Lapang Islanders in Indonesia

"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Japan's Antarctic whaling hunt ruled 'not scientific'

Japan's Antarctic whaling hunt ruled 'not scientific'
Representatives of Japan and Australia shake hands at the court in The Hague. (NOS/ANP) - 31 March 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Badly decomposed body found in South Korea is fugitive ferry tycoon, say police

Businessman Yoo Byung-un headed family that owns operator of Sewol ferry which sank in April, killing 300

The Guardian, Agencies, Tuesday 22 July 2014

Policemen transport a stretcher with a body believed to be that of Yoo
Byung-un Photograph: Yonhap/Reuters

South Korean police said on Tuesday that a body found last month in the south of the country belonged to a fugitive businessman who headed the family that owned the operator of a ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 people.

Police said at a press conference that a badly decomposed body found on June 12 had been identified by DNA evidence as well as fingerprints as that of Yoo Byung-un, who had been the subject of the country's largest manhunt.

The discovery ended a massive, months-long manhunt for the 73-year-old billionaire whose family owns the Sewol ferry operator, Chonghaejin Marine Co.

The heavily decomposed corpse was recovered on June 12 from a plum field in Suncheon, a city 300 kilometres (186 miles) south of Seoul.

Tests matched the DNA of the body to Yoo's elder brother, leading police to believe the body was that of the reclusive billionaire.Yoo went on the run shortly after the 6,825-tonne Sewol capsized and sank on April 16 with 476 people on board, including 325 high school students.

The number of confirmed dead currently stands at 294, with 10 victims still unaccounted for.

The ferry disaster stunned South Korea and unleashed widespread public anger, as it emerged that incompetence, corruption and greed had all contributed to the scale of the disaster.

President Park Geun-Hye and her administration have been bitterly criticised for their response to the tragedy.

The captain and 14 surviving crew members are currently on trial, some of them on charges of wilful homicide which carry the death penalty.

A summons was issued for Yoo shortly after the sinking, but he refused to surrender to police and eventually went on the run.

A reward of 500 million won ($490,000) was offered for information leading to his capture, and 100 million won for that of his eldest son, Yoo Dae-Kyun.

Yoo was wanted for questioning on possible charges of embezzlement and criminal negligence, related to regulatory violations.

Many of his family members have been arrested, including his wife and his brother. A daughter is fighting an extradition bid from Paris.

Earlier this month, South Korean prosecutors filed embezzlement charges against his 71-year-old wife, Kwon Yun-Ja.

The charges were unrelated to the ferry sinking, and involved the alleged embezzlement of money from a splinter religious group established by Kwon's father.

In June, thousands of police officers conducted a raid on a major church complex looking for Yoo.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Great white shark choked by sea lion

Yahoo – AFP, July 17, 2014

Great white shark choked by sea lion (AFP)

Perth (Australia) (AFP) - A great white shark that washed up on an Australian beach this week had a sea lion stuck in its throat which likely caused its death, fisheries officials said Thursday.

The four-metre (13-foot) white pointer was filmed thrashing around just off Coronation Beach, 430 kilometres (270 miles) north of Perth, and was later found on the sand.

The Western Australia Department of Fisheries said it had no visible signs of injury or disease, but had a large sea lion lodged in its throat.

"This could explain why the shark was exhibiting such unusual behaviour in shallow waters off Coronation Beach," said research scientist Rory McAuley in a statement.

"It is possible that the shark was trying to dislodge the blockage.

"Such a large object may have damaged the shark's internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death," he added.

"Alternatively, the shark may have accidentally become stranded in his attempts to get rid of the obstruction."

Brad Tapper filmed the shark as it struggled in shallow waters and posted the clip on YouTube.

Tapper, who had been at the beach with his children, said a dog walker first noticed the shark when his pet refused to go in the water.

"When we spotted it, it was about 50 metres off the shore. We thought it was a diver or something," he told the West Australian newspaper.

"It was kind of surreal, you're watching it and you don't realise how rare it is at the time until you get home and have a look at the footage."

After it beached itself, some onlookers attempted to drag the shark out to sea using a tow rope, but the animal returned to shore soon after.

