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
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Taiwanese poachers escape Indonesian authorities

Want China Times, CNA 2014-12-21

The Jin Yu Cheng fishing boat. (File photo/China Times)

Taiwan's Fisheries Agency said Saturday that two of three Taiwanese ships suspected of operating illegally in Indonesian waters have fled the area before being apprehended and the third was on its way.

Indonesia's Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries said Friday that it had detected 13 foreign vessels suspected of fishing illegally in its exclusive economic zone.

Indonesian authorities identified four Taiwanese ships among the 13 — the Goang Shing Lih No. 6, the Shin Jyi Chyuu No. 36, the Jin Yu Cheng, and the Yi Feng No. 682 — and asked the country's Navy to track and seize the ships. The Fisheries Agency said after checking, only Shin Jyi Chyuu No. 33 is on record.

The Fisheries Agency, which has monitored the whereabouts of the boats, said the Yi Feng No. 682 and Goang Shing Lih No. 6 are already out of Indonesian waters and were sailing in Palau's exclusive economic zone as of Saturday noon.

The Jin Yu Cheng, which was sailing in a northeasterly direction trying to flee Indonesian waters Friday evening, was still moving, but the agency did not know as of Saturday afternoon if it had succeeded.

The captain of the ship communicated with his family Saturday morning, however, and reported that he and the ship were safe.

The fourth ship identified by Indonesian authorities has been something of a mystery.

No ship registered in Taiwan goes by the name of Shin Jyi Chyuu No. 36, and a Taiwanese ship bearing a similar name, the Shin Jyi Chun No. 33, reported that it was sailing in international waters near Palau and was not in Indonesian waters.

Indonesia has been cracking down on foreign vessels operating illegally in its waters, sinking three Vietnamese fishing boats and seizing 22 Chinese vessels recently to stem the illegal fishing problem.

Authorities there have threatened to seize or even sink the Taiwanese ships detected Friday if they are apprehended by Indonesia's Navy.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Green light for world’s largest planned tidal energy project in Scotland

MeyGen project could power nearly 175,000 homes through network of turbines on seabed at Ness of Quoys off Caithness

The Guardian, Press Association, Friday 19 December 2014

The coast of Caithness, Scotland, near where the tidal project will
be based. Photograph: Albaimages/Alamy

Construction of the largest planned tidal energy project in the world is expected to begin off the Scottish coast next month, developers have announced.

Atlantis, majority owner of the MeyGen project, said it had finalised all of the conditions required to initiate its first drawdown from financiers The Crown Estate and Scottish Enterprise.

The project has the potential to power nearly 175,000 homes through a network of 269 turbines on the seabed at Ness of Quoys in Caithness, north-east Scotland.

The company’s share price dipped on Friday but Atlantis said it “knows of no trading or operational reason to warrant this change”, particularly given the good progress it is making on MeyGen.

In an announcement to investors, Atlantis said: “The major construction and supply contractors to this iconic project have commenced design, engineering and procurement works in readiness for commencement of onshore construction at the project site in Caithness in January 2015.

“The equity investments in the project by Scottish Enterprise (through the Renewable Energy Investment Fund) and Atlantis value the MeyGen project on a post-money equity basis at over £70m.

“Onshore construction at the Ness of Quoys project site is expected to commence in January 2015, with ABB due to start construction of the onshore infrastructure for connection to the electricity transmission grid for power export.

“We believe MeyGen is the largest planned tidal energy project in the world with a capacity of almost 400MW.”

The first power to the national grid is expected to be delivered in 2016.


Each of MeyGen's AR1000 turbines stands 22.5m (73ft) tall and
weighs 1,500 tonnes

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Giant tidal turbine 'performing well' in tests off Orkney


"Recalibration of Free Choice"–  Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) SoulsMidpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth,  4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical)  8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) (Text version)

“…  4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”


"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled 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.) - (Text version)

“... Japan

Let us talk for a moment about Japan, and then I'll close the day of messages. There are thousands of souls on my side of the veil and they're just fine, more than fine. We have spoken so often of what happens at the Wind of Birth. I told you, before they even came in, they saw the potential. I looked in their eyes. "You may not last long. You know that, don't you? You're coming into this planet and you may not be here very long. And the passing that you will have with your family will not be pleasant, if any ever are. Why would you come in anyway?" I want to tell you what they said. When a soul has the mind of God, it understands fully what generates peace and what generates energy shift. You can clearly see what generates what the planet needs the most when you are about to arrive. So they said, "We're going to be part of one of the biggest compassion events the planet has ever seen." One earthquake, one tsunami. All of those who left that day will change the earth forever. And it already has. It was the same for the last tsunami as well.

