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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, September 23, 2009

Better Infrastructure For a Better Economy

Indonesia’s macroeconomic fundamentals are sound and the economy continues to grow unabated despite the global economic downturn. The latest institution to give the country a thumbs up is the Asian Development Bank, which revised its 2009 growth forecast for Indonesia from 3.6 percent to 4.3 percent.

Passengers lining up on Monday to board a TransJakarta bus on Jalan Buncit Raya after a visit to Ragunan Zoo. TransJakarta is offering special Idul Fitri holiday services to the zoo and Ancol theme park through Sunday. (Photo: Afriadi Hikmal, JG)

The ADB said “robust growth in private consumption, underpinned by easing inflation and a surge in election-related government spending, drove better than expected economic growth in the first half of 2009.”

While we can take comfort in the knowledge that the country’s economy remains healthy, we must be cognizant of the underlying message in recent economic forecasts: The economy can continue to grow as a result of consumer demand, but unless public and private investment in infrastructure rises dramatically, the country faces severe bottlenecks down the road.

It’s thus heartening to note that industrial estate developer PT Jababeka is answering the government’s call for increased public-private sector partnerships to accelerate infrastructure development. Jababeka will form a consortium with other major industrial estate developers to build an integrated international dry port near Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok.

With nearly 70 percent of the country’s goods flowing through Tanjung Priok, the new $200 million port will ease congestion and allow importers and exporters to expedite the movement of goods in and out of the country. This will increase exports, which have fallen sharply, and lower transportation costs, making Indonesian goods more competitive.

It’s clear that more such projects are urgently needed. The National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) has been tasked with accelerating the development of key infrastructure projects in strategic sectors. The list is long — the country needs more sea and airports, roads and bridges, telecommunications networks and power and water plants.

Under the Bappenas plan, Jakarta will upgrade and build new sea and airports, as well as develop new highways given that most major industrial estates are situated near the capital. Private sector participation will be crucial for this plan to be realized.

But while this plan is under way, the government must also continue with efforts to streamline the bureaucracy and reduce red tape. Getting goods through customs remains one of the biggest challenges for exporters and importers alike. It must be noted that the rampant corruption of the past has been addressed, but bureaucratic bottlenecks remain.

Indonesia’s economic promise is clear for all to see. That promise will only be realized, however, with hard work and dedication to removing bottlenecks through improved infrastructure and by empowering the private sector to play a larger role in this effort.

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