Friday Cat Blogging – 16 August 2013


Obviously this has been a trying week for humans here at the Drum household, what with all our elbow and ankle injuries. But there are silver linings. Back when I was almost totally immobilized, Marian brought down a huge collection of pillows to prop me up in various spots. Then I got better and didn’t need the pillows, so they got piled up on the sofa. That turned out to be a boon for Domino, who very much enjoyed playing princess-and-the-pea with the big stack of downy softness that we had obviously laid down just for her.

Sadly, the pillows have now been moved to their usual resting spot upstairs, so once again Domino has to make do with ordinary cushions, carpets, and sunny spots on the floor. Sic transit etc.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

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Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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