Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2011/01 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Emma Watson Explains Why Feminism Has Nothing to Do With "Man-Hating" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/emma-watson-feminism-un <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Q0Dg226G2Z8" width="630"></iframe>&nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking at the United Nations headquarters this past weekend, actress Emma Watson delivered a moving speech on the importance of gender equality, explaining why feminism is a crucial issue for everyone, not just the ladies.</p> <p>"The more I've spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating," Watson said. "If there's one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women have equal rights and opportunities."</p> <p>The 24-year-old Watson, who was appointed a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/emma-watson-un-women-goodwill-ambassador-crashes-website" target="_blank">U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador six months ago</a>, was speaking on behalf of the "HeForShe" campaign, which urges both men and boys to join the fight for women's rights.</p> <p>In the deeply personal speech, Watson revealed she began questioning gender-based assumptions early on in her life, most notably after she began being sexualized by the media at the age of 14 and watching girlfriends quit sports because they didn't want to appear "bulky."</p> <p>Watch the inspiring speech above.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Sex and Gender Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:41:13 +0000 Inae Oh 260801 at http://www.motherjones.com Listen to Some of Liberia's Top Artists Sing about Ebola http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/listen-some-liberias-top-artists-sing-about-ebola <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Since it started in March, West Africa's Ebola outbreak has spread to five countries in the region. But its toll on the Liberian people&mdash;who account for more than <a href="http://www.mohsw.gov.lr/documents/Liberia%20Ebola%20SitRep%20125%20Sept%2017,%202014.pdf" target="_blank">half</a> of the&nbsp;<a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/drcNews/idAFL6N0RN29X20140922" target="_blank">5,700</a> cases&mdash;has been especially devastating. To instill a sense of unity amid the crisis, several Liberian organizations brought together some of the country's top artists to make a song about the crisis. The result, called "Save Liberia," debuted last week. You can listen to it below:</p> <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="100" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/168875902&amp;color=ff5500&amp;inverse=false&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_user=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>"It's like '<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9BNoNFKCBI" target="_blank">We Are the World</a>' for Liberia," says Lawrence Yealue, Liberia's country director for Accountability Lab, an anti-corruption NGO that helped organize the project. "We Are the World" was a 1985 collaboration between more than 40 artists&mdash;from Michael Jackson to Bob Dylan&mdash;to raise money for famine relief in the Horn of Africa. This song, Yeaule says, will help spread a message about Ebola's seriousness to "every village and town" in Liberia.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Health International Music Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:03:39 +0000 Alex Park 260741 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain Just How Mind-Bogglingly Ridiculous Beauty Pageants Are http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/watch-john-oliver-explain-just-how-mind-boggling-ridiculous-beauty-pageants-are <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Beauty pageants are a pretty insane and demeaning thing for us to still be doing as a society in 2014. I mean, yes, <em>Miss Congeniality </em>was an OK film, but the sequel was awful. Also, the whole thing&mdash;beauty pageants, not the <em>Miss Congeniality</em> franchise&mdash;sort of stinks of sexism and mores best left to rot in the '50s.</p> <p>Here's John Oliver taking the Miss America pageant (and its somehow more mockable competitor Miss USA) to task.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oDPCmmZifE8?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Also read: "<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2011/01/peggy-orenstein-cinderella-ate-my-daughter" target="_blank">Are Disney Princesses Evil?</a>"</strong></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:57:06 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 260716 at http://www.motherjones.com Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier Delivers a Captivating New Solo Album http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/music-review-laetitia-sadiers-new-solo-album-something-shines <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IKYb_3P9O4g?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Laetitia Sadier<br><em>Something Shines</em><br> Drag City</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202014-09-12%20at%202.45.00%20PM.png"></div> <p>Best known as the singer for the long-running British-French band Stereolab&mdash;now on an indefinite hiatus&mdash;Laetitia Sadier has always been able to address pointedly political and deeply personal concerns with equal eloquence. The debut of Sadier's side project, Monade, was titled <em>Socialisme ou Barbarie</em>, while her first solo outing, <em>The Trip</em>, was her attempt to come to grips with her sister's suicide. On this captivating third solo album, she continues to range far and wide, mixing acoustic sounds with the retro-futurism that made Stereolab's electro-pop so inviting. Whether asking tersely, "Do the rich need the poor to be rich?" on "Oscuridad," or accentuating the positive on the soaring, Beach Boys-inspired "Life Is Winning," her serene, lovely voice is a remarkable oasis of calm that's sure to make you feel better about things to come.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Jon Young 260191 at http://www.motherjones.com Guy Buys First New iPhone, Immediately Drops It On National TV http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/guy-buys-first-new-iphone-immediatley-drops-it-national-tv <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>It's new iPhone day! All around the globe thousands of hungry ducks are lining up to be one of the first few to get their hands on Cupertino's fresh new phones. In Perth, "a boy called Jack" got the very first one. Naturally, he was swarmed by media, which led to this:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YbehPQfu3K0?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Thankfully, <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/09/18/australian-perth-drop-apple-iphone/" target="_blank">the iPhone was not hurt</a>.</p> <p><em>Mother Jones </em>Senior Australian <a href="http://twitter.com/jameswest2010" target="_blank">James West </a>was not immediately available for comment.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Tech Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:22:21 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 260621 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: The Marshmallow Test http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/book-review-marshmallow-test-walter-mischel <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="the marshmallow test" class="image" src="/files/marshmallow-test-250.jpg"></div> <p><strong>The Marshmallow Test</strong></p> <p>By Walter Mischel</p> <p>LITTLE, BROWN</p> <p>Much ado has been made of the titular psych test, in which kids able to wait 20 minutes to earn two marshmallows instead of settling for one right away were shown, decades later, to rate better on everything from educational level to their risk of becoming a drug addict. In this book, Walter Mischel, who designed the original experiment, dispels the notion that the ability to delay gratification is a have-or-not-have trait. The patient kids, he writes, used strategies anyone can learn. ("I think, therefore I can <em>change</em> what I am.") And if you're just not motivated, don't fret. After all, Mischel notes, what fun is life without a little indulgence?