Friday Cat Blogging – 21 December 2018

Today we have a guest cat who’s pretending to sleep in the early morning sunshine of Watts. She wasn’t sociable enough to come visit with me, but was perfectly happy to pose quietly as long as I stayed in telephoto range. When I tried to get closer she ran off to her apparent home at the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center.

You may be thinking that if I was in Watts taking pictures of cats, I must have been at the Watts Towers too. Your conclusion would be both sensible and correct, and of course I took some pictures. None of them were especially memorable, but one of these days I’ll post them.


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.

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Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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