Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2015/07/node/279226 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Why Do I Like Reza Farazmand's Stupid Comics So Much? http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/reza-farazmand-poorly-drawn-lines-book <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="caption"> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/EARS.jpg"><div class="caption">Reza Farazmand</div> </div> </div> <p>Does a man ever grow up? Apparently not. I'm a geezer, for Chrissake, and I can't stop laughing at <em>Poorly Drawn Lines</em>. That's the popular <a href="http://poorlydrawnlines.com/comic/" target="_blank">web comic</a> by Reza Farazmand that, come October 6, you can acquire <a href="http://www.penguin.com/book/poorly-drawn-lines-by-reza-farazmand/9780147515421" target="_blank">in the form of ink rolled onto processed and flattened dead trees</a>. You know, a book.</p> <p>Farazmand's gags are, if not poorly drawn, then simply drawn. They poke fun at technology, art, metaphysics, human (and creature) foibles, and the meaning of life. For the most part, they're kind of juvenile and super jaded, kind of like <em>The Far Side</em> meets <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2010/09/interview-al-jaffee-mad-life-snappy-answers" target="_blank"><em>Mad</em> magazine</a>, except with more swearing. Naturally, my 13-year-old loves 'em. And although they're hit or miss,&nbsp;like all comics, I love 'em, too.</p> <p>The book's very first strip reads as follows:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Buffalo:</strong> Some buffalo can jump as high as 36 feet.</p> <p><strong>Man:</strong> That's not true.</p> <p><strong>Buffalo:</strong> Some buffalo are lonely and lie to gain attention.</p> <p>[<em>They pause to consider.</em>]</p> <p><strong>Buffalo:</strong> Some buffalo would be down to get a drink later, or...</p> <p><strong>Man:</strong> I have a thing tonight.</p> <p><strong>Buffalo:</strong> Okay.</p> </blockquote> <p>If I have to explain why that's funny, you don't deserve to get it. (Sorry, Mom.) But plenty of people do, judging from the strip's 650,000-plus <a href="https://www.facebook.com/poorlydrawnlines" target="_blank">Facebook fans</a>. Here are some more examples from the book:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/the-owl.jpg"><div class="caption">Reza Farazmand<br><br> &nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/beginning.jpg"><div class="caption">Reza Farazmand</div> </div> </div></body></html> <p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/mixed-media/2015/09/reza-farazmand-poorly-drawn-lines-book"><strong><em>Continue Reading &raquo;</em></strong></a></p> Mixed Media Cartoons Books Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:00:08 +0000 Michael Mechanic 285041 at http://www.motherjones.com All 8,400 Apollo Moon Mission Photos Just Went Online. Here Are Some of Our Faves. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/every-photo-taken-apollo-moon-missions-are-now-online <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Every photo ever taken by Apollo astronauts on moon missions is <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/projectapolloarchive" target="_blank">now available online, on the Project Apollo Archive's Flickr account.</a> That's about 8,400 images, grouped by the roll of film they were shot on. You can finally see all the blurry images, mistakes, and unrecognized gems for yourself. The unprocessed Hasseblad photos (basically raw scans of the negatives) uploaded by the <a href="http://www.apolloarchive.com/" target="_blank">Project Apollo Archive</a> offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at the various moon missions&hellip;as well as lots and lots (and lots) of photos detailing the surface of the moon. Here's a very small taste. All photos by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/projectapolloarchive/" target="_blank"><em>NASA/The Project Apollo Archive</em></a>.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21469415470_347dae8dc8_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21081274684_336bed7ef9_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21472806779_0d78eb4ac2_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21473012669_223ed42b1c_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21473304069_bb368e23b8_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21514531299_c71ac6499c_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21516663498_742c297bbf_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21517000839_886420b4f1_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21638880632_914a1928e9_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21651777526_e97b673be4_z.jpg"></div> <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/21062653243_1b22803020_z.jpg"></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21659535595_e589d435a1_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21659724205_2712747261_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21668779731_19d53f2e7d_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21703935065_a669fe78cf_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21713172361_f0ecd20061_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21038830323_90e0c2f86c_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21669280311_fe283cae95_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21662134636_65399eaae3_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21693268821_3a960090ac_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21495634050_bf46d9c709_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21683417565_06f64cb4ea_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21058943643_87df0cf1a0_z_0.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21692965661_831ed39180_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21668593222_8ac24a358f_z%281%29.jpg"></div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Photo Essays Top Stories Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:46:32 +0000 Mark Murrmann 286021 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch a Bear Destroy a Woman's Kayak After She Thanks Him for Not Destroying Said Kayak http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/bear-destroys-kayak <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nU5cMZymSr0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>An expression of gratitude should never be followed by a threat of pepper spray.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU5cMZymSr0" target="_blank">YouTube user Mary Maley</a> learned this lesson the hard way after she encountered a black bear during a recent kayaking trip in Alaska.</p> <p>"Thank you for leaving my kayak alone!" Maley tells the bear in the video.</p> <p>As the bear saunters toward her, Maley quickly decides to abandon such pleasantries and hauls out the pepper spray, telling the animal, "I'm going to pepper-spray you in the face. That's what I'm going to do with you."