Every single one of them on my side of the veil is getting ready to come back. Many old souls were involved, and just for a moment, if they could give you any information, if they could talk to you right now, if they could speak your language and look into your eyes, they would thank you for your compassion for them and those who are left. And they would say, "Be with those family members who are still alive. Enter their hearts every day and give them peace and keep them from crying, because we're OK."

Nuclear Power Revealed

So let me tell you what else they did. They just showed you what's wrong with nuclear power. "Safe to the maximum," they said. "Our devices are strong and cannot fail." But they did. They are no match for Gaia.

It seems that for more than 20 years, every single time we sit in the chair and speak of electric power, we tell you that hundreds of thousands of tons of push/pull energy on a regular schedule is available to you. It is moon-driven, forever. It can make all of the electricity for all of the cities on your planet, no matter how much you use. There's no environmental impact at all. Use the power of the tides, the oceans, the waves in clever ways. Use them in a bigger way than any designer has ever put together yet, to power your cities. The largest cities on your planet are on the coasts, and that's where the power source is. Hydro is the answer. It's not dangerous. You've ignored it because it seems harder to engineer and it's not in a controlled environment. Yet, you've chosen to build one of the most complex and dangerous steam engines on Earth - nuclear power.

We also have indicated that all you have to do is dig down deep enough and the planet will give you heat. It's right below the surface, not too far away all the time. You'll have a Gaia steam engine that way, too. There's no danger at all and you don't have to dig that far. All you have to do is heat fluid, and there are some fluids that boil far faster than water. So we say it again and again. Maybe this will show you what's wrong with what you've been doing, and this will turn the attitudes of your science to create something so beautiful and so powerful for your grandchildren. Why do you think you were given the moon? Now you know.

This benevolent Universe gave you an astral body that allows the waters in your ocean to push and pull and push on the most regular schedule of anything you know of. Yet there you sit enjoying just looking at it instead of using it. It could be enormous, free energy forever, ready to be converted when you design the methods of capturing it. It's time.

So in closing, do you understand what you're seeing? You're seeing intelligent design, quantum energy and high consciousness. You are seeing changes in Human nature. You're seeing countries putting things together instead of separating. You are seeing those who don't want war and instead want peace, good schools for their children, safety in their streets and a say in their government. We told you it was going to happen this way. I want my partner to teach these things that I have said in his 3D lectures for awhile. Many won't be able to know these things otherwise.  …”

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fishy Business in Maritime Sector, as Ship Sinking Directive Goes Lax

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo is questioning the commitment of his staff to protect Indonesia’s maritime resources, ordering officials to be more serious about sinking foreign vessels caught poaching on Indonesian waters.

“Two months ago I gave a direct order: If any [foreign fishing boats] enter our waters, immediately sink it. I have to repeat the same order up to three times before any action is taken,” Joko said in his speech at the National Development Planning Seminar in Jakarta on Thursday.

“I thought to myself, why must I issue the same order three times. They should have taken action the first time I said it.”

Joko’s speech would likely fuel further speculation that Indonesian security officials have been assisting foreign poachers in exchange for bribes.

Several officers have been sanctioned in the past for assisting boats that encroached Indonesian waters as well as those involved in people smuggling.

Joko also questioned why security officials have so far only sunk around 30 trespassing boats, pointing to a government estimate 90 percent of the fishing vessels operating in Indonesia are foreign boats that operate without permits or have little fear of being sanctioned.

According to the government, Indonesia has lost up to Rp 300 trillion ($24 billion) annually from foreign poachers. To address the problem, the government is planning to increase the number of boats to patrol Indonesia’s vast waters.

The National Police’s Marine Security Division has 678 patrol boats, while the Indonesian Navy has 159 ships.

Both agencies have said that they are well-equipped and have adequate human resources but pointed to a lack of funding to buy fuel as the main reason why their patrols have not been effective.

