Start A New Life Free Of Liberals With “Conservative Move” (HBO)

Start A New Life Free Of Liberals With “Conservative Move” (HBO)



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You can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends. And if they start to vote differently than you, some families are willing to pick up, leave and find new friends. Sick of states that permit legal marijuana? Same-sex marriages? Laws that permit transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice? What if there were a better way?

Last year, VICE News went to McKinney, Texas to check out “Conservative “Move” – a real estate company that says it has the solution to living a life free of liberals. They’ll try to find you a place to live, a job with a decent wage, and the best schools for your children, in Texas or any other Republican stronghold.

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Meet The Krassensteins, The Superstar Bros Of #Resistance Twitter (HBO)

Meet The Krassensteins, The Superstar Bros Of #Resistance Twitter (HBO)



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Ed and Brian Krassenstein are big stars of a weird corner of the internet. A corner called #Resistance Twitter, where people tweet endlessly — often with the caps lock on — about how corrupt they think President Trump is.

The Krassensteins came to #Resistance Twitter from their lives as internet guys. You know, those guys who just make money from the internet. The brothers own a lot of websites, and they run ads on them. They sell them. It’s worked out well. They live in matching houses across a canal in Fort Myers, Florida.

Now the Krassensteins are trying to turn the #Resistance into a business. That’s led them to get more than a few tweets sent their way accusing them of being the corrupt ones.

VICE News went to Fort Myers to watch the Krassensteins do their thing on the day Michael Cohen was sentenced.

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A Vanishing History: Gullah Geechee Nation

A Vanishing History: Gullah Geechee Nation



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On the Sea Islands along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, a painful chapter of American history is playing out again. These islands are home to the Gullah or Geechee people, the descendants of enslaved Africans who were brought to work at the plantations that once ran down the southern Atlantic coast. After the Civil War, many former slaves on the Sea Islands bought portions of the land where their descendants have lived and farmed for generations. That property, much of it undeveloped waterfront land, is now some of the most expensive real estate in the country.

But the Gullah are now discovering that land ownership on the Sea Islands isn’t quite what it seemed. Local landowners are struggling to hold on to their ancestral land as resort developers with deep pockets exploit obscure legal loopholes to force the property into court-mandated auctions. These tactics have successfully fueled a tourism boom that now attracts more than 2 million visitors a year. Gullah communities have all but disappeared, replaced by upscale resorts and opulent gated developments that new locals — golfers, tourists, and mostly white retirees — fondly call “plantations.”

Faced with an epic case of déjà vu, the Gullah are scrambling for solutions as their livelihood and culture vanish, one waterfront mansion at a time.

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The World Leader in Counterfeiting: Lima’s Fake Dollars

The World Leader in Counterfeiting: Lima's Fake Dollars



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Peru is the number one producer of counterfeit US dollars in the world. In 2015, just over 16 million forged bills seized in the US were of Peruvian origin, according to the US Secret Service. Millions of counterfeit euros and Peruvian soles have also been seized by police in Peru.

The forged dollars are finished by hand, giving them an exceptional quality which has earned the country its top spot as leader of this illicit global trade. And for the criminal gangs counterfeit money is cheaper to produce than cocaine.

Fernando Lucena goes undercover for VICE News to expose the illegal trade in counterfeit money and gets rare access to the criminal forgers who show us how these bills are made.

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Miami’s Real Estate Market is Benefiting from Rising Sea Levels (HBO)

Miami's Real Estate Market is Benefiting from Rising Sea Levels (HBO)



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The latest reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict that sea levels are likely to rise almost three feet by the end of the century. And in South Florida, sea level rise and climate change are already having an effect on roads and drinking water.

But looking at Miami Beach’s real estate market, you wouldn’t know that the city is potentially facing a half a trillion dollars in flood damage. Shane Smith met with two of Miami beach’s top real estate brokers, Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber, to find out what’s protecting the market. He also speaks with an insurance expert from Wharton who explains how the city’s public funds come predominantly from real estate taxes — meaning that putting more property at risk is also the very thing helping Miami deal with rising seas.

