Adv3nture launches new ‘outdoor jacket system’

After record-breaking success with its first hoodie, the Adv3nture brand is back with some cool new features and its noted versatility.

Have you ever found yourself carrying a cup of coffee to a friend, hoping it doesn’t cool down too quickly? Or been on an airplane, wishing your pillow was bigger and more comfortable? Perhaps you’ve found yourself stuck without bottle opener at an inconvenient time. Well, if you’d been wearing an Adv3nture jacket at the time, all of these (arguably minor yet annoying) problems would have been resolved!

The new hoodies, fleeces, jackets, and parkas made by Adv3nture and just launched in a new Kickstarter campaign contain an impressive number of features that make them highly useful in every situation. These include a special insulated beverage pocket to stash coffee or beers, complete with an emergency bottle opener. A large inner fleece-lined pocket fits the entire jacket, allowing it to transform into a comfy pillow on the go. There’s a zippered passport pocket, a small sunglass pocket, and magnetic pocket closures.

On a more serious note — for all those times when you’d rather be warm and dry, and couldn’t care less about a bottle opener — the inner fleeces and hoodies zip into the shells, meaning they can be worn separately or together, depending on the temperature. They contain vents to control temperature, have waterproof and windproof fabrics, feature waterproof zippers and seams, drawstring waists and wrists, and chafe-resistant shoulder fabric.

The Adv3nture brand was founded by Zane Lamprey, a long-time professional traveler and apparel designer who has filmed travel shows for National Geographic, Food Network, and Travel Channel over the past ten years. He has been to 65 countries, which means he’s learned a thing or two about what makes a garment useful on a trip. His experiences have influenced his designs.

Zane Lamprey© Kickstarter — Zane Lamprey shows off the Wind Cave Windbreaker

His first product, the Adv3nture Hoodie, was a record-breaking fundraiser on Kickstarter, bringing in more than $1.6 million. Now Lamprey is following up with his new “outdoor jacket system,” comprised of four different coats. There are two inner layers — the Voyageurs Hoodie and the Badlands Fleece — and two outer layers — the Wind Cave Windbreaker and the Glacier Parka. In just over week, Adv3nture has raised nearly US$223,000 from an initial target of $50,000.

Adv3nture pledges to plant three trees for every jacket sold. From the campaign page:

“We have created a tree program whereby we plant three indigenous trees in areas of the US that have been affected by forest fires and deforestation. We work with arborists and environmental scientists to ensure that the trees that we’re planting are the best for the location that we’ll be planting. Every product backed in this campaign will have three trees planted in the US.”

There is a lot about Adv3nture that pleases this TreeHugger, from the tree-planting itself to smart, high-quality products designed to be versatile and multipurpose. What I would like to know more of, though, is where and how these jackets are made. (I’m not a big fan of fleece, to say the least.) Hopefully the brand will provide more in-depth information about this. Keep tuned for an update.

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Berlin public transport system sponsors shoe with an annual transport pass

This advertising gimmick gives a whole new meaning to the words “training shoes.”

Crowds thronged outside a store in Berlin’s trendy Kreuzberg district in January ahead of the release of a new limited edition set of Adidas EQT Support 93/Berlin sport shoes. This time it was different though. Instead of the usual crush of “sneakerhead” shoe collectors, this crowd included a mix of fans of public transportation looking for a deal.

For good reason: the shoes on sale for 180 Euros (US$225) include a pass to the Berlin bus and underground train network for all of 2018 — a value worth 720 Euros ($900)!

BVG tennis shoes give the wearer a year of travel passes on Berlin buses and undergroundOverkill/BVG/Promo image
The shoes have an annual travel pass (Jahresticket) sewn into the tongue. Train inspectors and bus drivers will respect the owner’s right to travel on any buses and underground trains in all of the regions A-B-C of the wider Berlin network as long as both shoes are being worn (they cannot be carried in a bag, for example).

A curious red, blue, black, and grey camouflage adorns the surfaces of the seats on many of Berlin’s buses and trains. The BVG changed to this fabric as an anti-graffiti measure, which has been largely successful. Now the characteristic camo stands out as the most noticeable of several decorations associating the sneakers with the BVG.

The model has been revived from the years shortly after the Berlin wall fell, when it was a favorite among the East Germans who found themselves newly introduced to the bounties of capitalism. The retro-look and BVG design together lend an aura of so much kitsch that it can only be cool.

