they spotted Cecil," Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force's <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/28/killer-of-cecil-the-lion-was-american-zimbabwe-officials-claim" target="_blank">Johnny Rodrigues said</a>, according to <em>The Guardian</em>. "They tied a dead animal to their vehicle to lure Cecil out of the park and they scented an area about half a kilometer from the park."</p> <p>"He never bothered anybody. He was one of the most beautiful animals to look at," he added.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/H4a2htZ2wIQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Palmer has been accused of paying local hunters, two of whom have since been <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/53d983a8f9d5423883a462feb773c18d/zimbabwe-2-appear-court-killing-cecil-lion" target="_blank">arrested</a>, to aid the hunt. According to Zimbabwean officials, Cecil was also skinned and beheaded.</p> <p>According to Minnesota's Star Tribune, Palmer is preparing to dispute some of the allegations. "Obviously, some things are being misreported," he said, <a href="http://lhttp://www.startribune.com/zimbabwe-2-to-appear-in-court-for-killing-cecil-the-lion/318828251/" target="_blank">according to the report</a>. Palmer's spokesman told <em>The Guardian</em> that "Walter believes that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil," but added that Palmer believed "he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides."</p> <p>News of Cecil's killing was swiftly met with outrage on social media. Since being identified as Cecil's alleged killer, Palmer's dental business in Minnesota&mdash;<a href="https://twitter.com/PaulBlume_FOX9/status/626049305380540417" target="_blank">which was closed on Tuesday</a>&mdash;has been flooded by negative <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/river-bluff-dental-bloomington?osq=walter+palmer" target="_blank">Yelp reviews </a>condemning the allegations.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I hope justice is served to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WalterPalmer?src=hash">#WalterPalmer</a>, the heartless bastard that killed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CecilTheLion?src=hash">#CecilTheLion</a> <a href="http://t.co/ajHVLOUIti">http://t.co/ajHVLOUIti</a> <a href="http://t.co/LwsmRkrK0R">pic.twitter.com/LwsmRkrK0R</a></p> &mdash; Ryan Phinny (@RyanPhinny) <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanPhinny/status/626064963442839556">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="238" src="/files/yelp.png" width="536"><div class="caption">Yelp</div> </div> <p>In 2009, Palmer was profiled by the <em>New York Times </em>for a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/sports/13elk.html" target="_blank">feature</a> on the controversial sport of trophy hunting in which he described his ambition for setting new hunting records. He told the paper he learned to shoot at the age of five. In 2008, Palmer pled guilty to lying to federal officials about where a black bear had been killed.</p> <p>"We are extremely saddened by the news of Cecil the Lion being illegally killed for sport&mdash;not only from an animal welfare perspective, but also for conservation reasons," Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare said in a statement. "African lion populations have declined sharply, dropping nearly 60 percent in the last three decades."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Crime and Justice Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:46:36 +0000 Inae Oh 280786 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Explains How Cruel Mandatory Minimum Laws Ruin Lives http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/john-oliver-mandatory-minimum <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pDVmldTurqk" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Earlier this month, President Obama <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/obama-commuted-drug-senteces-marijuana-lifer" target="_blank">granted clemency</a> to 46 nonviolent drug offenders,&nbsp;which saw the largest number of presidential commutations granted in a single day since the 1960's. As <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDVmldTurqk" target="_blank">John Oliver</a> noted on the latest<em> Last Week Tonight</em>, the move was particularly significant because each offender was subjected to harsh mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which require low-level offenders to be locked up regardless of the crime's context.</p> <p>"Ridiculously long sentences are not a great deterrent to crime," Oliver explained in his take-down of unfair sentencing laws on Sunday. "Prison sentences are a lot like penises: If they're used correctly, even a short one can do the trick.</p> <p>"The truth is that mandatory minimums didn't just not work, they ruined lives."</p> <p>While failing to reduce crime, mandatory minimum laws also disproportionately target <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/11/commission-review-racially-tinged-mandatory-minimum-sentences" target="_blank">minority groups</a> across the country.</p> <p>"There should be a lot more pardons and commutations," Oliver said. "But if we really want to address this problem permanently, we need states and the federal government, not just to repeal mandatory minimums going forward, but to also pass laws so that existing prisoners can apply for retroactively reduced sentences."