Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland. 27-28 February, 2014 (NOS/Klaas Smit)

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"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 ..."
"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.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Google: Fijne Koninginnedag 2012 gewenst ! (30 Apr 2012)

Netherlands turns orange for first ever 'King's Day'

Netherlands turns orange for first ever 'King's Day'
Google: Fijne eerste koningsdag ! (26 Apr 2014)
"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Women lay dead at home for nine months, council kept it secret

DutchNews.nl, Sunday 21 September 2014

The body of a 65-year-old woman has been found in her home in Rotterdam, nine months after she is thought to have died, local broadcaster RTV Rijnmond said at the weekend.

The woman, who is thought to have died of natural causes, had little contact with her family and neighbours and was not reported missing.

Her body was found in May behind the front door but the local officials kept it secret because they did not want to cause upset in the neighbourhood, an official told RTV Rijnmond

Last year, the remains of a woman who had died 10 years previously were found at a house in Rotterdam. That led to a lot of soul-searching and questions about why no-one noticed she had vanished.

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said it is council policy not to go public with such incidents. 'Unfortunately, in a big, anonymous city, this sort of thing happens and will continue to do so,' he told the broadcaster.

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Police officers suspected of corruption over new car tender

DutchNews.nl, Sunday 21 September 2014

An unknown number of police officers, including one senior official, are suspected of corruption and bribery in connection with the contract to buy new police cars, broadcaster Nos said at the weekend.

One officer has been suspended, the broadcaster said, and all the officers suspected of involvement have been given new roles while the investigation continues.

The case dates back to 2012 and centres on a Volkswagen importer who won the contract to supply 13,000 cars.

Justice minister Ivo Opstelten has now written to parliament to say he has ordered a new tendering process because there appears to have been 'of a breach of integrity'. It will take a year before that process has been completed, Opstelten said.

There is also talk of corruption in other tendering processes, including breathalysers and radio telephones, Radio 1 reporter Robert Bas said.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

225 victims of MH17 identified

France24 – AFP, 19 Sep 2014

A monument for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of
 Hrabove on September 9, 2014A monument for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at
the crash site in the village of Hrabove on September 9, 2014

Forensic experts have identified a total of 225 victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, with 14 new names released to families, Dutch authorities said on Friday.

"Among the 14 victims, seven were Dutch and seven were of other nationalities," the justice ministry said in a statement, adding that those nationalities would not be released at the behest of their embassies.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 exploded over insurgent-held east Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 on board, 193 of them Dutch.

The findings of an initial report by a Dutch-led team of air crash investigators appear to back up claims that the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile.

Kiev and the West have accused separatists of shooting it down with a surface-to-air BUK missile supplied by Russia -- a charge Moscow denies.

Last month forensics experts suspended their search for bodies due to clashes between Kiev and the pro-Russian rebels near the crash site northeast of Donetsk.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday it was still "too dangerous" for investigators to visit the site, and that the Dutch investigators left in Ukraine would return to the Netherlands.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three Dutch pension funds to start offering mortgages

DutchNews.nl, Friday 19 September 2014

Three Dutch pension funds are to start offering mortgages, investing a combined €2bn in the housing market.

Enginering pension fund PMT, the Hoogovens fund and the fund for the printing industry have set up a special company named Munt Hypotheken to manage their mortgage investments.

'This is the first time pension funds invest directly in mortgages without a bank as an intermediary,' said director Jeroen Looman in a statement.

A number of leading Dutch economists suggested several years ago that pension funds invest directly in mortgages. The country's biggest pension fund - civil service giant ABP, is not taking part. 'We do not consider this a core activity for a pension fund,' a spokesman told news agency ANP.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Police figures show 4% drop in recorded crime, more bikes stolen

DutchNews.nl, Thursday 18 September 2014

The latest police crime statistics show a 4% drop in recorded crime in the Netherlands, with fewer armed robberies, burglaries and muggings taking place in the first six months of this year.

In total, just over half a million crimes were reported to the police in the six months to the end of June. Of them, 28% were solved, in line with the previous six months.

The number of armed robberies was down 25% compared with a year ago. There were also 16% fewer muggings and burglaries. But bike and motorbike thefts were up 11%, the police figures show.


According to broadcaster RTL news, Maastricht is the crime capital of the Netherlands. The number of 'high impact crimes' in the Limburg city was 95% above the national average.