New BVG sneakers are decorated with the graffiti-resistant camouflage featured on many of the trains' seats Overkill/BVG/Promo image
The transport company isn’t too worried about losing money on the bargain. Most of the shoes will end up with collectors, possibly as souvenirs of the city, rather than costing the BVG too many ticket sales. But in recent news, the Berlin enforcement personnel are already on the hunt for counterfeits!

The BVG has been getting headlines for their cheeky “Because we love you” (Weil wir dich lieben) campaign on Twitter and FaceBook as well. Followers are entertained with sweet or comical moments capturing the whimsies of life in the world of public transport and a sarcastic humor that is not afraid to offend or get political, including confronting an anti-immigrant far-right politician and even trolling U.S. President Donald Trump.

They used their social media presence to auction off the last two pairs from the limited edition of 500 with proceeds going to help the homeless — the sale brought in 4370 Euros (US$ ) for the cause. It seems the “sneakerheads” are already on their way to premium prices, and the true fans of public transport will have a year to enjoy beating the system!

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NASA scientists: People are born "creative geniuses" but get dumbed down by the U.S. education system

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Would you consider yourself a creative genius? If you asked other people that question, perhaps some might answer in the affirmative. But the vast majority of individuals, when confronted with that question, might say no. It’s not that they don’t really think they are the type of person to be considered creative or a genius. It’s just that they no longer see themselves as creative individuals. The older the person, the higher the chance that they would answer no to the question. This is based on the results of a shocking new study that posits that all people are creative geniuses at birth. It’s just that the system of education ends up dumbing them down as they move through it.

According to Dr. George Land, he was once contacted by the National Aeronautics Space Agency (NASA) and another expert named Beth Jarman in order to develop a special cognitive test that would be able to determine the so-called creative potential of NASA engineers and rocket scientists. After formulating the test, they gave it to NASA for it to be used, and it was found to be highly effective in fulfilling NASA’s wishes. It wasn’t long after that when scientists began to wonder certain things about creativity in the human brain.

So to find out the answers to their questions — like where creativity comes from, or whether it’s a learned trait or inborn — they gave the highly specialized test to 1,600 children over the age of four and five. They found that a whopping 98 percent of all the test participants fell under the genius category. Now, that might look like a major find, but the scientists didn’t stop there.

They went further and gave the tests to a progressively older set of individuals. First were kids who were 10 years old. They were surprised to find that these 10-year-olds, most of whom were from the original set of test takers, failed to meet a similar percentage of so-called creative geniuses; only 30 percent of them fell under that category.

Meanwhile, adults performed even worse at the test. According to the data, only two percent of participating adults recorded test scores that fell under the creative genius bracket. So what exactly does this all mean? Is there any way we can make sense of it?

Remarkably, Dr. Land himself has come forward and done it for the benefit of everyone. That is, in a recently conducted TEDx talk, he shared all details of a study that concluded that people somehow lose their creative side mainly because of the dull education system that they underwent. According to another expert named Gavin Nascimento, it should be no surprise.

“The reasoning for this is not too difficult to apprehend; school, as we plainly call it, is an institution that has historically been put in place to ultimately serve the wants of the ruling class, not the common people,” said Nascimento. “In order for the so-called elite to maintain their lavish lifestyles of overt luxury — where they contribute the least but enjoy the most — they understand that children must be dumbed down and brainwashed to accept (and even serve) their rapacious system of artificial scarcity, unending exploitation, and incessant war.”

No matter where you stand on the creative spectrum, one thing is quite clear: if you can recognize the truth about your condition, then it isn’t too late to do something about it. According to Dr. Land, the key could be something as simple as dreaming like a child again. That way, you may unlock the secrets that made you such a prodigy when you were younger.

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Study Shows Kids are Born Creative Geniuses But the Education System Destroys Imagination


Dr. George Land and Beth Jarman were commissioned by NASA to help the space agency identify and develop creative talent. The two were tasked to research school children in an attempt to identify creative individuals from which the agency could pick to help with their many products. In a recent TED talk, Land described his team’s surprising findings on the education system which are nothing short of shocking.

It seems American schoolchildren lose their ability to think creatively over time. As students enter their educational journey, they retain most of their abilities to think creatively. In other words, children are born with creative genius. Employing a longitudinal study model, Land and Jarman studied 1,600 children at ages 5, 10, and 15.

Surprisingly, Land said they discovered if given a problem with which they had to come up with an imaginative, and innovative solution, 98 percent of 5-year-olds tested at the “genius” level. Simply put, their answers to how the problem should be solved were brilliant.

