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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. …

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Fuel prices could be cut again, says govt

Alfian and Erwida Maulia,
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 12/27/2008 10:55 AM  

The government may further cut the prices of Premium gasoline and diesel on Jan. 15, hinting it may even, partly or entirely, float the prices of the two subsidized fuels to keep in line with global crude prices. 

"There might be price revisions for Premium gasoline and diesel on Jan. 15," Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Purnomo Yusgiantoro said Thursday evening. 

If it happens, it will be the third such price cut since early December -- a popularity-boosting move that could bode well for the government ahead of next year's elections. 

Asked about the size of the possible cut, Purnomo said the government was still evaluating all indicators, in particular fluctuations in the price of crude oil. 

Crude oil traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange Thursday gained about 4 percent to $36.80 a barrel, but analysts said it was only a short-term gain. Bloomberg reported crude oil prices dropped more than 30 percent in December alone. From a record high of US$147.27 on July 11, crude oil prices have fallen by 76 percent. 

Purnomo said the government was fully aware of the downward trend in prices of oil-based fuels, especially Premium gasoline. 

"We usually set the diesel price lower than that of Premium, but an unusual trend is occurring now: The price of Premium in the international market is very low because of an excess of supply," he said. 

"If the trend continues like this, the price of Premium could drop below that of diesel." 

On Dec. 15, the government cut the price of Premium by Rp 500, to Rp 5,000 (45 US cents) per liter, and the price of diesel by Rp 700, to Rp 4,800 per liter. 

Critics have lambasted the government's moves to lower the prices of subsidized fuels as a publicity stunt to draw more support ahead of next year's legislative and presidential elections. 

At a press conference held at the office of the Golkar Party, the country's biggest political party, Vice President and Golkar chairman Jusuf Kalla said the government would "consistently" adjust domestic fuel prices to reflect global levels. 

"The President and I always discuss when we need to cut fuel prices; however, they will certainly keep declining," he said. 

"If oil prices are down globally, then we will also bring them down here to reasonable levels, to reduce the burden on people and boost consumption." 

Purnomo said the price cuts for Premium gasoline and diesel were likely the first such adjustments to reflect global oil prices. 

As the election draws near, the government is managing the issue of subsidized fuels carefully. On Wednesday, Purnomo warned state oil and gas company PT Pertamina, the sole distributor of subsidized fuels, to avoid a shortage of the fuels next year. 

"I don't want to see any shortage of subsidized fuels next year, because this issue can be easily used as a political tool," he said.

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