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Media Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:57:58 +0000 Inae Oh 280661 at http://www.motherjones.com 35 of Bill Cosby's Accusers Posed for a Powerful New York Magazine Cover Story http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/bill-cosby-new-york-magazine-cover <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>New York</em> magazine just released its newest cover story, which features <a href="http://www.nymag.com/thecut/2015/07/bill-cosbys-accusers-speak-out.html" target="_blank">35 women who have publicly accused Bill Cosby</a> of sexual assault for one powerful photo series. The arresting black and white cover photo presents each accuser seated in a chair with one final empty seat remaining at the end.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">35 women speak about being assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the culture that wouldn't listen: <a href="http://t.co/H5dss5F2F4">http://t.co/H5dss5F2F4</a> <a href="http://t.co/RCF0BWBrxA">pic.twitter.com/RCF0BWBrxA</a></p> &mdash; New York Magazine (@NYMag) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYMag/status/625472029173645312">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>The magazine spoke to all 35 women separately over the course of six months. Noreen Malone writes:</p> <blockquote> <p>Each story is awful in its own right. But the horror is multiplied by the sheer volume of seeing them together, reading them together, considering their shared experience. The women have found solace in their number&mdash;discovering that they hadn't been alone, that there were others out there who believed them implicitly, with whom they didn't need to be afraid of sharing the darkest details of their lives.</p> </blockquote> <p>On Monday morning, just hours after the story was published online, the magazine's website appeared to be hit by a <a href="http://www.dailydot.com/crime/new-york-magazine-ddos-bill-cosby-cover/" target="_blank">DDoS attack</a> blocking any attempt to successfully read any article coming from <em>New York</em>. The alleged hacker told the <a href="http://www.dailydot.com/crime/new-york-magazine-ddos-bill-cosby-cover/" target="_blank"><em>Daily Dot</em></a> the hacking had nothing to do with the cover story and it was instead motivated by a recent bad trip to New York City.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="http://t.co/pJeaQkGh0M">http://t.co/pJeaQkGh0M</a> will be down for hours.... :D ENJOY</p> &mdash; Vikingdom2016 (@Vikingdom2016) <a href="https://twitter.com/Vikingdom2016/status/625535796460830720">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>People have since responded on social media by using the hashtag #EmptyChair to praise the story and to speak out against sexual assault.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheEmptyChair?src=hash">#TheEmptyChair</a> signals the women who couldn't come forward mostly b/c we, as a culture, wouldn't believe them. <a href="https://t.co/fiG8qii2iO">https://t.co/fiG8qii2iO</a></p> &mdash; Janet Mock (@janetmock) <a href="https://twitter.com/janetmock/status/625478627220692994">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">There are SO many women who could be the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EmptyChair?src=hash">#EmptyChair</a>. Not just Cosby's rape victims, but rape victims everywhere. They aren't lying.</p> &mdash; Patrick (@QuadCityPat) <a href="https://twitter.com/QuadCityPat/status/625494887283077120">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Media Sex and Gender Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:48:19 +0000 Inae Oh 280656 at http://www.motherjones.com 'Strange Wilds' Creates Disruptive Noise http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/strange-wilds-creates-disruptive-noise <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xpBVRYaUdRU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Strange Wilds</strong><br><strong><em>Subjective Concepts</em><br> Sub Pop</strong><br> &nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/sw-subjectiveconcepts-900.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>Nasty, brutish, and relentlessly thrilling, the Olympia, Washington, trio Strange Wilds grinds up abrasive rock'n'roll ingredients and spews 'em out as one glorious wave of disruptive noise. These raucous youngsters have thoroughly schooled themselves on early punk, thrash metal and grunge (with a big debt to Nirvana's pre-<em>Nevermind</em><em> </em>vibe), but Subjective Concepts sizzles like a brand-new inspiration. And for all the bruising chords, crashing drums, and wounded-beast vocals, it's not hard to find some solid songs amidst the storm. "Starved For" echoes Chris Bailey's Saints, while "Oneirophobe" finds singer-guitarist Steven (no last names used here) growling, "I feel fine, I feel okay/Just so scared of the everyday" as he tries to make sense of it all.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:00:50 +0000 Jon Young 280306 at http://www.motherjones.com This Video of 22-Year-Old Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Amazing http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/video-22-year-old-arnold-schwarzenegger-showing-his-muscles-amazing <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Action movie star, <a href="http://environmental%20activist" target="_blank">environmental activist</a>, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/video/2014/jan/23/arnold-schwarzenegger-gym-instructor-video" target="_blank">exercise instructor</a>, <a href="https://youtu.be/tO4X8_c80kg" target="_blank">kindergarten teacher</a>, governor of the largest state in the union. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been many things. But it all started with bodybuilding.</p> <p>While digging through <a href="http://www.ap.org/content/press-release/2015/ap-makes-one-million-minutes-of-history-available-on-youtube" target="_blank">a trove of historical news footage</a> recently released by the Associated Press, we came across this gem of Arnold competing in the 1969 Mr. Universe competition at the tender age of 22:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c7Iaz_r2t-g" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>"The choice was an American as amateur Mr. Universe and an Austrian as the professional," the announcer says. The Austrian? Yep, that's Arnold. He would go on to win five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles, before <a href="https://youtu.be/pDxn0Xfqkgw" target="_blank">gracing the silver screen</a> with his manly muscles and Austrian accent.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:59:35 +0000 Luke Whelan 280551 at http://www.motherjones.com Ohio State's Quarterback Has the Perfect Response to a Fan's Stupid "Shut Up and Play" Tweet http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/ohio-state-quarterback-fan-stupid-tweet <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Sometimes athletes choose to stand in the center of a movement and make a statement. Ohio State's Cardale Jones, quarterback of this year's national championship football team, took some time Thursday to ask a simple question on Twitter:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">You tell me that <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AllLivesMatter?src=hash">#AllLivesMatter</a> well I say how do you define "All" ?</p> &mdash; Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) <a href="https://twitter.com/CJ12_/status/624223899534905344">July 23, 2015</a></blockquote> <p>It wasn't exactly incendiary stuff from Jones, who has been dinged for <a href="http://deadspin.com/5949274/ohio-states-third-string-quarterback-aint-come-to-play-school" target="_blank">expressing himself</a> on social media before. Still, when one fan decided to chime in to<strong> </strong>tell Jones to shut up and stick to football, the 22-year-old junior from Cleveland wasn't having it:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/CKng_pTWwAQF7mr.jpg-large.jpeg"></div> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Also, a reminder: College athletes <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/john-oliver-ncaa" target="_blank">aren't getting paid</a> while the NCAA <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/01/college-football-playoff-money-players" target="_blank">rakes in millions</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em style="line-height: 2em;">(h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/byjoelanderson/status/624277419382411264" target="_blank">@byjoelanderson</a>)</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Sports Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:00:26 +0000 Edwin Rios 280416 at http://www.motherjones.com Ikea Recalling Dressers After Two Children Die from Falling Drawers http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/ikea-dresser-two-children-killed <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In February 2014, a two-year-old boy from Pennsylvania was killed after an Ikea Malm dresser tipped over and pinned him to his bed. In another incident in June of that year, a 23-month-old child died after being trapped beneath falling drawers from the same line of Ikea's popular dressers.</p> <p>The company is now offering a free repair kit to 27 million customers who purchased the company's Malm dressers to help remove the furniture's "tip-over hazard."</p> <p>The recall is in conjunction with a <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2015/IKEA-Offers-Free-Wall-Anchoring-Repair-Kit-for-Chests-and-Dressers/" target="_blank">safety alert</a> issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday warning of the dressers' potential dangers. The commission recommended that parents no longer buy Malm dressers taller than 23.5 inches for children and 29.5 inches for adults, unless the products are properly secured to a wall.</p> <p>The free repair kits provide such an anchoring mechanism.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="316" src="/files/malm_0.jpeg" width="524"><div class="caption">Malm Dresser, Ikea</div> </div> <p>The company said in total it received 14 accident reports stemming from the line's drawers, four of which resulted in injuries.</p> <p>In a statement, Ikea's U.S. commercial manager Patty Lobell <a href="http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2015/07/22/ikea-chest-drawers-recall/30506441/" target="_blank">said</a> the company was "deeply saddened" by the deaths and hoped its efforts would "prevent further tragedies."</p> <p>For information on how to receive the free repair kit, head over to the commission's <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2015/IKEA-Offers-Free-Wall-Anchoring-Repair-Kit-for-Chests-and-Dressers/" target="_blank">alert here.