Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2014/02 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en John Oliver Explains How Cruel Mandatory Minimum Laws Ruin Lives http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/john-oliver-mandatory-minimum <!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/pDVmldTurqk" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Earlier this month, President Obama <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/obama-commuted-drug-senteces-marijuana-lifer" target="_blank">granted clemency</a> to 46 nonviolent drug offenders,&nbsp;which saw the largest number of presidential commutations granted in a single day since the 1960's. As <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDVmldTurqk" target="_blank">John Oliver</a> noted on the latest<em> Last Week Tonight</em>, the move was particularly significant because each offender was subjected to harsh mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which require low-level offenders to be locked up regardless of the crime's context.</p> <p>"Ridiculously long sentences are not a great deterrent to crime," Oliver explained in his take-down of unfair sentencing laws on Sunday. "Prison sentences are a lot like penises: If they're used correctly, even a short one can do the trick.</p> <p>"The truth is that mandatory minimums didn't just not work, they ruined lives."</p> <p>While failing to reduce crime, mandatory minimum laws also disproportionately target <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/11/commission-review-racially-tinged-mandatory-minimum-sentences" target="_blank">minority groups</a> across the country.</p> <p>"There should be a lot more pardons and commutations," Oliver said. "But if we really want to address this problem permanently, we need states and the federal government, not just to repeal mandatory minimums going forward, but to also pass laws so that existing prisoners can apply for retroactively reduced sentences."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Media Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:57:58 +0000 Inae Oh 280661 at http://www.motherjones.com 35 of Bill Cosby's Accusers Posed for a Powerful New York Magazine Cover Story http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/bill-cosby-new-york-magazine-cover <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>New York</em> magazine just released its newest cover story, which features <a href="http://www.nymag.com/thecut/2015/07/bill-cosbys-accusers-speak-out.html" target="_blank">35 women who have publicly accused Bill Cosby</a> of sexual assault for one powerful photo series. The arresting black and white cover photo presents each accuser seated in a chair with one final empty seat remaining at the end.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">35 women speak about being assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the culture that wouldn't listen: <a href="http://t.co/H5dss5F2F4">http://t.co/H5dss5F2F4</a> <a href="http://t.co/RCF0BWBrxA">pic.twitter.com/RCF0BWBrxA</a></p> &mdash; New York Magazine (@NYMag) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYMag/status/625472029173645312">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>The magazine spoke to all 35 women separately over the course of six months. Noreen Malone writes:</p> <blockquote> <p>Each story is awful in its own right. But the horror is multiplied by the sheer volume of seeing them together, reading them together, considering their shared experience. The women have found solace in their number&mdash;discovering that they hadn't been alone, that there were others out there who believed them implicitly, with whom they didn't need to be afraid of sharing the darkest details of their lives.</p> </blockquote> <p>On Monday morning, just hours after the story was published online, the magazine's website appeared to be hit by a <a href="http://www.dailydot.com/crime/new-york-magazine-ddos-bill-cosby-cover/" target="_blank">DDoS attack</a> blocking any attempt to successfully read any article coming from <em>New York</em>. The alleged hacker told the <a href="http://www.dailydot.com/crime/new-york-magazine-ddos-bill-cosby-cover/" target="_blank"><em>Daily Dot</em></a> the hacking had nothing to do with the cover story and it was instead motivated by a recent bad trip to New York City.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="http://t.co/pJeaQkGh0M">http://t.co/pJeaQkGh0M</a> will be down for hours.... :D ENJOY</p> &mdash; Vikingdom2016 (@Vikingdom2016) <a href="https://twitter.com/Vikingdom2016/status/625535796460830720">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>People have since responded on social media by using the hashtag #EmptyChair to praise the story and to speak out against sexual assault.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheEmptyChair?src=hash">#TheEmptyChair</a> signals the women who couldn't come forward mostly b/c we, as a culture, wouldn't believe them. <a href="https://t.co/fiG8qii2iO">https://t.co/fiG8qii2iO</a></p> &mdash; Janet Mock (@janetmock) <a href="https://twitter.com/janetmock/status/625478627220692994">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">There are SO many women who could be the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EmptyChair?src=hash">#EmptyChair</a>. Not just Cosby's rape victims, but rape victims everywhere. They aren't lying.</p> &mdash; Patrick (@QuadCityPat) <a href="https://twitter.com/QuadCityPat/status/625494887283077120">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Media Sex and Gender Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:48:19 +0000 Inae Oh 280656 at http://www.motherjones.com 'Strange Wilds' Creates Disruptive Noise http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/strange-wilds-creates-disruptive-noise <!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/xpBVRYaUdRU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Strange Wilds</strong><br><strong><em>Subjective Concepts</em><br> Sub Pop</strong><br> &nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/sw-subjectiveconcepts-900.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>Nasty, brutish, and relentlessly thrilling, the Olympia, Washington, trio Strange Wilds grinds up abrasive rock'n'roll ingredients and spews 'em out as one glorious wave of disruptive noise. These raucous youngsters have thoroughly schooled themselves on early punk, thrash metal and grunge (with a big debt to Nirvana's pre-<em>Nevermind</em><em> </em>vibe), but Subjective Concepts sizzles like a brand-new inspiration. And for all the bruising chords, crashing drums, and wounded-beast vocals, it's not hard to find some solid songs amidst the storm. "Starved For" echoes Chris Bailey's Saints, while "Oneirophobe" finds singer-guitarist Steven (no last names used here) growling, "I feel fine, I feel okay/Just so scared of the everyday" as he tries to make sense of it all.