Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2009/12 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Carly Fiorina Just Burst Into Song and It Was the Weirdest Thing I've Ever Seen http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/carly-fiorina-just-burst-song-and-it-was-weirdest-thing-ive-ever-seen <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">There we were, as a nation, watching <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/ted-cruz-reportedly-announcing-carly-fiorina-his-running-mate" target="_blank">Sen. Ted Cruz attempt to gin up some momentum by announcing Carly </a></span><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/ted-cruz-reportedly-announcing-carly-fiorina-his-running-mate" target="_blank">Fiorina</a><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/ted-cruz-reportedly-announcing-carly-fiorina-his-running-mate" target="_blank"> as his vice presidential&nbsp;running mate</a>, Wednesday afternoon. I was a bit bored. Then this happened, and oh, how I screamed with my mouth and with my keyboard:</span></p> <p><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202016-04-27%20at%201.52.22%20PM.png" style="height: 277px; width: 630px;"></p> <p>Here is the full video for your enjoyment&mdash;and for any future horror show reel you want to produce:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">WATCH: <a href="https://twitter.com/CarlyFiorina">@CarlyFiorina</a> bursts into song after <a href="https://twitter.com/tedcruz">@tedcruz</a> names her his running mate <a href="https://t.co/2RAbmQaqkV">https://t.co/2RAbmQaqkV</a> <a href="https://t.co/xRcCJ51mvN">https://t.co/xRcCJ51mvN</a></p> &mdash; MSNBC (@MSNBC) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/725427419360813056">April 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>We tried to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/ted-cruz-should-probably-have-read-these-stories-about-carly-fiorina-appointing-her" target="_blank">warn him</a>.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This is what I felt and thought when <a href="https://twitter.com/CarlyFiorina">@CarlyFiorina</a> was singing. The horror show trailer version: <a href="https://t.co/Ex4iP3xD5U">pic.twitter.com/Ex4iP3xD5U</a></p> &mdash; James West (@jameswest2010) <a href="https://twitter.com/jameswest2010/status/725437398436425728">April 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:06:00 +0000 James West 302846 at http://www.motherjones.com This Powerful Video Shows Just How Violent Online Harassment Is for Women in Sports http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/more-than-mean-women-sports-online-harassment <!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/9tU-D-m2JY8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Part of the unstated job description for a woman in sports seems to involve<strong> </strong>dealing with serious forms of online abuse&mdash;harassment that often extends well beyond the innocuous jab and into violent, misogynistic threats. It's a <a href="http://www.si.com/more-sports/2015/08/16/female-sports-reporters-sexual-harassment-norwood-teague-rio-olympics-ryan-seacrest" target="_blank">well-documented</a> problem, but that doesn't matter. It's a near daily reality for far too many women working in sports.</p> <p>A new video featuring Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro, two well-known professional sports reporters, brings the issue to the forefront. They gathered some of the tweets they had received on the job and asked a few men to read them back. Here are a selection of those messages:</p> <blockquote> <p>"One of the players should beat you to death with their hockey stick, like the whore you are."</p> <p>"This is why we don't hire any females unless we need our cocks sucked or our food cooked."</p> <p>"Sarah Spain is a self-important, know-it-all cunt."</p> <p>"Hopefully this skank Julie DiCaro is Bill Cosby's next victim. That would be classic."</p> </blockquote> <p>The men in the video appear visibly struggling to recite the disturbing language other men have directed at Spain and DiCaro. "I don't think I can even say that," one man says. "I'm having trouble looking at you when I'm saying these things," another says.</p> <p>The video ends with several of the men apologizing for having anything to do with bringing back the tweets. They are clearly taken aback with the material they've just read. As for Spain and DiCaro, they sit nearly silent; their familiarity with the experience didn't make it any easier to handle.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sex and Gender Sports Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:16:50 +0000 Inae Oh 302716 at http://www.motherjones.com Lin-Manuel Miranda Raps a Powerful Plea to Save Puerto Rico From Its Debt Crisis http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/lin-manuel-miranda-puerto-rico-john-oliver-hbo <!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/Tt-mpuR_QHQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Sunday, John Oliver focused his attention on <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/10/finally-some-movement-puerto-rico-debt-relief" target="_blank">Puerto Rico's paralyzing debt crisis </a>and the fast-approaching May 1 deadline looming over the island to repay $72 billion&mdash;an amount the island's governor announced last June could not be repaid and was therefore crippling Puerto Rico's economy. The ongoing crisis has affected many of Puerto Rico's 3.5 million people and shut down schools across the island, while members of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/02/marco-rubio-weighs-puerto-rico-gop-primary-florida" target="_blank">Wall Street</a> have profited along the way.</p> <p>In recent months, a growing number of politicians, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have called on the US government to provide economic relief and the opportunity for Puerto Rico to restructure its debt. One of the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/28/opinion/lin-manuel-miranda-give-puerto-rico-its-chance-to-thrive.html?_r=1" target="_blank">most outspoken defenders of Puerto Rico</a> has been Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the Broadway musical "Hamilton." On Sunday, the newly-minted Pulitzer Prize winner appeared on <em>Last Week Tonight</em> to continue his plea for help, this time with a new rap song in hopes that members of Congress will rescue the island. It's a brilliant performance, so be sure to watch above.