Last month, Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Gen. Moeldoko proposed a supply of 350,000 kiloliters of fuel per month to patrol Indonesian waters.

Maritime and Fishery Affairs Miniter Susi Pudjiastuti said the government is planning to recruit 100 of the country’s best sailors annually “to take over Indonesian waters, which is usually controlled by foreign boats.”

Susi said the archipelago hosts some of the finest seamen in the world. “We ask [local leaders] to find 100 future sailors a year. We will train them and send them to [naval] schools overseas,” she said.

Joko has made maritime affairs one of his key programs as part of his ambition to turn Indonesia into a “global maritime axis.”

The president has stated that aside from better protection of its maritime resources, Indonesia is also planning to make the sea the country’s main transportation hub both domestically and internationally.

The government has pledged to build 24 seaports and import up to 2,500 boats as part of the plan to connect Indonesia’s major islands and increase the flow of goods and expedite development in underdeveloped regions.

Engelina Pattiasina, the director of maritime think tank Archipelago Solidarity Foundation, said Joko must first increase the competitiveness of the regions themselves or they will be further marginalized by the influx of migrants and goods from more developed Indonesian areas.

If Joko does this right “the [underdeveloped] eastern Indonesian region will have the chance to realize its potential,” she said.

Joko has established a program to build the country’s shipping industries.

But maritime expert Chandra Motik Yusuf noted that Joko has yet to formulate policies to realize this.

Joko is also keen to assist Indonesian fishermen in increasing their production.

On Wednesday, state-controlled firm Telekomunikasi Indonesia said that it has established 11 “digital fishing villages” where fishermen in the areas can get real-time information via the Internet.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Uphill battle to tackle Indonesian shark fishing

Yahoo – AFP, Olivia Rondonuwu, 17 Dec 2014

A man removes the fins from sharks at a traditional market in Tanjung Luar in
Lombok, West Nusa Teggara, November 9, 2014 (AFP Photo/Sonny Tumbelaka)

Tanjung Luar (Indonesia) (AFP) - Sharks are hauled ashore every day at a busy market on the central Indonesian island of Lombok, the hub of a booming trade that provides a livelihood for local fishermen but is increasingly alarming environmentalists.

Now a Singaporean is luring the fishermen away from Tanjung Luar market, where an array of other sea creatures including manta rays and moray eels are also sold, by offering them jobs as local guides for the growing number of tourists visiting the island.

"The whole dream is that there's enough tourists coming, not on a daily basis because the corals would be affected, but maybe on a weekly basis," said Kathy Xu, a former teacher who gave up her job to focus on the project.

Vendors sell freshly caught sharks at a
 traditional market in Tanjung Luar in Lombok,
 West Nusa Teggara, November 9, 2014
(AFP Photo/Sonny Tumbelaka)
"Hopefully I can engage more fishermen to do this."

But Xu recognises that she faces an uphill battle to tackle a lucrative industry, which is fuelled by demand for fins, particularly from China, and has transformed the vast Indonesian archipelago into the world's biggest shark fishery.

On a recent visit by AFP to Tanjung Luar, 10 sharks were laid out on the dirty tiled floor before being auctioned off, but an environmental group said on a busy day up to 300 are brought to the market.

"Sometimes there are so many sharks we can't fit them all in here," Ismail, a businessmen who finances local shark fishermen and goes by one name, told AFP.

So far Xu has persuaded a handful of fishermen to work with tourists, mostly from Singapore, taking them snorkelling on beautiful coral reefs and to secluded white-sand beaches, on average twice a month.

She also takes visitors to the market to raise awareness about the impact of shark-fishing in Indonesia, where 110,000 tonnes are caught a year, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.

During a recent tour, 25 Singaporean students aged 13 to 15 watched women transfer fish from colourful baskets into buckets, workers sharpen their machetes and porters haul sharks hung over their shoulders.

“Normally you find out these problems from picture books, saying killing sharks for their fins is bad, but they don't really go further than that and you don’t really think about it anyway,” said 14-year-old Ray Chua.

World's biggest shark fishery

A man cuts off the fins of a shark at a
 traditional market in Tanjung Luar in
Lombok, West Nusa Teggara, November
9, 2014 (AFP Photo/Sonny Tumbelaka)
Despite Xu's efforts, hunting sharks remains a better option for many local fishermen.

