Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2011/03/must-see-video-i-have-sex/trackback http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Book Review: Beijing Bastard http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/book-review-beijing-bastard <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/beijingbastard_250x300_0.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Beijing Bastard</strong></p> <p>By Val Wang</p> <p>GOTHAM BOOKS</p> <p>In her drifter memoir of leaving home in order to find it, Chinese American author <a href="http://www.valwang.com/" target="_blank">Val Wang</a> struggles between head and heart as she tries to make a living&mdash;and a life&mdash;in Beijing, burdened by the expectations of her forebears yet buoyed by the spirit of youth. In the process, she shows us a China full of contradictions: at once glamorous and grungy, ancient and modern, ambitious and loafing.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Books China Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:30:08 +0000 Lei Wang 261411 at http://www.motherjones.com Silly String Is Illegal Here—But Only on Halloween http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/silly-string-hollywood-halloween-ban <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Halloween is finally here! It's time to celebrate macabre mischief, ghouls and gluttony, and of course, tricks and treats. But there's one scary alliterated substance you should steer clear of&mdash;especially if you are in Hollywood. On the streets of Tinseltown, getting caught with Silly String is considered a <a href="http://laist.com/2008/10/30/use_silly_string_in_hollywood_get_a.php" target="_blank">serious offense</a>&mdash;but only on Halloween.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/64238_10152586259158141_652358509800269198_n%20%281%29_0.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 300px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Signs have been posted across Hollywood </strong>Photo taken by Gil Riego</div> </div> <p>Generically called "<a href="http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/silly-string.htm" target="_blank">aerosol string</a>," Silly String is basically brightly colored plastic propelled from an aerosol can. Like confetti but for terrible people, its primary purpose is to annoy or to instantly reveal who the most obnoxious person at a party is. Both sticky and slimy, it is hard to clean up, <a href="http://www.jogtheweb.com/run/5SMpQKr1pOj6/fun-and-games" target="_blank">is bad for the environment</a>, and&mdash;surprise!&mdash;can be <a href="https://www.childrensdmc.org/upload/docs/silly_string.pdf" target="_blank">dangerous if you eat it</a>.</p> <p>As awful as Silly String is most days, it is apparently more awful on Halloween. That's why, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/31/national/31string.html?_r=0" target="_blank">in 2004</a>, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge sponsored an ordinance to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/31/national/31string.html?_r=0" target="_blank">outlaw the stuff</a> for one night only. City officials were sick of cleaning it up, and dealing with the brawls they said were provoked by Silly String sprayings. More than 100,000 people flock to Hollywood to celebrate Halloween and the Silly String remediation costs were <a href="http://www.lapdonline.org/october_2004/news_view/20641" target="_blank">said</a> to exceed $200,000.</p> <p>So, starting at midnight last night and extending until noon tomorrow, should you happen to cross the threshold into the LAPD's <a href="https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/city/ca/LosAngeles/Municipal/chapter05.pdf" target="_blank">Hollywood Division's jurisdiction</a>, you better not be packing any String.</p> <p>Specifically:</p> <blockquote> <p>No Person, as defined in Municipal Code Section 11.01(a), shall possess, use, sell or distribute Silly String at, within or upon any public or private property that is either within public view or accessible to the public, including, but not limited to, public or private streets, sidewalks, parking lots, commercial or residential buildings, places of business, or parks within the Hollywood Division during Halloween.</p> </blockquote> <p>The ordinance comes with a pretty heavy set of un-silly sanctions. Just carrying a can of Silly String could get you charged with a misdemeanor, slapped with a $1,000 fine, and jailed for as long as 6 months. That's a stiffer penalty than you'll get for misdemeanor <a href="http://www.losangelesmedicalmarijuanalawyer.com/Drug-Crimes/Marijuana-Penalties.aspx" target="_blank">pot possession</a> ($100 fine), <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=200920100AB1675" target="_blank">breaking into a zoo enclosure</a> ($250 fine), <a href="http://www.shouselaw.com/cycling-biking-under-influence.html" target="_blank">bicycling</a> or <a href="http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=fgc&amp;group=02001-03000&amp;file=3000-3012" target="_blank">hunting while drunk</a> ($250 and $500, respectively). It's more on par with <a href="http://www.shouselaw.com/petty-theft.html" target="_blank">petty theft</a>, and more severe mayhem like <a href="http://www.shouselaw.com/drunk-in-public.html" target="_blank">being disorderly while drunk</a> or <a href="http://www.shouselaw.com/furnishing-alcohol-minor.html" target="_blank">getting minors drunk</a>.</p> <p>So while you are free to spray away in most places today (litter ordinances permitting), why not do everyone a favor and take a hint from Hollywood? Just keep it in the can.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Regulatory Affairs Top Stories Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:00:20 +0000 Gabrielle Canon 263581 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Anita Sarkeesian Explain Gamergate's "Attacks on Women" and Convince Colbert He's a Feminist http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/anita-sarkeesian-colbert <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:0cae72d8-cc8c-48eb-a21d-0f322090facb" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p>Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist critic at the center of the Gamergate controversy, appeared on <em>T<a href="http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/wr7hqq/gamergate---anita-sarkeesian" target="_blank">he Colbert Report</a></em> last night to explain the sexual harassment issues rampant in the gaming world and why women aren't going to just accept a "separate but equal" community.</p> <p>"Women are perceived as threatening because we are asking for games to be more inclusive," Sarkeesian said. "We are asking for games to acknowledge that we exist and that we love games."</p> <p>But as recent disturbing events have shown, many gamers are not pleased with Sarkeesian's work and have been launching extremely violent messages against her and her supporters via social media. Earlier this month, Sarkeesian was forced to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/10/gamergate-explained" target="_blank">cancel a speaking engagement</a> after an anonymous email threatened to stage the "deadliest mass shooting in American history" if she spoke.</p> <p>Speaking to Colbert on Wednesday, she went on to reject the defense that&nbsp;Gamergate is actually about ethics in video game journalism.</p> <p>"That is sort of a compelling way to reframe the fact that this is actually an attack on women," she said."Ethics in journalism is not what's happening in any way. It's actually men going after women in really hostile, aggressive ways. That's what Gamergate is about. it's about terrorizing women for being involved in this industry."</p> <p>For more a deeper dive into the Gamergate controversy, check out our <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/10/gamergate-explained" target="_blank">excellent explainer.</a></p> <p><em><strong>Correction:</strong> A previous version of this story erroneously quoted Sarkeesian in the headline. This has since been corrected.&nbsp; </em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV Sex and Gender gamergate Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:35:46 +0000 Inae Oh 263601 at http://www.motherjones.com Let a White Man Walking Around NYC Show You Just How Glorious Life Can Be http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/white-man-walking-around-nyc <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Think women are the only ones subjected to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/watch-new-york-woman-get-catcalled-108-times-less-one-day" target="_blank">relentless, demeaning catcalling</a>? You're wrong. The young white men in this world have it equally tough. After all, with so many unsolicited job offers, free Chipotle, and genuinely well-intentioned high-fives being forced onto men, how could anyone even suggest the notion of privilege these days? See what we mean below:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="400" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://www.funnyordie.com/embed/8aeb78deb2" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <div style="text-align:left;font-size:x-small;margin-top:0;width:640px;"><a href="http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/8aeb78deb2/10-hours-of-walking-in-nyc-as-a-man" title="'from FOD News">10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Man </a> - watch more <a href="http://www.funnyordie.com/" title="on Funny or Die">funny videos</a><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?app_id=138711277798&amp;href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.funnyordie.com%2Fvideos%2F8aeb78deb2%2F10-hours-of-walking-in-nyc-as-a-man&amp;send=false&amp;layout=button_count&amp;width=150&amp;show_faces=false&amp;action=like&amp;height=21" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:90px; height:21px; vertical-align:middle;"></iframe></div> <p><a href="http://www.funnyordie.com/articles/ebf5e34fc8/10-hours-of-walking-in-nyc-as-a-man" target="_blank"><em>(h/t Funny or Die)</em></a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Race and Ethnicity Sex and Gender Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:03:15 +0000 Inae Oh 263591 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: Faster, Higher, Stronger http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/book-review-faster-higher-stronger <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/fasterhigherstronger_250x300_1.