Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2014/11 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en FIFA President Sepp Blatter Resigns Amid Corruption Scandal http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/breaking-fifa-president-sepp-blatter-resigns-amid-corruption-scandal <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>FIFA President Sepp Blatter <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/sports/soccer/sepp-blatter-to-resign-as-fifa-president.html" target="_blank">announced</a> Tuesday that he will step down after 17 years at the head of soccer's international governing body, in the wake of a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/05/fifa-corruption-sepp-blatter-historian" target="_blank">corruption probe</a> that has rattled the sport. In a press conference, Blatter called for a special election to find his replacement, just days after he was elected to a fifth term.</p> <p>Here's an excerpt of <a href="http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/footballgovernance/02/61/77/26/presidentaddress2jun15_final_neutral.pdf" target="_blank">Blatter's resignation letter</a>:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the forty years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football. I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organization. That election is over but FIFA&rsquo;s challenges are not. FIFA needs a profound overhaul. While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football &ndash; the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at FIFA. Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as FIFA President until that election.</p> </blockquote></body></html> Mixed Media International Sports Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:13:35 +0000 Edwin Rios 276406 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is How Miserably the TSA Is Failing at Airport Security http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/tsa-security-failure-investigation%20 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>An undercover investigation lead by the Department of Homeland Security uncovered devastating holes in the Transportation Security Administration's security procedures, with investigators able to smuggle fake explosives and banned weapons <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/ABCNews/exclusive-undercover-dhs-tests-find-widespread-security-failures/story?id=31434881&amp;utm_source=digg&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">67 out of 70 times</a> at some of the country's busiest airports.</p> <p>"In one case, agents failed to detect a fake explosive taped to an agent's back, even after performing a pat down that was prompted after the agent set off the magnetometer alarm," ABC News reports.</p> <p>The alarming 95 percent failure rate, during an investigation that spanned a decade, has lead to the reassignment of the agency's chief Melvin Carraway.</p> <p>"The numbers in these reports never look good out of context but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/news/2015/06/01/statement-secretary-jeh-c-johnson-inspector-general-findings-tsa-security-screening" target="_blank">said in a statement.</a> "We take these findings very seriously in our continued effort to test, measure, and enhance our capabilities and techniques as threats evolve."</p> <p>Following the internal investigation, Johnson also ordered for more routine undercover investigations and mandatory retraining for all TSA officials.</p> <p>The full Homeland Security report is slated to be released later this <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/01/politics/tsa-failed-undercover-airport-screening-tests/index.html" target="_blank">summer. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Guns International Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:15:50 +0000 Inae Oh 276386 at http://www.motherjones.com Tracy Morgan Gives Emotional First Interview Since Fatal Car Crash http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/tracy-morgan-interview-crash <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday, Tracy Morgan sat down with Matt Lauer for his <a href="http://www.today.com/popculture/tracy-morgan-speaks-today-show-matt-lauer-first-interview-crash-t23521?cid=sm_fbn%3Fcid%3Dsm_fbn" target="_blank">first interview</a> since the devastating six-car <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=6&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CDcQFjAF&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2014%2F06%2F08%2Fnyregion%2Ftracy-morgan.html&amp;ei=N7NsVdTbHqawsATL8oDgDQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNEdOnM8ulPUx7aLMfCkUYf7DKFtkg&amp;sig2=6TVa-PPDcfEDYieLj5aVkQ" target="_blank">accident</a> that left him in critical condition and killed one of his friends,&nbsp;James McNair, nearly one year ago.</p> <p>"I can't believe I'm here," Morgan said "Just seeing the tragedy that happened&mdash;it just touches me."</p> <p>When speaking about the loss of McNair, Morgan started to cry. "He was a loving man and he was a warm man. He was a good man. It&rsquo;s just hard for me to see that he's gone. That's it."&nbsp;</p> <div style="position:relative; padding-bottom:63%; padding-bottom:-webkit-calc(56.25% + 50px); padding-bottom:calc(56.25% + 50px); height: 0;"><iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" src="http://www.today.com/offsite/tracy-morgan-i-watched-crash-every-day-on-youtube-454857283581" style="position:absolute; width: 100%; height: 100%;"></iframe></div> <p>The accident involved a truck driven by a Walmart employee and set off a long legal battle that was <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/23/us/tracy-morgan-wreck-lawsuit/" target="_blank">settled</a> just last month.</p> <p>"Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal," Morgan said. "I'm happy that Walmart stepped up to the plate. They took full responsibility."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:33:10 +0000 Inae Oh 276346 at http://www.motherjones.com Here Is Caitlyn Jenner's Stunning Vanity Fair Cover http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/here-caitlyn-jenners-stunning-vanity-fair-cover <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Caitlyn Jenner, the woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" fame, made her public debut on the cover of <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/06/caitlyn-jenner-bruce-cover-annie-leibovitz" target="_blank"><em>Vanity Fair</em></a> on Monday. The beautiful portrait was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz:</p> <center> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Caitlyn Jenner poses for Annie Leibovitz on the cover of Vanity Fair <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CallMeCaitlyn?src=hash">#CallMeCaitlyn</a> <a href="http://t.co/NRyh6R09RR">http://t.co/NRyh6R09RR</a> <a href="http://t.co/GO1ZgJJKBR">pic.twitter.com/GO1ZgJJKBR</a></p> &mdash; VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) <a href="https://twitter.com/VanityFair/status/605406096824647681">June 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> </center> <p>During a sit-down interview with <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/2020/fullpage/bruce-jenner-the-interview-30471558" target="_blank">Diane Sawyer</a> back in April, the former Olympian opened up about her transition into becoming a woman. "My whole life has been getting me ready for this," Jenner said.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Caitlyn doesn't have any secrets. As soon as the <em>Vanity Fair</em> cover comes out, I'm free," she said in an exclusive new video for the magazine.&nbsp;</p> <center> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0OwDp2LMVbg" width="630"></iframe></p> </center> <p>The cover hits newsstands on June 9.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Media Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:41:56 +0000 Inae Oh 276331 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Issue a Scathing Takedown of FIFA's "Swiss Demon" President http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/john-oliver-fifa-sepp-blatter <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>One very prominent name was missing among the several high-ranking FIFA officials <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/contributor/2015/05/soccer-soccer-soccer-soccer-soccer-soccer" target="_blank">indicted</a> on corruption and bribery charges last week. That person, of course, was FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who as John Oliver described on the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr6ar3xJL_Q" target="_blank">"Last Week Tonight,"</a> has "left a trail of devastation" under his watch as the organization's president.</p> <p>"No decision Blatter has overseen is more questionable than the 2022 World Cup being awarded to Qatar, because not only will the conditions be terrible to play in, but the number of migrant workers that have died in Qatar since the cup was announced has been staggering," Oliver said.</p> <p>Despite the new charges and Blatter's scandal-ridden reputation, he was actually reelected as president for a fifth term on Friday.</p> <p>"To truly kill a snake, you must cut off its head, or in this case its asshole," Oliver explained. Without Blatter's indictment, the host says no truly significant reforms can be made for the world's favorite sport.</p> <p>Watch Oliver make a plea to both U.S. officials and FIFA's long list of powerful sponsors to remove Blatter as president, once and for all:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qr6ar3xJL_Q" width="630"></iframe></p> <p id="update"><strong>UPDATE: Tuesday, June 2, 2015:</strong> Blatter has <span class="s1"><a href="http://mojo.ly/1IcUmCT" target="_blank">resigned</a></span>. Oliver has sent the "one perfect tweet" of this news cycle.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="fr">Champagne.... <a href="http://t.co/1S8shEcN6E">pic.twitter.com/1S8shEcN6E</a></p> &mdash; John Oliver (@iamjohnoliver) <a href="https://twitter.com/iamjohnoliver/status/605800436440768513">June 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Mixed Media Media Sports Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:36:55 +0000 Inae Oh 276301 at http://www.motherjones.com Country-Folk Artist Eilen Jewell Sings About Love and Dusty Roads http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/country-folk-artist-eilen-jewell-sings-about-love-and-dusty-roads <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Eilen Jewell<br><em>Sundown Over Ghost Town</em><br> Signature Sounds</strong><br> &nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="217" src="/files/SIG2076%20SUNDOWN%20OVER%20GHOST%20TOWN%201500x1500.jpg" width="217"></div> <p>A cabaret artist masquerading as a country-folk performer, Idaho's Eilen Jewell sings with an unhurried elegance that evokes late-night intimacies and dusty roads with equal skill. (A Billie Holiday tribute album wouldn't be inappropriate.) Though her fifth album consists entirely of original songs, <em>Sundown Over Ghost Town</em> feels like a welcome return to a set of classics you've known forever, gently touching on desire, loneliness, and the longing for home. Paced by guitarist Jerry Miller and steel guitarist Jake Hoffman, Jewell's underrated band gracefully mixes breezy rockers and luminous ballads without straining for effect. Perfect for fans of Madeleine Peyroux.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:00:13 +0000 Jon Young 276161 at http://www.motherjones.com Literally the Only Good FIFA News You’ll Hear This Week http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/virtual-fifa-is-way-better-than-actual-fifa <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Electronic Arts, the gaming company that makes the popular FIFA video game franchise, is bringing women<strong> </strong>to the virtual pitch, adding 12 women's national teams to FIFA 16 this September. &nbsp;</p> <p>From <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/28/eas-fifa-soccer-game-to-include-womens-national-teams/?mod=ST1" target="_blank">the </a><a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/28/eas-fifa-soccer-game-to-include-womens-national-teams/?mod=ST1" target="_blank"><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>EA announced Thursday that a dozen women's international soccer teams will be included in the coming FIFA 16 game scheduled for release in September. EA didn't say in its announcement why it took so long to mend the gender gap or whether the petition played a role. In an email, EA said it had been considering adding women for years and that it had made the necessary advancements to more accurately represent how the characters run and sprint, for example. The game's motion capturing tracked four members of the U.S. Women's National Team: Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe.</p> </blockquote> <p>EA's decision came three years after <a href="https://www.change.org/p/tell-ea-sports-to-include-female-characters-on-their-soccer-games" target="_blank">an online petition called for inclusion</a>&mdash;and right before this year's Women's World Cup starts next week in Canada. (It also came a day before Sepp Blatter <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/30/sports/soccer/fifa-soccer-sepp-blatter-congress-vote.html?_r=0" target="_blank">won his fifth term</a> as FIFA president, with the governing body embroiled in the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/05/fifa-corruption-sepp-blatter-historian" target="_blank">ongoing corruption crisis</a>.)</p> <p>Last fall, a group of women's soccer stars, including US forward Abby Wambach, <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2014/10/01/3574803/womens-soccer-players-file-gender-discrimination-lawsuit-against-fifa-canadian-soccer-association/" target="_blank">filed a gender discrimination lawsuit claim</a> against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association over the organization's decision to play this year's World Cup games on artificial turf, even though the men's games are played on grass. The group later <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2015/01/21/3613871/womens-world-cup-players-withdraw-gender-discrimination-claim-in-turf-dispute/" target="_blank">withdrew the suit</a>. And in an <a href="http://time.com/3893949/sepp-blatter-alex-morgan/" target="_blank">interview with <em>Time</em></a>, star US forward Alex Morgan, who will be featured in the new game, said that Blatter didn't recognize her at the 2012 FIFA Player of the Year event&mdash;even though she'd just been named one of the three best women's players in the world.