</p> <p><em>This review originally appeared in our <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/toc/2014/09" target="_blank">September/October issue</a> of</em> Mother Jones.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Books Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:35:05 +0000 Lei Wang 258996 at http://www.motherjones.com Declassified Documents Reveal the CIA's Sense of Humor (and Literary Aspirations) http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/declassified-documents-cia-sense-humor <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Within <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/09/10-declassified-articles-cia-intelligence-journal" target="_blank">a trove of freshly declassified articles</a> from <em>Studies in Intelligence</em>, the CIA's in-house journal, we found a number of humor pieces based on the agency's internal employee evaluations. Here is one such piece in its entirety, from the Spring 1984 issue. The author's name was, naturally, redacted.</p> <p><span class="section-lead"><strong>****</strong></span></p> <p><span class="section-lead"><strong>PAR-Faits (AND OTHER Faits)</strong></span></p> <p>What follow are quotations from Performance Appraisal Reports that Mr. [redacted] compiled over the years, and for which he composed introductory comments. The quotations are rendered faithfully, with typographical and other errors intact, for they contribute to the fun. The subjects, supervisors, and reviewing officials mentioned and quoted in this compilation are to remain forever, and mercifully, anonymous.</p> <p><strong>The Golden Rule-Redux:</strong> "I believe that the readers of this PAR, as well as the previous one written by the Rating Officer, should know that the Rating Officer and I have had and continue to have many strong personal and professional differences of opinion. He believes, for example, that I have reached my level of competency, and I believe that he has exceeded his."</p> <p><strong>Mastering the surprise ending: </strong>"It should be recognized that by employing the proper technique, very comfortable shoes can be made from a sow's ear but making [redacted] silk purse requires an entirely different raw material."</p> <p><strong>Making no bones about it-in the vernacular:</strong> "Subject is also responsible for all Headquarters support of a complex covert action operation aimed at maintaining the political stability of a regime headed up by a weirdo who goes around saying things like 'dat get me shame'."</p> <p><strong>When faint praise is called for: </strong>"Operationally, Subject was not loafing."</p> <p><strong>For one who skates well on thin ice: </strong>"Subject is quick to spot thin stuff and do something about it&mdash;particularly when it comes to good operational tradecraft."</p> <p><strong>For one who can bench press human dynamics while reciting from Rabindranath Tagore: </strong>"His ability in oral expression and human dynamics was strongly demonstrated... "</p> <p><strong>Growth Potential: </strong>"As the period drew to a close, Subjects apparatus had begun taking shape... "</p> <p><strong>Being hugely successful: </strong>"He largely recruited a high level source."</p> <p><strong>What to do to protect colleagues from being hit by large and fast moving desks: </strong>"Mr. [redacted] continued to be the Elmer's glue of the large and fast-moving [redacted] Desk.</p> <p><strong>Almost flawless&mdash;so to speak: </strong>"His English is flawless, if not close to it."</p> <p><strong>When in doubt clutter things up; its good for cover: </strong>"He characteristically complicates simple things."</p> <p><strong>The smiling, freely offered thumb in the eye:</strong> "One thing not noted previously is his calm and pleasant demeanor which tends gratuitously to mask his toughness as a case officer."</p> <p><strong>The clairvoyant case officer:</strong> "...His operational reporting is often on time, often ahead of time."</p> <p><strong>Then there's this little QP drummer:</strong> "He marches to the beat of his own drummer."</p> <p><strong>Although not a hot-head:</strong> "This officer has a warm mind."</p> <p><strong>His eyes are clear but his prose is measured and smoke-watered:</strong> "With the perspective of twenty months of overview of his long march, rather than with the smoke-watered eyes of those who peer too closely into his campfire, I conclude that his pace has been measured."</p> <p><strong>Big jokes from little mischiefs grow?</strong> "...his personal eagerness tends sometimes to lead him into small mischiefs."</p> <p><strong>Although an off-quay visionary he can trumpet, and drum, and stomp his foot all at the same time:</strong> "He has been like a one-man band trying to cover the waterfront on a far frontier."</p> <p><strong>The Good Humor Man endures:</strong> "He has endured rapid personnel changes with good humor."</p> <p><strong>The hyperactive dog of a case officer: </strong>"...He is a man of constant motion&mdash;some of it unnecessary...he bloodhounds even the longest odds and opportunities."</p> <p><strong>Although some may wonder:</strong> "All said and done, Mr. S. is human."</p> <p><strong>When tippling leads to being Freud, and the naked truth must be revealed:</strong> "At the right psychological moment he unfrocked himself in [redacted] cafe."</p> <p><strong>The crawl-on-your-belly-and-hiss approach:</strong> "...a target of opportunity whom he approached in his own inimical style."</p> <p><strong>Dignity in catastrophe:</strong> "Subject handles flaps with aplomb."</p> <p><strong>Standing tall in the Lilliput of Liaison:</strong> "Due to his height this man should probably be directed along liaison lines or staff work."</p> <p><strong>The runaway case officer:</strong> "He is not only a self-starter but a self-goer&mdash;at times tending to go too fast."</p> <p><strong>Unless one speaks quietly and carries a big stick:</strong> "The operational carrot is easily lost sight of and is difficult to catch."</p> <p><strong>The Case of the Abandoned Suitcase:</strong> "He began to pursue ops leads as soon as his suitcase hit the ground."</p> <p><strong>The cape-and-dagger jock:</strong> "He involves himself athletically in Base and local activities."</p> <p><strong>The strong tryer:</strong> "I would rate his effort to do the job as strong."</p> <p><strong>When finishing working hard on his syntax...</strong> "He at least secured his own housing on which he has been working hard to fix up."</p> <p><strong>The monosyllabic hot dog:</strong> "His performance has been-WOW"</p> <p><strong>The musty Middle East:</strong> "This officer has been associated long enough with Arab affairs. He now needs fresh air."</p> <p><strong>After making good strides in the wrong direction...</strong> "He has made good strides in the right direction."</p> <p><strong>The gritty performer:</strong> "This officers performance has been outsanding."</p> <p><strong>The forward leaning, vine swinging Case officer:</strong> "Mr. K. moved in sure-handed fashion."</p> <p><strong>The Compleat hard target Case officer:</strong> "He is a hard-nosed supervisor and a hard-headed officer."</p> <p><strong>Besieged, bothered and bewildered:</strong> "He has reached a standoff with the bureaucracy around him."</p> <p><strong>The operational arsonist:</strong> "Subject has kept the target fires burning."</p> <p><strong>When aptitude isn't apt:</strong> "His apptitude for spelling is poor."</p> <p><strong>When he's not plodding he Lies down, humps his back and makes himself small:</strong> "He is steady and defendable."</p> <p><strong>Because his compass came in his air freight...</strong> "It took the officer less than one week after his arrival here to get his bearings.