"We get much more money from hunting sharks than taking tourists to swim. On a lucky day, I can get 10 times more for catching sharks," said Sulaiman, who goes by one name.

While the fins are sold on to China and other countries where they are considered a delicacy, the rest of the shark is sliced up and its meat and skin made into meatball soup and snacks that have become part of the local diet.

There has even been a recent trend towards eating shark pups, which are being sold in major grocery chains on the main island of Java, said shark protection campaigner Riyanni Djangkaru.

Conservationists have long been raising the alarm about shark-fishing in Indonesia, and point to signs that populations have been declining around Tanjung Luar and across the whole archipelago, which consists of over 17,000 islands.

The Lombok market is one of the few where sharks are openly landed. In other parts of country, fishermen hunt sharks in the open sea, slicing off their fins and dumping them back in the water to die.

Sharks for sale at a traditional market in
 Tanjung Luar in Lombok, West Nusa
 Teggara, November 9, 2014 (AFP Photo/
Sonny Tumbelaka)
However, protection groups point out that careless fishing by tuna trawlers is the biggest killer of sharks.

Far more of the creatures die when they are accidentally caught in trawlers' nets in places such as Bali, central Sulawesi island and in the south of Java, than by fishing, they say.

They say the responsibility to protect the creatures should lie with the government. Only one species of shark, the whale shark, currently enjoys full protection in Indonesia and the few regulations that exist are not properly enforced, they say.

At the moment, it is left to conservationists and others such as Xu to help the world's oldest predator. And while she recognises that her effort alone will not be enough, the Singaporean is happy to do what she can.

"The more I dived the more I got to see the sharks and they just grew on me," she said. "It is just too beautiful, and I don't want my grandchildren to not get this experience."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Denmark claims potentially energy-rich Arctic waters

Interest in the Arctic is intensifying as global warming shrinks the polar ice, opening up possible resource development. That’s why Denmark plans to request formal recognition for an extended area of continental shelf.

Deutsche Welle, 15 Dec 2014


Denmark was set to lay claim to energy-rich but contested territory around the North Pole on Monday by submitting data to the UN which it says demonstrates the area is an extension of its continental shelf.

The Danish government said it would tell the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) that data collected since 2002 supports its claim to ownership over an area of about 895,000 square kilometers (346,000 square miles) beyond the current nautical borders of Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory.

"The objective of this huge project is to define the outer limits of our continental shelf and thereby ultimately of the Kingdom of Denmark," Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said in a statement.

Potential overlap with Canada, Russia and the US

The melting of the ice cap offers
shorter shipping routes
Claims on a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from a country's borders must be supported by scientific and technical data. However, the remote region is hotly disputed by other countries.

Between 2007 and 2012, Danish scientists, with colleagues from Canada, Sweden and Russia, surveyed a 2,000 kilometer long (1,240 miles) underwater mountain range that runs north of Siberia. They concluded that the ridge is geologically attached to Greenland, a huge, sparsely populated island that is a semi-autonomous Danish territory.

Norway already lays claim to an area overlapping the one outlined in the Danish submission to the UN, and there is "potential overlap with Canada, the Russian Federation and the US," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Moscow has increased its military presence in the pristine but energy-rich Arctic region, while Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government has made asserting sovereignty over an expansive Arctic archipelago and surrounding waters a key policy. In August 2007, Russia placed its flag on the seabed under the North Pole.

Part of North America, but also a part of Europe

Environmental activists concered over
the race to exploit gas and oil
Greenland geographically forms part of North America rather than Europe and is largely self-governed, but it remains part of former colonial master Denmark, which controls its foreign affairs and defense policy.

Environmental activist groups, including Greenpeace, expressed concern over an emerging race to exploit potential untapped natural gas and oil reserves in the Arctic as the burning of fossil fuel drives global warming.

According to a study by the US Geological Survey from 2008, the Arctic could hold 13 percent of the oil and 30 percent of the natural gas which is yet to be discovered. The melting of the ice cap also offers shorter shipping routes between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, which has attracted the interest of countries far from the Arctic region, including China.

jil/lw, ksb (AP, AFP, dpa)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Destructive tsunami also brought peace to conflict-riven Aceh

Yahoo – AFP, December 14, 2014

Destructive tsunami also brought peace to conflict-riven Aceh

Banda Aceh (Indonesia) (AFP) - When a tsunami engulfed Indonesia's Aceh a decade ago, it not only killed tens of thousands of people but also wiped the slate clean in the conflict-racked, poverty-stricken province and paved the way for peace.