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sex and Gender Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 20:18:48 +0000 Edwin Rios 276261 at http://www.motherjones.com This Girl's Yearbook Quote Has the Most Amazing Feminist Message http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/yearbook-quote <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Before leaving high school, Caitlyn Cannon, a 17-year-old who just graduated from Oak Hills High School in California, gifted her senior class with an amazing yearbook quote that nails feminism and sticks up for LGBT rights&mdash;all in just one line:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">this is all I honestly care about right now <a href="http://t.co/5J0YauhezN">pic.twitter.com/5J0YauhezN</a></p> &mdash; lil snowball (@casualnosebleed) <a href="https://twitter.com/casualnosebleed/status/603085032744493056">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Her powerful message has since gone viral. Cannon, who describes herself as both "feminist" and "really gay" on <a href="https://twitter.com/C_to_the_Cizzle" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, told the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/27/caitlyn-cannon-feminist-yearbook-quote_n_7453754.html" target="_blank"><em>Huffington Post</em></a>, "I was tired of seeing the same old quotes from popular books and movies and authors, and I wanted to call attention to a problem that women face. I've never really been ashamed to say that I am gay, so the LGBT aspect was simply who I am."</p> <p>The future is looking so bright.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Sex and Gender Fri, 29 May 2015 13:14:23 +0000 Inae Oh 276216 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Sepp Blatter Lash Out Against FIFA's Critics in 2013 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/watch-sepp-blatter-lash-out-against-fifas-critics-2013 <!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/iInTdexhnbw" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In October 2013, at the Oxford Union, FIFA president Sepp Blatter took aim at critics who viewed soccer's international governing body as "a faceless machine printing money at the expense of the beautiful game." (He also <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/oct/29/real-madrid-sepp-blatter-cristiano-ronaldo-hairdresser" target="_blank">mocked Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo</a> for how much <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/oct/29/real-madrid-sepp-blatter-cristiano-ronaldo-hairdresser" target="_blank">he spends on his hair</a>.) Blatter <a href="http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/president/02/20/54/90/25_10_2013_pdt_speech_oxford_neutral.pdf" target="_blank">told the crowd</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>There are those who will tell you that football is just a heartless, money-spinning game or just a pointless kick about on the grass. There are those who will tell you that FIFA is just a conspiracy, a scam, accountable to nobody and too powerful for anyone to resist. There are those who will tell you of the supposed sordid secrets that lie deep in our Bond villain headquarters in the hills above Zurich, where we apparently plot to exploit the unfortunate and the weak. They would have you believe that I sit in my office with a sinister grin, gently stroking the chin of an expensive, white Persian cat as my terrible sidekicks scour the earth to force countries to host the World Cup and to hand over all of their money. You might laugh. It is strange how fantasy so easily becomes confused with fact. And it feels almost absurd to have to say this. But that is not who we are. Not FIFA. Not me.</p> </blockquote> <p>(You can watch the whole speech below&mdash;It's very long! He talks very slowly!&mdash;but the key bits are in the video up top.)&nbsp;</p> <p>These words resonate now, as Blatter <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/05/fifa-corruption-sepp-blatter-historian" target="_blank">sets his sights on a fifth term</a> at&nbsp;the head of the organization amid pressure and criticism following a series of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/sports/soccer/fifa-officials-face-corruption-charges-in-us.html" target="_blank">corruption-related charges</a> on senior FIFA officials that have roiled the sport.</p> <p>But remember that "Bond villain headquarters in the hills above Zurich" Blatter was talking about? Well, Swiss photographer Luca Zanier snapped a photo of FIFA executive committee's boardroom in Zurich, and it <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/fifa-s-executive-boardroom-looks-exactly-as-menacing-as-you-would-expect-190204422.html" target="_blank">looks villain-esque</a>. John Oliver even <a href="https://youtu.be/DlJEt2KU33I?t=7m17s" target="_blank">likened it</a> to the war room in Dr. Strangelove.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">FIFA's executive boardroom looks like a James Bond Super villain's lair. <a href="http://t.co/7IVn92ie3C">pic.twitter.com/7IVn92ie3C</a></p> &mdash; Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) <a href="https://twitter.com/Gotham3/status/581033290674479105">March 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Here is Blatter's full speech, courtesy of the Oxford Union:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7QWAxbkTzsg" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media International Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 01:54:35 +0000 Edwin Rios 276211 at http://www.motherjones.com The Artist Behind the "Hope" Poster Is Mad At Obama http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/shepard-fairey-obama-hope <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Shepard Fairey's hopes are dashed.</p> <p>Fairey, the artist who created the iconic "Hope" poster during Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, says in a new interview that he is disappointed by Obama's performance as president.</p> <p>While discussing his new web series "Rebel Music" with <em><a href="http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/interviews/a35288/shepard-fairey-street-art-obama-hope-poster/" target="_blank">Esquire</a>,</em>&nbsp;Fairey was asked if Obama had lived up to the poster's expectations. He answered, "Not even close." Fairey explained:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Obama has had a really tough time, but there have been a lot of things that he's compromised on that I never would have expected. I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he'd support]. I've met Obama a few times, and I think Obama's a quality human being, but I think that he finds himself in a position where your actions are largely dictated by things out of your control.</p> </blockquote> <p>Don't expect him to look to <a href="http://www.ap.org/Content/AP-In-The-News/2012/Obama-HOPE-poster-artist-Shepard-Fairey-gets-probation" target="_blank"><em>copyrighted Associated Press</em> photos</a> to create an image for Hillary, either.&nbsp;A jaded Fairey says that while he agrees with her on most issues, the "campaign finance structure makes [him] very angry."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>And with this, the street artist may have provided the Republicans with the perfect tagline come 2016: Democrats, a hope deferred!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Obama Thu, 28 May 2015 20:07:26 +0000 Inae Oh 276151 at http://www.motherjones.com Jon Stewart Blasts 24 Years of FIFA Corruption that "Started a Jennifer Lawrence Ago" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/jon-stewart-fifa <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>"For years, and I say this with all due respect, American soccer fans have stood by while the media obsesses over other sports crimes and scandals," Jon Stewart <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/j17rjd/may-27--2015---rosabeth-moss-kanter" target="_blank">said on</a> "The Daily Show" Wednesday. "Well now finally, soccer is getting its perp walk."</p> <p>Stewart was, of course, addressing this week's stunning FIFA indictments that have sent shockwaves within the international sports community over allegations of routine corruption and kickbacks by FIFA's top officials.