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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. …

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

AirAsia Disappearance Revives Specter of Indonesian Aviation Safety Woes

The country’s poor reputation for aviation safety goes back several years

Jakarta Globe, Tabita Diela, Dec 30, 2014

AirAsia passengers line up to check in at the budget airline’s counter at
Singapore’s Changi airport on Dec. 29, 2014. (EPA Photo/Francis R. Malasig)

Jakarta. The disappearance on Sunday of an Indonesian passenger jet with 162 people on board has put the country’s aviation safety record back in the public glare, even as the industry insists that standards have improved.

The Indonesia AirAsia plane dropped off the radar over the Java Sea en route from Surabaya to Singapore at 6:18 a.m. on Sunday, carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members.

Malaysia-based AirAsia and its regional subsidiaries, including the Indonesian unit in which it holds a 49 percent stake, has never faced a major incident like this since it began operations in 1996.

“The incident is unexpected, considering that AirAsia’s reputation as a low-cost carrier is perfect,” Arista Atmadjati, an aviation analyst and lecturer at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, told the Jakarta Globe on Monday.

“They mostly are on time, have new planes, and are known to have a good track in terms of engine maintenance schedule. This is really bad luck for AirAsia.”

Indonesia AirAsia had until Sunday managed to avoid the safety incidents that routinely dogged other low-cost carriers in Indonesia — in particular Lion Air — which have pursued breakneck expansion, often at the expense of safety and maintenance standards.

The last major incident before Sunday’s disappearance of Flight QZ8501 was the crash-landing of a Lion Air flight in the sea just before the runway at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport as it was coming in to land in April 2013. All 108 passengers on board survived, and none were seriously injured. It was Lion Air’s seventh accident since 2002.

The most recent deadly incident involving a large jet occurred in May 2012 when a Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed into the side of a mountain in West Java during a promotional flight, killing all 45 people on board. Voice recordings recovered from the wreckage suggested the pilot was chatting with a potential buyer in the cockpit prior to the crash.

The country’s poor reputation for aviation safety goes back several years. In September 2005, a flight from now-defunct Mandala Airlines killed 149 people after the plane that took off from an airport in Medan, North Sumatra, crashed into a densely populated residential area. It claimed the lives of 100 people on board and 49 on the ground.

The local aviation safety record hit a nadir in 2007 when the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration downgraded Indonesia’s safety rating following a series of high-profile incidents — notably the disappearance of Adam Air Flight DHI574, which crashed into the Makassar Strait on Jan. 1, 2007, killing all 102 people on board.

That same year, the European Union banned all Indonesian airlines from flying in European airspace in light of the incidents. The ban was only partially lifted in 2009.

But the days of poor safety records is a thing of the past, says the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association, or INACA.

“Nowadays the safety aspects of all Indonesian airlines is much better than in previous years,” INACA chairman Arif Wibowo, who is also the newly appointed president director of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, said on Monday.

Arif, who previously headed Citilink, Garuda’s low-cost subsidiary, said that all airlines were subjected to stringent systems audits to ensure their compliance with safety standards before they could get a an air operation certificate, required to operate commercial flights.

President Joko Widodo said on Monday that he had asked Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan to perform a thorough evaluation of aviation safety procedures in Indonesia.

“I have ordered the transportation minister to recheck all procedures for all flights to maximize” prevention of such incidents in future, Jokowi said at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.

He also said he had ordered the meteorological agency, or BMKG, to do more to assist airlines in anticipating patches of bad weather — something that Flight QZ8501 had requested permissions from air traffic control to fly over before contact was lost.

The president said he had asked authorities to cooperate with their counterparts from Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Britain, who have all offered technical assistance in the continuing search for the missing plane, believed to have fallen in the Java Sea.

Ignasius said the government would perform a review of Indonesia AirAsia’s business and operation, especially with regard to safety standard compliance.

“In the near term, we will review the operations and the business of [Indonesia] AirAsia to ensure a better future performance, especially from the safety aspect,” he said

He previously said one of his missions in the Transportation Ministry was to improve Indonesia’s aviation safety image in the eyes of the international community.

With additional reporting by Laila Ramdhini & Hari Gunarto

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