Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2012/02 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Watching This Porcupine Taste a Pumpkin Is Why the World Is Going to Be Okay Today http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/watching-porcupine-taste-pumpkin-why-world-going-be-okay-today <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cILZ_cB3_so" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Imagine if we were all as happy as this adorable porcupine, enjoying the seasonal harvest with this much gusto. (You really need to wait until he takes his first bite&mdash;the sounds he makes are amazing). This video was posted to YouTube by <a href="http://www.zooniversity.org/" target="_blank">Zooiversity</a>, a traveling animal education company in Texas, last year, and appears to be enjoying an encore seasonal run this week, as the nation heads&nbsp;into full-on pumpkin madness. (H/t to the website <em>Unwindly</em>, <a href="http://www.unwindly.com/i/272-Porcupine-Tastes-His-First-Pumpkin-Cant-Contain-His-Excitement">where I first saw it</a>).</p> <p>Teddy Bear, an 11-year-old male North American porcupine (<em>Erethizon dorsatum</em>), is something of a YouTube star at this point, it seems. <a href="http://www.zooniversity.org/our-animals/teddy-bear-the-porcupine/" target="_blank">According to Zooiversity's website</a>, he's raked in 11.5 million views from 16 viral videos and enjoys a following from over 19,000 Facebook fans.&nbsp;</p> <p>He's even...a movie star. Yes. A movie star. According to Zooiversity, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8vUO0lywa8">Teddy gave voice to Sebastian the hedgehog in <em>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</em></a>. He's come a long way since his days as an abandoned newborn found by a rancher in West Texas.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Animals Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:06:52 +0000 James West 263101 at http://www.motherjones.com Canada's Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/cbc-ottawa-shootings-cable-news <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today gave a master class in calm, credible breaking-news reporting.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/after-parliament-tragedy-canada-celebrates-longtime-national-badass-kevin-vickers" target="_blank"><img alt="Kevin Vickers" class="image" src="/files/kevinvickers-thumbnail.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Also Read: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/after-parliament-tragedy-canada-celebrates-longtime-national-badass-kevin-vickers" target="_blank">Kevin Vickers, Canada's Badass National Hero, Is a Portrait of Humility </a></strong></div> </div> <p>Anchored by the unflappable Peter Mansbridge, news of the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/shooting-canadian-parliament-ottawa" target="_blank">shootings in Ottawa</a> unfolded live on the CBC much like they do here in the United States: lots of sketchy details, conflicting reports, unreliable witnesses, and a thick fog of confusion. All of that was familiar. What was less familiar was how Mansbridge and his team managed that confusion, conveying a concise and fact-based version of fast-moving events to viewers across Canada and the world.</p> <p>This live bit of level-headed reporting by Mansbridge, from around 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, should be given to journalism students around the country. It basically contains everything you need to know about why CBC did its audience proud:</p> <blockquote> <p>MANSBRIDGE: And so, the situation is, as we say, tense and unclear. And it's on days like this&mdash;we keep reminding you of this and it's important&mdash;it's on days like this, where a story takes a number of different pathways, a number of changes occur, and often rumors start in a situation like this. We try to keep them out of our coverage, but when they come, sometimes from official sources, like members of Parliament, you tend to give them some credence. But you carefully weigh it with what we're also witnessing. It's clear that the situation is not over. It is clear the police are in an intense standby situation and continue to be on the lookout, and until somebody blows the all-clear on this we will continue to stay on top of it and watch as the events unfold.</p> </blockquote> <p>Watch below, courtesy of the CBC:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MLORytusZ4c" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The broadcast was deliberative and deferential to the facts even when they were sparse. Exacting and painstaking, but never slow or boring, Mansbridge weighed the credibility of every detail, constantly framing and reframing what we knew and, most crucially, <em>how we knew it</em>. He literally <em>spoke</em> the news as it happened, using his experience not to opine nor fill the gaps in his knowledge, but to provide the necessary support for his team's reporting.</p> <p>Getting things wrong during fast-moving live coverage is, of course, common. Coverage of the Washington Navy Yard shooting last year got the details wrong early and often: It misstated the perpetrator's name, age, and how many guns he had. Following the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, there was false coverage about the identity of the bombers, and anonymous sources leading journalists to nonexistent bombs and arrests. <em>On the Media</em>'s handy <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/story/breaking-news-consumers-handbook-pdf/" target="_blank">"breaking news consumer's handbook"</a> is a great roundup of the reporting errors that get repeated every time there is a mass shooting.