The province on the northern tip of Sumatra island was ill-prepared when disaster struck -- in ruins, mired in poverty and with barely any functioning infrastructure after almost three decades of conflict.

Rebels in Aceh had spent years fighting against the central government for an independent state, a conflict that left at least 15,000 people dead, and a heavy military presence kept the area cut off from the outside world.

In the immediate aftermath of the tsunami, triggered by a huge undersea earthquake off Sumatra on December 26, 2004, there was only a chilling silence from Aceh and it was not until several days later that the full scale of the destruction became clear.

Almost 170,000 people were killed in the archipelago, the vast majority in Aceh, by far the biggest death toll in any single country. More than 220,000 people died in countries around the Indian Ocean, with Thailand and Sri Lanka also hard hit.

The disaster triggered a huge global relief and reconstruction effort that has been a success in Aceh. But just as importantly, it finally persuaded the rebels and Jakarta to strike a peace deal that has held to this day.

"It's clear that the tsunami hastened the peace process," said Sidney Jones, director of Jakarta-based think-tank the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), adding that "the chances of returning to conflict are very, very, very small".

Prospects for peace were already looking better before the tsunami, with a new government in Jakarta that seemed more determined to resolve the conflict and signs the rebels were growing weary, but the disaster provided the final push.

Under the deal between the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and Jakarta, which was signed in Helsinki in August, 2005, the rebels agreed to give up their demands for independence in exchange for greater autonomy.

The GAM fighters laid down their arms and Jakarta withdrew non-local troops and weapons and police from Aceh, and granted an amnesty to rebels and political prisoners.

'Blessing in disguise'

After a decade of post-tsunami reconstruction and nine years of peace, Aceh has been transformed. Provincial capital Banda Aceh is a pleasant, mid-size Indonesian city with few visible scars remaining from the disaster.

While many remain poor, there are signs of increasing affluence that has accompanied years of stability and former rebels have been brought into mainstream politics.

Aceh's governors are now directly elected by the people and both the current one, Zaini Abdullah, and his predecessor, Irwandi Yusuf, previously held senior positions in the rebel movement.

"We had no freedom and lived in fear during the conflict," Ridwan, a bicycle rickshaw driver in the fishing community of Meulaboh, which was one of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami, told AFP.

"It's terrible to say that the tsunami was a blessing in disguise, but probably it was," added the 56-year-old, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Nevertheless, problems undoubtedly remain. The former rebels set up their own political party and have kept a stranglehold on power, with critics accusing them of being more concerned with bettering their own lot than helping ordinary Acehnese.

"We've had 10 years of really lousy governance in Aceh," said IPAC's Jones, pointing to problems in the education system, rising infant mortality rates and growing drug problems.

Violence still flares between local political parties formed as part of the peace deal, with several people killed in attacks before elections last year.

Critics also point to the strengthening of sharia laws in conservative Aceh, the only province in Indonesia allowed to implement Islamic regulations, such as one passed in September that makes gay sex punishable by 100 lashes of the cane.

For many Acehnese, there has also been a failure to bring closure after years of conflict, Amnesty International said in a report last year, noting that promises to set up a human rights court and a truth and reconciliation commission had not been honoured.

While a reintegration programme helped many former rebels, some have failed to benefit and a tiny number are so disillusioned they want to keep fighting the authorities, although serious violence is rare nowadays.

"We will keep this guerilla movement alive and fight the government until there is justice for ex-combatants and the people of Aceh," Nurdin Ismail Amat, a former GAM fighter, told AFP.

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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled 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.) - (Text version)

“... Japan

Let us talk for a moment about Japan, and then I'll close the day of messages. There are thousands of souls on my side of the veil and they're just fine, more than fine. We have spoken so often of what happens at the Wind of Birth. I told you, before they even came in, they saw the potential. I looked in their eyes. "You may not last long. You know that, don't you? You're coming into this planet and you may not be here very long. And the passing that you will have with your family will not be pleasant, if any ever are. Why would you come in anyway?" I want to tell you what they said. When a soul has the mind of God, it understands fully what generates peace and what generates energy shift. You can clearly see what generates what the planet needs the most when you are about to arrive. So they said, "We're going to be part of one of the biggest compassion events the planet has ever seen." One earthquake, one tsunami. All of those who left that day will change the earth forever. And it already has. It was the same for the last tsunami as well.