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:00:50 +0000 Jon Young 280306 at http://www.motherjones.com This Video of 22-Year-Old Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Amazing http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/video-22-year-old-arnold-schwarzenegger-showing-his-muscles-amazing <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Action movie star, <a href="http://environmental%20activist" target="_blank">environmental activist</a>, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/video/2014/jan/23/arnold-schwarzenegger-gym-instructor-video" target="_blank">exercise instructor</a>, <a href="https://youtu.be/tO4X8_c80kg" target="_blank">kindergarten teacher</a>, governor of the largest state in the union. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been many things. But it all started with bodybuilding.</p> <p>While digging through <a href="http://www.ap.org/content/press-release/2015/ap-makes-one-million-minutes-of-history-available-on-youtube" target="_blank">a trove of historical news footage</a> recently released by the Associated Press, we came across this gem of Arnold competing in the 1969 Mr. Universe competition at the tender age of 22:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c7Iaz_r2t-g" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>"The choice was an American as amateur Mr. Universe and an Austrian as the professional," the announcer says. The Austrian? Yep, that's Arnold. He would go on to win five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles, before <a href="https://youtu.be/pDxn0Xfqkgw" target="_blank">gracing the silver screen</a> with his manly muscles and Austrian accent.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:59:35 +0000 Luke Whelan 280551 at http://www.motherjones.com Ohio State's Quarterback Has the Perfect Response to a Fan's Stupid "Shut Up and Play" Tweet http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/ohio-state-quarterback-fan-stupid-tweet <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Sometimes athletes choose to stand in the center of a movement and make a statement. Ohio State's Cardale Jones, quarterback of this year's national championship football team, took some time Thursday to ask a simple question on Twitter:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">You tell me that <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AllLivesMatter?src=hash">#AllLivesMatter</a> well I say how do you define "All" ?</p> &mdash; Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) <a href="https://twitter.com/CJ12_/status/624223899534905344">July 23, 2015</a></blockquote> <p>It wasn't exactly incendiary stuff from Jones, who has been dinged for <a href="http://deadspin.com/5949274/ohio-states-third-string-quarterback-aint-come-to-play-school" target="_blank">expressing himself</a> on social media before. Still, when one fan decided to chime in to<strong> </strong>tell Jones to shut up and stick to football, the 22-year-old junior from Cleveland wasn't having it:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/CKng_pTWwAQF7mr.jpg-large.jpeg"></div> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Also, a reminder: College athletes <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/john-oliver-ncaa" target="_blank">aren't getting paid</a> while the NCAA <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/01/college-football-playoff-money-players" target="_blank">rakes in millions</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em style="line-height: 2em;">(h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/byjoelanderson/status/624277419382411264" target="_blank">@byjoelanderson</a>)</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Sports Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:00:26 +0000 Edwin Rios 280416 at http://www.motherjones.com Ikea Recalling Dressers After Two Children Die from Falling Drawers http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/ikea-dresser-two-children-killed <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In February 2014, a two-year-old boy from Pennsylvania was killed after an Ikea Malm dresser tipped over and pinned him to his bed. In another incident in June of that year, a 23-month-old child died after being trapped beneath falling drawers from the same line of Ikea's popular dressers.</p> <p>The company is now offering a free repair kit to 27 million customers who purchased the company's Malm dressers to help remove the furniture's "tip-over hazard."</p> <p>The recall is in conjunction with a <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2015/IKEA-Offers-Free-Wall-Anchoring-Repair-Kit-for-Chests-and-Dressers/" target="_blank">safety alert</a> issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday warning of the dressers' potential dangers. The commission recommended that parents no longer buy Malm dressers taller than 23.5 inches for children and 29.5 inches for adults, unless the products are properly secured to a wall.</p> <p>The free repair kits provide such an anchoring mechanism.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="316" src="/files/malm_0.jpeg" width="524"><div class="caption">Malm Dresser, Ikea</div> </div> <p>The company said in total it received 14 accident reports stemming from the line's drawers, four of which resulted in injuries.</p> <p>In a statement, Ikea's U.S. commercial manager Patty Lobell <a href="http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2015/07/22/ikea-chest-drawers-recall/30506441/" target="_blank">said</a> the company was "deeply saddened" by the deaths and hoped its efforts would "prevent further tragedies."</p> <p>For information on how to receive the free repair kit, head over to the commission's <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2015/IKEA-Offers-Free-Wall-Anchoring-Repair-Kit-for-Chests-and-Dressers/" target="_blank">alert here.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:12:00 +0000 Inae Oh 280331 at http://www.motherjones.com Obama Pledges to Use Executive Order to Keep Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/obama-jon-stewart <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>As Jon Stewart prepares his imminent exit from <em>The Daily Show</em>, President Obama stopped by the set in New York on Tuesday to bid farewell to the longstanding host and promised to use his office's power to prevent him from leaving.</p> <p>"I can't believe you're leaving before me," <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/skawjk/july-21--2015---barack-obama" target="_blank">Obama said</a> during his seventh and final visit with Stewart as host. "I'm going to issue an executive order: Jon Stewart cannot leave the show. It's being challenged in the courts."