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      By Thomas Morton May 4, 2014

      How Fucked Are Nukes?

      Tonight's episode of VICE on HBO covers the second major population intentionally exposed to atomic radiation—the Kazakhs living around the Semipalatinsk Testing Polygon.

      By Thomas Morton May 4, 2014
      By Thomas Morton May 2, 2014

      Kazakh Charm Defensive

      Tonight on the HBO show we're hanging out with a bunch of Kazakhs whose genes were irreversibly fucked by the 450-odd nukes the Soviet Union set off in their backyard. But I'd like to talk about something even more dangerous than nuclear radiation: tradit…

      By Thomas Morton May 2, 2014
      By Thomas Morton Apr 11, 2014

      The Wages of Boredom (It's Death!)

      The Christian doomsday community has a mantra—"we are living in exciting times"—which helps compensate for the fact that most of their personal lives are dull as dirt. Unfortunately for the rest of us, to fight their boredom they've decided to pay right-w…

      By Thomas Morton Apr 11, 2014
      By Thomas Morton Apr 7, 2014

      The Most Evil Thing I Own

      Nothing ups the value of a run-of-the-mill kitchen implement or piece of clothing like someone dying all over it. It's like smearing it with interesting butter. And—as with ghosts—the eviler the person who died on it, the heavier the smear.

      By Thomas Morton Apr 7, 2014
      By Thomas Morton Apr 4, 2014

      I Fraught in a War

      Syria's Kurds won the war against Assad, which means now they get to fight al Qaeda and al Nusra. I spent approximately an hour at the front lines of this battle royale, and let me just say, no thank you.

      By Thomas Morton Apr 4, 2014
      By Thomas Morton Dec 28 2013

      Heroin Holiday

      Every August, while Europe's desk jockeys shut off their phones and head to the beach, the junkies of Prague set up camp in the poppy fields outside the city for a vacation of their own. For one glorious month, there are no cops to run from, no dealers to…

      By Thomas Morton Dec 28 2013
      By Thomas Morton Sep 23, 2013

      Heroin Holiday - Trailer

      Every August, while Europe's desk jockeys shut off their phones and head to the beach, the junkies of Prague set up camp in the poppy fields outside the city for a vacation of their own. For one glorious month, there are no cops to run from, no dealers to…

      By Thomas Morton Sep 23, 2013
      By Thomas Morton Jun 5, 2013

      The $wiftest Pigeon

      China's spoiled young princelings aren't content with buying horses, sports cars, and insanely tacky watches alone. In tribute to the intrepid bootleggers who've propped up their country's market economy, China's rich have taken arguably the worst bird of…

      By Thomas Morton Jun 5, 2013
      By Thomas Morton May 31, 2013

      The $wiftest Pigeon - Trailer

      What is the sound of 1 million yuan flapping? China's spoiled young princelings have taken arguably the worst bird of all time, the pigeon, and slapped a Louis Vuitton logo on it. Racing pigeons are the new thoroughbreds here, with birds auctioning for hu…

      By Thomas Morton May 31, 2013
      By Thomas Morton May 23, 2013

      Tobaccoland

      The tobacco industry in Indonesia is virtually unregulated. The result? Over two-thirds of all men are smokers, and it is commonplace for children as young as six to take up the habit. Tobacco is a $100 billion industry here, with TV and print ads everywh…

      By Thomas Morton May 23, 2013
      By Thomas Morton May 17 2013

      The Fat Farms of Mauritania

      In Mauritania, a country crippled by food shortages, obesity is viewed as a sign of wealth and prestige in a woman. To attain Mauritanian standards of beauty, many women undergo the practice of 'gavage,' or "fattening up." While traditionally the practice…

      By Thomas Morton May 17 2013
      By Thomas Morton May 3, 2013

      America's Most Heavily Armed Church

      Pastor Larry Allen is the pistol-packing preacher who runs the New Life Baptist Church and Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The church is protected by an ex-police security team and all of the students are warriors when it comes to gun safety drills an…

      By Thomas Morton May 3, 2013
      By Thomas Morton Apr 4, 2013

      West African Truckers

      The truck driver holds a mythic stature in American music, from the hayseed hagiographies of Slim Jacobs to the liner notes of Big Black's 'Songs About Fucking.' There aren't many songs about African truckers, but they are no less champions of industry th…

      By Thomas Morton Apr 4, 2013
      By Thomas Morton Mar 21, 2013

      Trip Report: I Went to Lit Sober

      The Lit Lounge, if you aren't from New York, is a leering black hole from which few memories escape intact. If the standard, workaday memory is already 50 percent confabulation, the average Lit memory is about eight frames of reality cobbled together with…

      By Thomas Morton Mar 21, 2013