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Faster, Higher, Stronger</strong></p> <p>By Mark McClusky</p> <p>HUDSON STREET PRESS</p> <p>Speed-skating super-suits, motion-tracking cameras, the 10,000-hour rule&mdash;it's all covered in Mark McClusky's engrossing look into how athletes use science to avoid injury, train smarter, and shatter rec&shy;ords. McClusky, the editor of <a href="http://www.wired.com/" target="_blank"><em>Wired.com</em></a> and a former <a href="http://www.wired.com/" target="_blank"><em>Sports Illustrated </em></a>reporter, digs into vaguely familiar terms like <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VO2_max" target="_blank">VO2 max</a> and the <a href="http://www.ohio.edu/people/schwiria/bios446/EPOC%20O2%20deficit%20Summary.pdf" target="_blank">oxygen deficit</a> to suss out what separates champs from near-misses while introducing a roster of entertaining characters: a Soviet hammer-throw guru, a Wall Street analyst turned cycling star, and even a British physiologist pursuing hyperfitness back in the 1920s. The book has useful lessons for weekend warriors, but ultimately, McClusky writes, "the greatest athletes are born, and then made."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Books Sports Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:30:04 +0000 Ian Gordon 261416 at http://www.motherjones.com Film Review: Life Itself http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/film-review-life-itself-roger-ebert <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/z4SgwBRq-fU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Life Itself</strong></p> <p>KARTEMQUIN FILMS</p> <p>There's a scene early in <em>Life Itself</em> when a hospitalized Roger Ebert, missing his lower jaw after multiple surgeries for thyroid cancer, needs his throat suctioned. The camera holds steady as Ebert winces through the procedure, but then an email box pops up on the screen. "great stuff!!!!!" types Ebert, no longer able to speak. "I'm happy we got a great thing that nobody ever sees: suction." Director Steve James (<em>Hoop Dreams</em>, <em>The Interrupters</em>) blends an intimate end-of-life story with Ebert's wide-ranging biography: precocious college newspaper editor, recovering drunk, screenwriter of the schlocky <em>Beyond the Valley of the Dolls</em>, friend and critic of Hollywood's biggest names. But for all of Ebert's exploits, it's the private moments James captures, like his increasingly brief email responses as cancer slowly wins out, that endure.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:31:53 +0000 Ian Gordon 259076 at http://www.motherjones.com Book Review: The Secret History of Wonder Woman http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/book-review-secret-history-wonder-woman <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/wonderwoman_250x300.jpg"></div> <p><strong>The Secret History of Wonder Woman</strong></p> <p>By Jill Lepore</p> <p>Alfred A. Knopf</p> <p>If <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/characters/wonder-woman" target="_blank">Wonder Woman</a>'s status as a feminist icon was ever in question, Jill Lepore's deeply researched tribute puts that to rest. Lepore, a <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/contributors/jill-lepore" target="_blank"><em>New Yorker</em> staffer</a> and <a href="http://scholar.harvard.edu/jlepore/home" target="_blank">Harvard historian</a>, delivers a trove of private documents belonging to the character's creator, William Moulton Marston. Her discoveries shed light not just on Marston's notable life&mdash;Harvard scholar, failed lawyer, co-inventor of the polygraph&mdash;but on the rich history of women's rights and how it plays out in his colorful panels.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sex and Gender Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:24:38 +0000 Jenna McLaughlin 261446 at http://www.motherjones.com An Unmanned NASA Rocket Just Exploded After Liftoff http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/nasa-antares-rocket-explode-video <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>NASA's Antares rocket was supposed to resupply the International Space Station but it exploded shortly after liftoff tonight.The rocket was unmanned, thank God.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p>BREAKING: NASA's unmanned Antares rocket blows up on liftoff <a href="http://t.co/ONwkblwDnB">pic.twitter.com/ONwkblwDnB</a></p> &mdash; NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNightlyNews/status/527224575546114048">October 28, 2014</a></blockquote> <p>Here's video from the live stream:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jHMmMgdcOSU?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The rocket was owned by Orbital Sciences but was contracted by NASA to stock the space station. The company told the <em><a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_SPACE_STATION?SITE=AP&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT" target="_blank">Associated Press</a></em> that no one was believed to be hurt and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:39:32 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 263481 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch a New York Woman Get Catcalled 108 Times in Less Than One Day http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/watch-new-york-woman-get-catcalled-108-times-less-one-day <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/b1XGPvbWn0A" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In hopes to demonstrate the absolute awfulness that is catcalling, <a href="http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/10/28/7084995/a-woman-walked-around-new-york-city-for-10-hours-and-filmed-every" target="_blank">one woman</a> recently took to the streets of Manhattan with a hidden camera to show just how humiliating, and downright horrifying, it can be to be just that&ndash;a woman.</p> <p>"Hey beautiful."</p> <p>"Smile."</p> <p>"God bless you mami."</p> <p>"Someone's acknowledging you for being beautiful. <strong>You should say thank you more.</strong>"</p> <p>These are just some of the 108 disgusting remarks that were directed towards Shoshana Roberts of the group <a href="http://www.ihollaback.org/" target="_blank">Hollaback!</a>, a nonprofit working towards shedding light on street harassment, as she silently walked about in no less than a T-shirt and jeans.</p> <p>One man even attempts to grab her attention by walking alongside her for four straight minutes.</p> <p>The powerful recording calls out catcalling for exactly what it is: pervasive, overwhelmingly tolerated, and constant. Someone please show this to <a href="http://nypost.com/2014/08/18/enough-sanctimony-ladies-catcalls-are-flattering/" target="_blank">Doree Lewak</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Sex and Gender Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:47:44 +0000 Inae Oh 263436 at http://www.motherjones.com Which World Series Team Has the Less Obnoxious Owner, Giants or Royals? http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/world-series-royals-giants-glass-johnson-owners <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Game 6 of baseball's World Series is tonight in Kansas City, and the stakes are high: The San Francisco Giants could clinch their third championship in five years with a win, while the hometown Royals need a win to stay alive. Don't have a rooting interest, or looking for another reason to tune in? Check out <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/matrix-major-league-baseball-owners-asshole" target="_blank"><em>Mother Jones</em>' report from last year</a> on the political and business dealings of Major League Baseball's owners. If you like Karl Rove, you may want to pull for the Giants&mdash;but if rationalizing child labor is more your taste, go Royals!</p> <p>Here's the dish on the Giants' Charles B. Johnson:</p> <blockquote> <p>Johnson, a mutual-funds baron and the&nbsp;211th-richest person&nbsp;in the world according to&nbsp;Forbes,&nbsp;spent some $200,000&nbsp;to try to defeat California's Proposition 30, the sales and income tax increase that included elements of the state's millionaire's tax initiative. (Prop. 30 passed in November.) Other political expenditures: $50,000 for Prop. 32, which would have kept unions and corporations from using automatic payroll deductions to bankroll political activity, and $200,000 for&nbsp;Karl Rove's American Crossroads.