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  1. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?><rss version="2.0" xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" xmlns:snf="http://www.smartnews.be/snf" xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/"><channel><title>VICE</title><link>https://www.vice.com/en_us</link><atom:link href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/rss" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml"></atom:link><description>RSS feed for https://www.vice.com</description><language>en</language><pubDate>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 23:14:35 +0000</pubDate><item><title><![CDATA[A Dead Body and a Urinating Customer: The Allegations in Workers' Latest Lawsuit Against McDonald's]]></title><link>https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3am7x/a-dead-body-and-a-urinating-customer-the-allegations-in-workers-latest-lawsuit-against-mcdonalds</link><pubDate>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 23:14:35 +0000</pubDate><description><![CDATA[Another customer exposed himself to a female employee. ]]></description><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><b>Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/page/subscribe-to-the-vice-news-daily-brief" target="_blank">Sign up here.</a></b></p><p> One McDonald&#x2019;s employee was cleaning the bathroom when a man entered the room, exposed himself, and urinated on her. Another&#x2019;s manager told her, after a customer exposed himself to her, that she should let the man &#x201C;make love to you.&#x201D; Then there was the dead body found inside a McDonald&#x2019;s bathroom. One worker walked in to find blood everywhere.</p> <p> These incidents and several more are detailed in a lawsuit filed Thursday by 17 Chicago-area McDonald&#x2019;s cooks and cashiers, who accuse the fast food chain of failing to protect them from being &#x201C;regularly exposed to violent and criminal behavior by customers.&#x201D; </p> <p> The workers&#x2019; lawsuit comes just days after a Michigan McDonald&#x2019;s worker, backed by the Time&#x2019;s Up Legal Defense Fund, <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vb5kq3/a-new-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-could-be-a-huge-blow-to-mcdonalds" target="_blank">sued the company over sex discrimination</a>. Activists have spent the last year protesting allegations of sexual harassment at McDonald&#x2019;s. They even participated in what is believed to be the first multistate strike against sexual harassment last year against the American icon, which is one the largest employers in the United States.</p><p><b>READ: <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vb5kq3/a-new-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-could-be-a-huge-blow-to-mcdonalds?" target="_blank">A new sexual harassment lawsuit could be a huge blow to McDonald&apos;s</a></b></p> <p> In many of the lawsuit&#x2019;s alleged instances, which took place at both corporate-owned stores and stores operated by franchisees, the workers say they let their managers know about the violence or that the manager witnessed it. But those managers allegedly failed to help. In one instance, a manager even started throwing items back at a customer who&#x2019;d thrown them at workers. That manager allegedly told an employee that she could even throw hot oil from the fryer at a customer, if she wanted &#x2014; but if the employee hurt a customer, she was on her own.</p> <p> &#x201C;McDonald&#x2019;s never provided any safety training or offered any support for the trauma I&#x2019;ve suffered,&#x201D; Sonia Acu&#xF1;a, the McDonald&#x2019;s worker who allegedly found the body in the bathroom, said in a statement. &#x201C;We shouldn&#x2019;t have to put ourselves in harm&#x2019;s way just to support our families. That&#x2019;s why we&#x2019;re suing McDonald&#x2019;s today &#x2014; because it&#x2019;s life or death for us.&#x201D;</p> <p> The workers in Thursday&#x2019;s lawsuit are working with the Fight for $15, a labor rights group. They&#x2019;re seeking unspecified damages but also want McDonald&#x2019;s to change a number of practices that the lawsuit alleges leave workers in danger. For example, McDonald&#x2019;s has allegedly torn down barriers that separate employees from customers to modernize their restaurants, a move that allegedly leaves the workers more vulnerable to attacks from customers.</p> <p> &#x201C;McDonald&#x2019;s takes seriously its responsibility to provide and foster a safe working environment for our employees, and along with our franchisees, continue to make investments in training programs that uphold safe environments for customers and crew members,&#x201D; the McDonald&#x2019;s Corporation said in a statement. &#x201C;In addition to training, McDonald&#x2019;s maintains stringent policies against violence in our restaurants.&#x201D;</p><p><i>Cover image: McDonald&apos;s employees gather during a protest at City Hall in Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. A group of employees of 13 McDonald&apos;s has filed a lawsuit alleging that the company&apos;s drive for profits puts workers at risk of physical attack by dangerous customers. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)</i></p>]]></content:encoded><guid isPermaLink="false">d3am7x</guid><enclosure url="http://video-images.vice.com/articles/5dd71723bc7ef90091b71feb/lede/1574377489477-AP_19325698687370.jpeg" length="0" type="image/jpeg"></enclosure><dc:creator>Carter Sherman</dc:creator><dc:creator>VICE News</dc:creator><category>harassment</category><category>lawsuit</category><category>McDonald's</category><category>class-action lawsuit</category></item><item><title><![CDATA[DJ Says Airline Gave Him 'Diabetic Friendly' Meal That Was Just a Pile of Potatoes]]></title><link>https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7x5n84/dj-says-airline-gave-him-diabetic-friendly-meal-that-was-just-a-pile-of-potatoes</link><pubDate>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 23:05:23 +0000</pubDate><description><![CDATA["The meals were literally solely based on carbohydrates and sugar, which are the two most dangerous foods to a diabetic."]]></description><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p> According to its website, the Canadian airline Westjet can provide <a href="https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/inflight/buy-on-board#table" target="_blank">eight special meals</a> that have been designed to accommodate its passengers&apos; assorted dietary restrictions. If one of its flyers requests a diabetic-friendly meal, they&apos;re supposed to get a low-sugar, low-salt combination of complex carbs that is &quot;suitable for those who need to manage blood sugar levels.&quot; </p> <div class="article__embed article__embed--vice" data-related-article="true"><iframe src="https://www.vice.com/en_us/embed/article/43jkpd/cops-seek-woman-who-peed-all-over-a-bin-of-walmart-potatoes?utm_source=stylizedembed_vice.com&amp;utm_campaign=7x5n84&amp;site=vice" frameborder="0" style="border:0px none;margin:0px;" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><p> But when James Boyle asked for a diabetic-friendly meal, he says that the airline gave him a soggy box filled with potatoes. There were mashed potatoes on the left, red potatoes on the right, and it was served with a dinner roll, a chocolate breakfast bar, and a side of <i> what the actual fuck</i>. </p> <p><a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/6194751/westjet-flight-diabetic-meal-potatoes/" target="_blank">Global News reported</a> that Boyle, a British DJ and music producer who performs under the name Breakage, was on a flight from Canada to the United Kingdom when he was given that weird box of carbs on carbs. &quot;I&#x2019;m not one for being a diva, but when I have a diabetic meal request, the last thing I expect is this,&quot; he tweeted to Westjet. &quot;Both legs of my return trip to Canada, the meals were literally solely based on carbohydrates and sugar, which are the two most dangerous foods to a diabetic.&quot; </p><iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://twitter.com/Breakage/status/1196526039561883649"></iframe><p> He also posted a photo of the potatoes and potatoes, and told the airline that, as far as allegedly diabetic-friendly meals go, this one was &quot;not cool and very dangerous.