The Internet sets writers free…to get new audiences, and also to “dive into a giant flaming garbage pile”

“So here’s the thing about the Internet setting you free, right? The Internet can set you free, but it can also set free those who may want to exploit you for your work.” Manjula Martin has been thinking about how writers make money on the Internet for, in Internet years, a very long time. She launched Who Pays Writers, a crowd-sourced Tumblr of the rates that various on- and offline publications pay, in 2012, and a year later cofounded Scratch Magazine, an online magazine about the relationship between writers and money that she later shut down — it was profitable, but not profitable enough. Many of the themes that Martin has been mulling over come together in her new book, Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, which includes essays from writers like Choire Sicha, Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Weiner, and Roxane Gay to “confront Continue reading "The Internet sets writers free…to get new audiences, and also to “dive into a giant flaming garbage pile”"

There’s a Stripper in Cleveland Blogging Her Experience With the Visiting GOPers Every Day

shutterstock_24041404You probably already know this but Republicans are notoriously good tippers among strippers. Yes, the latest GOP platform describes pornography as a “public health crisis,” but that hasn’t ever stopped them from seeking out private parts, whether they are two-dimensional or up close and personal. Family values get the votes, but they don’t quite keep the morale up, you know? Every four years, strippers from all over the place make the journey to wherever the RNC will be held so that they can cash in on the heavy Republican presence in the city. One of those strippers is doing a daily blog for Gawker this year and so far, she’s had some interesting things to say. After being told to change her look something “simpler” and “plain”:
I think the dancer was talking about giving the appearance of having gotten lost on our way home and wandered into Continue reading "There’s a Stripper in Cleveland Blogging Her Experience With the Visiting GOPers Every Day"

Trump Declares that He Has ‘Unlimited Cash’ to Fund Campaign

shutterstock_338184113Donald Trump has fielded a lot of criticism for his fundraising figures from May.  Now, he is looking to push back against those who have questioned his campaign’s health and its finances. Trump claims that, if necessary, he could have ‘unlimited cash’ if he decides to sink some of his own money into the campaign. “If need be, there could be unlimited ‘cash on hand’ as I would put up my own money, as I have already done through the primaries, spending over $50 million dollars. Our campaign is leaner and more efficient, like our government should be,” said Trump, according to the Hill. Trump’s June fundraising report earned heaps of criticism from the media, and has begun to worry some Republicans, who are starting to believe that he may not be serious about the campaign.  Trump’s campaign raised only $3.1 million over the past month and has only $1. Continue reading "Trump Declares that He Has ‘Unlimited Cash’ to Fund Campaign"

Trevor Noah Rips Into Fox News Freakout Over the Harriet Tubman $20

trevorSome of the people on Fox News have gotten pretty worked up about Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20, and tonight Trevor Noah told them this really isn’t worth their outrage. He was especially unimpressed with the one Fox guest who declared that Tubman got her own day back in 1990, since Noah himself has gotten one of those honors, and he hasn’t freed any slaves. Noah proposed that America should have done what South Africa did: replace the white people on the money with animals first, then segue into black icons.
Roy Wood Jr. admitted he’s not really that enthused about the idea, while Desi Lydic took to the streets of New York to take a close look at all the problematic $20s people happened to have on them… Watch above, via Comedy Central. Continue reading "Trevor Noah Rips Into Fox News Freakout Over the Harriet Tubman $20"

Greta: The Gov’t Is Needlessly ‘Dividing the Country’ with Harriet Tubman $20

gretaFox’s Greta Van Susteren ended her show tonight by going on a mini-rant about how the government is “dividing the country” by putting Harriet Tubman on the $20. Wait, what? Yes, Van Susteren tonight said the Obama administration “went stupid” by creating a “completely unnecessary fight” by kicking Andrew Jackson off the bill. She tsk-tsk’ed the government for needlessly stirring up something, and offered this advice:
“Give Tubman her own bill. Like a $25 bill. We could use a $25 bill. Put her picture on that and we could all celebrate. That’s the smart and easy thing to do. But no, some people don’t think and would gratuitously stir up conflict in the nation. That is so awful, and yes, dumb.”
For what it’s worth, traditionalist/culture warrior Bill O’Reilly ended his show tonight––following Van Susteren’s––by saying Continue reading "Greta: The Gov’t Is Needlessly ‘Dividing the Country’ with Harriet Tubman $20"

Treasury Dept. Announces Big Changes to $10, $5 Bills Following Tubman News

$5 lincolnThe Treasury Department made it official this afternoon: Harriet Tubman is replacing Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20, and there are other bills getting big changes too. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced today that in addition to Tubman, the $10 and $5 bills are getting makeovers. And don’t worry, Alexander Hamilton isn’t going anywhere. But the back will be changed to this:
The new $10 will honor the story and the heroes of the women’s suffrage movement against the backdrop of the Treasury building… The new $10 design will depict that historic march and honor Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul for their contributions to the suffrage movement.
And Abraham Lincoln is staying on the $5, but events that took place at the Lincoln Memorial will now be featured on the back:
In 1939, at a time when Washington’s concert halls Continue reading "Treasury Dept. Announces Big Changes to $10, $5 Bills Following Tubman News"

Common Sense

President Obama began the year with a plea for "common sense" gun safety but admitted that it won't be easy. We examine the myths and messages that surround, and often obscure, the national conversation on gun safety. Plus, do most Americans really support reform? And, if so, does it matter?