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The VICE Podcast - Mark Kleiman on Regulating Weed

Mark Kleiman is one of America's leading experts on the regulation of cannabis and other controlled substances, and an advocate of criminal-justice reforms aimed at reducing incarceration levels and violent crime.<p>Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at UCLA and the author of the book, <i>When</i> …

Why Are So Many Young People Leaving Ireland?

Ireland has long been a country of emigrants but, possibly due to the severe lack of jobs and very real prospect of the economy remaining in perpetual decline, a record high of 89,000 people left Ireland from April of 2012 to April this year.<p><i>A sculpture of Irish emigrants. (Photo via)</i><p>Ireland has …

Rob Ford Did, in Fact, Smoke Crack Cocaine

It's no longer up for debate: Rob Ford has smoked crack.<p><i>Rob Ford admitting he smokes crack. via Twitter.</i><p>Since May of this year, the City of Toronto has been engulfed in a torrent of crack-fueled controversy that began when reports began to surface that the crack tape existed. Ever since the word …

I Tried to Sell Cybergoth and Steampunk Clothes to 'Wavey' Streetwear Kids

Yearning for the days when wearing a Cradle of Filth "Jesus Is a Cunt" t-shirt could get you kicked out of a mall, I wondered if there was a novel way of selling "alternative culture" to this new generation.<p><i>Girls at the celebration of street and streetwear that is Streetfest 2012</i><p>In Britain today, …

What's Going On in the New Rob Ford Video?

A new video showing Rob Ford threatening to murder someone is online and, while it's not clear if murder is a euphemism for something less murderous, it's worthy of analysis.<p>This has been a terrible week for the Rob Ford administration. On Tuesday afternoon, Ford admitted that he has smoked crack …

Justin Bieber's Monkey Graffiti Might Have Been a Mistake

Justin Bieber posted a photo of him putting the finishing touches on some graffiti of a monkey wearing a crown and hip-hop paraphernalia that is bordering on racially insensitive. Let's all give a round of applause for Justin Bieber yet again bumming...<p><i>Welcome to another edition of This Week in</i> …

Greenpeace Activists Climbed the Sagrada Família Today

Early this morning, some Greenpeace activists hung off the north face of Sagrada Família—Barcelona's iconic, Gaudi-designed cathedral—to protest against the Russian government’s treatment of their pals who were imprisoned after trying to climb an oil...<p>Early this morning, some Greenpeace activists …

A Photographer Is Documenting Oakland's Murder Shrines

Brandon Tauszik photographs Oakland's "murder shrines"—temporary memorials set up at murder sites, almost always caused by street violence. These shrines are different from funerals. They're much more personal, and the focus is on celebrating the...<p>Oakland photographer Brandon Tauszik's series <i>White</i> …

The Police Can Probe You if They Think You Have Drugs

This week, two men in New Mexico claimed they were subjected to horrific invasive anal medical procedures after minor traffic incidents during which the cops came to suspect they were carrying drugs.<p><i>Photo via Flickr user Andrew Magill</i><p>This week, two men in New Mexico claimed they were subjected to …

Deep-Fried America on a Stick

For 11 days in August, a total of 1,012,552 visitors passed through the turnstiles at State Fair Park in West Allis, a suburb of Milwaukee. They came for deep-fried cookie-dough fondue on a stick, deep-fried peanut butter and jelly on a stick, deep...<p><i>All photos by Bruce Gilden</i><p>Magnum photographer …

Els Masturbadors Mongòlics Brought Punk to Fascist Spain

As Francisco Franco's oppressive regime crumbled, the foursome introduced spitting and speed to a Spanish public that was still incapable of expressing themselves freely. They didn't last long, but they helped paved the way for a new Spain.<p><i>Els Masturbadors Mongòlics (All archive images courtesy of</i> …

Fat Anarchists Are Pissed Off at Skinny Liberals

In Nicole Sullivan's presentation, "Fat Justice," at the Boston Anarchist Bookfair, she hit the expected notes about body image being a tool of the state and capitalism, but she also lambasted leftist movements like LGBT advocates, vegans, and...<p><i>Not what all fat people are like.</i> Der Völler<i>, by</i> …

Polish Nationalists Attacked a Gay Rainbow, the Russian Embassy, and a Squat

What better way to celebrate your country's independence day than by attacking things you hate?<p>Polish flags, white pride symbols, and ski masks were obligatory in the streets of Warsaw on Monday afternoon. Fascists, nationalists, and soccer meatheads assembled for what looked like one of the …