&quot; The other passengers, <a href="https://torontosun.com/news/national/questions-surround-airlines-flippant-twitter-response-to-diabetic-passenger" target="_blank">he told</a> the <i> Toronto Sun</i>, were all given scrambled eggs. &quot;I don&#x2019;t know what would&#x2019;ve happened [if he&apos;d eaten the meal], and I dread to know what would have happened,&#x201D; he said. &quot;I didn&#x2019;t choose to have this, I don&#x2019;t enjoy having this [...] It&#x2019;s a kick in the face.&#x201D;</p> <p>Westjet sent a couple of tweets in response, and they didn&apos;t read as sympathetic. &quot;We apologize, but we&#x2019;re working on rebuilding the inflight meal service, and we encourage guests to bring food from home on board if they like,&#x201D; <a href="https://twitter.com/WestJet/status/1196525822082981888" target="_blank">the airline wrote</a>. It then posted a second reply under Boyle&apos;s photo of his meal, telling him that the company had &quot;yet to see the food served on board be a real point of concern for our guests.&quot; </p><iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://twitter.com/WestJet/status/1196526700772888577"></iframe><p> Maybe someone else logged into the @Westjet account, but the airline tried again, <a href="https://twitter.com/WestJet/status/1196824024199946240" target="_blank">finally admitting</a> that its previous responses &quot;missed the mark.&quot; (Boyle <a href="https://twitter.com/Breakage/status/1196841242572795904" target="_blank">asked for</a> an &quot;actual apology,&quot; and suggested that the airline needed to accept responsibility for what it had done, maybe so it wouldn&apos;t give another diabetic passenger a giant pile of potatoes.) </p> <p> &quot;This is not the level of service or onboard experience we strive to deliver and we sincerely apologize for our initial response to this guest&apos;s serious concerns,&quot; a Westjet spokesperson told VICE. &quot;We take the safety of all guests and crew seriously and are investigating the situation with our catering team and suppliers to determine what occurred and how this can be avoided in the future.&quot; </p> <p>A good start would be maybe not serving potatoes with potatoes as a &quot;meal,&quot; to anyone. </p>]]></content:encoded><guid isPermaLink="false">7x5n84</guid><enclosure url="http://video-images.vice.com/articles/5dd71669174676008c966341/lede/1574377088494-GettyImages-154194030.jpeg" length="0" type="image/jpeg"></enclosure><dc:creator>Jelisa Castrodale</dc:creator><dc:creator>Leslie Horn </dc:creator><category>potatoes</category><category>plane food</category><category>Diabetes</category><category>Airline food</category><category>food news</category></item><item><title><![CDATA[Get Over Yourself and Talk to Your Doctor About Your Weird Butt Symptoms]]></title><link>https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wjwmnq/anal-cancer-symptoms-hpv-doctor-diagnosis</link><pubDate>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:20:44 +0000</pubDate><description><![CDATA[We know you're embarrassed, and we don't care!!]]></description><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p> Medically speaking, you should stop being so weird about your butt! Especially when it comes to talking butt stuff with your doctor.</p> <p> Case in point: A new study out this week has shown that anal cancer rates have risen at an alarming rate over the past 15 years, as <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/19/health/anal-cancer-incidence-death-increase-study/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a> reported on Tuesday. According to <a href="https://academic.oup.com/jnci/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/jnci/djz219/5622917" target="_blank">the study</a>, published in the <i> Journal of the National Cancer Institute</i>, researchers found that the most common type of anal cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, increased at a rate of 2.7 percent per year between 2001 and 2015 and that anal cancer mortality rates grew by 3.1 percent annually in about that same time frame. White women have a notably higher risk for anal cancer, according to the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/hpv/statistics/anal.htm" target="_blank">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a>, and Black men have a higher risk than men of other races. Men who have sex with men, women who&#x2019;ve had cervical or vulvar cancer, people living with HIV, and people who&#x2019;ve had an organ transplant are also considered higher risk, per the <a href="https://www.cancer.org/cancer/anal-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/detection.html" target="_blank">American Cancer Society</a>.</p> <p> This might all sound really scary, but the good news is that anal cancer is super treatable if caught soon enough. With early detection, the survival rate for anal cancers is nearly 70 percent, according to <a href="https://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/hpv-genital-warts/news/20191120/hpv-blamed-for-rising-rates-of-anal-cancer" target="_blank">WebMD</a>, but in order to <i> get</i> that early detection, you&#x2019;re going to have to talk butt stuff with your PCP, which is probably something that a lot of you would <a href="https://www.embarrassingproblems.com/problem/anal-problem-seeing-doctor" target="_blank">rather not do</a>. It&#x2019;s where you poop and also where you maybe get fucked, two things that are pretty taboo in large swaths of puritanical American society. Butt stigma is real, and I get that it might be embarrassing to talk about that part of your body in front of another person. But you know what&#x2019;s worse that feeling embarrassed? Cancer! Untreated hemorrhoids, herpes, anal warts, and fissures! The self-inflicted psychic terror of knowing something&#x2019;s up downstairs but not knowing what it is or how to get rid of it so you let it fester and fester and oh my god it&#x2019;s getting worse!!</p> <p> So talk about your butt with your doctor&#x2014;who is a professional and has definitely seen way worse things over the course of their career than the inside of your ass&#x2014;next time you go in for a check-up. In case you need some help, here are some great ways to bring it up:</p> <ul><li>&#x201C;So, I noticed some weird itchiness and pain around my butthole. Is that normal?&#x201D;</li><li> &#x201C;This is super embarrassing, but do you mind giving me a rectal exam? I noticed something weird down there, and I want to get it checked out.&#x201D;</li><li> &#x201C;I keep Googling these <a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anal-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20354140" target="_blank">symptoms</a> and convincing myself I have anal cancer, which I know I shouldn&#x2019;t do but I keep doing it! Can you please check it out and confirm what&#x2019;s going on for me?&#x201D;</li><li> &#x201C;One butt check, please!&#x201D;</li><li> &#x201C;[Jerry Seinfeld voice] Whaaaaat&#x2019;s the deeeeal with this bloooood?&#x201D;</li></ul> <p> You&#x2019;ve got this!</p> <p> <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/page/sign-up-for-the-vice-newsletter" target="_blank"><b> <i> Sign up for our newsletter</i></b></a><b> <i> to get the best of VICE delivered to your inbox daily.</i></b></p> <p><b> <i> Follow Harron Walker on </i></b><a href="https://twitter.com/harronwawker" target="_blank"><b> <i> Twitter</i></b></a><b> <i> .</i></b></p>]]></content:encoded><guid isPermaLink="false">wjwmnq</guid><enclosure url="http://video-images.vice.com/articles/5dd70a700f6240008dca54cd/lede/1574374002858-GettyImages-991548716.jpeg" length="0" type="image/jpeg"></enclosure><dc:creator>Harron Walker</dc:creator><dc:creator>Casey Johnston</dc:creator><category>Cancer</category><category>DOCTORS</category><category>Butts</category><category>Ass</category><category>Buttholes</category><category>body</category></item><item><title><![CDATA[Brad Pitt and Alia Shawkat Are Just Friends, OK? ]]></title><link>https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/59nxpn/brad-pitt-and-alia-shawkat-are-just-friends-ok</link><pubDate>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:08:26 +0000</pubDate><description><![CDATA[Plus, Kaia Gerber and Pete Davidson's public PDA, Halsey and Evan Peters' pregnancy rumors, and the latest in celebrity coupling.]]