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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. …

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Up, up and Away

Jakarta Globe, Karamjit Kaur-Straits Times Indonesia | August 13, 2011

A plane flies over a Garuda Indonesia facility at Jakarta International
Airport Soekarno-Hatta last month. The Singapore-Jakarta sector is
Changi's No. 1 air link in terms of number of flights. (AFP Photo)  

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Singapore. The skies between Singapore and Jakarta are getting crowded as airlines increase flights to meet growing demand for seats on the route.

Fueled by strong business and social links between the two countries, the Singapore-Jakarta sector has overtaken Singapore-Kuala Lumpur as Changi Airport's No. 1 air link based on the number of flights.

There are now 13 carriers operating about 500 flights a week between Singapore and the Indonesian capital, compared with eight airlines and about 440 flights for Singapore-KL.

'Indonesia is a major market for us, and Singapore-Jakarta is one of our strongest routes that has seen significant growth over the years.'

Singapore Airlines spokesman Nicholas Ionides

The growth is expected to continue with Singapore Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Tiger Airways, Valuair and Jetstar Airways planning even more Singapore-Jakarta services by the end of December.

In the first half of the year, 1.93 million passengers flew on this route, a 20 per cent jump compared with the same period last year.

There is a good mix of business and leisure traffic on the route, say the carriers that ply the sector.

A growing number of Indonesian travellers are also using Changi Airport as a hub to connect to other destinations.

In Singapore, travelers can choose from 71 foreign carriers that connect the airport to 154 international destinations, compared with 31 airlines and 33 city links at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Data compiled by the Trade and Industry Ministry shows strong growth in both business and leisure links.

Last year, Singapore-Indonesia trade hit close to $68 billion, compared with $58.5 billion in 2009.

Singapore is also Indonesia's top source of foreign direct investment, totaling US$4.4 billion (S$5.3 billion) in 2009 and US$5 billion last year.

On the leisure side, Indonesia is Singapore's top tourist market, with 2.31 million arrivals last year.

The overall boom in traffic is good news for airlines.

Garuda added an eighth daily flight on the route last week. The Jakarta-Singapore sector is the airline's busiest outside Indonesia, said its senior general manager in Asia, Risnandi.

He said: 'It is also our fastest-growing route. Passenger traffic grew more than three times in the last six months compared with the same period in 2010.'

To capture the high-end premium market, Garuda is using an all-new Boeing fleet on the route, he said.

Not to be outdone, SIA will also operate eight flights a day, adding another service next month.

Spokesman Nicholas Ionides said: 'Indonesia is a major market for us and Singapore-Jakarta is one of our strongest routes that has seen significant growth over the years.

'This could be due to promising economic growth and development in both countries in recent years.'

The boost in flight numbers and competition on the route has benefited travelers who now enjoy more options and lower fares.

Andrew Zhou, 40, a Singapore- based vice-president of an American manufacturing company, is especially pleased that Garuda has improved its level of service.

He said: 'Previously I flew mainly SIA, but now that Garuda offers a much better product and service level than it did before, there is another good option.'

Like other business travelers, he appreciates the more frequent flights.

Zhou, who travels at least once a month to Jakarta, said: 'When you are on a business trip, you want to maximize your time, so I usually catch the early morning flight out of Singapore and leave on the late flight which departs from Jakarta at about 9pm.

'For a business traveler, flight frequency and timing are most important.' 

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Indonesia helicopter crash kills 10

Chartered flight by mining company hits mountain after leaving Manado, leaving all passengers and crew dead, Associated Press in Jakarta, Thursday 4 August 2011

Rescuers carry a survivor of the helicopter crash on Sulawesi island,
but he later died from his injuries. Photograph: AP

A helicopter chartered by an Australian mining company slammed into a mountain in eastern Indonesia, killing all 10 passengers and crew, the head of the search and rescue team has said.

The Bell 412, carrying two Australians, two South Africans and six Indonesians, lost contact with authorities Wednesday afternoon minutes after takeoff from the city of Manado on Sulawesi island, said Lucky Pondaag, an airport spokesman.

It was heading to Newcrest's Gosowong Mine on the island of Halmahera.

A search-and-rescue team discovered the wreckage in the early hours of Thursday, said Ludianto, head of the operations, who goes by only one name.

There was only one survivor at the scene, he said, an Indonesian who later died of his injuries at the hospital. The bodies of the nine others have been transported to Manado.

The helicopter was chartered by PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals, a joint venture between Newcrest Mining Ltd and PT Aneka Tambang, the Australian company said in a statement. It was not clear what caused the crash.