Damon Garcia

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Boy pulls gun on classmate and demands Chicken McNugget, NYPD says

A 12-year-old New York City boy is accused of pulling a gun on a classmate and demanding that she give him her chicken nugget.<p>NYPD say the boy first approached the girl inside a McDonald's in Harlem on Tuesday and asked her for one of her Chicken McNuggets. When the girl refused, police say the boy …

The 10 conflicts to watch in 2017

It is against this backdrop that Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States — unquestionably the most important event of last year and one with far-reaching geopolitical implications for the future. Much has been said about the unknowns of Trump's foreign-policy agenda.<p>But one …

Geopolitics

The 7 Best Ways to Beat Election Stress

Election Day is less than a month away. For many Americans, that day can’t come soon enough—for the sake of their mental health. A recent survey from …

'This Is a Forged Picture': Bashar Assad Disputes 'Boy in the Ambulance' Account

“May I show you a picture?”<p>That was the question posed to Syrian President Bashar Assad in an interview with Swiss media released this week.<p>“Of …

Shailene Woodley: The Truth About My Arrest

<i>Shailene Woodley</i> <i>was arrested</i> <i>last week and charged with criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot. She</i> <i>pled not guilty</i> <i>on Wednesday. This is her first</i> …

Millennials Are Actually Workaholics, According to Research

Millennials don’t have a reputation as a hard-working generation. The caricature of the Millennial worker is more or less a cartoon of an entitled recipient of hundreds of plastic participation trophies who cares less about paying his dues at work and more about perks like flex-time, beer carts, …

The Surprising Number of Middle-Aged White Men Who Think About Faking Their Own Deaths

In Elizabeth Greenwood's latest book, <i>Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud</i> we learn about the cottage industry that's cropped up around "pseudocide".<p><i>The following is an excerpt from</i> Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud. The new <i>book by Elizabeth</i> …

In the Digital Age, is shopping America's new religion? - CNN Style

Written by Sophia Chalmer, CNN<p>Marc Spiegler is the global director of Art Basel, leading its wide-ranging activities across the art world. In June 2016, he joined CNN Style as guest editor, commissioning features on the topic of art and technology.<p>American-Qatari artist Sophia Al-Maria is preparing …

This is what happens when an AI-written screenplay is made into a film

With a dark, ominous atmosphere and gibberish script, short film Sunspring was penned by a computer and stars Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch<p>Artificial intelligence has recently been trying its hand at various human creative endeavours, from cooking to art, poetry to board games, but nothing is …

Artificial Intelligence

This magazine will have you re-think hip-hop culture

Hip-hop has long been something London-based photographer and editor Hayley Brown has felt a natural affinity with. Growing up in a family with great taste in music – from Mariah Carey to Stevie Wonder – admittedly, she was that kid who brought the latest songs to class. She spent her time burning …

Why Spiritual Retreats Are A Waste Of Time

A few years ago I went on a 10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreat near Lake Tahoe, California. For 10 days you are permitted from talking, reading, writing, working out and watching television. The only time you are allowed to speak is if you have a question for the meditation teacher or the …

What Happens When You Follow Around a Dog in ‘Grand Theft Auto’

Ever wonder what happens when you follow a non-player around in a video game?<p>The world of video games keeps getting bigger and more populous, and not …

Life After Supreme: Noah Is the Streetwear Brand That Rejects Conspicuous Consumption

Supreme's former creative director, Brendon Babenzian, has opened up his own clothing store called Noah that is centered around the idea that the shit you wear might not be crucial and, at worst, might distract from what really matters.<p>On Wednesday afternoon in October, Brendon Babenzian, a wiry, …

Goodbye to 'he' and 'she' and hello to 'ze'?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Language changes with the times, and when it comes to our conceptions of gender, the times are most certainly changing.<p>We are opening up to the idea that binary conceptions of gender are unnecessarily rigid and don't correspond to the self-image of a great many people, and even that …

Reboot your brain: Phone addiction leads to depression | health and fitness

With people becoming increasingly dependent on their smartphones and tablets, doctors fear a rise in cases of gadget addiction. Psychiatrists said …