></description><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p> Did you hear that <b> Brad Pitt</b> has a new friend? This shocking news dominated the tabloids yesterday, after photos of Pitt and the actress <b> Alia Shawkat</b> surfaced on Instagram. Pitt, 55, and Shawkat, 30, attended an art opening at the Wilding Cran Gallery in LA. on Saturday. Look:</p> <iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://www.instagram.com/p/B49Ay1Bg6Ga/?utm_source=ig_embed/embed"></iframe><p>According to veteran gossip blogger <a href="https://www.laineygossip.com/brad-pitt-alia-shawkat-spotted-together-at-art-exhibit-la/59027" target="_blank">Lainey Gossip</a>, they were spotted at dinner together afterwards, just the two of them. And apparently this is not the first time they&apos;ve hung out in public, although this is the first time that people have really noticed. In September, they attended a performance of <b> Ethan Cohen</b>&#x2019;s <i> A Play is a Poem</i> together in LA. And in October, they were photographed backstage at a <b> Mike Birbiglia</b> show. <br></p> <iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3_SCZaHWjQ/?utm_source=ig_embed/embed"></iframe><p>But guess what: THEY&#x2019;RE JUST FRIENDS, OKAY? <br></p> <p> At least, that is the situation according to sources close to Pitt. Here is a brief roundup of different quotes about Pitt and Shawkat&#x2019;s relationship published in the tabloids yesterday. <i> Us Weekly</i>: &quot;Brad is not dating Alia. They are <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/brad-pitt-alia-shawkat-are-not-dating-despite-reports/" target="_blank">just friends</a>.&quot; <i>People</i>: &quot;They are absolutely <a href="https://people.com/movies/brad-pitt-and-alia-shawkat-seen-spending-time-together-theyre-just-friends-says-source/" target="_blank">just friends</a>.&quot; Page Six: &quot;Page Six has learned that the two performers are <a href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1095329/here-s-what-s-really-going-on-between-brad-pitt-and-alia-shawkat" target="_blank">just friends</a>.&quot; E! News: &quot;They&apos;ve spent time together and have similar interests, but that&apos;s the extent of it. They are not a couple and there&apos;s nothing romantic going on. Brad has different friends in different walks of life and this is one of them. He enjoys being social with <a href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1095329/here-s-what-s-really-going-on-between-brad-pitt-and-alia-shawkat" target="_blank">friends</a>.&quot;</p> <p> Got that, pal? Brad Pitt enjoys being social with friends.</p> <p> Why all this denial? It&#x2019;s not like this is the first woman Pitt has been linked to since his divorce from <b> Angelina Jolie</b>. Last year, there was the MIT professor <b> Neri Oxman</b>, who ended up marrying billionaire <b> Bill Ackman</b> even though <a href="https://pagesix.com/2018/04/05/brad-pitt-spending-time-with-rockstar-mit-professor/" target="_blank">sources close to Pitt</a> were pretty sure Oxman and Pitt made the perfect couple. And then there were rumors that Pitt was dating <b> Charlize Theron</b>, which Theron&#x2019;s publicist quickly shut down. And then, in September, <i> Us Weekly</i> ran a <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/brad-pitt-is-dating-jewelry-designer-sat-hari-khalsa/" target="_blank">whole cover story</a> about Pitt dating a holistic healer named <b> Sat Hari Khalsa</b>. (The two have not been seen together since.) </p> <p> Sources close to Pitt were more than happy to spill details about these non-relationships to the tabloids. But now that Pitt has actually been spotted with the same woman multiple times, the faucet has been turned off. They are joooost froonnnds. Do you believe it? </p> <p> Personally, I think dating Shawkat would be a great look for Pitt. She is almost never in the tabloids&#x2014;this story was her very first <i> People</i> headline. Years ago, she was rumored to be dating songwriter <b> Jack Antonoff</b>, but nothing dramatic came of that. In fact, there are only a few photos of them together, and one of them was taken backstage <a href="https://www.broadwayworld.com/ezoimgfmt/cloudimages.broadwayworld.com/upload/37114/tn-500_pjz_dec03_08_sleepwalk_with_me_0030.jpg?ezimgfmt=rs:550x395/rscb1/ng:webp/ngcb1" target="_blank">at a Mike Birbiglia show</a> in 2008. This is a woman with consistent tastes.</p><hr><p> Also coupling up this week: serial monogamist <b> Pete Davidson</b>, 26, and model <b> Kaia Gerber</b>, 18. For the first time, the <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa78my/pete-davidson-is-dangerously-close-to-becoming-wilmer-valderrama-kaia-gerber-margaret-qualley" target="_blank">new couple</a> was spotted <i> kissing</i> in public, although the <a href="https://pagesix.com/2019/11/19/pete-davidson-and-kaia-gerber-spotted-kissing-at-concert/" target="_blank">photos</a> of it aren&#x2019;t very good. Davidson and Gerber were hanging out at Gerber&#x2019;s friend <b> Charlotte Lawrence</b>&#x2019;s concert at Webster Hall. According to Page Six&#x2019;s source, &#x201C;They were very touchy and seemed very happy. Pete was a gentleman and was holding Kaia&#x2019;s black coat.&#x201D;</p> <p> Well, as long as everyone seems very happy, I guess that&#x2019;s fine. </p> <p>Back in L.A., <b> Halsey</b>, 25, and her new boyfriend <b> Evan Peters</b>, 32, made out all over a Santa Monica beach, and the paparazzi photos are very close-up and detailed. They also rubbed and cradled Halsey&#x2019;s stomach, sparking pregnancy rumors. </p><p> Halsey quickly denied the rumors on Twitter, but a source speculated <a href="https://pagesix.com/2019/11/19/halsey-denies-shes-pregnant-with-boyfriend-evan-peters-baby/" target="_blank">to Page Six</a> that she created the controversy on purpose. &#x201C;Halsey is just being cute and provocative,&#x201D; the source said. &#x201C;That&#x2019;s her game.&#x201D; No, that&#x2019;s MY game. </p><iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://twitter.com/halsey/status/1196629669296033793"></iframe><p> Or perhaps it is <b> Demi Lovato</b>&#x2019;s: This morning, she posted a photo of herself with a pregnancy belly on Instagram, causing many of her fans to simply FREAK OUT. But the belly, she admitted in the caption, is fake&#x2014;she is apparently guest-starring as a pregnant person on the new season of <i> Will &amp; Grace</i>, for some reason. </p><iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5HU7qMhhti/embed"></iframe><hr><p> In more official relationship news, <b> Channing Tatum</b> and <b> Jenna Dewan</b> have been declared &#x201C;legally single&#x201D; one year after filing for divorce. According <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/channing-tatum-and-jenna-dewan-are-legally-single/" target="_blank">to <i> Us Weekly</i>,</a> they are still working out a custody arrangement and a property settlement, but they are now free to marry other people, if they want to. </p><p> Do you think they want to? Both are currently in serious relationships: Tatum has been with <b> Jessie J</b> for over a year and Dewan is currently (for real) pregnant with her Broadway star boyfriend <b> Steve Kazee. </b>My guess is at least one of them gets engaged by Christmas. But I bet it&#x2019;s fun to be &#x201C;legally single,&#x201D; if only for a short time. </p><hr> <p>Speaking of the holidays, the <b> Queen</b> is reportedly &#x201C;disappointed&#x201D; that <b> Meghan Markle</b> and <b> Prince Harry</b> have decided to spend Christmas away from Sandringham this year. But to the rest of the world, they look like geniuses, as the royal family is dealing with its worst PR crisis in years. <br></p> <p>In case you missed it:<b> Prince Andrew</b>&#x2019;s campaign to distance himself from <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xwew9j/queen-elizabeth-scrambling-over-prince-andrew-jeffrey-epstein-connections" target="_blank">the Epstein scandal</a> completely imploded this week after his truly insane interview with <i> Newsnight</i>. Yesterday, he was (probably forced) to announce that he will be <a href="https://news.sky.com/story/prince-andrew-steps-back-from-public-duties-11865854" target="_blank">ceasing all public duties</a> for the foreseeable future. He is still struggling to show any signs of remorse, however: This morning, he <a href="https://www.celebitchy.com/643003/prince_andrew_smiled_waved_as_he_arrived_at_buckingham_palace_this_morning/" target="_blank">smiled and waved at paparazzi</a> as he drove up to Buckingham Palace.