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)

"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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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dutch to get tough on diplomats who break the law, says minister

DutchNews, Wednesday 23 April 2014

Minister Timmermans would have
 preferred the case came to the court.
An Afghan diplomat who hit a 23-year-old Dutch man several times during a road rage incident at the end of last year has been sent back home, foreign minister Frans Timmermans said on Wednesday.

Timmermans spoke about the incident while outlining a new get-tough policy towards diplomats and family members who break the law and then claim diplomatic immunity.

‘Diplomats who break the rules will be tackled,’ Timmermans said. ‘Immunity does not mean our laws do not apply to them.


The government is planning to publish an annual list of embassies and international organisations whose staff do not pay their fines, Timmermans said in a briefing to parliament.

The government will also ask for diplomatic immunity to be lifted in serious cases, he said.

'We support the Treaty of Vienna and there are limits to what we can do,' Timmermans said. 'But we are going to use all the options open to us.'


Broadcaster RTL last year revealed people with diplomatic immunity have been responsible for 85 crimes since 2010. The diplomatic corps in the Netherlands amounts to some 20,000 people.

The total of 85 criminal offences includes 42 diplomats who were stopped by traffic police. In two out of three cases they were drunk. In other incidents the embassy worker refused to take a breathalyser test, RTL news said.

In 13 cases, diplomatic staff were caught shoplifting or were involved in other petty crime while in eight cases domestic violence was an issue. Colombia also recalled a diplomat after he was found to have connections to drugs gangs.

Russian and Chinese diplomats had six accusations each of wrong-doing to their name, RTL said.

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Export licence for Morgan the orca was correct, council of state rules

DutchNews.nl, Wednesday 23 April 2014

Morgan in a concrete pen in Spain. Photo: FreeMorgan.org

Permission given to the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk to move a rescued Orca to an amusement park in Spain was correct, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday.

The orca, named Morgan, was found in a severely weakened state in the Wadden Sea in 2010. After being nursed back to health in the Netherlands, in 2011 she was shipped to the Loco Parque amusement park on the Spanish island of Tenerife where she now performs tricks for a paying public.

The then junior economic affairs minister Henk Bleker gave the green light for Morgan to be sent to Spain saying there was no guarantee she would be successfully released into the wild.


The Council of State said in a statement on Wednesday the move was correct because there was no alternative.

'Returning the killer whale to the ocean, as proposed by the animal welfare groups in the Morgan Release Plan, was not deemed to be an "alternative, satisfactory solution" because Morgan's native pod had not been found and she belonged to a population with a highly complex social structure,' the court said.

Supporters of the orca say she is not being properly looked after in Spain and is constantly being attacked by other orcas.

However, the council of state said that issue was outside its jurisdiction and today’s verdict only dealt with the validity of the export licence granted by Bleeker at the time. 'Morgan's present state of health was not the subject of the legal proceedings,' the court said.

Last weekend, a British newspaper launched a campaign to raise money to try to release Morgan from what it called her 'Spanish hellhole'.

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Whistleblowers need better protection: helpline

DutchNews.nl, Tuesday 22 April 2014

Martin van Pernis, Chairman, Committee
 Whistleblowers advice center, speaking
at the launch of the advice center
Whistleblowers in 2012 (NRC/ANP)
A special helpline for whistleblowers has helped 61 people go public since it was founded in October 2012 and has dealt with 435 requests for advice, according to the Adviespunt Klokkenluiders’s first annual report.

Most whistleblowers – 30% - were concerned about problems in the health service, followed by local government (10%) and manufacturing (10%). Four out of 10 cases involved the semi-public sector. Fraud or theft were the most common complaints.

The report also shows that three out of four whistleblowers had problems at work after going public with their fears. These ranged from bullying to redundancy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More food firms, hotel group shift to one star factory farm pork

DutchNews.nl, Tuesday 22 April 2014

The Subway sandwiches group, salad maker Johma and hotel group NH are the latest firms to switch to one star factory pork, animal rights group Wakker Dier said on Tuesday.

Pigs kept on a one star factory farm have 25% more room to move than no star pigs and more 'toys' to keep them entertained. Wakker Dier described the move as a 'small but important' step.

