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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, February 9, 2009

Old buildings unattractive to investors

Agnes Winarti, THE JAKARTA POST, JAKARTA | Mon, 02/09/2009 10:45 AM  

With the increasing destruction of heritage buildings, experts say investors and the public do not understand the importance of conservation. 

“Buying an old building in Jakarta is more like a burden, while abroad heritage buildings are regarded as diamonds,” the city administration’s independent review team for cultural heritage building restoration, Bambang Eryudhawan, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. 

“Here, buildings aren’t valued as much as the land on which they stand,” Bambang said.

According to data of the city tourism and culture agency, there are some 273 heritage buildings around Jakarta in areas such as Menteng, Kota, Condet and Kebayoran. 

“People living in heritage areas like Menteng are burdened with the highest land and building taxes, which amounted some Rp 71 million per year for an 800 to 1,000 square meter property,” Bambang said, 

Arya Abieta of the Indonesian Architectural Documentation Center, said that, “home owners, who are unable to pay such high taxes will sell the property to newcomers, who are less attached to the history of the property. They often demolish the historic buildings and rebuild something completely different.” 

A 1999 bylaw on the utilization and preservation of cultural heritage buildings and areas differentiates heritage buildings into three categories: A, B and C. 

Each category has different rules regarding renovations. Those  violating  the bylaws face a maximum of six months imprisonment and/or Rp 5 million (US$430) in fines. 

Head of the city’s tourism and cultural agency Arie Budhiman said recently the administration did not mind if heritage sites were converted into restaurants, art galleries, or theaters, as long as the construction designs adhered to the regulations. 

“We can not expect heritage buildings to stay sterile, they must be able to interact with their environment and bring economic benefits,” he said. 

“Therefore, we invite the private sector to invest in the restoration of the buildings,” he said.

Bambang said the administration needed to better synchronise coordination between related stakeholders and work out contradictory heritage building regulations. 

He said that the lack of coordination between related agencies, including the spatial planning agency and the tourism and cultural agency, authorized to monitor the development of heritage sites, has created loopholes. 

“There are cases where a category-A-building according to one agency is considered a category B by another,” he said. 

The lack of public order, environmental sanitation and safety, further discourage heritage building owners in the Old Town area from  revamping their properties. 

“We hope that the administration starts directly tackling the social and economic conditions in Old Town, instead of merely focusing on artificial grooming, such as placing lamps in the area,” Ella Ubaidi of the association of the Old Town heritage building owners, said.

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