</p><hr><p>Finally, I&#x2019;ll leave you with this photo of <b> Bernie Sanders</b> backstage at an <b> Ariana Grande</b> concert. Can you imagine fellow pop star <b>Taylor Swift</b> making such an easy breezy political statement? <br></p> <iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5Gdmptl3dB/embed"></iframe>]]></content:encoded><guid isPermaLink="false">59nxpn</guid><enclosure url="http://video-images.vice.com/articles/5dd6a883974fe80092226074/lede/1574357219089-What-Is-Going-On-With-Brad-Pitt-and-Alia-Shawkat_HF.jpeg" length="0" type="image/jpeg"></enclosure><dc:creator>Allie Jones</dc:creator><dc:creator>Leslie Horn </dc:creator><category>Celebrity</category><category>Alia Shawkat</category><category>Brad Pitt</category><category>halsey</category><category>Prince Harry</category><category>Meghan Markle</category><category>kaia gerber</category><category>pete davidson</category><category>Rag Time</category></item><item><title><![CDATA[The GOP Stumbled Into the Most Damning Impeachment Moment So Far Against Trump]]></title><link>https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43kzwj/the-gop-stumbled-into-the-most-damning-impeachment-moment-so-far-against-trump</link><pubDate>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 21:57:02 +0000</pubDate><description><![CDATA[The GOP tried to put the final impeachment witnesses on the spot, but tripped into a series of face-plants that did more damage to Trump than anything Democrats were able to do.]]></description><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>WASHINGTON &#x2014; Democrats might have thought they were scoring devastating blows on President Trump after eliciting <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa7ndn/final-impeachment-witnesses-are-blowing-apart-gops-trump-defenses" target="_blank">explosive testimony</a> from their final impeachment witnesses.</p> <p>Then Republicans were like, Hold my beer.</p> <p>The GOP tried to put former National Security Council member Fiona Hill and diplomat David Holmes on the spot, but instead tripped into a series of face-plants that hurt President Trump as much as anything the Democrats had managed in a week-plus of public hearings that ended Thursday afternoon.</p> <p>Hill delivered arguably the most brutal statement of the week while answering questions from GOP counsel Steve Castor. She pinned the Ukraine scandal clearly on President Trump as she discussed a fight she&#x2019;d had with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.</p> <p>&#x201C;What I was angry about is that he wasn&#x2019;t coordinating with us. Now I actually realized having listened to his deposition that he was absolutely right &#x2014; that he wasn&#x2019;t coordinating with us because we weren&#x2019;t doing the same thing he was doing,&#x201D; she said. </p><p class="article__pull-quote">&#x201C;He was being involved in a domestic political errand&#x201D;</p> <p>&#x201C;He was being involved in a domestic political errand and we were being involved in national security foreign policy. And those two things had just diverged.&#x201D;</p> <iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://twitter.com/vicenews/status/1197599963729006593"></iframe><p>That was just one of a string of own-goal moments the GOP committed as they questioned Hill and David Holmes, a career diplomat stationed at in the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. <br></p> <p>House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sought to weave together a conspiracy theory that Ukraine had orchestrated a campaign against Trump in the 2016 election. </p><p>But both Holmes and Hill knocked down his arguments, as they warned he was furthering a conspiracy pushed by Russia to shift blame for the 2016 election interference. Trump has actively entertained that theory &#x2014; and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani repeatedly traveled to Ukraine to push for evidence for it. </p><p><b><i>READ: <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gyzaqw/trump-just-tried-to-burn-an-impeachment-witness-in-the-weirdest-way" target="_blank">Trump just wrote 14 tweets full of impeachment feelings</a></i></b></p> <p>Nunes asked Holmes about the &#x201C;black ledger&#x201D; of information that a Ukrainian lawmaker passed along to U.S. officials, expecting him to say that information wasn&#x2019;t credible as he sought to build evidence for the conspiracy theory that Ukraine undercut Trump.</p> <p>&#x201C;The black ledger, is that seen as credible information?&#x201D; Nunes asked.</p> <p>&#x201C;Yes,&#x201D; Holmes responded.</p> <p>Nunes seemed caught completely off-guard, asking the question again and saying the information hadn&#x2019;t been used by special counsel Robert Mueller&#x2019;s investigation. Holmes said it&#x2019;d been used in other criminal investigations. </p> <p>Nunes proceeded to claim that the motivation for the Ukrainian lawmaker was &#x201C;to go after a Trump campaign official and undermine Trump&#x2019;s candidacy,&#x201D; while avoiding the fact that the campaign official in question was Trump&#x2019;s now-jailed former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Holmes&#x2019; response was that &#x201C;it was to expose corruption in Ukraine.&#x201D;</p> <iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://twitter.com/vicenews/status/1197591129262305281?s=21"></iframe><p>Members of the GOP also tried to get Hill to raise doubts about her former aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who&apos;d delivered damaging impeachment testimony earlier in the week. <br></p> <p>But instead, she reinforced his credibility, calling him an experienced and competent Army officer and foreign policy expert, and that her only question about his judgement concerned whether he&#x2019;d be well-equipped to navigate the tricky domestic political questions posed by the rise of the shadow campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrats. </p> <p>Things didn&#x2019;t get any better from there.</p><p><b><i>READ: <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa7ndn/final-impeachment-witnesses-are-blowing-apart-gops-trump-defenses" target="_blank">The final impeachment witnesses are dismantling the GOP&apos;s defense of Trump</a></i></b></p> <p>Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) attempted to grill Holmes about what Jordan implied was an unexplained gap in the testimony of Holmes&#x2019; boss, acting ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor &#x2014; but Holmes&#x2019; explanation caused more problems for Trump.</p> <p>Jordan wanted to know why Taylor didn&#x2019;t immediately inform the impeachment committees about Holmes&#x2019; account of a phone call between Sondland and Trump. Taylor informed the inquiry about the call after his first deposition. Sondland later testified that the phone call took place, and phone records confirmed it. </p> <p>Holmes said he hadn&#x2019;t briefed Taylor about it explicitly because, at that point, everyone in the U.S. outpost knew what was going on.</p> <p>&quot;It was obvious what the president was pressing for,&quot; Holmes said.</p> <p>Republicans seemed rattled, with a number of them declining to question the pair of witnesses completely in favor of delivering their own diatribes. </p> <p>&#x201C;I actually have no questions for you that haven&#x2019;t already been answered,&#x201D; Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) declared before making his own statement.</p><p><i>Cover: Ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (D-CA), minority counsel Steve Castor, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) listen as committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) delivers his closing remarks at the conclusion of an impeachment hearing before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)</i></p>]]></content:encoded><guid isPermaLink="false">43kzwj</guid><enclosure url="http://video-images.vice.com/articles/5dd704a5e7386d008cb8c182/lede/1574373097481-gop-impeachment-defense.jpeg" length="0" type="image/jpeg"></enclosure><dc:creator>Cameron Joseph</dc:creator><dc:creator>Greg Walters</dc:creator><dc:creator>Michael Learmonth</dc:creator><category>Politics</category><category>Trump</category><category>impeachment</category><category>2020</category><category>devin nunes</category><category>steve castor</category></item><item><title><![CDATA[With Her New Shop, the Racist Backlash to Marie Kondo Continues]]></title><link>https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywa8v7/with-her-new-shop-the-racist-backlash-to-marie-kondo-continues</link><pubDate>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 21:54:07 +0000</pubDate><description><![CDATA[If Gwyneth Paltrow can sell overpriced crystal-infused water bottles, why can't Marie Kondo?]]