Dutch supermarkets and many other food firms have already made the switch. Now the hotel group and Johma will change to one-star meat in January 2015 and Subway at the end of next year.

Wakker Dier is now concentrating on sausage maker Kips and the Dr Oetker frozen pizza group which still use pigs from factory farms with no stars.

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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.

Ornamental plants loaded with pesticides, including illegal ones

DutchNews.nl, Tuesday 22 April 2014

Pesticides and Bee mortality. (trosradar.nl)
Ornamental plants sold in Dutch garden centres are often so full of pesticides they are extremely dangerous to bees, according to research by environmental organisation Greenpeace.

Illegal pesticides were found in over half the plants and shrubs tested by scientists, some of which have been banned for over eight years because of the danger to health.

Greenpeace bought 69 plants, bulbs and shrubs covering 31 different varieties at the biggest Dutch garden centres: Intratuin, Groenrijk and Boerenbond/Welkoop. The focus was on garden plants which are attractive to bees.

The plants were tested at a specialised laboratory and all but one was found to contain poisonous substances. In total, scientists found an average of seven different pesticides a plant. And 38 of the 69 plants had the residues of pesticides which have been banned.


Research has shown that pesticides are one of the reasons for the decline in the global bee population.

‘Some of the plants we tested were sold at garden centres as being bee friendly,’ Greenpeace spokesman Kees Kodde said in a statement.

‘But the poison used on these plants spreads out in nature and in the water supply and kills bees and other insects. This can only be stopped if growers stop using these pesticides, the government bans them and enforces that ban.’

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Question: Dear Kryon: I would appreciate a perspective on the following: There seems to be two opposed schools of thought with respect to pesticides and their use. One group categorically states that they are very dangerous and that they are responsible for causing cancers etc... (there's a very long list!!) The other group naturally claims that they are perfectly safe with today's technological advances etc. 

Answer: The chemicals you are using today are dangerous to your health. The more they are used, the more it will be seen over time. We have indicated before that there are far better natural scientific solutions to protecting your crops. Use biology to balance biology. It is non-toxic and simply an alteration of what already exists.

Monday, April 21, 2014

33 arrests, firework disruption as Zwolle thrash Ajax to win Dutch Cup

DutchNews.nl, Monday 21 April 2014

Zwolle celebrate. Photo: Novum

Police made 33 arrests in and around the Kuip stadium in Rotterdam which hosted the KNVB Cup final on Sunday between PEC Zwolle and Ajax.

Underdogs Zwolle thrashed Ajax 5-1 to deny the Amsterdammers the chance of a double. Ajax could clinch the league title next weekend.

Most of the fans arrested had been letting of fireworkers or were drunk and using insulting behaviour. Eight Feyenoord supporters were also picked up who were heading for the stadium, Nos television said.

Six people were also taken to hospital to be treated for firework burns. The match was halted for around 30 minutes after Ajax fans began pelting the pitch with fireworks.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer said after the game the behaviour of the firework throwers was disgraceful and had damaged the club’s reputation. ‘This was nothing to do with football,’ he said.


Ajax general director Edwin van der Sar said fans had been searched twice and he did not understand where the fireworks had come from. They were searched getting onto the buses and then again to get into the stadium, he is quoted as saying by news agency ANP.

According to the Telegraaf, Ajax faces a fine of at least €15,000 and a supporter ban for at least one match because of the distruption. This is the punishment handed out to FC Utrecht in 2012 after a similar incident.

However, the punishment could be increased because the match involved was the cup final, the paper says.

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Fireworks cause a delay during the KNVB Cup final between Ajax Amsterdam
 and PEC Zwolle in Rotterdam. Rank outsiders Zwolle earned their first major trophy
with a stunning 5-1 victory. (Olaf Kraak/EPA)

Huge heath fire in Hoge Veluwe national park, visitors told the leave

DutchNews.nl, Sunday 20 April 2014

400 hectares of nature is destroyed
by fire (NOS/Police)
The Hoge Veluwe national park near Arnhem was evacuated on Sunday because of a massive heath fire.

