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    I saw that alleged leaked transcript earlier, but did not post it because it looks fake. The more this stuff gets repeated and posted, the more it takes hold as the truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtexas View Post
    I saw that alleged leaked transcript earlier, but did not post it because it looks fake. The more this stuff gets repeated and posted, the more it takes hold as the truth.
    I debated with myself about posting it but thought it should be so that there's a context for the denials that have come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    I debated with myself about posting it but thought it should be so that there's a context for the denials that have come.
    At least it brought some laughs:

    http://www.vox.com/2014/7/29/5949289...etanyahu-phone

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtexas View Post
    I saw that alleged leaked transcript earlier, but did not post it because it looks fake. The more this stuff gets repeated and posted, the more it takes hold as the truth.
    It reads really fake. Like, very low budget action movie fake.


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    "Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd." Baruch Spinoza

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    Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror
    By RUKMINI CALLIMACHIJULY 29, 2014

    BAMAKO, Mali — The cash filled three suitcases: 5 million euros.

    The German official charged with delivering this cargo arrived here aboard a nearly empty military plane and was whisked away to a secret meeting with the president of Mali, who had offered Europe a face-saving solution to a vexing problem.

    Officially, Germany had budgeted the money as humanitarian aid for the poor, landlocked nation of Mali.

    In truth, all sides understood that the cash was bound for an obscure group of Islamic extremists who were holding 32 European hostages, according to six senior diplomats directly involved in the exchange.

    The suitcases were loaded onto pickup trucks and driven hundreds of miles north into the Sahara, where the bearded fighters, who would soon become an official arm of Al Qaeda, counted the money on a blanket thrown on the sand. The 2003 episode was a learning experience for both sides. Eleven years later, the handoff in Bamako has become a well-rehearsed ritual, one of dozens of such transactions repeated all over the world.

    Kidnapping Europeans for ransom has become a global business for Al Qaeda, bankrolling its operations across the globe.

    While European governments deny paying ransoms, an investigation by The New York Times found that Al Qaeda and its direct affiliates have taken in at least $125 million in revenue from kidnappings since 2008, of which $66 million was paid just last year.

    In news releases and statements, the United States Treasury Department has cited ransom amounts that, taken together, put the total at around $165 million over the same period.

    These payments were made almost exclusively by European governments, who funneled the money through a network of proxies, sometimes masking it as development aid, according to interviews conducted for this article with former hostages, negotiators, diplomats and government officials in 10 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The inner workings of the kidnapping business were also revealed in thousands of pages of internal Qaeda documents found by this reporter while on assignment for The Associated Press in northern Mali last year.

    In its early years, Al Qaeda received most of its money from deep-pocketed donors, but counterterrorism officials now believe the group finances the bulk of its recruitment, training and arms purchases from ransoms paid to free Europeans.

    Put more bluntly, Europe has become an inadvertent underwriter of Al Qaeda.

    The foreign ministries of Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland denied in emails or telephone interviews that they had paid the terrorists. “The French authorities have repeatedly stated that France does not pay ransoms,” said Vincent Floreani, deputy director of communication for France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Several senior diplomats involved in past negotiations have described the decision to pay ransom for their countries’ citizens as an agonizing calculation: Accede to the terrorists’ demand, or allow innocent people to be killed, often in a gruesome, public way?

    Yet the fact that Europe and its intermediaries continue to pay has set off a vicious cycle.

    “Kidnapping for ransom has become today’s most significant source of terrorist financing,” said David S. Cohen, the Treasury Department’s under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, in a 2012 speech. “Each transaction encourages another transaction.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/wo...=top-news&_r=0
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    Obama says he trusts Qatar? Umm, yeah. Fake.
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    It's not really news, but something to think about. Some time ago we discussed how many men are gays (ca 10% apparently). Here is an article trying to estimate how many are pedophiles. According to them it's 1-2%. I'd imagine that would increase to 2-4% clergy, teachers and other similar professions. Those guys are really unlucky to be born like that…

    How many men are paedophiles?

    By Wesley Stephenson
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    The Pope was recently reported to have said that about 2% of Catholic clergy are paedophiles. But how does this compare with society as a whole - is it more or less than average?