In total, there were 1,203 robberies, burglaries, muggings and serious assaults in the first six months of the year in Maastricht, the broadcaster said.

In terms of the total number of crimes, Amsterdam led the pack. Amsterdam was also home to the most public order offences, muggings and pickpocketing.

RTL highlighted a number of other key figures from the police report. Most cars were stolen in Utrecht, and Rotterdam led the way in terms of weapons trading and serious public assault.

But crime is not confined to the big cities. In the small town of Schagen in Noord-Holland there were 590 reports of vandalism. In Velsen, 40 sex crimes were reported and in Zeist police were alerted to 33 fires or explosions, RTL said.

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UN: 'Time to take the heat off turtles'

At a UN-organized meeting in Bonn, experts are discussing the plight of endangered sea turtles. Expert Colin Limpus told DW climate change is just the latest human-made factor making life tough for turtles.

Deutsche Welle, 17 Sep 2014

DW: Why are turtles on the agenda?

Marine turtles have a number of very critical issues related to climate change. The first is ‘temperature dependent sex determination’. The sex of the hatchlings is determined by the temperature of the nest half-way through incubation. And a warm beach creates mostly females, and a cool beach creates mostly males. One of the concerns with rising global temperatures is that we will shift potentially into an all-female producing population in a number of places. So this is a concern of the effect of rising temperatures.

The second big issue is that turtles nest on sandy beaches. That's the only place they can lay their eggs. And sea levels rise, then nesting areas could potentially see a rise in the water table, flooding of the nesting sites and loss of eggs as a result.

Limpus is a special UN advisor on turtles
Additionally, the increasing the intensity of hurricanes or cyclones: the more intense a cyclonic disturbance, the greater the destructive effect when the cyclone crosses coastal waters. So this leads to dramatic changes and the loss of critical habitat in coastal areas and the feeding areas for sea turtles. And major damage to a feeding area, may take years to recover. So any change in the frequency and intensity of these events is going to be detrimental.

Are we already seeing signs of these things already happening?

Yes, we can see the effects of major floods and cyclones. Part of the problem is judging which way this could go with our turtle population. A lot of studies try to predict on the basis that the population is static and will not shift. But if we look at what has happened over the last 10 to 12,000 years in Australia, for example, today, nesting beaches have multiple species nesting in places where 10,000 years ago it was dry land, and the nearest beaches would have been 900 kilometers away. We've gone through a major climate change from the ice ages through to the present, and sea turtles survived that. They did it by changing where they breed. So it's a challenge for how the turtles will respond. Will they stay where they are right now and suffer the consequences? Or can the population shift to areas that are suitable for them as change occurs? We have to consider how fast they can adapt with a rapid change in climate compared to what they went through in the past.

So we are probably talking about a faster climate change than what we have seen to date?

That's what some people are saying. If that's the case, it may challenge the capacity of turtles to do adapt. On the other hand, there are areas of their biology that we have not really investigated very well. A turtle comes back to the area where it's born. Recent research suggests that they don’t necessarily go back to the same beach where they were born, but go back to the region. So that suggests that as a turtle grows up, it choosing where it wants to breed. It may be able to make choices and may respond to changes, and choose a different site maybe within hundreds of kilometers of where it was born. So it could choose a beach with the right temperatures and stability.

But we don't know? And what can we do about it?

No but I guess I have some confidence that these animals, which have survived the past millions of years, have come through many climate change events. They’ve survived the catastrophic events that caused the demise of the dinosaurs. But in the past they didn't have to deal with human impacts. All of our sea turtles are listed as threatened species. It's going to depend on how we help them. Obviously the broader community has to address the issue of climate change. We need to start looking at how we manage temperatures of beaches, how we tackle the recovery of foraging areas, sea grass pastures, coral reefs. We need to keep them viable. We have to look at the sediment runoff that comes with floods, because that has a very big negative impact. How do you stop that soil eroding from your farmlands? These are all things we can do to soften the impact on turtles.

Why should we be worried about marine turtles in general, what role do they play in the ecosystem?

