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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)

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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)

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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. …

Monday, November 22, 2010

Piece of Mind: Cultural Differences Erupt in Yogyakarta

Jakarta Globe, Megan Ryan | November 22, 2010

As a foreign researcher living in the bustling city of Yogyakarta, it’s easy to forget that my reality is very different than the average Indonesian’s. Coverage in the two national English newspapers and the conversations I have with my bilingual Indonesian friends are less than representative of local happenings. I miss out on an entirely different world, impenetrable to foreigners without full fluency of the native language. This truth became glaringly obvious to me in the midst of the Merapi eruptions.

About two weeks ago I awoke earlier than usual. I walked into the kitchen of my kost to find my neighbors sitting at the table. Not surprised that I woke due to the abnormally chilly morning, they blamed the unpredictable weather on the volcano’s increasing activity.

This was news to me. Ironically, later that night Merapi erupted. How did I live in Yogyakarta without a clue that Merapi’s danger level was rising?

The answer is that I was not connected to the local media. I also must have missed the daily chitchat about Merapi at the food stalls and warungs I visit.

Despite a few worried e-mails from family members in the United States and the graphic images of Merapi’s victims on the television, I managed to stay calm.

In recorded history, the hot lava and other deleterious materials spewed during Merapi’s eruptions have never reached as far as Yogyakarta. I had nothing to worry about, I told myself. Or did I?

My Indonesian friend Vicki laughed when I asked her if she was going to leave town. “I’m a Yogyanese,” she replied. “This doesn’t worry me.”

But why then did a German girl I know flee to Bali a few days after the eruption?

And why did my American friend call me hysterically, scared of the long-term effects of the ash that rained down on the city in the middle of the night? And why didn’t I feel as terrified?

Perhaps it was just a difference in personalities. But I beg to differ. It turns out that the people who reacted with fear and those who did not were receiving different information.

On average, the foreigners I knew in Yogyakarta reacted differently to the eruption than the locals.

After talking with a few friends about their respective governments’ recommendations, I realized that most foreign states suggested their citizens evacuate the area.

The German Embassy urged its citizens to leave Yogyakarta because of the long-term dangers of siliceous crystals in the ash.

The train station was a chaotic mess of tourists waiting nervously for their turn at the ticket booth, hoping for a ticket to anywhere far away from the billowing volcano.

Yet the Yogyakarta city government mentioned nothing about evacuating the town.

It wasn’t until I received news from my embassy requesting all Americans to evacuate Yogyakarta and Central Java that I started to worry.

Would it be wise to ignore the advice of my government?

Paradoxically, the most fearless people lived closest to the volcano. Why was this? Clearly they were aware of the gravity of the situation.

Most of Merapi’s closest neighbors returned home for one reason: personal property. Perhaps the short-term risk of getting burned is worth saving the cattle that families rely on for income.

So information is not the only factor shaping people’s reactions to Merapi. Economic factors also play a large role.

That is why Agriculture Minister Suswono’s pledge to compensate all farmers for the animals that died during the eruptions was an important and effective way to ensure citizen safety.

Suswono told farmers gathered at a livestock evacuation center that he hoped such a promise would discourage them from risking their lives for their herds.

One thing that is clear is that in the face of disaster governments can shape citizen behavior. This calls for strategy.

Did the American government exhibit strategy when urging its citizens to evacuate all of Central Java?


Was the Ministry of Agriculture’s decision to compensate people for their animals a way to ensure public safety?


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