</p> <p>No newscast, especially live news, is immune to mistakes, and during the initial haze of leads and counterleads, it's easy to point fingers. But for the six-some hours of CBC broadcasting I watched off-and-on (mostly on) today, I never once felt lost in the wall-to-wall speculation that has characterized so many recent breaking-news broadcasts in the United States.</p> <p>It seems like others on Twitter agree that CBC did pretty damn well today:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Exactly right. <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNews">@cbcnews</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/petermansbridge">@petermansbridge</a> covered today&rsquo;s awful events properly: calmly, carefully and accurately. <a href="http://t.co/Ij2dOPlGmz">http://t.co/Ij2dOPlGmz</a></p> &mdash; Mike Wickett (@mwickett) <a href="https://twitter.com/mwickett/status/525023274661855232">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>CBC, by the way, has not gone to break in over two hours. Peter Mansbridge has barely exhaled. Grand work by our public broadcaster.</p> &mdash; Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArashMadani/status/524964924033089536">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNews">@CBCNews</a> anchor <a href="https://twitter.com/petermansbridge">@petermansbridge</a> has been brilliant today, and US news could learn a lot: <a href="http://t.co/PvnyhNVzLs">http://t.co/PvnyhNVzLs</a> <a href="http://t.co/gKaO6lo6n5">pic.twitter.com/gKaO6lo6n5</a></p> &mdash; Mark Joyella (@standupkid) <a href="https://twitter.com/standupkid/status/524991532454412288">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Media Top Stories Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:28:39 +0000 James West 263076 at http://www.motherjones.com Fox News Thinks Young Women Are Too Busy With Tinder to "Get" Voting http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/fox-news-young-women-voting-tinder <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, a woman, shared some advice for us <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/2014/10/21/right-wing-media-discourage-young-women-from-vo/201259" target="_blank">feeble-minded young ladies out here</a>: Let's not burden ourselves with voting! After all, we're far too busy swiping for a man on Tinder to cast an educated vote in the midterm elections, or any election for that matter.</p> <p>"It's the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea," Guilfoyle explained to her approving co-hosts. "They don't get it!"</p> <p>"They're not in that same life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, health care. They're like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world," she added.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EOY3StMKLME" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>But what to do with all of our overabundant, perky energy?!&nbsp;Guilfoyle says not to worry&ndash;just "go back on Tinder or Match.com" and all will be right in the world.</p> <p>Sigh. For a more detailed look into what a war on voting looks like, check out <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/voting-rights-november-voter-suppression-states" target="_blank">our coverage here. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Elections Media Sex and Gender Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:09:40 +0000 Inae Oh 263056 at http://www.motherjones.com I Am Being Followed By an Army of Twitter Lady Bots http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/i-am-being-followed-army-twitter-lady-bots <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>I've been making a real effort to be better at Twitter lately. I've been tweeting more, striking a conversational tone, and trying to "just be myself," like people who know more about Twitter than me told me to. So I was thrilled this week when my follower count zoomed up from 3,030 to 3,066 over the course of just a few days. My efforts must have paid off, I thought.</p> <p>But then, I looked at my new followers. They all seemed pretty annoying. IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY. Check it out:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/twitter-bots-small.gif"></div> </div> <p>"Hipster-friendly music practitioner"? "Total travel advocate"? "Beer practitioner"? Ew!</p> <p>The formula for the handles seems to be: first name, middle initial, last name. And the bio items look like they're generated from a list of bland hobbies and jobs or something. All over the backdrop of some irrelevant stock art.</p> <p>Here are some of their tweets:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>You can't just wish for a better life. You have to create it.</p> &mdash; SarahSSmall (@SarahSSmall) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahSSmall/status/523864409522049024">October 19, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Tonight on <a href="https://twitter.com/WNTonight">@WNTonight</a> investors react to Ebola scare, fears of global slowdown. What does it mean for your retirement savings?</p> &mdash; BerniceWHenry (@BerniceWHenry) <a href="https://twitter.com/BerniceWHenry/status/523039210585227265">October 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Those of you who "elected" obama, this is all on you. He's a fake, you're confused, and now we ALL are having to pay for this foolishness...</p> &mdash; AdelineJBuckingham (@AdelineJBucking) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdelineJBucking/status/523965356411334656">October 19, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Creepy Twitter lady bots, what do you want from me?</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:50:57 +0000 Kiera Butler 263061 at http://www.motherjones.com RIP Ben Bradlee, 1921-2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/ben-bradlee-rip <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Ben Bradlee, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/22/business/media/ben-bradlee-editor-who-directed-watergate-coverage-dies-at-93.