Between 1,500 and 2,500 visitors were in the park at the time. Visitors to the Kroller Muller museum and its personnel were also ordered to leave and according to some reports, the works of art have been moved to a fire-resistant storage depot.

According to Nos television, the blaze is spreading because of the strong winds. Some 40 fire engines and hundreds of fire officers were trying to get the fire under control on Sunday afternoon.


A fire helicopter was also being used and army reinforcements were been brought in. Farmers have also been urged to help.

‘This is an operation on an unprecedented scale in the Netherlands,’ a fire brigade spokesman told the broadcaster.

The fire started on Sunday morning and by mid afternoon, over 200 hectares of health had been destroyed.

Nu.nl photos
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

British public urged to fund campaign to free Morgan the orca

DutchNews.nl, Sunday 20 April 2014

Caged: Morgan with her trainer (Mirror)
British newspaper The Sunday People and the Born Freed foundation have launched a campaign to try to free an orca found off the Dutch coast four years ago and now kept in a Spanish amusement park.

The orca, dubbed Morgan, was found in the Wadden Sea in a severely weakened state in 2010 and taken to the Dolfinarium to recover. The centre opposed efforts to release her into the wild and she was taken to the Loro Parque on Tenerife instead.

On May 14, the appeal court in The Hague will rule on whether the export licence was lawful. It is the latest in a long line of legal challenges to the Dutch government's decision to move the orca to Spain. The appeal court ruling has been delayed several times.


The export licence for Morgan was granted on the grounds the orca would be used for educational purposes and lower courts have said the licence was correctly applied.

Morgan's supporters argue she is constantly attacked by other orcas at the Loro Parque centre and that she has been taught to perform tricks, which breaks the terms of the licence.

The Sunday People has now launched a fund-raising campaign, together with the Born Free foundation, to try to have Morgan moved.

'The 15ft-long animal, who used to swim up to 100 miles a day in the wild, spends long spells just floating ­lethargically in her pool,' the paper said. 'She also chews on the concrete sides due to apparent boredom and stress, leading to her front teeth becoming dangerously worn to the gums.'

More on this

Cruelty: Incarceration at Loro Parque Zoo has had a heartbreaking (Mirror)

Kryon Q&A

Question: Dear Kryon: I was wondering about the way I feel about whales and dolphins. I've had a feeling that I have to go to them sometime, but I don't know how or what I'm to do when I get there. Please help.

Question: Dear Kryon: I'm a Turkish/Islam woman of 57. I live in Ankara and work for the European Commission's project in Turkey. I've read almost all of the Kryon books twice, and I'm planning to read them once more. My question is about the whales. Why do they commit mass suicide? What is the reason for this very sad event? Is it a kind of protest against Human Beings?

Answer: Dear ones, we've channelled many times about the whales of this planet. In review, they're the living portions of an actual grid-system! They contain the "history of Earth" within their beings, and they're sacred for that reason. They coordinate and cooperate with the crystalline grid of your planet, which is currently being rewritten (see Kryon channelling on the Website: "What's Next?" December 8, 2002). Doesn't it strike you odd that these mammals are the only ones protected against hunting by more than 90 percent of the countries of Earth... even the places without oceans? Do you think that this is an accident or a coincidence? No. It's cellular information for all humanity to protect the whales and keep them safe. Dolphins are their cousins and support group, and they play a role in the whales' development. This is why you're so attracted to them.

Whales do not commit mass suicide. They have no consciousness to allow for this, and it has never happened. Instead, you see whales often beaching themselves and then being saved by Humans, only to re-beach themselves and die. This takes place mostly on the coastlines of your continents, and often on those areas of topography that "stick out," such as a peninsula or isthmus. Your Cape Cod is a good example in America, and is also a place where this has recently happened (up to 47 whales on a beach).

The reason is that whales, dolphins, amphibians, birds, and even insects all navigate to their breeding ground or migration areas each year via the magnetic grid of the planet! Each group follows the ley lines of magnetic influence, almost as if they had a built-in compass. In fact, they actually do!