That depends on in which society you ask that question. A person living in Berlin might say “can't see much point in it.” If you were talking to an indigenous person in northern Australia, they would talk about the iconic value of the turtles in terms of totemic animals that are an integral part of their religious culture. And there are areas where it is the primary source of red meat for the community, so for them as a food resource and a cultural thing, very important. In the area where I grew up, the eco-tourism around turtles is the primary cash flow for the district economy for about five months of the year. Tourists come to look at nesting turtles. So the people in the business community would see it as an important economic component. As a biologist I see them as an integral part of the ecosystem. The loggerhead turtles have a function in the regulation of the density of shellfish in some areas, they feed on them. The green turtles are herbivores feeding on sea grass and their activity promotes the turnover of nutrients in a sea grass pasture. So turtles have lots of significance to different parts of the world.

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(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)

“… The Weather

Let's talk about the weather. We retreat to exactly what we told you before in this very chair. The water cycle is a cooling cycle, not a heating cycle. You're going to have more severe winters and storms. It's going to get colder. But it gets warmer before it gets colder. That is the cycle, and it has always been the cycle. You can see it in the rings of the trees and the cores of the ice. Don't let your scientists pull the political wool over your eyes for their own purposes. Start seeing these things for what they are. It's a recurring cycle based on four Earth alignment attributes, including the wobble (the precession). You're in this cycle. Prepare.

The beginnings of it will be with you from now at least until the end of the 2012 36-year window, and you can watch it work. The first thing that happens is that the ice melts at the poles, but not completely. It's the way it has happened before. As the redistribution of weight from the poles to the oceans of the earth takes place, the weight is redistributed to the crust, and that creates earthquakes. And the earthquakes that will be the most powerful are the ones that are closest to the poles. We told you that some time ago. So it's not a mystery that suddenly you have some of the most powerful earthquakes that you've ever had. Not only that, but a cooling ocean creates larger storms.

What do the conspiracists do with all this? "See? We're doomed. Here it comes," they say. "Here it comes! The end is here!" Twenty-two years ago, we gave you the information that is happening today. We told you about the weather. We told you to get ready for it, but we still haven't told you why the water cycle is needed. We've hinted at it since it is very controversial, and we'll lose many readers right here and now. Here's the prediction: The scientists are going to laugh and biologists are going to scratch their heads and roll their eyes.

The Refreshing of the Cycle of Life

When you change the temperature of the waters of the planet, it changes the life cycle of the ocean and it eventually renews itself. The life cycle of the planet has a limit to its viability over time. There has to be a refreshing of the very cycle of life, and this is what the water cycle does. Are there any places you've seen too many fish lately? Yes. Millions of salmon in the north. Odd that it was in Alaska, isn't it? Alaska is very close to the poles where the water temperature is being felt first. Oh, again the experts will tell you that this is not the reason. It's about hatcheries and rivers. But nobody predicted this, did they? Science is fast to give you reasons, but slow to give you logic in advance. They always seem to be surprised.

We are saying things we haven't said before. Again, watch for this, an actual change in the life cycle of the planet's oceans because of the water temperature shift. Biologists are going to have to start redesigning the paradigm of how everything works, including reefs, ocean bottoms, and how plankton survive and reproduce. Listen, this is not the first time that the life cycle has been refreshed! But again, this may take generations of humanity to complete. In the process, you may again lose species. This is normal. Gaia is slow, and Humans are impatient. Your textbooks may someday tell of how naive humanity was back in 2011 when they tried to blame weather changes on everything but a natural cycle. Now you know why there is a water cycle.

So what does that tell you about Gaia? Gaia is beginning the cycle of refreshing life on over-fished oceans. It tells you that in the cracks, there is love and caring about the Humans who live on the earth. There's a reason you're here. There's a plan here, and a benevolent Universe and quantum energy with intelligent design. All is there for you, precious, sacred Human Being. …”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Frisian nationalists follow the Scottish referendum closely

DutchNews.nl, Wednesday 17 September 2014

Eighteen members of the Frisian nationalist party Fryske Nasjonale Partij headed to Edinburgh on Wednesday to follow the vote in the Scottish referendum, Nos television reports.

'Perhaps we Frisians can learn something from such a referendum,' Friesland provincial councillor Sybren Posthumus told the broadcaster.

The FNP, he says, does not want to split off from the rest of the Netherlands but 'we would like more say', Posthumus said. 'There is a lot of unhappiness in the provincial council about the gulf between The Hague and Friesland.'


One example of this, he says, is the decision by central government to close the maternity unit at Dokkum's Sionsberg hospital. 'The province voted unanimously to keep it open and a couple of days later, parliament voted to close it. That led to a lot of protest.'

