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US confirms strike operation in Somalia, claims they eliminated 'key ISIS terrorists'

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed that ISIS leader Bila al-Sudani was one of the terrorists killed in the strike.
The US military eliminated "a number of ISIS members" — including one of the terrorist group's top operatives — in a Wednesday strike in northern Somalia, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

ISIS leader Bilal al-Sudani, who was a "key facilitator for ISIS's global network," was among the multiple terrorists killed in the "assault operation" ordered by President Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement.

"[A]l-Sudani was responsible for fostering the growing presence of ISIS in Africa and for funding the group's operations worldwide, including in Afghanistan," he said. "This action leaves the United States and its partners safer and more secure."

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British universities are adding warnings for Greek and Shakespearean plays: "Tragedy ... might be triggering"

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© Garfield Shakespeare Company
The duel between Laertes (left), played by Brad Elliott, and Hamlet, with Horatio (background, left) Claudius, Gertrude and other court staff observing.
The problem with universities overwhelmingly controlled by faculty on the left is that there are few to offer a dose of reality or rationality. Left to their own devices, some faculty seem to search for new ways to demonstrate woke priorities. British universities have long been ridiculed for policies controlling speech or symbols. Now, The Telegraph is reporting that British universities are adding trigger warnings to Greek and Shakespearean tragedies to protect students from being triggered by tragedy. Indeed, there are now warnings on other classics for everything from "ableism" to "depictions of rural life."

One such warning stated, "Tragedy is a genre obsessed with violence and suffering, often of a sexual or graphic kind, and so some of the content might be triggering for some students."

Comment: The madness is spreading.


Black Magic

Climate Activism Has a Cult Problem

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Extinction Rebellion protesting against Black Friday in Warsaw, Poland.
As a member of Extinction Rebellion, writes Zion Lights, I watched people brainwashed into pulling outrageous stunts in the name of 'saving the planet.'

Maybe you saw Van Gogh's Sunflowers smeared with two cans of tomato soup. Or the 20-year-old man who set fire to his arm at a tennis tournament, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words "End UK Private Jets." Or the traffic on London's M25 highway blocked by protesters for days. One 24-year-old girl, Louise, climbed atop a crane on the highway. "I'm here because I don't have a future," she exclaimed between sobs.

All these stories feature young members of a movement that claims to fight climate change by demanding their governments stop using and producing fossil fuels immediately.

Their methods seem unorthodox, and you're probably wondering how defacing artwork or gluing your hand to the floor of a Volkswagen showroom reduces carbon emissions. I don't blame you.

The difference between me and you is I used to be one of them.

Hammer

San Francisco judge orders release of bodycam footage from Paul Pelosi hammer attack

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(L) Suspect David DePape (R) Nancy and Paul Pelosi
A San Francisco judge on Wednesday ruled that San Francisco police body camera footage from the October 2022 hammer attack against Paul Pelosi, the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, must be made public.

In his ruling, Judge Stephen Murphy sided with a group of media outlets, including the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times, who sought access to the dramatic footage as well as other evidence against David DePape, the alleged attacker, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Comment: Note that everyone is dancing around the common-sense possibility that this was a date gone wrong.


Bizarro Earth

The 'Gen Z' gender revolution: Under-35s make up 85% of the non-binary and nearly half the trans population in England and Wales

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© Reuters / Brendan McDermid
The Gen Z gender revolution was laid bare today as census figures showed under-35s make up half the trans community in England and Wales.

More than 47 per cent of those who identified as a different gender than they were registered at birth were aged between 16 and 34 - even though the age band accounts for less than a third of the wider population.

The younger generation was even more dominant among those who described themselves as non-binary, with 85 per cent - 26,000 people - in the under-35 group.

The insight into the changing face of the country - increasingly a major social flashpoint - emerged in the latest details released from the census, which was conducted in 2021.

Syringe

UK becomes latest country to ban Covid boosters for under-50s

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Covid booster doses will no longer be available to healthy people under 50 from next month, the Government has said. The reason given by the JCVI, the Government's vaccine advisory body, is because "the transition continues away from a pandemic emergency response towards pandemic recovery".

