An employee walking along a thermal pipe at the Kamojang geothermal
power plant near Garut, West Java, on March 18. State utility provider
 Perusahaan Listrik Negara is targeting an additional 135 megawatts of
electricity from three new geothermal plants. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: 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.)
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) - (Text version)

“.. Nuclear Power Revealed

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 18, 2008

More talking needed: Urban observers

Evi Mariani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Every year evictions are carried out in Jakarta in the same way they have been carried out for years.

As part of this process, the administration decides to clear an area and sends in public order officers and bulldozers to make sure residents and traders leave.

Most of the time the process is far from satisfactory, achieving none of the administration's desired results.

The Jakarta Post recently spoke with traders and residents who had experienced being evicted from two areas in the capital.

On Jl. Urip Sumoharjo in East Jakarta, vendors were blamed for causing constant traffic jams. Once they were evicted from the area, the traffic congestion eased slightly.

However, eventually many of the evicted residents decided to return to the area, remaining there until this day.

On Jl. Pancoran in Glodok, West Jakarta, an eviction a few years ago also proved to be a waste of time, with many vendors continuing to trade in the area.

Two urban observers also shared their opinions on evictions in Jakarta with the Post. Parwoto is a housing and community development specialist at the World Bank and Azas Tigor Nainggolan is the head of the Jakarta Residents Forum (Fakta).

While Jakarta is constantly changing, the administration never seems to change its stance on forced evictions.

The city is still a long way from embracing participation when it comes to urban development, urban observers say.

Housing and community development specialist with the World Bank, Parwoto, said one of the administration's shortcomings was that it failed to ensure the quality of meetings.

He said the administration often invited people claiming to represent market traders to meetings, without involving the majority of traders in the decision-making process.

"The psychological aspect is important. Street vendors, for example, are seen as being clueless, so in meetings they are not encouraged to speak," Parwoto said.

He said among groups of traders there was usually an elite few who did not represent the interests of their peers.

Parwoto said in many cases, traders or squatters representing the majority could be "bought", after which they would agree on whatever the city or developers wanted.

However, he said even the participatory process of involving a group's representatives in the decision-making process was rare in the city.

"Last time I attended a meeting with city officials regarding urban development was in 2007. They still had the same perspectives about development," Parwoto said.

Separately, Azas Tigor Nainggolan, the head of the Jakarta Residents Forum (Fakta), spoke of similar experiences when dealing with city officials.

"At one stage there were a few mayors who were willing to talk to me. Fakta once spoke with an East Jakarta mayor about improving conditions for sidewalk vendors. The mayor said okay and told me to talk to his subordinates. But the subordinates could not understand what the mayor wanted them to do," Azas said.

Due to such misunderstandings, forced evictions occur again and again, he said.

Parwoto said urban development involved many complicated issues, especially when streets or riverbanks were being cleared. Consequently, the participatory process required skilled, independent facilitators to achieve the best results, he added.

"This process is faster than forced eviction as it draws less resistance," he said.

As an example, he cited a case in Surakarta, Central Java, where local authorities wanted to evict residents from 47 densely populated villages.

"We managed to get residents from one village involved in the participatory process. We held meetings and the residents were willing to take part in new plans for the area," Parwoto said.

Residents from the remaining 46 villages are still engaged in an ongoing conflict with the administration, he said.

"The participatory process takes time. But it is still often faster than forced eviction, especially when land prices are being negotiated. The process is also more sustainable," Parwoto said.

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