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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.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … 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.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint 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….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hong Kong farmers protest over tycoon land grab

Yahoo – AFP, Anuj Chopra, 9 Nov 2014

A farmer walks through his field in Hong Kong on October 31, 2014 (AFP Photo/
Nicolas Asfouri)

Hong Kong farming villages bordering mainland China are locked in a bitter struggle against property developers accused of "land hoarding", as resentment of the city's vast wealth gap fuels democracy protests.

Now in their second month, the protests were sparked by Beijing's insistence on vetting candidates in Hong Kong's next leadership elections in 2017 -- but the perceived cosy relationship between the government and the city's powerful business elite is also a key source of anger.

Apartments are situated next to a 
farming field in Hong Kong on October 31, 
2014 (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)
While developers snap up valuable real estate across the city, soaring house prices and rental costs leave the majority of the population struggling to afford private housing.

Farmers in the outlying New Territories near the mainland border are now joining the push back against the government and developers as their land comes under threat.

A multi-billion dollar government project will see scarce agricultural land developed, and thousands uprooted to make way for townships that officials say will help to meet demand for housing.

But with only a tiny sliver of the proposed 614 hectares area reserved for public housing -- and a bigger slice for commercial complexes as well as private flats beyond the reach of most Hong Kongers -- villagers argue that the project is designed mainly to enrich real estate giants.

"Ordinary people like me can only dream of affording the apartments that will be built here," said Yung King-yu, a 19-year-old resident of Ma Shi Po, one of the affected villages.

"So how will this project meet Hong Kong's housing needs?" asks Yung, who regularly camps at one of the democracy protest sites.

Given the area's proximity to the border, the project has also spawned concerns that it will cater more to wealthy Chinese mainlanders, who are often blamed for driving up Hong Kong property prices.

'Land hegemony'

Hemmed in by skyscrapers towering above tree-lined boulevards, Ma Shi Po is a patchwork of vegetable farms, fish ponds and sprawling pastel-coloured houses –- a novelty in Hong Kong, where millions live in cramped apartments.

But there are also abandoned plots which developers have bought up over the years from local landlords, displacing scores of non-indigenous farmers who moved there generations ago but have no land rights, villagers say.

A woman walks past a gardening field in
 Hong Kong on October 31, 2014 (AFP Photo/
Nicolas Asfouri)
"Hundreds of farmers have had to leave the village because of this land hoarding," said 29-year-old Becky Au Hei-man, who manages a community farm in the village.

"This is a kind of land hegemony," she said, strolling past a fenced plot now owned by Henderson Land Development and overrun by wild undergrowth.

Henderson, led by Hong Kong's third-richest man Lee Shau-kee, is a major land holder in Ma Shi Po, says Liber Research Community, a Hong Kong think-tank focused on urban planning.

Becky says her landlord has sold her patch of land to Henderson, but she refuses to leave.

The property giant declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

Besides Henderson, other land-owning developers in areas surrounding Ma Shi Po include billionaire Cheng Yu-tung's New World Development and Cheung Kong, led by Asia's richest man Li Ka-shing, Liber researcher Chan Kim Ching told AFP.

"Our research shows developers have been quietly stocking up land at low prices since the early 1990s -- years before the government declared the project in 1998," said Chan.

Protesters angered by the government's "pro-developer policies" attempted to storm the city's parliament in June after it hastily approved HK$340 million in funding for the New Territories development project.

Hong Kong's development chief Paul Chan also came under fire after he admitted last year that his family owned vast tracts of land in the development zone.

He shrugged off calls for his resignation and denied any conflict of interest, saying the property had been transferred to his wife's relatives.

'I wake up crying'

The rift between the farmers and developers is indicative of the growing disconnect between the city's privileged establishment and ordinary residents.

Hong Kong's official Gini coefficient, a measure of income inequality, is among the highest in the world for developed economies and poorer citizens feel increasingly overlooked by the government.

A farmer works on his field in Hong Kong
on October 31, 2014 (AFP Photo/Nicolas
The city's embattled leader Leung Chun-ying -- who was handpicked by a pro-Beijing committee -- provoked bewilderment recently when he spoke against fully free elections, saying they would result in the poor dominating politics.

At the other end of the scale, Hong Kong's 10 wealthiest tycoons control a combined fortune of around $130 billion and all have interests in real estate, according to Forbes magazine.

But the "have-nots" are desperately trying to make their voices heard. Hong Kong's town planning board has received close to 50,000 public objections to the New Territories housing project, a historic high.

At one town planning meeting farmers delivered impassioned speeches, imploring officials to save their bitter melon and water spinach farms -- a rich habitat for rare migratory birds and flowering plants.

"I wake up in the middle of the night crying," said one emotional farmer.

"I can't abandon my trees, my farm animals, my way of life to live in a skyscraper. This plan is not for me. It's for the rich."

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