</p> <p>"FIFA is so bad they got arrested by the SWISS, a country whose official policy on Nazi gold was 'We'll allow it,'" he explained.</p> <p>But such allegations are far from new. Stewart went on to question why investigators took 24 years&mdash;or as he put it into perspective a, "Jennifer Lawrence ago"&mdash;to finally crack down on officials.</p> <p>As for big banks long dogged by corruption allegations, Stewart says we may have to wait another 24 years for the Justice Department to start doing something&mdash;anything!&mdash;to punish shady bankers.</p> <p><strong>Watch below:</strong></p> <div style="width: 640px; background-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;</div> <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:6c9cc17b-d4fc-4aaa-9b1c-2bc663e8c722" width="630"></iframe></div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media International Media Sports Thu, 28 May 2015 13:34:27 +0000 Inae Oh 276121 at http://www.motherjones.com This Chart Shows the Staggering Human Cost of Staging a World Cup in Qatar http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/chart-fifa-deaths-qatar-move-it-to-the-united-states <!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 US Department of Justice <a href="http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/nine-fifa-officials-and-five-corporate-executives-indicted-racketeering-conspiracy-and" target="_blank">dropped the hammer</a> on FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, indicting nine senior FIFA officials and five sports marketing execs on charges of corruption, wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2011/may/10/millions-bribes-qatar-2022-world-cup-claims" target="_blank">Allegations of bribery</a> have long plagued FIFA, especially since its controversial decision to grant Qatar the 2022 World Cup. But much worse is the plight of South Asian migrant workers brought in to build the stadium infrastructure there:&nbsp;Since 2010, more than 1,200 migrant workers have died in Qatar under hazardous working conditions, and a 2013 <em>Guardian</em> investigation <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/26/qatar-world-cup-migrant-workers-dead" target="_blank">found</a> that at least 4,000 total are projected to die before the 2022 World Cup even starts. And as we reported yesterday, Nepali workers <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/world-cup-qatar-nepal-earthquake-soccer" target="_blank">weren't even allowed </a>to return home after the country's recent devastating earthquake.</p> <p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/27/a-body-count-in-qatar-illustrates-the-consequences-of-fifa-corruption/" target="_blank">Christopher </a><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/27/a-body-count-in-qatar-illustrates-the-consequences-of-fifa-corruption/" target="_blank">Ingraham</a> at the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/27/a-body-count-in-qatar-illustrates-the-consequences-of-fifa-corruption/" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em></a> put that toll in perspective in a striking infographic. He compared the number of workers who died in the run-up to several Olympics and World Cups with the number of those who have died in Qatar so far. It's horrifying:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Toll-Of-FIFA%27s-Corruption.jpg"><div class="caption">Christopher Ingraham/<em>Washington Post</em></div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Charts Human Rights International Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 23:17:42 +0000 Edwin Rios 276091 at http://www.motherjones.com Your Snobby Wine Friends Are Full of Shit http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/cheap-wine-rules <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Find yourself in the company of an intolerable, self-annointed&nbsp;wine connoisseur? Don't bother arguing about how great the $7 bottle of supermarket merlot is. The best way to deal with the inevitable snobbery headed your way might be to show them the following video <a href="http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8625785/expensive-wine-taste-cheap" target="_blank">produced by Vox</a>, which slays the belief expensive wines are more delicious.&nbsp;</p> <center> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mVKuCbjFfIY" width="630"></iframe></p> </center> <p>When 19 staffers blind-tested three different red wines from the same grape, the average ratings for the cheapest and most expensive wines were exactly the same! And while half of those tested were able to correctly identify which wine was the most expensive, they actually reported enjoying it <em>less </em>than the cheaper offerings. That's because, according to the video, more complex wines tend to challenge our plebian palates.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks Vox. Now here is <em>Mother Jones</em>' contribution to you oenophiles:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/05/how-open-wine-bottle-your-shoe" target="_blank">"How to Open a Wine Bottle With Your Shoe."</a></p> <center> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9XyvC8LyvXQ" width="630"></iframe></p> </center></body></html> Mixed Media Food and Ag Wed, 27 May 2015 18:43:54 +0000 Inae Oh 275951 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver's Epic Takedown of FIFA http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/06/sam-sam-we-finally-shared-a-byline <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum! I smell the blood of a soccer governing body!</p> <p>FIFA, the terrible no good band of Europeans who keep forcing us to call soccer "football," saw some of its senior most officials arrested in Switzerland today on American corruption charges.</p> <p>Feel free to take a moment, look at an American flag, and get all teary eyed. (This is why the pilgrims crossed an ocean.)</p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">Anyway, here is John Oliver's epic takedown of FIFA from&nbsp;his show </span><em style="line-height: 2em;">John Oliver's Epic Takedowns</em><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DlJEt2KU33I?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 27 May 2015 05:14:57 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss and Sam Baldwin 253691 at http://www.motherjones.com Qatar Is Treating Its World Cup Workers Like Slaves: Nepal Earthquake Edition http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/world-cup-qatar-nepal-earthquake-soccer <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>We're still seven years away from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but it seems like the event has been buried under bad news for a decade: everything from allegations of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/06/fifa-world-cup-scandals-brazil-qatar" target="_blank">bribery</a> and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/world-cup-human-rights-abuses-brazil-russia-qatar" target="_blank">corruption</a> to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/qatar-world-cup-worker-amnesty-report" target="_blank">terrible human rights violations.</a> And it doesn't look like it's getting better anytime soon.</p> <p>The latest in a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/06/fifa-world-cup-scandals-brazil-qatar" target="_blank">string</a> of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/world-cup-human-rights-abuses-brazil-russia-qatar" target="_blank">embarrassments</a>? Qatar's <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/24/qatar-denies-nepalese-world-cup-workers-leave-after-earthquakes" target="_blank">reported refusal</a> to grant bereavement leave to the roughly 400,000 migrant workers from Nepal building stadiums for the World Cup following the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/may/25/nepal-one-month-after-earthquake-emotional-impact-devastating" target="_blank">more than 8,000 countrymen</a>. As a result, many Nepali workers instead must mourn from construction sites in Qatar.