Jon EASTON

73 Flips | 3 Magazines | 2 Followers | @JonEASTON2015 | Keep up with Jon EASTON on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Jon EASTON”

Hiroshima: Grief, horror of atomic bomb remembered 70 years on

<b>Hiroshima, Japan (CNN) —</b> In the center of Hiroshima, yards from where the world's first atomic attack bomb exploded 70 years ago, stands a dome-shaped bell tower of modest proportions. It is decorated with the bronze statues of three children.<p>Their slender arms reach out, spreading wide towards the …

Hiroshima

Dead or in Jail: The Burden of Being a Black Man in America

There was a time when I vowed to never bring another black child into this world. "For what?" I thought. "To be beaten, to be caged, to be taught to hate himself and everyone who shares the same skin as him?"<p>"The day you were born, there was a pine box and a prison cell built with your name on …

Black History

The Teenage Brazilian Barbers Offering Free Haircuts to the Poor

Vinicius Rodrigues and Esdras Gomes visit nursing homes, childcare centers, and homeless shelters offering their services for free.<p>This article originally appeared on VICE Brazil.<p>It's 8:30 on a Saturday morning and 22-year-old Vinicius Rodrigues is opening his barbershop in Eastern Sao Paulo a …

Real-Life Sports Are Much Better When They’re Video Games

There's no denying it: take controllers and immediate access to chips out of the equation and a bunch of these things are dull as fuck.<p>Sports! They're great, aren't they? With the people who were dickheads at school being rewarded and praised and loved by the general public because they can run …

Meet the People Walking St. Louis's Most Dangerous Streets to Defuse Gang Violence

A local clergyman makes a point of walking the street every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to do his part to keep the peace.<p>St. Louis is one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. In the spring of 2013, the so-called North City—where much of the killing takes place—had two neighborhoods …

The 21 Video Games of VICE’s Lifetime That You Really Should Have Played

A great bunch of games, really. You probably like a lot of them, too.<p>Hey, I'm Mike, the video games editor here at VICE. We've probably not met IRL, and likely never will, but <i>hey</i>, thanks for clicking your way to this page. I appreciate it.<p>Now, you might not know this, but VICE was founded in 1994. …

Baby Teeth - Part 2

Jul 30 2015, 7:28pm<p>In this week's installment of Tyler Boss's comic "Baby Teeth," a teen searches for his parents after his skateboarding recital, but finds a different unfortunate surprise.

Drake's Meek Mill Diss Was a Sign of Hip-Hop's New Political Correctness

Drake's "soft" chastise style is a kinder, gentler diss. But women still get the short end of the stick.<p>"Woooow," Drake drawls in "Charged Up," and I can almost see the accompanying eye-roll, "I'm honored that you think this is staged." The track serves as his first response to a series of tweets …

Inside the Devastation of Germany's Crack Capital

The crack problem in Frankfurt's Bahnhofsviertel neighborhood has gotten so bad, residents are nostalgic for the days when heroin was addicts' drug of choice.<p>Hans has two rules for himself: Before he gets high, he needs to make sure his Labrador has enough food for a day, and while he is high, he's …

Watch Jack Black in a New Clip from IFC's 'Documentary Now!'

Jack Black plays Jamison Friend, founder of a news media company called DRONEZ.<p>Last week, we shared a clip from IFC's upcoming series <i>Documentary Now!</i> where Bill Hader and Fred Armisen play journalists at a company called DRONEZ that looks an awful lot like VICE. Today IFC has sent over another clip …

Is Obesity a Psychological or Physical Problem?

How does someone become morbidly obese? Are people genetically predisposed to it, or is it a case of nurture over nature?<p>Carl Thompson was Britain's fattest man. Earlier this year, the 910-pound 33-year-old died in his home. It took emergency services several hours to remove his corpse from his …

Mental Health

A New Documentary Explores What Marlon Brando Thought of Marlon Brando

We talked to the director Stevan Riley and Brando's daughter Rebecca about the legendary actor's life and titanic legacy.<p>How do you construct a portrait of a man who tried to deconstruct his own image at every turn? That is the feat undertaken by director Stevan Riley in his boldly imaged new …

Things You Learn When You Break Up with God

Leaving a religion is like a breakup, a death, and a midlife crisis all at once, except your drinking buddies don't drink because they're religious, and your other friends don't exist.<p>All illustrations by Michael Dockery.<p>Leaving a religion is an existential headfuck. There's no other way to …

Do School Bullies Really Grow Up to Be Sexier Than the Nerds?

