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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, October 13, 2013

Nasa admits mistake over Chinese scientists' conference ban

Middle managers blamed for mixup, but government shutdown means scientists' applications may not be approved in time, Ian Sample, science correspondent, Friday 11 October 2013

An artist's impression of the Kepler space telescope. Photograph: AP

Chinese scientists who were barred from a Nasa conference next month on the grounds of national security may now be allowed to attend after the head of the US space agency admitted it had been a mistake to refuse their applications.

Charlie Bolden, Nasa's chief administrator, has ordered a review of the Chinese scientists' applications in the hope of re-inviting any who pass security checks for foreign nationals once the government shutdown has been resolved. He blamed the debacle on middle managers who acted without proper authority.

But it is unclear whether the move to undo the damage will work. The necessary security checks can take several weeks and it is not clear when the relevant government offices will reopen for business. The conference is due to start on 4 November and will draw scientists from around the world to discuss the latest results from Nasa's now defunct Kepler planet-hunting mission.

Space scientists in the US became aware of the ban only when Chinese researchers working in US labs had their applications to attend the conference turned down. There were calls to boycott the meeting, and several prominent researchers withdrew in protest.

Geoff Marcy, a pioneer in exoplanets at the University of California, Berkeley, said he would reverse his boycott if Chinese nationals had a chance to attend.

The Chinese researchers were notified of the rejection in an email sent from Nasa's Ames facility in California, where the conference is due to be held. The message quoted section 535(b) of public law 113-6, and went on to say that the "federal legislation passed last March forbids us from hosting any citizens of the People's Republic of China at a conference held at facilities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Regarding those who are already working at other institutions, due to security issues resulting from recent congressional actions, they are under the same constraints."

Prompted by the Guardian's story on the furore, congressman Frank Wolf, chair of the House appropriations subcommittee that has jurisdiction over Nasa, contacted the Nasa chief administrator to correct the agency's interpretation of the law.

"It places no restrictions on activities involving individual Chinese nationals unless those nationals are acting as official representatives of the Chinese government. As such, the email from Nasa Ames mischaracterises the law and is inaccurate," Wolf wrote.

The congressman went on to suggest that Nasa Ames staff had confused the law with a temporary moratorium that Bolden had brought in amid concerns over what Wolf called "serious security protocol flaws" at Ames and Nasa's Langley research centre. To clarify, Wolf said: "Any restriction against Chinese nationals on Nasa centres is entirely an agency policy and not covered under the statutory restriction."

Wolf's letter to Bolden stressed the danger posed to the US by Chinese espionage and raised much deeper concerns over the running of Nasa's Ames facility. "The misrepresentation of Nasa policy quoted in the Guardian article is the latest in a series of questionable actions taken by the Ames Centre leadership that have resulted in criminal investigations of export violations and inspector general reviews of illegitimate contracts issued by the centre. I believe the centre has become a rat's nest of inappropriate and possibly illegal activities that appear to have occurred with the concurrence of the centre's leadership," the congressman wrote.

In a reply to Wolf on Thursday, Bolden said it was "unfortunate" that Chinese nationals had been refused attendance to the Kepler conference and blamed the mistake on middle managers at the Nasa Ames site.

"Mid-level managers at Ames, in performing the due diligence they believed appropriate following a period of significant concern and scrutiny from Congress about our foreign access to Nasa facilities, meetings and websites, acted without consulting Nasa HQ," Bolden wrote. A more formal response to the congressman's six-page letter will be drawn up once the government is reopened.

Nasa's intention to re-invite the Chinese scientists was welcomed on Friday, and researchers hope to get the conference back on track at the Nasa centre. Steven Kawaler, a co-organiser of the conference, said: "I am delighted by this development. I do expect most of our international colleagues who were excluded from the meeting will now be able to attend, and will be informed about their updated status very soon."

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