At War with Stephen Dupont

In 2005, Stephen Dupont photographed US troops burning the bodies of Taliban fighters. That image would go on to change the rules of engagement in Afghanistan and war zones around the world.<p>Stephen Dupont is one of Australia's most widely acclaimed photojournalists. He's a winner of esteemed prizes …

Things Spike Lee Hates: Racists, Guns, and Racists with Guns

With <i>12 Years a Slave</i> and <i>Lee Daniels' The Butler</i> projected to be major players at the 2013 Academy Awards, there's been a lot of talk about this year being a turning point for black filmmakers. Spike Lee, about to release his remake of...<p><i>Photos by Maggie West</i><p>Amidst all the fanfare …

Alcohol without the hangover? It's closer than you think | David Nutt

Science now allows us to develop a safer way to get drunk. But before we can sober up in minutes, the drinks industry needs to embrace this healthier approach<p>Imagine enjoying a seasonal drink at a Christmas party without the risk of a hangover the next day, or being able then to take an antidote …

Women who have abortions deserve to die, doctor claims

A Melbourne doctor was investigated by health authorities after stating that women who had abortions deserved to die, it has emerged.<p>The GP, known as Dr K, was investigated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency after using Facebook to admit he did not always follow Victorian …

Top 10 documentaries

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Martin Scorsese names his scariest films of all time

Martin Scorsese has named his top 11 scary movies – and surprise, surprise, there's not a Hostel or Saw to be seen.<p>Instead the professorial director of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Shutter Island has come down firmly in favour of old-school black-and-white chillers, with Stanley Kubrick's The …

Did the Nazis steal the Mona Lisa?

With the recent discovery in Munich of €1bn (£860m) worth of art looted by the Nazis, and the forthcoming release of a feature film, starring George Clooney, based on the exploits of the Monuments Men, it is a fitting time to recall how fortunate we are that so much art survived the second world …

Top nine things you need to know about 'listicles'

<b>1</b> On the internet, more and more articles are written as lists. They are known as listicles. You've seen the kind of thing. Thirteen Surprising Bathroom Habits Of Tech Innovators. Twenty-three Ways You Should Definitely Not Attempt To Dance. Eleven Tips For A Hot Funeral Selfie. There are even …

Meet the online learners who fit study around their lives

You could study for a degree from a beach in Thailand, or while juggling work and looking after children – thanks to the flexibility of online learning<p>Read more: can virtual classrooms beat face-to-face interaction?<p>"Studying online means I can fit my studies to my life, rather than fitting my life …

Fukushima residents may never go home, say Japanese officials

Japanese officials have admitted for the first time that thousands of people evacuated from areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may never be able to return home.<p>A report by members of the governing Liberal Democratic party [LDP] and its junior coalition partner urges the government …

The 10 most shocking performance artworks ever

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky has made eyes water all over the world with his protest against Russia's descent into authoritarianism – nailing his testicles to the ground in Red Square on Sunday to denounce Vladimir Putin's "police state". Yet connoisseurs of performance art are probably already saying: …

College teachers should not have to be qualified: it damages independence

Over the past 20 years, colleges have professionalised beyond recognition. We now have legions of accountants, marketing advisers, human resource staff and estate managers. We have far more professionally qualified teachers too. This is a natural result of the freedoms we enjoy in determining who …

Jennifer Lawrence is striking a blow for healthy, sweaty women

Glancing at gossip mags while waiting in the queue at the supermarket suggests that women have just two body types: grossly overweight (which is seemingly anything over a size 12) or skinny and boney. So when Jennifer Lawrence, current heroine of Hollywood and legend among outspoken women …

Why feminism doesn't need a makeover

I'm not proud of this, but when I was a teenager my favourite moment in a film was when the heroine had a makeover. You know, the scene in which the leading lady is taught that the only way she'll get ahead in life is if she gets rid of everything interesting about her and straightens her hair. Who …

Glasgow council kills plan to prevent traffic cones on monument's head

Plans to raise a statue to stop traffic cones being placed on its head have been withdrawn after public complaints.<p>Thousands of people signed an online petition that says the cone on the Duke of Wellington monument has become part of Glasgow's landscape.<p>The council wanted to deter people from …

Chairs to scan body cavities in Western Australia jails

Jails in Western Australia are trialling chairs which can scan the body cavities of prisoners and visitors to check for contraband, including phones and weapons.<p>The chairs are the latest tactic being used by WA's Corrective Services, coming after revelations that a violent prisoner may have been …