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Conservative Ghetto & Palestinian Spies: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

Conservative Ghetto & Palestinian Spies: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)



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This is the July 18, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

VICE News reports on “Conservative Move” – a company that will help move you and your family to any Republican stronghold.

After the assassination of a top Hamas official by suspected Palestinian informants for Israel, the group’s long and intense operation to root out spies within the Gaza Strip has been escalated. VICE News examines what motivates Palestinians to betray Hamas — and risk execution — by collaborating with Israeli intelligence.

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This Is What Life Is Like Inside Assad’s Syria | VICE on HBO

This Is What Life Is Like Inside Assad's Syria | VICE on HBO



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Six years of civil war has left most of Syria, a country once known for its ancient cities, in ruins.

On the battlefield, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s forces continue to fight a loose, and increasingly diminished collection of anti-government rebels. While in the country’s east, coalition forces have crippled a once fearsome ISIS, driving the group from its strongholds.

War continues to rattle much of the country, and peace remains a notion far off in the distance, but one thing has come into focus with each passing day: Assad isn’t going anywhere.

To see what life is like under Assad’s rule, VICE New sent Isobel Yeung to Syria just as the final bombs were falling over Aleppo.

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Donald Trump Says Billions And Billions And Billions

Donald Trump Says Billions And Billions And Billions



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Billions. It’s a fun word to say. Rolls right off the tongue. Go ahead, try it. “Billions.” Even more fun to say? Billions and billions. And then there’s the trifecta: billions and billions and billions. You see how easy it is to get carried away.

It even happens to Donald Trump — often. Here’s a video of him saying the word billions. And billions. And billions and billions and… you get the idea.

Note: The clips were sourced from as early as 1987 up until the present day. While some clips come from the same appearance, there are no repeated clips in the video.

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People Are Making Big Money Kicking Detroit Residents Out Of Their Homes (HBO)

People Are Making Big Money Kicking Detroit Residents Out Of Their Homes (HBO)



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In the last 15 years, one in three Detroit properties have been foreclosed on. When most people think of foreclosure, they think of people who can’t afford to pay off their mortgages.

But in Detroit, it’s often the result of people struggling to pay their property taxes. One big reason is that, in the years after the Great Recession, the city went bankrupt and failed to lower property assessments far enough to account for the impact of the housing crisis. While the value of residents’ homes fell, their taxes remained inordinately high, and tens of thousands of people fell so far behind on their inflated tax bills that the county seized their homes and sold them off at annual auctions.

In recent years, the city and county have lowered assessments and offered reduced interest rates to some homeowners. But they have no plans to stop punishing those who were overcharged in the past.

VICE News followed this year’s tax foreclosure auction and investigated how the county financially benefits from the process. As Detroit touts its comeback and celebrates its success in climbing out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history, many of the city’s residents remain on the brink of displacement.

This segment originally aired December 7, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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We Spent 54 Hours On A Train Full Of Video Game Programmers (HBO)

We Spent 54 Hours On A Train Full Of Video Game Programmers (HBO)



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Do you like videogames? Do you like trains? How about both?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the above (and you know how to program), then Train Jam just might be for you.

The idea is simple: get on a train in Chicago, and in the 54 hours it takes you to get to San Francisco, program a video game from start to finish.

There’s not a lot of privacy on the train, nor is there a lot of showering. But for an up-and-coming game developer, there’s a ton of opportunity to work with seasoned veterans on anything from a balloon deathmatch simulator to a Pac-Man clone made with actual door springs.

Five years ago, there were only a few dozen takers. But this year, they’ve taken over the whole train, and even had to add a few extra cars to accommodate everyone.

VICE News hopped on an Amtrak to find out why people from 30 countries decided to cram together for America’s nerdiest train ride.

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Why These Alabama Voters Are Sticking By Roy Moore (HBO)

Why These Alabama Voters Are Sticking By Roy Moore (HBO)



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These are the views of twelve conservative voters who gathered inside a Birmingham coffee house Thursday for a candid discussion about the senate race in their state. Voters dismissed many of the allegations against Moore — while saying behavior that was acceptable in Alabama decades ago shouldn’t be measured by modern standards.