</p> <p>After she does just that, the bear turns around and begins to destroy Maley's kayak, while Maley engages in an increasingly hysterical rant.</p> <p>"Bear! Bear! Why are you breaking my kayak? Why are you doing that?!" she screamed, her voice rising.</p> <p>She also points out that it's&nbsp;the end of September and the bear should be asleep. To no one's surprise, the bear seems unimpressed with her hibernation facts and continues&nbsp;playing with her boat.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:43:15 +0000 Inae Oh 285826 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Couldn't "Give Less of a Shit" About Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/john-oliver-colbert-donald-trump-2016 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4jP5AAA1XgQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Wednesday, John Oliver stopped by the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=71&amp;v=4jP5AAA1XgQ" target="_blank"><em>Late Show</em> with Stephen Colbert</a> to refrain from talking about the one guy America just can't seem to stop talking about&mdash;Donald Trump.</p> <p>"Do you care about him at all?" Colbert asked.</p> <p>"I couldn't give less of a shit," Oliver responded to a raucous applause from the audience. "It's physically impossible."</p> <p>He goes on to remind Colbert that it's only 2015, and while the media remains laser-focused on reporting the antics of Trump and the rest of the 2016 candidates, he plans to wait until 2016 to actually weigh in.</p> <p>"I don't care until we're in the same year as the thing I'm supposed to care about," Oliver explained.</p> <p>And as the comedian goes on to say,&nbsp;there are far greater issues outside of election-related items that warrant our discussion. Cue the next episode of <em>Last Week Tonight</em>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Film and TV Media Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:42:01 +0000 Inae Oh 285806 at http://www.motherjones.com "Black-ish" Took On the N-Word in Its Season Premiere. Next Up: Gun Control. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/next-black-ish-gun-control <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/A8Y401-RfLU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Since his latest show, <em>Black-ish</em>, debuted last year, showrunner Kenya Barris hasn't been afraid of sparking debate. &nbsp;</p> <p>His weekly portrait of the Johnsons, a well-off black family in Los Angeles, already has taken on issues like the Republican Party's relationship with African Americans<strong> </strong>and <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/03/why-blackish-has-a-gay-problem.html" target="_blank">homophobia in the black community</a>. And in a memorable season premiere last Wednesday, the Johnsons&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vulture.com/2015/09/blackish-n-word-episode.html" target="_blank">embraced</a> the intergenerational <a href="http://www.vox.com/2015/9/27/9403993/blackish-season-2-premiere" target="_blank">debate over the N-word</a>.</p> <p>This week, the show will face another contentious&nbsp;issue: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/true-cost-of-gun-violence-in-america" target="_blank">gun control</a>. In an <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/kelleylcarter/black-ish-tackles-gun-control-in-this-weeks-episode" target="_blank">interview with <em>BuzzFeed</em></a> on Tuesday, Barris gave a preview of what will happen: When a neighborhood break-in occurs, Dre (Anthony Anderson) contemplates buying a gun, with wife Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) arguing against it. (Nearly half of people who own a gun say <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2013/03/12/why-own-a-gun-protection-is-now-top-reason/" target="_blank">they do so for protection</a>.)</p> <p>Barris said the idea behind the episode originated in the writers' room, when the creator told his team that he was trying to buy a gun, shocking his colleagues. As he <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/kelleylcarter/black-ish-tackles-gun-control-in-this-weeks-episode">told <em>BuzzFeed</em></a>:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>They were blown away&hellip;[I was like,] This isn't crazy. I'm not buying a gun to kill someone. But it split the room down the middle. For me, that's always a good sign that there's a story in there.</p> <p>The notions and ideology of gun ownership has a lot socio-economic and cultural reasons behind it. We're not a political group. And we don't want to&hellip;start taking real hard stands on things that people have the right to have different opinions on. We want to have the filter of the family reflect different opinions and do it in a fun and funny way. That's what we try to do with each episode.</p> </blockquote> <p>You can catch the episode, "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Guns," tonight at 9:30 p.m. EDT/PDT on ABC.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Guns Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:40:01 +0000 Edwin Rios 285651 at http://www.motherjones.com College Athletes Just Lost Another Battle in the Fight to Get Paid http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/obannon-ncaa-appeals-court-decision <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A federal appeals court <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/01/sports/obannon-ncaa-case-court-of-appeals-ruling.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=second-column-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;_r=1&amp;mtrref=www.nytimes.com&amp;assetType=nyt_now" target="_blank">ruled Wednesday</a> that even though the NCAA violated antitrust law by restricting payments to athletes, the organization can keep colleges from compensating athletes beyond the cost of attending school.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/09/30/sports/document-ninth-circuit-court-of-appeals-obannon-case-ruling.html" target="_blank">78-page opinion</a> struck down a lower court injunction in <em>O'Bannon v. NCAA</em> that proposed that schools pay athletes an additional $5,000 per year in deferred compensation for using their likenesses in video games. It did, however, uphold another decision that granted schools the authority to pay for an athlete's full cost of attendance, which includes covering expenses like home visits and cellphone bills.</p> <p>The panel found that the NCAA was "not exempt from antitrust scrutiny," and that the association's rules "have been more restrictive than necessary to maintain its tradition of amateurism in support of the college sports market."