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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, January 2, 2009

Toyota raises prices in Indonesia to avert losses

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 01/02/2009 10:29 AM  

Toyota, the nation's market leader for cars, has raised its prices by between 5 percent and 13 percent, effective Jan. 1, despite an expected fall in sales due to the global economic slowdown. 

"For the domestically assembled complete knock down (CKD) vehicles such as Innova, the price increase will be around 5 percent to 8 percent, while for imported complete built up (CBU) vehicles, the price rise will be about 10 percent to 13 percent," Toyota Astra Motor marketing director Joko Trisanyoto said Tuesday, as quoted by Antara. 

The price of an Avanza will increase by about Rp 6 million (US$530) from the current lowest price of Rp 116 million, while prices of high-end CBUs, such as Camry and Crown, will increase by between 10 percent and 13 percent, he said. 

A Camry sedan currently sells for between Rp 380 million and Rp 550 million. 

Joko said the price increase was inevitable, due in part to the weakening of the rupiah against the U.S. dollar. 

The rupiah has been hovering above Rp 11,000 per dollar for the past two months, while Toyota has been setting prices based on an assumption of Rp 9,200 to the dollar, he said. 

"The dollar has strengthened against the rupiah by around 20 percent. Thus, the price increase for imported CBU cars may actually reach 20 percent," he said. 

He added that some spare parts were imported from countries such as Japan whose currency was also strengthening. 

Although prices have fallen for several major materials such as steel, Toyota would increase prices to account for last year's steel price increase, he said. 

"With this price increase, we can at least get marginal profits after covering our production costs," he said. 

Joko added there was the possibility of a series of price increases during the year because prices of Toyota cars remained on average below competitors' prices. 

"We are still targeting a market share of around 34 percent this year, amid forecasts that national car sales will plummet by around 30 percent," he said. 

In the January to November period last year, domestic car sales reached 568,150 units, with Toyota accounting for 194,000 units. 

Car sales for all of 2008 are estimated to be at around 600,000 units, with Toyota expected to account for around 208,000 of those. 

Around 80 percent of cars sold in Indonesia are made by Japanese producers including Honda, Suzuki, Daihatsu and Mitsubishi. (dis)

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