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Economy International Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:29:39 +0000 Inae Oh 302626 at http://www.motherjones.com Summer Flake's Electric Folk Casts a Powerful Spell http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/music-review-hello-friends-summer-flake <!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/KqdMEHO2fPU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Summer Flake<br><em>Hello Friends</em><br> Rice Is Nice Records</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/summerflake_albumart_INLINE.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Courtesy of Grandstand Media/Rice Is Nice Records</strong></div> </div> <p><br> Australia's Stephanie Craise, who records as Summer Flake, makes electric folk music that's both mammoth and intimate. Her sweet-and-sour combination of frayed guitars and dreamy, overdubbed voices has a bracing sizzle, with sentimental melodies tugging at the heartstrings to amplify the drama. If <em>Hello Friends</em> feels like eavesdropping on someone's aching reveries, it never achieves the creepy oversharing quality sometimes heard in confessional pop, thanks to Craise's vibrant sense of songcraft. Check out "So Long" and "Make Your Way Back to Me," both five-minute-plus epics that benefit from their extended running time by allowing her to slowly cast a powerful spell. Following last year's tantalizing, albeit tentative, <em>Time Rolls By </em>EP, this arresting album marks an exciting leap forward. Bravo!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Jon Young 302591 at http://www.motherjones.com Prince Performed "Purple Rain" Unplugged at One of His Final Shows Last Week http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/prince-purple-rain-atlanta-final-shows <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Today, the world mourns the death of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2016/04/breaking-pop-megastar-prince-has-died-age-57" target="_blank">legendary musician Prince,</a> the&nbsp;prolific artist who produced countless hits such as "When Doves Cry" and "1999."</p> <p>Just a week before his death was reported on Thursday, the pop star played <a href="http://music.blog.ajc.com/2016/04/14/concert-review-prince-enchants-at-intimate-fox-theatre-show/" target="_blank">two sold-out shows in Atlanta, </a>where he performed one of his most celebrated songs, "Purple Rain." The concert enforced Prince's long-standing ban on cameras, but one concertgoer managed to record a quick clip:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">We weren't supposed to use phones at Prince in ATL last week, but I couldn't resist. Last performance of Purple Rain <a href="https://t.co/6FjkJTksJO">pic.twitter.com/6FjkJTksJO</a></p> &mdash; Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReuseRecruiting/status/723195141641646080">April 21, 2016</a></blockquote> </center></body></html> Mixed Media Music Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:34:22 +0000 Inae Oh 302446 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Shames Congress for America's Lead Contamination Crisis http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/john-oliver-lead-contamination <!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/GUizvEjR-0U" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Over the past year, American lawmakers have expressed outrage over the water crisis in Flint, Michigan&mdash;a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/12/flint-lead-water-state-emergency" target="_blank">"man-made disaster" </a>that poisoned thousands of children living in the city, while state officials knew that the city's tap water was in fact unsafe to drink.</p> <p>But as John Oliver noted on the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUizvEjR-0U" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em>,</a> lead contamination extends far beyond Flint. According to a <em>USA Today</em> study cited on Sunday, nearly 2,000 water systems across the United States have been detected for excessive lead levels. The problem gets even worse when children ingest lead paint dust, which is present in 2.1 million homes across the country where children under the age of six live.</p> <p>"There is no safe level of lead," Oliver said. "It's one of those things that are so dangerous, you shouldn't even let a little bit inside of you&mdash;much like heroin or Jeremy Piven. Even low-level exposure can lead to irreversible damage like lower IQ's, anti-social behavior, and reduced attention span."</p> <p>Despite the outrage, Congress continues to deny the crucial funding needed to start removing lead from American homes.</p> <p>"That's what makes it so frustrating that last year all of those men voted for a bill that would have reduced the already low funding for hot lead abatement programs by $35 million, amounting to a 32 percent cut," Oliver said. "And the truth is, if you cut funding like that, a whole lot more children might get poisoned."</p> <p>While the cuts never passed, funding to correct the issue has remained flat and continues to put children at risk for lead exposure across the country.</p> <p>For more on Flint, check out <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/mother-exposed-flint-lead-contamination-water-crisis" target="_blank"><em>Mother Jones</em>' investigation into the crisis here. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Health Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:42:55 +0000 Inae Oh 302041 at http://www.motherjones.com The Playful Grace of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/music-review-dois-amigos-caetano-veloso-and-gilberto-gil <!