</p> <p>The opinion marks a victory for the NCAA at a time when the organization faces repeated challenges regarding the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/northwestern-college-football-unionization-loss" target="_blank">rights of athletes</a>. <a href="https://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/initial-ncaa-statement-regarding-o-bannon-decision" target="_blank">In a statement</a>, NCAA president Mark Emmert said: "We agree with the court that the injunction 'allowing students to be paid cash compensation of up to $5,000 per year was erroneous.' Since Aug. 1, the NCAA has allowed member schools to provide up to full cost of attendance; however, we disagree that it should be mandated by the courts."&nbsp;</p> <p>As <em>Vice Sports</em>' Kevin Trahan notes, Wednesday's decision raises another question at the heart of the debate, at least <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/09/ncaa-football-video-ea-sports-lawsuit" target="_blank">for gamers</a>: Does it allow EA Sports, and more importantly the NCAA, to cash in on a college sports video game in the future? The answer, Trahan points out, may be <a href="https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/a-federal-court-just-called-the-ncaas-video-games-bluff" target="_blank">yes</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Civil Liberties Labor Sports Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:28:25 +0000 Edwin Rios 285701 at http://www.motherjones.com Lemony Snicket Explains Why He Ponied Up $1 Million to Planned Parenthood http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/lemony-snicket-donation-planned-parenthood-daniel-handler <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Daniel Handler, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/01/lemony-snicket-daniel-handler-pirates" target="_blank">better known as Lemony Snicket</a> and the author of the <em>Series of Unfortunate Events </em>children's books, announced yesterday that he and his wife, the illustrator <a href="http://www.americanchickens.com/about/" target="_blank">Lisa Brown</a>, would donate $1 million to Planned Parenthood.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/lisabrowndraws">@lisabrowndraws</a> &amp; I are giving 1 million dollars to <a href="https://twitter.com/PPFA">@PPFA</a>. We've been very fortunate, and good fortune should be shared with noble causes.</p> &mdash; Daniel Handler (@DanielHandler) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanielHandler/status/648468194215243776">September 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The women's health care provider, which has been the target of <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/sep/04/planned-parenthood-arson-clinics" target="_blank">multiple</a> suspected arsons this summer, is currently facing potential funding cuts from Congress. We spoke to Handler and Brown about their decision to support the organization.</p> <p><strong>Mother Jones: </strong>Why did you decide to give such a large sum to Planned Parenthood?</p> <p><strong>Daniel Handler and Lisa Brown: </strong>We've been enthusiastic supporters of Planned Parenthood for a long time, and watching their recent deceitful pummelling was frankly more than we could take.</p> <p><strong>MJ: </strong>What's your connection to the organization?</p> <p><strong>DH &amp; LB: </strong>We're Americans and human beings.&nbsp; We believe in people making their own reproductive choices.&nbsp; Planned Parenthood has been essential in the lives of many, many people around us.</p> <p><strong>MJ: </strong>Why do you think your donation is needed right now?</p> <p><strong>DH &amp; LB: </strong>Arson and propaganda, not to mention the umpteenth threat of defunding, seemed to demand some counterbalancing.</p> <p><strong>MJ: </strong>Where do you think reproductive rights are headed in the US?</p> <p><strong>DH &amp; LB: </strong>Truth and justice will prevail, but we ought to make it happen sooner rather than later.</p> <p>Planned Parenthood tweeted back at the couple:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/DanielHandler">@DanielHandler</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/lisabrowndraws">@lisabrowndraws</a> Thank you so much for your support!</p> &mdash; Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) <a href="https://twitter.com/PPFA/status/648485540870926336">September 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Congress Health Care Reproductive Rights Sex and Gender Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:23:37 +0000 Nina Liss-Schultz 285631 at http://www.motherjones.com Trevor Noah Debuts on the "Daily Show" With Pledge to Continue "War on Bullshit" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/trevor-noah-debuts-daily-show <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0OGZMfVQROY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Last night, Trevor Noah premiered as the new host of the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OGZMfVQROY" target="_blank"><em>Daily Show</em> </a>with a fresh round of jokes about the pope's recent visit to the United States and John Boehner's surprise decision to resign as House speaker late last week.</p> <p>But before diving into the news of the hour, the South African comedian used his opening monologue to thank Jon Stewart for the opportunity and promised to continue fighting his predecessor's 16-year "war on&nbsp;bullshit."</p> <p>"Jon Stewart was more than just a late-night host," Noah said. "He was often our voice, our refuge, and in many ways our political dad. It's weird, because Dad has left and now it feels like the family has a new stepdad&mdash;and he's black."</p> <p>"Thank you, John," he continued. "Thank you for believing in me. I'm not quite sure what you saw in me, but I'll work hard everyday to find it. And I'll make you not look like the crazy old dude who left his inheritance to some random&nbsp;kid from&nbsp;Africa."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:24:06 +0000 Inae Oh 285506 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Slams Fox News for Reducing Migrant Crisis to "One Single Stereotype" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/john-oliver-migrant-crisis-refugees <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/umqvYhb3wf4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umqvYhb3wf4" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em></a>, John Oliver took on the current migrant crisis in Europe to call out the troubling way some world leaders, including "noted swine fellatio enthusiast" David Cameron, and the media choose to characterize the situation.</p> <p>"When you're dealing with a mass of people that large, you really want to be a little careful with how you describe them," Oliver said.</p> <p>"Here in the US, some in the media have chosen to reduce the migrant population to one single stereotype," he adds, before showing a Fox News clip featuring the misleading caption, "Terrorists Inbound? Taking refugees could open door to jihadists."</p> <p>The segment, while continuing to illustrate the extreme racism and economic hardship refugees face when attempting to come to Europe, then turned to the story of a young, wheelchair-bound refugee, Noujain Mustafa, who learned English by watching <em>Days of Our Lives</em> for two years straight.</p> <p>Watch the segment above for the heartwarming surprise reunion Oliver managed to pull off for Mustafa.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Immigration International Media Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:00:29 +0000 Inae Oh 285396 at http://www.motherjones.com Los Lobos Comes Back With Scorching Boogie and Psychedelia http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/los-lobos-comes-back-scorching-boogie-and-psychedelia <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BwcVtoYbV-I" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Los Lobos<br><em>Gates of Gold</em><br> 429 Records<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/gates%20of%20gold.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>Is there a more versatile outfit in rock? Since the '70s, the LA quintet Los Lobos has displayed a staggering stylistic range beyond the reach of most other great bands, and done everything with soulful verve. On its first album of new material in five years, the group shows its age in the best possible way, segueing effortlessly from scorching boogie to wistful psychedelia to tender Mexican folk, never straining for effect. As always, David Hidalgo tends to sing the romantic songs, while C&eacute;sar Rosas tackles the rowdier ones, but either way, Los Lobos runs like the musical equivalent of an impeccably maintained classic car. Long may they roll.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:00:14 +0000 Jon Young 285151 at http://www.motherjones.com Check out MYZICA, Nashville's Latest Darlings http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/nashville-myzica-micah-tawlks-isaaca-byrd-ep-ready-not <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="600" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/users/123965235&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>With the release of their debut EP in June, Nashville boy-girl pop duo MYZICA offers a synthy dose of sweet indie pop that sticks in your head without the bad aftertaste of bubble-gum pop. Micah Tawlks, a producer who works with the likes of Matthew Perryman Jones, and Isaaca Byrd, a bassist and backup vocalist for a range of artists, cranked out the bulk of the EP in three weeks. Since then, they have toured around Nashville and up the East Coast as MYZICA. Their highlight single, "Ready or Not" was featured in Marvel's latest "Fantastic Four" iteration.</p> <p>Byrd's silky vocals pair perfectly with such sweet lyrics as "Call it perfect timing, call it fate/ Well, I know this is right, this is love at first sight" from the track, "Wait Just a Minute." The EP is an easy listen, with the occasional '80s keyboard influence and modern melodies enhanced by background vocals in all the right places. As Byrd croons about a love interest on "Believer," MYZICA makes us want to believe.</p></body></html> <p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/mixed-media/2015/09/nashville-myzica-micah-tawlks-isaaca-byrd-ep-ready-not"><strong><em>Continue Reading &raquo;</em></strong></a></p> Mixed Media Music Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Becca Andrews 284741 at http://www.motherjones.com Julia Holter's Hypnotic Chamber Pop http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/julia-stones-chamber-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="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OERixQR-hxY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Julia Holter<br><em>Have You in My Wilderness</em><br> Domino</strong><br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Wilderness%20-%20Packshot_1_0.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>Soothing and gently unsettling at once, Julia Holter's beguiling fourth album could be the elusive music you hear in an intense but puzzling dream. The Los Angeles native's graceful chamber pop is distinguished by an appealing lightness of touch, both in the string-centric arrangements and her placid vocals, with occasional detours into Nico-like gravity. While artfully crafted lyrics abound, they never diminish the primal power of the hypnotic melodies, tending more to delicate allusion&mdash;note the recurring aquatic imagery&mdash;than literal insistence, aside from the anguished query "What did I do to make you feel so bad?" Offering different subtle pleasures with each hearing, <em>Have You in My Wilderness</em> promises to have a long shelf life.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:00:08 +0000 Jon Young 285156 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "The Claw" From Barrence Whitfield & the Savages' Under the Savage Sky http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/music-review-claw-barrence-whitfield-savages-under-savage-sky <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194268580&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p><strong>TRACK 3</strong></p> <p>"The Claw"<br> From Barrence Whitfield &amp; the Savages' <em>Under the Savage Sky</em><br> BLOODSHOT</p> <p><strong>Liner notes: </strong>Powered by honking sax and brutal beats on this raunchy raveup, Barrence Whitfield commands listeners to stop "flapping your jaw" and start dancing.<br><strong>Behind the music:</strong> Born Barry White&mdash;no relation to the soul legend&mdash;the Bostonite has fronted various versions of the Savages since the '70s.<br><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Greasy rock and roll, from Little Richard to the Sonics and Nick Curran.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:35:23 +0000 Jon Young 285336 at http://www.motherjones.com The Criminal Investigation of FIFA's Sepp Blatter Is Finally Here http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/fifa-president-sepp-blatter-under-criminal-investigation-swiss-officials <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Friday, Swiss officials opened a criminal investigation into embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter "on suspicion of criminal mismanagement" and "misappropriation."</p> <p>In September 2005, Switzerland's Office of Attorney General <a href="https://www.news.admin.ch/message/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=58891" target="_blank">said in a press release</a>, Blatter signed a television contract with the Caribbean Football Union deemed "unfavorable to FIFA" during former FIFA executive Jack Warner's tenure as league president.</p> <p>Blatter was also accused of making a "disloyal payment" of 2 million Swiss francs to UEFA president Michel Platini "at the expense of FIFA" for work conducted between January 1999 and June 2002.