"We went to look at it and got within three or four metres of it but it started kicking and thrashing around again so we thought it was time to leave," Tapper said.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CNPC exploratory drilling near Paracels complete

Want China Times, Xinhua and Staff Reporter 2014-07-16

The Chinese oil rig near the Paracel Islands, May 11. (File photo/CNS)

State-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, announced on Tuesday the completion of drilling and exploration off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

Signs of oil and gas were found in the operation, known as the Zhongjiannan Project, and the company will assess the data collected and decide on the next step, a statement from the company read.

The company started drilling two wells in May and completed the work on the first well on May 27, while drilling on the second well ended Tuesday.

The drilling rig provided by China Oilfield Services will be relocated to operations in Hainan.

Qiu Zhongjian, a geologist from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said that the drilling was well organized, as the company fully considered geological hazards, engineering issues and possible typhoons.

He said he was firmly opposed to Vietnam's disruption during China's drilling operations as, he said, the project area lies in the "undisputed sea area of China's Xisha [Paracel] Islands."

Large-scale riots were seen in Vietnam, with looting of businesses identified as Chinese, in response to China's deployment of the oil rig to the area near the islands, which Vietnam claims is in its exclusive economic zone, along with the islands themselves.

Preliminary analysis of the geological data acquired has shown that the area has the basic conditions and potential for oil exploration, but extraction testing cannot begin before a comprehensive assessment of the data, said Wang Zhen, deputy director of the company's Policy Research Office.

For safety reasons, the test operation was not arranged immediately, because July is the beginning of the typhoon season.

While the project may help improve understanding of the engineering and geological issues in the South China Sea, the development of "deep-sea drilling technology" will also bring economic benefits, said Wang.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Police Arrest Alleged Turtle Smuggler in Bali

Jakarta Globe, Made Arya Kencana,  Jul 15, 2014

A Green Sea Turtle grazes. (Wikimedia Commons)

Denpasar. Police foiled an alleged attempt to smuggle rare green turtles from Bali’s mainland to nearby Serangan Island on Tuesday — the latest arrest in a string of turtle smuggling busts to hit the popular tourist destination.

A 56-year-old man, identified as Sangkalan, was arrested early this morning after police officers on patrol in Ngurah Rai found 17 turtles inside his pickup truck, Denpasar Police Chief, Sr.Cmr. Djoko Hariutomo said.

The turtles were estimated to be more than 5 years old, given their size. They weighed about 50 kilograms each and measured about 1 meter in diameter, Djoko said.

Djoko said the driver claimed to have been following an order to transfer the turtles to Serangan, a small island located south of the capital Denpasar, from Jembrana.

“He was just a paid man, we haven’t revealed the syndicate,” the police chief said.

Bali was considered the main destination for smugglers trying to move turtles in Indonesia because of the high prices they commanded in the local animal trade, Djoko said.

Most were destined for culinary purposes.

Today’s arrest is the latest in a string of attempts to smuggle turtles in Bali.

Earlier this month two marine police officers in Bali were arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle seven green sea turtles, known as Chelonia mydas.

In March, police rescued another 17 green turtles transported to Bali from Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara.

Twelve of the turtles were released back into the ocean after they were treated, while the remaining five are still undergoing treatment.

Costa Concordia successfully refloated

Officials say operation in Giglio has proceeded without a hitch in preparation for cruise liner being towed away, Agencies in Giglio, Monday 14 July 2014

The Costa Concordia after it was refloated off the island of Giglio in Italy.
Photograph: Alessandro La Rocca/AP

The shipwrecked Costa Concordia has been successfully refloated in preparation for towing it away for scrapping.

Authorities expressed satisfaction that the operation to float the Concordia from an underwater platform had proceeded without a hitch early on Monday. The cruise liner struck a reef in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people.

Air was pumped slowly into 30 tanks or "sponsons" attached to both sides of the 290-metre, 114,500-tonne Concordia to expel the water inside, raising it two metres (6.5 feet) off the artificial platform it has rested on since it was righted in September.

It will now be towed away from the shore and moored using anchors and cables. Thirty-six steel cables and 56 chains will hold the sponsons in place.

Italy's environmental minister told reporters that the operation would only be finished when the ship was successfully transported to the port of Genoa for scrapping. Towing is set for later this month.

The area is in one of Europe's largest marine sanctuaries – a haven for dolphins and whales – and environmentalists have warned about the dangers of toxic waste or fuel leaking into the sea as the ship is raised and towed.

