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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, February 11, 2009

Singapore sees tourism revenue down 19 percent

The Jakarta Post, Alex Kennedy, The Associated Press, Singapore | Wed, 02/11/2009 6:18 PM  

BOOSTING TOURISM: People mingle under a poster showcasing Singapore's efforts to boost its tourism industry Wednesday in Singapore. Singapore's Tourism Board has reported plans to roll out a monetary initiative to stimulate its city-state's tourism sector during this time where Singapore's visitor arrivals is expected to fall as the global recession is affecting holiday plans. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Singapore expects tourism revenue to plunge as much as 19 percent this year as a global economic slowdown undermines spending on travel. 

Tourist income will likely fall to between 12 billion Singapore dollars ($8 billion) and SG$12.5 billion this year from SG$14.8 billion last year, the Singapore Tourism Board said Wednesday. The board expects tourist arrivals to drop to between 9 million and 9.5 million in 2009 from 10.1 million in 2008. 

The government plans to spend $90 million this year on marketing, training and lower fees for travel agents in a bid to attract visitors, more than the SG$30 million spent on advertising in 2003, when an outbreak of the SARS virus slowed tourist arrivals to 6.1 million. 

"The year ahead will be difficult and challenging," said Aw Kah Peng, the board's chief executive. "But it's not a complete closure as in SARS. People are still traveling." 

Singapore is counting on the tourism sector - highlighted by the Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino resort - to create 12,000 new jobs this year. The resort, which is being built by casino operator Las Vegas Sands, was expected to open in the fourth quarter, but Aw declined to confirm the project was still on schedule. 

"We're still working with them," Aw said. "Even as the fourth quarter gets nearer, I think it's premature to say how it will happen." 

Arrivals fell 1.6 percent in 2008, and while tourist revenue rose to a record last year, it fell short of the government's goal of SG$15.5 billion. 

Singapore's tourism industry is being hit hard along with the country's manufacturing and financial sectors. The government expects the economy to contract as much as 5 percent this year after gross domestic product shrank 12.5 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter. 

The government has tried to ease the country's dependence on manufacturing, but non-oil exports still account for about two-thirds of GDP while tourism is just 6 percent. 

About 17 percent of visitors to Singapore last year came from Indonesia, followed by China, Australia, India and Malaysia.

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