</p> <p>The criminal probe <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/sepp-blatter-fifas-embattled-leader-1432733918" target="_blank">comes five months</a> after 14 top soccer officials and corporate executives, including Warner, were indicted for <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/05/fifa-corruption-sepp-blatter-historian" target="_blank">widespread corruption</a> spanning the past two decades.</p> <p>Here's a short recap of what has happened in the Blatter orbit since the indictment came down:</p> <p><strong>May 27:</strong> The US Department of Justice <a href="http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/nine-fifa-officials-and-five-corporate-executives-indicted-racketeering-conspiracy-and" target="_blank">indicts</a> 14 top soccer officials and corporate executives on charges of racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering for a massive corruption scheme that spanned two decades and totaled more than $150 million. Plainclothes officers raided the five-star Baur au Lac hotel in Switzerland, where FIFA executives gathered for the league's annual meeting. The charges focus on the buying and selling of votes for the 2010 World Cup in Africa. A separate Swiss investigation hones in on the bidding for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and 2022 World Cup in Qatar.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>May 29:</strong> Blatter wins election for the fifth time and <a href="http://www.espnfc.us/fifa-world-cup/4/blog/post/2471942/sepp-blatter-wins-fifa-election-but-football-is-real-loser" target="_blank">promises</a> to "take the responsibility to bring back FIFA."</p> <p><strong>May 31:</strong> Blatter <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/may/30/sepp-blatter-accuses-us-and-british-media-campaign-topple" target="_blank">says</a> he has an idea why the indictments went down two days before the FIFA election: "No one is going to tell me that it was a simple coincidence, this American attack two days before the elections of FIFA. It doesn't smell right. This has touched me and FIFA&hellip;There are signs that cannot be ignored. The Americans were the candidates for the World Cup of 2022 and they lost. The English were the candidates for 2018 and they lost, so it was really the English media and the American movement."</p> <p><strong>June 1:</strong> The <em>New York Times</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/sports/soccer/sepp-blatters-top-fifa-deputy-jerome-valcke-is-said-to-have-transferred-money-central-to-bribery-case.html" target="_blank">reports</a> that J&eacute;r&ocirc;me Valcke&mdash;the FIFA secretary general and Blatter's right-hand man&mdash;is linked to a $10 million transaction between FIFA and another soccer official, a central part of the bribery scandal. On June 10, Valcke <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/sports/soccer/jerome-valcke-fifa-bribery-scandal-russia-2018-south-africa-2010.html" target="_blank">concedes</a> that he authorized the transaction, but denied any wrongdoing.</p> <p><strong>June 2:</strong> Blatter announces he will <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/breaking-fifa-president-sepp-blatter-resigns-amid-corruption-scandal" target="_blank">resign</a> as head of FIFA after 17 years and calls for a special election. "FIFA needs a profound overhaul," he said in a statement at the time. "While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football&mdash;the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at FIFA."</p> <p><strong>June 15:</strong> A federal judge in Brooklyn unseals a plea agreement of former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer, who pleaded guilty in November 2013 to 10 counts of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion. Blazer cooperated with federal investigators in secret for two years before his plea, providing information that is believed to have helped lead to the arrests of the 14 officials. That same day, a Swiss newspaper <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/jun/14/sepp-blatter-stay-fifa-president-swiss-newspaper" target="_blank">reports</a> that Blatter is reconsidering his resignation from FIFA's top post.</p> <p><strong>September 17:</strong> FIFA places Valcke <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/sep/17/fifa-jerome-valcke-world-cup-tickets" target="_blank">on leave</a> "until further notice." Swiss authorities accused Valcke of selling tickets to the 2014 World Cup for more than face value.</p> <p><strong>September 25:</strong> Swiss authorities open criminal investigation into Blatter.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice International Sports Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:50:14 +0000 Edwin Rios 285281 at http://www.motherjones.com Air Travel Is About to Get Way More Annoying http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/your-air-travel-just-got-way-more-obnoxious <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Didn't think air travel could get more obnoxious? Well, if you're a resident of New York, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Louisiana, or American Samoa, abandon such wishful thinking, because starting&nbsp;next year&nbsp;<a href="http://time.com/money/4042896/drivers-license-airport-security-states-passport/" target="_blank">you may&nbsp;need a passport</a> to get on a plane&mdash;regardless of whether you're flying domestic or international.</p> <p>Thanks to the <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief" target="_blank">Real ID Act</a> passed back in 2005, these five places, in which a obtaining a driver's license does not require proof of citizenship or residency, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/drivers-licenses-new-york-domestic-flight-real-id" target="_blank">according to <em>Travel+Leisure</em></a>, have been deemed "non-compliant" with the act's security standards. Therefore, residents will need to remember to bring their passports along for air travel or obtain an Enhanced Driver's License for an extra $30.</p> <p>One small <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexandratalty/2015/09/21/new-york-residents-need-passports/" target="_blank">problem</a>: Only New York and Minnesota offer EDL's.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2008-01-29/html/08-140.htm" target="_blank">policy</a>, which was proposed in response to the 9/11 Commission's guidance, seeks to beef up counterterrorism measures. According to the<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-state-wants-more-time-to-comply-with-u-s-drivers-license-law-1442886964" target="_blank"><em> Wall Street Journal</em></a>, 22 states' driver's licenses already comply with the new law, while 24 other states have received extensions.</p> <p>The act will be enforced starting sometime in 2016. New York has already applied for an extension.