</p> <p>On Saturday, the <em>Guardian</em> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/24/qatar-denies-nepalese-world-cup-workers-leave-after-earthquakes" target="_blank">reported</a> that the Nepali government called on FIFA and its sponsors to compel Qatar to grant a short-term leave for Nepali migrant workers and improve conditions for the 1.5 million workers from throughout South Asia. But the Persian Gulf state rebuffed that request, Nepali labor minister Tek Bahadur Gurung told the <em>Guardian</em>: "Those on World Cup construction sites are not being allowed to leave because of the pressure to complete projects on time."</p> <p>Qatari officials challenged that claim, noting that the nation had granted temporary leave to more than 500 Nepali workers. That's roughly 0.1 percent of the Nepali migrant workers on the stadium construction project.</p> <p>The latest <em>Guardian </em>report adds to the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/world-cup-human-rights-abuses-brazil-russia-qatar" target="_blank">mounting criticism</a> from <a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/articles/news/2015/05/mounting-risk-of-world-cup-built-on-abuse-as-qatar-fails-to-deliver-reforms/" target="_blank">human rights organizations</a>, <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/fifa-2022-world-cup-sponsors-visa-adidas-coca-cola-concerned-over-qatars-labor-1932365" target="_blank">corporate sponsors</a>, and foreign officials on Qatar's World Cup preparations. A 2013 <em>Guardian</em> investigation <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/26/qatar-world-cup-migrant-workers-dead" target="_blank">estimated</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong>that at least 4,000 migrant workers, who face dire <a href="http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11019010" target="_blank">working and living conditions</a> and <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jul/29/qatar-world-cup-stadium-workers-earn-45p-hour" target="_blank">meager pay</a>, will die before kickoff in 2022. Squalid conditions already have led to more than 1,200 worker deaths since Qatar won its 2010 bid to host the World Cup, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/23/qatar-nepal-workers-world-cup-2022-death-toll-doha" target="_blank">including</a> at least 157 Nepali workers in 2014. (Nepali workers <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/23/qatar-nepal-workers-world-cup-2022-death-toll-doha" target="_blank">have died at a rate</a> of one every two days.)</p> <p>Despite <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/fifa-qatar-2022-world-cup-3002734" target="_blank">calls to move</a> the event to another host country, FIFA President Sepp Blatter <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/dec/23/sepp-blatter-qatar-2022-world-cup-too-little-too-late" target="_blank">has guaranteed</a> that the 2022 World Cup will take place as scheduled. In fact, Qatari labor minister Abudullah bin Saleh al-Khulaifi said in May the nation would need more workers to complete the $220 billion stadium and infrastructure construction projects by 2022.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the&nbsp;2018 World Cup in Russia&nbsp;isn't exactly shaping up to be a model event, either: On Monday, Russian officials <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/05/25/world/europe/ap-soc-wcup-russian-prison-labor.html?_r=1&amp;gwh=753D7BEA0E64ED2153CEB563BD154D99&amp;gwt=pay" target="_blank">announced</a> plans to transport prisoners from camps to work at factories in an effort to drive down the World Cup's cost.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Human Rights International Sports World Cup 2022 Tue, 26 May 2015 21:39:08 +0000 Edwin Rios 275836 at http://www.motherjones.com Remembering Powerhouse Photographer Mary Ellen Mark http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/05/mary-ellen-mark-photos-mother-jones <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>I found out about the death of photographer <a href="http://www.maryellenmark.com/" target="_blank">Mary Ellen Mark</a> the way we learn about the passing of anyone these days&mdash;Facebook. My feed is currently flooded with condolences, remembrances, and laminations for Mark, who died yesterday at age 75.</p> <p>Mark was a powerhouse photographer, a true legend. Her early '80s project on homeless youth, <a href="http://www.maryellenmark.com/books/titles/streetwise/index001_stwise.html" target="_blank"><em>Streetwise</em></a>, remains a canon of documentary photography. In the late '80s and '90s, Mark's work graced the pages of <em>Mother Jones</em> numerous times. Art Director Kerry Tremain made great use of her, both picking up archival images and making assignments such as portraits of journalist I.F. Stone and hip-hop mogul <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2003/09/heeding-hip-hops-higher-calling" target="_blank">Russell Simmons</a>.</p> <p>Mark's work was also featured early in the <em>Mother Jones</em> Fine Prints and Portfolios program, which led to the creation of the <em>Mother Jones</em> Documentary Photo Fund. Her print was part of the New York Portfolio I, alongside other heavy hitters like Nan Goldin, Duane Michaels, Ralph Gibson, and Inge Morath. (Sorry, we no longer have any of the print portfolios.)</p> <p>No doubt there will be many eulogies and recollections of Mark and the impact she made on photography, particularly on social documentary photography, the kind of photography that's been our bread and butter here.</p> <p>Though it's a just a shallow slice of her deep legacy, here's a collection of some of Mark's work for <em>Mother Jones</em>.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/ifstone-sept89-crop.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>I.F. Stone, September 1989</strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/MJ092__12680.p1-crop.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Russell Simmons, November 2003 </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mem-15thanniversary_0.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong><em>Mother Jones</em> 15th anniversary issue, 1991 </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mem-msnov901-crop.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Story on <em>Ms.</em> magazine, November 1990 </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mem-msnov902-crop.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Story on <em>Ms.</em> magazine, November 1990</strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/novdec92-crop.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Jessica Mitford and Maya Angelou, November 1992 </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="691" src="/files/mem-cover.jpg" width="524"><div class="caption"><strong>"Hollywood's Washington" cover, January 1991 </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And here's a short piece that Leica produced on Mark:</p> <center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4w2aaO9WYh4?