The magnetic grid of this planet has changed so much, so quickly, as we told you it would in 1989, that there hasn't been time for the pods of whales to adjust with time to these changes. Instead, many simply follow the old magnetic lines of migration, only to find themselves on a beach instead of the open ocean, as the old magnetic direction used to take them. They're confused, and they simply line up and try again, just as they have for years. These things are temporary, and as tragic as you might see them, it's all part of "pruning" the system, and the calves will go around in the future, establishing new instinctive information for the new whales regarding the grid changes. This information has even now been validated this year (2003) by your scientists.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The one day when Christians and atheists sing from the same hymn sheet

Holy Saturday is the theological no man's land between the crucifixion and the resurrection where faith is traditionally absent

The Guardian, Giles Fraser, Saturday 19 April 2014

An actor on the cross in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
on Good Friday 2012 in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

I suppose it has been coming for a while. I suppose other people recognised it about me long before I was prepared to admit it even to myself. Please understand: it's hard to let go of something that has been such a part of my identity for most of my life. It gave me a living and a purpose. And yes, I'm going to be embarrassed by all those smirking "told you sos".

But they were right and now I need to own up and come clean: I don't believe in God. And no, this is not some modern theologian's semantic dodge. The whole thing is rubbish; a set of bronze-age myths designed to keep the priestly caste in power and carefully engineered to feed off the insecurities of the weak and the ignorant.

And to think, I gave religion my best years – which is why I wont ever be a neutral sort of atheist. I know it from the inside: all the deceitful intellectual twists and turns, all the cons and the bullshit, all the hypocrisy. The way it treats women and gays. The way it pretends it has some sort of monopoly on virtue while abusing children and making people feel guilty about sex. The way it uses that weasel category of "faith" as a cover for a lack of proper intellectual justification.

All that manipulative stuff about "going to heaven" because it says so in a very old book (a book that constantly contradicts itself). To tell you the truth, most of them don't mean it anyway. And the ones that do are mad. No, I am going to make Richard Dawkins look like a model of calm. I hate religion, passionately. And it feels good finally to be able to say so publicly.

Am I being serious? Well, yes and no. Yes because, despite frequent assumptions to the contrary, many Christians do get atheism and feel its force. Indeed, from Job to Martin Luther to Dostoyevsky, some of the most vociferous expressions of hostility towards God hail from within the Christian tradition. The Roman Catholic church was built upon the rock of St Peter: but this very foundational figure was also the person who denied Christ over and over again. Even Jesus on the cross appears to have lost sight of the one he once called Father. "My God, why have you forsaken me?"

Nietzsche, for instance, got his famous "God is dead" phrase, via Hegel, from the words of a 17th-century German hymn: "O große Not, Gott selbst ist tot" – or "O great distress! God himself is dead!" In the Easter story, atheism is a moment within faith and not its contradiction. Hegel understood how a thing can also contain its opposite. Faith and non-faith have a dialectical relationship.

Today is Holy Saturday – that theological no man's land between the crucifixion and the resurrection where faith is traditionally absent. It is the one day of the year when Christians get to be atheists.

But I'm obviously not being entirely straightforward with you in pretending to be an atheist. I'm also still a fully paid-up believer. For even during those numerous moments in my priestly ministry when I have lost sight of my calling, even when I have given up, there is something that has not given up on me.

The point about the resurrection is that it represents the revival of what to all the world looks like a totally lost cause. The hope that first drove ordinary people to put down their nets and follow some strange itinerant preacher from Galilee turns out to be a great deal more robust than any strength of mind that His once enthusiastic follows were able to muster within themselves.

Even faith itself comes as a gift and not as something self-sustaining. And thank God for that. So we say: He is risen. Hallelujah.

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Question: Dear Kryon, did a person named Jesus actually exist, or was it a group with the Christ energy that the church made into a person?

Question: Dear Kryon, I’ve looked at birth charts for Jesus over many years and found one which I believe, if not real, is the most intriguing. Therefore, I ask: Can you please reveal the exact date and time of Jesus Christ’s birth? And which DNA layer is the "astrology layer" that you’ve mentioned? I really believe that this may help in realigning astrology with the energy you’ve talked about

Question: Dear Kryon, when Jesus came here, did he know of our eternal work of Universe building? Does he know how much we love him?