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;version=LargeMediaHeadlineSumCentered&amp;module=photo-spot-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news" target="_blank">legendary <em>Washington Post</em> editor</a>, who led the paper during its Watergate era and turned it into a national and global reporting powerhouse, died on Tuesday at the age of 93.</p> <p>"I don't mean to sound arrogant, but we are in a holy profession," Bradlee <a href="http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/American-Journalism-Icon-Ben-Bradlee-Dies-Washington-Post-277527721.html" target="_blank">once said.</a></p> <p>He was the <em>Post's</em> executive editor from 1968 to 1991. RIP.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:58:27 +0000 Inae Oh 263011 at http://www.motherjones.com Voter's Boyfriend to Obama: "Mr. President, Don't Touch My Girlfriend" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/mr-president-dont-touch-my-girlfriend <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>President Barack Obama was in Chicago on Monday to cast an <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/21/politics/obama-early-voting-jokes/index.html" target="_blank">early vote</a> for the midterm elections. He did so while standing next to fellow voter Aia Cooper. Cooper's boyfriend, who was also standing nearby, issued a remarkable warning to the president:</p> <p>"Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend."</p> <p>With Cooper laughing, but clearly mortified, the exchange that follows is just priceless. (Well played, Mr. President.) Watch below:</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="357" src="http://www.cnn.com/video/api/embed.html#/video/politics/2014/10/21/newday-ip-obama-votes-joke.cnn" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Obama Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:11:10 +0000 Inae Oh 262971 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Shows the Supreme Court How to Make Their Boring Recordings Way More Adorable http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/john-oliver-supreme-court-animals <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Supreme Court bars cameras from televising its oral arguments, with the only window into the minds of justices being lame audio recordings paired with awkward illustrations. No one wants to watch that.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tug71xZL7yc&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">John Oliver</a> has a brilliant alternative: Dogs. Cats. Real adorable animals with fake moving paws.</p> <p>"The visual makes it irresistible. Why? Because a cat's paws are doing things you wouldn't expect them to do. And if it works for shitty piano music it can work for the Supreme Court."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fJ9prhPV2PI" width="630"></iframe>Consider us sold.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Supreme Court Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:02:36 +0000 Inae Oh 262856 at http://www.motherjones.com Numero Group Releases a Stellar Retrospective http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/numero-group-unwound-retrospective <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WilH0XISBUQ?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Unwound</strong><br><em><strong>No Energy</strong></em><br><strong>Numero Group</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/image001%5B1%5D.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Part three of Numero Group's stellar <em>Unwound</em> retrospective picks up with the 1995 album <em>The Future of What,</em> followed by 1996's <em>Repetition</em>, and includes eight singles sides and some previously unreleased recordings. What's most immediately striking about these 33 tracks is how little interest the Olympia, Washington, trio has in repeating itself. While Justin Trosper (vocals, guitar), Vern Rumsey (bass) and Sara Lund (drums) still draw on deep roots in punk and hard rock, they often seem to be navigating uncharted territory. The songs are dark and jagged, more likely to generate brooding unease than provide easy catharsis. Check out either version of the tortured eight-minute epic "Swan" for an unpredictable, genre-defying experience that's thoroughly fascinating.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:22 +0000 Jon Young 262831 at http://www.motherjones.com Sallie Ford, the Exhilarating Provocateur http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/portland-sallie-ford-slap-back <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6-q1HAAtMzo" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Sallie Ford<br><em>Slap Back</em><br> Vanguard</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="sallie ford" class="image" src="/files/SallieFordSlapBack-Cover-2-300x300.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Raucous, profane, and unapologetic, Sallie Ford relishes playing the provocateur. On the exhilarating <em>Slap Back</em>, the Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter debuts her new all-female backing band, sounding like the early, badass Elvis Costello who fronted the Attractions. Buoyed by waves of punky garage rock, Ford addresses urgent issues like romance and lust in her usual blunt language ("Give Me Your Lovin'"), while illuminating her own struggles ("So Damn Low") and pausing for moments of surprising tenderness, observing, "Loves may come and lovers may go. But I'm here for the long haul, I hope you know" in "Hey Girl." For all the catchy tunes and tough grooves, Ford's greatest asset is her rowdy charisma.