</p> <p><strong>Just give him a tune-up, but don't touch the cheerful plugs:</strong> "He tries hard in a situation that has him more stymied than most of us, and he plugs along cheerfully."</p> <p><strong>The lean and meaningness officer:</strong> "He has brought new energy and meaningness to the program."</p> <p><strong>While shunning the unusual infinitude of every day chores...</strong> "He handles the usual infinitude of occasional case officer tasks."</p> <p><strong>To be some kind of mixed up butterfly...</strong> "He needs to get the operational chrysallis out of the political coccoon it is in."</p> <p><strong>He trembles at dullness, but&mdash;</strong> "He confidently attends all sorts of events of interest."</p> <p><strong>The wary grunter:</strong> "He gives a negative first impression, primarily because he is inarticulate."</p> <p><strong>When the anatomy of an Advance Work Plan is necessarily obscure:</strong> "Mr. S. has had supervisory responsibility for parts of two I.A.'s..."</p> <p><strong>Not risking over confidence:</strong> "He can look back at this job as 'pretty well done'."</p> <p><strong>The little engine with the retarded spark:</strong> "During the reviewing period this officer has made good use of the limited intelligence resources available to him."</p> <p><strong>Somewhere down there is gold; it just doesn't pan out:</strong> "Subject probably has much good in him. Somehow, though, it has not come through."</p> <p><strong>The tribal wit:</strong> " ... he is a happy headhunter."</p> <p><strong>In addition to avoiding prickly confrontations...</strong> "Subject is not one to sit on his laurels."</p> <p><strong>Migratory fixation:</strong> "I am looking forward to the next reviewing period when the birds will come home to roost." (next FR) "They have, and they have settled on the highest branches."</p> <p><strong>Seen through a glass darkly:</strong> "Insofar as I am able to comprehend it, I have no quarrel with the substance of the rating officer's comments."</p> <p><em>Click <a href="http://www.foia.cia.gov/sites/default/files/DOC_0000620482.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> to view the original document&mdash;and "<a href="http://www.foia.cia.gov/sites/default/files/DOC_0000622789.pdf" target="_blank">More PAR Bloopers</a>," courtesy of your favorite spy agency. </em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:00:13 +0000 Michael Mechanic 260591 at http://www.motherjones.com Here Are the 10 Best Songs for Scotland's Historic Vote for Independence http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/playlist-10-best-songs-both-sides-scotlands-historic-vote-indepdence <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Scotland is heading to the polls right now to decide on whether or not to become an independent country. A "Yes" vote would be the biggest constitutional change for the United Kingdom in over three centuries, splintering a long-held relationship that has seen the good times and the bad, and weathered plenty of mutual disagreements up until now. And like any pending break-up, we find that music helps soothe or heighten the experience, and connects us to the universal themes of love and loss.&nbsp;So, Scottish chums, whatever side you're on, here's a playlist for you, on this almighty day-of-days.</p> <p><b>1. Queen: I Want to Break Free</b></p> <p>Obviously. One for the "Yes" camp. (Worth it in my opinion just for Freddy with a mustache in drag vacuuming the carpet.) "I want to break free from your lies/You're so self-satisfied I don't need you/I've got to break free!" Sing it Freddy. Sing it Scotland.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bRdo7WXTVoM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><b>2. Natalie Imbruglia: Torn</b></p> <p>If Scotland votes "Yes" and leaves the union bereft and sobbing, this Aussie songtress might be blaring from&nbsp;a few stereos across the Isles tomorrow:&nbsp;"Nothing's fine, I'm torn." Sing it England! Sing it Wales!</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VV1XWJN3nJo" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>3. &acirc;&#128;&#139;&acirc;&#128;&#139;Bj&ouml;rk: Declare Independence</strong></p> <p>This is a&nbsp;song that famously landed the Icelandic singer in hot water with the Chinese authorities after a 2008 concert in Shanghai&nbsp;in which she called&nbsp;for Tibetan independence. Brave.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scmp.com/article/628660/bjork-faces-ban-after-provocative-tibet-call" target="_blank">She faced a&nbsp;ban</a>&nbsp;from future performances on the mainland after that. It's easy to see why China's famously&nbsp;censorial authorities were not impressed: "Start your own currency!/Make your own stamp/Protect your language/Declare independence/Don't let them do that to you!"</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/42524198" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>4. Oasis:&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t Look Back In Anger</strong></p> <p>No matter what happens, some good advice for both sides. "My soul slides away, but don't look back in anger."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/r8OipmKFDeM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>5. Alicia Keys: Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart</strong></p> <p>Here's one for an emotional Prime Minister David Cameron, potentially presiding over a messy, painful divorce.&nbsp;"I'm going to find a way to make it without you/Tonight, I'm going to find a way to make it, without you." Ouch. Let it out.</p> <p>&acirc;&#128;&#139;<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/srMBZiqNMaM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>6. &acirc;&#128;&#139;Thelma Houston: Don't Leave Me This Way</strong></p> <p>That beat speaks for itself.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rl1BhPpHzD4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>7. Beyonce: Irreplaceable</strong></p> <p>"Don't ever get to thinking you're irreplaceable," sings Queen Bey. This is the anthem for pretending everything will be fine post-breakup, that it's not a big deal, that you can find another, just as easily, and that it wasn't that good anyway, so don't go thinking you meant anything to me... Get lost.</p> <p>(I love you, come back).</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2EwViQxSJJQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>8. Boyz II Men: End of the Road</strong></p> <p>"Although we've come to the end of the road/Still I can't let you go/It's unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zDKO6XYXioc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>9. Mariah Carey: We Belong Together</strong></p> <p>Who could miss this song in any breakup playlist? It's worth watching to the part of the video where Mariah is losing her shit in the&nbsp;apartment, writhing in the short tunic-shirt thing, near the&nbsp;end of this narratively nonsensical clip.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0habxsuXW4g" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>10. Alice Deejay: Better Off Alone</strong></p> <p>Mm. And lastly, any break-up is incomplete without some sweet late-90s Top 40.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Lgs9QUtWc3M" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media International Media Music Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:24:56 +0000 James West 260526 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: The Underground Girls of Kabul http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/book-review-underground-girls-kabul-jenny-nordberg <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="underground gils of kabul" class="image" src="/files/girls-kabul-250.jpg"></div> <p><strong>The Underground Girls of Kabul</strong></p> <p>By Jenny Nordberg</p> <p>CROWN PUBLISHING</p> <p>It sucks to be female in Afghanistan. No surprise there. Journalist Jenny Nordberg's revelation&mdash;to Western eyes, anyway&mdash;is that more than a few Afghan families raise their girls as boys. The practice, <em>bacha posh</em>, accepted when done discreetly, serves as a roundabout way for girls to attend school and earn money, and for couples who lack sons to avoid public humiliation. The real tension comes with puberty, when the bacha posh is expected to give up her ambitions, respectful treatment, male playmates, and even her freedom to leave the home. Nordberg's intimate exploration leaves us rooting for her brave subjects, if deeply pessimistic about the prospects of women in this maddeningly repressive culture.