></description><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>When Marie Kondo launched <a href="https://shop.konmari.com/" target="_blank">an online store</a> earlier <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/marie-kondo-adds-an-e-commerce-shop-to-her-site-11574053200" target="_blank">this week</a>&#x2014;which sells, for one thing, a $75 &quot;<a href="https://shop.konmari.com/collections/decor-living/products/konmari-decor-konmari-tuning-fork-crystal-set-rose-quartz" target="_blank">tuning fork &amp; rose quartz crystal set</a>&quot;&#x2014;it inspired immediate backlash from people who&apos;d taken the decluttering icon&apos;s message to mean tossing their all junk and somehow never accruing more. <br></p> <p>On the surface, KonMari doesn&apos;t look terribly unlike Goop. They have similar slick aesthetics. They both sell binchotan charcoal body scrub towels, Vitruvi-branded essential oils, sticks of incense, and pieces of wood (KonMari&apos;s <a href="https://shop.konmari.com/collections/bath-essentials/products/konmari-bath-tosaryu-shiatsu-stick" target="_blank">shiatsu sticks</a> are for targeting sore muscles, while Goop&apos;s <a href="https://shop.goop.com/shop/products/palo-santo-gift-box?country=USA" target="_blank">palo santo</a> is for burning). Goop&apos;s crystal-infused water bottles top out at <a href="https://shop.goop.com/shop/products/amethyst-bottle?country=USA" target="_blank">$84 for one with an amethyst core</a>, but KonMari&apos;s <a href="https://shop.konmari.com/products/konmari-kitchen-decor-gem-water-balance-gem-water" target="_blank">sodalite, chalcedony, and quartz version</a> goes for $98. </p> <p>The most obvious response to KonMari, the store, is that Kondo&apos;s domestic decluttering was a long game plan to make people empty their shelves in order to make room for more things, purchased from Kondo herself. This has been the crux of arguments at <a href="https://adage.com/article/news/marie-kondo-pulls-brand-pivot-and-we-should-have-seen-it-coming-wednesday-wake-call/2217156" target="_blank">AdAge</a>, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/11/spark-profit/602344/" target="_blank">The <i> Atlantic</i></a>, <a href="https://news.avclub.com/marie-kondo-betrays-her-whole-premise-by-launching-e-co-1839960688" target="_blank">The A.V. Club</a>, <a href="https://grist.org/living/marie-kondo-made-us-get-rid-of-everything-now-shes-selling-us-crystals/" target="_blank">Grist</a>, <a href="https://theoutline.com/post/8278/of-course-marie-kondo-is-selling-crystals-and-tuning-forks?zd=1&amp;zi=tco45buu" target="_blank">The Outline</a>, and <a href="https://theweek.com/speedreads/879807/marie-kondo-opens-online-store-full-stuff-that-sparks-joy" target="_blank">The Week</a>. To critics who&apos;ve tossed around the words &quot;scam&quot; and &quot;hypocritical,&quot; the implication is that Kondo doesn&apos;t necessarily care to &quot;spark joy&quot; so much as she wants to line her pockets, just as all celebrities do by selling their fans stuff. It&apos;s as though people have been just waiting for another opportunity to critique her, and now they have it.</p> <iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://twitter.com/alyssakeiko/status/1197262352720248834"></iframe> <p>In the very predictable nature of online discussion, the backlash has spurred backlash of its own. People sympathetic to Kondo suggest that critics <a href="https://twitter.com/DaHeathenOne76/status/1197521583037960193" target="_blank">have misinterpreted</a> Kondo&apos;s message: <a href="https://twitter.com/some_stars/status/1197534239270592512" target="_blank">as</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/alyssakeiko/status/1197262352720248834" target="_blank">they</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/aspiringdreamer/status/1197522695786844161" target="_blank">point</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/kateflaim/status/1197263107049033728" target="_blank">out</a>, the KonMari method isn&apos;t about tossing everything willy nilly, but getting rid of things that feel superfluous. If one really focuses on Kondo&apos;s suggestion to keep only items that &quot;spark joy,&quot; some <a href="https://twitter.com/ramenwitch/status/1197263576878243840" target="_blank">have added</a>, the store&apos;s collection of Kondo-approved joy-bringing things follows exactly the ethos she&apos;s put forth this whole time. </p> <p>Adding to the discussion are the racial nuances of the ongoing Kondo backlash, as the loudest critiques of the KonMari store and of Kondo herself have seemingly come from white Americans. Of course, those <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/08/what-goop-really-sells-women/596773/" target="_blank">same people criticize</a> Gwyneth Paltrow for Goop, but in addition to shilling expensive, sometimes useless stuff, Paltrow also <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/aug/01/gwyneth-paltrow-wellness-industry-quackery-elle-macpherson" target="_blank">creates a platform for</a> unchecked and problematic pseudo-medical advice. The main thing Kondo&apos;s known for, meanwhile, is suggesting that people consider whether their messy pile of books needs to be so big. The two aren&apos;t the same, yet the anger is similar.</p><div class="article__embed article__embed--vice" data-related-article="true"><iframe src="https://www.vice.com/en_us/embed/article/7xn84q/gwyneth-paltrow-goop-netflix-show-2019?utm_source=stylizedembed_vice.com&amp;utm_campaign=ywa8v7&amp;site=vice" frameborder="0" style="border:0px none;margin:0px;" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>Through that lens, the pushback to the KonMari shop seems owed, at least in part, to the fact that Kondo is a Japanese woman who dares to build a global empire. As far back <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/magazine/marie-kondo-and-the-ruthless-war-on-stuff.html" target="_blank">as 2016</a>, writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner noted &quot;aggressive xenophobia and racism&quot; surrounding Kondo at a conference for professional organizers, where attendees had vocal disdain for the new organizing star and saw her as a &quot;Japanese interloper,&quot; in Brodessor-Akner&apos;s words.</p> <p>After Netflix released <i> Tidying Up with Marie Kondo</i> in January of this year, to behest of hoarders and <a href="http://washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/keep-your-tidy-spark-joy-hands-off-my-book-piles-marie-kondo/2019/01/10/28dd7a8c-14ee-11e9-b6ad-9cfd62dbb0a8_story.html?noredirect=on" target="_blank">book collectors across the U.S.</a>, the Japanese American author Margaret Dilloway <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/marie-kondo-white-western-audineces_n_5c47859be4b025aa26bde77c" target="_blank">wrote the HuffPo piece</a> &quot;What White, Western Audiences Don&#x2019;t Understand About Marie Kondo&#x2019;s <i> Tidying Up</i>.&quot; It argued that Kondo&apos;s American critics are short-sighted in part because they ignore the Shinto roots of Kondo&apos;s teachings. To Dilloway, the beliefs of the Japanese religion were clear in acts like thanking objects &quot;for their service,&quot; which makes sense given that before writing <i> The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</i>, Kondo <a href="https://www.bustle.com/p/how-shinto-influenced-marie-kondos-konmari-method-of-organizing-15861445" target="_blank">spent five years</a> working in a Shinto shrine. There is certainly also an element here of Kondo selling products rooted in her own culture, whereas Goop shamelessly cribs from Japanese, Ayurvedic, and indigenous practices wholesale.