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  Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was just hospitalized this week in Dallas, Texas. Duncan (who is in serious condition as of today) is the first official case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. and if he lives through this, he may in in deep trouble with the Liberia Airport Authority for lying about his contact with the virus, before flying out of the West African airport. It is presumed that Duncan tried to help a victim of Ebola without knowing they were ... Read More
This is Dilys Price at 13,000 feet. With 82 years under her parachute, she jumped out of an airplane to save the charity organization she founded over a decade ago. She tweets Dylan Thomas quotes. "Daredevil Dilys" is my new role model. Price first took a leap at 54, around the same time she founded Touch Trust, a unique charity that “...promote[s] the development of an inclusive society through the provision of creative movement opportunities for those who ... Read More
I have to admit, it's a little difficult to write a review about someone I have admired and followed since I first got into stand-up comedy. I still remember the first time I saw comedian Sarah Silverman perform live back home at a show in Manchester, New Hampshire, and I knew all her jokes and delivery by heart so well I could say them along with her. I recently watched Silverman’s HBO special We are Miracles (released November 2013) before ... Read More
Is Jeff Goldblum  angling to be the next beloved-by-hipsters eccentric movie star, a la Bill Murray? Perhaps. In addition to being a regular on Portlandia, and giving ex-BUST Interns moisties, Goldblum stars in this viral marketing campaign for "smart" GE lightbulbs, in which he proves that he knows how to turn up the ham to 11. Created by the brilliant comedy team Tim and Eric, the video takes Goldblum to the heights of Liberace-like kitsch,  with ... Read More
 It seems like a given that a victim of sexual assault should never, ever have to pay for the tests and treatments that attempt to lessen the horror of her experience. Apparently, that is not the case in several states around the country, most noticeably in Louisiana. Recent victims who entered hospitals, like Interim LSU which recently became part of the private entity Louisiana Children's Medical Center, have received bills upwards of $2,000, sometimes ... Read More
The New Republic ran an interview yesterday with the Notorious R.B.G—a nickname Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself approves, as reporter Jeffrey Rosen found out during an exchange about her, ehem, notoriety in popular culture.  Of course, Ginsburg is one of the most powerful people in the country, a fact which is not lost as she answers questions about her modus operandi as a justice, or which Supreme Court decision she would over rule. ... Read More
You too can wax your ears with greatness, as tickets are now on sale for BAM’s evening of conversation with Miranda July and Lena Dunham. The event will take place Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn. Tickets start at $35. For those of you in southern California, a similar event is coming up in Pasadena on Oct. 15. July is a writer, artist, and filmmaker whose novel The First Bad Man comes out in January 2015. She recently ... Read More
California has officially banned the forced sterilization of female inmates, following the signing of SB 1135, Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Thursday. The law will take effect on Jan. 1, a fact which invokes shock that forced sterilization wasn’t already prohibited, and that prisoners will technically have to wait three months for the guarantee of basic reproductive freedoms.  The legislation was introduced following a report from the Center for ... Read More
I went to a public high school in California, where my freshman year sex ed course emphasized abstinence. I remember pretty clearly that a woman came in to warn us that even masturbating too much would make it difficult to fall in love. I think they were expecting it to go like this.  Luckily, I have awesome parents, and by that time I had seen Never Been Kissed enough times to know how sex ed was supposed to be. Most of us knew our teacher was either wildly ... Read More
Lifelong best friends Tara Karsian and Andrea Grano, the writers and producers of this first independent film, came up with the idea for BFFs accidentally, when Grano asked Karsian "What if you realized how in love with me you are?" This wonderful accident turned into a feature film about two friends who blur the lines of friendship and relationship.  The film follows best friends Kat (Karsian) and Sam (Grano) who pretend to be lovers to go on a ... Read More
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