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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. …

Saturday, June 30, 2007

EU flight ban a 'good' lesson for RI airlines

M. Taufiqurrahman and Andi Haswidi, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Responding to a looming ban on Indonesian airlines flying to Europe, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that although it would not inflict have any serious financial consequences, it could nevertheless put the future of the domestic airline industry at risk.

"The psychological impact will be great. Imagine people from the Netherlands who want to travel to Bali. They will fly first to Singapore and then take Singapore Airlines to Bali," Kalla told reporters Friday.

He admitted, however, that it should serve as a good lesson for domestic airlines and encourage them to improve their safety standards.

"We can only improve when there is criticism," he said.

The European Commission announced Thursday that it planned to ban all 51 Indonesian airlines from flying to the Europe starting June 6.

The ban comes as national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is considering reestablishing its Amsterdam service, which was discontinued in 2004.

Kalla said that Indonesia's air transportation authorities now had the task of convincing the commission that domestic airlines had taken the necessary measures to improve their safety standards.

"For instance, Garuda has been upgraded to category I, which means that it's a safe airline and this is what Garuda should explain to the European Commission," he said.

Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI) chairman Bambang Susantono said he was sure that the ban was the result of a communications failure.

"Some of our airlines, including Garuda, have improved their safety standards and fully comply with the international standards," he told The Jakarta Post.

Bambang also expressed skepticism about how the commission's experts arrived at their conclusions, "I don't remember them coming here to inspect the airlines directly."

However, Bambang said that seeking information from pilots flying in and out of Jakarta might have been one of the ways used to gather information on air safety standards in Indonesia.

Bambang said that the air transportation authorities now needed to mount a public safety campaign to prevent other countries following the commission's decision.

Garuda president director Emirsyah Satar told the Post that the national flag carrier would cooperate with the government, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines to resolve the issue.

Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) executive director Sudaryatno, who has often criticized Garuda, said that the commission's decision might be justifiable if viewed from the safety perspective.

"However, we must also look at this from the perspective the saturated markets that exist in the developed world. We must be careful as this ban could be part of a strategic plan to ruin the reputation of local airlines so that foreign airlines can get a foothold in this country," Sudaryatno said.

"Soekarno Hatta Airport and Ngurah Rai Airport are no longer gateways to Indonesia. They have been replaced by Singapore's Changi. The situation could worsen if the stakeholders in the industry do not take the necessary steps," he pointed out.

Sudaryatno suggested that the government do all in its power to advance the National Sky Policy, the blueprint for the future of the airline industry.

Earlier, the Transportation Ministry's director general for air transportation, Budhi Mulyawan Suyitno, said that ministry representatives would meet with the European Commission in October to explain the latest developments in the Indonesian airline industry.

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