</p> <p>Dilloway wrote then that she &quot;had never seen quite this level of concentrated venom directed toward a self-help/home decor person,&quot; even taking Martha Stewart and <a href="https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/lauraturner/rachel-hollis-girl-wash-your-face-self-help-book" target="_blank"><i> Girl Wash Your Face</i>&apos;s Rachel Hollis</a> into account. This she attributed to Kondo&apos;s role as a woman of color breaking from societal rules, as well as to the notion that white, Western people feel their values threatened by Kondo&apos;s guidance. Writer Muqing Zhang shared similar thoughts in <i> Paper</i>, <a href="https://www.papermag.com/marie-kondo-racist-criticism-2626402092.html" target="_blank">claiming that</a> the critiques of Kondo are rooted in her &quot;reminding white people of their own stress surrounding their first world economic anxieties and destructive capitalist consumption.&quot; </p><div class="article__embed article__embed--vice" data-related-article="true"><iframe src="https://www.vice.com/en_us/embed/article/mby8eb/tidying-up-with-marie-kondo-is-inadvertently-about-womens-invisible-labor?utm_source=stylizedembed_vice.com&amp;utm_campaign=ywa8v7&amp;site=vice" frameborder="0" style="border:0px none;margin:0px;" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>A <a href="https://twitter.com/B_Ehrenreich/status/1092463837201215488" target="_blank">controversial tweet</a> from author Barbara Ehrenreich a few weeks later added weight to those critiques. In part, Ehrenreich&apos;s tweet read, &quot;As for her language: It&#x2019;s OK with me that she doesn&#x2019;t speak English to her huge American audience but it does suggest that America is in decline as a superpower.&quot; (Later, she <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-racist-backlash-against-marie-kondo-of-netflixs-tidying-up-10" target="_blank">called this</a> an attempt at &quot;subtle humor.&quot;) </p> <p>&quot;Sure, nobody should fault Kondo for being a capitalist,&quot; <a href="https://news.avclub.com/marie-kondo-betrays-her-whole-premise-by-launching-e-co-1839960688" target="_blank">wrote The A.V. Club</a> in reference to the KonMari store. In a post-Fyre, post-Silicon Valley start-up world, there are a lot of scams and a lot of people trying to sell us questionable stuff. But when there are so many scammy millionaires and scammy billionaires, so many of whom have the privilege of being white Americans, it&apos;s worth questioning why so much anger and hand-wringing is focused on Kondo, no matter how many $24 &quot;<a href="https://shop.konmari.com/collections/cooking-kitchen/products/konmari-table-kitchen-takada-tawashi-crumb-brush" target="_blank">crumb brushes</a>&quot; she might sell online.</p> <p>Ultimately, what the conversation around the KonMari store asks is who do we, as Americans, deem as acceptable of taking advantage of capitalism? It seems one woman&apos;s face is a lot easier for people to accept than another. </p>]]></content:encoded><guid isPermaLink="false">ywa8v7</guid><enclosure url="http://video-images.vice.com/articles/5dd702290f6240008dca4d8e/lede/1574372274415-splitscreen-marie-kondo-lifechanging-art-of-tidying-up-rose-squartz-tuning-fork.jpeg" length="0" type="image/jpeg"></enclosure><dc:creator>Bettina Makalintal</dc:creator><dc:creator>Leslie Horn </dc:creator><category>Celebrity</category><category>goop</category><category>crystals</category><category>Marie Kondo</category><category>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</category><category>KonMari</category></item><item><title><![CDATA[Whales Could Help Prevent a Climate Catastrophe]]></title><link>https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa7npn/whales-could-help-prevent-a-climate-catastrophe</link><pubDate>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 21:46:04 +0000</pubDate><description><![CDATA[The IMF estimates they're worth $2 million each to the planet. ]]></description><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><b>Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/page/subscribe-to-the-vice-news-daily-brief" target="_blank">Sign up here.</a></b></p><p>As it turns out, whales absorb a lot of climate-heating carbon in their bodies over the course of their long lives. And that makes them worth about $2 million each, by the International Monetary Fund&#x2019;s estimates.</p> <p>Researchers at the IMF put the giant mammals&#x2019; value so high &#x2014; more than they&#x2019;re worth dead on any market, in fact &#x2014; because of their ability to take carbon out of the atmosphere. Even when whales die, that carbon stays stored in their corpses on the sea floor for centuries. Restoring the population of whales to pre-industrial levels, the researchers predicted in the December issue of the IMF&#x2019;s magazine, would be the equivalent of planting four Amazon rainforests.</p> <p>&#x201C;We have to agree whales are an international public good,&#x201D; Ralph Chami, the lead author of the IMF&#x2019;s study, <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/09/how-much-is-a-whale-worth/" target="_blank">told National Geographic</a>. </p> <p>Whales not only store carbon in their own bodies but also help other animals do the same. Waters full of their poop nurture tiny organisms called phytoplankton, which produce half the oxygen in the atmosphere while mopping up huge amounts of carbon. The whales also eat krill, which eat phytoplankton. That&#x2019;s a cycle, the IMF argues, that we should spend money to preserve. </p> <p>And putting that $2 million price tag on whales helps policymakers calculate their return on investment for whale-protecting regulations. </p> <p>Before industrial whaling took its toll on the whale population, an estimated 4 million to 5 million whales roamed the seas. The reason they were hunted is precisely the reason they&#x2019;re so valuable now: Carbon-dense whale oil was a useful fuel. Now, scientists think there are just 1.3 million whales left. </p> <p>Drastic measures are in the works to keep the planet from falling off the climate-change cliff, so to speak. Researchers are investigating whether spraying tiny particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect sunlight back into space is a reasonable way to keep the Earth from overheating. Others want to stimulate phytoplankton growth by dumping tons of iron directly into the ocean. </p> <p>But all of these measures come with big risks, and no one knows exactly what ripple effects they might produce. Whales, on the other hand, are unlikely to destroy the planet in an effort to fix it. </p> <p>&#x201C;Nature has had millions of years to perfect her whale-based carbon sink technology,&#x201D; the researchers wrote. &#x201C;All we need to do is let the whales live.&#x201D;</p><iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/using-drones-to-gather-whale-snot-for-science/5aaaf5eef1cdb36c00272671"></iframe><p><i>Cover image:</i><i> In this Jan. 23, 2005 file photo, a humpback whale leaps out of the water in the channel off the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)</i></p>]]></content:encoded><guid isPermaLink="false">pa7npn</guid><enclosure url="http://video-images.vice.com/articles/5dd703e0174676008c965832/lede/1574372668442-AP_18325758957046.jpeg" length="0" type="image/jpeg"></enclosure><dc:creator>Alex Lubben</dc:creator><dc:creator>VICE News</dc:creator><category>OCEAN</category><category>Whales</category><category>climate change</category><category>IMF</category><category>Carbon +</category></item><item><title><![CDATA[Final Impeachment Witnesses Are Dismantling GOP's Trump Defenses]]></title><link>https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa7ndn/final-impeachment-witnesses-are-blowing-apart-gops-trump-defenses</link><pubDate>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 20:54:07 +0000</pubDate><description><![CDATA[“This is exactly what the Russian government was hoping for.”]]></description><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><b> Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/page/subscribe-to-the-vice-news-daily-brief" target="_blank">Sign up here.</a></b></p><p>WASHINGTON &#x2014; Fiona Hill and David Holmes have heard enough.</p> <p>The pair of senior Trump administration officials testifying in the House impeachment hearings Thursday tore apart Republicans&#x2019; main defenses of President Trump, painting a picture of a president who cared only for his own interests rather than Ukraine&#x2019;s existential challenges. And they warned that Trump&#x2019;s pressure campaign in Ukraine &#x2014; as well as the GOP&#x2019;s conspiratorial defense &#x2014; only helps Russia damage America&apos;s democracy and national security. </p> <p>Their testimony knocked down nearly every defense House Republicans have pushed for Trump &#x2014; namely that the president withheld aid because he was deeply concerned about Ukraine&#x2019;s corruption problems. They also dismantled GOP talking point that Ukraine had any role in the 2016 election hack.