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:21 +0000 Jon Young 262826 at http://www.motherjones.com Film Review: "The Hand That Feeds" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/film-review-hand-feeds <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1qZrJSD_2v8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Hand That Feeds</strong></p> <p>JUBILEE FILMS</p> <p>At the beginning of <a href="http://thehandthatfeedsfilm.com/" target="_blank"><em>The Hand That Feeds</em></a>, Mahoma L&oacute;pez, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, records a coworker counting out the $290 he's just received for a 60-hour workweek in a deli on New York City's ritzy Upper East Side. The film feels like a familiar tale of exploitation and wage theft, until L&oacute;pez and his <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/hot-and-crusty-new-york-3" target="_blank">Hot &amp; Crusty</a> coworkers stand up and fight back. In this behind-the-scenes look at the <a href="http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/10/hot_and_crusty_1.php" target="_blank">ensuing labor dispute</a>, directors Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick lead us through the struggles and eventual triumph of L&oacute;pez &amp; Co. as they enlist the help of activists and, notably, a group of Occupy Wall Street-influenced twentysomethings. Despite the film's narrow focus&mdash;which leaves out some much-needed context about the treatment of immigrants in the restaurant biz&mdash;it's an inspiring tale.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><em>Correction: The original version of this review, which appeared in our November/December issue, misidentified the person counting out money at the start of the film.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Immigration Income Inequality Labor Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:50:04 +0000 Ian Gordon 261441 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Jon Stewart Try to Explain White Privilege to Bill O'Reilly http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/jon-stewart-white-privilege-bill-oreilly <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Last night, Bill O'Reilly went on <em>The Daily Show </em>and Jon Stewart asked him to admit that there is such a thing in the world as white privilege. What followed was a pretty entertaining shouting match!</p> <p><a href="http://on.cc.com/1sLGcjk" target="_blank">Watch</a>:</p> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:8dd1a2ba-41a6-47ef-99bd-7a2f0246b25e" width="630"></iframe></div></body></html> Mixed Media Media Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:31:54 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 262711 at http://www.motherjones.com Fox News Actually Just Asked This Poll Question http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/fox-news-hell-handbasket <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Fox News is the number one cable news network in this country&mdash;by a wide margin&mdash;largely because it kills it with old people. If you are an old white person in the United States who watches cable news, you probably watch Fox. How does Fox rack up such stellar ratings among the twilight of life set? Well, it shouts about <strike>Matlock</strike> how the country ain't what it used to be. With Vaseline on the lens, it plays the nostalgia game and confirms old people's belief that the America they grew up in was actually as great as they've romanticized it to be. Everything wrong with the world today? That wasn't a problem back in the ol' days! Ebola? ISIS? Not in their day! The internet did it! The gays did it! The rock &amp; roll did it! This country used to stand for something, by howdy! What is this world coming to? Where is it going?</p> <p>Really: Where <em>is</em> this world going?</p> <p>To Hell.</p> <p>To Hell in a handbasket!</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Actual Fox News poll question: Is everything going to hell in a handbasket? <a href="http://t.co/MwHswxQkoW">pic.twitter.com/MwHswxQkoW</a></p> &mdash; Media Matters (@mmfa) <a href="https://twitter.com/mmfa/status/522762394532339714">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>This week, Fox <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10/15/fox-news-poll-as-election-nears-voters-say-things-are-going-to-hell-in/" target="_blank">conducted a poll </a>of registered voters and asked if they think the world is going "to Hell in a handbasket" or whether "everything will be alright."</p> <p>Fifty-eight percent think the world is going to Hell in a handbasket. Fifty-eight percent are wrong.</p> <p>Look, aging isn't easy. It's a humbling sentence of inexorable graying punctuated by death. The way that people deal with old age is their own. No one can blame the 58 percent of registered voters who think the country is "going to Hell in a handbasket.' They're reacting from a very real place of loss and concern and guilt that they drove the economy into the ground. But, to be real, old people, chill. It's going to be fine.</p> <p>The good ol' days weren't so good. There has never been a better time to be alive in America. People live longer and better lives than at any other time in history. Today was better than yesterday, tomorrow will be better still. If I gave you a time machine and told you that you could take a one way trip anywhere in time, the only reasonable answer would be the future.</p> <p>P.S. It's worth noting that Fox clearly only worded the poll that way so that they could write the headline, "<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10/15/fox-news-poll-as-election-nears-voters-say-things-are-going-to-hell-in/" target="_blank">As election nears, voters say things are 'going to hell in a handbasket</a>.'"