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/9pcGm1Htye0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Caetano Veloso &amp; Gilberto Gil<br><em>Dois Amigos, Um Seculo de Musica: Multishow Live</em><br> Nonesuch</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/caetano_gil_INLINE.jpg"><div class="caption">Nonesuch Records</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The great Brazilian singer-songwriters Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil go back a half-century together. Spearheading the Tropicalia movement, which blended traditional and modern pop music, they ran afoul of the country's authoritarian government in the '60s, leading to brief imprisonment and then exile, though both eventually came home to continue their brilliant careers. But you don't have to know ancient history (or Portuguese) to appreciate this wonderful live album, drawn from their joint 2015 tour. Performing together and separately, with just their acoustic guitars for support, Veloso and Gil epitomize playful grace and warm camaraderie on these entrancing, deftly melodic songs. Both have aged well and blend beautifully: Caetano possesses the sweeter, smoother voice, while Gilberto is a deeper, slightly raspier singer. <em>Dois Amigos</em> is a lovely introduction to&mdash;or triumphant reminder of&mdash;two remarkable artists.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:00:15 +0000 Jon Young 301586 at http://www.motherjones.com Harvard’s All-Male Club Says it Can’t Let in Women Because They’d Be Sexually Assaulted http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/harvard-porcellian-club-male-only-sexual-assault <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The elite gentlemen of the Porcellian Club, Harvard's centuries-old social club that boasts the likes of <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/08/are-harvards-final-clubs-on-the-wrong-side-of-history/375699/" target="_blank">Teddy Roosevelt and the Winklevoss</a> twins among its alumni, emerged from years of silence on Tuesday to reject the university's calls for clubs to join the 21st century and include women into its exclusive ranks.</p> <p>"To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time an officer of the PC has granted an on-the-record statement to a newspaper since our founding in 1791," Charles Storey, a graduate from the class of '82 and the club's graduate board president, wrote to Harvard's student newspaper the <a href="http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/4/13/porcellian-club-criticizes-college/" target="_blank"><em>Crimson</em></a>. "This reflects both the PC's abiding interest in privacy and the importance of the situation."</p> <p>Storey goes on to argue that by forcing clubs to invite female members, the change would "potentially increase, not decrease the potential for sexual misconduct"&mdash;essentially making the case that instead of broadening women's access to the benefits of these social clubs, the university's efforts could actually jeopardize a woman's safety.</p> <p>"Given our policies, we are mystified as to why the current administration feels that forcing our club to accept female members would reduce the incidence of sexual assault on campus," Storey continued.</p> <p>Storey isn't alone in his staunch resolve to remain stuck on the wrong side of history. Another Porcellian Club member, who wished to remain anonymous, told the <em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/13/secretive-harvard-club-breaks-225-years-of-silence-to-say-that-admitting-women-could-increase-sexual-misconduct/" target="_blank">Washington Post</a></em> that the university's efforts would disrupt the club's intention to develop "deep male friendships."</p> <p>"We don't want to be involved in anyone else's business, we just want to be left alone to carry on our 225-year traditions in peace," he noted.</p> <p>Last year, a similar conflict erupted when <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2015/09/12/harvards-hasty-pudding-still-bars-female-performers-meet-the-women-trying-to-change-that" target="_blank">women fought to perform</a> in Harvard's Hasty Pudding theatrical group, which has been all-male since its founding in 1795. Despite their attempts, none of the 17 women who auditioned were accepted into the troupe.</p> <p>"I want to say that it's unsettling that there will be no women on stage tonight,&rsquo;&rsquo; Amy Poehler said when accepting the group's "Woman of the Year" award last January. "You know it's time for a change when the Augusta National Golf Club has lapped you in terms of being progressive."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Education Sex and Gender Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:38:37 +0000 Inae Oh 301781 at http://www.motherjones.com Samantha Bee Demonstrates How Frighteningly Easy It Is to Purchase a Gun http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/samantha-bee-guns-nra <!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/usgOsNhkKVE" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usgOsNhkKVE" target="_blank"><em>Full Frontal</em></a>, Samantha Bee took us on her quest to rent the costume of the National Rifle Association's esteemed gun safety mascot, Eddie Eagle. But doing so proved to be a surprisingly onerous process&mdash;one that required filling out an 18-page application and dealing with the group's mandatory 20-day waiting period before anyone can get their hands on Eddie's gear.</p> <p>Compare that with the relatively simple task of acquiring a gun, whether online, at your run-of-the-mill gun shop, or at a gun show in New Mexico:</p> <blockquote> <p>"Are you a felon?" one gun own seller in New Mexico asked a <em>Full Frontal</em> producer.</p> <p>"No," she replied.</p> <p>"Okay."</p> </blockquote> <p>Another gun secured! As the episode went on, Bee and her team were able to add to their arsenal with frightening ease, all while being repeatedly denied an elusive Eddie Eagle costume.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Guns Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:16:58 +0000 Inae Oh 301701 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Takes on the Error-Plagued World of Credit Reporting http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/john-oliver-credit-reports <!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/aRrDsbUdY_k" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>John Oliver took on the dicey world of credit reporting, or as the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRrDsbUdY_k" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em> </a>host described it on Sunday, the "basis for the single most important three-digit number in your whole life other than 311&mdash;the Beatles of rap rock."