</p> <p><em>This review originally appeared in our <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/toc/2014/09" target="_blank">September/October issue</a> of</em> Mother Jones.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Afghanistan Books Sex and Gender Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:30:05 +0000 Michael Mechanic 258981 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: My Life As a Foreign Country http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/book-review-my-life-foreign-country-brian-turner <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="my life as a foreign country" class="image" src="/files/life-foreign-country-250.jpg"></div> <p><strong>My Life As a Foreign Country</strong></p> <p>By Brian Turner</p> <p>NORTON</p> <p>In this moving account of his time as a sergeant in Iraq, Brian Turner, whose poem "The Hurt Locker" was the namesake for the Oscar-winning film, delivers a succession of oddly beautiful, appropriately devastating reflections that drive home the realities of war. Turner takes us from training camp to war zone and home again, where, in bed with his wife, he dreams he's a drone, flying over countries of wars past.</p> <p><em>This review originally appeared in our <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/toc/2014/09" target="_blank">September/October issue</a> of</em> Mother Jones.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Books Iraq Military Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:33:39 +0000 Julia Lurie 258986 at http://www.motherjones.com Teddy Roosevelt, Lewis Hine and Lazy Frogs: 15 Photos http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/day-photos-august-15-roosevelt-library-of-congress <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>While searching through the Library of Congress archives last week, I noticed that a number of photos included the date they were photographed or published. I pulled together a handful, giving a little look at what was happening <a href="http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=%22August%2015%22&amp;sp=1" target="_blank">on this date through history</a>. These photos are often pretty mundane, but even the most common, everyday occurrences take on new meaning, or at least become more a bit interesting when viewed from a distance in time.</p> <p>Here are a few photos from August 15th, all photos from the <a href="http://www.loc.gov/" target="_blank">Library of Congress</a>, with captions as provided with the photos.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/pan.6a36147/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6a36147v.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Cyanotype image of construction of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1890. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/36426v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Theodore Roosevelt, 1913. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/00477v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>"Chopping corn" Everett Adams, 15 years and Ora Adams, 9 years. Address Hiatt, Ky. Go to Hickory Grove School, but they have been absent most of the past 6 weeks for work, sickness, etc. Location: Rockcastle County, Kentucky, by Lewis W. Hine, 1916</strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/06856v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Theo. Roosevelt, Jr. playing tennis, 1922. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/23256v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Miss M. Pearl. McCall, 1922. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/14210v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Senators Goose Goslin slides safely into home and collides with Yankees catcher Wally Schang in 2nd game of double header, 1925. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/33566v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Just plumb too lazy to catch his food on the fly like regular frogs do, Popeye, giant frog from Louisiana in the U.S. Department of Commerce aquarium, has to be fed his meals from acting as nursemaid for the critter, 1937. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/35542v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>CORE members swing down Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, toward 69th St. ferry on trek to Washington. World Telegram &amp; Sun photo by O. Fernandez, 1963. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/8b00457v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Defense housing, Ben Morrell Project, Norfolk, Virginia. Housing for civilian and married enlisted personnel at the Norfolk, Virginia housing naval base. Constructed at a cost of $3,356,000 by the Navy. Of the 1,362 units built, 1,062 were completed August 15, 1941. Rents range from $17 to $23 a month. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/019420pv.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Firehouse, Vallejo, Solano County, CA, 1919 </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/04818v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Senator Cappe of Kansas, 1921 </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/11949v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>John Coolidge, Mrs. Coolidge, &amp; President Coolidge enroute to Vermont, 1924. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/39219v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>William A. Hill, Boston, Attorney for the utility king, Howard C. Hopson, leaves the Senate side of the Capitol with his counsel, Moultrie Hitt, Washington attorney, where Hill appeared in response to a citation for contempt growing out of the activities of Hopson, who is wanted by the Senate Lobby Investigating committee, 1935. </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/00476v.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Red Bud School. County Supervisor in doorway. Teacher thought 20 absent on account of work, etc. Location: Rockcastle County, Kentucky by Lewis W. Hine, 1916.</strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/pan.6a15436/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/6a15436v.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>View of Cincinnati, Ohio. Copyright entry no. 490 dated August 15, 1866 in volume covering time period, Nov. 9, 1864 - May 9, 1867. (click on photo for link to larger view) </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Slideshows Media Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:31:39 +0000 Mark Murrmann 260201 at http://www.motherjones.com What the Hell Is Going On in Scotland? Let John Oliver Explain http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/john-oliver-on-scotland <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Scotland heads to the polls on Thursday to decide if it stays a part of the United Kingdom or not. How should you, an American who saw <em>Braveheart</em> a few times, feel about this? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YkLPxQp_y0#t=381" target="_blank">Let John Oliver break it down for you</a>:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-YkLPxQp_y0?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Also: An independent Scotland will need a currency. <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/09/scotland-independence-referendum-currency-bitcoin" target="_blank">How about... Bitcoin</a>?