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Did you know that up until recently there was a five year statute of limitations on a rapist in New York State? Until 2006 charges of rape had to be reported within five years or there could be no prosecution. This was one of the many facts that I learned about rape at a recent Pace University lecture. I was fortunate enough to attend a National Organization for Women panel discussion on the subject of rape last Wednesday and my eyes were opened. The lecture was ... Read More
After over a year of interning at BUST, I am finally bowing out. One of my favorite things about this internship has been compiling all the cute things on the internet to bring to you, the awesome blog readers. So, for my last day, I figured I'd post my own two furry felines, Nip (on the right in the picture up there) and Scout (on the left). Post your own pets in the comments, I'd love to see ... Read More
I've recently become addicted to the show Parks and Recreation on NBC, and most of my obsession comes from the libertarian Parks Department's head, Ron Swanson, played by Nick Offerman. (A gem from Swanson in the 3rd season's premiere episode: "Capitalism: God's way of determining who is smart and who is poor.") So when I was linked to the Tumblr Cats That Look Like Ron Swanson this week, it was like the fusing of all of my favorite things: television, cats, and ... Read More
I'm one of those people who puts a lot of stock in my idols. Perhaps I'm just impressionable, but I look for people to look up to in a lot of places. I've blogged recently about my disappointment with Tina Fey (or, rather, the writers of 30 Rock) and Ben Roethlisberger and now I have another to add to my list: 74-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings.I am secretly 70, so Jeopardy! is one of my favorite shows on television. Ken Jennings' record-setting appearance was ... Read More
Sometimes, I kind of worry that the United States is reaching the end times. Working toward defunding major women's health organizations? Arresting senators that refuse to show up lest a bill designed to hurt workers be passed? What on earth is going on here? Sometimes I just want to cry. But the internet always comes through for me; this time in the form of a new tumblr called Keep Your Boehner Out Of My Uterus. Sometimes the only thing that works to keep ... Read More
The Westminster Kennel Club dubbed their winner this week, with the Best In Show prize and all the glory going to Foxcliffe Hickory Wind (aka "Hickory"), a Scottish Deerhound. On Wednesday, her owners took her to NYC's Sardi's restaurant for a meal of Filet Mignon. Can steak ever be adorable? It totally is here. Check her out after the jump!    [NY Daily ... Read More
While we here at BUST HQ in NYC didn't see much of the most recent chapter of the Snowpocalypse, the South got hit pretty hard. I would imagine this would be difficult for pet owners: how do their pets respond to the snow, assuming they've never seen it before? Enter this adorable dog, who braves the snow-caked porch to retrieve a beloved toy. Uh-dor-uh-able.   You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video   [Cute ... Read More
  While the blogosphere will always be inundated with pictures and videos and live streams of animals, my favorite cute collection is the stories and snapshots found on The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee. The IBKC is a blog run by Laurie Cinotto who fosters cats in the Tacoma/Seattle area in Washington state and is always chalk-full of adorable (and beautiful!) pictures. Because the kittens are eventually adopted, every few months there are new kittens to admire ... Read More
On Sunday, October 31, 2010, Brazil elected their first female president. Since I'm Brazilian and a feminist, a lot of people have asked me if I'm really excited about this. To the surprise of most, I have responded, "Would you be excited if your country was being run by a fascist Sarah Palin-meets-Margaret Thatcher type?" Admittedly, it is a very harsh comparison, but allow me to explain. At the start of Dilma Rousseff's campaign, which was the first time the ... Read More
This past weekend I watched Hoarders for the first time. It was uncomfortable, disturbing, painful at times, watching these people lose their lives in, often, to their stuff. Their junk. Whether you call it collections or memorabilia or memories or garbage, it's stuff. Out-of-control stuff. I had a moment or two of satisfaction knowing I'm the opposite. I love to purge. There are constantly give away bags in my bedroom, full of clothes to drop off at Housing ... Read More
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