Upon entry into the school system, those numbers started to drop dramatically. When the team returned to test those same subjects at age 10, the percentage of genius-level imaginative and innovative thinkers fell to an unthinkable 30 percent. The indicators led the researchers to believe the current educational system is to blame. Not only did 68 percent of those students lose their ability to think with imagination and innovation, the thought that only 30 percent could still do is unfathomable.

The downward spiral continued to be demonstrated at age 15.  When the researchers returned, the percentage of genius-level students had dropped to an abysmal 12 percent. Gasps could be heard all around the room as the audience attempted to process how such a brilliant group of students could sink so low in their imaginations and ability to solve problems with innovation.

Land blames the Industrial Revolution and its burgeoning factories for the demise of creativity. During that era, Land said the natural approach to teaching and learning led educators to develop “factories for human beings, too, called ‘schools’ so we could manufacture people that could work well in the factories.”

From a qualitative perspective, teachers point to governmental intrusion into the dumbing down of the nation’s school children. Starting with the development of the Department of Education, the federal government’s handprint is all over some of the worst decisions regarding public policy and education.

From the Clinton Administration’s mandated federal testing guidelines, to Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, to the disastrous Obama Administration’s Common Core Curriculum, teachers everywhere have complained they’re not teaching any longer. They’re simply instructing students to achieve the minimum educational requirements necessary for them to pass a standardized exam.

Predictably, during those administration’s attempts to force a model of education upon the nation, the homeschool movement has flourished. Parents were forced to come to the conclusion their local public school was failing to provide an education sufficient for their children to be able to attend college.

As a result, Land’s team was not surprised to find only 2 percent of adults (Age 31) still retain their ability to think imaginatively, with creativity and innovation. He said:

Look, folks, if we’re going to enter the future with hope, that’s not going to do it. We have to do something about it.

Land says people can actually get back to thinking creatively with imagination if they will get rid of stinking thinking. He urges listeners to get rid of three aspects of education: judgment, criticism, and censorship.

When students come up with a brilliant idea they’re met with constant criticism, therefore they become conditioned to think like the masses, instead of coming up with an accepted alternative solution.

“Find the 5-year-old,” in yourself, Land implores. He says it has “never gone away” and can be accessed at any moment. Land said “So, The Great Designer said, ‘I’m gonna put that mechanism in so they exercise it every day in case they ever need an idea.’ You’ve got that capability, absolutely!”

But Land says we only exercise that genius part of our brains when we’re dreaming. So dream big! Dream often. And don’t let naysayers rain on your imagination.

Using brain scan imaging, Land demonstrated how the brain is practically useless when it’s afraid. In contrast, the human brain is exceedingly active when it’s imagining.

Without specifically criticizing the educational system, Land addressed the major problem with teaching students to get the “right answer.” He says, instead, students should imagine many possibilities to achieve innovation and problem-solving.

According to Land, in order for industry to survive, it must be continually innovating, and adapting to change, expecting the landscapes to evolve, and evolve with it. Instead of becoming fixated on one right solution, come up with 30-40 imaginative ones to become innovative.




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Food packaging chemical BPA ‘found in digestive system of 86% of teenagers’

The University of Exeter research looked at Bisphenol A (BPA), which makes plastics flexible but strong.

Some studies have suggested that the chemical could be linked to breast cancer and heart disease and there have been calls for it to be banned. However, others believe that stance is misleading.

BPA, which has been used since the 1960s, is often found in the white lining inside tinned foods, drinks cans and bottle tops. Even till receipts, DVDs and processed foods are known to contain it.

Researchers studied 94 teenagers and found it was almost impossible for them to avoid BPA products.

The chemical is also found in some plastic food packaging

Professor Lorna Harries, who led the project, is calling for clearer labelling on packaging so people can make informed choices when doing their food shopping.

“Teenagers are one of the groups of people in our population that have the highest levels of BPA in their urine when you measure it,” she said.

“Although we’re not quite sure why that is, one theory is because teenagers eat more junk food than the rest of the population and junk food is a particularly rich source of BPA.”

Freya Hester, 17, who took part in the study, said: “I am really passionate about plastic pollution so knowing BPA is in here, we are polluting our bodies as well as the environment, which is really shocking to me.”

Another participant, Amalia Gimbuta, told Sky News: “If you’re in a rush and you’re shopping you don’t have time to peel off the packaging to try and work out if it has BPA or not.

“So finding packaging that you know for certain doesn’t have it in is really difficult.”

Researchers found BPA in most of the 96 people they tested

Whilst some research suggests that low levels of BPA do not do any harm, the European Commission recently ruled it was a threat to human health because of its effect on people’s hormones.

