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Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme, one of Charles Manson's most loyal followers, is to be released on parole on Aug. 16th after serving 34 years in prison for the attempted assassination of President Ford. Perhaps it was her baby face, or her quirky nickname, but for some reason I always had a soft spot for Squeaky.  She was not implicated in the Tate/LaBianca murders, but she did live at Spahn Ranch, carved a swastika on her forehead, and was involved tangenitally in other murders, oh and the part about shooting Ford was bad too. She once escaped from prison to try and see Manson.
Parents everywhere can't agree how they feel about a new breastfeeding babydoll.  Bebe Gloton, developed by a Spanish toy company to promote breastfeeding, is a life-like toy that comes with a halter top with daises-for-nipples.  When the doll's mouth is put near the daisies, it makes sucking noises; if you take it away, it cries for more milk until you burp it.
If you needed further proof that, by God, Bill Clinton's charisma gets the job done, look no further than this afternoon's exciting news that the American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling have been pardoned and are hopefully soon to be released from their detainment in North Korea,  based on negotiations between Clinton and Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea.     I'm delighted that the journalists will be released, of course, and that this might signal a renewed dialogue opening between the US and North Korea.
After a New Jersey librarian campaigned for Ben and Jerry's to have a literary-themed ice cream flavor, LivingSocial's Visual Bookshelf joined in the fun by asking users on their Facebook page for their own suggestions. The suggestions that people have come up with so far are hilarious, but like the literary canon itself, very male-centric. That's why here at BUST, we decided to take the challenge one step further: to come up with ice-cream flavors inspired by some of girly/feminist literary classics. This post's title was thought up by our very own Bust editor, Debbie Stoller.
  When I heard that a women's only homeless shelter in the UK was being shut down because it didn't also serve men, I was furious. Having gotten to know the women who frequent Rosie's Place , a women's shelter in Boston, on a personal level, I can tell you that the existence of women-only shelters is crucial to the process of rehabilitation. The sad truth is that men are usually at the root of the women's poverty. They were abused or abandoned, and when they attempted to live on their own they were left without the resources needed for survival.
Haven't you always wanted a scent based on photos in a book based on an album? Well? Haven't you? Your days of agonized waiting are over. Black Phoenix Alchemy lab has created a line of romantic and slightly dangerous scents based on a book, Who Killed Amanda Palmer?, inspired by Ms. Palmer's solo album, illustrated with crime scene photographs, and accompanied by Neil Gaman fiction. Wow! These little black bottles are rolling around BUST HQ and they have the most enchanting, morbid, tiny crime scene illustrations, much like the book cover below, and smell amazing.
       LaPorte, Indiana Trailer from Joe Beshenkovsky and Jason Bitner on Vimeo. Laporte, Indiana is an independent documentary chronicling three decades of photos taken by the town's local photographer, Frank Pease. These photos range from sailors to new graduates to young newlyweds, and follow the story of the different townspeople in these photos and the decisions they have made in their lives since then.
We are proud to say that our pal and book reviewer Taylor Orci is presenting the premiere of her play, Paper Train, at the PIT this Saturday, August 8th, at 7 p.m. Don't miss out on a chance to see the ultimate in girl-friendly entertainment DIY-style--Taylor wrote the play, is starring in it, and sewed her own Amy Butler mini-dress to perform in! Watch the promo and learn more here. The show is a comedic foray into the possibilities of metro-love-- a whole relationship crammed in a single train ride, when two people share all their secrets right from the start.
How did you first discover feminism?  My story starts as a Midwestern teen with a burgeoning love for punk rock and unlimited access to the internet.  Naturally, it was just a matter of time before I bellied up to my conservative family's dinner table wearing a ''revolution grrrl style now'' tee.   Although I embraced feminism at an early age, for a lot of women--young and old--the f-word is nothing but a curse.  That's why when I stumbled upon a new blog aimed at young feminists, the F Bomb, I knew I had to put in a good word for its creator, Julie Zeilinger.
I'm sooo excited for the Tim Burton version of one of our favorite creepy tv shows, Dark Shadows. The OG vampire, Barnabas Collins, will be played by none other than Johnny Depp, who has officially become the go to guy for portraying magical, spooky weirdo's. But who will play Victoria Winters? Maybe Tim was inspired by our 2007 Fashion spread based on the show? (click here to see it) heh, Ok, I doubt it, but, anyway, we'll have to wait till 2011 for this film, but it should be worth the wait.
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