The Concordia – twice as big as the Titanic – crashed off Giglio on the night of 13 January 2012, forcing many of its 4,229 passengers and crew from 70 countries to jump into the sea as lifeboat pulleys failed.

The ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the vessel before all passengers had evacuated.

The Giglio shopkeeper Silvia said residents were looking forward to "waving farewell to the rusting hulk blighting our once-pristine shoreline".

The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship during an operation to refloat
the boat on July 14, 2014 off Giglio Island, Italy (AFP Photo/Vincenzo Pinto)

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Jolie to visit Nauru to check refugee facilities

Yahoo – AFP, 14 July 2014

Angelina Jolie, who has confirmed she will visit Nauru, the island where Australia
sends asylum-seeksers for resettlement, speaks in London on June 13, 2014
(AFP Photo/Carl Court)

Sydney (AFP) - Hollywood star and UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie has accepted an invitation to visit the small island of Nauru where Australia sends asylum-seekers for processing and resettlement, the government said Monday.

Jolie, a UN goodwill ambassador, was invited by the Pacific island nation's President Baron Waqa when they met at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence Against Women in Conflict in London.

"The government of Nauru can confirm that Angelina Jolie has accepted an invitation by President Baron Waqa to visit our nation," a government spokeswoman told AFP.

"We believe this will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the facilities for refugees on Nauru, which we believe are world-best practice."

Under Canberra's punitive offshore detention policy, asylum-seekers attempting to arrive by boat are transferred to camps in Nauru or Papua New Guinea for processing and permanent resettlement outside Australia.

Most of those sent to Nauru are families with more than 1,000 people currently held and another 99 having been resettled in the community.

Refugee advocates have been deeply critical of the Australian policy and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees last year slammed the facilities on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru.

It said they failed to meet international standards of treatment and amounted to arbitrary detention in breach of international law, while failing to provide an efficient system for assessing refugee claims or safe and humane conditions.

It also noted efforts made to improve conditions on steamy and mosquito-infested Nauru, where people were forced to live in cramped tents with little privacy after riots razed buildings last year.

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, who rejected the criticism, said Monday the Jolie visit was "a matter for the Nauruan government".

Asked whether he was concerned the visit would shine a light on Australia's treatment of asylum-seekers in Nauru, he told reporters: "I don't plan to respond to any of the assertions you have made."

Nauru said a date for Jolie's trip had yet to be finalised.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Australian rescuers free stranded baby whale

News24 – AFP, 2014-07-10

Sea World marine rescuer workers try to rescue a humpback
 whale beached at Palm Beach on Queensland's Gold Coast.
(Patrick Hamilton, AFP)

Gold Coast - Australian rescuers freed a beached baby whale on Thursday almost two days after it became stranded on a popular beach, as a large crowd of onlookers cheered.

The humpback whale, believed to be two years old, was successfully fitted with a specially designed harness and a boat was used to tow it into deeper waters.

It was the fifth attempt at removing the whale since it washed up on Palm Beach in Queensland State late on Tuesday.

In previous attempts, the rope linked to the harness snapped or the whale got stuck on a sandbar slightly further offshore.

"We were working against the conditions, time was running out on us", Tacha Mulligan, the marine animal supervisor at Queensland's Sea World marine park, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"It was the perfect time to go when we were able to release it. We are cautiously optimistic it will be okay from here on in."

Rescuers had erected marquees to keep the whale cool during the day, while staff from Sea World and Queensland's department of environment and heritage protection cared for it at night.

Mulligan said the whale would be exhausted after being out of the sea for many hours.

"It's been through quite an ordeal", she said, adding that the animal was now in deep water and rescuers would monitor its progress through the day.

Whale beaching are relatively common in Australia, but scientists do not know why they happen.

Humpbacks are currently on their annual southern migration from Antarctica to warmer waters in Queensland State to give birth and mate.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

UN tribunal rules for Bangladesh in maritime border dispute with India

Bangladesh and India have welcomed the decision of a UN tribunal that established a new maritime border, ending a decades-long dispute. It's thought the ruling will allow more economic exploitation of the Bay of Bengal.

Deutsche Welle, 8 July 2014

On Tuesday, the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruled on the disputed area of the bay of Bengal, awarding the greater share of it to Bangladesh.