In Canada and some American states it is no longer used in baby bottles, and last month the Commission decided to restrict its use in food packaging because of the potential side effects.

Chief Executive of Breast Cancer UK Lynn Ladbrook said: “BPA is listed as a substance of very high concern for good reason – it is both a reproductive toxicant and has endocrine disrupting properties.

“Breast Cancer UK has long called for BPA to be prohibited from use in food, drinks and till receipts and until it is, it is likely to continue to show up in humans.”

However, some insist the chemical is safe and that there is not enough clear evidence to suggest otherwise.

The British Plastics Federation has sought to reassure the public, calling recent campaigns misleading.

In a statement, it said: “BPA is one of the most studied chemicals in recent history and the current safety measures were reaffirmed as safe for adults, children and unborn children by the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) as recently as October 2016, and the UK Food Standards Agency officially supports these conclusions.

“The British Plastics Federation also supports these conclusions: at current exposure levels, plastics containing BPA pose no health risk for any age group.”

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Israel develops Espionage system to track Anti-Semites in Chile, Ukraine, Romania, France and UK


Diaspora Ministry unveils system for tracking online anti-Semitism.

The ‘most advanced’ system of its kind in the world can monitor social media posts against Jews in real time, ministry says.

Ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Diaspora Ministry unveiled on Thursday what it said was new technology for detecting anti-Semitic content on the internet.

The software, called the Anti-Semitism Cyber ​​Monitoring System, or ACMS, is “the most advanced development in the world for monitoring anti-Semitism in real time,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to the ministry, the ACMS tracks anti-Semitic posts on social media and can detect how widely they’ve been shared, who is sharing them, and which cities and countries produce the most anti-Semitic content.

The system uses the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism when scanning for content, and will initially monitor posts in English, Arabic, French and German on Facebook and Twitter before expanding to other platforms and languages.

In addition to the system itself, the ministry will operate a “war room” to analyze the anti-Semitic posts and will share the content with internet companies so they can be removed.

During a month-long trial of the ACMS, the ministry said it detected a total of 409,000 anti-Semitic posts by 30,000 users.

The ministry said the three “most anti-Semitic cities” were Santiago, Chile; Dnipro, Ukraine; and Bucharest, Romania. The cities in Western countries with the most anti-Semitic posts were Paris and London, according to the ministry.

Praising the system, Diaspora Affairs Ministry Naftali Bennett said it would expose online anti-Semites “for all to see.”

“The time has come to put a mirror in front of our haters and expose the ugly face of modern anti-Semitism,” he said. “From now on we’ll know who every anti-Semitic inciter is.”

Bennett also said “anti-Semitism hasn’t disappeared, it changed its shape and moved from the street to the internet.”

“Especially during the week we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must expose and shine a spotlight on the sources of anti-Semitic incitement,” said Bennett.

How insane is this. Imagine the Irish government developed software to monitor every anti-Irish joke anyone ever told, every disparaging remark about Irish people anyone ever made, in real time, colluding with every leading internet company to gain access to this data. And if the Irish government somehow wanted to do this, do you really think the internet companies would agree to just hand over the data to it?

“Oh, we just had 3 Irish jokes in the last hour in Seattle. Send a response team immediately!”

It’s almost as of those antisemitic conspiracy theories about sinister, globe-spanning networks of conspiring Jews were true.

Can you believe this? Who do these whining rats think they are to openly spy on foreign nations? Why do people put up with these cockroaches anyway? Those countries should cut all ties to such an aggressive parasitic state. If I were the president of any of these victim countries I would not accept to have my citizens spied on by any foreign country for whatever reason.

What is it with this shit term ANTI-Semitic anyway? ANTI??? What is this? A term invented by a 12-yo retarded Jew? ANTI? Seriously?? So with them you either have to be ANTI or PRO?? Hahahaha! Why would anyone be PRO-Semites? Explain! Because with them you’re either anti or pro, not being pro, in their minds, means you are automatically anti. With these sickos you can’t be indifferent, you have to acknowledge them and take a stand either PRO or ANTI but in real life it doesn’t work like that and let me give you an example.

Banana fruit, I’m not PRO because I do not particularly like its taste, but that doesn’t mean I’m ANTI-Bananas and want them exterminated, genocided or something. Bananas can continue to exist with or without my liking of them. Others can continue to consume them, just not me. And what is anti-Semitism anyway? Any kind of criticism of any kind of action done by any Jew. For example, criticize Soros or Rothschild and you’re an anti-Semite… The term itself is extremely badly coined. As we explained the first part (ANTI) and how stupid it is, now we move forward to describe its second part “Semitism”.

