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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, December 21, 2007

Administration forced to tighten purse strings

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Due to the regional income being lower than expected this year, the city administration is preparing to be more thrifty in its spending in 2008.

"The proposed budget for next year is lower than the 2007 budget by Rp 679 billion ... However, I am optimistic we can boost the regional income next year," Governor Fauzi Bowo said Tuesday after submitting the proposed budget to the City Council.

The proposed budget for 2008 is Rp 20 trillion (approximately US$2.12 billion), or 3.28 percent lower than the 2007 budget, which was Rp 20.68 trillion.

In 2006, the city budget was Rp 17.99 trillion and in 2005 it was Rp 13.48 trillion.

Fauzi said the budget was expected to decrease in value next year due to the fact the city fell short of its projected income of Rp 18.65 trillion in 2007. He said at the end of the third quarter, the city administration's income for the year stood at only Rp 11.3 trillion, or 60.59 percent of the projected total.

Fauzi said the administration would take steps to increase its income next year and would reduce unnecessary expenditure as well as expand the role of the public and private sectors in budgeting and development.

He said to save money during the past few months, the administration had procured goods and services over the internet, which resulted in budgetary savings amounting to almost 15 percent.

"For example, if a project was worth Rp 1 billion, we could save up to Rp 150 million with online procurement," he said.

Fauzi said discussions regarding the budget were expected to be finalized by Jan. 15, after which the budget would be submitted to the Home Ministry for approval. He said it was likely the budget would be disbursed in February.

"We submitted the proposed budget late this year due to the gubernatorial election," he said.

City Council speaker Ade Surapriatna said the council realized the importance of speeding up discussions regarding the budget.

"We can schedule discussions for any time ... as it is important we finish the process quickly," Ade said.

Aside from revealing the administration's income plans for next year, the proposed budget also details several programs to be carried out, totaling some Rp 3.25 trillion.

The administration submitted 2007's proposed budget in November 2006. However, the budget was only finalized in April 2007, causing delays in salary payments for city employees and contractors. (tif)

The administration's proposed programs for 2008

  • flood control: Rp 691 billion
  • for East Flood Canal land acquirement Rp 400 billion
  • for river clearances Rp 215 billion
  • for dam clearances Rp 76 billion
  • Improvements on busway corridor I - X Rp 142 billion
  • preliminary development of MRT Rp 108 billion
  • first phase of Pulogebang bus terminal construction Rp 25 billion
  • development of roads/bridges to support West and East Primary Center: Rp 41 billion
  • construction of low-cost apartments: Rp 257 billion
  • school operational costs (elementary - high schools) Rp 1 trillion
  • health services for the poor/disaster-affected families Rp 200 billion
  • construction of two public health centers Rp 43 billion
  • disease control Rp 10 billion and public health insurance Rp 2 billion
  • improvement of transparency and accountability: Rp 5 billion (including for e-procurement and internet-based business permits)
  • development of Old City tourism: Rp 18 billion
  • air pollution and green space control: Rp 110 billion

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