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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has pleaded to Indonesia to stop the execution of prisoners on death row for drug crimes. AFP PHOTO

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The pope wrote that the principle of legitimate personal defense isn’t adequate justification to execute someone. Photograph: Zuma/Rex

Obama becomes first president to visit US prison (US Justice Systems / Human Rights)

Obama becomes first president to visit US prison   (US Justice Systems / Human Rights)
US President Barack Obama speaks as he tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, July 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

US Death Penalty (Justice Systems / Human Rights)

US Death Penalty (Justice Systems / Human Rights)
Woman who spent 23 years on US death row cleared (Photo: dpa)


"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, November 21, 2009

Indonesian Hero Budi Soehardi in CNN Spotlight

The Jakarta Globe, Emmy Fitri

Budi Soehardi was recognized by CNN for providing shelter to 47 children at his orphanage in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. (Photo courtesy of CNN)

After news about corruption at the highest levels of government and the persistent poverty among the nation’s masses, a story of an Indonesian man being honored in a prestigious international television special heralding everyday heroes brings some hope to his country’s citizens.

Budi Soehardi, 53, has been nominated as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes for 2009. The US-based news network’s Web site says that Budi, a former pilot living in Singapore, and his wife, Peggy, run an orphanage looking after 47 children. They give a home — and more importantly a family — to abandoned children and those orphaned by the East Timor conflicts.

Bayu Krisnamurthi, after receiving a Blackberry message from a friend, said he voted for Budi at once and felt a pang of pride upon reading the message.

“It’s something to be proud of because he beat thousands of other ‘heroes.’ The message from the nomination is clear — people appreciate real action. This [message] is for the public and government officials like me to act, not just talk,” Bayu, the deputy minister of the Agriculture Ministry, said on Friday.

“What has been done by Budi may not be that spectacular in terms of the number of people he helps, but it’s real,” he said.

Adeza Hamzah, Hotel Mulia Senayan’s assistant director of communications said: “I think it’s about time that our country had a true hero who is acknowledged by the world. Enough of all the corruption and turmoil that’s becoming our nation’s emblem. What we need as a nation right now is a bunch of Budi Soehardis to inspire all of us to do good in this morality malnourished country.”

Besides voting for Budi, Adeza took the time to forward the message to his friends, asking them to join the cause.

Toto Sugito — founder and chairman of the country’s largest cycling community, Bike To Work — said that the country needed more news about its citizens doing good for others so people can look up to them.

“There are a lot of unsung heroes who initiate and help their communities. But their stories don’t make it to the headlines or prime time so we can’t appreciate them. I hope that following this extraordinary news about Budi, our media will present more inspiring stories for us to learn from,” Toto said.

Meanwhile, Heru Nugroho, former chairman of the Indonesian Infocom Society (Mastel), said the world has shown that Indonesians can excel and be counted abroad not only through science competitions or sport matches.

“There are thousands of ways to stand up. Budi has shown us that helping others to have better lives is a heroic act. I hope our state officials are aware of [Budi’s nomination]. They should be ashamed, stop bickering and start working for the people.”

“It would be intriguing to know him better. We need more people like him to inspire us.”

Dian Argarini, an official at the National Commission for Avian Influenza Pandemic Preparedness, said: “It’s extraordinary. It’s a proof that Indonesians are empathetic. Budi represents many other Budis whose work to help the needy have not yet been recognized, let alone appreciated.”

Initiated in 2007, the “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” is a TV special created by the cable network to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to help others. It is hosted by Anderson Cooper. This year’s award show will be aired worldwide on Friday.

Thanks to the rapid growth of Internet social networking, not only can TV viewers nominate and vote for their heroes, but online users can join in too. The voting closed on Thursday.

A blue-ribbon panel of judges comprised of distinguished leaders and humanitarians who are themselves considered heroes, will select the award winners.

Included in the panel are the Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, author Deepak Chopra, primatologist Jane Goodall, Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and economist Jeffrey Sachs.

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