Semite is a race of people comprised of Jews and Arabs. So basically Arabs can also use this term but no they have their own term “Islamophobia”. If you are against Jews, it doesn’t mean you are necessarily against all Semites, therefore “Anti-Semite”, it doesn’t mean you are anti-Iraq, anti-Egypt, anti-Morocco and so on… the term is so stupid that Jews even use it against Muslim Arabs who criticize them. How can a Semitic Muslim Arab be anti-Semite for criticizing a Jew? Does it make any sense? And last but not least, the word SemitISM is just like AmericanISM which means the promotion, advancement and favoritism of that particular country or race which uses the ISM. So again its stupid, as a foreigner, let say you’re a Canadian, you might be pro-America but you might not be pro-AmericanISM? You can be pro-America but not pro-AmericanISM at the same time. Or you can be pro-women but not pro-FeminISM at the same time. Does that make any sense?

This has got to be one of the most childish and retarded terms in the world yet no one took the time to deconstruct, dismiss and ridicule this goofy term.


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OPod Tube Housing System

OPod Tube Housing System

January 17th, 2018

At least the “stacks” in Ready Player One featured actual trailers, which would be like mansions compared to this OPod thing!

Via: Daily Mail:

A Hong Kong architect has invented what he believed to be the solution of overcrowded cities by turning concrete water pipes into tiny homes.

The OPod Tube Housing system aims to re-purpose concrete tubes measuring just over eight feet in diameter, and turn them into ‘micro-homes’ with 100 square feet of living space.

It is the brainchild of architect James Law of James Law Cybertecture who designed the build as a possible solution to the lack of both space and affordable housing in Hong Kong.

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Whistleblowing system ‘SecureDrop’ co-creator James Dolan dead at 36



Former marine, James Dolan, who along with colleague Aaron Swartz created a secure system for communication between journalists and sources in possession of sensitive information or documents, has died. He was 36.

The circumstances of Dolan’s death are not yet known, but former colleagues speculate he may have committed suicide.

“We don’t know why James took his own life; we do know, however, he long suffered from PTSD from his time serving in the Marines during the Iraq War. It was an experience that affected him in multiple ways,” wrote Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of Press Foundation, on Tuesday. Dolan worked for the foundation until 2015.

“He often cited the Iraq War as his inspiration for wanting to help journalists and whistleblowers; it made him realize governments needed to be much more transparent and accountable.”

In 2012, James worked with Swartz and journalist Kevin Poulsen to build the original prototype of SecureDrop, the open source whistleblower submission system.

The first iteration, StrongBox, was used by the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Associated Press, allowing secure communications between journalists and sources in possession of sensitive information and documents. Those same journalists now rely on the latest version SecureDrop.

Dolan joined the Freedom of the Press Foundation to maintain SecureDrop after co-creator Swartz committed suicide as the US government was attempting to prosecute him for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in relation to allegedly copying academic articles from JSTOR.

James left FPF in August 2015, and was working on the security team at Classy, a crowdfunding site for non-profit organizations located in San Diego.

Details of memorial services have not yet been announced.

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Elderly Vet Accidentally Trips His Medical Alert System, Cops Show Up and Kill Him—No Charges

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White Plains, NY – A police officer who shot and killed an innocent 68-year-old mentally ill veteran who accidentally hit the medical emergency button in his home, will face no consequences after acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim determined that there was insufficient evidence to press charges.

The victim, Kenneth Chamberlain, accidentally triggered a medical alert through “Life Aid,” which prompted police to visit his home. When the officers arrived unexpectedly, Chamberlain told the responding officers that he was OK and did not need any help. He refused to answer his door, and instead called Life Aid and told them that he did not need the police at his home.

“I have the White Plains Police Department banging on my door, and I did not call them and I am not sick,” Chamberlain told the dispatcher on the phone.

However, the officers refused to leave and initiated a standoff with Chamberlain, allegedly taunting him with racial slurs, according to his family.

“On the recording, the police can be heard calling my father a ‘nigger,’” the family stated.

Police knocked down his door and saw him holding a knife, so they tased him, shot him with beanbag rounds and then killed him with a fatal gunshot. According to Pix11, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan opened an investigation after a state grand jury declined to indict the officers, but because the man was holding a knife in his own home U.S Attorney Kim decided that he was a threat to the officer’s lives, and thus deserved to die.