</p><p>Hill, the State Department&#x2019;s former top Russia and Ukraine expert, called the latter arguments &#x201C;a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves,&#x201D; and warned that such narratives are &#x201C;harmful even if they are deployed for purely domestic political purposes.&#x201D;</p> <p>Holmes, a top official in the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, meanwhile, highlighted multiple times when Trump&#x2019;s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani attacked and undercut American diplomats to further his personal agenda. He said he was &#x201C;shocked&#x201D; when he first found out that military aid to Ukraine had been withheld at Trump&#x2019;s direct order, and blasted Giuliani and others for spreading gross smears against then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, which he said &#x201C;were unlike anything I&#x2019;ve ever seen in my career.&#x201D; And he testified that he overheard Trump ask about &#x201C;the investigations&#x201D; during a July 26 phone call U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland &#x2014; after which Sondland told Holmes that Trump did not &#x201C;give a shit about Ukraine&#x201D; and only cared about &#x201C;big stuff&#x201D; like the &#x201C;Biden investigation.&#x201D;</p> <iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://twitter.com/vicenews/status/1197535795244150786"></iframe> <p>Holmes said that Ukrainians &#x201C;deserve better&#x201D; than how they&#x2019;ve been treated &#x2014; and warned about the damage to America&#x2019;s international reputation that Trump&#x2019;s alleged actions have caused.</p> <p>&#x201C;We are now at an inflection point in Ukraine, and it is critical to our national security that we stand in strong support of our Ukrainian partners. Ukrainians and freedom-loving people everywhere are watching the example we set of democracy and the rule of law,&#x201D; he concluded.</p> <p>Hill was just as damaging. The former National Security Council member, who served as the White House&apos;s top Russia expert until early July, flayed House Republicans for their repeated, misleading claims during the hearings that Ukraine substantially meddled in the 2016 election, and for ignoring Russia&#x2019;s actual serious interference in American politics. </p> <p>Hill warned that their actions and refusal to take Russia seriously increased the chance that they would interfere in the 2020 election and further damage American democracy.</p><iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://twitter.com/vicenews/status/1197545405355085825"></iframe> <p>&quot;In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests,&#x201D; she said.</p> <p>And she made clear that Trump himself had pushed this narrative with his &#x201C;reference to crowd strike and the server&#x201D; during his July 25 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.</p> <p>House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and other Republicans on the committee have repeatedly pushed a conspiracy theory that Ukraine worked in an organized way to undercut President Trump&#x2019;s 2016 campaign, even though there&#x2019;s no credible evidence there was a coordinated effort to do so. </p> <p>But Nunes continued this &#x201C;fictional narrative&#x201D; Thursday morning, arguing that Trump &#x201C;had good reason to be worried about&#x201D; Ukraine&#x2019;s interference in the 2016 election in his opening statement. He fired back at Hill&#x2019;s criticism, pointing out that House Republicans had done a report on Russia&#x2019;s meddling in 2016 &#x2014; even though much of their report <a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/04/27/606351800/house-intelligence-gop-releases-full-report-clearing-trump-in-russia-imbroglio" target="_blank">was dedicated to defending Trump</a> in the face of Special Counsel Robert Mueller&#x2019;s investigation.</p> <p>That&#x2019;s the same conspiracy theory that Trump and his personal attorney Giuliani have pushed in public and private for months &#x2014; and allegedly sought to coerce Ukraine&#x2019;s new government to investigate.</p> <p>Holmes also debunked another favorite GOP conspiracy theory Trump: That Vice President Joe Biden pushed to fire a Ukrainian official to benefit Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company where his son Hunter worked. Holmes testified that official in question was corrupt and wasn&#x2019;t investigating Burisma at the time. </p> <p>Hill repeatedly fought back against these debunked conspiracies and instead tried to refocus Congress&#x2019;s attention to the bigger picture regarding Russia&#x2019;s meddling. </p> <p>&quot;What were seeing here is a result of all of these narratives. This is exactly what the Russian government was hoping for. If they seed misinformation, if they seed doubt, they have everybody questioning the legitimacy of the presidential candidate,&#x201D; she said. &#x201C;That they would pit one party against the other.&quot; </p> <iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://twitter.com/vicenews/status/1197540847039975426"></iframe><p><i>Cover: </i><i>Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill, and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, are sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump&apos;s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)</i></p>]]></content:encoded><guid isPermaLink="false">pa7ndn</guid><enclosure url="http://video-images.vice.com/articles/5dd6a801bc7ef90091b6d909/lede/1574348818289-AP_19325526969205.jpeg" length="0" type="image/jpeg"></enclosure><dc:creator>Cameron Joseph</dc:creator><dc:creator>VICE News</dc:creator><category>trumps impeachment</category><category>Trump impeachment vote</category><category>Ukraine Scandal</category><category>trump ukraine call</category><category>trump ukraine</category><category>Trump's Ukraine scandal </category><category>Trump impeachment inquiry</category></item><item><title><![CDATA[Trump Just Wrote 14 Tweets Full of Impeachment Feelings]]></title><link>https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gyzaqw/trump-just-tried-to-burn-an-impeachment-witness-in-the-weirdest-way</link><pubDate>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 20:38:04 +0000</pubDate><description><![CDATA[Did Trump just brag on Twitter about ... his hearing?]]></description><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p> <b> Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/page/subscribe-to-the-vice-news-daily-brief" target="_blank">Sign up here.</a></b></p><p>President Donald Trump has kept a relatively low profile on impeachment Twitter since his <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbmyg3/trump-tried-to-intimidate-marie-yovanovitch-as-she-testified-about-his-intimidation" target="_blank">attack on former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovich</a> last week.</p> <p>But he couldn&#x2019;t help himself Thursday. </p> <p>After spending recent days merely retweeting criticisms of the inquiry underway on Capitol Hill, Trump felt the need to pipe up in his own voice to brag about his hearing and call his political opponents sub-human. </p> <iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1197503790729121794?s=20"></iframe><p>In a 14-tweet barrage Thursday, Trump raged against the impeachment process, cheered on House Republicans, and whined that Fox News booked Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell. &#x201C;Fox should stay with the people that got them there, not losers!&#x201D; <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1197491477573709825?s=20" target="_blank">Trump said.</a> <br></p> <p>Trump starting taking potshots last week, including <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbmyg3/trump-tried-to-intimidate-marie-yovanovitch-as-she-testified-about-his-intimidation" target="_blank">when he smeared</a> Yovanovitch in a tweet while she was testying before Congress. The official White House Twitter account has <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5yzy3/trumps-giant-scrawled-notes-cherry-pick-sondlands-damning-testimony" target="_blank">continued the real-time assault</a> in recent days as witness after witness has brought forward more evidence suggesting that there was indeed a quid pro quo at the heart of the Ukraine scandal. </p> <p>&#x201C;It&#x2019;s very intimidating,&#x201D; a visibly shaken Yovanovitch told lawmakers after Schiff read Trump&#x2019;s tweets to her Friday. &#x201C;I can&#x2019;t speak to what the president is trying to do, but I think the effect is to be intimidating.