Mental Health

I Was Relentlessly Harassed by the Media After Cutting My Own Penis Off

Andre Johnson, a.k.a. Wu-Tang-affiliated rapper Christ Bearer, is recovering after the incident, but still thinks the media's approach to mental health needs to improve.<p><i>In 2014, one of the biggest mental health-related stories to hit the mainstream was the case of Andre "Christ Bearer" Johnson, the</i> …

Bearded hipster group says police mistook them for Islamic State terrorists

Swedish men say they were posing for a photograph with their club’s black flag when they were taken for militants<p>A club of bearded men posing for a photograph in the Swedish countryside with their black flag was mistaken for Islamic State militants, prompting a visit by the police, a club member …

Being Yourself Can Make You Happier, According to Research

I’d revise it to “be your <i>best</i> self.”<p>People who deliberately exercised their signature strengths — those qualities they were uniquely best at, the …

A vigilante hacker is changing 10,000 WiFi passwords

Someone is hacking unprotected WiFi routers everywhere -- and forcing them to be on guard.<p>Does your home WiFi use a default password? It forces you to change it. Does it leave unguarded communication channels open? It forces you to close them.<p>To experts, this seems like the work of a well …

Talking to the Feminist Filmmakers Who Made a 'Mumblecore Superhero Movie'

An interview with the women behind Red Lighter Films, which aims to combine intersectional feminism with film and make movies that represent marginalized groups.<p>Hobbes Ginsberg has been featured on VICE in the past for her beautiful, performative self-portraiture, so I was curious when she …

A Woman Claims She Blinded Herself with Drain Cleaner Because She Wanted to Be Disabled

She suffers from body integrity identity disorder, a controversial condition in which able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE US</i><p><b>Read:</b> <b>Talking to a Guy Who Found Peace Through Self-Amputation</b><p>By her account, Jewel Shuping had always wanted to …

Digital Romance: The Teens Get It

A Pew survey unpacked<p>On Thursday, the Pew Research Center released a report titled “Teens, Technology, and Romantic Relationships.”<p>This is the trifecta of things that media articles often cast as interesting, inscrutable, and indicative of our times, so if you are picturing me slavering at the …

Social Media

A History of Violence (by Women in Music Videos)

Lorde joins the ranks of pop singers joyfully and brutally sidestepping tropes about victimhood.<p>The music video for Disclosure’s “Magnets” ends with the featured vocalist Lorde tying a guy to a chair, pushing that chair into a swimming pool, and then lighting the pool on fire. On Twitter she …

Peeple app will let you rate people you know

It's like Yelp -- for people.<p>A new app called Peeple will let mobile users rate the people they know (but it's not affiliated with Yelp (YELP)).<p>The app was created by Julia Condray and Nicole McCullough, two "best friends" who wanted to create an app "to learn about people," according to a …

10 Things to Do Before a Big Presentation

<i>“The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.”</i> <i>—George Jessel</i><p>In the 15 minutes before …

Why the Kardashians rule over Instagram

Over the past two years the Kardashian sisters have maintained a comfortable monopoly on Instagram. Kim Kardashian’s wedding photo of her and Kanye kissing at their wedding had reigned supreme for almost a year as the most popular photo on the social network (2.4 million likes), but was recently …

Social Media

Steve Wozniak: In the future, robots will keep humans as pets

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is pretty certain artificial intelligence is taking over, but he's having a hard time deciding whether that's a good …

From Apple products to DIY and fashion: how grey became the colour of the decade

At Topshop in London's Oxford Circus, the outlook is misty. Faded varsity sweatshirts and charcoal leggings hang on the rails. Teenage girls weave in and out of the aisles dressed in grey-marl jogging bottoms. Outside, office workers charge down the pavements wearing tailored herringbone jackets …

Can secular people benefit from prayer? – Heather Havrilesky

I don’t believe in God, but I need some kind of a prayer to repeat when things go haywire. I need a prayer because, as a writer with several unruly …