</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:55:44 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 262696 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is the Most Terrifying Shark Video You'll See All Week http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/the-dog-goes-bark-the-cow-goes-moo-the-shark-goes-chomp <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Good evening! Here is something terrifying:</p> <div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152584713956704" data-width="550"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152584713956704">Post</a> by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/brian.recker">Brian Recker</a>.</div> </div> <p>I have nothing to add. Just, wow, terrifying. If I lived near that beach, I would probably be scared to go back in the water.</p> <p>Is this video as scary as <em>Jaws</em>? No. But it probably <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/jaws-ridiculous-say-kids-who-owe-everything-jaws" target="_blank">makes more sense, to be honest. </a></p> <p>Have a super night.</p> <p><em>(via <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/terrifying-footage-of-hundreds-of-sharks-feeding-on-a-north?bftw&amp;utm_term=4ldqpfp#3gv4lmy" target="_blank">Ryan Broderick</a>)</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:54:15 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 262596 at http://www.motherjones.com Christopher Nolan Films, Ranked http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/christopher-nolan-films-ranked <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Ahead of its November 5 premier,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.interstellar-movie.com" target="_blank">Interstellar</a>&nbsp;graces</em>&nbsp;the cover of this week's <em><a href="http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/10/15/this-weeks-cover-your-exclusive-all-access-pass-to-christopher-nolans-interstellar/" target="_blank">Entertainment Weekly</a></em>. The Christopher Nolan-helmed&nbsp;space opera&nbsp;<a href="http://www.interstellar-movie.com" target="_blank">looks</a> pretty great! But Nolan's films always look great <em>in advance</em>.&nbsp;Some of them&nbsp;ended up making&nbsp;good on the promise of their trailers, but others haven't. Nolan has made seven&nbsp;films that have seen wide release. (His first film, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Following" target="_blank"><em>Following</em></a>, I have never seen and didn't know about until ten seconds ago and is thus not included on this list.) Of those seven films, one is great, four are good but forgettable, and two are bad bad bad. Here are his films, according to me, a fan with an opinion.&nbsp;</p> <p>1. <em>The Dark Knight</em></p> <p>2. <em>The Prestige</em></p> <p>3. <em>Memento</em></p> <p>4. <em>Insomnia</em></p> <p>5. <em>Batman Begins</em></p> <p>6. <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em></p> <p>7. <em>Inception</em></p> <p>Here is the trailer for <em>Interstellar</em>:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Rt2LHkSwdPQ?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:04:56 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 262546 at http://www.motherjones.com Video: You've Never Seen the Colossal Power of the Ocean Quite Like This http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/video-youve-never-seen-colossal-power-ocean-quite <!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" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/90429499" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="http://vimeo.com/90429499">Water</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/morganmaassen">Morgan Maassen</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</em></p> <p>More than 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by oceans; they support nearly 50 percent of all the planet's species. And yet for us land-bound bipeds, their depths remain mysterious, fearsome, and untouched: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration <a href="http://www.noaa.gov/ocean.html" target="_blank">estimates</a> that "more than 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored." While greenhouse gases snatch the global warming headlines, the oceans play a crucial role in our understanding of climate change, having absorbed <a href="http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/pdfs/print_ocean-heat-2014.pdf" target="_blank">more than 90 percent</a> of the Earth's extra heat since 1955. This video, uploaded to Vimeo by photographer and filmmaker <a href="http://www.morganmaassen.com/about/" target="_blank">Morgan Maassen</a> from Santa Barbara, Calif., taps into that awesome, elemental power of the unknown, lifting it way above the&nbsp;run-of-the-mill surfie video into something that left me&nbsp;slack-jawed (and missing summer). Enjoy.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Climate Change Climate Desk Sports Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:34:44 +0000 James West 262511 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: The Birth of the Pill http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/birth-pill-jonathan-eig <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="birth of the pill" class="image" src="/files/birth-pill-250.jpg"></div> <p><strong>The Birth of the Pill</strong></p> <p>By Jonathan Eig</p> <p>NORTON</p> <p>Seventy years ago, birth control&mdash;illegal, crude, and unreliable&mdash;was reserved for women with means whose men were willing to go along. Jonathan Eig's gripping history recounts how two men and two women fought science and society for a pill to enable smaller families (and low-risk recreational sex). Their campaign, which touted pragmatism (population control, economics) over pleasure, won some unlikely victories: the support of a devout Catholic OB-GYN, for instance, and the backing of a feisty heiress who once smuggled more than 1,000 diaphragms into the States, sewn into the folds of the latest European fashions. The pill is utterly ordinary today. The story of how we got here is anything but.