</p> <p>Businesses use credit reports to determine whether to lend credit to someone. But as Oliver explained, nearly a quarter of every credit report contains inaccurate information, including critical errors that can block a person from getting hired at a job and even renting an apartment.</p> <p>It's an error-ridden process by which many important life events are effectively destroyed. Watch above to see how Oliver tries to get credit reporting companies to understand the gravity of these routine mistakes.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Economy Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:29:50 +0000 Inae Oh 301626 at http://www.motherjones.com Upbeat and High Lonesome With Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/music-review-little-windows-teddy-thompson-and-kelly-jones <!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/GnwUaEe6fxg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Teddy Thompson &amp; Kelly Jones<br><em>Little Windows</em><br> Cooking Vinyl</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/teddythompsonkellyjones_INLINE_0.jpg"><div class="caption">Missing Piece Group</div> </div> <p>George and Tammy&hellip;Porter and Dolly&hellip;Teddy and Kelly? Teddy Thompson (son of Richard and Linda) and Kelly Jones have a ways to go before they're recognized as the next great male-female duo, but this winning twosome is off to a fine start with <em>Little Windows</em>. Blending their plaintive voices in seamless, high-lonesome harmonies that would do the Everly Brothers proud, they explore love's many complications in memorable country-pop tunes both jaunty ("Wondering") and mournful ("I Thought That We Said Goodbye"). Long on atmosphere and short on pandering nostalgia, despite an old-school vibe, songs like the dreamy 3:00 a.m. ballad "Don't Remind Me" would inspire goosebumps in any era. Here's to a long partnership!<br> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Jon Young 301581 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch The Daily Show's Jessica Williams Tear Down Fearmongering Bathroom Bills http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/daily-show-transgender-bathroom-bills-jessica-williams <!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/PIvCh3EQv1Q" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Wednesday night, <em>The Daily Show</em>'s Jessica Williams confronted the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/north-carolina-lgbt-bathrooms-hb2-enforcement" target="_blank">growing panic in state legislatures</a> over transgender people and where they can go to the bathroom. North Carolina continues to face a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/06/us/gay-rights-mississippi-north-carolina.html?_r=0" target="_blank">massive backlash from the business community</a> for the bathroom law it enacted in March that, among other things, requires people to pee in the location that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificates. Police departments in North Carolina say <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/north-carolina-lgbt-bathrooms-hb2-enforcement" target="_blank">they're puzzled by the law</a>, which critics say will be all but impossible to enforce. On Wednesday, a state senator in South Carolina <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/s-c-bill-would-bar-requiring-transgender-choice-bathrooms-n552156" target="_blank">introduced</a> another so-called bathroom bill, while the Tennessee House <a href="http://wreg.com/2016/04/07/transgender-restroom-bill-revived-by-tennessee-house-panel/" target="_blank">revived one of its own.</a></p> <p>Williams interviewed several transgender people for her sketch, including a black trans woman who was arrested last year in Iowa&mdash;where she had traveled to attend a funeral&mdash;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/10/transgender-woman-jailed-iowa-drury-inn" target="_blank">because she didn't have a copy of her prescription for her hormone pills</a>. (She spent eight days in jail and missed the funeral, and the charges were later dropped.) "Because of discrimination and profiling, at least 47 percent of black trans people will have at some point in their lives been incarcerated," Williams explained. "You'd think there'd be laws to correct this. But instead, this year alone, state legislatures have introduced 175 anti-trans bills."</p> <p>Proponents of bathroom bills say they're necessary to prevent trans women from acting as sexual predators on girls in bathrooms. But experts say these fears <a href="http://mic.com/articles/114066/statistics-show-exactly-how-many-times-trans-people-have-attacked-you-in-bathrooms#.iKHQpCzoT" target="_blank">aren't based on reality</a>. "If anything, trans people are the ones getting assaulted," one trans man told Williams. Watch the <em>Daily Show</em> clip above for more, and check out our coverage of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/transgender-women-disproportionately-targeted-violent-hate-crimes" target="_blank">anti-trans violence</a> here.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Gay Rights Sex and Gender Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:24:21 +0000 Samantha Michaels 301431 at http://www.motherjones.com Woman Publicly Shames Florida Gov. Rick Scott at Starbucks for Anti-Abortion Bill and Medicaid Cut http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/rick-scott-florida-starbucks-publicly-shamed <!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/mXYzgTLoQjY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Florida Gov. Rick Scott was served quite the verbal beatdown on Tuesday after a woman publicly shamed the Republican governor for a laundry list of GOP-supported issues&mdash;and it all <a href="http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/video-woman-confronts-rick-scott-in-starbucks" target="_blank">unfolded on camera at a local Gainesville Starbucks. </a></p> <p>"You cut Medicaid so I couldn't get Obamacare," Cara Jennings told the visibly shaken governor as he waited to pay for his coffee. "You're an asshole. You don't care about the working people. You should be ashamed to show your face around here."