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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. …

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

New law seen boosting rail safety

Alvin Darlanika Soedarjo, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Director General for Railway Transportation Soemino Eko Saputro said the country's private sector will be invited to oversee railway operations and infrastructure thanks to a new law that could also improve security and safety on railway services.

"The new law will open the opportunity for private sectors and provincial administration to become railway operators," Soemino said addressing a seminar on railway services here Monday.

"The government will no longer play an operational role -- we will simply be a regulator."

Once authorized by the President, the new railway law will replace the 1992 law, which makes the government both operator and regulator.

Under the existing law, the government and state railway company PT KA manages all operations and facilities, including tracks, stations and carriages.

But under the new law, tracks and stations will be grouped under the infrastructure division while trains and carriages will be grouped under the facility division.

Both PT KA and the private sector should secure a contract on which facility or infrastructure they want to manage, Soemino said.

"For example, if a company wants to build a high-speed train from Jakarta to Surabaya, then it could also manage the stations between those cities."

Soemino said under the current law foreign companies are able to invest in specialized railway services, including coal trains, but not in civil or commercial railway transportation.

In addition to regulating technical aspects of railway services, the new law will also regulate sanctions for passengers who travel illegally -- including sitting on top of carriages.

The police will have the authority to impose sanctions or fines for passengers violating this law.

While maintaining the existing National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), the new law will regulate the establishment of a team of certified investigators to probe any railway accidents.

The team will comprise civil servants who will be trained on investigation skills by the police.

"The KNKT will focus on cause and prevention of accidents, while the new team will investigate individual operators who fail to work properly," Soemino said.

"We have already recruited 60 people for this new team."

Gatot Wibowo, corporate secretary of PT KA, said the company could only offer human resources or expertise to potential investors interested in railway transportation services.

He said the increasing number of tollroads in the country had lowered PT KA's income.

The (Cipularang) tollroad from Jakarta to Bandung has seen a 40 percent loss of income in ticketing, he cited an example.

Chairman of the Railway Commuters Community Moch. Hendrowijono said multi-operators of railways could boost competition and bring much-needed funds for the industry to improve its services.

"Insufficient government subsidies and PT KA's limited revenue cannot cover the company's operational expenditures, which has resulted in maintenance being neglected."

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