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Helmet Head

BY Web Intern in General

The BUST office is feeling pretty bike-friendly this week (remember this post? ). On top of being cheap, green, and, well, fun, pedaling totally makes the best of that sunshiney, late-July weather. However, dear reader: out of all the adorable bikers I've seen whizzing up and down the block, almost none are wearing a helmet. Now, I'm nobody's mother, and I know everyone's been hearing this since grade school, but accidents do definitely happen. Serious stuff, too. So what's the deal? Okay, let's be real; I totally get it. Read More
  Las Lopezistas (comprised of Erika and Kamala Lopez) are launching an underground campaign because guess what, we still don't have equal rights. Yes, we were given the right to vote under the nineteenth amendment but the Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in 1923 and never ratified, would make us equal under the law. Two days ago, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney of New York put the amendment back on the table. This is what Kamala Lopez proposes on Erika's blog: 'We need genius advertising slogans and ideas. Read More

The "Cunt Smasher?"

BY Susan in General

TGIF. Read More
British director Kim Longinotto's documentary, 'Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go', is having its broadcast premiere on PBS's POV series. The documentary is about the Mulberry Bush School in Oxford, England, home to forty emotionally disturbed children. Forsaking drugs, restraints, or other measures of punishment, the staff at Mulberry instead use patience and embraces. The documentary follows five students between the ages of five through twelve throughout the course of a year. Read More
                  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 Chechnya's laws and their president, which resulted in death threats ranging from the authorities to President Kadyrov himself. 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. 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. 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 time. Really, it's more like a scrapbook than anything. Read More

Hero Worship

BY Team Intern in General

Comic-Con 2009 , THE comic and pop culture convention, takes over the San Diego Convention Center this weekend. This year, the event promises more caped crusaders, industry panels, and nerd-worthy merchandise than you can shake a lightsaber at. If you're lucky enough to attend the 4-day media frenzy, be sure to visit Funchicken at booth 1732 and check out their new silkscreen prints, limited edition copies of Unlovable (with--get this--GLOW INK), and a VERY limited (as in, 10 copies) 100-page, hardcover Funchicken book. Read More