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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. …

Monday, May 14, 2007

Clean air still scarce in the capital

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Despite aggressive campaigning for more eco-friendly fuel usage in the capital, the number of clean-air days has continued its downward spiral, an official air quality quarterly report reveals.

As of April 17, Jakartans enjoyed "good" air quality for only 23 days, which were thanks largely to frequent rains that swept the city's dust, known as particulate matter PM10, from the air and into the atmosphere.

Last year, for the same period -- the first four months of the year -- the city had 32 days of good air.

"Healthier air quality comes on rainy days," the City Environmental Board's (BPLHD) head of natural resources monitoring, Rina Suryani, said Saturday.

Rina said the PM10 average for this year's first quarter was 43 micrograms per cubic meter, far lower than the tolerable standard of 150 micrograms per cubic meter.

"However, we also recorded several days during which the PM10 parameter exceeded the standard."

Rina predicts that air quality will continue to decline with the coming dry season, which is expected to begin next month.

The city administration was elated when it learned that in Q1 last year, 32 days earned a "good" air grading, which it claimed was a direct and immediate result of the implementation of the air pollution control bylaw.

Throughout 2005, Jakarta recorded 45 good air days.

The 2005 bylaw on air pollution control requires all modes of public transportation to use compressed natural gas (CNG) and that all private vehicles undergo biannual emissions tests.

None of the programs, which were first launched last year, run well -- with the exception of the CNG scheme.

First introduced in 2004, the busway project was also designed to alleviate the use of fossil fuels. Of the 15 planned routes, the city currently operates seven busway corridors spanning 99.95 kilometers across Jakarta.

The seven routes are serviced by around 225 buses, of which 126 run on CNG. The administration plans to eventually have 363 units operating in the seven corridors.

In light of the transportation sector contributing 80 percent of the city's air pollution, the busway project was aimed at promoting public transportation and encouraging Jakartans to leave their private vehicles at home.

Data from the administration shows that some 2.5 million private cars and 3.8 million motorcycles are on the city's roads during weekdays.

The sheer magnitude of vehicles on the city's streets then causes daily severe traffic congestion. As traffic congestion worsens, the city's air becomes more polluted.

However, clean air campaigners have long doubted the validity of the city's air quality tests because of the poorly-maintained state of the five existing air quality monitors.

The monitors measure the concentrations of five main pollutants -- PM10, nitrogen oxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO) and ozone (O3)-- all of which can have detrimental effects on health, can harm the environment and can cause property damage.

The higher the percentage of the five pollutants, the worse the city's air quality will be.

Rina identified ozone (O3), which exceeds the standard of 30 micrograms per cubic meter, as the most prevalent of the pollutants.

In January, the ozone composition reached 43.59 micrograms per cubic meter.

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