In its verdict, binding on both countries, the court awarded 19,467 square kilometers (7,516 square miles), from a total disputed area of 25,602, to India's smaller neighbor.

The ruling was welcomed by India, which said it paved the way for greater economic cooperation between the two countries.

Bangladesh declared the result a "win-win situation for the peoples of Bangladesh and India." The development is expected to open the way for Bangladesh to exploit of undersea resources and further develop its fishing industry.

"We commend India for its willingness to resolve this matter peacefully by legal means and for its acceptance of the tribunal's judgment," Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali told a news conference on Tuesday.

The ruling means that Bangladesh will once again be eager to open up its waters for foreign companies to explore for hydrocarbons in the resource-rich sea. The maritime dispute is believed to have deterred firms from investing in the "sea blocks" being offered by Bangladesh.

In 2012, Bangladesh resolved a similar sea border dispute that had been a long standing point of contention with neighboring Myanmar, with a ruling made by the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea in Hamburg.

Bangladesh, with a population of 160 million and strong economic growth, has struggled with energy supplies in recent years.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Top marine biologists urge end to Australia shark cull

Yahoo – AFP, 4 July 2014

A tiger shark is caught off Moses Rock in Western Australia, in this photo
 by Sea Shepherd Australia on February 22, 2014 (AFP Photo/Sea Shepherd
Australia Ltd)

Sydney (AFP) - Hundreds of the world's top marine scientists have called for Western Australia to ditch its shark cull policy, arguing there is no evidence that it makes beaches safer, a report said Friday.

The controversial catch and kill policy was introduced as a trial this year around popular west coast beaches following a spate of fatal attacks.

More than 170 sharks, mostly tiger sharks, were caught during the 13-week summer season, with 50 of the biggest ones destroyed.

The state government has applied to national authorities to extend the policy, putting 72 baited hooks attached to floating drums one kilometre (around half a mile) off the busiest beaches between November and April until 2017.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is assessing the proposal, which has angered conservationists who say it flies in the face of international obligations to protect the great white shark.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said it had obtained a submission to the EPA from more than 250 of the world's leading marine biologists and researchers who said there was little science to back the policy.

They included US marine biologist Elliott Norse, who worked for several presidents and was a key force behind the scenes in President Barack Obama's recent push to preserve vast parts of the Pacific Ocean, ABC said.

"I think killing apex predatory sharks like tiger sharks is a terrible idea," he said.

"Apex predators (animals at the top of the food chain) are really important in ecosystems and when we kill them what we often find is really bad things happen."

Australian Institute of Marine Science researchers study sharks at Scott
Reef in Western Australia, September 19, 2013 (AFP Photo/Peter Verhoog)

Tiger sharks were not thought to be responsible for the six fatal attacks off Australia in the last two years, with great whites blamed. No great whites were caught in the trial.

Another scientist, Jessica Meeuwig, said Hawaii was an example of drum lines having no effect on safety.

"In Hawaii they spent 16 years killing tiger sharks through a hook and line programme very similar to what we're doing," she reportedly said in the submission that she coordinated.

"And it had no impact on the number of incidents with sharks."

The state government has said its policy -- which is based on the use of drum lines in Queensland, where there has been only one fatal attack at a beach using the baited hooks or nets since 1961 -- had restored confidence among beachgoers.

However, the ABC said Western Australia Fisheries Minister Ken Baston was unable to point to any studies about the efficacy of drum lines.

Submissions to the EPA are due to close on Monday.

Australian Sri Lanka Boat Claims ‘Extremely Troubling’

Jakarta Globe – AFP, Jul 04, 2014

A group of 21 Sri Lankan asylum seekers rest on their wooden boat on arrival
at a port in Malang, East Java, in this file photo. (AFP Photo/Aman Rochman)

Sydney. Claims that asylum-seekers were being screened at sea and handed to the Sri Lankan navy were Thursday branded “extremely troubling” as Prime Minister Tony Abbott denied Australia was breaking any international laws.

Concern has been mounting over the fate of two boats, one reportedly carrying 153 Tamil asylum-seekers and another with 50 on board, intercepted in recent days by the Australian navy in Australian waters.

Under its policy of not commenting on “operational matters” Canberra has refused to confirm the boats exist, sparking criticism from the media and rights advocates.