</p> <p>"To me this is a states' rights issue," Stewart replied.</p> <p>Following the opening banter, the two dived into more serious topics such as the Iran nuclear deal, the president's relationship with the media, and the Middle East.</p> <p>When asked about Donald Trump's recent surge in the polls, Obama joked, "I'm sure the Republicans are enjoying Mr. Trump's current dominance of their primary."</p> <p>Stewart's last day is August 6th.</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:630px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:0d2910ba-78ce-4953-acb0-b93bfd10a56e" width="622"></iframe> <p style="text-align:left;background-color:#FFFFFF;padding:4px;margin-top:4px;margin-bottom:0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><b><a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/">The Daily Show</a></b><br> Get More: <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/">Daily Show Full Episodes</a>,<a href="http://www.facebook.com/thedailyshow">The Daily Show on Facebook</a>,<a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos">Daily Show Video Archive</a></p> </div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Obama Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:58:33 +0000 Inae Oh 280196 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump Just Accidentally Tweeted a Photo of a Convicted Murderer http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/donald-trump-jeffrey-macdonald <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Less than a week after tweeting a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/donald-trump-campaign-ad-nazi-soldiers" target="_blank">campaign poster</a> that confused men dressed in Nazi uniforms for American soldiers, Donald Trump is proving once again he is in fact not a <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/12/im-like-a-really-smart-person-donald-trump-exults-in-outsider-status" target="_blank">"really smart person."</a></p> <p>Last night, the real estate mogul fell for an internet prank by retweeting a photo of Jeffrey MacDonald, the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/29/justice/mcginniss-macdonald-appeal/" target="_blank">former army doctor</a> who in 1979 was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters. Trump evidently confused the original tweet for an endorsement amid the backlash sparked by his comments mocking <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/donald-trump-john-mccain-captured" target="_blank">Sen. John McCain's military record</a>.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"<a href="https://twitter.com/russiannavyblog">@russiannavyblog</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/ConnorBaldwin21">@ConnorBaldwin21</a> My bad ass Vietnam vet dad has balls too which is why he's voting Trump! <a href="http://t.co/iTrpfISThL">pic.twitter.com/iTrpfISThL</a>"</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/623370882652704768">July 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Nazi photos aside, this is far from the first time Trump has committed a social media gaffe. Last September, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/21/donald-trump-unwittingly-retweets-photo-murderer-fake-vietnam-vet" target="_blank">Trump fell for yet another stunt</a> after retweeting a photo with the message, "My parents who passed away always said you were a big inspiration. Can you please RT for their memory?&rdquo; The resulting retweet posted a photo of two infamous serial killers.</p> <p>Though his latest remarks appeared to dip his polling numbers, Trump continues to lead <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/07/trump-takes-big-gop-lead-plummets-after-mccain-remarks" target="_blank">polls of the Republican primary</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:11:34 +0000 Inae Oh 280076 at http://www.motherjones.com Rachel Dolezal Is Now a Weave-Specializing Hairstylist http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/rachel-dolezal-now-weave-specializing-hairstylist <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On the off chance you were wondering what <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/spokane-naacp-leader-lying-about-being-black-parents-say" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal</a> has been up to since allegations surfaced she has been lying for years about being a black woman, the former president of Spokane's NAACP chapter recently sat down for an interview to let you know that she's still making a living off of black culture. <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/07/rachel-dolezal-new-interview-pictures-exclusive" target="_blank"><em>Vanity Fair</em></a> has the scoop:</p> <blockquote> <p>At Eastern Washington University, she lectured on the politics and history of black hair, and she says she developed a passion for taking care of and styling black hair while in college in Mississippi. That passion is now what brings in income in the home she shares with Franklin [her 13-year-old son]. She says she has appointments for braids and weaves about three times a week.</p> </blockquote> <p>In the new interview, which comes weeks after Dolezal was forced to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/rachel-dolezal-resigns-spokane-naacp-president" target="_blank">resign</a> as the NAACP's local leader and dropped as a professor in Africana studies, she also appeared impervious to her critics, even emboldened by the media firestorm that quickly grew after her birth parents claimed she had been lying about her race.</p> <p>"I wouldn't say I'm African-American, but I would say 'I'm black, and there's a difference in those terms," she tells <em>Vanity Fair.</em></p> <p>"It's not a costume," she continued. "I don&rsquo;t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that's never left me. It's not something that I can put on and take off anymore."</p> <p>Has Dolezal's latest defense left you even more puzzled? Stay tuned, she plans on publishing a book to explain it all.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:13:47 +0000 Inae Oh 280026 at http://www.motherjones.com Fox News Has Some Very Stupid Thoughts About Sharks http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/chomp-chomp-whoa-whoa-not-now-were-having-a-competition-come-back-later <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A surfer in South Africa was attacked by a shark during a competition on TV over the weekend. <em>Fox and Friends</em> discussed this event this morning. It was very, very dumb.