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:12:00 +0000 Inae Oh 280331 at http://www.motherjones.com Obama Pledges to Use Executive Order to Keep Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/obama-jon-stewart <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>As Jon Stewart prepares his imminent exit from <em>The Daily Show</em>, President Obama stopped by the set in New York on Tuesday to bid farewell to the longstanding host and promised to use his office's power to prevent him from leaving.</p> <p>"I can't believe you're leaving before me," <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/skawjk/july-21--2015---barack-obama" target="_blank">Obama said</a> during his seventh and final visit with Stewart as host. "I'm going to issue an executive order: Jon Stewart cannot leave the show. It's being challenged in the courts."</p> <p>"To me this is a states' rights issue," Stewart replied.</p> <p>Following the opening banter, the two dived into more serious topics such as the Iran nuclear deal, the president's relationship with the media, and the Middle East.</p> <p>When asked about Donald Trump's recent surge in the polls, Obama joked, "I'm sure the Republicans are enjoying Mr. Trump's current dominance of their primary."</p> <p>Stewart's last day is August 6th.</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:630px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:0d2910ba-78ce-4953-acb0-b93bfd10a56e" width="622"></iframe> <p style="text-align:left;background-color:#FFFFFF;padding:4px;margin-top:4px;margin-bottom:0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><b><a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/">The Daily Show</a></b><br> Get More: <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/">Daily Show Full Episodes</a>,<a href="http://www.facebook.com/thedailyshow">The Daily Show on Facebook</a>,<a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos">Daily Show Video Archive</a></p> </div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Obama Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:58:33 +0000 Inae Oh 280196 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump Just Accidentally Tweeted a Photo of a Convicted Murderer http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/donald-trump-jeffrey-macdonald <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Less than a week after tweeting a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/donald-trump-campaign-ad-nazi-soldiers" target="_blank">campaign poster</a> that confused men dressed in Nazi uniforms for American soldiers, Donald Trump is proving once again he is in fact not a <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/12/im-like-a-really-smart-person-donald-trump-exults-in-outsider-status" target="_blank">"really smart person."</a></p> <p>Last night, the real estate mogul fell for an internet prank by retweeting a photo of Jeffrey MacDonald, the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/29/justice/mcginniss-macdonald-appeal/" target="_blank">former army doctor</a> who in 1979 was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters. Trump evidently confused the original tweet for an endorsement amid the backlash sparked by his comments mocking <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/donald-trump-john-mccain-captured" target="_blank">Sen. John McCain's military record</a>.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"<a href="https://twitter.com/russiannavyblog">@russiannavyblog</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/ConnorBaldwin21">@ConnorBaldwin21</a> My bad ass Vietnam vet dad has balls too which is why he's voting Trump! <a href="http://t.co/iTrpfISThL">pic.twitter.com/iTrpfISThL</a>"</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/623370882652704768">July 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Nazi photos aside, this is far from the first time Trump has committed a social media gaffe. Last September, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/21/donald-trump-unwittingly-retweets-photo-murderer-fake-vietnam-vet" target="_blank">Trump fell for yet another stunt</a> after retweeting a photo with the message, "My parents who passed away always said you were a big inspiration. Can you please RT for their memory?&rdquo; The resulting retweet posted a photo of two infamous serial killers.</p> <p>Though his latest remarks appeared to dip his polling numbers, Trump continues to lead <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/07/trump-takes-big-gop-lead-plummets-after-mccain-remarks" target="_blank">polls of the Republican primary</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:11:34 +0000 Inae Oh 280076 at http://www.motherjones.com Rachel Dolezal Is Now a Weave-Specializing Hairstylist http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/rachel-dolezal-now-weave-specializing-hairstylist <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On the off chance you were wondering what <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/spokane-naacp-leader-lying-about-being-black-parents-say" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal</a> has been up to since allegations surfaced she has been lying for years about being a black woman, the former president of Spokane's NAACP chapter recently sat down for an interview to let you know that she's still making a living off of black culture. <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/07/rachel-dolezal-new-interview-pictures-exclusive" target="_blank"><em>Vanity Fair</em></a> has the scoop:</p> <blockquote> <p>At Eastern Washington University, she lectured on the politics and history of black hair, and she says she developed a passion for taking care of and styling black hair while in college in Mississippi. That passion is now what brings in income in the home she shares with Franklin [her 13-year-old son]. She says she has appointments for braids and weaves about three times a week.