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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. …

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Musk: China will be second-largest market for Tesla electric cars

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2014-02-05

Elon Musk poses with a Tesla in Amsterdam on Jan. 31, 2014. (Photo/CFP)

China will be the second largest global market for American electric car maker Tesla, according to the company's CEO and chief product architect Elon Musk.

In an exclusive phone interview with the web portal of Chinese tech giant Tencent, the 42-year-old billionaire revealed that he will be visiting Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in March to personally deliver the first batch of Tesla's Model S electric cars. Model S, which sold 22,000 vehicles worldwide last year, retails for 734,000 yuan (US$121,000) and requires a 15,000 yuan (US$2,475) deposit for pre-orders.

Musk, a naturalized American citizen born in South Africa, did not reveal how many orders Tesla has received from China but admitted that it will be difficult to satisfy the demands of the Chinese market due to the company's limited production capacity. The business magnate and inventor, who also co-founded online payment system PayPal, added that he believes China will be Tesla's second largest market behind the United States and cautiously predicted that the number of orders between the two countries will be roughly equal by 2015.

A spokesperson for Tesla said that the company hopes China will contribute to around 30%-35% of global sales this year.

Model S is manufactured at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. According to publicly available information, Tesla could only manufacture three to four vehicles a day when it first began production in October 2010. This has substantially improved to 35,000 units a year in 2013, though this is still regarded as insufficient to meet demand in China.

Accordingly, Tesla's long-term plan is to eventually produce vehicles directly in China, though Musk said that the company is still too young and will only begin researching this possibility next year. He added, however, that the company intends to establish sales centers in China's six first-tier cities and set up mobile maintenance and service centers for mainland customers in other areas soon.

Musk did not reveal whether Tesla has plans to introduce Supercharger stations — which can replenish 50% of a Model S car battery in 20 minutes — to China but did note that the company will provide free lifetime charging of its vehicles to all customers. A more specific announcement regarding Supercharger stations will be made in March, he added. Tesla currently has 65 Supercharger stations in the US and 14 in Europe.

During the interview Musk also revealed that his best friend in college is from Shanghai and that the two studied physics at the University of Pennsylvania and later attended Stanford together as graduate students.

As for his other major project, SpaceX, a space transport company headquartered in California, Musk said his ultimate goal is to be able to deliver a large amount of goods and people to Mars. The project has already launched a space station and will aim to carry astronauts in the next few years, he said.

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