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></center></body></html> Mixed Media Tue, 26 May 2015 20:33:36 +0000 Mark Murrmann 275841 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is the Unprecedented New Law France Just Passed to Eliminate Supermarket Waste http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/france-supermarket-food-waste-ban <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Thursday, France's parliament unanimously approved a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/french-parliament-cracks-supermarket-waste-31227139" target="_blank">new law</a> prohibiting large supermarkets from throwing out unsold food,&nbsp;instead mandating stores donate any surplus groceries to charities or for animal feed use.</p> <p>The law, which aims to reduce waste in a country where people trash up to <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/france-food-waste-supermarkets-150522070410772.html" target="_blank">30 kilos of food</a> per person annually, is part of a more general energy and&nbsp; environmental bill.</p> <p>"There's an absolute urgency&mdash;charities are desperate for food," MP <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/22/france-to-force-big-supermarkets-to-give-away-unsold-food-to-charity" target="_blank">Yves J&eacute;go said.</a> "The most moving part of this law is that it opens us up to others who are suffering."</p> <p>The new regulations will also ban the common practice of intentionally destroying unsold food by bleaching it&mdash;a process meant to prevent people from searching for food in dumpsters, which has lead to lawsuits after people became sick from eating spoiled food.</p> <p>Now, the local politician who sparked the law's creation is hoping other countries will adopt similar bans on supermarket waste. Arash Derambarsh, who slammed such bleaching practices as "scandalous" to the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/25/french-supermarkets-donate-food-waste-global-law-campaign" target="_blank"><em>Guardian</em></a>, will take his campaign to a United Nations' summit discussing ways to end poverty this November.</p> <p>In the United States, <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/11/041123095923.htm" target="_blank">nearly half </a>of all food goes uneaten and sent to landfills.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Food and Ag International Tue, 26 May 2015 18:39:05 +0000 Inae Oh 275821 at http://www.motherjones.com The Freewheeling Fun of Jazz Guitarist Wes Montgomery's Live Concerts http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/compilation-jazz-guitar-virtuoso-wes-montgomerys-live-concerts-are-great-fun <!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="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HldQ6-RZr5g" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Wes Montgomery<br><em>In the Beginning</em><br> Resonance</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="272" src="/files/Wes-COVER_outlined.jpeg" width="272"></div> <p>Near the end of his life, jazz guitar virtuoso Wes Montgomery (1923-1968) caught the ear of pop audiences with a series of records that were slick and sophisticated, but a little dull. This vibrant two-disc set is far more satisfying. Spanning 1949 to 1958, <em>In the Beginning</em> is dominated by live performances from Montgomery's hometown of Indianapolis, in small-group settings that often featured brothers Monk (bass) and Buddy (piano), along with underrated tenor sax player Alonzo "Pookie" Johnson. The recordings aren't perfect technically, and the playing isn't always razor-sharp, but all concerned sound like they're having a great time, especially Wes, who swings and struts with a freewheeling joy missing from his later work. Also included are five polished studio tracks produced by none other than a 22-year-old Quincy Jones, although these pale next to the spontaneous sounds of Wes Montgomery onstage, finding himself and having fun.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Music Mon, 25 May 2015 20:40:24 +0000 Jon Young 275701 at http://www.motherjones.com Michael B. Jordan Just Slammed People Who Can’t Deal With One of the Fantastic 4 Being Black—And It’s Great http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/michael-b-jordan-trolls-human-torch-can-be-black-too <!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/_rRoD28-WgU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>These days, when the fate of the world hangs in the balance, the superheroes that end up saving the day are normally straight, white men&mdash;at least on the big screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>While Marvel's comics have become increasingly more diverse over the years with a <a href="http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Next-Spider-Man-May-Another-White-Guy-69939.html" target="_blank">half-black, half-Hispanic Spiderman</a> and a <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2015/05/marvels-female-superhero-renaissance.html" target="_blank">female version of Thor</a>, its cinematic universe <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/05/women-superheroes-movies-marvel-sony-hunger-games" target="_blank">remains largely male</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/10/marvel-diversity-problem-avengers-shield-comics.html" target="_blank">whitewashed</a>. This is why the backlash to Michael B. Jordan being cast in the highly-anticipated reboot of&nbsp;<em>Fantastic </em><em>Four</em>is so disheartening. When the actor was originally confirmed to play Johnny Storm a.k.a the Human Torch, naysayers took to social media to complain about the black actor would be playing a traditionally white character. (When <em>TMZ</em> <a href="http://screenrant.com/fantastic-four-michael-b-jordan-human-torch-criticism/" target="_blank">asked</a> what he thought of the criticism, Jordan quipped: "They're still going to see [the movie] anyway.")</p> <p>Attention, trolls and comic book purists:&nbsp;The idea that Jordan shouldn't be Johnny Storm because he's black is misguided, because, you know, comic books are fictional and so are the movies.&nbsp;Anyone can fill these roles and&nbsp;do a great job (see Idris Elba<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZXjQee9VA4" target="_blank"> as a Norse god in&nbsp;<em>Thor</em></a>).</p> <p><a href="http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/22/michael-b-jordan-fantastic-four-race" target="_blank">In an essay</a>&nbsp;published Friday&nbsp;in <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>, Jordan slammed&nbsp; people who are having a hard time accepting that in the new movie only three&nbsp; of the fantastic four are white.</p> <blockquote> <p>This is a family movie about four friends&mdash;two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister&mdash;who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That&rsquo;s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it.</p> <p>Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, "I&rsquo;ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I&rsquo;ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations."&nbsp;I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won&rsquo;t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that "it has to be true to the comic book."&nbsp;Or maybe we have to reach past them.</p> <p>To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends&rsquo; friends and who they&rsquo;re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It&rsquo;s okay to like it.</p> </blockquote> <p>Let's sum up Jordan's smackdown in one line: The Human Torch is whatever&nbsp;Marvel says it is. You can see how Jordan does in theaters on August 7.