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/i42cfuc4jW4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Here is the transcript, courtesy of <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/foxs-brian-kilmeade-why-arent-we-clearing-the-waters-of-sharks-so-ocean-swimming-is-safe/" target="_blank"><em>Raw Story</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>I think that the most shocking thing is that after you hear about the six attacks in North Carolina, okay, these are just swimmers,&rdquo; Kilmeade noted on Monday&rsquo;s edition of Fox &amp; Friends. &ldquo;But then when you see a champion surfer and you have a three camera shoot and an overhead shot, [you] say, &lsquo;Oh my goodness, it could happen anywhere.'&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;You would think that they would have a way of clearing the waters before a competition of this level,&rdquo; he opined. &ldquo;But I guess they don&rsquo;t.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Sure,&rdquo; co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck agreed. &ldquo;If a three-time world champion surfer isn&rsquo;t safe, who is?&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The shark should be afraid of him,&rdquo; she added. "That was a tough punch he gave there."</p> </blockquote> <p>"Clearing the waters" is so hilarious. Why didn't they just do that in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/jaws-ridiculous-say-kids-who-owe-everything-jaws" target="_blank"><em>Jaws</em></a>?</p> <p>(via <a href="http://wonkette.com/591573/stupid-fox-news-idiots-confused-why-sharks-always-live-in-the-ocean-so-much" target="_blank"><em>Wonkette</em></a>)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:02:50 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 280021 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Wants Americans to Stop Throwing Out So Much Food http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/john-oliver-food-waste <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Americans waste a ton of food. According to a study cited in Sunday's <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8xwLWb0lLY" target="_blank">Last Week Tonight</a></em>, the country throws out nearly $165 billion worth of food every year, amounting to 730 football stadiums full of trash.</p> <p>"Watching all that food go from farm-to-not-a-table is awful for a bunch of reasons," Oliver said. "First and most obviously, there are many people in this country who need that food. In 2013, nearly 50 million Americans lived in food insecure households meaning that at some point in the year they struggled to put enough food on the table."</p> <p>All that waste also decomposes in overwhelmingly crowded landfills that produce staggering levels of methane gas.</p> <p>"If you're thinking, 'But hold on, John, what if I'm an asshole who couldn&rsquo;t give a shit about America's hungry families or the long-term viability of life on earth?' Well, first let me say, 'Mr. Trump, thank you so much for taking the time to watch this show tonight. It's lovely to have you with&nbsp;us.'"</p> <p>If being compared to the likes of the Donald isn't enough to move you, Oliver explains food waste is gutting your personal finances way more than you think as well.</p> <p><strong>Watch below:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/i8xwLWb0lLY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Food and Ag Media Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:46:54 +0000 Inae Oh 279976 at http://www.motherjones.com The Bird and the Bee Finds the Aching Heart Beneath the Glossy Surfaces http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/bird-and-bee-finds-aching-heart-beneath-glossy-surfaces <!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/flbce8yaBao" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Bird and the Bee<br><em>Recreational Love</em><br> Rostrum</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/RLCover1500x1500.jpeg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p>The unlikely but artistically fruitful partnership of Inara George and Greg Kurstin, aka The Bird and the Bee, has flourished for a decade, despite little encouragement from the commercial mainstream. The daughter of the late Little Feat leader Lowell George, she's a subtly compelling singer who conveys deep feeling with languid poise; her best solo album is a collaboration with art-pop genius Van Dyke Parks. He's a master of slick pop who's produced big names like Katy Perry, Charli XCX, and Kelly Clarkson. But for all their polish, The Bird and the Bee has always been about finding the aching heart beneath the glossy surfaces, and this striking fourth album is no exception. While <em>Recreational Love</em> ups the danceablity quotient slightly from previous outings, shimmering songs like "Lovey Dovey" and "Please Take Me Home" are simultaneously exhilarating (for their suave craftsmanship) and heartrending (for their raw emotion), revealing intriguing new elements with each hearing.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:00:13 +0000 Jon Young 279741 at http://www.motherjones.com Caitlyn Jenner Just Delivered this Kickass Speech About Acceptance http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/caitlyn-jenner-espy-arthur-ashe-courage <!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/5j5AC_NgQpc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Caitlyn Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at last night's ESPY's in Los Angeles, and used the opportunity to deliver a powerful speech urging fellow athletes and celebrities to understand the immense challenges trans people, especially teenagers, face everyday.</p> <p>"It's not just about one person,"&nbsp;Jenner said. "It's about thousands of people. It's not just about me, it's about all of us accepting one another. We're all different. That's not a bad thing. That's a good thing. And while it may not easy to get past the things you don't always understand, I want to prove that it is absolutely possible if we only do it together."</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/07/16/watch-caitlyn-jenners-powerful-speech-at-espys/" target="_blank">award</a>, presented by ESPN, recognizes individuals who "transcend sports," and is named after the late African-American tennis champion Arthur Ashe, who was known for fighting discrimination in the sport and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0710.html" target="_blank">raising public awareness about AIDS</a>.</p> <p>Looking ahead, the former Olympian said she would use her fame to push for transgender rights. Jenner mentioned 17-year-old <a href="http://%22They're%20getting%20bullied,%22%20Jenner%20said%20of%20trans%20youth.%20%22They're%20getting%20beaten%20up.%20They're%20getting%20murdered.%20And%20they're%20committing%20suicide.%22" target="_blank">Mercedes Williamson</a> and 15-year-old <a href="http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2015/04/16/michigan-trans-teen-skaters-suicide-rocks-roller-derby-community" target="_blank">Sam Taub</a>, both trans teenagers who killed themselves earlier this year, to illustrate the urgency of the challenges facing teens.