Every single one of them on my side of the veil is getting ready to come back. Many old souls were involved, and just for a moment, if they could give you any information, if they could talk to you right now, if they could speak your language and look into your eyes, they would thank you for your compassion for them and those who are left. And they would say, "Be with those family members who are still alive. Enter their hearts every day and give them peace and keep them from crying, because we're OK."

Nuclear Power Revealed

So let me tell you what else they did. They just showed you what's wrong with nuclear power. "Safe to the maximum," they said. "Our devices are strong and cannot fail." But they did. They are no match for Gaia.

It seems that for more than 20 years, every single time we sit in the chair and speak of electric power, we tell you that hundreds of thousands of tons of push/pull energy on a regular schedule is available to you. It is moon-driven, forever. It can make all of the electricity for all of the cities on your planet, no matter how much you use. There's no environmental impact at all. Use the power of the tides, the oceans, the waves in clever ways. Use them in a bigger way than any designer has ever put together yet, to power your cities. The largest cities on your planet are on the coasts, and that's where the power source is. Hydro is the answer. It's not dangerous. You've ignored it because it seems harder to engineer and it's not in a controlled environment. Yet, you've chosen to build one of the most complex and dangerous steam engines on Earth - nuclear power.

We also have indicated that all you have to do is dig down deep enough and the planet will give you heat. It's right below the surface, not too far away all the time. You'll have a Gaia steam engine that way, too. There's no danger at all and you don't have to dig that far. All you have to do is heat fluid, and there are some fluids that boil far faster than water. So we say it again and again. Maybe this will show you what's wrong with what you've been doing, and this will turn the attitudes of your science to create something so beautiful and so powerful for your grandchildren. Why do you think you were given the moon? Now you know.

This benevolent Universe gave you an astral body that allows the waters in your ocean to push and pull and push on the most regular schedule of anything you know of. Yet there you sit enjoying just looking at it instead of using it. It could be enormous, free energy forever, ready to be converted when you design the methods of capturing it. It's time.

So in closing, do you understand what you're seeing? You're seeing intelligent design, quantum energy and high consciousness. You are seeing changes in Human nature. You're seeing countries putting things together instead of separating. You are seeing those who don't want war and instead want peace, good schools for their children, safety in their streets and a say in their government. We told you it was going to happen this way. I want my partner to teach these things that I have said in his 3D lectures for awhile. Many won't be able to know these things otherwise.  …”

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

US Supreme Court rejects BP challenge to Gulf settlement

Yahoo – AFP, 8 Dec 2014


The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear energy giant BP's challenge to a settlement ordering it to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP had argued that losses claimed by the companies after the disaster "were not fairly traceable to the spill," and sought a review of the settlement by the US high court.

But the nine justices, after a closed door hearing, issued a decision rejecting the company's request.

"The petition... is denied," the court said.

The Mobile, Alabama Chamber of Commerce, the US Chamber of Commerce and a federation of German industries, had filed briefs in support of the companies involved in the settlement.

According to a study published in October, as many as two million barrels of crude oil streamed into the Gulf of Mexico, decimating the wildlife and devastating the ecology of a region heavily dependent on the seafood and tourism industries.

A BP spokesman expressed regret Monday over the Supreme Court decision.

Company spokesman Geoff Morrell said in a statement that new accounting rules "will improve the program's compliance with the terms of the settlement agreement."

But Morrell said BP continues to feel that the problem for which it sought relief from the US high court persists.

"We... remain concerned that the program has made awards to claimants that suffered no injury from the spill -- and that the lawyers for these claimants have unjustly profited as a result," Morrell added.

"On behalf of all our stakeholders, we will therefore continue to advocate for the investigation of suspicious or implausible claims and to fight fraud where it is uncovered."

The April 20, 2010 blowout of an offshore oil rig caused the largest marine oil spill in US history, with millions of barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico before the leak was finally capped July 15.