“The weight of the evidence indicates that, at the time the shooting took place, the WPPD officers believed that Mr. Chamberlain was threatening Sergeant (Keith) Martin with a knife and that Officer (Anthony) Carelli believed that Sergeant Martin was in danger of being seriously injured by Mr. Chamberlain,” a statement from the Department of Justice said.

However, Chamberlain’s family says that this case shows that police are above the law.

“It’s clear if you look at situations like this—and I’m not an attorney—but it’s very clear that the rule of law doesn’t apply when you talk about cases like this. Rather than have the FBI go out and interview witnesses, rather than hire forensic pathologists and ballistics experts that can challenge what the police story is, they just pick up the police story and say, ‘Oh, there’s nothing here.’ They don’t do their job.” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. told reporters.

The family attempted to file a civil case against the police department, but that was ultimately rejected by a jury.

For Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., this has been a life-changing event, which has pushed him to get involved in activism. He said that he hopes to work towards legislation that makes it easier to prosecute police officers in situations like this.

“This is what my objective is, this is what my mission is, this is what I’m trying to do now. That’s going to take reform-minded prosecutors and judges and people who really believe in the rule of law so we can begin to hold these officers accountable,” Chamberlain Jr. said.

As The Free Thought Project reported in April 2017, a study found that police do more harm than good in encounters with mentally ill people.

Researchers sought to answer the question of whether or not police help or hinder the situation when they respond to a call of a mentally disturbed individual. The survey was conducted by the Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues. The method employed was a survey.

The sample for the survey was taken from those seeking mental health care. There were 244 individuals who were polled and self-reported having mental-health issues seeking treatment in the Phoenix metropolitan area. They were located in health clinics, residential programs, and some were homeless. Of those polled, a reported 51 percent had at least one encounter with police and 24 percent had three or more encounters with law enforcement.

The results of the survey found that 45 percent of those who reported having been in contact with police said the encounter quickly deteriorated after police arrived. Only 30 percent said police helped at all. And just 19 percent said they helped a lot. Only 6 percent of those polled said police had no effect at all.

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NHS health system in crisis as £225m goes to clinics in Africa

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MONEY should be diverted from the foreign aid budget to help tackle the crisis in the NHS.

That was the demand from MPs last night as the Daily Express revealed Britain is committed to spending £225million a year on family planning in the Third World.

The Government is signed up to support hundreds of clinics offering contraception advice, the majority of which are in Africa, with foreign aid cash until at least 2022.

At the same time hospitals here have had to cancel operations, forcing Theresa May to apologise yesterday for the chaos.

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “I think the NHS should be a priority rather than non-emergency health care in foreign countries.

“This is a huge amount of money and would help us meet the £350million extra for health care which many Brexiteers would like to see.”

In 2012 the Government vowed to spend £180million a year on family planning overseas until 2020.

But last year former development secretary Priti Patel upped this by £45million a year, meaning Britain’s commitments will now average £225million in each of the next five years.

That money would pay for 9,724 extra NHS nurses on a staff nurse’s starting salary of £23,137.

The Department for International Development confirmed Britain had pumped £27million into family planning projects in Malawi, south-east Africa, since 2011.

It said taxpayers’ money would help save the lives of more than 6,000 women by preventing maternal deaths, help nearly 20 million receive contraceptives and stop six million unintended pregnancies.

A department spokesman said: “We do not face a stark choice between spending on international development or British health care – this Government is able to do both.

DfID is supporting the world’s poorest women to take control of their lives, so they can finish their education, get better jobs and in turn provide for their smaller planned families rather than being trapped in a cycle of grinding poverty.”

But critics pointed out that the NHS is in the grip of a winter crisis. LBC presenter Nick Ferrari said: “My listeners realise Britain is a very generous country, and of course we should help out in emergencies, but the foreign aid madness that leads to contraception clinics in Malawi has to stop.”

Britain’s legally binding foreign aid target – to spend 0.7 per cent of our national income overseas each year – now costs £13.4billion a year, equivalent to almost £37million a day.

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If less than a tenth of the total were diverted to the NHS, it could pay for three million stays in a hospital bed, costing £400 a night, or 11 million visits to A&E, which average £114 each.

James Price, campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “With all routine surgeries cancelled for the whole of January it will strike taxpayers as comical we still have a legally defined spending target on aid.”

Some 90,000 readers have so far sent in our Stop the Foreign Aid Madness coupon while a further 23,000 have put their names to an online petition calling for a change in the law.

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