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“A small lucky package is on its way to you soon.”

This fortune could not have better predicted what happened to Reddit user Shrivel last week.

He received the fortune cookie just hours after getting an odd call from a stranger.
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The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) is a worldwide organisation with a mission  to make the world a better place by fostering globally the values that unite us as a human community.

IAHV has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

One of the headline projects is they are working on currently is the Uttarakhand Floods which hit India in June 2013, is one of the worst disasters in the country’s history. Over 10,000 people have died and 100,000 have had to be rescued following devastating floods which hit the Uttarakhand area of India, near to the borders with Tibet and Nepal, on 16 June 2013.

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Reverend Billy’s singing activists dressed as extinct species plan ‘gentle’ demonstration against irresponsible lending

British bankers have been warned to expect an infestation of bright orange golden toads over the next 10 days.

The tiny creatures that used to live in the cloud forests of central America but were made extinct 25 years ago when the trees were felled, are likely to burst into their lobbies, start singing and may also approach staff bearing small trees and pictures of other endangered species.
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Two Vancouver Island women, one with multiple sclerosis, have swum the length of Cowichan Lake, the same distance as the English Channel.

Alex Cape and Susan Simmons set off early Saturday morning, and took 11 hours to complete the 34-kilometre distance.

Simmons, who has MS, says she wants to inspire others with the disease to stay healthy.
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This excellent list includes long time friend of PositiveTV – Steve Killelea – Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace (creator of the Global Peace Index) – Well Done Steve!

In 2011, at least 526,000 people died violent deaths around the world.  Over three-quarters of these occurred in non-conflict settings. A wide range of people around the globe are working to change this depressing reality. But who are these men and women who have dedicated their lives to making the world a safer place? Members of AOAV staff have come together to select 100 people who are outstanding examples of those trying to change the world for the better.

Read the full article on AOAV.org.uk here

The frenzy over kale has turned from foodie buzz to eater roar. Around the country everyone is talking about kale. As a physician, nothing could please me more. Kale represents an important lesson for all us eaters about the power of food choices to transform our health. Sure, let’s disclose my bias right away. My new book 50 Shades of Kale (Harper/Wave 2013,) co-authored with Chef Jennifer Iserloh, is just out. It is a gorgeous tribute to our muse kale and at its core a food prescription aimed to improve your brain health.

So what’s all the kale hype about?

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NORMAN, Okla. — Some of country music’s biggest stars, including Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and many others with ties to Oklahoma, played a sold-out show Saturday at the University of Oklahoma to raise money for the victims of the recent tornadoes that strafed the state.

Organizers of the concert, which was held in the school’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, estimated that nearly 65,000 people braved the searing heat to watch the show and show their support for the victims, the Tulsa World reported ( ). http://bit.ly/12NCAvn

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Archaeologists have found an ancient Maya city that remained hidden for centuries in the rain forests of eastern Mexico, a discovery in a remote nature reserve they hope will yield clues about how the civilization collapsed around 1,000 years ago.

The team, led by Ivan Sprajc, associate professor at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, found 15 pyramids—including one that stands 75 feet (23 metres) tall—ball courts, plazas and tall, sculpted stone shafts called stelae.

They named the city Chactun, meaning ‘Red Rock’ or ‘Large Rock.’ Sprajc said it was likely slightly less populous than the large ancient Maya city of Tikal in Guatemala, and could have been home to as many as 30,000 or 40,000 people, though further research is necessary to determine an exact estimate.

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Oscar-winning actor explains why he travelled around the world to highlight the environmental problems caused by our waste

Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning actor, has teamed up with the British filmmaker Candida Brady to produce a new feature-length documentary called Trashed. It sets out to “discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution”.

Ahead of its first theatrical screenings in the US later this month, Irons answered my questions about the film via email…

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U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on lawmakers to support legislation that he believes will fix the nation’s “broken” immigration system.

In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said “nobody will get everything they want” from the immigration bill being debated in the Senate. But he said the bill will strengthen border security, increase penalties against traffickers and create a pathway for earned citizenship.

The bipartisan authors of the bill say the legislation would require those in the country illegally to pay a fine, pay taxes and wait for years for a chance at citizenship. Opponents of the bill say it will amount to a de facto amnesty.

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More Americans now say the city or area where they live is getting better — 61.9% — than have at any time since January 2008. Americans” optimism about where they live has been steadily increasing since January of 2013.

Americans were less optimistic about the future of the cities where they live during the economic downturn in 2009, with the percentage saying their city is “getting better” falling to a low of 51.1% in February 2009. Their outlook remained relatively depressed in 2010 and 2011, but began to recover in 2012.

City Optimism Up Across All Regions, Remains Best in the South

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places.

The law will take effect in two stages. Beginning in June, the law will ban smoking in some public places, including subways and schools. A year later, the ban will go into effect in other areas, including cafes and restaurants.

The ban will also restrict cigarette advertising.

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