</p> <p>When Scott attempted to placate Jennings with the defense that his governorship created a million jobs, Jennings refused to back down and continued with her stunning reproach.</p> <p>"A million jobs?" Jennings responded. "Who here has a great job or is looking forward to finishing school? Do you really feel like you have a job coming up?"</p> <p>"You strip women of access to public health care. Shame on you, Rick Scott!"</p> <p>Afterwards, Jennings told a local news station that several people thanked her for taking a stand against the governor. The incident, however, proved too much for Scott, who slunk out of the Starbucks empty-handed.</p></body></html> Mixed Media The Right Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:38:29 +0000 Inae Oh 301291 at http://www.motherjones.com Alt-Country's Robbie Fulks Sings of Quiet Desperation http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/music-review-upland-stories-robbie-fulks <!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/236846145&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>Robbie Fulks<br><em>Upland Stories</em><br> Bloodshot</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/robbiefulks_inline.jpg"><div class="caption">Courtesy of Bloodshot Records</div> </div> <p><br> During his stellar two-decade-plus career, alt-country mainstay Robbie Fulks has played everything from a smartass provocateur who once serenaded Nashville in the snarky ditty "Fuck This Town" to a reverent curator who celebrated the old masters with the covers album <em>13 Hillbilly Giants</em>. On the sobering and typically excellent <em>Upland Stories</em> he plays it straight, telling austere tales of quiet desperation and glimmering hope like "Never Come Home" and "America Is a Hard Religion," which draw inspiration from such literary lights as James Agee and Flannery O'Connor. (No need to worry about Profound Artist Syndrome, however; he couldn't strike a pretentious note if his life depended on it.) Fulks' spare acoustic guitar, enhanced by understated fiddle, steel guitar and the like, provide the perfect backdrop for his tender twang of a voice, allowing these thoughtful songs to be experienced in all their empathetic, insightful brilliance.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:00:19 +0000 Jon Young 300971 at http://www.motherjones.com Here's Everything Elvis Presley Released in His Lifetime http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/music-review-album-collection-elvis-presley <!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/wf_TRHww9vc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Elvis Presley<br><em>The Album Collection</em><br> RCA Records/Legacy Recordings</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/elvis_inline.jpg"><div class="caption">Courtesy of Sony Music</div> </div> <p>Massive, intriguing, and riddled with contradictions, this 60-disc extravaganza collects every album Elvis Presley released during his lifetime, offering the ultimate chronicle of The King's wildly fluctuating artistic fortunes over the course of 22 years. Among the contents: the great early works, 17 soundtracks, ranging from rousing (<em>King Creole</em>) to dreadful (<em>Clambake</em>), way too many live albums, especially as Elvis lost interest in the studio during the second half of his career, and a clutch of absolutely essential greatest hits collections. Accompanied by a 300-page hardcover book full of cool pictures and session info, <em>The Album Collection</em> features two agreeably silly Christmas albums, the gospel gem <em>His Hand in Mine</em>, Presley's late-'60s return to greatness on his TV special and subsequent classic Memphis sessions, and his slow physical and musical decline in the '70s, concluding with the weary <em>Moody Blue</em>. While three discs of odds and ends try to gather up the relevant leftovers, there's no single disc devoted to the landmark Sun rockabilly recordings that put him on the map in the first place; those are scattered across some of the '50s albums in slapdash fashion. That caveat aside, this behemoth of a set is hard to resist.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:00:17 +0000 Jon Young 300976 at http://www.motherjones.com Gaz Coombes' Dramatic Power Pop http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/03/music-review-matador <!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/0UnwC8ywo0M" width="630"></iframe><br> Gaz Coombes<br><em>Matador</em><br> Hot Fruit Recordings/Kobalt Label Services</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/gazcoombes_inline.jpg"><div class="caption">Courtesy of Nasty Little Man</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As leader of the groovy British trio Supergrass, Gaz Coombes was responsible for insanely catchy tunes that blended the muscular force of heavy metal with the insistent charm of vintage power pop. Even if you don't know the band's classic "Caught by the Fuzz" by name, you&rsquo;ve surely heard (and probably loved) it. On his own, Coombes has added new elements to his arsenal without abandoning his strengths. Finally getting a proper Stateside release after being available elsewhere last year, his enthralling second solo album finds the lad exploring his epic tendencies, crafting sweeping pieces that nod more than a little to Queen and David Bowie at their grandiose '70s best. (There's even a song entitled "The Girl Who Fell to Earth"). Oddly, however, <em>Matador</em> never feels self-indulgent, thanks to Coombes' unpretentious, slightly raspy singing and unfailing knack for twisty, inventive melodies. Two fine live tracks tacked on as a bonus prove Coombes isn't just a creature of the studio, but his high drama requires no apologies.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Mon, 04 Apr 2016 18:35:07 +0000 Jon Young 300426 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Explains the "Dehumanizing Process" and Political Costs of Congressional Fundraising http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/john-oliver-congressional-fundraising-money <!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/Ylomy1Aw9Hk" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylomy1Aw9Hk" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em></a>, John Oliver took on the business of congressional fundraising and the overwhelming amount of time lawmakers spend just to raise money&mdash;a grueling task many politicians cite as the worst part of their jobs.