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Syrian Army captures long-time jihadist stronghold in west Aleppo - City finally free of terrorists' shelling attacks

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© Agence France-Presse
Syrian Army troops advance in East Ghouta
The jihadist defenses in western Aleppo have completely collapsed after a short battle with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at the outskirts of the provincial capital.

According to a military source in western Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army captured the strategic Al-Mansoura District this evening, following the withdrawal of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) from this area.

Al-Mansoura had been a long-time stronghold for the jihadist rebels before its capture by the Syrian Arab Army this evening.

In addition to capturing Al-Mansoura, the Syrian Army also took control of several sites at the western outskirts of Aleppo, including the last building blocks near the Scientific Research Building.

These areas captured by the Syrian Arab Army on Saturday were captured in one day, but they were fought over for most of the war.


Comment: As of February 16, the Syrian Army also took the town of Kafr Da'el:
According to a field report from western Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture the key town of Kafr Da'el after the jihadist rebels withdrew from the area this afternoon.

The report said the Syrian Arab Army is now pushing further north of Kafr Da'el as they attempt to besiege the remaining jihadists that are still holed up inside the Anadan Plain region.
And foiled an attack on central Syrian oil fields:
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the engineering units of the Syrian Army "managed to disable and land 5 drones electronically" during their attempted attack on the oil facilities.

These attacks on Syria's oil facilities have become more frequent, as unknown groups attempt to further harm the Syrian economy.

In a statement issued in June of last year, the Ministry of Oil announced a sabotage operation targeting its oil installations in the coastal city of Baniyas, where the oil terminals linking the Baniyas refinery and the oil terminals located under the Mediterranean waters were bombed.

Homs refinery, founded in 1959, is one of the largest refineries in Syria and it consists of a number of distillation units of all kinds and naphtha improvement to raise octane.

The refinery produces domestic gas, premium and regular gasoline, aircraft kerosene, heavy and light diesel, fuels of all kinds, sulfur, hydrogen gas, oxygen, and others.
In fact, they have retaken 23 villages west of Aleppo, a terrific achievement!

Locals are celebrating their liberation:




People 2

Mum found guilty but spared jail for calling trans woman 'pig in a wig' on Twitter

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© South Bedfordshire News Agency
Stephanie Hayden (left) says Kate Scottow was ‘violating her dignity as a woman’
A mother-of-two who called a transgender woman a 'Pig in a Wig' in a series of offensive social media posts has been spared prison. Three police officers arrived at Kate Scottow's home and arrested her in front of her children after receiving complaints from Stephanie Hayden. After a two day trial she was today found guilty of persistently making use of a public communications network to cause annoyance, inconvenience and anxiety to her target. Scottow, 39, from Pirton, near Hitchin, Hertfordshire, was not at St Albans Magistrates' Court to hear the verdict, but some of her supporters stood outside.


After the hearing they shouted: 'Pig in a wig' and 'He is a man - go on prosecute me.' They tied scarves in the purple, green and white colours of the Suffragettes to lampposts outside the building and held up banners reading: 'We love free speech.' Giving evidence, Ms Hayden, 48, called Scottow a Twitter troll who had referred to her as 'he' or 'him'. She added: 'This is the problem with these people. It's just done to annoy people like me. It's calculated to violate my dignity as a woman. It's just harassment.'


Comment: That's precisely the point. This trans woman (i.e. man) is not a woman. Whether or not the type and frequency of Scottow's comments were appropriate is another matter, but it doesn't change the fact no matter how brainwashed one is with gender ideology it doesn't change the biological facts.

As for Scottow's comments, RT adds that Scottow admitted to acting "immature and petty":
...yet said that she was doing so because of feeling "harassed" and "bullied" herself. Her defense team also pointed the finger at Hayden's record, stating that she had previously appeared before criminal courts 11 times for 21 various offences, and even spent 6 months in jail.

She found out that Scottow was behind a Twitter account called 'Busted Wench' which she claimed described her as racist. Ms Hayden initially started civil proceedings against the defendant but eventually a 'compromise agreement' was reached where she would no longer refer to her on social media or call her a racist. But she told the court how in October 2018 she became aware of a second Twitter account created by the defendant. Ms Hayden began to think the agreement they made was never going to be kept to. The court heard how the abusive tweets began to escalate again and the victim was again called a racist and 'misgendered' in a number of posts referring to her as 'he' or 'him'.