</strong></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:51:28 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 260251 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "Pressure" by My Brightest Diamond http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/music-review-pressure-my-brightest-diamond <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CePpTXIuQzY?list=UUOkWMIcLDDV1P48NSCdkJ5w" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>TRACK 1</p> <p><strong>"Pressure"</strong></p> <p>From My Brightest Diamond's <em>This Is My Hand</em></p> <p>ASTHMATIC KITTY</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> The fourth MBD album gets off to a rousing start with this joyful brew of marching-band rhythms, xylophone, brass, and Shara Worden's big, operatic voice.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> An alumna of Sufjan Stevens' band, Worden's r&eacute;sum&eacute; includes collaborations with David Byrne, Matthew Barney, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Decemberists.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Brainy art-poppers, meaning St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, or Joanna Newsom.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:35:06 +0000 Jon Young 259071 at http://www.motherjones.com Lia Ices' Newfound Urgency http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/lia-ices-masters-dreampop-review <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BXTJ5JHNC1Q?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Lia Ices<br><em>Ices</em><br> Jagjaguwar</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Ices" class="image" src="/files/JAG205.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>After displaying her mastery of mesmerizing dream-pop on 2011's <em>Grown Unknown</em>, Lia Ices adds a shot of energy to the mix on this charming third album. Though recorded piecemeal at studios around the country, Ices feels focused and cohesive, with the leadoff track "Tell Me" setting the tempo, setting a typically lush melody to a thumping party beat. Ices is still happily indebted to Kate Bush&mdash;witness the meditative seven-minute "Waves"&mdash;but jaunty songs like "Higher" show she has the confidence to play around with her sound and not settle for ambient-music clich&eacute;s. If this bracing newfound urgency indicates a willingness to court a larger audience a la Lykke Li, more power to her.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Jon Young 260141 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "Is What It Is" by She Keeps Bees http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/music-review-what-it-she-keeps-bees <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rg0-FzmZA4Y" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>TRACK 10</p> <p><strong>"Is What It Is" </strong></p> <p>From She Keeps Bees'<em> Eight Houses</em></p> <p>FUTURE GODS</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> Smokey and languid, Jessica Larrabee croons defiantly, "Be not completely consumed/Do not surrender," on this hazy ballad, with kindred spirit Sharon Van Etten singing backup.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> Larrabee fronted the Philadelphia band the English System before teaming with drummer Andy LaPlant to form the Brooklyn-based duo.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Moody chanteuses (Cat Power, Angel Olsen, PJ Harvey).</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:35:04 +0000 Jon Young 259066 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is Why You Should Never Take Moral Lessons From Films You Stopped Watching Halfway Through http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/i-left-gone-with-the-wind-at-the-intermission-this-is-my-story <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Jordan Belfort (aka the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wolf_of_Wall_Street_%282013_film%29" target="_blank">Wolf of Wall Street)</a> went to the 92nd St. Y to talk about how great and innocent and redeemed he is. The whole night was a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2014/09/12/the_real_wolf_of_wall_street_trial_error_event_at_92nd_street_y_featuring.html?wpsrc=fol_fb" target="_blank">predictable shit show</a> with casual sexism and the like, but <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2014/09/12/the_real_wolf_of_wall_street_trial_error_event_at_92nd_street_y_featuring.html?wpsrc=fol_fb" target="_blank">this bit</a> struck me as particularly funny:</p> <blockquote> <p>Belfort said people should realize that the actions portrayed in the film were bad and not something they should follow. "If you're in this audience and you can't go to see <em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em> and realize that that's bad, then there's something wrong with you. You are fundamentally screwed up. It's obvious," Belfort said. Belfort said that he idolized Gordon Gekko's character in Oliver Stone's <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003F29D44/?tag=slatmaga-20" target="_blank">Wall Street</a>.</em> He said that had perhaps Gekko fallen, then he would have felt differently. "At least in <em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em>, I lose everything. My life is destroyed. I go to jail," Belfort said.</p> </blockquote> <p>In the end of <em>Wall Street,</em> Charlie Sheen wears a wire and narcs Gekko to the feds. Gekko is sentenced to more than a decade in prison and, upon his eventual release, a<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Street:_Money_Never_Sleeps" target="_blank"> year of hard Shia</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:08:20 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 260211 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: The Human Age http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/book-review-human-age-diane-ackerman <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="the human age" class="image" src="/files/human-age-250.jpg"></div> <p><strong>The Human Age</strong></p> <p>By Diane Ackerman</p> <p>NORTON</p> <p>Is humankind so dominant that we deserve our very own geologic era? Naturalist Diane Ackerman answers an emphatic "yes" in this ambitious survey of our brief reign on Earth. Despite pockets of purplish prose, <em>The Human Age</em> is a well-crafted and often compelling book: Orangutans with iPads, self-aware robots, and visionary fishermen are characters in her expansive story of how human advancement affects our lives and our environment. Ackerman is neither overly optimistic nor alarmist as she explores the pros and cons of humanity, expressing wonder and concern at all the things we're capable of.</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.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Books Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:32:12 +0000 Sam Brodey 259001 at http://www.motherjones.com Almost All the Books People Say Influenced Them Were Written for Children http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/people-like-to-sleep-with-people-who-were-affected-by-great-books <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Recently, a <a href="http://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-data-science/books-that-have-stayed-with-us/10152511240328859?ref=notif&amp;notif_t=notify_me" target="_blank">status update</a> ran around Facebook asking people to "List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than a few minutes, and don't think too hard. They do not have to be the 'right' books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way." Facebook's data scientists went though 130,000 responses and came up with a list of the 100 most common entries.</p> <p>It should be noted that though the books may not have had to be the "right books" or "great works of literature," human nature being what it is, most of the titles on the list are, in fact, the 'right books,' by which i mean, books you can proudly define yourself as a reader of. ("I am the type of person who was affected by <em>To Kill A Mocking Bird</em>." "I am the type of person whose political opinions were formed by <em>1984</em>.")