</p> </blockquote> <p>And the Royals' David Glass:</p> <blockquote> <p>In 1992, when he was still president and CEO of Walmart, Glass was confronted by NBC's Dateline with evidence of child labor at a T-shirt factory in Bangladesh. His response: "You and I might, perhaps, define children differently." As Glass explained, looks can be deceiving&mdash;Asians are short. Then he ended the interview. Meanwhile, as the Royals' owner he's pocketed profits without making any discernible investment in the on-field product. He also once revoked press credentials of reporters who asked critical questions.</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Corporations Money in Politics Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:12:19 +0000 Sam Brodey 263431 at http://www.motherjones.com Film Review: "The Overnighters" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/overnighters <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/S5ER9Yo5Bfg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Overnighters</strong></p> <p>MILE END FILMS</p> <p>This engrossing film is set in Williston, North Dakota, where locals are freaking out about the hordes of desperate men in need of cash and a fresh start who pour into their tiny town in search of fracking jobs. A local pastor takes pity on them, converting his Concordia Lutheran Church into an ad hoc shelter. He's resolute, even as his family reels from the criticism of angry neighbors and congregants who want him to be a little <em>less </em>Christian. But he risks losing everything when the local paper reports that sex offenders are among the visitors. Up through its devastating reveal, <em>The Overnighters</em> questions the motivations behind (and consequences of) our choices and convictions.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Energy Film and TV Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:57:41 +0000 Katie Rose Quandt 259286 at http://www.motherjones.com This Halloween, John Oliver Explains How the Sugar Industry Is Killing Us with Lies http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/john-oliver-sugar-halloween <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This Halloween, Americans are gearing up to spend a whopping $2.2 billion in candy supplies, according to the latest <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MepXBJjsNxs" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em></a>. But how much sugar do we consume on the regular? That's where it gets a bit murky, thanks to the sugar industry's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2012/10/sugar-industry-lies-campaign" target="_blank">sweet little lies.</a></p> <p>In light of Big Sugar's deception tactics, John Oliver breaks it down for us: We take in nearly 75 pounds of sugar annually or as he expertly describes, "Michael Cera's weight in sugar ever year."</p> <p>Gross, but it's not exactly our fault, considering a disturbing amount of our food's&nbsp;sugar&nbsp;content is hidden from us.</p> <p>"Regardless of whether sugar is terrible for you or the answer to all of life's problems, shouldn't you at least get to know when it's been added to your food?" John Oliver asked. After all, sugar is a leading contributor to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.</p> <p>Last night, Oliver presented a rather festive solution to all this in the form of circus peanuts, "the most disgusting of all the candies." Watch below:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MepXBJjsNxs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Food and Ag Health Media Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:53:47 +0000 Inae Oh 263276 at http://www.motherjones.com This "Sexy Ebola Nurse Costume" Is the Stupidest Halloween Thing Ever http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/stupidest-halloween-thing-ever <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In case you haven't heard,&nbsp;there's an epidemic raging in West Africa that's recently crossed <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/mali-rushes-track-ebola-toddler-dies-26465192" target="_blank">yet another border </a>and is bringing entire countries to the verge of collapse. There have been more than <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/index.html" target="_blank">ten thousand cases</a> since March. The fatality rate could be as high as <a href="http://healthmap.org/site/diseasedaily/article/estimating-fatality-2014-west-african-ebola-outbreak-91014" target="_blank">85 percent</a>. Nurses in America&nbsp;and doctors in West Africa are among the people who have suffered because of this thing.&nbsp;</p> <p>But hey, who's to say we can't have a little fun on the side?&nbsp;</p> <p>With five days left until Halloween, "unique costume shop"&nbsp;Brands on Sale is <a href="http://www.brandsonsale.com/sexy-costumes-2015.html" target="_blank">selling</a> a "sexy" Ebola nurse costume for $59.99. (Boots sold separately.) The getup&nbsp;comes complete with face shield, lab&nbsp;coat-looking "costume dress", face mask, and eye goggles. Oh, and gloves, too! (By the way, the Liberian government <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/liberia-ebola-going-need-lot-more-bodybags" target="_blank">reported a shortage</a> of&nbsp;2.4 million boxes of gloves over the next six months.)</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screenshot%202014-10-26%20at%203.12.36%20PM.png"><div class="caption">Brands on Sale</div> </div> <p>Just to be be clear, Ebola is <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/doctor-sierra-leone-explains-how-americans-can-help-stop-ebola" target="_blank">bad</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/liberia-ebola-press-freedom" target="_blank">bad</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/09/ebola-crisis-liberia-way-worse-you-think" target="_blank">bad</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/09/even-liberias-legislature-may-have-ebola" target="_blank">bad</a>.</p> <p><em>(h/t <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelzarrell/sexy-ebola-nurse-why-why-why" target="_blank">BuzzFeed</a></em> for finding this one.)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Health Health Care Ebola Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:57:33 +0000 Alex Park 263266 at http://www.motherjones.com Olympics to Crack Down on Human Rights Abuses…After 2022 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/international-olympic-committee-human-rights-clause-host-city-contracts <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Following widespread allegations of wrongdoing in both the Beijing and Sochi Olympics, human rights protections will be <a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/10/22/olympics-host-city-contracts-will-include-rights-protections" target="_blank">added to the contracts</a> signed by future Olympic host cities. The International Olympic Committee's president <a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/10/22/olympics-host-city-contracts-will-include-rights-protections" target="_blank">presented this change</a> to Human Rights Watch at an October 21 meeting.</p> <p>The new language will contractually require host countries to "take all necessary measures to ensure that development projects necessary for the organization of the Games comply with local, regional, and national legislation, and international agreements and protocols, applicable in the host country with regard to planning, construction, protection of the environment, health, safety, and labour laws."</p> <p>These changes make the human rights requirements for Olympic host cities more explicit than ever before, particularly with the mentions of health, environmental, and labor concerns. The new "international agreements and protocols" rule makes it clear that hosts will be required to abide by laws like the <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/ccpr.aspx" target="_blank">International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights</a>, which prohibits forced labor, arbitrary arrest or detention, sentence without trial, and protects freedoms of assembly, religion, and opinion.</p> <p>Beijing, China and Sochi, Russia floundered on some of these protections during the&nbsp;2012 and 2014 Olympic Games. The international community criticized both host countries for <a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2008/03/11/china-beijing-s-migrant-construction-workers-abused" target="_blank">corruption</a> and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/02/sochi-olympics-russia-migrant-workers-deportation" target="_blank">exploitation of migrant construction workers</a>: Sochi contractors <a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/02/06/russia-migrant-olympic-workers-cheated-exploited" target="_blank">cheated workers out of wages</a>, required 12-hour shifts, and confiscated passports to keep laborers from leaving. In both countries, authorities regularly <a href="http://www.hrw.org/people-and-power-2014-sochi-olympics" target="_blank">forced evictions</a> and silenced media and activists. A Russian law passed in the months leading up to the Games that <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/08/sochi-olympics-putin-anti-gay-law-explained" target="_blank">criminalized gay expression</a> garnered global outrage.