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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

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

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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. …

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Google Gives Ramadan A Digital Make-Over

Jakarta Globe, Sylviana Hamdani, Jul 15, 2014

Google’s new hub looks to make Ramadan easier. (JG Photo/Sylviana Hamdani)

It’s common to hear the phrase “just Google it,” in everyday conversation these days. Sometimes even just to mock people who are too lazy to do a little research of their own.

But the fact that Google has become a preferred term for the verb “search” is a testament to its status as an Internet search engine giant. It is possible that the company will eventually replace more verbs as it takes on a bigger role in everyday life.

After creating an election hub during Indonesia’s legislative election earlier this year, Google now aims to be more useful during the Islamic holy month.

It recently launched a Ramadan hub at, which offers a one-stop platform with information and features to support activities during the fasting month.

Krishna Zulkarnain, marketing manager for Google Indonesia, said Google aims to facilitate family get-togethers and school reunions that usually take place at dusk as they break fast.

“Google, as a technology company, wants to give practical solutions for us to plan and organize all the activities in the fasting month effectively,” he said.

The hub contains a number of web-based and mobile-friendly features that make people’s lives easier during Ramadan. Some of these features have existed before, but the hub creates a seamless experience. For example, the web page displays the current date and time, and the remaining days in the month and hours until the breaking of the fast.

The four main tabs of the Google Ramadan hub offer you a place to plan, eat, get together and enjoy the holy month.

Plan the holiday

With Google Calendar, the company makes it easy to arrange meet-ups and send out reminders. All you have to do is enter the date, time and venue of events you are planning on your Google Calendar. In the “guest” column of the calendar, you can add e-mail addresses of guests that you are inviting to the event. The app allows you to set up notes to remind yourself and your guests of the upcoming event.

Drawing up a list of errands and shopping can also be done by using the app. Google Keep is another feature to save your thoughts wherever you are. Krisna called it the electronic version of Post-It notes, as you can also take photos of the things you have to do or make voice notes. The app also allows you to set up reminders, which will send notifications to your smartphone along with e-mails to help you remember errands and special events.

Going home

Mudik, or the annual exodus from the city to return home and gather with extended families, is one of the highlights of Idul Fitri. With millions of Indonesians traveling at the same time, visiting family requires careful planning and organizing. You can organize your trip by using the “Plan Your Trip Home” feature in the hub. Once you type in the city of origin and destination, it will bring up the Google Maps feature, where you can see the distance of the cities in kilometers and the estimated traveling time by plane and car.

You can also see a list of airlines traveling to your hometown. If you choose to drive, Google Maps can also list a number of routes to reach your hometown. The route options usually put the fastest on top, but it also offers alternatives just in case you want to avoid ferries and tolls along your journey.

Google Maps is also capable of finding nearby mosques or halal restaurants to break your fast. In the list of restaurants on the website, you can find their distances to your current location, opening hours and reviews, if available.

All the searches on Google Maps can also be done by voice.

Kokiku TV, a channel on the video sharing website, is an Indonesian online
 culinary program that offers dozens of innovative recipes for Ramadan.
(JG Photo/Sylviana Hamdani)

Fascinating feasts

Those who are passionate about preparing meals will enjoy exploring the many cooking videos that can be found on Youtube. Kokiku TV, a channel on the video sharing website, is an Indonesian online culinary program that offers dozens of innovative recipes for Ramadan.

Chef Yuda Bustara, one of the regular chefs on Kokiku TV, loves the potential for interactivity with his viewers on Youtube. He is able to read comments and speak directly to his viewers, Yuda says he often gets new ideas from his YouTube fans.

“Two-way communication can help people to cook better,” the 27-year old chef said.

You can also share your favorite YouTube recipes with your friends and family. On the top right-hand corner of YouTube, there is a branch-like button that you can use to share the current cooking show you are watching. There is also a plus sign on the top right-hand corner of video sharing website that you can use to compile a playlist of your favorite videos to watch again later.

Enjoy together

If you cannot go home for Idul Fitri, you can always see your loved ones with Google Hangouts. The company has been working to get more people to use its social network. Hangouts allows photo and video sharing as well as voice chat and video conference, free of charge, but it also has a rare feature of letting users to set up a video conference with up to ten people at the same time.

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