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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. …

Monday, December 3, 2007

Governor targets less air pollution

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Governor Fauzi Bowo is targeting a decrease in air pollution of 30 percent during his five-year term.

"To achieve that, we are preparing strategic measures for the use of alternative fuels (to reduce carbon dioxide emissions)," he was quoted as saying Saturday by the city's official news portal.

The first sector to be affected by the new policy, he said, would be public transportation.

All public transportation vehicles, such as buses and taxis, would soon be required to use environmentally friendly compressed natural gas (CNG), or biogas.

"The pollutants from natural gas are less harmful to the environment and human health than those from oil-based fuels," Fauzi said.

The city administration says that the cause of 70 percent of air pollution in Jakarta is car emissions, while the remaining 30 percent comes from industry.

Activists say an increase in private vehicles is the main cause of the air pollution problem.

At least 2.5 million private cars and 3.8 million motorcycles traverse the city's roads on weekdays.

The increase in private cars has also added to the already severe congestion on Jakarta's streets.

The compulsory use of natural gas by public transportation vehicles is already required under the much-lauded 2005 Air Pollution Ordinance, which also introduced compulsory emissions tests for private cars, a prohibition on the burning of garbage in open areas and the banning of smoking in most public places.

CNG use, however, has yet to be enforced due to a lack of CNG outlets in Jakarta.

As part of the effort to both reduce the number of cars and air pollution, the administration has organized a number of so-called car-free days in a number of different parts of the city.

Although these are widely considered to have been ineffectual due to weak coordination between officials and the police, the city administration nevertheless claims that they have helped improve air quality.

It says that Jakartans enjoyed no more than 30 days of clean air in 2005, but had 45 good days in 2006. It also says that there have been 54 good days recorded so far this year.

Besides air pollution, Jakarta is also facing a worsening groundwater crisis, which has led to saltwater intrusion and subsidence.

Jakarta Mining Agency head Peni Susanti said that groundwater levels had fallen to between 2 and 5 meters from the surface.

"We obtained these figures from our groundwater studies conducted between 2002 and 2005," she said Sunday.

"We can see what is happening from the depth of the wells people have to dig these days ... In the past, people could reach the groundwater by digging down 20 meters. Now, they have to go double that distance," she explained.

The groundwater crisis, according to Peni, was due to the fact that the water firms were unable to meet the city's clean water needs. "Forty-four percent of people's water is obtained from wells."

To deal with the problem, the mining agency is currently building ponds and dams to replenish the groundwater supply. It is also monitoring groundwater use by industry.

"We have drafted an ordinance on groundwater use to make sure that it is controlled. The City Council is currently deliberating the draft ... which is expected to be passed next year," Peni said.

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