</p> <p>"In the 2014 election cycle, candidates for the House and Senate raised a combined $1.7 billion dollars," Oliver explained. "That's a lot of money. That's more than it costs to buy 213 million tubes of hemorrhoidal cooling gel, and it's somehow even more upsetting."</p> <p>Another reason politicians endlessly fundraise is partly because of hefty membership dues required by some political groups such as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee&mdash;dues that can range from $125,000 to a whopping $800,000, according to Oliver.</p> <p>"Is it any wonder that politicians are hitting up their customer base harder than a Girl Scout with gambling debts?"</p> <p>Oliver goes on to break down how all that time is spent&mdash;from attending depressing fundraisers to cold-calling donors for hours a day&mdash;and he explains why neither side of the aisle is willing to fix the problem.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Congress Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:27:47 +0000 Inae Oh 301056 at http://www.motherjones.com Americans Have Been Accidentially Shooting Themselves for Three Centuries http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/04/melancholy-accidents-peter-manseau-guns-deaths <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>"Melancholy accidents." That's what 18th- and 19th-century American journalists used to call those senseless, entirely preventable gun mishaps that end up with somebody dead. Peter Manseau has compiled scores of news briefs<strong> </strong>about these tragedies from 1739 to 1916, many of them involving children, in his new book, <em><a href="http://www.mhpbooks.com/books/melancholy-accidents/" target="_blank">Melancholy Accidents</a>: Three Centuries of Stray Bullets and Bad Luck</em>. Two examples:</p> <blockquote> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/melancholycover.jpg"></div> <p><strong>September 3, 1785, <em>Massachusetts Centinel</em> (Boston):</strong> The death of Thomas Foxcraft, Esq.; late Postmaster General in Philadelphia, was occasioned by a small coach gun, which he always travelled with, going off half cocked, whilst he was preparing to accompany some friends into the country. A man of more amiable matters or more benevolent disposition never existed.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p><strong>January 22, 1874, <em>The Eureka Herald</em> (Kansas)</strong>: A boy in Decatur, Ind., took a double-barrel gun a few days ago to shoot a chicken, and three of his younger brothers followed to see the fun. The boy shot the fowl&mdash;then threw the gun with so much force upon the ground as to discharge the other barrel, seriously wounding all the brothers&mdash;one it is thought fatally.</p> </blockquote> <p>Bad luck? Sure, in part. But this is really about stupidity on the part of adults. Today, thousands of Americans are shot&nbsp;accidentally each year, and that doesn't even count the collateral damage&mdash;stray bullets that take out a toddler or some other innocent, resulting in an assault or homicide charge&mdash;nor does it factor in our 20,000-plus annual gun suicides. All of these unhappy accidents, as it turns out, are <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/true-cost-of-gun-violence-in-america" target="_blank">very, very costly</a>.</p> <p>Taken together, Manseau's quaint chronicles serve to illustrate how little the citizens of this hyper-armed nation have learned from our collective blunders. Take this writer, whose comments on recent mishaps in the old country&mdash;this was before England took steps to rein in firearms&mdash;include a scolding that wouldn't seem out of place today.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>February 9, 1792, <em>Maryland Gazette</em> (Annapolis): </strong>London&mdash;Last week two melancholy accidents happened from fowling pieces. A gentleman of Ellesmere, in Shropshire, accidentally shot his brother-in-law; and a young woman in Worcestershire was killed in the kitchen by a fellow servant, who was ignorant that the gun he was pointing at her was charged. These, with a hundred such like accidents, show the dreadful consequences of leaving loaded guns about a house, and of inattention and carelessness in the handling of them.</p> </blockquote></body></html> Mixed Media Books Guns Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:00:19 +0000 Michael Mechanic 300906 at http://www.motherjones.com Elizabeth Warren Slams Donald Trump's Lies About Being a Business Success http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/03/elizabeth-warren-donald-trump <!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/O7rWXURt6PI" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Fresh off of her delightful Twitter takedown listing all the ways she believes <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/03/elizabeth-warren-calls-donald-trump-loser-twitter" target="_blank">Donald Trump is a "loser,</a>" Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared on the <em>Late Show</em> on Wednesday to shred the Republican front-runner's self-touted reputation as a successful businessman.</p> <p>"The truth is that he inherited a fortune from his father, he kept it going by cheating and defrauding people, and then he takes his creditors through Chapter 11," <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7rWXURt6PI" target="_blank">Warren told host Stephen Colbert.</a></p> <p>"We have an economy that is in real trouble," she added. "But when the economy is in this kind of trouble, calling on Donald Trump for help is like if your house is on fire, calling an arsonist to come help out."</p> <p>In contrast, the Massachusetts senator said the Democratic presidential candidates are discussing real issues that actually matter to Americans.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The Democrats are doing exactly what we should be doing," she said. "We're out talking about the issues that affect hardworking families: student loans, Social Security, more cops on Wall Street, trade."