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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.

Eye 1

Man dies in hospital following brutal arrest by Dutch police

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A 42-year-old Arubian man has died in a Dutch hospital following a violent arrest by The Hague police, local media reported, citing witnesses saying Mitch Henriquez was brutally beaten by law enforcement officers. An investigation has been launched.

The Prosecutor's Officer (OM) said in a statement that Mitch Henriquez began to feel unwell on the way to the police station, following his arrest at the "Night in the Park" music festival in The Hague, nltimes.nl reported. Video footage shows the man was left without medical aid, lying lifeless and handcuffed on the grass while two agents were sitting on him. Henriquez seemed already unconscious when he was dragged into the police bus.

Comment: And so it begins. People took to the streets today in The Hague to protest against police violence and to demand justice for the death of Mitch Henriquez. Police officers were present as well:
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Arrow Down

FBI: Neo-Nazis enlist in US military to train for future race war

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Neo-Nazi rally in Frankfort, Kentucky.
With the recent revelation that the majority of fatal attacks on US citizens are carried out by homegrown white supremacists and right-wing extremists, it may be cause for alarm to know that representatives from these fringe groups have been joining the US military to train for a "race war," in high numbers, without protest from the Pentagon.

Last Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that since the 9/11 terror attacks, nearly twice as many people have been killed in the United States from attacks by white supremacists and anti-government radicals than by Muslim jihadis.

Since the horrific massacre at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina less than two weeks ago, there have been fires in at least six predominantly African-American churches.

Now, even more alarming information has emerged via an op-ed published in the Guardian: white supremacists and extremists are joining the military to gain the training they need to attack US citizens.

According to estimates from the FBI, there are hundreds of white supremacists currently active in the US army or amongst the veteran community.

Airplane

Aeromexico flight from Mexico City makes emergency landing due to fire in cargo hold

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An Aeromexico Boeing Dreamliner flying from Mexico City to Paris has reportedly declared an emergency due to a fire in the cargo hold, and is being diverted to Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland.

Aeromexico flight AM3 was scheduled to land at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris at 17:35 GMT, according to Airlive.net. The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner declared an emergency at 13:27 GMT.

Comment: The recent spate of airline mishaps continues unabated as these incidences seem to be increasing globally: