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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. …

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Former Miss Indonesia Enlists in US Army

Jakarta Globe, Mar 17, 2015

Beauty queen scandals are often so predictable — purloined tiaras, garden-variety sex tapes, spectacular Q&A fails — as to be boring. But now a new contestant for the crown of Miss Ignominy has taken the stage, with all of Indonesia weighing in on social media to judge: What does it mean when your country’s top beauty queen takes up arms for another country — and gets a new passport?

Kristania Virginia Besouw, 29, was crowned Miss Indonesia in 2006. She previously reigned as 2004′s Miss Manado, her hometown in North Sulawesi. Now, she’s enlisted in the US Army as a nurse, a career decision that also put her on the fast track to become a US citizen.

Can you guess which of these soldiers
 once wore the Miss Indonesia crown?
(Photo courtesy of Facebook)
 Prior to joining the US Army, Specialist Kristania had lived in the United States for eight years on a student visa, during which time she was unable to return to Indonesia — not even for her father’s funeral in 2011, she said in an interview last Thursday with Tribun Manado. “I was on a student visa, which meant that I had to keep going to college, and college here is really expensive.”

“So I joined the army through the MAVNI [Military Accession Vital to the National Interest] program. That’s for people who have gone to school here for at least two years. Graduates become US citizens, so I don’t have to think about going to college again. Anyway, I wanted to become a citizen quickly so I can go home to Manado to see my family and friends. I miss them so much.”

In addition to US citizenship and a professional nursing certification, Kristania’s service in the US military will make her eligible to attend college for free — should she decide to return — courtesy of the Army Tuition Assistance program.

On average, the US military recruits about 5,000 non-citizens each year, nearly all of them permanent US residents, or so-called “green card” holders. Starting in 2006, the US military began accepting some foreigners with nonpermanent visas, such as students or tourists, if they have special skills that are highly valued. Since 2001, more than 92,000 foreign-born service members have become US citizens while serving in uniform.

US Army Specialist Kristania Virginia
Besouw, right, enlisted last October after
 studying nursing in Kansas. (Photo
courtesy of Facebook)
Kristania said she felt proud to carry on a family tradition by serving in uniform.

“I wanted to continue my father’s legacy. My father was an Indonesian Navy veteran,” she said. “And before him, my grandfather was a policeman. So I’m continuing my family’s legacy. If my father was alive, he would be so proud of me.”

Still, why not serve in the Indonesian military?

“The situation is very different,” Kristania explained. “I am here to become a nurse. And the nurses in America are really appreciated; [nursing] school is really hard, and then when entering the Army, it’s [even] more rewarding.”

Still, Kristania says she loves Indonesia and her hometown of Manado in particular. She frames her commitment to the US Army as an effort to return home, if perhaps the hard way.

“When I was trying to pass BCT [Basic Combat Training, or 'boot camp'], which is incredibly hard, I just remembered that this is all in order to return home. My time in training, from the end of October through January, was cold. We woke up at 4 a.m. and slept at 5 p.m. every day, with a two-hour night watch in between. It was winter, and very physically difficult.”

Still, Kristania says she’s happy: “I got in trouble for smiling too much at BCT,” she confesses in a Facebook post. “So I have to make constant effort not to smile.”

While many across the archipelago have expressed joy and pride on the achievements of their fellow countryman and nation’s former top beauty star, not all Indonesians will be so pleased at Kristania’s homecoming.

An article titled “Kristy is Automatically No Longer an Indonesian Citizen,” citing comments by the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) chief information officer, Maj. Gen. M. Fuad Basya, appeared in Manado-based newspaper Harian Komentar, alongside the news of her new job and citizenship.

Kristania says she feels proud to be
carrying on a family tradition of uniformed
service. Her father was a Indonesian
Navy veteran and her grandfather a
policeman. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
Fuad’s assertion that Kristania’s Indonesian citizenship is automatically annulled by joining the US Army may not be wholly accurate. Assuming she has not renounced her citizenship before an Indonesian consular officer, Kristania is unlikely to learn of any official change in the disposition of her Indonesian citizenship unless she attempts to renew her passport.

Kristania’s new life in the US is not totally without precedent in the annals of beauty queen scandals. Former Miss St. Petersburg Anastasia Michaeli was elected to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, as a member of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, Haaretz reported. Though second citizenships had historically been an accepted among Israeli politicians, Michaeli and two other legislators were ordered in 2009 to officially annul their foreign ties.

“If Indonesia allowed dual citizenship, that would be nice. But for now, yes, I am citizen of the United States,” Kristania said.

The United States tolerates dual citizenship; Indonesia does not, at least for nationals over 18-years-old. However, were Kristania to enjoy the privileges of Indonesian citizenship, for example by traveling on her old passport, she could jeopardize of the security clearance that her job as a US Army nurse requires.

The Jakarta Globe has submitted questions to President Joko Widodo asking whether his administration would support a change in the law that would allow Indonesians to enjoy dual citizenship.  The president has yet to reply to this question, or to the Globe’s request for an interview, which has been outstanding since January.

The United States Embassy in Jakarta’s Twitter and Facebook feeds, usually quick to herald and applaud achievements by US citizens of Indonesian origin — as when an Indonesian-born judge is tapped for the highest court in Massachusetts, or becomes chief of police for a town in Florida — has so far been silent on the former Miss Indonesia’s proud news.

Commenting on a Facebook photo of the newspaper article calling into question her loyalty, Kristania wrote: “Maj. Gen. Fuad Basya and Tantowi Yahya have commented on my status. I do not know what’s going on; I just want to say I love my two countries.”

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