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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 commercial jet.

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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. …

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Goodbye plastic bags, hello boxes, reusables

Anisa Basuki and Mariani Dewi, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 11/05/2008 10:29 AM  

Replacing plastic bags with reusable bags is an ascendant trend nowadays, but some enterprising companies are turning to used cardboard boxes in their quest to be "greener". 

"We offer the cardboard boxes to customers who buy in bulk. It's easier for them to carry and saves on plastic bags. The customers also don't have to pay to be green," Lany Budianto, executive director of supermarket chain PT Lion Super Indo, said Tuesday. 

If customers find the boxes too unfashionable though, there is an alternative. More presentable reusable plastic bags, made of woven polyethylene, are offered for Rp 10,000 at every branch. 

"We hope the customers come back with their own bags so they no longer need to use normal plastic bags," Lany said. 

This practice is being taken up by other stores, including the Body Shop, Carrefour and Aksara. 

Aksara's own canvas bags have become fashion statements in their own right, sought after mostly by students. 

Asking customers if they would like to use a bag helps reduce the amount of plastic used by alerting customers to the choice they have to make. 

The volume of plastic waste has risen in recent years. There are around 700 tons of plastic waste in Jakarta alone, half of which are left untreated. Plastic bags are a ubiquitous sight in the city's trash heaps and rivers. 

However, Lany said, educating customers was not easy. 

"We realize it will take some time to accustom them to the reusable bags. But we believe the small steps we're taking will lead to bigger ones," she said. 

Super Indo also plans to stop using styrofoam in its outlets in future. Processing of organic waste is on their agenda too. 

"I think to make the programs work, we need to cooperate with the government to stop the production of plastic bags," she said. 

Ujang Salihin Siddiq, an official at the State Ministry for the Environment, said that in 2000, organic waste in big cities accounted for 70 percent of total waste. But today, he said, that figure was declining. 

"In Bandung and Surabaya, the proportion of organic waste is only 50 percent. This proves that almost all garbage in Indonesia is plastic and other non-decomposing materials," he said. 

He said he hoped the law on garbage management would be put into practice by early 2009. 

"The law applies to all retailers. They have to perform the 3Rs -- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle -- and there will be a limit on plastic production," he said.

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