</p> <p>She concluded by encouraging Democrats to vote for whoever picks up the party's nomination, whether it be Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:53:51 +0000 Inae Oh 300851 at http://www.motherjones.com Top Players from the U.S. Women's Soccer Team Are Taking Action Against Unequal Pay http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/03/united-states-womens-soccer-wage-discrimination <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Five members from the US women's national soccer team, including Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo, are filing a federal complaint against US Soccer to accuse the sport's governing body of rampant wage discrimination, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/01/sports/soccer/uswnt-us-women-carli-lloyd-alex-morgan-hope-solo-complain.html?src=twr&amp;_r=3" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em> reports.</a></p> <p>The complaint, which will be filed on behalf of the entire U.S. women's soccer team, alleges that top female players only make 40 percent of what their male counterparts earn&mdash;despite the fact that the women's team generated $20 million more in revenue last year alone and consistently attracts&nbsp; crowds comparable to those who follow the men's team.</p> <p>"The numbers speak for themselves," Solo said in a statement. "We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships, and the USMNT get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships."</p> <p>The official filing on Thursday follows previous reports of unequal pay and dismal playing conditions on the field. In December, the women's soccer team <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/12/hope-solo-uswnt-soccer-artificial-turf-boycott" target="_blank">skipped a game</a> in Hawaii to protest such unsafe conditions&mdash;a setting, they say,<strong> </strong>that would never be offered to the men's team.</p> <p>"You don't see the men ever playing on turf," Hope Solo told <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/12/hope-solo-uswnt-soccer-artificial-turf-boycott" target="_blank"><em>Mother Jones.</em></a> "You don't see any World Cups being played on turf&mdash;even when the major club teams come to America to play on turf stadium, they lay sod."</p> <p>In the same interview, Solo called foul on the issue of pay disparity.</p> <p>"We got a $1.8 million dollar bonus for winning the World Cup and we had to disburse it among 23 players," she explained. "The men <em>for losing</em> got $8 million to share among the players and they also received millions of dollars for every point that they received in the World Cup."</p> <p>No comment yet from the authorities at US Soccer. But it might be worth noting that just this week, the US men's team <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/us-mens-soccer-misses-2nd-straight-olympics-034801674--spt.html" target="_blank">failed to qualify for the Olympics for the second time in a row. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Sex and Gender Sports Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:18:37 +0000 Inae Oh 300831 at http://www.motherjones.com Piers Morgan Tells Reporter Accusing Corey Lewandowski of Battery to "Toughen Up" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/03/piers-morgan-corey-lewandowski-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>It looks as if Piers Morgan is looking to surpass <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/03/trump-defends-campaign-manager-despite-new-video-evidence" target="_blank">Donald Trump for the very worst response</a> to news that the front-runner's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with simple battery of a female reporter. The former CNN host has emerged from irrelevance to tweet the following:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">If a male reporter tried to claim this was 'battery', he'd be rightly mocked.<br> Toughen up, <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelleFields">@MichelleFields</a>. <a href="https://t.co/JuysRTwRTJ">https://t.co/JuysRTwRTJ</a></p> &mdash; Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) <a href="https://twitter.com/piersmorgan/status/714874988579258368">March 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Can you imagine Barbara Walters, Katie Couric or Diane Sawyer claiming 'battery' for this? Just ridiculous. <a href="https://t.co/JuysRTwRTJ">https://t.co/JuysRTwRTJ</a></p> &mdash; Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) <a href="https://twitter.com/piersmorgan/status/714879136523689984">March 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Morgan's response follows the release of a security video that appears to verify former <em>Breitbart </em>reporter Michelle Fields' claim that Lewandowski forcibly grabbed her arm on March 8 as she approached the real estate magnate for a question earlier this month&mdash;an incident Lewandowski and Trump's campaign have vehemently denied ever happened. After being formally charged with simple battery today, Trump's campaign remains in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/03/trump-defends-campaign-manager-despite-new-video-evidence" target="_blank">denial. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:21:42 +0000 Inae Oh 300616 at http://www.motherjones.com Roots Singer Terri Binion's "Long Way Back to Feeling Good" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/03/music-review-dori-freeman-dori-freeman-and-day-after-night-terri-binion <!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/zTjqf0NeEzE" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Terri Binion<br><em>The Day After the Night Before</em><br> Self-Released</p> <p>Roots-music purism can sometimes engender the dreariest kind of snobbery, but there's still something wonderful about the right combination of a passionate voice and simple acoustic guitar. Exhibit A: <em>The Day After the Night Before</em>, the first album in nearly 15 years from Orlando, Fla.-based Terri Binion. Don't be fooled by her gentle delivery. This deceptively devastating work hums with raw emotion, recounting Binion's "long way back to feeling good" following the death of her wife and subsequent legal travails in a state that refuses to recognize same-sex marriage. Tasteful dashes of fiddle, steel guitar and the like add subtle color, but her eloquent simplicity is richly rewarding, with or without embellishment.