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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. …

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Motorcycle ownership jumps 125 percent in seven years

Ika Krismantari, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 04/23/2008 1:07 AM

Traffic, fuel prices, loan availability and advertising have all played a role in boosting motorcycle ownership by 125 percent in the past seven years, a survey has found.

The survey by Nielsen Media Research Indonesia shows motorcycle ownership jumped from 10.5 million in 2000 to 23.7 million by the end of last year.

Nielsen associate producer Ika Jatmikasari told reporters Tuesday the trend of motorcycle ownership was also steadily increasing as car users have turned to motorcycles to deal with increasing rush-hour congestion in major cities.

"This is also partly due to flexibility offered to the public by leasing companies. Now, with only Rp 500,000 (US$54), you can bring home a motorcycle," Ika said.

In the first quarter of this year, 59 percent of the population in nine big cities in Indonesia, some 25 million people, used motorcycles as their means of transportation.

Cities with the biggest increase in motorcycle ownership include Bogor, Tangerang and Bekasi with a 36.5 percent increase since 2005, while Jakarta, Bandung, Palembang and Makassar jumped by more than 30 percent in four years.

Bali capital Denpasar was found to be the city with the most motorcycles per capita, followed by Java cities Yogyakarta, Sleman, Bantul, Surabaya and Semarang.

The common assumption that the majority of motorcycles are owned by the middle class is shown to be incorrect in the survey, which says motorcycle ownership has increased in all economic classes, particularly among those in the highest monthly spending bracket of more than Rp 3.5 million.

Motorcycles are owned by 85 percent of those in the top spending bracket, 77 percent in the Rp 1.75 million to Rp 2.50 million spending bracket, 60 percent in the Rp 900,000 to Rp 1.25 million bracket and about 43 percent in the Rp 600,000 to Rp 900,000 bracket.

"This trend is expected to continue in the future as fuel prices increase and people realize it is cheaper to use motorcycles than cars for daily activities," Ika said.

Nielsen also shows motorcycle manufacturers' spending on advertising jumped 900 percent from Rp 145 billion in 2000 to Rp 1.46 trillion in 2007.

The year-on-year figures within the period consistently increased, with newspaper ads slightly higher than television.

Honda is the market leader and the biggest spender, accounting for 63 percent of the total spending in 2007, while Yamaha is second at 30 percent, followed by Suzuki, Vespa and Kawasaki at 20 percent, 4 percent and 2 percent.

The data for advertising spending was calculated based on gross commercial rate excluding discounts and promotions.

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