&nbsp; No one is listing<em> Fifty Shades of Gray</em>. They are listing books that they think say something complimentary about who they are as a person.</p> <p>Almost all of these books are YA. They may not be in the YA section at Barnes &amp; Noble, but children and adolescents are their primary audience. On the one hand, <em>duh</em>: People are most open to being affected by books when they're young. Also, <em>duh duh</em>: Most people probably stop reading much fiction when they leave high school and are no longer required to. On the other hand, one of the books that probably affected me when I was growing up was the forgettable crime novel <em>Silent Witness </em>by Richard North Patterson. I read it when I was about 10 because my father was reading it and I wanted him to like me and for us to have something to talk about. That's not to say you too were influenced by <em>Silent Witness, </em>but that, I think, that phenomenon&mdash;reading books aspirationally for social reasons&mdash;is pretty common and I'm surprised there aren't more straightforward adult titles on this list.</p> <p>One other fun fact: There are no Ayn Rand books on this list.</p> <p>Without further ado, here are the top 20 along with what percent of responses included the title:<br> 1.<em> Harry Potter series </em>- J.K. Rowling - 21.08%<br> 2. <em>To Kill a Mockingbird </em>- Harper Lee - 14.48%<br> 3.<em> The Lord of the Rings </em>- JRR Tolkien - 13.86%<br> 4. <em>The Hobbit </em>- JRR Tolkien - 7.48%<br> 5. <em>Pride and Prejudice </em>- Jane Austen - 7.28%<br> 6. <em>The Holy Bible </em>- 7.21%<br> 7. <em>The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy </em>- Douglas Adams 5.97%<br> 8. <em>The Hunger Games trilogy</em> by Suzanne Collins - 5.82%<br> 9. <em>The Catcher in the Rye </em>by J.D. Salinger - 5.70%<br> 10. <em>The Great Gatsby</em> by F. Scott Fitzgerald - 5.61%<br> 11. <em>1984</em> by George Orwell - 5.37%<br> 12. <em>Little Women </em>by Louisa May Alcott - 5.26%<br> 13.<em> Jane Eyre </em>by Charlotte Bronte - 5.23%<br> 14. <em>The Stand </em>by Stephen King - 5.11%<br> 15. <em>Gone with the Wind </em>by Margaret Mitchell - 4.95%<br> 16. <em>A Wrinkle in Time </em>by Madeleine L'Engle - 4.38%<br> 17.<em> The Handmaid's Tale </em>by Margaret Atwood - 4.27%<br> 18. <em>The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe </em>by C.S. Lewis - 4.05%<br> 19.<em> The Alchemist</em> by Paulo Coelho - 4.01%<br> 20. <em>Anne of Green Gables</em> by L.M. Montgomery - 3.95%</p> <p>Head on over to Facebook for the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-data-science/books-that-have-stayed-with-us/10152511240328859?ref=notif&amp;notif_t=notify_me" target="_blank">full 100 titles and some neat data visualizations.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Books Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:40:58 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 259836 at http://www.motherjones.com 3 Ways the Baltimore Ravens Completely Screwed Up the Ray Rice Mess http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/baltimore-ravens-ray-rice-nfl-mess <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens released running back Ray Rice in response to a <a href="http://deadspin.com/heres-video-of-ray-rice-knocking-out-his-fiancee-in-an-1631864196" target="_blank">video released by TMZ</a> showing Rice knocking his then-fianc&eacute;e (and current wife) Janay Palmer unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator in February. Rice has been the subject of intense scrutiny since the NFL suspended him for <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/ray-rice-suspension-marijuana" target="_blank">two games</a>&mdash;earlier today, it <a href="https://twitter.com/gregaiello/status/509048887617654785" target="_blank">suspended him indefinitely</a>&mdash;but some had given the star running back the benefit of the doubt after he claimed he was simply defending himself. (Indeed, <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/2/16/5417878/ray-rice-arrested-fiancee-atlantic-city-ravens/in/5191279" target="_blank">both Rice and Palmer were charged with assault</a> following the incident.)</p> <p>This new footage, though, clearly shows that wasn't the case, and as outrage mounted today, the Ravens had little choice but to take decisive action against Rice. But we should hardly be praising the team. If anything, the Ravens have been defending Rice and victim-blaming from the very beginning. For example:</p> <p>1. In May, the Ravens decided it'd be a good idea to sit Rice and Palmer in front of the media and <a href="http://www.baltimoreravens.com/videos/videos/Ray-Rices-Full-Press-Conference/405fea46-d4d4-44c7-b381-33497bf6d12f" target="_blank">have them publicly address the Atlantic City incident</a>. The result was a complete PR disaster. Rice began by apologizing not to Palmer, but to senior Ravens management and coach John Harbaugh. Rice also chose his words poorly, defining failure as "not getting knocked down, but not getting back up."</p> <p>2. Even more tone-deaf than the press conference itself was how the Ravens presented it. The team had a staffer live-tweeting the spectacle, and the team's official account sent out this unbelievable tweet, straight out of Victim-Blaming 101:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202014-09-08%20at%2011.29.39%20AM.png"></div> <div class="inline inline-center rteleft" style="display: table; width: 1%;">&nbsp;</div> <p>The tweet was deleted today.</p> <p>3. After Rice's two-game suspension was handed down in late July, people were outraged that occasional pot smokers got harsher punishments from the NFL. The Ravens PR machine thought it was the perfect time to start rehabilitating Rice's image, <a href="http://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/article-1/Ravens-Fans-Give-Ray-Rice-Standing-Ovation/44158257-9ef8-47af-8bc0-bed9f3de99f1" target="_blank">releasing a glowing dispatch from his first major public appearance</a> after the punishment. The article, posted on the team's website, says Rice got a "standing ovation" from fans who "showed him a lot of love," even though he had been under "national scrutiny." After noting that he showed his "usual fun-loving side," the piece observed with remarkable subtlety that "Rice jerseys sprinkled the crowd, worn by both males and females."</p> <p>The NFL has earned much-deserved flak for <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/nfl-domestic-violence-penalties-rice" target="_blank">toughening its domestic-violence penalties</a> only when the national criticism ramped up. Today's move by the Ravens should be seen in a similar light: Cutting Rice was the right decision, but it's clear the organization has never taken his offenses all that seriously. It took an even-worse leaked video to make the Ravens finally act.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Sex and Gender Sports Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:17:41 +0000 Sam Brodey 259851 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain the Insanity of Our Student Debt Crisis http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/john-oliver-student-debt-crisis <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The price of attending college in America continues to spiral out of control. In 2012, the average cost of attending a 4-year undergraduate institution in the US hit a record $23,872, according to the <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d13/tables/dt13_330.10.asp" target="_blank">National Center for Education Statistics</a>. For comparison, <a href="http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/cpstables/032013/perinc/pinc01_1_1_1.xls" target="_blank">35% of American </a>workers made less than $22,500 in 2012.</p> <p>On Sunday's <em>Last Week Tonight,</em> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYWtbMb8Fhw" target="_blank">liberal pi&ntilde;ata-destroyer</a> John Oliver took on this insanity with a typically entertaining and blood boiling segment. &ldquo;Essentially, student debt is like HPV. If you go to college, you're almost certainly going to get it, and if you do, it will follow you for the rest of your life.