</p> </blockquote> <p>In the new interview, which comes weeks after Dolezal was forced to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/rachel-dolezal-resigns-spokane-naacp-president" target="_blank">resign</a> as the NAACP's local leader and dropped as a professor in Africana studies, she also appeared impervious to her critics, even emboldened by the media firestorm that quickly grew after her birth parents claimed she had been lying about her race.</p> <p>"I wouldn't say I'm African-American, but I would say 'I'm black, and there's a difference in those terms," she tells <em>Vanity Fair.</em></p> <p>"It's not a costume," she continued. "I don&rsquo;t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that's never left me. It's not something that I can put on and take off anymore."</p> <p>Has Dolezal's latest defense left you even more puzzled? Stay tuned, she plans on publishing a book to explain it all.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:13:47 +0000 Inae Oh 280026 at http://www.motherjones.com Fox News Has Some Very Stupid Thoughts About Sharks http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/chomp-chomp-whoa-whoa-not-now-were-having-a-competition-come-back-later <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A surfer in South Africa was attacked by a shark during a competition on TV over the weekend. <em>Fox and Friends</em> discussed this event this morning. It was very, very dumb.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/i42cfuc4jW4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Here is the transcript, courtesy of <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/foxs-brian-kilmeade-why-arent-we-clearing-the-waters-of-sharks-so-ocean-swimming-is-safe/" target="_blank"><em>Raw Story</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>I think that the most shocking thing is that after you hear about the six attacks in North Carolina, okay, these are just swimmers,&rdquo; Kilmeade noted on Monday&rsquo;s edition of Fox &amp; Friends. &ldquo;But then when you see a champion surfer and you have a three camera shoot and an overhead shot, [you] say, &lsquo;Oh my goodness, it could happen anywhere.'&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;You would think that they would have a way of clearing the waters before a competition of this level,&rdquo; he opined. &ldquo;But I guess they don&rsquo;t.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Sure,&rdquo; co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck agreed. &ldquo;If a three-time world champion surfer isn&rsquo;t safe, who is?&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The shark should be afraid of him,&rdquo; she added. "That was a tough punch he gave there."</p> </blockquote> <p>"Clearing the waters" is so hilarious. Why didn't they just do that in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/jaws-ridiculous-say-kids-who-owe-everything-jaws" target="_blank"><em>Jaws</em></a>?</p> <p>(via <a href="http://wonkette.com/591573/stupid-fox-news-idiots-confused-why-sharks-always-live-in-the-ocean-so-much" target="_blank"><em>Wonkette</em></a>)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:02:50 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 280021 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Wants Americans to Stop Throwing Out So Much Food http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/john-oliver-food-waste <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Americans waste a ton of food. According to a study cited in Sunday's <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8xwLWb0lLY" target="_blank">Last Week Tonight</a></em>, the country throws out nearly $165 billion worth of food every year, amounting to 730 football stadiums full of trash.</p> <p>"Watching all that food go from farm-to-not-a-table is awful for a bunch of reasons," Oliver said. "First and most obviously, there are many people in this country who need that food. In 2013, nearly 50 million Americans lived in food insecure households meaning that at some point in the year they struggled to put enough food on the table."</p> <p>All that waste also decomposes in overwhelmingly crowded landfills that produce staggering levels of methane gas.</p> <p>"If you're thinking, 'But hold on, John, what if I'm an asshole who couldn&rsquo;t give a shit about America's hungry families or the long-term viability of life on earth?' Well, first let me say, 'Mr. Trump, thank you so much for taking the time to watch this show tonight. It's lovely to have you with&nbsp;us.'"</p> <p>If being compared to the likes of the Donald isn't enough to move you, Oliver explains food waste is gutting your personal finances way more than you think as well.