Friday Cat Blogging – 16 May 2014


This is nature red in tooth and claw. Today, Domino can barely even rouse herself to stare disdainfully at the camera. To make up for her lethargy, however, we have additional wildlife blogging this week. Our mama hummingbird has built herself a little hummingbird nest and is now patiently waiting for her teensy tiny little eggs to hatch. When I took this picture, Domino was plonked out about five feet away, blissfully unaware that anything was going on. Jasmine probably would have scoped this situation out pretty quickly and figured out a way to shinny up the bush and snag the eggs. But Domino? Anything more difficult to hunt than a bowl of cat food is just not on her radar. At our house these days, the wildlife all lives in a state of peaceful coexistence.

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.

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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.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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