&rdquo;</p> <p>Watch:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/P8pjd1QEA0c?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><strong>For more, here are <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/06/student-loan-debt-charts" target="_blank">9 charts about the student debt crisis that will drive you crazy.</a></strong></em></p> <p><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/costvstuitionv2_1.jpg"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Education Film and TV Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:21:13 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 259796 at http://www.motherjones.com RIP Joan Rivers http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/rip-joan-rivers <!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="" class="image" src="/files/Joan_Rivers_-_1967.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A photo of Joan Rivers in 1967. </strong>Wikimedia Commons</div> </div> <p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/joan-rivers-dead-81/story?id=25160389" target="_blank">Joan Rivers has died at 81.</a></p> <p>This video of her performance on the <em>The Ed Sullivan Show</em> in 1967 is one of our favorites.</p> <p>RIP.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EpPCFoXXhF0?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:32:28 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 259676 at http://www.motherjones.com Gemma Ray's Latest Is Fresh and Unsettling http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/gemma-ray-milk-your-motors-review <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/gemmacover300_.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Gemma Ray<br><em>Milk for Your Motors</em><br> Bronze Rat</strong><br> A perfect master of noir pop, British-born Gemma Ray turns a familiar recipe&mdash;twangy guitars, dreamy melodies, hazy rhythms and wistful voices&mdash;into something fresh and more than a little unsettling. <em>Milk for Your Motors</em> transcends artful background music because her songs are smart and unpredictable, encompassing the nostalgic desire of "When I Kissed You" ("I want to remember how I kissed you / &rsquo;round the back of the air-raid shelter") and the gruesome dark comedy of "Waving at Mirrors" ("It was all a terrible mess / Which came from nothing less / Than a moment carelessly spent applying make up instead of driving") Aching and wry at once, Ray is a mesmerizing presence, mixing brainy cool and genuine passion with precise skill. For added hipster cred, note cameos by Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and Alan Vega (Suicide), who references his own classic "Dream Baby Dream" on the spooky "Out in the Rain."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BNo_OWmwNMo?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:00:06 +0000 Jon Young 259451 at http://www.motherjones.com 5 Dazzling Female Singers on the Rise http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/lady-singers-diana-gameros-frazey-ford-sevyn-streeter-fka-twigs-irene-diaz <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Summer's pulling to a close, but perk up. Here are videos of five refreshing female vocalists whose smart and uncompromising performances have dazzled me recently:</p> <p><strong>1. Frazey Ford</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YZFgKbkrmIY" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Fans of the quirky alt-folk band the Be Good Tanyas&mdash;of which Frazey Ford is a founding member&mdash;won't be disappointed with this sneak-peek single off Ford's upcoming solo album, <a href="http://www.frazeyford.com/content/indian-ocean" target="_blank"><em>Indian Ocean</em></a>, out in mid-October. With subtle vibrato and pulsing emotion, Ford's velvety vocals take center stage in "September Fields." While Ford's a country-folk singer at heart, the electric organ in the track transforms her normally aching lullaby into something funkier and full of sunshine. As I listened, I kept picturing late summer drives through peaceful farm towns, passing barns with their paint peeling, peach stands framed by dry corn stalks, little girls in their Sunday best giggling on the steps of a small church. "Are you holding, holding on so tight?" Ford croons. Yes&mdash;to the edge of my seat in anticipation for her album to land.</p> <p><strong>2. Diana Gameros</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TV7izivR-jo" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>One evening in July, Mexican singer Diana Gameros boarded the historic <a href="http://www.nps.gov/safr/historyculture/balclutha.htm" target="_blank">Balclutha</a>, a tall ship parked in the San Francisco Bay. Under violet lights in the main cabin, alongside a handful of other masterful Latin American musicians, she delivered "Canciones Del Mar (Songs of the Sea)." The group performed ocean homages plucked from all over the continent, from fishing ditties to a silly tune about an octopus to a tribute to the Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni, who is said to have ended her own life by wading into the sea.</p> <p>Gameros also performed her original, "Soy Tu Mar," and released this humble video a month later. The waves washing through the ballad offer the singer an ethereal alternative rhythm, and pair well with her bright nylon-stringed Takamine guitar with a sound reminiscent of a mariachi. Gameros grew up bouncing between her hometown of Ciudad Ju&aacute;rez, Mexico, and Holland, Michigan, where she learned English and studied music. She now resides in the Bay Area and plays regularly <a href="http://dianagameros.com/upcoming-performances/" target="_blank">at a tamale parlor</a> in San Francisco's Mission District. Her delicate first album, <a href="http://dianagameros.com/music/" target="_blank"><em>Eterno Retorno</em></a>, showcases Gameros' bilingual songwriting and jazzy voice. Like "Soy Tu Mar," it's at once full of yearning and serenity. Don't miss the improvised bonus song in the tunnel at the end of the video.</p> <p><strong>3. Sevyn Streeter</strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=338276926&amp;mediaId=338294182" width="600"></iframe></p> <p>Ignore the nails and revel in this diva's silky and powerful voice. It baffles me that the guys lifting weights in the righthand corner of this scren were able to hold it together while Streeter just kills it.</p> <p>With roots in church gospel music, Streeter started winning talent competitions at a young age, but her cousin had to convince her to upload her music to MySpace. It soon caught the eye of Beyonc&eacute; and Jennifer Lopez's producer Rich Harrison, who asked Streeter to join RichGirl, a new pop group he was forming. The band never really took off, but Streeter continued to write songs, and six of the tracks she helped pen made it onto Chris Brown's Grammy-winning album <em>F.A.M.E.</em></p> <p>Now, with an EP to her name, Streeter is working on a debut album. The singles out so far are gussied up with plenty of electronic beats and echo-y harmonies. But after seeing this video, I hope she releases more stripped-down acoustic tracks that allow her pure voice full reign.</p> <p><strong>4. FKA Twigs</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3yDP9MKVhZc" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Move over Gaga: FKA Twigs has arrived. This satisfyingly weird artist struts her sultry vocals and mesmerizing poise in the video version of "Two Weeks." This year saw the London-based Twigs, a former backup dancer, move into the spotlight with her album <em>LP1. </em>Hipster music blog <em>Pitchfork</em> <a href="http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/19590-twigs-lp1/" target="_blank">raves about</a> its "eerie, post-humanist, Uncanny Valley-girl aesthetic." Indeed, Twigs plays a doll in many of the surreal videos off this album&mdash;in "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFtMl-uipA8" target="_blank">Water Me</a>," her head bobs from side to side and her eyes are unnaturally large.