Under the settlement, BP has so far paid out $36.3 billion in fines and compensation to individuals, companies and local authorities and for clean-up operations on the US coastline.

After pleading guilty in court, BP was ordered to pay a record $4.5 billion fine.

In September, a federal judge in Louisiana found the British company guilty of "gross negligence," opening it up to additional fines of up to $18 billion.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Six Sperm Whales Die in Rare Mass Beaching in Australia

Jakarta Globe – AFP, Dec 08, 2014

A handout photo taken and received on Dec. 8, 2014, shows people standing
 around one of six sperm whales washed up dead in a rare mass stranding on the
 South Australia coast. (AFP Photo/South Australian Department of Environment,
Water and Natural Resources)

Sydney. A pod of six sperm whales washed up dead Monday in a rare mass stranding on the South Australia coast, with animal welfare officials struggling over the logistics of handling the huge carcasses.

The whales, which can weigh up to 50 metric tons, were found at low tide by residents on Parara beach, about 150 kilometers northwest of Adelaide.

“We’re not sure why they beached,” a Department of Environment official told AFP “A theory is that one was ill and moved to shallow waters and then called out to fellow pod members who followed it in.”

A local fisherman suggested they could have been chasing a school of salmon.

Animal welfare manager Deborah Kelly said it was rare to see whales beach in the area.

“I haven’t seen a marine event like this in South Australia since the mass stranding of 58 dolphins at Nepean Bay in the 1990s,” she told the Adelaide Advertiser.

The department official said police and the council were considering their options on how to handle the carcasses, which were now in shallow waters and could attract sharks.

“It’s a very big logistical task,” the official said.

Sperm whales is the largest of the toothed whale species and can grow up to 16 meters. It has the largest brain of any known animal currently in existence.

Agence France-Presse

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dutch merchant ship picks up 320 migrants drifting in Mediterranean Sea

DutchNews.nl, December 6, 2014

A Dutch merchant ship has rescued 320 migrants adrift in a boat in the Mediterranean Sea, broadcaster Nos said on Saturday. 

The Erasmusgracht was heading from Turkey to Poland when it spotted the boat carrying the migrants,some 250 miles south east of the Italian coast.

According to Nos, the boat had been drifting for two days after the motor failed. The crew had left in a motor boat, leaving their passengers to fend for themselves. 

Some of the people on board are in a bad way, including several children, Nos said. They had food on board but nothing to drink and several had drunk sea water. 

The Erasmusgracht is now moored off the coast of Sicily, where it hopes to leave the migrants. 

A spokesman for the ship’s owner, shipping company Spliethoff, told the broadcaster a German merchant ship had refused the help the migrants and sailed away.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Desalinization plant to be built on the Bohai Sea

Want China Times, Xinhua 2014-12-06

A worker checks machinery at a desalinated water plant in Hebei province,
Oct. 21. (File photo/Xinhua)

Thirsty Beijingers can look forward to clean, tasty water after neighboring province Hebei announced it would be complete a water desalination project by 2019, authorities said Friday.

Having been approved by Hebei's planning body, the project, once operational, will have the potential to desalinate 1 million tons of seawater daily, said Beijing Enterprises Water Group's seawater desalination department director Wang Xiaoshui. This supply would provide one tenth of the metropolis' current annual water consumption.

The project is divided into two parts: seawater desalination and processed water delivery to Beijing.

The preliminary draft on the feasibility report has been finished and research work on the second part, which will include water pipeline distribution, is under way, according to Wang.

The project will be located along the Bohai Sea at Caofeidian district of Tangshan City. The ocean's current has created favorable conditions and the seawater is of a good quality compared with other parts of the Bohai Sea.

To avoid the project having any negative environmental impact, a salt farm and chemical plant will process byproducts to produce salt and chemical products, Wang said.

Indonesia Sinks Vietnamese Boats to Stop Illegal Fishing

Yahoo – AFP, Dec 05, 2014

Navy officers stand over the illegal fishing vessel KM Fak-Fak Jaya, which was
 captured by Navy personnel patrolling the the waters of the Aru Islands in Maluku
 on Dec. 4, 2014. AFP reported on Dec. 5 that the government blew up and sank
three empty Vietnamese boats. (Antara Photo/Izaac Mulyawan)

Jakarta. Indonesia blew up and sank three empty Vietnamese boats on Friday, the navy said, as the world’s biggest archipelago nation pushes to stop foreigners from illegally fishing in its waters.