&#x201D;</p> <p>Democrats responded that intimidating a witness could earn Trump another article of impeachment.</p> <p>Trump didn&#x2019;t attack senior administration officials Fiona Hill and David Holmes as they appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday. But he did throw an odd bit of shade on Holmes, a political counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. </p> <p>Holmes said he overheard a July 26 phone call between Trump and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland about a proposed Ukrainian investigation into the Biden family. The president&#x2019;s voice was &#x201C;loud and recognizable,&#x201D; Holmes said, and Sondland turned it away from his ear at one point given the volume. </p> <p>That didn&#x2019;t matter to Trump. The president, who has apparently tried to eavesdrop on many conversations in his day, questioned whether mere mortals like Holmes could possibly overhear a phone call just feet away from him. </p><p>&quot;My hearing is, and has been, great,&quot; he said, in case you were wondering.</p> <iframe width="320" height="320" frameborder="0" src="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1197521967777222656?s=20"></iframe><p><i>Cover: President Donald J. Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Marine One as he departs from the South Lawn at the White House on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)</i></p>]]></content:encoded><guid isPermaLink="false">gyzaqw</guid><enclosure url="http://video-images.vice.com/articles/5dd6f1487d28690092f6c158/lede/1574368155258-donald-trump.jpeg" length="0" type="image/jpeg"></enclosure><dc:creator>David Uberti</dc:creator><dc:creator>Michael Learmonth</dc:creator><category>Politics</category><category>Twitter</category><category>ukraine</category><category>Trump</category><category>impeachment</category><category>2020</category></item><item><title><![CDATA[Millennials Want to Kill Office Buildings Next]]></title><link>https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3ampx/millennials-want-to-kill-office-buildings-next</link><pubDate>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 20:37:53 +0000</pubDate><description><![CDATA[Office workers increasingly want working from home to be the norm.]]></description><content:encoded><![CDATA[<p> Quick: Where would you rather be <i> right now</i>: in a building with a bunch of semi-strangers where everybody is breathing the same <a href="https://www.newsweek.com/2016/06/10/indoor-air-pollution-revolution-465531.html" target="_blank">potentially filthy</a> air, drinking the same coffee, wearing the same business casual outfits, and getting the same &#x201C;motivational&#x201D; emails from upper management... or in your bed? If you answered the latter, you&#x2019;re not alone. The siren song of remote work is extremely powerful, and a <a href="https://zapier.com/blog/remote-work-report-by-zapier/" target="_blank">recent survey</a> from app development company Zapier shows more and more workers yearn to steer full speed ahead onto its glorious shores. </p> <p> The survey of American &#x201C;knowledge workers&#x201D; found that 74 percent of respondents would quit their jobs for the opportunity to work from home for a different employer, and 26 percent had already ditched a job that didn&#x2019;t allow remote work in favor of a new one that did. Fifty-seven percent of workers surveyed said the option to work remotely was among the perks they&#x2019;d most want an employer to offer. Working from home beat out free lunch (which 42 percent of respondents ranked highly), and &#x201C;recreational&#x201D; activities like foosball or ping pong (which only appealed to 25 percent of workers).</p> <p> Saving money&#x2014;presumably on things like sad desk food, commuting, and whatever clothing one has to wear to adhere to a business casual dress code (as a serial media worker, I don&#x2019;t know her!)&#x2014;topped the list of reasons why employees are so eager to work from home. Others cited the fact that remote work makes space for family time, greater ability to care for pets and aging loved ones, environmental sustainability, and improved mental health as potential benefits. (Presumably, the response &#x201C;lying down rules&#x201D; was not an available option.) </p> <p> From an employer&#x2019;s perspective, letting your workers log on from the comfort of their couches makes sense. Research has shown that people working remotely are actually <a href="https://www.inc.com/scott-mautz/a-2-year-stanford-study-shows-astonishing-productivity-boost-of-working-from-home.html" target="_blank">more productive</a>, with the subjects of one study packing in an <a href="https://www.zdnet.com/article/work-from-home-survey-says-yes/" target="_blank">extra full day of work</a> with the time saved due to the elimination of a commute, reduced scheduling conflicts, and increased levels of focus and concentration. But what&#x2019;s good for employers isn&#x2019;t always good for employees: The same study that lauded increased productivity found remote workers used fewer sick days, took less paid leave, and took shorter breaks than those who worked in an office. The decline in sick leave could be attributed to better employee health&#x2014;but it could also speak to a hesitance to call out sick when you&#x2019;re already technically &#x201C;out of office.&#x201D; And productivity derived from a decrease in leisure time (via PTO or breaks) is definitely not a good thing. </p> <p> Still, 71 percent of the millennials polled by Zapier said they believe the traditional office will be &#x201C;obsolete&#x201D; by 2030, 10 years before we&#x2019;re all scheduled to become &#x201C;<a href="https://interestingengineering.com/video/meet-your-futureself-emma-the-life-sized-doll-which-shows-how-office-workers-will-look-like-in-20-years" target="_blank">Emma, the Office Worker of the Future</a>&#x201D; or whatever. Sixty-six percent of respondents of all ages agreed: The office is on its way out! See ya, water cooler conversations! Ta ta, printer-related problems! We&#x2019;re going digital! But in reality, remote work might look a lot less like checking emails on your couch while you deep condition your hair, and a lot more like co-working. Sure, <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/zmjaxw/wework-lays-off-20-percent-of-its-workforce" target="_blank">WeWork is melting down</a>, but local co-working spaces might be <a href="https://clutch.co/real-estate/resources/coworking-space-trends-2020" target="_blank">primed to fill the void</a> it&#x2019;s leaving behind&#x2014;which <i> also</i> <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne84pd/ive-never-been-professionally-lonelier-than-i-was-at-a-wework" target="_blank">might not be great for worker morale</a>, especially given the <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vb5g99/we-talked-to-people-in-the-11-percent-of-millennials-who-always-feel-lonely" target="_blank">rampant loneliness</a> many people already live with. Remote work <i> could</i> make bad conditions feel better, but it could also just amount to the same toil as before, just with a different backdrop. </p> <p> <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/page/sign-up-for-the-vice-newsletter" target="_blank"><b> <i> Sign up for our newsletter</i></b></a><b> <i> to get the best of VICE delivered to your inbox daily.</i></b></p> <p> <b> <i> Follow Katie Way on</i></b><a href="https://twitter.com/k80way" target="_blank"> <b> <i> Twitter</i></b></a><b><i>.</i></b></p>]]></content:encoded><guid isPermaLink="false">d3ampx</guid><enclosure url="http://video-images.vice.com/articles/5dd6eeeebc7ef90091b70491/lede/1574367724397-GettyImages-746034359.jpeg" length="0" type="image/jpeg"></enclosure><dc:creator>Katie Way</dc:creator><dc:creator>Casey Johnston</dc:creator><category>wellness</category><category>WeWork</category><category>productivity</category><category>office life</category><category>work remotely</category><category>work work work work work work</category><category>Co-working</category></item></channel></rss>

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