</p> <p>"They're getting bullied," Jenner said. "They're getting beaten up. They're getting murdered. And they're committing suicide."</p> <p>She concluded her speech with a message for her critics and those questioning the motives behind her public transition.</p> <p>"If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is I can take it," she said. "But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn&rsquo;t have to take it. So for the people out there wondering what this is all about, whether its about courage or controversy or publicity, it's about what happens from here."</p> <p>Jenner's transition made national headlines after she sat down with Diane Sawyer for an exclusive interview in April, in which she detailed her journey. She made her public debut with a June cover shoot for <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/here-caitlyn-jenners-stunning-vanity-fair-cover" target="_blank"><em>Vanity Fair.</em></a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Media Sex and Gender Sports Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:11:28 +0000 Inae Oh 279781 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Explains How Wealthy Sports Teams Are Scamming Taxpayers http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/john-oliver-explains-how-sports-teams-are-scamming-taxpayers <!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/xcwJt4bcnXs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Every year, American cities across the country spend billions of dollar in public money in order to build shiny new sports stadiums we probably don't need. As John Oliver explained on the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcwJt4bcnXs" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em></a>, these stadiums are increasingly designed to look like "coked-up Willy Wonka" coliseums with expensive features like swimming pools and party cabanas.</p> <p>"We don't just help teams build stadiums, we let them keep virtually all the revenue those stadiums produce," Oliver said on Sunday.</p> <p>The segment goes onto show, stadium financing often hurts the local economy and surrounding businesses, even blocking cities from paying for crucial things like hospitals&mdash;all this as wealthy stadium owners only get richer with empty promises of economic growth.</p> <p>"I'm not saying we shouldn't have giant aquariums in ballparks full of terrified fish. Of course we should, this is America! If we don't have them, no one else will! But we should not be using public money to pay for them."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sports Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:26:40 +0000 Inae Oh 279536 at http://www.motherjones.com David Letterman Comes Out of Retirement to Call Out Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/david-letterman-comes-out-retirement-call-out-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>David Letterman may have only retired just two months ago, but that isn't going to stop the former "Late Show" host from taking on the joke of a presidential run that is Donald Trump's current campaign for the White House</p> <p>On Friday, Letterman <a href="http://mashable.com/2015/07/12/david-letterman-donald-trump/" target="_blank">reemerged</a> on stage in San Antonio, Texas for a very special "Top 10" list to explain.</p> <p>"I retired," Letterman told the crowd, with Martin Short and Steve Martin by his side. "I have no regrets. None. I was happy, I'll make actual friends, I was complacent, I was satisfied, I was content. And then a couple of days ago Donald Trump said he was running for president."</p> <p>"I have made the biggest mistake of my life."</p> <p>Among the zingers reserved for Trump, "During sex, Donald Trump calls out his own name" and "He wants to build a wall? How about building a wall around the thing on his head?" drive it home.</p> <p><strong>Watch below for the full list:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lfuXYh-BFoc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Film and TV Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:45:49 +0000 Inae Oh 279531 at http://www.motherjones.com The Punk Band Negative Scanner Gets Apocalyptic http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/negative-scanner-gets-apocalyptic <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Negative Scanner<br><em>Negative Scanner</em><br> Trouble in Mind</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Negative%20Scanner%20hi-res%20album%20art.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p>Folks who cheered Sleater-Kinney's recent reunion and crave another righteous blast of purifying punk noise should check out the debut album of this exciting Chicago foursome. Echoing the equally terrific White Lung, Negative Scanner makes a bracing racket from pungent raw materials&mdash;careening drums, clattering guitars, urgent vocals&mdash;with agitated frontwoman Rebecca Valeriano-Flores hinting at apocalyptic consequences every time she sings. Highlighted by blistering tunes like "Planet of Slums" and "Would You Rather," this searing 27-minute eruption is close to perfect, but not for delicate ears.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:00:47 +0000 Jon Young 279256 at http://www.motherjones.com Tom Selleck Accused of Stealing Thousands of Gallons of Water in California http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/tom-selleck-accused-stealing-thousands-gallons-water-california <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>How much water does it take to groom Tom Selleck's mustache? Truckloads, apparently.</p> <p>In the midst of an unprecedented four-year drought, the actor is at the center of a lawsuit accusing him of <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-tom-selleck-water-complaint-20150707-story.html" target="_blank">re-routing thousands of gallons of water</a> from a public hydrant to be sent to his 60-acre ranch in Southern California.</p> <p>According to the lawsuit filed by the Calleguas Municipal Water District on Monday, on numerous occasions a private investigator spotted a truck filling up with water from the hydrant and delivering it to Selleck's home.</p> <p>Selleck allegedly continued to do so even after several cease-and-desist notices were sent to him, the newly filed court documents claim.</p> <p>Now the water district is hoping to permanently block Selleck from continuing the water-delivery scheme and repay it for the investigators' $21,685.55 fees.</p> <p>Since new restrictions on water use were instituted in the state, celebrities and the wealthy residing in California who have watered their lawns excessively and ignored the caps have been targeted with so-called <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/05/california-drought-shaming-water-watersmart" target="_blank">"drought-shaming" </a>techniques on social media as a way to expose residents who appear to waste water.