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UC Berkeley student creates app to feed the homeless

When UC Berkeley student Komal Ahmad invited a homeless man to lunch three years ago, she was inspired to create an app that would change the lives of hundreds of thousands living on the streets.

When the man asked her for money for food, she took him to lunch instead and learned of his time as a soldier in Iraq. "He'd already gone on two deployments and now he's come back, he's 26 and on the side of the road begging for food," Ahmad said. "It just blew my mind."

Shortly after her experience, she began an initiative at Berkeley to donate uneaten food from the university's dining halls to local homeless shelters. The program was so successful that in three years, it has spread to over 140 colleges around the country.

Comment: Good on Ahmad. Let's hope the cops don't get wind of it and declare it illegal.


Fire

Economic collapse in motion: 16 facts highlighting the financial devastation we are seeing all over the world

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As we enter the second half of 2015, financial panic has gripped most of the globe. Stock prices are crashing in China, in Europe and in the United States. Greece is on the verge of a historic default, and now Puerto Rico and Ukraine are both threatening to default on their debts if they do not receive concessions from their creditors. Not since the financial crisis of 2008 has so much financial chaos been unleashed all at once. Could it be possible that the great financial crisis of 2015 has begun? The following are 16 facts about the tremendous financial devastation that is happening all over the world right now...

1. On Monday, the Dow fell by 350 points. That was the biggest one day decline that we have seen in two years.

2. In Europe, stocks got absolutely smashed. Germany's DAX index dropped 3.6 percent, and France's CAC 40 was down 3.7 percent.

3. After Greece, Italy is considered to be the most financially troubled nation in the eurozone, and on Monday Italian stocks were down more than 5 percent.

4. Greek stocks were down an astounding 18 percent on Monday.

Bulb

Citing risks to land and health, New York bans fracking

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New York State officially banned fracking for natural gas by issuing its final environmental impact statement, concluding a seven-year review. The environmental agency said fracking posed risks to land, water, natural resources and public health.

The release of the environmental impact statement on Monday concluded seven years of analysis by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). It first issued a moratorium against fracking in 2008.

The agency received a staggering 260,000 comments over various drafts of its environment impact statement. In 2009, more than 13,000 public comments were made on its draft. A revised draft issued in 2011, which involved four public hearings around the state, received another 67,000 comments, and the second draft, with regulations over permit conditions, received an additional 180,000 comments.

"After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens in a statement.

"High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated. This decision is consistent with DEC's mission to conserve, improve and protect our state's natural resources, and to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state."

Pistol

Suspect in France terror attack denies association with jihadists

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The suspect held over an attack against a gas company site is escorted by police officers during investigations in Saint-Priest, near Lyon, France, June 28, 2015
A man under investigation for allegedly beheading his boss and trying to blow up a gas factory in France claimed that his actions were not religiously motivated, a source close to the investigation told Reuters.

Yassin Salhi, 35, told the police he was not a jihadist and committed the attack the day after a spat with his wife, and several days after a quarrel with his boss, Herve Cornara.

Salhi tried to blow up the "Air Products" gas factory in the town of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon. He entered the facility using his duty pass. Police later found the beheaded body of Salhi's boss on the factory premises.

They also found two black flags with Arabic lettering resembling those of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL].

Red Flag

Man sets himself on fire on bullet train, killing 2 others and injuring 26

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A passenger on the stretcher is carried by rescue workers from a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015
A man has set himself on fire on a bullet train bound for the western city of Osaka from Tokyo, Japanese officials confirmed, adding that two people are were killed and at least 26 injured.

According to local media, a man poured an oil-like liquid over his head and attempted self-immolation in the train that was carrying about 1,000 passengers.

"At the very front of the first carriage ... this person had a whole petrol container, and sprayed liquid across the seats ... and then all over himself. And then set himself on fire," a woman passenger told TBS broadcaster. "And fire spread all over the place immediately."

The fire department of Odawara in the Kanagawa Prefecture said that the man and a female passenger died on the train, while two other people were injured, the Japan Times reports. The woman reportedly died from inhaling smoke.

Piggy Bank

China to get 30% stake in AIIB as bank takes shape

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China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei speaks at a signing ceremony.
Representatives of the 50 prospective founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on Monday morning signed the bank's articles of agreement (AOA), laying the ground rules for officially inaugurating the multilateral lender, China Daily reported.

The rest of the seven prospective founding members have not yet signed the agreement as they are waiting for domestic approval. The AOA, the bank's mini-constitution, underpins the fundamental principles for the establishment and future operations of the AIIB. The signing wrapped up a six-month behind-the-scene intense negotiation and paved the way for establishing the bank before the end of this year.

According to the AOA, China will contribute $29.78 billion of the bank's $100 billion capital base, becoming the largest shareholder within the bank with a 30.34 percent stake in AIIB. Under the formula that also factored in possible new members' share and prospective founding members' rights, China got 26.06 percent of the total votes.