</p> <p>Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch, says the planned wording will make it easier for the IOC to take official action if a host country breaks contract&mdash;through litigation or "the thermonuclear option," termination. Even before such extreme consequences, she is optimistic the explicit wording will give the IOC more power to "put the scare in any host country that is not playing by the human rights rules."</p> <p>"This is a real rebuke to Russia," she says. "The IOC wants to avoid a repeat."</p> <p>Since host cities for the next three Olympic Games have already been selected and signed contracts, host countries will be held to the new clause beginning with the 2022 Winter Olympics. Worden says this is particularly timely, as two of the finalists&mdash;Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China&mdash;have repressive governments. (The third finalist is Oslo, Norway.)</p> <p>The human rights clause expands on another impending addition, previewed in a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/documents/1344502-oc-letter-to-2022-bids" target="_blank">September letter</a> from the IOC to the 2022 candidate cities. That statement promised that future host city contracts will have "an express reference&hellip;to the prohibition of any form of discrimination."</p> <p>Technically, host cities like Sochi and Beijing were already broadly obligated to steer clear of human rights violations and discrimination: The <a href="http://www.olympic.org/documents/olympic_charter_en.pdf" target="_blank">Olympic Charter</a> calls for a respect for "human dignity" and bans discrimination "with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise." But, "we've clearly reached a moment when the words of the Olympic Charter are not enough," says Worden. "You have to put these guarantees in a contract and force the host country to sign it."</p> <p>Worden hopes the IOC's action will be adopted by organizers of other mega-sporting events at risk of mishandling human rights, such as FIFA. Sharan Burrow, the general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, estimates in an ESPN documentary that, at current rates, <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/05/14/qatar_world_cup_migrant_worker_abuses_fifa_needs_to_do_something_about_the.html" target="_blank">4,000 people will die</a> in preparation of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Human Rights International Sex and Gender Sports Top Stories Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:15:05 +0000 Katie Rose Quandt 263096 at http://www.motherjones.com Taylor Swift's "1989" Is Finally Out. Here Are Our Instant Reactions to Every Track. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/taylor-swift-new-album-1989-leaked-review <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>After Taylor Swift's album leaked online ahead of schedule, we came to the important editorial conclusion it would be a disservice to our readers if we didn't review her latest offering. <em>Update, Monday, October 27: The album <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/27/showbiz/music/taylor-swift-1989-album-release/index.html" target="_blank">has now been officially released</a>.</em></p> <p>What follows is a transcript of the live conversation between <em>Mother Jones</em> engagement editor Ben Dreyfuss and <em>Climate Desk</em>&nbsp;senior producer James West as they listened to the songs for the very first time; this was the only way we could think of to get this important cultural event to you in the quickest possible manner.</p> <p><em>This conversation has been edited for clarity&mdash;it needed it.</em></p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 1: "Welcome to New York"</span></p> <p><strong>James West: </strong>Okay. That synth beat. You were saying, Ben, that this song was pilloried. But I actually like it. It has a big, banner sound full of deep, pulsing synth; a happy beginning to the album.</p> <p><strong>Ben Dreyfuss: </strong>Right. People hate it. Actually New York hipsters hate it. But New York hipsters hate everything.</p> <p><b><b>JW:</b></b> And who cares if it's a little uncool, like she thinks she's the only one who's ever lived here before?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> That's the way people act when they come to NYC! People are stupid. It's easy to laugh about it years later when you consider yourself a jaded <em>Gawker</em> reader but you were once romanticizing the city on a bus from Des Moines&nbsp;too.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> (Or on a plane from Sydney, Australia!) But also, importantly Ben, I do like how gay-friendly it is. "Boys and boys and girls and girls." Good one, Taylor. Stick it to the homophobes.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 2: "Blank Space"</span></p> <p><b>JW:</b> "You look like my next mistake"&mdash;hey, that's one helluva line. Taylor's grown. Now that she's in New York, she's having some kind of bad first romance, right? That's the narrative? It all smacks of a jealous, no-holds-barred love affair: "Fuck it," she's saying. And this beat is totally infectious again.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> The Story of Taylor's Big Move to the Big City.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> That cassette click is super cheesy. But now we're into the pared back "spoken wordy" wisdom bit. What Taylor Has Learned of Love.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> "I love the players. You love the game." LOL. "Boys only want love when it's painful" or something? That is, in my personal experience, true.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> I really liked that one.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 3: "Style"</span></p> <p><b>JW:</b> Oh, now here it comes. Instant fave this one.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> The beat is so good. So '80s.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> It's twilight. We're driving on a long road trip. Blondie is definitely nearby, on a cassette tape near my feet.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Michelle Pfeiffer is there.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Suddenly, we're in a truck stop, refilling the car with gas in some kind of epic, knowing way. <em>Top Gun</em> is playing inside on a TV. The Sunday Night Movie.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> "James Dean..." what was it? That is a catchy hook. Although I clearly can't even remember it two seconds later.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> She's comparing herself to a classic movie star, I think. "I got that red lip classic thing that you like."</p> <p><b>BD:</b> That's basically Lana Del Rey's entire shtick, no?</p> <p><b>JW:</b> This feels better than that for some reason. Kind of.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 4: "Out of the Woods"</span></p> <p><b>JW:</b> Okay, here's another single prereleased. Again, this depressed, haunting minor key thing that she's got going on the other tracks. Incremental, darker verses, leading to loud, washy choruses. I like it.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> She's doing the "here's a story that is emotionally evocative from your teen years" thing.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> This is the bit about Harry Styles right?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> I assume so. The imagery in this song is so deliciously meaningless.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> This breakdown bridge bit is nice. And then the final chorus to bring it right home. Wow. There it is. That was fast.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 5: "All You Had To Do Was Stay"</span></p> <p><b>JW:</b> Okay, this sounds a bit more generic now. This song sounds like a first cut of one of the other tracks, to be honest.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> It sounds like one of Katy Perry's lesser songs.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Yes. But there's a nice "Stay!" vocal higher up there in the mix from the backing singers.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Yeah, it's a nice refrain, but in the earlier songs some of the totally meaningless imagery worked. Here it seems like fluff that exists because the song needs some words.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Totally. In fact, it's almost a bar-by-bar formula-copy of the first four songs, just worse. Don't get me wrong, Ben. It's still the best thing I've ever heard.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> HAHAHA. It is catchy. By the end "Stay" does have you moving with it.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 6: "Shake It Off"</span></p> <p><b>BD:</b> I love this song. It's the perfect pop song.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> The single! Alright, Tay Tay. I love this song, too. It's almost too good. It's been in my brain for weeks and weeks like a tapeworm.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> And here the lyrics totally work as coming from Taylor but also in their appeal to everyone. Everyone thinks everyone else is a fuckup BUT THEY DON'T SEE, well, me landing on my feet. BUT MAYBE I'M JUST PROJECTING.