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To end slavery, free 10,000 people a day for a decade, report says
19 July 2019 - Ten thousand people would need to be freed every day to eliminate modern slavery over the next decade, according to research on Wednesday [17 July] showing countries making little or no progress in efforts to end forced labor. (more)

Elon Musk claims robot surgeon will sew electrodes into human brains in 2020
18 July 2019 - Elon Musk's super-secretive startup Neuralink has finally revealed where it's at on the whole human-machine mind-meld project ... A livestreamed presentation on Tuesday [16 July] evening U.S. time revealed that the company's tech involves incredibly fine 'threads,' covered in electrodes, inserted into the brain by a robot surgeon and implanted next to neurons and synapses. The threads then record the information being transmitted onto a tiny sensor called the N1. ... In September 2018, during Musk's infamous appearance on Joe Rogan's podcast, the CEO told Rogan that Neuralink's long-term purpose would be to enable human brains to be 'symbiotic with AI' ... (more)

At least 26 dead in Somalia hotel attack claimed by Islamic rebel group
17 July 2019 - The death toll from a car bomb and gun attack on a hotel in Somalia rose to 26 on Saturday [13 July], officials said. ... The attack [Friday, 12 July] in the southern port city of Kismayo targeted the Asasey Hotel, which is popular with politicians and Somali expatriates. The Shabab, an Islamic rebel group with links to Al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack. The group, which has killed thousands across East Africa, seeks to overthrow Somalia's Western-backed government and has accused the president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, of being an apostate and an American 'puppet.' (more)

Over 100 killed, millions displaced from floods in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh
17 July 2019 - Floods have forced more than four million people from their homes across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc. The poor Indian states of Assam and Bihar have been among the worst hit. Some 4.3 million people have been displaced from their homes in Assam in the last 10 days due to rising waters across the mostly rural northeastern region, according to a government release on Monday [15 July]. (more)

Somali forces brace for new attacks after hotel assault leaves dozens dead
17 July 2019 - Security forces in Somalia are braced for a wave of new attacks by Islamist extremists following a bloody overnight assault on a hotel that ended on Saturday [13 July]. The death toll from the attack in the southern port city of Kismayo, which began on Friday evening, has risen to 26 people, including a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist and several foreigners. (more)

US: Trust issues deepen as yet another FDA commissioner joins the pharmaceutical industry
17 July 2019 - Pharma-giant Pfizer announced on June 28 that the former US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb would be joining its board of directors. The move fell in line with a troubling pattern: After their tenure at the FDA, commissioners tend to go on to advise private companies in the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, 9 out of the last 10 FDA commissioners -- representing nearly four decades of agency leadership -- have gone on to work for pharmaceutical companies. The lone exception, David Kessler [who served as the FDA Commissioner from 1990 to 1997 under past President George W. Bush], joined the ranks in academia before eventually settling in his current position as chair of the board of directors at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit nutritional science advocacy group. (more)

Indoor carbon dioxide levels could be a health hazard, scientists warn
8 July 2019 - CO2 [carbon dioxide] in bedrooms and offices may affect cognition and cause kidney and bone problems. Traditionally, the team say, it had been thought that CO2 levels would need to reach a very high concentration of at least 5,000 parts per million (ppm) before they would affect human health. But a growing body of research suggests CO2 levels as low as 1,000ppm could cause health problems, even if exposure only lasts for a few hours (more)

UK gangs exploiting children as young as seven to deal drugs
5 July 2019 - British schoolchildren as young as seven are being exploited by criminal gangs and forced to deal drugs, with some duped into debt bondage, researchers said on Friday [5 July]. Thousands of children in Britain -- most aged between 15 and 17 -- are being used by so-called county lines gangs to carry drugs from cities to be sold in rural areas, according to research by The Children's Society, a charity. (more)

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When one per cent of the population of a city or town practices Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme, the crime rate significantly decreases over the long term. This is known as the Maharishi Effect, which is the phenomenon of the rise of coherence in the collective consciousness of any community.


The collective practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme creates harmony and coherence throughout the environment, leading to reduced hostility and increased cooperation between nations.

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Large groups of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme create an environment of harmony and coherence for themselves and for the whole world.

Reduced Conflict chart

When the number of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in a group excedes the square root of one per cent of a nation’s population,there is a significant reduction in conflict both at home and throughout the world.


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