The Australian broadsheet said a mid-ocean transfer of some would-be refugees to a Sri Lankan naval vessel was imminent, with the government desperate to maintain its record of no asylum-seekers making it to Australia for more than six months.

This was likely to take place in international waters, it added.

Separately, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that those on board were being asked just four basic questions via video link to the Australian boat that picked them up in assessing their claim for asylum.

“Allegations that Australian authorities have intercepted at least two Tamil boats and handed them over to the Sri Lankan navy after only brief telephone interviews are extremely troubling,” said Human Rights Watch director Elaine Pearson.

Refugee lawyer Julian Burnside told the Herald Canberra could be guilty of refoulement — the returning of refugees — with the apparent screening process in breach of international law.

Non-refoulement is a key principle of refugee law, regarding protection from being returned to areas where their lives or freedoms could be threatened.

“If a person is screened out by those four cursory questions and if the person is a refugee then we will be guilty of refoulement,” he said.

“It is very clear the department is screening people to get them out as fast as possible and not with a view to assess whether they are refugees.”

Pearson agreed that laws could be breached.

“Australia may want to protect its borders, but it should not risk being complicit in torture by sending Tamil asylum-seekers back to Sri Lanka without a proper process to assess the legitimacy of their claims,” she said.

Abbott said he was confident Australia was abiding by its international obligations, while claiming Sri Lanka was “a society at peace”.

“Everything we do is consistent with safety at sea and everything we do is consistent with our international obligations,” he said.

Under its hardline policies on tackling asylum-seekers, Abbott’s conservative government has been turning vessels back to Indonesia, where most originate.

But this is believed to be the first time one would be returned to Sri Lanka.

“Sri Lanka is a peaceful country now, I don’t say it is a perfect country,” Abbott added in response to concerns about what might happen to those returned to a nation they had fled in fear of persecution.

“The horrific civil war is well and truly over, everyone in Sri Lanka is infinitely better off due to the cessation of civil war.”

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Caribbean coral reefs could disappear 'in 20 years'

A UN-backed environmental study has warned that the Caribbean's coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. While it's not too late to reverse the damage, the report said, nations must act now.

Deutsche Welle, 2 July 2014

Within the next two decades, the remaining coral reefs in the Caribbean - currently only about one-sixth of its original coverage - could vanish, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said in a report on Wednesday. 

"Caribbean coral reefs have suffered massive losses of coral since the early 1980s due to a wide range of human impacts," the report said.

Since then, factors "such as overfishing, pollution and global warming" had caused the drastic decline.

Climate change has long been thought to be the main reason for the damage, but the report released on Wednesday cited an even great threat: the loss of sea life responsible for eating coral-killing algae.

"The loss of these species breaks the delicate balance of coral ecosystems," the experts found. "Most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region."

An unidentified disease in 1983 killed many of the urchins which normally keep algae from choking the polyps, the tiny animals whose stony skeletons build the reefs. Combined with overfishing of parrot fish, the report said, the extinction of Caribbean coral was imminent.

'Not a lost cause'

"The rate at which Caribbean corals have been declining is truly alarming," Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), said.

However, he added: "Caribbean reefs are not a lost cause."

Examples of reversing this trend already existed in the northern Gulf of Mexico and the waters around Bermuda and Bonaire, the report said.

These areas had: "restricted or banned fishing practices that harm parrotfish, such as fish traps and spearfishing. Other countries are following suit."

The report recommended other concrete steps, such as better pollution control, zoning laws and blocking the construction of tourist hotels too close to the shore.

Roughly 14 percent of the Caribbean nations' GDP is derived from tourism.

kms/rc (AFP, Reuters)
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"....Let us just talk about the ocean for a moment. We won't even get to what's happening in the air and what mammals might experience. Let's just speak of the ocean. Have you heard about the salmon? What has your science warned you against? You're overfishing! The sea is dying. The coral is dying. The reefs are going away. You're not seeing the food chain that used to be there. You've overfished everything. Fishing quotas have been set up to help this. Oh, all those little people in the red room - they don't know about the purple. Red people only know about the red paradigm.

Did you hear about the salmon recently? There's too many of them! In the very place where quotas are in place so you won't overfish, they're jumping in the boats! Against all odds and any projections from environmentalists or biologists, they're overrunning the oceans in Alaska - way too many fish.