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have submitted a request for an extension to the Real ID Act and our discussions with the Department of Homeland Security have been very productive,&rdquo; a spokeswoman from the <a href="http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/blogs/vote-up/2015/09/21/warning-ny-licenses-may-not-comply-with-federal-travel-standards/72565018/" target="_blank">New York Department of Motor Vehicles said</a>. &ldquo;We have no reason to believe that any New Yorker will have a problem using their current state-issued ID card to get on a plane come January 2016.&rdquo;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 23 Sep 2015 21:06:50 +0000 Inae Oh 285026 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch This Boston Bro Totally Lose His Shit Over a Weird Fish http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/09/funniest-reaction-youll-ever-see-boston-bro-looking-weird-fish <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This is what happens when a guy from Malden, Mass., sees a weird-looking fish in Boston Harbor, and decides to record his reaction, bro.</p> <p>"I don't know, man. I went nuts. We didn't know what the hell it was," Michael Bergin <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/09/22/big-fish-story-malden-man-reaction-large-fish-goes-viral/TftWGEZiihOOpWj95DBEwK/story.html?event=event25" target="_blank">told the <em>Boston Globe</em></a>. "It was scaring me to death, it was like a dinosaur. It was so ... ugly."</p> <p>H/t to Business Insider's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thisisinsider" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> (features some NSFW salty Boston language):</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/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="/mikeybrgn/videos/vb.1755949562/10200957083166738/?type=3"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/mikeybrgn/videos/10200957083166738/"> <p>Today was a great way to end summer thank u</p> Posted by <a href="#" role="button">Michael Bergin</a> on Thursday, September 17, 2015</blockquote> </div> </div> <p>By the way, it's an <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_sunfish" target="_blank">ocean sunfish</a>, which, to be fair, looks pretty damn weird:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Sunfish2.jpg"><div class="caption">Wikimedia Commons</div> </div> <p>It's a strong contender for the new Double Rainbow:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OQSNhk5ICTI" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Happy Wednesday.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Animals Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:11:24 +0000 Tim McDonnell 284946 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump Was Just On Stephen Colbert—and It Was Bonkers http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/donald-trump-was-just-stephen-colbert <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>"Knock knock"</p> <p>"Who's there?"</p> <p>"Donald."</p> <p>"Donald who?"</p> <p>"Donald Trump."</p> <p>"Oh hey, Donald Trump. Come on in. America is in the living room, waiting to see how ridiculous you are."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ns7ocpRhDD8?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Check out the full episode here:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GxCiwcXpDWA" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 23 Sep 2015 04:30:55 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 284916 at http://www.motherjones.com Stephen Colbert Shuts Down Ted Cruz Over Ronald Reagan Legacy http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/stephen-colbert-ted-cruz-reagan-legacy <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dKxXtOyMmYc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>If there was one clear winner that emerged from last week's Republican presidential debate, it was Ronald Reagan, whose legacy was <a href="http://fortune.com/2015/09/17/reagan-republican-debate/" target="_blank">repeatedly invoked</a> and showered with 45 instances of praise from his admiring disciples, including Sen. Ted Cruz.</p> <p>The Texas senator's Reagan fandom was tested during an appearance on the "Late Show" last night, when host Stephen Colbert pointed out that Reagan famously supported both an amnesty program for immigrants and raising taxes&mdash;two policies Cruz has vehemently railed against throughout his own campaign for president.</p> <p>"Reagan raised taxes," Colbert said. "Reagan actually had an amnesty program for illegal immigrants. Neither of those things would allow Reagan to be nominated today. So to what level can you truly emulate Ronald Reagan?"</p> <p>"Could you agree with Reagan on those two things?" he asked.</p> <p>Cruz was then forced to admit that no, contrary to his previously uncritical adulation of Reagan, he wouldn't be able to endorse two of Reagan's major positions.</p> <p>The two continued to spar on policy items, including gay marriage. During one point, Colbert asked members of the audience to stop booing Cruz, who appeared visibly uneasy in his guest chair. We can't wait to see how <a href="https://twitter.com/brianstelter/status/644965984424591361" target="_blank">Donald Trump</a> will fare when he swings by the "Late Show" tonight. Stay tuned.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Film and TV Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:01:02 +0000 Inae Oh 284791 at http://www.motherjones.com Viola Davis Becomes the First African-American to Win Emmy for Best Actress in Drama http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/viola-davis-emmy-speech <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/685jYZGcFh8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Last night, Viola Davis made history by becoming the <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2015/09/viola-davis-emmys-acceptance-speech.html" target="_blank">first African American</a> to win the award for best actress in a drama series. In her acceptance speech, the <em>How to Get Away with Murder</em> actress delivered a stirring message on diversity and the lack of opportunity women of color face in Hollywood.</p> <p>"In my dreams, I see a line," an emotional Davis said. "And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can't seem to get there no how, I can seem to get over that line."</p> <p>"That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. Let me tell you something&mdash;the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You can not win an Emmy for roles that simply are not there."</p> <p>Both her historic win and speech were met with congratulations on social media:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">OMG!!! I'm floored... and proud and crying... VIOLA VIOLA VIOLA!!! Thank you for letting us share your shine!!! Man... tears</p> &mdash; Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) <a href="https://twitter.com/itsgabrielleu/status/645791528917553152">September 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">AMEN!!!! Best speech of the night. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Emmys?src=hash">#Emmys</a> <a href="https://t.co/S8NYHTi2AE">https://t.co/S8NYHTi2AE</a></p> &mdash; kerry washington (@kerrywashington) <a href="https://twitter.com/kerrywashington/status/645795391091281920">September 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Wow , WOW! Another proud to spell my name W.O.M.A.N. Moment. Thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/violadavis">@violadavis</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EmmyWinner?src=hash">#EmmyWinner</a></p> &mdash; Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) <a href="https://twitter.com/Oprah/status/645792233401126913">September 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Bravo!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Race and Ethnicity Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:23:38 +0000 Inae Oh 284631 at http://www.motherjones.com Go-Betweens Frontman Delivers Witty, Melodic Pop http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/g0-betweens-robert-forster-new-album-songs-play <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fZ8Vy8FqnKs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Robert Forster<br><em>Songs to Play</em><br> Tapete</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/TR324_RobertForster_rgb_sh.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>Robert Forster was one of two gifted singer-songwriters in the jangly, beloved Australian band The Go-Betweens, which disbanded in 2006 following the death of co-leader Grant McLennan. On his first album in seven years, Forster continues to make witty, melodic pop that etches vivid portraits of everyday people in uncomfortable situations. <em>Songs to Play</em> sets his understated, gently sardonic voice against sleek instrumental textures, adding tart violin (and even a little trumpet) to the usual sprightly electric guitars.</p> <p>As always, Forster's inventive tunes offer plenty to chew on, from the breezy "I'm So Happy for You," which may not be as affirmative as it insists, to the brash "I Love Myself (And I Always Have)," which finds the arrogant narrator proclaiming, "I hold myself in high regard," adding, "No, I'm not an only child" in the manner of Randy Newman's more obnoxious characters. Nearly four decades after the debut of The Go-Betweens, Robert Forster remains a smart, sneaky auteur who bears careful observation.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Jon Young 284331 at http://www.motherjones.com There Is New Evidence That Football Destroys Brains—and It’s Terrifying http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/football-players-nfl-cte-brain-disease-study <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A new joint study by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sports/concussion-watch/new-87-deceased-nfl-players-test-positive-for-brain-disease/" target="_blank">found</a> that 87 out of 91 former NFL players who donated their brains for examination showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease also known as CTE. The report out of the nation's largest brain bank, which received a $1 million research grant from the NFL in 2010, supports prior research suggesting that playing football could have long-lasting neurological effects over the course of an athlete's life.</p> <p>As reported first by <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sports/concussion-watch/new-87-deceased-nfl-players-test-positive-for-brain-disease/" target="_blank"><em>Frontline</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>In total, the [Boston University] lab has found CTE in the brain tissue in 131 out of 165 individuals who, before their deaths, played football either professionally, semi-professionally, in college or in high school.</p> <p>Forty percent of those who tested positive were the offensive and defensive linemen who come into contact with one another on every play of a game, according to numbers shared by the brain bank with FRONTLINE. That finding supports past research suggesting that it's the repeat, more minor head trauma that occurs regularly in football that may pose the greatest risk to players, as opposed to just the sometimes violent collisions that cause concussions.</p> </blockquote> <p>CTE can only be accurately identified posthumously, and it's important to remember that many of the ex-players who donated their brains to BU did so because they thought they might have the disease. Still, the results are more bad news for the NFL, which for years has been criticized over its handling of concussions and brain research. The league has<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/10/three-ways-nfl-denied-footballs-concussion-crisis-cte" target="_blank">long denied</a> a link between the sport and long-term brain disease&mdash;in its <a href="http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/photo/2015/08/05/0ap3000000506671.pdf" target="_blank">annual health and safety report</a>, the league reported a 35 percent decline in concussions in the course of two regular seasons&mdash;but in April it<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2015/04/22/nfl-concussion-lawsuit-settlement-judge-1-billion/26192827/" target="_blank">gained approval</a> for a $1 billion settlement with about 5,000 retired players, resolving concussion-related lawsuits. (The Will Smith film <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk-1TLVUPZk" target="_blank"><em>Concussion</em></a>, which recounts the story of the doctor who first discovered CTE in the brain of a former NFL player, debuts on Christmas.)</p> <p>An NFL spokesperson said in a statement to <em>Frontline </em>on Friday: "We are dedicated to making football safer and continue to take steps to protect players, including rule changes, advanced sideline technology, and expanded medical resources. We continue to make significant investments in independent research through our gifts to Boston University, the [National Institutes of Health] and other efforts to accelerate the science and understanding of these issues."</p> <p>Dr. Ann McKee, who is the chief neuropathologist at the brain bank, told <em>Frontline</em>: "People think that we're blowing this out of proportion, that this is a very rare disease and that we're sensationalizing it. My response is that where I sit, this is a very real disease. We have had no problem identifying it in hundreds of players."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Health Science Sports Top Stories Fri, 18 Sep 2015 19:03:13 +0000 Edwin Rios 284571 at http://www.motherjones.com Fox News Wants New American Citizen Emily Blunt to Leave Town http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/fox-news-emily-blunt-american <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wjWUGeoLQww" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Appalled by Emily Blunt's recent remark that she <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/donald-trump-president-matt-damon-822866" target="_blank">regretted</a> becoming an American citizen after watching the first GOP debate&mdash;a joke that has since sparked the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/MaydnUSA/status/643832002215604228" target="_blank">#GoHomeEmily</a> on Twitter&mdash;Fox News is now telling the actress to remove her ungrateful, Anglophile self from Hollywood.