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Former-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down today after 18 days of citizen protests. His vice-president, Omar Suleiman, held a short press conference where he announced that Mubarak was "waiving" his office and handing power over to the military. The statement prompted a a great cheer from Tahrir square; where many of the demonstrators were gathered. Live news casts from Egypt suggest the people have been celebrating since the official announcement.

In high school, were (or are) you a nerdy chic girl who secretly coveted the varsity jackets that all the jocks wore? Did you want one, but didn’t want to go out for a sport that you hated, knowing that even if you got a varsity jacket to love it wouldn’t truly represent you?  Now the fine t-shirt and print designers at Death Traitors have heard your pleas, and are releasing a super cute black varsity jacket that perfectly suits Death Traitors style and outlook.

Author HEY! from the blog you're welcome has written a really touching and strikingly readable post on why she's fat positive. It's practically a mini-manifesta. Here's an excerpt: "When I tell people I’m fat, the most common reaction is panic: they assume I’m calling myself ugly, and they feel pressured or compelled to disabuse me of that notion. But people clearly notice my size all the time. Servers at restaurants notice it when they seat me. People on the bus notice it when they decide when and whether to make an empty seat available for me.

To honor the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Matt Snow of Baltimore based Ex-Boyfriend, will be fundraising to donate all profits directly to the foundation. Starting March 14th through April 14th, anyone who purchases Snow’s designed keychain bottle-openers or magnets will receive free shipping and will be directing donating to SPCA.  Other items purchased (hoodies, totes, tee-shirts, etc.), are subject to The Sadie Fund, where 5% of the net profit is used to raise money for animal rescue organizations and shelters in the Baltimore area.

While Japan has for a long time allowed and seemingly supported the consumption of sexually explicit or even just suggestive material, yesterday The New York Times reported that a newly revised ordinance by Tokyo’s metropolitan government, will restrict the sale of material including provocative depictions of underage girls, claiming that continuing to allow the prevalence of such media will only allow the furthered exploitation and fetishization of children and perhaps even encourage pedophilia.

Oh man, I know this is old, but I needed to post this genius sketch by Kristen Schaal and John Stewart from last week. Kristen stops by the Daily Show to school Stewart on the "rainbow of rape's" and explains how the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act should cut funding for abortions unless they are a result of "forcible" rape. While I laughed out loud, it is sad to know that many people in this country would agree with her outrageous claims of "rapish" rape not being rapey enough. Sigh.   The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c Rape Victim Abortion Funding www.

I wasn't expecting to love ex-X-Ray Spex’s Poly Styrene's new release, My Virtual Boyfriend, quite as much as I do. By the unfortunate mathematics of aging and rock'n'roll, it's rare that a past their prime rocker releases new and relevant material. The fireball that is Ms. Poly Styrene has failed to disappoint. The single is a far cry from the fierce caterwaul of 1977's Oh Bondage! Up Yours!.  The energy's different: it's frenetic, disorganized, and utterly bored with the technical sludge the singer has to wade through in order to get close to her virtual boyfriend.

Grimy blues-rock duo, The Kills, have released the video for their new single, Satellite. Satellite is the first release off their forthcoming album: Blood Pressures, which drops April 5th in North America. To promote the album, the two are hitting the road for with Cold Cave and the Entrance Band. The tour starts off in Texas at the Domino Records Showcase for SXSW and wraps up three months later in Pomona, California.  Watch the video and check out the tour dates below: [video:http://www.youtube.

You would think peeing in a cup would be as easy as, say, peeing in a cup (which, as a woman is a bit challenging but not rocket science). Turns out, I had no idea that there was a greater picture to all this, and with proper instruction and prior knowledge, I most likely could have saved myself weeks of unnecessary aggravation, stress, subway travel, borderline panic, and testing. And so, going forward, I'll be sharing what some (including my mother) will think is too much information. Also, if you're reading this and you're not a woman, none of this applies to you.

 In support of same sex marriage and the freedom to love, Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain will be the site for a massive “unwedding” this Sunday, February 13th. Administered by Reverend Billy Talen and the Church of Life After Shopping; married supporters are encouraged to unmarry their spouse in wedding attire at sharply 1 pm. Unmarriage is anticipated to encourage Governor Andrew Cuomo to continue his campaign promise of equality within New York State. The Church of Life After Shopping and Reverend Billy (www.revbilly.
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