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> This is the whole "Taylor as outsider" theory advanced by, well, almost every critic under the sun. And I think it's true. I don't know how she's managed to be perpetually marketed in this way. She is, well, quite a pretty, conventional singer. And let's face it, the song is pretty bland in the sense that it recycles a lot of old stuff: the horns, the hand claps, this cheerleader thing; but the sum of Tay Tay's parts are bigger than the individual components for sure.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> The cheerleader thing is the low point for me.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> It's silly.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 7: "I Wish You Would"</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;"><b>BD:</b> We're in a car again.</span></p> <p><b>JW:</b> Ha. We are. (Did we ever leave?)&nbsp;Another road trip through the late '80s landscape.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> The funny thing is we don't actually drive a lot in New York.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Zipcars, I suppose.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> This whole thing is actually just an ad for Zipcars over Uber.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Musically, I like the switch between the fast, double-time verse, then the slower beat in the chorus; and this synth wash is again reminding me of watching <em>Back to the Future</em> as a kid.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> I like the "You always knew how to push my buttons" bit. The lyric isn't great but she delivers it pretty nicely.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> That's the thing. She's really meaning all these pretty generic emotions. But that's when the generic becomes universal, right? When you mean it?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> I'm impressed with her handling of the faster delivery.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> This song is faster than the rest, for sure. All of these songs are super-short.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 8: "BAD BLOOD"</span></p> <p><b>BD:</b> This is different.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> This reminds me a bit of Britney, actually. Dark, breakdown Britney. Sad Britney. Or the girl I saw crying on the L train the other day, with her mascara smeared.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> It's funny. The image that comes to my mind is a sad Britney with smeared mascara but not on the L. I really don't get a NY vibe from most of these. She's sitting on the top of her beat up car at night overlooking some football field by her high school in Texas, I think.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Do you think she's ever been here to New York City?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> For shows. Straight from LaGuardia to MSG and then the Standard.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> This anthemic chorus is nice. But then, you know, these bits are my least favorite parts of her songs, these whimsical "meaningful" broken-down vocal bits, where she tries to tell you the truth. I like the "I'm not a girl, not yet a woman" vibe of the songs, rather than when she delivers half-baked truths in these bridges.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 9: "WILDEST DREAMS"</span></p> <p><b>BD:</b>&nbsp;Is it interesting that all of these songs are her breaking up with someone?</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Harry?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Has anyone checked on him? Is he okay?</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Again, her looks are really important in the lyrics: standing in a dress, rosy-cheeked, red lips.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Yeah, it fits further into the Taylor as Film Star. It's all told in a very cinematic way.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Did she listen to Fiona Apple and Annie Lennox on loop before this song, with a little bit of...I don't know...Sia Furler?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> I feel like Fiona Apple fans are not going to be pleased with that comment.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Oh god. I don't want Fiona Apples after me. [Doesn't delete earlier comment].</p> <p><b>BD:</b> It's too late anyway. I am one of those fans. "THE CALL IS COMING FROM IN THE HOUSE."</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Is she putting on a weird English accent in this bit?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> YES, a little.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Frankly, I didn't really like that song. A bit of a filler. Some pretty sighs but nothing that I'll be drawn back to immediately.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> The sighs were the best part but yeah, no, it was maybe the worst so far.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 10: "How You Get The Girl"</span></p> <p><b>JW:</b> Oh, is this our first acoustic guitar? Are we back on the plane to Nashville?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> God, I hope we're not on that plane. She has come so far.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> I've almost immediately written off this song half way through the chorus. This is maybe the most generic pop thing on the record so far. Twee, cloying, too cutesy; doesn't have the heightened emotions of the first couple of tracks.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> I have not absorbed any of these lyrics because these lyrics aren't meant to be absorbed.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> A runny slick of silliness.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> "Pulled your heart out, put it back together." Wait, when did the heart break? Did it break when she was pulling it out? Was it already broken? He had a broken heart from an earlier relationship? What the hell is this song even about?</p> <p><b>JW:</b> I'm confused too.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Is this about Ebola?</p> <p><b>JW:</b> ISIS?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Hahahaha.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> I'm disappointed a bit. I have to say.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Yeah I really liked a few of the earlier new ones.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> I'm getting a beer. Want one?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Yes, please.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 11: "This Love"</span></p> <p><b>JW:</b> Okay. Ready to start again? Only six&nbsp;more songs. Go go go. Moody. This is going to be a torch ballad for sure.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> What is this. Is this slam poetry?</p> <p><b>JW:</b> It's so...stereo. She's coming at me in both ears.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> It's like a song I remember being forced to listen to on the radio in 1993.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Okay, now I'm back, Taylor. I'm so back. Are you in New York yet, Ben? I'm closer. Definitely not Texas.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> That's true. She's sitting on a stoop with a Parliament hanging out her half-gloved hand.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Tay and some boy just listened to "Papa Don't Preach" together. Now she's by herself&mdash;</p> <p><b>BD:</b> &mdash;wondering if that Tisch major friend of hers who just sang that Madonna song so well?</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Gay? Probably. But it's first year Tisch, so...?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> He hasn't even chosen if he wants to act or direct yet. He just knows he wants to express himself.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> But don't we all want that? He just wants to love. Tay knows that.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Five hundred twenty-five-thousand&nbsp;six-hundred minutes...</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Haha. Aaaand. Scene.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 12: "I Know Places"</span></p> <p><b>BD:</b> I actually hear a bit of that angry fast Fiona in this one...Wait, well I guess I did before this silly hunting hook.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Yes. Wow. This is pretty stupid.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> "Lights flash." What's with her and this whole car motif?</p> <p><b>JW:</b> This is as close to performance art the album has seen (and only glancingly so). But this is Tay as "artist" for sure. Those Tisch classes are really rubbing off. Maybe she recently learned about this woman called "Kate Bush" and thought she was pretty dope.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Oh God, that is so true. You know they are going to be playing this in dorms around Washington Square tonight and someone is going to call this the best song of the album because it's so "meaningful."</p> <p><b>JW:</b> At least those other ones we didn't like weren't pretentious like this. URGH, THAT CASSETTE CLICK THING DRIVES ME MAD.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> It's a cassette player in a car. It's all part of the same awful confusing element.