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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 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
I'll admit it, I set out to write this post raving about the unexpected delivery of Kopali samples we just received, but I got distracted for a good ten minutes because I was so enjoying my snack of chocolate covered cocoa nibs. Kopali was founded by two pals who were living on a farm in Costa Rica. They watched as low-flying planes sprayed pesticides over not just the farms, but the town's homes and water supply as well. They witnessed the abusive labor practices of the large-scale agrobusinesses. Read More

New Toons On the Block

BY Web Intern in General

Come around to Brooklyn this weekend for the Animation Block Party, New York's premiere animation festival. This collection of animated shorts prooves cartoons aren't just for kids, or Saturday mornings. Friday's events will be held at Rooftop Films on the lawn of Automotive High School, or inside if it's raining. The fun is kicked off at 8:30 with live music by Teen Girl Fantasy, then the films start at 9. After the post-screening filmmaker Q&A, follow the crowd to Bar Matchless for a celebratory open bar. The rest of the weekend will have two programs each day. Read More

The BUST Chain Gang

BY Team Intern in General

  In case you didn't know, BUST is full of biker chicks. The August/September issue (on shelves soon) features a full fashion spread of pedal-perfect threads and just this morning Susan, our marketing maven, made the trek in to work from Brooklyn to our Union Square office (GET IT!) In fact, about half of our editorial staff has literally rolled into work in the mornings, so it's no surprise we're fans of this Fred Flare necklace. Only 100 these handmade pop-art-esque pieces are available for sale, so grab yours soon for the bargain price of ten dollas and let your chain hang low. Read More

Worst I Ever Saw

BY Team Intern in General

Last night I happened upon Drake's 'Best I Ever Had' video, and I'm really interested to know what you all have to say about it! The video was directed by Kanye West and the song has spent ten weeks on the Billboard Top 100 list and is currently at number 2. Needless to say it's getting a lot of play, but do you think this much sex(ism) really sells? As I was watching this video last night, I realized I had seen it before, and that the first time I was so fed up when Drake instructs the girls to 'Take that D' that I turned off the television and went to bed. Read More