Posthumus said he is neutral with regard to the Scottish debate. Whatever happens, the British government has pledged to give Scotland more financial independence, he pointed out. 'And if the yes vote wins, the Scots can determine their own future.'

The Fryske Nasjonale Partij was founded in 1962 to promote the Frisian language, culture and sports. The party has four members on the 43-strong provincial council and is part of the ruling coalition.

The province is officially known as Fryslân in Dutch.

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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration LecturesGod / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems  (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it),  Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse),  Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) (Text version)

“…  Government

Let us speak of government. We're not speaking of your government, but of any government - the way it works, how it survives, how it has survived, the way it campaigns, and how it elects leaders. It's going to change.

Years ago, I told you, "When everybody can talk to everybody, there can be no secrets." Up to this point on this planet, government has counted on one thing - that the people can't easily talk to each other on a global scale. They have to get their information through government or official channels. Even mass media isn't always free enough, for it reports that which the government reports. Even a free society tends to bias itself according to the bias of the times. However, when you can have Human Beings talking to each other all at once, all over the planet without government control, it all changes, for there is open revelation of truth.

Democracy itself will change and you're going to see it soon. The hold-outs, the few countries I have mentioned in the past, are doomed unless they recalibrate. They're doomed to be the same as they have been and won't be able to exist as they are now with everyone changing around them.

I mentioned North Korea in the past. Give it time. Right now, the young man is under the control of his father's advisors. But when they're gone, you will see something different, should he survive. Don't judge him yet, for he is being controlled.

In government, if you're entire voting base has the ability to talk to itself without restriction and comes up with opinions by itself without restriction, it behooves a politician to be aware and listen to them. This will change what politicians will do. It will change the way things work in government. Don't be surprised when some day a whole nation can vote all at once in a very unusual way. Gone will be the old systems where you used to count on horseback riders to report in from faraway places. Some of you know what I am talking about. Government will change. The systems around you, both dark and light, will change. You're going to start seeing something else, too, so let's change the subject and turn the page. …

The main points of the 2015 budget

DutchNews.nl, Tuesday 16 September 2014

Minister Dijsselbloem (NOS/ANP)

Few major new policy measures were announced by ministers on Tuesday and much of the key economic information had already been leaked. Here is a summary of the main points:

Taxes and income  
  • Spending power will rise by an average 0.5%
  • Single parents will see a 10% increase in spending power, single breadwinner families on average incomes a 3% drop.
  • Fewer tax breaks for the elderly. Four in 10 pensioners will be worse off.
  • Economic growth to reach 1.25%
  • Budget deficit to hit 2.2%, well below the 3% eurozone limit
  • Unemployment to drop from 650,000 to 605,000
  • The lowest tax band (up to €16,645) will be cut by 0.25% to 36.5%, although this is effectively a 0.5% increase

Health and benefits 
  • Healthcare own risk to rise from €360 to €375
  • Healthcare insurance will rise by an estimated €10 a month
  • Healthcare benefits for those on very low incomes will rise
  • Income dependent health insurance premium for pensioners and self-employed to rise
  • Parents who lose their jobs will keep childcare benefits for six not three months

Security and foreign policy
  • Extra spending on defence: €350m a year to 2018
  • Extra spending on emergency aid: €570m
  • Extra spending on regional refugee policy: €375m
  • Extra spending on AIVD security service: €75m
  • Foreign affairs ministry to ‘maintain or strengthen’ embassies in the Middle East and unstable regions close to Europe

  • 6% VAT tariff on home repairs extended to July 2015
  • The point system for determining social housing rents will be revised to take property values more into account.
  • People who move house but can’t sell their first home can deduct the cost of both mortgages from tax for three, rather than two, years

Other measures 
  • €200m to stimulate innovation
  • Tax relief on environment-friendly cars to be cut
  • Petrol and diesel prices to rise in line with inflation
  • €20m for the Dutch film industry to strengthen its international position
  • Civil service and public sector salaries to rise in line with market developments after a multi-year pay freeze
  • King Willem-Alexander to get a €6,000 pay rise, taking his income to €823,000, queen Maxima to get an extra €2,000.

