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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. …

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Why fixate on toll roads when there are railroads?

The Jakarta Post

Ari Pitoyo, Head of Research

Indonesia's new transportation minister has set railway transportation development as a priority. How far do we need to go?

Discussion on infrastructure usually circles around road infrastructure, especially toll roads. However progress in this area so far has been lackluster. What about railroads?

Here are some statistics. The total length of railroad tracks around Indonesia is only 4,500 kilometers, of which around 14 percent (small-width tracks) are 70-130 years old and 45 percent (medium-width tracks) are 60-100 years old.

Only the remaining 59 percent are relatively new.

Data on locomotives are also less than encouraging. To date there are 519 locomotives, of which most have reportedly passed their economic lives. As for the cars, data from the website of state railway operator PT KAI show that 44 percent of cargo cars are 16-30 years old and 31 percent are 31-40 years old.

So the huge number of rail accidents recorded each year should not come as any surprise.

In the last 12 years, there was an average of nine accidents per year.

But the potential is huge. Railroad infrastructure is less complicated compared to toll roads. There are no meaningful land acquisition problems, as railroad tracks are government property.

The responsibility of railroad infrastructure development falls to the government. According to the 1992 railroad law, railroad tracks, signals and bridges are government owned. The government can delegate the maintenance to appointed institutions.

But maintenance is minimal. reported that the cost of required maintenance reaches Rp 6.6 trillion. What's the problem? Comments we gathered mostly point toward lack of funds. One House of Representatives member said that since 1950, 29.3 kilometers of railroad track are rendered unusable each year.

The number of train stations has dropped 62 percent, and six units of locomotives per year are going out of operation. This decline in operational assets happened despite a 9.3 percent growth of passengers per year.

PT KAI suffers fund shortages from the current budget arrangement with the government. PT KAI is required by the government to promptly pay fees for the usage of railroad tracks, however payment from the government to PT KAI for Public Service Obligations (PSO) is untimely; accumulated delays since 2000 have reportedly reached Rp 1.6 trillion.

PT KAI also has not been paid for the maintenance it did for railroad tracks and other government-owned assets. So if accidents happen, should the responsibility be borne only by PT KAI's management and its machinists?

The House of Representatives recently approved revisions to the 1992 railroad law. These revisions open the possibility for new players to join the domestic railroad business, which is now exclusive to PT KAI. However, considering the badly tattered infrastructure, we think investors will not instantly jump onto the bandwagon.

Who will be held responsible if an accident occurs? Who will be in charge of the investigation? And who will ensure that the investigators are unbiased?

Here then is the irony. We believe railroads are easier to improve compared to toll roads, and the benefits are also huge. As a mode of transportation, railroads have several advantages, namely speed and capacity. A train with eight cars can carry up to 1,200 people, equal to 16 buses with 75 people/unit capacity.

A dedicated track would improve speed and also safety. In many countries, railroads are the backbone of public transportation.

Contrary to toll road development, which aside from needing massive capital, has to face additional problems such as land acquisition, all that is needed for railroad development is government commitment and funds.

Funds, we also believe, are not difficult to obtain, given the abundance of global liquidity.

Of course return on investment needs to be adequate. However, we believe several factors do make returns on railroad investment more attractive: (1) no land acquisition is required; and (2) much of the supporting infrastructure, such as stations and signaling equipment, are already built and only need improvement.

Railroads are also a labor-intensive business, thus may help create employment opportunities.

One ironic case of neglect are the problems in container transportation from Bandung to Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. Currently, containers transported by rail from container terminals in Bandung can not be directly transported to the ships at Tanjung Priok harbor, and have to stop at a station near Tanjung Priok and then be reloaded onto trucks to be brought to ships.

The problem is that 35 people now live on the land owned by PT Pelindo, a state-owned port operator. Potential: in 2004, the service carried 7,602 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units), and in 2006 that amount grew 21 percent to 9,235 TEUs.

Thus in this case, development is being held hostage by 35 people who do not even have a right to the land in the first place.

Clearly, railroad improvements can not be categorized as a challenge; but inaction can be categorized as neglect.

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