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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. …

Friday, May 4, 2007

Govt moves to put trains on right track

Andi Haswidi, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Following a series of accidents and years of poor performance, the government has appointed an acting chief commissioner to state railway company PT Kereta Api (KA), and forced two directors to step down.

The Transportation Ministry's recently appointed director general for air transportation, Budhi M. Suyitno, was sworn in Thursday as acting KA chief commissioner to replace Soemino E. Putra, who has resigned.

Citing the best interests of the company, the ministry also forced technical director Sujudi Soemadilaga and human resources director Amien Abdurachman to step down, and instructed president director Ronny Wahyudi to fill the posts on an interim basis until new directors had been appointed.

"We are appointing a temporary chief commissioner as we need more time to select a permanent chief commissioner. There are rules that we must adhere to," said the ministry's secretary, Said Didu, during Thursday's ceremony.

Said said that the restructuring of PT KA's management was essential to improving railway infrastructure and human resources, and rehabilitating the company's image. It would also help the state firm cope with competition from the private sector in the future.

Citing an Ernst & Young audit conducted in 2002, Didu said that about 27 percent of the rail system's tracks were more than 70 years old, while about 30 percent were between 10 and 20 years old.

"PT KA is extremely good at preserving things," he joked.

"We also know that PT KA has been suffering losses. I can understand how stressful it must be for the company directors each time pay day comes around," he added.

Transportation Minister Hatta Jassa said last month that the company was losing some Rp 250 million per day, or Rp 7.5 billion per month, on its Greater Jakarta services alone, due in part to the thousands of fare-dodgers riding the trains every day -- many even on the roofs of trains.

Besides causing losses, the high incidence of fare dodging had sparked safety and security fears among members of the general public.

Responding to this, Budhi said that ensuring safety would be his foremost priority.

"To be honest, I don't know much about the railway world. But given the numerous accidents we have had, safety will be my main focus," he told reporters after the swearing-in ceremony.

Late last month, a Serayu passenger train derailed in the West Java town of Garut, injuring 70 people and temporarily closing the southern rail line from Jakarta to Kroya in Central Java.

Following his appointment as director general for air transportation, Budhi introduced a rating system for airlines, with the results being published regularly.

This drew fierce criticism from the airlines, which argued that the criteria employed were defective.

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