No, ISIS Is Not Al-Qaeda

The Dish

Evan Perkoski and Alec Worsnop clear up an important misconception:

[C]ontrary to many media reports, ISIS is not a splinter group of AQ. ISIS wasn’t founded by or ever directly a part of AQ; rather, they were affiliates, two groups with close bonds, with one pledging loyalty to the other though at all times maintaining autonomy. This is an important distinction since labeling ISIS a splinter implies AQ factionalism that in reality never existed. Instead, ISIS’s links with AQ, rather than signaling weakness or factionalism, have played a major role in their development by providing access to resources, strategic and tactical guidance, recruits, and an ideology that helped socialize and bind together individuals from disparate backgrounds.

Benjamin H. Friedman also rejects the comparison in terms of the threat ISIS poses (or rather doesn’t pose) to the US:

The idea that we need to fight ISIS because of its potential to use…

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Feather in the Cap – One High School Graduate Story to Wear Eagle Feather at Graduation Commencement

The day I received confirmation, that I met all state requirements to participate in the Lemoore High commencement ceremony, I was honored with an eagle feather from my parents, John and Carol Plenty Wolf.

My name is Yareya Keiialani San Nicolas Garcia, nim inyana huyowus Ha’yali (my Taatsi name). Being both Taatsi Yokut & Chamoru Pacific islander, I have always been proud of who I am and where I come from.

Most people don’t understand what an honor it is to receive a feather.

via Feather in the Cap – One High School Graduate Story to Wear Eagle Feather at Graduation Commencement.

Superbugs defeated by… Fecal transplants restore healthy bacteria and gut functions — ScienceDaily

“The bottom line is fecal transplants work, and not by just supplying a missing bug but a missing function being carried out by multiple organisms in the transplanted feces,” Young says. “By restoring this function, C. difficile isn’t allowed to grow unchecked, and the whole ecosystem is able to recover.”

via Fecal transplants restore healthy bacteria and gut functions — ScienceDaily.

South Sudan’s Wildlife Become Casualties Of War and Are Killed to Feed Soldiers and Rebels – Inter Press Service | Inter Press Service

War kills everything in its path!

“Since the start of this conflict we have noticed that poaching has become terrible. Rebels are poaching and the government forces are also poaching because they are all fighting in rural areas and the only available food they can get is wild meat,” Lieutenant General Alfred Akuch Omoli, an advisor to South Sudan’s Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, told IPS.

Officials say elephants are being killed for their meat and tusks while migratory animals that move in large numbers, especially the white-eared kob, the tiang (also known as the Senegal hartebeest) and reedbuck, are being killed specifically to provide bush meat.

via South Sudan’s Wildlife Become Casualties Of War and Are Killed to Feed Soldiers and Rebels – Inter Press Service | Inter Press Service. – Minimum wage for contracted employees

The Executive Order therefore seeks to increase efficiency and cost savings in the work performed by parties that contract with the Federal Government by raising the hourly minimum wage paid by those contractors to workers performing on covered Federal contracts to: $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015; and beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor. The Executive Order directs the Secretary to issue regulations by October 1, 2014, to the extent permitted by law and consistent with the requirements of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act to implement the Order’s requirements. This proposed rule therefore establishes standards and procedures for implementing and enforcing the minimum wage protections of Executive Order 13658. As required by the Order and to the extent practicable, the proposed rule incorporates existing definitions, procedures, remedies, and enforcement processes under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Service Contract Act, and the Davis-Bacon Act.

via – Proposed Rule Document.

[India] With She-Toilets, Chennai shows way in sanitation | WNN – Women News Network

“This is also the first time Chennai Corporation has done a detailed survey and mapping of where public toilets are required and where the public oppose it,” said a senior corporation official. “Earlier the corporation would only ask the zonal engineer where to put up a toilet.” These 348 locations include bus stands, markets and open spaces.

The toilets will come as a relief to women who work outdoors all day such as vendors, construction workers and police officers. “We have to stand on the road for at least five hours while on bandobast duty,” said Leela Sri, a woman constable. “There are very few public toilets that we can use and most of them are filthy.” Leela, who has been on the job for 11 years, said she and her female colleagues are prone to urinary tract infections and fibroids. “If more of these toilets for women come up, the next generation of policewomen need not face such health problems,” she says. Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation recently introduced these toilets . . .

via [India] With She-Toilets, Chennai shows way in sanitation | WNN – Women News Network.

Mother attends daughter’s graduation in the dress that got her daughter sent home from school

Sadly, Central Davison is not the only school humiliating and slut-shaming its female students. As we’ve blogged about before, a Utah high school recently photo-shopped the year book photos of certain female students so their necklines would be higher and their sleeves would be longer. A school in Canada sent female students home for wearing tank tops that revealed their bra straps. Another student at a different school got sent home for the same bra-strap related infraction. Another–you guessed it–female student got sent home over the length of her shorts. And a 17-year old girl got sent home from a prom for provoking “impure thoughts.” The silver lining to this puritanical persecution is that some of the people being targeted are calling it out by making statements, putting up posters, and talking to the press.

via Mother attends daughter’s graduation in the dress that got her daughter sent home from school.

A Tear for the World

God will make room in your heart for transforming pain and sadness to joy and grace.

Poetry for Palestine


I feel your throbbing pain

O World

I see your bleeding soul

I cringe, I go insane


Weary, I retreat

To the land of barren tears

Where no man has ever been

In silence, I weep


“O dear God”

I whisper

“How can such a small heart,

Take all this pain?”


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Without Goodbye


Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

We talked for hours
The time flew by, without
a single thought of
anyone else
Just the two of us, sharing
laughing, listening
dreaming, of a better
world, a better tomorrow
For us

Then you’re gone
Not a moment’s notice, not
a word nor a wave
leaving me confused
Why did you stop by,
why did you stay so long
only to disappear
From my view

And I ponder the moment
we met
The happiness, the joy
the sorrow, the tears
And I can’t help
but wonder
why you left
without goodbye.

©2014 Dorinda Duclos  All Rights Reserved

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