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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, December 28, 2009

Media Groups Defend Gossip Shows

The Jakarta Globe, Anita Rachman & Ismira Lutfia

A magazine shopkeeper waiting for the customer near some gossip and entertainment tabloids at at her shop in shopping mall in Jakarta. (JG Photo/Jurnasyanto Sukarno)

Press organizations on Sunday denounced calls for the government to regulate or ban racy entertainment news programs, saying such a move smacked of censorship and harked back to the oppressive Suharto regime.

“Their existence is legitimate,” said Leo Batubara, chairman of the Press Council, referring to popular infotainment shows broadcast on private television stations. “There [instead] should be strong public control over the programs and sanctions imposed on the programs to reinforce better quality.”

He criticized calls last week by Hasyim Muzadi, chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama, the country’s largest Muslim organization, for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to force TV stations to stop airing the shows. Hasyim’s stance was supported by Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali on Saturday.

“It would be the same as the New Order era,” Leo said.

The NU in 2006 issued a fatwa declaring infotainment haram, or forbidden under Islam. The Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) has also criticized the shows.

The debate over infotainment reared its head again after actress Luna Maya blasted the shows on the micro-blogging site Twitter earlier this month.

Nasaruddin Umar, director general for Islamic guidance at the Religious Affairs Ministry, claimed that the rising number of divorces in the country, which doubled from 100,000 to 200,000 a year over the past decade, was a result of the impact infotainment shows had on the public. He did not, however, produce any data to back up his claim.

“With infotainment exposing celebrity divorces, our public then thinks that divorce is just a normal thing,” Nasaruddin said.

“I think we should not make other people’s dirty laundry a commodity and reap benefits from it.”

Ezki Suyanto, a member of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), said the NU and the Religious Affairs Ministry should consider the negative effects a ban would have, such as employees of infotainment shows possibly losing their jobs.

“The only thing that needs to be done is to improve the [infotainment] employees’ skills,” she said.

Imam Wahyudi, chairman of the Indonesian Television Journalists Association (IJTI), said calls for a ban should be seen as a warning for infotainment programs to shape up.

“They should think about why they could be labeled as haram and are not considered as [real] journalism,” he said.

Wahyudi added that television programs about celebrities could still have news value as long as they remained in the public’s interests.

A recent case that Ezki cited was the launch of a book by singer Krisdayanti, where infotainment reporters chose to discuss her marital problems instead of the book.

“In fact, the book may contain positive information to be shared [with the public],” Ezki said.

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