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:18:38 +0000 Inae Oh 279226 at http://www.motherjones.com All United Flights Worldwide Were Grounded Today http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/all-united-flights-worldwide-have-been-grounded <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Thanks to an "automation" glitch early on Wednesday morning, United Airlines was forced to ground every single one of its flights. Worldwide. For a whole hour.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/airline.png"><div class="caption">FAA</div> </div> <p>The massive error, which was lifted around 9:50 a.m., sparked long lines and confusion at airports. Though flights have finally begun to slowly take off, the system-wide grounding will undoubtedly throw a wrench into travelers' plans today.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Video: <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkKonoSky5">@MarkKonoSky5</a> is over LAX where hundreds of passengers are delayed <a href="http://t.co/tR6omHsw1K">http://t.co/tR6omHsw1K</a> <a href="http://t.co/DFjtKDzWmc">pic.twitter.com/DFjtKDzWmc</a></p> &mdash; KTLA (@KTLA) <a href="https://twitter.com/KTLA/status/618779145091219456">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">That's alot of planes grounded... and this is just 1 airport. It's happened at every airport in US. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UnitedAirlines?src=hash">#UnitedAirlines</a> <a href="http://t.co/Mp8NmKmkl3">pic.twitter.com/Mp8NmKmkl3</a></p> &mdash; Taylor Reed (@rollbluetide) <a href="https://twitter.com/rollbluetide/status/618777063382740993">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/united">@united</a> agents now writing baggage tickets by hand. Supervisor tells me "unclear" when system will be back up. <a href="http://t.co/mRxfCsiz4c">pic.twitter.com/mRxfCsiz4c</a></p> &mdash; Jeff Rossen (@jeffrossen) <a href="https://twitter.com/jeffrossen/status/618763636224487424">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash">#BREAKING</a>: Ground stop CANCELLED for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UnitedAirlines?src=hash">#UnitedAirlines</a>. Things returning to normal at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LAX?src=hash">#LAX</a> <a href="http://t.co/2ZmFHAhdba">http://t.co/2ZmFHAhdba</a> <a href="http://t.co/W451Y6dHyj">pic.twitter.com/W451Y6dHyj</a></p> &mdash; Katie Chrystler (@kchrystler) <a href="https://twitter.com/kchrystler/status/618781766669631488">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>"We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning," United said in a <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/united-airlines-passengers-say-flights-grounded-nationwide-n388536" target="_blank">statement. </a>"We are working to resolve this and apologize to our customers for any inconvenience."</p> <p>The system-wide notice, which follows <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/business/united-airlines-grounds-flights-because-of-computer-problem.html" target="_blank">June's</a> worldwide grounding, continues United's reputation as one of the <a href="http://fortune.com/2015/04/13/five-worst-airlines-in-america/" target="_blank">world's worst airlines.</a> So, business as usual!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:44:06 +0000 Inae Oh 279211 at http://www.motherjones.com Supercut: Joe Biden Has a Really Itchy Face http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/supercut-joe-biden-has-really-itchy-face <!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/z2ZhedIGC_Q" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The first thing I want to say is this: I didn't intend to make this video.</p> <p>My project was more noble. I've noticed Vice President Joe Biden appearing a lot recently with President Obama at big news conferences&mdash;the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UvpAdoL3-E" target="_blank">Cuba embassy announcement</a>, when the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/president-just-celebrated-obamacare%E2%80%99s-historic-victory-suprme-court-only-he-can" target="_blank">upholding a key element of the Affordable Care Act</a>, the heckler scene at the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/obama-shuts-down-heckler-youre-my-house" target="_blank">White House's LGBT Pride Dinner</a>, the first White House <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/obama-remarks-charleston-shooting" target="_blank">reaction to the Charleston massacre</a>. Biden is such a big, everyday presence in public life&mdash;like furniture in a comfortable room&mdash;that I wanted to see if there were any common threads I could pick out about him by watching these appearances. Has he visibly changed over the years <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/25/obama-white-house-correspondents-dinner_n_7112450.html" target="_blank">in the same way Barack Obama has</a>, for example? In what ways has his public performance changed over the years?</p> <p>Instead, all I noticed was...his itchy face. He scratches his face a lot. More than other people behind the podium, or on stage. Far more. It's true, it must get pretty boring, listening and clapping and laughing so much. And imagine if you wanted to scratch your face, it would build up and you would really want to scratch it.</p> <p>Now, it's all I can see.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Tue, 07 Jul 2015 22:07:08 +0000 James West 279191 at http://www.motherjones.com Jared Fogle's Home Raided by the FBI for Child Pornography http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/jared-fogles-home-raided-fbi-child-pornography <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Tuesday, federal and state authorities <a href="http://fox59.com/2015/07/07/federal-authorities-raid-home-of-subway-spokesman-jared-fogle/" target="_blank">raided the home</a> of famed Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle as a part of a child pornography investigation.</p> <p>The raid at Fogle's Indiana home follows the April arrest of Russell Taylor on federal child pornography charges. Taylor served as the former director of Fogle's charity, the Jared Fogle Foundation, which was dedicated to combating childhood obesity.</p> <p>Around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, agents were seen carrying electronics out of the Zionsville home where Fogle was also detained. A local <a href="http://fox59.com/2015/07/07/federal-authorities-raid-home-of-subway-spokesman-jared-fogle/" target="_blank">NBC affiliate</a> reports a mobile forensics van was seen analyzing the collected materials.