Question: Dear Kryon, I’m not a Christian, but am curious as to whether the story of Jesus is accurate. Did he die by crucifixion, or was he spared to live a full life with a family of his own, elsewhere?

Question: Dear Kryon, was Jesus nothing more or less than a Crystal Child? Did he possess something that simply wasn’t understood during his time? Did he have different DNA or advanced DNA? This time is so exciting, and things have become so clear, that I want to be able to tell others what I now understand.

Answer: Dear ones, we posture this answer with great respect for those who love this Human master. It serves no purpose to give information that would be detrimental to any study or search for the divine by any Human alive. This is why we often do not give you the actual history of some of the masters who walked this earth. We see the search for the divine as the most important thing a Human can do. Even if the facts of history are incorrect, sometimes the benefits of the search still bring the Human into the light and into the realization that God is inside us all.

Jesus was a real person. His birth and death were far different than have been reported, but he walked the earth as an enlightened soul whose miracles and teachings were the beginning of a new dispensation. He taught unity, and the principle that all men could speak personally to God. He said, "You can be just like me!" and that is what our message is, also . . . that master-hood is within each of you. If you really want to know more about the real history, it’s very clearly in the scrolls, but it’s not in your scriptures!

If you feel that Jesus might have had a special consciousness, as many of the new children do, you’re right! His DNA was without some of the restrictions that you have, but had those that you’re now learning about. The astrological layer of his DNA (the layers that respond to other planetary energy movements) were void and neutral. (This particular layer will be exposed this year for you, along with a name.)

And yes, he knows of your love, and all the things that your divinity knows. Like all of you, he is multidimensional, and is in many places at the same time. Did you know that you are, too?

Spiritual enlightenment is not about following any Human Being or any entity in the Universe. It’s about knowing that God resides within you, and that you’re an eternal part of His universal plan. This information has been brought to you from many masters and is within many cultures throughout the history of the earth.

Jesus, as well as other masters who walked the earth, not only gave you messages of empowerment, but then "walked the walk" so you could see that a Human Being could actually do what he said could be done. Many of you are poised on the edge of realizing this same thing.

Friday, April 18, 2014

KPMG in Holland again under investigation, this time for tax fraud

DutchNews.nl, Friday 18 April 2014

Pheijffer: the affair on the construction
 of the KPMG office, is not isolated.
Accountancy company KPMG is again under formal investigation by the authorities, this time for suspected tax fraud involving the construction of its new Amstelveen headquarters.

The public prosecution department said in a statement on Thursday the investigation focuses on fake bills supplied by the building firm and inflated costs which were used to depress the company's tax bill.

The Financieele Dagblad says the allegations are particularly painful because accountants should never be the subject of such claims about its tax returns and points out that KPMG Meijburg is one of the biggest tax advisors in the Netherlands.


Local chairman Jurgen van Breukelen told a press conference on Thursday the case is 'extremely painful for KPMG.' The governance around the company set up to develop the new building was 'not in order', he said. KPMG was 70% owner of that vehicle, the FD said.

The FD points out this is the second criminal investigation against KPMG in a short space of time.

The company was also investigated in connection with bribery allegations at building group Ballast Nedam and reached a €7m out of court settlement to head off prosecution. Three members of staff do face charges.


Last year, KPMG was fined €900,000 by the Dutch financial sector regulator AFM for failing to have proper internal procedures in place. The company was also involved in the collapse of housing corporation Vestia, the paper points out.

At the press conference Van Breukelen said the company had failed to move with the times and had an 'archaic and introverted culture'.

Partners had become over-focussed on the 'bottom line' and were more interested in their profits. Quality and integrity should take first place, the paper quoted him as saying.


The revelations come at a time that the big four accountancy groups in the Netherlands are competing for major new corporate contracts.

The Dutch government has introduced new rules forcing large companies to switch auditor every eight years and that means and a number of lucrative contracts are up for grabs.

The new rules will also stop companies using the same accountant to control its books and provide advice. The aim of the change is to make accountants more independent in the wake of the financial crisis.

