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Breaking from the dark news of 2016—we finally have news to celebrate and cheer behind. Just last night, the Army Corps of Engineers denied The Energy Transfer Company the permit to drill under the Missouri River, effectively ensuring that the pipeline will be rerouted away from the land belonging to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It’s a powerful and celebratory day for the Water Protectors and allies that have been standing ground in freezing North Dakota for months to protect the land, water, and sacred burial sites...
In the week and a half since Trump was elected president, many of his supporters have acknowledged his plan to create a Muslim registry. In an interview with Reuters on November 15th, Kris Kobach, Kansas's Secretary of State and a rumored cabinet member, said that he is already in the process of creating a proposal for Trump's consideration to develop a registry for Muslim immigrants. Then on November 16th, Carl Higbie, the former spokesperson of a Pro-Trump super PAC, told Megyn Kelly of Fox News...
Photo via Twitter Tim Kaine, like a responsible VP candidate should, decided to go to with his wife Anne Holton to his polling place in Richmond, Virginia 15 minutes before it opened. To his surprise, he found himself second in line. The woman in front of him? 99-year-old Minerva Turpin. And it looks like she's #withher too. “Well, Ms. Turpin gave me reason to believe that I might win her vote. I voted at a senior center that’s two blocks from my house. She is the president...
Pussycat Dolls pairs up with Christians and makes the most offensive, culturally insensitive video ever. Five white women created a music video, “I'm bringing Missions Back”—a horrific rendition of Justin Timberlake's “I'm Bringing Sexy Back,” that has caused international backlash. The young volunteers, dressed in Gomesi, the traditional and highly revered Ugandan long dress, sway their hips and dance in a way that belongs in a night club—NOT in a video about being a missionary. The video was released on October 14th by Luket Ministries, an Oklahoma missionary group...
Icelandic MP Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir nursed her 6-week-old daughter as she discussed a vote on new immigration legislation to the parliament. She fed her at the podium of the Alþingi parliament on Wednesday, as she addressed her colleagues.   Konráðsdóttir is a member of Iceland’s center-right Independence Party and chairs both the parliamentary Judicial Affairs and Education Committees. Her daughter was born September 1st and has accompanied her mother to parliament and conferences since her birth. Other MPs offered to hold the child while she spoke, but Konráðsdóttir...
Shailene Woodley was arrested for peacefully protesting the construction of the Dakota Pipeline.The Divergent star and former BUST cover gal joined thousands standing ground in Sioux County, North Dakota to protect the land against the Dakota Pipeline (DAPL). The fiery activist streamed a live video on her Facebook account (see below for video), showing a chilling scene of 50 or so people being intimidated by men with machine guns and army tanks. Woodley was singled out and taken into custody, whispering into the video “some...
via Ivanka Trump's Instagram Ivanka Trump, business executive, mother of three and Trump’s main advisor on women’s issues, recently spoke to Cosmo writer Prachi Gupta. Their conversation got a little tense, to say the least.  The day before the interview, Trump had announced a new maternity leave plan. Among other changes, the plan included six weeks of paid maternity leave for new mothers, dependent savings accounts for low-income families, and tax deductions for stay-at-home parents. America is the only industrialized country that doesn’t have federally mandated family...
Remember those awful middle-school days when you didn't have anyone to sit with? Standing there awkwardly, wondering who to approach...hoping they won't laugh at you... Those days are definitely not filled with my favorite memories. But now, thanks to technology, teenagers may never have to experience that dread and awkwardness again. A new app, 'Sit With Us', helps kids find a welcoming group to eat with during their lunch hour. The app allows students to sign up as “ambassadors”--inviting others to join them. Similar to how couchsurfing...
Today, BUST celebrates the legendary and sensational Yma Sumac, a Peruvian Singer who is best known for her "exotic" persona and a voice that impressively reached across four octaves. The “Peruvian songbird” entered the world on this day back in 1922. She was born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo in Peru, a proclaimed descendant of the Inca Tribe. She burst onto the scene in the 1950's, dressed in tons of gold and silver jewelry. Her style was heavily influenced by traditional Incan style combined with...
Ahhhh Texas... my lovely home state. They’re at it again down there with a new campus carry law that went into effect on August 1st. But luckily we have Austin, the progressive oasis in the middle of Texas, to keep us in check. University of Texas students in Austin dipped into their sex toy collections on Wednesday to turn the concept of “open carry” on its head. Thousands of students attended their first day of classes carrying dick shaped objects meant for sexual pleasure. The...