Continuing their runs of awesome, Neil deGrasse Tyson and the NASA Extreme Environment Misson Operations team discuss the possibilities of stopping an asteroid from colliding with our planet for VICE’s newest video vertical, Spaced Out. [via theaggregate]
VICE Magazine teamed up with eight illustrators to pay tribute to Prohibition-era art with modern takes on those propaganda posters (both pro- and anti-booze) that were slung up on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. The poster above is by Washington, DC-based artist Vikki Chu.
We followed the story of the Westboro Baptist Church as families split and children were brainwashed into picketing funerals and bashing homosexuals.
During that time, we interviewed more than a dozen members of the reviled group, including some of the only members not related by blood, the Drains. They welcomed us into their homes and gave us access to 17 years of home video footage. In return, we produced an unbiased look into the lives of one of America’s most despised organizations.
Anthony Bourdain of No Reservations takes us on a brass-knuckled culinary tour of New York. He starts us off with amazing cured meats and cheese at Salumeria Rosi before heading to the distinguished Wakamba cocktail lounge. After a few beers to cleanse the palate, we end the night with one of the best pieces of meat we’ve ever had at Bourdain’s old base of operations, Brasserie Les Halles.
The episode is part of VICE Magazine’s food series, Munchies.
If you thought my love affair with VICE Magazine was over, think again. Here’s another round of captivating stories by them:
How to Sell Drugs
“Ever wonder how to sell $100,000 worth of drugs in a week? We learned the secrets of the biggest drug dealer in NYC – a man who will deliver any substance you want, 24/7. He told us everything – from where he gets his drugs to how his crew operates. Come with us as we take a rare look into the dangerous life of a NYC drug delivery-man.”
Journalists vs. Hezbollah Fighters in Paintball
A group of Western journalists arranged a paintball game with a group of Hezbollah fighters in an effort to know their subject better. Unfortunately for the journalists, the game soon becomes more than just a game for the Hezbollah fighters.
We figured they’d cheat; they were Hezbollah, after all. But none of us-a team of four Western journalists-thought we’d be dodging military-grade flash bangs when we initiated this “friendly” paintball match.
The battle takes place underground in a grungy, bunker-like basement underneath a Beirut strip mall. When the grenades go off it’s like being caught out in a ferocious thunderstorm: blinding flashes of hot white light, blasts of sound that reverberate deep inside my ears.
As my eyesight returns and readjusts to the dim arena light, I poke out from my position behind a low cinder-block wall. Two large men in green jumpsuits are bearing down on me. I have them right in my sights, but they seem unfazed — even as I open fire from close range, peppering each with several clear, obvious hits. I expect them to freeze, maybe even acknowledge that this softie American journalist handily overcame their flash-bang trickery and knocked them out of the game. Perhaps they’ll even smile and pat me on the back as they walk off the playing field in a display of good sportsmanship (after cheating, of course).
Instead, they shoot me three times, point-blank, right in the groin.
Did the journos think Hezbollah hadn’t played paintball or fought in a combat zone before?
Pakistan’s Real Life Superhero
“Meet Pakistan’s most-principled patriarch, Abdul Sattar Edhi. He feeds the hungry, cares for the sick, and defies the Taliban, bringing a message of love and peace to Karachi. When we were filming The Vice Guide to Karachi, things kept taking one dark turn after another, but when we met Edhi, one of Pakistan’s living legends, he managed to give us hope.”
I’ve watched three excellent exposés courtesy of VICE Magazine this past week. They are all really fascinating stories and prime examples for the excellent journalism the media company continually pumps out. It’s worth noting, however, this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. At some point today, I’ll read and watch Benjamin Hall’s story about spending four days with Syria’s free army.
Japan’s Suicide Forest
Geologist Azusa Hayano visits the Aokigahara Forest, the most popular suicide destination in Japan.
Illegally Crossing the US-Mexico Border
To find out precisely how thousands of Mexicans illegally cross the US border every year, VICE reporters went to El Alberto, Mexico to film the experience.
Stalking the Paparazzi
News.me + Digg
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