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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. …

Monday, August 5, 2013

Petition Calls for Animal Rights, Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

Jakarta Globe, Kriti Aggarwal, August 3, 2013

Surabaya Zoo, which is home to almost 3,000 animals, has come under fire
 for its gross negligence and mistreatment. (Photo courtesy of Jakarta Animal
Aid Network).

A tiger that tips the scales at 40 kilograms, a Javan warty pig found dead with traces of cyanide in its blood, and the tragic loss of a giraffe after consuming 20 kilograms of plastic are just some of the horror stories coming out of Surabaya Zoo.

The zoo, which has become notorious for numerous cases of animal mistreatment, is back in the news and has been making waves on social media — this time for the distressing pictures of a starving tiger, Melani, who is almost half the weight of a healthy adult tiger.

Dian Paramitha, an animal lover and animal protection activist, has found a way to call for action rather than wait for change to come.

“Seeing the condition of Melani the tigress broke my heart,” she says. “I decided I had to speak up for these animals that don’t have a voice.”

In response to the mistreatment at the zoo, Dian, who studies business and economics at a university in Yogyakarta, launched a petition directed at President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, calling for a National Commission for the Protection of Animals to be set up.

Initially, Dian created a petition to close down Surabaya Zoo, which is now the second-largest petition on Indonesia. But Dian decided to scrap that idea.

“Shutting down the zoo would create even more issues,” she says.

“There are almost 3,000 animals in that zoo. If we closed it down where would they go?”

Rehabilitation for release into the wild is not an option, as the zoo does not have the necessary facilities and resources for that.

“ seemed like the best option for me,” Dian explains.

“I could get many people to sign and show their support. This gave me the courage to eventually go up to the president and make my case.”

Dian admits that animal welfare is not just an issue at Surabaya Zoo, and that it should be dealt with on a national level. “If my petition goes through, I hope it can help set the standards for animal welfare in Indonesia, in zoos, farms and even on a domestic level,” she says.

Arief Aziz, communications director at in Indonesia, explains why it’s important to have petitions like the one started by Dian. “Recent events such as cruelty in zoos and dolphin circuses show that we are facing a state of animal emergency,” he says.

“We didn’t think animal issues would be this popular. Petitions like Dian’s are crucial to shedding light on these hidden issues.”

(Photo courtesy of Jakarta Animal
Aid Network).
In 2010, following a similar outcry after the death of another Sumatran tiger at Surabaya Zoo, a decree was issued to hand the zoo’s management over to the city administration. Melani’s plight is proof that the dire conditions there remain unchanged.

In fact, according to Medina Kamil, host of the nature travel show Petualangan, the transfer has done more harm than good.

“It’s not that the zoo doesn’t have the money or resources to feed the animals. The truth is that with the transfer, they’ve become politically affiliated, which has led to graft.”

“The money that the government spends on the animals doesn’t reach them. The staff take the meat and the vegetables meant for the animals. The cages of the animals are rented out for people to live in to generate even more money for themselves, while the animals roam free and unprotected.”

Medina advocates the petition wholeheartedly, with hopes that the National Commission will bring some law and order into the functioning of the zoo.

“The implementation of a legal system and a formal set of rules will result in fears of penalty, which will drastically reduce the cases of mistreatment of the helpless animals,” she says.

Amrita Mann, a Jakarta International School graduate and animal lover, is convinced that this petition can be an effective tool to promote knowledge and awareness of Indonesia’s biodiversity.

“This is an excellent step to regulate the handling of endangered species in Indonesia, which we currently lack,” Amrita says. “I would definitely invite everybody to sign this petition!”

Coming together will prove to be a big force. As Dian’s petition says, “Let’s speak up for those who cannot speak.” Your signature can change the life of Melani and countless other animals throughout Indonesia.

If you would like to see the full petition or add your signature, please visit

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