</p> <p>Fogle was not arrested or charged with a crime. Authorities confirmed the investigation, but would not say whether the raid was specifically investigating&nbsp;Fogle or if it was connected to Taylor's earlier arrest.</p> <p>Fogle, who became a nationally recognized figure after he lost more than 200 pounds while eating Subway sandwiches as a cornerstone of his diet 15 years ago, is reportedly worth <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/jared-subway-guy-marks-15-years-turkey-subs-article-1.1365511" target="_blank">$15 million.</a> He is 37-years-old.</p> <p>Back in 2007, Fogle was accused of running a <a href="http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2007/05/jared-fogle-from-porn-provider-to-subway-spokesperson/" target="_blank">porn industry rental service</a> from his dorm room when he was in college in the nineties. Subway officials dismissed those allegations about their spokesman, saying they had "no knowledge" of the report.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:24:17 +0000 Inae Oh 279111 at http://www.motherjones.com Everyone Who Cheered On the US Women's Soccer Team Should See These Stats http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/womens-women-cup-soccer-pay-gap-tv-ratings <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>When the US women's national team <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/06/sports/soccer/womens-world-cup-usa-defeats-japan-to-win-title.html" target="_blank">routed</a> Japan in the World Cup finals Sunday, <a href="http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/07/06/tv-ratings-sunday-womens-world-cup-scores-record-high-big-brother-celebrity-family-feud-battlebots-fall/426093/" target="_blank">more than 20 million viewers</a> tuned in, making it the most-watched soccer match ever in the United States. To put that in perspective, more Americans<strong>&nbsp;</strong>watched Sunday's matchup than <a href="http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/07/14/2014-world-cup-final-on-abc-is-the-most-watched-mens-world-cup-championship-ever/282640/" target="_blank">last year's men's World Cup championship</a> (roughly 17 million viewers) or all but Game 6 of this year's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/maurybrown/2015/07/06/usas-fifa-womens-world-cup-final-5-2-victory-is-the-highest-rated-soccer-match-ever-in-u-s/" target="_blank">NBA Finals</a>.</p> <p>Still, the amount of money earned by the entire women's field compared to what the men made in Brazil is striking. As Mary Pilon <a href="http://www.politico.eu/article/world-cup-women-pay-gap-gender-equality/" target="_blank">points out</a> in <em>Politico</em>:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&hellip;the total payout for the Women's World Cup this year will be $15 million, compared with the total for the men's World Cup last year of $576 million, nearly 40 times as much. That also means that the Women's World Cup payout is less than the reported $24 million to $35 million FIFA spent on its self-aggrandizing fiction film, <em>United Passions</em>.</p> </blockquote> <p>And that disparity trickles down to the women's champ: The USWNT will earn $2 million from the victory, nearly 18 times less than the German men's team received after winning the 2014 World Cup ($35 million). Even the US men's team, which was bounced in the round of 16 that year, earned $8 million.</p> <p>As <em>BuzzFeed</em>'s Lindsey Adler <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/lindseyadler/us-womens-soccer-team-will-get-33-million-less-prize-money-m#.agvEWZN8P" target="_blank">writes</a>, "When the disparity in pay for women athletes versus men is raised, the argument often veers toward television ratings, with claims that women's sports are watched by significantly fewer people." Although that argument may not hold up for American audiences, it's worth noting that early viewership figures for this year's World Cup suggest that women's matches, though steadily attracting a global audience, are still far below that of the men's World Cup (<a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/women-football-enjoying-increased-tv-audience-150611102655015.html" target="_blank">188 million</a> on average).</p> <p>FIFA <a href="http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/administration/02/56/80/39/fr2014weben_neutral.pdf" target="_blank">generated</a> much of its revenue between 2011 and 2014 from TV and marketing rights from the 2014 World Cup, and it remains to be seen how much money in commercial revenue the women's games will produce. (The men's World Cup <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/05/22/record-world-cup-numbers-game-for-fifa-and-brazil/9458457/" target="_blank">brought in $4 billion</a>.) So while the most recent ratings suggest that the popularity of the Women's World Cup at home and abroad is heading in a positive direction, it will take far more to close the<strong> </strong>money gap.</p></body></html> Mixed Media International Sex and Gender Sports Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:36:28 +0000 Edwin Rios 279066 at http://www.motherjones.com Justice Department Investigating Whether Airlines Work Together to Keep Prices High http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/justice-department-airlines-high-prices <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Justice Department is looking into whether airlines are cooperating to deliberately "work at a slower pace" in order to keep airline prices high, the <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fbe53033dd424612974b0c0f8c19910e/justice-department-investigating-potential-airline" target="_blank"><em>Associated Press</em></a> reports on Wednesday.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">BREAKING: Document shows Justice Dept investigating whether airlines are colluding to keep airfares high.</p> &mdash; The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/616303415757553664">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>A department spokesperson confirmed the investigation but declined to list which airlines were subject to the probe. The potential "unlawful coordination" orchestrated by major airlines comes amid <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/22/the-cartel-that-makes-sure-airplane-tickets-never-get-cheaper.html" target="_blank">questions</a> of why airline ticket prices have remained high despite plummeting oil prices and more fuel efficient aircrafts.</p> <p>Following news of the probe on Wednesday, all U.S. airline <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-01/u-s-airline-stocks-fall-as-antitrust-probe-report-erases-rally" target="_blank">stock prices</a> took a dive.