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Video: UFO Makes Mainstream News – Maassluis, Netherlands, April 11, 2014

Thanks to Frank, who writes:

“This movie was on the TV  news in the Netherlands. A man recorded a UFO he saw in his residence. A nice blue-colored object. The first time something like this was on the news, they are welcome !!!”

We agree Frank -  and the more the merrier. BTW, the clip, which features the footage recorded on April 11, is in Dutch but I’m sure you’ll still get the drift.

As YouTube user rtvrijnmond, who posted the news clip on April 14, 2014 adds: (using Google Translate)

“A resident of Maassluis last Friday has filmed a UFO. The UFO was over a quarter visible above the Botlek.”

Dutchman implicated in Canadian teen suicide over webcam blackmail

DutchNews.nl, Friday 18 April 2014

Amanda Todd (NOS/AFP)
The Dutchman in custody in connection a major webcam sex scandal is suspected of placing a naked picture of a Canadian girl online who later committed suicide, Dutch media said on Friday.

Amanda Todd killed herself in October 2012. Before she died she made an eight minute video outlining what had happened to her which went viral and has been seen by over 17 million people, Canadian media reported.

The man, aged 35, was remanded in custody at a short court hearing on Wednesday. He is suspected of pursuading under-age teenagers in the Netherlands, Britain, the US and elsewhere into performing sex acts in front a webcam.

According to RTL news, the Canadian authorities want to take legal action against the man and may request his extradition.


The man was arrested in January in Tilburg and is still under investigation. The public prosecution department said it has not yet discovered how many girls were abused online.

The suspect also probably defrauded adult men living outside the Netherlands by fooling them into thinking they were in internet contact with an underage boy. They also performed sex acts online.

The man faces charges of indecent assault, the production and dissemination of child pornography, fraud, computer intrusion and the possession of hard drugs, the Dutch public prosecution department said in a statement.

Dutch police and prosecutors are cooperating closely with the authorities in other countries, including the UK National Crime Agency, the statement said.

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Health authority again under fire: hid bad hospital finance news

DutchNews.nl, Thursday 17 April 2014

Whistleblower Gotlieb (NOS/ANP)
The Dutch health authority (NZa) deliberately concealed information showing that four out of 10 Dutch hospitals were loss-making, Nos television said on Thursday.

The information was removed from the NZa's annual report by its management board, the broadcaster said. It bases its claims on documents leaked by a whistleblower.

Last week, Nos and the NRC newspaper reported confidential medical files and sensitive information about health insurance companies and care providers was not being properly secured by the NZa.

Draft report

In a draft version of the report about hospitals, it states 35 of the 90 Dutch hospital groups were in poor financial shape in 2012.

However, most of the problems were alleviated by temporary measures and the published version of the document says only 10% of hospitals were in financial trouble.

The final report did not include financial tables nor did it state that five of the country's academic hospitals and 30 others were loss-making.

Second scandal

Health minister Edith Schippers is coming under increasing pressure to take action at the NZa, which is the government's healthcare regulator.

The information comes from whistleblower Arthur Gotlieb who also compiled a 600-page report listing problems with the organisation's internet security. But when he reported issues to his superiors, they tried to force him out, the NRC, which has the report, said a week ago.

Gotlieb committed suicide in January at the age of 50, shortly after submitting his report to NZa bosses.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Former Dutch Labour prime minister works for big Chinese bank

DutchNews.nl, Thursday 17 April 2014

Former Dutch prime minister
Wim Kok (NOS/ANP)
Former Dutch prime minister and union leader Wim Kok has joined the second biggest Chinese bank as a non-executive director.

Kok, 75, has worked for the listed China Construction Bank since November, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

The role involves at least six meetings a year, most of which involve a trip to China, Kok, who led the Labour party for years, told the paper. Kok was prime minister for eight years and has been on the supervisory board of ING, Shell and KLM since then.

Kok is a member of two bank commissions: strategic development, and appointments and remuneration. He earns €42,000 for the function, the Volkskrant says.

