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Date: Saturday, 12 April 2014
Time: 1840 ET
To: steve_fail
From Doug Hagmann

At 1750 hours ET, I was contacted by my source within the Department of Homeland Security regarding the current situation at the Bundy Ranch. To put it bluntly, the people are being hoodwinked into believing that the…

As we noted here, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had blocked Twitter access to his nation ahead of what was rumored to be a “spectacular” leak before this weekend’s elections. Then this morning, amid a mad scramble, he reportedly (despite the nation’s court ruling the bans illegal) blocked YouTube access. However, by the magic of the interwebs, we have the ‘leaked’ clip and it is clear why he wanted it blocked/banned. As the rough translation explains, it purports to be a conversation between key Turkish military and political leaders discussing what appears to be a false flag attack to launch war with Syria.

Among the most damning sections:

Ahmet Davutolu: “Prime Minister said that in current conjuncture, this attack (on Suleiman Shah Tomb) must be seen as an opportunity for us.”

Hakan Fidan: “I’ll send 4 men from Syria, if that’s what it takes. I’ll make up a cause of war by ordering a missile attack on Turkey; we can also prepare an attack on Suleiman Shah Tomb if necessary.”

Feridun Sinirliolu: “Our national security has become a common, cheap domestic policy outfit.”

Ya?ar Güler: “It’s a direct cause of war. I mean, what’re going to do is a direct cause of war.”

Feridun Sinirolu: There are some serious shifts in global and regional geopolitics. It now can spread to other places. You said it yourself today, and others agreed… We’re headed to a different game now. We should be able to see those. That ISIL and all that jazz, all those organizations are extremely open to manipulation. Having a region made up of organizations of similar nature will constitute a vital security risk for us. And when we first went into Northern Iraq, there was always the risk of PKK blowing up the place. If we thoroughly consider the risks and substantiate… As the general just said…

Yaar Güler: Sir, when you were inside a moment ago, we were discussing just that. Openly. I mean, armed forces are a “tool” necessary for you in every turn.

Ahmet Davutolu: Of course. I always tell the Prime Minister, in your absence, the same thing in academic jargon, you can’t stay in those lands without hard power. Without hard power, there can be no soft power.

A full translation can be found here

And just in case you had faith that this was all made up and Erdogan is right to ban it… he just admitted it was true!

To summarize: a recording confirming a NATO-member country planned a false-flag war with Syria (where have we seen that before?) and all the Prime Minister has to say is the leak was “immoral.”

Erdogan is not amused:

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan described the leaking on YouTube on Thursday of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military operations in Syria as “villainous”and the government blocked access to the video-sharing site.

"They even leaked a national security meeting. This is villainous, this is dishonesty…Who are you serving by doing audio surveillance of such an important meeting?"Erdogan declared before supporters at a rally ahead of March 30 local polls that will be a key test of his support amid a corruption scandal.

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Gaza’s only power station forced to shut down over fuel shortage
March 15, 2014

Gaza is bracing for a “humanitarian crisis” after its only power station was shut down due to a lack of fuel from Israel. The Israeli government closed the Kerem Shalom crossing this week, effectively severing the fuel supply to Gaza.

In the wake of a number of rocket attacks on Israeli territory on Wednesday, the Israeli government closed all borders with Gaza and suspended the delivery of all commercial goods to the region. As a consequence of the sanctions, Gaza’s only power station ran out of fuel Saturday. 

"The plant has completely ceased to function due to a lack of fuel caused by (Israel’s) closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing," said Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil, deputy director of the energy authority in the Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement to AFP.

The Gaza power plant provides about a third of Gaza’s electricity needs, while the rest of the territory’s energy is provided by Egypt and Israel.

Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil told Turkish news agency Anadolu that the lack of fuel would lead to electricity being cut off 16 hours a day in Gaza.

"Gaza is bracing for a humanitarian catastrophe if the crossing remains closed," said Khalil, who has urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to open up the Kerem Shalon border crossing.

This is not the first instance when Gaza’s power plant was forced to shut down. A couple of months ago the plant had to be turned off after Egypt blocked a number of smuggling tunnels on its border with Gaza which were used to bring in fuel.