Comment: On the same day, a UK High Court ruled on another similar case - that a police visit to a former Lincolnshire police officer was unlawful:
Back in January 2019, police turned up at Miller's place of work, seeking to speak to him about allegedly "transphobic" tweets he produced and telling him that while he had not committed any crime, his tweeting had been recorded as a "hate incident."


Ultimately, the High Court ruled that Miller's tweets were not designed to "cause deep offense" and "were not directed at the transgender community." The court also scolded law enforcement, reminding them they were not, in fact, the thought police.

"In this country we have never had a Cheka, a Gestapo or a Stasi. We have never lived in an Orwellian society," Justice Julian Knowles said.

Speaking after the ruling, Miller praised the court's decision, calling it "a watershed moment for liberty - the police were wrong to visit my workplace, wrong to 'check my thinking.'"



Newspaper

'Manslaughter via the press': UK tabloids under fire for Caroline Flack reporting following TV presenter's death

Caroline Flack
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The death of TV presenter Caroline Flack has unleashed a furious backlash against the UK's tabloid media, with many accusing the newspapers of contributing to the 40-year-old star's tragic death.

The former Love Island presenter was found dead at her home in east London on Saturday after taking her own life.

The shock news prompted a flood of tributes but also a ferocious outburst of anger, chiefly directed at the Sun, the Mirror, and the Daily Mail.

Flack was the focus of a barrage of tabloid stories after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend in December, prompting her to step down from her high-profile gig on the hugely popular reality show.

The Sun newspaper was blasted for deleting a story about a Valentine's Day card featuring a drawing of the presenter with a message saying "I'll f**king lamp you." The story was published the day before Flack's death but has been removed from the website and replaced with a legal warning.

Propaganda

From clothes to condoms: Coronavirus is threatening global consumption in ways you never knew were possible

People wearing masks
© STR / AFP
People wearing protective masks shop at a supermarket
China's status as the world's manufacturing powerhouse means the coronavirus epidemic's effects are being felt in some odd places. We've come to terms with no new iPhones, but weirder shortages could upend people's daily lives.

Plummeting iPhone production and a lack of new cars rolling off the assembly line dominated early discussion of coronavirus-induced shortages. But the epidemic currently sweeping China and making determined inroads into over two dozen other countries has forced hundreds of factories to close, affecting dozens of industries. If nothing else, coronavirus has made the world realize that globalization has its downsides.

Panic buying

It's not just the virus itself that's causing shortages, of course - rumors about the virus can be equally as devastating. Hong Kong, which is heavily dependent on China for many staples, has seen store aisles stripped of necessities like toilet paper, rice, and pasta in recent weeks as panic-buying ramps up while some factories struggle to reopen. Mere rumors of a toilet paper shortage earlier this month were enough to send thousands of locals pouring into stores to denude the shelves, triggering a rebuke from the government to those people "with evil intentions" spreading falsehoods "leading to panic buying and even chaos."

Star of David

Bezos does his bit for apartheid: Amazon forcing Palestinians to list themselves as Israelis to access free shipping

Amazon shipping center
Global ecommerce company Amazon has been accused of discriminating against Palestinians by offering free shipping to illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank but not to Palestinians living in the same area.

In findings released in an investigation by the Financial Times, the newspaper discovered that by taking all of the illegal settlement addresses and entering them into Amazon's delivery portal, the company extends its website's offer of free shipping "if your shipping address is in Israel, your items are eligible, and your total order meets the minimum free shipping threshold of $49".

However, customers who list their address as "the Palestinian Territories" are forced to pay shipping and handling fees starting from $24. Amazon spokesman Nick Caplin told the paper that Palestinians can only circumvent the issue "if a customer within the Palestinian Territories enters their address and selects Israel as the country, they can receive free shipping through the same promotion."

Comment:


Pills

To Dr Jordan Peterson: You are NOT an addict and we need your help

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Introduction

On the 7th of February, 2020, Mikhaila Peterson, the daughter of Dr Jordan Peterson, the Clinical Psychologist from Canada who shot to fame in 2016 following some controversies and later went on to write the international best seller, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, posted a third family update, this time concentrating exclusively on her Father's battle with the benzodiazepine known as Klonopin (Clonazepam).