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Race and Ethnicity Sun, 24 May 2015 00:25:19 +0000 Edwin Rios 275781 at http://www.motherjones.com The President of the Boy Scouts of America Just Endorsed Dropping the Ban on Gay Leaders http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/boys-scouts <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The president of Boy Scouts of America is <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/boy-scouts-leader-ban-gay-adults-sustainable-31208269#.VV4Qzqyn5P0.twitter" target="_blank">calling for an end</a> to the organization's ban on gay leaders, saying the "status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained." Robert Gates, who was speaking at the group's annual summit on Thursday, said the changes would not be made at the meeting, but indicated officials should look into revisions in the future.</p> <p>In Gates's remarks, the former defense secretary&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/us/boy-scouts-president-calls-for-end-to-ban-on-gay-leaders.html?smid=tw-bna&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">urged the organization</a> to "deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it be." His address, sure to <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewStoddard/status/601440765290512385" target="_blank">ruffle a few feathers</a>, stopped short of supporting gay rights outright. Instead, Gates said that the policy shift was necessary to keep the organization nationally relevant.</p> <p>"While our work won't be done until we see a full end to their ban on gay adults once and for all, today's announcement is a significant step in that direction," Zach Wahls, director for Equality, said in response to Thursday's announcement. "I'm proud to see Dr. Gates charting a course towards full equality in the BSA."</p> <p>In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly <a href="http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a23825/boy-scouts-1014/?click=welcome-ad" target="_blank">gay scout</a>s&mdash;gay leaders however were not included in the changes. Just yesterday, the Girls Scouts of America double downed on the group's welcoming of <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/20/living/girl-scouts-welcomes-transgender-girls-feat/index.html" target="_blank">transgender girls.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Thu, 21 May 2015 18:14:35 +0000 Inae Oh 275671 at http://www.motherjones.com This Story Maggie Gyllenhaal Just Told Perfectly Explains the Hollywood Sexism Complex http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/maggie-gyllenhaal-hollywood-ageism <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Maggie Gyllenhaal recently lost a film role because she was apparently "too old" to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man, the 37-year-old actress revealed in a new interview with <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/maggie-gyllenhaal-on-hollywood-ageism-i-was-told-37-is-too-old-for-a-55-year-old-love-interest/" target="_blank"><em>The Wrap.</em></a></p> <p>"There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,&rdquo; Gyllenhall said. "I'm 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me."</p> <p>While she declined to identify the project's name&mdash;because Gyllenhall is all class&mdash;she said she was eventually able to laugh off the rejection.&nbsp;</p> <p>"It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh."</p> <p>Back in January, Gyllenhaal picked up a Golden Globe award for her performance in the BBC miniseries <em>The Honourable Woman</em>. During her acceptance speech, she stressed the importance of Hollywood <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/watch-maggie-gyllenhaal-just-gave-perfect-golden-globes-speech" target="_blank">embracing the roles of real women.</a></p> <p>"When I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I've watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not," she said onstage. "What I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That's what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it's what's turning me on."</p> <p>Despite Gyllenhaal's optimism, it sure looks like Hollywood is hell bent on keeping ageism securely intact.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Sex and Gender Thu, 21 May 2015 16:46:14 +0000 Inae Oh 275651 at http://www.motherjones.com This New Study Shows Sexual Assault on College Campuses Has Reached "Epidemic" Levels http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/campus-sexual-assault-study <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A new study published online by the <a href="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2015/images/05/20/carey_jah_proof.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Adolescent Health</em></a> suggests college sexual assault may be far more prevalent than previously believed. The study, titled "Incapacitated and Forcible Rape of College Women: Prevalence Across the First Year," which focused on first-year female students at one New York college, attempted to measure how frequently rape or attempted rape occurred by having female students fill out surveys throughout their freshman year.</p> <p>Of the 483 women who completed the questionnaires,&nbsp;18.6 percent reported instances of attempted rape. Incidences of rape were significantly higher when alcohol or drugs were involved.</p> <p>"Sexual violence on campus has reached epidemic levels," the study's authors wrote. "During their first year in college, one in seven women will have experienced incapacitated assault or rape and nearly one in 10 will have experienced forcible assault or rape. Interventions to reduce sexual violence on campus are urgently needed."</p> <p>Past studies have posted similar rates. One study reported <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/campus-sexual-assault-rape-stats-charts" target="_blank">one in five women suffering from some form of sexual violence during their college careers.&nbsp;</a> What is striking about these new findings is that they indicate high levels of such sexual assault in just a single year and early on in a woman's college experience.</p> <p>As Jesse Singal at the <a href="http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/05/what-new-survey-can-tell-about-rape.html" target="_blank"><em>Science of Us</em></a> blog notes, scientifically measuring the frequency of sexual violence is a complex and difficult task: What one person considers to be sexual assault someone else might not.&nbsp; In addition, this latest study only focused on one campus&mdash;making it impossible to generalize on a national scale.</p> <p>But as recent events have shown, sexual violence on college campuses is a persistent problem. For decades, conservatives have resisted calls for campuses to better protect women by dismissing the issue. With the fallout over <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/12/what-rolling-stone-owes-readers-jackie-and-victims-everywhere" target="_blank"><em>Rolling Stone</em>'s botched campus rape</a> investigation only fueling detractors, it's especially important for studies like the one published by the <em>Journal of Adolescent Health</em> to provide solid data to legitimize the problem so that potential assaults might be avoided.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Education Sex and Gender Wed, 20 May 2015 20:19:37 +0000 Inae Oh 275591 at http://www.motherjones.com Michelle Obama Can Kick Your Ass http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/michelle-obama-can-kick-your-ass <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Feeling pleased with your morning run or cardio&nbsp;stroll? Well here's a reminder that Michelle Obama, who was already likely to be crushing you in most&nbsp;parts of your life, rules&nbsp;when it comes to the&nbsp;exercise game. &nbsp;</p> <p>In a new video posted to her <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/600837307919302656" target="_blank">@FLOTUS account</a>, the first lady responded to the president's <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/598921453338136576" target="_blank">#GimmeFive challenge</a> by showing off her fierce workout skills&mdash;boxing, lifting, and&nbsp;jumping rope.