King Willem-Alexander addresses members of both houses of
with queen Maxima at his side. Photo: Nos still

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

'Hatred elsewhere should not spill onto our streets': Dutch king

DutchNews.nl, Tuesday 16 September 2014

King Willem-Alexander addresses members of both houses of parliament
with queen Maxima at his side. Photo: Nos still

King Willem-Alexander has spoken of his sorrow at July's Malaysian Airways plane crash, which, he said, has given a tinge of sadness to the traditional budget day ceremony.

In his second speech from the throne since he became king, Willem-Alexander said events have shown that freedom and peace are vulnerable. The MH17 air crash affected many and shocked everyone deeply, he said.

However, 'the involvement and togetherness offered comfort to everyone faced with a great personal loss,' he said.

Conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East show how interconnected we all are. 'The hatred in some parts of the world should not spill over into our streets,' he said. 'In a time when everyone has the world in his hand via a smartphone, the social impact is even greater,' he said.


The king said the government will defend the Dutch constitution and personal freedom and that action will be taken if boundaries are crossed. 'Spreading hatred, threatening with violence and discrimination against population groups will not be tolerated,' he said.

Everyone should be free to live according to their religious beliefs, he said. 'Combating extremism and intolerance is a key job of the government.'

But parents, schools, sports clubs and others are needed to prevent radicalisation, he said, referring to the Netherlands' long tradition of freedom and harmony.


Turning to government policy for the coming years, the king spoke about economic developments.

There is optimism but the recovery is still fragile, the king said. High unemployment remains a key issue and one which affects many families, he said.

The speech was more optimistic than those in recent years but contained little in the way of new policy suggestions, commentators said afterwards.

South African charity refunds Dutch rhino poaching prevention cash

DutchNews.nl, Monday 15 September 2014

A South African charity has refunded €1.5m to the Dutch Postcode Lottery after admitting its campaign to inpregnate rhino horns with poison and dye to make them unpopular with poachers is not working.

Animal protection groups told the NRC earlier this year they had doubts about the effectiveness of the project.

'We were naive and too enthusiastic in our belief that horn infusion would help,' Peace Parks Foundation chairman and billionaire Johann Rupert told the Sunday Times. 'It was a mistake, not misrepresentation.'

The Postcode Lottery has confirmed the repayment and has placed the money in a different account until there is more clarity about what methods do work, the NRC says.

The Postcode Lottery gave €14.4m to the foundation in February. During a gala celebration, prime minister Mark Rutte described horn infusion as the 'key' to combating rhino poaching.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Popular 'Moon Rabbit' exhibit destroyed by fire

Want China Times, CNA 2014-09-15

The remaining parts of the Moon Rabbit after the fire, Sept. 15. (Photo/CNA)

Following a popular display that drew over 2 millions visits since its opening, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's "Moon Rabbit" sculpture was destroyed in a fire in Taoyuan Monday.

The 25-meter-long sculpture, made of waterproof paper, wood and styrofoam, was designed exclusively by Hofman for the Taoyuan Land Arts Festival, which closed a day earlier after attracting nearly 2.5 million visits during the 11-day event, according to organizers.

The fire occurred when workers were disassembling the sculpture and was suspected to be caused by sparks from chainsaws used during the process, the Taoyuan county government said.

The sculpture of a rabbit lying down over an aircraft hangar in a former naval base used as the site for this year's festival, was left headless following the fire, with part of its torso blackened.

The county government said Hofman was informed of the accident and added that local authorities are considering seeking compensation from contractors conducting the disassembly.

The accident was not the first one for Hofman's works displayed in Taiwan. The artist's famous Rubber Duck exhibit deflated during the Taoyuan festival's inaugural edition last November.

Another rubber duck used in the Keelung leg of the art project's tour in Taiwan beginning December burst Dec. 31, only 10 days into the over two-month long display.

Moon Rabbit sculpture in Taoyuan, Sept. 4. (File photo/CNA)

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Wild boar, rescued from canal, are shot for being in the wrong place

DutchNews.nl, Sunday 14 September 2014

A boar is towed to shore before being shot. Photo: RTL news

Eight wild boar rescued from a canal in Limburg where they were swimming have been shot dead for being in the wrong part of the province.

The exhausted animals were unable to clamber up the bank of the Zuid-Willemsvaart canal near Weert and were pulled out by firemen in two rubber boats.

However, once the animals were brought to land, a gamekeeper shot them dead, stating there is a zero tolerance policy for boar in that part of the country.