Comment: Pressure from the White House did not keep US allies from breaking ranks and joining the AIIB. Some see this new bank as a chance for China to extend its influence by financing big infrastructure and development projects throughout Asia. Some see it as a move to diminish US influence in the financial system. Some think that the AIIB will force China to be more transparent. And then there is the "rise-of-power" threat... Regardless the reason(s), it is happening and perhaps AIIB will have a competitive edge and be a sorely needed catalyst...the paradigm is changing, hopefully for the better!


Eye 2

Ponerization in science: Conference of university academics say it's normal for males to be aroused by children and pedophilia is natural

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An academic conference held at the University of Cambridge said that pedophilia interest is "natural and normal for males", and that "at least a sizable minority of normal males would like to have sex with children, and normal males are aroused by children."

These sentiments were discussed at a conference that took place last year to discuss the classification of sexuality in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the standard international psychiatric manual used by the legal system.

The conference, which was titled "Classifying Sex: Debating DSM-5″, had featured a number of speakers who spoke in favor of sex with children, which, in essence, is supporting pedophilia.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA), which produces it, had been locked in battle over whether hebephilia should be included as a disorder. Hebephilia is the sexual preference for children in early puberty, typically 11 to 14 year old's.

Comment: The psychopathic values that our world leaders espouse is definitely spreading. The fact that these people found like-mindedness with an admitted pedophile and child sex offender should tell you all you need to know about the minds of these "academics".


Family

Dutch city of Utrecht to provide residents with universal, unconditional income

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The Dutch city of Utrecht will start an experiment which hopes to determine whether society works effectively with universal, unconditional income introduced.

The city has paired up with the local university to establish whether the concept of 'basic income' can work in real life, and plans to begin the experiment at the end of the summer holidays.

Basic income is a universal, unconditional form of payment to individuals, which covers their living costs. The concept is to allow people to choose to work more flexible hours in a less regimented society, allowing more time for care, volunteering and study.

University College Utrecht has paired with the city to place people on welfare on a living income, to see if a system of welfare without requirements will be successful.

The Netherlands as a country is no stranger to less traditional work environments - it has the highest proportion of part time workers in the EU, 46.1 per cent. However, Utrecht's experiment with welfare is expected to be the first of its kind in the country.

Airplane

At least 30 people killed as Indonesian military plane crashes on Sumatra

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Residents of Medan close to the site of the military plane crash.

Death toll could rise, officials say, after Hercules aircraft crashed into hotel and houses in city of Medan on Sumatra island


At least 30 people have been killed after an Indonesian military transport plane crashed shortly after take-off into a city on Sumatra island, exploding in a ball of flames in a residential area.

The Hercules plane hit a hotel and houses in the northern Sumatra city of Medan on Tuesday, an official said.

"The latest information we have is that 30 have died.... The number could go up," Hisar Turnip, a spokesman for Indonesia's search and rescue agency, told Reuters.

It was not immediately clear how many of the victims were in the plane or on the ground.

The plane was on its way from an air force base in Medan to the remote Natuna islands and crashed a few minutes after takeoff.

Dramatic pictures on social media showed large crowds and emergency services gathering around the flaming wreckage, with the fuselage of the aircraft visible among thick plumes of black smoke. Buildings in the vicinity of the crash zone were also clearly damaged.

Stormtrooper

Cop shoots two unarmed teenagers, who had just crashed, at point blank range, on LIVE TV

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Sao Paolo, Brazil - Brazil is one of the only countries on the planet with a more serious police brutality problem than the United States.

According to a recent study from the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety, police in Brazil have killed over 11,000 people between the years of 2009 and 2013. These numbers average out to roughly six killings per day, which is more than double the rate that is seen in the United States.

In one of the most recent and high-profile cases of police brutality, a police officer shot two teenage theft suspects in front of a television news crew. The shooting occurred just after a high-speed chase, where the officer was hunting down the teenagers under suspicion that they stole the motorcycle that they were traveling with. It has not yet been confirmed whether or not the teens were actually guilty of theft, but this is what was suspected by the officer.

In the video, one of the suspects can be seen throwing their helmet at the pursuing officer, as they attempted to evade him during their chase through the streets.

After a quick chase, the suspects ended up crashing the motorcycles and landing on the sidewalk. When the officer approached seconds later, it was obvious that they were not moving and were injured, but the officer fired several shots at close range anyway, even though they obviously posed no threat.

The two men ages of 16 and 17 were taken to nearby hospitals. And the police officer who shot them was arrested later that same night.

According to news reports, one of the men was wounded by three bullets, one in the buttock and two in the leg and is in stable condition in the hospital. The Secretary of Public Security, Alexandre de Moraes, said the police committed "serious irregularities." Internal Affairs immediately began an investigation.