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/R5wS01SM22g" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Dori Freeman<br><em>Dori Freeman</em><br> Free Dirt</p> <p>Hailing from rural Galax, Va., Dori Freeman spins forlorn tales of love never won and love lost on her graceful self-titled debut. With a big assist from singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson (Richard's son), who produces and contributes mournful harmonies, she could pass for an old-school folkie ("You Say"), a honky-tonk country queen ("Go on Lovin'") or even an aspiring pop princess ("Tell Me"), so supple and engaging is her easy, confident voice. Keep an eye on Freeman, and you can claim you were an early adapter when she makes it big.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:51:27 +0000 Jon Young 300431 at http://www.motherjones.com Grant-Lee Phillips' "The Narrows" Skillfully Mines Americana Turf http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/03/music-review-narrows-grant-lee-phillips <!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/9CiHSbYQdxU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Grant-Lee Phillips<br><em>The Narrows</em><br> Yep Roc</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/GrantLeePhillips_TheNarrows_inline.jpg"><div class="caption">Yep Roc Records</div> </div> <p><br> Criminally underappreciated, Grant-Lee Phillips is one of the more versatile singers around. As frontman of the band Grant Lee Buffalo in the '90s, he could conjure a T. Rex glam-rock vibe without breaking a sweat. Today, on <em>The Narrows</em>, Phillips skillfully mines Americana turf, mixing muscular country rockers and sparse folk that echoes Woody Guthrie. While his weary, weathered intensity can evoke Bruce Springsteen's acoustic works, there's none of the Boss' self-conscious striving for mythic significance. Thoughtful, precisely detailed stories of struggle and occasional triumph such as "Yellow Weeds" and "Taking on Weight in Hot Springs" linger in the mind like a great short story. <em>The Narrows</em> should have a long shelf life.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Sun, 27 Mar 2016 10:00:34 +0000 Jon Young 299886 at http://www.motherjones.com Iggy Pop's Menacing "Post Pop Depression" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/03/music-review-post-pop-depression-iggy-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/zMBQMQfrPso" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Iggy Pop<br><em>Post Pop Depression</em><br> Rekords Rekords/Loma Vista/Caroline International</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/IggyPop_album_inline.jpg"><div class="caption">Nasty Little Man</div> </div> <p><br> Rightly credited as one of punk's founding fathers, the force of nature known as Iggy Pop is also a superior crooner, capable of channeling Frank Sinatra or Jim Morrison with un-ironic verve. That gift is on full display in <em>Post Pop Depression</em>, a collaboration with Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme that proves to be a perfect fit. Iggy's knack for brooding balladry meshes surprisingly well with the Queens' style of epic melodies on such gems as the ominous "Break Into Your Heart," a love song doused in menace, and the jumpy "Gardenia," which echoes his classic late-'70s albums with David Bowie. As usual, Iggy muses on the meaning of life and his looming mortality muttering, "Death is a pill that's hard to swallow," in "American Valhalla," a blunt reflection given extra poignancy by his friend's recent passing. Now in his late 60s, Iggy periodically insists that he's going to quit rock'n'roll, but if <em>Post Pop Depression</em> proves to be his parting shot, he's leaving on a high note.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Sat, 26 Mar 2016 10:00:18 +0000 Jon Young 299881 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump Supporter Accuses CNN Contributor of Having an Affair with Ted Cruz http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/03/donald-trump-supporter-accuses-cnn-guest-having-affair-ted-cruz <!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/9_kimVFRsps" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The latest bout of misogyny in the 2016 election is brought to you by Donald Trump supporter Adriana Cohen, who on Friday&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/trump-supporter-derails-cnn-segment-by-accusing-fellow-guest-of-having-an-affair-with-ted-cruz/" target="_blank">hijacked a <em>CNN</em> segment</a>&nbsp;to accuse&nbsp;Amanda Carpenter, a former Ted Cruz spokeswoman and CNN contributor, of having an affair with the Texas senator.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">The accusation comes as the most recent salvo in the ongoing war between the two leading Republican presidential candidates over each others' wives. Today the </span><a href="http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/ted-cruz-sex-scandal-mistresses-cheating-claims/" target="_blank"><em style="line-height: 24px;">National Enquirer</em></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;story alleged&nbsp;Cruz has had extramarital relationships&nbsp;with five different women.</span></p> <p>"Absolutely, I think we should move on,"&nbsp;Cohen responded when <em>CNN</em> host Kate Bolduan asked her if Trump would be better moving on from such low-level attacks. "Where we should move to is the&nbsp;<em>National Enquirer&nbsp;</em>story that has reported that Ted Cruz has allegedly had affairs with at least five&mdash;including, you've been named, Amanda."</p> <p>"I don't think that's moving on at all, Adriana," a stunned Bolduan retorted.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ignoring Bolduan's&nbsp;obvious disapproval, Cohen continued to press Carpenter to comment on the allegation.</p> <p>"What's out there is tabloid trash," Carpenter shot back.&nbsp;"If someone wants to comment on it, they can talk to my lawyer.&nbsp;It is categorically false, and you should be ashamed of spreading this kind of smut."</p> <p>"I will not be intimidated."</p> <p>Bolduan stepped in to reclaim control over the interview. "I'm going to be much more comfortable talking about a National Enquirer report when CNN has done some reporting on that topic. Let's do this&mdash;let's move on."</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Media Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:10:20 +0000 Inae Oh 300386 at http://www.motherjones.com