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From June 18th until November 24th, Neptune, the planet of illusions and dreams, will be moving backwards. As Neptune glides backwards during its retrograde season, be prepared to have the wool that was once pulled over your eyes suddenly lifted, and to see situations and people with stark clarity. Neptune is called “the divine discontent,” which refers to the dreamy fogginess that Neptunian aspects bring to our lives. While our senses may be heightened, as in a dream, it’s easy to get lost in the...
Okay, hands up: who has ever been ill? Everyone, right? So then, you’ll know that food can be a godsend when you’re under the weather. Maybe it's a bowl of soup, maybe it’s your Granny’s homemade stew, maybe it's a mammoth tub of ice cream. One thing's for sure, the saying's true: chicken soup (or whatever your sick day fix) is good for the soul. But, just where did this food-for-feeling-better idea come from? MAY WE PRESENT...MS. FANNIE FARMER! (YES OKAY, WE KNOW…NOW LET'S ALL BE GROWN-UPS AND...
  Hawaii? Who doesn’t know about Hawaii? Beaches, hula, mai tais, surfing—a sweet-paced life of simple pleasures. Pretty typical, right? It can be, but there’s so much more. On Oahu, the contradiction of exclusive golf courses and mega-hotels on the sovereign land of the Hawaiian people looms large. To have the best experience, it is important to understand that you’re a haole, a foreigner, here, and the most crucial rule to observe in this sacred, wondrous place is aloha. Aloha is the Hawaiian word for love,...
Valedictorian’s Mic Is Cut After She Tries To Talk About Being Sexually Assaulted At School While delivering her valedictorian speech during Petaluma High School’s June 2nd graduation, senior Lulabel Seitz’s mic was muted mid-sentence as she began to discuss her experience of being sexually assaulted by another student, the Huffington Post reports. After realizing her mic was muted, Seitz finished her speech at the end of the stage to applauding classmates who chanted, “let her speak!” Seitz told the The Press Democrat that she was assaulted on campus and made...

  Mythology has always taught mere mortals about the values a society believes in, and the ancient Greeks worshipped gods and goddesses that illustrated all kinds of ways of being sexual and in one’s body. While the ancients didn’t quite see sexuality the way we do today, with our sense of taboo and restriction, their mythology is full of figures that can be considered to be part of a lineage of LGBTQ characters in the collective consciousness that extends throughout history. In honor of Pride Month,...
Attorney to president Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani made misogynistic remarks about adult film actress Stormy Daniels last week, making known his lack of respect for Daniels because of her profession as a sex worker. At an event in Tel Aviv, Giuliani said,"I respect all human beings. I even have to respect criminals. But I'm sorry, I don't respect a porn star the way I respect a career woman or a woman of substance or a woman who has great respect for herself as a women and...
Gertrude Koch wasn’t like other 17-year-old girls. What with her living under Nazi rule in Cologne, Germany during WWII, that’s not exactly surprising; after all, her days were spent recovering from the latest air raid and picking her way through bombed out streets. But that wasn't what made Gertrude stand out.  See, at night, Gertrude would risk her life to shelter Allied soldiers and escaped prisoners. Yeah…not so normal. Don’t let the awkward teen visage fool you, she’s badass to the core. Together with other rebel teens, Gertrude rained...
Solange has announced her newest project: a home line with IKEA. And we could not be more excited to remodel our homes. On Thursday, The Cut reported that the singer-songwriter's creative arts company Saint Heron will be producing a line with furniture mogul IKEA. The company’s statement details how the line will be “exploring architectural and design objects with multifunctional use.” Solange founded the art collective Saint Heron in 2013, with the goal of using art to create “the community that we wish to see exist.” The...
In our Dec/Jan 2012 print issue, we featured Anthony Bourdain as our "Boy Du Jour." We were big fans of his here at BUST HQ and we are so sad to learn of his death. If you need help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. I’ve been trying to nab an interview with 55-year-old culinary writer, chef, pork lover, and general loudmouth Anthony Bourdain since he hit the big time in 2000 with his first book Kitchen Confidential. So when I heard he was...
  President Trump issued a clemency for the lifelong criminal sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time offender incarcerated for her involvement in a 1996 drug trafficking operation. Word of the commutation broke Wednesday, reports Mic, a week after Trump held an Oval Office meeting with Kim Kardashian West during which Kardashian West advocated on behalf of Johnson, who turned 63 shortly before her release. The TV persona first began campaigning for Johnson's pardon from prison in October after seeing video footage published by Mic of Johnson sharing her story...