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 13: "Clean"</span></p> <p><b>JW:</b> Drought! She says the word "drought!" Climate change! Taylor Swift, Climate Activist.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Did global warming hurt you, Tay?</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Can I report on this, somehow, in my real job?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Remember when <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/12/beyonce-secret-album-helping-planet-climate" target="_blank">Beyonce single-handedly stopped climate change</a>?</p> <p><b>JW:</b> [Adds link].</p> <p><b>BD:</b>&nbsp;Hahahahahaha.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Okay, back to the song. We're definitely in the softer part of the album now; the slower torch songs bunched right up at the end here.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> "I punched a hole in the roof." I am Taylor. I feel things very strongly.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> I am nothing but feeling, and I give voice to what you feel, too.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> I am a feeling robot. *does robot movements* Ten months sober!</p> <p><b>JW:</b> "Ten months sober!" is she pretending to have had a...drinking problem?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> This is her song for the people who are wondering if they have a drinking problem. Tay, can do Lifetime drama too!</p> <p><b>JW:</b> The drought again! I'm taking this literally, I don't care what people say. Gov. Jerry Brown listen up! Taylor's climate album.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> That's our headline.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Gov. Jerry Brown Listen Up! Taylor's Climate Album.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> "I think I am finally clean!"</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 14: "Wonderland"</span></p> <p><b>JW:</b> IN THAT FUCKING CAR AGAIN. Flashing lights, take a wrong turn...spinning out of control.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> She seems mad.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Is this the inevitable come down after the Tisch kids made her take molly?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Hahahaha. "Tay, Tay, babe, you need a Xanax."</p> <p><b>JW:</b> This is actually just a Rihanna song. This "eh, eh, eh" is just "Umbrella"...the chorus is pure "Umbrella."</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Yeah. The truth is a lot of this album seems like a hodgepodge from a recent NOW CD. I don't mean that in a necessarily bad way.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Even this "Wonderland" refrain sounds like 'Yonce at the end of the visual album.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> IT DOES. Also, like, is this song even about the Val Kilmer movie <em>Wonderland</em>?&nbsp;I don't think so.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> God, it's so MDMA-ish. Tay's gripping her bestie's hand rolling down the street. It's not going to end well. "I never felt worse, but never better." Yikes.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> They were in the top of some parking garage all together each with a pill in hand. "Let's watch out for each other!" DRIVE.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 15: "You R In Love"</span></p> <p><b>JW:</b> These are all sounds from my '80's youth.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Who produced this? I think when it works it really works, but when it misses it's awf.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Right. This one is working. There's some inherent longing in this.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Oh I like this bit. We're getting back to the good&nbsp;Tay.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Oh god. I just got chills. A little rush of truth and happiness mixed with uncertainty and... optimism?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Cautious anticipation?</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Yes. Things are going to be okay, as long as I can master this "living" thing, you know?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Oh that is good.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> That quiet moment before it hits the chorus kills me.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> It plays so well off "You can hear it in the silence."</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Right. The most real stuff on the album is about falling in love. The break up songs don't ring true. Am I onto something here?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Agreed. The breakup songs sound like an act? Like a show. Like something she knows she needs to do but isn't quite sure how to do it.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Yes. Obligatory. But these long train rides home, feeling lost and sad and...urgh...it's good. And Ben, Ben. We're now really in New York.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Yes! I'm listening to that on the F train in the winter.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">Track 16: "New RomanTICS"</span></p> <p><b>JW:</b> THE FINAL SONG.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> You never realize it's going to be the last one until it's too late.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> But this is worthy, I think. We've got this big chorus again. Happy. Shameless.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> I like this. I'm feeling it. This is the one&nbsp;song that sort of would make me want to take some molly. NOT THAT I EVER WOULD.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> "We're the New Romantics"...that's a big claim, don't you think?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Aim for the stars.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> And certainly, this is the most unadulterated dance-floor calling capital-A American song. Like Miley Cyrus's "Party in the USA".</p> <p><b>BD:</b> "Please take my hand and take me dancing and leave me stranded. It's so romantic." Oh there is so much to unpack in that last bit. So sick. So true.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> I keep mishearing, and instead thinking she's singing "Everyday is like bath salts..." Which is really horrible.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> HAHAHAHA.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> AND THAT'S A WRAP LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.</p> <p><span class="section-lead">VOICE MEMO</span></p> <p><b>BD:</b> Now she's talking about how to write a song.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Urgh, I just switched off. What a mood killer that was.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> What's happening? She had gotten me there. Now it's gone.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Turn it off. Turn it off!</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Okay,&nbsp;off. It's off. It's dead. God, never include those voice memo things after dance molly anthems.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> So Ben. Overall takeout assessment?</p> <p><b>BD:</b> I have to say: I had pretty high expectations going into this and I'm not sure this whole album really met them.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Right. My question going in was: Now that we've heard some high-water marks in the pre-releases, what will the album fill out about Taylor herself? And on that front, I did get some more from her than I expected. This whole "living, learning, loving" narrative was quite compelling, even if musically there was a rough patch in the middle.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Exactly. I mean, the beginning has some real highlights and then it hits a sad monotonous valley for a bit and recovers towards the end and the last song is a smash. But I could have done without a lot of the stupid bullshit in the middle.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> There was some filler for sure. But, you know, on balance, I think I'm probably a little bit more of a fan than I was before (which, frankly, wasn't that much), and I'll definitely put on that lovesick song next time I'm drunk.</p> <p><b>BD:</b> Agreed. She's definitely matured as an artist away from the Nashville nonsense that she was known for a few albums ago. I mean, this is clearly her best album.</p> <p><b>JW:</b> Let's get this on the web.</p> <p><em>To preorder Taylor Swift's album, please visit your favorite music retailer, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1989/id907242701" target="_blank">like iTunes</a>.&nbsp;We've also corrected the names of three apparently&nbsp;mislabeled&nbsp;track names in the leaked version of the album.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:23:49 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss and James West 263236 at http://www.motherjones.com Watching This Porcupine Taste a Pumpkin Is Why the World Is Going to Be Okay Today http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/watching-porcupine-taste-pumpkin-why-world-going-be-okay-today <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cILZ_cB3_so" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Imagine if we were all as happy as this adorable porcupine, enjoying the seasonal harvest with this much gusto. (You really need to wait until he takes his first bite&mdash;the sounds he makes are amazing). This video was posted to YouTube by <a href="http://www.zooniversity.org/" target="_blank">Zooiversity</a>, a traveling animal education company in Texas, last year, and appears to be enjoying an encore seasonal run this week, as the nation heads&nbsp;into full-on pumpkin madness. (H/t to the website <em>Unwindly</em>, <a href="http://www.unwindly.com/i/272-Porcupine-Tastes-His-First-Pumpkin-Cant-Contain-His-Excitement">where I first saw it</a>).