What does that tell you? Is it possible that Gaia takes care of itself? That's what it tells you! Perhaps this alignment is going to keep humanity fed. Did anybody think of this? What if Gaia is in alliance with you? What if the increase in consciousness that raised your DNA vibration has alerted Gaia to change the weather cycle and get ready to feed humanity? Are you looking at the ocean where the oil spill occurred? It's recovering in a way that was not predicted. What's happening?

The life cycle itself is being altered by the temperature change of the ocean and much of what you have believed is the paradigm of life in the sea is slowly changing. A new system of life is appearing, as it has before, and is upon you in your lifetime. It will compliment what you know and expose you to a new concept: Gaia regularly refreshes the life cycle on Earth. ...."

Monday, June 30, 2014

Thirty bodies found on migrant boat off the coast of Sicily, reports say

Asphyxiation blamed for deaths on board vessel carrying 600 people in the worst discovery of its kind by Italian authorities, AFP, Monday 30 June 2014

A boat filled with migrants receives aid from an Italian navy motor boat
off the coast of Sicily in June. Photograph: Italian Navy Press Office/AP

About 30 bodies have been found in a migrant boat which was stopped between Sicily and the North African coast, Italian news agencies reported on Monday, citing the navy and coastguard.

The rescuers made the gruesome discovery when they boarded a fishing boat carrying around 590 refugees and migrants, including two pregnant women.

The immigrants apparently died of asphyxiation, the news agencies said. It is not the first time Italian rescuers have found migrants dead on the overcrowded boats but never before were there such a large number.

The boat is being towed by the Italian navy and is expected to arrive in Pozzallo on the southeast coast of Sicily later onMonday.

Over the past weekend more than 1,600 migrants were rescued by Italian authorities, bringing the total number of migrants so far this year to above 60,000.

The number is expected to soar past the record 63,000 set in 2011 during the Arab Spring uprisings.

Italy has long borne the brunt of migrants making the perilous crossing from North Africa to Europe, but EU border agency Frontex says there has been a significant rise in numbers in recent months.

The last few weeks have seen a series of tragedies, with ten people drowning and 39 having to be rescued after their boat sank off the Libyan coast earlier in June.

Italian interior minister Angelino Alfano has called for the rescue operation to become a European initiative amid reports of thousands of migrants waiting in Libya to make the trip during the next few weeks.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

New shrimp and moth species discovered in Sichuan

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2014-06-28

The shrimps found in a cave near Longmen Mountain, June 19. (Photo/Xinhua)

The moth, pictured on June 19.
New species of moth and shrimp have been discovered by scientists of the Insect Museum of West China in Chengdu who explored uninhabited caves in the city, reports the state-run China News Service.

According to the museum's curator Zhao Li, a team explored the caves in the Longxi-Hongkou National Nature Reserve and around Longmen Mountain in Pengzhou city. Many greater horseshoe bats live in the caves and the moths and shrimps live on the bats' feces.

The shrimps found in the caves in the mountain are around a centimeter long. Their bodies are almost transparent and they do not have a fan-shape tail or long feelers. They only move horizontally and swarm over bat feces when it drops into the water. The shrimps die after being exposed to the sun for over an hour or if the surrounding temperature fluctuates.

The moths have eyes but are not sensitive to light. They perch on the walls of the caves and can be easily caught with bare hands. Its larva crawl on the ground and seek out the bat feces for food.

The Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences said cave-living moths and shrimps were not discovered until recently in Sichuan but similar species have been seen in caves in neighboring Guizhou.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Obama Wants to Create World’s Largest Marine Sanctuary in the Pacific

EcoWatch, Brandon Baker, June 18, 2014

About two weeks after using executive authority to propose rules to protect the air, President Barack Obama announced similar action regarding a large stretch of the Pacific Ocean.

The president wants to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary, he said in a video produced specifically for the U.S. State Department’s Our Ocean conference, which concluded Tuesday.

“Let’s make sure that years from now we can look our children in the eye and tell them that, yes, we did our part, we took action, and we led the way toward a safer, more stable world,” Obama said.

Obama’s plan would expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, created five years ago with waters previously set aside by President George W. Bush that, according to The Associated Press, encircle an array of remote islands in the south-central Pacific, between Hawaii and American Samoa. Obama will consult scientists, fishermen and conservation experts before establishing boundaries, but many expect him to double the amount of protected ocean.