Iranian killer's execution halted at last minute by victim's parents

Convict had noose around his neck when victim's mother approached, slapped him in the face and spared his life

The Guardian, Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Wednesday 16 April 2014

The noose is removed from around the neck of Balal. Photograph:
Arash Khamooshi /Isna

When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds had watched as guards pushed him towards the gallows for what was meant to be yet another public execution in the Islamic republic of Iran.

Seven years ago Balal, who is in his 20s, stabbed 18-year-old Abdollah Hosseinzadeh during a street brawl in the small town of Royan, in the northern province of Mazandaran. In a literal application of qisas, the sharia law of retribution, the victim's family were to participate in Balal's punishment by pushing the chair on which he stood.

But what happened next marked a rarity in public executions in Iran, which puts more people to death than any other country apart from China. The victim's mother approached, slapped the convict in the face and then decided to forgive her son's killer. The victim's father removed the noose and Balal's life was spared.

Hosseinzadeh's mother slaps Balal. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi /Isna

Photographs taken by Arash Khamooshi, of the semi-official Isna news agency, show what followed. Balal's mother hugged the grieving mother of the man her son had killed. The two women sobbed in each other's arms – one because she had lost her son, the other because hers had been saved.

The action by Hosseinzadeh's mother was all the more extraordinary as it emerged that this was not the first son she had lost. Her younger child Amirhossein was killed in a motorbike accident at the age of 11.

"My 18-year-old son Abdollah was taking a stroll in the bazaar with his friends when Balal shoved him," said the victim's father, Abdolghani Hosseinzadeh, according to Isna. "Abdollah was offended and kicked him but at this time the murderer took an ordinary kitchen knife out of his socks."

Balal's mother, left and Hosseinzadeh's mother embrace after the execution
was halted. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi/Isna

Hosseinzadeh Sr has come to the conclusion that Balal did not kill his son deliberately. "Balal was inexperienced and didn't know how to handle a knife. He was naive."

According to the father, Balal escaped the scene of the stabbing but was later arrested by the police. It took six years for a court to hand down a death sentence, and the victim's family deferred the execution a number of times. An date for execution was set just before the Persian new year, Nowruz, but the victim's family did not approve of the timing.

Hosseinzadeh said a dream prompted the change of heart. "Three days ago my wife saw my elder son in a dream telling her that they are in a good place, and for her not to retaliate … This calmed my wife and we decided to think more until the day of the execution."

Many Iranian public figures, including the popular TV sport presenter Adel Ferdosipour, had called on the couple, who have a daughter, to forgive the killer. Although they did so, Balal will not necessarily be freed. Under Iranian law the victim's family have a say only in the act of execution, not any jail sentence.

The chair on the gallows. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi /Isna

In recent years Iran has faced criticism from human rights activists for its high rate of executions. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, accused Hassan Rouhani of doing too little to improve Iran's human rights, especially reining in its staggering use of capital punishment.

As of last week, 199 executions are believed to have been carried out in Iran this year, according to Amnesty, a rate of almost two a day. Last year Iran and Iraq were responsible for two-thirds of the world's executions, excluding China.

At least 369 executions were officially acknowledged by the Iranian authorities in 2013, but Amnesty said hundreds more people were put to death in secret, taking the actual number close to 700.

Iran is particularly criticised for its public executions, which have attracted children among the crowds in the past. Iranian photographers are often allowed to document them.

Bahareh Davis, of Amnesty International, welcomed the news that Balal had been spared death. "It is of course welcome news that the family of the victim have spared this young man's life," she said. "However, qisas regulations in Iran mean that people who are sentenced to death under this system of punishment are effectively prevented from seeking a pardon or commutation of their sentences from the authorities – contrary to Iran's international obligations."

She added: "It's deeply disturbing that the death penalty continues to be seen as a solution to crime in Iran. Not only is the death penalty the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment with no special deterrent impact, but public displays of killing also perpetuate a culture of acceptance of violence.

"Public executions are degrading and incompatible with human dignity of those executed. In addition, all those who watch public executions – which regrettably often includes children – are brutalised by the experience."

In October last year an Iranian prisoner who survived an attempted execution and was revived in the morgue was spared another attempt, though his family said he had lost mental stability and remained in jail.

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