</p> <p><strong>Watch below:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/i8xwLWb0lLY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Food and Ag Media Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:46:54 +0000 Inae Oh 279976 at http://www.motherjones.com The Bird and the Bee Finds the Aching Heart Beneath the Glossy Surfaces http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/bird-and-bee-finds-aching-heart-beneath-glossy-surfaces <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/flbce8yaBao" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Bird and the Bee<br><em>Recreational Love</em><br> Rostrum</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/RLCover1500x1500.jpeg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p>The unlikely but artistically fruitful partnership of Inara George and Greg Kurstin, aka The Bird and the Bee, has flourished for a decade, despite little encouragement from the commercial mainstream. The daughter of the late Little Feat leader Lowell George, she's a subtly compelling singer who conveys deep feeling with languid poise; her best solo album is a collaboration with art-pop genius Van Dyke Parks. He's a master of slick pop who's produced big names like Katy Perry, Charli XCX, and Kelly Clarkson. But for all their polish, The Bird and the Bee has always been about finding the aching heart beneath the glossy surfaces, and this striking fourth album is no exception. While <em>Recreational Love</em> ups the danceablity quotient slightly from previous outings, shimmering songs like "Lovey Dovey" and "Please Take Me Home" are simultaneously exhilarating (for their suave craftsmanship) and heartrending (for their raw emotion), revealing intriguing new elements with each hearing.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:00:13 +0000 Jon Young 279741 at http://www.motherjones.com Caitlyn Jenner Just Delivered this Kickass Speech About Acceptance http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/caitlyn-jenner-espy-arthur-ashe-courage <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5j5AC_NgQpc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Caitlyn Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at last night's ESPY's in Los Angeles, and used the opportunity to deliver a powerful speech urging fellow athletes and celebrities to understand the immense challenges trans people, especially teenagers, face everyday.</p> <p>"It's not just about one person,"&nbsp;Jenner said. "It's about thousands of people. It's not just about me, it's about all of us accepting one another. We're all different. That's not a bad thing. That's a good thing. And while it may not easy to get past the things you don't always understand, I want to prove that it is absolutely possible if we only do it together."</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/07/16/watch-caitlyn-jenners-powerful-speech-at-espys/" target="_blank">award</a>, presented by ESPN, recognizes individuals who "transcend sports," and is named after the late African-American tennis champion Arthur Ashe, who was known for fighting discrimination in the sport and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0710.html" target="_blank">raising public awareness about AIDS</a>.</p> <p>Looking ahead, the former Olympian said she would use her fame to push for transgender rights. Jenner mentioned 17-year-old <a href="http://%22They're%20getting%20bullied,%22%20Jenner%20said%20of%20trans%20youth.%20%22They're%20getting%20beaten%20up.%20They're%20getting%20murdered.%20And%20they're%20committing%20suicide.%22" target="_blank">Mercedes Williamson</a> and 15-year-old <a href="http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2015/04/16/michigan-trans-teen-skaters-suicide-rocks-roller-derby-community" target="_blank">Sam Taub</a>, both trans teenagers who killed themselves earlier this year, to illustrate the urgency of the challenges facing teens.</p> <p>"They're getting bullied," Jenner said. "They're getting beaten up. They're getting murdered. And they're committing suicide."</p> <p>She concluded her speech with a message for her critics and those questioning the motives behind her public transition.</p> <p>"If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is I can take it," she said. "But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn&rsquo;t have to take it. So for the people out there wondering what this is all about, whether its about courage or controversy or publicity, it's about what happens from here."</p> <p>Jenner's transition made national headlines after she sat down with Diane Sawyer for an exclusive interview in April, in which she detailed her journey. She made her public debut with a June cover shoot for <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/here-caitlyn-jenners-stunning-vanity-fair-cover" target="_blank"><em>Vanity Fair.</em></a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Media Sex and Gender Sports Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:11:28 +0000 Inae Oh 279781 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Explains How Wealthy Sports Teams Are Scamming Taxpayers http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/john-oliver-explains-how-sports-teams-are-scamming-taxpayers <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xcwJt4bcnXs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Every year, American cities across the country spend billions of dollar in public money in order to build shiny new sports stadiums we probably don't need. As John Oliver explained on the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcwJt4bcnXs" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em></a>, these stadiums are increasingly designed to look like "coked-up Willy Wonka" coliseums with expensive features like swimming pools and party cabanas.