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I can't report as to the mood on the ground, but from the view from my television on Saturday, the National Mall looked packed with rationality at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Musical guests ranging from The Roots to Tony Bennett performed, and appearances were made by the MythBusters, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and even R2D2.

I am a blog test. nothing to see here people just move along. BUST MAGAZINE CHRISTMAS CRAFTACULAR 2010 SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28 2010 Shop, craft, dance... and make merry! 12pm-6pm York Hall, 5-15 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PJ 1 minute from Bethnal Green tube station Shop at over 70 stalls of the hottest in handmade.test. Craft a Christmas bauble with The Make Lounge, crochet a moustache with Prick Your Finger* – plus pom-poms to Make and Do with Perri and a DIY Couture demonstration. Dance to DJs El Nino, My Ex-Boyfriend’s Records, She Runs With Wolves and Ci-Ci.

I have to admit, way back in 2008 when I had my first dose of Crystal Castle's against my will at a dimly lit local watering hole I was more than a little skeptical. Abundant dance beats, standard new wave synths, androgynous haircuts, and generous amounts of distorted femme roaring all played their appropriate roles. All these things are of course mandatory ingredients to an ever so hip soundtrack to looking for romance in all the wrong places. I thought to myself, now here is a band that is not going to outlast the keg at which my beer is being tapped from.

So what are you guys gonna be for Halloween???  We want to hear about your costumes! Okay I will start with the BUST crew...I am gonna be a ninja master!  Some of the other planned costume shout-outs included but were not limited to: an ass hat, a hot dog, Mommy Dearest and Nancy Drew. YAY for Halloween 2010!!!!!!! photo credits: the lovely artist, valerie pensworth - www.valeriepensworth.com, www.donnabmiller.typepad.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together.  They are currently all about their REFUSE campaign regarding the Great Pacific garbage patch disaster.  It's so easy to just throw our plastic bags away, throw anything away really and not think about where the stuff is going.  We NEED to think about it!  Our trash is killing everything.

I am unapologetically fat. In this new age of weight-loss everywhere, of low-fat, low-carb, no-carb food, I refuse to stoop to the level everyone else seems to want me to. Fat is the last acceptable form of discrimination in American society. "Thin" has a connotation of beautiful, gorgeous, and successful, "fat" signals lazy, undisciplined, and ugly. Maybe some of the criticism of fat people comes from a "good place," and maybe I'm unhealthy in my fatness. But why is that anyone else's business? It isn't.

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“Funny or Die,” Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s infamous website has decided to take on the time-old task of convincing young people to vote. We’ve seen similar campaigns taken up in the past by the likes of P. Diddy (Vote or Die) and Sarah Silverman (The Great Schlep) but this brand new line of video installments will feature dozens of celebrities including Aziz Ansari, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Ron Livingston, Kal Penn, Gillian Jacobs and Criss Angel among others.

  A few years back we wrote about how in 1974 Carol Buckley, then 20 years old, adopted Tarra, an elephant who quickly became her best friend. For 29 years, the duo worked as circus performers until Buckley’s realization that both she and her elephant were unhappy. She dreamt of a place where her elephant and others could live in peace without any prospects of commercial exploitation. In 1995 that dream became a reality. Fast forward to 2010.  The Tennessee sanctuary is world-renowned, home to previously captive and mistreated elephants and has over 85,000 donors. It is also the U.S.

Apparently rape "jokes" are the trend among men (can we call them that?) in higher academia lately. As if Yale's fraternity stunt wasn't enough for this month, Columbia's a cappella group, Kingsmen, came out with a flyer advertising their upcoming show that featured one of its members pursing his lips and, underneath the photo, the tag line: "Rape Me.