</p> <p>Teddy Bear, an 11-year-old male North American porcupine (<em>Erethizon dorsatum</em>), is something of a YouTube star at this point, it seems. <a href="http://www.zooniversity.org/our-animals/teddy-bear-the-porcupine/" target="_blank">According to Zooiversity's website</a>, he's raked in 11.5 million views from 16 viral videos and enjoys a following from over 19,000 Facebook fans.&nbsp;</p> <p>He's even...a movie star. Yes. A movie star. According to Zooiversity, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8vUO0lywa8">Teddy gave voice to Sebastian the hedgehog in <em>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</em></a>. He's come a long way since his days as an abandoned newborn found by a rancher in West Texas.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Animals Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:06:52 +0000 James West 263101 at http://www.motherjones.com Canada's Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/cbc-ottawa-shootings-cable-news <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today gave a master class in calm, credible breaking-news reporting.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/after-parliament-tragedy-canada-celebrates-longtime-national-badass-kevin-vickers" target="_blank"><img alt="Kevin Vickers" class="image" src="/files/kevinvickers-thumbnail.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><strong>Also Read: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/after-parliament-tragedy-canada-celebrates-longtime-national-badass-kevin-vickers" target="_blank">Kevin Vickers, Canada's Badass National Hero, Is a Portrait of Humility </a></strong></div> </div> <p>Anchored by the unflappable Peter Mansbridge, news of the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/shooting-canadian-parliament-ottawa" target="_blank">shootings in Ottawa</a> unfolded live on the CBC much like they do here in the United States: lots of sketchy details, conflicting reports, unreliable witnesses, and a thick fog of confusion. All of that was familiar. What was less familiar was how Mansbridge and his team managed that confusion, conveying a concise and fact-based version of fast-moving events to viewers across Canada and the world.</p> <p>This live bit of level-headed reporting by Mansbridge, from around 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, should be given to journalism students around the country. It basically contains everything you need to know about why CBC did its audience proud:</p> <blockquote> <p>MANSBRIDGE: And so, the situation is, as we say, tense and unclear. And it's on days like this&mdash;we keep reminding you of this and it's important&mdash;it's on days like this, where a story takes a number of different pathways, a number of changes occur, and often rumors start in a situation like this. We try to keep them out of our coverage, but when they come, sometimes from official sources, like members of Parliament, you tend to give them some credence. But you carefully weigh it with what we're also witnessing. It's clear that the situation is not over. It is clear the police are in an intense standby situation and continue to be on the lookout, and until somebody blows the all-clear on this we will continue to stay on top of it and watch as the events unfold.</p> </blockquote> <p>Watch below, courtesy of the CBC:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MLORytusZ4c" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The broadcast was deliberative and deferential to the facts even when they were sparse. Exacting and painstaking, but never slow or boring, Mansbridge weighed the credibility of every detail, constantly framing and reframing what we knew and, most crucially, <em>how we knew it</em>. He literally <em>spoke</em> the news as it happened, using his experience not to opine nor fill the gaps in his knowledge, but to provide the necessary support for his team's reporting.</p> <p>Getting things wrong during fast-moving live coverage is, of course, common. Coverage of the Washington Navy Yard shooting last year got the details wrong early and often: It misstated the perpetrator's name, age, and how many guns he had. Following the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, there was false coverage about the identity of the bombers, and anonymous sources leading journalists to nonexistent bombs and arrests. <em>On the Media</em>'s handy <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/story/breaking-news-consumers-handbook-pdf/" target="_blank">"breaking news consumer's handbook"</a> is a great roundup of the reporting errors that get repeated every time there is a mass shooting.</p> <p>No newscast, especially live news, is immune to mistakes, and during the initial haze of leads and counterleads, it's easy to point fingers. But for the six-some hours of CBC broadcasting I watched off-and-on (mostly on) today, I never once felt lost in the wall-to-wall speculation that has characterized so many recent breaking-news broadcasts in the United States.</p> <p>It seems like others on Twitter agree that CBC did pretty damn well today:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Exactly right. <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNews">@cbcnews</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/petermansbridge">@petermansbridge</a> covered today&rsquo;s awful events properly: calmly, carefully and accurately. <a href="http://t.co/Ij2dOPlGmz">http://t.co/Ij2dOPlGmz</a></p> &mdash; Mike Wickett (@mwickett) <a href="https://twitter.com/mwickett/status/525023274661855232">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>CBC, by the way, has not gone to break in over two hours. Peter Mansbridge has barely exhaled. Grand work by our public broadcaster.</p> &mdash; Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArashMadani/status/524964924033089536">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNews">@CBCNews</a> anchor <a href="https://twitter.com/petermansbridge">@petermansbridge</a> has been brilliant today, and US news could learn a lot: <a href="http://t.co/PvnyhNVzLs">http://t.co/PvnyhNVzLs</a> <a href="http://t.co/gKaO6lo6n5">pic.twitter.com/gKaO6lo6n5</a></p> &mdash; Mark Joyella (@standupkid) <a href="https://twitter.com/standupkid/status/524991532454412288">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Media Top Stories Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:28:39 +0000 James West 263076 at http://www.motherjones.com Fox News Thinks Young Women Are Too Busy With Tinder to "Get" Voting http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/fox-news-young-women-voting-tinder <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, a woman, shared some advice for us <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/2014/10/21/right-wing-media-discourage-young-women-from-vo/201259" target="_blank">feeble-minded young ladies out here</a>: Let's not burden ourselves with voting! After all, we're far too busy swiping for a man on Tinder to cast an educated vote in the midterm elections, or any election for that matter.</p> <p>"It's the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea," Guilfoyle explained to her approving co-hosts. "They don't get it!"</p> <p>"They're not in that same life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, health care. They're like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world," she added.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EOY3StMKLME" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>But what to do with all of our overabundant, perky energy?!&nbsp;Guilfoyle says not to worry&ndash;just "go back on Tinder or Match.com" and all will be right in the world.</p> <p>Sigh. For a more detailed look into what a war on voting looks like, check out <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/voting-rights-november-voter-suppression-states" target="_blank">our coverage here. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Elections Media Sex and Gender Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:09:40 +0000 Inae Oh 263056 at http://www.motherjones.com I Am Being Followed By an Army of Twitter Lady Bots http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/i-am-being-followed-army-twitter-lady-bots <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>I've been making a real effort to be better at Twitter lately. I've been tweeting more, striking a conversational tone, and trying to "just be myself," like people who know more about Twitter than me told me to. So I was thrilled this week when my follower count zoomed up from 3,030 to 3,066 over the course of just a few days. My efforts must have paid off, I thought.</p> <p>But then, I looked at my new followers. They all seemed pretty annoying. IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY. Check it out:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/twitter-bots-small.gif"></div> </div> <p>"Hipster-friendly music practitioner"? "Total travel advocate"? "Beer practitioner"? Ew!