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  • Researchers attempt to encourage breeding in captive sharks by playing them music. Justin Timberlake turns them on; Britney Spears, not so much. (Towleroad)

  • Courtney Love says crazy stuff on her MySpace page! I know, can you believe it? This time it’s about, er, cupcakes. (Defamer)

  • Idolator offers the first installment of its Top 100 Greatest R&B Songs Ever, complete with videos. Hey look: “Oh Sheila!” (Idolator)

  • I know I just posted a link to an Alan McGee rant, but he’s just so adorably ornery! This week: bands that were over-hyped. (UK Guardian Music Blog)
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    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.

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    Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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