</p> <p>In the video above, she's an unapproachable empress. But amid all this cold posturing, her voice is piercingly intimate. And her command of her space and skilled restraint suggest that this 26-year-old half-Jamaican artist is only getting started.</p> <p><strong>5. Irene Diaz</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LwM1fkxOjVE" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Okay, this video's not brand new. But Irene Diaz is probably new to most of you. I just stumbled on her recently (h/t NPR's <em>Tiny Desk Concerts</em>), and I'm hooked on this playful song with its driving piano and flirtatious glances.</p> <p>Based in Los Angeles, the soulful Diaz is just breaking into the national scene, playing at 2014's SXSW and <a href="http://www.rialtotheatre.com/event/552981-lila-downs-tucson/" target="_blank">opening for Lila Downs'</a> on her current tour. Diaz seems like she'd be a ton of fun live&mdash;but here's hoping she pauses from touring long enough to complete her first full-length album soon. As <a href="http://music.remezcla.com/2013/latin/irene-diaz-i-love-you-madly-ep-interview/" target="_blank">one blogger pointed out</a>, Diaz sounds a bit like Fiona Apple, but her songs aren't quite so morose. They're muscular and catchy, with a hint of vintage spunk.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Music Music Mondays Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:00:05 +0000 Maddie Oatman 259371 at http://www.motherjones.com Michael Sam, Who Is Better At Football Than You Will Ever Be At Anything, Has Been Cut By the Rams http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/michael-sam-who-better-football-you-will-ever-be-anything-has-been-cut-rams <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11431047/michael-sam-cut-st-louis-rams" target="_blank">He'll probably get picked up by another team though.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sports Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:17:23 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 259446 at http://www.motherjones.com The NFL Finally Fixed Its Weak Domestic-Violence Penalties http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/nfl-domestic-violence-penalties-rice <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The National Football League has drastically toughened its punishments for domestic violence after weeks of uproar over its weak response to the case of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice received a two-game suspension after&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/ravens/2014/07/24/ray-rice-suspension-baltimore-janay-palmer/12783281/" target="_blank">allegedly assaulting his fianc&eacute;e</a>, while players who tested positive for marijuana&mdash;some in states where weed is legal&mdash;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/ray-rice-suspension-marijuana" target="_blank">were handed four-game and even season-long suspensions</a>.</p> <p>In a <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2014/08/28/roger-goodells-letter-to-nfl-owners-on-new-domestic-violence-policy/14746759/" target="_blank">letter to NFL owners</a> Thursday, commissioner Robert Goodell wrote that the league had fallen short in "a recent incident of domestic violence" and announced that a first-time domestic-violence offender would now receive a six-game suspension. Repeat offenders, he wrote, would face indefinite bans, with the possibility to apply for reinstatement after a year.</p> <p>To be clear, there's no epidemic of domestic violence among NFL players; this graph from <em>FiveThirtyEight</em> shows that NFL players are generally less likely to be arrested than the rest of 25-to-29-year-old American men*:</p> <p class="rtecenter">&iuml;&raquo;&iquest;&iuml;&raquo;&iquest;&iuml;&raquo;&iquest;&iuml;&raquo;&iquest; <img alt="morris-datalab-nfl-vaw-1" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-48442" height="489" src="http://espnfivethirtyeight.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/morris-datalab-nfl-vaw-12.png?w=610&amp;h=489" width="610"></p> <p>Rather, this smells a lot like a PR-related move from the league, which has seen its reputation suffer in the wake of Rice's light penalty. After all, it's not like the NFL jumped to punish any of the following four players, all of whom were involved in domestic incidents during Goodell's tenure as commissioner:</p> <ul><li><strong>AJ Jefferson: </strong>In February, Jefferson <a href="http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_24614228/j-jefferson-former-viking-charged-strangling-girlfriend" target="_blank">allegedly strangled his girlfriend</a> and was arrested and charged with assault. The Minnesota Vikings released him hours later, but <a href="http://www.fieldgulls.com/nfl-draft/2014/5/3/5678150/aj-jefferson-seahawks-sparq-player-profile" target="_blank">he was picked</a> up by the Seattle Seahawks this spring.</li> <li><strong>Chad Johnson: </strong>In 2012, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/nfler-chad-johnson-charged-domestic-battery-alleged-assault-wife-evelyn-lozada-article-1.1157926" target="_blank">Johnson was arrested</a> for head-butting his wife and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. He pleaded no contest, was sentenced to probation and was <a href="http://newsone.com/2584238/evelyn-lozada-headbutt-photos/" target="_blank">cut by the Miami Dolphins.</a></li> <li><strong>Brandon Marshall: </strong>The Chicago Bears' star wide receiver has one of the <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-14/sports/chi-brandon-marshalls-rap-sheet-20120314_1_brandon-marshall-rasheedah-watley-press-charges" target="_blank">lengthier rap sheets</a> in the league. Since 2004, he has been arrested five times, twice on domestic-violence charges, and has been involved in 10 disputes&mdash;many involving violence against women&mdash;in which no charges were filed. Marshall was suspended one game in 2009 over charges he'd abused his girlfriend in 2008 (he was acquitted); in 2007, he was arrested after preventing his girlfriend's taxi from leaving his home, completed anger management, and did not receive punishment from the NFL.</li> <li><strong>Quinn Ojinnaka: </strong>The former Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman <a href="http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2010/06/03/quinn-ojinnaka-suspended-for-a-game-for-facebook-fracas/?cp=2" target="_blank">was suspended for one game</a> in 2010 after a dispute in which he threw his wife down a flight of stairs and out of their home. (The dispute is said to have begun over Ojinnaka contacting a woman via Facebook.)</li> </ul><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Ultimately, the NFL is deeply invested in maintaining a clean, family-friendly image, and Goodell is clearly responding to claims that the league takes smoking pot more seriously than it does violence against women. While it's good that future domestic-violence offenders will receive more appropriate punishment, the timing of his letter&mdash;just a day after a <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/experts-want-see-nfl-act-074730915--nfl.html" target="_blank">vocal outcry about Rice's punishment</a>&mdash;makes it seem like the move of an embarrassed league looking to crack down on players who embarrass it.</p> <p>Goodell is burnishing his reputation as an authoritarian who's concerned with appearances, rather than a commissioner who leverages the league's reach and resources to actually address issues like domestic violence.</p> <p><em>*Note: As commenter Bumpasaurus pointed out, the data from the </em>FiveThirtyEight <em>chart is "adjusted for poverty status." NFL players are wealthy, and compared to other, wealthy individuals in the same age group, "the domestic violence arrest rate is downright extraordinary."</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Sex and Gender Sports Top Stories Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:12:24 +0000 Sam Brodey 259361 at http://www.motherjones.com