It was the strongest measure yet taken in the campaign launched by new President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, who is seeking to stop a practice he says costs Southeast Asia’s biggest economy billions of dollars in lost revenues.

The navy, working with other government agencies, sank the three boats in the remote Anambas Islands, which lie between Malaysia and the Indonesian part of Borneo island, navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir told AFP.

“The message we want to convey is no foreigners should steal from Indonesian waters,” he said, adding Indonesians should be able to “benefit from their own waters”.

The Jakarta Post newspaper reported that explosives were attached to the boats before two government vessels fired on them from a distance.

Thirty-three people had been detained and three tons of fish seized from the ships, which were caught last month, it said.

Television pictures showed thick smoke billowing from one of the boats as it sank.

As well as costing the economy billions, authorities say foreigners illegally fishing in Indonesia is partly responsible for massive damage to the environment due to the widespread use of explosives and cyanide.

Jokowi hopes that increased revenues from fishing can help boost economic growth, which has sunk to a five-year low.

Agence France-Presse

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Minister Susi Launches Fishing Moratorium Plan

Jakarta Globe, Nuriy Azizah Susetyo, Dec 04, 2014

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti speaking to reporters
on Wednesday. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

Jakarta. In a bid to preserve the nation’s marine ecosystem and resources, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti wants to impose a moratorium on fishing in large swathes of Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Speaking at a Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club event held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Thursday, Susi proposed that fishing be limited to a zone of 12 nautical miles to 20 nautical miles from the coast, and that there should not be any such activities beyond the 40 nautical mile point.

Generally speaking, the EEZ extends to a distance of 200 nautical miles, or 370 kilometers, from the coast.

The minister said Indonesia should use the marine resources located in the 12 nautical miles to 20 nautical miles zone, with detailed regulations on fishing quotas, the permitted size and type of catch and tools to be used, still to follow.

Susi added that she had already submitted a proposal to President Joko Widodo to issue a presidential decree that would serve as legal basis for the moratorium.

Meanwhile, the coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, Tedjo Edy Purdjianto, said on Thursday that the government was going to scuttle three Vietnamese ships that were confiscated after they were found to be involved in illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, in Riau Islands province.

“The message is: don’t even think about fishing in Indonesian waters illegally,” Tedjo said after meeting Joko, adding that the sinking was ordered by the president himself.

China and Indonesia’s Maritime Agendas Closely Aligned

Jakarta Globe, Basten Gokkon, Dec 03, 2014

Indonesian Air Force planes flying over Kambing island in the Java
Sea in this Oct. 4, 2014, file photo. (Antara Photo/Eric Ireng)

Jakarta. Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum agenda is seen to complement China’s maritime-based initiative known as the Maritime Silk Road. It is also believed that both plans would eventually ease the tensions in the South China Sea, according to the country’s top foreign policy experts.

“I can see three areas where our own maritime development agenda actually fills in or overlaps with the Maritime Silk Road ideas of President Xi Jinping,” Rizal Sukma, the presidential adviser for foreign policy, said at a public forum on Tuesday afternoon.

“Both ideas or doctrines, if you like, are about connectivity, safety and diplomacy. They are not about power supremacy,” he says.

During his presentation at the East Asia Summit in Myanmar last month, President Joko Widodo launched his maritime development agenda, which is based on five pillars covering issues related to economies, security and development.

Meanwhile, Xi has announced China’s aim for closer trade and maritime cooperation with Indonesia under the establishment of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road initiative, Beijing’s version of a maritime trade network stretching from East Asia to the Middle East.

Hassan Wirajuda, a former Indonesian foreign affairs minister, echoed Rizal, even going further by saying that “the two concepts could redirect the tense environment resulted from the claims and counter claims in the South China Sea.”

“[The maritime-based cooperation between Indonesia and China could lead] to better relations … that in the end could help solve the problems of claims and counter claims in the South China Sea,” Hassan added.

The territorial dispute in the South China Sea includes China, which claims ownership over the Paracell Islands and the Spratly Islands, and Asean member states Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam.

Indonesia has adopted a neutral stance on the dispute as it wants to play mediating role between the parties involved in the conflict.