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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 commercial jet.

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"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. …

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Despite altitude, Bandung badly polluted

Yuli Tri Suwarni, The Jakarta Post, Bandung

Nearby mountains and penetrating forests do not guarantee a city's air quality, at least if West Java's capital, Bandung, which sits 750 meters above sea level, is anything to go by.

Bandung's air pollutants are trapped by a combination of surrounding mountains and the city's concave, bowl-like footprint, preventing their release into the upper atmosphere.

Research conducted by experts at the Bandung Institute of Technology, using a series of air quality index boards, has shown city residents only enjoy about 55 days of clean air per year.

The boards were installed in 2000 at Taman Tegallega, south of the city, Bundaran Cibiru, to the east, Dago, to the north, Setiabudi, in the west and Alun-alun, which is in the center.

Head of the pollution control division at the Bandung office of the Regional Environmental Management Agency (BPLHD) Ayu Sukenjah said the dispersion of air pollutants was hindered by the city's geography.

"Air pollutants are trapped and hover over the city, unlike in Jakarta, where pollutants are high but can be easily pushed to the sea by the wind," Ayu told The Jakarta Post in Bandung.

According to an analysis conducted by the Bandung office of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN), the main contributors to air pollution in the city are toxic gases, including carbon monoxide (48,110 tons emitted annually), nitrogen oxide (2,707 tons), sulfur oxide (2,356 tons) and lead (35 tons per year).

Measurements taken in 16 locations by the BPLHD in 2006 showed most parts of the city were heavily polluted, including the Ledeng and Leuwipanjang bus terminals and Alun-alun Square, where lead contents were found to be between 2 and 2.29 micrograms per cubic meter, exceeding the tolerable limit of 2 micrograms per cubi meter.

Hydrocarbon contents in the three areas ranged between 1.55 and 3.82 parts per million (ppm), far surpassing the standard level of only 0.24 ppm, while dust contents, or suspended particulate matter, ranged between 152 and 163 micrograms per cubic meter. compared to the standard 150 micrograms per cubic meter.

The harmful effects of air pollution, especially dust and lead, have been detected in traffic congested areas in Buah Batu, Balaikota, Wastukancana and the hilly area of Punclut, west of Bukit Dago, where air quality has been annually measured since 2006.

A number of environmental experts have raised concern over the risks the air pollution "trap" could pose to residents. Puji Lestari, air pollution expert at the Bandung Institute of Technology, conducted a study in 2004 on lead content in blood samples of elementary school pupils, finding astonishing results.

Blood samples taken from 400 students contained between 2.5 and 60 mg per deciliter of lead, far exceeding the tolerable level of 10 mg per deciliter of blood.

A comparison study conducted by the BPLHD to measure lead content in 30 high school students' hair was more startling.

"We found the hair samples to contain high levels of lead, some reaching 60 ppm, far exceeding the standard of 1.5 ppm, despite the students frequently washing their hair," said Ayu.

Air pollution in Bandung has produced acid rain since 1998, of average acidity level 5.6 pH. Rain acidity is measured by analyzing rainfall samples taken from LAPAN facilities on Jl. Djundjunan and Jl. Pasteur.

However, most Bandung residents remain unaware of their decreasing air quality because few read about it in the newspapers, while three of the five monitors installed around the city to show information on air quality are out of order.

Ayu said the screens' data could help advise people, especially those most susceptible to air pollution, including elderly people and children, when to carry out their outdoor activities.

"If the index exceeds the standards, then you shouldn't engage in outdoor activities," said Ayu.

She said results of the analysis would also act as a reminder to the government to take necessary measures in minimizing pollution in the city.

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