More carmakers caught in headlights of VW engine-rigging scandal

More carmakers caught in headlights of VW engine-rigging scandal
Volkswagen has admitted it installed illegal software into 11 million 2.0 liter and 3.0 liter diesel engines worldwide (AFP Photo/Josh Edelson)

Volkswagen emissions scandal

Iran's 'catastrophic mistake': Speculation, pressure, then admission

Iran's 'catastrophic mistake': Speculation, pressure, then admission
Analsyts say it is irresponsible to link the crash of a Ukraine International Airline Boeing 737-800 to the 737 MAX accidents (AFP Photo/INA FASSBENDER)

Missing MH370 likely to have disintegrated mid-flight: experts

Missing MH370 likely to have disintegrated mid-flight: experts
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 commercial jet.

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Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace

"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. …

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Gov expects bike lane in South Jakarta to spread across Jakarta

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Sun, 05/22/2011

Cyclists riding down a freshly painted bike lane which stretches
1.4 kilometers along Jalan Mahakam from Ayodya Park in South Jakarta
to Melawai on Jalan Iskandarsyah. Governor Fauzi Bowo called on
all motorists to respect the lane and leave it clear for bicyclists.(Antara
Photo/Reno Esnir)

Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo said Sunday he expected new bike lanes in South Jakarta will spread across Jakarta as part of efforts to help reduce traffic and create a healthy environment.

"Five mayoralties in Jakarta should follow South Jakarta’s effort to build bike lanes,” Fauzi said at the inauguration of the bike lane at Ayodia Park, Blok M, South Jakarta, as quoted by

He added that riding a bike was healthy and could help reduce pollution.

He also called on car and motorbike owners to tolerate bicyclists by not using the bike lane.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Electric Cars Take Off in Norway

Jakarta Globe, Pierre-Henry Deshayes, May 11, 2011

Christian Blakseth, who traded his bicycle for an electric car, charging
his vehicle's batterie. They speed past big-engine cars in traffic, ignore
congestion charges and mock parking meters: in a country's whose wealth
is fueled by oil, Oslo has become the world capital of the electric car. (AFP Photo)

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Oslo. They speed past gas guzzlers in traffic, ignore congestion charges and get city center parking for free. In a country whose wealth is fueled by oil, Oslo has become the world capital of the electric car.

"There are more electric cars per capita here than in any other capital of the world," said Rune Haaland, the head of the electric car users association Norstart, standing in a city center car park forbidden to other car users.

Almost 4,000 of the small, clean and silent vehicles are on the roads of Norway, although they are found mainly in the cities, and the number is climbing as new models come onto the market.

From the tiny, locally made Buddy, to the sporty Tesla, which can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers (62 miles) an hour in less than four seconds, all sorts of electric cars have taken to the roads of the Norwegian capital.

Norway may be one of the world's top fossil fuel exporters, but it has set ambitious climate policy objectives, aiming to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2020.

"The electric car is a very important tool for that, knowing that 40 percent of our emissions come from the transport sector and 60 percent of those come from road transport," Transport Minister Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa told AFP.

According to some estimates, the country's 3,891 electric cars allow it to save over 6,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

To persuade drivers to switch to electric cars, Norway has introduced a string of incentive measures.

Electric cars can use bus lanes and thus bypass traffic jams, they don't have to shell out congestion charges and can park for free on municipal car parks.

New father Christian Blakseth traded his bicycle for an electric car.

"It's very advantageous to be able to park for free downtown and to escape traffic jams," the young train conductor said.

"And you don't get drowned in day-to-day spending: it's a car that is expensive to buy but cheap to use," he said.

Charging an electric car's batteries at home costs about two euros ($2.90). Norwegian petrol prices are among the highest in Europe.

With growing demand, car-makers are rushing to put out new models.

And consumers are responding with just as much enthusiasm: in the first quarter this year, an electric car, Mitsubishi's i-MiEV, topped small model car sales in Norway, ahead of all time favorites.

"We were planning to sell 400 units [cars] in Norway this year, and we are already at 700. We think we will ultimately reach 1,000," the head of Mitsubishi Norway Bernt Jessen said.

Despite technological advances, distance remains a problem for electric vehicles, however, with cars only able to go for around 150 kilometers before needing to be recharged.

And with Norway's cold winters slashing battery efficiency, optimal performance is hard to achieve.

To get around this obstacle, Norway has decided to put in place a national network of charging stands across the country allowing drivers to "fill up" their cars in about 20 minutes, just long enough to enjoy a roadside cup of coffee, compared to the seven or eight hours normally needed.

The mountain cottage, sacrosanct for Norwegians, could soon be only a few kilowatts away.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Merpati plane crashed due to bad weather

Mariel Grazella, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 05/07/2011

Ministry of Transportation Director General Herry Bhakti said that heavy rains were the probable cause of the Merpati MA 60 plane crash on Saturday.

The airplane crashed at around 2 p.m on Saturday near the Utarung Kaimana Airport in West Papua.

“The weather was bad as there was heavy rainfall, which shortened the [pilot’s] range of vision. It was also very dark. Thus, the airplane did not reach the runway,” Herry told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

He added that the plane had crashed approximately 500 meters before the runway. It crashed into deep water, as the Utarung Kaimana Airport is situated next to the sea.

He further said that the body of the plane broke apart upon impact, which decreases any chances of survival.

The plane, which has a capacity of 50 people, was flying from Nabire, Papua, to Kaimana carrying 21 passengers and six crew members, he said.

He further added that a team of Search and Rescue officers, airport officials and local fishermen were conducting a search around the crash location.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Video of plane dangling in the air, pilot shows death-defying skills

Now, caught on camera...A pilot struggles to regain control of his aircraft. This footage shot by a plane spotter at an airport in the Moscow region shows a Tupolev-154 apparently going out of control shortly after take off. No passengers were onboard the Ministry of defense plane at the time. The film released on the Internet has bloggers praising the skills of the pilot as he manages to regain control and land safely. Aviation authorities are investigating the incident.

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