Israel eventually allowed the entry of 450,000 liters of fuel, paid for by the Qatari government, so that the Palestinians could restart their power plant.


The US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki statement on Wednesday’s rocket attacks into Israel, completely ignoring the 29 aerial strikes into Gaza: 

"It is reprehensible that dozens of rockets have been fired today alone. There is no justification for such attacks. We call for these terrorist attacks to cease immediately. Israel, like any nation, has a right to defend itself."


When medical researchers at the University of Minnesota took more than 1,000 food samples from multiple retail markets, they found evidence of fecal contamination in 69% of the pork and beef and 92% of the poultry samples. Nine out of ten chicken carcasses in the store may be contaminated with fecal matter. In fact, chicken carcasses are so covered in bacteria that researchers at the University of Arizona found more fecal bacteria in the kitchen — on sponges and dish towels, and in the sink drain — than they found swabbing the toilet.
And yet despite all of this, Americans nonetheless consumed around 60 pounds of chicken per person as of 2012. One can’t help but wonder how many pounds of chicken shit went into making up that figure. 
Why are consumers in the U.S. eating fecal matter in the first place? Do they know about it, and simply lack concern? Or is ignorance perhaps to blame? It’s difficult to believe that any semi-rational person — American or otherwise — would continue to eat a product if they knew it contained fecal matter, especially once health concerns are taken into consideration. 
Salmonella, for example, kills more Americans than any other food borne illness, with more than 100,000 Americans sickened annually by Salmonella-infected eggs. E.coli, another byproduct of factory farmed egg production, has been shown to cause organ failure. And, according to Consumer Reports magazine, the majority of store-bought chickens were contaminated with Campylobacter, which can trigger arthritis, heart and blood infections, and a condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome that can leave people permanently disabled and paralyzed. Americans are quite literally putting their lives at risk, and all so they can savor the taste of a feces-covered chicken nugget.
If you’re feeling a little down by now because you just found out you’ve been eating poop without realizing it, don’t worry — you’re not alone. Joining hundreds of millions of Americans in gobbling down chicken poop are a similarly equal number of cows, who are fed what is referred to by the agricultural industry as “poultry litter”. What is poultry litter? According to a report by Mother Jones, it is detritus that gets scooped off the floors of chicken cages and broiler houses. Or, in other words, “it’s mainly a combination of feces, feathers, and uneaten chicken feed, but in addition, a typical sample of poultry litter might also contain antibiotics, heavy metals, disease-causing bacteria, and even bits of dead rodents.” 
Poultry litter also tends to contain eaten or uneaten pieces of beef protein, which in a roundabout way means that factory farmers are turning cows into cannibals. A direct result of this is that prions — the infectious proteins that cause mad cow disease — continue to be cycled back into cattle feed, effectively completing the circuit blamed for the spread of the disease.
Pigs, like cows, are also being subjected to obligatory cannibalism. An undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States in early 2014 revealed that a pig farm in Owensboro, Kentucky, chose to deal with a viral outbreak by grinding up the intestines of piglets who succumbed to the virus and feeding them in “smoothie” form to mother pigs (sows). More troubling is that this was by no means a small operation, with more than 2,000 sows being fed the gruesome concoction. 
In light of such revelations, is it really any wonder why study after study shows meat produced in factory farms to be wholly unhealthy? A 2009 study found that children who consumed the most protein from animal sources entered puberty about seven months earlier than those who consumed the least. A study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research in 2011 revealed excessive egg consumption — 2.5 eggs or more per week — in men can increase the odds of developing an extremely lethal form of prostate cancer. Harvard researchers in late 2013 found that meat and dairy can alter microbes in the gut and boost the risk of inflammation and disease. And a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council revealed that 26 of 30 antibiotics approved for use in livestock feed failed the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) own safety tests, yet are still in use. “The FDA continues to knowingly allow the use of drugs in animal feed that likely pose a ‘high risk’ to human health,” said Carmen Cordova, a microbiologist and lead author of the report. “That’s a breach of their responsibility and the public trust.”
And it’s not just the FDA, but also the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which has chosen to take the interests of corporations into consideration over those of the taxpayer. In September 2013, The Washington Post reported that the USDA is planning to expand a pilot program where meat packing production lines see an increase in speed and, instead of using government inspectors, use inspectors hired privately. Yet three of the plants in the pilot program were among the 10 worst offenders in the country for health and safety violations, with serious lapses that included failing to remove fecal matter from meat, according to a report by none other than the USDA itself. This on its own should be more than proof enough that not only the private sector is willing to sell you crap, but so is the government. 
In fact, the government is going out of its way to protect the meat industry through the creation and passage of so-called "ag-gag" laws, which make it a crime for anyone to enter a factory farm with the intention of taking photographs for exposure. These laws are being lobbied for by a variety of corporations involved in the production of meat, and have largely been motivated by an onslaught of undercover investigations over the last several years that have spread across the internet and severely damaged meat sales by exposing disgusting conditions and utterly inhumane treatment of sentient animals
One such investigation found pigs left to suffer with untreated open sores, piglets tossed around like a ball and described as “bouncy”, and hens left to rot away in grime-crusted cages. Another investigation uncovered farm workers beating cows with crowbars, stabbing them with pitchforks, and punching them in their heads. And yet another, as described by Rolling Stone magazine, revealed piglets having their tails and testicles snipped off without a numbing agent. 
The good news is that meat consumption in the U.S. has been declining for nearly a decade, according to the  market research firm Packaged Facts. About 12% of U.S. adults strongly agree and 19% somewhat agree that “they are eating many meatless/vegetarian meals,” says David Sprinkle, publisher of Packaged Facts.
Such a decline in meat consumption shouldn’t be all too surprising. Most people don’t want to partake in animal cruelty, whether it’s against pigs and cows or dogs and cats. Most people don’t want to consume hormones and antibiotics. Most people don’t want to put themselves at a greater risk for contracting E.coli, Salmonella, and a host of cancers. And most people certainly do not want to be eating shit.