Look around you: Our society is practically run by jumped-up, megalomaniac dickheads. Maybe being a bully is good practice for later life?<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>There's a lot of talk about bullying in British schools, but less about the bullies and what becomes of them. We'd …

‘Madden’ Is the Game That Introduced Me to My Favorite Sport

Football makes next to no sense to beginners, but the video games it inspires help to cut through the language barrier.<p><b>All screenshots from 'Madden 15'</b><p>As an Englishman, I get a lot of confused looks when I tell people that my favorite sport is American football. This hasn't always been the case …

Scenes from Cincinnati After the Cop Who Killed Samuel Dubose Got Indicted for Murder

After being pulled over for not having a license plate earlier this month, the 43-year-old was shot in the head by University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing without provocation. After Tensing got charged with murder and manslaughter...<p>Last night in Cincinnati, residents came together as a …

​Why Is Texas Still Sending 17-Year-Olds to Adult Prisons?

Reformers argue that treating 17-year-olds differently from younger teens leads to higher sexual abuse and suicide rates, as well as costing the state money.<p>On the morning of March 26, 2005, Jason Wang and two other teenagers, all disguised as utility workers, left a Mesquite, Texas, home with a …

How the Mafia Once Controlled the New York Gay Scene

Phillip Crawford Jr.'s book "The Mafia and the Gays" traces the history of the time when the mob had a near-monopoly on NYC's gay bars.<p>In the second half of the 20th century, New York City saw a boom in organized crime, with New York and New Jersey at the epicenter of mob rule in the US. Meanwhile, …

Four Video Games That Deserve a Second Chance

Just because a game was dismissed when it was released doesn't make it bad.<p>Perhaps because of the way games are made, marketed, and reported, technical imperfections will always cloud the industry's collective judgement. Is it 1080p? Is it 60fps? How many people does the online mode support? Above …

What It's Like When Your Dad's Job Is to Write a Column About You for a National Newspaper

My dad is the family columnist for the 'Guardian,' and as a result my life has been chronicled in the paper for three years.<p>One of my earliest memories is painting in my living room at age four. My dad takes the brush off me, paints something on the mini easel and, dissatisfied, crumples it into a …

Jon Stewart Did a Surprise Stand-Up Set at the Comedy Cellar Last Night

The soon-to-be-departed "Daily Show" host performed a ten-minute set punctuated by personal anecdotes about working in a Mexican restaurant and being Jewish.<p>Back in June, Colin Quinn suggested that after his stint on <i>The Daily Show</i> was done, Jon Stewart should come back to the Comedy Cellar in New …

In Mexico, Small-Time Crooks Are Kidnapping People's Pets

The weird, sad story of a crime on the rise.<p>Mariachi photo courtesy of the author<p>Evelyn Méndez Maldonado and Diego Quintana's dog Mariachi had been missing for almost a month when Quintana received a message via WhatsApp: "I want 2,500 pesos [$156] plus what I invested in caring for your dog."<p>A …

Heather Christle’s ‘Heliopause’ Disintegrates Reality

Christle's latest collection of poetry is a book easily larger than the sum of all its parts; it widens the rift between fantasy and reality in a way that makes the world somehow both clearer and more mysterious.<p>The first time I heard Heather Christle read, I'd had more than my fair share of …

Literature

The Latest Fallout from 'Rolling Stone' Magazine's Disastrous Campus Rape Story

Three frat brothers are suing the magazine—whose managing editor Will Dana is jumping ship—arguing they were defamed by the retracted story about the University of Virginia's rape culture. But does the case hold any water?<p>On Wednesday, three former Phi Kappa Psi frat brothers at the University of …

We Asked an Expert How the Debris Found on Reunion Island Might Help Locate MH370

He's hopeful that more debris will wash up in different places, giving authorities a better chance at backtracking to the crash site.<p>Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March last year. Despite scouring every possible crash zone for 18 months, including …

Talking to David Baddiel About the Comedy in Dementia

Baddiel's father was recently diagnosed with Pick's disease, an aggressive form of dementia. We spoke to the writer and stand-up about using this—as well as his mother's affair and sudden death— as material for his new show.<p>We were driving home from the beach one day when my grandmother observed …

The Tories' Austerity Program for the UK Is Officially Racist

If you hold the budget to the standards of the UK government's own equality legislation, it looks like discrimination.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>Three weeks ago George Osborne delivered his budget speech to parliament. Since then, we've been picking over just how disastrous the …

George Osborne

Horror Is Still Grappling with the Long, Dark Shadow of H. P. Lovecraft

A hot weekend in Atlanta with Victorian killers, zombie celebrities, and the genre's leading authors and most decked-out fans.<p>I have been a horror fanboy for as long as I can remember.<p>When I was in the second grade in sunny, sporty San Diego, I won a class prize for a "book" I wrote. Its title was</i> …

The Canadian City Fighting Back Against Its Deadly Fentanyl Problem

A disturbing number of people in Sarnia, Ontario, are abusing a powerful painkiller that is 100 times stronger than morphine or 40 times stronger than heroin<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>Amber Wasson remembers sitting with her brother David, watching his eyes roll back in his …

Medicine

Could We Use Films to Teach People About Mental Health?

We talked to some leading psychologists who think that movie's the potential to increase society's understanding of problems like schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.<p>The film industry is often accused of exaggerating, downplaying, or perpetuating stereotypes about mental illness. But this is far …

Mental Health