</p> <p><em>This review originally appeared in our <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/toc/2014/09" target="_blank">September/October issue</a> of</em> Mother Jones.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Books Reproductive Rights Sex and Gender Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:24:09 +0000 Hannah Levintova 258976 at http://www.motherjones.com Mark Zuckerberg Just Donated $25 Million to Fight Ebola http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/mark-zuckerberg-ebola <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help combat the Ebola crisis, which has killed more than <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29611713" target="_blank">4,400 people in West Africa.</a> Zuckerberg announced the nice chunk of cash via his Facebook on Tuesday:</p> <div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10101696761533081" data-width="466"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10101696761533081">Post</a> by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck">Mark Zuckerberg</a>.</div> </div> <p>Scaremongers in <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/gop-republicans-elections-2016-ebola-panic-111597.html" target="_blank">Congress</a> and the media have Americans in a tizzy about Ebola:&nbsp;<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/10/amid-broad-worries-of-an-ebola-outbreak-two-thirds-say-the-govt-should-do-more/" target="_blank">Nearly two-third of Americans</a> now fear the virus will soon infect them or or someone they know. Although Zuckerberg's donation won't do much to quell the the panic, it's certainly a nice response to recent criticism that Silicon Valley types have done little-to-nothing to <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/08/is-silicon-valley-sitting-out-the-fight-against-ebola.html" target="_blank">combat the ongoing public health crisis. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Health Top Stories Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:55:17 +0000 Inae Oh 262396 at http://www.motherjones.com Krugman: Obama One of the Most Successful Presidents in American History http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/krugman-obama-successful-president%20 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>President Barack Obama may be facing some of his <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/116479/barack-obama-presidential-job-approval.aspx" target="_blank">lowest approval ratings</a> to date, but that isn't stopping Paul Krugman from defending the president's overall track record. In fact, the Nobel Prize-winning economist is arguing Obama is one of the most "successful presidents in American history."</p> <p>Krugman, who was once among the president's more notable skeptics, made his case in a new feature for <em>Rolling Stone</em> aptly titled <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/in-defense-of-obama-20141008" target="_blank">"In Defense of Obama," </a>in which he dismissed persistent attacks from Republicans and mounting disappointment expressed by Democrats with an outline of the Obama administration's key achievements in several areas including healthcare, the environment, national security, and the economy.</p> <p>It's a tough time to be making that case. Americans are increasingly frustrated by <a href="http://www.vox.com/cards/things-about-isis-you-need-to-know/obama-fault-iraq" target="_blank">Obama's handling of ISIS</a> and continued unrest in Iraq. As for the economy, even Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently blamed <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/elizabeth-warren-obama-wall-street" target="_blank">Obama's economic advisers</a> for repeatedly failing ordinary Americans in favor of Wall Street.</p> <p>But in a follow-up interview with <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/10/paul-krugman-obama-a-more-consequential-president-than-clinton/" target="_blank"><em>ABC News</em></a>, Krugman told Jonathan Karl the recent onslaught of criticism is unwarranted, noting Americans have experienced more "consequential" changes under Obama's presidency than ever before.</p> <p>"People who had this idea that Obama was going to bring a transformation of America, I thought were being na&iuml;ve," Krugman said in the interview. "But, by God, we got health reform, and we got a significant financial reform. We are getting the environmental action &hellip; it&rsquo;s not everything you would have wanted, but it&rsquo;s more than anyone else has done for decades."</p> <p>Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is still out there claiming the president has <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/13/romney-angers-libs-with-obama-joke/" target="_blank">accomplished nothing: </a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Wy8JttV64to" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Obama Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:14:06 +0000 Inae Oh 262381 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver: Why Is Columbus Day Still a Thing? http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/columbus-day-john-oliver <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Today, Americans celebrate&nbsp;Columbus Day. Last night, John Oliver wondered "why is this still a thing?"