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Volkswagen emissions scandal

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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. …

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Uber’s Cheaper Service Called UberX to Start on Friday in Jakarta

Jakarta Globe, Vanesha Manuturi , Jan 29, 2015

The Uber smartphone app, used to book taxis using its service, is pictured over a
parking lot in the Indian capital New Delhi on Dec. 7, 2014. (AFP Photo/Tengku Bahar)

Jakarta. Uber Technologies, the San Francisco-based taxi booking app developer, is set to launch its low-cost service in Jakarta on Friday in its continued quest to conquer taxi services in Southeast Asia’s most populous nation.

“All over the world what we’ve seen is that people are looking to save money on things and transport is a very important people’s budgets. We’re proud to say that UberX will be the least expensive way to travel around Jakarta other than walking or buses,” said Michael Brown, the general manager for Southeast Asia, during a media briefing in Jakarta on Thursday.

The company claims the service called UberX to be 35 percent cheaper than its premium counterpart, Uber Black, which was the first service the firm offered in Indonesia last year. At its current rate, UberX charges riders at a base fare of Rp 3,000 (24 cents) per ride and an additional Rp 2,000 for every kilometer or Rp 300 per minute of waiting time.

Brown noted that the current rate excludes the typical 20 percent commission Uber generally charges, as the firm hopes to attract new customers. However, he didn’t disclose how long the commission-free promotional rate will last.

In comparison, Uber Black, which offer riders premium cars and a private driver, starts at Rp 7,000 and charges an additional Rp 2,850 per kilometer or Rp 500 per minute. Aside from Jakarta, the firm expanded its Uber Black service in Indonesia to Bali earlier this month, mostly covering the Seminyak area.

When asked about the threats of Uber service being banned from the DKI Jakarta government last year, Brown said that the company has been in touch with the government, as well local transportation organizations, to explain its business model to the Jakarta authorities.

The dialogue “has been very productive. The most important thing is that we’ve been able to explain our model — that we’re a tech company. We don’t own or operate any vehicles,” Brown said. “As the government understands that better, we’re making good headway.”

Still, it remains unclear whether the Google-backed company has obtained a particular operational license in Jakarta.

Uber — currently available in 277 cities across 53 countries — has faced resistance from many cab companies around the world. Its operations have even been banned in certain countries, such as in France and Spain.

Uber competes head to head in Indonesia with other technology companies including GrabTaxi, a taxi booking smartphone app from Malaysia, and Easy Taxi from Brazil. Local taxi operators, such as Blue Bird and Express Transindo Utama, the operator of Express taxi, have been improving their own booking app to compete.

Globe Asia

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