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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, June 8, 2007

Chinese rail firm eyes putting Riau province on track

Riyadi Suparno, The Jakarta Post/Beijing

After failing to secure a double-track railway project from Cirebon to Kroya in Java, the China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) is now eyeing even bigger projects in Riau and Central Kalimantan.

CREC president Li Changjin met Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Riau Governor Rusli Zainal here on Thursday to discuss the possibility of the company building a new 400-kilometer rail line in Riau, linking Dumai, Duri, Pekanbaru, Taluk Kuantan and Muaro in Jambi.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Rusli said that CREC had come up with a pricing scheme for the project -- US$15 million per kilometer -- with trains able to travel at up to 250 kilometers per hour. This means the total cost of the project would be US$6 billion."But that's for a line capable of carrying trains at 250 kilometers per hour. We don't need trains traveling at that speed. Half of that would be enough for us, and this would mean the cost would be roughly about half of the originally estimate, which would be acceptable to us," Rusli said.

In addition to CREC, Rusli said that a German engineering firm had also expressed interest in the project.

"Let's see what's the best offer they put on the table. In terms of technology, both the German and Chinese technology is good. Our concern now is about pricing," he said.

Last month, CREC, the biggest railway engineering company in China, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Central Kalimantan administration to build a 500-kilometer-long rail line in the province.

During Thursday's meeting, Li and Kalla discussed financing possibilities for the Central Kalimantan railway project. It is still not clear how much the project will cost, how it will be financed and when it might start.

Earlier, CREC had been selected to build a double-track rail line from Cirebon in West Java to Kroya in Yogyakarta, to be financed using loans from the Chinese government. However, the government decided that the pricing scheme proposed by CREC was too expensive.

Rusli said whichever company won the railway project in Riau would be required to also supply the funding, either from borrowing or from its government. While the overall scheme had still not been finalized, it would have to be in line with the newly-passed Railway Law.

When asked about funding, Rusli said that his administration needed to discuss this with the central government. He said Riau was ready to pay for part of the cost.

He said the Riau rail project was included on the central government's list of priority projects to be commenced in the near future.

"Last year, we had planned to make a budget allocation for the project, but as it had not yet been fully hammered out, we didn't proceed. However, we are ready to allocate the money as soon as the project is ready and on the table," he said.

Riau is one of the richest provinces in Indonesia. Half of the country's crude oil production of about 1 million barrels per day comes from Riau, and the provincial government receives a significant proportion of the revenues accruing from this from the central government.

When asked if a rail line was really needed in Riau, considering the sparseness of the province's population, Rusli said it would not only carry people, but also freight, particularly oil-palm kernels and timber for the province's pulp and paper mills.

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