</p> <p>"We don't just help teams build stadiums, we let them keep virtually all the revenue those stadiums produce," Oliver said on Sunday.</p> <p>The segment goes onto show, stadium financing often hurts the local economy and surrounding businesses, even blocking cities from paying for crucial things like hospitals&mdash;all this as wealthy stadium owners only get richer with empty promises of economic growth.</p> <p>"I'm not saying we shouldn't have giant aquariums in ballparks full of terrified fish. Of course we should, this is America! If we don't have them, no one else will! But we should not be using public money to pay for them."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sports Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:26:40 +0000 Inae Oh 279536 at http://www.motherjones.com David Letterman Comes Out of Retirement to Call Out Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/david-letterman-comes-out-retirement-call-out-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>David Letterman may have only retired just two months ago, but that isn't going to stop the former "Late Show" host from taking on the joke of a presidential run that is Donald Trump's current campaign for the White House</p> <p>On Friday, Letterman <a href="http://mashable.com/2015/07/12/david-letterman-donald-trump/" target="_blank">reemerged</a> on stage in San Antonio, Texas for a very special "Top 10" list to explain.</p> <p>"I retired," Letterman told the crowd, with Martin Short and Steve Martin by his side. "I have no regrets. None. I was happy, I'll make actual friends, I was complacent, I was satisfied, I was content. And then a couple of days ago Donald Trump said he was running for president."</p> <p>"I have made the biggest mistake of my life."</p> <p>Among the zingers reserved for Trump, "During sex, Donald Trump calls out his own name" and "He wants to build a wall? How about building a wall around the thing on his head?" drive it home.</p> <p><strong>Watch below for the full list:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lfuXYh-BFoc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Film and TV Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:45:49 +0000 Inae Oh 279531 at http://www.motherjones.com The Punk Band Negative Scanner Gets Apocalyptic http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/negative-scanner-gets-apocalyptic <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Negative Scanner<br><em>Negative Scanner</em><br> Trouble in Mind</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Negative%20Scanner%20hi-res%20album%20art.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p>Folks who cheered Sleater-Kinney's recent reunion and crave another righteous blast of purifying punk noise should check out the debut album of this exciting Chicago foursome. Echoing the equally terrific White Lung, Negative Scanner makes a bracing racket from pungent raw materials&mdash;careening drums, clattering guitars, urgent vocals&mdash;with agitated frontwoman Rebecca Valeriano-Flores hinting at apocalyptic consequences every time she sings. Highlighted by blistering tunes like "Planet of Slums" and "Would You Rather," this searing 27-minute eruption is close to perfect, but not for delicate ears.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:00:47 +0000 Jon Young 279256 at http://www.motherjones.com Tom Selleck Accused of Stealing Thousands of Gallons of Water in California http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/tom-selleck-accused-stealing-thousands-gallons-water-california <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>How much water does it take to groom Tom Selleck's mustache? Truckloads, apparently.</p> <p>In the midst of an unprecedented four-year drought, the actor is at the center of a lawsuit accusing him of <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-tom-selleck-water-complaint-20150707-story.html" target="_blank">re-routing thousands of gallons of water</a> from a public hydrant to be sent to his 60-acre ranch in Southern California.</p> <p>According to the lawsuit filed by the Calleguas Municipal Water District on Monday, on numerous occasions a private investigator spotted a truck filling up with water from the hydrant and delivering it to Selleck's home.</p> <p>Selleck allegedly continued to do so even after several cease-and-desist notices were sent to him, the newly filed court documents claim.</p> <p>Now the water district is hoping to permanently block Selleck from continuing the water-delivery scheme and repay it for the investigators' $21,685.55 fees.</p> <p>Since new restrictions on water use were instituted in the state, celebrities and the wealthy residing in California who have watered their lawns excessively and ignored the caps have been targeted with so-called <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/05/california-drought-shaming-water-watersmart" target="_blank">"drought-shaming" </a>techniques on social media as a way to expose residents who appear to waste water.