</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eKEwL-10s7E" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:42:29 +0000 Inae Oh 262271 at http://www.motherjones.com The Vaselines are Back http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/v-vaselines-new-album-nirvana-kurt-cobain <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>The Vaselines<br><em>V for Vaselines</em><br> Rosary Music</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="V for Vaselines" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202014-10-11%20at%206.14.02%20PM.png" style="height: 235px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Talk about poor timing. Scottish duo the Vaselines split up in 1989, the week their debut album was released, so they weren't around to take advantage when Kurt Cobain became a fan and recorded three of their songs with Nirvana. But things have been going more smoothly since 2008, when Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee got back together. On the rousing&nbsp;<em>V for Vaselines</em>, their second post-reunion outing, the rowdy twosome offers a fizzy update of classic male-female sparring matches in the grand tradition of Johnny Cash and June Carter, or John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X. Whether trading scruffy lead vocals or combining for bracing harmonies, Kelly and McKee make exuberant punk-pop that captures interpersonal strife with entertaining zest. Memorable snotty lyric of the week, from "Number One Crush": "Being with you/Kills my IQ."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dzXhj4TCQtM" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 262246 at http://www.motherjones.com Allo Darlin's Latest is So Much More Than Twee Pop http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/allo-darlin-so-much-more-twee-pop <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ktinVfJ3GZk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Allo Darlin&rsquo;<br><em>We Come from the Same Place</em><br> Slumberland/Fortuna Pop!</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Allo' Darlin" class="image" src="/files/Allo-Darlin-Album-Cover-513x513.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Allo Darlin' has sometimes been tagged with the dismissive term "twee pop," but there&rsquo;s nothing cute or quaint about the jangly guitar rock on the Anglo-Australian quartet's excellent third album. Leader Elizabeth Morris crafts thoughtful vignettes that diagram the uncertainties of everyday life and fledgling relationships, exhibiting the perceptive, unpretentious directness of a master short story writer. "I can't say everything will be okay/I'm just trying to make it though another Tuesday," she sighs on the title track, while "Romance and Adventure" finds her confessing, "I'm just tired of being strong," to a stomping beat. Morris' understated vocals are a charming mix of wistful melancholy and determined resilience, giving <em>We Come from the Same Place</em> the resonance of a get-together with a nurturing close friend.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Jon Young 261981 at http://www.motherjones.com Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/malala-yousafzai-youngest-recipient-nobel-peace-prize <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban at the age of 14 for her advocacy work promoting girls' education, was <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29564935" target="_blank">awarded the Nobel Peace Prize</a> on Friday, along with children's rights activist from India, Kailash Satyarthi. Satyarthi is 60-years-old, Yousafzai is 17, the youngest recipient ever. She was at <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/malala-yousafzai-school-won-nobel-peace-prize/story?id=26097136" target="_blank">school doing her thing </a>when she learned she had won the honor.</p> <p>The announcement from the <a href="http://nobelpeaceprize.org/en_GB/laureates/laureates-2014/announce-2014/" target="_blank">Norwegian Nobel Commmittee: </a></p> <blockquote> <p>The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60% of the present population is under 25 years of age. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected. In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.</p> </blockquote> <p>Congratulations to both! For those of you in need of a refresher on the 17-year-old (reiteration is warranted), watch her leave Jon Stewart speechless during an appearance on the <em>Daily Show </em>last year.<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gjGL6YY6oMs" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Education Human Rights International Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:46:16 +0000 Inae Oh 262141 at http://www.motherjones.com Report: Katy Perry Is Performing at the Super Bowl http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/report-katy-perry-performing-super-bowl <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://pagesix.com/2014/10/09/katy-perry-to-perform-at-super-bowl-xlix-halftime-show/" target="_blank"><em>The New York Post</em> </a>is reporting that the NFL has selected Katy Perry to play at halftime of the Super Bowl.</p> <p>We endorse this decision!</p> <p>Key members of the <em>Mother Jones</em> staff share the opinion that Katy Perry is great. (Some of these staff members control the social channels and the CMS.) We can quibble over bits of her performance but the point is we're fans.</p> <p>Safe to say we'll we be live tweeting her halftime show.</p> <p>Goodnight and good luck.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:09:39 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 262131 at http://www.motherjones.com Radio Station Lays Off All 47 of Its Journalists, Will Play Beyoncé All Day Everyday Instead http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/radio-station-lays-off-journalists-beyonce <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Houston's one and only 24-hour news station is <a href="http://abc13.com/business/news92-becomes-beyonce-only-radio/341679/" target="_blank">closing up shop</a> and replacing all its journalists with the perfect homage to the very best thing Houston has ever produced, yes, Beyonce.