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                  Natalya Estemirova, courageous human rights worker for Chechnya, has passed. She was known for challenging the unethical Chechnyan government and was vocal about the kidnappings and killings going on in her notoriously violent country. She worked hard for the better cause at Memorial, a human rights organization in Chechnya's capital. She openly criticized both ... Read More
  The Christian Right in Texas, which has already partially been successful with interjecting biology with creationism, now has its eye set on social studies. They say that the curriculum does not fully represent the role religion and God have played in the development of the United States. A panel of experts appointed by the state's board of education has been appointed to reexamine the way history is taught to younger children. These 'experts' include a man ... Read More
When I was a young'n, I thought having a tattoo was the ultimate form of badassery. If a boy had a tattoo, it meant he was the much-desired bad boy and probably wore a leather jacket and rode a motorcycle too. The Bangz's energetic music video for their song 'Boys with Tattoos (We Jerkin')' sings about the common temptation.    ... Read More
Splattered blood and slashed throats sell a lot of prime time TV, right? But fashion? Apparently not. After hearing complaints and, well, just plain confusion from the public, Barney's pulled their controversial window displays this Tuesday. The displays featured gown-clad mannequins with slashed throats splashing blood inside the vestibule and spattering it across the window pane in front of them. BUST obviously doesn't condone violence towards women (be ... Read More
From the record label that brought you Superchunk, Spoon, Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Fields and She and Him, comes an anthology of Merge Records ' remarkable twenty-year history as an indie label, beginning, growing, and eventually thriving in a sea of corporate giants. But this is more than the story of an underdog. It's a colorful chronology of the lives of founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance, as they intersect with some of the best indie rockers of our ... Read More