    As soon as you give this question a moment's thought, you realise that it's not going to be an easy one to answer. Paedophiles are not easy to identify.

    "Because paedophilia is so secretive and so few people are willing to admit it, there is no meaningful way to get a reliable estimate," says Dr James Cantor, a psychologist and sexual behaviour scientist at the University of Toronto.

    "There's no meaningfully ethical way of taking 200 men, hooking them up to detectors, showing them pictures of adults and children and seeing how many respond most to children."

    One person who has attempted an estimate is Dr Michael Seto, a clinical and forensic psychologist at the Royal Ottawa Healthcare group.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28526106
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    U.S. resupplies Israel with munitions as Gaza offensive rages
    WASHINGTON Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:52pm EDT

    (Reuters) - The United States has allowed Israel, waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local U.S. arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, a U.S. defense official said on Thursday.

    The munitions were located inside Israel as part of a program managed by the U.S. military and called War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I), which stores munitions locally for U.S. use that Israel can also access in emergency situations.

    Israel, however, did not cite an emergency when it made its latest request about 10 days ago, the defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The United States allowed Israel to access the strategic stockpile anyway to resupply itself with 40mm grenades and 120mm mortar rounds to deplete older stocks that would eventually need to be refreshed.

    "They didn't ask for it from there but we gave it to them so we could rotate our stocks," the official said.

    Additional Israeli requests for U.S.-manufactured ammunition were also being processed in the United States, the official said. The official did not offer further details on quantities or costs of ammunition already supplied or requested.

    Israel's embassy in Washington declined comment about the resupply request, including whether it asked for the ammunition because of its operations in Gaza.

    Separately, U.S. lawmakers were working in Congress to provide millions of dollars in additional funding for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile shield.

    The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee added $225 million for Iron Dome to a spending bill intended mainly to provide money to handle an influx of thousands of Central American children across the U.S.-Mexico border.

    According to the Gaza Health Ministry, 1,346 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed since Israel began its offensive on July 8 with the declared aim of halting cross-border rocket fire and destroying the tunnel network of the Islamist group Hamas.

    On the Israeli side, 56 soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

    (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by David Storey and Mohammad Zargham)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...source=twitter
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    Illegal Army of Nazi Veterans Remained Hidden, Influential for Decades

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    A buried 321-page file has emerged from German intelligence detailing the existence of a secret army in Germany, marshaled by former members of the Nazi Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS. West Germany's Chancellor turned a blind eye when he learned of the group—according to the file—as did the good shepherds of our very own CIA.

    The secret army described in the file was led by a cadre of approximately 2,000 ex-Nazi officers with a total force of 40,000 men, frequently described as elite units ("Crack-Divisionen") reassembled with their old friends from the war.

    The group's stated goal was to protect the emerging state of Western Germany from potential Communist invasion, but in practice it devoted itself to the surveillance of domestic left-wing politicians, including Social Democrat (SPD) Fritz Erler, and prominent student activists, like Joachim Peckert. (Peckert later became a senior official at the West German Embassy in Moscow.)

    (...)

    Like a funny smell in the basement that turns out to be zombies, Fascism's terrifying resurgence across Europe in recent years has struck some Americans completely by surprise. There was that fascistic Croatian celebration upon their qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. The growing influence seen last year of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party in Greece and the vocally anti-Semitic Jobbik party in Hungary. Then, this past May, there was the chilling sight of France's odious National Front, the UK's Independence Party, and various other far-right nationalist parties doing alarmingly well in the European Parliamentary elections.

    Commentators have been right to point to the austerity measures following the 2008 financial crisis as having fostered the conditions for this fascist revival, but it seems shortsighted not to (at least) find some blame for NATO's CIA-assisted stay-behind programs for their continued support of Europe's fascist torchbearers across the 20th Century.


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    72-hour cease fire less than a few hours away.

    This is so the wounded can get medical care before they're blown to hell when the war resumes?

    This is insane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkus View Post
    72-hour cease fire less than a few hours away.

    This is so the wounded can get medical care before they're blown to hell when the war resumes?

    This is insane.
    It lasted less than two hours.
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    I don't expect an early end to this. Right now neither side has achieved their objectives or at least something they can paint as victory.
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