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There’s a 39-year-old grandmother in Iraq who is waging her own war against ISIS. Her and her small militia capture ISIS soldiers. Her name is Wahida Mohamed Al-Jumaily. Yes, she scares me a little. But when I read her story, I was most impressed with her courage to buck cultural norms to preserve justice and protect those around her.There are women around the world who are working together to change it for the better. I’d like to count myself among them. Here are a few...
  2012 meeting of the electoral college by Tom Nappi at State House, Annapolis, Maryland   Which of the Kübler-Ross Five Stages of Grief are you up to? If you’re still hoping that the Electoral College might elect Hillary Clinton the 45th President of the United States of America this coming Monday, you are probably still in the first: Denial.  Since the dark morning of November 9, many have been looking to the Electoral College vote — which actually determines the presidency — as the last remaining hurdle standing between...

This week, more than 82 innocent civilians were executed in the Syrian city of Aleppo by pro-government troops. According to NPR, many of the people executed were in makeshift medical facilities, or attempting to flee from the troops that were on the verge of recapturing the city. Jens Laerke, the spokesperson for the United Nations humanitarian office, called the events a "complete meltdown of humanity." In an attempt to allow citizens to evacuate the city, a cease-fire was called between Russia and Turkey on Tuesday. But...
If there is one thing breastfeeding mamas know, it’s the pain and irritation caused by nipple chap. Luckily, Lisa Broderick-Cohen of Blissed Out Mamas is to the rescue! Lisa is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who started Blissed Out Mamas in the hopes of bringing a more creative and holistic approach to lactation therapy. Boobie Bean Bag Her first innovation was the Boobie Bean Bag, a hot/cold compress filled will all natural ingredients and covered in vintage 100% cotton prints inspired by Lisa’s time as a...
    A dog is the greatest gift a girl could ask for. But a dog-themed gift might be a close second. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for that friend you can’t take anywhere without worrying they are going to dognap every pupper they see, you will find plenty of canine-themed accessories at BUST’s 11th Annual Craftacular in Brooklyn on December 10th and 11th. The two-day event will be full of jewellery, art, t-shirts, stationery, food, music and more. We’ve put together a list of some of the...
This year Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's campaign manager, became the first woman to run a successful Republican presidential campaign. Throughout the campaign she appealed to women, and encouraged young women to pursue their goals, all while her candidate berated women based on their physical appearances, and bragged about sexually assaulting them. But despite her sentiments, and her historic achievement as a woman, Conway still supports sexist gender roles, evident in her latest career move. This week Conway announced that the reason she wouldn't be taking a...

The next four years are going to be a constant assault against all of the progress made in the past hundred years by women, minorities, LGBTQ folks, immigrants and democracy itself. Everyone who knows me knows exactly how I feel about the impending Trump Presidency, the NC GOP attempt to steal the Governor’s office, and just about everything else. There are times (daily) when I feel bad about my constant posts & tweets about these things. Not bad enough to quit, though! Not everyone can, or...
So far Trump's cabinet picks have been a real who's who of the absolute worst kind of people in the country. And his most recent choice is no exception. Wednesday, Trump selected Scott Pruitt, a close friend of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency. Not only does Pruitt not believe in climate change (You know, that scientifically proven phenomenon), but for the past few years he has primarily worked to fight President Obama's climate change policies. As the attorney general of Oklahoma,...
If you've got a cat lover on your list this holiday season, you have to check out these feline-centric clothes, accessories, and household items. Each gift on this list is totally unique and available through Etsy or the artist's website. Or, you can buy your holiday gifts in person; You can find all these vendors (and more!), at the BUST Craftacular, December 10th and 11th. 1. LED tea light with holder from Fruit Fly and Mosquito 2. Cat coven pillow from Cat Coven 3. Cool Cat floral sweatshirt...
TIME magazine has announced its person of the year, and that person is.... President-elect Donald Trump. Ugh. TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs announced Trump's cover on the Today show this morning. She said: “When have we ever seen a single individual who has so defied expectations, broken the rules, violated norms, beaten not one but two political parties on the way to winning an election that he entered with 100-1 odds against him. I don't think we have ever seen one person operating in such an unconventional way have...