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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, May 26, 2007

'Bottlenecked' Jakarta seen losing new economic race

Anissa S. Febrina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

As cities around the world compete to become economic hubs, Jakarta risks losing access to global supply chains unless it can solve its bottleneck problem, an economist says.

Speaking here Thursday at a seminar on leadership and megacities, Melbourne University economist Howard Dick said Jakarta was Indonesia's main interface with the global economy but it failed to work efficiently.

"Congestion, lack of infrastructure, a burdensome bureaucracy and environmental problems are among the factors causing Jakarta's inefficiency," Dick said.

Being Indonesia's main gateway, Jakarta should provide low-cost, on-time and reliable logistics services, but instead its port and the city are strangling each other, he said.

Leaving these problems untackled could mean increasing unemployment in the capital, as Jakarta drops off the radar of the global supply chain of goods and services, Dick said.

In line with the increasingly borderless global economy, Asian cities are emerging as important points for the flow of people, as well as economic and financial activities.

According to a United Nations' Habitat report, by 2015 some 15 of the world's 23 megacities, or cities with more than 10 million people, will be in Asia.

China's Shanghai, as well as India's Mumbai and Bangalore, are among the new global cities set to replace old economic hubs like London, New York and Tokyo, according to Dick.

With these new city-scale hubs, people have to shift from thinking in terms of nations to realizing that the current global network consists of cities which compete against each other, he said.

Those cities failing to provide a conducive and efficient environment will fall out of the race, a reality Jakarta is already facing as it lags behind neighboring global cities, Dick said.

Unlike Singapore and Hong Kong, Jakarta faces the typical problems associated with sprawl, both physically and economically.

Dick said Jakarta needs to adjust its urban boundaries, matching taxing and borrowing power with expenditure needs, as well as creating accountability in order to provide more effective management.

Furthermore, it needs to work on its infrastructure to allow better movement of people and goods.

Also speaking at the seminar, Shanghai municipal people's congress vice chairman Zhou Muyao said the key component of Shanghai's urban management is prioritizing public transportation.

That effort seems to have paid off, as Shanghai is currently attracting twice as much annual global investment as the whole of India.

A 2006 BBC report said more than 500 multinational companies, ranging from General Motors to Volkswagen, have regional corporate headquarters in Shanghai.

The city, which accounts for about 5 percent of China's national gross domestic product, is growing at a pace exceeding that of the national economy and is expected to grow larger than New York by 2020.

By comparison, Jakarta on average accounts for 17.1 percent of Indonesia's GDP.

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