</p> <blockquote> <p>We&rsquo;d like to thank the News92 staff for their outstanding service, our advertisers and each of you our listeners and web visitors for your support. This difficult decision is a result of sustained poor ratings performance and significant financial losses over the past three years despite the substantial financial and human resources we invested. Unfortunately, the market hasn&rsquo;t shown a sustainable appetite for news radio, but each of you motivated us daily to produce a high-quality news program. Together, we made history.</p> </blockquote> <p>Yes! History has been made. The world is truly a better place with the addition of an all encompassing destination dedicated to unrelenting Beyonce consumption. To say otherwise would be blasphemous, annoyingly contrarian.</p> <p>But also considering 47 people just lost their jobs, this is sad news. It's even more pathetic for radio and journalism as a whole! But when the same day also presents to you a <a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/937b06c2-3ebd-11e4-adef-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3FfNCSi2W" target="_blank">Chevron-funded newspaper</a> in the same town where a Chevron refinery sparked a massive fire, we'll take all day, everyday Beyonce any day.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:35:33 +0000 Inae Oh 262086 at http://www.motherjones.com The Alternate Ending to "Titanic" Proves Once and for All That Rose Is a Monster http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/titanic-alternate-ending-rose-is-a-monster <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>Titanic</em> is a deeply flawed film. The dialogue is atrocious. The characterizations are thin. The plot ain't anything we haven't seen before. Even the visuals&mdash;once heralded as revolutionary&mdash;look sort of pedestrian now. (Of course, that's the trouble with being revolutionary. You look like everybody else that comes after you.) Still, I love it. It's a jaunt. It's a ride. It's a song and a grand, immense emotional experience. It's what Hollywood does best, really.</p> <p>But for me, the most unforgivable bit of <em>Titanic</em> has always been the end. Refresher: We're back in the framing device with the old lady and her granddaughter aboard Bill Paxton's ship. It is revealed that the old lady has had the jewel the entire time and has really only come aboard the treasure hunting ship so that she can throw it off the bow and lay it to rest down with Jack. This is stupid. That jewel is worth a fortune! Throwing it into the ocean is like setting money on fire. Even if you don't want to live in luxury because of some Titanic-related guilt, you should still sell the jewel and give the proceeds to some worthy cause: charity! Your children's education! Whatever! Throwing the jewel in the water is an act of selfish self-aggrandizement that puts old lady Rose firmly in the inconsiderate jerk camp. (Youthful Rose has long been a <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/did-jack-have-die-titanic-mythbusters-dicaprio-cameron-377090" target="_blank">resident.</a>) Homeless people are going hungry because Rose wanted some meaningless moment with the sea.</p> <p>So, I was eager to watch the <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/1958348/titanic-alternate-ending/" target="_blank">newly unearthed "alternate ending."</a> (It was apparently an extra on a 2005 DVD release of the film but millennials don't watch DVDs and the internet only now became aware of its existence.) Does she sell the diamond and go to Beverly Hills and have a <em>Pretty Women </em>moment? Maybe she funds some orphanage for Dickensian youth? Maybe she created a scholarship fund in Leonardo DiCaprio's name and blah blah blah. She does none of those things. Instead, this ending actually makes it worse.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/o2tYHcXNwAk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>No longer is Rose solely responsible for this little act of wealth destruction, but she makes complicit Bill Paxton, a treasure hunter. Bill Paxton, who has convinced investors to fund his expedition to find this stupid diamond. Bill Paxton, who lives in the world as it exists and not some Technicolor fantasy. In the new ending, Paxton has the chance to stop her from throwing the thing overboard. She puts it in his hand. He holds it. He becomes ensorcelled by the romance and lets her toss it off the boat and into the sea while one of his shocked minions runs around like an extra with his head cut off.</p> <p>Where does Bill Paxton go from here? After the stone sinks to the ocean floor, he looks to Rose's granddaughter and hints that maybe they should date, but he's going to have a rough go of it finding time to wine and dine her once his backers learn about what he's done and hit him with a bill for many millions of dollars. <em>Titanic 2 </em>is a courtroom drama set around Bill Paxton's bankruptcy hearing. Bill Paxton's life is now ruined. Let's go further. Rose's granddaughter's life is also ruined. Her granddaughter and Bill seemed to really be hitting it off at the end and one of the rules of Hollywood movies is that if two people are flirting and hitting it off at the end of a film then the audience can assume that they immediately get married after the credits roll and are happy for the rest of time and laugh together and eat brunch together and sip champagne and feed each other strawberries together and die within minutes of each other decades later in one another's arms because a life without the other isn't a life worth living. That future&mdash;that destiny, the right of every romance film character&mdash;is not in the cards for Rose's granddaughter if Bill throws that jewel into the sea. Rose sacrifices her granddaughter's future bliss for some stupid romantic nonsense.</p> <p>Rose is a monster.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:52:38 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 262036 at http://www.motherjones.com