Category “Society”

A Bad Trip to Edgewood

90 miles north of Washington D.C. stands Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. From World War I to the present day it has been the centre of the US Army's research into chemical warfare. Within it's laboratories bazaar experiments took place, by giving a cat LSD Edgewood scientists were able to turn nature and normality upside down. Animals were always tested before humans the reasoning for such tests were that army scientists wanted to research and understand about the dose levels for nerve agents and chemical compounds i.e. what would simply incapacitate and what would be considered lethal on the...

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Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade

This hour long documentary film which was written and directed by Garrett Graham in collaboration with the Tar Sands Blockade demonstrates how in 2012, landowners and environmental activists from all over Texas came together in a bid to prevent a proposed oil pipeline from being built, it features exclusive footage that was filmed by the protestors themselves and demonstrates the true hazards and damage being done due to the construction of such a pipeline. The pipeline itself is being built in order to transport tar sands oil from Alberta Canada to the existing refineries located near the...

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Cat Wars

Cats are one of the most popular domesticated animals around and in the United Kingdom their numbers have dramatically risen over the last couple of years to around ten million. This number is viewed in two lights, for the cat lovers it's great news but for those who don't take kindly to them it could almost be seen as an epidemic. Cat Wars is a BBC film that is attempting to understand both sides of the feline battle to discover what it is about cats that has such a polarising effect on people. The documentary also gets in touch with some of the more fanatical cat owners which include...

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The UK’s Young Reoffenders

As of 2014 nearly three quarters of young offenders in the UK will reoffend within 12 months of their release from custody. These figures seem to be rising year on year, however the number of first time offenders is decreasing yearly which is creating somewhat of a vacuum where hardcore reoffenders are becoming locked into a cycle of crime, jail, probation and crime again. This documentary released by VICE follows a gang of such young reoffenders from Abingdon, Oxfordshire who seem to have nothing better to do than get themselves into...

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The Real ‘Wolf of Wall Street’?

The Oscar nominated movie Wolf on Wall Street was famously based on the story of Jordan Belfort, a crooked investment banker who made his money selling worthless stocks at a high price but according to some the original inspiration behind Leonardo DiCaprio's foray into the world of overindulgence with 1990's tailoring apparently didn't come from Belfort himself but instead from a man named Dana Giacchetto. It is said that Leo became interested in making this particular film because he had actually lived it with Dana, having spent quite a bit of time hanging around with him, a former...

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You Don’t Know Shit

Every day the United States must find a way to get rid of 5 billion gallons of human waste and they appear increasingly unable to find the space. Sewage spills are common place and the nightmare is only getting worse as a never ending stream of people descend upon major cities putting extra strain on the already strained infrastructure. When hurricane Sandy shut down six New York sewage plants, millions of gallons of raw sewage spilled out onto the...

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The Thorium Dream

In the 1950's the scientists who created the atomic bomb offered a promise, by splitting the atom we could have an unlimited supply of electricity that could end pollution and bring peace to the world forever but after the disaster in Japan that dream has never looked more like a nightmare. Today as the world grows increasingly desperate for clean energy a new breed of engineers and energy geeks say we need nuclear power now more than ever. 50 years ago a forgotten government experiment seemed to prove another kind of nuclear energy could nearly eliminate the risk of meltdowns, waste and...

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Ibiza: Spring Breakers of Europe

There's an island in the middle of the Mediterranean named after the Egyptian god of music and dance. To some its considered paradise and to others, paradise lost be regardless of your view everyone knows it's name, Ibiza. A place of infamy and myth a modern day nirvana where anything goes. People have been coming to Ibiza for the white sands, blue seas and golden bodied for decades but the origins of the island as a clubber paradise date back to the mid 80's when a slew of clubs opened up and the island became a second home to Europe's playboys and party girls. Vice sends reporter Clive...

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One Week Job

A 25 year old college graduate Sean Aiken decided that he wanted to complete a project in which he worked fifty two jobs in a year so one job a week in order to find his true passion. This concept came to Sean when he realized that he had no idea what he wanted to do professionally with his life once he had completed his degree. He had originally been funded by his parents but the project in itself quickly gathered a public interest and he managed to raise over $20,000 for his...

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