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​Studies Show I'm Worse Than I Thought

I thought I was only moderately depressed. Then I took four different online depression tests, and they all said I have "severe depression."<p>I thought I was only moderately depressed. Then I took four different online depression tests— Psychology Today, Mental Health America, Psych Central, and …

Think democracy means the people are always right? Wrong | Julian Baggini

Great democracies rest on three pillars: the will of the people, trust in politicians, and strong institutions. Across the world, the second two are being torn down<p>Do you trust the people? Being able to answer “yes” has long been taken as a litmus test of the depth of your commitment to democracy. …

Hear Something, Say Something: Navigating The World Of Racial Awkwardness

We've all been there — having fun relaxing with friends and family, when someone says something a little racially off. Sometimes it's subtle, like the friend who calls Thai food "exotic." Other times it's more overt, like that in-law who's always going on about "the illegals."<p>In any case, it can be …

The New European on the 'brainwashing of Britain over immigration'

Pop-up paper devotes its 11th issue to the way in which rightwing national newspapers have distorted the debate about migrants<p>The latest issue of The New European, the weekly newspaper dedicated to reversing the EU referendum result, carries an attack on national titles responsible for …

How Many Racists Are There in America?

A political polling expert talks through the sometimes thorny process of measuring racial resentment.<p>No matter how many times America has a national conversation about race, the topic of actual racists rarely seems to come up. That is, racism is usually regarded as a major challenge facing America, …

Equality

Haunted Womanhood

A biography by Ruth Franklin captures Shirley Jackson’s punishing upbringing and marriage, which perhaps informed the destruction of heroines in her work.<p>Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life<p>By Ruth Franklin<p>Liveright<p>Haunted houses—the kind portrayed in countless books and movies—are designed to …

The Anger and Joy of a Native-American Poet in Brooklyn

On a particularly hot day this August, Tommy Pico explained his approach to the work of poetry. A book-length poem he wrote, “IRL,” will come out in September, and he had been giving readings and planning events. Pico grew up on the Viejas Reservation, near San Diego. His dad was a chairman of the …

Climate change is a racist crisis: that’s why Black Lives Matter closed an airport | Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert

Today’s BLM protest at London City airport makes perfect sense: whether it’s via air pollution or police detention, race inequality is alive and kicking in Britain<p>This morning London City airport was shut down. This was a Black Lives Matter action. Since then our phones have been ringing …

A Triple Murder, a Broken Family, and the Long Tail of the Crack Era

In 1991, three people were found brutally executed in a Washington, DC, park. Twenty-five years later, two suspects were finally arrested.<p><b>Get the VICE App on iOS and Android.</b><p>On a Sunday afternoon in April 1991, Curtis Pixley's family was at home in the Langdon area of Washington, DC, when a …

Crime

Assad’s War on Aleppo

An image of an injured child goes viral, but the fighting continues unabated.<p>On August 18th, Omran Daqneesh, who is five years old, survived an air strike on the apartment building where his family lived, in Aleppo, Syria. Rescue workers pulled him out of the rubble and took him to an ambulance. …

Andy Warhol Wanted Lou Reed to Be His 'Mickey Mouse'

The authors of 'Please Kill Me' talked with Warhol's "boy," Billy Name, a key figure in the 60s art scene who built the Factory, as well as witnessed the rise of Edie Sedgwick, the Velvet Underground's breakup, and the time Warhol was almost murdered.<p><i>Billy Name was a magical guy who had a profound</i> …

Crime’s slang lexicon

Crime and slang go together like breaking and entering. Criminals are a community, and a defining feature of slang is that it’s the distinct …

Language

'Policing the Teenage Brain'

One organization’s approach focuses on the adults, not the kids.<p>Strategies for Youth has spent five years essentially going door to door to convince police officers they can dramatically lower the number of youth arrests, recidivism rates, and minor offenses that can lead young people to repeated …

Behemoth review – a paradise lost to profiteers

The dehumanising impact of coal mining is laid bare in a Chinese documentary whose stunning images speak louder than words<p>There is an extraordinary moment about a third of the way through Zhao Liang’s masterly documentary, <i>Behemoth</i>. The screen goes scarlet. It’s not immediately clear what we are …

Coal Mining

Online map shows London's changing history in images

<b>A map showing the modern day location of hundreds of thousands of historic images of London has been created.</b><p>Visitors to The London Picture Archive can search any address in the capital and find photos, maps, prints and paintings of how the area once looked.<p>It took two years to digitise and find …

How Women Are Harassed Out of Science

The discrimination young researchers endure makes America’s need for STEM workers even greater.<p>When Joan was an undergraduate, in the 1970s, she asked her boyfriend why one of his roommates was finishing up a Ph.D. while another, in the same department, still had several years left.<p>“Barbara’s …

How Rousseau Predicted Trump

The Enlightenment philosopher’s attack on cosmopolitan élites now seems prophetic.<p>“I love the poorly educated,” Donald Trump said during a victory speech in February, and he has repeatedly taken aim at America’s élites and their “false song of globalism.” Voters in Britain, heeding Brexit …

Public Policy

Something Is Rotten in the State of Minnesota

Behind the shooting death of Philando Castile lies the worst racial gap in the country.<p>Last October, PatchofEarth.com confirmed what Minnesotans had been saying for years: Minneapolis and St. Paul are the best cities in the nation to live in. The lifestyle website aggregated the results of seven …

Black Lives Matter is a global cause

In many respects, the furor around police shootings in the United States is and will remain a uniquely American story.<p>Few major Western nations suffer the epidemic of gun violence that exists in the United States. Few major Western nations contend with the entrenched history of systemic racism that …

Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern review – the sensuous and the dust-dead

<b>Tate Modern, London</b><br>Big skies, big stamens, big box-office… yet there are longueurs in this blockbuster retrospective<p>Daybreak over Texas, and Georgia O’Keeffe is out in the landscape, mesmerised by the vast skies above her. She paints everything her eyes can take in. The dawn becomes a luminous glow …

Art

The Subversive New Generation of Asian American Writers

Real talk between writers Jenny Zhang, Tanwi Nandini Islam, and Karan Mahajan on race, writing, parents, sex, and the ongoing creation of the Asian American canon.<p>Asian American writers occupy a weirdly marginal space in American letters: a few successes, like Jhumpa Lahiri or Amy Tan, go …

Equality

Who had the Worst Week in Washington? Bill and Hillary Clinton.

For the Clintons, things had been going a little too well of late.<p>Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, had blown his six-week general election head start with a series of self-inflicted wounds that he seemed unable or unwilling to fix in anything like a timely manner. The …

Government

A True-Crime Veteran on Our Fascination with Serial Killers

For the writer Skip Hollandsworth, there was life before Charlie and there was life after. In 1993, early on in a journalism career he describes as, to that point, “fairly blasé,” Hollandsworth read about Charles Albright, a middle-aged former science teacher and football star who was known in the …

When the Body Attacks the Mind

A physiological theory of mental illness<p>One day in February 2009, a 13-year-old boy named Sasha Egger started thinking that people were coming to hurt his family. His mother, Helen, watched with mounting panic that evening as her previously healthy son forgot the rules to Uno, his favorite card …

How child sexual abuse became a family business in the Philippines

Tens of thousands of children believed to be victims of live-streaming abuse, some of it being carried out by their own parents<p>When Philippine police smashed into the one-bedroom house, they found three girls aged 11, seven and three lying naked on a bed.<p>At the other end of the room stood the …

Sociology