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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, February 6, 2010

Editorial: Repairing cars and reputation

The Jakarta Post | Fri, 02/05/2010 10:27 AM | Opinion

Only a few newspapers here gave much attention to Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) announcement last week of the recall of millions of its cars worldwide for faulty accelerator pedals and Honda Motor’s similar move to repair 646,000 units of its Fit/Jazz and City models because of possible faulty window switches.

Even Toyota’s sole Indonesia distributor, Toyota Astra Motor (TAM), didn’t provide much information, only making a three-paragraph statement on its website quoting its Japanese principal in reassuring customers that all Toyota cars sold in Asia, including Indonesia, and Oceania, were not affected by the massive recall.

TMC explained Toyota’s accelerator problem did not affect cars in Asian markets because they were fitted with accelerators supplied by Japanese components maker Denso. The recalled cars were fitted with pedals made by American parts supplier CTS in Indiana. None of the Toyota cars fitted with the Denso pedals were recalled.

Honda’s Indonesian sole distributor, PT Honda Prospect Motor, did issue a special press release explaining that 3,240 City models sold in the country between 2007 and 2008 should be repaired as they used power window switches identical to those distributed in North America and UK.

Honda Prospect explained jazz sedans sold in Indonesia, different from those marketed in Europe and the US, which used faulty components made by Omron, were fitted with parts manufactured by Japanese parts supplier Denso.

However, the explanations by both Toyota and Honda, which are the most popular car makers in Indonesia, seemed too cursory and simplistic for such an important matter as transportation safety.

The way they played down the issue suggested the benchmark safety standards for autos sold in the country were much higher than those in the United States, UK, Canada and China, the markets most affected by the recall.

We wonder why Toyota Astra, which, like its Japanese principal, is long known for its devotion to quality control and its meticulous approach to building cars and servicing customers, didn’t explain in detail the technical fault affecting Toyota cars, which has caused fatal accidents, most notably in the US.

After all, two of the eight affected Toyota models in the US – Camry and Corolla – are quite popular in Indonesia. Honda City and Jazz cars also have been among the top sellers.

Toyota Astra and Honda here should not sit back and relax, complacent that there is technically nothing wrong with their cars due to different parts suppliers.

Both car assemblers should not wait until a series of fatal accidents occur. It is much better for Toyota Astra and Honda Prospect to go out of the way, conducting random technical tests especially on Corolla and Camry and Jazz models to convey a clear, strong message they really care more about the safety of its customers than mere income.

Such tests are necessary especially in Indonesia where car accidents are hardly subjected to comprehensive investigations by road transportation safety regulators.

The moves by Toyota and Honda to make massive withdrawals in the US, Europe, Canada and China, would certainly inflict big losses due to lost production and sales as well as repair costs.

But in the long run, such gestures and goodwill will contain the damage caused by the massive recalls and would even improve their reputation, which is a key to maintaining customer loyalty.

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