If the president includes waters around other U.S. islands in the Pacific Ocean, he could protect nearly nine times the amount Bush set aside, totaling more than 780,000 square miles, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The president stressed the importance of ocean protection for the animals who live there, as well as for humans.  The expansion would mean five times more underwater mountains will be protected, Greenpeace estimates. It will end tuna fishing in the area, as well as providing safe harbor to whales, sea turtles, sharks and other marine mammals. He is also directing the creation of a national strategy to combat black-market fishing.

Graphic credit: Greenpeace
“We applaud President Obama’s proposal to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument,” Anna Aurilio, director of the Washington D.C. office for Environment America, said in a statement.  “It’s a great thing that more pristine ocean and Pacific ecosystems will be protected.”

Still, Aurilio implored the administration to keep other portions of the oceans safe by not opening them to drilling, as suggested by a plan announced last week by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Greenpeace also wasn’t completely bullish on the plan.

“You won’t hear the sound of champagne popping coming from the Greenpeace offices,” John Hocevar wrote in a blog post. “There’s a lot this expansion doesn’t do—and we’re going to keep on pressing. For starters, the Bering Sea canyons near Alaska support one of the most productive ecosystems in our oceans but are still completely unprotected.

“Sensitive coral and sponge habitats are being destroyed by the wanton practices of factory fishing. Protecting these cold water canyons would be a great complement to Obama’s plans in the tropical Pacific.”

Still, both organizations were more pleased with the announcement than not. Obama’s brief video discussed what would happen if he declined action.

“If we ignore these problems, if we drain our oceans of their resources, we won’t just be squandering one of humanity’s greatest treasures,” Obama said. “We’ll be cutting off one of the world’s major sources of food and economic growth, including for the United States.

Five Dead, 31 Missing After Boat Sinks Off Malaysian Coast

Jakarta Globe, Camelia Pasandaran, Jun 18, 2014

A Malaysia Maritime officer looks out into the sea during a search and rescue in
 Kuala Langat outside Kuala Lumpur, off Malaysia’s western coast on June 18, 2014.
Five undocumented Indonesians workers died, while 31 others remain missing after the
 boat they were traveling home on sank off Malaysia, an Indonesian official in Kuala
Lumpur told the Jakarta Globe. (Reuters/Samsul Said)

Jakarta. Five undocumented Indonesians workers died, while 31 others remain missing after the boat they were traveling home on sank off Malaysia.

“There were 97 illegal immigrants on the boat, 61 are safe, while five died and 31 are still missing,” Indonesian Deputy Ambassador to Malaysia Hermono told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday.

He said the five bodies have been taken to a hospital in Klang, which is on the coast of the Malacca Strait.

“We are still identifying them, and we’re trying to find their families to inform them of the accident,” Hermono said.

The boat, carrying some 100 passengers, capsized at the early hours of Wednesday, only one hour after departing from Carey island.

Hermono said the passengers were traveling back to Indonesia to observe the fasting month in their hometowns and celebrate Idul Fitri with their families.

“They are illegal immigrants who were heading to Indonesia from Carey island to Tanjung Balai Asahan in North Sumatra,” Hermono said. “They they feared being arrested, so instead of taking the official travel route home, they paid a higher amount of money to take the boat to Tanjung Balai Asahan, from which they planned to go back to their hometowns [by land].”

Hermono said the incident had been caused by a leakage, resulting in a rapid sinking of the overloaded boat

Thirty of the 61 undocumented workers rescued by the coast guard have reportedly been detained at a local police office in Malaysia, while the remaining 31 survivors reportedly swam back to the coast and were subsequently arrested by the local customs office.

“We will ask the Malaysian government to let us have the children and elderly to be taken to the Indonesian embassy,” Hermono said, adding that Malaysian authorities were still searching for the captain of the boat, as it was unclear whether he had survived the event.

“He might be running away or has probably drowned,” he said.

Hermono explained that the Indonesian and Malaysian governments have agreed on an official travel plan for undocumented migrant workers.

“Of course, they have to pay for the trip and fines, but it’s not higher than the amount they have to pay by using the illegal route. Some of them have to pay up to 1,600 ringgit [$500]. It’s too expensive and is not safe.”