A number of countries have imposed similar bans on boosters for healthy under-50s, a trend that has been linked by observers to safety concerns, though public authorities have not confirmed this. The U.K. will continue to offer the first two doses to over-16s.

Pills

Children under 14 die from fentanyl more than other age groups

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Fentanyl deaths in children under 14 are increasing at a faster rate than in any other age group, according to an analysis from Families Against Fentanyl (FAF), a non-profit group aiming to curb the spread of the lethal opioid.

Jim Raug, founder of FAF, has seen an increase in instances of fentanyl poisoning, which occurs when a person accidentally ingests the drug. Fentanyl poisoning often also occurs when someone, especially a child, comes into close contact with even a minute amount of the drug, which is 50 to 100 more potent than morphine, Fox News reports.

"It's so prevalent in society now," said Rauh, who lost his 37-year-old son to fentanyl poisoning in 2015. "Distribution goes to dispersion by entropy. That's the law of physics. And it's showing out because of the mass quantity of this material. ... It's so prevalent that just our innocent children, by incidental contact, are being killed. And now it's creeping into the schools and other enclosed environments."

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Project Veritas exposes Pfizer exec discussing 'mutating' COVID-19 virus for new vaccines, #DirectedEvolution trends worldwide

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Project Veritas released a new video Wednesday in which a Pfizer executive claimed the company is attempting to "mutate" COVID via "Directed Evolution" in order to preempt the development of future vaccines.

As a result, #DirectedEvolution trended worldwide.


Comment: Did they give this guy some kind of truth serum? He was spilling ALL the beans!

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Megaphone

Strikes disrupt shipments at several oil refinery sites in France

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© REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
[6/6] French energy workers on strike gather with dockers to protest against French government's pension reform plan, in the port of Saint-Nazaire, France, January 26, 2023.
TotalEnergies (TTEF.PA) said strike action had interrupted shipments at several production sites in France, as the euro zone's second-biggest economy continues to face widespread protests over government plans to increase the retirement age.

The company said on Thursday shipments were blocked at La Mede, Donges, Normandy and Dunkirk, but added it continued to make sure petrol stations were supplied. It added its refinery site at Feyzin was not affected.


Comment: It remains to be seen whether supplies will be interrupted, because strikes just a month or so ago caused shortages in some regions, as well as long queues and panic buying.


A CGT union representative for TotalEnergies said strike participation across French sites was around 60%.

Comment: France's protests aren't solely about the raising of the retirement age, because over the past few months much of Europe has seen a surge of strike action and protests, across various industries and professions, and in record numbers - with two of the more recent events recording well over a 100,000 people in Spain, and 1 million-plus protesters in France. And it's likely that this is just the beginning of the societal upheaval; which makes other related incidents, such as the terror attacks in Spain, all the more suspect: In one day: Machete-wielding 'terrorist' storms churches in southern Spain; Pensioner 'terrorist' arrested for sending letter-bomb to Spanish PM


Bad Guys

Japan launches intel satellite to monitor military movements in East Asia

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© Kyodo News via AP
An H2A rocket lifts off from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima, southern Japan Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. Japan on Thursday successfully launched the rocket carrying a government intelligence-gathering satellite on a mission to watch movements at military sites in North Korea and to improve natural disaster response as part of Tokyo's effort to buildup its military capability citing growing threat in the East Asia.
Japan successfully launched a rocket Thursday carrying a government intelligence-gathering satellite on a mission to watch movements at military sites in North Korea and improve natural disaster response.

The H2A rocket, launched by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., successfully lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan, carrying the IGS-Radar 7 reconnaissance satellite as part of Tokyo's effort to build up its military capability, citing growing threats in the East Asia.

The satellite later successfully entered its planned orbit, Mitsubishi Heavy said.

The Intelligence Gathering Satellite can capture images on the ground 24 hours a day and even in severe weather conditions. Japan launched the IGS program after a North Korean missile flyover of Japan in 1988 and aims to set up a network of 10 satellites to spot and provide early warning for possible missile launches. The satellites can be also used for disaster monitoring and response.

Comment: Russia's former President Medvedev commented on Japan's turnaround most succinctly: Japanese PM betrayed memory of victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with shameful subservience to US at recent meeting with Biden