</p> <p>"Why don't you leave Hollywood,&nbsp;California, and let some American&nbsp;women take on the roles that you're&nbsp;getting, because Americans are watching your&nbsp;movies and lining your pockets," Anna Kooiman <a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/09/15/fox-amp-friends-host-tells-actress-emily-blunt/205551" target="_blank">said</a>, barely containing her hurt and anger, during a segment of <em>Fox &amp; Friends </em>on Monday.</p> <p>Kooiman's colleagues agreed. One even went so far as to open up old conservative wounds (and create a new verb in the process) when he compared Blunt to the once beloved, since branded traitorous Dixie Chicks<strong>.</strong></p> <p>"You know what Emily Blunt just did?" Steve Doocy said. "She just Dixie Chicked herself.&nbsp;She has alienated half the country that now will think twice about going&nbsp;to one of her movies."</p> <p>The Dixie Chicks, you may recall, were outspoken in their opposition to George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq. In a 2003 concert in London, lead vocalist Natalie Maines said, "Just so you know, we&rsquo;re on the good side with y&rsquo;all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we&rsquo;re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas." The group never recovered.</p> <div class="copy-paste-block">Harsh, Doocy. Fox News did, however, credit Blunt for being "very pretty."<em><a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/09/15/fox-amp-friends-host-tells-actress-emily-blunt/205551" target="_blank"> </a></em></div> <div class="copy-paste-block">&nbsp;</div> <div class="copy-paste-block"><em><a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/09/15/fox-amp-friends-host-tells-actress-emily-blunt/205551" target="_blank">(h/t) Media Matters </a></em></div></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:40:02 +0000 Inae Oh 284176 at http://www.motherjones.com Let John Oliver Show You How America's Overworked Public Defense System Screws the Poor http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/john-oliver-public-defenders <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/USkEzLuzmZ4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USkEzLuzmZ4" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em></a>, John Oliver took America's criminal justice system to task by highlighting the problems surrounding overworked and under-resourced public defenders across the country&mdash;including in one California <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/aclu-lawsuit-public-defense-fresno-california" target="_blank">county</a> where only 60 public attorneys are responsible for a staggering 42,000 cases a year.</p> <p>"A thousands cases in a year? That's nearly 3 cases per day," Oliver noted on Sunday. "Those are Gerard Depardieu wine consumption numbers&mdash;at breakfast. And with caseloads that heavy, public defenders cannot possibly prepare an effective defense."</p> <p>As <em>Mother Jones</em> has reported in the past, such <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/aclu-lawsuit-public-defense-fresno-california" target="_blank">systematic failures</a> are often paid for by the country's most vulnerable and poor.</p> <p>To help make his&nbsp;point, Oliver recruited the likes of television detectives, including Dennis Quaid and Jeremy Sisto, to rewrite the Miranda rights warning to more accurately depict the public defense system's challenges.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Media Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:42:21 +0000 Inae Oh 283996 at http://www.motherjones.com Texas Tornadoes' Classic Albums Bring Rootsy Delights http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/texas-tornadoes-classic-albums-bring-rootsy-delights <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ngvHTy0_uM4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Texas Tornados<br><em>A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada&mdash;Prime Cuts 1990-1996</em><br> Real Gone Music</strong><br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/848064003885.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>Call them a supergroup, or just a super group&mdash;either way, the Texas Tornados were a lot of fun. Featuring Tex-Mex great Doug Sahm, leader of the Sir Douglas Quintet, on soulful vocals and guitar, SDQ bandmate Augie Meyers on pumping Vox organ, crooner Freddy Fender and ace accordionist Flaco Jimenez, this lovably scruffy crew created the perfect soundtrack for a laid-back party over the course of four studio albums (the first of which came in English and Spanish-language versions). Offering 39 tracks on two discs, including a Miller Lite beer ad, <em>A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada </em>contains a slew of rootsy delights, among them Sahm's rousing "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone," the classic Fender ballad "Wasted Days and Wasted Night," and Bob Dylan's tender "To Ramona." There's no better non-prescription cure for stress.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:00:40 +0000 Jon Young 283916 at http://www.motherjones.com Anything Goes on the Final Unwound Compilation http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/unwounds-latest-album-experiments-different-genres <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hpzde5lHnrg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Unwound<br><em>Empire</em><br> Numero Group</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/unwound.jpeg"></div> <p>The fourth and final chapter in record label Numero Group's fascinating history of the Olympia, Washington, trio Unwound collects the albums <em>Challenge for a Civilized Society</em> (1998) and <em>Leaves Turn Inside You</em> (2001), along with stray tracks from the same period. At this point, Justin Trosper (vocals, guitar), Vern Rumsey (bass), and Sara Lund (drums) are in full anything-goes mode. While some exhilarating songs reflect the band's familiar hard rock and grunge roots, others take entirely different paths, using mellotron, harmonium, and studio effects in unpredictable pieces that can run ten minutes, notably the freeform electro-psychedelia of "The Light at the End of the Tunnel Is a Train." Not everything works, but even the experimental misfires feel like an heartfelt attempt to develop new ideas without abandoning the anxiety-inducing tension that made Unwound so compelling in the first place.<br> &nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 283571 at http://www.motherjones.com