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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 17, 2007

Illegal toxic waste disposal in capital 'cause for alarm'

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Around one century ago, a factory dumped and buried 22,000 tons of its chemical waste in an area called the Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York.

In the 1970's, residents of Love Canal began to experience strange illnesses. More than half of the children born in the area that decade had birth-defects. The cause of the illnesses was later found to originate from massive levels of chemical waste which were poisoning the townspeople even after 70 years.

According to Syarif Hidayat, technical manager of a waste treatment company, the same thing would happen in Jakarta if factories continue to dump industrial waste illegally. "We estimate only 10 percent of factories in Jakarta process their waste water properly," he told The Jakarta Post , adding that the situation was more than a cause for alarm.

Syarif's company, Prasadha Pamunah Limbah industri (PPLi), currently manages around 35 percent of the country's toxic waste. PPLi is also the largest internationally accredited waste treatment facility in Indonesia.

Head of the Indonesian Environmental Forum (WALHI) Slamet Daroyni echoed Syarif, saying most factories in Jakarta did not treat their wastewater properly. Slamet said only 80 of some 800 factories are equipped with proper wastewater treatment facilities. He said WALHI received many reports of factories polluting carelessly. "We received reports from residents of Cilincing and Marunda (North Jakarta) who said they saw factories pumping their wastewater straight into the ocean."

Stories of improper waste management are not uncommon in other parts of Jakarta.

Bintoro, a resident of Bekasi and environmental activist, said toxic waste was resold by so-called waste treatment companies to outside parties. "It's not even hidden here. You can see people trading factory waste in broad daylight," Bintoro said.

Toxic waste mismanagement is not uncommon in Bekasi. Last year P.T. Dong Woo Environmental Indonesia, a waste treatment company, was caught dumping toxic waste in Kampung Sepu. There are still around 2,800 tons of contaminated soil there, according to data provided by the Environment Ministry.

Head of Jakarta's Environmental Management Agency, Budirama Natakusumah, said some companies polluted the environment but his office was always strict with such offenders. "Just recently we closed down several factories which violated standard waste management procedures," he said.

Slamet, however, said the city administration were not transparent enough with their field reports. He urged the government to pay better attention to the environment. "I know a good economy is important, but not taking the environment into account and allowing factories to continue dumping toxic waste, because they produce jobs, is just not acceptable," he said. (anw)

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