How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware

by Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald | TheIntercept

The classified files – provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – contain new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware “implants.” The clandestine initiative enables the NSA to break into targeted computers and to siphon out data from foreign Internet and phone networks.

The covert infrastructure that supports the hacking efforts operates from the agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, and from eavesdropping bases in the United Kingdom and Japan. GCHQ, the British intelligence agency, appears to have played an integral role in helping to develop the implants tactic.

In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive. In others, it has sent out spam emails laced with the malware, which can be tailored to covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots with its webcam. The hacking systems have also enabled the NSA to launch cyberattacks by corrupting and disrupting file downloads or denying access to websites.

The implants being deployed were once reserved for a few hundred hard-to-reach targets, whose communications could not be monitored through traditional wiretaps. But the documents analyzed by The Intercept show how the NSA has aggressively accelerated its hacking initiatives in the past decade by computerizing some processes previously handled by humans. The automated system – codenamed TURBINE – is designed to “allow the current implant network to scale to large size (millions of implants) by creating a system that does automated control implants by groups instead of individually.”

Read the full story here.

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EXCUSE ME??? The title is clear!!

I chose harassment because the other options were dumb ‘I just don’t like it’ what kind of option is that. also this is the second time facebook as done this, the other time I reported a sexist page and the same happened. 

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"It’s a threat to us that Europeans view us as exterminating the Palestinians"


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HAPPENING NOW [VERY IMPORTANT]: Venezuela’s soldiers are killing their people. The Government is sending their armed gangs to kill them and they have censored all the media in their country, even blocking photos posted on social media sites. They shut down all the cable channels that broadcast news, so they can’t know what’s going on. The people have no source of protection at all. Students are protesting to save their country and their lives at this very moment. All they have are their social networks to get the word out so, PLEASE RE-BLOG THIS AND SPREAD THE WORD. VENEZUELA IS ON THE BRINK OF A CIVIL WAR  AND CLOSE TO BECOMING A FULL COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP. THEIR PEOPLE NEED YOUR HELP. —— Please, this is very important to me, one of my closest friends went to visit family in Venezuela over winter break and they won’t let him come back to Florida. We’re graduating in a few months and it hurts me to know that his baseball career and all of his hard work and dedication to his grades here in the U.S. was all for nothing. Please.


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