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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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Pope: 'Death penalty represents failure' – no 'humane' way to kill a person
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. …

Friday, March 30, 2012

Toilets, Fanta, and Carrefour are Luxury Saved for the Haves

Jakarta Globe, by Candice Kitingan, March 29, 2012

In Prumpung, East Jakarta, a boy pumps water from a well for bathing
and cleaning. (Photo courtesy of Candice Kitingan).
Toilets! A place we visit frequently each day. A toilet can be a place where we find solitude, escaping from family, friends or work to sit and contemplate deep thoughts. For others, it is a place that we are happy to enter and exit as quickly as possible. For most of us, a toilet is an everyday household item which we cannot live without — but it’s certainly nothing marvelous.
I was a little taken aback when I attended my first event with some children from Sahabat Anak Kota Tua at the Mandarin hotel last December. When we arrived, the first thing I was asked is “Miss, miss, where is the toilet?” So I pointed them in the right direction, and a couple of the children happily trotted off together.

They spent an unusual amount of time in the bathroom, and when they re-emerged, their hair and faces were wet. In my mind I could not comprehend what odd things they had been up to. Maybe the toilet integrated bidet had gotten out of control. But wet hair? How did this happen?

Whenever we are on our way to an event my boss always says to me, “Oh, no. I worry about the children playing in the toilet. Don’t you know, this is their most favorite place, the toilet is so clean and modern and they find it fascinating because they don’t know how to use it.”

I must say the toilets at the Mandarin Hotel were lovely, even for me. But for the children at Sahabat Anak these toilets are incredible compared to what they are used to. In most of the communities we work in, families cannot afford to have their own bathroom, simply because they lack running water. Many of Jakarta’s marginalized communities are still using wells as their main water supply for washing and bathing.

Poor communities build communal toilets for everyone, which are make-shift boxes made from scrap pieces of wood and gyp rock built precariously over a drain, canal or river with a hole in the bottom. The children love hanging out in the toilets, be it the immaculate toilets at the Mandarin Hotel or port-a-loos at an event. They see it as an opportunity to play with all the taps and flushes while washing their face and hair. I am amazed that something which is so normal to me could be so fascinating to someone else.

A couple of months ago a team from Youth Expedition Project Singapore were visiting and helping to renovate the Mangga Dua building, while also spending some time with the children. One of the Singaporeans asked “What is your dream?” and one children responded with “My dream is that one day I will have enough money to visit Carrefour.” The volunteer broke down crying. She said to me “Every day I can visit Carrefour, and I think it’s nothing special. And for this little child it is one of their dreams to visit it.”

Another time, a friend was talking with one of the children at Prumpung and asked them, “What is something special you do during the school holidays?” The child answered “My father takes me to Indomaret (a small convenience store) to drink Fanta as a special treat.”

Working at Sahabat Anak and interacting with Jakarta’s marginalized communities has taught me to always be thankful for everything I have. The students at the school do not have a lot, yet they appreciate the things that most of us take for granted, even toilets, Carrefour and Fanta. They do not ask for a lot, just the opportunity to receive an education and reach for their dreams.

I would like to remind you that it doesn’t take much for you to also get involved and help marginalized children — just a couple of hours a week volunteering and teaching kids to read and write.

Through friendship, Sahabat Anak aims to journey with street children, helping them to access education and basic services, and most of all inspiring them to dream big and achieve those dreams.

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