Animal welfare

Photographs and footage shows how some of the exhausted animals were brought to shore. One picture shows a fireman with his foot on a boar, apparently to make it easier for the gamekeeper to shoot.

Now animal rights party PvdD has asked junior economic affairs minister Sharon Dijksma to explain. The party's MPs want to know if there was not another solution and if the gamekeeper broke hunting laws.

Animal welfare organisation Dierenbescherming has also expressed its concern at the killing. 'Very regrettable, and that is putting it mildly,' the organisation said on Twitter.

Legal area

In Dutch law, boar are only allowed in parts of the Veluwe and a small part of Limburg near Herkenbosch, about 30 kilometres from where the swimming boar were found. Those spotted outside these areas are shot.

In 2010, a wild boar which turned up in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in Flevoland was also shot dead.

The aim of restricting the boar to two areas is to reduce damage to crops and the risk of traffic accidents.

A spokesman for Limburg province told broadcaster Nos the gamekeeper should not have shot the boar because it was a Sunday. 'Every other day would have been fine,' the spokesman said.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pope breaks taboo by marrying couples who lived 'in sin'

Yahoo – AFP, Ljubomir Milasin, 14 Sep 2014

Pope Francis married 20 couples from different social backgrounds during a ceremony
at St Peter's basilica in Vatican City, on September 14, 2014. (AFP, Alberto Pizzoli)

Vatican City (AFP) - A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together "in sin" were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.

In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Francis asked to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who would be a realistic sample of modern couples.

Popes very rarely perform marriages -- the last one was in 2000.

Marriage "is not an easy road, it's sometimes a contentious trip, but that's life", the pope told the couples, both young and old, as their families gathered for the solemn two-hour ceremony.

"It's normal that couples fight. That always happens, but don't end the day without making peace, even a small gesture is enough," said the pontiff, who donned a red robe for the occasion rather than his usual white.

One of the couples he married was single mother Gabriella and her partner Guido, whose previous marriage was annulled by an ecclesiastical tribunal.

The last time a pope performed a marriage was under the leadership of John Paul II in 2000, and before that in 1994.

It comes three weeks before a major synod of the Catholc Church will discuss the divisive issues of marriage, divorce and conception.

The church ban on allowing divorcees who have remarried to receive communion is one of the key topics up for debate, and resolving deep divisions over the issue inside the church is seen as a key test of Francis' leadership.

Francis has shown himself more open than his predecessors on the subject of marriage, and has spoken of more realistic attitude to social problems, raising the issue of broken marriages and abandoned women.

Last January he baptised the child of a single mother in the Sistine Chapel along with the daughter of a couple who had not been married in a church.

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Science to the rescue of art

Yahoo – AFP, Pascale Mollard-Chenebenoit, 14 Sep 2014

A file photo taken on January 24, 2014 shows a gallery supervisor posing in front
 of two versions of Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers paintings at the
National Gallery in London (AFP Photo/Leon Neal)

Paris (AFP) - Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" are losing their yellow cheer and the unsettling apricot horizon in Edvard Munch's "The Scream" is turning a dull ivory.

Some of our most treasured paintings are fading, warn experts who would like more money for the use of sophisticated technology to capture the masters' original palettes before the works are unrecognisably blighted.

"Our cultural heritage is suffering from a disease," Robert van Langh, director of conservation and restoration at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, told AFP in Paris this week.

People look at Edvard Munch's "The Scream,"
 in Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art
(MOMA) in New York City (AFP Photo/
Spencer Platt)
"These priceless icons of our culture are deteriorating," he said. And the amount spent on conserving them "should be multiplied by ten."

Van Langh was speaking on the sidelines of a conference on the use of synchrotron radiation technology in art conservation at the molecular level.

Synchrotrons, stadium-sized machines that produce beams of bright X-ray light, are used to analyse the chemical degradation of famous artworks gracing the museums of the world.

Much more science is needed to understand the chemical reactions that cause colour changes in canvases, in order to stop them, said Jennifer Mass, an art conservationist from Winterthur Museum in Delaware, who also attended the meeting.

"There are heaps of researchers ready to do this work, but very little money."

Understanding the degenerative process would allow museums to display the precious works in the appropriate light, atmosphere and humidity.

But technology would also allow "digital reconstruction" of original pieces, as they were envisaged by their creators, for posterity.

