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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 8, 2007

RI invites German automakers to get into Indonesian fast lane

The Jakarta Post

The government has invited three big German automakers in to make Indonesia their production bases and gateways to other Southeast Asian countries, pointing to an improving investment climate and the possibility of fiscal incentives.

"European carmakers are seeking new countries to establish their production bases in as the economies of the Asian countries grow rapidly, particularly those in eastern Asia," the Industry Ministry's director general for transportation and IT industries, Budi Darmadi, said Monday.

Budi and Investment Coordinating Board director Muhammad Lutfi met with automaker executives last week during a three-day visit to the German headquarters of Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Mercedes Benz in Stuttgart and Audi in Ingolstadt.

Budi and Lutfi were on a mission to persuade the executives that they would benefit from opening auto plants in Indonesia.

Mercedes Benz has had an assembly plant in Gunung Putri, east of Jakarta, since 1985, while the country's economic crisis forced Volkswagen to shut its plant in 2000 after only two years in operation.

Budi said that Audi and Volkswagen, whose plants in China and South Korea serve the Southeast Asian and Pacific regional markets, were both convinced they would be unable to keep up with growing demand should they rely solely on their bases in these two countries.

"China's demand takes up almost all the Volkswagens and Audis produced there, let alone the markets in other countries."

Indonesia's total commercial and passenger vehicle sales nose-dived to 318,304 in 2006 from 534,000 in 2005 due to higher lending rates.

Total automotive sales this year amounted to 84,511 as of March. Sales are expected to increase to 400,000 this year as demand picks up on the back of declining interest rates.

At last week's meeting, Budi said, Volkswagen had informed him it was looking into the possibility of investing here, while Mercedes Benz would keep its base here and might expand its production. "Audi will likely invest here but wants to wait for a while".

Ahmad Badawi, the national sales manager of PT Garuda Mataram Motor, the licensed Volkswagen distributor in Indonesia, earlier said that Volkswagen would not consider producing cars here for the time being due to low sales.

Last year, Volkswagen sold 57 vans, down from 91 in 2005.

According to Budi, the automakers are now looking at Indonesia due to falling lending rates, the faster pace of infrastructural development, the introduction of new car models and the increase in per-capita income -- which is growing annually by between US$400 and $500, on average.

Other pluses included the new Investment Law -- passed late last month -- and the Finance Ministry's regulation removing duty from automotive components and raw materials for automotive component production, which was issued on April 3 and came into effect last Thursday for a one-year period. Previously, import duties ranged from between 5 and 15 percent.

Mercedes Benz led the premium automotive market last year on 692 cars, followed by BMW on 600, Audi on 90, Volvo on 69 and Jaguar on 27.

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