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:18:38 +0000 Inae Oh 279226 at http://www.motherjones.com All United Flights Worldwide Were Grounded Today http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/all-united-flights-worldwide-have-been-grounded <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Thanks to an "automation" glitch early on Wednesday morning, United Airlines was forced to ground every single one of its flights. Worldwide. For a whole hour.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/airline.png"><div class="caption">FAA</div> </div> <p>The massive error, which was lifted around 9:50 a.m., sparked long lines and confusion at airports. Though flights have finally begun to slowly take off, the system-wide grounding will undoubtedly throw a wrench into travelers' plans today.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Video: <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkKonoSky5">@MarkKonoSky5</a> is over LAX where hundreds of passengers are delayed <a href="http://t.co/tR6omHsw1K">http://t.co/tR6omHsw1K</a> <a href="http://t.co/DFjtKDzWmc">pic.twitter.com/DFjtKDzWmc</a></p> &mdash; KTLA (@KTLA) <a href="https://twitter.com/KTLA/status/618779145091219456">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">That's alot of planes grounded... and this is just 1 airport. It's happened at every airport in US. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UnitedAirlines?src=hash">#UnitedAirlines</a> <a href="http://t.co/Mp8NmKmkl3">pic.twitter.com/Mp8NmKmkl3</a></p> &mdash; Taylor Reed (@rollbluetide) <a href="https://twitter.com/rollbluetide/status/618777063382740993">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/united">@united</a> agents now writing baggage tickets by hand. Supervisor tells me "unclear" when system will be back up. <a href="http://t.co/mRxfCsiz4c">pic.twitter.com/mRxfCsiz4c</a></p> &mdash; Jeff Rossen (@jeffrossen) <a href="https://twitter.com/jeffrossen/status/618763636224487424">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash">#BREAKING</a>: Ground stop CANCELLED for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UnitedAirlines?src=hash">#UnitedAirlines</a>. Things returning to normal at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LAX?src=hash">#LAX</a> <a href="http://t.co/2ZmFHAhdba">http://t.co/2ZmFHAhdba</a> <a href="http://t.co/W451Y6dHyj">pic.twitter.com/W451Y6dHyj</a></p> &mdash; Katie Chrystler (@kchrystler) <a href="https://twitter.com/kchrystler/status/618781766669631488">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>"We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning," United said in a <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/united-airlines-passengers-say-flights-grounded-nationwide-n388536" target="_blank">statement. </a>"We are working to resolve this and apologize to our customers for any inconvenience."</p> <p>The system-wide notice, which follows <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/business/united-airlines-grounds-flights-because-of-computer-problem.html" target="_blank">June's</a> worldwide grounding, continues United's reputation as one of the <a href="http://fortune.com/2015/04/13/five-worst-airlines-in-america/" target="_blank">world's worst airlines.</a> So, business as usual!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:44:06 +0000 Inae Oh 279211 at http://www.motherjones.com Supercut: Joe Biden Has a Really Itchy Face http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/supercut-joe-biden-has-really-itchy-face <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z2ZhedIGC_Q" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The first thing I want to say is this: I didn't intend to make this video.</p> <p>My project was more noble. I've noticed Vice President Joe Biden appearing a lot recently with President Obama at big news conferences&mdash;the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UvpAdoL3-E" target="_blank">Cuba embassy announcement</a>, when the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/president-just-celebrated-obamacare%E2%80%99s-historic-victory-suprme-court-only-he-can" target="_blank">upholding a key element of the Affordable Care Act</a>, the heckler scene at the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/obama-shuts-down-heckler-youre-my-house" target="_blank">White House's LGBT Pride Dinner</a>, the first White House <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/obama-remarks-charleston-shooting" target="_blank">reaction to the Charleston massacre</a>. Biden is such a big, everyday presence in public life&mdash;like furniture in a comfortable room&mdash;that I wanted to see if there were any common threads I could pick out about him by watching these appearances. Has he visibly changed over the years <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/25/obama-white-house-correspondents-dinner_n_7112450.html" target="_blank">in the same way Barack Obama has</a>, for example? In what ways has his public performance changed over the years?</p> <p>Instead, all I noticed was...his itchy face. He scratches his face a lot. More than other people behind the podium, or on stage. Far more. It's true, it must get pretty boring, listening and clapping and laughing so much. And imagine if you wanted to scratch your face, it would build up and you would really want to scratch it.</p> <p>Now, it's all I can see.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Tue, 07 Jul 2015 22:07:08 +0000 James West 279191 at http://www.motherjones.com