Benzo Warrior takes no view on the issues that Dr Peterson has addressed in his book and lectures.

We hope to raise awareness by highlighting his case and to ask for his help in broadcasting our message about the dangers of benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal.

Comment: We wish Dr. Peterson the full recovery he so richly deserves, and there is no doubt he will turn his hellish experience into a means of helping others.

With regard to the treatment center in Russia, Mihkaila made a telling comment:
She and her husband took him to Moscow last month, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia and put into an induced coma for eight days. She said his withdrawal was "horrific," worse than anything she had ever heard about. She said Russian doctors are not influenced by pharmaceutical companies to treat the side-effects of one drug with more drugs, and that they "have the guts to medically detox someone from benzodiazepines."



Cloud Lightning

Climate strike chaos as Antifa, Extinction Rebellion clash with London police

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© Kurt Zindulka/Breitbart News
At least three activists were arrested by police in London during the annual "Climate Strike".

Student climate change activists, Extinction Rebellion and Antifa took to the streets of London on Friday, joining "Climate Strike" protests across the world, shouting slogans like "climate change is fucking real, give us all a Green New Deal" and "the students united will never be defeated".

In an exclusive Breitbart London video, three of the activists are caught on camera getting arrested by London's Metropolitan Police.

Comment: A bunch of clueless kids play-acting at having a cause. Teenage climate-change protestors have no idea what they're protesting.

See also:


Attention

Climate zealots have taken Canada hostage and the PM is missing in action

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© Francis Georgian/Postmedia News
Activists protest in Port Coquitlam, B.C., on Feb. 13, 2020.
I'm familiar with absentee landlords from grade school history. The concept of an absentee prime minister is a brand new one to me.

Justin Trudeau has been a week now waltzing around Africa while, day by day back here in carbon-tax Canada, the country is seizing up. For the same past seven days apparently, Canada has been under the administration of what the media insists on calling "anti-pipeline" forces.

Anti-pipeline is far too narrow. These are the anti-industry, anti-energy, anti-Alberta, climate-change save-the-worlders who have been harassing the country for years. The difference is in the past week they've upped their opposition, and from one end of the country to another decided to muscle their way to a victory by a storm of blockades, protests, traffic obstruction, and in the case of Victoria, B.C., actually shutting down the people's legislature.

Comment: See also:


Dollars

Government agents seized $181,500 in cash at airport and won't give it back

Cash Money
© The Associated Press
A Florida trucking company is suing two federal agencies, saying agents seized $181,500 in cash at Tampa International Airport and won't give it back.

The federal lawsuit filed by FGL Transport, Inc., and owners Scott Smith and Michael Rozenberg asks the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, along with agency officials, to return the money, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The lawsuit claims that in September, the company gave employee Boris Nulman $191,500 and a plane ticket to Cleveland to purchase several big trucks. When the cash in Nulman's carry-on bag went through a Transportation Security Administration scanner, the agents pulled it aside for an inspection.

Nulman was later allowed to leave, but only with $10,000, according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He never went to Cleveland to buy the trucks.

The lawsuit says an agent gave Nulman a receipt to document the $181,500, but the federal agencies now say only $159,950 was confiscated. That's $21,550 less than what the company says was seized.

Comment: Chances are, they will never see that money again. See also:


Target

Trump supporters are George W Bush supporters LARPing as Ron Paul supporters

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The Trump administration has released its official statement to Congress justifying its drone assassination of Iran's top military official Qassem Soleimani last month. Surprising exactly zero people, the formal notification makes no mention whatsoever of any imminent threat posed by Soleimani, a direct contradiction of this administration's previous claims defending the assassination.

"The Trump administration has been accused of lying after the publication of a new report that undermined its reasoning for assassinating Iranian General Qassem Soleimani last month," reports Middle East Eye. "The chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday that President Donald Trump's official notification to Congress defending the 3 January strike failed to specify an 'imminent threat' posed by Soleimani."

"This official report directly contradicts the president's false assertion that he attacked Iran to prevent an imminent attack against United States personnel and embassies," Democratic Representative Eliot Engel of New York said.