"The goal is more preservation than restoration," said Mass, adding that restorers would only in very rare cases touch up the original work of an artist.

Fading like a flower

Experts already know that the iconic still life "Sunflowers" is browner today than when van Gogh captured it on canvas in 1888.

It turns out the Dutch Impressionist painter had opted for industrial pigments, then new on the market, for his yellows, according to Belgian chemist Koen Janssens of the University of Antwerp.

Exposed to air, the yellow in cadmium, also used by Munch for his 1910 work "The Scream", loses its brightness, while ultraviolet light -- as from the Sun -- turns it brown.

Janssens has also worked on van Gogh's famous "Flowers in a Blue Vase", which has suffered a similar fate but for a different reason.

In this case, it was a varnish applied after the artist's death that became cracked and faded over time, obscuring the picture underneath.

A visitor looks at a work by Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn entitled "The
 Syndics of the Amsterdam drapers' Guild" (De Staalmeesters) dated 1662 at the
Rijks Museum in Amsterdam (AFP Photo/Alexander Klein)

Synthetic pigments like cadmium yellow, emerald green and zinc yellow -- some of which can start losing their depth of colour in only 20 years -- were also popular among other Impressionists of the 19th century and painters of the early 20th like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

The works from this period are therefore more at risk of fading than those by the ancient masters, said Mass.

They are not exempt, though -- for his blue hues the 17th century's Rembrandt van Rijn used smalt, a type of ground-up glass with a tendency to turn grey over time.

According to Janssens, a further role of science could be to beat the drum for art conservation.

"As researchers, we are working on a simulation that will allow us to show what certain artworks will look like in 50 years," if nothing is done, he said.

"If we don't act, future generations will not see these artworks in the same way that we are," warned van Langh.

Doctors Discover A Woman With No Cerebellum

IO9Robbie Gonzalez, Sep 11, 2014

An MRI of the woman's head reveals "no recognizable cerebellar structure." The
 posterior fossa, write the researchers, is filled instead by cerebrospinal fluid | Image
Credit: Feng Yu et al.

A 24-year-old woman complaining of dizziness and nausea was admitted to a hospital in Shandong Province recently, where she told doctors she had struggled with balance all her life. When doctors performed a brain scan, they immediately noticed the problem: The woman was missing her cerebellum.

The cerebellum, which is Latin for "little brain," is a small lump of brain matter situated below and toward the rear of the brain's two cerebral hemispheres. So densely packed are its neurons, that despite accounting for just 10% of the brain's volume, the cerebellum manages to cram in more than half of the brain's total neurons. To go about one's life without a cerebellum, it should go without saying, is far from common; in the August 22 issue of Brain, doctors led by neurosurgeon Feng Yu report the woman is one of just nine people known to have done so. That Yu's team documented her condition while she was alive makes the discovery all the more exceptional.

The woman's case presents a fascinating example of neuroplasticity, the process by which one or more regions of the brain adapt to compensate for damage to a different area of the brain, or a loss of some bodily function. If you lose a finger, for example, the neural representations of the neighboring fingers get bigger. Sever someone's optic nerve, and the neurons devoted to vision will be co-opted by neurons associated with other cognitive functions. This is one reason blind people tend to have excellent audio acuity.

In this woman's case, however, the missing body part is not a finger, nor an optic nerve, but a sizable chunk of the brain, itself. The cerebellum plays an important role in motor control. Timing, coordination, fine movement – all of these things rely in large part on this small, sub-hemispheric brain. Yu's team calls the woman's condition a rare example of complete primary cerebellar agenesis. "This surprising phenomenon," the authors write, "supports the concept of extracerebellar motor system plasticity, especially cerebellum loss, occurring early in life."

According to Mitchell Glickstein, emeritus professor of neuroscience at University College London, "the claim that people with complete cerebellar agenesis can be entirely symptom free is widespread," and kept alive by an "oral tradition [that] people who are born without a cerebellum may have no observable symptoms at all." In fact, he says, every documented case of the condition has been linked to "a profound deficit in the development of normal movement." This certainly appears to be the case with this 24-year-old woman, whose mother reports she was four years old before she could stand on her own, and seven before she could walk unassisted, "with a persistently unsteady gait." Her speech was also reportedly unintelligible until the age of 6 (difficulty articulating is a symptom of cerebellar disfunction). [Pictured Here: "Human Brain Without Cerebellum," on display in the Anatomy Department of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK | Via Glickstein]

