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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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US Death Penalty (Justice Systems / Human Rights)

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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. …

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Editorial: Would you play for Indonesia?

The Jakarta Post | Thu, 07/29/2010 9:51 AM

If it all goes to plan, a team from the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) will fly to the Netherlands on Friday hoping to recruit several Dutch players with Indonesian roots, to play for the red-and-white flag on the international stage. The nearest goal would be fielding the players in Indonesian jerseys at the ASEAN Football Federation by the end of the year.

The idea of the naturalization of foreign footballers was suggested earlier this year by PSSI chairman Nurdin Halid. He argued that having naturalized players in the national team would be a good way to boost Indonesia’s performance. Nurdin — who has been criticized for the national team’s poor performance since he took the helm in 2003 — said the association had its eyes on five Australians and a dozen Dutch players who might be interested in playing for Indonesia, currently ranked 138th in the world.

Naturalization is common in sports and it is not taboo. Our neighboring country, Singapore, is among countries that have done it. The Olympic Charter regulates it. Indonesia’s 2006 Law on Citizenship also enables it. The question is, do we really need to offer naturalization? And would those players really be interested in becoming Indonesian?

And what could the PSSI offer to the Dutch players? The Netherlands after all just finished as runner-up in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa (after losing to eventual champion Spain). A chance at competing in the World Cup would be far greater on the Dutch team, for sure.

Many Dutch players also play for other teams in Europe’s major leagues, such as the English Premiership, Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s La Liga, which offer bulky salaries and contracts — not to mention millions of dollars worth of endorsement from multinational companies. Those players might think twice before giving up what they already have at home. Not to mention Indonesia’s image of being a country with rampant corruption and a history of security threats and human rights abuse.

It is thus doubtful Indonesia will be attractive to top Dutch players. There is a big likelihood we would only be able get second- or third-class players, whose skills and capabilities are about the same as our local players.
Meanwhile, soccer fans in Indonesia are split between the pros and cons. Those desperately wanting to see Indonesia perform on the world stage support the naturalization idea, hoping the new players would share skills and help boost the team’s performance.

Those against the idea argue that naturalization would cost the PSSI dearly, since it would need to make its offer irresistible for players choose to come here.

Many have said there must be hundreds of talented young players among Indonesia’s population of 238 million. They say the PSSI needs to improve its recruitment system and set standards for development programs at regency and province levels, as well as improve the quality of local leagues for different age groups.

Indonesia has sent dozens of talented boys to compete in soccer competitions worldwide. However, only a few of them have ever emerged as professional footballers. Fewer, if any, play in higher-level leagues.

We would appreciate the PSSI’s efforts more if its officials spent more time and energy working to build more solid and talented leagues at home, to produce Indonesia’s future champions. Even if the association thinks it would be better to recruit players from overseas, they had better ask the players first, “Will you be Indonesian?”

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