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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, January 3, 2009

Drivers await for greener 'bajaj'

Olivia Dameria, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 01/03/2009 10:32 AM  

The life of the smoke-belching bajaj (motorized pedicab) has been extended because its greener brother, the gas-powered bajaj has not taken over the city yet. 

The distribution of bajaj powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) has been hampered because of a government policy on tax. 

Despite setting a target to distribute 500 CNG-powered bajaj each month, the government issued a policy classifying the new bajaj as a luxury item, thereby increasing the tax for the units. 

"Previously, the tax for CNG bajaj was only 30 percent, now it is 45 percent because the government said the vehicle was imported from India and thus subject to another tax," said Henda Sunugroho, head of the traffic monitoring division at the Jakarta Transportation Agency. 

There is an additional 10 percent tax because it is classified as a luxury item, Henda said. 

Procedural hurdles to acquiring a CNG bajaj present further problems, forcing drivers to wait in uncertainty. 

"Six hundred units have been operating since June. An additional 50 units are unable to operate because of incomplete vehicle registration. We have 120 units in total still pending due to procedural technicalities," said Tariono, the head of the bajaj association in East Jakarta. 

Among the procedural hurdles is a required evaluation of each CNG tank, which is said to take at least three weeks. Obtaining licenses and other documentation regarding ownership present further barriers. 

The 120 are waiting for activation of their public transportation license, which is taking a long time, Tariono said. 

"We have been waiting for more than a month now. There are about 5,000 bajaj drivers in line to get a CNG bajaj," 

Some bajaj drivers have acquired the new vehicle. 

Rojat, a CNG bajaj driver, said the new vehicle was friendlier to the environment than the regular orange ones. He ordered five additional units in March 2007. 

"No smoke is emitted and the customers like that. They also like that the CNG bajaj is quieter," he said. 

CNG bajaj, therefore, are more competitive than the gasoline ones, he said. 

But the red tape has forced Rojat, other bajaj drivers and customers to wait. 

"It has been two years," said Syamsudin, a driver who has ordered an additional 17 CNG bajaj. 

The driver, who already possessed 13 CNG bajaj said customers preferred the new vehicles to the regular orange ones. 

"My friends enjoy driving CNG bajaj. Once they drive it, they don't want to drive the old bajaj," he said. 

Syamsudin said customers were ordering to be picked up by CNG bajaj, and because of the vehicle, he had collected more customers. 

"I was going to continue driving the old bajaj, but I changed my vehicle to the CNG bajaj because it is environmentally friendly," he said. 

Old bajaj squander a lot of fuel, which has become a concern for bajaj drivers. 

"My old bajaj uses 8 liters of gasoline each day," said Daroni, a bajaj driver who usually operates around Pasar Slipi, West Jakarta. 

"I really want to have a CNG bajaj, but I heard the procedure to acquire it is rather exhausting." 

Tariono said he objected to the government's classification of the new bajaj which meant it was subject to a luxury tax. 

"It doesn't make sense that a three-wheeled vehicle with a canvas roof be classified as a luxury item," he said. "A bajaj is not a train, bus or car. 

"The government wants us to support the Blue Sky Program, yet they make it hard for us to get the CNG bajaj." 

The Blue Sky Program is an environmental conservation program that was launched in Indonesia in 1996. 

The aim of the program is to reduce air pollution in several big cities, including Jakarta, across the country.

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