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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 commercial jet.

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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. …

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Tesla cutting 30% of staff in China

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2015-03-07

Customers visit a Tesla showroom in Beijing on July 9, 2014. (Photo/CFP)

US electric car innovator Tesla Motors is in the process of cutting 30% of its staff in China, reports the Beijing-based China Times.

According to an anonymous company insider, at least 30% of Tesla's 600 staff in China will be culled across the board, including nearly half the staff in the sales department. The decision came directly from US headquarters, the insider said.

"In addition to the technical support and procurement departments, the marketing, public relations, legal, administrative and sales departments will also be downsized," said the insider, adding that the process began before the Chinese New Year break last month.

When contacted by China Times, Tesla did not deny the claims outright but responded that the information was "not accurate."

The expected downsizing comes as Tesla China business director Sam Shen confirmed his resignation to reporters on March 3. Shen is one of several high-profile executives to leave the company in the last year. Last month, Tesla Greater China chief marketing officer June Jin stepped down for unspecified reasons. In December, Tesla China president Veronica Wu also resigned, just nine months after she replaced her predecessor, Kingston Chang, the original spokesperson for Tesla's China division.

One of the major problems facing Tesla in China has been high inventory levels. Available numbers reveal that Tesla imported 4,800 vehicles in 2014, but only 2,499 of those vehicles were registered for road use by the end of the year. Sources said while there may be some buyers who have not yet registered their vehicles, this number is likely to be very low.

A significant portion of the inventory is said to have come from cancellations of pre-orders, in particular the Model S P85D. Last October, Tesla announced that it had managed to upgrade the model's acceleration speed so that it took only 3.1 seconds instead of 4 seconds to hit 100 kilometers per hour, but that it was also increasing the price by 120,000 yuan (US$19,150). As a result, many customers reportedly canceled their pre-orders, preferring to forgo the 15,000 yuan (US$2,395) first-stage deposit than go through with the purchase.

The poor results mean that Tesla did not even reach a third of its Chinese market sales target of 10,000, which had been upgraded from 3,000 and 5,000 earlier in the year. Tesla founder Elon Musk even admitted during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January that the company's performance in China has been "unexpectedly weak."

Company insiders say that downsizing in China is inevitable given that Tesla's operations on the mainland grew from less than 20 people to nearly 600 people in just two years. The rapid expansion has not been in line with market developments, one insider said.

While most automobile manufacturers see China as a major untapped market, Tesla's performance in the region has so far been largely unsuccessful. In 2014, Tesla manufactured a total of 35,000 vehicles and sold 31,700 units globally. North America account for the bulk of the purchases with 55%, with Europe making up another 30%, meaning the Asian market contributed only 15%.

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