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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, February 8, 2008

Little hope for current airport road, experts say

Mustaqim Adamrah, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Recent flooding that submerged part of the Sedyatmo turnpike -- the main roadway to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport -- was primarily caused by the surrounding land's inability to absorb excess water, experts concluded Wednesday.

The head of the Meteorological and Geophysics Agency's climatology and air quality information division, Endro Santoso, said the land around the turnpike had lost its ability to absorb water.

"The poor quality of the soil was the main cause of the flooding. Heavy rainfall was only a trigger," he said in a press conference at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).

The agency recorded 317 millimeters of rain in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, during last Friday's downpour, more than twice the level ordinarily categorized as "very high rainfall".

The flooding brought Jakarta to a standstill, submerging kilometers 25 to 28 of the Sedyatmo turnpike. Soekarno-Hatta airport detoured 58 flights and delayed another 177 leaving approximately 1,000 passengers stranded.

BPPT hydrologist Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said diminishing water catchment areas, overly exploited groundwater and population encroachment on lands adjacent to the turnpike also contributed to the flooding.

"Groundwater must tightly hold every layer of soil. In the area around the turnpike, it has been pumped out in massive quantities to meet local residential demands," he said, adding that the area south of the turnpike has experienced considerable development over the past several years.

"As a result, soil in the area has become more frail," he said. "The land around the turnpike subsided by 2 meters between 1982 to 1997 as structures were erected rapidly. The concave topography of the area makes the area more flood prone by preventing water from running off to the sea."

State-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga is planning to build elevated roads on the two sides of the turnpike as additional toll road lanes. Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto previously said the construction of the additional elevated lanes would start in March and was expected to be completed within a year, with Jasa Marga funding the project.

City Transportation Council member Soetanto Soehodho said elevated roads would not be a favorable solution if they were not complemented by the development railway-based transportation.

"Jakarta and the Sedyatmo turnpike will never be flood-free without trains to carry passengers and goods," he said. "Elevated roads will only encourage people's dependence on private vehicles or other road-based transportation modes. Without proper infrastructure, residents and visitors to Jakarta will continue to be trapped by flooding on the turnpike."

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