Today, however, the 24-year-old woman's symptoms are not characterized as debilitating, but as "mild to moderate" – her movements "slowed," or "slightly irregular." Yu's team notes that she is married with a daughter, and describe her pregnancy and delivery as "uneventful." The authors describe her neurological exam in detail:

A neurological examination revealed she could cooperate and fully orientate. A verbal analysis test revealed her word comprehension and expression remained intact and she had no sign of aphasia, but mild to moderate signs of cerebellar dysarthria. The patient has mild voice tremor with slurred pronunciation and her voice quality is slightly harsh. Cerebellar ataxia including Romberg's sign, and there is evidence of heel-knee-tibia impairment. The patient experienced mild to moderate dysmetria in reaching the nose when administered the finger-to-nose test. Pronation-supination alternating movements were slightly irregular and slowed. While she is able to walk unsteadily without support, her gait is moderately unsteady. The patient has evidence of tandem gait and moderately reduced gait speed. There is no focal paresis but the muscle tone is mildly increased. Evaluation of the sensory system showed no abnormalities, no deformities of the fingers and toes were observed, and her complete blood count and urinalysis were normal.

Sometimes brain activities associated with a certain area are redistributed to other locations not following an injury, but in response to the area never having formed at all. Read more about this rare case study in the latest issue of Brain. See also: Helen Thomson's coverage of the study in New Scientist.

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"... The Second Brain

Innate does so many things for you! Some of you are starting to get a bigger picture of where I'm going with this discussion. Here is a concept that we've not really broached before. We're going to give it a name, but please do not misunderstand it. You only have one word for your intelligent control center, and the word is called brain. So we are going to give you a concept that the innate is your second brain. It doesn't function like your first one at all, but it is smart and it is intelligent and it knows what you need. Sometimes it can even replace a function that your logical brain normally does.

Let me show you what I mean. Here is a puzzle, a conundrum of medicine: When an accident happens that severs your spinal cord completely, it leaves you with no feeling or muscle function from the waist down. This is because the signals from the brain to your muscles are no longer able to be sent. The pathway for those signals is severed. You then spend the rest of your life in a chair, perhaps even being fed by others. But the puzzle it that there are some things within you that continue to function anyway. One of them is your heart. Another is digestion. Many of these things continue to work even though you are told that your brain, the central nervous system, the organ that sends all the signals to make things work, had its signals severed. The conduit where the signals are sent within the spine is broken. So what keeps all these organs below the neck going?

Your heart depends upon signals from the brain to function. It needs the electrical pulses sent from specific parts of the brain, creating a synchronized rhythm in order for the heart to beat. Yet the brain is disconnected and the heart keeps its rhythm. How can that work? Now I'll tell you: The innate takes over and continues the signal. It's always there, for the Merkabah is body-wide, not centralized in one place as your brain is. The organs will continue to function, but the pathway to the muscles are gone. Even reproduction can still happen! The heart keeps going and digestion continues, and all without connection to the brain.

Innate is smart! It's a second brain. Medical science is often puzzled over this, and I just gave you the answer. So innate is the intelligence in your body that is smarter about cellular things than your brain. Now I want to wrap this all up.

What are you supposed to do with all this information? I want you to get in touch with innate. It's the heart connection, dear ones. The Higher-Self, innate and Human consciousness are the three Human energies that need to meld - Human consciousness, Higher-Self and innate.

When DNA starts to work at a higher efficiency, there are bridges that start to be built between these things. You'll start to feel them when you recognize and sense truth. When you start to have discernment and cognize things for what they are, you stop looking around for answers. You are far more self-contained, and your answers are often the same as those around you who have the same discernment engine. All this now comes from within, instead of an outside source.

Many will tell you this is all nonsense. They tell you about God and ask you to believe them. They tell you that you were born dirty, or that there are societies trying to control you, or that everywhere you look there's a conspiracy against you. They generate fear, and the result is Human fear, confusion, separation and even war.

The Smart Innate

What if you could start understanding the truth from the innate within? You would understand that you are a piece of God on this planet, and you can discern what is and what is not happening around you. The Human Being becomes smarter when the two brains come together and you're able then to see your own health situation, to catch things before they get out of hand, and even to sense the truth of God within the beautiful system of your Akash. ..."