“Forty years ago in Alabama, there’s a lotta mamas and daddies that would be thrilled that their 14 year-old was getting hit on by a district attorney,” one voter said. “There was still clothes on,” another voter said of the first allegations against Moore. “As soon as the girl said she wasn’t comfortable, he took her home.”

The panel was compiled and moderated by Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster well known for arranging focus groups with GOP voters.

This segment originally aired Dec. 8, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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Why Therapists Aren’t Worried Robots Will Come For Their Jobs

Why Therapists Aren’t Worried Robots Will Come For Their Jobs



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AI’s rapid expansion isn’t just limited to manufacturing and IT industries. It’s also hitting the frontline of a field that relies heavily on a human connection: therapy.

A handful of startups have launched AI chatbots aimed at providing mental health support over the past two years. These conversational bots offer an instant, automated therapy, often programmed after cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a popular approach that dates back to the 1960s.

Wysa, Woebot and Youper are among the most popular therapy bots available to the public, with positive online reviews from users who dealt with issues like depression and anxiety. “It can see you on your worst day. It’s also never going to get tired. It’s there for you at 2 AM. Whereas a therapist isn’t.” says Alison Darcy, founder of Woebot, a therapy bot launched in 2017.

Charging minimal to no fees, these bots’ affordability adds to their appeal – so does the fact that they aren’t human.

A 2014 study funded by DARPA found that participants who believed they were speaking with an AI therapist were more likely to open up than participants who were told a human operator was behind their virtual therapist.

“Therapy for a lot of people is intimidating so if they feel like, “I can do this instead of seeing a therapist and I’m going to be cured,” – I think they’re already starting off with an unrealistic expectation,” says Nicole Smith-Perez, a New York-based therapist practicing CBT.

Some psychologists are concerned that people might use bots instead of professional therapy, which is inaccessible to many due to the high cost and lack of access. A 2016 Health Affairs report found more than half of U.S. counties have zero psychiatrists.

There is limited independent research that evaluates the therapeutic value of therapy bots beyond impact metrics reported by chatbot companies. Tess, one of several specialized chatbots created by X2AI, claims its service helps reduce depression by 13% and anxiety and stress by 18%.

To avoid legal liabilities, some developers caution users AI chatbots are not the equivalent to human therapists. An initial conversation with Woebot, for instance, includes a warning: “This is not a crisis service or a replacement for a human.”

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Uber-Losers: NYC Taxi Medallion Owners Are Screwed

Uber-Losers: NYC Taxi Medallion Owners Are Screwed



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Imagine seeing your retirement account balloon to $1.3 million and then crash to $140,000. That’s essentially what’s happened to thousands of New York City taxi drivers.

Each NYC yellow taxi needs a medallion, which is like a license, in order to operate legally. Drivers can lease or buy them. New York City and state cap the total number of medallions, and there are less than 14,000 of them available today.

For decades, that scarcity made medallions a seemingly safe investment. Cab drivers who saved up a 10 percent downpayment could finance a medallion through a credit union. As long as the medallions kept increasing in value, the drivers could build equity, which they could then use as collateral to buy a house or send their kids to college. Once they reached retirement age, they could lease the medallion to another driver for anywhere from $3,000 to $3,600 a month, or sell it and keep the profits.

New York City periodically auctions off new medallions (the last one was in 2014), but most sales involve existing medallions.

But medallions are worth only as much, or as a little, as buyers are willing to pay for them. And with the rise of Uber, Lyft, and other competitors that don’t require costly permits, many medallion owners are facing a a disturbing reality: medallion prices have plummeted in the past three years.

VICE News met with three medallion owners to see how the crash in medallion prices is affecting their lives.

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Alabama Has A Raw Sewage Problem Causing Parasites. The State Isn’t Doing Much About It. (HBO)

Alabama Has A Raw Sewage Problem Causing Parasites. The State Isn't Doing Much About It. (HBO)



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Hookworm, a disease prevalent in developing nations in the tropics, was thought to have been eradicated from the US in the earlier part of the 20th century. But according to a recent study from the Baylor College of Tropical Medicine, it’s making a comeback in rural Alabama where proper human waste disposal is hard to come by. VICE News goes to Lowndes County with the authors of the prior study who are going back to expand their search and focus on affected children.

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