</p> <p>The formula for the handles seems to be: first name, middle initial, last name. And the bio items look like they're generated from a list of bland hobbies and jobs or something. All over the backdrop of some irrelevant stock art.</p> <p>Here are some of their tweets:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>You can't just wish for a better life. You have to create it.</p> &mdash; SarahSSmall (@SarahSSmall) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahSSmall/status/523864409522049024">October 19, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Tonight on <a href="https://twitter.com/WNTonight">@WNTonight</a> investors react to Ebola scare, fears of global slowdown. What does it mean for your retirement savings?</p> &mdash; BerniceWHenry (@BerniceWHenry) <a href="https://twitter.com/BerniceWHenry/status/523039210585227265">October 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Those of you who "elected" obama, this is all on you. He's a fake, you're confused, and now we ALL are having to pay for this foolishness...</p> &mdash; AdelineJBuckingham (@AdelineJBucking) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdelineJBucking/status/523965356411334656">October 19, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Creepy Twitter lady bots, what do you want from me?</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:50:57 +0000 Kiera Butler 263061 at http://www.motherjones.com RIP Ben Bradlee, 1921-2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/ben-bradlee-rip <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Ben Bradlee, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/22/business/media/ben-bradlee-editor-who-directed-watergate-coverage-dies-at-93.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;version=LargeMediaHeadlineSumCentered&amp;module=photo-spot-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news" target="_blank">legendary <em>Washington Post</em> editor</a>, who led the paper during its Watergate era and turned it into a national and global reporting powerhouse, died on Tuesday at the age of 93.</p> <p>"I don't mean to sound arrogant, but we are in a holy profession," Bradlee <a href="http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/American-Journalism-Icon-Ben-Bradlee-Dies-Washington-Post-277527721.html" target="_blank">once said.</a></p> <p>He was the <em>Post's</em> executive editor from 1968 to 1991. RIP.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:58:27 +0000 Inae Oh 263011 at http://www.motherjones.com Voter's Boyfriend to Obama: "Mr. President, Don't Touch My Girlfriend" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/mr-president-dont-touch-my-girlfriend <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>President Barack Obama was in Chicago on Monday to cast an <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/21/politics/obama-early-voting-jokes/index.html" target="_blank">early vote</a> for the midterm elections. He did so while standing next to fellow voter Aia Cooper. Cooper's boyfriend, who was also standing nearby, issued a remarkable warning to the president:</p> <p>"Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend."</p> <p>With Cooper laughing, but clearly mortified, the exchange that follows is just priceless. (Well played, Mr. President.) Watch below:</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="357" src="http://www.cnn.com/video/api/embed.html#/video/politics/2014/10/21/newday-ip-obama-votes-joke.cnn" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Obama Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:11:10 +0000 Inae Oh 262971 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Shows the Supreme Court How to Make Their Boring Recordings Way More Adorable http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/john-oliver-supreme-court-animals <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Supreme Court bars cameras from televising its oral arguments, with the only window into the minds of justices being lame audio recordings paired with awkward illustrations. No one wants to watch that.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tug71xZL7yc&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">John Oliver</a> has a brilliant alternative: Dogs. Cats. Real adorable animals with fake moving paws.</p> <p>"The visual makes it irresistible. Why? Because a cat's paws are doing things you wouldn't expect them to do. And if it works for shitty piano music it can work for the Supreme Court."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fJ9prhPV2PI" width="630"></iframe>Consider us sold.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Supreme Court Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:02:36 +0000 Inae Oh 262856 at http://www.motherjones.com Numero Group Releases a Stellar Retrospective http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/numero-group-unwound-retrospective <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WilH0XISBUQ?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Unwound</strong><br><em><strong>No Energy</strong></em><br><strong>Numero Group</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/image001%5B1%5D.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Part three of Numero Group's stellar <em>Unwound</em> retrospective picks up with the 1995 album <em>The Future of What,</em> followed by 1996's <em>Repetition</em>, and includes eight singles sides and some previously unreleased recordings. What's most immediately striking about these 33 tracks is how little interest the Olympia, Washington, trio has in repeating itself. While Justin Trosper (vocals, guitar), Vern Rumsey (bass) and Sara Lund (drums) still draw on deep roots in punk and hard rock, they often seem to be navigating uncharted territory. The songs are dark and jagged, more likely to generate brooding unease than provide easy catharsis. Check out either version of the tortured eight-minute epic "Swan" for an unpredictable, genre-defying experience that's thoroughly fascinating.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:22 +0000 Jon Young 262831 at http://www.motherjones.com Sallie Ford, the Exhilarating Provocateur http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/portland-sallie-ford-slap-back <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6-q1HAAtMzo" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Sallie Ford<br><em>Slap Back</em><br> Vanguard</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="sallie ford" class="image" src="/files/SallieFordSlapBack-Cover-2-300x300.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Raucous, profane, and unapologetic, Sallie Ford relishes playing the provocateur. On the exhilarating <em>Slap Back</em>, the Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter debuts her new all-female backing band, sounding like the early, badass Elvis Costello who fronted the Attractions. Buoyed by waves of punky garage rock, Ford addresses urgent issues like romance and lust in her usual blunt language ("Give Me Your Lovin'"), while illuminating her own struggles ("So Damn Low") and pausing for moments of surprising tenderness, observing, "Loves may come and lovers may go. But I'm here for the long haul, I hope you know" in "Hey Girl." For all the catchy tunes and tough grooves, Ford's greatest asset is her rowdy charisma.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:21 +0000 Jon Young 262826 at http://www.motherjones.com Film Review: "The Hand That Feeds" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/film-review-hand-feeds <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1qZrJSD_2v8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Hand That Feeds</strong></p> <p>JUBILEE FILMS</p> <p>At the beginning of <a href="http://thehandthatfeedsfilm.com/" target="_blank"><em>The Hand That Feeds</em></a>, Mahoma L&oacute;pez, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, records a coworker counting out the $290 he's just received for a 60-hour workweek in a deli on New York City's ritzy Upper East Side. The film feels like a familiar tale of exploitation and wage theft, until L&oacute;pez and his <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/hot-and-crusty-new-york-3" target="_blank">Hot &amp; Crusty</a> coworkers stand up and fight back. In this behind-the-scenes look at the <a href="http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/10/hot_and_crusty_1.php" target="_blank">ensuing labor dispute</a>, directors Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick lead us through the struggles and eventual triumph of L&oacute;pez &amp; Co. as they enlist the help of activists and, notably, a group of Occupy Wall Street-influenced twentysomethings. Despite the film's narrow focus&mdash;which leaves out some much-needed context about the treatment of immigrants in the restaurant biz&mdash;it's an inspiring tale.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><em>Correction: The original version of this review, which appeared in our November/December issue, misidentified the person counting out money at the start of the film.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Immigration Income Inequality Labor Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:50:04 +0000 Ian Gordon 261441 at http://www.motherjones.com