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:58:35 +0000 Inae Oh 278876 at http://www.motherjones.com Jim Carrey Lashes Out at California's Mandatory Vaccine Law http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/jim-carrey-vaccination-california <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Jim Carrey voiced his anger over California's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/jerry-brown-signs-bill-requiring-childhood-vaccinations" target="_blank">new law</a> that officially ends personal belief exemptions for vaccinations. The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday, follows the measles outbreak in Disneyland that infected 117 people last December.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped.</p> &mdash; Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimCarrey/status/616049450243338240">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">They say mercury in fish is dangerous but forcing all of our children to be injected with mercury in thimerosol is no risk. Make sense?</p> &mdash; Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimCarrey/status/616051925859987456">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!</p> &mdash; Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimCarrey/status/616073415812759553">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The CDC can't solve a problem they helped start. It's too risky to admit they have been wrong about mercury/thimerasol. They are corrupt.</p> &mdash; Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimCarrey/status/616076731254902784">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>This is hardly the first time the actor has spoken out against vaccinations. Carrey, who dated anti-vaccination activist Jenny McCarthy, has long pushed the belief there is a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=4987758" target="_blank">link</a> between vaccinations and autism.</p> <p>"The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement. "While it's true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Health Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:17:47 +0000 Inae Oh 278841 at http://www.motherjones.com The Guy Who Made the ISIS-Dildo Flag Just Told Off CNN http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/isis-dildo-flag-pride-cnn <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Anyone near the internet last Saturday was treated to one of most glorious cable news gaffes in recent memory. CNN thought it had a stunner of a scoop: Gay pride was being infiltrated by Islamist terror!</p> <p>CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux crossed from the US studios<strong> </strong>to international assignment editor Lucy Pawle in London, who claimed to have spotted an ISIS banner amongst the rainbow-adorned floats at London's annual LGBT pride parade. A glorious exclusive! "I seem to be the only person to have spotted this," Pawle claimed. The segment was given the full, breaking-news treatment: Peter Bergen, the network's national security analyst, was even called in for his sober assessment.</p> <p>The only problem? The banner Pawle spotted was a satirical flag adorned not with ISIS's logo in Arabic, but with butt-plugs and dildos.</p> <p>Now the flag's creator has spoken publicly for the first time <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/30/isis-dildo-flag-london-pride-cnn?CMP=share_btn_tw" target="_blank">in a&nbsp;<em>Guardian</em> op-ed</a><em> </em>that is sure to make CNN execs, Pawle, and Malveaux squirm with humiliation. Why did Paul Coombs&mdash;a <a href="https://twitter.com/paulcoombsart" target="_blank">self-described</a> "collagist" and "multi-media dildo obsessive"&mdash;make the flag? "Medieval ideologies and barbarism were being spread and recorded through that most modern of expressions, social media, with that flag ever-present," he writes in something of an artistic mission statement. "It has become a potent symbol of brutality, fear and sexual oppression. If I wanted to try and stimulate a dialogue about the ridiculousness of this ideology, the flag was key."</p> <p>"The Pride festival is a pure celebration of the finest aspects of humanity: of tolerance, togetherness, acceptance and liberation, the polar opposite of what Isis stands for," he continues. "If there was anywhere where my flag had a voice, it was there."</p> <p>Coombs also writes, "CNN correspondent Lucy Pawle described my flag as a 'very bad mimicry' but the only bad mimicry I could see was CNN's impression of a reputable news organization. What does this say about every other report that they broadcast? And why have they not mentioned it since?"</p> <p>Boom. Great questions, Coombs. Indeed, the&nbsp;original report <a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/06/27/isis-flag-gay-pride-parade-london.cnn" target="_blank">has been taken down from CNN's website</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Media Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:42:58 +0000 James West 278791 at http://www.motherjones.com NBC Finally Dumps Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/nbc-finally-dumps-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday, NBC released a statement announcing it was severing its business ties with Donald Trump following his recent remarks stating Mexican immigrants were "rapists" who carry drugs into the United States.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">NBC announces it's ending its business relationship with <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> . <a href="http://t.co/rVHlnHSBfK">pic.twitter.com/rVHlnHSBfK</a></p> &mdash; Meredith Blake (@MeredithBlake) <a href="https://twitter.com/MeredithBlake/status/615582065652838404">June 29, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>The network will no longer be airing the real estate mogul's Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump, who earlier this month descended from an escalator and announced he was making a bid for <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/contributor/2015/06/its-good-to-laugh" target="_blank">the White House,</a> stepped down as host from the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/28/politics/donald-trump-the-apprentice-presidential-campaign/" target="_blank">reality show</a> in order to run for president.</p> <p>Just last week, the Spanish-language television network Univision also announced it was cutting ties with Trump due to the<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/univision-donald-trump-mexicans-rapists" target="_blank"> "insulting remarks."</a> Since then, Trump has threatened to sue the company. On Friday, he even publicly posted a Univision reporter's personal <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/26/media/donald-trump-univision-doral-golf-courses/" target="_blank">phone number</a> in retaliation to the network's announcement.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Media Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:32:25 +0000 Inae Oh 278691 at http://www.motherjones.com