&nbsp;</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hey, <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS">@POTUS</a>! This is how you <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GimmeFive?src=hash">#GimmeFive</a>, FLOTUS-style&hellip; <a href="https://t.co/YF8nEtjUIA">https://t.co/YF8nEtjUIA</a></p> &mdash; The First Lady (@FLOTUS) <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/600837307919302656">May 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>So thanks for<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/01/21/michelle-obama-dunks-on-lebron-james-video/" target="_blank"> the assist Lebron</a>, but this glimpse into Obama's workout proves once again the first lady can hold court all on her own.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 20 May 2015 15:32:19 +0000 Inae Oh 275551 at http://www.motherjones.com Columbia Student Defiantly Carries Mattress to Graduation to Protest Sexual Assault http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/Emma-Sulkowicz-columbia-graduation <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who protested her alleged sexual assault by <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/09/emma-sulkowicz-campus-sexual-assault-activism.html" target="_blank">carrying a mattress every day</a> to campus last year, graduated today. The mattress, the defining symbol of her assault and senior arts thesis titled <em>Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)</em>, was also present at Tuesday's ceremony, despite the school administration urging students not to bring large items that could potentially "create discomfort to others."</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Columbia tells grads not to bring to Class Day or commencement "large objects which could interfere with the proceedings" - ie., mattresses.</p> &mdash; Kate Taylor (@katetaylornyt) <a href="https://twitter.com/katetaylornyt/status/600427461508210689">May 18, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Sulkowicz was seen hauling her mattress to the ceremony with the help of friends and fellow graduating students. According to <em>Columbia Spectator</em> editor Teo Armus, when Sulkowicz went on stage to collect her diploma, she pointedly did not shake university president Lee Bollinger's hand.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Sejal_Singh_">@Sejal_Singh_</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/ZoeRidolfiStarr">@ZoeRidolfiStarr</a> &amp; 2 others helped Emma Sulkowicz carry her mattress across stage at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ccclassday2015?src=hash">#ccclassday2015</a> <a href="http://t.co/pEOqQviD0N">pic.twitter.com/pEOqQviD0N</a></p> &mdash; Teo Armus (@teoarmus) <a href="https://twitter.com/teoarmus/status/600693444764372992">May 19, 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">Emma Sulkowicz did not shake hands with President Lee Bollinger when she went on stage at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ccclassday2015?src=hash">#ccclassday2015</a> <a href="http://t.co/y7bbKj3iCp">pic.twitter.com/y7bbKj3iCp</a></p> &mdash; Teo Armus (@teoarmus) <a href="https://twitter.com/teoarmus/status/600692375963443201">May 19, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HRaw1A7REzs" width="630"></iframe></center> <p>In September, Sulkowicz became a national figure and an unofficial spokesperson for sexual assault activists after she went public with her rape. She vowed to <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/09/emma-sulkowicz-campus-sexual-assault-activism.html" target="_blank">carry the mattress</a> to class for as long as the student who she says assaulted her was not prosecuted or expelled. In April, her alleged rapist, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/nyregion/accused-of-rape-a-student-sues-columbia-over-bias.html" target="_blank">Paul Nungesser</a>, filed a lawsuit against the university claiming administrators exhibited bias and failed to protect him from the accusations. He says their alleged failure "destroyed" his college experience and reputation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nungesser also graduated and was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/columbia-student-emma-sulkowicz-brings-rape-response-protest-mattress-graduation-n361321" target="_blank">present</a> at Tuesday's ceremony.</p> <center>&nbsp;</center></body></html> Mixed Media Education Sex and Gender Tue, 19 May 2015 18:20:01 +0000 Inae Oh 275481 at http://www.motherjones.com Taylor Swift: "Misogyny Is Ingrained in People From the Time They Are Born" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/taylor-swift-feminist <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>According to this year's "Hot 100" list, an annual inventory in which <em>Maxim</em>'s editors meticulously rank famous women by level of attractiveness, Taylor Swift is 2015's reigning <a href="http://www.maxim.com/entertainment/music/article/taylor-swift-tops-2015-maxim-hot-100" target="_blank">queen of female hotness</a>. Rather than use the title to gloat about her declared hotness, Swift used the magazine's cover to call out the double standards women face everyday and the importance of feminism in her life today: From <a href="http://www.maxim.com/entertainment/music/article/taylor-swift-tops-2015-maxim-hot-100" target="_blank"><em>Maxim</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Honestly, I didn't have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger. I didn't quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in. I think that when I used to say, "Oh, feminism's not really on my radar," it was because when I was just seen as a kid, I wasn't as threatening. I didn't see myself being held back until I was a woman. Or the double standards in headlines, the double standards in the way stories are told, the double standards in the way things are perceived.</p> </blockquote> <p>Swift's interview is especially noteworthy considering in <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/22/taylor-swift-dishes-on-her-new-album-red-dating-heartbreak-and-grey-s-anatomy.html" target="_blank">2012</a>, she shied away from the label to the <em>Daily Beast</em>, telling the news site she didn't view matters as a "guys versus girls" situation. This was also during a time in which the media unfairly portrayed Swift as something of a pathetic boy chaser&mdash;a female singer who used her <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/4739844/taylor-swift-writes-five-songs-about-harry-styles-split.html" target="_blank">lyrics to lament</a> about the latest boy who got away.</p> <p>Since then, she has shattered that image with very real, thoughtful insight into an industry built on sexist frameworks:</p> <blockquote> <p>A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining. Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it's just basically another word for equality.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is what young girls need today. Now, we leave you with her badass new video, "Bad Blood."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QcIy9NiNbmo" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Music Sex and Gender Tue, 19 May 2015 13:36:06 +0000 Inae Oh 275466 at http://www.motherjones.com