All posts by Contributor

Fans Tell Us Why They Want to Cover Up Their Harry Potter Tattoos

By the time Harry Potter author JK Rowling had written a 4,000 word essay describing her bigoted views on trans people on June 10, she was already on thin ice. After years of post-textual additions to the series and veiled...

/ July 2, 2020
blank

I’m an Asian Woman With Big Boobs and People Call Me ‘Slutty’ No Matter What I Wear

My body is a normality on Instagram but an anomaly in reality. At least that’s what I’ve found growing up in Singapore, where my 32DDs make heads turn and eyes roll, but not in a good way. I'm used to...

/ July 2, 2020
world-newspaper-news

Reddit removes millions of pro-Trump posts. But advertisers, not values, rule the day

On Monday, online discussion platform Reddit permanently took down its largest community of Donald Trump supporters, r/The_Donald. The community had more than 7,000 active users per day (although this has previously been much higher). The ban was on the grounds...

/ July 2, 2020
world-newspaper-news

US Could Have Avoided COVID-19 Entirely If They Hadn’t Done Testing

Donald Trump’s recent claim that testing rates have exacerbated the coronavirus in the US appear to be correct, with new analysis suggesting America could have avoided the virus entirely if they had eliminated testing from the beginning. America’s well publicised...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

New York City’s 2021 Budget Slashes Already Modest Funding for Public-School Arts Education by 70 Percent

New York City’s $88.1 billion austerity budget for the 2021 fiscal year passed on Tuesday night. In addition to a hotly contested $1 billion cut to the police department, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan includes devastating cuts to art education in...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

UniSuper take note: there’s no retirement on a dead planet

ShutterstockHESTA, the industry super fund for health and community workers, plans to dump its shares in thermal coal mining companies. Beyond that, its Net Zero by 2050 program announced on Friday commits it to cutting the carbon emissions in its...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

Britain Has Offered Citizenship Rights to 3 Million Hong Kongers to Escape Beijing’s Rule

The UK has responded to Hong Kong's draconian new national security law by confirming it will offer a pathway to citizenship for up to 3 million people, giving them a potential escape from Beijing's tightening grip on the city. Prime...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

I’d Do Anything for This Crystal That Looks Like Fried Chicken

At the risk of sounding like a Facebook post from your least-favorite cousin, nobody can agree on anything anymore. Wearing a mask to the farmer's market has become a hotly contested political issue. Peaceful protesters have been recast as rioters...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

Activists Are Beaming Free Wi-Fi to Protesters at NYC’s City Hall Occupation

For two consecutive nights, protesters sleeping in Manhattan’s City Hall Park awoke to the sounds of megaphones as large crowds of riot cops descended on their encampment—an autonomous hub created amidst the ongoing protests against police violence and systemic racism....

/ July 1, 2020
blank

The 1980’s Elon Musk – John DeLorean

This is one of the wildest stories in automotive history, a story of how far a man would go to chase his dream. This is the John Delorean story. --- About ColdFusion --- ColdFusion is an Australian based online media...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

Mississippi’s future lies with its new state flag

Protesters opposed to changing the state flag gather outside the Mississippi Capitol during the state legislature’s historic vote to change the state’s flag in Jackson, Mississippi, on June 28. | Rory Doyle/AFP via Getty Images Mississippi’s state flag is coming...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

“They should have reacted faster”: 6 Covid-19 survivor stories from around the world

A billboard as part of a campaign to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Lagos, Nigeria, on April 20. | Pius Utomi Ekpe/AFP via Getty Images People in Nigeria, Spain, Iran, England, Italy, and New Jersey describe hospitalization in the...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

Yemenis Are Being Disappeared, Tortured, Then Killed in Unofficial Prisons

Hundreds of Yemenis have been tortured, disappeared and arbitrarily detained in secret detention centers across the country in recent years, with abusers ripping their victims' fingernails out, administering electric shocks and burning their genitals. The horrifying scale of the abuse...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

Meet the Creators of a Korean YouTube Channel Giving LGBTQ People a Safe Space to Come Out

For much of the world, June traditionally means Pride Month, which traditionally means parades and parties. But as this year's parades and parties have been cancelled, we're taking Pride online. Over the next week, VICE is releasing a series of...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

Coronavirus Could Leave a Devastating Impact on Our Mental Health

Much has already been written about how the coronavirus pandemic has worsened the global mental health crisis. It's hardly a surprise – many of us have spent the last three months shuffling from our garden-less homes to the local Tesco...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

Global COVID-19 economic shock could throw another 400 million into extreme poverty

EconomyHealthcarePeter BoyleIssue 1271Australiaextreme povertyCOVID-19July 1, 2020A newly released study has estimated that the economic shock from the COVID-19 pandemic could add a further 80–400 million people to the 727.3 million already living in extreme poverty around the world — based on...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

Today, the Kyoto climate deal ends and Australia’s Paris cop-out begins. That’s nothing to be proud of, Mr Taylor

Mick Tsikas/AAP Today marks the end of the Kyoto climate deal and the start of its successor, the Paris Agreement. Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor on Wednesday was quick to hail Australia’s success in smashing the Kyoto emissions targets. But...

/ July 1, 2020
blank

Bamboozled: Gavin Andresen Says He Could Have Been Fooled by Craig Wright, BSV Supporters Speak Out

This week a number of Kleiman v. Wright lawsuit depositions have recently published and are now available for public viewing. One specific deposition with the former Bitcoin Core lead maintainer, Gavin Andresen, casts doubt on the claim that Wright is...

/ June 30, 2020
blank

Archaeologists Have Uncovered Ancient Tools in Gabon That May Rewrite Our Understanding of Humankind’s History in Central Africa

Archaeologists have dated stone tools from Lopé National Park in Gabon to 620,000 to 850,000 years ago, making them the earliest known evidence of a human presence in the Congo Basin. “In the African chronology, we always thought Central Africa...

/ June 30, 2020
world-newspaper-news

By persisting with COVIDSafe, Australia risks missing out on globally trusted contact tracing

Australia has ruled out abandoning the government’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app in favour of the rival “Gapple” model developed by Google and Apple, which is gaining widespread support around the world. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth told The Project...

/ June 30, 2020