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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. …

Monday, April 28, 2014

Big data reveals trends in Chinese auto market

Want China Times, Xinhua 2014-04-28

Cars on display at the Beijing Auto Show, April 26. (Photo/Xinhua)

Many cars at the ongoing Beijing Auto Show can momentarily seize the attention of visitors, but it is difficult to tell what models are in fact favored by consumers.

A new report based on big-data technology, however, discloses some clues into the world's largest auto market.

Prior to the opening of the auto show, Chinese internet search giant Baidu issued a report on the features and demands of car buyers in the country, analyzing massive search data generated by the 600-million-plus internet users over the past year.

The report continues to be upgraded via a real-time feed of search inquiries related to the show, which kicked off on April 21 and will conclude on April 29.

One finding that may be of interest to foreign investors is that the number of search queries for "imported cars" increased slightly year on year, up to 26.1%, although domestic cars still dominate the current vehicle market in China.

According to real-time results generated by the Baidu Index, searchers of imported cars are mainly young people under 30 years old. Another surprising finding shows that 42.6% of web users searching for cars come from the fourth-tier, or very small cities, and the number is almost three times that from first-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai, which have rolled out car-purchase restriction policies to tackle traffic congestion and air pollution.

Price-sensitive Chinese consumers are beginning to pay more attention to the car's comfort and functions, as more than 50% of search queries are related to SUVs or compact cars, according to the report.

The report also offers a list of popular search keywords, including "most popular new models," "new-energy cars," "Top 10 traffic violations," and hot issues related to car consumption.

Although the data-based report seems only to include web users, it also reflects some changes and habits of Chinese car buyers. "It is becoming very important for people to get information about cars online, especially in cities with very few test-drive opportunities," said one netizen.

An analyst told Xinhua that the report may invoke a revolution in the auto industry, indicating that search engine marketing is prevailing.

It is not the first time that Baidu has used big data to launch hot issue discussions. In February, it applied the real-time result to trace human migration during the Chinese Spring Festival travel rush and made a similar quantitative report on the most popular issues during the annual political sessions in March.

Baidu c-founder and CEO Robin Li said at the sessions that the internet is accelerating the transformation of traditional industries towards higher efficiency.

Zhang Yi, CEO of internet consulting company iiMedia Research, said the report is not a piece of pioneering work as many conventional industries have begun to make use of big data. "What I am concerned more is how to use big data to solve the problem that people face every day," said Zhang, who added that internet giants should develop new technology to tell people about traffic conditions and offer drivers smart suggestions.

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