"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

The headquarters of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in 
Jakarta. (BeritaSatu Photo)
"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. …

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Indonesia’s spirited bid to drain corruption

The Malaysian Insider

JAKARTA, Dec 13 — The sign at the Grand Hyatt Hotel said it all: “Due to the shortage of certain beverage products within Indonesia, many popular items are unavailable at the present time... This predicament is beyond our control and we are communicating with the concerned authorities to try and resolve this situation.” 

The lobby lounge bar in Jakarta's premier five-star hotel had run out of Scotch, gin, vodka and all other hard liquor. It is the same situation, to varying degrees, in many hotels and retail outlets across the Indonesian capital — and on the tourist island of Bali as well. 

The consumption of alcohol, even by only a small percentage of the population, has always been a lingering issue in a Muslim-majority nation where beer advertising is treated like that for cigarettes: The brand name can be used, but not the product itself. 

But only now is it dawning on drinkers that what they have been imbibing all these years had been either smuggled into the country or had escaped the full duty because of cosy arrangements between importers and the notoriously corrupt Customs Department. 

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati's clean-up of the Customs Department has changed all that, elevating the price for a bottle of wine or liquor by 300 to 500 per cent and dissuading distributors from buying new stocks. 

The result: glum aficionados contemplating barely-drinkable shiraz, sky-high whisky prices — and a trouble-weary Bali tourist industry trying to figure out what impact this latest bombshell will have on its lifeblood. 

Previously, two state-owned trading companies, Sarinah and Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia (PPI), were responsible, respectively, for importing duty-free and duty-paid alcohol. 

But when auditors found PPI stickers on smuggled liquor in mid-2006, it quickly became clear that the company was colluding with Customs in depriving the state of an estimated 2.6 trillion rupiah 

(RM790 million) in duties a year. 

PPI lost its licence as a duty-paid importer, which meant that there were no alcohol shipments between November 2006 and November last year — a few months after Sarinah was finally given the job of performing both functions. 

The booze blockade didn't end there, however. Already hit by a plunging exchange rate, the 16 designated distributors have been willing to buy new stocks at the full duty-paid prices until it is determined if they are here to stay. 

Banking on past experience, many are hoping the black market will eventually return to business as usual. But such optimism ignores the fact that, unlike all her predecessors, Indrawati is deadly serious about stamping out smuggling and corruption. 

Just how much she means business can be seen in this year's revenue collection, which is projected to top 535 trillion rupiah — a whopping 25.5 per cent jump over last year's takings. 

Hotel associations are trying to persuade Indrawati to end the import quota system and to lower duties for wine and spirits, pointing to the harm that soaring prices are having on tourism and what they believe will be revenues as well. 

No wonder. Top-shelf Johnny Walker Black Label Scotch whisky has gone from US$35 (RM125) to US$190. Red Label and other brands containing 15-20 per cent alcohol retail at more than US$50 a bottle. A bottle of cheap US$5 wine now costs US$20 to US$30. 

Previously, more than 60 per cent of the wine came from what some call the “grey market”, in which distributors mixed up legally and illegally imported bottles as a way of bringing down prices. 

Now that the government has ended that racket, wine is subject to 300 per cent duties, including a 150 per cent import tax and a 40 per cent luxury goods tax, in line with its alcohol content. 

The Finance Ministry is not ignoring the outcry. It is now studying a simplified system under which importers will be charged a specific import tax and excise duty based on volume rather than alcohol content — a practice followed in Singapore and elsewhere. 

But alcohol is a touchy subject during a time when hardline Islamic groups are liable to seize on any issue. Says one Western trade official: “Indonesia says it's not a Muslim state, but every time we try to deal with officials on this they say it is very sensitive.” 

What makes the issue even more ticklish is that this is election time. Anxious to pander to Muslim voters — as they were with the unpopular anti-pornography law just passed — politicians are hardly inclined to be sympathetic about anything to do with alcohol. 

Some wine and spirits are still available, but retailers say much of these are either counterfeit or suspected to come from raids that Customs officers have conducted on outlets stocking alcohol without the proper stickers. 

Local liquor — basically flavoured, watered-down industrial alcohol — has not been touched in the revenue drive, despite the fact that manufacturers grossly under-invoice the 10-15 million cases sold each year. 

Like the Grand Hyatt, most major hotels have precious little stock, with a five-star establishment selling a small glass of mediocre red for 110,000 rupiah, or 130,000 rupiah when value added taxes are added on. 

Stand-alone bars, which do not have the same overheads, are generally offering the same glass for about 60,000 rupiah, but that represents a profit of only 10 per cent — hardly enough to keep heads above water. 

Many customers are switching to beer, with the two principal brands, Bintang and Anker, seeing an 11 per cent increase in sales this year in a country that normally consumes only 2.1 litres per capita a year — compared to 135 litres in Australia. — Straits Times Singapore

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